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This 23-year-old ditched her blog and started writing her memoir on Instagram — now 300,000 people are reading it

While she isn't a published author yet, she already has 339,000 captivated readers following along with the story she's telling on Instagram, including a top literary agent who thinks Calloway may have a hit book on her hands. (There's no book deal yet, her agent confirms.)<p>Mic.com reports …

Books

6 Tips for Writing a Life-Changing Memoir

Whether you curl up with memoirs on a frequent basis or pick one up every now and again, you know powerful memoirs have the capacity to take you, as a reader, for an exhilarating ride.<p>I'm a connoisseur of memoirs. In the past seven years, I might have read three books that weren't part of the …

Microsoft is using the cloud to help you make beautiful PowerPoint slides

For most people, PowerPoint is boring. When you need to make a presentation, it’s the most basic and obvious choice. Unless you have some design chops and/or a lot of time, a ‘beautiful PowerPoint presentation’ is often something of an oxymoron.<p>But that could start changing. Microsoft is …

Software

14 things successful people do before breakfast

Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively embrace this philosophy. They must set aside their first hours of the day to invest in their top-priority activities before other people's priorities come rushing in.<p>Science supports this strategy. Vanderkam …

Time Management

The new Nabi kid-friendly Android tablets are seriously huge

In addition to an action cam for adventurous kids, Fuhu has announced new Big Tab options at CES -- and they're so huge, they dwarf the 24-inch model launched in 2014. These latest entries to the Big Tab lineup include 42-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch models, so they're definitely not something you'd …

All Of Steven Spielberg’s Movies Ranked, From Worst To Best

From 1974's The Sugarland Express to 2016's The BFG, and Indiana Jones to Abraham Lincoln, we look back at the career of the most successful director in movie history to see which of his 29 feature films soar the highest, and which struggle to take flight.<p>For more than 40 years, no single director …

NaNoWriMo Prep: 30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days

Sometimes it’s a lone writer who’s been putting off a story idea for too long, and decides it’s now or never. Sometimes it’s a pair or a group …

Writing

The Best Hairstyles for Men

Trade in your messy mop top for a brand-new 'do

Meet Angee, the First Truly Autonomous Home Security System

The most modern security system available.<p>Home security has become a top priority for homeowners, as break-ins are still a common worry worldwide. While security and peace of mind come hand in hand, the process of maintaining and keeping up with a system is often a burden. Despite the technological …

Autonomous Tech

My Biggest Fan

We were in the hotel in New York City the morning of the 2010 NFL Draft, and my phone started ringing. I was projected to be a first-round pick, but …

Alcatel announces 4G Car Wifi and Music Box at IFA

Alcatel OneTouch has rounded out its mammoth IFA 2015 announcements with the arrival of two new connected devices — an in-car 4G LTE hotspot, and a …

Mobile Technology

How to Keep Your Android as Secure as Possible | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

The one device that is always with you day and night, is your smartphone. I have heard the phrase “My life is in my smartphone” only too many times …

The best browsers for surfing the web

Picking a web browser isn’t like picking an operating system or smartphone ecosystem. Unlike choosing MacOS, Windows, or Android where your choices …

Using Dropbox and iCloud Photo Library for Media Storage

I’m taking a step back from iCloud Photo Library. I had chosen to go all-in and place over 12,000 photos and 500+ videos (35 GB of data) into the service, but it hasn’t been working out. I’ve been taking a lot more pictures since I purchased my Sony A6000 earlier this year, and the resulting 24 MP …

Amazon Fire TV vs Apple TV vs Roku vs Chromecast

Introduction<p><i>Update:</i> <i>Apple has just announced a new Apple TV. Called the</i> <i>Apple TV 4K</i><i>, the new device brings support for</i> <i>4K</i> <i>and</i> <i>HDR</i> <i>to Apple's set top box.</i> …

The New Guard of Home Security

Since the invention of the centrally monitored alarm system (however rudimentary) at the end of the 19th century, you got home security by paying a …

How To Remove the Background in Photoshop

Rendering is the process of separating a particular object from the background so you have a completely clear image. This is useful for almost …

20 uses for Evernote that you probably haven’t thought of yet

When it comes to getting organised, Evernote can be a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. In fact, it’s our favourite note-taking platform – by …

Productivity

Best media players and streamers

The battle for what, or should I say who, controls your TV has been raging for several years now. This battle isn’t about your actual TV, it is about who gets to put content on your TV. In the Android ecosystem there are several important services that allow you to buy, rent or stream media. The …

Smart TV

Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell is the world´s first battery-operated, Wi-Fi enabled, HD video doorbell. With Ring, it’s like you’re home even when you’re …

Super cheap Smart Home kit brings automation to the masses

If you're wondering when home automation might tip into the Walmart-level mainstream, here's a sign: Archos' Smart Home starter kit is now on sale. Along with two cameras, two movement tags and two weather tags, they're throwing in a controlling tablet, all for $250 -- or $25 each for the cameras …

Karma Go

You might not consider sharing WiFi as a way to spread cheer during the holidays, but it counts, and theres no better way to do it than with Karma …

Karma

Myfox security camera keeps watch on your home, respects your privacy

The camera's remotely controllable motorized privacy shutter can be brought into play when users are at home, but raised for security patrol using …

Point Home Security Device

Most modern home security solutions have a couple things in common: Internet connectivity, which is great, and cameras, which are not so great — if …

DoorBot

Know who's knocking on your door — no matter what time of day — from any place on the planet with the DoorBot ($200). Whether you're just venturing …

How to update to the new Google Chrome

This is an important update, but it helps to know how exactly to install it in the first place.<p><b>If you're on a computer</b>, find the three-lined "hamburger" menu in the top right corner of Chrome. If there's an update available for your system, you'll be able to see an option that says "Update Google …

Google

Sleep More, Sneeze Less: Increased Slumber Helps Prevent Colds

The viruses that cause the common cold are always lurking. But consider this: Even if we touch a doorknob or keyboard that's covered in cold germs from an infected person, we don't always catch the cold.<p>"Sometimes when we're exposed to viruses, we end up not getting sick," says Aric Prather, a …

Sleep

Here's Microsoft's $140 PC on a stick

Microsoft has teamed up with Indian gadget maker iBall to launch the Splendo, a dongle-sized PC that runs Windows 8.1.<p>The pocket-sized Splendo can connect to TVs and monitors via HDMI. It’s powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and includes 32GB of onboard storage.<p>It also …

Micro USB

Keep your computer clean with digital decluttering

A few days ago I got a desperate call from a friend. “My computer says ‘disk full’ and basically won’t work. What do I do?” Her laptop’s hard drive …

Minimalism