HHS Secretary Sebelius: HealthCare.Gov “Definitely Saw The Galifianakis Bump”

When Obamacare passed the 6 million-person sign-up mark, we pointed, with our tongues half-cheeked, to President Obama’s Between Two Ferns appearance with Zach Galifianakis. Turns out we were mostly on point. Recently, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told the Huffington Post that the government “definitely saw that Galifianakis bump.”

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Polish Government Announces $100M Fund To Support Ukrainian Startups

Poland is to put $100 million (300 million Zloty) into supporting small Ukrainian companies, which will obviously include tech companies by implication, and allow more Ukrainian companies to list on its stock exchange. “We do this to support the new Ukrainian industry, new business and build a new middle class,” sad President Bronislaw Komorowski told Polish newspaper Gazeta… Read More



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Report: Android dominates global mobile Web browsing, but iOS owns key Western countries

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Analysts claim that the mobile platform war is over — or at least the battle is no longer so intense. Most of us are aware that Apple tends to be more dominant in Western markets — due to the premium cost of its devices — while Android has greater distribution in emerging markets thanks to a wider variation of products, which are available for lower prices. But beyond the sales data, what are people actually using? Mobile technology firm dotMobi has taken a shot at visualizing the world based on device browsing rather than just sales figures. The company — which offers…

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Wake Up Your Senses With Invigorating Coffee Art

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Liv Buranday isn’t playing with food — so shove that notion in your coffee grinder

The young artist from the Philippines creates works of art made with nothing more than ground coffee beans.

Buranday told Mashable she was partly inspired by social media, specifically lnstagram

"Instagram opens up a kind of visually stimulating world that wakes the artistic side of people," she said.

Other photographers on the platform inspired her to create beautiful images of her own, which have since become quite popular online. Burnaday experimented with assorted objects for her art before her father’s morning cup of Joe inspired her to use ground coffee as her medium of choice. Read more…

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Capitaine Train Releases Android App To Book Your Train Tickets On The Go

Train ticket booking startup Capitaine Train just released its Android app. If you used the iPhone app at some point, you won’t feel lost as the Android app is very similar in design and features. As a reminder, Capitaine Train wants to improve the cumbersome process of booking train tickets online and on your phone. […]

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6 Twitter Accounts That Will Find You Free Music

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Everything is better when it’s free. Food is a little tastier, clothes look a little better and music sounds even sweeter

Thanks to a crowded scene and the rise of the digital age, there are plenty of ways to get your hands on free tunes. But how do you find all of them? Just turn to Twitter. Though it may be killing off its #Music feature, the social media site has a laundry list of accounts that scrounge up the latest free (and legal) music downloads

Though you’re not going to get freebies from mainstream artists, you’ll learn about a bevy of free tracks and streams from up-and-comers and familiar names. Read more…

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Lifehacker Faceoff: OneNote vs. Evernote

Lifehacker Faceoff: OneNote vs. Evernote

Now that Microsoft OneNote is free for Mac and Windows , the price and cross-platform barriers to this much beloved note-taking tool are gone. But how well does OneNote stack up to (the also awesome ) Evernote, Lifehacker readers’ favorite note-taking app ? Let’s take a look at where each app shines, and why you might want to use one over the other.

The comparison below is based on the major features most people use these apps for: taking notes, saving information from the web, jotting down notes on the go, and other fine details.

Taking Notes: Two Very Different Approaches

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OneNote and Evernote share the same main objective: To help you get organized by keeping all your ideas, saved web pages, and other documents in one place. They also offer similar features, such as a web clipper, Optical Character Recognition (or OCR, which interprets images or scanned information as text), instant syncing of notes to all your devices, and integration with third-party services.

While they seem like similar tools, however, you can see the biggest difference between these two apps at a glance. Above is my OneNote note brainstorming this post. Below is a similar one done in Evernote.

