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The seven habits of highly confident people

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Confidence is crucial to a happy and fulfilling life. It influences your success in leadership, how you engage with your team, and at work in general. It influences how you build your business, how you are in your family life, …

Self-improvement

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

It goes way beyond just heating up your food.<p><b>1. Give your plants a boost</b>Sterilize soil for growing seedlings by heating it up in the microwave first. Colorado State University horticulturist Laura Pottorff suggests filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 …

How to Survive a Long Flight

There’s no question about it: traveling opens our eyes and minds to new cultures, landscapes, and people. That being said, getting there isn’t always fun.<p>Most people don’t exactly look forward to long flights, but they don’t have to inspire dread, either.<p><i>If you’re like me and can’t afford to</i> …

7 Top Tips To Get The Most From Your Wonderful New iPhone

Once more, Christmas Day dawns and no doubt countless smartphones are being unwrapped around the world. For some these phone be ’same again with a slightly bigger number’ as the familiar wins out. For others the new smartphone will be their introduction into a new ecosystem. The last few years have …

Six Customer Trends That Will Build Or Break Your Business

<i>Here are six trends in customer expectations and behavior that have</i> <i>affected your business in the past year and will continue to do so moving forward. Have you adapted to these yet? If not, I suggest you step on it.</i><p><b>Customer Trend #1: The Demand</b> <b>for the Instantaneous</b> <b>and the Expectation of …

First Airbus A350s delivered to Qatar Airways

Designed to take some of the spotlight from Boeing’s 787s, the Airbus A350XWB has an extra-wide body and is made from lightweight carbon-fibre - in order to be more fuel efficient.<p>Both planes are twin-engine craft that are able to fly further and more efficiently than jets with four engines.<p>“The …

Which is the safest seat on an aircraft?

Although some claim that seats over the wing of an aircraft are best (because the plane is “strongest” there), popular opinion has it that, in the event of a plane crash, the rear of an aircraft is the safest place to be. This theory is supported by several studies, including a recent one featured …

What They Don’t Tell You About the Galápagos

Sea lions were the first to welcome me to the Galápagos Islands. There they were, lounging next to parked motorcycles and cars on the island of Santa Cruz, splayed out like they were at a luxe beach resort.<p>I knew before embarking on this National Geographic Expedition that animals were not afraid …

The world's 50 greatest countries – according to you

This Electric Bike Folds Up To Fit Inside Your Backpack

There goes your last excuse for not biking to work.<p>Most folding bikes are still fairly large even when they’re folded up, and they’re awkward to carry on a crowded subway car or elevator. Folding electric bikes are even bulkier. But the Impossible Bike, a new electric bike now crowdfunding on …

The 18 greatest cities for a winter break

New ATM Skimmers Connect To The Card Reader Via A Nearly Invisible Hole

A new advance in credit card theft technology has hit the streets and it’s pretty clever. The ATM hackers are now drilling a small hole near the card reader and inserting a bit of electronics that connects to the ATM’s innards. The hole is then covered by a decal and the skimmer fished out once the …

iPad Sales Drop Twelve Percent As Android Tablets Soar

There have been a number of signs that the consumers’ rush to buy into the iPad ecosystem was slowing, but data from IDC today puts the slowing retail success of Apple’s tablet into an interesting position.<p>The analyst’s numbers suggest that total iPad sales in 2014 will be down by an eighth (12.7%) …

Expert guide to Florence

Essential Information<p><b>British embassy in Rome</b>: 00 39 06 4220 0001; gov.uk<br>Tourist office and information: the main tourist information office is at Via Cavour 1r (00 39 055 290 832, firenzeturismo.it). Open Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm. There are also branches at the train station and the airport<p><b>Emergency</b> …

4 Things You Must Do to Get the Salary You Deserve

The top workplace question I get asked about from young women is, <i>"How do I negotiate the salary for a new job?"</i><p>Sorry, that's not quite right. What they usually ask me, all too apologetically, is <i>"Is it okay to ask for more money?"</i><p>In other words, will their would-be boss be put off by their demands? …

Don’t panic, but we could be running out of chocolate

Global demand for chocolate is outpacing the rate of cocoa production. By 2020, the world could see a chocolate deficit of 1m tonnes<p>The world could be running out of chocolate, leading confectioners have warned, as soaring demand continues to outpace the lagging rate of production, pushing up the …

Striking Pictures From International Space Station Reveal Gorgeous Earth

12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Production Rumored for Q2 2015 Amid Manufacturing Difficulties

Apple's 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" may not enter mass production until the second quarter of 2015, according to new predictions from often-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He believes that the iPad Pro will use an oxide panel to achieve a "high resolution, quick response, and high color …

How to go green when you travel

Traveling green takes a little extra effort at first, but it soon becomes second nature and those extra steps can enhance every trip you take. Not only will you feel better about your travels, but you’ll also leave a more positive impression on the place you visited and often have more meaningful …

Sustainability

Why Aren't Millennials Saving Money?

For one thing, the recession made them hate banks.<p>I remember one thing very clearly about the times I applied for an apartment with my friends, and eventually with my boyfriend—we always submitted our tax returns and bank statements individually to our broker to avoid addressing a sensitive issue: …

Is Garlic Good for You or Bad for You?

So about that crazy garlicky pasta you ate last night. Could that actually be... good for you?<p>Garlic’s health benefits have been touted throughout history, and it’s been credited as a plague-beating, infection-fighting, fat-melting, parasite-killing, cholesterol-lowering, immune-system-boosting, …

The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people & getting what you want

Steve Jobs didn’t launch two of the most valuable companies in modern times by following the rules all the time.<p>Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a “distortion field” that could persuade people that his …

Four reasons I switched to Safari after years of using Chrome and why I’ll probably switch back

After upgrading to OS X Yosemite last week, I got an interesting notification when booting up Chrome for the first time. Apple wanted me to give …

37 Roast Chicken Recipes to Learn, Make, and Master

A good roast chicken is one of the most important recipes you can master—here are some of our favorite versions of the classic.<p><b>Is there anything better than a roasted chicken?</b> It's doubtful. One of the most versatile dinner (and lunch!) staples there is, we like to roast whole chickens and use the …

Cooking

You've Never Used A Lemon Like This Before

When life gives you lemons, use them in more ways than you ever imagined.<p><i>Getty Images</i><p><b>Help Toothaches</b><p>Lemon juice is no replacement for going to see your dentist—and exposing your teeth to fruit acids isn't a great long-term strategy. But if you've already got a toothache, the citric acid in lemons …

Manchester City look awful and it might get worse

Dumped out of the League Cup by Newcastle, Manchester City have made a terrible start to the season, and if they're not careful their campaign could be over before it's really begun.<p>Slice it anyway you like, but things aren't looking too good for Manchester City. In the knee-jerk reaction, they've …