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Evernote for Mac now offers a Presentation Mode as a premium feature

Evernote for Mac now offers a Presentation Mode as a premium feature

It’s not just iOS and BlackBerry 10 users getting new Evernote apps this week; the company has now also released an updated version of its Mac app with one fairly big new feature. An all-new Presentation Mode will now let you share your notes with others and possibly eliminate the need to jump into Keynote or PowerPoint. Clicking the Presentation Mode button will naturally switch things to a full-screen mode, and give you the ability to move ahead in your presentation by tapping the spacebar; another new feature will let you use your mouse or trackpad as a laser pointer of sorts, with your cursor movement displayed as a glowing blue light. The only catch is that you’ll need to be a Premium Evernote user to take advantage of the feature, although Evernote is offering a 30-day free trial in the hope that you’ll pay up. There’s no word yet on the feature making it to other platforms just yet, but Evernote does say that it’s “available first” for Mac, so we’d presume others can expect it eventually.

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Studies Explain Why Exercise Makes You Eat Less, Not More

Studies Explain Why Exercise Makes You Eat Less, Not More

It seems natural that when you exercise, you’re going to get more hungry and eat more to fuel yourself. However, as The New York Times points out, that’s not always the case.

When we exercise we usually want to eat to replace the fuel we burned away (and sometimes more), but it turns out that in at least two studies, exercise actually decreases hunger for a short period. The New York Times looked at studies published in The International Journal of Obesity and PLoS One to see why this was:

Their appetites were noticeably blunted by each of the interval workouts, and in particular by the most strenuous 15-second intervals… They also displayed significantly lower levels of the hormone ghrelin, which is known to stimulate appetite, and elevated levels of both blood lactate and blood sugar, which have been shown to lessen the drive to eat, after the most vigorous interval session than after the other workouts… And the appetite-suppressing effect of the highly intense intervals lingered into the next day, according to food diaries that the men completed.

That said, there’s still a lot of research to do:

That conclusion would seem to be fine news for anyone hoping to deploy exercise to trim a waistline. But Mr. Sim cautions that the studies available to date, including his, are very short-term, covering only one session of the various exercise options. “Whether or not” weeks or months of intense training “would have an impact on long-term weight management remains to be determined,” he said.

If nothing else, it’s a helpful reminder that your diet and exercise are closely related, and just because you work out doesn’t mean you need to start eating more.

How Exercise Can Help Us Eat Less | The New York Times

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Which State Has The Best Drivers?

Which State Has The Best Drivers?

It’s easy to say which state has the worst drivers (it’s the state you live in, no matter where you are), but which one has the best?

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Remember that time we all asked Patrick Dempsey questions and then he was going to answer them later

Remember that time we all asked Patrick Dempsey questions and then he was going to answer them later? He just answered them. Check and see if your question made the cut, and check out the rest of his documentary on Le Mans tonight on Velocity.

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NC State develops personalized web search without the usual server strain

NC State develops extraefficient contextual web search

The notion of personalized, contextually aware search is nothing new, but it can put a tremendous strain on servers by asking for a lot of data at once. NC State has developed a search technique that could ease that burden. Its code prioritizes results based solely on the “ambient query context,” or the concepts related to a person’s recent search history. Look for politicians, for example, and a search for Ford is more likely to bring up Gerald Ford than the car company. By focusing on just a fraction of a user’s search habits, the university can customize results using far fewer processor cycles: while a test server could only handle 17 active searchers with an old approach, it can manage 2,900 with the new method. The query engine won’t be confined to the lab, either. NC State tells us that a community-driven search beta is due within several months, and there are plans to commercialize the technology in the long run.

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“Here Is Something False: You Only Live Once”

"Here Is Something False: You Only Live Once"

We often get stuck in a rut thinking that once we’ve made a career or life choice we have to live with it. However, as the comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal points out, we get more than one chance, and the idea that we only live once isn’t exactly true.

The idea is that since it takes about seven years to master something, we have around 11 opportunities to be great at something before we die. That’s basically 11 different lives we can lead with different specialties and skills. It’s not to be taken literally of course, but it’s a nice way to look at it.

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Report: BlackBerry to cut up to 40 percent of employees

It’s no secret that BlackBerry has been falling faster and faster over the last year. Despite the name change (from Research in Motion to BlackBerry) and some decent handsets, the company just can’t stop losing money.

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter,” reported that BlackBerry is preparing to cut up to 40 percent of its workforce before the end of the year. The company only has about a 3 percent market share in the United States. This news comes the same day that the company announced the new Z30 handset.

According to its own financial statements (PDF) for the fiscal year ending in 2011, BlackBerry made $3.4 billion, but that fell to $1.1 billion in 2012, and then fell even further to a loss of $646 million in 2013.

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The ‘Greedy’ $1,200 Colorado Chopper Pilot Was Actually Justified

This video showed a helicopter pilot offering a ride out of a flooded Colorado farm for no less than $1,200. It easily went viral. Now the pilot has spoken out, and he’s not as ‘greedy’ as he first appeared.

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Facebook “Like” button just as protected as written speech, court rules

In a unanimous decision on Wednesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision, declaring that a Facebook “Like” is protected under the First Amendment, like other forms of speech.

The Virginia case involves a former deputy sheriff in Hampton, Virginia, who claimed that he had been fired for “liking” his boss’ rival in a political campaign for county sheriff. In the original lawsuit, a federal district judge tossed the case, saying that a Facebook “Like” was “insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.”

Facebook itself filed an amicus brief in the case, urging the appeals court to reconsider the lower court’s decision.

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How You Work: Shared Calendars, Paper Notes, and Time-Wasting Meetings

How You Work: Shared Calendars, Paper Notes, and Time-Wasting MeetingsEvery week we showcase the productivity tips and tricks of our favorite experts and productivity heroes in our How I Work series. Now, we’re peppering our daily dose of tips with some showcases from you, our favorite readers. This week: Pete Marchetto, Engineering Physicist.

As always, if you want to show us how you work and maybe see it featured on Lifehacker, check out this post for more info.