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PLA to hold short-fiction writing contest

<b>PLA</b> invites writers to submit original works of short fiction for a <b>National Writing Contest</b> taking place this fall. Only original <b>works of short</b> …

Creative Writing

Weinstein-produced horror film Polaroid pulled from release after Amityville: The Awakening tanks

A horror film produced by The Weinstein Company (TWC) has been removed from film release schedules without explanation.<p><i>Polaroid</i>, based on director …

39 Books That Are Actually Scary

Um... maybe don't read these if you're home alone.<p><i>Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

'It' Remake to Scare Away Box Office Slump With Record $50 Million Opening

Pennywise the clown’s return could set a new record for the September box office<p>As the return of the dreaded Pennywise draws near for Warner …

All The Clues About Jennifer Lawrence's New Terrifying Thriller, Mother!

On Thursday, a cake was delivered to the Refinery29 office. We were so stoked to indulge in a seriously delicious baked confection. When we opened …

The 21 best heist movies of all time, ranked

With the high stakes, and the top-shelf actors and directors who seem to gravitate to the genre, when it's done right, it can be a thrilling cinematic experience.<p>With "Ocean's 8" hitting theaters Friday — where the likes of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, and Rihanna …

Paramount Pictures

How to make a good story excellent: 9 steps

Learning how to make a good story great requires mastering the essentials of writing craft: Plot (cause and effect), characterization, narration, …

Creative Writing

Two Stephen King Biopics Land on Hollywood's Black List - Bloody Disgusting

He’s the king of horror. And he deserves a biopic.<p>Ever since bursting onto the scene with the career-making <i>Carrie</i> in 1974, Stephen King has been the …

The Indispensable Guide to Early American Murder

It might have been antimony in the lemonade, laudanum in the coffee, morphine in the whiskey, or strychnine in the sugar bowl. Arsenic could be dusted over oysters, spread onto a bread-and-butter sandwich, stirred into beer, brandy, or cider, even steeped in chamomile tea. Poison was everywhere in …

Crime

Hemingway on Writing, Knowledge, and the Dangers of Ego

<i>“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life,”</i> <b>Hemingway</b> proclaimed in his short and memorable 1954 Nobel acceptance speech. In <b>Death in the Afternoon</b> (<i>public library</i>) — Hemingway’s exquisite 1932 meditation on the tradition of bullfighting, “the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty” …

Amazon Plans Premium Alexa Speaker With Large Screen

Amazon.com Inc. is developing a premium Echo-like speaker with a screen, a sign the world’s largest online retailer is trying to capitalize on the …

21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall

Turn over a new (autumn) leaf with these exciting reads.

Books

Motorola to Samsung: You nicked our idea

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Honestly, sometimes these tech types behave like artists.<p>Fits of jealousy, tantrums of torment and, worst of all, accusations of thievery pepper their world.<p>This week, as Samsung launched its rather fine …

Motorola

Google Play introduces a “Show installed apps” toggle in app lists

The Google Play Store is rolling out a new “Show installed apps” toggle in app lists. The toggle effectively adds or subtracts the apps you already have on your phone from any of the top app lists in the Play Store. By flipping the switch you’ll no longer be bogged down by apps you already have …

Apps

Amazon Kindle Oasis review: the luxury e-reader really is something special

Top-end e-reader is a cut above the rest, rethinking the Kindle design and experience, cutting 20% weight and costing a pretty penny in the process<p>Amazon’s latest high-end Kindle breaks with the mould of the basic e-reading experience to become a luxury item in a class of its own.<p>The new Oasis – …

10 years on: A history of Twitter's biggest missteps

This week, Twitter celebrated more than a decade of existence.<p>Not many consumer-based social media startups can claim that title, but ten years on the company has amassed more than 350 million active users and sees one billion 140-character thoughts tossed into the abyss every few days.<p>Hard …

Social Media

iPad Pro 9.7-Inch Vs iPad Pro 12.9-Inch: What's The Difference?

