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The best gaming laptops

Desktop gaming will always be the pinnacle of the PC gaming experience, but gaming laptops have come a long way in the last couple of years. Some …

Computer Hardware

Google executives explain why the MBA approach to building things is ‘stupid’

Google’s hiring chief says he doesn’t give much credit to college degrees in the hiring process. So it should come as no surprise that other Google executives also regard staples of traditional business school training at the nation’s elite colleges as downright “stupid.”<p>Former senior vice …

Microsoft Outlook is the best email app out right now

I've tried a lot of email apps for my job, but what I love most about Outlook is that it manages to bring an uncompromising email experience into the modern age. There's hardly anything you <i>can't</i> do with Outlook, and yet this powerhouse of an email app still features a striking interface that's …

The Importance of Roughhousing With Your Kids | The Art of Manliness

Roughhousing. Horseplay. Wr<i>a</i>stling. Whatever you call it, it’s one of the best things about being a dad. I love chasing my one-year-old son, Gus, …

10 Erotic Movies You Don't Need to Be Ashamed to Watch

<b>I would advise against Googling a prospective lover.</b> You'll miss out on one of the best parts of meeting people: the mystery and the reveal. In celebration of this, I give you a list of the best erotically charged films that aren't <i>too</i> explicit and how to watch them. These works provoke what is …

How to Develop Situational Awareness | The Art of Manliness

There’s a scene at the beginning of <i>The Bourne Identity</i> where the film’s protagonist is sitting in a diner, trying to figure out who he is and why he …

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The Ubuntu phone is real and going on sale next week

It's been a long road, spanning more than two years of adversity, but Ubuntu finally has a smartphone to call home. It's called the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and is built by Spanish company BQ. This little-known manufacturer of tablets and e-readers is adapting one of its Android handsets to run …

Xiaomi's MIUI 6 OS Adds Style and Function To Android

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi launched its 2014 flagship, the Mi 4, in India last week, and the device is set to on sale on Tuesday in the country for about $325.<p>While the phone isn’t exactly new, it does come with the latest version of MIUI, the company’s own flavor of Android. The Mi 4 …

The Burpee Workout: Get Fit Fast With This Simple Exercise | The Art of Manliness

When I played football in high school, my offensive line coach had an exercise he liked to use on us for punishment. When we were caught screwing …

The Best Laptops You Can Buy

Maybe it's a bit more clunky than you thought when you carry it in your bag during a commute. Perhaps the screen is too reflective for your liking when you're watching Netflix. And worst of all, what if the battery life is much shorter than you expected?<p>We've researched some of the best laptops on …

Travel the World With a Backpack | The Art of Manliness

All images taken by Dave Danzeiser.<p><i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post by David Danzeiser.</i><p>I hung up the phone with the travel agent. I had just …

Is proton therapy the 'magic bullet' for cancer?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Even after decades of battling one of the world's biggest killers, the treatment of cancer is still an inexact science.<p>Successful methods such as chemotherapy work by killing the cancer cells, but they also destroy healthy tissue.<p>Health practitioners have been searching for a magic bullet …

Better Call Saul Review: The Last Hurrah of Difficult Men

The Saul Goodman series starts out already better than Breaking Bad.<p><i>Note: This review contains mild spoilers for the first episode of the show.</i><p><b>The third golden age of television,</b> which may or may not be coming to an end, has been defined largely by the male antiheroes: self-pitying schlubs trying …

Windows 10 goes mobile, what does it mean for Android?

Microsoft made a few huge announcements yesterday, primary of which was the introduction of Windows 10. One huge feature stood out for us, the fact that Windows 10 will work across all of your available platforms, from the PC to your tablet, and even on your phone.<p>Microsoft has been struggling a …

17 Ways To Use Just About Everything In Your Kitchen BETTER

These kitchen tricks will make cooking SO much easier. This piece originally appeared on cosmopolitan.com.<p><b>1. Use two plates to safely cut a lot of little tomatoes at once.</b><p>Lay the tomatoes you wish to slice in half on a small plate. Place another plate on top and then run a very sharp knife through …

Recipes

Get a Perfect Fit without Going to the Tailor

Get that like-a-glove fit before you take it home<p>A snug, body-skimming fit can make a $150 suit look like a four-figure rig, and vice versa. But how do you get that tailored look without hauling it to and from your local tailor after each purchase?<p>Simple. Get a head-to-toe look that’s custom fit to …

Men's Fashion

What's the Best Way to Remove a Denim Stain from Leather?

