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How Your iPhone Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s almost New Year’s Day, which means it’s time for a new you (because the previous 365 days didn’t give you the opportunity to grow or change, apparently). But this time, you’re committed to making real progress, to reach your goals, and to make a difference in your life.

You can start by avoiding these resolution pitfalls, but if you need some help, turn to your iPhone. A supercomputer in the palm of your hands, it has the power to improve your life (when you’re not using it to play Clash of Clans, anyway).

If you doubt that, check out these five resolutions and the apps that can help you keep them.

Change Your Outlook

Admit it, the state of the world has turned you into a bit of a Scrooge lately. Well, you don’t need three ghosts to snap you out of it.

First, try chronicling the…

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One Simple and Easy New Year’s Resolution Guaranteed to Make You Happier

Raj Kumar:

Simple and effective tips :-)

Originally posted on TIME:

Apparently 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, getting organized, and spending less money are the top three, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

These — and others, like falling in love, staying fit, and spending more time with family — are great. But they are huge goals that require a lot of work and willpower. I’m not against that. But I feel like we are all working really hard as it is, so I would like to offer a resolution that is really simple but one that can make your life more awesome:

Add more joy.

Instead of saying you want to lose weight, eat more foods that bring you joy. French fries may taste great, but you feel guilty afterwards and that’s the opposite of joy. What food makes you feel awesome when and after you eat it? My bet is…

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Can we upgrade democracy for the Internet era?

Raj Kumar:

This is interesting…..

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

“If the Internet is the new printing press, then what is democracy for the Internet era?” asks Argentinian activist Pia Mancini in today’s TED Talk (How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era), filmed this week in Brazil at TEDGlobal 2014.

Without an answer to that important question, Mancini and her friends set out to create one, starting with the design of DemocracyOS.org. DemocracyOS.org is an open-source web application that is designed to become a bridge between citizens. Every bill introduced in Argentina’s Congress gets immediately translated into plain language on the app. Taking an even bigger leap of faith, Mancini and her colleagues ran for elections last year. They didn’t win, but they gained clout, and next month, Congress will be using DemocracyOS to discuss with citizens three pieces of legislation. Says Mancini, “It was our way of hacking the political system.”

Watch the talk.


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The Secret Language of Girls on Instagram

Originally posted on TIME:

Secrecy is hardly new on Planet Girl: as many an eye-rolling boy will tell you, girls excel at eluding the prying questions of grown ups. And who can blame them? From an early age, young women learn that to be a “good girl” they must be nice, avoid conflict and make friends with everyone. It’s an impossible ask (and one I’ve studied for over a decade) – so girls respond by taking their true feelings underground.

Enter the Internet, and Instagram: a platform where emotions can run wild – and where insecurities run wilder. The photo-sharing app is social media’s current queen bee: In a survey released earlier this month, three quarters of teens said they were using Instagram as their go-to app.

Instagram lets users share their photos, and “like” and comment on their friends’. The competition for “likes” encourages creativity in young users, who can use filters…

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Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2 Years After Shooting

Raj Kumar:

Brave and bold girl…….

Originally posted on TIME:

Update: Oct. 10, 7:06 a.m. ET

Pakistani youth activist Malala Yousafzai was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, an honor she shares with Kailash Satyarthi, who has long been campaigning against child exploitation in neighboring India. But until about two years ago, Malala was just a 15-year old blogger on a school bus with her friends. It was Oct. 9, 2012, when armed Taliban men boarded Malala’s bus and shot her in the head, transforming her from a minor Internet celebrity to an international symbol.

It’s hard to believe that she’s accomplished so much — including recovery from her injuries — in only two years, but Malala’s story actually started long before the assassination attempt that launched her to worldwide fame. She was born in the Swat valley in Pakistan, in 1997, to parents who encouraged her love for education from a young age. Her father, Ziauddin, opened…

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Why Women’s Colleges Are Opening the Door for Men

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Wilson College, a small women’s school in Pennsylvania, came close to shutting down once before. But a swell of opposition from staff and students in 1979 and a fundraising effort that raised $1.1 million in less than three months kept the college in business. Facing a similarly dire falloff in enrolled students and tuition revenue this year, the school turned to what it said is the only option for survival—admitting men.

One of a few dozen remaining women’s colleges in the U.S., Wilson said it can no longer afford to serve only half the population. While overall college enrollment has gone up by about 32% since 2000, enrollment at women-only colleges has fallen during that time by 29%. As a result, more women’s colleges are going co-ed. There were as many as 200 women’s colleges in 1960, according to the National Institute on Postsecondary Education. Today that number hovers around…

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Apple Has an iPhone Headache, but It Won’t Last Long

Originally posted on TIME:

Updated Saturay 9/27

After launching two new iPhones and a new mobile operating system, iOS 8, last week, Apple had a rough few days. Sure, it sold a record 10 million of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models over the weekend, setting them up to be its most successful phones ever. But no company can escape the headaches that come with almost every new launch, and Apple had three problems marring an otherwise spectacular introduction.

First, iOS 8, Apple’s new mobile operating system, inexplicably launched late last week without promised apps that used a health and fitness feature called HealthKit. Then, early this week, reports flew around social media and tech blogs showing the iPhone 6 Plus, the big 5.5-in. granddaddy of the two iPhone 6 models, was easy to bend — some people claimed the phone bent when sitting in their pockets for extended periods…

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Last-Minute iPhone 6, iWatch and iPad Rumor Roundup

Raj Kumar:

World is waiting for these much hyped apple products

Originally posted on TIME:

The rumors have been floating around for months and the big day is almost here.

Just as Apple’s made its bones by simplifying technology, let’s boil down the nearly endless supply of rumors to paint a general picture of what we might expect to see from the company’s September 9 media event.

The Event Will Be Streamed Live Online

This one is most definitely not a rumor, and it’ll result in the rest of these rumors either being proven true or laid to rest starting at 1pm Eastern on Tuesday, September 9 when Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino, CA. Fun fact: Steve Jobs launched the Mac from the Flint Center 30 years ago.

You’ll be able to watch the event live online, broadcast directly from Apple’s site at Apple.com/Live. There will also be roughly 1.2 bajillion liveblogs of the event going…

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