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Appealing graphics and icons simplify tough tasks

Appealing graphics and icons simplify tough tasks

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

We’ve all heard that picture is worth a thousand words. As it turns out, an image may also be worth a few milliseconds of valuable time. A study published in The Psychonomic Bulletin & Review found that eye-catching, appealing graphics on a mobile app or website promoted users’ ability to perform difficult tasks more quickly and […]

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Toronto’s new pedestrian wayfinding signage

Toronto’s new pedestrian wayfinding signage

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Toronto is poised to make it a whole lot easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate the city’s downtown core. The city is piloting the Toronto 360 Wayfinding Strategy, which features maps, signs, and electronic components aimed at helping non-motorists get around town. Be honest: Have you ever been wandering around on foot and pulled […]

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Is corporate America closing the door on open offices?

Is corporate America closing the door on open offices?

| June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

It used to be the case that office layouts fell into one of two categories: Cubicle-land, à la Office Space, or Secretaries and underlings in the middle, bigwigs behind closed doors around the perimeter, à la Mad Men Then, in the mid-2000s, open offices became all the rage. Companies tore down walls and burned up cubicles […]

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Shift Messenger app eases shift management for hourly workers

Shift Messenger app eases shift management for hourly workers

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

A startup launched earlier this year thinks it has the solution to a problem as old as the hourly wage: finding someone to cover your shift. Shift Messenger is essentially a group messaging app, but this simple concept takes on brand new functionality when applied to a workplace that employs hourly employees. Here’s how it […]

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How management style impacts usefulness of employee data

How management style impacts usefulness of employee data

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pick one: A corporate culture that promotes employee engagement, collaboration, and teamwork A corporate culture that promotes competition A new study says you can’t have it both ways—especially in the current, data-centric climate. What do corporate culture and management style have to do with data? As it turns out, a lot. The study, co-conducted by […]

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How will the Internet of Things impact data center energy consumption?

How will the Internet of Things impact data center energy consumption?

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

140 billion kilowatt-hours. That’s the level of data center energy consumption that the United States should expect annually by 2020.  To put that in perspective, in 2013 (the most recent year for which data are available), every household in New York City combined used about a third of that amount. What’s driving the massive electrical demand in […]

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