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3 Simple Steps to Mastering Any New Subject, According to a Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

Learn anything faster using the Feynman Technique.<p>As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than …

Richard Feynman

How to Use Adjustment Layers to Create Light Flares and Haze

Atmospheric effects can enhance your photos, be it with in-camera techniques or postproduction effects. Light flares are one of the most popular …

Useful trick in everyday life

Netgear claims its new wireless security camera lasts six months on a single charge

Netgear is rounding out the features of its wireless security camera with a new model, called the Arlo Pro. It’s more or less the same product: a camera meant to be placed inside or outdoors that records video whenever it sees motion and can alert owners through a connected app. But the Pro model …

Smart Homes

8 Years in Obama’s America, By Barack Obama and 60 Other Players and Witnesses

All presidencies are historic. But no president since at least LBJ, and probably FDR, has arrived in Washington at a moment of greater historic …

A Simple, Consistent, Dramatic One-Light Portrait Setup

If you’re looking for a simple lighting setup for dramatic portraits, look no further. Photographer Aaron Anderson has put together a lighting …

Tutorials

How to foil leeches with pantyhose and other travel tips

Writer Joey Green, 58, has carved out a career as a dispenser of quirky tips that straddle the line between absurd and ingenious, all proven to work in a pinch. A former contributor to National Lampoon magazine who lives in greater Los Angeles, Green takes on the world of travel with his latest …

Flying

Anki just built Wall-E and Eve's love child into a robot named Cozmo, and it's incredible

Most people recognize Anki best for its line of toy race cars, but the latest product from the company will excite anyone who’s remotely interested in artificial intelligence, robotics, Pixar movies, or all of the above.<p>Cozmo is Anki’s newest toy car that’s basically Wall-E and Eve’s lovechild come …

Robotics

The Met ousted a top executive, so he used Facebook to show the world how to do unemployment right

When New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art hired Sree Sreenivasan as its first-ever chief digital officer in 2013, the move made headlines. So did his work in the three years that followed.<p>Sreenivasan, 45,who was previously a technology reporter and Columbia School of Journalism professor, brought …

Best and worst states for road trips according to WalletHub

If you’re ready for a long and winding road trip this summer and haven’t decided “Where to?” yet, a new report from WalletHub may help you avoid any wrong turns. The personal finance website rated all 50 U.S. states in three main categories: driving and lodging costs, road conditions and safety, …

National Parks

DuckieTV Tracks Your Favorite Shows, Automatically Downloads New Episodes

Windows/Mac/Linux/Chrome: DuckieTV is a no-hassle, fool-proof calendar to track TV shows you’re watching, and it also automatically searches for …

Apps

stephanie + minh highlight

All the Special Key Combinations that Change Your Mac's Startup

The startup sound is a Mac’s way of letting you know everything is okay, but sometimes, things go bad and you need to boot into a different mode then …

50 Things to Do in the U.S. Before You Die

<i>Conde Nast Traveler</i> asked its editors, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers for their favorite trips across America. Consider this your comprehensive guide to the best of the U.S.

Key West

Top 10 TED Talks That Could Change Your Life

There’s no time like the present to grow or refine ourselves a little bit more, and few resources are as helpful as TED talks. In that vein, here are …

Steve’s Picks: Unique Products of the Year from Cameras to Gadgets to Audio

Videography

How One Person is Outsmarting the TSA with Things You Can Buy in an Airport

Disclaimer: The FBI and TSA are fully aware of his research project.<p>More now than ever, airport security is tight (remember the little boy who lost …

TSA

2015 Holiday Gift Guide For People Who Love Photography

Giving a gift to a photographer can be a tricky thing. We’re picky about our gear, and those T-shirts with cheesy photography jokes aren’t quite as …

14 things to do in the Florida Keys before you die

I was born and raised in the Conch Republic. I get used to people assuming the Keys are only about beaches, tans, and maybe some fishing. Those of us …

National Parks

This Video Explains Why You Should Talk Salary With Your Coworkers

Despite how troublesome the idea is, many of us still assume that discussing salary is either rude or potentially illegal. In most cases, it only …

Why I Had My Babies With a Midwife Instead of a Doctor

“Are you having an ultrasound?” the midwife asked, at my first appointment. I thought there had been a miscommunication: nobody had told me whether I …

Pregnancy

Create Hidden Administrative Accounts in OS X from the Terminal

If you share a computer, you might not want everyone who uses your computer to see your username in the login window or fast user switch menu. To …

Amazon announces its Black Friday deals, Web holds its breath

“Last year, total holiday sales from the Amazon Mobile Shopping App doubled in the U.S. and Black Friday had the most rapid growth in mobile shopping,” Amazon said in a news release.<p>Another new feature will include “Watch A Deal” service that will notify customers when a chosen product goes on sale.<p>…

LifePrint Prints Augmented Reality Photos That Come to Life in Your Hands

LifePrint is a new portable photo printer that aims to change the way photos are experienced. Instead of printing static photos that capture a single …

Augmented Reality

Keep Your Folded Shirts Visible With the KonMari Technique

If you have a ton of varied shirts, you may want to keep them visible in your drawer when you fold them. The KonMari technique, demonstrated in this …

The Different Types of Fashion Photographers

Modelsbelike created this 5-minute comedy sketch about the different types of fashion photographers models will encounter in the studio.<p>(via …

Trey Ratcliff Designed the Ultimate HDR Software: It’s Called Aurora HDR

Photographer Trey Ratcliff is on a roll. Just months after designing a camera bag with Peak Designs and watching it become the most-funded bag in the …