YouTube shows you how to break your New Year's resolutions with style

YouTube shows you how to break your New Year's resolutions with style
With every new year comes new resolutions, but let’s be honest: despite best intentions, few of them are ever kept. According to a study conducted after New Year’s Eve 2014, 45 percent of Americans routinely make resolutions (the top choices include losing weight, getting organized, spending less, and living life to the fullest), but just 8... Read more »

Winter is coming. Should you try Instacart?

Winter is coming. Should you try Instacart?
“Oh, it’s the greatest,” my friend said. “Like having a personal shopper for groceries. And you can order from multiple stores at once. You will love it.” I’d been lamenting the fact that my car was in New York (long story), and that hauling groceries in Chicago’s plunging temps was getting tricky (walk-up, kids). Her recommendation?... Read more »

5 must-see brand videos for Halloween

5 must-see brand videos for Halloween
With Halloween nearly upon us, we’re looking to the Internet to deliver a few scares. This year, some of the best creepy videos were made by brands. Running the gamut from spine-chilling to creative and cute, this collection features companies like IKEA and Oreo. Turn up the sound, turn down the lights, and take a... Read more »
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Is Shake it Off the new Harlem Shake?

Is Shake it Off the new Harlem Shake?
Remember the Harlem Shake? Last year the dance spawned countless memes as everyone from Jimmy Fallon to Anderson Cooper’s staff and The Simpsons took part. Now it’s looking like the spoof to beat is Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake it Off.” The video has more than 171 million YouTube views to date, and since its release in mid-August... Read more »

10 of the best "how it's made" videos on the web

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OcbiOV6b5sg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>With Halloween right around the corner, take a look at how candy corn is made. About 9 billion pieces of candy corn are sold every year, many by the Jelly Belly Candy Company, which has been making candy corn longer than anyone.
There is now more content and data on the Internet than everything man has ever written or produced (times seven). It’s no wonder we can also find videos on virtually every product that’s ever been made. This morning a video on how bubble wrap is manufactured went viral. Who hasn’t questioned how they get all those... Read more »

The art of social media

The art of social media
New mediums breed new forms of art, and social media is no exception. Whether social sites are used as the material with which to manufacture an image, or as a method of distributing existing digital works, they’ve currently got the attention of illustrators, writers, and photographers around the world. Social media has become an invaluable... Read more »
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Fundraising for your child's school? Meet Shoparoo

Fundraising for your child's school? Meet Shoparoo
If you have a child in school you’re now at least two weeks into the new school year, and likely already bombarded by fundraising pleas. Gift wrap! Pencils! Frozen food! Schools are urging our kids to sell them all, to grandparents and family friends and anyone else they can find. There’s another way, though, one... Read more »

Would you shop on Instagram?

Would you shop on Instagram?
How often do you see something on Instagram that you wish you could buy online? Do you browse a retailer’s Instagram feed and yearn to snap up the items you “Like” on the spot? According to companies that use the site to showcase their products, it happens all the time. “When we would post these... Read more »

Meet the whiskey discovery mobile app for the everyman

Meet the whiskey discovery mobile app for the everyman
Whiskey, like wine, can be a polarizing drink. There’s a huge range of quality. What appeals to one person might not taste great to another. And expertise doesn’t come quick. But as of last week, would-be whiskey drinkers can breathe a sigh of relief. There’s a new app on the market designed to help you... Read more »
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These 3 new apps can make you smarter

Can digital media make you smarter? It may deliver information galore, easily accessible with no end in sight, but spend all your time reading about the Kardashians and you probably won’t boost your IQ. Three new apps, however, are all about making their users more knowledgable, whether they’re researching puffins, the environmental sustainability of Chicago,... Read more »