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The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time

“As ignorable as it is interesting.” That’s the classic definition of ambient music, stated by Brian Eno in 1978 on the sleeve notes to his album <i>Ambient 1:</i> <i>Music for Airports</i>. And he should know, since he basically invented the genre three years earlier with his album <i>Discreet Music</i>. But while Eno’s …

9 Common Photography Mistakes — And How to Fix Them

If you're an amateur photographer, you've probably wondered how to get your pictures to look as good as the ones pros take. But there are a number of …

Lost your Android phone? Good luck trying to get it back

We all know the feeling, that sudden amount of fear that envelops us the moment we realize we’ve lost our phone. Your heart beats a little bit faster as you attempt to recall the last time you’ve used it, but even then, there’s no pause for you until you’re reunited with it – safely back into your …

Android Phones

42 Ways to Make Your Kids Feel Absolutely Loved

From down the hallway, I could only see his feet. I could tell that my husband was kneeling down, and I heard his voice as I dabbed on some concealer.<p>…

Happy Thoughts: Here Are the Things Proven To Make You Happier

<b>What’s the secret to a head full of happy thoughts?</b><p>Time to round up the research on living a happy life to see what we can use.<p>First, yeah, a good …

Ten easy steps to happier living

We’re constantly bombarded with messages about what makes for a good life. Advertisers tell us it comes from owning and consuming their products. The media associate it with wealth, beauty or fame. And politicians claim that nothing matters more than growing the economy. But do any of these things …

The Google engineer teaching happiness in three steps

Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan claims he has the secret to a contented, stress-free life. David G Allan tried out his happiness advice and looked at the science – does it work?<p>Deep inside the global tech behemoth Google sits an engineer with an unusual job description: to make people happier and …

Happiness

Healthy, Happy Relationship Habits

If we're lucky, we've each got an example or two of what a great relationship looks like—from the outside. But what are the behind-the-scenes habits that happy couples have and regularly do? From a friend who's recently embarked on a new relationship to a couple happily married for 14 years, I got …

The Ultimate Playlist: 50 Happy Songs that Will Make You Happy!

Listening to great music makes me feel good instantly. Here are 50 happy songs that will make you happy and make you want to sing along!<p>We’ve …

Eight Things You Can Discard to Downsize Your Life

How much stuff do we really need to lead a normal life? Not as much as you might think. In 2009 I moved into a 200-square-foot cottage. The rent and …

This One Key Rule Could Streamline Your Whole Life

Before packing, I did some decluttering, and took a lot of books to the used book store.<p>And what I got rid of were my simple living books.<p>Because, really, simple living is simple. It doesn't take a dozen books to explain it. It doesn't even take one.<p>I started buying books on simple living …

Minimalism

2015 is getting an extra second and that's a bit of a problem for the internet

On June 30th at precisely 23:59:59, the world’s atomic clocks will pause for a single second. Or, to be more precise, they’ll change to the uncharted time of 23:59:60 — before ticking over to the more worldly hour of 00:00:00 on the morning of July 1st, 2015. This addition of a leap second, …

Three ex-Google engineers have created a Microsoft Surface clone

Naturally, it runs Android<p>Microsoft’s Surface tablet has inspired a few clones during its short history, but the latest rip off comes from three ex-Google engineers. Jeremy Zhou, David Ko, and Ben Luk used to work on products like Google Maps and search at the web giant, and formed Jide Technology …

Instagram Is the Fastest Growing Major Social Network

Instagram grew nine percent among U.S. adults last year.<p>Instagram is growing quickly — faster than the competition, it turns out.<p>New data from the Pew Research Internet Project released Friday found that Instagram was the fastest growing major social network among U.S. adults last year. The segment …

Verifone’s new NFC terminal supports all mobile payment platforms & devices, including Apple Pay

While an increasing number of retailers are adopting smartphones and tablets as mobile payment terminals, the deployment process can often prove to be expensive and time consuming as the sizes and form factors of devices continue to change. Leading NFC terminal maker Verifone aims to solve that …

Mobile

The best new tourist attractions on earth, according to Lonely Planet

If globe-trotting is on your bucket list this year, travel guide company Lonely Planet wants to tell you where to go. Its list of the world’s best travel experiences of 2015, part of its latest ebook, “New in Travel,” will take you off the beaten track from Ireland to Panama to South Africa. Here’s …

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Qatar Air to Become First Large Airline to Test Advanced Aircraft Tracking

Qatar Airways Ltd. plans to equip its fleet with an automatic tracking system amid an industry-wide push to prevent incidents like the disappearance …

Tech in 2015: Get ready for a Jetsons world

As the calendar flipped to 2015, the trend of mobile tech also turned eight years old. Though that might seem mature in today’s age of rapid technological advancement, we forget that the PC was the primary consumer device for 26 years (1981-2007). Placed in that context, mobile seems young, very …

Why Amazon's Unlimited Photo Storage Is Such a Big Deal

If you didn't already have Amazon Prime, it's hard to imagine why, but with the addition of free unlimited photo and video storage, it's become a …

Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Tablet Edition

Google’s new mobile operating system is now available to consumers, as new Nexus hardware (starting with the Nexus 9) begins to make its way into the hands of pre-order customers. Version 5.0 of Android continues the candy naming tradition with “Lollipop,” and despite the fact that ‘L’ is just next …

Google Just Released a Brand New Google Calendar App

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What's in Those Packets That Say 'Do Not Eat'? (And Why Shouldn't I Eat It?)

9 Things Some Men Are Too Afraid to Ask For in Bed

Note to guys: You'll never know the answer if you don't ask.<p>No matter how much crazy-great sex you and your partner might be having, admit it: You've wondered if there's any desire he's holding back. Hey, chances are you have a fantasy or curiosity that you may or may not have worked up the courage …

What You Need to Know About Adobe's DNG File Format

Over the last few years, RAW files have become the norm in digital photography, giving the photographer a significant increase of the control of …

Five things to know about the Andaman Islands | CNN Travel

How the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet Could Have Been Hijacked

In the hours after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished, the notion that hijackers were responsible seemed far-fetched. Since the 9/11 attacks, …

Meet the hardware, software and science projects bound for the International Space Station this month

After problems forced a delay from a scheduled launch this weekend, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off later this month carrying …

Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

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