Best Buy Slashes $400 Off Microsoft Surface Pro Price

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Have you been gazing longingly at a Microsoft Surface Pro, but can’t bear to fork over the $899? Best Buy has a sweet deal for you: It’s discounting the price by $400, making the device just $499.

The deal, reported by The Verge, is for the original Surface Pro with 128 GB of memory. There are no strings attached

Best Buy is likely trying to clear the Surface Pro off its shelves after the new version, the Surface Pro 2, came out in October 2013

The Surface Pro 2 isn’t all that different from the original, though. It’s a little lighter, has a better processor and a better cover — but has nearly identical design and the same 1080p screen. The price, however, is vastly different. The Surface Pro 2 with 128 GB of storage will set you back $999 at Best Buy. We’ve seen tougher choices Read more…

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Business Insider Is Hiring A Data Editor For Our Subscription Service

We’re looking for a creative and data-savvy editor who will research industry data and create hard-hitting and visually compelling graphics, charts, explanatory infographics, and tables for our tech industry research service, BI Intelligence. The ideal candidate will have a background working with data and understand how analysis can unlock information to tell stories and generate insights. But the hire will also possess a flair for design, an interest in data visualization, and a nerdy love for a nice-looking, well-executed chart. If you’re one of those rare people equally at home in Excel, PowerPoint, and Illustrator/Photoshop, this may be the perfect job for you.  

What Is BI Intelligence?

BI Intelligence is a subscription research service from Business Insider that provides in-depth news, analysis, and insights on the tech industry. We publish newsletters, news notes, and in-depth reports as well as an exhaustive library of charts and data that help individual and corporate subscribers do their jobs better, make decisions, and stay ahead of the curve in tech. The service, launched in 2012, has grown rapidly and expanded from its original focus on mobile computing to cover additional industries, including digital payments and e-commerce. This is an opportunity to join a team that’s redefining what a professional research service can be. Check out BII here

What’s The Job?

The Data Editor will use extremely strong data analysis and graphics-creation skills to support the research team across industry verticals. The ideal applicant will be a self-starter and dive into our existing data sets to produce innovative charts and graphics that spotlight our analysis and insights. The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to think outside the box and present data in ways that deliver unexpected insights of value to industry insiders.

The Data Editor will also assist the Research Editor with production tasks, which will include report and chart formatting. After a training period, the Data Editor will also be expected to publish his or her own research centered around data visualizations. This job requires resourcefulness and creativity in sourcing publicly available data and an ability to think analytically in order to identify insights of real value.

The environment will be dynamic and fast-paced as we expand our coverage of mobile computing, digital payments, and e-commerce. The position is full-time and is based in our New York City office.

Desired Skills & Experience:

Most importantly, a robust analytical background and comfort in Excel is a requirement.

Here are some of the other traits the ideal candidate possesses:

  • Some academic background in statistics and quantitative analysis required.
  • Ability to quickly sort through masses of information and understand what really matters and why.
  • An interest in producing charts, tables, infographics and other data visualizations that clearly communicate complex trends and data series.
  • Advanced PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Proficiency in at least one design package — InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator — a big plus. 
  • A knowledge of HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript also helpful
  • Some understanding of consumer and audience research and the methodologies used.
  • Ability to write quickly, clearly, and concisely about complex topics.
  • Good organization skills and versatility; an ability to juggle multiple tasks at once.
  • Persistence in research.
  • Ability to develop and defend actionable insights and conclusions.

Requirements/skills:

  • A bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in an analytical discipline. 
  • A couple of years of relevant experience in data journalism or data-driven policy research or market research is helpful but not required.
  • A passion for tech news and markets is a requirement.
  • Solid grounding in business analysis fundamentals.
  • Strong communication skills: Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Three or more years of professional experience preferred.

This role would be an excellent way to launch a career as a data journalist, policy or business analyst, or market researcher/consultant.

If interested, please email a short cover letter, writing samples, and resume to Marcelo Ballvé (mballve@businessinsider.com). Thank you in advance.

