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Apple's Siri partners with new apps to take on Alexa and Google Assistant

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Popular Apps Cease Sharing Data With Facebook

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Apps Send Sensitive User Information Directly to Facebook

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Child abuse images being traded via secure apps

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Google and Facebook put ads in child sex abuse discovery apps

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Facebook found 200 more apps that may have misused your data

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Are ride tracking apps helping bike thieves?

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Google pulls dozens of fake security apps

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In Sign of Resistance, Chinese Balk at Using Apps to Snitch on Neighbors

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Can’t Wait Until Payday? Apps Give Instant Access to Wages

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Apple’s iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

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Apple's decision to drop privacy apps in China might not be the last of its kind

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6 Clueless-Worthy, Outfit-Planning Apps We’re Like Totally Buggin’ Over

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Step counting apps ‘could be harming people’

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Designing for Windows 8: Fundamentals of Great Design in Windows Store Apps

Designing for Windows 8: Fundamentals of Great Design in Windows Store Apps


Designing for Windows 8 is a fast-paced, 150-page primer on the key design concepts you need to create successful Windows 8 apps. This book will help you design a user interface that is both delightful and effective, feels ‘right’ to your users, and encapsulates a great Windows 8 experience. In this book, you will: * Meet the building blocks of solid Windows 8 UI design in a well-designed sample app. * Learn how to incorporate key design elements into your apps, such as the app bar, charms and subtle animations from the animation library. * Find out how to deliver the core experience that your users expect from Windows 8. * Learn how to make your app stand out from thousands of others in the Windows Store. It’s now time to create the next generation of Windows applications. Arm yourself with design tactics and join in on this wonderful opportunity! What you’ll learn * The inspirations behind the creation of the new Windows UI. * The design fundamentals that apply to Windows 8 app design. * Conform to Microsoft’s design principles * Build applications that fit into the Windows 8 application model. * Design for touch as well as keyboard and mouse in the same application. * Lay out your application for different orientations and screen sizes. Who this book is for If you’re building Windows 8 apps for the first time, or if you’re struggling to capture the right look and feel in your Windows 8 apps, this book is for you. It’s for the person who wants to build apps that stand out from the crowd, capture the hearts of their customers, and make the most of what the Windows 8 experience has to offer. Table of ContentsChapter 1: Microsoft Design Style Inspirations Chapter 2: Microsoft Design Style Principles Chapter 3: Design Strategies for Windows 8 Chapter 4: Basic Building Blocks of Windows 8 Design Chapter 5: Windows 8 Platform Considerations Chapter 6: Bringing Existing Apps to Windows 8

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5 Apps to Use Everyday to Improve Mindfulness

Can you remember what life was like before you had a cell phone?

Even though it wasn’t that long ago, I imagine it as a time of ease and calmness.

Maybe I’m idealizing life without a cell phone, but instead of dreaming of simpler times, I’ve decided to use my phone to my advantage.

Here are five apps I use everyday to improve mindfulness:

1- Clock/Timer
This built-in app is my savior for getting up off my butt and moving my body.

As someone who sits behind my computer for the majority of the day, this app keeps me accountable to 1) move my body 2) stay focused.

Here’s what I do (based on the Pomodoro technique): set the timer for 25 minutes and work on one specific thing in that time frame (no facebook, instagram or whatever to distract me). When the timer goes off, I set it for 3 minutes, during which time I stand, stretch, get water, go pee, etc… Repeat as necessary.

2- Spirit Junkie
From Gabrielle Bernstein, this alarm-style app sends you daily affirmations.

A few that I have “favorited” over the years:

  • I am open to infinite possibilities
  • I choose to be kinder, gentler and more loving
  • When I support myself I feel supported by the world
  • I have the power to change my experiences by changing my thoughts and words

I’ve set my alert for 1:37pm (if you know why I’ve chosen this time (hint: think 90s cult classic movie involving music + friends) email me, and I will send you something special in the mail. You rock). Everyday it’s a check-in with myself to center me and remind me “you’ve got this”.

Are you beginning to see how your phone can be an awesome tool in your mindfulness journey?

3- My MoonTime
Two things I’m obsessed with 1) the moon 2) the menstrual cycle.

Combine the 2 and what do you get? An amazing app that let’s you keep track of your period in relation to the phases of the moon. A must for any woman who wants to connect deeply with her body and the ancient wisdom of the moon.

4- Calm
I am a big fan of keeping track of what I do. This app simply let’s me keep track of how many days in a row I meditate. Great for accountability.

5- YouTube
One of my favourite things to do on my website, is include a YouTube video at the end of all my blog posts with the hope to get you up and dancing.

Being present in your body and feeling the pleasure of movement is a great form of mindfulness.

Take advantage of the YouTube app on your phone to instantly access your favorite song to dance to at any given moment!

As I wrap this post up, I want you to think about how you can bring more mindfulness into your day to day life.