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OneNote Is the Better Digital Notebook

OneNote takes the “digital notebook ” analogy to heart, organizing notes into colored tabbed sections within notebooks. Also like using a paper notebook, you can add text, images, tables, and more anywhere on the page—side by side if you want—and format them as easily as you can a Word document. OneNote’s menus, in fact, include text formatting tools like quick styles (for headings, footers, etc.) and the very useful “format painter” tool to copy and apply formatting. You can also customize how each note—really, they’re more like pages than notes—looks: the background color, gridlines, and page sizes. Or you can apply various templates to make your notes or pages stand out.

Continuing the word document analogy, OneNote also includes writing tools like a research panel to look up reference sources, a thesaurus, a spell checker, and language translation. You can also dock your note to a small window on your desktop for easy note-taking or writing while you surf the web.

In the Windows desktop version, you can draw or handwrite anywhere on a note as well. (Sadly, this isn’t a feature in the Mac version, although it might make sense, considering Macs don’t ship with touchscreen displays.)

Also, in OneNote you can choose to show or hide notebooks—which helps cut down on visual clutter— and make some notes “subpages” (indenting them in the page menu)—which helps create a visual hierarchy of notes and group them together easily.

In short, if you want to make your notes look pretty or organize them the way you would a paper notebook, OneNote’s powerful and flexible formatting capabilities are for you. It’s ideal for brainstorming, visually organizing your notes, and creating longer content.

Evernote Is a Better Digital File Cabinet

Evernote, on the other hand, is more of a “digital file cabinet ” (Evernote’s slogan is, of course, “remember everything”). It has a simpler, starker user interface, and it’s more conducive to making simpler notes than more styled ones.

What it lacks in style, Evernote makes up for in information management. You can quickly create a note, tag it, share it, and set a reminder for it in about the time it would take you to find out how to share a note in OneNote. (For OneNote users: Right-click and copy the page link or use the email button.) Evernote also adds potentially helpful metadata to your notes, like where you made them.

Even though it uses the notebook metaphor, Evernote is more like a database of everything you’ve ever saved. Not only can you filter your notes by notebook and tag(s), your notes can appear in your Google searches—one feature that puts it ahead of OneNote when it comes to information you’ve seen before. (OneNote does have a nifty summary pages feature that’s like saved searches, but easier to use.)

Also, Evernote’s web clipper and email-to-notes services are better than OneNote’s (more on those in a bit). That makes Evernote the better option for collecting random information and quickly retrieving it later.

Web Clipping and Third-Party Integration: Evernote Has a Clearer Head Start

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With its free OneNote release, Microsoft also added a much needed universal web clipper. Previously, you could clip entire pages in Internet Explorer or use the virtual “print to OneNote” printer in other browsers, but it was clunkier than dedicated solutions like Evernote’s clipping browser extensions. OneNote also now has a dedicated me@onenote.com email address you can send emails to.

Both the web clipper and new send-to email address are essential, helpful tools if you use OneNote to save web pages and emails. They’re just not as functional as Evernote’s (screenshot above).

OneNote saves web clips via the bookmarklet to the same “Quick Notes” section of your default notebook. If you want it in a different notebook or section, you have to move it after you clip it. Also, the web clip is saved as an image—in essence, OneNote takes a screenshot of the web page; that image is OCRed and searchable, but you can’t select text to copy elsewhere. With the Evernote web clipper, by contrast, you can not only clip the page intact as a full-text article, but also highlight parts of it, specify which notebook it should go into, add multiple tags to the clipping, and add a reminder to the clip. It’s the difference between saving a web page with post-it notes and highlighted notes specifically where you want to save it…and taking a picture of a web page and dumping it in a catchall folder.

Similarly, the new email-to-notes feature in OneNote is convenient and welcome, but could offer more options. Once you enable your registered Microsoft accounts to be able to send to OneNote, you only have to remember the me@onenote.com address to send or share anything to OneNote. That’s it, though. With Evernote’s email system, you can add information to your subject line to better file your email note. Add @Notebook to specify the notebook, for example, or #tag to add tags to the note.

Don’t get me wrong, the new web clipping bookmarklet and email sending features are great for OneNote, and you might not need more than what these have to offer if you use OneNote to occasionally save web pages and emails. Evernote’s (long-established) versions just offer more options.

