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Silicon Valley Wants to Cash In on Fasting

Like most of the health fads that catch on in Silicon Valley, this one broke through thanks to word-of-mouth—and a Medium post. Entrepreneur Sumaya …

Silicon Valley

4 Things That Kill Sleep and Productivity | Inc.com

It is a well-known fact that a good night's rest can boost your energy levels, and therefore your productivity. However, how many of us actually get the recommended eight hours of restful sleep? Our lives are too busy and we try to pack too much into our day; as a result we go to bed later and get …

Sleep

Lonely Planet's best places in Europe 2015

Europe is a magical miscellany of peoples and places, and the range of destinations can be overwhelming if you’re planning a trip. To narrow down the choices, we asked our team of Europe-based editors and authors to pick a list of 10 destinations looming large in their travel plans right now.<p>This …

Five Best Pre-Paid Cellphone Carriers

If you think you're stuck with the major carriers when you go looking for cellphone service, you'll be happy to know there's an array of pre-paid …

All the Stuff You Can Rent Out to Earn Extra Cash

Everyone loves earning extra cash. Launching a side project or business can be lucrative, but it can also be a lot of work. If you’re looking for an …

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …

It’s 2015 and I just bought a Sony Walkman

Advertisement<p>40 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom<p>As someone who was born when The Beatles were still together (just barely!), I’ve witnessed much …

Audiophile

QBee smart home system combines home entertainment, monitoring and more

Smart, connected homes are an increasingly important area of consumer electronics, with everyone from Google to D-Link getting in on the action. …

Home Automation

Taste Test: The Best Ready-Made Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>Ah, holiday party season! A time for friends, family, and loved ones to gather, sip on something warming by the fire, gaze into each others' eyes and feel the magic glow of good will and cheer.<p>...or, a time to drive yourself crazy …

The Most Horrifying Fast Food Menu Items Of 2014

According to Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the year of the horse. People born this year are said to be full of personality, enjoy socializing and have a great sense of humor. But, there's nothing funny about the fast food nightmares this year brought. From black hamburgers to chicken corsages, let us …

CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?

Homeland The TV drama accurately presents the mission, intensity, pace, contradictions and complexity of a CIA station engaged in deadly battle, say …

The Henry Ford of Books

The planet’s best-selling author since 2001, James Patterson has more than 300 million copies of his books in print, an army of co-writers, several TV deals in the works, and an estimated income of $90 million last year alone. But where’s the respect? Exploring the contradictions of this one-man …

How To Get Motivated And Crush Your New Year's Resolutions

I don’t know about you, but bouncing back to reality after the holidays isn’t easy. In fact, looking for inspiration on how to get motivated is almost a exercise in motivation itself. After eating all those yummy desserts and Christmas cookies, it takes some serious motivation to get back on track …

5 Cool and Easy Ways to Donate to Charity

One of the foundations of good finances is charitable giving. It might seem counterintuitive that giving your money away results in better finances for you, but it's true that giving can provide you with rewards that extend to the personal and the financial.<p>From the warm fuzzies you feel when you …

Longreads Best of 2014: Business Writing

We asked a few writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in specific categories. Here, the best in business …

7 Peak Performance Must-Dos For Business And Life

“What did you do!” I yelled at my accounts manager. He was lying down tanning on the terracotta gravel roof of our building, oiled up with darkened Hawaiian Tropic, blasting ACDC out of a giant silver boombox. I was on the phone with the WWE about a televised national wrestling match. He’d arranged …

5 Mistakes You Make With Your New Year's Diet Resolution

Photo: Courtesy ELLE<p><b>1. You've got an end goal but no game plan.</b>I can spot a bad diet resolution from a mile away. How? They all have one thing in common: They're way too general. Not sure what I mean? Well, they usually start with a pretty basic phrase like "I'm going to lose weight this …

Why You Should Skip Resolutions This Year

The year 2014 is winding down. You’ve celebrated the holidays, you’ve created your Facebook “Year In Review," and you're probably starting to ponder …

Employment

4 Simple Goal Setting Ideas For 2015

New Year’s resolutions are like traffic. As the driver, your focus is intent while trying to “get there;” you see others pass you by; you get held up at a red light that slows down progress. Distractions such as the radio, crazy drivers, cellphones (in some states) preclude you from focusing on the …

17 Ways to Make a New Year's Resolution You'll Actually Keep

Many of us who have used this time of year to turn our bodies around have fallen into the same cycle of failure: We’re frustrated with our size or …

11 Movies to Watch Out for in 2015

The non-blockbuster must-see features of the year.<p><b>Hey, did you know that a brand-new Star Wars film</b> is coming out in December? And an <i>Avengers</i> sequel is on the way in May? And yet another <i>Jurassic Park</i> adventure arrives in June? Oh, wait—of course you did, because even at this early stage of 2015, …

Reservation Confirmed: A Reading List About Airbnb

It’s easy to get distracted while reading about Airbnb. First, the listings themselves range from luxurious to quaint, and if you have any sort of …

Around the World in Hot Sauce: An Illustrated Tour of 18 Varieties

If there's one constant in global cuisine, it's that people all over the world like spicy food. And food cultures across the world have come up with countless ways to dry, crush, smoke, pickle, brine, and confit chilies into condiments, developing hot sauces that give dishes extra dimension and …

These Are the Most Ingenious Gadgets From CES 2015

Aya Brackett—Nest<p>DJI<p>Apple<p>Osmo<p>Tesla<p>Jawbone<p>Square<p>Hasbro<p>Oculus VR<p>Qualcomm

7 Ways to Stay Motivated and Accomplish Anything | Inc.com

Does the start of a New Year renew your energy and motivation to achieve change? For most it does, but let's face it, no matter how driven you are, there will be times when your energy and commitment will ebb. Yes, it happens--even to the most motivated among us.<p>You may have a great plan for your …

Motivation

Meet the Women Who Guard China’s Millionaires

Valued as secret weapons, female bodyguards are regarded as innocuous protectors who can disguise themselves as assistants or dance partners.<p><i>Watch our documentary about China's female bodyguards here.</i><p>Wearing a form-fitting black leather jacket with studded shoulders, leather pants, and …

20 podcasts you need to hear in 2015

Podcasting

Where Do Sesame Seeds Come From, Anyway?

"What the f*ck is a sesame? It's a street...it's a way to open sh*t!" Mitch Hedberg famously said. Hedberg was on to something. We see sesame seeds everywhere: On hamburger buns and bagels, in za'atar, if you're up on your Middle Eastern condiments, and on the sesame chicken you order from your …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …