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4 ways to be more innovative at work

The Daily Muse
Innovation. It’s easy to talk about it — it’s probably one of your department’s key goals or built into your company’s mission statement — but it’s not so easy to do. It’s even harder to make it a habit in your day-to-day workflow.    As an innovation consultant and entrepreneur, I was recently given a sneak peek at a new book on innovation called A Beautiful Constraint. In short, it teaches you to take your constraints — budget, time, resources, whatever — and make them work for you in your quest for innovation.    It sounds simple, and in many ways it is. Electrified by the read and brimming with inspiration for the new year ahead, I’m suggesting four easy ways to up your innovation game. Read more...More about Innovation, Business, Jobs, Work Play, and Career Advice

Apple updates iTunes with OS X Notification Center widget

Stan Schroeder
Apple updated iTunes to version 12.1 Thursday, giving it a handy widget in the Notification Center The widget lets you see what's currently playing, pause or skip to the next track and, if you're listening to iTunes radio, buy the track with a click. To install the new widget, click on the Notification Center icon (top right corner of the screen in OS X) and click Edit at the bottom The new version also brings improved performance during syncing with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch To get the 212MB-heavy iTunes update, check the Updates tab in your Mac App Store See also: Apple pushes out iOS 8.1.3 and OS X 10.10.2 updates on the same day Read more...More about Itunes, Os X, Tech, and Apps Software

10 Care Bears having a quarter-life crisis

Max Knoblauch
The Care Bears, for those who don't remember, were a society of anthropomorphic colorful bears, each of whom represented a personality type or feeling. These bears taught us about being comfortable in our own skin, the importance of sharing and the all-encompassing power of merchandising in the '90s. Yet, the bears never grew up. While we grew older and our problems more complex, the Care Bears just kept singing songs about good moods in Care-A-Lot. We've decided to change that. See also: Mr. Men children's books reimagined for millennials If the Care Bears could escape the shackles of immortality in the 3 to 7 year-old age range, what would they become? What personalities would they reflect? Read more...More about Lists, Parody, Humor, Funny, and Illustrations