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The Flight From Conversation

The psychologist Sherry Turkle argues that replacing face-to-face communication with smartphones is diminishing people’s capacity for empathy.<p>Many of my daily conversations don’t involve eye contact. My roommate texts me from a neighboring bedroom. My boss sends me an instant message from a few …

Psychology

The Benefits of Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty

“Wanting and not wanting the same thing at the same time is a baseline condition of human consciousness.”<p>Gary Noesner is a former FBI hostage negotiator. For part of the 51-day standoff outside the Branch Davidian religious compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993, he was the strategic coordinator for …

Psychology

Canadians for a Wall

In the wake of Scott Walker’s suggestion that the U.S. build a wall on the U.S.-Canadian border, and a poll showing 41 percent of Americans supporting the idea, Montreal-based journalist Emma Jacobs rounds up reactions from Canadians saying yeah, bring it on:<p>There’s a lot about guns in these …

5 cognitive biases that are killing your decisions

<i>This post originally appeared on Crew blog.</i><p>It’s hard to accept that what holds us back from reaching our potential is all in our head.<p>While it may be a bit of a cliche, we really are our own worst enemies.<p>Maintaining a growth mindset isn’t a matter of walking up a staircase one small step at a …

Critical Thinking

‘My dentist saved my tooth, but wiped my memory’

After simple dental surgery, William lost his ability to form new memories. What happened? This real-life medical mystery should change the way we think about the brain, says David Robson.<p>William’s internal clock is eternally jammed at 13:40 on 14 March 2005 – right in the middle of a dentist …

Opera for Android now lets you add sites to your home screen

Opera has updated its Android browser with a few useful new features, including the ability to add shortcuts to your favorite sites to your home screen.<p>The latest version has an ‘Add to home screen’ option that you can find by visiting a site and tapping the plus sign on the left of the address bar.<p>…

Apps

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

LogMeIn Co-Founder Debuts Caret, An Address Book That Tells People If You’re Available To Chat

Ever since our contact lists moved out of Rolodexes and onto our smartphones, mobile app developers have been trying to improve upon the built-in – and typically, very basic – address book apps that ship with our devices. To date, we’ve seen everything from simple makeovers of the address book app …

Yandex.Browser is a Bold UI Experiment

The only problem with installing apps from Chrome Web Store is that it appears that the only way to launch them is through the SmartBox, as they’re nowhere else to be found. However, that’s a minor thing you’d expect to see in an alpha version.<p>At the moment users of Yandex.Browser are also unable …

8 Great Chrome Extensions to Transform your 'New Tab' Page

The ‘new tab’ page is something you probably look at for a lot more time than you think every day, so why not put it to work or get it to do something other than just show new tabs?<p>Here are eight great Chrome New Tab page extensions to beautify, redesign or put your new tab page to work.<p>My personal …

Shopify Strikes Agreement With Amazon to Migrate Accounts

Deal allows third-party sellers using Amazon Webstore to shift to Shopify with no interruption<p>Shopify Inc. said Thursday it had struck a deal with Amazon.com Inc. to allow third-party sellers currently using the Amazon Webstore to migrate their businesses to a Shopify account with no business …

Drupe for Android is now a full-fledged dialer

When I tried Drupe a few months ago, I noted that the app made it easy to ping my favorite contacts on whichever messaging app they used from a single screen. It was love at first swipe.<p>Today, it’s got a neat update that turns it into a replacement for your dialer.<p>As with most apps in this …

The Opposite of Hoarding

For some, the need to shed possessions is a life-consuming illness—but the cultural embrace of decluttering can make it hard to seek help.<p>As long as she can remember, Annabelle Charbit has loathed “stuff.” She hated birthdays because birthdays meant gifts. And gifts meant finding a way to toss them.<p>…

Mental Health

Addappt Doubles Down On Android And Its Larger Corporate Thesis

The kids over at Addappt are back with a new build of their contact app for Android, so I snagged Mrinal Desai, a founder of the startup to dig into just what is new, why we might care, and where the company is headed.<p>The below builds off our last TechCrunch interview with Desai, trying to divine …

This startup has an unusual idea to fight the rise of ad blocking that could just work

But 18 months ago Yavli pivoted the business entirely in response to the huge rise in consumers using ad blocking software. The number of people using ad blockers worldwide has grown 41% year-on-year to 198 million monthly active users, according to a report from PageFair and Adobe.<p>A few months …

Start A Fire Helps You Take Credit When You Turn Stories Into Viral Hits

If you’re the kind of person who shares TechCrunch articles on social media, a) thank you, and b) do you ever wonder how much traffic you’re bringing us?<p>Oren Barzilai, co-founder and CEO of Israeli startup Start A Fire, presented a more-or-less analogous situation to me. He said that when someone …