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1. Lose the Weight


From wearing a pedometer to surrounding yourself with the color blue, there are all kinds of small changes that can help you finally drop those extra pounds. Make a commitment that 2012 will be the year you get rid of what’s weighing you down.


  2. Get Organized


 If your home is makes you feel like you’re heading toward an episode of Hoarders, start small: Focus on one clutter-packed zone (even that junk drawer in your kitchen) and get that in order, then move on to the more-intimidating areas (hello, garage!).


  3. Get On Top of Finances


Even if cash is really tight, 2012 can be the year you finally get a sense of control over your money.


  4. Spend More Time with Family and Friends


 A lot of us feel we don’t spend enough quality time with those we love. So pick up the phone or fire up the computer and start arranging experiences that you can do together. Here’s one way: Send an e-mail invite to a picnic in a centrally located park. Everyone brings food and drink‚ and a smorgasbord of catch-up results.


  5. Get Fit


Okay, this January you’ll finally say, “No excuses!” Schedule regular time to get active, and stick with it. Handy hint: Make a date today with a pal to walk once a week for 50 minutes.


  6. Quit Smoking


You know all the ways cigarettes hurt your body — that they dramatically increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, high blood pressure, and almost every other health concern, small or large. So if you’ve still got the habit, this can be the year you ditch it.


  7. Smell the Roses


Lost your mojo? The easiest way to kick-start your joie de vivre is to focus on those little things that give you pleasure. Every day, have a moment where you focus on just a small, immediate enjoyment, like a great song on the radio, a tasty peach, a pet’s licks, your friends’ thoughtfulness, or an unexpected invitation.


  8. Tackle Your Drinking


 If drinking is doing you more harm than good, stop altogether, learn to moderate or get support (such as from Alcoholics Anonymous) if you can’t control your intake on your own. (Those living with alcoholics will also find friends at AA.)


 9. Learn Something New


 There’s nothing more esteem-building than getting an additional qualification under your belt. Your career options widen, you meet new people and you exercise your brain. Check out local community colleges, which offer a range of inexpensive courses.


  10. Help Others


Every day, we’re hearing about a new catastrophe in some corner of the globe, so it’s no surprise that “volunteering vacations” are booming worldwide. But you don’t have to head to a far-flunch locate (or spend money) to make the world better — offering your time, or if that’s in short supply, simply donating furniture, clothes and other household items can help someone in need (and make you feel great).

每天,我们耳边总传来地球的某个角落又发生了一场大灾难,因此,世界各地都有义工假期也就不足为奇了。但你不必要到那个偏远山区(或出钱)才能 让世界变得更好–你只要奉献你的时间就好了,或者如果出现物资缺乏,捐出家具、衣物和其它一些家居用品就可以了。这些能帮到在困境中的人们(也能让你感 觉很棒)。

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 11. Land a New Job


Whether you’re itching to switch careers or have recently lost your job, there are plenty of reasons these days to stay current (read: keep your resume updated and don’t stop proving you bring something to the table).


  12. See the World (or Even the State!)


Get a new perspective on things — literally and figuratively — by putting yourself into a new environment. And it doesn’t mean hopping on a plane — there are plenty of fresh locales within driving distance from where you live.


  13. Find Your Zen


 If even thinking about all these changes starts getting you stressed out, make a vow this year to chill out.


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How to success from the inside out

For better life tips - aussiebattery.comFast cars, expensive clothes, big houses, a high income job, overseas holidays, a diversified share portfolio, a beautiful husband or wife…. when a person attains these they are successful, right? These are all symbols that have come to represent success. Indeed, many devote their life to chasing these ‘things’. Is this wrong?

Let me first say that these are all wonderful things that are worth aspiring to have. But there is a certain approach that ensures there is substance to these symbols. This is an approach that ensures that large house is filled with a loving family, that you do not sacrifice what is really important in life for that high paying job, and that the person wearing those expensive clothes is happy. This is a whole-person approach. This is success from the inside out.

The Problem

Before I explain this approach further, let me make a comment regarding our modern consumeristic society: material possessions do not guarantee happiness. They are nice to have, and like sugar give us a short-term ‘buzz’, but if we rely on them for our happiness we will eventually be left feeling empty. Only further consumption will solve the problem, and so the circle will continue.

The following are examples of people I have observed who desire the symbols of success but ignore substance:

  • The career driven individual who neglects their family or health.
  • The middle aged man who ‘trades-in’ his wife for a younger model.
  • The individual who becomes trapped in debt due to their need to keep up with the latest style.
  • The parent who pushes their child to achieve so that they might bask in their glory.

As you can see, a fixation on being outwardly successful will often have a negative flow on affect into our life or the life of others. What then can be done about this?

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The Solution

The solution begins with a paradigm shift. This is a shift away from viewing nice possessions and other symbols of success as something we desperately want, and rather seeing these as a by-product of being a great person both inside and out.

