Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.

Google Maps’s Moat – “Over the past year, we’ve been comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps in New York, San Francisco, and London-but some of the biggest differences are outside of large cities.”

UX Writing. Let User Interface Speak. – “UX writing is a new direction which is full of potential. UX professionals need to consider it as another essential tool on the way to the improved user interaction and boosted satisfaction from a product.”

Super-Charge Your New Year’s Resolutions With These 5 Bold Ideas – “Set yourself up to go boldly into 2018.”

How to Actually Come Back from the Holidays Feeling Refreshed – “The last week of the year offers a special opportunity to rest, reflect on the past year, and prepare for the year ahead. To understand how to recapture this opportunity and make our holidays both restful and productive, it’s important to first understand our tendencies. Among working professionals, we have found that there are three types of “holiday time misusers.””

Google Taught an AI That Sorts Cat Photos to Analyze DNA – “…just eight months later, the neural network received top marks at an FDA contest for accurately identifying mutations in DNA sequences. And in just a year, the AI was outperforming a standard human-coded algorithm called GATK. DePristo and Poplin would know; they were on the team that originally created GATK. It had taken that team of 10 scientists five years to create GATK. It took Google’s AI just one to best it.”

The Most Promising Internet of Things trends for 2018 – “IoT, or Internet of Things, is a worldwide-recognized trend that is gaining popularity incredibly fast. The secret lies in the fact that IoT transformed a number of industries and took them to the new level, and these industries include healthcare, finances and much more.”

What to Do When You’re Feeling Distracted at Work – “Feeling distracted and unproductive is something most people struggle with, says Susan David, founder of the Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching and author of Emotional Agility. Especially because most of us are constantly bombarded by news alerts, text messages, and other interruptions. And even on days when you might feel industrious, you have to contend with what’s going on with your coworkers.”

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