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.

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.

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.

Clever App Turns Everyone Into a Roving Weather Reporter

But despite all those incentivized local reports, the app isn’t quite accurate enough to pinpoint the shady side of each street for those humid summer walks—at least not yet. However, by tapping into its user base for block-by-block reports, it can tell you if it’s raining at your destination while it’s sunny in your neighborhood. While the crowdsourced data seems like it would only be useful for immediate weather reports, Stroponiati says it’s also used to formulate the app’s 18-hour predictions for each location.

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.

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.

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.

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 announces Dropbox pact and updated eSign to ease document handling

Users previewing PDF files in Dropbox on their iOS devices can mark up, comment, eSign, and take other actions on their documents with Adobe Acrobat Reader. iOS integration will be available in the coming months.

3 ways to advance your PM career now

Don't be the garbage collector of new projects -- especially if you do have any say in what you take on for next projects. Analyze the landscape a little. Look at what you have on your plate right now. Will that next project they are asking you to take fit into your workload? Can you succeed at it -- and what I really mean by that is do you have enough time/bandwidth to take it on? If you don't, then do not just say "yes" so that you don't look weak. All you'll end up doing is looking weak when you fail. Also, does that next new project you are offered give you any chance to expand your knowledge in a particular area f interest or technology?

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 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...

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.

Twitter to cut up to 8 percent of global workforce

Twitter Inc will lay off up to 336 employees, or about 8 percent of its workforce, as co-founder Jack Dorsey readies to revive growth in the microblogging service provider's user base in his second stint as chief executive.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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."

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Kanye West's Latest Target: In-App Purchases

In a handful of obscenity-laden tweets , West said that it's just plain wrong for developers to offer in-app purchases in kid-focused apps. The feature "makes no sense," he wrote, adding that an app his daughter North was playing asked her to purchase in-app content after just a few minutes.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are insanely expensive in India

In most markets, the iPhone 6s costs exactly the same as the iPhone 6 did when that made its debut last year, but India has seen significant price hikes. A 16GB iPhone 6 was priced at 56,000 rupees last year, 6,000 rupees less than the 16GB iPhone 6s.

Insight: Cyber insurance premiums rocket after high-profile attacks

BOSTON A rash of hacking attacks on U.S. companies over the past two years has prompted insurers to massively increase cyber premiums for some companies, leaving firms that are perceived to be a high risk scrambling for cover.

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Why Dell’s EMC Bid Leaves VMware Looking Like Devalued Currency

VMware will move to new ownership digs if Michael Dell’s plan to purchase EMC goes through. But VMware investors aren’t thrilled by the idea. Perhaps that is because it leaves them in something of a halfway house. VMware is a major part of Dell’s plan announced Monday to acquire EMC in a deal valued at $67 billion. If completed, it would be the largest tech merger on record and would create a privately held giant with more than $80...

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62 Facebook's iOS app uses 3D Touch to make short work of status updates
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69 Cloud services go mainstream in healthcare
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72 Apple removes some apps from online store over security concerns
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