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Audionoggin attracts the tunes while keeping your ears free of plugs, wires

Like music while you ride but want to keep those ears open for traffic sounds and ambient noise? Audionoggin’s wireless mini speakers put a …

Crowd Funding

A California redwoods hike you won’t forget

ORICK, Calif. — When the world’s tallest trees are just one highlight of a hike — and maybe not even the main highlight — you’ve found a pretty …

Hiking

Google has found that its most successful teams have 5 traits in common

Following the success of Project Oxygen, an internal study of what it takes to be a top manager at Google that started in 2008 and whose findings are still used today, the company undertook another study, this one of team dynamics.<p>A group of Google's People Operations (HR) employees spent the past …

Employment

10 of the Most Striking Spots in Hawaii

Travel<p>Discover our favorite activities in the Aloha State.<p>There are iconic spots in Hawaii that first-time visitors need to see to believe, but there are also the lesser known gems that the locals know are just as worthy of your time–especially on that second or third return trip. For a mix of …

5 Bike Startups You Need to Know About

We’ve told you about all the hottest bike accessories, helmet developments and rad cyclist clothing. But what about the actual bikes? This old-school form of transportation has undergone quite a few improvements, and you don’t have to be marathon cyclist to enjoy them. Scroll on for five of our …

Honey Badger serves as a backpack and a bicycle pannier

Once a relatively lesser known member of the animal kingdom, the honey badger rose to infamy last year, becoming a legend among critters. It's not …

Camping

Introducing 2016 Election Central: Your Guide to the Presidential Race

The 2016 presidential election will dominate the news, conversation and debate in America over the next 450+ days leading up to Election Day 2016. With a record 17 Republican candidates, five Democratic candidates and a constant stream of debates, there will be no shortage of political jousting, …

Social Media

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, must really hate bananas. Because according to his concert rider, which was recently made public, he doesn't want to lay eyes on one at his concerts.<p>A "rider" is the set of unusual contractual demands that some pop stars make of their hosts when they're on …

Simply breathtaking: Freediving couple's stunning underwater photo shoot | CNN Travel

Florida by Land: Go Beach Camping

Start the day with a sunrise walk on the beach and let the rolling surf lull you to sleep at night by camping on or near the sand.<p>Start the day with a sunrise walk on the beach and let the rolling surf lull you to sleep at night by camping on or near the sand. Options range from primitive tent …

Taking The Kids -- to San Francisco's hidden gem -- The Presidio

Talk about the perfect vacation photo op.<p>We're hiking the famous Batteries to Bluffs trail in San Francisco's Presidio, a national park unlike any other, which takes us up and down steps along the western Pacific shoreline, past historic gun batteries, rewarding us with a spectacular view of the …

Exposure Triangle Explained: The relation between aperture, shutter speed and ISO - Digital Photography Tutorials

The exposure determines how bright or dark an image will look like when you take a picture. If the picture is too bright, we call it <i>overexposed</i>. If …

National Geographic Travel

14 habits of exceptionally likable people

One thing that will never change in business is the advantage charisma offers. The ability to form lasting relationships built on genuine empathy will always beat out a cold-blooded Machiavellian approach in the long run<p>The writer Napoleon Hill recognized this as a young business journalist and …

Self-improvement

Tip of the Day: Easily Add Up To 20 Widgets to Your iPhone or iPad

iOS 8 finally brought the ability to customize the iPhone and iPad interface by allowing you to add widgets to the Today screen in Notification Center. In an earlier post, I explained the simple steps for doing this. You simply swipe down from the top of the display to view the Notification Center …

11 Ideal Facebook Tools for Contests and Analyzation

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>The built-in tools that Facebook offers to business pages and advertisers are robust and detailed. Hence, you’re likely to uncover a smaller stash of third-party tools than you might for a network like Twitter.<p>Have you visited TNW's hype-free …

The 55 Essential Movies Your Child Must See (Before Turning 13)

20th Century Fox[/caption]<p>There are people out there who have never seen <i>The Princess Bride</i>. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to …

Understanding What Hamas Wants

Five observations about the Gaza conflict, including praise for an ex-president's insight into the particular nature of Hamas' evil<p>1. We can thank former President Bill Clinton for perfect clarity in his comments about the chaos and horror of Gaza. In an interview on Indian television, Clinton—who …

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Bye, Bye Banner: Emerging Display Formats & What Marketers Need To Know

A renaissance in digital display advertising is underway which will finally put an end to the tyranny of the banner.

Marketing

5 Essential Tips For Beginner Concert Photographers

<i>All images by Matthias Hombauer. Used with permission.</i><p>Matthias Hombauer has been a concert photographer for many years and taught himself the way …

Devil's Slide, once hellish, opens Thursday as heavenly trail

Until its retirement about a year ago, the treacherous stretch of Highway 1 known as Devil's Slide was a white-knuckle ride, a dizzying drive where motorists nervously kept their eyes on the road, resisting the temptation to glance at the Pacific Ocean hundreds of feet below.<p>But since the twin-bore …

Hiking

How to get your family photos onto your iPad

With so many people using their iPhone as their primary camera, the focus has been on how to get photos off that device. But what if you wanted your …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You

When Jonah Berger was a graduate student at Stanford, in the early aughts, he would make a habit of reading page A2 of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, which included a list of the five most-read and the five most-shared articles of the day. “I’d go down to the library and surreptitiously cut out that …

Simple Share Buttons

<b>Did you know that you Can Save Money At Costco if you know their secret price codes?</b><p>In 2009 Len Rapoport AKA the Costco Whisperer wrote an extensive …

Medium redesigns as it seeks to become a next-generation magazine

Just over a year after it entered the world, publishing platform Medium has updated its design in a way that founder Ev Williams says will make stories published there have a greater impact. Medium 1.0 offers writers the chance to publish a full-bleed cover image, giving stories an appearance …