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9 YouTube Accounts That Are Better Than Cable

9 YouTube Accounts That Are Better Than Cable

With endless commercial breaks, ceaseless reality programming and repetitive concepts, it’s no wonder television is waning in popularity next to online media. While many people know about the most popular YouTube personalities, including Smosh, Epic Meal Time, and PewDiePie, today’s online entertainment options go far beyond that. Particularly with YouTube, users are treated to an ever increasing number of original musicians, filmmakers, vloggers, and comedians. A mix of channels from all genres, the following 10 incredible YouTube channels are ones you absolutely can’t miss out on.

1. UCB Comedy

UCB stands for Upright Citizens Brigade, and is a stand up comedy company doing weekly shows in Los Angeles and New York. The company comprises of well known talents, as well as new ones, and is popular among college students in both cities. This YouTube channel brings the best of UCB to the web, featuring short sketches, satirical news casts, and web series’. A hilarious channel you should already be subscribed to.

2. SciShow

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SciShow is YouTube channel dedicated to uncovering science tidbits from our everyday lives. This informative and entertaining channel boasts over 2 million subscribers. The channel uncovers the science behind a wide range of topics, from brain freeze and morning sickness, to sharks and graphene. A simple way to stay up to date on topical science news, this YouTube channel has something for everyone.

3. Crash Course

This innovative channel sees internet personality Hank Green and author John Green come together to deliver bite sized lessons on a massive variety of subjects. Each video is under 15 minutes long, and covers everything from world history and psychology, to biology and chemistry. A magnificent channel for casual learners, as well as students who need a little help studying, these entertaining videos will keep you up to date on a world of topics.

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4. Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan is a massively popular voice from Australia. Originally gaining popularity by covering other songs, this talented teen is working on his first solo album. Having been featured on The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack, this incredible singer has over 100 million views on his videos. Also amassing almost 3 million subscribers, it appears that the sky’s the limit for this talented YouTuber.

5. Miranda Sings

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One of the funniest satirical YouTube channel is Miranda Sings. With 2.2 million subscribers, this caricature of a wannabe popstar is always happy to talk about herself. A lampoon of our self obsession on the internet, Miranda Sings is both an effective musical channel, as well as of the more humorous destinations on YouTube.

6. Flula

Learning English from online gaming has certainly influenced German YouTuber Flula. This unique user creates vlogging, gaming and interview videos. He started mainly with gaming videos, modding games, then narrating the ridiculous worlds he’s created. In one video for example, Flula mods a first person shooter so all the enemy soldiers are sheep, then creates an action movie like story as he fights his way out. Recently however, Flula has branched out to additional types of comedy, even starting a web series of celebrity interviews. An incredible junction between gaming and internet entertainment, Flula is another must subscribe YouTube channel.

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7. Grace Helbig

Often dubbed the queen of the Internet, Grace Helbig is one of the more popular YouTube vlogging personalities. Beginning her online presence as part of MyDamnChannel, she soon moved to her own YouTube channel. Growing in popularity to nearly 2 million subscribers, this comedian is now a frequent host of online media events. Also a popular guest on other YouTube channels, Grace is even signed on for the upcoming Smosh film.

8. Hannah Hart/My Drunk Kitchen

Gaining popularity through her series My Drunk Kitchen, this YouTube personality he’s been making us laugh since 2009. Now a frequent host and published author, Hannah keeps her YouTube channel constantly updated with entertaining content, including how to videos, My Drunk Kitchen recipes, and collaborations with other YouTube stars.

9. Superwoman


This popular YouTube personality hails from Canada, and brings humour, internet culture and activism together. With an incredible 4 million subscribers, Superwoman is in many ways the voice of new generations. Commenting on everything from women’s rights to misunderstood millenials, Superwoman is a truly interesting, entertaining channel.

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11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                    Free.

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