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Building your own smart mirror is surprisingly easy

Take that, Snow White<p>Smart mirrors are straight from science fiction. They’re part of an optimistic vision of the future that imagines a world where screens and data are everywhere, ready to feed you whatever information you need at a moment’s notice.<p>But it turns out that building your own smart …

Raspberry Pi

Quirky Knit Gloves Reveal Unexpected Images When Placed Together

Istanbul-based Etsy shop Talking Gloves creates quirky knits with a picture-perfect twist. When placed side-by-side, the palms of each pair of cute gloves unexpectedly forms a single picture, putting a cozy and contemporary spin on the age-old diptych.<p>Each pair of crafty gloves features two …

Crafting

Light Painting the Outline of a Person with Long Exposure Photography

Unlike most photographers, Jason Page creates his images in complete darkness. After experimenting with long exposures of the moon reflecting over …

Light Painting

Stop what you’re doing and buy these $38 headphones

The Carbo Tenore could cost ten times as much and they’d still be a steal<p>Words fail me. I’ve seen — or, more accurately put, <i>heard</i> — the audio price-performance curve shattered into tiny little pieces and I’m still reeling from it. The Carbo Tenore ZH-DX200-CT earphones from Japan’s Zero Audio are …

Consumer Tech

Save yourself some money and learn how to clean your own sensor like a pro

Learning to clean your camera’s sensor is one of the most valuable skills a photographer can learn. At least when it comes to camera maintenance. …

How to Create Raindrops of Light with Steel Wool

GoPro just released this 4-minute video tutorial titled “Creating Fire Rain: A Steel Wool Experiment.” It’s a look at how you can create raindrops of …

8 Albums Developers Love Programming To

As much as we all love being in an office full of friendly people, there’s time where you just need to focus and get coding. So, out come the …

Soundtracks

QuietOn Active Noise-Canceling Earplugs Would Scream Silence Into Your Ears

Most noise-canceling options are designed for listening to music, but these are just to get some peace and quiet.<p>Noise-canceling technology is actually quite sophisticated. Rather than absorbing sound waves, like sound-reducing foams and the fiberglass you can find lining soundproof rooms, …

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

Abandoned Buildings

Top 10 mountain bike rides in the Alps

With high-altitude blasts, epic rocky descents and hidden singletracks, mountain biking in the Alps is a fun and fast-paced assault on the senses. Here, the author of a new guidebook, Alps Mountain Biking, picks his pedal-pushing highlights<p>Saint-Luc, Switzerland<p>High in the giddy, vertical world of …

Skiing

Photographing Meteor Showers

Lyrids Shower | Blended Image | 14mm | [email protected], ISO 1600.<p>Meteor showers can produce one of the most awe-inspiring displays in the night …

Landscape Photography

Meeting culture needs to die

<i>In our meeting today, we are going to focus on our top ten priorities.</i><p><i>I am not exactly sure why we are scheduled to meet, but let’s just go ahead and meet anyway.</i><p><i>Sorry I am late; my first meeting ran long; can you catch me up on what we were discussing?</i><p>I hear these statements all day long. (And I …

Management
Surveillance

Types of Camera Lenses

If you’re new to photography, the vast array of lenses on the market might seem a little daunting. There exists not just a range of focal lengths, …

Night Photography in the City

For photographers like Jeff Cable, part of the appeal of night photography is the new set of challenges it presents. Cable, whose day job is sports …

Photography

Interactive Coding Bootcamp: Get ready for a new career as a developer

The ability to code is one of the most valuable and sought-after skills around, with professionals earning salaries upwards of $75,000. If it appeals to you as a vocation, then you should check out the Interactive Coding Bootcamp, which readies you for the world of development work, and it’s …

Meet Flic: the wireless Smart Button

Don’t you think that life be more fun with more buttons, preferably the big red unlabelled kind that would make your house look more like a supervillain’s layer? Enter Flic, a wireless button that you can stick anywhere and that communicates with your smartphone to perform a variety of tasks.<p>The …

Home Automation

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Travel

This mesmerizing map shows the world's buses and trains moving in real time

Swiss-German IT firm GeOps has collaborated with the University of Freiburg on an interactive map of the world's major mass transit systems, incorporating public data feeds (like the MTA's) offered by train and bus operators to show everything moving in real time. Over 200 systems from around the …

Trains

The best (and worst) of France in 2014

<b>French region of the year</b><p>A strong field, as ever (it doesn’t change much from year to year; or at all), but the winner is Beaujolais on the grounds, first, that it is the most famous unknown region of France – famous for the wine, unknown because nobody goes there, or can place it on a map. (Try …

Take it from a software engineer: learning code can be a nightmare

I was just a guy in a suit in an office with a vague startup idea. Then I decided to learn to code.<p>I overheard some guy at a happy hour bragging about how easily he was able to automate his office workflows by using a language called Ruby. I thought, “huh, Ruby.” I went home, googled it, and within …

Startups

Fire Up The ‘South Park’ References, It’s The ‘World Of Warcraft’ Honest Trailer

“From the company who never met a game they couldn’t postpone, comes a more effective form of teenage abstinence than acne, sex ed, and the catholic church combined, <i>World of Warcraft</i>.”<p>You have our curiosity, Honest Trailers.<p>“Enter the land of Azeroth, a world so vast you could microwave a thousand …

Bowery.io wants to set up your Web developer's work environment in 30 seconds

When Zachary Hamed took a break from school to be a Thiel Fellow, he and his partners created Bowery.io, a service for Web developers that more or less sounds like a miracle even our own tech team couldn’t believe.<p>Today, the startup is releasing the desktop app version of its product (previously …

Apple Cofounder Steve Woz Cracked Up When He Saw This $7 iPhone 'Alternative'

Got $7? Then you, too, can own the "ultimate iRonic gift": iCups.<p>iCups is "the apex of high fashion and high technology. No screen, no buttons, no apps. Just simple, pure communication," its maker says.<p>This iCups is not to be confused with the "iCups Technician," which is what Apple calls its …

High Fashion

Swarm Portal brings taste of iBeacon to mom-and-pop stores

Apple’s iBeacon has been hailed as the future of retail, and so far the indoor-positioning technology has made its way to big-time retailers like American Eagle and Macy’s. But context-aware data analytics should not just be for the big leagues, according to Swarm Mobile.<p>Today, the San Francisco …

Google’s 25 Rules For Building A Better Mobile Site

Google researchers listened to 119 hours of user complaints about mobile websites. Here’s what they learned.<p>Some mobile websites are borderline unusable, forcing you to squint and peck around in hopes of finding whatever piece of information you need. But others seem to fit your phone like a glove. …

UX Design

Side Drawer Navigation Could Cost Half Your User Engagement

<i>Anthony Rose is co-founder and CTO of</i> <i>zeebox</i><i>, the social network for TV.</i><p>So, you have a mobile app where there are more pages or sections than can fit on a mobile screen at once. Your first thought might be to create a tabbed design, with a row of tabs along the top or buttons along the bottom.<p>But …