Perhaps using some of these apps? Or how about joining us in the ‘Set Your Soul on Fire’ Challenge here: http://www.kristabutler.com/challenge

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We Tried It: Apps to Make Us Love Things We Hate Shopping For

What It Is: Cocodune, Match Co. and Jeanuine: All apps and sites designed to ease the pain of shopping for swimsuits, foundation and jeans (respectively)

Who Tried It: Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director

Why I Tried It: Because I hate shopping for jeans, swimsuits and foundation, and I love better living through technology

Level of Difficulty: Overall, 2. And way less than doing any of these activities at the mall.

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Cocodune: The swimsuit shopping experience can be described as “grim at best” for those of us who aren’t Gigi Hadid. You either go examine your body from unpleasant angles in green-blue fluorescent lighting at the mall, or you order 25 swimsuits to your house, swallow the price and pray for a good return policy, and wind up hating them all. Cocodune allows you to order up to four mix-and-match styles for free, try them on over the course of five days, and send back what you don’t want (getting charged only for what you do).

I am a J. Crew one-piece loyalist, so I ordered one style I knew I’d love (the Times Tank) and two that were a little riskier (the Director Deep V and the Punch Hi-Waist) to try to push myself out of my comfort zone a bit. And I was totally shocked at how much I loved all three styles, especially the high-waist bikini, which I thought for sure I’d never wear. The secret is the fabric (Cocodune says it’s Italian, and the suits are all made in the U.S.), which feels super-sleek and luxe, and kind of sucks you in all over. And because it’s direct-to-consumer, prices weren’t any higher than they would be for my old faithful.

The drawbacks? The color selection is still limited (not that I’d buy anything but black, but you might want a print) and there aren’t many options for busty girls. Plus, for me to try anything on and return it in five days is like telling me to run a seven-minute mile: It might be possible, but it also might kill me. But I’m absolutely sold on the quality and the one-piece tank — I’ll buy the same style again next year.

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Match Co.: I’ve never successfully had my foundation matched in a store. I find the idea of facing down all those bottles impossible. Do I have “yellow” or “pink” undertones? Is my skin sensitive or dry? I have no idea, and you guys, I talk about this stuff all day for a living. So when Match Co. promised to take all the guesswork out of it — and all I had to do was a couple slightly goofy phone maneuvers — I was excited to try it.

About those maneuvers: You calibrate your phone camera, then bump it against your cheek, wrists and forehead a few times until the app matches your skin tone. Then the custom-tinted bottle with your name on it arrives. That’s it. The brand doesn’t have multiple formulations yet, but I really liked the original, which also builds in a primer and moisturizer: It’s fairly sheer but very buildable, and it blends really nicely, even in spite of my very lazy hands-only application. I found myself going to it way more often than some of my big-name brands, especially because the pretty packaging looks great on my vanity.

At $ 49, it’s not the cheapest foundation you’ll ever buy, but it’s right in line with the big guys, and it definitely matches them for quality — and matches my skin tone very well. I’d definitely try it again this summer when my skin tone changes with more sun exposure.

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Jeanuine: And then there’s the perpetually-dreaded denim shopping. Finding the perfect pair of jeans has thwarted women since the beginning of time, and it seems like even beloved brands mix up their sizing (why are my favorite skinnies suddenly 3-in. too long?!) without warning. Jeanuine hopes to address that by letting you pick every element of your perfect pair of jeans, from button to stitching to stamping your name on the inside — no question of who they were made for!

Styles start at $ 185 and go up with further customization, which can be irresistible as using the site is a bit like using a fun fashion-design game. And they really do think of every detail, from the exact whisker pattern to how many rows of stitches you want on the seams. For someone who’s a denim fanatic, it’s a really fun way to spend 20 minutes.

But getting something so custom from a brand you don’t know immediately revealed its innate challenges when I tried my style on — all the way from France! — and it didn’t fit at all. Jeanuine allows you to take one Mulligan, shipping you another pair in a new size, but that second one didn’t quite fit right either, and it was too long — something I didn’t realize when I chose to have unhemmable zippers placed at the ankles.

The Verdict: All of the apps were infinitely easier than going to any store, so I would be open to trying anything like them again. But I will proceed with caution if it’s something that requires a perfect fit, like jeans or shoes.

What apps have made your life easier?

–Alex Apatoff


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The 3 Best Apps for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Good news/bad news here.

First the good news: You want to be a better person.

Research out of the University of Scranton (yes, that Scranton) indicates that nearly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions aimed at improving their lives, and at least half of our resolutions are aimed at leading physically or mentally healthier lives. Yeah! Go you!

Now for the bad news: Only 8 percent of people who make these resolutions will actually keep them.

