Day: February 3, 2017

Thrive Capital hires Obama’s Director of Product Josh Miller to focus on tech for the underprivileged

josh_miller_white_house Connections between the Obama administration and Silicon Valley abound, but particularly for Josh Kushner. The latest? Kushner’s venture firm Thrive Capital just hired Josh Miller, a member of the White House Office of Digital Strategy under President Barack Obama.
Miller, just 24 when he left Facebook to serve as the White House director of product, starts Monday at Thrive and… Read More

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Gardeners Have the Secret Sauce for Goal-Setting

Nine percent. That’s how many Americans follow through with their New Year’s resolutions. People see the beginning of each year as a chance to start over and strive to be the best version of themselves. So why do so many pull up short of the finish line?

In my experience, it starts with how we attack goals. Like most people, I used to jot mine down without considering how each specific one contributed to improving my whole self. That all changed after chance encounters with two books: James Allen’s “As a Man Thinketh” and Rock Thomas’ “The Power of Your Identity.” Allen likened people’s thoughts to a garden that needs to weed out bad ideas and nurture the good ones. Thomas, meanwhile, believes life is made up of eight gardens we should care for regularly.

Both immediately took my mind to goal-setting. Gardens die if we just leave them to fend for themselves. They depend on attention — as well as water and light — to survive. Goals also require attention and accountability. Fleshing them out, categorizing them, and diving into them headfirst can produce results that yield the magnificent, fully lived life you want to lead.

Where Should We Start Digging?

In my book “Wealth Can’t Wait”, I use gardens as a metaphor for maintaining balance when setting goals. We talk about how gardens die if we just leave them to fend for themselves; they depend on attention — as well as water and light — to survive.

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Goals also require attention and accountability. Fleshing them out, categorizing them, and diving into them headfirst can produce results that yield the magnificent, fully lived life you want to lead.

Before we start to plant, we need to diagnose where growth is needed. When applying this concept to my own life, I decided to get my hands dirty inside these eight gardens: family/relationship, spiritual/contribution, physical/nutrition/health, intellectual/education, lifestyle/adventure, environment/tribe, personal financial, and business.

Why these areas? Because the idea is balance. Most people can rattle off a bunch of goals, but you might have one tied to health and five tied to your job. Designating categories such as family, intellect, or finances as gardens in need of equal maintenance eventually produces balance everywhere.

By placing each goal in the relevant garden, neglected plots come into focus. Should your successful career come at the expense of your health? Should the 20 years spent building wealth to care for my family mean more than the 50 years I could spend doing it by paying attention to my health and wellness?

Of course not! Sometimes, there’s an all-or-nothing mindset with resolutions and goals in general. The key to making them last is to think about not only what you want to sprout from your garden, but also the best means to inspire growth.

Here’s how to do it:

Plot the layout

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Relax, take a breath, and go sit down somewhere. Spitball some ideas of what you’d like to achieve instead of labeling it as some kind of “goal-setting session” in bold, all-capital letters.

Make it fun. Brainstorm and record what you’re passionate about. Next, write down what it is that you need to do. You might need to spend more time with your family or improve your diet.

Print and post the goals where you can see them on a regular basis: on your screensaver, on your iPhone, on the mirror in the bathroom, or on the refrigerator. Ingrain them into your psyche.

Talk to fellow green thumbs

Your list of goals may be 15 to 30 items long. Pick gardens that line up with your lifestyle. Then, place each idea in a specific category.

Afterward, share with others. Rap with colleagues and friends. Pick one another’s brains. You might take one of their goals, or they might take one of yours. Either way, someone gets inspired and a life gets enriched.

Use every inch of dirt

Don’t waste an inch of your fertile ground. Find gaps where you might lack goals and areas that are too crowded. Too much in your finance garden? Incentivize yourself by planting more seeds in your lifestyle garden.

Success requires motivation, which often comes from being kind to yourself. Gaps in any garden are a red flag. Script your own life, and start asking questions. What would I like in this area? Why do I have scarcity there? These queries can help you determine how best to use your garden.

See Also: 4 Sure-Fire Ways to Motivate Yourself to Reach Your Goals

Tend to your seedlings

tend to your seedlings

Finally, make sure you review your life against your goals on a regular basis. Check things off when you finish them, keep your template or checklist handy, and don’t neglect it any more than you would one of your gardens.

