This September box is all about doing it yourself, whether that means starting a new project, making something for you or a friend, beautifying your home, or tackling an endurance workout. Style is on our minds as our team takes on yet another Fashion Week, but we're also focusing on our homes as we look ahead to the chillier months. We can't wait to see what you create! We hope you enjoy the September box, and if you've yet to join in the fun, then sign up for POPSUGAR Must Have to receive our handpicked goodies at your doorstep!
When inspiration strikes, having a go-to note-taking app handy is absolutely essential. Writing on mobile devices is a tricky thing — fast-moving fingers are prone to mistakes with that tiny keyboard, and an interface can't have too many bells and whistles (it takes up too much precious screen space).
Jotting down ideas, thoughts, inspiration, or even notes for class the analog way is easy, but finding a word processor and annotation app suited to your specific note-taking style takes a bit of trial and error. We've dwindled it down to seven of the sleekest, most beautifully designed writing apps that pack a lot of features in a mobile package.
This app, which has been redesigned for iOS 7, for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch ($4) is a lot like a Tumblr for notes. Each note can be tagged, and Vesper will make tag suggestions as you type. Tap the camera icon to attach images. The notes are organized by tag but, like a playlist, each document can be rearranged within the tag by dragging the item up or down.
Evernote took its award-winning iPhone app and redesigned the entire thing for iOS 7. Notes can be categorized by tag or into notebooks. There are different types of documents as well: to-do lists, outlines, photo albums, reminders, and plain text. You can also mark up and annotate PDFs. In the latest update comes the Post-It Note camera, which digitizes handwritten to-dos and automatically assigns different tags to different Post-It colors. Evernote is available on Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry as well.
Fluid Notes ($5) for iPad is a great tablet application for those who prefer handwriting their notes. Choose from a ballpoint, fountain pen, pencil, or crayon, and jot away! Documents can be exported to email, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, or Box. I find Fluid Notes ideal for taking notes during math class and recording complicated problem sets.
More download-worthy apps after the break.
Too early for Halloween? Never. If costume inspiration is running low this year, there's a solution right underneath your nose: in your comic books! We're taking a page from our favorite graphic novels, from Watchmen to X-men. Let your geek flag fly, and try on some of these ideas for size.
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
Make this holiday shopping season your most triumphant yet! The missions are already under way, so start making your gifting list, and click here for more details.
A look at Instagram user mollyfast's early morning walking path was submitted to the #CoolCapture hashtag.
Have you been testing out your photography skills and snapped a shot you want to share? Submit your pics to our Cool Capture group or to Instagram with the #CoolCapture hashtag, and your pic might be featured on the POPSUGAR Tech homepage! And don't forget to follow @POPSUGARTech on Instagram!
While much of NASA's public events are currently postponed due to the government shutdown, a new development is under way that could save future space missions big money: 3D printing. By sending a 3D printer to space, astronauts aboard the International Space Station could have the luxury of creating parts and tools as needed, in what could be life-or-death scenarios.
Astronauts working in zero gravity have had to get creative with the limited supplies that can be ferried on a spacecraft before, even using the great MacGyver tool, duct tape.
But a space crew isn't going to be using any ordinary 3D printer that at-home early adopters can get their hands on. The 3D printer worthy of NASA is being commissioned by space start-up, Made in Space. The company has been working with the space since 2011, when it was first awarded a two-hour suborbital flight to test the printing and hardware effects of the microgravity conditions.
Since confirming the 3D printing process will work in zero gravity, Made in Space now holds a contract to build the first 3D printer designed specifically for an off-Earth environment, which is scheduled to be launched to the space station in 2014. Now, in the name of science, can the astronauts please gather (zero gravity hair a-flyin') for the first space 3D portrait?
A new season is upon us, and now that October's here, it's time to round up our must-have picks from across the network! From cozy Fall fashion and great new TV and movies to a treasure trove of page-turners and fun finds for the little ones, click through to see (and shop!) the best that October has to offer, straight from our expert editors.
Oh, it's on. The government shutdown, that is. And while it's as serious as jobs, services, and national monuments being put on hold, thankfully the Twittersphere is here to inject some humor into the situation (like it did with #NSAPickupLines). Using the hashtag #shutdownpickuplines, funny people everywhere are chiming in with brilliant pickup lines that make "How you doin'?" look like child's play. Scroll on and take note for tonight when you're at a bar next to some cutie. Just kidding — kind of.
Do you work for the government? Because you shut. it. down. #ShutdownPickupLines
— Erik Burkhart (@HuskerInsanity) September 30, 2013
Where have you been sequestered all my life? #ShutdownPickupLines
— Jennifer Mendelsohn (@CleverTitleTK) September 30, 2013
— Mark Hanis (@MarkHanis) October 1, 2013
- New words needed because of the Internet — Cracked
- We'll watch a reality show . . . in space — Geekosystem
- The Galaxy Gear: not the game changer you were hoping for — HuffPost Tech
- Where are all the Chromecast apps? — ReadWrite
- What is ricin, Walter White's toxin of choice? — Mental Floss
- Is iOS 7 making you sick? — Newser
- Android gaming vending machines arrive in Japan — Engadget
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer, now with more dragon — POPSUGAR Entertainment
Constantly squinting your eyes to read texts? Join the club. Give your eyes a break and adjust the text size on your iPhone or Android.
In iOS 7, open Settings and tap on General. To increase Dynamic Type (the text you see in SMS messages, email, and articles in Safari), tap on Text Size and drag the slider accordingly. The thin text of iOS 7 is beautiful, but can be hard to read. In General > Accessibility, you can enable Bold Text and Larger Type.
For iPhones running iOS 6, go to the Settings app > General > Accessibility > Large Text, and select the most comfortable text size between 20pt and 56pt. In Accessibility settings, you can also turn on zoom, which enables use of a three-finger double-tap to zoom anywhere on the screen, drag three fingers to move around the screen, and double-tap three fingers and drag to change zoom.
On Android devices, from the home screen go to Settings > Accessibility > Large Text in phones with Ice Cream Sandwich or later. Text in the web browser will be normal size, but you can make the font bigger by tapping on the menu button in the address bar > Settings > Accessibility, and increase "text scaling."