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This Site Can Tell You How Popular Your Instagram Will Be

At its core, Instagram is about communication; through pictures, sure, but communication nonetheless. But post popularity is just about the only way …

Florida Tourism Attracted Record 95 Million Visitors in 2013

Nearly 95 million people visited Florida last year, setting records for Sunshine State tourism.<p>Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing …

2013 Heisman Trophy Finalists' Pro Comparisons

A field of six finalists was announced for the Heisman Trophy earlier this week, the largest group of candidates since 1994.<p>College football diehards know all six of the players well, but to NFL fans who simply skim college news for draft research, a couple of names might be head-scratchers. …

10 Surprising New Twitter Stats To Help You Reach More Followers

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Since social media is changing so often, it can be hard to keep up with stats and trends that affect how you use it. I quite often forget the facts that I’ve read, or I use Twitter based on stats that are outdated now.<p>In fact, when I recently …

What's the deal with the onstage sign language interpreters at music festivals?

<i>In entertainment, an awful lot of stuff happens behind closed doors, from canceling TV shows to organizing music festival lineups. While the public</i> …

Festivals

5 Resorts in Colombia for Broke and Fancy Travelers

Treat yourself to a hint of luxury, without shelling out the big bucks, at these five backpacker resorts in Colombia.<p>Design/Photo Editing: Nick Ross<p>Even the strongest backpacker renegades need to put down the pack, throw back a few cold ones, and stretch those weary legs now and then. F*ck Sandals …

Voices of Red Hook, New York City

A year after Hurricane Sandy devastated the neighbourhood, Red Hook’s community continues to recover, cultivating artisan distilleries, small town charm and unparalleled views.

New York City

New model of Apple’s proposed spaceship campus reveals new details about the building

New photos from the San Jose Mercury News today reveal additional details about Apple’s new campus, slated to be completed sometime in either 2015 or 2016. A scale model of the planned building was shown to The Mercury News by Apple’s CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, located at an office on the 175-acre …

5 fun and terrifying things about working for Jeff Bezos

“If I hear that idea again, I’m gonna have to kill myself.” This, according to Brad Stone’s upcoming book <i>The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age</i> …

Apple hires Nike FuelBand designer Ben Shaffer; Cupertino's wearable can't be far behind

A month after after poaching fitness expert and Nike FuelBand consultant Jay Blahnik, Apple has added another former Nike employee to its ranks. Cupertino has reportedly hired Ben Shaffer, who served the sneaker brand as Studio Director of the Innovation Kitchen. In this role, Shaffer helped …

Food Tours Add to Washington, D.C.'s Travel Mix

For tourists and residents, alike, the District of Columbia has an endless list of must-see museums, monuments and historic landmarks. And while …

Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' Episode 2 Recap: Living the Dream in Spain

Anthony Bourdain reveled in the relaxed lifestyle of southern Spain in this week’s episode of <b>Parts Unknown</b>.<p>Viewers saw Bourdain visit long-time …

Travel While You're Young

This is the time for small paychecks and big memories. This is the time for travel. We are about as attached to one location as we are to our favorite Chinese take-out place. We know what we like about it, and we take comfort in the familiarity, but that's about it.- Jessy Tapper<p><b>Last June, Jeff</b> …

Notes From The iPhone Launch: Tim Cook Erases Any Doubt It's His Apple As Record Crowds Embrace Apple's Latest

We won’t know until at least Monday whether the launch of Apple's new iPhones set a sales record, but by all accounts record crowds showed up Friday to get their hands on one. I had the chance to spend a few hours with the waiting throng at one of the company’s newest retail stores, in the Stanford …

Here's What Happens To Google Employees When They Die

It’s no surprise that the employee benefits of Google are among the best in the land—free haircuts, gourmet food, on-site doctors and high-tech “cleansing” toilets are among the most talked-about—but in a rare interview with Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock I discovered that the latest perk for …

A New Touch for iPhone

Apple brings out a new top-of-the-line iPhone model every year, but a redesign only every other year. In the intervening cycles, the company tends to …

iPhone

Rex Ryan Once Motivated His Players By Saying He Was Going To Punch Bill Belichick In The Face

The Jets, if you remember, were the ones who brought New England's "SkyGate" operation to the NFL's attention in 2007.<p>According to running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who played for New York in 2010 and 2011, coach Rex Ryan used some interesting motivational techniques to get his team pumped up to …

NFL

Trinidad James on "Ea$tside" w/ Childish Gambino - Rock the Bells 2013

The Best Time to Post Tweets, Facebook Posts and More

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, and I figured it was high time I collected all the information we have about online communication into one place. I’ve collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email …

Travel | Yahoo Lifestyle

Pop Culture<p>Hope Schreiber<p>The DMV has hired more employees to prepare for the enactment of the REAL ID act, but for now citizens just have to …

Ignore the Myths and Take The Kids to Mexico

[section] Preparing to cross the U.S./Mexican border along a road trip our family of seven was taking from Alaska to Argentina (in a veggie powered …

Mexico

In Nation's First Black Public High School, A Blueprint For Reform

The nation's first black public high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar High, opened its doors in Washington, D.C., in 1870. But more than 140 years later, Dunbar — like many urban schools — has fallen on hard times. The crumbling, brutalist-style building is often described as a prison, and graduation …

City Slickers: 5 Books About The Urban Experience

At the NPR Cities Project, we've spent much of the summer reading, breathing, reporting on urban innovation<i>.</i> From smartphone apps such as NextBus and StreetBump, to citywide surveillance camera networks, to 911 texting and NASA-style command and control centers for city agencies, we've been …

Five exotic places you can go without a U.S. passport

Longing for a long-distance getaway but don't have a passport? No problem! We've found five faraway places overseas where, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you won't need to bring a passport.<p><b>Puerto Rico</b><p>The island of Puerto Rico (officially an unincorporated territory of the United …

Why Student Travel Is More Important Than Ever Before

What is the one thing that people regret about their college years? Many alumni will say they wish they had taken the opportunity to travel or study abroad. So many students graduate without taking the leap and traveling, then regret it later. Now, more than ever, it is becoming increasingly …

12 Fabulously Free Things to Do in New York City This Summer

Sure, New York is the home of the $100+ hamburger and the $1,000+ baseball game. But there's also no other city in the world that offers more …

New York City

Hello Sony. Goodbye Nikon. The Story of why I am Switching from Nikon to Sony.

“‘To take an interesting photo, some may choose to carry around a lot of metal and glass and mirrors and silicon. I choose to carry around <i>less</i> metal …

One day in Brooklyn: the perfect itinerary

For many first-time visitors to New York, New York equals Manhattan. But just a couple of subway stops across the river lies a whole other delicious world that deserves your exploration. So set aside a day to take a tour of Brooklyn, with these hand-picked highlights from Brooklyn local, Brian …

The St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival

The St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival isn’t just a concert -- it’s a week-long celebration that suffuses the entire island of St. Lucia, with nightly …