Importantly, it is the inner greatness that needs to come first. Another way to state this is to say that private victories precede public victories. Think of your privates victories as the foundation upon which you want to build a house. If the foundation is no good, then the house may look good on the outside. Look a bit closer though and you will start to notice the cracks and faults.

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How do we become a great person on the inside? What are these private victories to which I refer? Well, these are questions that this site is devoted to asking and find answers to. I believe the answers can be found via self improvement (otherwise known as personal development). In particular, victories can be made in the following areas:

  • Character – contribution, values, integrity, purpose, principles
  • Emotional mastery – happiness, love, self-confidence
  • Personal Effectiveness – goals, self-discipline, motivation, habits, time management
  • Health – diet, exercise, strength, endurance
  • Spirituality – belief, religion, consciousness, awareness

Private victories in the above areas will form a solid foundation to then achieve outward success. By this stage, however, outward success will more than likely have taken on a whole new meaning. :)

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Top 7 Life Changing Ideas

“There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”- Victor Hugo

Each of the following 7 ideas has the power to initiate a paradigm shift, that is, a significant change from one view to another. Without further ado, here they are…

1. You Are Free to Choose

One of the most powerful realisations that you can have is you, through your choices, determine the direction of your life. Nature (genes) and nurture (upbringing, environment) will have a very powerful influence, but they do not determine your destiny. Your destiny is self-determined through your choices.

Further to this, you have the freedom to choose how you respond to whatever happens to you. Stephen R. Covey talks about a space that exists between stimulus and response. It is in this space that your freedom to choose exists. This space will vary in size depending on the occurrence, your biological makeup or your upbringing, but it always exists. That is, you always have a freedom to choose your response.

2. Think for Yourself and Question Authority

Many people blindly accept what they are told by those in positions of authority (political, religious and educational). You should always use your own brain and reason to determine whether or not something is true. I don’t think I can explain this point any better than Timothy Leary does here:

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities, the political, the religious, the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing, forming in our minds their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open-mindedness; chaotic, confused, vulnerability to inform yourself.

3. You Could Die Tomorrow

Many people have dreams and desires that they put off until some unspecified future date. Examples include getting fit, having kids, changing occupation or traveling the world.

The big question is: what would you do if you had only 1 day, 1 week, or 1 year to live? It is more than likely that whatever it is, you are not doing it or are not doing as much of it as you would like. Remember that life is short, so why not live your best life today.

4. One Person Can Make a Difference

One person who is truly passionate about his or her mission can make a difference in the world. When we look at successful people who have changed the world – Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Richard Branson, Bono, Steve Jobs – we often forget that once upon a time they were unknowns with little more than a dream.

You don’t need to become world famous though to make a difference. As Stephen R. Covey puts it, become a trim-tab. A trim-tab on a boat or plane is the small rudder that turns the big rudder that turns the entire ship. People who are trim-tabs act in such a way that their entire organisation is positively affected by their actions.

5. Life Is A Miracle

Take a moment to close your eyes and take a big, deep breath. Now consider everything that just happened. You used your eyes to read a series of words on your computer screen. Your brain interpreted these words so that they meant something to you and you sent a signal to your body to close your eyes and take a deep breath. The human body, and life in general, is an amazing thing that so often we take for granted. Take a moment each day to appreciate the miracle that is life.

This idea is summed up this quote from Albert Einstein:

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.

6. The Poor Work for Money, The Rich Have Money Work For Them

Most people have the mindset that to get richer, they need to work harder. This is wrong! Sure, working harder will increase your income, but taxes and expenses usually increase at the same time to eat away the benefits. To get rich, learn to have money work for you.

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What do I mean by this? Well it’s not always necessary to trade your time for money. Instead you can accumulate assets such as investment properties or stocks that will pay you an income whilst often increasing in value. Even better, you can create a system that has the potential to earn you money 24/7. Examples of such systems include starting a business, building a website or creating a piece of art that can earn you royalties.

7. The Power of Belief

There is no more powerful directing force in your life than your beliefs. All too often we limit ourselves by not believing in our ability to succeed. How often have you looked at an outcome – for example being fit, being rich, having lots of friends, or being a successful blogger – and decided, whether consciously or unconsciously, that is it too hard or that it will never happen.

Rather than being limited by your beliefs, you should be empowered by them. What sets the people apart who get to world class is that they have a dream and they believe in themselves. They may not have achieved their desired outcome yet, but they can already envision themselves there, and this is what drives them on.

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Top Tools, Gear and Resources to Help You Study Smarter

Another semester of school has started. If you’re not happy with how last semester’s grades turned out, this is your chance to turn it around. In college and law school, I learned that academic success comes to the students who study smarter, not harder. I also learned that successful students utilized technology to achieve their academic goals.

Below, I’ve rounded up seven tech tools to help you study smarter this semester. And best of all for the college student on a ramen-noodle budget, many of them are free.

evernote_AOM.jpgSmart students take notes. Smarter students take their lecture notes using Evernote. Evernote is a robust note-taking application that allows you to remember and organize everything your professor throws at you.
Evernote is crammed with features that will help you upgrade your note-taking experience. Notes you take on the Evernote desktop app automatically sync with your Evernote account online. If your laptop crashes or gets lost, you’ll still have your notes sitting safely in the cloud. If you like to handwrite your notes, but would like to store them digitally, Evernote makes it possible. Just scan your handwritten notes into Evernote, and Evernote will use the magic of image recognition technology to allow you to search for your handwritten notes within the app.