This checklist shouldn’t be static. It should be constantly evolving. Goals should disappear when achieved and be replaced by new ones, just as early snowdrops and crocuses are replaced by lilies, tulips, and hyacinths.

See Also: How to Set Personal SMART Goals To Succeed 

Many of us strive for something shiny and new at the start of each year. Give your resolutions the forethought and care they need. That way, when you plant your gardens’ seeds in the cold winter months at the start of the year, they can mature into something to admire as the calendar continues to turn.

 

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12 Colorful Ways to Dress Up Your Home (On a Budget)

Take a look around. Yes, right now. Pause the movie, save your place in your book. Put down that glass of wine and that cupcake and look around at your space. Is your home looking a little dull, a little less you, these days? Maybe it’s time for some changes, time to express your colorful self.

Interior decorators are expensive. Painting the whole place would be both expensive and complicated. So how do you make changes to showcase your rainbow personality?

You can always add or switch out accessories to make your place in the world more colorful. Color is an excellent tool to help inspire mood and atmosphere in a home.

bright colors

For instance, red is warm, and depending on shade and depth, this color can represent intense emotion. It can also increase appetite. But red can also be irritating, and can raise blood pressure, so don’t overdo red.

To create an aura of peace and tranquility, add some cool shades of blue to dissolve tension and stress.

Shades of green are currently the most popular colors in today’s homes, and are restful to the eye. Green represents nature, and can add calming, healing touches to a room.

Yellow is sunny and happy, and can increase focus and energy.

Orange is gregarious and social-minded.

Lavender is restful, but purple can overwhelm. However, as a bright focal point, purple can be paired with yellow for a pop of color in certain accessories.

Eggshell and other shades of white such as antique and ivory, are elegant but can come off as bland if not paired with a splash of color.

Brown represents natural wood and leather. Too much of this color leans toward the masculine, but varying shades can be combined with brighter colors for an interesting balance.

Black is often difficult, sometimes gloomy, but in controlled amounts can be sophisticated, especially paired with grays and bright whites.

So now that you have your colors in mind, go out and find those things that speak your language. Hit thrift stores to find those special items that beg to go home with you. Search yard and garage sales for that something different that fits your colorful personality. Of course, second-hand is not the only way to go, new is not a bad thing, but people’s castoffs are often more interesting.

See Also: Top 10 Tips for Buying Stylish Furniture on a Budget 

Here is a list of ideas to brighten every room in your house or apartment.

colorful furnitures

1. Throw pillows. Mix and match with your furniture and existing color scheme, or go splashy with a variety of unexpected hues and patterns.

2. Add colorful throws to the backs of sofas, chairs, and love seats.

3. Put a few simple silk flower arrangements in unusual or unique containers. Check out Pinterest for imaginative vases, jars, cans, and baskets. Real cut flowers are naturally great for adding color, too, but, of course, they are temporary.

4. Living green plants bring soothing touches to a room. And there are many flowering plants that flourish inside with proper lighting. Use colorful planters or baskets, and remember that planters don’t always have to be round.

basket of colorful flowers

5. Find some small wicker tables and footstools and paint them unexpected colors.

6. Look for rugs, new or old, in patterns and colors that complement your furniture arrangements, or which stand out on their own.

7. Fill a focus wall with paintings, posters, or photos of things and places that are dear to you. Or find wood carvings, metal designs, or even pieces of bright fabric to add wall color.

important photos

8. Dress up photo frames with paint or unusual decorations such as sea shells, buttons, or other small items like raffia, ribbons, or twigs. You can also frame small mirrors and add paint or decorations to the frames.

9. New curtains or drapes can change the look of a room. Use unusual fabrics for curtains instead of buying ready-made. You can even dress things up by painting curtain rods or using quirky objects such as branches, small-link chains, or rope to hang curtains.

10. Change your kitchenware. Old plates, bowls, cups and saucers, found in antique stores and thrift shops can be charming colorful dishware for your table, or they can even double as wall and shelf decorations. If you buy new dishes, go for the square plates and platters in cheery colors. Hint: Remember that red increases appetite.

