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Amazon is making it easier for international customers to order from abroad

Displaying in five new languages and 25 local currencies, with pricing, shipping, import duty estimates, and customs clearance<p>Amazon is updating its mobile apps with a new International Shopping experience that makes it easier to shop for products on Amazon abroad within the app.<p>Users will now be …

eCommerce

Why are Walmart and Amazon desperate to buy Flipkart?

The Indian e-commerce sector seems to have turned into a battleground for two American giants.<p>Over the recent weeks, several news reports have suggested that retail major Walmart and e-commerce behemoth Amazon are in the fray to acquire a majority stake in Bengaluru-based Flipkart. Currently, …

India

The psychological impact of an $11 Facebook subscription

Would being asked to pay Facebook to remove ads make you appreciate their value or resent them even more? As Facebook considers offering an ad-free subscription option, there are deeper questions than how much money it could earn. Facebook has the opportunity to let us decide how we compensate it …

Social Media

20 surprising habits that could be harming your health

You've heard it before: It takes 21 days to change a habit. And while we're all on a quest to live healthier lives and improve our well-being, becoming aware of bad habits is the first step in initiating change. From chowing down on your fingernails to eating a sad desk lunch, we've compiled 20 …

Nutrition

If You Want to Shed Arm Fat, These Are the 11 Exercises to Get You There

Even though most experts agree that you can't spot-reduce fat, it's not unusual to want to target certain parts of the body during a workout. If you're looking to shape up your arms, shed fat, and get stronger, we've picked out the most effective full-body exercises for you. Because it's true — you …

Workouts

The List of Veggies This Trainer Says You Never Have to Track in Your Macros

Some veggies have so few calories, such as celery and cucumbers, that they're thought of as negative-calorie foods — meaning, your body burns more calories digesting them than actually eating them. And while this isn't entirely true, there is something to the idea that certain vegetables can be …

Vegetables

It Built an Empire of GIFs, Buzzy News and Jokes. China Isn’t Amused.

BEIJING — A Chinese start-up that appears to have mastered the art of keeping people glued to their smartphones also has a knack for something else: drawing the ire of China’s censors.<p>The country’s top media regulator on Tuesday ordered the company, Bytedance, to shut down its app for sharing jokes …

China

Facebook has gotten so big that no one can understand it, and it could be a good reason to break it up

When I load my Facebook News Feed right now, I see a picture of my nephew, an ad for a conference I'm speaking at next month, and a post from an old high school friend asking for recommendations for a new housekeeper. Your News Feed likely looks a lot different. Maybe it's a news article your …

Social Media

Boxed, the 'Costco for millennials,' is launching a free-shipping membership program — and it has one big advantage over Amazon Prime

Boxed is hoping to lock more customers into its ecosystem.<p>On Monday, the online bulk retailer known as the "Costco for millennials" launched Boxed Up, its first paid membership tier. It is not intended to replace the standard free membership, instead offering added benefits for die-hard …

eCommerce

Follow These 10 Yogis On YouTube If You Want To Take Your Practice To The Next Level

If you've been bitten by the yoga bug, then you probably hate the thought of going a single day without rolling out your mat, even if it's just for a …

Yoga

10 Ab Exercises That Won't Waste Your Time

If you really want to get your strongest, firmest abs you want to choose exercises that target all the muscles of the core, including the rectus …

Work the Whole Core with 17 Effective Ab Exercises

Athletes need a strong core foundation for powerful movements and specific ab exercises are only a small piece of the program. In fact, the best ab …

Workouts

Want to Improve the Customer Experience? Try This Strategy That Has Nothing to Do With Customers at All

Sometimes, it's important to look internally first.<p>You probably know that a large part of innovation comes from understanding your customers' behaviors and needs and then designing new solutions for them. Sometimes, however, your most innovative ideas may have nothing to do with customers at all. …

Customer Experience

7 Things Your Body Does While You're On Your Period That You May Not Realize

Mind-numbing cramps. Excessive bloating. Uncontrollable bathroom habits. Explosive acne. No, this isn't your worst nightmare — it's your period! …