Evernote works across operating systems and also has smartphone apps that allow you to take notes while you’re rushing from one class to the next. Best of all, Evernote is free.  Free

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint Noise-Canceling Headphones

When a cacophony of noises is distracting you from studying, a pair of noise-canceling headphones can bring silent, sweet relief. Unfortunately, most noise-canceling headphones on the market aren’t in the price range of the average starving student.  Audio-Technica ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint headphones are an exception. While the QuietPoint noise-canceling headphones won’t give you complete noise cancellation like their $200-$300 cousins, for $80 you can get an 85% reduction in ambient noise. Not too shabby.
Simply Noise White Noise Generator


If you don’t have the scratch for a pair of noise canceling headphones, but would still like some distraction-free studying, try listening to some white noise. White noise combines all the sounds of the different frequencies a human can hear into a single noise. You’re left with something that sounds like hissing radio static.

White noise is surprisingly soothing and studies indicate it can help improve mental performance by blocking out distractions.
There are hundreds of white noise generators out on the web. Some paid, many free. The one I used on a consistent basis while in school was SimplyNoise. Just open it up in a tab in your browser and enjoy hours of free, distraction-smothering white noise.

Livescribe Digital Smart Pen
livescribe_AOM.jpgUpgrade your handwritten notes with a Livescribe Digital Smart Pen. Livescribe pens, when used in conjunction with special Livescribe notebook paper, allow you to digitally record everything you write during a lecture. When class is over, just upload your notes from your Livescribe pen to your laptop. Not only does the Livescribe pen record what you write, it also records whatever your professor says with its digital microphone. Instead of trying to frantically write down everything that comes out of your professor’s mouth, you can now focus on actually listening and understanding what she says.  Livescribe works seamlessly with Evernote. $99Focus Booster

focusbooster_AOM.jpgFocus Booster is a cross platform application that helps you stay focused and get some learning done by utilizing the Pomodoro Technique. In a nutshell, the Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that involves breaking large periods of work into several shorter intervals with breaks in-between (for example, working for 45 minutes straight, followed by a 15 minute break). Some studies indicate working in shorter bursts with frequent breaks can improve mental performance.

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Focus Booster allows you to set up how long your working and break periods will be. After that, just hit start. As soon as your work time is up, an alarm sounds telling you to take a break. Surf the web, take a walk, do whatever. When the break is up, the alarm sounds, telling you to get back to the books. Lather, rinse, and repeat.  Free

headmagnet_AOM.jpgWouldn’t be cool if you could just download information into your brain like Neo in The Matrix? Until technology develops something that will allow us to hook our brains up to computers, Headmagnet is probably the closest you can get to mimicking Neo’s speedy learning.
Headmagnet is a free online app that not only helps you learn information quickly, but more importantly, store it in your long-term memory so you can hold onto the knowledge and access it come test time. Simply create sets of flashcards within the app and review them. Using algorithms based on research by cognitive scientists, Headmagnet predicts what bits of information in your flashcard set you’ll likely forget and brings those up automatically for review. Instead of wasting your time reviewing information you already know, Headmagnet helps you focus on what you’re struggling with.

leechblock_AOM.jpgThe internet provides limitless distractions for the would-be scholar: YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, etc. One of the biggest challenges in studying is avoiding these timewasting websites. Leechblock, a plug-in for the Firefox web browser, makes blocking timewasting sites a breeze. Simply tell Leechblock which sites you want to block and when you want them blocked and Leechblock does the rest. Now when you try to surf over to your favorite timewasting site, instead of the page, you’ll see a message from Leechblock telling you to get back to work. This is a fantastic plugin. It helped me stay focused while I was in law school. Free

What tech tools do you use to study smarter? Share them with us in the comments!

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Top 7 helpful stress relief strategies

laptop battery service for batteries-company.comDeadlines. Speaking in public. Buying Christmas presents. Peak hour traffic. An unsatisfying job. Financial problems. Relationship woes. These are just a few examples of things that cause stress in our lives.

Before I go any further, it should be pointed out that stress can be a positive. Often, as in the example of a student sitting an exam, it will increase our performance. Also stressful events – a wedding, a new baby, or a new house – can change our lives for the better.

Despite these potential positives, stress can harm your health, emotional well-being, and relationships with others. The signs and symptoms of stress will vary depending on the person, but some examples are: headache, fatigue,muscle tension and pain, depression, anger, worry, impatience, memory loss, poor sense of humour, fidgeting, over-eating, smoking, drinking and drug abuse.

So what can we do to reduce stress in our lives? The following are 7 helpful stress relief strategies:

1. Have Realistic Expectations: many of us set unrealistic expectations for ourselves and others. Setting high expectations may in some instances increase performance, but if these expectations are set too high they become unrealistic and will cause unnecessary stress.

