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This temperature-control mug is the best product I've tried this year

Honestly, it changed my coffee drinking habits.<p>Buy Now!<p>It's fascinating how little, everyday frustrations can stick in your brain forever. Like why isn’t there an apparatus that breaks spaghetti in half without throwing shards of raw noodle all over your kitchen? Or why aren't there half-size …

Former Apple photo guru releases powerful iPhone camera app

A “Gentleman Coder” who is the former director of the Apple photo apps teams has launched an IOS app for the photographer who prefers to shoot RAW images.<p>RAW Power for iOS hit the App Store this week from software company Gentlemen Coders LLC, which was founded by Nik Bhatt. His 14-year stint in …

How to use an iPad as an external display and Touch Bar for your Mac [Video]

As an LG UltraFine 5K Display owner, I’ve been using my MacBook Pro in closed-clamshell mode for the last week. Closed-clamshell mode allows me to drive an external display with the MacBook’s lid closed.<p>While such a setup looks neat and takes up less desk real estate, there are a few downsides …

10 hot bands for your new Apple Watch

So you got a shiny new Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 1 or Apple Watch Series 2 for the holidays. Congrats! Apple’s wrist-worn wearable is be far …

How to sync selected folders between Dropbox and your Mac

Dropbox's selective sync feature to the rescue.<p>With MacOS Sierra, you can sync your Desktop and Document folders to iCloud Drive, but if you are a Dropbox devotee, you can get the same functionality without adding to the number of cloud services you use. Dropbox offers the ability to sync folders …

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30 essential IFTTT recipes for Instagram

Back up your Instagram photos on every cloud storage service there is.<p>These days, we capture most of our memories through a smartphone camera -- and then we add a filter and a few witty hashtags and post those memories on Instagram for the world to see. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with …

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PhotoSweeper Upgrade Takes Control Of Your Photo Collection

Whether you’re a photo pro, advanced enthusiast or rank amateur, getting the perfect shot is critical. The problem is that you often generate many more imperfect and extremely similar shots that wind out being disposable.<p>Having fewer and better shots not only saves hard drive (and even cloud) space …

Quantum dots: How nanocrystals can make LCD TVs better

Found in the newest LCD TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony and others, quantum dots hold the promise of better color reproduction, better energy efficiency, and more. Here's what they are and how they'll work.<p>Quantum dots. I don't think there's been a cooler name for a TV technology ever. What they can do …

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Tutorial: How to Capture a Motion Time-Lapse of the Milky Way from Start to Finish

Ian Norman, the astrophotographer behind Lonely Speck, is a good friend of the blog and an incredibly generous photographers when it comes to sharing …

One day our homes will be smart, but we have a long way to go. Here’s how we’ll get there

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Alexander Kirch/Shutterstock<p>Right now, most people don’t want a smart home. And while about 13 percent of people have …

Spotify Connect's seamless streaming arrives on smart TVs

In order to properly celebrate the first year of Spotify Connect, the streaming outfit is rolling it out to a new set of devices. The feature already played nice with a smattering of wares, and now, you'll be able to leverage the seamless listening experience on that smart TV. Starting with …

5 stunning tips that will make you an iTunes master

The native iTunes application offers many features and controls for handling your songs and movies, but sometimes it can seem too overwhelming to understand. In today’s video, we give you five quick tips that will help you master iTunes. You’ll learn how to customize your store settings, access a …

5 Easy Tips for Visual Branding on Social Media

Over the past few years, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have introduced a series of design changes that have increased the ability to personalize the look of of account pages.<p>To help your brand from getting lost in the clutter, it’s important to stand out visually as …

Pebble Reveals The Pebble Steel For $249 Shipping Jan. 28; App Store Coming Soon

Smartwatch pioneer Pebble is introducing something everyone has been waiting for at CES this year: new hardware. But the hardware isn’t so new that it throws the baby out with the bath water – any software developed for the current Pebble will work with the new one, and vice versa. And there’s …

Apple Can Ignore Android Market Share Stats All The Way To The Bank

It’s not a secret that Android has surpassed iOS in terms of mobile market share, and that it’s well on its way to dominating the mobile market in much the same way that Windows has squashed Mac in the desktop arena for years. While Android loyalists take great pride in this fact, though, Apple …

Man Develops Friendly, Possibly Obsessive Feelings for Kindle’s Mayday-Button Woman

Amazon's three-ad series for the Kindle Fire HDX's Mayday button, which allows a one-way video chat between users and Amazon experts who can …

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Instagram ads and the future of brand advertising

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Wiki Commons<p>From the very day that Facebook(s fb) acquired Instagram, there has been an impending sense of doom that …

Starbucks Launches @Tweetacoffee: Send Coffee Through Twitter Now

Treating a friend to a 380-calorie grande pumpkin spice latte can now be done in less than 140 characters. Yes, you can now send a Starbucks coffee …

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How subtweets are ruining Twitter

Subtweets may seem like they empower the subtweeter; actually, the subtweet-ee wins. And online discourse loses<p>Most rational people understand that short messages, haphazardly inputted into a smartphone during a brisk walk or after a few tabs of Adderall, can be wildly misinterpreted. Yet Twitter, …

The Best Time to Post Tweets, Facebook Posts and More

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, and I figured it was high time I collected all the information we have about online communication into one place. I’ve collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email …

School district hires company to monitor students’ activity on social media

The Glendale Unified School District kicked this school year off with a program to track what its students are doing and saying online.<p>The district has hired social network monitoring service Geo Listening to tune into students’ social media activity and look out for things like cyberbullying, drug …

New Companies Are Redefining What It Means to “Share” Online

A Poshmark profile<p>Lately, I’ve heard a lot of chatter predicting the decline of Facebook as users want to be more selective about what they share …

Katy Perry’s New Music Video Is Told Almost Entirely Through WhatsApp

Katy Perry uses WhatsApp all day — on the elliptical, in the bath and even on the toilet.<p>Here’s proof. The video for Perry’s new song “Roar,” …

IFTTT for iPhone: A Different Kind of iOS Automation – MacStories

I used to heavily rely on IFTTT for my daily automation workflows that involved appending bits of text to files in my Dropbox, forwarding tweets to my OmniFocus inbox, generating PDFs, or archiving Instagram photos to my Dropbox account. IFTTT, acronym of If This Then That, is a web service that …

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Instagram Isn’t Killing Vine’s Growth (Not Yet, at Least)

Perhaps Facebook’s Instagram video product isn’t the Vine killer some thought it would be.<p>Vine was the No. 1 most downloaded non-game app in Apple’s …

How Social Media Moves Consumers From 'Sharing' To 'Purchase'

Vision Critical’s recently published study, <i>From Social to Sale</i> provides some answers to exactly how a company’s social media strategy could be tailored to drive sales. Using interviews from almost 6,000 participants, the company evaluated social media purchasing against participation in Twitter, …

How online shopping boosts in-store sales

Shopping online makes it easy for customers to find exactly what they want without scouring store shelves for elusive gadgets, dishware, or toys.<p>The downside is that customers have to wait several days, and often pay, for delivery. Alternatively, customers who head to an old-fashioned, …

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