Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Dumb Phone Can Bypass the Most Complex Computer Security Systems in the World

A Dumb Phone Can Bypass the Most Complex Computer Security Systems in the World

According to a method devised by security researchers, a normal cellphone with just GSM connectivity, and a dash of electromagnetic waves, can bypass the most complex security systems in use worldwide.

This development is enough to make defence companies (with millions invested in security no less), sit up and take notice. Normally, sensitive installations like military bases and nuclear installations,  rely on air-gapped network of computers to ensure that the system is isolated from unsecured channels.

This exploit can even penetrate air-gapped computer systems, rendering current ways of military-grade security obsolete. The discovery of this low-tech exploit can prove instrumental in extracting data from sensitive locations. The implications of such a discovery are far-reaching, especially considering the growing potentials of cyber-warfare and 
sabotage involved.

The exploit can even penetrate air-gapped computer systems, rendering current ways of military-grade security obsolete

The researchers behind the discovery of this exploit recommend that companies should restrict the use of devices that give RF signals and overhaul their existing security guidelines. According to Yuval Elovici, director of the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the exploit does involve the installation of a malware in both the phone and the computer used in the cyber attack, after which extracting data is mere child’s play.
This is possible thanks to the naturally emitting EM radiation that electronics such as computers give off and recipient devices such as phones are capable of. So in other words, the process of data extraction comes naturally, thus circumventing the air gapped network security measures currently in use today.

The exploit is, however, limited by the amount of data it can transmit. In short, they can take long if you’re trying to extract gigs of data from a compromised PC. But here’s the thing. It can also allow the attacker to get hold of the encryption keys or passwords in a minute, which can then open the door to a much faster way of data extraction. A scary prospect no doubt.

So its not just smartphones that can hack networks now, but your prehistoric Nokia or Siemens or Alcatel or Ericcson that can prove to be as deadly as their smarter cousins.

Via : Wired 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Apple Watch Already Has 75% Share of the Wearables Market

apple watch

With all the talk of Apple Watch’s failure going around, you can be forgiven to think that Apple doesn’t hold majority of the market, since it so far has failed to provide any sales figures. That isn’t the case, however, not far from it.

According to a new report by Strategy Analytics, Apple’s smartwatch release brought about a 457 percent increase in shipments worldwide within one year of its release. 

How much does it mean in terms of market share?
75 percent. Thanks to sales of 4 million units in just three months since its launch, Apple has gained a huge lead over competitors such as Pebble and Android Wear, who had a several year head-start in the market.

The big loser here was Samsung, which saw sales at just 0.4 million or one-tenth of Apple in Q2 2015, down from 0.7 million the same quarter last year. It’s market share of 7.5% was also down from from a massive 73.6% a year ago.

Other manufacturers raked up 0.9 million in sales (which was up from 0.3 million), to lead to a combined sales figure of 5.3 million units. It must be mentioned that the ‘Others’ include quite big makers such as LG, Motorola, ASUS, Sony and Pebble who all had a massive lead heading to the Watch’s launch.

Even if the reports that the sales of the Watch have slowed to a trickle now, they are still enough to make sure Apple leads by a sizeable margin. With an ecosystem of around 8,000 apps now, things may not change drastically in the near future either.

- Muhammad Sohail.

WordPress Finally Patches Critical XSS Vulnerability


The most-important addition it brings to the table is the fix for the cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability, which was pointed out by a user privately, which potentially saved countless people from attack.

XSS is a form of attack where malicious code is added to a genuine website, with the intent of gaining private info of a visitor. It ranks as one of the biggest vulnerabilities found on the internet, with White Hat reporting that 66 percent of websites have at least one potential susceptible point.

In the previous versions of WordPress, one compromised user-account with Contributor or Author roles could compromise the whole site. Fortunately, this won’t happen from now on.

