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Make like a Tree and Get Out of Here in the Friday Open Thread

Hello! Welcome to the Friday open thread hosted by Hackerspace, where metaphor-misusing neighborhood bullies crash into piles of manure over and over and over again until they get tired of appearing in sequels. Read more...

Confidence: Make It. Don’t Fake It.

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The Services That Prey on Us When We're Most Vulnerable

Not all companies are out to get us, but not all have our best interests at heart either. Some industries are particularly happy to take advantage of our misfortunes to make a profit. Here's how to fight back. Read more...

Use the SMART Method to Set Achievable Goals for Your Finances

Deciding you want to save money for an emergency fund, retirement, or just for fun is great. Having a plan to get there is an entirely different thing. Use the SMART method to bridge the gap. Read more...

Set a Spooky Mood and Make Your Own Set of Flickering Lights

Lighting is everything when it comes to Halloween. Flickering lights set in a dark room will get any kid's imagination going. Here's how to make any lamp lookhaunted. Read more...

io9 Can You Name the Horror Movies Depicted In These Minimalist Posters?

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D-Vasive Notifies You When Your Phone's Camera or Mic Are in Use

Android: Your desktop's webcam probably has a handy indicator to tell you when it's on. Your phone does not. If you're concerned about certain apps using your camera or microphone when you're not aware of it, D-Vasive attempts to help keep you aware. Read more...

Pitch Your Own Idea as Someone Else's for More Honest Feedback

Our friends and family sure are wonderful aren't they? They encourage us and make us feel better even if we we're doing something dumb. For getting feedback on our ideas, this is terrible. Read more...

What the Flowers You Give Your Girlfriend Say About Your Relationship

So, you’re trying to impress your girlfriend and it’s her birthday. Finding the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to impress her. You might consider spending exorbitant money to buy her expensive jewelry or any other elaborate birthday present. Show More Summary

The Money Questions to Ask When Your First Baby is on the Way

You can't prepare for every part of parenthood. But preparing yourself for the impact it will have on your budget can help reduce at least a little of the stress. Here are the money questions you should ask when your first baby is on the way. Read more...

This Visual Guide to Pork Makes Sure You Always Buy the Right Cut

Shopping for pork at the grocery store can be tricky, and unless you already know the difference between a blade end roast and butt roast, you may not know which is best for your dinner plans. This handy visual guide from the folks at Cook's Illustrated demystifies pork cuts by part of the pig, price, and flavor. Read more...

What's the Most Evil Thing You Got Away With (And How)?

We've all done evil things. Some things we might not be proud of, others we indulge quietly. As we close out Evil Week, we want to know: what's the most evil thing you've gotten away with? Read more...

Pixelmator for iPad Is a Powerful Image Editor on the Go

iPad: Pixelmator is our favorite image editor on Mac and now it's available on the iPad with a ton of different editing features. Read more...

Universal Media Server Streams Music and Movies to Almost Any Device

Win/Mac/Linux: Streaming music or movies from a computer to a set-top box, TV, receiver, or any other device in your home entertainment system isn't difficult, but finding a media server with great features that's also easy to use can be tricky. Universal Media Server gets the balance right. Read more...

The New Best Day to Book a Flight Is Sunday

Sunday is the new Tuesday when it comes to getting the best deal on plane tickets, a new study reveals. Read more...

This Chart Shows the States Where Your Salary Will Go Further

The average salary for your profession might be higher in certain states than in others, but that's just one part of the whole financial puzzle. Factor in cost of living differences, and the states that pay the most for your occupation might be entirely different. Read more...

Why You Should Get A Receipt Every Single Time You Get Gas

You're driving along and you notice your fuel gauge is on E. You stop at a gas station and fill 'er up – and instead of gasoline you get a tank full of water. It happens. But if you paid cash and didn't get a receipt, your day just got uglier. Read more...

Ten Simple Tips to Make Food Taste Better

Sometimes it's the small touches that make the biggest difference when you're in the kitchen. Here are some simple tips from America's Test Kitchen for prepping, cooking, and seasoning designed to boost flavor in everyday cooking. Read more...

MediaMonkey has released the latest version of its awesome music player, which adds synchronization

MediaMonkey has released the latest version of its awesome music player, which adds synchronization support for the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, among other improvements. Read more here, and see our guide to ditching iTunes for MediaMonkey for how to use it. Read more...

How Designers Get a Seat at the CEO Table

Our Q and A with Christopher Simmons, director of MINE, where we discuss how designers can go deeper than the creative brief.

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