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6 Creative IKEA Product Photography Hacks

Want some cheap and simple do-it-yourself photo equipment? Check out the IKEA store near you. In addition to being affordable options for home items, …

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The Untold Story of ILM, a Titan That Forever Changed Film | WIRED

No one wanted <i>Star Wars</i> when George Lucas started shopping it to studios in the mid-1970s. It was the era of <i>Taxi</i> <i>Driver</i> and <i>Network</i> and <i>Serpico</i>; …

How You Make Decisions Is as Important as What You Decide

Conventional thinking has suggested that leadership positions go to those who aggressively plan their careers with a keen eye for building the right skills to reach top jobs. Others believe that leaders are born, not made. But according to research one of us (Julia) conducted for her book <i>Pivot</i> …

How to turn great iOS app ideas into something real

My friends, family and even complete strangers are constantly asking me how to get their million-dollar app idea in the App Store.<p>This is always a shocker for me because, after countless hours of hard work over the past two years, my app is barely breaking even.<p>But I can offer one solid piece of …

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Scenery For Mac Lets You Easily Create Marketing Photos Of Your App Running On A Device

We’re all familiar with seeing photos of a mobile app running on a phone held in a person’s hand. However, creating these professional-looking images, for editorial or marketing purposes, can be a little time consuming and more difficult than need be.<p>You either literally have to take a photo, which …

A Second Chance to Make the Right Impression

Romualdo Faura<p>Years ago a friend of mine, Gordon, interviewed for a position at a prominent university. During his daylong visit to campus, he had lunch with a senior faculty member (let’s call him Bob) who had final say over the hire. After their food arrived, Bob said of his meal, “You know, this …

Kids can now program toys that talk to just about anything

There's no shortage of smart toys, but they tend only to talk to each other. What if your kid wants the freedom to use them with just about anything? That's where Dynepic's upcoming DynePod might help. It may look like a simple 25-pixel block of LEDs, but it's really the centerpiece of an "internet …

17 of The Best Tools to Get Your Content Its Largest Audience

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>When you’re creating useful, actionable, epic content, everyone deserves to see it.<p>So how do you get your hard work and effort seen by the largest audience possible?<p>We’ve considered that question often at Buffer, as we try to maximize our content so …

The people who want their language to disappear

<b>It's not unusual to hear about attempts to save a disappearing language - but in one place in rural California, some Native Americans actually want their language to die out with them.</b><p>Three hours drive from Silicon Valley, we reach the railway. The orange rusting tracks follow the curve of the …

Finding Alibaba: How Jerry Yang Made The Most Lucrative Bet In Silicon Valley History

Jerry Yang is giving a quick tour of the conference room at his private investment firm in Palo Alto, Calif. It’s dotted with gifts and photos from his 20 years in Silicon Valley. Yahoo’s 45-year-old billionaire co-founder stops before a glass deal toy on a low table.<p>“Um, I have no idea what that …

How I Photograph the Milky Way in the Light-Polluted Skies of Singapore

When it comes to photographing the elusive Milky Way in one of the most light-polluted major cities like Singapore, timing is critical. Most of the …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

How to go completely paperless with iOS

There are some obvious first steps one can take to cut down on the amount of paper used on a day-to-day basis if you’re an iOS user, like switching …

How to Remove Color Casts in Photoshop

If you’re shooting with soft lighting and a colorful backdrop, it’s all too common to find a bit of color affecting the subject—green backgrounds …

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Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint

About six months ago, a group of physicists in the U.S. working on the Large Hadron Collider addressed a problem they've been having for a while: Whenever they had meetings, everyone stuck to the prepared slides and couldn't really answer questions that weren't immediately relevant to what was on …

Mother’s Heartwarming Photos of Sons with Farm Animals

Russian photographer and mother of two boys Elena Shumilova captures heartwarming images of her sons interacting with various animals on their farm, including dogs, rabbits, cats, and ducklings. She manages to transport the viewer into a fairy tale-like world with her photos of these little guys …

A Girl Who Codes

Computing has always been a boys’ club. How 18-year-old Nikita Rau–and other young women like her–are finally changing that.<p>Nikita Rau is a high school senior and, at this moment, drinking applekiwi-strawberry juice out of a plastic cup. We’re in the cafeteria of Bronx High School of Science, in …

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This tutorial will demonstrate how to handle and display thousands of points of data on an iOS map in a way people understand and enjoy.<p>We are going …

The Five Rules Every New CEO Should Follow

Last week, an executive who was on the verge of being promoted to head his large global publicly traded company asked for my advice on how to be effective as a brand new CEO. I gave him a list and he was so appreciative that I was motivated to write a blog about it. There were five recommendations …

Photoshop Tutorial: Retouching Shiny Skin

Without a makeup artist at your disposal, even a great portrait can be ruined by shiny skin. So if you’re looking through the results of your most …

Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. The marine artist gained recognition for his impeccable ability to recreate the expressive …

Indian duo is the world's most hilariously dysfunctional rally team

"Stay on the road, Samy. Samy, I beg of you!"<p>We're used to seeing rally drivers and navigators form great partnerships: Colin McRae and Nicky Grist, Sebastien Loeb and and Daniel Elena. Those pairs worked in perfect harmony as they flew through forests and past deadly cliffs. What you're about to …

Prismatic Layers of Air in Tuscany

Though not much is known about photographer Adnan Bubalo, his stunning nature and landscape photos speak for themselves. His most captivating works feature the hills of Tuscany in central Italy. With its spectacular rolling hills and surrounding scenery, Tuscany is one of Italy's top vacation …

Stunning Shots of Fly Geyser, Nevada’s Hidden Treasure

As you all know by now, we love finding extraordinary destinations off the beaten path like Lake Baikal in Siberia. Today, we bring you another one which can only be described as surreal or otherworldly. Fly Geyser (or Fly Ranch Geyser) is a a small geothermal geyser that is located approximately …

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG First Test

Our Favorite Anachronism<p>“The old ways are the best ways.” That’s a quote from “Skyfall,” the newest Bond flick. I don’t generally agree with such sentiments. For example, I think the flush toilet is the greatest invention in the history of the world. There are cases, however, where Albert Finney’s …