WordPress versions 4.2.2 and earlier are affected by a cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could allow users with the Contributor or Author role to compromise a site. This was initially reported by Jon Cave and fixed by Robert Chapin, both of the WordPress security team, and later reported by Jouko Pynnönen.
We also fixed an issue where it was possible for a user with Subscriber permissions to create a draft through Quick Draft. Reported by Netanel Rubin from Check Point Software Technologies.

Apart from that, the new update brings 20 bug fixes from version 4.2. This includes the bug which allowed users with Subscriber permissions to create a draft using Quick Draft.

Sites with automatic background are already being updated to the newer version. You can also get the update by going to or by choosing ‘Update Now’ under Updates in Dashboard. If you too want to remain protected from all these security flaws, your best bet will be updating as quickly as possible.

Friday, July 24, 2015

USB-C has already won (One reversible cable to rule them all)

As it likes to do, Apple recently released a product before the world was ready. The new 12-inch MacBook has but a single port — unless you count the headphone jack — and it’s a completely new connector that almost no one has ever used before, breaking direct compatibility with millions of standard USB devices.
But that connector, known as USB Type-C or just USB-C, is likely to become one of the most ubiquitous advances in the recent history of computing and consumer electronics. It’s the compact, reversible port that does everything, and this week’s Computex Taipei shows the first signs of it spreading to the wider world.
How’s the USB-C rollout going? “We think it’s going great,” says Jeff Ravencraft, president and COO of the USB Implementers Forum, who calls early Type-C devices like the Nokia N1 tablet, the latest MacBook, and the new Google Chromebook Pixel “above and beyond our wildest dreams” for the first products to hit the market. Manufacturers like Asus have got on board with USB-C this Computex, too, and it’s hard to walk the show floor without coming across hubs, adapters, and cables that support the new standard. “This is the fastest transition we’ve seen in 15 years or more,” says Ravencraft, “so knock on wood everything’s going extremely well and we’re really excited.”
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Much of the initial attention around USB-C centered around its reversibility; Apple’s Lightning cables have shown how it’s hard to go back to struggling with asymmetrical USB jacks, and USB-C is the first standard solution to address the issue. But the connector’s potential functionality is just as important as its convenience. Built on the USB 3.1 spec and much smaller than a standard USB-A connector, USB-C can provide enough power to charge a laptop, enough bandwidth to carry a display signal, and fast enough data speeds for almost any normal user.

With the aid of a more sensible and functional hub than Apple’s ludicrous $79.99 MacBook adapter, you could charge your laptop and connect your monitor and peripherals with one single, easy-to-use cable, making for a seamless transition from cord-free mobile use to productive desk work. Just as the original USB connector eventually killed parallel, serial, PS/2, FireWire, and other ports, USB-C could spell the end for proprietary laptop chargers and dedicated ports like HDMI and Thunderbolt.
And earlier today Intel helped deliver the first blow, announcing that Thunderbolt 3 would adopt the USB-C connector after previous iterations used Mini DisplayPort. Thunderbolt 3 stands on USB 3.1’s shoulders to deliver speeds of up to 40Gbps, letting you run two 4K displays at 60Hz through just one port. It’s a big vote of confidence for USB-C from Intel, and could encourage more PC makers to adopt the standard; Thunderbolt has never quite shaken off its association with Apple, as many others prefer to use HDMI over Mini DisplayPort.
“On the path to no wires, you can go to one wire first,” Intel SVP Kirk Skaugen told reporters today. Skaugen had just given a keynote address in which he detailed a completely wireless future powered by Intel technologies or Intel-backed consortiums — wireless displays, wireless charging, wireless docking, and wireless data. A lot will need to happen for all of that to become a reality, but USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are almost ready for regular people.

