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Better Is Better Than More

We opt for More instead of Better. We tend to pack as much stuff into our days, our lives, and our work as we possibly can, but it's good to take a step back now and then and remember that more isn't always better.

The restaurant makes the menu longer instead of figuring out how to make even one dish worth travelling across town for. We add many slides to our presentation before figuring out how to utter a single sentence that will give the people in the room chills or make them think. We keep adding, inviting more new friends in life, as If it means more best friends, instead of knowing/loving few of those that we have today. We confuse variety and range with quality.

Practice is not the answer here. Practice, the 10,000 hours thing, practice alone doesn't produce work that matters. No, that only comes from caring. From caring enough to leap, to bleed for the art, to go out on the ledge, where it's dangerous. When we care enough, we raise the bar, not just for ourselves, but for everyone.

Taking a step back and getting rid of tasks is just as productive as getting more done. That means not trying to learn everything in four hours or less, not trying to read every book as quickly as possible, or not signing up for every free app/service that pops up online.

Go find an art you care enough to make better instead. It's your life, make it matter.

#simplifyyourlife   #makeitbetter   #focusedliving   #yearnandlearn  
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Art of stillness: In an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention

The best way to develop more attentive and more appreciative eyes, is just by sitting still.

And of course sitting still is how many of us get what we most crave and need in our accelerated lives, a break. To sift through the slideshow of life experience and make sense of the future and the past, going nowhere is at least as exciting as going to Tibet or to Cuba. And by going nowhere, I mean nothing more intimidating than taking a few minutes out of every day or a few days out of every season, or even few years out of a life in order to sit still long enough to find out what moves you most, to recall where your truest happiness lies and to remember that sometimes making a living and making a life point in opposite directions.

It's not our experience that makes our lives, it's what we do with it. Imagine a hurricane suddenly sweeps through your town and reduces every last thing to rubble. One man is traumatized for life. But another, his brother, almost feels liberated, and decides this is a great chance to start his life anew. It's exactly the same event, but radically different responses. There is nothing either good or bad, as Shakespeare told us in "Hamlet," but thinking makes it so. So much of our life takes place inside our heads, in memory or imagination or interpretation or speculation, that if we really want to change our life we might best begin by changing our mind. We all know that in our on-demand lives, one of the things that's most on demand is ourselves. Wherever we are, any time of night or day, our bosses, junk-mailers, our parents can get to us. Sociologists have actually found that in recent years Americans are working fewer hours than 50 years ago, but we feel as if we're working more. We have more and more time-saving devices, but sometimes, it seems, less and less time. We can more and more easily make contact with people on the furthest corners of the planet, but sometimes in that process we lose contact with ourselves. And one of  biggest surprises is that often it's exactly the people who have enabled us to get anywhere who are intent on going nowhere. In other words, precisely those beings who have created the technologies that override so many of the limits of old, are the ones wisest about the need for limits, even when it comes to technology.

Science has empirically shown that sitting still, or meditation, can lead not just to better health or to clearer thinking, but even to emotional intelligence. Many people in Silicon Valley, try really hard to observe what they call an Internet sabbath, whereby for 24 or 48 hours every week they go completely offline in order to gather the sense of direction and proportion they'll need when they go online again. The one thing perhaps that technology hasn't always given us is a sense of how to make the wisest use of technology. The empty space is one of our greatest luxuries. In many a piece of music, it's the pause that gives the piece its beauty and its shape. Writers will often try to include a lot of empty space on the page so that the reader can complete thoughts and sentences and so that imagination has room to breathe.

Something in us, is crying out for the sense of intimacy and depth that we get from people like that, who take the time and trouble to sit still. Many of us have the sensation, that we're standing about two inches away from a huge screen, and it's noisy and it's crowded and it's changing with every second, and that screen is our lives. And it's only by stepping back, and then further back, and holding still, that we can begin to see what the canvas means and to catch the larger picture.

In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still. If you want to come back home alive and full of fresh hope, in love with the world, you might want to try considering going nowhere.

