December 2017


Food, beaches, walks, adventure … and romance: our 10 best travel stories of 2017

Street dishes to savour, colourful coasts to relax at and cool cities to explore, it’s been another year of exploring. Here, we pick our favourite stories of the year. Warning: contains holiday romances gone wrong!

For an experience of Portugal away from the droves of tourists that go there every summer, we headed to its central coast, where the Atlantic roars into empty beaches lined with delicious seafood restaurants.

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“I Met Travie McCoy in Megamall”

Guess who’s in Manila? “Billionaire” rapper and former Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy. And one of Hinge’s own staffers unexpectedly bumped into him at the mall. Danica Condez, associate art director for Southern Living Magazine and, said she saw Travie while eating at Ogetsu Hime, SM Megamall. “At first I didn’t want to […]

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A 20-Something’s Guide to Food and Wine Pairing

The idea of pairing vintage wine to viand can be daunting, especially for people who can’t tell Zinfandel from Sangiovese. Lucky for us mere mortals, there are timeless combinations endorsed by the world’s finest wine stewards and food pundits. A general rule is to match wine to sauce rather than meat, or to pair likely […]

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My favorite Twitter account is a bot


Human Twitter accounts serve their purpose, but I prefer tweets from bots.

Research suggests there are now some 30 million tweeting bots — though this might be a low estimate. Some of these bots provide weather updates, make stock recommendations, or attempt to subvert democracy. 

I, however, like bots that aren’t necessarily so useful nor ambitious. I look forward to their musings because their primary directive is to produce creative or absurd content — and I’m not alone. 

“I like anything that’s going to inject a little strangeness, beyond the normal strangeness that we have every day now,” Charles Bergquist, the creator of my favorite twitter bot, NewFound Planets, told Mashable. Bergquist is also the director of the public radio program Science FridayRead more…

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Guy arrested for ‘Nigerian prince’ email scams is definitely not Nigerian royalty


The “Nigerian prince” email scam is one of the most notorious cybercimes out there, and the people behind it may have hit a bit of a snag after one of their alleged co-conspirators was arrested in Louisiana on Thursday.

Police arrested a 67-year-old man in Slidell, Louisiana after an 18-month investigation in connection with Nigerian prince email scams. The man is suspected of being a middle-man for a group in Nigeria that used the Nigerian prince email scam to get money from unsuspecting people, the Slidell Police Department announced on Facebook.

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Hyperscale data centers reached over 390 worldwide in 2017

 Hyperscale operators are defined as enormous companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google that need to provide computing on a massive scale. You would think that there would be a limited number of this type of highly specialized data center, but recent research from Synergy Research found that 2017 was actually a breakout year for new hyperscale data centers across the world — with… Read More


How to actually make and keep New Year’s resolutions, according to a behavioral scientist

new year's eve 2018Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • Most people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions, and some even prefer to revel in their failures.
  • Psychologists say in order to successfully change, you have to really want things to be different, and you also have to stick to your plan.
  • If you’re trying to break an old habit, replace it with a new one. Otherwise, it can be too hard to say no to temptation. 


Does anyone take New Year’s resolutions seriously anymore?

Former President Obama doesn’t. He acknowledged as much in a recent interview with Prince Harry on the BBC:

“I’m not sure I believe in New Year’s resolutions – typically people break them,” the former president said.

Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle says she isn’t a fan of keeping to strict New Year’s resolutions anymore, either. The princess-to-be wrote in 2016 that her only intention for that new year was to “leave room for magic.”

But if you’re looking to make a few more (ahem) solid changes to your daily routines this year, there are ways that psychologists say you actually can make New Year’s resolutions a success.

Here are three of their top tips:

Tip #1: Only make New Year’s resolutions if you really want to changefitness weight lifting weightlifting workout gym exercise womanShutterstock

Think about why you’re resolving to try something new: Are you just a little curious how it might feel? Are you trying something out just because the rest of the gang is doing it? Or, are you really sick and tired of the way things are and you’re finally ready to make a change? That could be a sign that this is the year to try out a New Year’s resolution.