Almost. Although USB-C seems an inevitable success at this point, it does have a couple of issues to iron out, perhaps the most pressing of which is the complexity of its offering. There will be USB 2.0 devices with USB-C connectors, like the Nokia N1; USB 3.1 devices that use regular USB-A connectors; USB 3.1 “Gen 1″ devices only capable of 5Gbps transfer speeds over USB-C, like the new Chromebook Pixel and MacBook; and USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices that give you 10Gbps. USB-C could be the only cable you ever need, but at this point it may be hard to know exactly what performance you’re going to get when you plug something in.
“I think there’s the potential for confusion,” says Ravencraft, whose forum publishes language and usage guidelines for both USB 3.1 and USB-C. “You do not get performance with the cable, you do not get power delivery with just the cable. The cable is a conduit for those things, right? So to have power delivery, the device has to have a power delivery controller, the host or the hub has to have a power delivery controller, and then you have to have the right cable.” The USB Implementers Forum offers training programs to help employees at retailers like Best Buy and Staples give accurate information to consumers, and is particularly aiming to crack down on “bad-actor” manufacturers that try to deliberately mislead.
Intel’s Thunderbolt announcement muddies things further. Although Thunderbolt 3 is built atop USB 3.1 and uses the USB-C port, Intel tells us that devices like the new MacBook, Asus Transformer Book, or Chromebook Pixel won’t work at all with upcoming Thunderbolt 3 products, even through the slower USB standard. Customers will have to make sure that everything they’re connecting has the lightning-bolt logo next to their USB-C ports. (Ravencraft was speaking to The Verge before Intel’s announcement today, and the USB Implementers Forum did not respond to a request for subsequent comment.)

These may prove to be niche concerns in the long run. But USB-C has one more big hurdle before achieving true ubiquity: USB-A. Apart from the 3.5mm headphone jack, it’s difficult to think of a hardware feature that’s dominated the world as comprehensively as the standard USB port, which first came to widespread prominence around the release of Windows 98 and has survived ever since. “Our position is that Type-C is an addition to our other offerings,” says Ravencraft. “The standard A connector, there are in excess of 20 billion of those devices in the install base. So I don’t see them going away any time soon.”
USB-A handles the USB 3.1 spec just fine, so some companies may see no need to use USB-C on products where physical dimensions are less of a concern. “I think there probably are devices that don’t need the small form factor, that have plenty of Z-height, and they might just as well go with the standard A,” Ravencraft notes. “It’s really going to depend on the OEM and what they want to do. We’re not deprecating the standard A or telling people to migrate — it’s really going to be up to the market.”
And really, that’s reason enough to be optimistic. Our one-reversible-plug existence might seem overdue, but like its forerunner in the ‘90s, USB-C is that rare thing in the technology industry — a sensible standard that everyone might just agree on in the end. USB-C might not replace your familiar, chunky, maddeningly hard-to-connect USB-A cables entirely, but soon enough you won’t want to buy a computer without it.
NOTE : This is the USB connector of the future….

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A close look at Marshall’s gorgeous new London smartphone

From nowhere, Marshall leaked plans this morning for a smartphone called London, which it designed with all of the retro style and texture of one of its classic guitar amps. It's a seriously cool look for a smartphone that no one else has really tried before. That's enough to put it on our wish lists, even if the specs inside of it could use a bump. This is a lower-end phone, with a 4.7-inch, 720p display, 2GB of RAM, a 2500 mAh (removable) battery, and a Snapdragon 410 processor. That at least means it has LTE, and the Moto E uses that same processor to power one of the best low-end phones we've seen.
Naturally, Marshall's phone is all about music. You can read more about its specs and intentions here, but if you want a detailed look at its rock and roll stylings, that can all be found down below.

Another Earth discovered: This planet could 'reveal our future'

Kepler 452b could be experiencing now what Earth will undergo more than a billion years from now, as the Sun ages and grows brighter: Nasa

This Nasa artist's concept obtained July 23, 2015 compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 per cent larger in diameter. Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found what may be the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, Nasa said July 23, 2015. (AFP)

Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found what may be the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, Nasa said Thursday.

Not only is this planet squarely in the Goldilocks zone - where life could exist because it is neither too hot nor too cold to support liquid water - its star looks like an older cousin of our Sun, the US space agency said.

That means the planet, which is 1,400 light-years away, could offer a glimpse into the Earth's apocalyptic future, scientists said.