The headline may sound like a trick question, but it’s not. There’s actually a lot more than just size separating Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro from the existing 12.9-inch model and some are even potential deal breakers. So let’s break it down…<p><b>Size – Strangely Familiar</b><p>The most obvious place to …

IPad Pro

The 10 Scariest Shows On Netflix Streaming Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: July 17th</b><p>Making a scary show is tough enough, and making a scary show that’s also compelling entertainment is practically a minor miracle. That’s reflected in the selection of Netflix‘s content library, too. But the small sampling contains quite a few certified gems, not to mention …

Entertainment

Americans continue to blame protesters more than Donald Trump for violence at his rallies

<b>A scene from a Trump rally in Richmond, Va. (YouTube/Marcus Messner)</b><p>Nearly 80 percent of Americans find fault with anti-Trump protesters<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>March 23, 2016 1:58pm (UTC)<p>A new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday finds that Americans who have protested Republican presidential …

Donald Trump

The Problem With Flat Design, According To A UX Expert

Just because people like flat design doesn’t mean they get how to use it.<p>As a user experience expert at Nielsen Norman Group, Kate Meyer has watched a lot of people use a lot of websites. But her favorite quote comes from a young adult–under 25–talking recently about navigating a flat web design: …

Google Search is getting a new voice

The janky, robotic voice of Google Search results that we’ve all come to know and love – at least in U.S. English – is being retired. Google is rolling out a new, smoother and less disjointed voice for spoken search results, as you can hear in the video below.<p>The more natural intonation and fluid …

Google Search

10 iPhone 7 Rumors Reveal Stunning Design Changes

Based on previous release schedules and product name patterns, Apple should be unveiling its newest flagship smartphones in September or October 2016 — which is most likely going to be called the iPhone 7. Despite the expected release being months from now, many leaks have been spreading over the …

Apple is expected to unveil modest updates to its gadgets

If the venue Apple chooses for its product announcements is any indicator of the magnitude of the products themselves, the gadgets unveiled Monday will be modest, at least by Apple standards.<p>Rather than turning to San Francisco's Moscone Center as it did for the launch of the original iPhone, or …

Apple

Tykes and tablets: Is too much screen time damaging your child’s brain?

Let’s face it – screen time is an inescapable reality of modern parenting, with kids of every age spending hours upon hours in front of iPads, smartphones and televisions. And that’s not always a bad thing.<p>Educational apps and kiddie-geared TV shows are great ways for little ones to sharpen their …

Tablets

Monsters, Inc. screenwriter Daniel Gerson dies at 49

Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote several Walt Disney animated films including Monsters, Inc. and Big Hero 6, has died of brain cancer<p>Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote several Walt Disney animated films including Monsters, Inc. and Big Hero 6, has died. He was 49.<p>Gerson’s family said in a statement that he …

Google Chrome is getting a redesign — here's what it looks like

Screenshots of the redesign were spotted on Google's developer website and show a slight tweak to the way Chrome looks, including squarer corners, a flatter look, and redesigned buttons for bookmarks and information.<p>According to the report, the new design is functional but not finished, and it's …

Google

Deadly California weather leaves 150,000 without power

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ferocious wind and intense rain have pummeled Southern California, leaving one driver dead and more than 150,000 in the dark.<p>Massive trees snapped like toothpicks, causing damage from San Diego to north of Los Angeles.<p>In San Diego, an 80-foot-tall tree fell on a car Sunday, killing the …

When 'Free' Windows 10 Becomes Expensive, You Should Fear This

Here is a date which should worry you: July 29th 2016. This is the date Microsoft will start charging for Windows 10. Here is another date which should worry you more: July 17th, 2017. Why? Because it just made July 29th, 2016 one heck of a lot worse…<p>July 17th, 2017 is at the heart of perhaps …

Windows 10

Sony has created a new US-based company for its PlayStation business

The new business, Sony Interactive Entertainment, will be based in California and will be run by Andrew House, a long-time Sony executive who who helped launch the PlayStation.<p>The new business will establish offices in Toyko and London later on in 2016.<p>"By integrating the strengths of PlayStation's …

Sony Interactive Entertainment