2. Get Active: exercise can reduce stress through its release of endorphins, the body’s natural antidepressant hormone. Jogging, swimming and other aerobic activities help us to dissipate excess energy that would otherwise be bottled up inside.

3. Be Prepared: stress is often caused by a particular situation we are in. Many people, for example, have a fear of public speaking. An effective strategy is to prepare well in advance. Ways to do this may include visiting the location ahead of time to familiarise yourself with it and rehearsing your speech in front of a family member or friend. In the longer term you may want to join a Toastmasters group to overcome the fear of public speaking.

4. Take Breaks Each Day: many of us work in a fast-paced environment and its easy not to notice the signs that its time to rest. We can pace ourselves throughout the day by monitoring our levels of stress and energy, and taking breaks when we need them. Think of the way in which children need their naps in order to behave well. Whenever possible I like to go outside to the park on my lunchbreak to clear my head.

5. Limit the Caffeine: symptoms of stress and anxiety can be related to excessive amounts of caffeine in your body. Most people get the bulk of their caffeine from drinking coffee. I try to limit myself to drinking one cup of coffee each day when I first wake up. I find that if I have another cup later in the day it makes me distracted and anxious. Reducing your caffeine will also help you sleep better and actually have more energy.

6. Get Enough Sleep: many people do not get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. Seven to eight hours each night is the amount of sleep generally recommended, although it varies from person to person. You will know when you are getting enough sleep when you start waking refreshed each morning (often naturally before the alarm goes off) and notice more energy throughout the day.

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7. Balance Work and Play: people who never allow themselves leisure time will experience greater levels of stress. Don’t feel guilty about having some personal time – we each need time for exercise, relaxation, entertainment, and hobbies.

Well there you go. If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of negative stress I suggest giving the above tips a go. Hopefully you will start to feel as free and easy as this person to the right :) .

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Be thankful 感恩之心

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times,
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

Be thankful for your past relationships,
Someone better suited to you is waiting out there.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

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Lol…Omg…Idk: Why am I so tired?

Raise your hand if you’ve sent an embarrassing text message — the message that neither you nor your friend can understand because it looks like gibberish, or the one that’s accidently sent to someone who shouldn’t have read it.

Did you ever think that your nighttime pings, rings, and vibrates could be the reason why?

Lack of sleep can cause you to send embarrassing texts. But more important, sending and receiving messages late at night can disrupt your sleep and leave you tired and unfocused when it’s time for school. Studies show that lack of sleep, or interrupted sleep, can affect everything from your mood to your sports performance.

Sure, you want to stay connected with your friends, but how useful can you be when you’re exhausted? Give your “tech” (texts, emails, calls) a rest from bedtime until your alarm clock rings so you can rest.

How can you ease out of being accessible — but sluggish — all the time to unplugging at bedtime? Here are some tips to follow at night that will help boost your energy and focus in the morning:

  1. Log off your instant messenger, Facebook, and email. Pings in the middle of the night can interrupt your sleep — even if you don’t get up to answer them. And, more than likely, if your friends see that you’re logged out, they’ll log out too.
  2. Turn off your cell phone (don’t just set it on vibrate) when it’s time for bed. Buzzes can be just as loud as beeps or rings, especially late at night when everything else is quiet. Plus, if your friends have no one to talk to, maybe they’ll be inspired to turn off their cell and catch some Zzzs, too.
  3. Get in the habit of powering off your computerespecially if it’s in your room. Sometimes just logging off your instant messenger or Facebook is not enough. Blinking lights and glowing screens can make it harder to fall and stay asleep.
  4. Get your cell phone out of your room completely. Try charging your phone overnight in a separate room. While your cell battery is restoring, you can get the sleep you need to recharge your own battery. Having your cell in another room can reduce the chance that you’ll use it during and after bedtime.
  5. Make getting enough sleep your way to look and feel good. Getting sleep is a great way to look and feel refreshed and focused in the morning. To get the sleep you need, tell your friends you will receive your last text, email, or phone call an hour before bedtime. This way, they’ll know their beeps or buzzes will have to wait.

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It can be quite a challenge to go from being constantly accessible to powering down at a certain time. But sticking to a cut-off curfew for your gadgets and gizmos will help you ease into bedtime and give your brain some tech-free downtime. And if you need an excuse, just say your parents are making you do it.

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(CNN) — 2011 注定是一个技术革新之年。在这一年,平板设备市场不断升温,团购网站空前火爆,互联网 IPO 亦强势回归。

The pace of change has become blisteringly fast, with traditional industries — bookstores, video-rental chains, newspapers — crumbling more quickly than we could have imagined.


Predicting what will happen in 2012, therefore, is a shot in the dark: A year is virtually a lifetime in the digital era. And yet we can at least make a guess at what will happen in the early part of next year simply by looking at the trends that are shaping the latter half of this year.

