How ‘coming out’ has evolved, and why it still matters

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"For years, I've been open with many people about my sexual orientation," Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a powerful personal essay , published Thursday in Businessweek . "Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I'm gay, and it doesn't seem to make a difference in the way they treat me." While Cook's sexual orientation has been rumored for years, he hadn't acknowledged it to the wider public. But, as he further explains in his piece, he wanted to speak up now in order to help inspire others who may be coming to terms with their own sexualities Notably, Cook didn't use the phrase "coming out." His essay shows how much the concept and action of coming out have drastically evolved. Read more... More about Apple , Features , Social Good , Gay Rights , and Human Rights Read more »

25 Completely Absurd Inventions You’ll Only Use Once

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There's an entire world of oddball inventions floating around the Internet. Exhibit A: the Chork , a combination chopstick/fork Some of these inventions are hybrids of familiar, everyday objects, while others don't seem to be like anything else we've seen before. While they probably won't be available at Walmart anytime soon, they stand as testaments to the absurdity that sometimes springs from the human mind. See also: 20 Searches Made Ridiculous by Google Autocomplete Take a look at these 25 inventions, which prove that if you can think it up, it can exist. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Gadgets , Features , Inventions , Lifestyle , and Home Read more »

The Evolution of Women’s Workwear Through the Decades

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Clothes say a lot about women's evolving roles in the workplace. A history of 20th century office fashion in photos. Read more... More about Fashion , Office , Photography , Features , and Women Read more »

14 Things Thicker Than the iPad Air 2

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Apple's done it again The mammoth tech company unveiled the new iPad Air 2 on Oct. 16. At just 6.1 millimeters, or 0.24 of an inch, it's the thinnest tablet yet. Want to put that size in perspective? In Apple's demonstration, they laser-cut a pencil in half lengthways to illustrate iPad's insanely small dimensions We decided to kick that up a notch and see just how thin the new device is when compared to everyday objects. From slices of Kraft cheese to slender magazines to Big Mac burger patties, we sized up Apple's tiny tablet See also: The iPad's Glory Days Are Over. Read more »

Your 10 Biggest Fears, According to Yahoo

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Warning: This post contains potentially disturbing or triggering images and video. The Internet is quite literally a fear factory. Yahoo shared the top 10 phobias its users searched for over the past month, just in time for Halloween . (Which reminds us, there is such a thing as fear of Halloween, called "samhainophobia." So that's fun.) See also: 25 Kickass Costumes for Girls Who Aren't Into Princesses Topping the list is agoraphobia, which is an anxiety disorder in which people fear being trapped in situations or places that cause panic. So maybe work up to haunted houses another year... Read more.. Read more »

How to Use Family Sharing in iOS 8

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Until now, sharing photos, music, movies and other iTunes purchases with your family members was a huge headache. With iOS 8 , Apple finally introduced a way to sync purchases without being forced to share your Apple ID and password information. The new Family Sharing feature allows up to six people to share purchased content, photos, locations and calendars from their individual accounts See also: 14 Hidden Tricks and Tools in iOS 8 Ready to sync up your family's digital life? Here's a step-by-step guide on how to activate and use the handy Family Sharing feature in iOS 8 Read more... 1. Download iOS 8. Read more »

The Shocking Evolutions of 8 Iconic Female Gaming Characters

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Makeovers aren't just for reality TV. Most video game redesigns incorporate new characters, along with detailed costumes and evolving physiques. Just ask Lara Croft, the titular character of the successful Tomb Raider series. Since 1996, she's been nipped and tucked all over, constantly varying her original outfit. She's not the only one — from the ladies of Street Fighter , to the timeless Princess Zelda, many an iconic female character has been the product of a new program design. Sometimes the changes are severe and sexual, and sometimes they're near insignificant, signaling a semblance of continuity. Read more... More about Entertainment , Gaming , Features , Design , and Women Read more »

6 Games That Will Give You a New Perspective

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Video games offer their players a form of escape — you can explore new worlds, achieve superhuman feats, and totally transcend the laws of space and time While escape can be healthy in moderation , certain games offer something even more meaningful: a new perspective. Instead of simply leaving your own life, you enter another's — your neighbor who struggles to make ends meet, your cousin who battles depression or even a complete stranger who grew up with an alcoholic parent See also: The 10 Most Beautiful Mobile Games Whoever and whatever it is, games can help people better understand. Below, we rounded up six titles that let you walk a few miles in someone else's shoes Read more... More about Health , Entertainment , Gaming , Features , and Social Good Read more »

How to Snap the Perfect Hyperlapse Selfie

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Selfies just got a whole lot fancier Until now, we could only shoot with the rear-facing camera on Instagram 's popular time-lapse video app, Hyperlapse . With the app's new front-facing camera option , selfies will never be the same. Now you can record what the company calls a "selfielapse" with the touch of a button. See also: 9 Flashy Camera Accessories for the iPhone 6 If you're wondering how the new feature works, you're in the right place. Below, we'll walk you through six steps to help you take a great selfielapse. 1. Download Hyperlapse. Hyperlapse is a free app that is only available for iOS devices Read more »

4 Chic Ways to Make an Enviable Fashion Set

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It's time to embrace your inner Anna Wintour. Getting in touch with your chic side is easy with the help of online fashion sets. You know those breezy style collages of mixed and matched outfits, the kind you find in glossy magazines ? You can make them on your own with online fashion templates. See also: 10 Fresh Apps for Fashion Enthusiasts Polyvore , the shopping and style community, is one of these sites. It gives users a simple template for creating delectable fashion plates. It boasts more than 20 million monthly users, who have created nearly 100 million photo sets, according to Polyvore's director of community, Nadia Hussain Read more... More about Fashion , Style , Features , Polyvore , and Apps Software Read more »