The Six Lists You Need To Make Every Day Productive

When tackling the tasks on your to-do list, it helps to match the action with your productivity levels, says Rizzo. She takes care of tasks that require more focus, such as writing, at the beginning of the day when she’s fresh. Smaller things, like phone calls or emails, are put at the bottom of the list, to be completed after lunch when her mind is more fatigued. When distractions pop up during the day that could throw you off of your game, refer to your to-do list, and reset your intention for day.

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Facebook tests Shopping feed and immersive ads for in-app purchases

Facebook is testing two new shopping features that could ruin the recovery of impulse buyers trying to kick the habit. While they are two distinct additions, both enable you to make purchases from within the mobile apps. The first experimental feature is called Canvas, and it turns the typical scrolling FB ads you see into immersive ones. When you click on an advertisement that has the capability, it loads a full-screen page where you can choose the item variant/color and buy it on the spot -- no need to launch the seller's website.

15 Habits That Will Totally Transform Your Productivity

People who manage to get a lot accomplished each day aren't super human, they've just mastered a few simple habits. Some may be easy to guess: Keep your desk organized and aim for around eight hours of sleep a night. But others, like taking a mid-day nap or complaining, might surprise you. Productivity Week The Most Productive Month Of My Life How To Craft A Perfect Productive 40-Hour Work Week The Three Biggest Differences Being Busy And Productive Who Is More Productive: Multitaskers or Monotaskers? The Six Lists You Need To Make Every Day Productive Four Strategies To Carve Out Two Really Productive Hours Every Day 6 Sleep Habits Of Productive People Getting More Done At Work Won’t Make You As Happy As Just Working Less

Decoding the Dorsey myth, a Jobsian fantasy

Dorsey, on the other hand, started working for a podcasting startup called Odeo when he was 29. While at Odeo, Dorsey shared his vision for the platform that ultimately came to be known as Twitter. He became one of the key engineers developing the service and, in 2006, sent the first tweet. Dorsey worked his way up to CEO quickly, but resigned two years later under pressure from the company’s board, who thought Dorsey was devoting too much time to his personal life and not enough time to the company. Shortly thereafter, he founded Square, which disrupted the payments industry with its initial product: a tiny credit card reader that could be affixed to a phone through a headphone jack.

Acer's new portable all-in-one Windows 10 PC is already old news

The more interesting of the pair is the all-in-one Aspire Z3-700 (above). It has a built-in battery that will allow users to take the device on the go, while the addition of a mouse and keyboard will turn it into a regular PC if you're staying put. However, with the Z3 weighing in at 2 kilograms and offering only five hours of battery life, it's unlikely that it will make for a convenient carry, and Acer has offered  similar battery-powered AIOs in the past without much success. The 17.3-inch full HD display is also on the large side, and a choice of Pentium or Celeron processors don't promise much power. However, this isn't priced as a speed machine, and Acer is promising the Z3 will be available in EMEA markets from €599 ($681) sometime near the end of the year.

AMC launches official 'Walking Dead' game for iOS - CNET

From AMC and Next Games, this is the "official mobile game" of the hit TV series. Unlike the story-driven action in Telltale's episodic Walking Dead (which, incidentally, was just pulled from the App Store owing to iOS 9 compatibility issues), but similar to the recent The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, No Man's Land is a tactical role-playing game -- and a pretty fun one at that.

Luke Skywalker gets crushed by an AT-AT in Battlefront video - CNET

After looking like he might single-handedly defeat the Empire in the Battle of Hoth, Luke Skywalker's life gets cut short in this Star Wars Battlefront gameplay video.

$4 million laser razor campaign banned from Kickstarter is already on Indiegogo

Despite the , the razor was speedily funded on Kickstarter, steaming past its $160,000 goal to raise $4 million before being suspended. Since moving to Indiegogo, the identical campaign has attracted more than $48,000 in pledges under the site's "flexible funding" rule. This means that even if the funding target ($160,000 again) is not reached, Skarp will still get to keep the money.

Why This Microsoft Exec Uses Laziness As A Productivity Strategy

Procrastination as a productivity tool? As Microsoft's chief experience officer, Julie Larson-Green’s job is to help people work smarter. But when it comes to her own day, she has a somewhat counterintuitive approach. A 22-year Microsoft veteran, Larson-Green is responsible for the overarching experience of getting stuff done with Office and other tools on PCs, phones, wearables, and tablets. "We want to help you manage your scarce resource of time," she says. Here’s how she does that herself.

