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New biography paints a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci’s life as an openly gay man

A new biography explores Leonardo da Vinci’s life as an openly gay man in 15th century Florence.<p>Walter Isaacson’s work, Leonardo da Vinci: The …

The secret gay history of Islam

Islam once considered homosexuality to be one of the most normal things in the world.<p>The Ottoman Empire, the seat of power in the Muslim world, …

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Stretched? Try calling Asia home

With a bit of luck, by that time you will have enough savings to live the good life for the next few decades, enough money to embrace the freedom. At …

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Seagate and LaCie debut fashionable/wireless hard drives for iOS and Mac ahead of 2015 CES

Seagate and its LaCie subsidiary have announced five new hard drives just ahead of this week’s 2015 CES, including two new iOS-compatible wireless models and three new Mac-only disks. All except one will be available in January from the company’s web sites.<p>For iOS, the 500GB <b>Seagate Wireless</b> ($130) …

How to run Windows 10 on your Mac for free

One of the selling points of a Mac these days is the ability to run Windows software on it, via virtualization or Apple’s own Boot Camp. Running Windows lets you play PC games that haven’t been ported to the Mac, or stay completely compatible with your documents from a PC-centric …

Duet turned my old iPad into a fast MacBook display

I just spent $10 on Duet Display to turn my aging iPad into a secondary MacBook display. That’s about five times more than I’d normally consider prudent for an app, but it was worth every penny.<p>I’ve been a daily iPad-as-secondary-display user for years. My go-to app had always been Air Display (and …

How to use Continuity and Handoff with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

Continuity and Handoff sound great on paper. They let you transfer certain documents and data between your Mac and your iPhone or iPad, provided both are running the latest Apple system software — iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which is currently in public beta.<p>When Continuity and Handoff work, it’s a …

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iOS 7 How-to: Manage your iCloud storage space from an iOS device

Apple gives all iCloud users 5 GB of iCloud storage. For most users, this is more than plenty of space, but for some, it isn’t nearly enough. This space is used for iOS device backups, iWork and other documents, and email if you are using a @mac.com, @me.com or @icloud.com address.<p>In this article, …

Layered Floating Paintings Inspired by CT Scans

Dutch artist Joris Kuipers was trained as a traditional painter but he has since reached beyond the limitations of the flat canvas. This piece, entitled <i>Escaping Expressionism</i>, incorporates vibrant swirls of shape and color in a non-traditional and quite expressive three-dimensional sculpture.<p>The …

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This is the only iPad stylus you should care about

Let’s be frank for a moment: most smartphone and tablet accessories are garbage. Countless companies race to the bottom and do everything they can to …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

This Startup Promises To Maximize Profit On Your Airbnb Posting

Beyond Pricing is a new tool built by housing specialists and mathematicians. It claims it can find the optimal price to get as much bang out of your spare room as possible.<p>Users sign in to Beyond Stays' site with their Airbnb account and using its product Beyond Pricing it automatically analyzes …

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Making your own mobile app is now super quick and easy

Look, making an app that will run on your iPhone is hard.<p>Luckily, adsy.me just made it chimp simple for normal folks like you or I to make a mobile app right on your iOS, Android or computer. You don’t need to download anything, learn to code, or even leave your touchscreen.<p>Make an app to show off …

Having A Good Looking Website Makes A Difference For Artists

We here at Beautiful/Decay see a lot of artist’s and designer’s websites and we know how important it is to have a great looking site. Making a good …

Change Your Passwords For These 15 Heartbleed-Vulnerable Sites ASAP

Heartbleed sent the web reeling with the discovery that the catastrophic security hole quietly left passwords and other private data open for the taking on nearly 66% of the Internet’s servers. Luckily for Apple customers, iOS and OS X were never vulnerable to Heartbleed but some of the most …

Macworld/iWorld 2014: Create Your Own Private Cloud With Transporter

Transporter is a super smart “private cloud” service that we’ve talked about before, however over at Macworld 2014 we got to take a closer look at …

How Robb Lewis is helping web users erase their digital footprint with Justdelete.me website

It's a list, as are many of the more popular things on the net these days. On justdelete.me, one by one, major sites on the internet are rated in …

How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal with a Range Extender

I love the Wi-Fi service available in my home. I have my PC, my smartphone and my tablet hooked up to it so I can check my email or surf the web from …

MacBook vs. MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which Apple laptop should you get?

Apple currently has three laptops in their product lineup — the ultralight MacBook, the previous, but now cheaper ultralight MacBook Air, and the …

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The best iPad apps for note-taking

If you have a need to take a lot of notes, you’re probably very happy with the advent of the iPad. Rather than filling notebooks with pages of …

iOS 7 How-to: Make FaceTime Audio calls and check how much data they use

New in iOS 7 is the ability to make FaceTime Audio calls. FaceTime Audio works internationally and works on a Wi-fi network, or on a cellular connection. Using Facetime Audio sounds nicer than actually using the iPhone to make calls. FaceTime Audio sounds deep, and closer to the actual sound of the …

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Australia's Largest Solar Cell Printer Can Spit Out a Photovoltaic Panel Every Two Seconds

An incredible new printer at the University of Melbourne has allowed researchers to print solar cells up to the size of an A3 sheet of paper. …

Best apps for iPhone photographers

Complex and advanced controls are great, but sometimes you want something quick and easy, yet awesome -- like VSCO CAM. This gem features a sleek …