Summary of “Staying Productive While on a Business Trip Takes Planning”

You can’t just wake-up in the morning of and decide that you’re going to go on a business trip.
Put your business in good hands: Appoint an emergency contact in case a fire needs to be put out while you’re away.
Take advantage of your commute: While you’re en route, create a list of your priorities and review your schedule so that you know how you’re going to productively spend your time.
While you can purchase WIFI on the plane, I think it’s a waste of time and money because the spotty quality.
Business trips are an opportunity to spark creativity while you’re outside your comfort zone.
If you were at home a family member or employee just might interrupt you while you’re focused on deep work.
How can I possibly maintain my current workload while on the road? The fact is, you can’t put in a full workday while away.
This way you aren’t freaking-out about everything that needs to get done either while on the trip or when you return.

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Summary of “What are the biggest threats to humanity?”

While a dramatic end to humanity is possible, focusing on such scenarios may mean ignoring the most serious threats we face in today’s world.
The same cannot be said for many global threats induced by people.
The World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum both listed climate change and its effects as one of their top risks for 2019.
Widespread vaccination programmes and other disease prevention measures help reduce this risk.
The UK government also maintains a register of national risks, including floods, space weather and disease.
While these threats are real, the greatest danger we face in 2019, when viewed from a global perspective, probably lies elsewhere.
Dr Simon Beard and Dr Lauren Holt are research associates at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.
The CSER, based at the University of Cambridge, studies the mitigation of risks that could lead to human extinction or the collapse of civilisation.

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Summary of “18 striking findings from 2018”

Unauthorized immigrants are increasingly likely to be long-term U.S. residents: Two-thirds of adult immigrants without legal status have lived in the country for more than 10 years.
While about a quarter of all U.S. Facebook users ages 18 and older say they have deleted the Facebook app from their phone, this share increases to 44% among Facebook users ages 18 to 29.
8The number of refugees resettled in the U.S. decreased more than in any other country in 2017.
Non-U.S. countries resettled more than twice as many refugees as the U.S. in 2017, marking the first time since the adoption of the 1980 U.S. Refugee Act that America’s total fell below the combined total from the rest of the world.
Americans’ opinions on whether the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees have grown even more partisan than they had been.
While nearly seven-in-ten Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say the U.S. does not have a responsibility to take in refugees, nearly three-quarters of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say it does have such responsibility.
11Most people around the globe say China plays a more important role in the world today than it did a decade ago – but most also say it’s better for the U.S. to lead the way.
A median of 70% across 25 countries say China is playing a more important role today compared with 10 years ago, while 31% think the same about the U.S. At the same time, a median of 63% believe it would be better to have the U.S. as the world’s leading power, but just 19% say this about China.

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Summary of “How to edit and refine your resume”

5 minute Read. Usually, practice makes perfect, but in the case of resume writing, meticulous editing and fine-tuning are what’ll lead you to the perfect resume.
No matter how good your resume looks to the human eye, it might still have trouble getting past applicant tracking systems.
Some common tactics to get past these robots include incorporating the appropriate keywords, formatting your resume properly, and utilizing standardized resume headers.
While you shouldn’t list these soft skills in your “Skills” section, the bullet points on your resume should be written in a manner that implies that you possess them.
You’ll definitely make a stronger impression and appear to be a better fit by emphasizing your finance-related accomplishments while downplaying your accounting experience on the resume you submit.
Unless you’re in an industry like fashion or graphic design that openly encourages resumes with unique and aesthetically pleasing layouts, it’s almost always better to stick with a basic resume template.
On top of that, let’s not forget that resumes need to appease the resume robots.
Don’t forget to ask someone to proofread. It’s great that you took the time to edit and refine your resume.

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Summary of “I spent 2 years cleaning houses. What I saw makes me never want to be rich.”

I worked for a company cleaning houses for two years.
I found the houses on little winding roads, the hidden keys tucked under gnomes or rugs.
I had 20 clients and two or three houses a day to get to, anyway.
If I cleaned houses quicker than the girl who’d replace me, clients would want to continue paying the lower rate.
The owner spent a lot of time in the hospital, and so his house stayed clean, except for dust that settled on the kitchen counters and the dining room table.
I saw the lady from the Porn House after cleaning one time, at the store.
I got used to the loneliness these houses held.
I vowed never to have a house bigger than I could clean myself.

