Shiv Kumar

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The 13-step digital declutter

Running out of storage, overwhelmed by spam or worried about your privacy? These tips will help you clean up your online act<p>If your laptop is running low on storage, Windows’s built-in Disk Cleanup tool can find and wipe unneeded files – just search for it in the Start menu. Mac OS Sierra has a …

Minimalism

In pictures: 10 iconic rail journeys you must do in your lifetime

Trains

Man Booker Prize 2017: The Shortlist

The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2017 – the UK’s most prestigious literary honour – was revealed earlier today. First handed out in 1969, the …

Books

Can Poetry Change Your Life? 

Why we are so defensive about the art form’s value.<p>The first eight pages of Michael Robbins’s new book, “Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music” (Simon & Schuster), make reference to Annie Dillard, Harold Bloom, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Kenneth Burke, Geoffrey Hill, Kenneth …

How to get all of your text messages on your Mac

There's nothing worse than missing out on a text message because you didn't see it. Luckily, you can now start getting your texts sent to iMessage on …

Seven Things You Might Not Know About Sylvia Plath

To be familiar with the poetry and writing of <b>Sylvia Plath</b> is to be familiar with Plath herself. The American wordsmith bore all in her work, plumbing …

Ernest Hemingway's long-lost Los Angeles visit

Lots happened in L.A. last night. Lives ended. Lives began. Couples fought, couples made up. A recently transplanted Manhattan-ite said, "All my friends are here!" I probably fell asleep with a book on my chest.<p>Eighty years from now, what record of these events will survive? Partly that depends on …

Literature

These 5 Teachers Showcase the Future of Blended Learning’s ‘Station Rotation’ Model

Milton Bryant is the first to admit that implementing blended learning successfully didn’t come overnight. For the past four years, Bryant has been …

Education Technology

11 hidden features in iOS 11

Apple on Monday released iOS 11 Public Beta 1, which corresponds with the second developer beta that was released just last week. While many of the …

7 tips and tricks for navigating the iPad on iOS 11

After installing iOS 11 on an iPad, you're undoubtedly going to notice things are way different. For starters, there's a bona fide app dock now. Also, multitasking has been completely redone. Here are a few tips and tricks for navigating your upgraded iPad.<p>View app dock<p>The app dock can hold 13 …

You can now download iOS 11’s public beta

Download at your own risk<p>For those looking to test out the upcoming iOS 11 update, you’ll now be able to download the public beta version of the software from Apple’s website. Announced earlier this month during WWDC, iOS 11 comes with your standard tweaks and refinements, but also a huge focus on …

Three Great Airfares You Can Book Right Now

Los Angeles – Stockholm from $274 roundtrip in November and December. (HT: Secret Flying)<p>Book on Norwegian’s Swedish website, rather than the US …

This German airline will book you a cheap flight — but the destination is a surprise

Airlines have been under increased public scrutiny in recent months, following an incident in which a United passenger was violently removed from an overbooked flight.<p>But a top German carrier wants to give fliers something to smile about.<p>Lufthansa, the largest airline in Germany, is offering an …

Flying

15 Shilpa Shetty Kundra songs everyone secretly still listens to

Shilpa Shetty Kundra began her Bollywood career at the age of 18 with ’90s crime thriller <i>Baazigar</i>. With that sculpted, athletic frame and those bold …

What are the benefits of giving up sugar?

Health bloggers and clean-eating advocates frequently extol the benefits of quitting sugar - but is it actually desirable?<p>Entirely eradicating all sugar from your diet would be extremely difficult. You can ditch fizzy drinks, cakes and stop adding sugar to your tea, but as long as you've still got …

Watch: Aziz Ansari tells the real-life story deemed too far-fetched for Master of None

Master of None has been one of Netflix's most acclaimed comedy shows, seamlessly combining observational humour with perceptive commentary on race, gender and sexuality in America.<p>The sitcom's unique world view is never more apparent than in the season two episode Religion, a half-hour inspired by …

Tech has taken the work out of couponing. Here’s how to save big with little effort.

What if I told you there’s a new way to use coupons that’s easy and can save you 50 percent or more on your groceries? The average family of four spends as much as $15,364 annually on groceries, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department, so that’s a potential savings of more than $7,500.<p>I know …

15 surprising things you didn't know about long-haul flights

11. Flying behind an A380 can be very dangerous<p>15. Flying can make you ill<p>1. There’s a secret bedroom

On board Viking Star, the luxury ship that will change your mind about cruising

“Being in a ship is being in a jail – with the chance of being drowned,” wrote Samuel Johnson. The good doctor doth protest too much, I mused over a martini in the soaring atrium of a ship cruising south through the mid-Atlantic.<p>In front of me a trio of classical musicians performed Bach’s …

Travelling on a budget? This Asian city has the most affordable accommodation prices in the world

Looking for a cheap place to stay on your next trip? Better head to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the most affordable city for accommodation, according to research compiled in a new study.<p>Online campsite booking platform Campsy compared the price of accommodation in more than 200 cities and regions …

Trump, Europe and terrorism: There's a lot he gets right

<b>(CNN) —</b> Europe is waking up to the need for change. We've been fighting the war on terror for a very long time, but we've recently seen an escalation. Tuesday, in France -- which is still in a state of emergency since the 2015 Paris attacks -- a man attacked police officers with a hammer, and …

Steal this Nobel Prize-winner’s brilliant approach to work-life balance right now

Writer Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize in 1993, and she worked hard to get there, starting by cleaning houses when she was a child. The experience …

How To Create a Culture of Mindfulness

The tech space, it turns out, has an especially acute need for the practice because, well, it isn't exactly synonymous with Zen.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If there were a scientifically proven, free way to improve your employees' performance and sense of …

Mindfulness

Are You in Transition, Too?

Tran·si·tion. tranˈziSH(ə)n,tranˈsiSH(ə)n/. noun 1. the process or a period of changing from one state of being or condition to another<p>I got to …

5 social media uses we must teach in schools

Gallup conducted a poll titled “21st Century Skills and the Workplace” and found that 59% of the workforce “developed most of the skills they use in …

Hacking Children's Learning: Why Gamification Technology Has The Answer

The problem with learning in recent years across all levels of schooling is that, somewhere along the way, we lost how to make it fun. Instead, it’s become a chore or punishment to kids and their parents. In reality, learning should be fun as it once had been.<p>There is hope that fun can be put back …

Mobile Devices

10 Literary Classics Every Business Leader Should Read

If you only stick to business books and biographies, you're not learning as much as you could.<p>Biographies of inspirational figures, leadership how-to titles, and management case studies will all give you great insights on how to be a better entrepreneur and leader, but if that's all you read, …

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami – review

Haruki Murakami’s long-awaited return to the short story is a masterclass in pacing and the tragicomic revelation<p>Curiosity, in Murakami’s supremely enjoyable, philosophical and pitch-perfect new collection of short stories – his first for more than a decade – is what motivates many of his …

Literature

Google Leapfrogs Rivals To Be Classroom King

Education is one of the most hotly-contested areas in the battle for supremacy among the tech giants, but there are clear signs that Google has leapfrogged its rivals to go top of the class.<p>Not only is the global ed tech market forecast to be worth around $252 billion by 2020, but the opportunity …

Education Technology

This Charging Device Has Everything You Need for a Trip Overseas

Make sure you're not stranded and powerless with this 4-adapter converter.<p>So you've been bitten by the travel bug, and you're funneling all your vacation days (and paychecks) into jaunts across the globe? Awesome. But the thought of packing a plethora of power adapters for every country? Not …