Listen to this: Designer Andrew Jones takes budget-speaker sound quality to a new high - CNET

Jones said the Debut Series speakers and subs are being built in the same factory in China as Jones used to make the Pioneer speakers and subs. He has a long working relationship with the factory techs, so the Pioneer-to-ELAC transition was super-smooth. Jones could communicate exactly what he wanted when going from making prototypes to full production.

Apple's standalone keyboard, trackpad, and mouse just got a lot better

Apple is updating its standalone keyboard, trackpad, and mouse today in ways that make them much better than they used to be. The key change across the line is that they're all switching from AA battery power to built-in batteries that charge over a Lightning cable. Their batteries are expected to last about a month per charge, and they're supposed to be able to quickly gain about nine hours of power from just two minutes of being plugged in.

Scrivener: the pros' choice of writing app – now with 56% off

Many best-selling authors have abandoned Word in favor of Scrivener, an app that provides a clean writing interface and useful reference tools. Right now, you can pick up a copy (Mac/PC) at

George R.R. Martin's 'werewolf noir' novella to become a Cinemax TV pilot - CNET

Does the thought of a crime procedural about a werewolf debt collector make you howl with delight? It could soon be on the way thanks to the "Game of Thrones" author's latest print-to-TV project.

Hackaday SuperCon : Call for Proposals

We like topics that revolve around real world hardware: lessons learned from things you built or techniques you can teach to others (based upon the things you built). The overarching theme of all talks/workshops should be about HARDWARE CREATION. Here are some example topics (dry titles given only for clarity):1. Challenges encountered when designing with a System on a Chip like the Zynq-70002. Soft robot project that uses force and haptic sensors to mimic movement in surgery 3. Open source tool chains that are easy to use with custom hardware4. How to quickly create an Android/ iOS app to interface and test your hw projectWe are excited to read your proposals and to have you join us! Please get your proposal(s) in by October 14th. We'll be letting you know if yours was accepted shortly thereafter.*Travel stipends may be available for some proposals, so if you are far away please apply.

Map Shows Where Sea Level Rise Will Drown American Cities

It’s not just the volume of added ice that makes the oceans rise. The Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are so massive that they exert gravitational pull on the ocean. “So sea level is higher right next to those places because of that pull,” Ben Strauss, co-author author of the study, and climate scientist at Climate Central (Disclosure: I was a Climate Central data visualization intern for a few months in 2013). Warmer water is also less dense. Higher and higher those waters will climb.

Acer’s new all-in-one PC might not be a laptop, but it has a built-in battery

The latest to embrace Windows 10 is Acer, which unveiled a trio of new devices at an event in Taiwan earlier today: The new Liquid Jade Primo smartphone runs on Windows 10 mobile, while the Aspire R 14 convertible notebook and Aspire Z3-700 all-in-one PC cater to those who still hanker for traditional computers. And it’s the latter of these devices that is particular interesting, as it continues a minor trend that has yet to really gain traction in the desktop PC sphere.

Optimizely raises a fresh $58M to expand content testing platform amid rapid growth

Online testing platform  Optimizely  said today it has raised a new $58 million funding round, which it will use to support its rapid growth in the web and mobile content optimization space.

Blocks, the Project Ara of smartwatches, will get Kickstarted on October 13

While these basics may satisfy some people, most of those who want a modular smartwatch are probably more interested in the other modules you can get from Blocks. At the start of the campaign, Blocks has several modules you can add to customize your watch, and it plans to add more in the near future.

Adobe Updates Its Document Cloud With Dropbox Integration, Improved eSign Services

Given that many businesses have already adopted Dropbox as their de facto document storage service, it makes sense for Adobe to build on top of this instead of trying to get all of its Document Cloud users to adopt yet another storage service just for PDF files. At the heart of Document Cloud is Adobe’s eSign Service, not necessarily file storage — and it looks like Adobe is open to partnering with other partners, too.

Snapchat is reportedly shuttering Snap Channel for good, will lay off some employees

Popular photo messaging app Snapchat may be having a change of heart about its foray into original content. A  report via Deadline  late Monday said that the company is shuttering Snap Channel, an original content vehicle announced last January. The company is also reportedly laying off a number of employees — including its head of program planning and development, Marcus Wiley.