Yale psychology Professor John Bargh told Business Insider that people should only resolve to try something new this year if it’s really important to them personally, and it’s something they’d want to change even when no one else is watching.

“I wouldn’t play around with these things,” Bargh said.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School agree. They write that “long-lasting change is most likely when it’s self-motivated and rooted in positive thinking.” 

It’s best to pick a specific goal — not just “I want to get more exercise” but, specifically how much and when, like: “I’m going to bike for 30 minutes, 4 days a week,” for example. Making specific, measurable actions a part of your daily routine, triggered by things you do every day (like coming home from work and popping on a pair of running shoes at the back door) make it easier to succeed. 

Another part of the reason that New Year’s resolutions so often fail, Bargh says, is that people enjoy sharing their failures with others. “Bragging” about how we just can’t resist our favorite temptations can foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie among the not-so-resolved. But the old therapist’s mantra rings true for resolutions, too: You don’t change unless you really want to.

Tip #2: Keep your new promise to yourself (and to your body) for an entire month, without exceptionpinky promiseJeff Arris via Wiki Commons

Many of the habitual actions we do every day require very little thinking: driving a car, washing our hands, typing on a keyboard, or picking which route to take to school or to work in the morning are all tasks that become largely second-nature over time, requiring less and less of our conscious mind. The brain and body learn from these everyday habits and start anticipating how to act.

That’s why it’s important to stay consistent with a new regime. 

“You don’t wanna make promises that you don’t keep to your body and your mind,” Bargh said.  

Research suggests it can take as little as 18 days or as long as 254 to pick up a new routine, depending on what you’re trying to do, but Bargh says a month is a good measuring stick for trying on a new resolution. If you try something out for the first 31 days of the year and you don’t like the change, you can decide to forgo it in February, but give the idea a fighting chance, first, with a month of solid, uninterrupted effort.  

Tip #3: Replace the bad with the goodalcohol drink boozeHeath Cajandig/Flickr

You know that little kid who needs to be distracted with a shiny object to stop crying? Well, your body and mind are a lot like that kid when they’re trying to form new habits and move into new patterns. We typically need to replace an old, stale behavior with a new one.

Bargh successfully mastered this trick once himself when he decided he wanted to quit drinking. Instead of coming home and sipping on an alcoholic beverage, he scoured his home of all alcoholic indulgences and instead started sucking on sugary Tootsie Pops anytime he had a fresh urge for a tipple. It gave his mouth something positive, fun and new to do. He even made a little game out of the new habit: wadding up his lollipop wrappers and tossing them to the cat to bat around like some kind of feline Derek Jeter.

Whether you’re interested in finally giving an old New Year’s resolution a real go this year, or you’re just ready for something new, Bargh says initiating change is always tough. So, his final piece of advice is a simple one: If you are going to resolve to do something new, “do it for yourself,” he says. 

Otherwise, it’s probably not a change worth fighting for in the first place.

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Apple announces $29 battery replacements starting today


It’s been a rough month for Apple.

The company has been embroiled in a controversy stemming from its decision to purposely slow down older iPhones to increase battery performance. Apple issued an apology to its customers for the miscommunication, and it also promised to replace affected batteries starting in late January.

Now, Apple is going a step further by making discounted battery replacements available immediately.

Starting today, Apple is lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements from $79 to $29. The company had promised this deal when it first issued its apology on Friday, but the company just updated its website to remove mention of the “late-January” start date for the program. Read more…

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27 reasons 2018 might not totally suck (pop culture edition)


At the end of 2016, we naively hoped 2017 would be better. Instead, 2017 turned out to be so bad that we’re basically dreading 2018. Because if there’s one thing we learned this year, it’s that no matter how awful things get, they can still get worse. 

And yet. 

The other big lesson we got this year was that even at the worst of times, there’s always gonna be stuff to love, and still more stuff to look forward to loving. 

So, sure, 2018 is probably gonna suck. But it won’t be all bad, and we know that because there are at least 27 things we expect to be freakin’ awesome over the next 12 months. Read more…

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