Known as Kepler 452b, the planet was detected by the US space agency's Kepler Space Telescope, which has been hunting for other worlds like ours since 2009.

"Kepler 452b is orbiting a close cousin of our Sun, but one that is 1.5 billion years older," Nasa said in a statement.

Its star is four per cent more massive than the Sun and 10 percent brighter.
If the planet is rocky, and scientists believe that it has a better than even chance of being just that, then it could be in the midst of a fearful scenario, as the heat from its dying star evaporates Kepler 452b's lakes and oceans.
"If Kepler 452b is indeed a rocky planet, its location vis-a-vis its star could mean that it is just entering a runaway greenhouse phase of its climate history," said Doug Caldwell, a Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute scientist working on the Kepler mission.

"The increasing energy from its aging sun might be heating the surface and evaporating any oceans. The water vapour would be lost from the planet forever," he added.

"Kepler 452b could be experiencing now what the Earth will undergo more than a billion years from now, as the Sun ages and grows brighter."

 Planetary catalog

The Kepler mission launched in 2009 to search for exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system, particularly those about the size of Earth or smaller.
"Today, and thousands of discoveries later, astronomers are on the cusp of finding something people have dreamed about for thousands of years -- another Earth," Nasa said in a statement.

On Thursday, Nasa released the latest catalog of exoplanet candidates, adding more than 500 new possible planets to the 4,175 already found by the space-based telescope.

"This catalog contains our first analysis of all Kepler data, as well as an automated assessment of these results," said SETI Institute scientist Jeffrey Coughlin.

The new catalog includes 12 candidates that are less than twice the diameter of Earth and which are orbiting in the habitable zones of their stars.
Of those 12 new candidates, Kepler 452b "is the first to be confirmed as a planet," Nasa said.

Kepler identifies possible planets by watching for dips in the brightness of stars, which could be caused by a planet passing between the star and the telescope.
Other scientific tools are needed to judge whether the planet is gassy or rocky.
The Kepler mission has cost Nasa about $600 million, and the US space agency said in 2013 that two of its orientation wheels had lost function, leaving the space telescope beyond repair.

But scientists have years to pore over the data it has returned in order to narrow the search for Earth-like worlds.

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Samsung Unveils First 2 TB SSDs for Retail

samsung 2tb ssd

Today, Samsung has announced a duo of new 2 TB SSDs in its 850 Evo and 850 Pro series of faster storage medium. It becomes the second company after Intel to offer such storage options, though, the first player in the average consumer market.

The standard Evo version is priced at $800, while the faster, longer-lasting Pro $1,000 so they’re certainly not cheap but that is, of course, not the point. They do, however, carry 5 and 10 year warranties, respectively. They maintain the 2.5” form factor and are 7mm high so they can make their way to most laptops in the future.

The 2TB Samsung Evo 850 costs $800 while the 2TB Pro 850 costs $1000

The drives utilize the new 3D V-NAND architecture which stacks cell layers on top of each other which results in higher density under a smaller footprint. The enhanced RAPID mode allows you to use system’s unused RAM as a cache to further boost performance. This feature is turned off by default but can be turned on using the Magician software, available for Windows.

Both SSDs carry the sort of speed we’ve come to expect in similar products. The Evo offers read/write pace of 540 and 520 MBps respectively, while the Pro ups the former to 550 MBps while the latter remains the same. The Evo is expected to write at least 150 terabytes worth data in its lifetime before giving up, while the Pro doubles it to a staggering 300 terabytes.

The Evo can write at least 150 TB worth data in its lifetime before giving up while the Pro doubles it to a staggering 300TB

On paper, you may be stunned by the price but in truth, it really isn’t much. Both the 850 Evo and 850 Pro cost approx. twice as their 1 TB versions and are actually several times cheaper than the similar, $4,500 drives Intel sells to enterprise customers. For people who need this kind of storage, it is difficult to find a better package. Following the current trend, the price will likely go down anyway.