11. Buy new bed linens in a multitude of colors and patterns. Don’t forget colorful towels for the bathroom.

colorful towels

12. Collections of teapots, ceramic figures, bottles, unusual coffee mugs, hats, and other items that catch your fancy, are great for adding colorful touches.

See Also: 6 Decor Hack to Make Your House look Pretty 

So. Color. It’s as simple as that. Surround yourself with the colors of the sea. Or a sunset. Or pumpkins or sunshine, green leaves or red apples. Or all of the above. Get out of the house tomorrow morning and find those things that say You. But first, finish your wine and that cupcake.

 

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Creamy Celery Soup

Creamy Celery Soup

Time to curl up under a cozy blanket and enjoy a warm bowl of soup. This week’s pick? A classic creamy celery soup.

Like cabbage, celery is an oft neglected vegetable, prized for its place in a mirepoix, but rarely the star of the show. Which is silly when you think about it, given how good celery is in soups. (Can you imagine chicken soup without it?)

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Finding your Fitness Passion

Fitness is a tough fish to catch, but more so when you don’t love what you do. It doesn’t make sense to routinely do something you absolutely despise, does it? So why bother? Especially if you can find an alternative.

In a fitness regimen, there is no such thing as one size fits all. Just because someone looks good exercising in a particular way doesn’t mean that their routine will be applicable to you.

If you want to start getting fit, the best approach is to find the right type and the right mix of exercises that suit your fitness level, your lifestyle, and the time you have. The routine should be something that you will likely stick to for a long time.

I’m going to give you a peek into my mindset, about how you can tailor your fitness regime to your liking.

Know Thyself

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The key to finding the right fitness regimen that will suit you best is to know yourself. Determine where you want to work, which will also depend on where you live and the facilities available. There are several workout or physical activities that you can do around the house, in your yard or at a park near you. If you want something more conventional, locate a gym or a fitness center near your place of work or residence for convenience and easier commute.

The next step, would be to find out with whom you want to workout. You can go solo or with company. There are people who find it more comfortable to do things alone, although there are some benefits when you are with a group as they can give you support. You can ask a friend to join you or find a community or club for your particular sport.

An introvert usually gravitates to activities that require focus, precision and high concentrations such as tennis, weight training, archery, walking, cycling or swimming. On the flip side, an extrovert loves fast-paced activities and team sports such as circuit training, group fitness classes and ball games.

See Also: 20 Excellent Reasons To Join A Yoga School 

Personalize your Fitness

What kind of a person are you, overall? I know, it’s a doozy but let’s try to mull over this one. Here are a few questions you could ask yourself to narrow down your options:

• Are you competitive in nature?
• Do you tend to get emotional & reactive?
• Do you find yourself aching to find relaxation in day-to-day activities?
• Are you looking for ‘fun’ or ‘work’?

A competitive individual for example, would most certainly enjoy competing against the clock in a high intensity interval training (HIIT) settings. A person who tends to be emotional and reactive, could find relaxation by taking part in martial arts – what Freud would call sublimation in psychological terms.

If you’re someone who’s looking for a more free-spirited workout regime, dance classes could be a great fit for you.

When answering these questions, keep in mind all along that research has revealed that when you engage in activities that go well with personality, you’ll be able to stick to them longer. Also, when you think of ‘workout’ as ‘fun’ – you eat less afterwards, as you view it as an activity that’s rewarding by itself, and needs no compensation.

See Also: 8 Fitness Hacks That Will Make Your Life Better 

Other Factors: Time & Overall Health

time efficient workouts

After we’ve gotten through all of the above, you should consider two other factors that are important as well.

One being your overall health – meaning if you have any previous injuries that might turn out to be debilitating in your fitness endeavors, or alternatively, conditions that might show up with high bouts of exercise.

The second would be the amount of time you can allocate towards fitness. If you’re pressed for time, you can check out some time-efficient workouts. You might want to try time-saving routines such as high intensity interval training (HIIT) or possibly circuit training. HIIT has become very popular among people who want to be fit but do not have much time for longer workout methods.

Another option is to sign up for online classes that are available 24/7 so you can work out any time of the day. They provide a mix of routines that are not boring and are synced to great music to keep you motivated and inspired.

