What You Need to Know Today

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Hipsters rejoice after this 1970’s Apple II watch was uncovered. It’s official, today you can pre-order the new Apple Smart watch. But before you go blow your paycheck on an overpriced watch, take a moment and appreciate this relic. One of the original creators of this 1970’s Apple II watch said in an interview “it [Apple II watch] has a ‘blistering (by early 1980’s standards) 72 MHz’ MCU and a 1.8-inch TFT LCD screen, which essentially allows it to display the real date and time – thereby fulfilling the ‘watch’ part of its name.” I think this sums up our ridiculous obsession with new wearable technology.

Snowden-Oliver interview: How to create an ‘unhackable’ password. Last Sunday on Last Night Weekly, host John Oliver interviewed Edward Snowden about domestic and international privacy-related issues. On the topic of internet passwords, Snowden said this, “The best advice here is to shift your thinking from passwords to passphrases.” Watch this short clip where Snowden explains the significance behind this shift.


This 23 year old’s Instagram account has just landed her a book deal and TV series. Caroline Calloway is not just your typical American exchange student. With an apt for telling stories, ‘Miss Calloway’ has amassed over 300,000 followers on Instagram. From sipping champagne along the River Cam by day, to glamorous black tie events by night, this is just an average week in the life of Cambridge University students, according to Calloway. Have a look at some of the hilarious and candid stories Calloway shares.

7 ways to say ‘no’ to your boss and keep your job. Saying ‘no’ is arguably the greatest productivity hack ever. But knowing how to say ‘no’ tactfully is a different story. Fast Company writer Stephanie Vozza shares with us 7 ways to say no to your boss including actual dialog examples. Very useful advice.

Personal Development

Plan small and you will achieve big goals. There’s something Jim Collins calls the Upper Bound, and it’s crucial when setting goals. Most people set goals and only focus on their Lower Bound. For example, “I want to lose 5 pounds this month.” Taking into account your Upper Bound, your goal then looks like, “I want to lose 5 pounds this month, but no more than 10.” Author James Clear explains why setting safety margins like this is so important to achieving big goals.

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