Know Thy Time

From Drucker’s The Effective Executive, Chapter 2, “Know Thy Time” —

“Effective executives, in my observation, do not start with their tasks. They start with their time. And they do not start out with planning. They start by finding out where their time actually goes. Then they attempt to manage their time and to cut back unproductive demands on their time.

Finally they consolidate their “discretionary” time into the largest possible continuing units. This three-step process:

• recording time,
• managing time, and
• consolidating time

is the foundation of executive effectiveness.”

You don’t need to do time-tracking constantly, especially if you’re heads-down on a project that’s consuming all of your attention and making great progress.

But as soon as you’ve got your attention split between multiple projects, or if you feel like you’re not getting much done, then tracking your time down to the minute (or half hour block, or whatever) can be incredibly valuable. I always learn about myself and my work when I track my time, and I do so whenever things are even the slightest bit shaky.

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Video: Choose sides in this interactive trailer for next-gen game Evolve

By Jacob Siegal

Evolve is shaping up to be the most captivating cooperative game of the new generation of consoles. Announced earlier this year, Evolve is a successor of sorts to Turtle Rock Studios’ last major project, Left 4 Dead. As in Left 4 Dead, players in Evolve will team up to fight a terrifying threat, but this time the threat is much larger than a zombie. Evolve pits a team of four humans players (Hunters) against a single, gigantic monster (Goliath).

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Pinterest puts its posts in the spotlight with ‘Guided Search’

By Zach Miners

How do you find the best food recipes or clothing on Pinterest that’s just right for you? The site thinks it has a way.

The company on Thursday announced “Guided search,” an improved version of search on the site with more tools for customization and content discovery. It will be made available now for iOS and Android-based devices.

Guided search is designed to better surface the massive amount of content now hosted on Pinterest as the site has grown. Pinterest now has more than 750 million boards and more than 3 billion pins, CEO Ben Silbermann reported Thursday.

Boards on Pinterest are the pages of content created by its users, and the pins comprise what they post to them, such as jewelry, accessories or event planning ideas.

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Via: PCWorld

Baidu’s profit boosted by mobile ad revenue

By Michael Kan

Despite rising costs in research and promotional spending, Chinese search giant Baidu reported net profit was up by over 24 percent in the first quarter on growing ad revenue made through its mobile services.

In the quarter ended March 31, Baidu’s net profit reached 2.5 billion yuan (US$405 million). Revenue grew over 59 percent year-over-year to 9.5 billion yuan, meeting the high-end of its projections for the period.

Baidu reported the strong earnings at a time when the company has been on a spending spree. Starting last year Baidu began pouring funds into marketing and research, cautioning investors that its future earnings would remain flat.

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Notebook sales still appear doomed, but some companies thrive

By Chris Smith

Notebook sales were still on the decline in the first quarter of the year, Digitimes Research says, although the “on-year declines were the slowest compared to those in the past five quarters,” and some laptop makers have enjoyed renewed success in the business during the period. Even so, it’s not clear yet whether the notebook market has started to recover, the publication noted.

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Android 4.4.3 tipped to bring major Dialer redesign

By Chris Smith

Google has yet to roll out its Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, which is believed to bring various bug fixes and improvements, but a leaked screenshot seems to indicate that at least one major new feature may also be part of the upcoming software update. According to an image posted on the xda-developers forum, the Google Dialer is getting a completely new look.

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Exclusive: Google mulling Wi-Fi for cities with Google Fiber

By Martyn Williams

Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service.

The disclosure is made in a document Google is circulating to 34 cities that are the next candidates to receive Google Fiber in 2015.

Specific details of the Wi-Fi plan are not included in the document, which was seen by IDG News Service, but Google says it will be “discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your city as we move forward with your city during this planning process.”

If the plan goes ahead, it would be a further step by Google toward competition with traditional telecom carriers. For citizens of the cities involved, it could mean increased reliance on services by the dominant Internet company.

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US wireless users may get to share military spectrum

By Stephen Lawson

The U.S. military might have to share its radar frequencies with mobile broadband providers under a plan the Federal Communications Commission continued to flesh out this week under the catchy name Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

CBRS isn’t exactly a broadband version of Citizens Band radio—which still exists, at astonishingly low frequencies around 27MHz—but the FCC’s description of what it might be used for suggests a broad range of options. They include licensed carrier cells, fixed wireless broadband, advanced home networking and other uses, the agency said. It’s seeking public comment on the proposals.

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