Finding the right exercise routine that is suitable for you entails a bit of initial research. I really hope I’ve managed to put things into order for you, and gave you some food for thought.

Best of luck!

 

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Europe is trolling the hell out of Trump one hilarious video at a time

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It all started when a Dutch satirical show produced a cheeky tourism ad introducing the U.S. President to the “tiny country” and asking Trump (in his own voice) if he would make ‘The Netherlands Second?’ 

He’s already putting America first, as we all know.

Now other European countries are following suit and producing a range of parody videos. Here’s a selection: 

Switzerland

Switzerland was the first to respond with a “Switzerland Second” video made by the satirical TV show Deville Late Night’s on SRF channel:

“We’re not flat, like for example the Netherlands. They are so flat. Total disaster.” Read more…

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Watch this woman walk away nonchalantly as vehicles tumble around her

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An unverified video, most likely a CCTV footage, has been doing the rounds on social media. And it is both scary and hilarious. 

In the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, a woman bypassed all traffic rules to come in the way of a vehicle, but managed to escape unhurt. The vehicle then went and rammed into a bike which led to a mini commotion. 

Meanwhile, the woman literally turned a blind eye to the incident and marched on. 

She was later criticized on Twitter for her carelessness and nonchalance towards what could have been a major accident.  Read more…

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Outdoor ad firm buys Swiss dating app Blinq to power beacon push

Blinq The dating game sure is tough to maintain. Zurich-based dating app Blinq has been acquired by a Swiss outdoor advertising firm, APG|SGA, with the latter coveting the team’s experience in rolling out beacon networks for a new division that will be developing interactive ads. Read More

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Best app ever lets you create your own Trump Executive Order memes

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You’ve seen the memes: President Trump proudly displaying the latest Executive Order, only the text has been replaced with a kid’s drawing. Or a proclamation that anime is now illegal. Or something equally silly and fun. 

Now you can create your own meme if you have an Android phone, using a new app called Donald Draws: Executive Doodle  

The app, noticed by Android Police, is simple: Draw or write whatever comes to mind — OK, not THAT, let’s keep it civil here — and poof, the app will slap it onto Trump’s Executive Order in a short video. You can even add a photo from your gallery. Read more…

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A Good American: a documentary about Bill Binney, an NSA whistleblower who says 9/11 could have been prevented

Bill Binney resigned from the NSA in October 2001, after 30 years with the agency where he was viewed as one of their best analysts: he quit because he believed that Bush-appointed leaders in the Agency had chosen to respond to the challenge of electronic communications by building out illegal, indiscriminate mass-surveillance programs that left the country vulnerable to terrorists while diverting billions to private contractors with political connections.
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Norwegian paper publishes spectacularly viral Donald Trump burn

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LONDON — The current trend of Trump-based mockery is spreading across Europe like wildfire.

We’ve had parody videos from the Netherlands, parody videos from Switzerland, and now we Norwegian people crow-barring Trump jokes into their newspapers.

Earlier in the week, journalist Kim Rathcke Jensen shared an extract from a Norwegian paper and added the translation. It’s since gone viral in a big way:

From a Norwegian paper:
– If you were stranded on an island, who would you bring along?
– I’ll take one for the team and bring along Trump pic.twitter.com/HMPo5FQQ7K

— Kim Rathcke Jensen (@kinablog) January 31, 2017 Read more…

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James Corden sings with Queen in glorious head-to-head battle

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In fairness to James Corden, he is a pretty good singer.

But when it comes to a competitive head-to-head with former American Idol runner-up and current Queen frontman Adam Lambert, though, he’s got his work cut out for him. 

Luckily, the two manage to put their differences aside at the end for a glorious rendition of “Somebody to Love”.

We’d totally go and watch that.

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4 Ways Technology is Gradually Ruining Humanity and How to Tackle it

Technology surely has done a lot more good than harm — the communication, socialization, research, etc, couldn’t have been any better. However, we can’t afford to disregard the side effects that accompany these benefits.

A research by OECD, reported by BBC, showed that despite the $17.5 billion invested annually on Education, students’ grades are degrading progressively. Most shocking, perhaps, is the findings by Jampp that showed that excessive use of tech gadgets is rapidly destroying the human brain and attention span. However, these are only a few from the list of side effects we often fail to take note of.

