What We’re Reading: Jan. 10-16

Facebook’s enterprise social network, Smart homes at what cost, and time for an office clean-out

Facebook unveiled its Facebook for Office app this week, allowing businesses to create their own social network among their employees. The product puts Facebook head-to-head with the likes of Microsoft’s Yammer, Slack, Convo, Socialcast, and a huge number of others who are trying to tackle the “enterprise social network” space.

Flickr Duke Energy

Flickr Duke Energy

The idea of the ‘smart home‘ is becoming more and more a reality. Up to 17% of US homes have some kind of central automated control – either adjusting the thermostat, recording your shows, or automating some previous drudgery. However a recent study by HP revealed that the majority of the most popular app-controlled devices for the home were extremely vulnerable to hackers. As the smart home grows more common how much security – and user data – are we willing to give up for convenience?

Here’s one way to control invasive plant species—goats.  More eco-friendly than pesticide or machinery, goats can access hills and wooded land and don’t spread the ground-up seeds. Once they munch through a site, the goats are transported to a new area so they don’t get bored eating the same type of weeds. They eat a variety of plants, including reeds, kudzu, poison ivy, honeysuckle and ivy.

It’s a new year—time for an office cleanout, according to Wise Bread. Get rid of the extra mugs, dying plants, old marketing materials and start this year with a fresh, clean office environment.

The holidays are over – here come the bills. Did you go a bit overboard this year? Explore how you can dig out of your debt as a family.

Homes come in all shapes and sizes, even from scruffy garages. A homeowner in Bordeaux, France shows that a beautiful home can be created in the most unlikely of places.

You probably didn’t know about these five features hidden in the iPhone’s iOS 8 operating system. Use them, and you’ll be using your phone like a pro.

Separated from your iPhone? A study says you will be anxious and have poor cognitive performance.  I had read that being without your iPhone promotes anxiety, but I didn’t know that it affects your thinking.

We can’t get enough infographics using the United States map. The latest is the most popular cuisine in each state by the Huffington Post, in collaboration with Yelp.

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