How to Make Friends

By Leo Babauta I’m writing this guide for my kids as they grow up and go out into the world — but it’s for anyone who wants to connect with others. I’m writing it for my teenage self, who was shy and awkward and self-conscious. I’m writing it as a reminder to my current self,…

Way too many people make the same dangerous mistake with fancy cameras

How not to take a picture ever. Eldar Nurkovic/Shutterstock Any professional photographer can instantly tell what the person in this picture is doing wrong. Can you? Hint: look at the camera strap. The quickest way to tell an amateur with a fancy DSLR from a pro before they even begin shooting is to watch where…

YouTube killing its most annoying ad format: The 30-second unskippable

reader comments 0 If you watch any amount of videos on YouTube, you’re probably accustomed to waiting five seconds before hitting that “skip ad” button. You’re probably well aware of just how annoying it is when that button never appears and you’re forced to sit through 30 seconds of a car commercial even though you…

What Can Employers Do About The Student Loan Crisis?

There’s news about the student loan crisis just about every day. College tuition is going up at a greater rate than wages. Daycare costs more than college, leaving parents unable to save beforehand. The average student graduates with over $37,000 in student loan debt, often deferring payments and increasing their debt overall. According to Florida…

Why Cursing In Front Of The Kids Isn’t As Bad As You Think

So you banged your knee on the coffee table, set off a string of 4 letter words, and now your half-toddler, half-parrot is going full Ricky on Trailer Park Boys. Is this a language emergency? Benjamin Bergen Professor Of Neuroscience at the University Of California San Diego says it’s not a big f—ing deal. He wrote a primer…

Your office equipment can reveal the identity of your special someone

Enlarge / BERLIN, GERMANY – JANUARY 13: Illustration about ‘Darknet’. A man with a hood is sitting on a laptop on January 13, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images) reader comments WASHINGTON, DC—Your computer keyboard and your significant-other likely have something in common: they’re both marked by your microbial signature….

One question from Warren Buffett made Bill Gates completely rethink Microsoft

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. YouTube A small tech company launched in Albuquerque, New Mexico might never have become Microsoft, the global giant, if not for a question Warren Buffett posed to Bill Gates in the early 1990s. In a January conversation between the billionaire philanthropists to celebrate their 25 years of friendship, moderator Charlie…

Google Brain super-resolution image tech makes “zoom, enhance!” real

Google Brain reader comments 10 Google Brain has devised some new software that can create detailed images from tiny, pixelated source images. Google’s software, in short, basically means the "zoom in… now enhance!" TV trope is actually possible. Google Brain First, take a look at the image on the right. The left column contains the…

What those IP ratings like IP68 or IP53 really mean

Waterproof phones are exciting. Instead of dropping your phone in a bowl of rice when you accidentally knock it off the counter and into the sink, you can just dry it off and keep on truckin’. And many of today’s waterproof phones are as waterproof as they can possibly get—they’ve got an IPX8 rating, where…

Intel powered the drones during Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show

There was 300 drones dancing behind Lady Gaga during the Super Bowl halftime show. They’re called Shooting Stars and were previously used in a holiday show at Disney World. These hundreds of Shooting Star drones flash, fall and flock in unison and are all controlled by one person — or rather one computer. This is…