Your Complete Guide to the 10 Best New Business Books of 2020

Business authors in 2020 must feel like travelers who packed for the beach and arrived to find the coast pulverized by a tsunami. Some with new books hastily cobbled together forwards or epilogues addressing current events or shoehorned Covid-19 paragraphs into their introductions. But we’ll have to wait until next year (and more likely later) for the deep thinks on what has changed and how to adapt. Meanwhile, 2020 produced some fine titles on leadership, strategy and innovation. As usual, Silicon Valley hogged much of the attention.

Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top Forever, by Alex Kantrowitz

The title comes from Jeff Bezos’s exhortation to employees: approach each day as if it were Amazon’s first because on day two comes “stasis, followed by irrelevance, followed by excruciating, painful decline, followed by death.” That powerful–if ominous–philosophy undergirds the Amazonian culture of innovation: a culture

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Holiday gaming gift guide: What to know about the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch

So many games, so little time. From bottom left, clockwise: Xbox Series S (white); Xbox Series X (black); Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4; Xbox One; Nintendo Switch Lite. (Thomas Wilde Photo)

This is the first holiday season for the ninth generation of video game consoles, as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (XSX) have recently hit the market, and Nintendo’s hybrid system the Switch is still a hot seller. The PS5 and XSX are likely to be two of the most-wanted gifts this year, for everyone from kids to nerdy adults.

That, however, assumes that you can find them. Both the PS5 and XSX are currently in short supply at every major retailer, with new shipments selling out almost faster than they can be put on sale. This is fairly typical for any new gaming console for the first couple of months, but in 2020, it’s been exacerbated by scalpers,

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Letting Company Values Guide You In The People-Versus-Technology Dilemma

Jon Bostock is the Co-Founder and CEO of Truman’s and the Best-Selling Author of The Elephant’s Dilemma.

Within American businesses, the Covid-19 pandemic has sped up a process that has been years in the making: human employees are being replaced by artificial intelligence (AI), automation and machines. In June, Microsoft announced it was replacing nearly 30 journalists with AI capable of curating articles. The SYKES 2020 Survey Report found that 85.6% of Americans believe Covid-19 will accelerate automated workplace technologies in 2021.

The people vs. technology debate isn’t going anywhere. From startups to billion-dollar behemoths, CEOs are struggling to decide where a human touch is needed.

At Truman’s, my co-founder, Alex Reed, and I faced this dilemma early on. As a young company, we had to be smart with our funds, but we knew we weren’t willing to compromise quality to save a few bucks in two critical areas:

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A Beginner’s Guide To Building A Next-Gen Gaming PC

I’ve owned plenty of consoles over the years but PC has always been my preferred gaming platform. It used to be because I sucked at using a controller but these days I’m all about the flexibility a PC offers. As the Step Brothers would say, it has so much room for activities. 

I was lucky enough to have a stepdad who was into computers when I was growing up and he taught me most of what I know when it comes to building, maintaining and troubleshooting PCs. Even with that background, I still get overwhelmed with new builds given how fast components and standards change. I can’t imagine how intense the experience must be for beginners keen to wet their whistle in the PC gaming world. 

With a new generation of consoles now available, it’s the perfect time for those who’ve been considering a custom build to dive in. I

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Brain waves guide us in spotlighting surprises — ScienceDaily

If you open your office door one morning and there is a new package waiting on your desk, that’s what you will notice most in the otherwise unchanged room. A new study by MIT and Boston University neuroscientists finds that the dynamic interplay of different brain wave frequencies, rather than dedicated circuitry, appears to govern the brain’s knack for highlighting what’s surprising and downplaying what’s predictable.