The Dell-EMC deal is huge, but where’s it headed?

I forget about Dell. It happens all the time — I see that cheerful, round, delightfully dated logo and have something of an “remember when?” moment. Dell hasn’t been a serious part of the big consumer device discussion in years, and some of that’s by design, really. Dell isn’t stupid — it knows that its strength in the PC market is waning and that soon, there won’t be enough meat on the bone to sustain a company that just made one of the biggest pure tech deals ever.

We might not see much Furiosa in the next Mad Max movies

Charlize Theron's hard-bitten heroine Furiosa was  one of the biggest reasons to go see Mad Max: Fury Road , but it's never been clear what role she'll play in future films. Now, George Miller seems to have bad news for Furiosa fans. In  an interview with Digital Spy , Miller downplayed the possibility of the character returning in any major capacity — although he left the the option open.

The Return of FX's Fargo is This Week's TV Highlight - IGN

In The Knick's Season 2 premiere, the hospital readies for its move uptown, while Dr. Edwards makes a play to be named permanent chief of surgery and Dr. Gallinger heads over to Cromartie Hospital in hopes of getting Dr. Thackery to come back to work. Also, Bertie rebuffs Lucy's attempt to make amends; Ping Wu demands his prostitutes be given regular medical checkups; Speight tracks a new plague; and Cornelia ministers to a quarantined San Francisco neighborhood. Here's a look at The Knick: Season 2...

The future of flying robots

At his lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar and his team have created autonomous aerial robots inspired by honeybees. Their latest breakthrough: Precision Farming, in which swarms of robots map, reconstruct and analyze every plant and piece of fruit in an orchard, providing vital information to farmers that can help improve yields and make water management smarter.

20 free OS X apps every Mac user should have

There’s something of a misconception when it comes to the Mac. While it's true that most Mac developers might not be engaging in the same race to the bottom that's playing out in the iOS App Store, the notion that you need to spend a bundle just to boost your machine's usefulness isn't quite the case. Powerful tools like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro certainly have price tags commensurate with their robust feature sets, many of the greatest OS X apps won't cost you any more than the time they take to download them. It’s not just plain text editors; everything from useful utilities to handy archivers and transcoders can be had for nary a cent, both in and out of the Mac App Store. So put away your wallet and check out these 20 apps.

Oprah Winfrey's Proven Method For Coping With Stress

"I have an iPad Mini and I do everything from there. I haven’t used a computer in probably three years. I’ve gotten every kind of app that’s supposed to help you keep up, but that means you have to check that thing every day! No. I don’t do to-do lists. It’s all right here [pointing to her head]. I have a wonderful chief of staff who every night sends me my itinerary for the next day. I look at that, put it in my head, and that’s it."

Exclusive: EMC to shop itself after deal with Dell - sources

The combined companies will have about $50 billion in debt, of which $32 billion is associated with the new transaction, plus an unspecified amount of refinanced EMC debt, according to two people familiar with matter, who asked not to be named as the information was not public. Dell's owners will invest more than $3 billion as new equity.

Microsoft’s newest Windows 10 preview for PCs adds Uber and event reminders to Cortana

Microsoft today announced the release of a new Windows 10 preview build for PCs that comes with the long-awaited integration of Uber into Microsoft’s Cortana personal digital assistant, as well as new Cortana event reminders and feature additions for the Microsoft Edge browser.

'Firewatch' reaches PC and PS4 on February 9th, 2016

Campo Santo's Firewatch has racked up its fair share of hype: its creators hail from venerable studios like Telltale and Double Fine , and it's based on the unusual premise of serving as a lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. If that sounds intriguing, you'll be glad to hear that it won't be much longer before you can try it yourself. The team has revealed that Firewatch will be available on Linux, Mac, Windows and PlayStation 4 on February 9th, 2016. There's still a lot to show about the game in the months ahead, but early reports are promising. It thrives on strong characterization (you play a middle-aged man retreating from a failing marriage), and it blends first-person exploration with the challenges of a classic adventure game. Hopefully, the finished title lives up to the early promise.

