When a leaked image of the rumored Galaxy S10E in Canary Yellow appeared online, the internet went bananas.Every sales figure and expert tells us that color is the last thing on your mind when you're getting ready to buy -- you care much more about the camera, battery and screen."Color has always been a very important visual element," said Barbara Khan, professor of marketing at The Wharton School."Color gives us joy in our lives," said Isabelle Olsson, who helped lead the team that designed the Pixel 3 in Not-Pink.Apple is a good example of this philosophy.The one exception: the special-edition red iPhone, born of a partnership with the nonprofit Product RED charity.
It's the camera quality, battery and screen size that pull you toward the upcoming Galaxy S10, iPhone XS or Google Pixel 3 when you're ready to buy.Why else would buyers fall over themselves to buy the gold iPhone 5S in 2013?If black was good enough, why would we go bananas over a leaked image of the Galaxy S10E in Canary Yellow, or the OnePlus 6T in Thunder Purple?"Color has always been a very important visual element," said Barbara Khan, professor of marketing at The Wharton School."Color gives us joy in our lives," said Isabelle Olsson, who heads up a piece of Google's product design team.The one exception: the special-edition red iPhone, born of a partnership with the nonprofit Product RED charity.
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Marie Kondo and her tidying techniques have been popular for years but she’s recently gained an even bigger audience through Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.All of a sudden, many of us got obsessed with the art of tidying up.We’ve realized that tidying up can be easier if you follow a structure.Don’t just focus on words such as ‘content marketing’ and ‘social media marketing’.“content marketing” → blog, ebooks, newsletters, onboarding content, help guides, podcast“paid social” → Facebook Ads for awareness, LinkedIn ads for lead generation, Twitter Ads for engagement
Thanks to organizing guru Marie Kondo, we are collectively purging our homes of old items that no longer spark joy, and our drawers are looking a little neater for it.We know now that cleaning out our physical spaces is important to our well-being, so shouldn’t our digital spaces go through a little spring cleaning as well?That’s what designer Julius Tarng set out to do with Tokimeki Unfollow, a KonMari-inspired tool for your Twitter feed.Created in Glitch, the open-source app lets you go through each account you follow one by one, showing the most recent tweets from that account and asking you if the tweets still spark joy or feel important to you.You can choose to start from your oldest or newest follows or go in a random order.The app recommends that you don’t look at the account’s bio, so you’re not judging your followers based on who it is, just on the content of their tweets.
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Over the years, you probably politely followed back a few too many Twitter accounts, and now have a timeline filled with all sorts of random tweets from people you can’t even remember following in the first place.A new Twitter tool, Tokimeki Unfollow, may help.Designed by Julius Tarng, previously of Facebook and Branch, “tokimeki” roughly translates to “spark joy.” It’s a nod to Tarng’s source of inspiration for the new tool – Marie Kondo’s hugely popular Netflix show “Tidying Up.” The series, based on the decluttering expert’s own KonMari method of organization, has prompted many to start purging their homes of unwanted and unloved clothing, books, papers, toys, and more in the weeks following the series’ debut.After all, if anything is a source of clutter these days…it’s the build-up of timeline junk thanks to poor following choices in years past.Tokimeki Unfollow is easy to use, though its newfound popularity may have it running a little slow at times, we found.If you opt in, it can save your “keep” and “unfollow” progress secured on the Glitch servers.
I remember being swept up the last time Kondo Fever hit a few years ago, and thanks to her, my dresser drawers are neat, and I swear by folding my clothes into tidy thirds.Surely, I had absorbed everything there was to the KonMari method – my Brooklyn apartment is pretty organised, and unlike most of the people on her show, I know where everything is.Except when I shut off the TV and picked up my phone to tweet that more people needed her than Jesus, I realised that while I had cleaned out my physical spaces a long time ago, my digital clutter was out of control.I had over 150 apps downloaded onto my iPhone 7, all sorted into confusing folders across seven screens.There were seven text messaging apps – LINE for friends in Japan, WhatsApp for the other international friends, KakaoTalk for family in Korea, Signal for my journalist buddies, the default Messages app, Facebook Messenger, and Hangouts for Google.There were a whopping 21 apps for controlling various aspects of the smart home, including eight for robot vacuums I no longer had in my possession.
