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The 6 Tools Every Graphic Designer Should Have

Photoshop has its perks. But let's face it, it's massive, complicated and often intimidating for the casual graphic designer. Even with all the DIY guides and manuals available online, mastering Photoshop can be a tricky business, especially if you don't do a formal course. But why let all that …

Staring Into Someone's Eyes For 10 Minutes Can Alter Your Consciousness

Forget LSD: eyes are the new high. Of course, we’re not talking about consuming them, but rather staring intensely into a pair for a prolonged period …

You can now design a $250,000 tiny house on an app and get it delivered in months

Becoming a tiny house homeowner is now as easy as tapping away at an iPad.<p>Blu Homes, a California-based prefab home manufacturer, just launched a new line of micro houses that shoppers can customize on an app and get delivered to their property in a matter of months.<p>The cost starts at $250,000, …

Complete guide to iMovie for iOS

iMovie for iOS lets you become a mobile movie maker. With the mobile app, you can skip the process of transferring video to your Mac and get started right on your iPhone, where your videos reside. In many ways, the stripped-down mobile version of iMovie is easier to use than the Mac app.<p>Read our …

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YouTube exec explains what makes a video go viral

This was way back in 2009: A quirky video called JK Wedding Entrance Dance went so viral that the hit TV show "The Office" parodied it in one of its most popular episodes (you know, the one where Jim and Pam finally got married).<p>Since then, YouTube's relationship with mass media has completely …

Tesla announces the companies selling the Powerwall in Australia

It's been a long wait, but Tesla has announced it will be bringing its energy storage solution, the Powerwall, to Australia through energy retailers …

The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015

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Curious new emoji is part of campaign to help prevent bullying

Emoji are often a subtle way to relate that you’ve noticed a comment. With iOS 9.1, a strange eyeball emoji confused many of us, but it turns out tech companies are using it to fight bullying.<p>The emoji, launched during National Bullying Prevention Month, can be found in use on popular services like …

You don't need to be an architect to design buildings, says Dror Benshetrit

Clients are increasingly attracted to designers who "think differently", while architects are restricted by knowledge says Dror Benshetrit – whose …

The 15-Step Guide to Acing Any Job Interview

You’ve made it past the resume robots and the critical eyes of the recruiter to land an in-person interview. This is your chance — perhaps your <i>one</i> …

21 tiny design features that show Apple's incredible attention to detail

Some of these features are incredibley useful and make its products more enjoyable, while others are purely cosmetic. Regardless of the value they add to the overall experience, it's fascinating to learn about the lengths Apple goes to when it comes to design and product development.<p>Here are 21 of …

Make your MacBook chime like an iPhone when you plug it in to charge

The iPhone and iPad have made a cute little chime noise when plugged it into charge since their inception, but the Mac has no such noise as it uses the MagSafe light indicators to show charging status. This changed with the new 12-inch Retina MacBook which doesn’t have MagSafe so it uses the iOS …

Stairs Revisited: Another 12 Modern Staircases

Architect Ammar Eloueini worked with architect Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY™ to complete this Corian screen/handrial that spans the side of this wooden …

Articles about 12 ways literally live large on Dwell.com - Dwell

These easy, effective ways to improve your rented home can be tackled in less than a day—and are budget-friendly to boot.<p>With clever storage and a retractable skylight, a London apartment feels larger than its 576 square feet.<p>Open floor plans, high ceilings, expansive large windows—is there …

Znaps adds a magnetic charging port to any smartphone

Apple may not be our favorite company here at Android Authority, but we gotta give it to them for coming up with the MagSafe charger; it’s about the most convenient and safe charging technology we have seen. In fact, we wonder why they haven’t applied a similar concept to their mobile devices. …

Gear & Gadgets

5 tips for writing a blog that people actually want to read

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p>What are Oliver Emberton's tips for running a blog?<p><b>Answer below by Quora user Oliver Emberton, Founder of</b> …

Government pulls the plug on household solar

Currently, about a third of all CEFC investments involve small-scale solar. The corporation, which has produced more than a $1 profit for the …

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Floating plasma display makes fairies a reality

See that teensy Tinkerbell-shaped light above? That's not CGI -- that's a real floating display, and it's completely touchable too. Mid-air plasma displays aren't that prolific yet, but they're not exactly new either. However, floating lights created using existing techniques can usually burn skin, …

Zero UI will "change design"

Zero UI is the new term for "invisible interfaces"—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: "If you look …

Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is and Receive the Best Response Ever

The Twitterverse lost their marbles Monday night over a fabulous in-joke from the tech wizards at Apple. Feel the burn.<p>Siri has always been too …

Watch this artist make 5 paintings in 17 hours on 1 laptop

Rather than spending months working away in a studio, one renowned Japanese artist has challenged himself to sit on a plane and create an entire …

How to make your site mobile ready

Mobile has the moxie and if your business hasn’t stepped up to the mobile bar, there is no doubt you’re missing out. Today we’re talking about the single most critical mobile component of your business: Your website. Is it mobile-friendly?<p>Google recently announced a major change to its algorithm, …

8 barriers to overcome when learning to code

While being a mentor for a JavaScript Web development course, I’ve seen many beginner programmers jump into learning with enthusiasm and then immediately hitting a wall.<p>Most of the students usually struggle with the same barriers. But once they learn to overcome them, they get instant benefits:<p>they …

7 pillars of minimalist Web design

To be most effective, a minimal design framework needs a solid backbone. The key components of visual organization include a strong grid, visual balance, and close attention to alignment.<p>A strong grid is the foundation for organization. The grid – built through tactically using negative space – …

Here’s What’s Involved In Devising And Building An App

Building an app isn’t just coming up with an idea and then coding (or finding someone to code it for you). There’s a lot involved in the end-to-end process that you wouldn’t necessarily think about when you’re idly dreaming about making one yourself. Developer David Smith, who created the …

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The Smart AC Control from tado° lets your iPhone control your existing air conditioner

There are a wide range of devices available for consumers today that are internet and smartphone connected. It is often a struggle to decide whether to upgrade existing products with an add-on or make the investment in a new release that has these features built-in. Upgrading can be hit or miss and …

Sleek Modern Light Bulb Doubles as a Bluetooth Speaker

Isn't it nice when technology can perform double duties? Sony introduced a product that simultaneously plays music and lights a room, all while being gorgeously designed. They've combined a warm-colored LED bulb with an integrated Bluetooth speaker. This innovative mixture has a clean and modern …

How MAD Architects Is Draping This Roof Like Fabric

It isn’t expensive, but it isn’t easy, either.<p>MAD Architects is known for bold formal experiments, where curves and pyramids collide. So leave it to MAD to design one the most audacious kindergartens ever imagined. The Clover House, in Okazaki, Japan, just broke ground, and it transforms a post-war …

Curvy

The anatomy of the Apple Watch font dissected

If you’re a fan of fonts and getting into the detail of what makes different typefaces work (or not), here’s a great project: Designer Wenting Zhang’s Type Detail is dedicated to dissecting a different font every day.<p>His latest analysis focuses on Apple’s new favorite font, San Francisco:<p>The …

#TheDress: have researchers solved the mystery of its colour?

Gold and white or blue and black? Why did people see The Dress so differently? Researchers believe the key might lie in our exposure to artificial light<p>The image of The Dress that went viral this year and split friends and families over the colour of its stripes has sparked a fresh debate among …

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