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A Dozen Creative Ideas For Decorating Blank Walls

When you have a big, blank wall to fill, your first thought may be a gallery wall. There's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it's nice to break up all of that flat framed artwork with something different. Enter baskets, brackets, paint-dipped objects, wall sculptures, special paint effects and …

Home Decorating

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

SigFig wants to save you from 'costly yet avoidable' financial mistakes

SigFig wants to prevent money from quietly leaking out of your bank account.<p>The financial services startup launched a new online service today that automatically balances individual investors’ portfolios for them.<p>“Financial managers have motivation to invest money in ways that make them commissions …

Microsoft offers free gifts with online exchange

Combine Christmas with "Let's Make a Deal," and you get the concept behind Microsoft's latest holiday promotion.<p>It's a classic game show conundrum: keep the gift you're given or swap it for a chance at winning something better. That's the idea behind Microsoft's new online gift exchange.<p>Each day …

Shopping

Secret-Sharing App Whisper Adds Search And Topics To Find Other Users Like You

Whisper, the secret sharing startup backed by Sequoia and others, has just pushed a new version of its app into the app store that’s designed to help users search and browse through various topics. The update also adds a new “create flow” that will simplify the process of making and sharing …

Cloud Storage Service SugarSync Abandons Freemium For A Paid Account Model

SugarSync, a gladiator in the long, hard battle that is hosted cloud storage, has decided to go mercenary. The company announced today that they will offer a “paid-only” service model, doing away with their free storage tiers. Current customers can still access their files and will be offered …

Sprint to launch Galaxy S 4 variant with speedy Spark LTE

Sprint already has a few devices that support its extra-fast Spark data service, but one of its hottest smartphones -- Samsung's Galaxy S 4 -- has been "stuck" with ordinary LTE. That won't be a problem for much longer, as the carrier has revealed a Spark-capable version of the Android flagship. …

Happy Holidays from iTunes with 12 Days of Gifts

Apple is giving everyone some holiday treats this year, with an app that delivers iTunes content goodies.<p><b>Apple is giving everyone some holiday treats</b> …

iTunes