5 things that are killing your productivity

June 22, 2017

… research some more. After all, you can spend an infinite amount of time on Google. But each time you hesitate on a decision, youre simply wasting time and mental energy. And, youve just added one more thing to tomorrows to-do list. Im not suggesting that every decision can and should be made quickly. However, I believe that we all need to evaluate the impact that our decision-making style has on our productivity. Over the course of my career, Ive learned to do two things. One, when I find …

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Cumulative extremism: Why terror is like a ‘perverted comic book’

June 22, 2017

… “sectarianism” and believes other similar attacks are inevitable. The worry from some experts is that calling these sort of attacks sectarianism alienates the Muslim community and feeds the “us-versus-them” narrative, further shrinking the gray zone. “Terrorism will cost many people their lives. But there is also a second danger, which is just as great, if not greater: that our societies will become polarized; that Far Right parties and militant groups will gain in …

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5 Trump theme songs as sung by his lawyer’s ’70s rock cover band

June 22, 2017

… song was appropriate at the time he recorded it (August 2013) because of government “scandals.” Well, Sekulow now finds himself in the face of a really big onebigger than any of the scandals he complained about. (Shine a light, indeed.) The song is still relevant, in that regard, sure. just not how Sekulow originally intended. 4. “The Weight,” by The Band Sample lyrics: “Hey, mister, can you tell me, where a man might find a bed? / He just grinned and shook my …

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Please people stop taking selfies near Grenfell Tower in London

June 21, 2017

A woman takes a selfie as pedestrians stop to watch flames being put out at Grenfell Tower in London.Image: Amara Eno/REX/Shutterstock It probably should go without saying, but just like for everything in life there’s an appropriate time and place to take a selfie, and the charred remains of Grenfell Tower in London where at least 79 people died is not one of them. SEE ALSO: Wonderful human being Adele shares ‘tea and a cuddle’ with London tower firefighters In case …

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Uber thinks a small fee is enough to convince drivers to chauffeur around teenagers

June 21, 2017

just some teens out for a ride.Image: Daniel Grill/Getty Images/Tetra images RF Hey there, loyal Uber driver! Feel like picking up some passengers today? Great! How about some rascally teenagers? No? Oh, well, hmm, what if we paid you $2 more? SEE ALSO: Uber will totally narc on teens Buried in the June 20 announcement that Uber will finally allow tipping was a little nugget sure to grab the attention of harried drivers everywhere: Uber will now pass on part of the surcharge for teen rides …

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Period subscription services can get around the tampon tax (sort of)

June 21, 2017

… usually based on your shipping address. If you live in a state like Illinois that already got rid of its tax on feminine hygiene products, you’re all set. But then you could just buy tampons at the drugstore anyway. SEE ALSO: There’s no period emoji. This campaign wants to change that. Even if period box brands are coming up with clever ways to make up for the sex-based taxes they’re subject to, they’re still on the right side of the anti-tampon tax movement. Lola, one …

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Will a parliamentary hearing make Singapore PM’s problems go away?

June 21, 2017

… the government on the holding of presidential elections in September. Will MPs stand up for Singapore and ask their boss difficult and probing questions? Rigorous questioning of power is not in the Singaporean psyche in parliament or out. With a lopsided chamber packed with government lawmakers and just a tiny sprinkling of opposition members, who are often shouted down by their PAP colleagues, a decisive debate is unlikely. What’s the point when the chief accusers won’t be taking …

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Time Warner will create 10 original shows for Snapchat

June 20, 2017

… new partnership with Time Warner proves that the app is much more than just user-generated content. Time Warner could bring some of its most popular brands, like HBO and DC Comics, to Snapchat. That could attract more audiences as well as more ad revenue. Snap faces tough competition for ad dollars majority of its revenue as the industry is locked in a duopoly of Facebook and Google. Snap has been locking down partnerships with some of the biggest TV networks and studios over the last year. The …

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Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones Interview Had Lower Ratings Than A Game-Show Rerun

June 20, 2017

… in less desirable ad inventory. Sputnik Photo Agency / Reuters Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly premiered just this month. The first installment of the show, an interview with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on June 4,drew 6.1 million viewers, though even that lagged behind the 60 Minutes airing that night. Kelly drew widespread condemnation for failing to press the Russian strongman. Kellys second interview, with sportscaster Erin Andrews, drew in 3.6 million viewers. Throughout her career at …

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 19, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be getting started. SEE ALSO: Bye, Bitcoin. Hello, Ethereum. …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… user-friendly online ads space, those companies and other major platforms are each flexing their muscles in ways that could actually compel widespread changeblocker-equipped browsers, algorithmic vetting, and machine learning. Sounds great right? Who wouldn’t love to see fewer terrible ads? Well, without the Wild West, we’re left with just the corporate dystopia. And their show of force has already rattled publishers and ad tech firms, which are wary of the duopoly’s intentions …

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Injuries Reported After Vehicle Hits Pedestrians In London

June 19, 2017

… she heard the collision from her home and went to a window to see people desperately trying to make some signs to a police car. The gentleman went straight down this road, people were just conversing, talking, just doing what were doing. And he just came into all of us,a witness told the Press Association. There was confusion and dismay among witnesses and bystanders in the aftermath of the incident. Anxious crowds gathered at police cordons surrounding the area to wait for news. The …

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Carla Bruni on Music, Melanias Nudes, and Those Pesky Donald Trump Rumors

