What You Need to Know Today: June 24

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Here’s what you need to know today


Instagram could be your window into anywhere. “Done is better than perfect,” has always been Facebook’s motto. Apparently, “Do the simple thing first,” has been Instagram’s. Today, Instagram rolls out two new features: updated Explore tab, featuring Trending Tags, Trending Places, curated content; plus a new Places Search. Here’s how Instagram plans to dominate the real-time media space.

It’s been 8 months…about time for a new iPhone, right? Mac rumours are swirling about the release date for the iPhone 7 (mid September, maybe late August). Sources say the 7 will come in two maybe three versions: 4.7-inch phone called the iPhone 7, and a 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus. If Apple does make another 4-inch iPhone, it’ll be called something like the iPhone 7 Mini. One particularly odd rumour has been the new iPhone will be thicker. Full story


Best time of day to do everything at work. Science and data have proven these are the best times of day to: Send an email that gets read; send an email that gets a response; schedule a meeting; make a tough decision; ask for a raise; interview for a job; brainstorm ideas.

How to live rent free. A favorite book among ETR staff is Steven Pressfield’s Turning Pro. Pressfield writes about the various odd-jobs he worked before overcoming his Resistance and Turning Pro into a full-time writer. For several months out of the year, Pressfield, worked as a farm hand picking cherries. His room and board were paid for and meals provided. This type of work allowed Pressfield to save enough money to quit his job, for a few months, and practice writing. Once he ran out of money, he restarted the cycle. For twenty somethings, this kind of cyclical work is becoming more common. Here are 6 ways you can skip paying full rent and pursue your dreams (#2 would be amazing!).

Most awkward times brands tried to target millennials. “Shorty got buffalo,lo,lo,lo,lo,lo.” Toppers Pizza’s cringeworthy attempt at referencing rapper Flo Rida’s “Apple Bottom Jeans,” is just one of these 28 cautionary tales for businesses trying to target millennials.

Personal Development

“‘That’s racist. That’s sexist. That’s prejudice.’ They don’t even know what they’re talking about,” says Jerry Seinfeld. “I don’t play colleges, but a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC [Politically Correct].’” I think Seinfeld is right. Our generation is too sensitive. Almost to the point it makes us seem insensitive, because we’re constantly correcting generations who came before us. Today, all 9 seasons of Seinfeld are available for streaming on Hulu. I grew up watching reruns of the show on Fox. But for those millennials who are confused, here’s what you need to know about the greatest sitcom ever.

How to avoid another “mom jean” epidemic. High waisted jeans aka “mom jeans” died in the late 90s but were revived, to some extent, by Coachella festival goers circa 2013/2014. Another terrible women’s fashion trend loathed by men everywhere was 2014’s “boyfriend jeans.” Now it appears these denim disasters could make another comeback after a study revealed skinny jeans are unhealthy. The good news: we have the technology to create a skinny jean that not only reverses nerve damage but aids in recovery after exercise. Look for “healthy skinny jeans” coming to a Kickstarter campaign near you.

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