Waking up is hard to do. Getting a good sleep can be tough, and this can lead to feeling less than refreshed when you wake up in the morning. Falling asleep and waking up are brain processes we don’t fully understand, but research suggests these transitions are a lot more gradual than the flip of a switch.
Whether you're doing some Spanish homework or exchanging jokes with your French-speaking amoureux, nailing spelling in a foreign language is pretty important if you're trying to get your point across without looking like a dunce. Adding accents is easy now, thanks to improved keyboard controls on nearly every device. No matter what phone, laptop, or desktop you're on, you can add accented characters pretty easily, as long as you know where to look.
Chrome/Safari: If you want a gentle reminder not to waste time online - without investing in a full-featured paid app such as Freedom - try Nothing on the Internet, an extension for Chrome and Safari that turns off all the content of the web, leaving a zen-like expanse of empty wireframes.
Having an office Secret Santa can be fun. However, being in charge of organising an office Secret Santa can be decidedly not fun. Depending on the size of your office, getting everyone together to draw names can be a chore all on its own, and when you do, chances are good that somehow, some way, the one guy who was on holiday on selection day will manage to draw himself and you'll have to do the whole thing over again.
Mac/iOS: Bucking its minimalist trend of killing wishlists and killing desktop downloads, the iOS App Store added a feature: Developers can open up their apps for pre-orders, up to 90 days in advance. (The feature is also available on the Mac App Store.)
In this episode we talked with Tim Ferriss, author, podcaster, investor, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed "human guinea pig". He's the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Four-Hour Workweek and The Four-Hour Body and his latest, Tribe of Mentors. We talked with Tim about his most worthwhile investments and his biggest failures, his most valuable purchases under $100 and over $10,000, and what beliefs and behaviours have most improved his life.
Battery life - the arch-nemesis of every smartphone user. You've probably already realised that bingeing sessions on Netflix or afternoons on mobile Minecraft aren't particularly kind to your remaining battery level, but there are more draws on your phone's juice than you might think. Here's everything to watch out.
Stuck on a packed subway with no room to wrangle an actual book, I'll often pull out my smartphone to catch up on articles I've saved in my Pocket reading app. Unfortunately, being unsure whether it's a 400 or 14,000-word article means that fate dictates whether or not I finish what I'm reading before I'm off the train and walking to work.
Most of us end up getting a ton of email during the day. As it turns out, I see a lot of that email via the notification bar on my phone. I want to know what emails have come in, but not enough to go into the Gmail app on the phone, and so browsing them in Notifications is a quick and easy solution. When I see something in there I want to read or respond to, I launch the app.
Microsoft Excel is packed with useful data management features that don't see a lot of use, like pivot tables, index and match, and conditional formatting. If you're just using excel to sum and chart columns, this graphic can show you some other tools to help you become the spreadsheet ninja you always wanted to be.
One of the more interesting technology trends for 2017 was the wave of nostalgia that passed over the industry. HMD Global's Nokia 3310 stole the limelight at Mobile World Congress this year, despite a raft of cutting-edge phones on display. The always-nostalgic Nintendo released an adorable re-imagining of the 1990s Super Nintendo, called the SNES mini.
Roxane Gay has published five books in the last seven years, all acclaimed, all incisively addressing social issues that define our society, such as feminism, race, body image, racial and sexual violence, and the immigrant experience. Three - her essay collection Bad Feminist, her short story collection Difficult Women, and her memoir Hunger - were US national bestsellers.
For years, Microsoft and others have been trying to figure out how to get Windows running on chips other than x86 processors most commonly made by Intel and AMD. The hope is that by broadening the platform to makers of mobile devices, Windows on ARM-based chips will lead to cheaper, more accessible systems than the standard laptops we have now.
Windows has been knocking around in some form or another for a grand total of 32 years now, and in that time it's amassed a lot of features - not just the newest bells and whistles but long-standing features you might have forgotten about or never even discovered in the first place. Here are 10 really useful tricks that Windows 10 is capable of that you might not know about, but should definitely know about.
Whether you've seen it in action or received more than a few intrusive notifications from Apple, you've probably been directed to install the company's new macOS High Sierra on more than one occasion. Features such as improved photo management and the Apple File System are definitely enticing, but, as with many of the company's upgrades, the operating system isn't exactly optimised to run on the Mac you acquired back in 2012.
If you're curious about whether or not you should upgrade your Mac, here are a few factors to consider (as well as a way to make using your updated Mac a bit more appealing.)