因此,预测 2012 年的科技趋势变得极为困难,毕竟在数字领域,一整年就意味着一个生命周期。但是,我们依然可以通过观察今年下半年的最新进展,猜测明年上半年的趋势。

Here’s my best estimate of some of the innovation we’ll see in 2012:

下面,我会尽可能预测哪些创新产品将在 2012 年进入我们的生活:

1. Touch computing


New input methods will be the dominant trend of 2012. Tablet computers such as the iPad might seem like a nice alternative to desktop and laptop computers, but I believe they’re more than that: They’re replacements. Just as the command line (remember that?) gave way to graphical user interfaces, so the mouse will be superseded by touchscreens.

新的输入方法将在 2012 年成为主流。表面上看来,iPad 之类的平板电脑只是台式电脑和笔记本的补充,但我认为平板电脑将有更大作为:它将取代传统电脑。就像图形用户界面最终取代了命令行(对它还有印象吗?),触摸屏也必将取代鼠标。1

The signs are obvious: Windows 8 and Mac OS X Lion, the latest desktop operating systems, borrow heavy from their mobile counterparts. These new interfaces essentially impose a touchscreen-inspired interface over the traditional desktop environment.

我们已经看到很明显的迹象:最新的桌面操作系统,Windows 8 和 Mac OS X Lion 都在很多方面借鉴了同公司的移动操作系统,将触摸操作界面引入传统桌面环境。

Over time, this half-step will become a whole one, and mobile operating systems will dominate. The transition won’t be complete by the end of 2012, but we’ll be much further down the path, and using computer mice much less often.

随着时间推移,移动操作系统将成为主流。这种转变不会在 2012 年完成,但我们肯定能在转变之路上走得更远,使用鼠标的频率会越来越低。

2. Social gestures

2. 社交动作

In the social media realm, social gestures appear to be the leading trend of 2012. Launched by Facebook in September, this so-called “frictionless sharing” functionality removes the need to click a button to share media with your friends. Instead, everything you listen to, read or watch is automatically posted to your profile once you approve the relevant app.

在社会化媒体领域,“社交动作”(social gesture)很可能成为 2012 年的主导趋势。Facebook 在九月份发布了名为“无障碍分享”(frictionless sharing)的新功能,用户无需点击任何按钮就能与朋友分享资源。只要用户安装这类应用,其所听、所读、所看都会自动呈现在个人状态里。

If you’ve seen apps such as Spotify or Social Reader in your Facebook news feed, you’re already aware of these features.

如果你在 Facebook 信息流中注意到过 Spotify 或 Social Reader 之类的应用,那说明你已经知道这种功能。

The trend makes sense for social networks: With 800 million people already on Facebook, its growth is bound to slow. But if sharing becomes automatic, the volume of content on Facebook will grow at an accelerated pace. There’s a big problem, however: Users may be “creeped out” by all this automated sharing of their Web activity and grow suspicious of the apps using it.

该趋势对社会化网络意义重大:Facebook 已有八亿用户,增加用户量变得愈加困难。然而,如果分享变得自动化,Facebook 的内容增速将加快。不过,这也带来一个重要问题:用户可能被自动分享所有网络活动“吓走”,不再信任这类应用。

3. NFC and mobile payments

3. NFC(近场通讯)和移动支付

Google Wallet, Google’s mobile-payment system, may become more widespread in 2012.

2012 年,Google 的移动支付系统 Google Wallet 将得到更广泛的使用。

Next year is likely to be the year when mobile payments blossom. While we’ve seen a great deal of innovation in mobile payments technology this year — including the success of Square’s iPhone dongle, allowing anyone to accept credit card payments — 2012 is the year of NFC.

明年很可能是移动支付开花结果的一年。今年,我们注意到移动支付技术创新层出不穷——包括取得成功的 iPhone dongle,由 Square 推出,让个人也能接受信用卡支付——而 2012 年则属于 NFC。

What’s that, you ask? Near Field Communication essentially lets you replace your credit cards with your phone: Wave an NFC-enabled phone near the credit card reader in a store (or taxi cab), and the money is deducted from your account.

NFC 是啥玩意儿?从功能上来讲,有了近场通讯(Near Field Communication,缩写为 NFC)技术,你就能用手机替代信用卡:只需在商场里(或出租车)的信用卡读卡器附近晃一下支持 NFC 功能的手机,就能完成支付。

By 2013, 1 in 5 cellphones are expected to be NFC-equipped. Early contenders include Google Wallet, Visa Wallet, Serve (by American Express) and ISIS.

预计到 2013 年,两成手机将支持 NFC 功能。早期竞争者包括谷歌钱包(Google Wallet)、维萨钱包(Visa Wallet)、美国运通推出的 Serve和 ISIS(译者注:由移动运营商Verizon、AT&T和T-Mobile 组建的移动支付公司)。

4. Beyond the iPad

4. 超越 iPad

If touch computing is the future, then the iPad is surely king. And yet the iPad came up against serious competition in the latter part of 2011: As I wrote previously, I expect the new Amazon Kindle Fire to outsell the iPad in 2012. Why? Simply put, the iPad costs $499 while the Fire costs $199.

