Mike Thomas

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Now Gmail Encrypts Messages Sent to Google Servers

Starting Thursday, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection for sending and receiving email.<p>Gmail has supported HTTPS since 2004 (an …

Turkey blocks use of Twitter after prime minister attacks social media site

Turkey restricted access to Twitter hours after its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to "root out" the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked, damaging the government's reputation ahead of local elections.<p>Some users trying to use Twitter were taken to a …

Rest Your Weary Head

Too much on your mind? Clear it out.<p><b>This Week's Practice: Rest your weary head.</b><p>The traditional saying that is this week's practice has been sinking …

3 Critical Things To Say When You Talk to Yourself | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Are you an optimist? Pessimist? Idealist? Realist? Perhaps you’re a combination of the above or somewhere in between. After all, the world isn’t …

Outsourcing

7 Essential Books on the Art and Science of Happiness

If you, like me, are fascinated by the human quest to understand the underpinnings of happiness but break out in hives at the mere mention of self-help books, you’re in luck: I’ve sifted through my personal library, a decade’s worth of obsessive reading, to surface seven essential books on the art …

John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, <b>John Cleese</b> (b. October 27, 1939) offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and …

Eckhart Tolle on How We Lose Inner Peace

How easily do you lose your inner peace? For example, do you become irritated while standing in a long line at the market, or waiting in traffic on the freeway? Do other people annoy you? It all adds up to losing your inner peace. When this happens we become reactive or we withdraw with judgmental …

Happiness, Guaranteed

For three years, I've been researching and writing about happiness. I've published two books and endless articles. Among my research and experiments, the following tips stand out as the four most powerful steps toward happiness. Follow them and you'll feel happier. I guarantee it.<p><b>1. Live your</b> …

Muppets version of Danny Boy reaches over 10 million views!

All in good fun and not offensive. And where would the Leprechaun Brothers be without The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Machem, RIP, all.

The Rumjacks - An Irish Pub Song (Official Music Video)

Celtic rock songs you should hear (VIDEOS)

Way back in the 1970s, Irish, Scottish and British bands – and the diaspora from those countries overseas – decided it was time to revive traditional …

Ireland

OWN Canada: Oprah Winfrey Network

Semantic search will help find hidden knowledge in education and more

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>After a car accident and subsequent coma ended up leaving her in a senior citizen’s home having to relearn how to do …

Google encrypts Gmail between data centers to keep the NSA out of your inbox

Google just announced that as of today, Gmail is more secure than ever before. And the company isn't hiding the fact that it's actively trying to stop the government from spying on your email activity. Google says that Gmail will now use a secure HTTPS connection whenever you check or send email, …

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

President Obama may ditch his BlackBerry for an Android phone (update)

President Obama has long complained that his job doesn't permit the luxury of carrying an iPhone. Prior to his election, Obama owned a personal BlackBerry that was replaced with a custom, highly-secure model once he reached office. But it seems Obama may have the chance to switch to Android before …

Comcast's first transparency report reveals over 25,000 government data requests

Comcast must not want to feel left out as telcos begin publishing regular government data request statistics -- the cable giant has just posted its first transparency report. The document reveals that Comcast obeyed more than 25,000 government demands for info during 2013, including 24,698 criminal …

Microsoft: We have the right to search your Hotmail account (updated)

An ex-Microsoft employee was recently arrested for allegedly leaking company secrets, all because Redmond found evidence against him in his contact's Hotmail account. Hold on, is it even legal for the company to go through someone's account without permission? Well, according to Microsoft, it sure …