The Shocking Evolutions of 8 Iconic Female Gaming Characters

Thumbnail

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

Thumbnail

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

Thumbnail

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

Thumbnail

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 »

8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free Books

Thumbnail

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)

Thumbnail

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

Thumbnail

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

Thumbnail

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

Thumbnail

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

Thumbnail

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 »