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What the objects we keep say about us

Author and editor Bill Shapiro on why everyday items and photographs give our memories deeper meaning.

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6 steps to preserve old family photos

Sorting through years of inherited family photos can be daunting, but here are practical tips for keeping printed memories safe for the next generation and beyond.

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The Secret Album reveals how a powerful truth changed a family forever

A novelist learns about her mother’s long-held secret by searching for what’s missing from her family photo albums.

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How a photo sparked a connection across continents

HP's short documentary explores and celebrates the power of printed photographs — and love.

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A field guide to frame-worthy photos

Learn how to compose and frame personal photography that deserve a bigger showcase than your smartphone screen.

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5 types of apps every global business traveler needs

On your next international business trip, stay connected, productive and have a little fun, too.

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Why photographers are returning to film

Photographers are rediscovering — and in some cases appreciating for the first time — the unique joy of shooting on film.

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Why home cooks still print recipes

For both practical and personal reasons, paper is one of our favorite tools in the kitchen.

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Why everyone should work from home

New studies show that freeing workers from set office locations and hours can strengthen team culture and creativity while reducing burnout and turnover.

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7 habits for organizing your digital photos

Getting a handle on your digital images is easy if you cultivate a few simple habits from professional organizers.

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Building a more inclusive gaming community

Game players and watchers are seeking out and creating welcoming spaces where support, diversity and positivity rule.

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Apps that help you throw the perfect party

Get the festivities right with tech for planning, enjoying and sharing memories.

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The biggest threat to your online security is you

Luckily, there are ways to protect yourself from the smooth talk of “social engineers” who want your private data.

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The art of shoemaking goes high tech

Custom 3D-printed footwear is changing how athletic shoes are made and the very definition of a good fit.

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Want to build a better brain? Play video games

Studies show that complex, immersive video gaming can boost memory, focus and a host of other cognitive skills.

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Welcoming the robo-nannies

Millennial parents see a rosy future for AI, sensors and Big Data in their children’s lives.

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Is it better to read off a screen or off paper?

Screens are fine for skimming, but for deeper comprehension, you should fire up the printer.

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How do we define the "all-American" family?

A moving social experiment from HP brings a new perspective to family portraits.

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Can taking photos put you more in the moment?

When you do it the right way, photography can enhance your life.

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