Why it matters: Are you one of the folks enjoying/loathing the effects of Winter Storm Avery today? There's now an app called SnoHub to deal with one of the chores you hate. The service charges $59 for the first six inches of snow, with an additional $10 per inch after that. It's been downloaded around 30,000 times, but there could be much more interest before winter begins. That is, unless people remember the old-fashioned way of getting rid of snow: calling up the neighbor's kids.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, YouTube has compiled rankings of which states are using its services the most to search for various foods around the dinner table. Apparently, West Virginia is the most curious about turkey, and Alaska, of all places, had the highest search interest for mashed potatoes. Marketing aficionados will also get a kick out of the metrics available for the amount of time spent watching particular recipe-related videos.
Two years after Pokemon GO allowed us all to finally catch 'em all, the company behind that game is trying to bring a little magic back into our lives with a Harry Potter artificial reality app. No word yet from game developer Niantic on what the plotline or gameplay will be, but if the game is anywhere near as addicting as its predecessor, I'm sure it will be a hit.
If you've felt a bit of impostor syndrome at any point in your life, embrace the feeling and run with it. That's the lesson I'm learning from this guy, Yoshitaka Sakurada, who is Japan's cybersecurity minister despite never using a computer. Ever.
If he can do that, you can do whatever it is you think you're slightly underqualified for.
Long before the Nazis came to power, Albert Einstein feared the worst as he witnessed the way Germany was changing before his eyes. Even before he wrote a letter outlining his fears, which recently sold at an auction in Jerusalem, Einstein was believed to have had cautioned others about what was to come. The letter, which sold for $39,350, is eerily accurate and shows Einstein's perceptive abilities extended far beyond relativity.
Bold ideas are often picked apart until there's nothing unique left, unless leaders adopt a curious mindset that gives every proposal a chance, writes Jennifer V. Miller. "Even if the idea doesn't come to fruition, your team will see that you support their innovations and are willing to give them the needed incubation time for an idea's promise to show itself," she writes.
Scientists are finding bats and dolphins overcome attempts to jam their echolocation signals by altering their signals' pitch or tempo, writes Emily Willingham. This study may lead to developments in technology that improve the quality of "active sensing" devices, such as self-driving cars.
Research finds our reliance on technology to communicate is increasing employee loneliness and disengagement, writes Dan Schawbel. Leaders can turn this around by mentioning individual contributions when celebrating team success and encouraging members to support each other's professional development, he writes.
A leader's job of unifying employees around a company's values is most challenging during divisive times, writes John Maxwell. "[W]e lead others well when we take time to consider life through their eyes," he writes, advocating five practices that include compassionate, clear communication.