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The Best Time to Buy Anything During the Year

A bit of planning can save you a ton of money when it comes to buying throughout the year. Here’s your comprehensive, always up-to-date guide on the …

Shopping

APK Downloader Pulls APK Files Directly From Google Play

Being unable to install an app on your device from the Play Store is a pain. Fortunately, a developer has created a tool that lets you pull an APK …

Google's Updated Photo Service Turns Anyone Into a Pro Photographer

Since its public debut in 2011, Google+ has quickly grown to include more than 540 million active users who upload roughly 1.5 billion photos every …

WSJ Claims Google Smartwatch Product Starting in Months

The Wall Street Journal first reported Google is developing an Android-powered smartwatch (and console) back in July, and today the newspaper claimed the watch is in “late-stage development” and could be ready for mass production “within months.”<p>Citing sources, the WSJ says the smartwatch will be …

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

Google: self-driving cars safer than professional drivers - Roadshow

<b>Google has said that its data reveals self-driving cars are safer than any human driver on the road.</b><p>Speaking at the RoboBusiness robotics conference …

Google announces uProxy: internet censorship avoidance in a browser extension

At its Ideas Summit in New York, Google revealed Uproxy: a service that aims to change the way people around the globe use the internet. A browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, uProxy can bypass restrictive firewalls that hinder users from accessing vital (and trivial) information online by …

Google launches new anti-DDoS service called 'Project Shield'

Google has announced a new suite of tools for activists and non-profits at their Ideas conference in New York today, including tools for evading web censorship and oppressive regimes. The biggest focus has been on DDoS attacks, a kind of brute-force action that can easily take down a small site …

Learn to Code by Breaking Someone Else's Code

One of the best techniques to learn to code is to reverse engineer existing code. Code training company Treehouse explains how to "break" code to …

10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper

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Google Launches Web Designer, A Visual Tool For Building Interactive HTML5 Sites And Ads

Google today announced the launch of Web Designer, a new tool for building interactive HTML5 sites and ads. The company first hinted at this launch in June, but had been quiet about it ever since. Web Designer, which Google calls a “professional-quality design tool,” is now officially in public …

Nikon 1 AW1 underwater camera additional coverage

<b>Some additional Nikon 1 AW1 camera coverage:</b><p>Lens hoods are optional accessories for both AW lenses (HN-N103).<br>• The Nikon 1 AW1 can also take regular CX …

Nikon Coolpix L820 sample pictures

As with most entry-level point-and-shoots, you'll want to give the L820 as much light as possible. Photos are best at and below ISO 200. As the sensitivities increase, so do the noise and smeary details from noise reduction. Also, colors appear slightly washed-out and muddy from noise from ISO 800 …

Cameras

Sony plans to sell 5 million PlayStation 4 consoles by the end of the fiscal year

Ambition? Sony's got that. The company just announced during its Tokyo Game Show keynote that it plans to sell a solid five million PlayStation 4 consoles by the end of the fiscal year. It's a bold enough goal on its own, but doubly so when one considers the bomb the company dropped last week: the …

'Grand Theft Auto V' sales top $800 million on first day

Boy, does crime ever pay.<p>Sales of Rockstar Games criminal epic <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> have topped $800 million worldwide during its first day of launch, says publisher Take-Two Interactive. The sales figures do not include Brazil and Japan, where the game has yet to make its debut.<p>"We are incredibly …

The latest budget console king is…. Sony?

This year has been all about the budget media device. Independent open source console Ouya rocked Kickstarter in 2012 due to its promise of a …

Panorama Education Wants To Make Polling Parents, Students And Teachers Easier For Educators

New Haven-based startup and current Y Combinator Summer 2013 participant Panorama Education is looking to address a major pain point for educators, students and parents around school with its polling app targeted at K-12 students. The technology is designed to replace cumbersome legacy players, and …

20 things you didn't know about PS4

Happy Friday everyone! Before the weekend rolls in and we all get down to some serious gaming, don’t forget to check out PS4 Week on PlayStation …

Valve introduces Pipeline, teaches high school students how to get a job in gaming

Valve sounds like an incredible place to work, if its "Handbook for New Employees" is any indication, but the game developer responsible for <i>Half-Life</i>, <i>Team Fortress</i>, and <i>Portal</i> typically hires extremely experienced, talented individuals. Where does that leave you if you're a student who dreams of …

If The Government Can Access Our Facebook Data, What Happens When We Have Computers On Our Faces?

Wearables will follow a similar path as the smartphone market, Forrester analysts predicted in April 2012. “Wearables will move mainstream,” they said.<p>But will they?<p>Do you believe this?<p>Do I?<p>Maybe?<p>From fitness trackers to smartwatches to computers you wear on your face, this emerging market, enabled …

New Xbox One DRM policy will kill some features

<b>Ding dong, the DRM witch is dead. While there's been much celebrating on Microsoft's 180-degree flip on the Xbox One's internet check-in, region</b> …

PS4 appearance on Jimmy Fallon highlights Microsoft's struggle to explain Xbox One policies

As part of <i>Late Night</i>'s"Video Game Week," Jimmy Fallon has had the opportunity to play with both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. But while Monday night's Xbox One demo ran through the console's multimedia features and showed off <i>Killer Instinct</i> and <i>Forza</i>, Sony Tuesday night also took the …

Hands-on Impressions: Dualshock 4

Following its debut at PlayStation’s February 20th event in New York City, Dualshock 4 has emerged at E3 in near-final form. Though Dualshock 3 has …

What is a next-gen game?

This November, the Xbox 360 will be eight years old. The PlayStation 3 will be seven. At the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, we finally got acquainted with their successors. The new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 represent a new generation of consoles, the fabled "next generation," and with them …

What Games Are: E3 Was Wild, But AAA Games Are Still A Mess

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, writer of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>Between all the press conferences at E3 and the follow-up interviews, there’s been a lot of gaming news to chew on this …

Microsoft says games for the Xbox One will still cost $59.99

Microsoft has confirmed that the games it releases for the Xbox One will sell for $59.99, just like those for the Xbox 360, and Sony has previously suggested that it will also be sticking to the old price point. A spokesperson told <i>Polygon</i> that Microsoft Studios games will have a standard price of …

Sony PlayStation 4 Launch Edition Already Sold Out At Amazon

Gamers are speaking with their wallets following E3 2013, a show that was dominated by Sony PlayStation 4 in the next gen battle. Amazon has already sold out of the $400 PlayStation 4 launch edition of the next gen console, which will be available on day one of Sony’s launch. Sony is still selling …

Xbox One and PlayStation 4: the best new games showcased at E3

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Sony's Shuhei Yoshida talks Remote Play ubiquity on PlayStation 4, not bundling the Eye with the console

With the PlayStation 4, unlike the PlayStation 3 before it, Remote Play functionality on Vita is handled on a system level. Though Sony's asking developers to take into account the Vita's different button setup and additional input mechanisms that the portable console has, the actual act of …