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#TheLIST: The Top Bridal Trends of 2016

12 ways to score effortless aisle style.<p>We've dubbed 2016 the year of the fashion wedding, and this chic year of nuptials is serving up fashion, beauty and décor trends fit for the style ground-breaker. From black accessories to Spanish-inspired gowns, here are the 12 up-and-coming bridal trends to …

A Butterfly Inspired House In The Hills Near Carmel, California

Feldman Architecture were approached by their clients to design a retreat for eventual retirement and visits from their grown children, at a site …

Architecture

Canada's undulating Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence reflects light and passing clouds

ZAS Architects recently completed the cloud-like Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University in Canada. The undulating facade of …

The 'hidden airport' travel hack could save you as much as 80% on flights

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The World's 12 Best Places To Live Or Retire In 2016

The secret to taking control of your retirement in 2016 and making this phase of life a grand adventure, even if your retirement nest egg is modest, is expanding your horizons. Take your retirement global and you can maximize your quality-of-life return for every dollar spent.<p>Where should you …

15 islands you don't need a passport to visit

Stunning, shimmering sunsets across the water, the peaceful lullaby of waves crashing and the wind blowing, the feeling of truly being removed for your everyday life ... yep, islands are pretty much the best.<p>While it's wonderful to get that coveted passport stamp, there are plenty of islands to …

National Parks

Fisher-Price’s Code-a-Pillar teaches preschoolers basic coding skills

Knowing basic coding skills is quickly becoming just as important as learning the alphabet. Now, Fisher-Price has created a new toy with the hopes of teaching kids basic coding while they’re still in diapers. Well, sort of.<p>Called the Code-a-Pillar, the new $50 toy will lay the groundwork for your …

Tesla Car Can Be Summoned And Park Itself

Creeping toward KITT<p>Tesla Motors continue to add self-driving capabilities to its Model S electric car at a breathtaking pace, and the company announced yet more this past Sunday.<p>This latest software upgrade, Version 7.1, has been eagerly awaited by Model S owners whose carswere built since August …

Robotic Falcon takes down rogue drones with one shot

Although U.S. authorities have made headway in terms of regulating drone use, there's still no real standard way of stopping a drone once you find …

Siri can beatbox, but it's not very good

What do you do when you want to drop a sick freestyle but your beatboxing buddy isn't on hand for accompaniment? Turn to your iPhone, apparently. The internet has recently discovered that Siri is capable of laying down a rudimentary beat. Ask Apple's digital assistant to beatbox and it will spit a …

iOS

Channel 4's game publishing arm announces first titles

Channel 4 makes video games? It might sound strange, but the British broadcaster has long tinkered with its own TV tie-ins and now wants to help the larger indie game development community. All 4 Games, a dedicated publishing arm set up last year, is now getting ready to launch its first three …

Google Uses Tiny Camera Cars to Shoot Tiny Street View of Tiny World

Google’s Street View cameras have gone to the ends of the Earth, from under the sea to desolate deserts, in order to document the world in photos. …

The 10 Winning Photos of the Hasselblad Masters Awards 2016

Hasselblad has just announced the 10 winning photographers of its prestigious Masters Awards 2016 contest. The winners were selected from thousands …

This 65-Year-Old Photographer is Recreating Famous Paintings as Self-Portraits

“Stages” is a photo project by 65-year-old photographer Laura Hofstadter, who recreated some of history’s famous portrait paintings as creative …

Quick Shot: Sony A7II w/ Zeiss Loxia 50mm

Steve and Brandon<p>A recent convert to mirrorless. Sony A7II, Zeiss Loxia 50mm. Lightroom. Myrtle Beach, SC in late August. Everyone, including my …

Manny the Selfie Cat Will Steal Your Heart

Manny the little gray tabby cat loves exploring with his human, romping about with his loyal dog pals, and taking pictures of their various …

These smart clothes will do everything from charge your phone to monitor your workout

Whether it's tracking your workout or charging your phone, these clothing options show how fashion is moving in a technologically-focused direction.<p>Here's a look at the smart clothing options out there right now:

Wearable Tech