#stillnesswithin #internetsabbath #emotionalintelligence   #meditation   #yearnandlearn  
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Diwali Brings us Happiness, Joy, Hope, Prosperity and togetherness

The festival of victory of "Light over Darkness," "Knowledge over Ignorance," "Good over Evil," and "Hope over Despair".

Let this Diwali bring you peace, prosperity and happiness. And let the diyas bring warmth, love and light to your lives...
Also, each day of your upcoming year be vibrant, bringing along many reasons for celebration.

Happy Diyawali & New Year to you and your loved ones.

Lets Celebrate Festival of Festivals.

#yehdiwalideepakwali #festivaloflights #diwali #yearnandlearn  
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+triptishree saha Indeed.
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Will Automation make human work obsolete?

Robots now build cars and power mechanical diggers and other "dumb" jobs. What will surprise you is how quickly "mechanical minds" are making human brain labor less in demand. Still think robots can’t do your job?

Automation and robotics will eventually take over most of the tasks, especially the labor expensive ones, as computing gets smarter.

Talk of robots making humans obsolete is generally a topic that is still laughed off as science fiction by most, but this video could get you to rethink the future human work.

It lays out a compelling case for why almost half of those currently in the work force could struggle to find work once automation takes over in the near future.

Unlike "the singularity," in which artificial intelligence takes over the planet in rapid and dramatic fashion, this paints a picture, backed up by statistics and current developments, indicating that the true singularity will occur gradually, with software and automations slowly erasing human jobs before we realize what's really happening.

The analogy here is the horse and buggy in the 1900s versus the modern day car. The horse, viewed by many historians as one of the central tools aiding the advancement of human society for hundreds of years, is a perfect example of how quickly human workers can and will be rendered obsolete in favor of machine automation.

The usual idea is that The jobs that the robots will leave for humans will be those that require thought and knowledge. But according to this, the machine takeover won't be limited to physical labor but will permeate areas such legal, medical advice and even creative arts like music, painting and writing. Toward the end, it speculates that up to 45% of the current workforce could disappear due to automation.

The analysis, peppered with examples like the development of +Google Self-Driving Car Project and +IBM's Watson, is indeed thought provoking and, in some ways, terrifying. 

This will fundamentally challenge your thinking as to what's next for these robots? The point is, it's no more a question of If, but when?

How will we adjust to that change in job availability and skill sets? How best do we prepare ourselves & kids for this future?

#artificialintelligence   #robotics   #automation   #yearnandlearn  
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+Mehul Patel There is only one kind of energy? Energy is simply the potential to do work.

There's plenty more to physics that we don't know yet.
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Ae Hallo(Come on! Lets start!) loose the control on your feet and dance

For the rest of the world, Navratri is going to start from tomorrow 25th of September, 2014, but in Gujarat we can see celebrations and preparations right from the month of Jun-Jul. Garba classes across Gujarat starts from the month of June till the day of commencement of Navratri. Beauty parlors, hair saloons, tatoo shops, Gyms and Spa are full with appointments. Both guys and girls go for special treatments to look their best. You can see Navratri dresses and jewellery sold across the roads as well as markets.

It is so enchanting to see people dance with all the colorful traditional dresses on them. People from other states ask us, that you people continuously dance for 3 to 4 hours, sweat like anything, then you people wake up another morning, perform the regular chores and again get ready for the evenings. Each and every day, you people dress up so heavily and dance, forgetting everything. What drives you? Well, there are many different reasons for different people, but I believe it is the grace of positivity all around in the atmosphere. Vibrations, drum beats and the lovely Garba songs, which make it difficult not to dance.

For new among you, Garba is a Gujarati folk dance celebrated in Navratri, a celebration lasting nine nights. Read more, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garba_(dance)

United Way of Baroda’s (UWB), Garba has become the most famous and awaited event not only in Gujarat but also across the globe. More than 30,000-40,000 dancers participate with spectatorship of more than 5,00,000 over a period of nine days.

