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Bruce Jenner’s Amazing Reveal in Vanity Fair

Bruce Jenner’s Amazing Reveal in Vanity Fair

Now, I am just as fair as the next person. However, I’m thinking to myself this is ‘BREAKING NEWS’. Without going to deep, (because there isn’t a sea full of dysfunction surrounding this one) . I will give credit where credit is due. You have to admit, this takes a lot of Balls! (Whoops, that slipped).

I can’t even begin to imagine my life as someone other than myself. But, I also couldn’t imagine keeping this hidden from everyone I know, love, hate or trust on the planet. That’s got to be seriously tasking.  It is a remarkable thing to live life FREE of hiding, secrets, uncertainties, pain, embarrassments, and the list could seriously go on here, ..but, I think you all get it.

Aalbeit said, we’re really having a What The Hell moment!

Nonetheless, without further ado…Meet Caitlyn Jenner.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, who first confirmed just last month that she is transitioning into a woman, has landed a cover of Vanity Fair, which Annie Leibovitz shot.

Jenner is also profiled in the magazine, her first print interview and photo shoot since going public.

When talking back in January to daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, as well as to stepdaughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian, about the changes she had already made and was still planning on making, Caitlyn said at the time that she didn’t have any date scheduled to undergo gender-reassignment surgery.

But when Kourtney asked if he would just have to “pick a day” to start living the rest of his life as the woman he’s always felt himself to be, Caitlyn replied, “I think that [living as a man] would be hard after you do enough stuff, it gets harder and harder to play the other side.”

WATCH: Bruce Jenner admits to stealing Kim Kardashian’s clothes

Kim Kardashian revealed to Access Hollywood earlier this month that she had “just recently met her” and that it was an “amazing” experience. “She looked beautiful.”

“She was dressed up: beautiful makeup, beautiful hair,” Kim said, calling Caitlyn “very, very beautiful.” Seeing Caitlyn as a woman “felt really natural,” she added.

Viewers witnessed Caitlyn breaking the news to each of her children individually on a two-part Keeping Up With the Kardashians special that aired in May.

“Everyone in the family has such a different emotion,” said Kim. “We all get back to acceptance and everyone supports him, but it’s OK to have every emotion. There is this sense of death that people around feel, and he understands that, but he’s not going anywhere. Sometimes [Kendall] and [Kylie] get emotional over that and feel like their dad’s gone, but they understand that they’ve gained someone else that is the same person, although a little bit different.”

According to Kim, “It’s just a new chapter.”

Credits: Access Hollywood  Posted: Mylan Roland

Forget Your Password?

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Did you forget your password? Well, according to Google the time is coming where you will forget your password. As in, not required. Just when you thought you were already living in the digital age. Google gets us one step closer.

Imagine a phone or computer that doesn’t need a password to gain access? The device is so sophisticated, it knows you better than you think. I dont know about you, but that feels like a time travel into the future. Feels like one click away from microchips.

Here’s what the folks.at Google have been cooking up.

Smart Lock Passwords is cool, but Google Project Abacus puts us closer to a password-free world

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group has been on a tear at I/O these past two days, demoing lots of new and interesting innovations that may one day hit production and make all of our lives much, much better. One of such projects is Project Abacus, which is seeking to all but eliminate the use of passwords for authentication.

Put simply, our smartphones can collect a lot of information about how we go about our day – how fast we walk, how well we type using our phone’s keyboard, how we talk – and the ATAP group thinks that using this data for authentication is 10x safer than fingerprints, and 100x safer than 4 digit PIN codes. They think that because, well, they’ve gathered lots of data on it – the company has been running trials of Project Abacus since last year in partnership with 33 universities and in total has collected 40 terabytes of data across 28 different states. They did not, however, say how much more secure they are than old-fashioned email and password combinations.

While Abacus runs in the background on your phone and collects data about you, it is constantly calculating a trust score that is basically a score of how confident it is that you are who you say you are, the owner of the phone. When you launch an app, take Netflix, if Abacus can successfully verify your identity, you’ll be logged in automatically. If it is unable to get a high trust score for you, Abacus will revert back to asking for a password. ATAP also says that different apps could theoretically require different trust scores – a banking app would most certainly want a higher trust score than that of a game.

Project Abacus doesn’t totally eliminate passwords but it’s one step closer, and makes total elimination of them a logical conclusion. And anything that will further mitigate the risk of intruders accessing my digital life is fine by me. When the world is putting this much energy into obfuscating away old-fashioned passwords (don’t forget Smart Lock Passwords) you know their time is up. A world that runs on these highly secure trust scores is on the horizon, I can feel it.