Use a light—but swift—hand, and these home remedies might just do the trick<p>There's nothing worse than seeing that faint brush of indigo on your favorite tan messenger bag or white leather sneakers. But before you swear off raw denim, know that you can do a few things to pair denim with leather and …

New York City

Q: Is there a difference between matcha green tea and the regular stuff?

You love green tea for its health benefits, but this alternative might provide some serious competition<p>Let's just say that regular green tea has met its matcha.<p>As you may know, your typical green brew is overflowing with health benefits: Scientists think it may help reduce the risk of diabetes, …

How To Pronounce Luxury Brand Names

Imagine you’re making your very first red carpet appearance. “Finally,” you think, “I’ve made it.” You’re thrilled to be there, mixing and mingling …

The iPhone 6 Plus bends, but not by design

Pictures of the new iPhone 6 Plus - Apple's first phablet - bending in users' pockets are being posted on Twitter under the hashtag #BendGate<p>If you’re one of the 10m people sitting on a new iPhone, you might not actually want to sit on it.<p>Since Apple’s latest product was released over the weekend, …

Mobile Technology

Google acquires Polar polling startup, part of an effort to improve Google+

Google+ may not compete on the same level as Facebook when it comes to mainstream popularity (which many of us G+ users prefer that way…), but the company continues to work towards improving the service, even if rumors earlier this year suggested Google was phasing back its plans for the social …

The Resilient City

What began as an apparent accident ended in unbelievable horror. Throughout the next year, the city changed but its resilience never did.<p>Three …

Tech Q&A: Facebook privacy settings, travel with gadgets, and more

<b>Facebook privacy settings you should change</b><p><b>Q.</b> Facebook makes so many changes, I can't keep up. How do I make sure I'm still private on the site?<p><b>A.</b> There are quite a few things you can do. First, go to your Facebook profile. In the upper right corner, click the upside-down triangle and then select …

Apple's New Wearable Device Rumored To Run Third-Party Apps

This would allow developers to create apps to be used on the new device, expected to release in early 2015.<p>Some developers from companies with apps already available for iPhone and iPad were given a pre-release version of the software development kit for wearables.<p>9to5Mac reports,<p>To be revealed on …

'Anti-router' stops drones, cameras, and Google Glass from connecting to Wi-Fi networks

Are you paranoid that strangers are using drones, security cameras, hidden microphones, or even Google Glass to spy on you? If so, you might be interested in a little device called Cyborg Unplug. Just stick it into a power outlet and watch as it sounds an alarm whenever such a surveillance device …

The Smart Home Is Going To Be A Huge Boon To Accessibility

I reach for the iPhone tucked down the side of my wheelchair and launch the Hive app. After a couple more taps on the screen, there’s an audible click from across the room. A few seconds later, I hear the boiler sparking up before the central heating finally kicks in. It’s a familiar sound, but …

Scientists Send Messages Directly From One Brain To Another

But the cumbersome experimental setup won’t replace Facebook's Messenger app anytime soon.<p>So a team of neuroscientists sent a message from the brain of one person in India, to the brains of three people in France, using brainwave-reading equipment and the Internet. Yes, really.<p>The process is slow …

World's first cyborg wants to hack your body

<b>(CNN) —</b> Neil Harbisson is the world's first legally recognized cyborg. He has an antenna implanted into his skull that gives him access to something he was born without: the ability to perceive color.<p>In a world where technology is overwhelming our mental focus and social lives, Harbisson, 32, has a …

The Easy Secret to Making Yourself Better at Anything | Inc.com

<i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>I'm a big believer in self-reflection, and I'm all about finding ways to make things (including myself!) better whenever possible. The reality is, none of us are perfect. Whether it's …

Self-improvement