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Tim Tebow Is Pitching T-Mobile’s No-Contract Plans In The Super Bowl

T-Mobile has been making waves in the telecommunications industry by offering to buy customers out of their contracts with rivals like AT&T and put them on a plan with T-Mobile that doesn’t include a contract.

At this year’s Super Bowl, the brand will emphasize the freedom its customers have to quit whenever they want with commercials starring football’s most famous free agent — Tim Tebow.

The former Heisman trophy winner’s brief NFL career was put on pause when he was released by the New England Patriots this past fall, but he’s actually been pretty happy to have the opportunity to try new things — or at least that’s what he says in these new T-Mobile’s ads.

In them, Tebow “shows what he can do without a contract” by trying his hand at a variety of new hobbies, like being an obstetrician, an astronaut, and a frontman in an ’80s-style hair band. The scenarios show off the sense of humor of the famously straight-laced quarterback by putting him in funny outfits and imagining how his football training would pay off in new arenas like international diplomacy. It’s a big change of pace from his previous Super Bowl ad, the controversial pro-life spot he filmed with his mom in 2010.

Adweek reports that T-Mobile will run three of the commercials at the game, all 30 seconds in length. The ads were made by Publicis and Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, Adweek said.

This year’s Super Bowl will be played Sunday, Feb. 2 at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

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10 Simple Ways To Talk With a Stranger Comfortably

Meeting strangers is probably one of most people’s biggest fears, next to speaking in front of a crowd. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be as scary an experience as you might think. These ten easy tips will help you talk with a stranger comfortably.

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1. Go out alone.

Don’t always go to events with a friend, significant other, or family member. Go alone, so you’re forced to meet other people. If you go with someone you’re familiar with, you’re more likely to stay and talk to the person you already know you can have conversations with. Also, you never know who your companion will know. What if some of their coworkers show up, and they leave you to go say hello? You’ll be left on your own anyway, so you need to get ready to be left on your own.

2. Be prepared to initialize contact.

Once you’re at an event all by yourself, don’t wait for someone to come up and talk to you. People are called social butterflies because they flit around and meet others. Standing in the corner hoping someone will approach you won’t get you anywhere. Don’t psych yourself out and think this is a big deal‒introducing yourself is the only way you can meet someone new. Get out in the crowd and mingle!

3. Don’t talk about the weather.

No one wants to get stuck in a boring conversation. If you start with a corny pick-up line or a bland comment about the weather, don’t be surprised when the other person rolls their eyes or walks away. Lines like those don’t leave much room to encourage socialization‒they’re more stand-alone statements than they are conversation starters. Likewise, it’s best to stay away from political or religious openers. Even if these topics are in the news, you never know what might rub someone the wrong way. Wait until you know the person to discuss hard-hitting topics. If you can’t think of something interesting on your own, just start with a “Hello, how are you?” and see where it goes from there.

4. Encourage people to talk about themselves.

Most people’s favorite topics are‒themselves! Even if you don’t have an interesting opener, you can always ask people to talk about themselves, and they’ll be more than happy to oblige you. Ask what they do for a living, where they’re from, or what they studied in school. If you get someone talking about their interests, you’ll see their true personalities come through. They’ll be excited to share their hobbies, and you might find that you have something in common!

5. But still share information about yourself.

Everyone likes to talk about themselves, but they also like to learn about others. If you ask too many questions of a new acquaintance, they might feel like you’re prying or giving them the third degree. Plus, if you share some of your interests, that might trigger something they never thought to share. Who knew you both enjoyed collecting stamps from South Africa?

6. Find and discuss common interests.

Learning about your new friend and sharing information about yourself should naturally lead to finding some common interests. Focus on these and discuss them; you never know when you’ll learn something new! At the very least, you could find a new friend to share this hobby with. If you don’t have any common interests, don’t worry! Not every stranger you meet is meant to become your new best friend. You still got this far in the conversation, so pat yourself on the back!