Cutting off technology entirely and living the ancient way is never a point intended. However, taking note of the below side effects will make us more aware on how much we use technology.

Divided attention

There are lots and lots of things technology has got the human mind occupied with — the social platforms, the software and apps, and so on.

As a result of these distractions, a research by Microsoft showed that the human focus is rapidly dropping — from 12 secs in the year 2000, it’s presently 8 seconds which is even shorter than a goldfish’s 9 seconds.

Though technology has made things a lot easier, our time seems to be limited with every upgrade in technology. As a result, we see multitasking as the only way out and this, in turn, retards our focus.

  • How to tackle this

While utilizing tech gadgets, strive to be environment-conscious. While in a physical conversation, ignore all tech gadgets and focus. Focus only on the task at hand and ignore every other thing.

Reading a book? Ignore mobile notifications and focus.

See Also: Technology in the Classroom — Should Technology Take Over The Education System?

Destruction of sense organs

mobile games

Take a second to imagine what the sharp light rays emitted by your mobile in the dark does to your eye. Or better still, imagine how much excessive use of Siri, Cortana, etc, is weakening your memory capacity.

Before, you could easily memorize long mobile numbers, addresses, appointments, etc. Presently, however, mobile apps have taken away the need for your brain to work so hard thereby leaving your brain dormant.

A series of scientific research has clearly shown how tech gadgets are massively depriving humanity of sleep, destroying the human vision, and retarding the brain functionality.

  • How to tackle this

Set a sleep schedule and act strictly on it. Disconnect from all tech gadgets at least an hour before going to bed. And when you wake, quit making your cell phone priority. Instead, exercise, meditate, and rest before kicking off the day.

Also, don’t abandon all the brain works, notifications and data to your cell phone. Strive to keep some in your brain to keep the brain active. Also play brain games like puzzle, sudoku, chess, etc.

See Also: Are You Sleep Deprived? 8 Health Risks Of Poor Sleep 

Idleness and Laziness

couch potatoes

Presently, as a result of technology, some people have become “couch potatoes.” This is simply because working, shopping, communication, socialization, and whatnot, can all be done over the internet.

However, have you ever imagined what staying at a particular spot for a long time with little or no form of activeness really does to the body?

A physiological study at Tel Aviv University, published in the American Journal of physiology stated leading such a sedentary lifestyle causes accumulation of more fat cells and also increases the chances of obesity.

What’s more shocking, perhaps, is that according to research, the dangers caused by excessive inactivity are irreversible by exercise or whatsoever. Also, men who spent 4 or more hours a day being inactive had a 50% higher chance of dying from any cause.

  • How to tackle this

Exercise, exercise, and exercise! Do yoga, running or cycling. Do anything that raises the pace of your blood flow. Don’t sit back, stare at the television and order things around all day. Get off your ass and go get things done.

Technology only exists to ease stress — not to make you into a couch potato!

Impatience

Every tech improvement seems to be concerned chiefly with speed — from the 2G, 3G to the 4G and still progressing; we all love speed.

As a result of this, humans tend to apply speed to every other aspect of living. The latest internet and business statistics show that 40% of people will abandon a site that fails to load under 3secs.

Speed is necessary to accomplish many tasks. However is speed necessary to perfect those tasks?

Lots of accidents occur on a daily basis, lots of tasks are accomplished poorly, and lots of individuals give up on tasks after calculating the time it’d take to accomplish. Where’s the patience?

Speed is very important. However excessive haste makes waste.

  • How to tackle this

Instead of scrolling through articles to only get the scope, multitasking to seem productive, or jumping from task to task, try slowing it all down instead. No matter how boring the movie, article or show is, see it to the very end and take note of every bit of it. This will play a role or two in boosting your patience.

Conclusion

With the above points in place, it’s pretty clear that every advantage is often accompanied by a disadvantage. The goal, however, is to enjoy more of the advantages and suffer less harm.

Hence, pay attention to your rate of usage of the tech gadgets in your everyday life and strive as much as possible to keep the side effects they cause to a minimum.

