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Hopefully today doesn’t have you feeling like this guy. Here are a few tips to get you pumped up and productive this week:
Free your mind and your apps will follow: this week’s (best) free Android and iPhone apps
The quiet power of silencing your phone
Why treating life like an experiment will help you make faster decisions
[Image: Flickr user Aftab Uzzaman]

Hopefully today doesn’t have you feeling like this guy. Here are a few tips to get you pumped up and productive this week:

[Image: Flickr user Aftab Uzzaman]

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
BMW has unveiled its i3 electric car, designed specifically for city drivers.
Here’s a guide to the hashtags that fast food workers are using to promote and support their nationwide strike. 
Bitcoins are now illegal in Thailand.
The announcement that the Moscow metro system will be rigged with cellphone tracking tech to ‘prevent theft’ is raising privacy concerns. 
Rumor has it users will be able to unlock the new iPhone using a fingerprint sensor. Cool!
Does your iPhone need a composer? If so, this young musician has just release an album of ringtones and alarms that will make your calls a little less irritating.
Would you let the Veebot robot take your blood?
More efficient see-through solar cells may turn your phone’s screen into a power source.
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Does your iPhone need a composer? If so, this young musician has just release an album of ringtones and alarms that will make your calls a little less irritating.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
TGIF! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
Uber-rapper Sean Carter has changed his name from Jay-Z to Jay Z. Maybe it’s just too hot for hyphens?
Here’s why the new photos of alleged Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarneav, might do more harm than good.
What’s in secret Aaron Swartz that has MIT doesn’t want us to see?
Are knockoff iPhone chargers electrocuting people?  
Journalists and non-profits rejoice, making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests is about to get easier thanks to the FOIA machine, which has been dubbed the 'TurboTax for government records.'
Apple’s purchase of Canadian navigation start up Locationary is evidence that it is serious about its mapping services. 
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

TGIF! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Here’s why the new photos of alleged Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarneav, might do more harm than good.
  • Journalists and non-profits rejoice, making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests is about to get easier thanks to the FOIA machine, which has been dubbed the 'TurboTax for government records.'

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Happy Hump Day Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
An app called Cat Academy will teach spanish and other languages through pictures of cute cats. Me(ow) gusta! 
Analysts say that the U.S. retail safety plan for Bangladesh factories is weak, especially in comparison to its European equivalent.
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano was forced to abandon his spacewalk after a suit malfunction that filled his helmet with water. Scary! 
The Google Glass team considered 'pew pew pew' and 'go go glass' before they went with its trigger term, ‘Ok glass.’
Airbnb is slowing international hiring and reorganizing in an attempt to prevent startup burnout. 
As we reported earlier today, Tumblr has fixed a bug in its iOS app and recommends that users change their passwords.
Jay-Z’s new album set a record on Spotify with 14-million whole album streams.
Watch out Apple! Google just released its iOS Maps 2.0 update. 
Fresh Apple rumors are milling. A new iPhone with features like a finger print reader and lighter, plastic components may be in the works.
Thanks to a team that lugged a trolley camera around the Parisian landmark, Google Street View users are getting a view from the Eiffel Tower.
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Happy Hump Day Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • An app called Cat Academy will teach spanish and other languages through pictures of cute cats. Me(ow) gusta! 

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
TGIF! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
A lead Google Glass developer is working on wearable tech for dogs that would let them communicate more easily with their handlers.
Meet the 6-foot tall humanoid robot that may just save your life someday.
Edward Snowden has requested a meeting with human rights representatives at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
The NSA has been monitoring Skype calls since July of 2012. 
The tin in your iPhone might be wrecking the environment. 
UK researchers are testing a 'penetrator' spacecraft that is designed to search for life on Jupiter's moon. It would travel at about 760 mph, close to the speed of sound.
Today’s most creative person is Alex Maccaw, the creator of Monacle, a place where techies can share ideas and constructive criticism without having to deal with snarky, useless feedback.
Lady Gaga has revealed more details of her upcoming ARTPOP project. The”musical and visual engineering system” is set to launch in November.
Music discovery service Shazam has compiled a list of the top ten most misheard lyrics in pop. And they’re pretty funny.
The Gagnam Style artist Psy has joined the ranks of Justin Beiber and Rihanna with three billion YouTube views. 
Have a good one!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

TGIF! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Today’s most creative person is Alex Maccaw, the creator of Monacle, a place where techies can share ideas and constructive criticism without having to deal with snarky, useless feedback.

Have a good one!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Hi Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
Rejoice! Google has brought back the ability to make calls from Gmail. 
BlackBerryhas lost its battle with Indian authorities, who have been demanding that it let them spy on users in order to protect the state and prevent terrorism.
Apple has been found guilty of conspiring with five major book publishers to artificially raise e-book prices. 
Today’s Most Innovative Company is NASA, which is planning to send a new rover to Mars in 2020.
Today’s Most Creative People are the students behind NASA’s awesome Grover rover. 
A code found buried in the iOS 7 beta is a clue that the new iPhone may have a slow motion camera.
A new, more accurate clock that uses lasers to help tell time may change our definition of the second.
Ever trekked all the way to a cafe just to find out that their Wi-fi is lousy? Now you can avoid that inconvenience using the SeedSpot app, which lets you test the Wi-Fi networks in your area.
Google just cleaned up the Android Maps app, giving it a sleeker, more useable design.
Hackers are taking advantage of Microsoft’s security flaw, which was announced earlier this year by a Google employee. 
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Hi Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • BlackBerryhas lost its battle with Indian authorities, who have been demanding that it let them spy on users in order to protect the state and prevent terrorism.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

[Image: flattop341]

It was like, oh my god, I can be so much more productive if I actually let my brain have a little downtime. When I get up in the morning I’m very sharp now. I can do things much faster. I’m much more focused. I feel much fresher. I feel like I used to feel before the Internet was popular.

-Kord Campbell, who recently participated in a digital detox hosted by Camp Grounded. We’ve collected stories from people who regularly unplug from their devices.

Here are the lessons they’re learning.