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How to Get to Inbox Zero On Gmail

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Your parents never told you this, but one of the most satisfying moments of adulthood is when check your inbox and it shows zero unread messages. The salt-the-earth way to reach that goal is to manually check and delete each email you receive, but nobody wants to do that. An alternative would be to mark all of the existing messages as "read" so that the judgmental little number goes away and you can start from scratch...kind of. For most mobile and web apps, the process is pretty self-explanatory (Select All, then click "Mark All As Read"), but as the Houston Chronicle explains, Gmail users have to take a few more steps.

When using Gmail on a computer (or in desktop mode on a device):

  • Open the site as usual and navigate to the Inbox if it is not the default.
     
  • In the search field at the top of the page, type the words "label:inbox is:unread" and hit Enter.
     
  • The "More" dropdown menu above your emails should now say "Mark All As Read," but it can only process up to 100 at a time.
     
  • Instead, go to the "Select" box (just below the search field and to the left), and click it to select all of the shown messages.
     
  • Gmail will then show you a message above the emails that reads "Select all conversations that match this search." Click on that.
     
  • Now go back to the "More" dropdown and choose the "Mark All As Read" option. Select "OK," and you're done.

    Unfortunately, things are not that easy when it comes to the Gmail App on Android and iOS devices. Mobile app users have found that the option to select all unread messages to perform bulk actions simply does not exist. The only alternative is to select each message individually first, and then use the "Mark As Unread" button, but with hundreds or thousands of unread emails, that can be a daunting task.

    So mobile users either have to sign onto a computer and follow the method above, or wait and hope that the feature is added in the near future.

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    How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators
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    The iconic Star Wars theme has been recreated with glass harps, theremins, and even cat meows. Now, Laughing Squid reports that the team over at YouTube channel It’s a small world have created a version that can be played on calculators.

    The channel’s math-related music videos feature covers of popular songs like Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito," Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You," and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, all of which are performed on two or more calculators. The Star Wars theme, though, is played across five devices, positioned together into a makeshift keyboard of sorts.

    The video begins with a math-musician who transcribes number combinations into notes. Then, they break into an elaborate practice chord sequence on two, and then four, calculators. Once they’re all warmed up, they begin playing the epic opening song we all know and love, which you can hear for yourself in all its electronic glory below.

    [h/t Laughing Squid]

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    This Cuddly Robot Is Designed to Lull You to Sleep
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    For people seeking all the benefits of a human sleeping companion without the human part, there’s a new Kickstarter-backed product. As Mashable reports, Somnox, the self-proclaimed “world’s first sleep robot,” is designed to give you a more comfortable, energizing night’s rest.

    The bean-shaped cushion is the perfect size and shape for cuddling as you drift to sleep. Beneath its soft exterior is hardware designed to get you to deep sleep faster. Somnox rises and falls to mimic the movements of human breathing. Lay with the pillow long enough and the designers claim your breath will naturally sync to its rhythm, thus prepping your body for sleep.

    Somnox can also be set to play sounds and music. Some content, like guided mediation, lullabies, and gentle heart beats, come built-in, but you can also upload audio of your own. And you don’t need to worry about shutting it off: Once you've customized its breathing and audio behaviors through the app, the device does what it's programed to do and powers down automatically.

    Having a robotic sleep aide will cost you: You need to pledge about $533 to the team’s Kickstarter to reserve one. Even with the steep price tag, the campaign surpassed its funding goal.

    [h/t Mashable]

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