Nearly 41 million American adults wear contact lenses and virtually every single one is doing something to get germs in their eyes, a new federal survey shows. And they're paying for it. Nearly a third admit they've gone to a doctor because of red or painful eyes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Half or more of wearers admitted they slept or napped while wearing lenses. About 55 percent said they just topped off solution instead of changing it and rinsing the case. And 61 percent swam while wearing lenses. And this survey only included adults. Teenagers may be even more likely to slip in their contact lens hygiene, CDC said.
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Researchers at the University of Toronto and the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics in Barcelona, for instance, have turned computers and mobile devices into personal stylists. After studying thousands of photos on the fashion website chictopia.com, the team, led by U of T computer scientists Raquel Urtasun and Sanja Fidler, came up with a complex “fashionability” algorithm that tells users how to make an outfit, and even the background of their photos, more appealing. “We want people to be able to use it to dress better,” Fidler says over the phone. It’s also useful in helping people select pictures to post on Facebook or online dating sites, she explains. They hope to launch an app in the coming months.
Some online retailers are asking clients probing personal and style questions including jean leg preference, bra size and favorite female celebrity. The aim: an outfit and accessories tailored to clients’ individual tastes.
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Technology stocks are trending big-time as investors latch on to innovative companies racing ahead in a slow-growth world.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq is the best performing major U.S. stock index this year, gaining 6 per cent as the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial averages have wavered between small gains and losses.
Is it a bad idea to make predictions in your investment commentary because clients will slam you when you’re wrong? Whenever you make predictions, you run the risk of being wrong. But being wrong isn’t a problem, in my mind, if your prediction reflects good thinking.
Lesson from my winning prediction
Accurate predictions alone don’t make you seem smart. I remember the time I participated in a betting pool with members of an investment policy committee. I had to predict where a certain number—probably the 10-year Treasury rate—would be one quarter later. Guess what! I won. However, it wasn’t knowledge of Federal Reserve policy or the economy that inspired my winning bet. It was that I deliberately picked a rate 25 basis points lower than any other committee member’s bet.
Did I respect the losers less after I won my bet? No. They had well thought-out ideas about the factors driving bond yields. As a result, I continued to think highly of them.
The lesson is that smart people can and will be wrong. After all, look at any major investment firm’s quarterly predictions of statistics such as the fed funds rate, gross domestic product (GDP) growth, or the consumer price index. Most of the time they are wrong. Heck, the federal government revises its GDP numbers as new data comes in.
Why you should make predictions
Investment commentary that only reports facts is often boring. Plus, unless you’re pumping out commentary instantaneously, you’re not telling your readers anything they couldn’t learn online or in The Wall Street Journal. They have no reason to read your factual, unopinionated commentary. Keeping your clients interested isn’t the only reason to make predictions—or, at a minimum, express opinions. When you support your predictions with carefully reasoned arguments, you give clients insights into your firm’s thought processes. That’s valuable. Imagine, for example, that you predict that the Federal Open Market Committee will boost its fed funds target later in the year. By itself, that’s not so interesting. What makes it valuable is why you think that’s true and what you recommend based on that prediction.
Unexpected events—war, natural disasters and the like—can sabotage your predictions. However, they may only delay your predictions coming true. Clients will find comfort in the soundness of your thinking.
For the past 40 years I've been working with hiring managers, recruiters and candidates on all types of jobs from camp counselors to senior executives. Part of this has been tracking the results of their hiring decisions including what happens to people who didn't get hired for a dumb reason at company A, but did get hired at company B for the right reasons.
Given this perspective, here are 15 things I've found that absolutely don't predict on-the-job success. Despite the obvious, companies, recruiters and hiring managers still use these factors to make critical yes/no hiring decisions.
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Kim Kardashian and TV presenter Willie Geist take a selfie on an iPhone. Photograph: Nbc/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Most of the big names in futurism are men. What does that mean for the direction we’re all headed?
In the future, everyone's going to have a robot assistant. That's the story, at least. And as part of that long-running narrative, Facebook just launched its virtual assistant. They're calling it Moneypenny-the secretary from the James Bond Films. Which means the symbol of our march forward, once again, ends up being a nod back. In this case, Moneypenny is a send-up to an age when Bond's womanizing was a symbol of manliness and many women were, no matter what they wanted to be doing, secretaries.
Much of wearable technology is used to help coaches, trainers and general managers maximize player performance – but athletes want to make sure the line between the personal and the professional doesn’t blur.