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How High Should I Hang That? The Decorating Rules of Thumb You Always Wondered About

Most people think of interior design in terms of color, shape, pattern, and texture. But just as critical are proportion and placement. The long and short of it? Put a too-small rug in a room and, no matter how perfectly it coordinates color-wise, it’ll look awkward. So what is the right-size rug …

The secret trick to downloading full-resolution Instagram photos

You’re probably familiar with the fact that Instagram dramatically downsizes images, often stripping away much of their sharpness and detail, when …

The pros and cons of the new Apple Upgrade Program

You’re signing on to higher monthly phone payments indefinitely for reasons that some might call vain and superficial. Is Apple just enabling you to lease a lifestyle you otherwise couldn’t afford?<p>Putting that cynical argument aside, the bigger con here is that leasing something costs more. Waiting …

A surprising new type of app finally pushed 'Minecraft' out of the top spot in Apple's App Store

iTunes<p>The iPhone version of "Minecraft" costs $6.99 — or, as us normal people call it, "Seven freakin' dollars." Like, <i>whoa</i> . That's seven dollars …

Get to the point with the new Adonit Jot Dash stylus

Adonit is adding another great option to its popular line of styluses compatible with the iPad and iPhone.<p>The new Jot Dash sits firmly in the middle …

Set your iPhone alarm to wake you to a song from Apple Music

Jumping out of bed to the shrill sound of the default Radar ringtone of an iPhone alarm is no way to start the day. As far back as iOS 6, you have been able to set your iPhone alarm to play a song from your music library. And with iOS 8, you can grab songs from Apple Music to use as your alarm …

How to take better photos for Instagram

When Instagram first started out, it was an app that gave life to the not-so-sharp photos from our phones.<p>In the beginning there was an air of it being snubbed by the photography elite but as time has gone on, the app has become a rite of passage for budding photographers and brands alike.<p>Instagram …

Grids for Instagram desktop app arrives on Windows

People use Instagram in different ways, and it’s become obvious that many more than the company ever expected actually like viewing (and — gasp — uploading) their Instagram collection on the desktop.<p>Instagram does facilitate a utilitarian sort of desktop interaction, but a very handsome app called …

The Best Way to Manage All Your Photos

We talk about photo management quite often here at AppAdvice. The ability to take high-quality images and video is becoming easier than ever, and …

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Organizing Your Home

Getting your house organized will go a long way to maximizing efficiency. There is no single right way to do it: The trick lies in finding the way that works best for you. For the kitchen, a few basic organizing concepts can get you started.

Roku vs. Apple TV vs. Chromecast vs. Amazon Fire TV vs. Android TV: Which streamer should you buy?

Streaming video, whether it's from Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Watch ESPN or PBS Kids, is more popular than ever. And the selection of devices to get those shows and movies from the Internet onto your TV continues to expand.<p>In the last six months or so all of the major players in TV-based …

Moleskine brings stylish notebook aesthetics to calendar app, integrating maps, contacts & weather

As someone who does everything electronically, I’m always slightly bemused by people who still use pen and paper – but there is something about Moleskine notebooks that does occasionally make me wonder just a little if I’m missing out. The company today appears to be targeting people like me, with …

Transit

A Mother-Son Folk Duo Went 'From The Kitchen To David Letterman'

Madisen Ward and his mother, Ruth Ward, haven't been playing together all that long.<p>"People usually assume that I was three years old, playing on the porch with my mom, with a ukulele or something," says Madisen.<p>In fact, the two teamed up only about six years ago.<p>"My mom's been playing in …

Your iPhone is a lot more useful with these 5 tools

There are things your iPhone can do that you probably didn’t know. We’ve uncovered five of these.<p>Let Siri read to you<p>Apple’s digital voice assistant …

How to download apps to your iPad purchased by someone else in your iCloud Family Sharing plan

When Apple introduced iCloud Family Sharing with iOS 8 they finally provided us with a method to monitor purchases made with our Apple ID from other devices _before_ they are actually purchased. These “other” devices were typically used by our children. With Family Sharing we can manipulate …

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Spring Cleaning 101: How To Clean & Maintain a Gas Stove

The cleaning up part certainly isn't as fun (or as tasty) as the cooking part, but it's a job that must be done. Check out these handy tips for a …

NeuBible

We believe NeuBible to be the absolute best way to read the Bible on your phone, and having your preferred translation available is as important to …

12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote You Might Not Have Considered

<b>Keep your medical records.</b> I keep my doctors’ names and contact information, medications and vitamins, surgeries and illnesses in a single note. This …

What I Learned From a Day Unplugged

(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez)<p>I don't consider myself addicted to my phone, but recently I've noticed some bad habits — like going for it as soon as …

How to create and save an offline Google map on your iPad

I don’t know about you, but in my line of work, I often find myself off the beaten path in the middle of nowhere. In times like these it’s super helpful to have maps that I can still reference, even without an active internet connection. For the most part, if you don’t already have the poor …

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NBA fan stares at phone, ball strikes her in face

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Some NBA teams are very adept when it comes to technology.<p>However, the Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes that people shouldn't be staring at their phones when they go to a game.<p>In this, he …

A Gameplan for Combating Worry

Do you want to hear a good description of what happens with anxiety? “A man who has no control over his spirit is like a city broken into and without …

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Come Back, Barbara: One Prodigal's Story

Barbara Miller Juliani—daughter of evangelist and pastor Jack Miller (1928-1996) and sister of Paul Miller (<i>A Praying Life</i>)—shares the story of …

Notable New iPad Apps: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

<b>Beethoven’s 9th Symphony</b> is a wonderful new iPad app celebrating this famous and loved piece of music. I’ve never been a big fan of classical music but something about the look of this app grabbed me and I decided to give it a look.<p>Wow, I am so glad I did. This is just a fantastic app, even for …

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The Decline of Western Civilization, 140 Characters at a Time

It’s worth reading this week’s <i>Weekly Standard</i> cover story by Matt LaBash, a biting but insightful lampooning of the culture behind Twitter and what …