Ignacio Miranda Bao

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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

Livestream Now: How to Travel Cheaply by Thinking Like a Hacker

2600.com columnist TProphet, AKA The Telecom Informer, shares insights on mistake fares, using creative routing, exploiting the fine-print as shrewdly as airlines' lawyers, and how to generally think like a hacker to get cheap fares. You can watch the live feed now HERE

Travel

Comics fans, here’s the best boot animation you could ask for

British graphic designer Christian Tailor created this awesome animation of stylized Marvel and DC Comics heroes and villains, and now you can use it as the boot animation on your Android device.<p>Christian works as a motion Graphic Designer specializing in information graphics, and his current …

Animation

Humble sand could one day triple the battery life of your smartphone

One of the most frustrating aspects of the modern smartphone is poor battery life, especially for power users. A typical day of usage with my Nexus 5 consists of moderate-to-heavy use, a mixture of browsing the web, watching YouTube videos, using social apps, and listening to music. My Nexus 5 will …

Clean Energy

10 best alarm clock apps for Android

We as humans only have many things in common. We all eat, sleep, use the restroom and, usually, we all wake up after going to sleep. The alarm clock is a ubiquitous fixture in the bedroom and smartphones serve that purpose for a ton of people. Sometimes, the stock alarm clock app just doesn’t cut …

Star Trek fans, your favorite Android Wear watch face is ready!

We know how fierce Star Trek fans can get, making Android Wear’s latest watch face the source of much excitement to spread across the world. Simply named “Starwatch”, this exciting Android Wear watch face is based off the popular series.<p>More specifically, the watch face contains a design based on …

Wear OS

ZTE announces Google Now Launcher as default homescreen for its future devices

Just yesterday I wrote an opinion piece asking if Android L and Android Silver could eventually drive a new age where more manufacturers embraced stock and stock-like Android in favor of heavily customized skins. While we still don’t know the answer to that question, one manufacturer has now …

Google Play

A Guide to High Quality Social Media Sharing: What, When and How to Share

The currency of social media is the share.<p>We all want to be the go-to person with the latest news, the most intriguing viral content, or the best hidden gems followers wouldn't have found otherwise.<p>Some people just have a knack for finding and crafting the perfect share. The rest of us have to work …

Infographics

The Science of Emotion in Marketing: How Our Brains Decide What to Share and Whom to Trust

Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions -- each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in.<p>According to science, it's not that complicated by a long shot. A new study says we're really only capable of four "basic" emotions: happy, sad, …

Life Time Alarm Clock wakes you up the smartest way possible

Smartphones have come to change the way we see and do everything in our daily lives. Considering this, why have we been sticking to archaic and simple alarm apps? Sleep is, after all, one of the most important parts of our lives. A bad morning can ruin the whole day, and that is why apps like Life …

Apps

Your Career at 50, Part 2 -- Job Search Tips

The first article I authored on mid-life career strategy seemed to really strike a nerve, so here are a few more tips. If you want all of my career advice, you can buy my book "The Godfather's Career Guide: What To Do If you Get Whacked!" on Amazon. For the record, every penny from the book sales …

Hate Your Job? 5 Things to Do Before You Quit

Yes, finding a new job while still employed definitely offers some challenges -- dressing appropriately for the interview without looking out-of-place at work, fitting interviews into your schedule, networking without blowing your cover, and the rest. Not easy...<p><i>However,</i> unless you feel that you …

How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the 'Eisenhower Box'

Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine. Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United …

Time Management

Accept Responsibility (Principle #1 of the 7 Principles of Personal Effectiveness)

In my last blog I introduced 'The 7 Principles of Personal Effectiveness' captured by the acronym <b>A-D-D-R-E-S-S</b>. I encourage you to work through each of the <i>7 Principles</i>, and highlight any point that represents a gap for you, or challenges your current beliefs or practices.<p><b>The starting point for</b> …

How I Learned to Read 300 Percent Faster in 20 Minutes

How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in one-third or one-fifth the time?<p>Increasing reading speed is a process of controlling fine motor movement -- period.<p>This post is a condensed overview of principles I taught to undergraduates at Princeton University in …

