TIME - Top Stories
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Smart locks are mostly a gamble: They promise the ability to unlock your home with only your smartphone, but it's hard to shake the feeling that they're somehow less secure than regular deadbolts. T he Kwikset Premis , however, packs all the intelligence you want in a door lock while still keeping your pad on lockdown. A few things brought me to installing this new, $229 smart lock in my home. First, I've long been a fan of Kwikset's SmartKey system, which lets homeowners re-key their own locks. The result: one key now opens my front, side, and garage door, meaning there are fewer keys taking up space on my keychain. Second, though I review all sorts of smart home gear, I prefer the (moody and often frustrating) Apple HomeKit framework because of the company's strong stance on security . And finally, I previously reviewed Kwikset's original smart lock , the Kevo, and knew in my heart the company could do better the next time around.
The Huffington Post
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In any situation, we control only our own actions. Through them we either increase or decrease conflict. Even taking concrete steps that stand up for what we feel is right, intention and awareness of the larger picture can guide nuanced choices, but only if we stay out of autopilot and fear-driven reactivity. Protest and stand resolute, try to engage in conversation across the aisle, and through it all aim for agreement and collaboration instead of escalating conflict when possible. • Cultivate compassion. We're all struggling to find happiness in life, however messed up our approach to there sometimes appears from the outside. Mindfulness builds from self-compassion, the capacity to approach ourselves with the same kindness we treat our best friend. When feeling beleaguered and beaten up, we become miserable, lose faith, and may even mistreat those around us.
The Huffington Post
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They follow a familiar trajectory. When a company has no clear vision, it is fueled by chaos. Without a strategy to follow, managers make decisions based on their own pride and greed. There are no collective goals, so pleasing upper management becomes the focus. In all likelihood, these managers did not start out toxic. But in a rudderless workplace like the one I just described, very few leaders can muster the strength to rise above the cesspool of infighting, groupthink, and downright nastiness. If you are watching one of these less-than-inspiring leaders get promotion after promotion, you likely have a sinking feeling that it is time to check out, quit, or both. There is a reason that you feel this way. These promotions are not rewarding strong leadership. They are a reward for behavior that does not disrupt the status quo -- even if that behavior is accomplishing nothing.
EVO Reviews
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Instead it borrows elements from both those cars, but the result is a character that isnt as distinctive or quite as loveable. The 308 GTi has a remarkably small engine, its four-cylinder turbocharged motor is just a 1.6 when its direct rivals all boast 2-litre engines. Despite it’s relatively tiny capacity it still packs a big enough punch. The 308 GTi has 266bhp, that’s 19bhp more than the Ford Focus ST and 49bhp more than the VW Golf GTI. What’s more, it’s a far more characterful motor than the engines found in its rivals. Click here to read our review of the Golf GTI Also working in the 308 GTi’s favour is the interior, which is significantly different from the often dour feeling German hot hatches. It’s made from quality materials and has distinctive quirks, the most significant being the tiny steering wheel. It isnt for everyone though, as it can obscure the dials for certain people.
The Event Chronicle
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We're just kind of in a wait-and-see mode. McGrath said Barbara Bush, who is 91, had not been feeling well for a couple of weeks and decided to take it out of committee and have the experts check it out. He described the move as precautionary. The former first lady was experiencing fatigue and coughing when she checked into Houston Methodist Hospital on Wednesday, just days after her 92-year-old husband was admitted for treatment of pneumonia. McGrath said in an email to the Associated Press that an update on their conditions is expected Thursday morning. Physicians initially believed the former president would be released later this week following several days of treatment, but his stay has been extended, McGrath said. There is no timetable for his release. Doctors want to see how the former first lady responds to treatment before allowing her to return home, he said... Read More Source: NBCDFW
BoingBoing
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Long of the short of it, Trump knows he's a fraud. Politico interviewed several biographers who have followed Trump for most of his garish, boorish life. D’Antonio: Those early influences are essential, and I also think it’s correct that he has been conducting his entire life as a vanity show, and he’s been rewarded, most recently since his reality TV show, by ever-greater public interest in him. This is a guy who is a president-elect who describes himself as a ratings machine, which is an absolutely absurd thing for a president to be reflecting on, but that matters to him. But one thing I think that we have overlooked as we see Trump trying to delegitimize others is what I suspect is a feeling he has inside that nothing he’s ever achieved himself has ever been legitimate. This is a person who has never known whether anybody wants to be around him because he’s a person they want to be around or they want to be around his money.
