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How Survivorship Bias Skews Your Perceptions And Decisions

We all make decisions based on available information. It’s hard to blame us! That’s all we have. However, selective presentation of successes can make us believe that things like investments, business plans or opportunities are better than they are. This is called survivorship bias.


Why It's Better To Fail As Quickly As Possible

Most of us don’t like to admit when we’ve failed, so we tend to put it off for as long as possible. Google X’s Rapid Evaluation head Rich DeVaul explains why this costs money and time, and how it ultimately hinders progress.


Do Not Disturb Disables An Assortment Of Annoyances Around The Web

Chrome: Ad blockers are popular, but they don’t cover everything. Do Not Disturb ups the ante by blocking content widgets, data miners and a bunch of other things that might annoy you.


GoogolPlex Adds Tons Of Commands To Siri, No Jailbreak Required

Siri seems to get new powers all the time, but it’s still not useful unless you’re really hooked into Apple’s apps. If you want to add some new commands and don’t mind a slow response time, GoogolPlex is a clever little hack that let you control all sorts of things from Spotify to a Nest thermostat.


Outlook.com Can Now Import Mail From Other IMAP Mail Services

If you’re a fan of Outlook.com but still use a few other accounts for mail — like Gmail or Yahoo — you can import your mail and manage it from Outlook.com’s awesome interface.


Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories

Why are conspiracy theories so prevalent, and how do they intersect with other phenomena such as climate change denial? Stephan Lewandowsky, chair of cognitive psychology at the University of Bristol, answered questions on the topic posed by the public on Reddit. The Conversation has curated the highlights.


Chrome Remote Desktop Arrives On Android

Android: Google has finally released an Android counterpart to its Chrome-based remote desktop application. Install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension for Chrome and now you can log in to your computer remotely from Android.


ZenPen Is A Distraction-Free Online Writing Zone

There are a lot of useful distraction-free writing tools out there. If you’d rather not download an app, ZenPen is a wonderful web-based alternative with a simple design and minimal clutter.


Why The Hardest Tasks Matter The Most

Life hacking is all about doing things easier, but it’s important to remember that not everything is easy. There aren’t many “get rich quick” schemes in life — whether you’re talking about money, productivity, relationships or something else. Sometimes, the hardest tasks are the ones that matter the most.


Blue Mail Snoozes Emails For Later, Turns Them Into A Task List

Android: If you like to look at your email as if it were a to-do list, then Blue Mail is designed with you in mind. It lets you snooze mails for later so they act as reminders, and you can even turn your inbox into a task list and mark each message as “done”.