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10 homepages that teach something new every time you open a tab

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If your homepage just loads to Google, you’re missing a trick. You could start every day by learning something new, getting motivated by the creative arts or enjoying an inspiring visual

We’ve found some awesome options to save as your homepage, so hit up your browser’s settings and get galvanized each and every time you go online

Take a look through our suggestions below. Do you Internet with something even more awesome? Share it in the comments.

1Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Day”

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Any language-lovers might want to consider a “Word of the Day” option. Increase your vocab by checking in with Merriam-Webster every morning Read more…

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9 things you need to quit crowdsourcing on Facebook

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Zuck might have got away with crowdsourcing his New Year’s resolution on Facebook, but us mere mortals have to be a bit more careful when it comes to soliciting our online buddies

To avoid boring your friends to tears, looking lazy or desperate, or even worse, putting your security at risk, we suggest following our guidelines on what not to crowdsource.

Have a read through our list of don’ts below, and stop yourself from making the same mistakes.

1. What to eat

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“I just don’t know what to have for breakfast / brunch / lunch / afternoon tea / dinner /…” Believe us when we say no one cares about your gastronomic dilemma. Just make a decision and stop boring us half to death with your culinary quandaries Read more…

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10 virtually indestructible cases to protect your iPhone 6 Plus

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Whether you’re worried about your iPhone 6 Plus bending, its glossy 5.5-inch screen getting scratched, or you just know you’re a total klutz, we have you covered

We’ve found 10 cases designed for the iPhone 6 Plus that offer some durable protection to keep your beloved smartphone in pristine condition

Take a look through our tough-as-nails selection below.

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How to save Facebook content for later

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We’ve all seen a link to a really interesting article on Facebook and not had the time to read it. We’ve wanted to watch a video someone shared, but suffered from a crappy connection.

There is a cool solution: saving content on Facebook so you can take a look it when you’ve got the time and sufficient bandwidth. As only you can see the content you save, think of it as storage for your guilty pleasures, like cat Vines

Have a look through our simple instructions below to start saving interesting bits and bobs on Facebook. Let us know what other Facebook tricks you’d like to learn — we could tackle it in a future post. Read more…

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The 10 biggest Twitter blunders by UK politicians

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From amusing typos to embarrassing @mentions, UK politicians have certainly kept Twitter … interesting

As we head toward the UK’s 2015 general election, we looked back at some famous facepalms from British political parties and personalities.

We’ve got some doozies, but our list isn’t exhaustive. Have we missed a political Twitter gaffe that amused you?

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Way back in April 2011, to the bemusement and/or delight of his Twitter audience, Labour MP Ed Balls accidentally tweeted his own name

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5 ways to take control of your Facebook News Feed

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Whether it’s never-ending posts from annoying “friends” with verbal diarrhea, or repetitive links to stupid survey sites, the truth is that sometimes spending time on Facebook is more irritating than productive

The bad news is that Facebook’s algorithms to determine what appears in your News Feed are a closely guarded secret. The social media giant simply says, “The stories that show in your News Feed are influenced by your connections and activity on Facebook.”

But there is hope — you have the power to tweak a few settings under the hood.

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5 ways to take control of your Facebook News Feed

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Whether it’s never-ending posts from annoying “friends” with verbal diarrhea, or repetitive links to stupid survey sites, the truth is that sometimes spending time on Facebook is more irritating than productive

The bad news is that Facebook’s algorithms to determine what appears in your News Feed are a closely guarded secret. The social media giant simply says, “The stories that show in your News Feed are influenced by your connections and activity on Facebook.”

But there is hope — you have the power to tweak a few settings under the hood.

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How to follow the major UK political parties on social media

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As the United Kingdom gears up for the general election in May, we’re excited to find out what role social media is going to play in the inevitable wider media frenzy

At the time of the last election, in 2010, the UK was seeing a dramatic rise in social media usage, but the traditional media of television and print were more influential in deciding the ultimate outcome

This year however, everything could change. Although the relatively new TV debates will help influence millions, more could be decided by digital communications and actions than ever before

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People-Powered Publishing Is Changing All the Rules

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After a long day at work as a personal assistant, 28-year-old Nikki Kelly was commuting home on the London Underground’s Central Line when she received an eagerly anticipated email. “I’m not going to read it on the train in case it’s a ‘no,’” she thought. She was expecting a rejection.

Kelly got off the train two stops early. On the platform, she looked at her iPad and tentatively read the first couple of lines of the message.

The email was from the editor in chief at a prominent children’s publisher. They liked her manuscript

“I burst into tears,” she says. “I was literally standing on the platform sobbing and people were looking at me like I was very strange.” Read more…

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9 Social Media Resolutions for 2014

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You know the drill — new year, new start. You may be planning to slim down, give up that gross habit or get your life in order in some way. But have you given any thought to your online world?

We’re taking a look at your social media life with a list of new year’s resolutions we’d like to see everyone keep, from posting fewer annoying photos to being a bit more positive across your networks.

Take a look at our suggestions below. Have your own suggestions? Add them in the comment section below

1. No More Humblebragging

Can we please make 2014 the year the “humblebrag” dies a much-needed death? While we’re at it, let’s also stop namedropping and giving blatantly insincere pleas for advice that are clearly just made to highlight a glamorous, exotic or exciting “dilemma.” Read more…

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