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A new scheme that distributes simple tasks via text messages is being used to target a potential untapped work force in developing countries.

2009-02-11

 mobile job work employment developing countries Mechanical Turk outsourcing
In every company there is a parallel power structure that can be just as important as the one everyone spends stressful days trying to master.

2007-07-23

 power organization leadership organigram network company business work office
Staff who use Twitter and other social networking sites while at work are costing UK businesses £1.38bn every year.

2009-10-26

 Twitter inefficiency Facebook time office work distraction
Extrapolating this up across the 504 million unique users who visit the main Google page day-to-day, this represents an increase of 4.8 million hours - equal to about 549 years. In dollar terms, assuming people are paid $25 (£17.50) an hour, this equates to about $120m in lost productivity, the firm said. For that money, suggested Rescue Time, it would be possible to hire all Google's employees and put them to work for about six weeks...

2010-05-25

 Pac-Man game Google work
The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport. Dusting, mopping and vacuuming was also better than having a physical job.

2006-12-29

 home work breast cancer women health
Online digital storage devices and innovative internet connections mean working from anywhere in the world while travelling has never been easier.

2010-08-27

 travel office work remote Internet home job commuting
Work marketplaces like MTurk are great for accomplishing small, well defined nuggets of work, such as labeling images and transcribing audio, but terrible for many more complex and labor intensive real world tasks. Over the last year, Robert Kraut, Niki Kittur and I formalized a general process of solving such complex problems using MTurk. We proposed three basic types of tasks and explored them in two neat experimental applications. To...

2011-02-02

 crowdsourcing Mechanical Turk work distributed
A common species of stinging ant has a simple way to handle food items that are too large for one ant to carry alone. It brings in a fellow worker to help. When worker Pachycondyla chinensis ants find very cumbersome snacks, they return to their nest and literally grab another ant in their jaws, carry it over and drop it next to the food.

2011-06-21

 ant social work food foraging animal intelligence
Has the arrival of smartphones, laptops and mobile internet fundamentally changed the way people should take holidays?

2011-08-15

 holiday work remote Internet

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