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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New US sanctions on Russia inflame old tensions

June 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)Russia’s frustration with the Trump administration boiled over Wednesday, with Moscow abruptly canceling talks designed to improve ties with the US and threatening retaliation for sanctions the White House renewed Tuesday. Analysts say that Russia’s leaders also want to convey in no uncertain terms that, after waiting for Trump to establish warmer ties, they’re now ready to get more adversarial if need be. …

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Uber finally admits tipping isn’t an inconvenience, tests it in 3 cities

June 21, 2017

… need” to tip their drivers. Meanwhile, tipping has become more of a sticking point for workers across the gig economyat Instacart, Postmates, and Lyft. Lyft has offered tipping pretty much since its launch in 2012 and has called it “the right thing to do.” This week, Lyft announced drivers had earned $250 million in tips. Along with that milestone, Lyft updated its app to prompt riders to tip $2, $5, and $10 instead of $1, $2, and $5 for rides that cost more than $25. …

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

June 17, 2017

… administration; and not on Thursday. That Trump has been unwilling or unable to move on this front is both a product of an intense, at times underappreciated, lobbying effort by immigration advocates and a testament to the difficulties of removing a benefit once it is in place. Their stories and their contributions are the most significant thing protecting DACA, Cecilia Muoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Barack Obama, said. On some level, it is widely …

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

June 16, 2017

… drivers from pretty much Day One. Firas, a Brooklyn native, didn’t even have to take the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) test to become a driver. Now they all do. One thing they all have in common, though, is that Uber had them watch a two-hour training video, one they could go through at their leisure on their home computer. Zhejun, who is 25 and wants to go back to school to get his masters in economics, tried to describe its contents to me. It’s mostly the TLC rules, but a few …

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Of course cable companies are going to screw up the internet

June 15, 2017

… doesn’t exist apart from capitalism. That’s why the ongoing net neutrality debate is so important. The internet is a a lot of things to a lot of people, but the one universal thing is that it’s fair. Your bits are as good as my bits are as good as Google’s bits. To keep it that way, we need rules. The U.S. government is well on its way to eliminating those rules and putting the responsibility of keeping the internet open entirely on the companies best-positioned to …

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Jeff Sessions’ explanation for firing Comey just doesn’t make sense

June 15, 2017

… doing exactly the right thing. You had no criticism of him. You felt that in fact he was a skilled professional prosecutor. You felt that his last statement in October was fully justified. So how can you go from those statements to agreeing with Mr. Rosenstein and then asking the President, or recommending he be fired? SESSIONS: I think, in retrospect, as all of us begin to look at that clearly and talk about it, as perspectives of the Department of Justice, once the director had first got …

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

June 11, 2017

… internet’s baby wipes market. Not one to rest on its laurels, Amazon is meanwhile busy pushing into more unchartedand shakierground. Its ambitious new efforts include a host of higher-end fashion lines and premium food labels. Those endeavors bring some fresh challenges. Marketing boring household commodities is one thing; people don’t tend to particularly care who makes something like a surge protector or a cutting board as long as it’s cheap. Clothes and food are a …

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Run, Hide, Tell? London Attack Response Likely Saved Lives

June 5, 2017

… victim's first instinct might be to freeze on the spot. "The best thing you can do is to get as far away from the source of the danger as possible," said Denis Fischbacher-Smith, a risk analyst and professor at the University of Glasgow. "But it's never going to be a universal solution. It's never going to work all the time." Saturday's attack unfolded over a few minutes: First, a rented van veered off the road and drove into pedestrians on busy London …

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A comprehensive look at the antics of national court jester Sean Spicer

June 5, 2017

… vanilla cc @Nationals Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 7, 2015 It was the world’s most wholesome, one-sided feud and we are so here for it. Do you even chew gum, bro? When this White House press secretary isn’t tweeting about his disappointment with Dippin’ Dots, he can probably be found eating gum. That’s right, according to an old Washington Post article Spicer has a thing for cinnamon flavored Orbit gum. But he doesn’t just chew it, no. He goes hard and …

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Facebook, stop trying to make Pokes happen, okay?

June 4, 2017

Stop with the Poke imitations, Facebook.Image: Zaur Rahimov Facebook is up to its old tricks again, trying to reintroduce one of its original features but like Mean Girls‘ second-fiddle Gretchen Wieners trying to make fetch a thing, it’s just not gonna happen. The social network is trying to bring back that slightly creepy, uncomfortably direct notification that you never quite understood: the Poke. The new feature, called Hello, is essentially a Poke in the form of a Wave, allowing …

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Election 2017: Five key things about the Question Time special – BBC News

June 3, 2017

… David Dimbleby accusing him of dodging the question. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn was asked what he would do in the event of nuclear war “If we did use it, millions are going to die. You have to think this thing through,” Mr Corbyn said. “I would decide on the circumstances at the time,” he said. The Conservative Party press office tweeted: “Corbyn’s answer on this Trident question is about as long as the 4 …

