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Technology is awesome. With a smartphone in your pocket and a laptop on your desk, you only need to remember which programs you're using as your external brain. While the bulk of those processes work great for me—I'm still a die-hard pen and paper addict. Here's why.
Facebook has started working with a data mining service to pair together your email address and other information stored on Facebook with advertising products to see what (and if) you're clicking on ads. Privacy advocates aren't too fond of this, but thankfully you can keep it from happening. We've known that Facebook is already tracking your every move online , but the data Facebook is using now isn't just about browser cookies.
Even when it's something as simple as an IKEA bookshelf, building something with your hands is always a satisfying feeling. According to Psychology Today, it also adds value to an object's worth. The self-satisfaction of successfully completing a DIY project is really all that matters, but Psychology Today's suggestion is that building things yourself makes you value them higher: The act of building something, putting your own blood and sweat (and if we're being honest, plenty of frustrated swearing) into a physical object, seems to imbue it with additional value above and beyond its inherent quality, which the researchers dub the "IKEA effect." For instance, in one study, participants who built a simple IKEA storage box themselves were willing to pay much more for the box than a group of participants who merely inspected a fully built box.
Back in August, Gmail launched a new feature that’s proven to be one of its most effective tools in the fight against email overload: the Priority Inbox . The feature attempts to automatically sort your incoming email based on importance, and while it’s far from perfect, it has led to a 15% reduction in the amount of time people spend staring at their inboxes.
PirateBox is a self-contained file sharing device that blankets the area around it with an anonymous and secure file sharing network.
The PowerCurl is a clip-on cord wrap for Apple’s 45W, 60W and 85W MagSafe and MagSafe 2 Power Adapters.
You’re no doubt reading this article because you’ve got a shiny new Android phone, but there’s just one problem: you’re so addicted that the battery runs out on a daily basis.
Click to view We've featured gobs of great Mac freeware over the course of the year—now it's time to check out the best.
Mac OS X only: Speed read through text on your Mac with iReadFast, a simple app that you paste text into so it can play it back at a speed you set. iReadFast simply flashes the text, one word at a time, in a single screen. Sound seizure-inducing?