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4 of the Most Common Photo Editing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

One of the best things that digital photography has given photographers is the "digital darkroom". I'll spare readers the boring, old spiel about how …

Honda builds a Batbike

Honda has revealed a new motorcycle called the NM4 Vultus. While not the most inspiring name, it does at least look really stealth. Cool stealth. Batbike-level stealth.<p>It's not a Batbike, of course, but is instead inspired by ‘Japanimation' - that's anime and manga - both genres long interwoven …

Motorcycles

2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 First Drive

Putting the G in Unglaublich: Ridiculous toys don't get more fun than this<p>The most flabbergasting aspect of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 isn’t that it exists, but that it’s a production vehicle. As in, you can buy one. AMG has already built nearly 60 units so far this year. I just spent a …

Time I

Previewing the 2014 Geneva motor show

Chris Harris Drives The McLaren P1 On /DRIVE

It's not often that we have cause to envy others for their chances to drive awesome cars. But it happens surprisingly often with Chris Harris. Case …

'Dumb Starbucks' In Los Angeles Tests Parody Laws As Coffee Lovers Laugh

It may have been the dumbest stunt in coffee history. Or else the coolest, smoothest move since the Frappuccino itself. A store opened in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz this weekend calling itself “Starbucks,” only with the word “dumb” in front of the name. “Dumb Starbucks” had a Dumb …

Volkswagen Polo updated with new engines, handsome looks

In America, Volkswagen's offerings don't get any smaller than the Golf (or Beetle, really). But elsewhere in the world, there are a host of smaller-than-that vehicles from VW, perhaps the best-known being the cute little Polo. And while there still aren't any plans to bring the Polo to our market …

America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor [MAPS]

At the county level, America is a tremendously unequal place. The median household income in the poorest county (Wilcox County, Alabama) was $22,126 in 2012. In Falls Church, Virginia, where highly educated defense contractors and federal government workers cluster, the median income last year was …

Tips for Better Portrait Photography

There are a few techniques that help with taking portraits, and I’m going to share some of those tips with you today. Lighting, composition, camera …

Grab a Coffee & Settle In - 33 Great Photography Links

The world of photography has been buzzing all week with great photographers and artists posting their work for the world to enjoy. Toad Hollow …

7 Travel Rules To Live By

Traveling the globe can teach you a thing or two (or seven).<p>Apply these traveler's mantras to the ordinary life beyond your trip, and watch every day become a freeing vacation of its own.<p><b>1. Pack light.</b><p>When traveling, you want your suitcase to be small so you'll have freedom to be active and …

Things I Learned Wandering Around Europe for 7 Months

<i>These things, traveling taught.</i><p>After five years a slave in the consulting world, I booked a oneway ticket to Iceland, and negotiated a seven-month sabbatical. Yes, in that order.<p>It's common to wonder: What did you learn? How did you change? What impacted you the most?<p>These are a few of the things …

Quit Your Job and Travel The World: Reddit Users Reveal Their Final Straw

Quit your job and travel the world. <i>So much</i> easier said than done.<p>Sure, there are signs that clue you in, but how do you know when you’re ready? The final straw, that defining moment you decide to leave behind life as you know it and face uncertainty, all for the desire to explore the big, unknown …

Blame Obama for Passing a ‘Partisan’ Health-Care Bill? What Nonsense.

The GOP idea that Obamacare is flailing because he pushed through a ‘partisan’ bill beyond Kafkaesque—and Republicans only believe it because they …

21 Signs You're A Traveler, Not A Tourist

It may seem like splitting hairs, but there are major differences between being a traveler and being a tourist.<p>Being a traveler is sort of like being a part of a Newtonian law: A traveler in motion stays in motion, yada yada yada. While being a tourist is sort of like intentionally plopping …

How I Became the Kind of Person Who Can Work a Room

I used to dread networking events. Then a colleague let me in on his secret strategy.<p>I did it. I went to a cocktail party where I didn't know anyone, and successfully chit-chatted for two hours. (Not to myself. I actually spoke with other people.)<p>I have never been good at the kind of networking …

Networking

What's Mine Is Yours (For A Price) In The Sharing Economy

<i>This week on-air and online, the tech team is</i> exploring the sharing economy<i>. You'll find the stories on this blog and</i> aggregated at this link, <i>and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Just</i> email, <i>leave a comment or</i> tweet.<p>Not long ago if you wanted to rent a room for the weekend your …

How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

Android News

The Physics of Diffusers: How to Make a Car Really Suck

Gettin' down with downforce.<p>Finessing the Flow <br>The diffuser acts as an expansion chamber to manage the air as it exits from underneath the car and reintegrates it with higher-pressure ambient air. Smoothing this transition reduces turbulence and drag in the car's wake and improves airflow under the …

Top 10 Cars for 2014: PM Auto Excellence Awards

U.S. auto sales are booming, and the market is brimming with great carsevery segment is full of choices with modern styling and sporty driving dynamics. Its been an exciting year for car enthusiasts, but it also makes deciding on just 10 winne<p>U.S. auto sales are booming, and the market is brimming …

General Motors

Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns

My parents moved away from Lincoln, Ill., two decades ago, when I was in college. I hardly ever get back there. But my mom still works in Lincoln, and it was to Lincoln I headed to meet her this fall, after returning to the U.S. from the Middle East.<p>I got off the train from Chicago and immediately …

Record Numbers Of Elite MBAs Are Ditching Finance For Tech

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, finance has lost its luster for many elite MBAs, and a record number of graduates are heading to the white-hot tech sector instead.<p>According to data assembled by The Wall Street Journal, the percentage of graduates who went into finance dropped by 12% from …

Better off renting? The new economics for young adults

The math of home ownership simply doesn't work for some young people.<p>Take a young man we'll call Neil, for example. He's a single, 31-year-old journalist in Toronto who makes a middling five-figure salary, rents a cheap apartment in a nice part of town and has $20,000 parked in a bank account. …

Real Estate

Building a BMW 335i for the SEMA Show: Making the Ultimate Driving Machine Better!

Build your own Hot Wheels cars

Just in time for the holidays<p>If you're old enough freely use the internet and you're reading this, chances are you're a car enthusiast who grew up playing with every form of car-related toy out there, especially Hot Wheels. Heck, I've currently got Magnum, P.I.'s bright red Ferrari 308 GTS QV …

Hot Wheels

2013 Ford F-250 Project Truck: The Ultimate Super Dirty! - Dirt Every Day Ep. 19

2014 Pagani Huayra: World Beating Hyper Car or Just Plain Hype? - Ignition Ep. 89