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Deep Dark Black Bean Soup With Fixins

Jenni added to this week from The Family DinnerCook time: 16 hrs 37 minsIngredients:• 2 tablespoons olive oil<br>• 2 medium onions, chopped<br>• 5 medium cloves …

This 51,000-Ton Cargo Ship Was Deliberately Run Aground

This gigantic car transporter has been run aground—on purpose—after it began to list just off the coast of the UK. It weighs 51,000 tons, is laden …

Cargo Ships

HP Stream Mini: A Cute, Cheap Windows Desktop For Just $180

The $200 HP Stream is the bargain-basement laptop to beat. But what if you want a desktop instead? Take a peek at the new HP Stream Mini. At just …

CES

The Mint Breathalyzer Can Detect Both Dehydration and Bad Breath

The term breathalyzer is most commonly associated with a device used by law enforcement to measure someone's blood alcohol content after they've been …

CES

Canon Connect Station Lets You Easily View Photos on Your TV

Canon just announced the Connect Station CS100. It's a set-top box that interfaces with your camera for viewing all your photos and videos right on …

One of the Biggest Bitcoin Exchanges Just Went Dark After Getting Hacked

Just a few days after reports emerged that the infamous Mt. Gox meltdown was an inside job, one of the biggest, oldest, and most trusted bitcoin …

Bitcoin Exchange

The New Hackers Reality Show Would Be Great If Hacking Weren't So Boring

SyFy just announced a new reality TV show called <i>Hackers</i>. It's about hacking, naturally, and the network promises it will be awesome and exciting. …

Reality TV

CES Snapshot: More Roku TVs, and 4K on the Way

Roku's new hardware partners are Best Buy's Insignia brand and appliance maker Haier.<p>At last year’s CES, set-top box maker Roku unveiled its plans for Roku TV, which meant Roku’s software would be pre-installed on TV sets made by Chinese hardware partners Hisense and TCL. Now, swap out those …

Netflix clamps down on attempts to dodge its regional restrictions (updated)

Netflix can only stream the videos that studios make available in a given country, which has led to a booming business in workarounds (such as proxies and virtual private networks) that let you see the company's catalogs in other nations. Heck, one New Zealand internet provider practically built a …

Internet

Seagate outs a fleet of cloud, wireless and super-thin hard drives

If getting your digital life better organized is tops on your list of New Year's resolutions, Seagate has a trio of options that cover all the bases. First, the company is offering its ultra-thin 7mm drive in portable form with the appropriately named Seagate Seven. As you might expect, the company …

Gear & Gadgets

HP debuts virtual reality screens and immersive curved displays

Hewlett-Packard is marching into the 2015 International CES tech trade show in Las Vegas this week with three new types of displays: virtual reality, 4K and 5K high-definition, and curved screens for gamers and professionals.<p>The new monitors show that plenty of innovation is happening in display …

Virtual Reality

Here's The Smartphone That Will Give Xiaomi The Market Share To Rule The World

Just ahead of this year’s CES, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has announced a new smartphone. Targeting the lower end of the market, the Redmi 2 will go on sale on January 9th for 699 Yuan (around $112), and represents Xiaomi’s push into the lower end that should see it become the worldwide …

Roku Will Power Connected TVs From Haier And Best Buy’s Insignia Brand, Support 4K Streaming With TCL

Streaming video technology provider Roku has quietly been building a list of device manufacturers that are embedded its software into their TVs. The latest to be added are Best Buy, which will embed Roku streaming into its Insignia-brand TVs this spring, and Haier, which will begin selling …

Xiaomi sells 61 million handsets in 2014 with a revenue of over $12 billion

Things are certainly looking good for Xiaomi. A few days ago it officially completed its latest round of fundraising, and managed to secure another $1.1 billion of additional investment. This gives Xiaomi a valuation of some $46 billion and technically makes the Chinese manufacturer the most …

HP's next assault on Chrome OS is a pair of tiny Windows PCs

It's clear that when it comes to operating systems, HP isn't one to play favorites: The company's current lineup includes Windows machines, Chromebooks and even an Android laptop. At the same time, if there's anyone who's been giving Chrome OS a run for its money, it's good ol' Hewlett-Packard. …

Nest kicks off CES 2015 with new smart home partnerships

LAS VEGAS -- Nest has been tacking on product partners since its initial developer program announcement last June. With several big-name integrations already secured -- Dropcam, Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool -- this open-software-collaboration, dubbed "Works with Nest," appears to have caught on in a …

LG's TVs get 4K video from DirecTV, Netflix, YouTube and GoPro

LG is ready to show off its new 2015 HDTVs -- LCD and OLED -- and along with the new webOS 2.0 smart TV platform, it's promising some new upgrades to apps. Amazon, YouTube and Netflix are all ready with support for 4K (assuming the TV can do it), but new this year is GoPro's app -- exclusive to …

HP announces its first 5K display — but it will cost you

5K is a first for HP<p>High-resolution displays are quickly becoming the norm, and HP is introducing a handful of new ones today to give buyers even more options. The company is expanding its display line with the addition of two 4K models and its first 5K model. It's also introducing an extra-wide …

Amazon’s Third-Party Sellers Ship Record-Breaking 2 Billion Items In 2014, But Merchant Numbers Stay Flat

Amazon reported on Monday that third-party sellers on its site sold a record-breaking 2 billion items in 2014, and their adoption of Amazon’s fulfillment services also grew 65% year-over-year. The numbers are significant because third-party sellers are a high-margin part of Amazon’s business, as …

Boston bombing trial lawyers fail to reach plea deal

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> As accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev goes on trial Monday few doubt the outcome of the first phase of the two-phase trial. It's the second, the sentencing phase, including a possible death sentence, that has been the subject of behind the scenes discussions.<p>Federal …

Slut-Shaming, Eugenics, and Donald Duck: The Scandalous History of Sex-Ed Movies

By Lisa HixAfter excusing herself from the dinner table, the 13-year-old girl begins to shout, her excited voice ringing through her family’s …

The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks

She appeared to be just a happy American consumer out shopping at a big-box store.<p>On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of …

The Health Claims Of E-Cigarettes Are Going Up In Smoke

The sales pitch of electronic cigarette manufacturers seemed too good to be true. Could nicotine addicts around the world really get their fix whilst dodging the health risks of puffing away on cancer sticks?<p>Sadly for smokers and “vapers”, the answer is far from clear. Over the past week, new …

This university's library doesn't have a single paper book

Bookless libraries aren't quite so far-fetched as they used to be. Florida Polytechnic University, opening for the first time this fall, features a $60 million, Santiago Calatrava-designed main building with a library that doesn't hold a single paper book within its walls. Instead, the library has …

Homemade Stroopwafels

I've always wanted a waffle cone maker, but admittedly, there's very little space in my cabinets for one to live. I've talked myself out of buying …

All About Onions and 7 Ways to Make a Meal of Them

<i>Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: Onions are powerful -- their versatility, their flavor, their ability to make you weep on command...</i><p>Onions are members of the allium family (along with scallions, leeks, and …

Onions