Breaking: UK Pushes to Ban Whatsapp, More Governments to Follow?


In a move that is sparking outrage across the country, UK is pressing ahead with plans to ban all encrypted communication under stricter laws for social media and online messaging services. Major services including Whatsapp, iMessage and Snapchat could face the ban under the new rules.

The UK’s ‘Investigatory Powers Bill’ will require all ISPs, phone companies and service providers to give access to their data to the government. This will include everything you search online through Google, Facebook and Whatsapp conversations as well as Snapchat photos.

The exact scope of the Bill is still not known but that ambiguity is exactly what makes it such a breach of privacy. Everyone is well versed in vague bills, secret courts and the push for mass surveillance without any clear goal courtesy of Snowden and it would be incredibly naive of us to think it’s a harmless move.

As such, this marks another brazen attempt by a government to use tragedy to push more draconian laws that compromise security and privacy. Recently, the FBI director (who has been pushing for backdoors in major services) admitted that there is no data to back up claims that access to unencrypted communication helps thwart attacks. There are countless other examples but once again, there is a rallying cry of ‘What about the terrorists?’ to gain more control and power over the public.

The Snooper’s Charter, as it has been called by many, has plenty of opponents.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg blocked the same bill while he was in power. He said:

We have every right to invade the privacy of terrorists and those we think want to do us harm, but we should not equate that with invading the privacy of every single person in the UK. They are not the same thing.
The so-called Snoopers’ Charter is not targeted. It’s not proportionate.
It’s not harmless. It would be a new and dramatic shift in the relationship between the state and the individual.
People who blithely say they are happy for their communications to be open to scrutiny because they have ‘nothing to hide’ have failed to grasp something fundamental about open democratic societies: We do not make ourselves safer by making ourselves less free.
Liberty, which campaigns for civil liberties and human rights in the UK, said:
We take no issue with the use of intrusive surveillance powers per se – targeted surveillance can play an important part in preventing and detecting serious crime.
But the current regime just doesn’t provide sufficient safeguards to ensure that such surveillance is conducted lawfully, and in a necessary and proportionate way.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Samsung Is Working On A Mind Blowing 11K Smartphone Display

samsung phones

Ask a purist (or even better, Apple) and and the answer you’ll get is that a 1080p display is more than enough for a smartphone. However, it seems that for Samsung even 4K just isn’t enough, which is why it is teaming up with 13 companies and the South Korean govt. to make a mind-blending, stomach-turning 11K display.

he Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has already decided to invest $26.5 million into this new moonshot. The display will have a stunning 2250 ppi pixel density. (For the record, the Galaxy S6 stands at ‘just’ 577 ppi.) We hardly think that the consortium will stop there.

More importantly, it can create an illusion of a 3D display, without the need of special glasses, which is quite understandable. Why? “Because 11K is able to show screen colors in detail.”
It is someone’s guess how this particular 3D will sit well with general public, because as history tells with Nintendo, Amazon and various 3D-smartphones, 3D displays can actually be quite troublesome. There is quite a bit of time for nixing out these flaws, though. The prototypes will likely reach completion by 2018, for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Right now, the most you can get in a smartphone is a quad-HD (2K) screen and even in televisions, things max out at 8K however, at this pace you never know what will happen next. While most will feel that this is a mere overkill mainly for number-crunching, you can’t deny that it will be coming anyway.
- Sohail Bukhari

Apple Announces New iPod Touch, More Colors for Nano & Shuffle


It has long been clear that the iPod is now far from the most-successful product in Apple’s line-up, and is there mainly due to historic value. That hasn’t stopped Apple from announcing a new Touch model online along with new colors for the tinier models.

The Best iPod Touch yet

The new iPod Touch is the 6th interation of the Touch line-up, and the first one since 2012’s iPod Touch the 5th. The biggest upgrades are internal: A dual-core 64-bit Apple A8 chipset with M8 motion co-processor.
At the back you’ll find a new 8 megapixel iSight camera with Flash, along with an improved FaceTime HD camera at the front. The camera on the rear can also record 1080p videos, with slo-mo and burst modes.


