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16 Hobbies That Will Improve Your Quality of Life

Having a hobby is not just a way to pass the time; it can also improve the quality of your life. A hobby is something that you do for fun or …

Home Sweet Home Recording: 10 Tips to Make Your Tracks Shine

So as to set the record straight, I’m going to make the following disclaimer: I am not Mutt Lange. I am not Rob Cavollo. I am not Jimmy Iovine or …

5 Morning Rituals Happy, Healthy People Do Every Day

How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. So if you want to be productive, feel energized and happy, incorporate these five …

5 Common Morning Routine Mistakes

For many of us, the morning doesn’t seem like it’s anything important. The time between your initial wakeup and your arrival to the office is usually …

Time Management

30 Jazz Albums Every Man Should Hear

I’ll never forget my first introduction to jazz music. The year was 1999 and I was watching the movie Runaway Bride starring Richard Gere and Julia …

7 Steps You Are Not Taking to Learn Jazz Standards

Let’s be honest: you probably don’t know enough Jazz Guitar Standards tunes to jam with a fellow jazz musician for an hour. And the problem might …

We're playing classical music all wrong – composers wanted us to improvise

After a very drawn out and fraught construction, the Philharmonie de Paris is finally open. The 2,400 seat concert hall was conceived with ambitious …

Flute

How I Built a Raspberry Pi Tablet

It seems that every day a manufacturer comes out with a new tablet computer. Thinner, lighter, faster, but it seems that they all look about the same and accomplish roughly the same things. When I set out to build my Raspberry Pi tablet I wanted something different. I wanted an all-in-one system …

Recoil in techno terror from French DJ Gesaffelstein's 'Pursuit' video

Gesaffelstein is French DJ Mike Lévy, and the video for his song <i>Pursuit</i>, released in June,is both unnerving and slightly NSFW. Shot on a camera constantly backing away from a series of odd images — a squad of clones carrying assault rifles, an eerily silent knighting ceremony, a bare-breasted woman …

Lou Reed Dies at 71

Very sad news to report as rock legend Lou Reed passed away today (Oct. 27) at the age of 71. While no cause of death has been reported, Reed did …

Leonardo Da Vinci Mural Discovered Under Layers Of Paint During Sforza Castle Restoration In Italy

Restorers working on renovations for the Sforza Castle in Italy got quite a shock this week when they peeled away several coats of paint to reveal part of a Leonardo Da Vinci mural.<p>Buried beneath 17 layers of whitewash, the portion of the drawing -- which depicts a tree root stuck in a rock -- has …

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos. “What’s the password?” I asked. “I don’t use one,” she replied. …

Why would anyone buy an iPad 2 now?

For $399, Apple's iPad mini with Retina display is a far better choice<p>Yesterday, Apple announced two new iPads: the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. Both carry Apple's speedy new A7 processor, and both come with high-resolution screens. But when the dust settles, Apple will actually …

Acer C720 Chromebook review

The perfect Chromebook has long been a pipe dream. All Google needed to do was release a model with great battery life and speedy performance for a price that well undercuts a typical Windows laptop. But that’s apparently easier said than done. We’ve seen a variety of Chromebooks come and go over …

iPhone and iPad users report severe motion sickness while using iOS 7

Apple's new design style in iOS 7 has had plenty of detractors, but some may have genuine cause for complaint: the zooming and parallax animations across the new operating system have been giving some users bad cases of motion sickness. "The zoom animations ... are literally making me nauseous and …

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …

Jony Ive: The man behind Apple's magic curtain

The reclusive and prolific Jony Ive, the man behind the Apple iPod, meets with USA TODAY for a rare interview about Apple's once and future mission.<p>CUPERTINO, Calif. — The man who designed the iPod ponders the question with furrowed brow.<p>"That's a good one," says Jony Ive, when asked what he would …

Obama administration petitions FCC to require carriers to unlock phones

The Obama administration, by way of the NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration), today officially petitioned the FCC to …

How To Build A Raspberry Pi-Based Bitcoin Mining Rig

While you won’t get rich running a single Raspberry Pi Bitcoin Rig, you can probably make back your initial investment in this ingenious little machine. RaspPi Bitcoin rigs are nothing new but Dave Conroy has just built one and, more important, shared his plans in a fairly easy-to-read page.<p>The …

Turn Any Printer Into a Google Cloud Printer with a Raspberry Pi

Unless you have a newer printer, chances are yours isn't ready for cloud printing. Thankfully, with just a $35 Raspberry Pi, How to Geek shows how …

Raspberry Pi

Rescuing Water-Damaged Devices: Is There a Better Fix Than Rice?

Let’s play a quick game of Jeopardy, shall we? Here’s the clue: An iPhone 5, a water bottle and an energetic 2-year-old. If you answered, “What is a …

iPhone 5

The first-ever naturally occurring gears are found on an insect's legs

Gears are a potent symbol of human industry, a sign of mechanical wonder or a cold assembly line. If you had to pick something to stand against the natural world, they'd be a pretty likely pick — except that as it turns out, insects discovered them first. In a paper published today in <i>Science</i>, …

Locket pays you pennies a day to cover your Android lock screen with ads

It turns out you <i>can</i> make money by wasting time on your smartphone. Locket is a new Android app that places advertisements on your phone's lock screen and rewards you for swiping through for more information. Once you've downloaded and installed Locket, it requests three pieces of information; your …

MoDaCo.SWITCH opens beta to testers who want to have both Sense and stock Android ROMs on the HTC One

HTC One owners looking to run both stock Android and the default Sense ROM on their devices can sign up for the beta program of MoDaCo.SWITCH.<p>Developed by Paul O’Brien, MoDaCo.SWITCH is a useful tool that lets you boot two Android instances on your HTC One including the default ROM that comes …

Paper Artist, Previously A Samsung Exclusive From The Makers Of Paper Camera, Is Now In The Play Store

Some people can take some phenomenal pictures using their smartphone cameras, but many mere mortals often find that their pictures look best with a …

How-To: Text Your Coffeemaker

When the folks at Zipwhip heard that the Raspberry Pi team was moving to a new office, they decided to combine their cloud-based texting service with the power of Pi as a gift to the Pi crew: the world’s first Raspberry Pi-powered, cloud texting-enabled espresso machine, called Textpresso. Yes, …

Swipes is a Beautiful GTD App With Tagging and Scheduling

Any.DO, Clear, Todoist, Wunderlist…the list of mobile to-do list apps extend far beyond the length of my arm. But Swipes brings another compelling proposition, and if you’re on the lookout for a new list-based ‘get things done’ tool, it’s worth your time.<p>Optimized for iPhone and iPod touch, Swipes …

Sony 'Honami' specs and updated UI revealed through system dump

We’ve heard plenty about the upcoming Sony Honami in the past few weeks. In fact, right before last month ended, we got a glimpse of what it actually looks like, when its first purported press images went online — and subsequently spread across the Internet. But surely there is more to it than what …