8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free Books

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Image: Mashable Looking for the next great book to sink your teeth into? Look no further. As summer rolls on, you may find yourself with free time to catch up on reading. We have good news for you virtual bookworms — you can get in a good read without spending a dime See also: 13 Popular E-Books That Cost Under $3 Here's a list of eight places where you can find a wealth of free (yes, free!) e-books 1 Google eBookstore A screenshot of the Google eBookstore homepage. Image: Screenshot Google eBookstore In the free section of the Google eBookstore, you'll find a ton of free books from a variety of genres. Look here for bestsellers, favorite classics and more. Books are available in several formats, and you can also check out ratings and reviews from other users Read more... More about Features , Ebooks , E Readers , Free Books , and How To Read more »

The Finger Your Phone Can’t Live Without (It’s Not Your Thumb)

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The pinky is unquestionably the forgotten finger, often considered a mere accessory in a lineup of more valuable digits. If you had to say goodbye to an appendage, the pinky is an easy sell But there's far more to the pinky besides looking refined while sipping tea. In addition to playing a key character in maintaining balance, it's the most important supporting role of the entire digital age. The pinky is the mobile shelf See also: Virtual Reality Is Ready to Manipulate Your Memories Grab your smartphone and do a simple task, like check your email. Like a trusty steed, carrying the weight of your contacts, apps and messages upon its tiny, boney surface, the pinky is most likely propping up the device. I've asked both men and women to participate in my "where's your pinky?" test; nearly always, the results were the same. (Note: You might see your pinky resting on the smartphone's side until you start to navigate through the user interface.) Read more.. Read more »

How to Take Photos of Fireworks That Don’t Completely Suck

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You know what's great about the Fourth of July ? Flooding your Instagram feed with pictures of fireworks. But snapping shots of those glittery spectacles is harder than it looks. They may be huge and colorful, but taking a photo of light at night is a tricky feat. See also: 12 Americans Taking the Fourth of July a Little Too Seriously Don't fret — there are plenty of ways to optimize your phone or camera settings. Read more »

5 Ways to Text From Your Laptop

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Image: Mashable Misplace or break your phone? No cell signal? Have no fear: You can still text away with a computer via Wi-Fi Texting from a laptop has its perks — it's free of charge, typing is easier and faster, and best of all, you can look busy when you're not See also: 'Damn You Auto Correct' Unveils 11 Funniest Texts of 2012 Here are five different ways you can text from your laptop. 1. Text through email. Combine your recipient's 10 digit phone number with its wireless carrier's unique domain. Image: Screenshot from laptop Meera Sundaramurthy If you know your friend's phone number and cellphone provider, you can easily deliver a text through email. Combine your recipient's 10 digit phone number with one of these domains: Read more.. Read more »

7 Reasons You Should Unplug This Summer

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Image: Mashable Between smartphones , laptops , tablets and apps , technology influences almost every aspect of our lives. We live in a world where we forget an off switch exists We get anxious when we leave our personal devices at home, constantly refresh our emails and social media feeds, and don't realize how much we end up staring at screens for the majority of the day. Powering down these gadgets and calling it quits is easier said than done See also: 13 Popular E-Books That Cost Under $3 But it turns out you could lose more than just time while plugged into the virtual world. Using these devices too much can take a toll on our well-being Use the summer to kick this habit to the curb. Here are seven reasons why temporarily cutting the cord and disconnecting from the digital world every now and then is a good idea this summer. Read more.. Read more »

8 Ways to Waterproof Your Gadgets

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Image: Mashable Electricity and water are archenemies That's a problem for summertime, a season best spent by the ocean, pool or any other large body of water. But thanks to all kinds of brilliant tech, there are quite a few waterproof accessories you can purchase to make your gadgets as hydrophilic as possible. See also: 4 Ways to Protect Your Tech This Summer From the latest in waterproof smartphone cases to resilient earbuds, here are eight accessories to keep your tech dry this season. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Gadgets , Features , Summer , Accessories , and Waterproof Read more »

11 Fake Movies Never Coming to a Theater Near You

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Some things are just too good to be true That's how fans felt after watching the trailer for Jay Z and Beyoncé's Run . The duo released a star-studded movie trailer as a promotion for their upcoming joint tour. The short clip features famous actors, including Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones and Blake Lively See also: 14 Movies Every Tech Geek Will Love But when it was over, the message "Coming Never" blared across the screen. That's right — all of that money and detail just went into making one incredible, fake trailer Fake film trailers run rampant in the entertainment industry, used to promote other pieces of art or just for purely comedic purposes Read more... More about Movies , Film , Features , Parody , and Movie Trailers Read more »

Your Button-Mashing Could Be Causing Permanent Hand Injury

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Whether you're reading this at your desk, on your phone lounging on the couch, odds are you're doing it wrong The way many of us use our tech could, and increasingly has, lead to short- and long-term injury. Doctors and therapists have reported a growing number of injuries and strains related to both the improper use of technology and damaging posture. See also: 7 Ways You're Killing Your Tech Many of these injuries we learn by unfortunate repetition, so stretching and other exercises won't do a whole lot to offset incorrect use. Injury can only be prevented by taking corrective measures Luckily for you, we spoke to doctors and therapists who can help circle you back on the right track. Read more... Read more »

A Decade of Equality: Remembering the First Same-Sex Marriages in the U.S.

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Saturday marks 10 years since same-sex marriage was first legalized in the United States Massachusetts was the first state to grant same-sex couples the right to marry, on May 17, 2004 Iowa, Maine and Vermont followed in 2009, and more since, though the history of same-sex marriage in the U.S. is storied with struggles and legislative roadblocks The first notable state case for marriage equality was Baker v. Nelson . In 1971, couple Richard John Baker and James Michael McConnell applied for a Minneapolis marriage license with court clerk Gerald R. Nelson. They were denied, because state law required applicants to be of the opposite sex. The couple appealed to the state Supreme Court, but got denied again, on the grounds that gay marriage was deemed unconstitutional at the time Read more... More about Wedding , Photography , Features , Lgbt , and Policy Read more »

4 Ways You Can Make a Real Impact to Slow Climate Change

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The concept of climate change can be so overwhelming to the point where it paralyzes you into inaction. In light of a landmark report the U.S. government released on May 6, it's clearer than ever that climate change affects our daily lives, everywhere from decreased water availability to curbed agricultural production . But what can the average person actually do to fight climate change? See also: 20 Gripping Photos of Extreme Weather You've heard many times to recycle, use compact fluorescent light bulbs and take public transportation. These old standbys, while certainly helpful, can only do so much based on the scale of the problem Read more »