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User interface design is hard, but we've been getting better at it over the years to the point where even a thermostat is easy to use. Automakers, however, seem to have their heads in the sand, taking their design inspiration for their infotainment consoles from old Winamp skins instead of any type of modern interface.

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If you’re like me and spend way more time in front of your monitor than you should (including during the wee hours, with the room lights off), you might lament the lack of a “dark mode” on many websites. Stylish lets you fix this for most popular sites in one fell swoop.

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iOS: Apple Clips, Apple's newest app, is an attempt at making a video editing app that works something like Snapchat or Instagram, without the social component. The end result is a bit baffling to use, though it does show some promise.

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Windows: Windows 10 introduced the Action Center where your notifications and quick settings toggles live. It's a handy panel, but its icon lives in the far-right of the system tray. If you prefer the old days when your clock lived there, you can swap their spots.

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Reader Yezra submitted this desktop to our Desktop Showcase, pointing out that he's a big fan of simple, clean desktops, and finally built one that fit the bill. Yours doesn't have to look quite the same, but if you like the gist, here's what you'll need to make your own.

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A general rule of photography is the faster the subject, the faster the shutter speed. That's all good and well, but cameras are precise devices. You can stuff around with shutter speeds and aperture settings until you get the result you want, but why not start with a good baseline and work from there? This handy chart from Phototraces will get you most of the way.

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Sometimes you need a logo. Sure, you might spend days, even weeks, perfecting the brand for your new business or product, but sometimes all you're after is something straightforward, perhaps to help a website, poster or other design pop. In those cases, you might hit up Photoshop and go to town, but as Nathan Dodson explains in this clip, vector is the way to go, even if it takes a little more time.

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In today's era of Instagram filters and one-touch beauty modes, taking a flattering self portrait has never been easier. Unfortunately, some of the artistry - and most of the originality - can be lost in the process.

If you want to create "selfies" that are unique, eye-catching and personal, you're going to need more than a front-facing phone camera. With that in mind, we asked three professional photographers to share their advice on self-portraiture. Here are their ten best tips.