Tanya Giarnella Helmen

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New Windows 10 update adds Cortana languages and simpler reminders

Fast ring testers can try it out now<p>Microsoft is today rolling out a new Windows 10 update to its "fast ring" testers that's largely focused on Cortana, the operating system's built-in personal assistant. First, Cortana is expanding its list of supported languages to include Spanish (Mexico), …

4 Ways Meditation Will Improve Your Brain

You're just a few weeks away from a better mind, body and work life.

Mindfulness

The 7-Step Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happy

Everybody talks about morning rituals to get the day started right. (Even I have.) But <i>ending</i> the day right can be even more important. Why?<p>Because …

Complex Intelligence

A friend who works with Artificial Intelligence told me: “It is possible that there are highly context dependent and complex things about humans, but …

Why the Greatest Minds Take Long Walks

W<p>alking isn’t sexy. It’s not the hot new trend or the most enticing productivity hack. Even so, it’s probably one of the most beneficial habits you …

Walking

If You Worry A Lot, You Need To Read This

The day that I decided to quit my last job and the day that I handed in my notice were almost 90 days apart. In those three months, I worried -- a lot. I decided to pursue my desire to become a full-time writer. But shit was getting scary.<p>Things like "what if I can't pay my bills?" and "what if I …

10 Mantras That Will Get You Immense Peace Of Mind, Spirit and Energy

Mantra is a sound, a word or a phrase that has <b>powerful meaning and significance.</b> This is why the meaning of the words in a mantra are as important as …

CNN Debate Recap: Why Clinton & Sanders Had a Good Night

<i>The five Democratic presidential candidates—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb—debated for the first time Tuesday night. As part of our political</i> …

Government

6 Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day

<b>Know how many days a week you're actually productive?</b><p><b>About three:</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).<p>We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us …

10 things you need to know about translation technology

Understanding a foreign language is getting easier with the range of translation apps for your smartphone and computer<p>Fumbling for words in a foreign language? We have the answer.<p><b>1 Google is splashing its cash</b><p>Google's free online Translate service has been a popular tool, but the company has …

7 TED Talks on how language changes over time

Language isn’t set in stone. It changes all the time -- and in turn, our language changes us. These talks explore how new words come to be.

Thinking in a Foreign Language: How to Do It and Why

Thinking in a foreign language is an important step in the long road that is fluency in a foreign language, but it’s a step that, for some reason, …

Language Learning

Unreasonable Expectations for Machine Translation Are Based on Blind Faith in the Infallibility of Technology

Even the best, almost miraculous modern technology, has its limitations.I love the way the GPS system can guide me to my destination through my …

Language

Bilingual Studies Reveal Flaw In How Info Reaches Mainstream

A host of studies and popular reports tout the cognitive benefits of being bilingual. Is that because being bilingual has mental benefits, or because the science is biased?<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>You know, there's a theory that if you know more than one language, it makes your brain stronger. …

Social Sciences

Um vs. Uh

(Photo: Elvert Barnes)<p>We all do it when we're talking. As we're trying to come up with words to express, we say "um" or "uh." Linguists call these …

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode.<p>Although the language of thinking is deliberate—<i>let me think, I have to do some thinking</i>—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; …

How Testosterone Affects Language

A brain-imaging study suggests the hormone might play a role in differences in how men and women speak.<p>The unfortunate thing about studies on the differences between male and female brains is that they get overstated in ways that perpetuate stereotypes. (“Women are better at nurturing, so why don’t …

The Best Language Tools for Geeks

No matter your command of the English language, we all have trouble defining, pronouncing, or even remembering certain words, which makes writing …

How to Be More Attentive in Life

A friend of mine has made the argument to me that you learn as much from fiction as you do from non-fiction.<p><i>The Art of Hearing Heartbeats</i> supports …