Checking your heart rate through the Apple Watch and other devices

When it came to her heart, Ramona Anderson was the picture of health. She was a vegan, never smoked and walked around her Coral Springs subdivision on a daily basis. One day that changed. It was April 2016, and 59-year-old Anderson started to feel pain in her chest. She took some pain medication and checked […]

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Ryan Coogler: Why I Needed to Make ‘Black Panther’

How the director’s trip to Africa informed the making of his record-breaking blockbuster: “I wanted to explore what it means to be African” It was late 2015, and director Ryan Coogler was feeling the call of Africa. Coogler, then 29, was just finishing up his second film, the soon-to-be-a-hit Rocky reboot Creed. He was starting to think about what came […]

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Crooks launder money using real (and fake) Amazon ebooks

In a fascinating post, Brian Krebs and a group of security researchers have found a method for laundering money through expensive ebooks. It started when author Patrick Reames received an Amazon tax form saying he’d made $24,000 selling his books through Amazon’s CreateSpace, the company’s book-printing arm. His books didn’t sell nearly that many copies, he […]

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Before ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ Margaret Atwood was broke and washing dishes in a bathtub

Prize-winning Canadian author Margaret Atwood has sold thousands of books and had her work turned into both movies and television shows. But before “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Alias Grace” were household names, Atwood was a struggling writer living in Toronto and working as a teacher by day. Because she wasn’t bringing in much in terms of salary, […]

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Independent booksellers could join forces to compete with chains

More than 100 independent bookshops around the UK are attempting to join forces, in order to compete with powerful chains such as Waterstones and WH Smith and negotiate better prices and exclusive editions of bestselling titles. Last Christmas, there was unease among many independent shops when they missed out on an exclusive edition of Philip […]

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Thinking of Self-Publishing Your Book in 2013? Here’s What You Need to Know

Here’s the problem with self-publishing: no one cares about your book. That’s it in a nutshell. There are somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published every year in the US alone, depending on which stats you believe. Many of those – perhaps as many as half or even more – are self-published. On average, they […]

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7 Signs You Are a Slave (and How to Become Free)

Most people think that they are free individuals, but in reality they are nothing but slaves. To be a slave doesn’t necessarily mean that you are chained and your body is owned by someone. There are many other, more subtle forms of slavery, about which you are going to read now. So without further ado, here are 7 […]

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Forget skipping Starbucks. Here are 5 real ways to get rich

Maybe you can skip spending $5 at Starbucks every day and save $10,000 over the next five years, but if you think $10,000 is going to change your life, you’re not just broke, you’re being stupid. Of course you should spend less than you earn, but if you make $50,000 a year with a couple […]

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4 Signs You are a Slave to Your Job

Most of us understand how horrible the practice of literal slavery is. But there’s another form of slavery that we don’t seem to notice and are barely concerned about — wage slavery. We have the technological capacity to feed, shelter, and provide for the basic needs and wants of all humanity. However, our economic system prevents us from living in […]

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Five reasons 2018 could be the best year yet for cryptocurrencies

So I want to highlight five reasons why 2018 might be the best ever year for cryptocurrencies and why I’m heavily invested in them. 1. The work on scaling issues Bitcoin (BTC) is the most important cryptocurrency. Most government-backed money that goes in and out of crypto goes through bitcoin, so what happens to the original […]

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