If you are a chronic resolutioner who has trouble following through, you may be wondering why you are so determined to be better but so bad at it. It’s actually not your fault. It has to do with the way your brain is wired. Your brain is better suited for short-term thinking than long-term thinking. Your brain, which is the product of hundreds of thousands of years of evolution, has one major job: to keep you (and your offspring) alive. Thankfully, your brain takes that job very seriously. That’s why when you are faced with the choice of eating a slice of chocolate cake or kale, the more primitive parts of your brain are directing you towards the cake, which has more calories — even if your higher brain centers know that in the long-term, the kale is better for you. It is just following a pattern of logic from long, long ago. This is why it is so hard to follow through on long-term goals like diet, exercise or writing that novel that you’ve been putting off.

The best news is that even if you were born with a human brain — and I suspect you were — and you have difficulty keeping your resolutions — and I suspect you do — there is wonderful technology that is here to help you on your path. Now that there is an app for everything, there are apps to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. As a clinical psychologist, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my patients’ lives, and technology can be a major source of support for those who are trying to stay mentally or physically healthy — both of which, by the way, go hand in hand.

So, without further ado, here are my choices for the three best apps* that truly work to help you keep your resolutions to live a physically or mentally healthier life this year:

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1. Lose Weight with Rise

Rise is consistently one of the highest rated apps in the iTunes App store for one reason and one reason only: It works. It is a brilliant use of mobile technology that pairs people who are looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle with a personal nutritionist. One of my patients tried this app late in the fall, and it has helped her make better choices and lose weight. If you are looking to slim down or to make better food choices Rise is the way to go.

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2. Quit Smoking with My Quit Coach

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One of the top resolutions that people make every year is to quit smoking. Once again, this can be a challenge because even if you think you want to quit, the pleasure centers deep in your brain may have another idea. Enter My Quit Coach. This app uses a behavior modification approach to help keep you motivated to quit by tracking your cravings and progress. A solid app for those who want to kick the habit.

3. Meditate Better with Buddhify

For those of you who are unsure of the value of meditation, the results are in, and they are strong. There are a plethora of apps to help you meditate. What I like about Buddihfy is that the app has 80 different types of meditations depending on your mood and situation. The meditations are useful and spot on. Plus, I think that it is well designed and beautiful, which doesn’t hurt.

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If you make specific goals and use these apps, I can tell you that you will either follow through on your resolutions you will go much further than you have in the past. And if you fail, just remember, there’s always next year…

Also, if you are looking for additional motivation to achieve your goals, I am offering the first chapter of my book for free for the month of January to help you get started on your New Year’s resolutions.

2014-10-06-130219BHMFormalPicForPublicity.jpgDr. Ben Michaelis is a clinical psychologist in full-time private practice in Manhattan. Dr. Michaelis writes and speaks regularly about mental health, creativity, spirituality and motivation. He is the author of numerous popular and scholarly articles and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Dr. Michaelis is a frequent guest on nationally syndicated TV shows such as, NBC’s The Today Show, The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, and MSNBC’s Your Business. Dr. Michaelis is the author of Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy.

*I have not been paid to endorse any of these apps. Each of these are apps that I have personally used or have seen good results with through my close friends or patients.
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Apps for Autism

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What Do Your Apps Say About You?

Forget all those tests on Facebook that claim to uncover the real you. Nothing is more revealing than which apps you have on your smart phone (I’m distinguishing it from the landline for those old enough to be confused). My list and the reason I chose each:

Flashlight: for reading a menu and the full body check I do three times a day

Instagram: to see photos of everybody’s new grandchildren

CNN: to kvell over Anderson Cooper

Scramble: playing word game to prevent my brain from further deterioration and accumulating mpoints that can be redeemed at CVS

PaperKarma: lets me stop unsolicited catalogs from universities running educational cruises

MapQuest: how else would I find my way home?

GoogleMaps: forgot I had MapQuest

FaceTime: a mistake. Thought it was about cosmetic surgery

FastCustomer: never used it. seems to be a way of avoiding waiting on the phone and getting a company to call you back. 30% of those who rated American Express gave it a “meh” with Citibank getting a 50% meh and Visa topping them with a 54% meh. This one may get removed.

BetterDoctor: when in need of a second opinion

DermLink.MD: to diagnose myself while waiting to see the doctor I found on BetterDoctor

OpenTable: looking for restaurants with tables at 5:30

V-Reminder: would remind me where I’m supposed to be if I’d remembered to enter my appointments

Flixter: to find documentaries and movies about the Holocaust in my neighborhood

Find iPhone: any app with “find” belongs on my phone. Is there a Find Keys?

RedLaser: will have to ask my son, who must have recommended it for a reason

What’sApp: don’t remember, but I think it makes me seem younger

These would put me in the category, “people of a certain age.” How about listing yours in the comment section?
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Through its Google Apps offerings, Google provides free and inexpensive network-based services. This book covers everything organizations and individuals need to know to utilize all of the features of Google Apps to the fullest.

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From Notepad to iPad: Using Apps and Web Tools to Engage a New Generation of Students

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