7. Be friendly, not pushy or aggressive.

Regardless of why you’re trying to meet new people, don’t feel pressure to acquire a pocketful of new friends. If you’re scared of failure or feel like you must meet someone new, you’ll come across as aggressive. If someone doesn’t want to have a conversation with you, let them walk off without being pushy and trying to keep them to yourself. Be laid back and go with the flow‒it will make you seem friendly, which means you’ll have better conversations, and be more likely to have other people approach you.

8. Don’t be embarrassed if you’re visibly nervous.

If your voice cracks or your handshake is sweaty, laugh it off. If you’re an amateur comedian and can make it into a joke, point it out and get people laughing with you. If it’s something that makes you feel less confident, just ignore it. Everyone gets nervous sometimes, so push past and continue on with the conversation. Don’t let it trip you up or embarrass you enough that you have to walk away.

9. Let your personality shine through.

Above all, be yourself. If you’re trying too hard to appeal to everyone, you’ll come across as flakey and no one will want to talk to you. It’s too much work to be everything to everyone, so be yourself and, above all, enjoy yourself. People will take notice and be drawn to you.

10. Know when to end the conversation.

Whether the conversation is a flop or a success, know when to wrap it up. If you know early on that you don’t want to keep talking to someone, find a smooth, painless way to move on and meet someone else. If you have a good conversation and hit it off, tell your new friend that you have to leave, but you’d love to meet up again sometime. Get a phone number or email address and leave the event high on your own success!

There’s something so unique and special about the bonds we forge over laughter and smiles, as well as those shared over tears and during moments of adversity when communities unite to overcome sorrow. 7 Epic Strategies for Introverts (by Introverts) to Ignite Your Social Skills

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20 Facts Worth Knowing About Coffee

Every now and then, we are saddened to hear that some celebrity has overdosed on pills or drugs or even alcohol. But we never hear that they overdose on coffee. There is a reason for that.

It takes a hundred cups of coffee to overdose. Room service would get suspicious and chances are that the bladder would give way before that much coffee could be sipped.

The overdose limit is not the only fascinating tidbit you’ll find in this Infographic “20 Neato Facts Worth Knowing About Coffee”, which will be of particular interest to readers in Seattle, Portland and San Jose. And Scandinavia. Here are 20 facts about coffee that will make you the coffee trivia-master with your colleagues and friends.

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Over 10,000 People Watched This Week’s Bitcoin Hearings — Here’s Where They All Come From

We spent a good chunk of this week covering hearings convened by the New York Department of Financial Services on the future of virtual currency regulation.

The state is looking to be the first in the union to issue concrete regulatory guidance on firms that deal in  cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. 

DFS Superintendent Benjamin Lawksy said the agency would either seek to work within existing statutes, or issue special BitLicenses specifically tailored to Bitcoin businesses.  A decision is expected within the next few months.

Whichever way the agency goes, the whole world will be taking note: Lawsky Tweeted the following chart showing the breakdown of countries tuning into the webcast of the hearings.

More than 14,000 unique viewers watched:

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SEE ALSO: The Emerging Bitcoin Civil War

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Kris Jenner And Rob Kardashian Receive Harassing FaceTime Calls

Lots of people like to keep up with the Kardashians, but someone has crossed the line from fan to fanatic. Kris Jenner and Rob Kardashian have been receiving dozens of FaceTime calls from unknown numbers.

On Thursday (Jan. 30), Kardashian posted a screenshot of his phone’s FaceTime call log, which is filled with attempts to contact him from two U.K.-based numbers. In less than three hours, he received 14 calls.

It looks like he tried to call one of the numbers back before realizing what was happening.

A few hours later, Jenner posted a similar photo from her own phone, along with a caption in which she sounds pretty concerned about the situation.

And these are just SOME of the face times!!! Look! 17 tries!!! Wait till you see the missed calls and texts who does this???!!!! Can’t even use my phone! @robkardashian what should we do? Help!!!!! #stalkerstatus

At one point, the caller sent 17 FaceTime invitations in a row for a total of 34 contact attempts in four hours.

Even for a family so accustomed to being in the spotlight, this is a bit much. It’s unclear how the harassing caller or callers got Jenner and Kardashian’s private phone numbers.

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