如果我们承认未来属于触屏电脑,那么也得承认iPad是该领域的王者。但是,到了 2011 年下半年,iPad 开始面临激烈的竞争:在一篇旧文中我就预测,在 2012 年,亚马逊(Amazon)推出的 Kindle Fire 的销量将超过 iPad。为什么呢?简单来说,iPad 定价 499 美元,而 Fire 只要 199 美元。

Amazon’s advantages don’t stop at the price point, however: The company owns an entire content store of movies, e-books, TV shows and other media. With tablet devices, the hardware is somewhat important but the content available for the device is absolutely critical: With plenty of media available for the Fire right away, it’s an appealing proposition.

但是,低廉的价格并不是亚马逊的唯一优势:它还拥有完善的内容商店,提供电影、电子书、电视节目和其它资源。对于平板设备来说,硬件在某种程度上很重要,但是可用的内容资源才是核心竞争力:目前 Fire 丰富的可用资源使其极具吸引力。

Why does one device constitute an entire trend? Well, as a true competitor to the iPad emerges, content producers, distributors and even app developers may have an entirely new platform on which to push their wares. (And yes, the Kindle Fire does indeed run Google’s Android operating system, but Amazon’s version is so unlike other Android tablets that neither users nor app developers will perceive it as “yet another Android device” — it’s a whole new platform.)

单一设备怎么就能引领趋势?因为真正有实力与 iPad 竞争的产品为内容生产商和经销商,甚至应用开发人员提供了难得的机会,使他们能在一个全新的平台上推广产品(我承认 Kindle Fire 的确运行谷歌安卓操作系统,但是亚马逊使用的版本和其它安卓平板完全不同,所以其用户和应用开发人员绝不会把它当成“又一个安卓平板”——它是全新的平台)。

5. TV Everywhere


So you thought you’d be able to watch all your favorite shows online and get rid of your cable subscription for good? Not so fast!


The cable companies have a cunning plan: They’ll let you watch live TV, plus on-demand movies and TV shows, on your connected devices if you keep your cable subscription. Dish Network, Time Warner and Comcast are among those offering the service.

有线电视公司有自己的小算盘:只要你保留有线电视网络,不但可以通过连接到电视网络的设备观看直播节目,同时还能点播电影和电视节目。Dish Network、时代华纳(Time Warner)和Comcast 都提供类似服务。

TV Everywhere has been buzzed about since 2010, of course, and could be a dud — but the rise of tablet devices would seem to create increased demand for a “TV in your hands.”

从 2010 年起,范电视化概念就被炒得火热,当然,不排除它是垃圾概念的可能——不过,平板设备的崛起有可能增加“掌上电视”的需求。

6. Voice control

6. 声控技术

Here’s another trend that’s got a moderate chance of taking off in 2012: Voice control.

声控技术应该能在 2012 年得到稳步发展。

Siri, the voice-control feature in the iPhone 4S, may spread to other devices.

类似于 iPhone 4S 独有的 Siri 的声控功能很可能被应用到其它设备。

The novelty of Siri on the iPhone 4S — which allows you to send texts, create reminders, search the Web and much more using just your voice — may be the start of a new trend in voice controlled devices.

iPhone 4S 独特的语音助理Siri——让你说句话就能完成发信息、创建备忘、搜索网络等超多任务——将会开创声控设备的新趋势。

Surely voice control has been around for years? Yes, but it wasn’t very accurate.


Siri and its ilk define a new era in which we talk, and our devices understand — often on the first attempt. Other device makers will likely follow suit. What’s more, Apple may use voice control to replace the TV remote.

Siri 们将重新定义人机对话,即设备完全理解我们的语言——而且准确率非常高。其它设备制造商肯定会如法炮制。另外,苹果(Apple)公司有可能会利用声控技术代替电视遥控器。

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7. Spatial gestures

7. 体感技术

Other input methods are gaining traction too: Microsoft’s Kinect, for instance, has given rise to interfaces that use spatial gestures. Just like in “Minority Report,” your devices can be controlled simply by waving your hands in the air.Thanks to the many innovators who have hacked Kinect to work with other platforms, we may see more devices using this input method next year.

其它输入方式也将获得发展动力:举例来说,微软的 Kinect 催生了支持体感技术的界面。正如《少数派报告》中的场景,只需挥几下手就能控制你的设备。一些极客已经破解 Kinect,用于其他平台,感谢他们,明年我们会发现更多使用这种输入方法的设备。

8. Second-screen experiences

8. 双屏体验

“Second-screen experiences” is a buzz-phase among TV and movie execs these days. It refers to apps (mainly on the iPad) that listen to the audio output of your TV and display content related to the show or movie you’re watching. The chances are that you already use your tablet computer or phone while watching TV, so there’s ample opportunity to make the viewing experience a more interactive one.