Women's Health

India's digital payment upstarts give Visa, Mastercard run for their money

Global card companies Visa and Mastercard are struggling for consumers and market share over India's homegrown payment channels. Has swiping a card …

India

Spotify Is, For Now, The World's Most Valuable Music Company

Following its successful public listing yesterday, the music streaming service Spotify is now worth around $25 billion, making it the largest music company in the world — but when Spotify first débuted, back in 2008, it was reasonable to think it would fail. Headquartered in Sweden, a country whose …

U.S. Department of Justice

Buy a book, put money in dropbox: This 24x7 Dubai bookstore runs on public trust

If you are a bookworm and happen to be in Dubai, then you must not miss a chance to visit the city’s first-ever 24x7 ‘trust’ bookshop and that too …

Dropbox

3 Mistakes You’re Making When You Stretch

Stretching is critical component of physical fitness and overall health. "It keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that …

Exercise

Amazon Could Acquire Toys 'R' Us. Here's Why It's a Brilliant Move

If Amazon buys Toys 'R' Us physical retail locations, it will be even more powerful than it is now.<p>Toys 'R' Us made three big mistakes.<p>The first mistake was in early 2000, when it signed a 10-year contract to be the exclusive vendor of toys on Amazon, instead of investing in its own e-commerce site.<p>…

Mergers & Acquisitions

How to tackle uncertainty with design

Our journey of collaboration between product, UX, editorial and engineering to find out the jobs our apps are doing for their users, and work out how to improve their experience<p><b>A product strategy discovery in practice</b><p>A few months ago in the Guardian apps team, we realised we needed better …

Design

What Happens When Data Scientists and Designers Work Together

Rise Science came to IDEO with a challenge. The young startup had built a robust data platform for college and professional athletes to track their sleep and adjust their behavior so that they played at peak performance. But for the players, the experience was challenging. Rise expected athletes to …

Design

11 Types Of Yoga: A Breakdown Of The Major Styles

There are so many different types of yoga out there, whether you want a more physically demanding class or an easy, relaxing, meditative class. With …

10 Ways My Practice Has Changed Over the Past 20 Years

This year marks the 20th anniversary of my yoga practice. But wait, before you pull out the trumpets and ribbons: You could argue with me. You could …

The Most Common Yoga Injuries Can Easily Be Avoided, As Long As You Do These 5 Things

As yoga has grown in popularity, so have yoga injuries, naturally. People are constantly trying to achieve the challenging and impressive asanas that …

Yoga

Zuckerberg's Indian Payments Roulette Bet

After lobbying in vain for his silly and controversial idea of a basic internet for people too poor to pay for data, Mark Zuckerberg is finally doing …

India

Get Stronger Abs in 30 Minutes With This At-Home Pilates Routine

This 30-minute core strengthening workout from CLUB Pilates brings the reformer-based class right to your living room–at no cost.<p>Strengthening your …

Workouts

21 Things Gynecologists Want You To Know About Your Period

"Is this normal?!"<p>Then we spoke with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Yale School of Medicine to get her expert responses on these questions.<p><b>And here's what she had to say:</b><p>If you have a specific question …

How to Tone Your Muscles When You’re Doing Nothing

If there’s a savior of the Pilatespocalypse, it’s Julie Erickson. The first official Pilates trainer of the Knicks, Erickson is a staunch believer in …

Exercise

This Mall Is Only for the Rich, and It’s Doing Fine

At the northern tip of Miami Beach’s famed barrier island, atop what was once a tangle of mangrove-filled swamps, sits a three-story, …

Real Estate

Why Mindfulness Meditation Is The Most Important (and Undervalued) Self-Development Practice

Meditation is always the first thing to go.<p>The busier you are, the easier it becomes to sacrifice your values.<p>If you aren't careful, you'll blink and wake up living the life you never wanted--a life filled with regret, mediocrity, and complacency.<p>You'll lay awake late at night contemplating all of …

Meditation