Apple Music will come on the iPod, as a part of iOS 8.4. The new Wi-Fi is said to be three times faster than before. It does loose the loop, which was a pop-out wrist-band extension on the back but we are not too sure many people even used it.
The new iPod Touch will come in a bunch of co lours: silver, gold, space grey, pink, blue and Product Red. It starts at a cheaper $199 for the 16 GB entry-level model, with the 32 and 64 GB versions costing $50 and $100 more. The new 128 GB model will be available for $399. All of them are already available for sale and certainly provide the cheapest ways of sneaking into iOS.

New Colors for the iPod Nano and Shuffle

Finally, one of the cheaper ways to be a part of the Apple family, the iPod Shuffle and Nano are getting more colorful. The two micro-iPods will get the three colors which are prevalent in every recent Apple product: Space Grey, Gold and Silver. If you are an owner of the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you can now get a matching iPod Nano or Shuffle too.

- Sohail Bukhari

After Earnings Report, Apple Loses $62 Billion Value in 8 Minutes


Apple has released its earnings report for its third fiscal quarter of 2015. As usual the results were great. Not quite what the investors and Apple themselves expected but still great.
Apple reported a revenue of $49 billion and a humungous profit of $10.7 billion for the period of April to June 2015. Compare that to last year’s $37.4 billion revenue and net profit of $7.7 billion and its clear Apple has seen a big jump in earnings. Gross margin seen over the period was 39.7 percent compared to 39.4 percent Q3 last year.

Apple reported a revenue of $49 billion and profits of $10.7 billion for the period of April to June 2015

Q3 2015 was one of the most important quarters over the year because it is the first financial statement since the launch of Apple Watch. Apple refrained from quoting the numbers for its Apple Watch sales or even iPod or any of its products other than iPhones, iPads and Macs.
Apple sold 47.5 million iPhones during the three-month period, which is below the previously predicted sales of 49-50 million. iPad sales declined from 13.3 million Q3 last year to 10.9 million in 2015. Mac sales saw an increase from 4.4 million to 4.8 million over the period. Most of the sales, 64 percent to be exact, were from the international market (outside US).
Apple was quoted reporting a revenue of $2.6 billion for all of its “Other” products which include the Apple Watch, iPods, Apple TV and Beats. There has been some mention of sales for the Apple Watch, and Apple said that about $1billion of revenue was earned from the its sales.

The bigger you are the harder you fall: Despite good results, Apple stock price drop meant $62 billion value lost in 8 minutes

Despite some good looking earnings even with bad sales, Apple saw one of its biggest stock share drops in history. Apple’s shares fell sharply from $130.75 to an aftermarket low of $119.96 in a matter of only 8 minutes. That’s a decline of 8.3%, but what’s a record breaker is that this sums up to a loss in value of $62 billion.
One reason for the drop might be that Apple has seen a downward trend in sales for the past two years  and it hasn’t managed to reverse it yet. Revenue is still off the charts but investors still seem unconvinced. It seems like a critical time for Apple and we can’t wait to see what the company has in store next.

How Google Founders Added $4 Billion to Their Wealth in A Day


Google is one of the biggest companies in the world now. With hundreds of billions of dollars worth market value, even a small change to the share value can bring a big change in fortunes, let alone almost $100.
In the aftermath of the company’s announcement to bring more sense into spendings on Monday, the share value rose by 16 percent, or a massive $93, eventually leading the figure $672.93. At $51 billion, experts calculate that it was probably the biggest one-day creation of wealth in history. As of now, the value has further bloated to $699.53.

