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How to Create a Winter Wonderland Holiday Photo

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Contextual Lockscreen Cover Hits Google Play Boasting Less Battery Drain And 100 More Upgrades

Cover is bringing its situation-aware lockscreen to more Android users today after its beta test launch six weeks ago. It’s now available in the Google Play store to Android 4.1+ users in the US, Canada, and Europe. Cover’s 100 new improvements include cutting down battery drain and being better at …

The truth about Russia's Winter Olympics city – it's subtropical!

"I have been working in Russia since 2003 and I love the country, the culture and many of the people," says photojournalist Rob Hornstra, who won last year's World Press photo prize for The Sochi Project. For the last five years, Hornstra and writer/film-maker Arnold van Bruggen have been looking …

The paradox of the demon star

There is a demon's head winking at us every few nights. It's brightest during the winter months, so you might be able to see it on clear nights in …

23 Extreme Gravity-Defying Photos That Will Give You Vertigo

How many times have you been told that anything is possible? Do you believe it? Here are 23 extreme photos of serious risk takers that prove anything …

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Nokia and Samsung say they can’t track powered-down phones despite NSA claims

Earlier this year,<i>The Washington Post</i> claimed that the National Security Agency (NSA) had developed a method nine years ago to locate cellphones when they were powered down. The publication didn’t provide technical details on the software or hardware involved, leaving security researchers puzzled …

Teens Dig Digital Privacy, If Snapchat Is Any Indication

The track record of commercial products designed with privacy as a top priority has been abysmal — at least until recently. The ephemeral texting app Snapchat is turning assumptions upside down about young people and their desire for digital privacy.<p>Fred Cate, director of applied cybersecurity …

5 Good Photography Habits You Want to Start Today

5 Good Photography Habits to Start Today - shoot daily, take notes, look at photos, back up, and more! Take your photography up a level with these …

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

Microsoft's Xbox One May Be Losing The Console War Due To Kinect Alone

Working in this industry, I tend to make predictions quite a bit. Usually they pan out, like the bad feeling I had that the Wii U was going to bomb for Nintendo without new appeal to non-gamers, or that Micosoft would be forced to changes its DRM/used game policies because of public outcry.<p>But …

Hoped-For AIDS Cures Fail In 2 Boston Patients

HIV has reappeared in the blood of two Boston patients who scientists had hoped had been cured of their infections.<p>This disappointing development, reported by <i>The Boston Globe</i>'s Kay Lazar, is yet another cautionary tale of how researchers can never afford to underestimate the human immunodeficiency …

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

Books

The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

Live the Rainbow<p>No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The streets and skylines of these global cities pop …

Costa del Folk Festival 14th – 19th Mar 2014

The mention of sun, sand, sea and folk music will be many people’s idea of heaven and possibly some pondering as you try to remember a dry folk …

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Between The Buried And Me announce 2014 headlining tour with Deafheaven, Intronaut and the Kindred - Alternative Press

Between The Buried And Me have announced February and March 2014 headlining tour dates with support from Deafheaven, Intronaut and the Kindred. Only …

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More 4 hosts folk night on Saturday 7th December

More 4 are hosting a folk night this Saturday 7th December with three programmes all about how excellent folk is. Clue: it’s REALLY excellent.<p><b>Get</b> …

Android Shutterbugs Rejoice, VSCO Cam Has Arrived!

When it comes to photo apps, VSCO Cam is one that stands out from the myriad other options out there. But, up until now, only iOS users could enjoy …

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Consumer drones are coming, and they will change everything

I recently spent a week flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. It’s a 2.5 pound drone with an attached camera and easy flight controls, and I …

Black Holes Spin At Nearly The Speed Of Light

New science from NASA‘s brand-new NuStar space telescope and Europe’s XMM-Newton space telescope has proven that black holes don’t just sit there sucking matter into their wickedly heavy black cores: They also spin. In fact, they can spin almost at the speed of light.<p>Observations of the X-ray …

Black Holes

Listen: Grizzly Bear’s “Will Calls” remixed by Diplo

Earlier this month, Grizzly Bear released <i>Shields Expanded</i> and the 12-inch vinyl <i>Shields B-Sides</i>, two revamped editions of <i>Shields</i> containing a handful …

Immortal Bird releasing a new EP (stream a track)

by <b>Doug Moore</b><p><b>Immortal Bird</b> are a new Chicagoan death/black metal band, featuring members of the folk metal band <b>Thrawsunblat</b> (who in turn are connected …

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The globe-straddling underground house DJ on why she's useless at karaoke, keen to learn taxidermy, and wants to reinvent the charts<p>Published: 23 Nov 2013<p>Modern Toss<p>Apparently, there's a Doctor Who anniversary today. The BBC may be showing some programmes…<p>Published: 23 Nov 2013<p>In Eastenders it's …

Swastikas and safety pins: London punks strike a pose

The swastika, the school tie, the Union Jack, Karl Marx and the razor blade – these are just some of the motifs of punk style that catch the eye in Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon's Punks. It is a glimpse of a time (1977) and a place (the London punk scene) that has been well-documented, but not in …