Home is an app that fills a void Apple left in its HomeKit framework

It’s not perfect — setting up triggers is a bit clumsy because it asks that you have scenes set up, meaning you can’t have a trigger without a scene — but Home is still very solid. If you’re going to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on HomeKit stuff, a $15 app that can help control it all is an easy recommendation.

U.S. says Apple e-books antitrust monitor no longer needed

The decision from U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan came a day after the U.S. Justice Department recommended not extending the appointment of Michael Bromwich, who was named monitor after Apple was found liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices.

CIO Interview: The Cloud's Disruptive Powers of Disruption

With experience in data communications and information technology and services, Ed continues to place emphasis on research and continuous learning. Currently, Ed is focused on integrating innovative technologies such as the cloud into Kent State’s service delivery model, as well as maintaining a high quality of service in all initiatives.

Sony Cuts PS4 Price. Here Are 10 Games You Can Buy With That Leftover Cash

To help those folks -- and holiday shoppers -- out, The Huffington Post has compiled a list of 10 must-play PS4 games. We're a little early for some of the heaviest hitters of the winter season (think "Star Wars: Battlefront"), but there's more than enough here to get you started.

New York Times issues free daily digital passes for those who buy the publication from newsstands

Those who subscribe to the New York Times ‘ home delivery service already receive free digital access alongside their subscription. So the Times is now testing whether or not those who pay for each edition individually can also be swayed over to the digital side. It is a “way to expose retail customers to the benefits of digital access, including real-time news updates, video, interactives and blogs only available on,” the Times said in a press release.

Google, others help messaging startup Symphony raise $100M

(Reuters) – Messaging startup Symphony said on Monday it had raised more than $100 million in a new round of funding from investors including Google, Switzerland’s UBS Group AG and European venture capital firm Lakestar.

Gotham Stars Talk DC's Silver St. Cloud and Selina Kyle's Possible Jealousy - IGN

So what does Selina make of Silver? She's tough, but she can't be happy about Bruce having a new girl in his life. "That’s sort of one of the things that starts playing out in this storyline," Lind said. "Cat stars getting kind of jealous because Silver’s not only a new girl but she’s very similar to Bruce. And so you might start to see a more sensitive side to Selina because she gets upset over him finding someone who's so opposite from who she is."

Same design, new insides, better screen: 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac reviewed

The 4K iMac's design is the same as the one Apple introduced back in 2012, the last time it redesigned the iMacs. Compared to the iMac body used from roughly 2009 to 2011, it's lighter and it's thinner all the way around the edges. A metal stand that protrudes from the back of the computer lets you tilt the screen up and down but not from left to right, and all of the computer's ports—a headphone jack, SD card slot, four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a gigabit Ethernet jack—are all on the back where they stay out of sight. This can be irritating to use if you're just trying to plug in a USB stick.

More tests reinforce Apple's iPhone 6s battery claim

“So there are definitely circumstances under which the TSMC phone will last longer than the Samsung phone, but it’s not a universal problem. A Samsung chip that’s mostly idling or even one under modest CPU and GPU load, though, is going to behave in just about the same way as a TSMC chip. And the kinds of CPU-intensive work that the Samsung chip seems to struggle with just aren’t that common on smartphones. Most of the time, iPhone 6S battery life should be similar no matter which chip your phone is using.”

Mimoji: Jailbreak tweak adds a Favorites section to Emoji keyboard on your iPhone

Mimoji is a very useful tweak and definitely worth the try if you were looking for a way to have a favorites section in Emoji keyboard. If you’d like to check it out, Mimoji is available for $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

Wilderness Game Firewatch Finally Gets a Release Date

Firewatch takes place in the Wyoming wilderness. You play as Henry, a Colorado native who takes a job as a fire lookout in the middle of nowhere to escape his failing marriage and generally collapsing personal life. Henry’s only companion is Delilah, his supervisor, available through a small handheld radio. Other than that, it’s just him, the orange rays of the sun, and whiffs of smoke in the evening air. Or so he thinks: the few hints of plot shown focus on a mystery of a strange, possibly dangerous man who keeps appearing in the distance.

Weekly Roundup: 13 new and noteworthy Jailbreak tweaks of the week (Oct 11)

Censio is one of my favorite releases of the week and most probably yours as well. This has been the most requested feature by Cydia users and it’s great to see that someone finally stepped up and fully implemented it. With Censio, you can now read tweak reviews to make sure that they are fully stable before actually purchasing them.