 

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Don't ever try to use 'Harry Potter' against J.K. Rowling in an argument

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LONDON — As we’ve learned over the past week, throwing insults at J.K. Rowling on Twitter is a very bad idea.

But attempting to use references from her own books to win an argument? That’s an even worse plan.

Following on from her repeated shut-downs of the people threatening to burn her books, someone else accused her of using “the mark of the beast in a children’s novel”.

It didn’t end well for them.

Nicolas Flamel doesn’t die in the Potter books. Seriously, read before you burn, it’ll make attacking me so much easierpic.twitter.com/cU8AOMS21F

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 2, 2017 Read more…

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Elon Musk defends meeting with Trump: 'Does not mean I agree'

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Elon Musk, one of the tech leaders that joined President Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum in December 2016, will not be leaving just yet, despite not being too happy with some of the Trump administration’s decisions. 

On Friday, Musk posted a public note explaining why he didn’t quit the council. 

“Advisory councils simply provide advice and attending does not mean that I agree with actions by the administration,” he wrote in the note that he shared on Twitter. 

Musk also said he would express his objections to Trump’s recent executive order on immigration — or so-called the “Muslim ban” — at the scheduled council meeting on Friday.  Read more…

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Magikarp-shaped taiyaki pancake is the most obvious yet genius evolution

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Magikarp is pretty much a flop as a Pokémon, but as a pancake, it’s a genius idea.

One specialty store in Japan has decided to make a Magikarp version of the traditional fish-shaped taiyaki pancake.

Magikarp’s appeal is, undoubtedly, super effective: 

帰りによって美味しくゲットできたよ!!くりこ庵のコイキング(たい焼き)!!(っ’ヮ’c)ウッヒョォォ♥
袋可愛いのに裏がメチャ切ないのシュールwww pic.twitter.com/0VzTGPZTrL

— でちゃう!WEB (@dechau_WEB) January 23, 2017

Magikarp Taiyaki https://t.co/hn9chmT9Yn What more is there to say? pic.twitter.com/fxZlmEntpS

— Tofugu (@tofugu) February 2, 2017

横浜のくりこ庵ってとこのコイキング焼き♡
なにこれ可愛い…!♡ pic.twitter.com/vb9K1UbrZi

— りこ。 (@riko_na_11) February 2, 2017 Read more…

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This might be Kellyanne Conway’s most ‘alternative fact’ yet

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President Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway has blamed two Iraqi refugees for a massacre that never happened. 

Conway is building a reputation for citing falsehoods, untruths and outright lies as “alternative facts“. The latest such example of this is an interview she did with MSNBC where she spoke about the “Bowling Green massacre” in an effort to defend Trump’s controversial travel ban. The trouble is there was no such massacre. 

“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalised and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” Conway told host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball programme.  Read more…

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Irish schoolkids have very blunt opinions about Donald Trump

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Kids really don’t beat around the bush when they’re asked a question.

In the video above the children of St. Ultan’s Primary School in Dublin, Ireland were asked by the Independent for their thoughts on Donald and Melania Trump.

Their responses on Trump range from “He’s filthy rich” and “He likes building walls” to “He’s a nightmare” and “He looks like he gots loads of spray tans gone wrong”.

The video has had well over 5,500 likes and around 9000 shares on Facebook, but it’s also drummed up some concern.

“Not sure this is good for kids,” wrote Ann Duffy in the most-liked comment. “We teach them not to make fun of people and then we do it!” Read more…

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Mobile recharge shops in India's largest state are selling phone numbers of young girls: Report

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A new safety issue has surfaced for young girls in northern India. 

Phone recharge shops in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state by geography, are reportedly selling mobile phone numbers of innocent girls.

Local police say that prices depend on the ‘looks’ of the girls and vary between Rs 50 (74 cents) to Rs 500 ($7). Buyers include boys of the area who stalk these women with calls and obscene photos thereafter.

The shocking racket was busted when a 24X7 police helpline set up by the UP chief minister was flooded with complaints from women about unsolicited calls from boys. About 90% of those complaints dealt with harassment of women over phone calls, the Hindustan Times report added. Read more…

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Samsung Pay to launch in India in first half of 2017

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Domestic companies cashing in on India’s cash crunched market with epayment solutions will soon have competition from a global technology giant — Samsung.

