5 things that are killing your productivity

June 22, 2017

… myself putting off a decision, I ask myself what will be so different about tomorrow that will make it easier to make a decision then. If theres no good reason why I shouldnt make the decision right now, then I make a decision. Second, Ive learned to respect my inner voice. The gut is usually always right so just make a decision and move on. You can (usually) always recover from a bad decision; its inertia that will get you. Not being able to say no In the past, I often found myself saying yes …

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Wall Street Journal Fires Reporter Jay Solomon For Alleged Spy Plane Deal

June 22, 2017

… world powers. In a book published last year, Solomon criticized the nuclear accord, arguing that rather than calming the worlds most combustible region, [it] risks inflaming it. Azima has a decades-long history of questionable business deals. But until recently, he evaded law enforcement, in part because of past work with the CIA. Azimas CIA connections later served him when prosecutors began investigating a Kansas bank in the 1980s with possible mob ties. Azima was one of the banks …

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

June 21, 2017

… This past March Uber unveiled a new way for people under the age of 18 to hail rides. The idea is that kids over 13 years old can join their parents’ Family Profile, and parents are able track their children’s location as the kids ride. The program debuted in Seattle, Phoenix, and Columbus, and immediately generated some driver pushback. Tracking Riley’s ride. Image: uber I certainly dont have anything against teenagers, one driver who opted out of picking up teenagers, …

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

June 19, 2017

… headed just about entirely to the corporate dystopia. Some estimates say as much as 99 cents of every new dollar in ad generation is gobbled up by Google and Facebook. The stranglehold on growth is evident in the rapid rate at which their slice of the pie is expanding. In just the past two years, the duopoly’s share has grown from 64 percent to 71 percent, according to a report from Pivotal Research Group. That may not sound like a massive bump on its face, but consider that each 1 percent …

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Catastrophe Looms If NGOs Are Forced To Halt Rescue Missions In Mediterranean, Report Warns

June 18, 2017

… vessel intercepted that day. Together with the Italian Coast Guard, humanitarian organizations like Proactiva, Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children are the only actors now running proactive rescue missions in the Mediterranean. As the number of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Europe reached new highs in the past few months, non-governmental organizations have come under fierce criticism from European politicians and officials, who accuse them of Its almost as if the smugglers …

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Overweight pregnancy increases risk of birth defects, study says

June 15, 2017

(CNN)Risks of major birth defects increased in step with the severity of a mother’s obesity or overweight, a study published Wednesday in the BMJ medical journal found. The study’s findings are not entirely new, but “expand on previous knowledge,” Persson said in an email. past studies have shown an increased risk of congenital malformations among obese mothers. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. The …

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

June 15, 2017

… passengers over the weekend. Image: grabid/instagram But while novelty rides such as these have typically served as marketing stunts for both Grab and Uber, this is the first time Grab has said it’s seriously considering offering helicopter rides as a commercial service. Grab’s Indonesia marketing director, Mediko Azwar, was quoted by AFP saying the past weekend’s trial was part of a feasibility study, and that the company was “exploring the possibility” of the …

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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

Image: YONHAP/EPA/REX/Shutterstock When Kelsang Dolma began sending in her college applications, the first thing she did was lock down her Twitter account. “I was applying to about 10 schools and I knew that every bit of information could be crucial,” said Dolma, now a junior at Yale University. “My Twitter by no means was offensive, but I worried that any little joke could be a deal breaker. Most of the schools I applied to had razor thin admission rates, so I wanted to be …

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Blue plaques: Who did you nominate for an award? – BBC News

June 14, 2017

“I can’t believe that this is happening,” he told the BBC. “You walk past so many blue plaques on buildings and you never suspect you’re going to be one of them. I’m just blown away by it, I really am.” Billy Bragg will unveil a plaque for David Bowie at the site of the Trident Studios in Soho, where the star recorded his multi-million selling albums Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. Bowie’s backing band The Spiders From Mars …

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Amazon’s great at selling its own batteries and baby wipes. But Food and fashion? Not yet

June 11, 2017

… buyers and sellers of all manner of things. In doing so, it has turned the retail industry upside down. Few companies haven’t felt the Amazon effect in some way. That success hasn’t blunted the company’s ambitions. Not content to just be the middleman, Amazon has begun in the past few years to slap its brand on all manner of productsdog crates, dumbbells, dried seaweedthrough an arsenal of cheap in-house brands. Not all have been hits. The company had a pretty rough time …

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Sanders allies emboldened by Labour’s gains in UK election

June 10, 2017

… opportunity over the past 24 hours to cast Corbyn’s strong showing as further proof that, as their saying goes, “Bernie would have won.” The phrase, a meme that serves as a love note to Sanders and mocks the argument that he was unelectable in 2016 (it is also frequently used to troll Clinton supporters), flooded social media as it became clear that Labour was on its way to serious gains. Moumita Ahmed, founder of “Millennials for Revolution,” told CNN in Chicago …

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U.S. internet speeds are improvingbut we’re still slow on mobile

June 8, 2017

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With A Flick Of His Mood, Trump Throws Allies Off Balance

June 7, 2017

… diplomatic flare-up in the Middle East, Mattis and had both expressed hope the tension between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates would be resolved soon. , Trumps national security team was also blindsided by his belligerent NATO speech. Trumps volatility when it comes to international alliances and agreements has already had far-reaching implications. In the past weeks, the leaders of some of Americas most powerful traditional allies have signaled they perceive a fundamental change in the …

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Apple teases HomePod challenger to Amazon Echo and Google Home

June 7, 2017

… apple If you’ve got HomeKit devices connected to it, you can also use Siri voice commands to control them as well. For example, “Hey Siri, turn up the temperature.” The speaker is one of the most significant new pieces of hardware to make its debut at WWDC in recent memory. At its annual developer conference, Apple typically shows off new software releases updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS not new hardware, though it has introduced new Macs at the show in the past. The …

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Want a U.S. visa? Please list your social media handles from the last 5 years.

