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5 Ways to Market Yourself Visually

Visuals communicate complex ideas into something more digestible. Large amounts of text make it harder for our brains to find pertinent information in a timely manner. This problem can be remedied quite easily, by adding images and visuals into marketing yourself.<p>Visuals can help turn a complex …

This bizarre bendable phone wears like a shirtsleeve

A California startup is crowdfunding a flexible phablet that you strap to your arm and it might not be totally ridiculous. Maybe.<p>For the past few years, the standing lazy punchline about wearables has been something about awkwardly strapping a computer or a phone to your body. Finally, a …

The US gets its first professional gaming arena

Competitive gaming is practically an institution in countries like South Korea, but it hasn't really had a permanent home in the US. That's going to change pretty shortly, though; Major League Gaming has revealed that it's opening its first dedicated eSports location, MLG.tv Arena, in Columbus, …

A little video gaming 'linked to well-adjusted children'

<b>Playing video games for a short period each day could have a small but positive impact on child development, a study by Oxford University suggests.</b><p>Scientists found young people who spent less than an hour a day engaged in video games were better adjusted than those who did not play at all.<p>But …

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Dota 2 tournament now pays out more than the PGA's biggest purse

The stakes are getting enormous for The International.<p>The prize pool for publisher Valve’s upcoming Dota 2 tournament is now $10 million, and it’s still growing. That makes The International 4 bigger in terms of total payout than the Players’ Championship golf event on the PGA Tour, which paid $10 …

A Little Girl Wrote Google A Letter Asking To Give Her Dad A Day Off, And Google Responded

Here's some advice on how to get some time off from work: Have your daughter send a really cute letter to your employer, asking them to give you a day off.<p>Bonus points if the letter is written in crayon.<p>One little girl decided to give her dad a hand. She wrote his employer, which happens to be …

Android News

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

PlayStation Side Effect: Dangerous Blood Clots, Docs Say

A New Zealand man who played eight hours of video games for four days in a row developed life-threatening blood clots so severe that doctors created a new condition: “gamer’s thrombosis.” The situation involving the 31-year-old PlayStation fan was picked as the case report of the year for 2013 by …

Medicine

Watch SpaceX’s rocket float 3,280 feet above the cows — then smoothly land on the prairie

SpaceX’s latest reusable rocket test was a success — and a stunning one at that.<p>Elon Musk’s spacecraft company yesterday tested its Falcon 9 Reusable rocket, bringing it to an altitude of 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) before safely guiding it down to the Texas grasslands.<p>Even better, SpaceX filmed the …

Glowing Lunecase feeds on iPhone's electromagnetic radiation

No battery, no problem. Get glowing alerts with the Lunecase, a case powered by electromagnetic energy sent out by your iPhone.<p>It's well-known that phones emit a bit of electromagnetic radiation. The topic's been the subject of much speculation, study, and even a bit of concern. Electromagnetic …

Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a year

The night before Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At <i>any</i> other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a …

DARPA is turning drones into wireless hotspots

Google and Facebook aren't the only ones trying to beam down connectivity from the sky: DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, is trying to turn drones into hotspots for high-speed wireless networks, and it recently completed an initial testing and development phase on a …

Google embeds camera in smart contact lens

Earlier this year, Wired.co.uk wrote about Google's invention of a smart contact lens that could monitor blood glucose levels through tear fluid. …

How 20 popular websites looked when they launched

From Google to youtube, from craigslist to flickr - how some of today's biggest sites looked back in the early days of their existence.<p>Remember the days when the word Google was not interchangeable with internet? Or when every site seemed to have a Netscape icon on it? Or when Flash was still …

Internet

EU funds 3D-printed 'smoothfood' for care homes

The European Union is funding a project to develop 3D-printed "smoothfood" for people in care homes who suffer from problems related to mastication …

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 8.1

At its Build 2014 conference today, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1. Among the new features is a personal digital assistant named Cortana, a new Action Center, as well as support for customizable lock screens and backgrounds. Windows Phone 8.1 will ship on devices in “very late April or early …

Beware this big iOS flaw -- and it's not alone

Mobile security remains a struggle: CanSecWest calls attention to flaws in Android and BlackBerry 10, while a newly discovered encryption weakness in iOS 7 could put iPad and iPhone owners at risk.<p>VANCOUVER -- A change that Apple imposed to make iOS 7 more secure instead has dramatically weakened …