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5 apps that can turn you into a productivity Jedi

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This app is packed with simple, situation-specific meditation exercises, including new daily programs and inspiring life lessons to help put it all in perspective. But speed reading is also linked to greater success in work and education, so a training suite like The Award-Winning Speed Reading Bundle could make a big impact on your productivity. It includes 7 Speed Reading X--a program that helps you read it up to 3.5x faster via seven key learning strategies--as well as Spreeder CX--an e-reader that utilizes Rapid Serial Visual Presentation to get you through your reading list in no time. Buy now: $19.99, formerly $49.99 While most spell check utilities make it feel like a robot is editing your work, Grammarly is the writing app built by linguists and language lovers (human ones).


How to Pick the Amazon Echo That's Right for You

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If you've been contemplating purchasing one of Amazon's voice-enabled Echo smart speakers, now is a particularly good time to pull the trigger. The standard model will cost $89.99 Amazon's portable Tap speaker will be selling for $79.90, a $50 markdown. Here's a brief look at how they compare: Who it's for: Shoppers looking for a decent living room speaker with smart speaker capabilities Amazon's standard Echo is ideal for those who want a smart device that can double as a speaker for playing music. The Show supports free video calling between other Echo owners and anyone with the Alexa app installed on their phone.


5 picks for upgrading your car without buying a new one

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The ubiquitous, transparent glass heads-up displays used in numerous sci-fi movies have yet to catch on in the real world, but perhaps that's about to change thanks to HUDWAY Glass. Buy now: $22.95, formerly $29.95 In the event of an auto emergency, panic can make it hard to think clearly, let alone remember where you stashed your window breaker or seat belt cutter. The Ztylus Stinger Car Charger and Emergency Tool makes those life-saving items instantly accessible by merging them with an accessory that's always close by when you're behind the wheel. In addition to dual-port USB charging, it features a spring-loaded window punch and a seat belt cutter that is tested to cut through a 5,000 lb.


The 16 best gifts for college graduates of 2017

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Rent the Runway's unlimited subscription lets you rent three designer pieces at a time with free shipping, dry cleaning, and insurance. Buy now: Kate Spade "Let's Do Lunch" Business Card Holder, $19, Amazon Coffee is essential to getting through the work day, but it can get pretty expensive going to Starbucks every day (believe me, you don't want to know how much money I've spent at coffee shops in the last month never mind the last seven years since I graduated). Instead of letting a recent grad buy a bunch of small kitchen appliances for their new home, give them a device that does it all. If you don't want to splurge on fancy pearls or a diamond necklace, this popular Kate Spade initial necklace is a great pick.


13 incredibly useful tricks you can do with an Amazon Echo

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If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives. Alright, so you got yourself an Alexa-enabled device--an Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap. I'm sure you've already spent plenty of time fooling around and getting to know your new smart assistant, but there's a crazy amount of possibilities you might not have even known about. Keep reading to discover my list of the strangest, most useful, and all-around best things you can do with Alexa.


The 6 Best Black Friday Camera Deals

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These are the best Black Friday camera deals we've seen so far. This is a great starter DSLR for anyone looking to go beyond shooting on their smartphone. The two included lenses cover everything from wide-angle to telephoto, enabling you to experiment with lots of different styles. If you think you'd prefer Nikon (or if someone you know has Nikon lenses you can borrow), here's another great entry-level DSLR. Don't worry about it being refurbished -- camera makers ensure the refurb gear they sell is up to snuff, making it a great way to save some money.