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What Your Eating Habits Reveal About Your Personality

Are you a fast eater, a slow eater or an "isolationist"?<p>You are what you eat, or so the saying goes. But it may be more accurate to say that you are <i>how</i> you eat.<p>Last week, an unscientific but all-too-relatable listicle on LittleThings.com broke down different personality types based on eating …

Striking Photos of Paris Highlight the City's Spectacular Boulevards and Architecture

Fascinated by geometry and symmetry, Hungarian photographer Zsolt Hlinka highlights the lines, shapes, and patterns of Paris in his striking photos of the French capital. From different vantage points, including street perspectives and bird's-eye views, Hlinka draws attention to the impressive …

Here Are the Best Movies of 2015 So Far

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Instagram Gets Newsy With Trends And Place Search For Exploring Anything, Anywhere

Instagram has real-time coverage of almost everything happening in the world. Now its unlocking that content with a revamped Explore tab featuring Trending Tags, Trending Places, curated content, plus a new Places Search. You’ll be able to see all the photos from Father’s Day or Coachella, scope …

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Google launches free music streaming ahead of Apple Music debut

The company's great, human-curated playlists are now free (with ads)<p>As Apple Music nears its June 30th launch, Google is getting more aggressive about trying to sell users on its own Google Play Music service. Today the company is launching a free, ad-supported tier that offers curated playlists (a …

Vincent van Gogh on How to Live

Van Gogh didn’t become popular until shortly after his death. To this day it’s unclear whether his letters drove the initial interest in his art.<p>The …

Natalie Portman explains how “obliviousness” became her biggest asset at Harvard — and in life

The Academy Award-toting actress told graduates she was “woefully unprepared” for both Harvard and “Black Swan”<p>Natalie Portman returned to her alma mater, Harvard University, Wednesday to deliver a powerful commencement speech in which the now Academy Award-toting actress explained how …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

North Korean Perspectives - Curated by Marc Prüst | LensCulture

Parsing national identity is complex. However, attempting to grasp North Korean identity is even more so. Hampered by isolation and shrouded in government propaganda, understanding North Korea—nicknamed the “Hermit Kingdom”—requires multiple perspectives.<p>With state-appointed chaperones controlling …

Spotify: 99 problems but Jay Z ain't one

Jay Z is used to success. The rapper has 13 No. 1 albums to his name, built an estimated net worth of $550 million and is married to pop megastar Beyoncé.<p>His record as a business mogul has also turned out hits. Jay Z ran landmark hip-hop label Def Jam Recordings, owned a stake in the<p>Brooklyn …

5 Ways Mobile Photography Has Radically Changed What Your Customers Want to See | Inc.com

In the past, many small business owners often spent big bucks on expensive photo shoots to get the highest quality photography for their web sites, product promotions, and other media. But that might not be the case anymore. Now that every smart phone is equipped with a camera, expectations around …

Samsung's Galaxy S5 ranks higher than the Galaxy S6 in Consumer Reports' ratings

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is a stark departure from last year’s Galaxy S5, when talking of both build quality and software. The move to include more premium materials this time around has been nothing short of controversial among Samsung fans, seeing as how the company ditched the removable battery and …

The Story Behind McDonald’s Hot, Hipster Hamburglar

McDonald’s VP Marketing Joel Yashinsky talks about the redesign that has everyone roble robling.<p>In the McDonaldland universe, the Hamburglar was always a supporting character at best–a striped-shirted, inarticulate Kelly to Ronald’s Beyonce.<p>This week, however, everything changed. McDonald’s dropped …

The Mechanics of Preventing Procrastination

A new study finds that thinking about far-off events in terms of days, rather than years, makes people get started sooner.<p>Procrastination is, in essence, stealing from yourself. The reason goals are so hard to reach, many psychologists think, is because each person believes they are really two …

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A Month With the Apple Watch: Does It Pass the Test of Time?