The Sun Daily
2 hours
The stunning result blows the men's competition wide open as the six-time champion was widely expected to reach the January 29 final, where he was seeded to meet five-time runner-up Andy Murray. It also raises fresh questions for the world number two, who has been in a funk since completing a career Grand Slam and winning his 12th major title at last year's French Open. "It's one of these days when you don't feel that great on the court, don't have much rhythm, and the player you're playing against is feeling the ball very well," he shrugged. "That's sport." Mother's love While Djokovic was rocked by the defeat, there was joy for Istomin, who is coached by his mother and has never got beyond the third round in 11 visits to Melbourne Park. "I feel sorry for Novak, I was playing so good today," he said. "I surprised myself also." One beneficiary of Istomin's win could be world number three Milos Raonic, who was seeded to meet Djokovic in the semi-finals.
The Huffington Post
2 hours
For couples who love to travel, the honeymoon is perhaps the best part of the wedding. Few people are more familiar with that feeling than the founders of Lonely Planet . After all, the travel guide book company started when newlyweds Tony and Maureen Wheeler went on their honeymoon in 1972 to explore Europe, Asia and Australia. Originally, the duo intended to travel for a year before settling down in London, where theyd originally met. But after driving from Europe to Afghanistan in a beat-up minivan and eventually finding their way to Sydney, they were inspired to turn their travel diaries into a book ― and the first Lonely Planet guide was published. In Lonely Planets most recent book, The Honeymoon Handbook, editors focused on couples budgets, featuring 10 destinations that give newlyweds the experience of a lifetime without emptying their bank accounts.
The Huffington Post
2 hours
) Acting modestly In a time of anxiety, conspicuous consumption is clearly passé. Interest in dining and nightlife in Democratic areas fell 16.7 percent, even as it grew slightly in Republican areas. New car content was 12.1 percent less popular. Coverage of high fashion fell 32.5 percent, 16.9 percent fewer people were interested in luxury handbags, and there were 13.1 percent less jewelry buyers. Some of this money shifted to discreet indulgences including spa visits, sleepwear, and home audio equipment. Lessons from the past We are witnessing a sudden but not unheard of shift in consumer sentiment. Marketers should be forgiven for feeling whiplash, especially in that these events have a personal impact as well. Unfortunately, many of our instinctual reactions are wrong. Consumers want practical solutions, not emotional reassurance. Cutting ad spend weakens market share and prolongs an eventual recovery.
The Economist - United States
3 hours
THE 2016 election marked a coming-out party for conservative Chinese-Americans, who offered Donald Trump some of his most passionate support among non-whites. Now some are feeling the first twinges of a hangover, as their hero threatens a trade war with China and hints that he might upgrade ties with Taiwan, the island that Chinese leaders call no more than a breakaway province. “My members worshipped Trump religiously for a whole year,” says David Tian Wang, a 33-year-old businessman originally from Beijing, who foundedChinese Americans for Trump”, a group which paid for Trump billboards in more than a dozen states and flew aerial banners over 32 cities. Perhaps most importantly, Mr Wang’s members rallied supporters on Chinese-language internet forums and messaging apps including WeChat, attracting outsized attention from media outlets and elected officials in places where Asian voters can swing elections, such as southern California.
The Economist - United States
3 hours
ON NOVEMBER 9th, as it started to sink in that Donald Trump would be their president too, Californians expressed their anger and disappointment in different and creative ways. Some took to the streets and burnt papier-mâché effigies of Mr Trump’s bronzed face. Others chanted “not my president” and waved signs that readImmigrants Make America Great” and “Deport Trump”. Kevin de León and Anthony Rendon, the leaders of the California Senate and Assembly, respectively, released a statement. “Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California,” it read. “We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our constitution.” As Mr Trump takes residence in the White House, California’s lawmakers are putting their words into action.