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If you thought the incredibly low-scoring game of sport taking place during Super Bowl 53 was a bit of a snooze-fest, then you might have hoped the halftime show would save you.While the Patriots and the Rams were locked up at 3 points to 0, many looked to the halftime show like Marie Kondo looks to well-folded linen: They were searching for something to bring them joy.The halftime show lineup was extensive: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi, a potential guest appearance by SpongeBob Squarepants and any special guests as yet unannounced.That's the type of lineup that could save one of the lowest scoring halves in Super Bowl history.It kicked off with Maroon 5, purveyors of radio rock classics like "This Love", "She Will Be Loved" and "What Lovers Do" (among other love-based songs) who led the halftime performance this year.However, there was one yellow, rectangular constant.
Netflix has hit its stride in propelling its original shows and movies into conversation on the internet and social media.At over 139 million paying customers, Netflix has finally reached the scale to be able to instantly drive the pop-culture conversation around its new originals.Tidying-up maven Marie Kondo has been famous for years.You can think about it like "Queer Eye" — another Netflix hit — but for tidying.Kondo helps families get their clutter under control, but it's really about them getting their lives and relationships under control.It's a sweet show and I have enjoyed the handful of episodes I've watched.
It’s about making the most of your friends and your time: cherishing existing friendships, salvaging those that have drifted off course and ending relationships that aren’t adding anything to your life.Simone Bose, counsellor for Relate, the UK’s relationship charity, is one of those who believes Kondo’s approach can be extended to relationships as well as objects.“I have clients who are exhausted and spend four times a week out socialising,” she explains.“If you think about a person and the balance of their life, there are other areas – such as spirituality, time for themselves, good quality relationships with close friends and family – and those areas often get neglected.”Applying the KonMari method to friends isn’t just about asking whether each person “sparks joy” – as with T-shirts, not all friends have to make you beam.Let’s face it: we’re all guilty of letting Whatsapp messages go unanswered or cancelling plans because of a busy work schedule.
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There are loads of online retailers selling affordable boxes and baskets to put your bits and bobs in – from rustic-looking crates to beautifully printed boxes.Simple, yet snazzy – and sure to liven up any dull space.This vintage-esque crate could be used for storing your shoes, DVDs or even books.HHave you ever seen a lovelier-looking basket in your life?A pale pink box with cute copper detailing – and the very first in this guide to come with a lid.Storage boxes set, Dunelm, £8
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While most New Year’s resolutions involve fitness and wellness, finances, and even career goals, one thing many people don’t always consider is their digital life.Let’s face it – most of our lives have “gone digital.” In fact, a quarter of American adults now report that they are online “almost constantly.” Apple’s Screen Time feature and Google’s Digital Wellbeing app are evidence that today’s consumers need ways to monitor their digital activity and even disconnect from it.In the spirit of setting new goals and making positive changes as we start the new year, here are a few easy tips for decluttering (and securing) your digital life in 2019.These accounts probably don’t ‘bring you joy’ like Netflix’s Marie Kondo would say, they do the exact opposite.Unused accounts leave a trail of your personal and/or work information online – from emails and phone numbers to date of birth, consumer preferences and more – and can be valuable assets for hackers looking for a quick win.We often think by deleting the app or unsubscribing to the emails, the account is no longer in existence, but these dormant or “zombie” accounts still harbor data and can present major risks for you down the line.
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Gary Gershoff via Getty ImagesSince “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” hit Netflix earlier this month, many people – including a handful of funny parents – have sounded off on what “tidying up” looks like for them.On the show, organisation expert Kondo helps families clean up their homes, get rid of clutter and arrange the belongings they choose to keep in a more effective way.Her methods, which are also featured in her best-selling book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising’, include having people ask themselves if an item “sparks joy” and saying “thank you” to items they give away.The show has inspired several larger conversations, including about the Japanese roots of Kondo’s work and how viewers from different backgrounds feel about the series.Some have said they find the expert’s purging techniques incredibly helpful.
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And there is good reason to get on board, whether it’s via the KonMari method, or just having a good clear-out.Clutter can affect our anxiety levels, sleep, and ability to focus.It can also make us less productive, triggering coping and avoidance strategies that make us more likely to snack on junk and watch TV shows (including ones about other people decluttering their lives).My own research shows our physical environments significantly influence our cognition, emotions and subsequent behaviours, including our relationships with others.Why clutter is bad for your brainBursting cupboards and piles of paper stacked around the house may seem harmless enough.
