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Black Friday Deals: Apple Accessories, Cases, Docks, Home Automation and More

In addition to Black Friday deals from Best Buy, MacMall and other major retailers, many smaller companies are offering discounts on Apple products, accessories and apps for U.S. Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.<p>A number of those deals are highlighted below, with most beginning to go …

Shopping

Transform IKEA cubbies into a Pottery Barn console

Shares 319<p>Hey all, Corey here from Sawdust 2 Stitches and I am back with an mind blowing idea…. you ready ? I am going to show you how to completely …

Time I

8 optical illlusions to improve your mockups

Mockups, themselves, are a lot like illusions. Ideally, in appearance they should be identical to real, working sites, even though the illusion is …

DIY Your Coffee, Save Big Bucks

Every Monday morning you can expect to see a social-media spike in one topic: #coffee. More and more, people are opting to save a few bucks by making their own coffee at home and taking it to-go. The DIY community over at our sister-site, The Snug, are no exception. They take their coffee pretty …

Ana White | Tryde Coffee Table - DIY Projects

HANDMADE FROM THIS PLAN >><p>Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!<p>Handmade by: …

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A Free Option Turns Old Windows XP Laptops into Chromebooks | Inc.com

Microsoft has made an unprecedented offer in allowing users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 upgrade to Windows 10 in the first year of its release. But older PCs that run Windows XP and Windows Vista are out of the loop. Those wanting to speed up their operation and beef up their security with a free …

Software

How to Make a Coffee Cup Spy Camera That Snaps a Shot When You Take a Swig

Here’s an interesting weekend photography project of moderate technical difficulty: the video above is a tutorial on how you can make a DIY coffee …

News for our time

The Rise Of The Crypto Phone

Cell phones just got a whole lot more secure.<p>Between revelations of NSA spying and a sense that marketers and hackers are picking our digital pockets, we’re all getting a little edgy about cellular security. Hence the rapid growth of the cryptophone industry. Most of the handsets run on “hardened” …

Privacy

People trust NSA more than Google, survey says

In a result consistent with previous polling, a new poll has respondents claiming they're more concerned about Google seeing all their private data than the government.<p>People don't always say what they think. Especially in business and love.<p>Please, therefore, consider this question: whom would you …

Personal Data

Google details the ways Android Lollipop protects your phone's data

Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't just about a shiny new interface or whiz-bang features; there are some new ways to safeguard your phone's data, too. To underscore that point, Google has detailed Lollipop's toughened-up security features. Some of them you may know if you've followed development closely. …

Woman Walks Silently with Hidden Camera Through New York City Streets to Capture What’s Being Said to Her

An attractive, curly-haired woman named Shoshana B. Roberts, clad in a black crewneck T-shirt and jeans, silently took to the streets of New York …

10 Most Common Mistakes Made by New Photographers

Whenever I teach, I get a lot of requests to review images. Over time, I’ve started to notice that a majority of the mistakes I see come from the …

Bloglovin

<i>Note: This post is part of the Prepared Blogger‘s 30 Days of Preparedness series to celebrate National Preparedness Month.</i><p>Day 26: How to Filter and …

Snorkeling

Feds warn of possible ISIS-inspired attacks on police, government officials, media

Federal officials are warning U.S. law enforcement about the threat of Islamic State-inspired terror attacks against police officers, government workers and “media figures” in the U.S.<p>In a joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement and confirmed by Fox News, the FBI and Department of …

Second U.S. Intelligence Leaker Referenced in New Edward Snowden Doc; Obama Painted in Negative Light

A new documentary about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reportedly points to a second leaker within the U.S. intelligence community, the Guardian reported.<p>Image source: The Hollywood Reporter<p>The two-hour “Citizenfour,” which premiered at the New York Film Festival on Friday night, contains a scene …

Elderly L.A. woman vanishes, is found alone in Maine four years later

Sarah Cheiker had lived in the small bungalow in the Fairfax district for decades, first with her mom and then by herself.<p>But one day in 2008 she vanished, and a bulldozer showed up to demolish her longtime home.<p>"I was shocked. We figured she was dead," said Jim Caccavo, who had been Cheiker's …

Crime

Citizenfour, Screen Stockport Film Festival: this week’s new film events

Citizenfour | Screen Stockport Film Festival | London Fields Free Film Festival | Supermarionation weekender<p>Citizenfour, Nationwide<p>Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing has been one of the news stories of the decade. On top of his earth-shaking revelations about internet privacy, there was the added …

Citizenfour review – Poitras' victorious film shows Snowden vindicated

Citizenfour must have been a maddening documentary to film. Its subject is pervasive global surveillance, an enveloping digital act that spreads without visibility, so its scenes unfold in courtrooms, hearing chambers and hotels. Yet the virtuosity of Laura Poitras, its director and architect, …

Nixie: A Tiny Flying Camera Drone You Wear On Your Wrist

If the idea of a wearable camera drone seems downright strange to you, you’re probably not alone, but a new wrist-mounted flying concept camera …

The Sunni-Shiite Divide Explained With Extremely Useful Maps And Timelines

"If we want to understand the Middle East, if we want to understand why conflicts are happening the way they are, and how these conflicts may be resolved, we cannot take our eyes of the Shiite-Sunni conflict, says Vali R. Nasr, Dean of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins …

How to install Yosemite right now without ruining your Mac

OS X 10.10 Yosemite is gorgeous. It’s the biggest visual overhaul to come to OS X since Aqua, which has caused a rush of Apple fanboys – including our own Leander Kahney – to jump the gun and install the buttery smooth interface on every Mac in sight.<p>Playing around with Apple’s newest software is a …

Operating Systems

Learn To Navigate All Of OS X With Keyboard Shortcuts And This Guide

We've talked plenty about the importance of learning basic keyboard shortcuts. If you really want to dig into some of the more obscure navigation …

Secure Your Mac By Setting A Firmware Password [Quicktip]

You may be using <b>a password to secure your data</b> on your Mac – and you should, but unless your Mac is encrypted, a tech-savvy thief can still access …

Linux

10 New U.S. Breweries to Watch, from D.C. to California

The 10 most exciting breweries that have been open less than two years, from a Seattle crowd-pleaser to a wonderfully weird Virginian<p>When it comes to selling craft beer, Washington, D.C., might as well be the Wild West.<p>Most states operate under the three-tier distribution system, which requires …

Brewpub

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing