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This App Can Help You Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute

Who says the Internet is making us less effective readers? Spritz, a new app that’s being released on Samsung devices, is devoted to turning you into …

Developer Behind “Flappy Bird,” The Impossible Game Blowing Up The App Store, Says He Just Got Lucky

Flappy Bird, a game you can barely play for more than a few seconds without throwing your phone across the room in frustration, is dominating the App Store and Google Play.<p>In an App Store first, an indie game developer from Hanoi, Vietnam, Nguyen Ha Dong, has 3 apps in the top 10 rankings right …

FYI: Could A Human Beat A T. Rex In Arm Wrestling?

A paleontologist examines the evidence.<p>"First, we're assuming that the T. rex won't just eat the person, right?" asks Jack Conrad, a vertebrate paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Right. This is a sanctioned match, and killing your opponent is strictly against the …

Fingerprint Security Is Not the Future. (And God Help Us If It Is.)

Are we giving away more to technology than we're getting in return?<p>In September, Apple debuted the new iPhone 5s. Among the many updates (amazing camera! faster chip!) was the Touch ID sensor. With Touch ID, 5s owners use their fingerprints to unlock their phones and authorize payment for App …

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Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Sep<p>7<p>Fri<p>DC Young Fly, IamZoie, Emmanuel Hudson, Justina Valentine, Conceited, Chico Bean, Hitman Holla, Charlie Clips, DJ D-Wrek and Rip Micheals | …

Cookie Clicker and Rogue Legacy: Making something out of nothing

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>I’ve installed an automatic mouse clicker on my work computer. I know it’s an irresponsible — and probably contract-breaching — way to utilize the company …

Wikipedia adding celebrity voices to wiki pages to preserve them for future generations

A new project called WikiVIP was announced by Wikipedia today that seeks to add the voice of celebrities and other notable people to the online encyclopedia.<p>The project is the brainchild of Wikipedia editors Andy Mabbett and Andrew Gray, who thought that the encyclopedia could do with more sound …

Travel Reveals 10 Ways America Is Different From the Rest of the World

Americans eat pizza the way it was intended, by picking up a slice with their hands. In other countries they daintily eat pizza the wrong way, (I grew up in New York so yes, I can be harshly judgmental about this,) with a knife and fork.<p>After traveling around the world for two years we've noticed …

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The Real-Life Places Behind Your Favorite Desktop Backgrounds Revealed

Ever wished you could jump into the perfect blue waters of your computer's desktop image?<p>You probably can. These are <i>real</i> photos of <i>real</i> places, after all, and some might be closer than you think.<p><b>You always thought this was:</b> somewhere in Ireland<p><b>It's actually:</b> Sonoma, California. The original Windows …

Reaching the Far Lands: one man's journey to the end of 'Minecraft'

On March 28, 2011, Kurt J. Mac opened a new game of <i>Minecraft</i> and started to walk — and he hasn't stopped. Nearly three years later, he's traveled seven hundred virtual kilometers in hopes of reaching the end of the <i>Minecraft</i> world, a mysterious place called the Far Lands. It's a glitch in the game …

'Placebo Sleep' Can Improve Cognitive Skills

If you tell people they slept better than they did, they are likely to perform better on math and word association tests.<p>If you can't get <i>real</i> sleep, perhaps you can make up for it with <i>placebo</i> sleep. Or such is the suggestion of a new study that found that people did better on cognitive tests after …

New River Dolphin Species Found in Brazil, First Since 1918

True river dolphins are amongst the rarest and most endangered animals.<p>Researchers have discovered a new species of river dolphin in Brazil, named the "Araguaian boto," the first such finding in nearly 100 years. Genetic work shows that it diverged from other river dolphins more than 2 million …

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What Are the Best Travel Hacks?