June 19, 2017

… year. Its so untrue and Im deeply embarrassed by it all. Ive only ever met him once, about a year ago, at a big charity party in New York. And I havent seen him since, of that Im sure. When I bring up the unfortunate episode to her, she shifts around uncomfortably on the sofa and lets out a deep sigh. Actually, the whole situation was very vague and just did not exist. So I was very surprised when he went to the press, Bruni says of the current President of the United States. JEWEL …

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France votes in final round of parliamentary elections

June 18, 2017

(CNN)Polls have opened Sunday for France’s legislative elections and President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party is projected to win a huge majority in Parliament. Macron’s party, founded just a year ago, won on the first-round of elections on June 11 with less than half of eligible voters going to the polls. Nonetheless, it represented a remarkable achievement for Macron, who won the French presidency last month without the support of a traditional mainstream …

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Research say youll love mobile VR video in 2021, but it’s questionable

June 17, 2017

… you out there haven’t even tried it yet. The more curious among you have probably noted hearing one of the following comments in the last 12 months: “Like 3D movies, regular people just aren’t that interested in VR.” “Oculus failing at Best Buy is proof VR is doomed as a mainstream platform.” “Gaming is the only viable future for VR as we know it.” These are all generally sensible and appropriately conservative comments I’ve heard in recent …

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Trump Killed A Key Obama Immigration Program. But What He Didn’t Do Matters More.

June 17, 2017

… When he assumed office, he left the program untouched on Day One and side-stepped it when issuing an executive order in January that ramped up deportation efforts. According to lawmakers, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for the continuation of DACA, saying he was the best friend the program had. But it wasnt just Kelly or Trump changing their tunes. Most Republicans in Congress who had voted previously to end DACA under Obama stopped making an issue of it. The Trump administration still …

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London fire: Smiling faces of missing a stark contrast with anger and grief

June 17, 2017

… been prevented, but not us.” The impact of the fire has been felt across the public housing estate that has the tower as its center. It was just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday when Emma Spinola stood in her nightgown, her eyes transfixed on the 24-story high-rise as flames licked the outside of the building. Within 30 minutes, it had been completely engulfed in a hellish inferno. just moments before, she and her husband Liniker had scooped their two young children from their beds — …

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‘Bad boy’ artist Caravaggio goes on display in Scotland – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Image copyright The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Image caption Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ (1602) is on loan from the Jesuit community in Dublin One of the paintings in the exhibition, The Taking of Christ (1602), is from the National Gallery of Ireland, where it is on indefinite loan from the Jesuit Community in Dublin. It was rediscovered in 1990 in a Jesuits’ residence in the Irish capital. Aidan Weston-Lewis, the curator of exhibition at the Scottish …

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Muslims keep alive Calcutta’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Calcutta, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Calcutta’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians …

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Travis Kalanick, your Uber drivers don’t know you and they don’t really care

June 16, 2017

… Manhattan office had no idea that Uber CEO and founder Travis Kalanick was taking time away from the company to focus on becoming a better leader and deal with the death of his mother. Like most of my other drivers, Firas (none of the drivers provided their last names) is under 30, has been driving an Uber for less than two years (most I spoke to had just a year under their belt) and is not exactly connected to the day-to-day machinations of the company that pays him. Another driver, Temba, a …

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Fox News ditched its ‘Fair and Balanced’ slogan and critics have some new suggestions

June 15, 2017

Even at Fox News, the times, they are a-changingImage: justIN LANE/EPA/REX/Shutterstock While we’ve spent the last year being distracted by a continuous, raging dumpster fire of awful news, Fox News quietly moved away from its iconic “Fair and Balanced” slogan and no one really noticed. SEE ALSO: Annnnd another Fox News host just blasted Donald Trump New York magazine reporter and former Roger Ailes nemesis Gabriel Sherman reported on the change on Wednesday but notes the …

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Of course cable companies are going to screw up the internet

June 15, 2017

… destroy it. Don’t get mad at the companies. Get ready. They’re just doing what they’re meant to do. Giffing for Net Neutrality We’ve been here before. Monopolies have a long history in the U.S., particularly for basic utilities such as power. Because these companies exist without any serious competition and provide an essential service, they’re tightly regulated by the government. Major internet providers didn’t evolve all that differently from the early …

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Grab joins Uber in making plans to offer helicopter rides in congested cities

June 15, 2017

Ride operator Grab, Uber’s biggest threat in Southeast Asia, just ran a limited helicopter-on-demand trial in Indonesia over the weekend. The service was free for the lucky few who got to try it, in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta. SEE ALSO: An all-electric flying car just made its first flight and it’s as cool as it sounds This is the second time Grab’s trying out helicopters in the region, after a three-month trial in 2015 in the Philippines. One of the Indonesian …

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A startup named Bancor raised $150 million in a few hours

June 14, 2017

Image: Shutterstock A startup named Bancor has raised almost $150 million in just three hours from anonymous investors in what is now the biggest example of a new form of blokchain-based fundingthe initial coin offering. And it all happened on Ethereum, the blockchain platform that has exploded in popularity over the past few months. Ethereum, often described as another Bitcoin competitor, is more than a currency; it allows decentralized, blockchain-based projects to be built on top of it. …

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Getting ready for college now means cleaning up your online footprint

June 14, 2017

… safe rather than sorry.” Dolmas story turned out safe. Others have turned out sorry. Online profiles are now just another part of a student’s background like a GPA or extra-curricular activities. College admissions officers routinely check social media, with 35 percent of those surveyed by Kaplan Test Prep saying they have checked applicants’ social media postings. Of those, 42 percent said that what they found had a negative impact on the student’s application. …

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