These Adorable Owls Will Not Kill You With Plague

The animals that carry plague in the US are mostly rodents—rats, ground squirrels, and prairie dogs—and their fleas can pass plague bacteria to humans if they decide to bite us. Good news, though: The adorable little owls that live in burrows alongside those plaguey rodents seem to be immune. Although the owls have fleas capable of carrying plague, they are not infected—and their immunity could provide some interesting information to scientists studying the disease.

Online booking failure delays hundreds of Southwest flights

(Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co said hundreds of its flights were delayed because of problems on its website, phone lines and airports on Sunday.

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EXCLUSIVE: Why Apple Is Still Sweating the Details on iMac — Backchannel

As Apple’s Senior Director for Mac Hardware Tom Boger explained to me, the iMac’s display incorporates not just a denser screen resolution but a wider color palette that requires a new technology. Even compared to the Retina screen on the current $2,500 dedicated display, the new ones are improved, he says. “We’ve given these a wider color gamut. Basically means they have a bigger palette of colors they can display,” he says. All high-end displays aspire to represent the full range of colors that the human eye can possibly see, which is a giant technological challenge. The previous industry standard was called sRBG (Standard Red Blue Green), which captured a pretty good chunk of the color spectrum. Currently, Apple’s Retina displays deliver 100 percent sRGB. “We are very proud of that — a lot of monitors don’t even do a hundred percent of sRGB. So that was really good,” says Bogar. “But about ten years ago the film industry got together and said we could do better than that, they said there were more colors in the world that we could be showing in our films. So they created a new color standard, called P3.

New 21.5-inch Apple iMac announced with 4K display for $1,499

Just like Apple only brought 5K to its top-of-the-line 27-inch iMac last year, the company is only offering 4K as an option on its most expensive 21.5-inch machine. It'll start at $1,499, while 1080p models will continue to start at $1,099. It's a big jump, but there's also a big power and quality difference between the two tiers. In a brief test of the 4K model, the actual performance seemed like nothing to write home about — the display, however, should be enough to distract you during any unexpected load times. All models are shipping today.

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Wilderness Game Firewatch Finally Gets a Release Date

Firewatch takes place in the Wyoming wilderness. You play as Henry, a Colorado native who takes a job as a fire lookout in the middle of nowhere to escape his failing marriage and generally collapsing personal life. Henry’s only companion is Delilah, his supervisor, available through a small handheld radio. Other than that, it’s just him, the orange rays of the sun, and whiffs of smoke in the evening air. Or so he thinks: the few hints of plot shown focus on a mystery of a strange, possibly dangerous man who keeps appearing in the distance.

Driverless buses, platoons of trucks to shape Singapore's transport future

SINGAPORE Singapore unveiled its public transport future on Monday, and it was a vision of passengers commuting in driverless buses along roads and freeways populated by platoons of autonomous trucks following a single driver.

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56 Canon widens premium point-and-shoot line with the G5 X and G9 X
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58 Review: Bowers & Wilkins' P5 Wireless Bluetooth headphones
59 California makes electric skateboards street legal
60 Major Advance Reveals the Limits of Computation
61 5 Questions To Answer Before Hiring Your First-Ever Employee
62 Tesla batteries will help power California office buildings
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66 Apple acknowledges iPhone 6s battery life differences between TSMC and Samsung's A9 chips
67 Internet porn has pushed Playboy Magazine to go PG-13
68 A closer look at Microsoft's new Surface Book laptop
69 Apple partners with Croma to open Apple Stores in India
70 Facebook's iOS app uses 3D Touch to make short work of status updates
71 6 signs you aren't cut out to be an entrepreneur
72 Facebook adds 3D Touch support, tests a dedicated Shopping feed
73 Russia’s Yandex teams up with Microsoft for Windows 10
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79 T-Mobile ditches bargain iPhone 6S prices, raises Jump! On Demand cost to $27 per month
80 Apple removes some apps from online store over security concerns
81 Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Letter to Employees on Job Cuts
82 RainbowMe Brings Much-Needed Diversity To Children’s Entertainment
83 Microsoft now taking applications for $3,000 HoloLens development kits
84 Microsoft finally delivers on Skype messaging promises with new Windows 10 beta
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