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Calculate How Many Books You Could Read If You Quit Social Media

A new calculator from Omnicalculator shows you how many books you could read in one year, if you checked them instead of checking social media. Enter how often you check social media (or any time-wasting sites that you’re willing to give up), and how long you spend there each time you visit. Omnicalculator will turn…Read […]

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Freedom’s New Chrome Extension Forces You to Pause Before Opening a Distracting Site

If you end up on distracting sites “accidentally,” download the Pause extension for Chrome. Instead of blocking distracting sites, Pause throws up a blank green screen for five seconds, forcing you to pause. Then you can click to go to the actual site. (You can also click to disable pausing on that site for the […]

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How to Outsmart Algorithms and Take Control of Your Information Diet

“Certain algorithms,” says Tim Cook, “pull you toward the things you already know, believe, or like, and they push away everything else. Push back.” In a commencement speech to Tulane University, the Apple CEO tells graduates to take charge of their information diet. And much as we want to sneer at the irony of a…Read […]

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Save Your Battery and Sanity By Modifying Your Android Notifications

Setting up a new Android phone means you’ll be spending more than a few minutes in the Google Play Store, downloading apps. It also means you’ll be dealing with more than a few annoying pop-ups in the form of notifications from all these new apps. It’s easy to deal with the overwhelming amount of vibrations, […]

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Hack Your Notification Badges to Encourage Good Habits

iOS/Android: Choosing how to use spare moments on your phone can feel like dieting. You might find yourself choosing Twitter or Facebook every time, mad at yourself for never cracking open Kindle or Instapaper. Fighting this habit takes a whole arsenal, so here’s one more weapon: Turn off all your “bad” notification…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Ten Tricks for Checking Your Phone Less

The most frustrating thing about a phone addiction is that unlike actual substance abuse, the solution is not to stop using it completely. Instead, we have to find ways to use this technology responsibly, fighting apps overtly designed to steal our time.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Using Social Media During Class Can Lower Exam Scores

Getting a laptop for your upcoming foray into college is great, but you should leave it alone come class time. According to scientists at Michigan State University, students who voluntarily installed browser tracking software on their laptops were found to spend almost 40 minutes per 100-minute class using the web for…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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What Entertainment Do You Turn to for Comfort in Times of Distress?

Hello everyone, and especially hello to new parents! The news media is troubling, is it not? And on occasion it veers from being merely troubling to flat-out horrifying. I have found that the news, and in fact any violent or disturbing media at all, can be simply unbearable for many people but most especially new…Read […]

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