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12 YA Fantasy Book Finales You Need to Read This Year

The young adult genre has a chronic problem: creating sequels. Every fantasy series has at least one -- if not two or three -- books.<p>Not that I'm complaining. I'm hooked on countless series, which has become my own personal to-be-read pile challenge. Keeping track of all the sequels -- especially …

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Leaping wildebeest and cuddling cats: the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards shortlist

139,554 photos from 166 countries were submitted to the seventh annual Sony World Photography Awards, and now the organizing committee has revealed its shortlist of the very best. Split into professional and amateur groups, the images span the full breadth of wild, still, and human life: from …

Ringblingz Is Wearable Tech That Helps Teens Stay Connected

The lack of wearable technology created just for teenagers is surprising, especially when you consider how tech-obsessed kids are: the average American teen spends 7.5 hours consuming media, while 70% of 13 to 17 year olds now own a smartphone. A new startup called Ringblingz wants to tap into this …

Manga comics: where to start

With manga becoming more popular than ever we take a look at some of the most popular series and recommend top choices for teens<p>Walk into any large bookshop and you are sure to find colourful shelves packed full of "backwards" stories. For those who don't already know, they're manga comics, and one …

OK, Seriously...What's With All the Sexist Google Searches?

I was flipping through <i>The New York Times</i> this weekend (yes, like flipping paper, because I'm old-school like that), and I all but spit out my coffee when I came across Seth Stephens-Davidowitz's story about gender bias in Google searches. According to his research, parents search "Is my daughter …

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9 Fashion Risks To Take Before You Die

Are you in a fashion rut? Do you rotate the same outfits every week, shop at the same stores and rely on the same colors and silhouettes? Welp, it happens to the best of us.<p>Instead of chucking your entire wardrobe and starting from scratch, why not do a few small things to spice up your closet? …

This Technology Picks Emoji as You Type

Stickers and emoticons are becoming a mainstream part of online communication — having been adopted by the likes of Facebook, Viber, Path and others — yet the actual process of picking out the right icon is not straightforward. Emoticons and stickers are typically stored separately to the virtual …

Talking Tech: Those 7 Minute Workout apps

PISMO BEACH, Calif. — I'm out of breath in a hotel room.<p>For the past 13 minutes, I've been doing jumping jacks, push-ups and squats, guided along by my iPhone. I feel terrific, and thrilled that I got a decent workout before starting my day out in the real world.<p>Welcome to the 7 Minute Workout app<i>.</i> …

'Downton Abbey' recap: Masters and sex

"Downton Abbey"has always been a costume drama with a libido. Unlike other pop culture featuring English people in corsets and top hats, this is not a show that pretends as if sex was invented in 1967. Desire is not just present in this series, it actually plays a pivotal role in the narrative. In …

Love Me ‘Do: 15 Hopelessly Romantic Hairdos for Valentine’s Day

It’s a cruel fact that Valentine’s Day—the holiday that calls most for bouncy, beachy, wind-blown locks—takes place in the dead of winter when the seashore is snowy and the beanies that so heroically warm our domes simultaneously crush our follicles flat. Thankfully when the beach doesn’t have your …

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Second Hearts

• <b>Author:</b> GJ Walker-Smith<p>Charli Blake's high tolerance for risk doesn't always work in her favour.<br>After a year of living out her dream of travelling the world, the sunny West African village of Kaimte would be her last stop.<br>She's bound for New York, in search of the boy she'd let go of long ago.<br>For …

Decoding His Text: I Told Him I Like Him, but He's Ignoring It

Our friends at hetexted.com field tons of screen grabs from confused women on the receiving end of cryptic, frustrating, and overall confusing texts. Help a girl out and let's try to decipher what each one means. This week's He Texted:<p><b>What do you think? Is he interested or not? Weigh in below and</b> …

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Forget Bold Lips—This Other Dramatic Makeup Move Was a Huge Trend at the Golden Globes Last Night

Of course, stars like Drew Barrymore and Zooey Deschanel wore bold lipstick to last night's Golden Globes—at this point bright lipstick is such a trend that it's just a given a lot of ladies will wear it to a major event. But there was another makeup move hot on its heels that showed up over and …

The 5 Wedding Details Men Care About Most

While it varies from couple to couple, it might sometimes seem as if your fiance is less than interested in the details of wedding planning. And you may take his general lack of opinion and occasional eye-roll as "you handle it, I'll just stay here and watch football." But as uninterested as he …

How to Master the At-Home Blowout

1. Apply heat-styling spray to damp hair, then part it into four sections (six if yours is really thick), twist, and clip in place.<p>2. Unravel one of the sections closest to nape of neck in back. Hold the dryer with dominant hand, and brush hair with opposite hand while pulling it taut. Follow the …

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Teen fiction's ordinary romantic heroes

It's been claimed that seductive male beauties in YA fiction set unattainable standards for adolescent boys. But plenty of them are reassuringly unspectacular<p>Last week, a blogger asked whether the handsome heartthrobs of contemporary teen fiction were bad for boys' self-esteem: "While the …

The designer of the Fitbit says wearable devices need to be “nearly sensual”

For a wearable device to be successful, it needs to do much more than just work: It also has to look good on you. And not <i>flashy</i>-good—like Google Glass, which marks everyone wearing it as a loud-and-proud early adopter. The design must be able to fully integrate into our day-to-day …

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The iPhone 6: Five Features It Must Have To Stay In The Game

Having owned the last three major revisions of Apple’s iPhone and had extensive use of other handsets besides, I believe the iPhone 6 will be one of the most significant launches yet of an Apple iPhone.<p>However, I don’t mean significant as in a feature-laden device that will wipe the floor with the …

Pretty in Print: 11 Patterned Booties to Rock This Winter

It’s no secret that we’re pattern-obsessed around these parts. Patterns in our homes, patterns on the wall, patterns on our shoes, patterns on the stairs, oh my! Since bootie season is in full force, we decided to turn our pattern-loving attention to that versatile piece of footwear. Booties are …

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