Posted: Mylan Roland

7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Productivity

7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Productivity self-sabotage

When I came across this article, I was drawn to it because seven (7) sounded doable. You may be laughing, but I’m so serious! As we get older and continuously moving towards being established our time has to make sense. Hopefully, you will find the core value of different ways “we” hold ourselves back.

For many of us, productivity is the most important working quality we can actively improve. Being more productive means you’ll get more work done. For the young professional, that means being more likely to get a raise and earn a promotion. For the emerging entrepreneur, that means driving more growth for the business. For the busy salesperson, that means hitting goals early and having more time to spend with family.

There’s a misconception that in order to be more productive, you just have to work harder. You have to bury yourself in your work, work longer hours, and take fewer breaks–but this can actually be counterproductive. The truth is, most of us have long-term habits that are ruining our chances at improving our productivity, and these are some of the most common:

1. Making the Internet Available. It’s a sad fact that yes, there are some tasks that will require you to use the Internet. However, making the Internet openly available for your perusal is a productivity death trap we’ve all fallen into more than once. You open a tab to access your online accounting software, but decide to open another tab and check on Facebook. You do some research on your next proposal and end up doing a bit of research on what to eat for dinner tonight. These little wanderings don’t take much time in the moment, but added up throughout the day, they can accumulate to rob you of an hour or more. Your best bet is to disconnect the Internet entirely, but a safe alternative is restricting your own access either by avoiding certain sites or only allowing access during specific periods of the day.

2. Opening the Communication Floodgates. If you’re like most workers, you have at least three or four communication channels to pay attention to, including your phone, your email, and an instant messenger program. Leaving all these on, or checking them near-constantly, is ruining your productivity. It might seem like checking your email every 15 minutes helps you “stay on top of things,” but in reality, it breaks your focus and occupies time that could be better spent actively working on something. To remedy this, designate specific “communication periods” throughout the day where you catch up on emails and messages, and turn off notifications during all other times.

3. Attending Too Many Meetings. Meetings are team-based productivity killers. They bring too many people in for a conversation that takes too long, ends up getting nowhere, and probably wasn’t even necessary in the first place. If you’re the one calling the meetings, just stop. Carefully evaluate whether or not the meeting is absolutely necessary, and try to keep their lengths to a minimum. If you’re being invited to too many meetings, have honest conversations about the appropriateness of your inclusion. Ask critical questions about the nature of each meeting, and request an agenda if they really are necessary for you to attend so they can stay on track.

4. Working Through Breaks. Working through your breaks is a short-term and frankly, short-sighted solution to improve productivity. Spending an extra half-hour working through your lunch instead of taking a walk away from your computer does get you an extra half-hour of work done, but it also robs you of the opportunity to decompress and reevaluate your to-do list. Spending that half-hour relaxing can actually make the second half of your day far more productive, more than making up for the paltry amount of time you spent away from your desk.

5. Forgetting to Set Priorities. It’s easy to get swept up in a whirlwind of tasks and responsibilities. You respond to an email, jump to a co-worker’s desk, take a phone call, and then jump into a task you just thought of. Before you know it, the day is over and you still haven’t touched your “important” work. Setting and organizing priorities properly, far in advance, can help you resolve this problem. With a clear priority system, you can successfully determine which tasks truly demand your attention–and which ones can be ignored for now.

6. Refusing to Try a New System. Many of us sabotage our own productivity potential simply because we’re so deeply ingrained in a system we’ve relied on for years. You have a set routine, a set system, and you’re afraid to change it because it’s worked alright up until now. If you want to truly maximize your productivity, you’ll have to experiment with new processes, new routines, and small tweaks that may or may not work out for the better. Eventually, you will find better systems that allow you to be more productive.

7. Failing to Learn From Your Mistakes. If you try a certain approach for a certain task and it results in you spending three hours accomplishing a relatively simple goal, it makes sense that you should try a different approach the next time the task arises. All too often, we fail to learn from mistakes that cost us precious time, and we become doomed to repeat those mistakes ad infinitum.

If you find yourself committing one or more of these acts of sabotage, take comfort in the fact that you aren’t alone. These seven productivity plagues are all too common in modern work culture, and they can manifest without you ever noticing. However, now that you know their effects, you can take proactive measures to eliminate their influence from your working life.

Credits: Business Insider  Post: Mylan Roland