CNN Entertainment
4 hours
All of the emotions. That's what you're used to feeling if you're a fan of "This Is Us."
Techradar - Reviews
4 hours
Most VPN companies downplay torrents. Some don't support them at all. BTGuard is very different, though, proudly heading its website with its offer of Anonymous BitTorrent Services. BTGuard's website offers very few details on its VPN service, maybe because there's not much to talk about. There are no clients to check out, for instance, and only three locations to choose from: Canada, Singapore and the Netherlands. Browsing the website doesn't give us the feeling this will change any time soon. As we write, the demo videos were posted six years ago. VPN-related support documents are all dated January 30, 2013. The last post on the support site's news page was made on November 12, 2013. There's little sign of activity or life. Want to try BTGuard? Check out the website here The pricing isn't very enticing, either, with single-month subscriptions costing a chunky 8.
The Huffington Post
4 hours
The day he announced the nationalization of the oil industry, Mexicans celebrated in the streets of cities and towns, and a great feeling of solidarity ran across the land. I had not been born at the time, but Ive seen moving photographs of wealthy ladies contributing their jewels, and humble peasants offering hens and other animals, to collect the money needed to pay compensation to the oil companies. And we all remember how former President Miguel de la Madrid labored to create a continental alliance to oppose Ronald Reagans foolish war in Central America by forming the Contadora group with Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. Mexico showed the guts to face the colossus of the north. We dont know if the Mexican government has sought an alliance with other governments in Latin America to deal with the possibility of a massive deportation of their countrymen.
Forbes
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PerezHilton
5 hours
" We bet! Between this admission and the news the One Dance performer has met the 47-year-old's kids, we have a feeling Jennifer and Drake are gearing up to be one heck of a power couple! We guess we'll just have to wait and see... [ Image via Instagram . ]
PC Pro
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So my interest is as much in using VR myself, as in the philosophical space it creates and its possible effects. The drawings I make and, in a very similar way, the 3D print from this exhibition, are all attempts to diagramatise a mind state through making a logo-like reduction of bodily or psychological forces which I’m feeling. (Above L-R: Bubbly Smuggler and Puffy Fish Trap) See related Digital dystopias: An interview with artist Lawrence Lek Virtual and wet: An interview with artist Adham Faramawy Bots, Facebook and cut-up poetry: An interview with artist and bot-maker Matthew Plummer-Fernandez I like the dumb straightforwardness of pinning on the most basic of biology (eyes, tongue, penis and so on) to render them as beings with a life force. In the video you watched, I made use of human-generating software , where racial origin, height, genitals are all defined via sliders in the interface.
PC Pro
6 hours
So my interest is as much in using VR myself, as in the philosophical space it creates and its possible effects. The drawings I make and, in a very similar way, the 3D print from this exhibition, are all attempts to diagramatise a mind state through making a logo-like reduction of bodily or psychological forces which I’m feeling. See related Digital dystopias: An interview with artist Lawrence Lek Virtual and wet: An interview with artist Adham Faramawy Bots, Facebook and cut-up poetry: An interview with artist and bot-maker Matthew Plummer-Fernandez I like the dumb straightforwardness of pinning on the most basic of biology (eyes, tongue, penis and so on) to render them as beings with a life force. In the video you watched, I made use of human-generating software , where racial origin, height, genitals are all defined via sliders in the interface.
The Huffington Post
6 hours
Romans stand on the road after leaving buildings following an earthquake on January 18. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters Isabelle Manighetti , Université Côte d'Azur Another series of strong earthquakes has struck central Italy, with schools and the metro evacuated in Rome . At least four earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 5 have followed in a few hours, with their epicentres near the town of Amatrice. Thankfully, there have been no reported deaths. But this series of earthquakes adds to those that struck the same region over the past year and have left many Italians feeling helpless and traumatised . On August 24 2016, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit central Italy in the middle of the night. It killed 300 people and almost entirely destroyed the town of Amatrice. Two months later, on October 26, two new earthquakes of magnitudes 5.5 and 5.