“双屏体验”可谓近年来电视和电影公司主管眼中的“红人”,它主要是指一些特殊应用软件(主要针对 iPad),能够识别用户正在观看的电视节目或电影的音频,并播放相关内容。很多人都会在看电视时使用平板电脑或手机,因此,提供交互性更好的观赏体验前景广阔。

Disney already has second-screen apps for movies such as “The Lion King” and “Bambi,” while multiple TV networks have similar offerings: We can expect many, many more to be released in 2012.

迪斯尼(Disney)已经为《狮子王》和《小鹿斑比》等电影提供双屏应用软件,同时,很多电视网络供应商也提供类似应用。可以想见,2012 年会涌现出大量类似应用。

9. Flexible screens

9. 柔性屏幕

Personally, I just can’t wait for flexible screens: These awesome new bendable interfaces will let you zoom in, zoom out and scroll around a page simply by twisting your phone or tablet.


Nokia and Samsung have both hinted they may release phones with bendable displays in 2012. The really exciting stuff, however — like paper-thin devices that roll up to fit in your pocket — is still years away.

诺基亚(Nokia)和三星(Samsung)都暗示可能在 2012年推出柔性屏幕手机。不过,真正碉堡的产品——例如可卷起来放进口袋的超薄设备——还要再等个几年。

10. HTML5

10. HTML5

Can I squeeze in one more trend? It’s HTML5 — the fifth iteration of the HTML standard — and it lets developers create richer, more interactive applications than ever.

还要再挤出一个?那就应该是第五代 HTML (超文本标记语言)标准——HTML5,帮助开发人员创造有史以来交互性最好的富应用。

Why does this matter? As developers tire of building applications for every operating system out there — from Android to iOS to Windows Phone and beyond — HTML5 offers the opportunity to build an app once and have it work everywhere.

为什么说它很重要?开发人员厌倦了为每种操作系统——安卓、iOS、Windows Phone 等等——分别开发应用软件,而利用 HTML5 开发的软件能够通用于各种平台。

The rise of HTML5 is bound to be accelerated by a recent revelation: Adobe is killing off Flash for mobile devices, meaning one of the primary methods of serving videos and rich applications on mobile phones is about to disappear. HTML5 will fill that gap. For us as consumers, that means richer applications and experiences on all our devices.

奥多比(Adobe)公司最近宣布,将终止为移动设备开发 Flash,这意味着少了一种用于手机视频服务和富应用的主要解决方案,HTML5 的发展速度必定会因此加快,以填补相关领域的空白。对于我们这些消费者而言,这意味着设备上的应用和体验将更加丰富。

In short, 2012 is all about new ways to interact with our devices through touch and voice control, new lightweight ways to share content, a revolution in mobile payments and a plethora of rich Web applications — not to mention the hundreds of new innovations that we’ve yet to dream up. I can’t wait.

简言之,在 2012 年,我们可以期待新的人机交互方式——通过触摸屏和声控、新的轻量化内容分享模式、移动支付革命和海量网络富应用,更不用说那些只存在于想象中的新发明。我已经等不及了。

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It’s Alright to Change Your Mind

How often do you change your mind?

There are some little things which you might flip-flop on every day. Perhaps you decide you want tacos for dinner, but when evening rolls around, you’re hankering for a pizza instead. Or you switch your usual latte for a cappuccino. Or you change your workout at the gym.

But when it comes to big issues – like your career plans, your beliefs and values, your hopes and aspirations – you probably change your mind rarely, if ever.

Usually, this is a good thing. You’re consistent and reliable, and you’re able to stand up for what you think.

But sometimes, you’ll find yourself in a situation where you have to change your mind – and perhaps even go against what you’ve said to friends, family or colleagues. And there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that. In fact, being willing to change your mind – to be “open minded” – is hugely important in a world which changes fast.

Here are three situations where you’ll want to think about changing your mind…

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When Reality Doesn’t Match Up to Your Expectations

Sometimes, you’ll have an idea which seems fine, but which doesn’t really work in the real world. When I was at college, I thought I’d enjoy an office job (because I’d done some office work in my vacations). After a month or two working a 9-5 job, though, I realized it wasn’t for me – I’d enjoyed it as a student because I knew it was only temporary.

Maybe you’ve had similar situations, where what you thought was right for you just didn’t work out in practice. This could be at work, or in your personal life. It’s okay to change your mind when reality makes you think again.

When You’ve Outgrown a Belief or Idea

I expect that you had strong beliefs as a teen or student which you don’t necessarily hold now. Perhaps you supported an extreme political party, had very firm religious views, or had a fixed idea on how the world should work.

Most of us are able to outgrow our rather juvenile beliefs – but we sometimes struggle to change our minds about things which we’ve subscribed to in adulthood. The truth is that we all continue to grow, change and learn – throughout our lives. Just because you were certain about something ten years ago doesn’t mean you need to believe it forever.

When the World has Changed Around You

We’re living in a time of incredibly rapid change. Fifteen years ago, dialup internet (or no internet at all) was the norm – now we’re used to wireless broadband not only at home but also in cafes and public spaces. New websites and applications like Facebook, Skype, Twitter and YouTube have only come into existence within the last decade.

