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Ten tips to get the most out of your new Chromecast

So you got yourself a Chromecast, either as an early holiday gift, or you just bought it for yourself. You unpacked it, installed it, watched a bit …

The Trick That Lets You Set Your Hotel Thermostat to Any Temp You Want

Just like "close door" elevator buttons and press-to-walk street signs, hotel thermostats are a notorious public placebo. You see the rig on the wall …

Watch Footage from the Psychology Experiment That Shocked the World: Milgram’s Obedience Study (1961)

For decades following World War II, the world was left wondering how the atrocities of the Holocaust could have been perpetrated in the midst of—and, …

In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories

This Veterans Day, considers these lines from the preface to <i>Fire And Forget,</i> a collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:<p>On the one hand, we want to remind you ... of what happened ... and insist you recollect those men and women who fought, bled, and died in …

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

How to back up your Android phone

Android doesn't offer a native backup service, so it's easy to ignore the need to do so. But don't wait until it's too late to start thinking about backing up your phone. Many of us rely on our phone cameras to snap day-to-day photos of our lives and save text messages to have some of the most …

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Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and …

Writer Wednesday: How To Write A Nonfiction Book Proposal

<i>From Writer's Relief staff:</i><p>If you’ve had experience submitting novels to literary agents and publishers—query letter, synopsis, sample pages—you may think you know all you need to know about submitting your self-help book or other nonfiction project. The truth is the nonfiction book proposal is an …

11 Best Video Editing Software Platforms

1. Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate<p>2. AVS Video Editor<p>3. Adobe Premiere Elements 11<p>4. Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3<p>5. iMovie 11<p>6. Corel VideoStudio Pro X6<p>7. …

8 Tips For Writing and Selling Articles to Magazines, Websites, and More

I’m a big proponent of article writing. I think nothing bad can come from writers trying to sell content to magazines, newspapers and websites. Think …

14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed

1. Google Ngram Viewer<p>2. Google Correlate<p>3. Google Trends<p>4. Google Think Insights<p>5. Google Public Data Explorer<p>6. Full Value of Mobile<p>7. Get Your …

The Fast Track to Success for Writers

There are many aspects to being a writer, depending on what exactly you are doing. A common thread of events that happens with many writers looks …

Writing

How Google, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon track you (infographic)

Americans are starting to perk up about privacy after the reveal of a government surveillance program called PRISM. But it’s important to know how tech companies generally track your data and what you’re agreeing to in those terms of service agreements.<p>Google, Facebook, and Yahoo all rely pretty …

100 Of The Greatest Opening Sentences In The History Of Literature

Whilst the cover or even title of a book might initially gain your attention, in truth it’s the opening sentence that has the power to inspire, …

How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way

Your smartphone is a minor miracle, a pocket-sized computer that can fulfill almost every whim. But none of its superpowers matter a bit if it runs …

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos. “What’s the password?” I asked. “I don’t use one,” she replied. …

Back to Basics: 10 Things Every Writer Should Do in Their Novel

Photo: brendanovak.com<p><i>The following is a guest post from bestselling author Brenda Novak. In writing about the keys to penning a hit novel, Novak</i> …

Your Book is Your Business

Stop thinking of yourself as a starving artist.<p>Your book is your business.<p>Writing is funny. It’s one of the only professions where it can be frowned …

Introducing our series on self-published authors

Welcome to our new series on self-publishing. For a long time, we have been trying to find a way to cover self-published books. As many of you will …

How to Edit Your Own Writing

Like most newspaper reporters, I got into the biz because a) I love writing and b) I'm pretty good at it. But it's a sobering profession. You file …

What Sells a Book? - Self-Publishing Review

<b>Book covers</b><p>I’ve often seen independent authors posting a series of cover images online and asking people to choose their favourite; or they might ask …

20 Secret Passageways and Rooms Hiding in Plain Sight

History can be told in terms of secret passageways, hidden rooms, and obscure tunnels. Wars have been won and lost by them, coup d'états sprung, and …

11 Chrome Extensions to Improve Your Social Media Experience

If there's one thing that ties all your digital experiences together, it's your browser — let's presume it's Chrome. Maybe you use it on mobile in …

Who Will Pick Up Where WordPress Left Off?

By John O'Nolan4 minute Read<p>Blogs have come a long way in the last 10 years. The concept has evolved from teenagers reliving their angst-filled days …

This column will change your life: what's so wrong about giving up on a book?

It's the season of "beach reads" and Best Summer Books lists – and thus, also, the season for the re-emergence of the perennial question of when, if …

Google Edition HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: What You Should Know

The conventional thinking on Android version anxiety used to be simple: just get a Nexus device and you’ll never have to worry about being behind the …

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AMMO: Cross Section Photos of Bullets

In October of 2012, LA-based photographer Sabine Pearlman found herself ensconced in a Swiss WWII bunker photographing 900 different “specimens” of …