Techradar
7 hours
Headspace is a meditation app with lessons as short as two minutes or as long as an hour. It's free to learn the basics in 10 beginner sessions, then 9.99 if you want to go further, with sessions divided into packs titled Creativity, Focus or Happiness. It's a great app, and becomes increasingly rewarding thanks to its down-to-earth approach and decent design. On the Watch there's only one function, but it's a neat one. Opening the app reveals the SOS button. If you're feeling stressed, tap this and it plays a two-minute session designed to help with what Headspace calls "meltdown moments." If you're frustrated by trying to remember all the passwords you need, 1Password means you only have to recall one, which guards all the others safely. It also works with the iPhone's Touch ID. It's free, but for Watch functionality, you need the Pro version (7.
TIME - Top Stories
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In the early years of this century, M. Night Shyamalan earned a reputation as a maker of supernatural thrillers for thinking people. The problem was that, even if you didnt see the big twist comingand in Shyamalans early pictures, at least, there was always a big twistthe allegorical messages he insisted on embedding in his movies could be just plain dumb. You were supposed to come out of a Shyamalan movie thinking hard and feeling rattled. How hard you were thinking, and how much you were rattled, depended on your willingness to follow Shyamalans meandering breadcrumb trail to the big reveal. The gotcha! twist of The Sixth Sense (1999) was probably his most effective illusion. But after that, his tricks became harder to pull off , his allegedly lofty messages murkier. In the 2002 Signs, a minister who's lost his faith (played by Mel Gibson), finds himself haunted and challenged by the presence of alien beings in his midstthats all well and good until one of them shows up in his living room, a tall guy skulking around in laughably cheap, stretchy PJs.
How Sweet It Is
7 hours
So, how is your January? Are you on the no booze train right now since it’s still the beginning of the year? When do resolutions fall off? I vote for the second weekend of January. The first weekend you still have all that momentum to make it through. You’re excited about the new lifestyle changes you’re making. It’s like, bacon cheeseburgers? HA! Who needs those? And then by the second weekend, it’s all me, ME! I need those bacon cheeseburgers! Insert your cheese/chocolate/coffee/pizza/cookies/wine here. Feeling you. We rarely have a drink throughout the week because I need full clarity for this busy time, but come Thursday, I’m ready. I usually dont cave until Friday afternoon – it is the happiest hour after all! However you might remember that I’ve wanted to reinstate (or, um, start) margarita Mondays for quite some time. It should be a law.
Politico
8 hours
Fergus Cullen, the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party and a longtime party activist who was a vocal critic of Trump during the campaign, said that while he has tried to give the Trump transition a chance, he wont be tuning in to watch the inauguration ceremony. “I think I’ve watched every single one since I was a child,” Cullen said. “But no, I’m not planning to watch this one. I’m planning to specifically not watch it. It’s just not healthy to be in a state of constant outrage.” Cullen is on a newsdiet,” he said, cutting down on the political podcasts he once loved and reducing the amount of media he consumes—and avoiding the political activities in which he’s immersed himself for two decades. “It’s always been my feeling that there were certain things I do not have room for in my life, people I dont have room for in my life, if I allow them to take up space it’s counterproductive, not healthy.
The Sun Daily
8 hours
CHINESE emperors were once so revered it was forbidden to even mention their names. Some did the decent thing of changing them to make it easier for punters to avoid uttering what was the ultimate heresy. The penalty for doing so could be execution of the offender and his entire family. Barcelona officials must be feeling similar dread today when it comes to discussing the future of, erLionel Messi. Director Pere Gratacos found himself summarily removed from his post last week after committing the heinous crime of suggesting the great man may not have been so successful without the likes of Xavi and Iniesta alongside. Just about clinging to his job is fellow director Oscar Grau who had the temerity to say that when it came to renewing Messi's contract, "common sense would prevail". Even Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is having to weigh every syllable before he pronounces on the matter.