The Apple Watch is a very good product with a chance to be great as new and better apps get written.<p>While there have been many reviews of the Apple Watch since it officially emerged in April, few of them have tackled the question of how a user might feel about the highly touted device after wearing …

Gmail’s New Login Screens Hints At A Future Beyond Passwords

Google quietly rolled out a new login screen for Gmail this week, and not everyone is happy with the update.<p>Where before, Gmail users would enter their username and password on the same page, the new login flow separates this process. Now, you’ll first enter your username, then be directed to a …

Nova Launcher gets a Material Design refresh and much more in version 4.0 update

Nova Launcher, one of our favorite third party launchers here at Android Authority, is receiving quite the update today. The Nova Launcher beta channel received the big update a few weeks ago, and now it’s finally time for the stable version to receive the huge Material Design refresh.<p>After you …

The biggest trends in the future of communications

Over the past three months, we have been exploring the future of communications. We’ve looked at everything from what types of companies are using SMS to asking how safe are your Bitcoins. We collected the biggest trends together to give you an overview on where communications will be going in the …

How NOT to behave in 15 countries around the world

After this year's horrible winter, the spring travel bug should be biting with a vengeance. But as you plan your getaways, try not to become the stereotypical "Ugly American."<p>We did our own research and took a look at a Quora thread that addresses the issue of travel etiquette. In the thread, …

Most anticipated Android phones of late 2015

Will the Note 5 see the GS6’s design language carry over?<p>2015 has been an epic year for smartphones so far with Samsung, in particular, making waves for its new glass and metal design on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. We’ve also seen the HTC One M9, the LG G4, the Huawei P8, and the Japanese-exclusive …

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the …

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Apple Watch Review

The Apple Watch is now on the wrists of members of the general public for the first time, and opinions about its usefulness are flying fast and furious.<p>Here at TechCrunch, we’ve been sharing our thoughts in an ongoing diary, featuring daily entries describing what it’s like to use the Watch as we …

13 best new Android apps and games from April 2015

We’re approaching the end of April and with it came very exciting Android apps and games. It was arguably the most exciting month yet with big name releases from Google, Blizzard, and other big name titles. Let’s take a look at the best new Android apps and games from April 2015. If you want to see …

LG's new G4 is a powerhouse phone wrapped in leather

LG's new flagship smartphone, the G4, is official. If you've been following this space, none of that should come as a surprise: virtually everything about the phone has either leaked or has already been announced by LG over the past few weeks. But the lack of surprise doesn't take away from the …

YouTube turns 10: The video site that went viral

YouTube is the Web's de facto home for video. But 10 years ago, online video was anybody's game. As it celebrates a decade offering us everything from new celebrities to cat videos, YouTube has become a premier destination for content. Here's how it got there.<p>Ten years ago today, a startup called …

Apple Shares List of Must-Have Apps as Apple Watch App Store Goes Live Today

Ahead of the Apple Watch launch tomorrow, Apple has shared a selection of apps that it believes all new Apple Watch owners should download. Provided to <i>Buzzfeed</i>, the list covers a wide range of apps, from those that provide news coverage to those that help people share photos or travel around …

What your email inbox reveals about your personality

"I've got three emails in my inbox. What does that say about me?"<p>"It means you're the worst," I texted back.<p>By "you're the worst," of course, I meant, "your ability to manage your digital life is everything I aspire to, and I am therefore insanely jealous."<p>At the moment, my personal inbox contained …

The Apple Watch is a misunderstood bridge to the future

The first Apple Watch reviews came out this week, and they weren't great.<p>Reviewers did praise the design and the way it lets you leave your phone in your pocket more, and blogger John Gruber had a great non-cynical take on the "taptic" communications, which lets you send little taps and a …

How To Design The World's Biggest Airport Terminal

How do you make an airport terminal that spans 173 acres feel like anything but a monster? Zaha Hadid attempts the impossible in Beijing.<p>Beijing’s new airport is going to be a monster. At 7.5 million square feet, it covers about the same amount of space as 130 football fields put together–all …

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

A Martian day is 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth—a seemingly small difference that adds up quickly.<p>What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?<p>Not 40 minutes shaved off some regular daily activity to devote to something else, but an extra 40 minutes actually tacked on to the 24 hours …

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