Calvin Zhang

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5 Flat-Pack Furniture Companies That Are Cooler Than IKEA

Sick of disposable furniture but can’t afford high-end stuff? A new genre of companies fit somewhere in between–and they ship to your door.<p>While companies like ABC Home and Design Within Reach tout the idea of bringing high design to the masses, their items are still out of reach for most of us. …


Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About How Tires Work

<i>(Credit: All Illustrations by Bryan Blades and Hal Mayforth)</i><p>Don't ever think of a tire as a homogeneous glob of molded rubber, because nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, a tire is more properly recognized as a high-performance composite of some 60 different materials. It is quite …

Google Glass

The New American Dream Is Living in a City, Not Owning a House in the Suburbs

In June 2002, several years before the peak of the housing boom, President George W. Bush famously proclaimed that the American Dream is to own a …

Five Sauces Everyone Should Know How to Make for Endless Meal Options

"What's for dinner?" might be the most dreaded question of everyday life. Even if you have a ton of ingredients at the ready, you have to figure out …

10 smart tips for becoming a better grocery shopper:

Most Popular Android Downloads and Posts of 2013

This was a huge year for Android. We watched while Google started to make Android more modular to fight fragmentation, Jelly Bean rose to prominence …

Android News

Places Journal

Rem Koolhaas, the Smithsons, Venturi and Scott Brown … and Thomas Hardy? The famed 19th-century author was actually a radical architect whose Wessex …

Rem Koolhaas

The Day Google Had to 'Start Over' on Android

Google was building a secret mobile product to fend off chief rival Microsoft. Then Apple announced the iPhone, and everything changed.<p>In 2005, on Google’s sprawling, college-like campus, the most secret and ambitious of many, many teams was Google’s own smartphone effort—the Android project. …

The 32 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

From Kanye's epic Yeezus to A$AP Ferg's bizarro Trap Lord and the return of M.I.A., there was a lot to love this past year.

Rap & Hip-Hop

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