Brian VALMONTE

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Copyright Your Instagram Photos With One Hashtag | #Blockai

From around the end of the first quarter this year, there were a bumper crops of rather noteworthy/infamous lawsuits regarding copyright claims of …

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Here's the salary you have to earn to buy a home in 19 major US cities

In the market for a home? Mortgage site HSH.com has updated its estimate of how much annual income a household would need to buy a home in major metropolitan areas in the US, according to first-quarter 2016 data.<p>The site highlights a few differences from last quarter:<p>• The Denver metro area has …

Why You’re Likely to Consume More Food When You’re Distracted | Men's Health

Eating while distracted interrupts brain-to-stomach satiation signals, making it harder to monitor your food intake. If you’re not focusing on your food, your brain is less likely to track just how much food you’ve actually consumed.<p>Also, distraction raises the risk of overeating the wrong types of …

Elon Musk cheers as Norway moves toward ban on petroleum-powered cars

Norway’s top political parties have reportedly reached a tentative deal that would ban the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars within the …

Unless You're Using 1 of These 6 Bug Repellants, You're Basically Asking for Zika

Some products barely work, according to the newest research.<p>Now that experts are saying Zika can be sexually transmitted for longer than previously thought, you have even more reason to avoid mosquitoes like it's your job. While the smartest strategy is to steer clear of areas where Zika-carrying …

George Soros bet big on gold

Is George Soros bracing for a storm?<p>During the first quarter the legendary investor purchased $264 million worth of shares of Barrick Gold (ABX), the world's largest gold miner. Soros, known as the "man who broke the Bank of England," also acquired 1.1 million options to buy the popular SPDR Gold …

Stock Markets

Anthony Bourdain on the One Type of Food You Should Never Eat

He'll eat anything once.<p><i>This story originally appeared on Time.com.</i><p>From seal eyes in the Arctic to balut to New Mexican Frito Pie, Anthony Bourdain …

Towards a New Modern: The Strategy Behind Snøhetta’s SFMOMA

The soon to open San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is riding high on accolades not seen since the much ballyhooed Mario Botta building transformed …

San Francisco

Snapchat is the latest service you might not be able to use on inflight wifi

Snapchat, the ethereal social messaging service, has joined the ranks of apps and sites that travelers aren’t able to access through onboard wifi while flying.<p>Some airlines in the US with inflight wifi are blocking access to the service. Users can send each other short photos and videos, and media …

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12 sites that will teach you coding for free

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>entrepreneur.</i><i>com</i><i>.</i><p>By John Rampton, Entrepreneur<p>There was a …

Researchers say some parts of the globe will become so hot they'll be uninhabitable

It will increase the likelihood of conflict in water-scarce regions for one thing, and there's already some evidence that it played a vital role in sparking the initial uprising in Syria back in 2011.<p>Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia have been …

Pictar makes your iPhone more like a camera

Given the popularity of smartphone photography, many people no longer even own a stand-alone camera. That said, there is something to be said for the …

Gear & Gadgets

‘The First Monday in May’ is Fashionable Foray Behind the Scenes of the Met Gala

The Metropolitan Museum of Art gala is perhaps one of the world’s preeminent social events and since 1995, when <i>Vogue</i>’s Anna Wintour took over as …

Stereotypes

The Quiet Brand: Derek Lam’s Minimalist Approach Makes Him Stand Out in a Crowd

<i>The past several months have been a revolving door of creative directors moving from one label to another, with major fashion houses trading</i> …

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Inside the Greatest Era for Auto Interiors, the Mid-Century

The modern car interior can be tough to get right. New cars have to accommodate buttons and switches for climate control systems, audio systems, …

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Vogue editor Anna Wintour ‘in tears’ after getting trapped in basement at Kanye’s fashion show

Wintour told the tale on US TV's 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'<p><i>Vogue</i> editor <b>Anna Wintour</b> has described how she got lost when trying to leave Kanye …

These are the 10 best car interiors, according to Wards Auto (pictures)

Electric Vehicles

The 6 beauty oils we’re obsessed with

WE all know coconut oil is the absolute beauty must have right now. Not only is it good for your hair and skin, it can be used to shave, remove make …

Skin Care

How to score the cheapest airfare this summer

Looking to get away this summer, but worried about the cost of airfare? It's all in the timing. <i>When</i> you book and fly can save you a lot of money.<p>Ticket prices are already expected to be 3% cheaper this summer compared to last year, according to Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com<p>"Lower cost airlines …

Flying

The Dollar Is Strong. Here's Where You Should Fly to Spend It

How about South America?<p>The dollar is very strong right now, and while that might not always be something to cheer, it can make traveling to certain …

The next Apple Watch won’t change that much, even though it should

If you were looking forward to the Apple Watch 2.0 in 2016, a well-known analyst has just thrown a nice bucket of ice-cold water on the …

Six Beautiful Mistakes Caught on Camera

NatGeo photographers share the stories behind their favorite images of unplanned moments.<p><i>This post was originally published in April 2015.</i><p>April 1 can be a day full of surprises. Inspired by this idea of the unexpected I asked six National Geographic photographers to share a favorite image of theirs …

National Parks

Here's What Happened to Apple's Third Co-Founder

It was 40 years ago, on April 1, 1976, that three men signed a contract that would go down in history.<p>“WHEREAS,” it read, “Mr. Stephen G. Wozniak …

Why ‘Gender Fluidity’ Could Challenge Traditional Retail — A Cultural Shift Gains Momentum

It’s not just fashion that’s becoming more androgynous. So is the customer.<p>Celebrities like Pharrell Williams, Jaden Smith (son of Will and Jada …

Barneys New York

Mystery Solved? Scientists Reveal Banksy's Identity

There is only one serious suspect, and everyone knows who it is.<p><i>This article originally appeared on artnet News on March 4.</i><p>A study conducted by scientists at London's Queen Mary University claims to have discovered the identity of Banksy by using geographic profiling, a technique used to catch …

Streetwear

A Drone Came Within 16 Feet of Hitting an Air France Plane

The near-miss could have been catastrophic.<p><i>This article originally appeared on fortune.com.</i><p>In what’s being characterized as the closest encounter yet …

This spray that can replace your iron is a lifesaver for the business traveler

Not only is ironing clunky and time-consuming, but it's just not necessary anymore — not when there's a product called "wrinkle releaser."<p>These are cheap sprays that coat your clothes in silicon, which naturally releases the fibers of your garments, allowing you to simply smooth out the fabric with …

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iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 said to go on sale March 18

Apple is now said to put its iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 up for sale on March 18, just three days after the company is expected to hold an event to announce the new hardware.<p>Sources also claim there will be no pre-order period for the devices.<p>The iPhone 5se is expected to be a hybrid iPhone 5s and 6, …

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