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26 terrific—and free—tools to help you write smarter

Do you ever feel that there's just not enough time in your dayto accomplish everything you have to—especially the <i>writing</i>?<p>Almost every writer feels …

Editing Sex Scenes: 5 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Start Cutting

If you haven't already, you will probably be tasked with cutting together a sex scene at some point in your editing career.<p>If this makes you nervous, …

Frequency Separation for Dummies in Photoshop

You may have heard of this technique called frequency separation where you magically separate the details in your image from the colors and tones to …

Tutorials

Best Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Cases

The Galaxy Note 4 and every Galaxy Note before it has always had a huge support when it came to accessories. With so many to choose from it can be a little bit confusing and difficult to decide so we’re here to round up some of the best cases and accessories that you can get for your shiny Galaxy …

Note 2 Android 4.3 “final” firmware leaks, rollout possibly this week

Galaxy Note 2 users, fret no more: your serving of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is finally heading your way.<p>According to <i>Sam Mobile</i>’s usually reliable insider, the Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) may arrive as soon as this week. In fact, there’s a good chance that Samsung will …

Google Now's voice commands brought together in a useful infographic

When Google Now first arrived with Android 4.1, many folks referred to it as the Google alternative to SIRI. In reality, Google Now is much more than just a simple digital assistant, levering the full power of the web and Google’s services to provide an experience that is worlds above the …

Real-Life Legolas Uses Ancient Techniques to Shoot Arrows Even Faster than Tolkien’s Elven Archer

The bow was once a feared weapon used with deadly accuracy by master marksmen, but after the invention of gun powder and firearms, most ancient …

Google: self-driving cars safer than professional drivers - Roadshow

<b>Google has said that its data reveals self-driving cars are safer than any human driver on the road.</b><p>Speaking at the RoboBusiness robotics conference …

Want to learn Arabic? Klingon? Duolingo turns to the crowd to create new language classes

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>For the past two years, startup Duolingo has helped people learn new languages while crowdsourcing translations of real-world …

Google Maps preview now handles multi-point routes, upcoming events

When the Google Maps web preview launched, it omitted the previous version's multi-point directions -- a big setback for tourists and other frequent travelers. Much to our relief, the company just brought this navigation back for Americans. Preview users only need to hit a button to add extra …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review

The Galaxy Note 3 is one of the most hotly anticipated phones of the year, and for good reason. With its massive 5.7-inch 1080p HD AMOLED display, larger battery, thinner body, and massive processing power, it appears to be a truly legitimate successor to the tried and true Galaxy Note 2. But is it …

These Cars Are The Same Size

Psychologist Richard Wiseman of Quirky Mind Stuff posted this perspective illusion in his blog and told us that the cars are the same size. Despite …

Chocolate Pieces Puzzle

I just had to share this sweet chocolate animation with you guys! I know that <i>missing piece puzzle</i> was recycled so many times by now, but I’m sure …

LEGO: Can You Explain It?

Here are three impossible #LEGO constructions for you to solve. Can you explain them? It’s important to understand there was no tampering with none …

Central Park Monkeys Caught Whispering About Hated Supervisor

You think those monkeys aren't gossiping about you? How naive.<p>The tamarins of New York City's Central Park Zoo have been caught telling secrets. In the first recorded evidence of whisper-like behavior in non-human primates, the tiny monkeys were observed making very quiet, almost inaudible …

Monkeys

Dual Photography Lets You Virtually Move a Camera for Impossible Photos

Want to see some mind-blowing research into photography (from the mid-2000s)? Check out the video above about “Dual Photography,” a …

Kenya attack: a photographer's view from the Westgate mall

I was at home when I heard from a friend about something happening but we weren't sure what it was so I went to the Westgate mall and saw some bodies lying in the car park and realised it was serious. I saw some police so I hid behind cars to take cover and slowly got closer to the gate. An injured …

Richard Dawkins,Evolution,Autobiography and memoir,Culture,Douglas Adams,Peter Kay,Ayaan Hirsi Ali,Christopher Hitchens,Books,Charles Darwin<p>Richard Dawkins is outspoken in denouncing religion. But what really drives him, he says, is the wonder, and truth, of Darwinism<p>On the top floor of Random …

Samsung Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note III To Be Unveiled Sep 4

Samsung has confirmed that it will reveal the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Galaxy Note III smartphone in Berlin on September 4, prior to the IFA trade show and the same day Sony wants to launch to launch its ‘Honami’ handset.<p>The date has been rumored for some time, and the launch of Samsung’s next …

DIY: Film Canister Bag Address Tags

I’ve seen lots of used film canisters repurposed as dangling bag accessories for sale in trendy parts of Hong Kong. The idea is to drill or burn a …

Exploring the Art of Portrait Photography and the Role of the Portrait Today

Capturing our likeness has been a pursuit of the human race for thousands of years. From paintings of gods in Egypt and Greece, to portrait paintings …

Prepping for the 4th!

I’m checking focus on a Nikon F in this picture. It was 1983, and I was about to shoot the 100th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge from a rooftop in …

The Gift of Photography

Is one that is given, or accepted, freely. As a shooter, you can be the recipient of many gifts over the years: The grace of someone’s time, the …

F-Stop, Shutter Speed: A Powerful Combination

When you first take a camera in hand, this black box with a lens on it can seem to be a glaze inducing riot of numbers, symbology, and menu options. …

A Family Album, a While in the Making....

Donald Blake holds Cayus, Deidre Dean’s new baby. Shot on July 27th, 2013.<p>I understand a popular phenomenon is the concept, or game, of degrees of …

Dolphins call each other by name

“Our results present the first case of naming in mammals, providing a clear parallel between dolphin and human communication.” – Marine biologist …

Dolphins

DNA reveals complexity of great ape evolution - Futurity

WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) — A massive effort to catalog genetic variation in …

What a Peahen Really Watches When a Peacock Tries to Impress Her

Author: Greg Miller. Greg Miller Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.24.13.<p>Time of Publication: 2:50 pm. 2:50 pm<p>When a peacock fans his plumage and struts …

Neat Trick If You Need a Macro Lens in a Pinch

No macro lens? No problem! Now you can get those lovely, detailed close-up shots without investing in another pricey lens. How? By converting one of …