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How We Decide

How does the human mind make decisions? How can we make our decisions better? Answering these questions is the goal of prominent science writer Johan Lehrer. His answers come from tapping into leading-edge neuroscience and the real-life experiences of deciders, from airplane pilots to gamblers. Want to read about it? Just get the book “How We Decide” just for $0.99 within Daily Deal today only.

The first book to use the unexpected discoveries of neuroscience to help us make the best decisions.

Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision-making process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate, or we blink and go with our gut. But as scientists break open the mind’s black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they re discovering that this is not how the mind works. Our best decisions are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason and the precise mix depends on the situation. When buying a house, for example, it’s best to let our unconscious mull over the many variables. But when we’re picking a stock, intuition often leads us astray. The trick is to determine when to use the different parts of the brain, and to do this, we need to think harder (and smarter) about how we think.

Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need, drawing on cutting-edge research as well as the real-world experiences of a wide range of deciders from airplane pilots and hedge fund investors to serial killers and poker players. Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence. His goal is to answer two questions that are of interest to just about anyone, from CEOs to firefighters: How does the human mind make decisions? And how can we make those decisions better?

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Wikinvest Portfolio for Android tracks all of your investment accounts, all in one place. Set up your investment and finance accounts on Wikinvest.com, or add them directly from the application so you can follow all of your investments wherever you go. Wikinvest’s secure connection automatically imports your stock, ETF, and mutual fund holdings into one view and updates nightly so you never have to enter your trades or holdings into a portfolio management tool again.

Every Time, It’s Personal

Import holdings from more than 60 brokerages, including Ameriprise Financial, Edward Jones, Etrade, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, Hewitt, Janus, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, OptionsXpress, Prudential, Salomon Smith Barney, Scottrade, Sharebuilder, Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Thinkorswim, T. Rowe Price, UBS, USAA, Vanguard, Wachovia, Zecco, and many more.

Don’t see your brokerage in the list? Let the developer know. You can still use the Wikinvest Portfolio even if your brokerages aren’t supported by setting up your portfolios and watchlists manually on Wikinvest.com or in the app.

Rotate to compare your performance to major indices with performance and account value charts. Stay up-to-date with the markets each day with real-time quotes and news for your entire portfolio along with top news and quotes from the general markets. Then, research your next investment with company charts, news, community analysis, and fundamentals data.
Safety and Security First, Always

The app’s servers are protected by 24/7 on-site security and use 256-bit SSL encryption for all of the data. None of your data is personally identifiable. This portfolio tracker is read-only; you cannot make trades from this platform. Wikinvest has been reviewed by Verisign, McAfee, TRUSTe, as well as security experts from Amazon.com.

Brokerage import is limited to U.S. brokerages that support OFX at this time. More brokerages will be added in the coming months. Options and fixed income products can be imported, but historical prices are not supported at this time.

New Handwriting Tool for the Kindle Touch

There are a multitude of Sudoku puzzles and variations of Sudoku puzzles on the Kindle.  Many of them are quite popular and addictive.

If you aren’t familiar with how Sudoku works, here’s a brief explanation.  It is a number strategy puzzle that is meant to give your brain a good work out.  There is a large 9×9 grid that contains 3×3 grids already populated with a few numbers to get you started.  The goal is to fill in all squares in the grid with numbers 1-9 without putting the same numbers in a row or column.

Puzzazz, the developer of multiple Sukoku style games for the Kindle has created a new puzzle that uses actual hand motions to enter in the numbers.  This makes inputting the number so much faster because you don’t have to worry about either finding the number on a tiny physical keyboard or accessing the on screen keyboard available on the newer Kindles.

In other words, instead of using the Kindle Touch’s on screen keyboard to input numbers into the Sudoku puzzle, you have to trace the number by hand.  Once you put it in, it will convert automatically into a digital number.

Whoever said handwriting is extinct?  With everything going digital, it will be interesting to observe how it affects handwriting.  Touchscreens are making e-readers and tablets so much more interactive, which can take handwriting to a whole new level.

The cells on the grid can be small.  So, you can either trace the number in the actual cell, or trace it across the screen.  The number will go into the cell that you start tracing it in.

Sudoku Unbound #3 is available to all e-ink Kindles, but the Kindle Touch is the only one that supports the handwriting tool.  It is the first of hopefully many more hand controlled  puzzles to come.  Most of the popular Kindle games and applications have been upgraded to support the Kindle Touch.