A wild Pikachu appears. Photo by Sadie Hernandez.

Back to school shopping guide: Cheap smartphones that work with Pokemon Go

A wild Pikachu appears. Photo by Sadie Hernandez.

Pokemon Go has taken the entire world by storm, making catching of colorful cartoon monsters the first augmented reality mass phenomenon. So, playful people of all ages are asking themselves how they can get their hands on a smartphone compatible with Pokemon Go for as little money as possible.

Incidentally, the Pokemon craze coincides with this year’s back to school season. This means that a bunch of fairly young kids may ask for smartphones just to keep up with everyone’s favorite pastime. Whether Pokémon go itself justifies buying children smartphones is a separate issue, and it’s hard to blame teachers and schools for trying out policies like handing in phones during school hours.

But what we do know for sure is that smartphones are becoming essential tools, both for acquiring knowledge and social contacts. So, let’s have a look at some cheap, good smartphones and how well they run Pokémon.

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10 years on: The best YouTube channels you can watch today

Watching video on the Internet used to be terrible (remember RealPlayer?). But then YouTube came along in 2005 and was quickly gobbled up by Google in 2006. As of now, ten years on, YouTube has become part of a sort of backbone of the Internet. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not just for cat videos.

Some of YouTube’s early existence was plagued with controversy over its use as the place to go for random uploads of Other People’s Content. But the site is obviously focused on being a publishing platform for anyone. Today we want to honor some of the most interesting, hard working video producers out there.

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16 simple life hacks to help you win in 2016

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The New Year gives us all an opportunity to live life in a new way. For example, many of us get stressed dealing with people. Luckily, there are tons of simple yet creative life tips, which show you how to handle life like a champ! To help you win in 2016, we’ve rounded up 16 psychological life hacks that are used by successful people everywhere.

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The 15 laws of literary life every writer should know

15 laws of literary life every writer should know

If you’re not a writer, you probably have a certain perception of literary life. Take Hollywood. It just loves to portray the drink and drug addled escapades of wild writers like Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson and Truman Capote. Sadly, or happily, depending upon your liver, the truth is a little more mundane. Here’s 15 universal truths, which I’ve unearthed from half a dozen years’ banging at keys and gazing at a flickering cursor.
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25 TED Talks that will immediately change how you see the world

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Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” If this sounds like a philosophy you can relate to, then you’ll love TED talks. These informational 17 minute presentations are given at annual conferences by some of the world’s greatest thinkers.

Their aim is simple: To inspire ideas and change attitudes around the world. As of April 2014, there were over 1,700 of these incredible talks available free online to choose from. Sadly, listening to them all would take 20 days solid. Happily, you don’t have to because we’ve picked the most life changing for you. Listen and learn and enjoy.

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25 little things you can do to make your partner love you even more

1. Write a short letter to them listing the reasons you love them and post it to them at work.

2. Throw a towel in the dryer while they’re in the shower and give it to them just as they get out.

3. On cold nights, got to bed a few minutes earlier than them and lay on their side of the bed. When they crawl in, move over leaving their side toasty-warm.

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7 great American writers on writing

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Ernest Hemingway once said “All American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” As much as we love our Ernest, we beg to differ. It’s not just the amazing books Americans have written, which cause us to contradict Papa’s viewpoint. It’s the words of wisdom these masters have shared about their craft.

John Steinbeck

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