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Multimeter Basics: Measuring Voltage, Resistance, and Current

Your eyes can’t show you what’s happening inside a circuit, but a meter can.<p>Every meter has a “common” socket, color-coded black and labeled “com.” Plug the black probe into this socket.<p>You’ll also find a red-coded socket, labeled with the letter V and an ohm symbol to tell you that it measures …

Arduino

MIT's new visualization tool is a goldmine for data nerds

Love impressing your pals with all there is to know about computer science? Or perhaps state geography is more your thing?<p>MIT Media Lab, in partnership with Deloitte and the data visualization startup Datawheel, has just gone live with perhaps the most extensive tool ever created for mining and …

Want to Code? A University Degree Might be a Huge Waste of Time

A lot of people think they need a university degree to get a job as a software engineer.<p>A few days ago, I published a post called “Learn to Code: 13 …

Machine Learning

This Software Creates Vivid Color Pictures From Black-and-White Photos

Want to inject some color to your photographs in a hurry? Well, new software can take an alarmingly good guess at what a color version of your …

Your ordinary photo could transform into a thrilling movie poster

This year's hottest blockbuster could star your cat.<p>Redditor Your_Post_As_A_Movie uses Photoshop to turn photos gleaned from other subreddits into …

Film Posters

Now Apple Could Make The iPhone 7 Even Harder To Unlock

Experts say Apple could easily make changes to future devices that truly prevent it from helping law enforcement access data.<p>Apple could easily make changes to the upcoming iPhone 7 that would render the current debate over providing a “back door” to encrypted phone data a moot point by making the …

Hack your work’s Wi-Fi with this anonymous messenger app

Everyone knows why company group chats are great. Here at TNW we love our Slack channels. General announcements, LOL and discussing the ever-important “Who’s making drinks this Friday?” convos.<p>But sometimes, you want an app that allows you to talk to your colleagues in a way that cannot be found …

Free Photoshop Tools For Web Designers

Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. Sent 2× a month.<br>You can unsubscribe any …

Tutorials

8 red flags that make you more likely to get audited by the IRS

Fortunately, your chances of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service are pretty slim. Less than 1 percent of taxpayers were audited in 2014. The number of audits is expected to decline even further this year after budget cuts prevented the agency from replacing retiring auditors. Funding for …

Use This Secret Code to Help You Improve Your iPhone Signal

Who knew.<p>A secret iPhone hack has emerged that makes seeking out solid signal easier by showing you how good your connection is in a number rather than an antiquated bar chart system. It's surprisingly simple; you just need to enter a secret code to pull up your iPhone's Field Mode tool.<p>The code …

“Please stop” with Times New Roman: Graphic design rules for everyone, from an unlikely expert

Matthew Butterick knows how to present a case. A Harvard-trained designer turned civil litigation lawyer, Butterick is on a one-man mission to bring better design and typography to the legal profession.<p>His recent book <i>Typography for Lawyers</i> (Nov. 2015, 2nd edition) opens with a startling fact: With …

These Photos Of Perfectly Symmetrical Buildings Would Make Wes Anderson Squeal

Symmetry has long been an important part of architecture–see the classical architects who revered it, and the Modernists who rejected it. Research suggests that part of this longstanding fascination with order and balance is neurological: the human brain is just hard-wired to think that symmetrical …

This is the mistake almost everyone makes when buying a new camera

The best single piece of advice I've ever received as a photographer wasn't about technique. It was about equipment.<p>It came from my friend and photo-mentor Candice Cusic, a wedding photographer and photojournalist who won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a Chicago Tribune team in 2000. I was getting …

There's a Hidden Connection Between Pi and Quantum Mechanics

Physicists have uncovered a hidden connection between a famous 350-year-old mathematical formula for <i>pi,</i> everyone’s favorite irrational number, and …

Infographic: How to Choose Your First Programming Language (Based on the Life You Want)

