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How to Burn OS X Yosemite to a USB Flash Drive

You can upgrade to OS X Yosemite from the App Store, but that isn’t ideal for installing on multiple Macs, doing a clean install, or building a Hackintosh. Here’s how to burn Yosemite to a USB drive instead. As with all OS X upgrades, once you run the installer on your system, it disappears from […]

Twitter Introduces SoundCloud Streaming Integration for Mobile Apps

Twitter announced today on their blog that users will be able to stream audio directly from tweets within their mobile apps on iOS and Android via SoundCloud. The new feature is called Twitter Audio Cards and they allow you to stream a song or podcast in the mobile app while browsing as you please. If […]

The Zune Home Screen

Let’s be honest. While it was a bit late to the multimedia party, the Zune product family was doing the minimalist, authentically digital thing before it was cool. If you fancy a bit of nostalgia for those days, this Zune-inspired home screen (dubbed Xune) is for you. Zune HD Review: The PMP, EvolvedZune HD Review: […]

Most Popular iPhone 6 or 6 Plus Case: Apple Leather Case

If you’ve recently picked up a shiny new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you probably want something to protect it from drops and falls, or scratches and dings. There are tons of cases available, from the super-expensive to the slim and cheap. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations […]

“Ebola Deeply” Provides Non-Alarmist News on the Current Situation

With all the Ebola buzz going around, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. Ebola Deeply is a news site dedicated to honest, trustworthy news about the epidemic so you can keep informed about what’s really going on. The media coverage of the current Ebola crisis has been hyping things up a lot […]

Celebrate Android L with These Lollipop Wallpapers

Well, it’s official: The “L” in Android L stands for “lollipop,” and the latest version of Android should be headed to Nexus devices in a matter of weeks. Until then, satisfy your sweet tooth with these lollipop wallpapers for your desktop. All the New Stuff in Android 5.0 LollipopAll the New Stuff in Android 5.0 […]

Break Through a Productivity Wall by Cleaning Your Workspace

If your having a hard to time breaking through a productivity barrier, taking a few minutes to clean your workspace can help clear your mind and rid yourself of distractions. There’s nothing wrong with having a messy desk—it’s often a sign of creativity—but sometimes having too much clutter in your work area can pull away […]

The Inspiring Eye Level Workspace

Reader Bobby Kane makes good use of monitor stands to keep everything at eye level, and hide away unsightly speakers in his small but homey workspace. Bobby is using these IKEA legs and a shelf to raise up his monitor (as we’ve showcased once before), and a Twelve South HiRise to raise his MacBook closer […]

Ptable Provides an In-Depth, Interactive Periodic Table of Elements

If you’re a student hoping to conquer chemistry—or just like chemistry as a hobby—web site Ptable gives you a browser based periodic table that lets you view element information, properties, orbitals, isotopes, and even possible compounds in interactive visualizations. When you select an element on the main tab, a separate window with all of the […]

The Five Points of Wisdom Philosophy Can Provide You

Philosophy is an important part of how the world is shaped. You not think it’s worth your time learning about, but here are five things philosophy is good for and why they should matter to you. When many people think of philosophy, they think of long-dead men pondering the meaning of life and the universe. […]

How to Write a (Barely) Passing College Paper

You’d think writing a decent essay would be a pretty basic skill for college honor students, but you’d be surprised. Reader story645 runs down some of the most common errors she’s seen in her peers’ writing, so you can learn from their mistakes. Check out her full post from Hackerspace, our reader-run blog, below. Photo […]

It’s Safer to Use Pumpkin Carving Tools Than Kitchen Knives

With pumpkin carving season upon us, many dread the use of those dedicated, cheap-looking pumpkin carving blades. A study conducted with real human hands, however, suggests those dedicated pumpkin carvers are much more safe for the job. It certainly sounds creepy, but the study—published in the journal Preventive Medicine and led by Dr. Alexander Marcus […]

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