Similarly, OneNote has been adding third-party app integration support, so now you can do things like send articles from a specific site to OneNote or create pages from a text message to OneNote via IFTTT. Other OneNote apps include LiveScribe, News360, and Feedly.

By contrast, though, since Evernote has been built from the beginning as a web-based service with an API for developers, you can add many more apps to Evernote to supercharge it as a productivity tool.

In short, OneNote is catching up, but it hasn’t caught up completely when it comes to extensions of the program or productivity-enhancing add-ons.

Notes on the Go: Evernote Offers the Most Desktop-Like Experience

OneNote’s mobile apps are what you would expect, if you expect a developer to think “People on mobile only need this, this, and this feature, so let’s scrap the rest.” Evernote’s mobile apps are more like the developers thought “How can we tweak the app for a mobile interface?” The two perspectives make a big difference. Evernote retains much of the functionality of the desktop apps, while OneNote–still awesome as a note-taking and capturing tool, mind you—is more limited in mobile than it is on desktop.

In terms of Android widgets, both are pretty similar. OneNote has added the ability to pin notebooks or notes to the home screen, and the widgets let you see the most recent notes as well as quickly add a text, photo, or audio note.

Evernote’s mobile apps, however, allow you to move notes to other notebooks, tag them, share them via email or other sharing apps, or set a reminder to them. In OneNote’s mobile app, you can only add a photo, audio, or text note. You’ll need to manage or share the note on your desktop.

OneNote is fine if you only use your mobile device to read or make basic notes on the go. If you want to use the app mostly on mobile and expect it to perform like a desktop app, Evernote is your better bet.

Other Important Considerations

The above analysis makes it seem like Evernote wins hands-down on most points, and for those pretty important points, it might. But the fine differences between the two apps might make a big difference too.

More OneNote Advantages

  • OneNote is integrated into Windows. Hit Win+N and you can create a sticky note-like note instantly in OneNote. If you have a touchscreen Windows PC, OneNote lets you change the UI to make it more touch-friendly.
  • OneNote works betters with the Microsoft Office ecosystem, of course. You can add reminders to text in your note via Outlook, share OneNote notes or notebooks on SharePoint with your company (paid version only), or embed Word, Excel, or Visio documents (and edit them in OneNote). In two clicks, you can add meeting details from Outlook to OneNote, which is probably why Lifehacker readers voted it the best meetings minutes service .
  • OneNote lets you tag parts of the page individually. If this were a OneNote note, for example, I could have tagged this bullet point “remember for later” while the bullet before I could have tagged “question.”
  • OneNote has rich collaboration features not available in Evernote, such as seeing revision authors and finding comments by author. Paid OneNote users (e.g., in the corporate environment) have many more note-sharing tools and notes revision histories features.
  • You can drag-and-drop files as embedded objects in OneNote. For example, if you drag a document to OneNote as you (even a Google Docs shortcut!), you can insert it as an attachment or embed it in full as a printout. In Evernote, a similar document can only be added as an attachment.
  • If you want to export your OneNote notes, you can do so in more formats: In addition to the proprietary OneNote format, you can export entire sections or pages at once into PDF, Word, or HTML. Evernote only lets you select notes to format into its own format or XML or HTML.

More Evernote Advantages

  • You can add a reminder to an Evernote note. Although you can also add a reminder to a note in OneNote, you’d have to have Outlook installed in order to do so (and be willing to open Outlook every time you use OneNote). With Evernote, reminders are built-in.
  • Evernote’s sharing options are much stronger. You can share a note via Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, as well as via email or URL.
  • You can encrypt (password-protect) selected text in any note. In OneNote, you can encrypt entire notebook sections, but that’s only for the premium (paid) Microsoft Office versions. In Evernote, select text and right-click to encrypt it.

Which One Should You Use?

Choosing between Evernote and OneNote is like choosing between Evernote and Springpad : Both (or, really, all three) occupy the same app category space, but it might not be an either-or question.

OneNote is just now catching up to Evernote, at least when it comes to cross-platform compatibility. But there are reasons why OneNote users—suffering a Windows-only platform and dismal mobile apps—stayed loyal to OneNote. The visual interface and stronger formatting features make OneNote much better for brainstorming and certain types of note-taking.