Samsung plans to launch its Samsung Pay mobile payment solution in India in the first half of 2017, according to a person familiar with the matter. 

For bringing Samsung Pay in India, the company has partnered with American Express (Amex), said the person, adding that the company may be exploring opportunities with giants such as Visa and MasterCard as well.   

American Express has been one of the partners of Samsung for the epayment solutions in several other regions including the USA, South Korea and Australia. Elsewhere, Samsung has also partnered with MasterCard and Visa, the two financial services companies that see billions of transactions worldwide on their networks every year.  Read more…

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ELLE's new video challenging gender stereotypes is going viral for all the right reasons

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Gender inequality has been a subject of much debate and discourse in India. While the country’s popular arts and entertainment tend to reinforce gender stereotypes, some socially-conscious advertising of late has managed to break the clutter. 

One such example is the #UnGender series by ELLE India. 

In partnership with WEvolve, a global campaign that brings men and women together to address gender inequality using art and media, it has released a video that subtly captures the daily struggles of Indian women in a gender-unequal society. Read more…

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Japan's largest messenger app is taking on Slack with chat for work

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One hot rival has entered the arena for workplace messaging. 

Japan’s most popular messenger app Line announced on Thursday the launch of Line Works, its chat app for offices. 

Line Works is available for iOS and Android smartphones, and for Windows and Mac on the desktop.

The company, which is owned by South Korean web firm Naver, has an average of 218 million monthly active users, and is immensely popular in Japan and other Asian countries such as Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia.

Line is well known for its iconic stickers, which generated $280 million for the company in 2015. Read more…

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Ivanka Trump posts another video of her daughter singing in Chinese and it worked

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Donald Trump might have made some enemies in China, but his granddaughter continues to win hearts with her latest viral Chinese song.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, posted a timely video on Instagram featuring her daughter Arabella Kushner singing a song for Chinese New Year.

The video has been subsequently reposted on Weibo by the state-run Global Times, and has been viewed 18 million times already, less than 24 hours after the Ivanka Trump’s original Instagram post. Read more…

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Crunch Report | Snap files publicly for its massive IPO

Snap files publicly for its massive IPO, Uber will pause its service in Taiwan starting February 12th, Pokémon GO crosses $1 billion in revenue, Facebook lets you search images by content and Licking County government gets its offices shut down by ransomware. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

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Medium plans to launch a consumer subscription product this quarter

evan-williams Medium CEO Ev Williams announced today at Upfront Summit that his company will launch a consumer subscription product, with the first version coming this quarter. This could help develop an additional revenue stream apart from advertisements. Finding a strong revenue source is critical, since Medium decided to lay off 50 staff, close its New York office, and announce a new direction last… Read More

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Elon Musk says he’ll present objections to Trump’s immigration order at Friday advisory council meeting

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23:  White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller (L) and Klaus Kleinfeld of Arconic visit with Elon Musk (C) of SpaceX before a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Business leaders who also attend the meeting included Elon Musk of SpaceX, Mark Sutton of International Paper, Michael Dell of Dell Technologies, Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin, Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical and others.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a statement about his participation in Donald Trump’s economic advisory council, and a scheduled meeting of the group tomorrow. Musk said that he and others on the council will take the opportunity to voice their opposition to the president’s executive order on immigration and suggest how it might be changed. Musk took the opportunity to specifically… Read More

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Team BlackSheep’s Vendetta is a fast racing drone with a high learning curve

l1000549 Drone racing as a sport is taking off, with teams, sponsors and television networks all getting in on the action of this developing scene. There’s a professional drone racing league, live streaming and even drone-racing simulators, where drone-pilot hopefuls can try emulating the real thing. But what if you want to actually take to the skies with a racing drone? Team… Read More

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CEO Evan Spiegel’s Snap ownership is worth about $3.5 billion

snapchat-ads Snapchat parent Snap Inc. has finally revealed its long-awaited IPO filing. The social messaging company, which plans to go public in early March, just shared details about its growth trajectory and financials.  And while we knew that Snap has raised at least $2.4 billion in capital from a long list of investors, we now know the ownership percentages. We also know the pre-IPO values of… Read More

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