How To Instantly Charm Someone You've Never Met Before

When you meet new people, you want to make a good impression and come across as likeable as possible. If turning on the charm is something you struggle with, here are the most important tips and tricks for charming the pants off someone you haven’t met.


Save Everyone From Awkward Silences With Good Go-To Stories

You probably know this moment well. Everyone has said what they wanted to say and an awkward silence fills the room. Well, don’t be afraid — and save the day with a few of your best stories worth telling.


The Must-Have Phones From Mobile World Congress 2015

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is currently in full swing over in sunny Barcelona. It’s the place where the best up-and-coming smartphones and mobile gadgets are unveiled to the world ahead of their official launch dates. Here’s a look at the current cream of the crop — from HTC’s gunmetal One M9 to Samsung’s all-glass Galaxy S6.


Glutten-Free: Some Spelling Mistakes Are Stupidly Permanent

Online spelling errors are irritating but easily fixed. A mistake on a sign is more expensive and more permanent. Here are three examples — all within a five-minute walk of each other — that show why it’s important to develop the habit of attention to detail whenever you write anything.


How Jargon Ruins Our Attempts To Communicate

In this high-tech, gee-whiz world, more and more people seem to speak in jargon or, as I like to call it, gibberish. Whether it’s exclusive terms understandable by only a certain few, buzz-words intended to impress in meetings, or euphemisms to make something seem better than it is, the use of jargon really does little more than confuse the listener.


SMSmart Simulates Useful Apps Using SMS When You Have No Data

Mobile data is nearly ubiquitous, but there are still times when you find yourself outside the coverage area or don’t want to chew throw your miserable allowance. SMSmart can do basic searches, get directions, search Wikipedia and perform more tasks using SMS.


Stephen King On Writing: Throw Out Your Thesaurus

The super-prolific Stephen King has doled out lots of advice for budding writers, including the recommendation to cut down your text. Here’s another: “Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word.”


Stop Thinking About What You'll Say Next To Become A Better Listener

We all do it: when we’re in the middle of a conversation with someone, we spend the bulk of that time thinking about what we’re going to say as a reply. Fast Company points out that this really screws with your listening ability.


Don't Decide Off Your Own Bat To Use Back Instead

If you do something off your own bat, you don’t require assistance. If you use the incorrect phrase “off your own back”, you definitely need help.


Customise Your Apple Mail Toolbar With Mailboxes For Quicker Sorting

Mac: For those of us still using desktop email clients, folders keep your messages organised. If you add key mailboxes to your toolbar in Apple Mail, you’ll save some keystrokes when sorting your mail.