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Elsa Jenna Your phone is now a recording studio, a music school, and a Guitar Center. Thousands of music apps enable you to do everything from autotune your voicemail greeting to compose a symphony. But it turns out that when you talk to professional musicians about what they use to create and perform music, their […]

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Maciek Jasik For 13 years, Manhattan photographer Meagan Cignoli worked to capture the perfect moment. But now she's also trying to make those moments move—weaving them together on Vine, Twitter's app for sharing six-second videos shot on phones. Her movies, tiny animations that unfold into absurd, diorama-like dreamscapes, became an instant hit with fans; she […]

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Maciek Jasik It's bright but cold and the yellow cabs and skyscrapers are on some Big Apple snow-globe shit—the whole thing looks like a Hollywood back lot. Fifty-third and Fifth Avenue is an aggressively New York corner and one I usually avoid for reasons of: It's gross. At 11 am on a Friday the workers […]

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When Adam Goldberg lived in Paris in 2007, the food blogger puzzled his fellow restaurant patrons whenever he whipped out his bulky SLR camera to document a dish. Seven years later, though, the prospect of a diner photographing their meal is commonplace. Even foodies with nothing more than a smartphone and negligible skills are crafting […]

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David Sparshott Invoke the word autocorrect and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical, impossible errors one finds collected on sites like Damn You Autocorrect. But despite the inadvertent hilarity, the real marvel of our mobile text-correction systems is how astoundingly good they are. It's not too much of an exaggeration […]

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Andy Gilmore Look at your smartphone. Think about the decisions you will make on it today. You may snag a dinner reservation, tell your spouse you're running late, or craft a response to an email from your boss. But you might also decide that the light peering through the trees is worth an Instagram or […]

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David Sparshott For most of history, great art tended to be inseparable from its physical setting. There was no Sphinx without Giza, no Creation of Adam without the Sistine Chapel, no Hamlet (in performance, at least) without the Globe Theater. Only in the age of reproduction (first mechanical, then digital) did we cut that once […]

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After years of being infamously secretive about his projects ahead of their release, J.J. Abrams has surprisingly flipped the script when it comes to next year's Star Wars: Episode VII. He's already given fans a glimpse of what looked like a marketplace on Tattooine and a chess table from the Millennium Falcon, and now he's sharing a familiar sight from the first three Star Wars movies—although in a slightly different form.

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“We only have to buy as much as we can store,” says the inventor. “We make the shoes on demand; there’s no surplus; there’s no warehouse of size 8’s.

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A new maze from Danish architecture firm BIG, is made for those of us with higher than normal maze-related anxiety.

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So, you've signed up for Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service and now you're feeling a little overwhelmed by what's on offer? That's OK; it's not often that you're faced with the sudden availability of over 600,000 digital books to sample at once. Here are a few practical pointers to help you navigate Unlimited's seemingly, um, unlimited choices.

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Forty years after it debuted in Sweden, Teenage Engineering has given Stig Carlsson's classic OD-11 speaker a modern overhaul while maintaining its trademark sound.

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Cockroaches are some of the most resilient creatures on earth. They can live for 45 minutes without air and over a month without food. Cutting their heads off won’t even kill them—at least not immediately. Their bodies can live on for several days without their heads. At technology giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, engineers […]

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There’s a new internet retailer on the world’s smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It’s called Facebook. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and company started testing a “Buy” button inside the News Feed posts and ads that turn up on the world’s most popular social network, letting users instantly pay for goods and services from other merchants without […]

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Titanfall who? The best multiplayer shooter of the year so far is a mod for a 10-year-old game, and it's free.

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In his series Chinatown, Franck Bohbot tries to find a different way of looking at this fabled neighborhood in New York City by photographing it during its nighttime calm.

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By 2030, most new cars will be made without rearview mirrors, horns, or emergency brakes. By 2035, they won’t have steering wheels or acceleration and brake pedals. They won’t need any of these things because they will be driving themselves.

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There's more to San Diego that sun, surf and Comic-Con.

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The app’s developers are placing more importance on gleaning meaning from its millions of data points to serve up useful, contextualized information.

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The Spell Stage shelf looks like an ordinary walnut or oak shelf. But slide out its top and you'll find a space for a five-plug power strip and slots for threading your various gadget charging cables.

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Get ready for a revolving door of pop culture references, To Kill a Mockingbird punchlines, jabs at Mickey Rourke, werewolf bar mitzvahs, and paeans to every form of arrested development imaginable: 30 Rock.

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It's difficult for anyone to imagine the future. But what if you were largely unfamiliar with the present?

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Usually in Beyond Apollo I devote most of my attention to technical documents and their historical context. I do not normally focus on press conference transcripts. The 26 January 1967 NASA Headquarters press conference led by George Mueller, Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight, and Charles Mathews, Director of the Apollo Applications Program (AAP), is, […]

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If you have watched MythBusters, you are aware that they often crash things into each other.  In the latest episode, the MythBusters dropped a piano onto the roof of a house. Before the drop, they stated that the piano weighed 700 pounds and would be dropped 50 feet above the roof. Right before impact, the piano would […]

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Have no choice but to cancel the project that you crowdfunded? Sometimes it can't be helped, but make sure you don't make matters worse when you make that announcement.

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