UWB has been hosting the Garba for more than 25 years. As per Forbes “The United Way is the ONLY non-profit organization to have made it to the list, coming in at No. 26 with a brand value of $14.3 billion.

Breathe in a bit of +Gujarat Tourism: a melting pot of culture and traditions. There is never a dearth of things to do in this vibrant state.

Kab tak nachoge baaraat mein, kuch din to naacho gujarat mein ;-)

Top view of UWB: http://youtu.be/kBtHsT1xKtQ

#vadodaranavratri #unitedwayofbaroda #navratrigujarat #yearnandlearn  
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For the next five billion: Android One

Meet AndroidOne : A Phone with a Philosophy.

The world is filled with potential.
People who are ready to leave their mark, and have fun doing it.
They’re smart, and hopeful and they’re everywhere.
They can change anything.
They just need their tools to be as ambitious as they are.
So they can get out there and do everything.
Create, listen, learn, explore, collaborate, speak, dance, and dance some more.
And share it all along the way.
There are millions who have the rest of their lives ahead of them.
It’s scary, how exciting that is.
A phone that empowers people, instead of holding them back.
A phone with a philosophy.
Ready for it?

Google this was totally unexpected....I knew Android One was launching today, but didn't knew you guys were going to give it a such a personalized push in media. Great job.

With starting price of INR 6399, +Samsung Mobile, Xiaomi, +Gionee India, Lava, +ASUS and others who aren’t part of the Android One club yet are definitely in for a tough battle.

– All +Android One smartphones to get Android L update, that puts a lot of pressure on other manufacturers still selling 4.1 – 4.3 version devices.

– Google will also provide software update for 2 years for all Android One devices. Last but not the least, Carriers will NOT charge you to download OS updates!! Bingo....

By controlling hardware and software, Google is rewriting the +Android Story in India and this can be easily considered most strategic masterstroke of Google ever.

#androidone   #androidindia   #yearnandlearn  
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Never Lose Your Keys (stuff) Again

Here’s a situation: you haven’t gone very far but you know you’re missing something. You check your pockets, maybe rifle through your bag. Where did your phone go? Or say you lose your keys all the time, want to be sure you don't misplace your laptop, or can't risk losing your backpack on a college campus—just slap one of these nifty little bluetooth powered tags up there and you should be good to go.

It is a small device that you attach to your keychain. Using the app on your phone, you can connect your keys or anything to your phone in case either tends to wander off. If your phone decides to play hide and seek with you, you can press a button on it to make it ring up to 100 feet away.

Your phone connects to a Tile using Bluetooth Low Energy(BLE), and it can locate a nearby tag in two ways. Either the app notifies you that you're getting close, or you can tell the tag to play a chime. Either way, you have to be within 100 feet.

Because it's a Bluetooth device, +Android 5.0 phones can add the Tile as a trusted device that keeps the phone unlocked when it's in range.

At those times when you wander too far away from something and have no idea where it is, you can pull up the last known location on a map. If that's not where the thing is anymore, you can call on other Tile users to help locate your stuff.

Tile will help you never lose anything again! Key, wallets, purses, suitcases, bikes, and anything else. Just stick it on and Tile has you covered. From the stuff you lose all the time to the things you couldn't live without. Tile is a smart companion for all the things you can't stand to lose. A helpful, easy way to find anything.

#thetileapp   #motorolakeylink   #bluetoothsmart   #yearnandlearn  

Am torn between this and Moto keylink..hoping they both improve and get cheaper fast.
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Children are not things to be moulded, but people to be unfolded.

#nirankarimission #universalbrotherhood   #humanity   #childrensday  
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Good things happen when you share

Inviting the new kid to your lunch table...opening yourself up to new ideas…having the courage to add your thing to the world. It’s “moments of And” like these that move everything forward. 

A few years ago, we had the thought that phones (and stuff that hadn’t even been invented yet like tablets and smart watches) would be way more interesting if everyone was invited to imagine, invent, make, or buy whatever they wanted. So we created +Android as an open platform, and put it out there for everyone.

