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If you haven’t noticed, Facebook’s News Feed is 50% faster on iOS

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You might have noticed that your Facebook News Feed is faster than it used to be on your iPhone or iPad. You’re not crazy.

Facebook has made the News Feed operate 50% faster than the previous version in the iOS app, according to the company.

About two years ago, Facebook switched from HTML5 to native iOS code to make the app perform as smoothly as possible. But the developers noticed something strange: Each time the…

10 insanely realistic Sims and Sim City creations

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Virtual reality isn’t real enough for some Sims and Sim City fans.

The simulation video game franchises let users simulate real life, creating human-like characters and helping them live their daily lives. Gamers can control nearly everything, from custom-building characters to designing the homes around them.

Some particularly skilled gamers need more, though. A character or a home isn’t enough — they want to build entire worlds

Gamers…

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…

5 DIY and safe hangover cures to try this weekend

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You can run, but you can’t hide from a hangover. Damn if we haven’t tried

Everyone has a remedy they swear works for them, from chewing garlic, to rubbing a lemon on your armpit, to drinking more (a.k.a. the hair of the dog)

Though there’s no cure-all medicine yet for hangovers, there are plenty of ways you can assuage the booze-infused assault that comes after a night of heavy drinking. But first, you have to understand the nature of a hangover

The coded world of Russian prison tattoos

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Arkady Bronnikov is regarded as Russia’s leading expert on tattoo iconography. He was a senior expert in criminalistics at the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs for over 30 years

As part of his duties he visited many correctional institutions of the Ural and Siberia regions, where he interviewed and photographed thousands of convicts. He regularly helped solve criminal cases across Russia by using his collection of tattoos to identify culprits and corpses. Read more…

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8 free emoji apps beyond what’s pre-loaded in your phone

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Move over, standard emoji keyboard — smartphone users have many more options.

If you’re tired of expressing yourself with the same old emoji, it’s time to check out what else is out there. From 3D-animated emoticons to emoji text, there are several new and creative ways for you to get your message across

We’ve rounded up eight free specialty emoji apps that will take your conversations to the next level

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‘Doctor Who’s’ scariest monsters were made of plywood and glue

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Doctor Who, the BBC-produced science fiction series, was controversial from the moment the first episode aired at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 1963. The show follows an eccentric time traveller as he journeys through time and space.

Considered too violent and frightening for children, the programme was deemed by the BBC to be its most violent production

The Daleks, a recurring alien race in the series, were one of the show’s most frightening adversaries. Soon people widely used the phrase…

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Victorians Were Some of the First Victims of Candid Photography

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It was the opening of the railway station in 1860 that made Hampstead Heath, a 790-acre rambling open space north of London, accessible to the many poorer people who lived beyond walking distance of its borders.

The Heath was acquired as a public open space in 1871, and additional land was purchased in 1888 and 1889, respectively. Shortly after the first acquisition, the Bank Holidays Act of 1871 established four national day-long holidays: Easter Day, Boxing Day and the first Mondays in May…

The Only Surviving Images of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars

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10 Fascinating Idioms From Around the World

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Idioms, specific to each language, give us a glimpse into the similarities between disparate cultures

These unique expressions vary across the globe, and reveal how groups of people use language to convey universal human emotions. From “feeding donkeys sponge cake” to “letting a frog out of your mouth,” these local phrases can sound hilariously ironic or confusing to outsiders. But, in the end, you totally understand.

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