By measuring thousands of neurons along the surface, or cortex, of the brain in animals as they reacted to predictable and surprising images, the researchers observed that low frequency alpha and beta brain waves, or rhythms, originating in the brain’s frontal cognitive regions tamped down neural activity associated with predictable stimuli. That paved the way for neurons in sensory regions in the back of the brain to push forward information associated with unexpected stimuli via higher-frequency gamma waves. The backflow of alpha/beta carrying inhibitory

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Black Friday deals guide for HDMI 2.1 TVs for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

Let me start with a reassurance: You don’t need a new TV to enjoy your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. These machines will run just fine on the TV you already own. And while a new HDMI 2.1 TV will enable you to get the most out of a PS5 or Xbox, these systems are worth the upgrade even if you don’t plan to buy a new TV for years.

Also, TVs are a mess. Even if you get the right one, setting it up correctly with your console is an obtuse chore. If you wait, it’s likely that companies like LG, Sony, and Samsung will improve the experience for connecting consoles and PCs.

All that said, you will get more from your consoles with the right television. And right now, the list of TVs that qualify for that designation has only one real option that you should look

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Blind man, ‘born to run,’ completes solo marathon with trial app to guide him

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A blind man completed a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run in New York’s Central Park without a guide dog or human help this week. His navigation aid? Artificial intelligence through headphones plugged into a smartphone.

“The safest thing for a blind man is to sit still. I ain’t sitting still,” said Thomas Panek, 50, who lost his vision in his early 20s due to a genetic condition and runs Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a guide dog school.

The marathon enthusiast got tired of having to follow slower runners as a guide. So he decided a year ago to find a way to run solo.

He turned to Google to find a way for a phone to “tell me where to go,” said Panek, who believes “humans are born to run.”

He worked with the Alphabet Inc unit to create a research program. A smartphone camera picks up

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New guide on using drones for conservation

New guide on using drones for conservation
A drone. Credit: Karen Anderson

Drones are a powerful tool for conservation—but they should only be used after careful consideration and planning, according to a new report.

The report, commissioned by the global conservation organisation WWF, outlines “best practices” for using drones effectively and safely, while minimising impacts on wildlife. This is the 5th issue in a series on Conservation Technologies and Methodologies.

The lead authors are Dr. Karen Anderson and Dr. James Duffy, of the Environment and Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter.

“This is a detailed handbook for conservation practitioners—not just academics—to understand the benefits, opportunities, limits and pitfalls of drone technology,” Dr. Anderson said.

“Drones are often hailed as a panacea for conservation problems, but in this guide we explain—with reference to detailed case studies by conservation managers and scientists—how and where drones can be used to deliver useful information, and what the key considerations surrounding

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Elephant genetics guide conservation — ScienceDaily

A large-scale study of African elephant genetics in Tanzania reveals the history of elephant populations, how they interact, and what areas may be critical to conserve in order to preserve genetic diversity for species conservation. The study, by researchers at Penn State, appears online in the journal Ecology & Evolution and is the first to explore gene flow — a process vital to maintain necessary genetic diversity for species survival — between protected areas in Africa.

“Elephants are a hallmark of the savannah, but poaching and habitat loss and fragmentation have led to major population declines across Africa,” said George Lohay, postdoctoral scholar in biology at Penn State and first author of the paper. “Human activities accelerate the loss of elephant habitat, as well as the land between protected areas. Maintaining connectivity between protected areas may be especially important for this far-ranging species, particularly with regard to gene flow, which

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Amazon’s Electronics gift guide

The holiday season is fast approaching — and that means gift-giving (and hopefully receiving) is just around the corner. And like clockwork, Amazon has dropped a plethora of new gift guides with literally hundreds of top-rated and highly reviewed items.

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Powerbeats Pro

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Tile Mate

For electronics, it’s everything from a My Passport SSD (our top-pick for an external drive) to Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch — with TVs, phones and speakers in between. It’s a lot, to say the least. So we had our experts dig and scour the list for the best deals.


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We’ve come up with our 14 favorite items from Amazon’s 2020 Electronics Gift Guide. And we’re breaking them down for you right here.

4th Gen Echo Dot ($49.99;

The 4th Gen Echo Dot might mix up a working formula with a spherical design, but we think it still

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