June 2, 2017

… questionnaire on May 23. Among the new fields is a section dedicated solely to social media, in which applicants are asked to provide their “unique user name” for any online service used to “create or share content” over the past five years. Consular officials can also now ask applicants for all prior passport numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, and 15 years of biographical information under the new protocol, making the application process much more burdensome for …

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These googly eyes are bringing broken streets objects to life

June 2, 2017

… been eyebombing Sofia over the past two years, breathing life in the most unexpected places. His project got a flurry of attention in Bulgaria after an article in Bored Panda and now there are much more eyeballs on it (geddit?). Waka waka waka waka. Image: eyebombing bulgaria Krastev is hoping that it will develop into a grassroots movement, where people geolocate themselves moving around the city and follow the lead of other eyebombers. A plastic smile. Image: EYEBalling Bulgaria …

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DIY meal delivery service Blue Apron is going public

June 2, 2017

… overall; its revenue more than doubled in 2016 and grew fourfold the previous year. Even better, that rapid growth is outpacing its growth in losses. The financials show other hopeful signs too. The company actually managed to turn a profit in the first quarter of last year, and, on the whole, the balance sheet has stayed relatively steady by the standards of money-burning tech startups. At the same time, average order value and orders per customer haven’t grown much in the past two …

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7 traits of successful leaders who break barriers to create opportunity

June 2, 2017

Image: deviyanthi79/shutterstock Not long ago, one of my employees referred to me as a “bulldozer.” It didn’t sound great at first, but after listening to his reasoning, it became clear that he meant it as a compliment. Whether you’re a CEO or a president, a business development officer or an employee at any level, you’re going to have to get past major barriers to accomplish goals and create opportunity for your company. And to get past those barriers, you need a …

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The Apple App Store has paid out $70 billion to developers

June 2, 2017

… are up 58 percent in the past year. That might be the best news yet for companies that have worked to convince smartphone users to pay for content on their phones. Apple also pushed back against that notion that apps have peaked and that people aren’t downloading as many as the used to. Apple claimed that downloads have grown by 70 percent in the past year. Yup, pretty cool indeed. WATCH: Using only scissors and glue, this engineer makes impossible pop-up sculptures from plain paper …

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After a week with Nokia 3310, I just might ditch my smartphone

June 2, 2017

… phone. Or when I sit alone at a restaurant and everyone around me is staring at their smartphones, and I feel like a weirdo. On such occasions, I’d pull out my 3310 and immediately curse it, mostly because it’s just not a great time-killer (and I was totally over Snake after two days). It’s like having a cigarette that won’t light. But most of the time, I’m thankful for being able to soak up the real world around me. In the past week, I’ve read two books. I …

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Trump is back from Europe and ready to scare us all on Twitter again

May 29, 2017

… York Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush, who reminded readers that the President himself has made up sources before in the past. 3 correctives 1) @potus created false identities to leak in the 90s 2) he loved anti-Clinton leaks/Wikileaks 3) he’s been dodging reporters https://t.co/9cUFaIhN6e Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) May 28, 2017 4) His White House constantly asks to go on background with reporters + complains about leaks. Now leaks are false? https://t.co/RatisLNnu3 …

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The Unfortunate Consequences Of Correcting History

May 29, 2017

… ideologies, I suppose finding ways to kill symbols is the next best thing. Unfortunately, doing away with icons and insignia wont do anything to atone for the sins of the past – and it certainly wont do much of anything to deter the same old mistakes of history from being repeated. I find it ironic that the mayor of New Orleans referred to the monuments as celebrations of the lost cause of the Confederacy, since tearing down statues as a symbolic response to the institutional prejudices of …

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Coke’s new label in Romania is also a music festival wristband

… wear them regardless. Among Coke’s festival partners is Transylvania’s Untold, one of the premiere musical events in Europe. The ad campaign was supposedly prompted by market research showing that four in 10 Romanian teens hadn’t had Coke in the past month. The soda company now claims the efforts has already reached three quarters of that same group and boosted sales by more than 10 percent in the country. WATCH: The top best shots in cinema without those damn characters in …

May 28, 2017
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Don’t look back in anger: Music helps Manchester remember, and forget – BBC News

Image copyright Goodman/LNP/REX/Shutterstock Image caption This was one of a number of home-made signs responding to the past week’s events Music has always brought people together, especially in this city. Image caption These signs including “Mancs never scared 2 B proud” referred to the city’s bee emblem As the gig went on, Fray referred to the week’s events again. “Never stop doing what you enjoy,” he told the crowd between songs. Later, …

May 28, 2017
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