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Summary of “Turkey’s Financial Crisis Shows the Risks of Strongmen”

During ErdoÄŸan’s first decade in power, Turkish growth surged, inflation fell, and per capita income multiplied.
The U.S. and other democracies embraced ErdoÄŸan as a rising power and promising partner on the international stage.
The more concentrated power gets, the more unaccountable it becomes.
The result, unsurprisingly, is that while strongman regimes can be successful for a while, sometimes dazzlingly so, they usually end up reproducing the problems they were supposed to solve.
This dynamic has been particularly evident in Turkey in recent months, as ErdoÄŸan-who has long espoused unconventional ideas about monetary policy-repeatedly thwarted the central bank from enacting the interest-rate hikes that might have quelled the financial crisis before it reached critical proportions.
The bank at last succeeded two weeks ago in sharply raising rates, but doubts about its independence remain-fanned not least by ErdoÄŸan himself, who framed the rate increase as a grudging concession that he might withdraw at any time.
Fans of strongman regimes elsewhere will argue that Turkey’s upheaval reflects the peculiar personality of ErdoÄŸan and therefore does not implicate their own preferred leaders, who are invariably described as more restrained, thoughtful, and disciplined.
The problems bedeviling Turkey aren’t random or accidental.

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Summary of “Android 9 Pie review: Google gets more thoughtful”

That’s where Android Pie’s improved Do Not Disturb mode comes in.
Lens, Assistant, Duplex – it’s no secret that Google believes artificial intelligence is the way forward.
What’s really interesting about the way Google wove AI into Android Pie is how subtle it is.
None of the features we’re about to discuss are conceptually very exciting, but there’s little question that they make day-to-day life using Pie more pleasant.
Consider the subway ride I mentioned earlier – that’s an example of what Google calls App Actions.
See, Android Pie basically keeps an eye on what you’re doing and when, chews on that data for a while, and brings those actions directly into the phone’s app launcher when they seem appropriate.
Google seems to have prioritized the quality and timeliness of these suggestions over quantity.
While we were filming our video review, Pie suggested I listen to a Japanese band in Spotify, or, uh, call myself.

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Summary of “Bashar al-Assad Is Winning the Battle for Syria”

There was also genuine ideological support for Assad. From the beginning, Assad insisted the rebellion was an externally orchestrated plot and, after a lifetime of absorbing propaganda, some believed him.
Many were scarred by memories of the last rebellion against an Assad, when Hafez massacred at least 10,000 in Hama in 1982.
When the opposition ultimately shifted to a violent struggle, many of the nonviolent activists who might have resisted were in prison, exiled, or dead. Meanwhile, the regime deliberately released jihadists from prison in the hope they would radicalize the opposition and confirm Assad’s claims it was violently Islamist.
The leaders of two significant Islamist militias-Hassan Aboud of Ahrar as-Sham and Zahran Alloush of Jaysh al-Islam-were both in Assad’s prisons in early 2011.
Just as Assad targeted the non-violent opponents to ensure the rebellion turned violent, he focused on moderate armed rebels in the hope that only jihadists and his regime would be left for Syrians and the world to choose from.
Had there been no external involvement, these domestic ploys might have been enough for Assad to survive.
Western governments called on Assad to stand aside in August 2011, and imposed sanctions.
Soon Assad’s foreign enemies were sponsoring his political opponents and aiding the armed rebels.

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Summary of “You’re Doing It Wrong: 3 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Your Phone’s Battery « Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks”

From talking to individual respondents, it appears many people were like me and confused about which charging habits are actually bad for your battery.
As a result, it exacerbates many bad habits regarding poor battery mismanagement.
Often with my laptop, I would watch videos and do homework late into the night, eking out what little battery I had left to accomplish whatever task I had. Afterward, I would plug it into the charger and go to sleep for the night to wake up to a full charge – but I never stopped to think about what happens to the battery overnight after it hits 100%. Even back then, without fast charging, it didn’t take eight hours to fully charge a battery.
At 77°F, the battery capacity reduced by 20%, meaning the maximum amount of energy the battery could store was now 80% of its original capacity.
To restore your capacity, you’d need to fully discharge your battery so that your battery would remember its full capacity.
Depth of discharge is the difference between the starting battery percentage and ending battery percentage, which determines the number of discharge cycles your battery has.
Most of us have at least 30 minutes to spare while getting ready, and by that time, fast charging should have your battery up to at least 50%. Depending on the battery percentage when you began charging, 30 minutes could give you an all-day charge.
Instead of 100% capacity, electric vehicles charge only to 80% and deplete to only 30%. This way, every electric vehicle lives its entire life in the sweet zone, and when the battery capacity begins to reduce, the system slowly increases the depth of discharge to maintain the same battery life while preserving the battery.

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Summary of “12 fast-rising technologies to get ready for”

We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council which of our current technologies will likely be slated for widespread, innovative use within the near future.
While our focuses today may be on artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality, there are plenty of game-changing technology innovations at play in our tech-driven society.
The internet was designed at its core to be a decentralized system, but internet giants and many governments have warped the original intent.
The blockchain has the potential to get back to the promise of the internet and usher in a new era of distributed applications with security and resiliency at their core.
For many things such as clothing, furniture, building materials and more, you’ll choose a template online and print it out.
Once the speed is faster, we will have more applications and hardware connected to the internet.
Could we dream of Netflix streaming in 2001 when the internet was slow? Speed will be the king.
The views expressed are the author’s own and not necessarily shared by TNW. Read next: Google is reportedly building hardware for its game streaming service.

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