It also left the Google founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, $4 billion richer in just a day, individually. That’s an increase of approximately $96,000 every second. The founders’ wealth is already up 24 percent, or $7 billion, this year to an estimated $35 billion each. Chairman Eric Schmidt likewise increased his wealth by 22 percent to $10.1 billion, thanks to his meager 1.3 percent ownership in the “Dont be evil” company.
The one-day rally also makes Google the second largest company in the world with a market of $404 billion, one step behind staunch rivals Apple which is ahead by someway to $740 billion.
And experts seem to indicate that plenty of potential remains to be unlocked. With much money from advertising remaining to be made, it is firms like Google and Facebook who will benefit the most.
Colin Sebastian, Robert W Baird & Co, said:
People should take away that Google is a stronger and healthier company than what the Street had previously understood. Both Google and Facebook are benefiting from these secular growth trends, which is really moving advertising dollars online from offline. There’s still plenty of growth left for both companies.
Via Time and Bloomberg

Saturday, July 11, 2015

15 Things To Forget If You’re Not Satisfied With Your Life


If you’re feeling frustrated and stuck, it’s probably time to make some changes in your life. Otherwise, you’ll likely continue to feel dissatisfied. As Tony Robbins said, “By changing nothing, nothing changes.”
It can be difficult to make changes in your life, but if you want a different outcome, it’s necessary. Just as important as “what to do” advice to change your life is “what not to do; what to forget” advice.
Here are 15 things to forget if you’re not satisfied with your life.

1. Forget to ask permission

If you’re waiting for everyone in your life to approve of a change you want to make – whether it is starting your own business, changing careers, relocating, or adopting a new lifestyle – you will never change. Choose wisely who you seek approval from, and tune out the others.
Start today: Write a list of people whose opinion of your life should truly matter.

2. Forget negativity

A negative mindset only makes you feel worse. Practicing an attitude of gratitude; an attitude of thankfulness and abundance instead of jealousy and scarcity, will help you immediately feel more satisfied with your life.  According to Oprah Winfrey, “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”
Start today: Start a gratitude list and hang it somewhere visible, such as your bathroom mirror. Each day, add something you are thankful for to your list. You will soon realize you have a lot of goodness in your life.

3. Forget the past

Maybe you’ve been fired from a job, have a history of broken relationships, or have been rejected repetitively when applying for graduate school. Guess what? Nobody cares. You might feel like the whole world has seen your setbacks, but they really haven’t. The world is huge; there are millions of people who have no idea what you’ve gone through. If the past is holding you back from the life you want to have, it’s time to work on letting go.
Start today: If you feel you’re carrying major baggage around, it’s time to make an appointment with a counselor, therapist, or coach, depending on your specific situation.

4. Forget procrastination

How many time-suckers do you give your hours to every week? Time is our most precious resource, and wasting it on mind-numbing activities can drain it quickly. If you struggle with procrastinating, work on setting yourself a schedule every day. Writing down your to-do items on your schedule will help ensure that they get accomplished, and also help you visualize where you’re actually spending your time and what you tend to procrastinate.
Start today: Write out a schedule of your tasks for tomorrow.

5. Forget about immediate gratification

Immediate gratification feels great now, but not so good long-term. Make decisions from your future. Think about who you want to be, and make today’s decisions based on future you. For example, if your long-term goal is to spend a year traveling the world, you’ll need to save some money for your future endeavor. When you are tempted to upgrade your cell phone plan or purchase a new vehicle, think about whether the future you, the one who is exploring the world, would like you to spend or save that money now. More than likely, you’d be thankful in the future for saving money now.
Start today: When you purchase something today, see if there is a more economical option, and save the difference for a future expensive goal.

6. Forget about cultural norms

It doesn’t matter if society says you should work 9-5 at a job you don’t really like and retire at 62. If that’s not the lifestyle you like, give yourself the freedom to break free from the norms.
Start today: Research one inspiring person who has paved his or her own trail.

7. Forget the time it takes

A goal that takes many years to accomplish can be overwhelming. It may be daunting, and take a long time, but if it’s something that’s truly your heart’s desire, that’s perfectly fine! Whether or not you move toward that goal, eventually you’ll be a decade older. If you want to be more satisfied 10 years from now, take steps today to move toward that goal.
Start today: Write down one large, 10-year goal you have.

