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10 Apps That Will Make Your Android Phone A Whole Lot Better

Android launchers allow you to make your phone even more personal and catered to your specific tastes.<p>A launcher is essentially a home screen replacement for your Android phone.<p>You can turn them on or off whenever you like, which means you can change the look and feel of your phone's software at …

Apps

How to add all the World Cup matches to your calendar in 15 seconds

• If you use Google, go to this site, then hit the little button in the lower right hand corner. It should show up on your calendar, but you can toggle it on and off in the left pane of Google Calendar.<br>• If you use the Calendar app, download this .ics file, then click on it. It’ll bring up a dialog box …

Google Calendar

New Trent Travelpak PLUS External Charger for Smartphones & Tablets $19-$24 shipped (Reg. $42-$100)

eBay has the New Trent Travelpak PLUS External Charger for Smartphones & Tablets for only $19 shipped. It’s originally listed for $90 and Amazon sells it for $42 currently, but we have never seen it this low.<p>It features a dual USB port and an external battery charger (7000mAh capacity) with …

30 crazy camping tricks that will make your life easier

We’ve entered the age where ‘glamping’ is a thing. Glamor camping, for those who mercifully had not heard about it till now, is a type of outing …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Creativity

Mount Vesuvius: Photos From the Volcano's Last Great Eruption

Not published in LIFE. Troops watch the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Italy, 1944.<br>George Rodger—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>1 of 12<p>The most …

Louis Armstrong Plays Historic Cold War Concerts in East Berlin & Budapest (1965)

In its effort to undermine the Soviet Union’s claims to cultural supremacy during the Cold War, the CIA founded the Congress of Cultural Freedom …

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Visit Leon Trotsky in Mexico, 1938

Here is some very rare footage of the great Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo paying a visit to exiled Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky …

200 Free Documentaries: A Super Rich List of Finely-Crafted Documentaries on the Web

I've often called documentary my favorite kind of film, knowing full well that the label designates less a defined genre than a usefully malleable …

How the north ended up on top of the map

Flickr<p>There is nothing inevitable or intrinsically correct — not in geographic, cartographic or even philosophical terms — about the north being represented as up, because up on a map is a human construction, not a natural one. Some of the very earliest Egyptian maps show the south as up, …

Soviet-Era Illustrations Of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (1976)

Until I read J. R. R. Tolkien’s <i>The Lord of The Rings</i>, my favorite book growing up was, by far, <i>The Hobbit</i>. Growing up in Russia, however, meant that …

Global Travel Trend for 2014: Low-Cost Carriers Continue to Eat the World

Early in January we released our big report, “<b>14 Global Trends That Will Define Travel in 2014</b>,” outlining the major trends that will define travel …

Democracy Now! Monday, March 3, 2014

The Quick Workout That Will Boost Your Fat Burn

Slim down fast with these calorie-blasting metabolic moves<p>Tossing a single match on a pile of wood won't ignite a strong flame. An entire box of matches, however? That's the start of a kick-ass bonfire.<p>This is the sort of fiery result that your internal fat burners will get from the fast-paced …

Workouts

The Problem with the "Quick Weight Loss" Diet Plan

And how to lose weight the healthy way.<p>Juice cleanses, Atkins, elimination diets, and the mythical "lose ten pounds in two weeks" diet plan. You could probably think of a dozen more options that trainers and fitness gurus have praised as *the* game-changing diet and fitness regimen, but which of …

Diets

The Waist-Slimming, Lower Ab Workout

Side Plank-Up<p>Targets: Rectus and transversus abdominis, obliques, and inner thighs<p>Lie on left side on floor with legs stacked and a rolled-up towel …

Gold Medal Abs

Eight serious ab moves from top Olympic trainers that will score you a rock-solid middle<p><b>DO IT</b> Train your core with these eight moves three nonconsecutive days a week to flatten your belly and get super sexy abs! Either do them all together as a stand-alone workout or add three or four of them to …

Workouts

30 Luxe Hotels for Hitting the Slopes

The best ski lodges are idyllic escapes where after a day of hitting the slopes, you come back to cozy fireplaces, gourmet food, and relaxing spa treatments. Even if you’re not a hardcore skier, these winter accessories and stylish boots will ensure you’re the cutest lodge bunny on the hill. …

Skiing

25 Documentaries Every Arts & Culture Lover Needs To Watch Right Now

We've all sat in front of our Netflix accounts, tirelessly sifting through film and television genres like "Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Pieces" and "Quirky TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead," never quite finding that perfect piece of cinematography. Defeated by your own streaming …

Spanish and Roman ruins, sophisticated food and drink, French and Belgian twists in the architecture. #Maastricht is a lively and energetic place, with appeal and allure out of proportion to its size. The people are irreverent, there are hordes of university students and the streets are steeped in history. No visit to #TheNetherlands is complete without a visit. Image snapped by LP author @abiwhere #LonelyPlanet #travel

Europe

The Algarve is a stunning region in southern Portugal which is blessed with excellent weather all year round.<p>It is a popular holiday destination for …

Salzburg - It's More Than Just About Mozart

5 Best Islands for a Summer Holiday Retreat

Turkey is Leading Summer Destination

5 Famous People From Florence, Italy

Art

5 Reasons To Choose An Apartment Over A Hotel

Quick Guide To Amsterdam visitors never Run Out of Things

Amsterdam visitors never run out of things to do – this lovely old city has a city center that’s quiet and perfect for walking and biking – with over …