It’s inevitable that some of our ideas and beliefs will need to change. As a writer, I’m keenly interested in the rapid changes in the world of publishing – and I’m recognizing that I may need to change my mind on some of the ideas which were perfectly sound a decade ago. For instance, with the advent of ebooks, self-published novelists finally stand a chance in the marketplace.

When have you had to change your mind in the past? And what changes to your ideas or beliefs look likely in the light of your development, and the development of the world around you?

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12 Choices to Transform Your Life

Top 12 Choices to Transform Your Life

Over the years I have come to believe that life is about choices. And the choices you make eventually shape your day, shape your views, shape your experiences, shape your thoughts and shape your life…

There are some life choices over which you have no control or which others will make for you – like when and where you are born, the family you are born to, your life during childhood, the school you went to, etc. etc. etc.

Beyond that, there are several other important choices that you make in life. In this blog, I have articulated the most significant choices which have the potential to transform your life.

1. The Choice to Learn

Learning is a choice which you make consciously or unconsciously. This could be through formal college education (Graduation, Post-Graduation, etc.) or self-learning through reading and books, observation, online tutorials, meaningful discussions, pursuit of hobbies, human interactions, personal experiences, reflections, self-realizations, etc. In the long run, the importance you personally associate with learning and how disciplined you are in your learning efforts can potentially transform your life.

2. The Choices in and of Relationships

The closeness or distances you choose to maintain with family (immediate and beyond) affects your life. In addition, the friends you choose to make and how you choose to nurture these bonds over a period of time impacts your life. More importantly, the choice of your life partner has a significant bearing on how your life will eventually turn out. And lastly, the choice of how you build and nurture other relationships in your personal and professional life makes a difference.

3. The Choice on the importance you associate with your Personal Health

Your overall health is a function of many things – the key determinants being the diet you consume and the nature of exercise you ensure on a regular basis. Of course, the pre-requisite is that you need to be aware about these two aspects on your every-day life and knowledgeable on how they affect your life. Beyond this, you need to ensure that you invest the required time and effort to eat wisely and exercise regularly.

4. The Choice of the Place you Reside

The place you live affects every dimension of your life, whether or not you acknowledge it. And place includes every dimension of your immediate environment – encompassing the milieu at home, to the exact location in terms of geographic co-ordinates – the latitude and longitude, to the weather, to the people living in your vicinity, to the community life, to the availability of resources, etc. etc. etc.

All these affect your daily routine, your lifestyle, your social networks, your productivity, your outlook to life, your opinions, your views, your judgments, your energy, your creativity, your thoughts….

5. The Choice with respect to your Personal Finances

Your choices on the importance you give to personal finance will eventually determine the quality of your life. Beginning from how much time and effort you put into understanding personal finances, to how much financial planning you do, to how much you earn, to how much you save, to how much you invest and most importantly to how frequently you review your finances and make the required course corrections.

6. The Choice to bear Children & how you decide to raise them

Children mark the beginning of a new phase in your life – one which changes almost every dimension of your life. And once you have children, you need to make choices in their upbringing – both minor and major. And all the choices you make for them will eventually determine how they grow and evolve! After all, children of today are the grown-ups of tomorrow. And how you nurture your children will ultimately reflect in what they make of themselves and the mark they leave in the world – and this will be part of your legacy.

7. The Choice on your Life Priorities

At some time in the journey of life, you have to be clear and decide on your life priorities and also rank them in an ascending order. There’s no right or wrong here – it’s just a personal choice. It’s vital to be cognizant that for every priority you choose, there are implications – both big and small, both positive and negative, both in how they will affect your life today and several years from now.

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8. The Choice of your Vocation and Organization

The vocation you choose affects many dimensions of your life – from what your daily routine is, to how happy you are, to how much you earn, to the kind of people you interact with, to the kind of impact you can make in your sphere of influence… and based on the choice of your vocation, you also make a choice on the kind of organization that you work for – be it self-employed or as an employee.

9. The Choice of how you Value Time – both Yours and Others

Time is one of the most valuable personal assets for any individual. And the respect, importance and value you associate with your time and others time will reflect in how you conduct yourself, how you interact with others and how others will respond to you. One of the direct implications of this choice is how you choose to react and respond in any given situation or circumstance in life.

10. The Choice on your Spiritual Journey

One of the most important choices which you make in life is connected to your spiritual awareness, growth and journey. And what’s significant is the significance you associate with this journey and the personal commitment you make to progress and advance in this journey.

11. The Choice of how you Value Yourself

This choice of how you value yourself can create a metamorphosis in your life. And this one single choice has the potential to change your acuity of yourself, your self-confidence, your dreams, your goals, your successes and also others perceptions of you. It is one of the most noteworthy and transformational choices anyone can make in life.

12. The Choice not to Choose

Last and most importantly, the choice not to make a choice in any of the above or any other key aspect of your life is again a choice that has the potential to transform your life…

Ending words of wisdom – Make your Choices Wisely Today!

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