App of the Week – ThinkUp


This week’s App comes to us via Ashley Macey at Brit & Co. It’s a simple, yet, brilliant App to re-enforce Positive Affirmations in a world of Political Chaos.

I hope you like it as much as I do…

“This Trendy App Can Help You Stay Positive This Year”
Ashley Macey of Brit & Co

“It’s no secret that on New Year’s Eve most of us were more interested in saying “F You 2016” than “Welcome 2017.” So instead of dwelling on the negative (which would be waaay too easy), I’ve decided to set myself up to avoid bad attitudes and embrace positive vibes in the coming year. But before I can accomplish this hefty task, I thought it would *probably* be best to equip myself with a few useful tools to help me look on the brighter side in 2017. One of the strategies I’m investigating is positive affirmation.

Positive affirmation isn’t new — in fact, the concept has been tied to the historic practice of Buddhist and Sanskrit mantras — but it is new to me. As a psychological practice, positive affirmation was first popularized by French psychologist Emile Coué in the 1920s, and it’s been a hotly debated topic within the scientific community ever since. While some scientists believe positive affirmation is a proven way of creating a new habit, others believe it’s just a bunch of hippie mumbo jumbo.

So, I made myself a little experiment. Using the popular app ThinkUp (free on iOS and Android), I would see how positive affirmation practice would impact my life over a week.

The first thing I had to do was dream up my own affirmations. I opted to start with three that I felt would help me stay more positive in the first week of 2017 (and, yes, I am aware that most of them are *super* cheesy). Once I chose my affirmations from ThinkUp’s comprehensive list, the next step was to record myself saying them aloud. Merging my recordings with a soothing musical track, the app then created a specialized playlist just for me. The goal was to listen to the playlist three times a day and say my affirmations out loud in time with the playlist.

I won’t lie: It totally felt awkward at first. Shouting my dreams into the world seemed hella crazy — especially when I mistimed my schedule and ended up having to whisper them in line at Starbucks.

But by the end of day four, I honestly did start to feel more positive. It’s really important to give yourself up to the process and stop feeling like you’re being a weirdo in public. Because I got to record the affirmations in my own voice, it was the perfect pep talk from myself to really kill in positivity every single day… and I loved it!
Sure, my neighbors might think I’m a little insane now (if they didn’t already). But even after just a week I could feel myself remembering to let go of life’s little annoyances and ground myself in my goal to stay more positive.”

Download ThinkUp


How to add and switch between Instagram accounts on an iPhone


Today’s How To: comes from Roger Fingas of Apple Insider. If, like me, you have multiple Instagram accounts, this will save your life. I struggled with how to do this when I started The Blonde Byte. Of course, I made it harder than it was and the solution was really easy and kinda aggravating, to be honest. While this article reflects use of Instagram on an iPhone, I feel sure it also exists within the Android version too.

Try it for yourself!

By Roger Fingas (of Apple Insider)

Facebook’s Instagram is a convenient way to share photos as well as short videos, but for many reasons it can be smart to have multiple personas on the service. Here’s how to add additional profiles on Apple’s iPhone and switch between them.


Within the Instagram app, the first step is to tap on your profile icon, situated in the lower-right corner of the screen. What this looks like will depend on the profile picture you selected during initial setup.

Next, tap on Settings, represented by a gear icon in the upper-right. Scroll down towards the bottom of the menu and you’ll discover the Add Account button.

Here you will find options to log into an existing account, either by entering your username and password manually, or logging in via Facebook. If you don’t already have a second account, a sign-in link at the bottom will guide you through Instagram’s normal account creation process.

Once you’ve logged into one or more extra accounts, the username in your profile will show an arrow next to it. Tap on this to enable a drop-down menu for quick account switching. There should even be another “Add Account” button, letting you skip the Settings menu altogether.

Remember that you can only have up to five accounts active at any given time —realistically, though, that’s probably more than enough for anyone.

Weekly Roundup


Here are the stories form the world of tech that stood out to me this week:

This only seemed fitting…
Daily Report: Tech Tips for Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day

From the neighborhood of “Too Little; Too Late…”

Apple Legal Files Entertainment Related Trademarks for new Apple Music TV Programming

Because he’s the coolest…

Obama’s final bill is aimed at bringing tech to DC

This made me hopeful…
From bombs to bytes: How Beirut’s tech scene is thriving

I think Siri has enough on her plate but, what do I know?
Voice Analysis Tech Could Diagnose Disease

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