8. Forget about toxic people

Toxic people can quickly drain your positivity and hope. As Jim Rohn, a businessman, said: “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Spending time with toxic people might be a big part of your problem if you’re not satisfied with your life. If you want to be more satisfied, hang out with the following groups of people: people who are doing what you want to do, and people who have infectiously awesome outlooks on life. Surrounding yourself with positive, encouraging people can help you feel more happy and satisfied.
Start today: Think about the 5 people you spend the most time with. Is there a toxic person in your inner circle?

9. Forget about having everything planned out

If you wait until you have every detail planned out before you start a new endeavor, you’ll never start. It’s easy to get caught in analysis paralysis mode, where you’re constantly researching but not really making any forward progress.
Start today: Decide that you have enough information about one of your goals to actually start the project. You can study more of what you need to know along the way. Taking the first step forward is the most important step; without it you will never start.

10. Forget about blaming everybody

Harboring anger toward someone who has wronged you hurts you and holds you back from living the wonderful life you deserve. Forget about spending excessive amounts of time blaming others for your current life situation. It does you no good. This doesn’t mean you have to feel completely happy toward somebody who has been malicious toward you; it just means you aren’t going to let thoughts about that person continue to hurt you as the years go on.
Start today: Focus on the positives of the future.

11. Forget about material items

If you want to be satisfied with your life, there are ample studies showing that having more money and material items, past a certain point, do not increase life satisfaction. You really only need a few things to be content: safety, nourishment for your body, connection with others, work that is meaningful and stimulating to you, and a feeling that you’re part of something greater than yourself. You don’t need a million new toys or the latest gadgets. It doesn’t matter if your neighbors have the “best” everything. Get over it.
Start today: Begin a decluttering habit by cleaning out one drawer in your home. Decluttering can set you free from materialism, and also free your physical space and mind so you have more room in your life for what you love.

12. Forget your uncertainty

When you think about making a change in your life, your mind may start racing as you consider all the “what ifs.” Here’s the deal: there will always be uncertainty. You will never know the future. Being able to embrace this uncertainty and realizing you’ll have to take some risks to get unstuck is key to being satisfied.
Start today: Think about a big dream you have for your life. When the “what ifs” and doubts fill your mind (and they will!), replace those thoughts with the positive version of “yes, but what if…” with all of the great things chasing that dream could bring into your life. For example, if you want to start a business, and every time you think of it you immediately think “what if I fail?”, replace the thought with “yes, but what if I succeed?” and let your imagination run wild in that direction instead.

13. Forget changing everything at once

If you’re not satisfied with your life, it can be tempting to want to revamp your entire life all at once. But actually, choosing one habit at a time to focus on may be a better option. If you focus on changing one habit, one week at a time, you can analyze whether or not your habit change is working for you, and tweak it as needed. I frequently recommend working on exercising first; exercise is a mood booster and makes us feel empowered. As we challenge our bodies and improve our health, we feel like we can tackle other areas of our lives we want to change.
Start today: Choose one area in your life you’d like to change. Write down a small goal within that area for each day of this week (For example, bring a healthy snack to work instead of going to the vending machine every day). As you meet your small goals, you’ll gain the momentum to work toward larger goals (For example, fuel your body with healthy foods 90% of the time).

14. Forget about waiting for someone else to lead you

If there is something in your life you want to change, chances are, there are others in your life with a similar goal. Choose to be a leader and seek them out. Unsatisfied with your health? Find a buddy to cook some healthy meals with, or exercise together over your lunch hour with a coworker.
Start today: Think about something you’ve been wanting to do. Email your coworkers or friends and ask if anybody’s interested in joining you on your mission.

15. Forget about doing it alone

When you desire to change your life, find an accountability partner. This can be a family member, friend, personal coach, or mentor. Having someone to encourage you, inspire you, and keep you on track when you’re discouraged is extremely important.
Start today: Ask someone to be your accountability partner for a specific area in your life you’d like to improve.