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Google's Project Ara could go on sale next year for $50

Google's Project Ara modular smartphones could arrive early next year for as low as $50, reports <i>Time</i>. The company's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group — which is developing the project to make smartphones composed of small, swappable pieces of hardware — reportedly plans to finish a …

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is here with more power, more pixels, and a refined design

What do you do when you’re one of the world’s largest smartphone makers and it’s time to update your flagship device? If you’re Samsung, you trot out the new Galaxy S5, a refined and updated take on last year’s wildly successful Galaxy S4. Like the new Gear wearables, the Galaxy S5 looks and feels …

Samsung Officially Announces Galaxy S5, Fitness SmartBand

When Samsung talks new devices, the tech world pays attention. At a press event in New York City, we were able to get our hands on Samsung's newest offerings.<p>When Samsung talks new devices, the tech world pays attention. President and CEO JK Shin didn't waste time at Samsung's press conference in …

How to Learn an Instrument in Your Sleep

All you need is a wristband.<p>If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new skill but have the memory and self-motivation of a permanently stoned goldfish, then you’ll have dreamt of some magic brain injection where guitar chords or French could just be needled into your cortex.<p>Well, that's never going to …

T-Pain Covers "Royals" — & It Is Everything

Hey, guys, remember auto-tune? If you're anything like us, your college days were filled with almost exclusively electronic voices. And, no one …

Google Now smartwatch reportedly one of three upcoming HTC wearables

HTC will demonstrate the first of three upcoming wearable products next week, a source tells <i>Bloomberg</i>. The Taiwanese manufacturer will show a smartwatch prototype to carriers at the Mobile World Congress trade show. The source says the watch, which HTC has "no plans to show publicly" in Barcelona, …

Cat Bites Are Linked To Depression

The reason why is not fully clear. Maybe cats just dislike depressed people.<p>What's the matter--cat bite your hand? After combing through the health records of 1.3 million people over 10 years, researchers found an unusual link between cat bites and depression. More than 41 percent of those who had …

Pets

The 10 Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair

A plush uterus, talking teddy bear, and other crazy trinkets<p>We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Every toy does not need an app! So once again, as we cruised the aisles at the American International Toy Fair this week, we largely turned a blind eye to "interactive elements" carelessly …

Ocarina of Time's Hyrule recreated in Minecraft

<b>One clever Minecrafter has recreated the entirety of Hyrule as seen in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.</b><p>Forget Great Britain, Westeros and …

Retrogaming

What Spitting Cobras are Aiming For

Make most cobras angry, and they’ll bite you and inject the bite with a dose of venom. Frighten or tick off a spitting cobra, though, and it will …

Zoology

Heroin Threatens Vermont’s Rural Paradise

Despite low unemployment and near universal health insurance, Vermont is facing an epidemic of heroin addiction.<p>The fairy tale of Vermont—that it’s …

White House spins minimum wage report

Five hundred thousand jobs.<p>That’s the number that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says may be lost if President Obama pushes through a raise in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, from $7.25. The report cranked up the heat online on what has already been a feisty political …