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The energy-efficient Aspen tiny home is built tough to withstand Canadian winters

Over the years, tiny homes have popped up everywhere from coastal landscapes to lush woodlands. But now, one Canadian-based builder is proving that …

Design

How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Amazon Alexa has recorded

Digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are designed to learn more about you as they listen, and part of doing so is to record conversations you’ve had with them to learn your tone of voice, prompts, and requests. Recently, this feature-not-a-bug has landed Amazon in a string of …

Smart Homes

Five reasons to prefer Apple Maps over Google Maps

Has there ever been an app that has caused so much of an uproar in the Apple community as Apple Maps? It was released in the fall of 2012 with iOS 6, and it was not received well to say the least. It was so poorly received that Tim Cook even wrote a letter apologizing for the poor launch of Apple …

Maps

Want to have better meetings? Design them

Meetings take up an increasingly large part of our working week with a lot of time and effort being poured into them, but they often end up being …

UX Design

Super Heroes in Legos: Pictures

5 ways to pick the perfect app font

Text makes up 95 per cent of all digital communication. So no matter how carefully refined the user interface, icon design or choice of imagery …

Palantir Knows Everything About You

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Startups

‘I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place’

<i>Over the last few months, Select All has interviewed more than a dozen prominent technology figures about what has gone wrong with the contemporary</i> …

‘Bill to: The patriarchy’: How one woman is addressing the unpaid work gap

After her son was born in late 2016, Patti Maciesz found herself feeling alone and overwhelmed. The experience of becoming a mother — everything from …

Feminism

These Twins, One Black and One White, Will Make You Rethink Race

Marcia and Millie Biggs say they’ve never been subjected to racism—just curiosity and surprise that twins could have such different skin colors.<p>When Amanda Wanklin and Michael Biggs fell in love, they “didn’t give a toss” about the challenges they might face as a biracial couple, Amanda says. “What …

Color Management

The Station | by Chris Paul

Y<p>ou remember that bit from <i>The Original Kings of Comedy</i>, where Cedric the Entertainer is doing the impression of the old guy from the neighborhood …

How Does Banksy Make Money? (Or, A Quick Lesson in Art Market Economics)

Earlier this month, Banksy stenciled a rat on the exterior clock of a former bank building on 14th Street in Manhattan. Though the entire building is …

How to Get the Softest Light Outdoors for Your Photos

Achieving soft, directional light outdoors can be difficult. Sure, you can use an overcast day for soft, natural light, but often, this will not give …

31 things Canadians say that Americans don't understand

The United States and Canada are linked in many ways, from their intertwined history to their 5,500-mile border — the longest in the world.<p>But the most obvious thing the two countries share is their language.<p>Yet despite both having English as their primary language, Americans and Canadians don't …

Future cities will stand or fall by infrastructure

Sir, Sarah O’Connor, in “Cities only work if they accommodate rich and poor” (March 21), identifies rising housing costs for lower-paid workers as a …

Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His …

Journalism

Me! Me! #MeToo! How Hollywood hijacked feminism

Hollywood depends on the fostering of female insecurity. When will celebrities call Time’s Up on that?<p>This is the Time’s Up Oscars, the first one where the #MeToo movement is a major player, and no one can predict just how the tricky balance between celebration, industry penitence and the host …

Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology

Palantir deployed a predictive policing system in New Orleans that even city council members don’t know about<p>In May and June 2013, when New Orleans’ murder rate was the sixth-highest in the United States, the Orleans Parish district attorney handed down two landmark racketeering indictments against …

Why Is Tiny Norway Totally Dominating the Winter Olympics?

The Olympics are supposed to be the purest distillation of the athletic ideal: Competitors from across the world meet in one city to vie for world …

Ti Chang on Destigmatizing Sex Through Design & How a Product's Form Should Respect Its User

Learn more about this year's Consumer Product Jury Captain for the Core77 Design Awards<p><i>For this year's Core77 Design Awards, we're conducting</i> …

How To Design For Everyone, In 3 Steps

First? Ignore the average user–they don’t exist.<p>Inclusive design is officially a buzzword, with companies like Airbnb releasing an inclusion toolkit and Microsoft attempting to use its principles to make better products. But the idea behind that buzzword–that designing for a wider variety of people …

Dreamy Photos Capture the Storybook Love Between Pastel Parrotlet Birds

Birds have an exquisite beauty that is amplified by fine art photography. Hi-tech lenses and macro techniques showcase the incredible details of their brilliant plumage. Photographer Rupa Sutton has captured a dreamy series of parrotlet birds where every blade is visible and awash in pastel pinks, …

Birds

Solo movie posters are a typographic treat

There's not long to wait now until cinema goers get to return to a galaxy far, far away with Solo: A Star Wars Story. A recently launched trailer …

Grammar Nazi Tries To School Mark Hamill Over Grammar On Twitter, Regrets It Immediately

As a paid up member of the grammar nazi club, I know all too well that trivial, yet nagging feeling of disdain one gets when seeing a native English …

This Puget Sound eco cabin is made almost entirely from reclaimed materials

Activist and artist Anna Hoover collaborated with architect Les Eerkes from Olson Kundig Architects to build the Scavenger Hut – a beautiful, …

How to Use a Projector as a Lighting Tool for Creative Portraits

In my opinion, there’s an extra layer of believability — a tangibility, if you will — to using practical effects as opposed to relying heavily on …

The UK opened the door for Facebook and Google to start acting like banks

Starting Saturday (Jan. 13), the UK’s nine biggest banks, which service most of the population, will no longer have a lock on the state’s financial transactions.<p>New rules that are part of a UK directive called Open Banking aim to make it easier to compare and switch UK banks. Financial institutions …

America’s Worst Graveyard Shift Is Grinding Up Workers

No one knew her real name. At work she was Tiffany Sisneros, until her arm got crushed in a conveyor belt. She filed for workers’ comp as Martha …

Photographer Shoots Finnish Forest Animals Like They’re Professional Models, And We Can’t Stop Looking At Them

Helsinki-based artist Joachim Munter invites you to step into the fairytale-like wildlife of Finland through his photos. Viewing his portraits of …

I’m An Amateur Photographer Who Is Just Learning, And Here Are Some Of My Photos

My name is Susan Hartman, I’m an amateur photographer who is learning something new every day.<p>I love nature and all that surrounds me so I combine …