Alvin Chan

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How to divide an open-plan space: 9 ideas

Homes lower on dimensions benefit immensely from the absence of walls. Small apartments with an open-plan space layout help the owners have different …

13 tricks to make narrow kitchens work more effectively

Narrow kitchens are a very common problems encountered in modern urban apartments and we are all starting to feel the pinch of not enough space! …

Italy's 19 most beautiful beaches – according to our experts

10 design tips to help create your dream home office

Find a space and make it your own - no matter how small it is, you'll be happier and more productive if you love your work space.<p>When starting a …

This device fixes the worst thing about the new MacBook Pro

'HyperDrive' is a compact adapter for the ports lost in the recent MacBook Pro upgrade, turning the two Thunderbolt 3 slots into various HDMI, USB-C, …

This super precise handwriting robot is so satisfying to watch

AxiDraw V3 could be the unlikely savior of the art of penmanship. Created by Evil Mad Scientist, it's a pen-plotting robot that serves as a “personal …

This home could be built using a hex key in under 24 hours

Mrs. Fan's Plugin House was commissioned by a young woman who wanted to live in her parents' former courtyard house, but the existing home was very …

32 thrifty ways you can improve your home on a budget

If you're anything like us, even when you've finished decorating your house completely, you'll still be tempted to tweak and look for ways to …

DIY - Summer Outdoor Sofa - Quiet Corner

Modern style meets DIY cool in this sturdy cedar outdoor sofa! With just some 2×4 boards, you could be seating in style this summer!<p><b>Cut Your …

Woodworking

This app lets you make Spotify playlists anyone can add songs to

While Spotify does come with its own options for creating shared playlists, making ad-hoc lists with your friends is often a hassle.<p>For one thing, anyone who wants to contribute a song to the playlist needs their own Spotify account, plus an approval from the playlist’s owner.<p>But there might be an …

Google's iOS keyboard is the GIF and emoji app of my dreams

I just deleted the Giphy app from my iPhone. This is notable because I adore GIFs. I find a deep, slightly perverse, pleasure in sending texts full of those little moving pictures to my loved ones, and the Giphy app streamlined my image-hunting process 10-fold. But now, it's gone from my home …

Apple invests $1bn in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing

Apple has invested $1 billion (£683 million) in Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing.<p>In an interview with Reuters, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the …

China's tech work culture is so intense that people sleep and bathe in their offices

"The pace of Chinese internet company growth is extremely fast," Cui Meng, general manager and cofounder of data startup Goopal, told Reuters. "I've been to the US and the competitive environment there isn't as intense as in China."<p>This has led many workers to put in overtime, sleeping at their …

Employment

Nvidia unveils GTX 1080 and GTX 1070: a new level in GPU power

Nvidia has officially revealed the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, based on its new Pascal architecture, offering an astonishing leap in performance …

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - The Official Samsung Galaxy Site

Design<p>SLIM & LIGHT<p>Galaxy TabPro S fits perfectly into a streamlined lifestyle. Looking every inch the part, its sleek, lightweight form makes for a …

Gear & Gadgets

Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Company PageCloud

The beauty of content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Wix, Weebly and others is in the ability to create and build a complete website using just your browser. Designers are given the flexibility to make changes to their websites using simple browser-based tools, which means they don’t need …

Phenomenal Shots of Norway's Fjords from the Stunning Perspective of a Kayaker

Adventure photographer Tomasz Furmanek documents some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world, all from the seat of his kayak. From the spectacular Lofoten Islands to the serene Sotra, for the past three years the 41-year-old photographer has been capturing images of the remarkable fjords …

Kayaking

The Defining Design Elements Of Luxury Bathrooms

I think it’s safe to say we can all recognize a luxurious bathroom when we see it. Whether it’s because a bathroom is unusually spacious, decorated …

Interior Design

The Uncluttered Life in London

Daniel Lee, founder of a London-based software development house, works in the digital world but is an architectural enthusiast and designer on the …

Interior Design

Escape games: why the latest city-break craze is being locked in a room

There are worse things that can happen on a city break than getting locked in a room, I tell myself as I frantically try to piece together a grid of pattern-covered squares, hoping it will reveal the code to the last combination lock. George (an esteemed colleague on the Guardian Data team, chosen …

InterAct

8 Smart Solutions If You Don't Have a Dining Room

Say goodbye to TV trays, or worse, eating on your bed.<p>Say goodbye to TV trays, or worse, eating on your bed.

10 of the Best European Train Trips

Our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!<p>Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the</i> …

Trains

This former Facebook engineer secretly built a startup that everybody's going nuts over

SignalFx's announcement came at the end of a two-year quiet period, as it revealed it has raised $28.5 million in funding across two super-secret rounds led by Andreessen Horowitz — in fact, Ben Horowitz joined the board — and Charles River Ventures, respectively.<p>"These are some of the smartest and …

Startups

What Other Games Should Learn From The Universal Appeal Of 'No Man's Sky'

No Man’s Sky is a rare case of an indie game being treated like a fully fledged triple A title, and it doesn’t even have a famous developer behind it. While Hello Games’ last project, Joe Danger, was received well, it certainly didn’t make them a household name. Rather, No Man’s Sky has attracted …

11 Things You Need to Get Out of Your House NOW

Or otherwise known as, "How to not be a hoarder."<p><b>1. A Household Hazard</b><p>We're not talking poisonous products (although you should get rid of those, too). But more like that rug by the door you keep tripping on or that end table with the sharp edge you keep running into.<p><b>2. Decor That Reminds You of</b> …

Propelled By Apple And Samsung, Fingerprint Sensor Market Expected To Grow Four Times By 2020

Fingerprint sensor manufacturing hasn’t exactly been the most exciting market. That’s at least until Apple and Samsung started sticking fingerprint scanners into their smartphones.<p>Research firm IHS expects the market to grow almost four times to nearly $1.7 billion by 2020, according to a new …

13 Problems Easily Solved With Tension Rods

Thanks to their skinny, adjustable shape, theyre super helpful around the house.<p>Thanks to their skinny, adjustable shape, they're super helpful around the house.

MonSense for iPhone wants to help you make sense of your money

There is no shortage of personal finance tools in the App Store, but a new kid on the block is well worth your time too. In a nutshell, MonSense helps you track all your expenses and incomes, with separate ‘accounts’ making it easy to divvy up your personal splurges from your business …

Web TV Apps Start To Look Like Over The Top TV

If you have been thinking about cutting the cable cord, you had to look down a long dark alley of missing content and a lonely flatscreen TV. But a number of new services are now showing up to fill that gap and provide a true TV experience that could herald the arrival of the OTT – Over The Top – …