Instagram is still clobbering Snapchat, and it’s worse than we thought


Instagram Stories is still eating Snapchat alive, and we have fresh data to prove it. 

Instagram’s Stories now have 250 million daily active users, up from 200 million in April, according to the company. At the same time, engagement with Snapchat Stories declined 50 percent in June compared with the same time last year, according to new numbers from social analytics company Delmondo.

“We saw a decline of 50 percent in average unique viewers per story from June 2016 to June 2017,” says Delmondo CEO Nick Cicero, who looked at engagement across 50,000 Snapchat Stories from brands, publishers, and other influencers.  Read more…

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This video of a man polishing a rusty knife honestly deserves to rule the internet


The #1 video on YouTube right now is “Polishing a Rusty Knife,” uploaded by Japanese YouTuber Jun on Monday. I’ll cut right to it — this is a great video, and it deserves this honor. 

First of all, the narrative arc here is extremely satisfying. As Jun explains, he purchased the rusty knife for $3 — far more than it was worth in its dilapidated condition. So, to get the best of the dude who ripped him off, he painstakingly buffs and sharpens it to perfection. It’s a beautiful revenge story! Wow.

But the wonders don’t stop there. After Jun finishes polishing the knife, he demonstrates its newfound powers by finely chopping a bunch of vegetables — and he’s clearly an expert in the kitchen. Now we have two satisfying videos in one! Wow. Read more…

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Significant Digits For Tuesday, June 20, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 6 Number of American films that have made more money in China than they did in the domestic market in 2017. In four of the six cases, Chinese investors bought a stake in the film in exchange for distribution help. [The […]


Ways To Guarantee Your Retirement and Plan For It Efficiently

Lock in all Aspects of Your Retirement You’ve been working so hard, earning your own money and hopefully setting some aside in savings. But imagine the situation that paycheck ceases from one day to the next, the day you retire in the far-off future. Now’s the time to start contemplating and organising how you’ll fund your retirement years. With some forethought, it’s easy to set up structures that will see some other forms of income flowing in after your working life is over. The most important thing is to plan now so that retirement can be a time of leisure and contentedness, rather than a stressful period dominated by financial worries. Lock in Income during your Retirement Some ways that you can guarantee an income flow during your retirement include pensions, social security insurance, reverse mortgages and longevity insurance. Organisations often provide pensions as employee incentives that kick in after retirement. A real-life scenario is when an employee is granted a percentage of his or her contributions during his or her working life. These benefits increase the longer the employee stays with the company. Social security insurance is usually provided by the government of an organisation’s home country. To qualify, […]

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Tiger Woods tweets he’s getting ‘professional help’ for pain meds after DUI


When Tiger Woods was arrested on DUI charges in late May, he blamed “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” 

Now he says via Twitter that he’s getting “professional help” managing those medications. 

Woods tweeted the short statement Monday night, three weeks after his arrest. 


— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 19, 2017

The golf legend was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle in the wee hours of May 29 in Jupiter, Florida, where he owns a home. 

Later that afternoon, he released a statement blaming the episode on an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” Woods said he “didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.” Read more…

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Tim Cook’s barf face at Trump’s big tech meeting says it all


Damn, Tim. You’re not looking so hot. 

Maybe, and I’m not a doctor, but could it be because you were forced to pay homage to The Great Orange One at the inaugural June 19 meeting of Trump’s American Technology Council?

Or possibly, and I’m just spitballing here, you look like you just swallowed a first-generation iPhone simply because you had to sit quietly and listen to the president boast about his great and many successes? 

While we can’t be sure what kept your frown pointed down, some more photos might help us, the American people, get to the bottom of this great mystery.  Read more…

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I can’t be basic on Instagram anymore and it’s all because of Stories


Our Instagram Stories are awash with snapshots of our everyday lives. But, now that there’s a hidden trove reserved for our most private — and dare-I-say basic — snaps. Instagram’s already-very-high bar for posts has crept to a scary new height. 

Recently, somewhere between posting photos of chilled glasses of rosé and intricate latte art on my Story, I noticed a drastic shift in the way I was using the app. So drastic that I’m frozen by self-doubt when I go to post anything on my main grid. 

A few weeks ago, I did something I’ve been doing for years: I uploaded a photo to Instagram. That sunny evening, I casually posted a snap of my garden on my Story complete with a “lit” sticker. But, when I went to share a similar photo on my main feed, I hesitated for a moment. “Is this really Insta-worthy?” I asked myself. My finger hovered nervously over the “Share” button. I hit the button and instantly regretted it. I worried that the photo wasn’t good enough, that it was too basic. I opened and closed the app five times before eventually opting to delete the photo entirely.  Read more…

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Netflix explores dating as an autistic teen with ‘Atypical’


It’s tough to fit in as a teen, but that’s the goal of Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist) on Atypical, an upcoming comedy about an autistic teen and his family.

In the teaser, Sam reveals that his goals for adolescence overlap significantly with a lot of other teens. He’s decided to date, and though it concerns his mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh), he’s ready to take the plunge.

Gilchrist never experienced growing up with autism, but told USA Today that he was struck by Sam’s honesty as a character who often speaks without inhibition. Series creator Robia Rashid  said in the same article that she consulted with at least one academic professional with experience in autism research and treatment, a standard practice for shows seeking to do the subject justice.  Read more…

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Significant Digits For Monday, June 19, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 6 Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned Friday, saying they could not be effective under a “president who simply does not care.” [The Verge] 40 percent Norway is a paradox: It’s looking to cut its carbon emissions […]


Free Courses and Training Funds: The Ultimate Guide

If you haven’t taken a course since you graduated from school, it is like exercising. The hardest part is putting on your shoes and going out the door. But since you can get free courses already (and online too!), there’s no excuse to not upgrade yourself. Here is our ultimate guide to free professional courses, and also training funds you can use to offset paid courses. Source: parttimejobssingapore Free Courses There are many free courses you can sign up for online on: Udemy (over 45,000 courses from IT development, to music and design) Coursera (taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions) Udacity (for coding, there are short videos and quizzes, no more long boring lectures hurray!) LinkedIn Learning (free trial for a month and your newly-acquired skills are updated directly to your LinkedIn profile) Khan Academy (courses from kindergarten all the way to adult learning, with partnerships with institutions like NASA and MIT) EdX (founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012 with 90 global partners including the world’s leading universities, nonprofits, and institutions) LessonsGoWhere (mostly for recreational courses although there are some WSQ courses inside) Paid Courses If you want to scale up from free courses, the […]

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Iza Calzado, Kris Aquino, and Heart Evangelista Write Touching Posts for Their Dads

For Father’s Day, we saw Janno Gibbs and Chi Gibbs play “What in My Mouth,” as well as various baby photos from celebrities and influencers. Now, let’s look at how other local personalities celebrated the occasion with their dads. Andi Manzano-Reyes, GP Reyes, and baby Olivia ate at a buffet in Bellevue Hotel. Olivia even enjoyed […]

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LeBron’s Father’s Day message is all about loving and dunking on his son


LeBron James may have just lost the NBA Finals, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying Father’s Day in the best way possible — by celebrating one of his sons. 

Posting a well-edited video on Instagram on Sunday, James showed off the lavish celebration held for his son’s 10th birthday on Saturday.  

Aside from the telltale signs of a rich kid’s party (there were personalized football and soccer fields with his son’s name on them) we also get to see James dunking on his son’s friends and even chasing them around with water balloons.  Read more…

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