Princeton University

Reach Out and Touch Someone

When people think about artistic achievement, many focus on an individual's triumph in winning an award, a trophy or some honor to recognize his talent, effort and skill. The truth, however, is that the road leading up to that person's moment of glory was paved with the input and contributions of …

This Is Pop: Take It or Leave It

If you know nothing about the band Latimer House from Prague and their debut, <i>All The Rage</i>, a look at the cover art might have you expecting a Dali-esque sound paradox, a collage of varied distorted sounds creating a new whole. However, the effort appears far from the sketch, which opens with a …

15 Secrets to Having the Best Perspective on Life

I sometimes believe that our greater culture likes being overly negative and pessimistic. We love over-criticizing everything, having no hope for beautiful things and losing fond admiration for the silly, whimsical aspects of life. It's an attitude that I believe is corrupting our capability to …

Happiness

27 Highly Talented Instagram Photographers You Should Follow Right Now

Is your Instagram feed filled with a disgraceful amount of feline-themed glamour shots, food porn and a deluge of shameless selfies? We have a remedy for that. Here are 27 photographers -- professional and amateur, who know how to wield a camera AND a smartphone -- that you should be following. …

The Only 4 Things You Absolutely Need To Know How To Do In Photoshop

Step away from the Instagram filters. Aren't your photography skills worth more than that? You bet your DSLR they are!<p>New to photo editing and only want to crop and remove red eyes from images? Then try a simple (and free!) software like Picasa. But if you're ready for something slightly more …

14 Aussie Phrases Americans Should Start Using

Linguistic convenience at its finest.<p><b>1. "Can't Be Bothered"</b><p>There is no easy American phrase that explains that "I could do that, but no, no I don't think I will do that, just because I don't feel like it." <i>Can't Be Bothered</i> uses minimal effort to express minimal effort.<p><b>2. "My Shout"</b><p>Meaning: "I've …

Australia

I Finally Paid Off a Lifetime of Credit Card Debt. Here's How.

<i>In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.</i><p><i>Today, one woman who had been in debt all of her life -- to the tune of $100,000 -- tells us how she got there in the first place, and how</i> …

Counteract Anxiety With Curiosity

Anxiety naturally arises when entering the new, unknown, or the uncertain. Most often, we try to manage the anxiety -- perhaps by giving ourselves a pep talk or practicing deep breathing. There is a better, easier way, though. Instead of trying to quell anxiety directly by "managing" it, focus …

Mindfulness

"When You Write the Story of Your Life, Don't Let Anyone Else Hold the Pen"

I love this quote. Its origin isn't known, but I first came across it in an iconic Harley Davidson ad.<p>To me, the quote is meaningful in several different ways. Fundamentally, it means that you have to be in control of your own life. You chart your own course and don't stop until you reach your …

5 Ways Parents Can Teach Their Kids To Forgive

As parents, we must teach our children the realities of life. Life hurts us, people hurt us, we hurt other people and we hurt ourselves. That is what relationships and life are about. The sooner we let our children in on this secret, the healthier their life-approach will be. We must teach that …

Positive Thinking

Learning More From Gay Sex: Fighting Straight People in the Bedroom

Last week I met a guy off of Hornet who I wanted to have sex with -- as is often the case when you meet someone off of Hornet (a mobile-device meeting application which has caught on quickly in Paris). Over a bottle of wine at his apartment "Romain" and I made small talk and when he asked me what I …

20 Greatest Duos of All Time

The two-live crews who perfected the pair<p>20<p>Less narcissistic than solo performers, more intimate than a mere "band," musical duos embody a special …

Product Design

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

This list has been expanded into the new book, "Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind," by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman.<p>Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but …

The 1 Email Successful People Never Send

Want to get ahead? Emulate the super-successful and never send a long email.<p>Steve Jobs was a well-known sender of short emails. The Apple co-founder's email address was public for much of his time as Apple's CEO, and he often responded to emails from customers. He was always blunt.<p><i>Story continues</i> …