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5 Apps for Making Money

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Imagine if every time you reached for your phone, you could earn yourself a few extra bucks. Sounds pretty good, right? Really, everytime you turn around people are interested in making money online or other.
We thought so, too. Below, we’re highlighting five buzzed-about apps that promise to make you some cold, hard cash this summer.

But wait, there’s more! We also road-tested ’em, that way you know which ones are worth your time. Whether you’re standing in line at the grocery store or absentmindedly watching TV, these apps want to fatten up your wallet (and help you lock down that gorgeous, perfect-for-wedding-season dress you’ve been eyeing up all season!).

CoSign

Platforms: iOS and Android

How it works: This app basically pays you for posting selfies. All you have to do is tag the brands you’re wearing, and if anyone clicks through to buy the products, you get a cut of the profit. Tag anything people can buy—makeup, jewelry, cute office products in the background—to up your chances of getting a hefty paycheck.

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Money-making ability: This app works best if you have a sizable social media following—or are an expert hashtagger. Your cut of the profit will vary by brand, but users get paid every time they reach $40.

User experience: CoSign is super-easy to use and it’s beautifully designed, contrary to a majority of money-making apps that look clunky and outdated.

Viggle

Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows

How it works: The makers behind this app want to learn more about people’s media-consumption habits—and they’re willing to pay their users for intel. Users generate points by checking in when they’re watching something on TV and can earn even more points by engaging in “Viggle Live” discussions. With music, users generate points by identifying a song being played through the Viggle Music feature. You can also get points by “checking in” whenever you play music on your phone.

Making-Money ability: Viggle pays users in gift cards and prizes—not actual cash—but the prizes are pretty sweet. Some gift cards are for places you’d likely be spending your money anyway, like Starbucks and iTunes. Or, you can save your points and try to rack up big ticket prizes, like a cruise.

User experience: Raking up enough points to score the desirable prizes takes a lot of commitment, so using the app just once in a while really isn’t worth it. But if you get into it and actually enjoy the “Viggle Live” discussions and connecting with other users, it could be an easy way for you to earn some sweet rewards.

 

Ronald Moon Jr. Man Beaten for Defending Cincinnati Community Center

Ronald Moon, Jr. Got Beaten Up For Trying To Make A Community Center In His Cincinnati Neighborhood, But The Internet Rallies To His Support

Ronald Moon, Jr. wanted to do something positive for his Cincinnati neighborhood by turning an old family home into a community center, but instead the house kept getting burglarized.

This week Moon happened upon the people responsible for breaking into the 1853 Kinney Avenue Community Center, three men and two women who beat him so badly he was left bloodied and bruised.

Frustrated, Moon decided to make a video to vent his frustrations and talk about his desire to simply do something positive for the neighborhood.

But Moon decided to do something else. He also started a GoFundMe page to help build the community center.

The internet has heard his cry and the uplifting story went viral. Within hours of being posted to YouTube the video went viral, racking up tens of thousands of views. It was also posted to Reddit, where thousands more upvoted and commented.

The GoFundMe campaign has also blown up. In just six hours, it has raised more than $15,000, with the total increasing by thousands of dollars each hour.

On the page, Ronald Moon, Jr. wrote about his dreams for the center, which is in an impoverished area of the city.

“The goal I have is to offer this place as a space where ideas, skills, and resources can be shared among this neighborhood and with surrounding neighborhoods in Cincinnati.

Credits: Inquisitr

50 Cent “Power” “Tricked” Viewers

50 Cent can’t dodge the constant comparisons between his Starz series Power and Fox’s hit show Empire.

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50 Cent can’t dodge the constant comparisons between his Starz series Power and Fox’s hit show Empire.

Probably, because he initiated them.

At an intimate roundtable regarding Power’s second season, held at the Park Hyatt hotel in New York City, the first question a reporter asks 50 and Power creator, Courtney Kemp Agboh, has to do with Empire.

The familiar inquiry is acknowledged with a grin from 50 and an eye-roll from Kemp.

“I started those comparisons by pointing out that they copied the marketing,” 50 responds. “That’s a part of me implementing things that I’ve done in the past in music culture. And what it is, is also attaching myself to their market…This same table couldn’t talk to people from Empire and not ask about Power, you know? It’s really just putting them both together on that note.  Our show is a lot more grittier, and it has the special touch of Courtney Kemp.”

Kemp calls the comparison questions “cosmetic.”

“I actually feel kind of sad when we bring it up ourselves,” she says. “You know, I expect that kind of, sometimes, because people say, ‘Well the shows with black leads.’ Yeah, but are you watching the shows? Or are you just asking the question to ask me the question?”

Both Kemp and 50 appear to be more receptive when HipHopDX asks about 50’s increased on-screen presence in the forthcoming season.

Despite appearing in just three episodes thus far, 50’s character, Kanan, plays a pivotal role in the show’s storyline. Power writers left viewers with a jarring cliffhanger at the end of season one: Kanan is freed from jail and Ghost (portrayed by Omari Hardwick) is almost killed inside of his nightclub.

“This is a tremendous actor,” Kemp says of 50 Cent to HHDX. “I think this season people are going to see his talent as an actor in a completely different way. He’s in most of the episodes this season. He’s in eight of the 10, so it’s like a lot of story that is being carried by Kanan.

“The first season we were very strategic about Kanan, because people were seeing 50,” Kemp continues. “In the second season, what we are hoping is that people stop thinking, ‘Look at 50.’”

“And we accomplished something that is very difficult,” 50 interjects. “It’s convincing the audience that the lead is going to die. I’m coming out and they are going, ‘Oh it’s his show. This mother-fucker done tricked us. He waited the whole time to get us at the end to say it’s his and now next season it’s all him and Ghost is dead now. Damn.

“It’s important to make [it] as dangerous as the lifestyle,” he adds.

As for the musical component to the series, 50 tells HHDX that fans can look forward to new songs for the show. He also hints that his sixth studio album, Street King Immortal, “will be out” before the next season ends and it should suffice as the soundtrack.

“Myself and Rotimi, one of the talents that you will meet in Season 2, we got a song called ‘Lotto,'” he says. “And I’m releasing my solo album, S.K.I., the material is starting to come out.”

Power is scheduled to begin airing its second season Saturday, June 6 on Starz.

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Credits: HipHop DX  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