Since then, all kinds of people, companies big and small, folks on +Kickstarter, kids in schools, and mad-smart developers have been innovating faster, together, than any one company ever could. And the best part is...every time someone new joins in, things get more interesting, more unexpected, and more wonderful for all of us.

More ideas and more creators is what gets us all to better ideas faster.

#androidlollipop   #betogethernotthesame   #yearnandlearn  


I like how, Google is promoting inclusivness, tolerance and equality through a campaign that is targeted towards an operating system and still giving a subliminal political and marketing message.

It focuses on the positive and the proactive without trashing anybody. And yet in contrast, one cannot help but think of other companies or societies: more closed, proprietary, or more intolerant. This points to the strengths of Android as an platform: more innovation and inclusiveness. And as a company (Google) or a society: more diversity is better and strengthening.

Technology has the power to change the world... to be together, to be one race without prejudgment, let's hope one day we could understand that we are only a single particle in the infinite.
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The future of voice control is Google Now(and similar assistants)

"OK Google" is a phrase that gets spoken by me several times a day. So much, in fact, that it's the first thing I start my day with, when I pick up Nexus. I had my own version of this in past called Jarvis, that helped me do a lot of similar things. Now, Jarvis is left to do boring jobs and automate events as per my preferences. Google Now has taken over more or less, and I love it.

As Google Now's features and reach expand, it's become increasingly clear that Google has great ambitions for the project that was initially announced over two years ago. When Google Now launched, it was little more than a context-aware monitor for your location to tell you how long it would take to get somewhere or show you the weather. But it was immediately clear that Google planned on expanding Now into something much more powerful, and it's made good on that promise.

Google Now is constantly gaining new abilities that are generally awesome and I personally have grown to rely on Google Now and voice recognition for most things, and Google is trying to get everyone else on that train, as well. This(and few other) ads are precisely what people need to understand about Google Now/Search – it is inherently simple, quick, and easy.

Did you know, Google Now won the award “Innovation of the Year for year of 2012.

#googlesearch   #okgoogle   #googlenow    #yearnandlearn  
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Doodling, can free up short- and long-term memory, improve content retention, increase attention span and can also produce creative insight

Verbal and auditory learning modes often conflict. But visual and auditory modes reinforce each other. Because "when the mind starts to engage with visual language, you get neurological access that you don’t have when you're in a linguistic mode. The optimal scenario for trying to learn a subject seems to be partly visual, partly linguistic. It gives your brain two layers of richness.

Read more to know, 
How this common "time waster" is really a creative launch-pad and today, the doodle nay-sayers are being drowned out by a growing body of research and opinion that indicates that connects that seemingly distracted scribbling with greater info retention and creativity.

#doodling   #immersivelearning   #visuallearning   #yearnandlearn  

Most of my school/college notebooks used to have doodles in upper and left margins, though they were not much meaningful but yes this habit of doodling has been lingering since those days.
The author of The Doodle Revolution explains how this common "time waster" is really a creative launch-pad.
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Call me maybe? Why not? Free voice calling finally comes to Hangouts!

Google has merged SMS, IM, VOIP, Video Chat, Google Voice into one app to rule them all. Maybe, it's time to get rid of +Skype & +Viber.  Have been waiting for this like forever. The new UI is significantly greener(my fav. shade of green) and much more colorful and the toolbar now has a vibrancy.

Starting today you can make voice calls from Hangouts on +Android, iOS and the web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users.

Grab the new version of Hangouts 2.3 - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk&hl=en

Install the dialer from here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.hangoutsdialer

Official post: http://googleblog.blogspot.in/2014/09/call-me-maybe-introducing-free-voice.html

#googlehangouts   #googlevoice    #yearnandlearn  
For the last few years, it has always felt like Google Voice, the company's VoIP calling solution, was on its way out. Instead, the video-centric Hangouts was..
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