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5 reasons to install CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod has long been the most popular custom Android ROM around, and with good reason. With a speedy stock-like experience and plenty of its own tweaks and improvements, here are 5 reasons why you should try CyanogenMod, if you haven’t already.<p><b>1. Increase your handset’s lifespan</b><p>OEMs can only …

What's the Difference Between My Photo Stream and Camera Roll?

<b>UPDATE, Sept. 18, 2014:</b> Where is Camera Roll in iOS 8? Find out <b>how to find your photos in iOS 8</b>.<p>You're snapping away photos with your iPhone, and see …

MSR Nook 2-person Backpacking Tent Review

If there are any Harry Potter fans in our readership, you might remember Hermione’s expandable purse and the tremendous collection of junk that she …

Backpacking

Lunchtime Lecture: How to Rebuild the World

Science fiction is filled with global apocalypse scenarios—pandemics, nuclear wars, asteroids, nuclear disasters, you name it. But if this kind of …

16 of the Best New Android Apps From May (2014)

From Foursquare spin-offs to whistle-powered selfies, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in May. So by way of a quick recap, here’s our pick of the newbies from the past month.<p>Sunrise<p>Sunrise finally opened its uber-popular calendar app to Android users this month, as well as a version …

Six dope wallpaper apps to make your Android device yours

One of the things that makes Android a truly beautiful platform is <b>customization</b>. I’m not talking about custom ROMs or root mods; I’m talking about …

23 Kids Reveal Their Secrets to Mom

There will always be a few secrets that you just can't tell mom.<p>Whether it's the beer you stole from the garage back when you were broke after …

12 Things to Know About Project Ara, Google's Amazing Modular Phone

When Google announced Project Ara last October, its plan to make modular smartphones, it shared some photos and very little else. This week, at the …

The Simple iPhone Accessory Every Game Boy Lover Needs

Let’s face it, touchscreen controls just aren’t the same as old fashioned, plastic buttons. Free emulators on the iPhone make it easy to play classic games, but the D-pad doesn’t translate very well to a touchscreen.<p>If you’re feeling particularly nostalgic for the days of the Game Boy, an iPhone …

Land Rover invention makes front of car 'transparent'

As part of Land Rover's Discovery Vision Concept car at the New York International Motor Show this week, the manufacturer has unveiled technology …

XKPasswd Generates Secure Pass-Phrases

Apart from “correct horse battery staple,” the most secure passwords aren’t words, they’re phrases. You don’t even need crazy symbols or hard-to-determine numerals (is that an l or a 1, a 0 or an O?) – just a good, longish phrase made out of words.<p>And now you don’t even have to make one up. Using …

Heartbleed Bug

Marvel’s iPhone App Turns Sketches Into Tappable Mobile App “Prototypes”

Marvel, a UK startup founded last year by ex-employees of Enpocket (acquired by Nokia), is on a mission: to put creating a mobile app “prototype” within the reach of almost anybody.<p>The company’s first offering, built on top of Dropbox, lets you turn sketches, wireframes, and Photoshop files synced …

I'll Be Humming It All Day Now: Stunning Rendition Of Star Wars Theme On Massive Theater Pipe Organ

OMG, SO MANY BUTTONS TO PUSH!<p>This is a worthwhile video (at least skip around) of Jelani Eddington performing the Star Wars main theme on one of the …

No Greater Passion for the Craft: The Fife Mystique

When I was first getting into wooden boats, I rented a room from Alec Brainerd, the owner of Artisan Boatworks. At that time he was just getting his …

This $1 origami microscope could boost education and healthcare in developing nations

You remember your high school biology lab’s microscopes: heavy, complicated and expensive machines that you wouldn’t dare take home, let alone into …

The Mountain Bike for Commuting

Although most cyclists around these parts are roadies, I do occasionally see people cycling for transportation. More often than not they are riding …

Things I wish I'd known when I got my first bike

I got my first road bike aged 21 – I forget if it came with an instruction manual – but if it did I certainly didn’t read it. In fact, I raced it in …

Bose SoundLink 3 review

<b>Get the Bose Soundlink 3 on Amazon</b><p>For a long time, filling a room with sound meant one thing: you had paid a lot of money and spent a lot of time setting up a stereo system. Then Bose came along and changed part of the equation. Yes, you still paid a lot of money, especially for the earliest Bose …

This is the smartwatch Apple or Google needs to make

Why can't great smartwatches look like normal watches? Smartwatches, for the most part, can be divided into two categories: vague approximations of the future like the Pebble, Gear, and Gear Fit, or conventionally styled watches from companies like Citizen and Cookoo that offer far less …

Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ designer discusses Steve Jobs’ involvement and Stanford campus influence

Image via Cupertino.org<p>As Apple’s Campus 2 site steadily progresses closer toward someday being complete, <i>Architectural Record (via Mac Rumors)</i> has shared a recent Q&A with architect Norman Foster, the designer responsible for the structure and appearance of the future campus. In the interview, …

Google and Samsung just unveiled the first Chromebook you might actually want to buy

Google has slowly but very deliberately encroached on territory previously claimed by Windows PCs: low-cost notebooks. Now its latest Chromebook may pose a threat to Apple’s dominance of the higher-end market.<p>Previously, Google’s Chrome operating system has mostly been confined to sub-$300, …

This is Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will include Cortana, a personal digital assistant designed to rival Siri and Google Now. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> how Cortana looks and operates, replacing the built-in Bing search functionality on Windows Phone …

Playing 'Pokémon' with 78,000 people is frustratingly fun

For the past four days, thousands of gamers have simultaneously played the same <i>Pokémon</i> game, and you can join in.<i>TwitchPlaysPokemon</i> is a channel on the game-streaming site Twitch that turns chat comments into controller inputs, parsing hundreds of thousands of ups, downs, and starts and translating …

5 killer ways to find wallpapers that make your Android device yours

One of the things that makes Android a truly beautiful platform is <b>customization</b>. I’m not talking about custom ROMs or root mods; I’m talking about …

A Man's Primer on Gin | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Joe Maiellano.</i><p>Gin is perhaps the most versatile of the distilled spirits. Sure, whisky is delicious. With a …

Renault Concept Car Packs a Flying Drone in Its Roof

Renault's new concept car, the Kwid, is chock-full of futuristic ideas, including a flying quadrocopter drone that would launch from the car's …

Sherlock's text messages reveal our transhumanism

Nearly four years ago, "A Study in Pink," the first episode of the BBC's <i>Sherlock</i>, aired. And just five minutes into the episode, it became clear that …

A second look at the “Nexus is dead” rumor

Tectonic plates are shifting in the world of Android. Forces collide deep below the surface, sometimes causing faint rumbles, and, every now and then, massive earthquakes that affect everyone in one way or another.<p>This year brought us several such earth shattering events: Google bought Nest, an …

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

Chemistry