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This teen’s father gave her the best gift on her last day of high school

June 2, 2017

… “On my last day of high school I pulled out my lunch and found a sheet of wikiHow directions inside the bag with two unpeeled oranges (for the first time in many many years),” Meg wrote. Yes, her dad sent her to school with a WikiHow article. That’s just brutal. Image: Meg Sullivan/twitter While cute and obviously a joke, Meg says that there is some real sadness in this whole thing. “I’m his last kiddo leaving for college this year and you can tell he’s …

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

June 2, 2017

… deal. I don’t even have to worry about data; no passwords are stored on it. I can take it to the beach, worry-free. Its battery lasts forever, at least by smartphone standards. Two weeks of battery life? Not unimaginable at this point, but I’m not sure: I only charged it once so far. One less thing to worry about. There are times when I miss my smartphonewhen I need to check a ferry schedule, or when I’m working out and the wi-fi dies, and I can’t tether my laptop to my …

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reMarkable E-Ink tablet has papers number

June 1, 2017

… ink is impressive. It should also be noted that while the reMarkable’s 226 DPI resolution is lower than that of Amazon’s 300 PPI (essentially the same as DPI) Kindle Oasis, E-Ink-based Kindle reader, it is the highest resolution for a screen of its size. Even up close, the lines look incredibly smooth for an electronic ink product. The screen is also a touch screen. You tap it twice to access the menu. The only thing I didnt like is that there are no gestures for, say, undo. You must …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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Election blind dates: Nigel Farage and Rachel Johnson – BBC News

May 30, 2017

… taken a toll on his personal life What was the best thing about the date? Having a laugh with her. She always radiates a certain something. What was the worst thing? Nothing bad at all. What did you talk about? We talked about our belief systems and why we’ve done what we’ve done in our lives. We talked about what we do when we’re not working. I think she is very well organised. She plays a lot of tennis and all the rest of it, and I’ve probably done too little of it …

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

May 29, 2017

… Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 28, 2017 In the ’90s, Trump was known for sending anonymous tips about none other than Donald Trump to The New York Post. He frequently hid under the names John Barron and John Miller. Last May, the Washington Post obtained a recording by a man claiming to be Trump’s media spokesman. “Hes starting to do tremendously well financially,” Miller said. Remember when that was the most disturbing thing the President could do? Ah, the good old …

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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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Cloak and Dagger is a new Android attack that can steal your passwords and more

… device. The researchers claim they tested it on 20 human subjects, none of which had realized what was going on. The one thing that protects users right now is the fact that to do all this, the malicious app must be downloaded from Google’s official Play Store, meaning that it has to pass Google’s security checks. But from past examples we know it’s definitely possible for malicious hackers to slip in a malware-infested app into Play Store. …

May 27, 2017
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All the weird news that happened on the day ‘Star Wars’ opened 40 years ago

… nuclear nightmares. I mean a literal atomic bomb. SEE ALSO: ‘Star Wars’ Producer Blasts ‘Star Wars’ Myths At precisely 8:59:59am local time on May 25 1977, the U.S. detonated a 150-kiloton nuclear device codenamed Crewline in the middle of Nevada. It was buried in a shaft half a klick below ground between Table Mountain and Morey Peak, a valley as desolate as the desert of Tatooine. This was, of course, just the kind of thing superpowers did in those days, irradiated …

May 26, 2017
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How To Plan Ahead So You Avoid The Burnout After Memorial Day Weekend

… first thing in the morning may feel like the right way to ease back into the workflow, but its more likely that youre just setting yourself up for failure. Its actually better for you to start your day with morecomplex work, and leave more simple tasks like email management for later in the day, when your energy will likely be at its absolute lowest point. Reward yourself by going out for a walk during your lunch break. After spending all weekend outside enjoying the beautiful weather, the last …

May 25, 2017
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The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

… to put one on Google Chromecast, a gadget that puts apps and video on your TV. Same result. Virtual Unreality Nowadays, the prevailing narrative is that virtual reality will re-energize the porn industry. After I spoke to Alec Helmy, the publisher of XBIZ, whocalled Mikandi the future, he wrote back and mentioned VR. Buzzfeed, in its lengthy porn feature, paints VR as the great porn hope. You hear the same thing from, well, WIRED. But the future is more complicated than that. Think of Chris …

May 23, 2017
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Watch The Russians Laugh At Us In This Video Clip

… of a beaming Trump shaking hands with Lavrov and Kislyak, which the White House had reportedly been assured would not be done. The controversial meeting was the day after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey over the Russian thing with Trump and Russia, the president later told NBC News. The mortifying video clip of Lavrov joking about the president is another example that America isnt so much becoming great again, but an international laughingstock, several publications pointed out. Trump …

May 20, 2017
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