Here is 44 years of travel advice from a military brat and a military veteran who's been around the world a time or three.<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><i>Answer by Thomas Snerdley,</i><p>Here is 44 years of travel advice from a military brat and a military veteran who's been around the world a …

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This Dwarf Planet Might Have More Fresh Water Than All Of Earth

And it's actually (relatively) nearby<p>This is poor, unfortunate Ceres. Discovered in 1801, it was at first called a planet, then soon classified as an asteroid, and recently as a dwarf planet, not quite qualifying for real planet status despite residing in the solar system's asteroid belt. But now …

New Super Smash Bros. changes may curb edge-camping

<i>Super Smash Bros.</i> for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS won't let players camp out on ledges and "edge-hog" as they have in the past, according to a post on Miiverse from director Masahiro Sakurai.<p>"Edge-hogging" is when a player hangs from a stage's ledge, blocking another player who is trying to not fall off …

Google Glass at the movies gets man interrogated

There are enemies of the state, and then there are enemies of Jack Ryan.<p>A Google Glass wearer has told an extraordinary story of going to his local movie theater in Ohio and allegedly being accosted by the FBI for wearing his device.<p>In an impassioned and slightly shiver-making e-mail to The …

On free speech and blogging: The First Amendment applies to everyone, not just journalists

When Montana blogger Crystal Cox lost her defamation case in 2011, the decision was greeted by a chorus of cheers from journalists, who were quick to …

PewDiePie was the king of YouTube with 1.3bn views in second half of 2013

Swedish gamer Felix Kjellberg – aka PewDiePie – had the most-watched YouTube channel in the second half of 2013, racking up 1.28bn views on Google's video service.<p>Kjellberg ended the year with 19.9m subscribers on YouTube, but in the first three weeks of January 2014 that total has increased to …

These 6 Non-Comedian Celebrities Are Unexpectedly Hilarious On Twitter

If you follow comedians like Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Gaffigan or Ricky Gervais on Twitter, then you clearly understand the value of laughter and that the social media site's usefulness expands beyond keeping track of the news. Lots of comedians use Twitter to throw quips and one-liners at their fans …

Software Accurately Predicts Books' Popularity By Analyzing Their Sentences

"I'll never agree! That's worse than being a slave in prison," Ella glared as she went out the door.<p>Maybe this is something we can apply to Popular Science posts? A team of computer scientists has developed software that's able to predict whether a book will be popular based on its writing style, …

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Starfish Can See!

If you were a starfish, you'd have eyes on the ends of your legs.<p>The phrase "seeing stars" has a whole new connotation: Research suggests that sea stars, a type of five-legged starfish that usually appears blue in color, can see images with the tiny compound eyes at the ends of their legs. The eyes …

Researchers Are Totes Studying How Ppl Shorten Words On Twitter

Credit: Mean Girls, NPR<p>Shortening words, swapping them out, giving them different meanings — that's not new. Remember in <i>Mean Girls</i> when the queen bee character, Regina George, berated one of her underlings for trying to make the word "fetch" catch on?<p>Women lead the adoption of clipped words. In …

How to get upgraded to first class like a boss

Here are the 12 simple steps I followed to get upgraded to business class on my 15-hour flight from Seattle to Dubai.<p>1. Travel solo.<p>The chances of …

Six Years After Chemical Ban, Fewer Female Snails Are Growing Penises

Before the ban, in the worst cases, the added male plumbing would make female snails explode.<p>When do you want to see penises disappear? (I mean, besides on Snapchat.) When they appear on female animals. Luckily, six years after a global ban on a chemical that once appeared in the paint on ship …

This student-made first-person puzzler has a brain-meltingly clever mechanic

Five students are working on a first-person puzzle game with an intriguing mechanic - manipulating objects using forced perspective.<p>The small team …

Ready For Virtual Reality Withdrawals? The New Oculus Rift Crystal Cove Prototype Is That Good

<i>An in-depth preview of the Crystal Cove prototype shown behind closed doors, and what it means for Oculus VR as their virtual reality headset edges closer to a public launch.</i><p>“We’re going to need a lot of therapists specializing in virtual reality withdrawals.” That was my first thought after …

Stunning graphs show how Reddit went from porn to WTF

The weird and fascinating world of Reddit has been too large to comprehend all at once, at least until now. Randy Olson, a PhD student from Michigan State University researched how Reddit has changed since its conception in 2005, and made a few stunning graphs that illustrate the rise and fall of …