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Save phone data while traveling internationally

Don't let airplane mode or zero-data bars stop you from using internet on your phone. These tips keep you connected while you travel, even if you're off grid.


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Google X unveils new company for geothermal energy, Dandelion

The company is already signing up customers for their affordable and easy-to-install home geothermal energy system<p>Alphabet’s “moonshot factory” is slinging out a new independent company dedicated to bringing affordable home geothermal energy to the masses: Dandelion. For years, the popularity of …

Moon Express Aims for Multiple Lunar Landings, Sample Return Mission By 2020

Moon Express wants to be your shuttle to the moon.<p>Last month, <i>Popular Mechanics</i> covered the exciting prospect of the first ever commercial moon landing, which could launch by December 2017 if everything goes according to plan. That mission involves Moon Express, a company that hopes to build a …

The newest Philips Hue smart LED bulb is already discounted on Amazon

LED light bulbs are a dime a dozen these days, and plenty of them have “smart” features built in. Try as they might, however, no other company has …

Social Media

Bethesda's 'Prey' reboot makes you fear everything

<i>Prey</i> is all about deception. The first-person shooter starts off simple enough: You're a scientist beginning a new job at your brother's massive research company. You wake up in your bedroom, do some exploring and board a helicopter on top of your roof to head to work, where you're then subjected …

Survey Finds Lyft Drivers Happier Than Uber, Though Pay Has Declined

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are now working as contractors for the rapidly growing ride-hailing industry, specifically for the largest companies, Uber and Lyft. But a new survey, released this week, finds that Lyft, with its fluorescent pink mustache symbol, is more popular with drivers.<p>More …


A Harvard scientist just won $3 million for discovering the hidden 'intelligence' that defends our cells

Almost every cell in a human body carries a copy of our genetic code, the DNA that holds the unique biological blueprint for who we are.<p>That DNA tells our cells what to do. When they divide, that information is copied from one cell to another.<p>But life is hard on our cells. They become damaged every …


How to See Everything Your Browser Knows About You

The second you log onto the internet, you start leaving a trace that’s more telling than you think. Browsers can not only identify where you are in …


Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal says it's 'high time' women be allowed to drive

One of Saudi Arabia’s wealthiest princes has called for Saudi women to be allowed to drive, saying the kingdom’s ban on female drivers was an “unjust act by a traditional society”.<p>Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has no official position in the Saudi government but with a net worth estimated at $18.4 …

Death by overwork: Pressure mounts on Japan to act

Millions of Japanese people are in danger of working themselves into an early grave.<p>Known for the punishing hours demanded by its 'salaryman' culture, Japan has struggled to tackle the impact of overwork on employees' health. But plans to overhaul labor laws could improve the situation.<p>A recent …


Smart Home: How to Build a Better Game Room

From next-gen gaming to nostalgia, a guide to adding tech treats to your home<p>Billiards and ping pong tables are passé. If you’re looking to impress …


CO2 turned into stone in Iceland in climate change breakthrough

Radical new technique promises a cheaper and more secure method of burying CO2 emissions underground instead of storing it as a gas<p>Carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone, demonstrating a radical new way to tackle climate change.<p>The unique project promises a cheaper …

Fossil Fuels

8 reasons Belize should be on your radar

From the verdant jungles to the I-can’t-believe-these blues of the coast, Belize is a small Central American nation that packs a punch for those looking for an affordable paradise. We've compiled a list of reasons why you need to drop everything right now and book a trip.<p>It’s affordable and easier …


Traditional Energy Industry Declares War on Solar Energy

Now that solar power is reaching prime time, the fossil fuel industry is doing all that it can to stop its growth.<p>For many years solar was on the …

Solar Power

Mattel's ThingMaker brings 3D printing to iconic '60s toy

NEW YORK — Mattel's ThingMaker was the original at-home maker device of the 1960s, but now the company is giving it a modern reboot, allowing kids to …

4 simple ways to radically improve your Internet security

Time to update your software and that password you’ve been using forever. Your personal privacy could be at stake<p>Some people make dieting resolutions in the New Year. I make security and privacy resolutions, because those are the things that keep me up at night. After all, as a journalist, it’s …

Information Systems

Iraq offers to mediate between Saudi Arabia, Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq on Wednesday offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran after tensions soared following the kingdom's execution of a Shiite cleric and attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic.<p>The standoff has seen Saudi Arabia sever diplomatic ties with its …

Middle East

Robot ball for tots gets an update

The latest from Sphero points to expanding market for education bots.<p>When Disney gets involved in robots -- even tangentially -- you know there's big …


The 15 best smartphones in the world

Here's our ranking of the best phones you can buy right now in the U.S. (based on factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price), including approximate unsubsidized cost.