9 short stories from female British writers you need to read before you die


Short stories may not take as long as novels to put together, but that doesn’t make them any easier to perfect.

Crafting a short story that really sings off the page — one that stays with the reader after the book’s been slotted back on the shelf — is no easy feat.

There are plenty of people who have one hell of a talent for it, though.

From libraries and hospitals to pressed roses and foot fetishes, here are some short stories from female British writers you badly need to check out. Read more…

1. “When the Door Closed, It Was Dark”, by Alison Moore (published in The Best British Short Stories 2011)

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Samsung Galaxy S9 dummy pops up in short video

Smartphone manufacturers often make “dummy” units to the exact specs of their upcoming hot devices. These are distributed to accessory-making partners to make their job easier and help them have products ready as soon as the phone launches. For example, popular case makers can score a dummy to test their new case models against and be ready with any corrections well before the handset is actually announced.

Of course, footage of such dummies will sometimes leak and it looks like this has just happened with a Galaxy S9 dummy unit. At least that’s what the person who leaked the video claims.

What …

New shot-on-iPhone short film Vortex shows you don't always need expensive cameras for great video

Shooting a cinematic video on just a phone is a bit of a cliche these days: we know that it’s possible and we know people do it more and more, but this latest one is worth sharing because it pushes the boundaries with shooting technique.
Vortex is a new, 1.5-minute short movie that is shot entirely on an iPhone with the help of some tools and with a lot of creativity, and it exemplifies novel camera movement that gives an exciting new perspective on New York City.

Watch a phone camera perform 360° barrel rolls!

The …

'Frozen' short ahead of 'Coco' is a horrendous waste of time


The Frozen short currently playing in American theaters ahead of Disney-Pixar’s Coco is so reviled, people are sharing tips online on how to time your movie trip to skip it altogether. 

For good reason: Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is 21-minutes long, and it comes nowhere near the heart-tugging prowess of Pixar shorts from movies past. Beyond that, the pairing makes Disney look culturally tone-deaf.

Droves of moviegoers that pushed Coco to the top spot at the Thanksgiving box office have been complaining for days about being forced to sit through the Frozen monstrosity. When I saw Coco with my family over the weekend, people behind me in the theater kept whispering, “When is this going to end?” My 4-year-old nephew was confused why we were seeing two movies back-to-back. I kept looking at my watch.  Read more…

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Really short video shows how app switching works on iPhone X

Apple’s first iPhone to ditch the home button, the iPhone X will go on pre-order on October 27. Even though it was announced along with two other smartphones – iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple needed a little bit more time to bring it to the masses.

Although Apple revealed some details about the iPhone X, there are many things that haven’t been covered during the official presentation of the handset. That’s why almost anything related to the iPhone X is a hot subject these days.

If you’ve been following our news feed, then you might have seen the YouTube …

LG highlights V30's video capabilities in 6 original short films

Released in the US earlier this month, the LG V30
is one of this year’s top extra-large Android smartphones, up there with the
likes of Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, or the Google Pixel 2 XL. One of the
main features of the LG V30 is its dual rear camera – thanks to a Cine Video
mode and high-quality components, this camera is quite good at
shooting video.   


To illustrate what can be done with a V30, LG has partnered with
six emerging filmmakers who used the smartphone to create short films. All
the films were shot exclusively on the LG V30, being screened during …

It is alive! Chinese iPhone 8 clone pops up on short video

Ah, the world of counterfeit phones — ain’t it grand? For the past few years, we’ve seen knockoffs of various hot and heavily-anticipated phones pop up here and there. The amusing thing is that some clones get “released” before the device they are copying is ever even announced. Of course, the iPhone 8 being… well — the iPhone 8 — knockoffs are guaranteed. And lo and behold, one has already been caught in the wild.

What follows below is an 8-second video, which shows us an iPhone clone running on Android (presumably). It looks quite close to what we expect the iPhone 8’s final design to …

Don't feel like a 200-page manual? With this short Galaxy S8 video tutorial, Samsung covers all the basics

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been finding their way in their rightful owners’ hands here in the US for a week already, and Samsung felt that now is the time to release a short video tutorial on what the phones are, and how to engage with them on a daily basis. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s clean, concise, and in the trendy sharing format with subtitles, so you don’t even have to put your headphones on to learn about your Galaxy S8 without reading the 200-page manual.

Get all star codes and self-service short codes for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint phones right here!

All carriers around the world and in the US have a bunch of star codes – also known as service codes – that you can punch in your phone’s dialer app (speaking of which, Verizon still supports rotary phones , but that’s another story!) and obtain some convenient functionality, such as enabling and disabling specific features in your plan, checking your bill and data usage, getting in touch with customer support, and much more. Especially on T-Mobile, whose excessive list of codes can be barely contained here!

Have a look at the things you can accomplish with your …

Viber for iOS updated with secret messages, short videos and rich notifications support

Popular messenger Viber has updated its iOS app with a new Secret Messages feature. You can now specify how long photos, videos, and chats messages will be accessible after being opened by the recipient. On their end, only a trace is left behind to indicate when the item was sent. The time limit for messages is 1, 3, 7, or 10 seconds.

Additionally, Viber now supports rich notifications on iOS 10 where you can see the contents of chats. Also available is sending media as files, which gives you the option to send photos and videos in their original size and quality.

Finally, there’s …