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On the surface, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” sounds like a simple show: Over the course of eight episodes, organizing guru Marie Kondo helps a variety Los Angeles residents sort through their belongings and clean up their homes.But for some, following Kondo’s KonMari method can be a surprisingly difficult or emotional experience — after all, it’s really about looking at what we own and where we live.And the show has led to broader discussions around things like the value of books and how gender still plays a big role in domestic labor.So perhaps it’s not surprising that our discussion of the new Netflix series ends up being similarly wide ranging.In a first for the Original Content podcast, we’re joined by two guest hosts — Sarah Perez and Catherine Shu.The conversation quickly moves beyond a straightforward review into a broader conversation about Kondo’s ideas.
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If you've made a resolution to get more organized in 2019 (and Marie Kondo isn't helping), Microsoft's newly redesigned To-Do app might be just what you need.As reported by WinCentral, Microsoft To-Do now makes it easier to stay on top of tasks by pinning multiple lists to your Start menu as Live Tiles, which are updated in real time as you tick items off.To give it a try, just right-click or long-press its name and select 'Pin to Start'.To-Do for tablets has also received an update, with a new three-column layout that makes better use of space and allows to yo see more info at once.Microsoft has also fixed a few troublesome bugs with the latest update, including a frustrating problem with gestures that meant you weren't asked for confirmation if you scratched out a to-do item.Instead of deleting the task immediately, the app will now ask you whether you're certain in case you drew the gesture by mistake.
On New Year’s Day, Netflix premiered Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a show about a Japanese woman who comes into people’s homes to help guide them in decluttering and organizing.In this feel-good show Kondo kindly shows the homeowners step by step how to fold and arrange their belongings, but unlike most makeover shows she leaves them to work together as a family and learn on their own.Her method is not about eliminating things but rather to distinguish if items spark joy, which in turn helps raise appreciation and bring more peace of mind when it comes to thinking about your home.If you want to try to live by Marie Kondo’s philosophy in 2019, Wayfair is currently having up to 70 percent off on ClosetMaid’s organization essentials and more.Organize your shoes with this 8-compartment shoe rack that is on sale for 61 percent off making it super affordable at just $34.Making sure every item is stored in its proper home is key to living by Marie Kondo’s rules of tidying.
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When you walk into my apartment, the first thing you see is the wall of floor-to-ceiling bookcases in my living room.Everything is color-coded to keep my brain from buzzing from too much visual stimulus.As host of the Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (which launched Jan. 1), the friendly Japanese woman is famous for her huge smile and no-nonsense approach when it comes to paring down worldly possessions into a minimalist fantasy land.Her mantra "Does this item spark joy?"In it, and in her new Netflix show, she teaches the KonMari method of gathering belongings, one category at a time (like clothes, toys, electronics, etc.)But once the show decided to focus on book collectors, I suddenly realized I couldn't be a complete Kondo convert.
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Decluttering guru Marie Kondo went from best-selling author to streaming-series star when her Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, launched globally on Jan. 1.In the show, Kondo brings her organizing expertise to the lives of families who really need it.And it turns out a lot of viewers were inspired by the work to perhaps bring the KonMari method into their own messes.Kondo's special way of folding clothes earned special attention from many.Kondo is known for encouraging people to keep only items that spark joy, and to thank rejected items before tossing them out."Marie Kondo has spoken," wrote Madeleine Roux.
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Back in 2018, Foldimate was one of two laundry-folding machines exhibiting at CES that promised to make folding clothes a thing of the past.It was up against Laundroid, a $16,000 AI-powered machine that was supposed to analyze each clothing item and figure out the best way to fold it using AI.Neither machine worked at the time— Foldimate’s model was a non-working prototype, and I accidentally broke the Laundroid when I confused the machine’s AI with a black T-shirt.This year, Foldimate is the sole laundry-folding machine at CES, returning for the third time with a fully working prototype.I clipped in my Verge T-shirt to the machine, which pulled in the shirt and produced a neatly folded shirt in about five seconds.Foldimate says that you can fold an entire load of laundry in about five minutes, which includes collared shirts, pants, and medium-sized towels.
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