Programmers have an easy life. There’re tons of jobs, and the jobs pay well.<p>Even if you don’t want to pursue programming as a career, it still makes …

This guy taught a robot to write clickbait and the results are beautiful jibberish

What happens if you take a sophisticated, artificially intelligent software programme, feed it 2 million clickbait news articles, and then ask it to write its own?<p>You get something a lot like Click-o-Tron.<p>It's the brainchild of Lars Eidnes, a software developer from Norway, and is an experiment in …

Best smartphone cameras: Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s vs. Nexus 6P vs. Lumia 950

Samsung vs. iPhone, Nexus vs. Lumia. It's time to find out who makes <i>the best</i> smartphone camera.Recently a new smartphone waltzed onto the scene, …

Create a Rich Purple and Gold Look in Adobe Photoshop

What You'll Be CreatingWe're proud to stand with GLAAD against bullying, so in celebration of Spirit Day today Tuts+ is going purple to show our …

This Google-backed startup wants to scare you like Facebook never could

Basically, the way Magic Leap works is that you use its still-very-secretive system to project 3D, interactive holograms onto your eyeballs. At least from its first teasers, Magic Leap looks very similar to the Microsoft HoloLens holographic computer.<p>It's similar, but crucially different, from the …

The 25 best horror movies you can stream on Netflix for Halloween

But there are a lot of choices. So to make the rest of your October movie-watching easier, here are the 25 best horror movies you can stream on Netflix right now.<p>Grab a friend and come on in.

Learn to code in one of the most productive, versatile, and beginner-friendly programming languages

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Flickr/nyuhuhuu<p>Coding continues to be a highly in-demand skill in today's job market, one that flies over the heads of most but can …

3 Ways to Get Strong Wi-Fi, Even in Your Basement or Backyard

Netflix on the deck? No problem.<p>Sadly, we're not yet living in an age of ubiquitous high-speed Wi-Fi access — there are still Internet black spots hiding in distant basement corners and the edges of the yard where it can be difficult to get on Facebook let alone Netflix.<p>Take heart though, because …

The NSA sure breaks a lot of "unbreakable" crypto. This is probably how they do it.

There have long been rumors, leaks, and statements about the NSA "breaking" crypto that is widely believed to be unbreakable, and over the years, …

Surveillance

Get Free popular iOS Apps and Games for App Store's 5th Anniversary

<b>Update:</b> List of free apps below.<p>Apple’s App Store is celebrating its 5th anniversary and that translates to free apps and games for you! A lot of …

Change the way you use the Internet with these 10 incredible tips and tricks

Every once in a while, we’ll share some of the most interesting life hacks we find around the Internet — simple ways you can improve your life …

This app could do for email what Google Chrome did for browsing the Web

No matter how much you like your email app, there’s probably something you’d change about it. A new client named N1 wants to bring you the changes you want — or let you design them yourself.<p>Developed by a small firm named Nylas, N1 is open source, and accepts extensions beyond the framework the …

Is Web Design a Dying Trade or Can it Still be a Viable Career Option?

Yes, web design is dying. It died a few years ago, it is dying now, and it will die again in the future. What does this mean? To put it simply, this …

Here's how much money you can make as a programmer in 6 of America's startup hotspots

And it's not just happening in Silicon Valley, but in cities all over the country — like Austin, LA, and New York.<p>But which cities have the highest paying tech jobs?<p>Hired, a job placement marketplace for tech workers, has compiled a list of the best cities in America to be a programmer, based on …

Los Angeles

How To Do Nothing In Web Design

Best Practices for Minimalism<p>This essay is excerpted from the ebook <i>Interaction Design Best Practices: Mastering the Tangibles</i> by Jerry Cao, Kamil Zieba, and Matt Ellis of UXPin, a UX design platform.<p>It’s a rookie mistake to confuse minimalism with merely “getting rid of things.” Minimalism was an …