There’s no single note-taking style, of course. Choose the one that’s best for your organizing needs, or try both together. You might find a place for both apps in your life.



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Cloud POS Startup Vend Raises $20M From Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures And Square Peg Capital

Since being launched just a few years ago, New Zealand-based cloud point-of-sale startup Vend has grown incredibly fast. To keep pushing forward, Vend has raised an additional $20 million in Series B funding from Peter Thiel international investment vehicle Valar Ventures, as well as Australian-based investment firm Square Peg Capital. Read More



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Russian Online Video Market Booming, Becomes Biggest In Europe

New research by puts ivi.ru – a Video On Demand (VoD) provider in Russia of licensed content, both ad-sponsored and paid – as leader of the Russian market. However, the study from consulting firm iKS-Consulting was commissioned by ivi.ru, so we’ll have to take that with a grain of salt. That said, it does come up with a number of points worth noting about the VOD market in… Read More



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Alibaba Still Has Plenty Of Room To Increase Its $150B Valuation, Says YipitData

Alibaba’s upcoming public listing is expected to be one of the largest IPOs ever, but there are concerns that the Chinese e-commerce giant’s rapid growth is tapering off as merchant spending slows and competition increases. But Alibaba still deserves its $150 billion valuation and may be worth significantly more, according to a new report from research firm YipitData, which tracks every… Read More



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5 Elementary Conspiracies for ‘Sherlock’ Fans

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There are plenty of conspiracy theories floating around the Internet about old cartoons, ’90s shows and especially any cancelled TV series. But when was the last time you theorized shows that are actually airing right now?

The truth is, fans are buzzing about complex and entertaining shows 24/7. One of the most popular shows for fans to mull over until their brains melt is Sherlock.

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Ebuzzing & Teads Merge To Create Global Video Ad Group, IPO Pegged For 2015

Ebuzzing and Teads, a pair of European adtech companies focused on video advertising, are to merge — setting their sights on an IPO in 2015. The “Ebuzzing and Teads” group is being created in the hopes of building a global online video ad giant with complementary technology offerings that it can continue selling to both advertisers and publishers. The combined Ebuzzing and… Read More



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7 Self-Awareness Techniques to Make You a Better Leader

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What is the most important characteristic of a leader? Some might say it’s integrity. Others may say that it’s being a good motivator. But psychologist and author Sherrie Campbell believes that self-awareness — the ability to monitor one’s own emotions and reactions — is the key factor in leadership success.

"Self-awareness keeps us grounded, attuned and focused," said Campbell, author of "Loving Yourself: The Master of Being Your Own Person" (AuthorHouse, 2012). "When leaders are grounded, they are able to be efficient and deliberate in staying on task, and being attuned to those around them. Leaders who have the ability to control their minds and emotions help to guide those around them to develop their own self-knowledge and success." Read more…

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7 Times the Internet Teamed Up to Solve a Mystery

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The Internet loves a good mystery. From cracking complicated codes to identifying obscure songs, web users love to solve the unsolvable

Online communities such as Reddit and 4chan have entire threads devoted to picking apart riddles, while sites like Websleuths are created solely for the purpose of crime-solving.

Though Internet detectives have sometimes gone too far (Redditors incorrectly identifying the Boston Marathon bomber, for example), there are quite a few times they’ve actually cracked the case

From aiding investigations to saving lives, here are seven examples of Internet users banding together to solve a mystery Read more…

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See the Insane Base Jump From NYC’s Freedom Tower

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On Sept. 30, 2013, at 3AM in the morning, four men climbed the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower in New York City. Three of them parachuted down while one kept a lookout — and they’ve got footage to prove it

The video, released on YouTube Monday, shows one of the men performing the terrifying jump, which ends up with a safe landing in the middle of the street

Unfortunately for the parachutists, the stunt was not only extremely dangerous, but also illegal. A security guard at a nearby building saw them and called the police, which was ultimately able to identify one of the men in January, discovering videotapes on which the stunt was filmed at his home Read more…

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