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The best network-attached storage

<i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>The Wirecutter</i><i>, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>After three weeks of research, plus hands-on testing of a half-dozen finalists, we found that the QNAP TS-251 is the best network-attached storage device (NAS) for people who need …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Psychology

These Lucky Charms Dessert Recipes Are Magically Delicious

If your parents were anything like ours, theywere often reluctant to give in to a box of Lucky Charms -- probably because the cereal is loaded with sugary marshmallows. So you knew it was a good day if you scored a box of the stuff.<p>Good news, though: Now that you're all grown up, you can buy this …

Sentris' latest update brings the game near the finish line

<i>Sentris</i> creator Samantha Kalman has always wanted her game to be about the joy of making music, and with its latest version, the "Honeycomb" update released in late February, she feels it's truly getting there.<p>"I'm happy at the level of expressivity that the game allows," she told Polygon at PAX …

5 Unsettling Works of Encryption Art

Encryption is the process of encoding a message, and today we have incredibly sophisticated software and algorithms that make our encrypted messages …

These 13 Shows Should Be Rebooted for Their Theme Songs Alone

From Flight of the Conchords to The Ben Stiller Show, here's a look back at some of the great theme songs competing in our weeklong TV Reboot Tournament.<p>It's TV Reboot Tournament time, kids! I'll let other, smarter people debate the merits of each show in the bracket; today I want to focus on some …

TV

Relaxing with Runcible, the circular 'anti-smartphone'

The Runcible is both the strangest and most intriguing device that I've seen at Mobile World Congress this year. It offers many of the same capabilities as a smartphone, but it looks like a trinket you would find in a trendy vintage store. That's by design, though: Its creator, Monohm, wants the …

Goodyear Concept Tires Shift Shapes and Create Electricity

There was a time when concept cars exhibited such radical pie-in-the-sky thinking that you wondered whether the designers used LSD or had their six-year-olds draw the first sketches. With automakers now rigidly focused on making money, it seems the tire manufacturers are the primary generators of …

Running Shoes

11 Google apps you probably didn’t know existed

Google introduced a brand new standalone app called YouTube Kids today, initially available in the U.S. only, which is its first product “built from the ground up with little ones in mind,” according to the Internet giant.<p>From Maps and Gmail to Translate and YouTube, Google already offers a myriad …

Apps

Experimental Hyundai gas engine runs sans spark plugs

It's the holy grail of internal combustion engines: diesel-engine efficiency using cheaper gasoline. Can it keep the gasoline engine relevant?<p>Combustion engineers mounting a last stand against electric propulsion harbor bizarre fantasies. The gasoline guys dream of the diesel's potent torque curves …

If You Love Computers, This Novel Should Be on Your Must-Read List

Liu Cixin's science fiction novel <i>The Three Body Problem</i> was a smash hit bestseller in China, and has finally been translated into English by Ken Liu. …

A game that lets you hack Jurassic Park

You, too, can be as cool as Lex from <i>Jurassic Park</i>, hacking into the park's weirdo 3D filesystem. <i>I Know This</i>, a global game jam game named after Lex's famous line (preceded, famously, by "It's a Unix system"), can be downloaded for free on the game's site.<p>It's basically an extended playable joke, …

Bank Security Is So Bad That a Simple Phishing Scam Can Cost $1 Billion

In potentially the largest bank heist on record, an Eastern European hacker ring is stealing an estimated $1 billion from banks by infecting …

Sleeping Habits of the Rich & Famous

Even though we are all told that the recommended amount of sleep is 8 hours, everyone seems to function differently on the same amounts of sleep. The …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Games have basic, huge accessibility problems (that we celebrate)

People need to be able to play a game before they can begin to digest or critique it.<p>While gaming has made some incredible strides the past few years, it's rare to find one that I genuinely, passionately love that I can also share with my non-gaming friends and family. That basic fact goes a long …

Star Trek

"Spot" Is a Smaller (More Kickable) Version of Boston Dynamic's Big Dog

We haven't seen much of Boston Dynamic's four-legged self-balancing Big Dog robot since it was last spotted hurling cinder blocks in a lab. And …

Decoding The Internet's Hidden Infrastructure

The internet has obviously changed our virtual lives beyond recognition — heck, no-one had 'virtual lives' before the internet — but it's also had a …

'Braid' creator sacrifices his fortune to build his next game

One of the indie world's first superstar developers made millions from one game. He's spent it all to make his next.<p>Jonathan Blow's beautiful, distinct 2008 platformer <i>Braid</i> is largely regarded as the original indie game -- The Notorious OIG, if you will. Blow spent roughly $200,000 to create <i>Braid</i> …

The 10 Biggest Style Turn-Offs for Women

Have you ever wondered if there's something you're doing with how you dress -- either consciously or unconsciously -- that might be causing women to react less favorably to you than you'd like? Humans are visual creatures, and first impressions matter quite a bit. With Valentine's Day coming up, …

Raspberry Pi 2 announced with substantial hardware upgrades

While Raspberry Pi fans were told to expect a brand new board somewhere around 2017, it turns out that wasn't quite true. This is the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B: a substantial upgrade from the Model B+ that will go on sale later today for $35/£25. The new board has some fundamental upgrades that could …

This sweet little stereo system sounds better than it has any right to

The venerable Lepai LP-2020A+ amplifier paired with the new Dayton Audio B452 bookshelf speakers are a winning combination, says the Audiophiliac.<p>As regular Audiophiliac readers know, I love writing about cost-no-object, high-end audio, but I also have a soft spot for dirt cheap, but decent …

Audiophile

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket - Bon Appétit

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Columbia University

The Complete Guide to Backing Up Your Computer The Best Way

There’s a reason people don’t bother backing up their computer: thinking about the task of doing it properly becomes too <i></i>difficult. The thing about backups is that it’s not a question of if data loss will strike you, but when and how severely.<p>Backups have long been considered to be incredibly …

Wi-Fi

Places I'd Like to See in Japan

There are some many beautiful places to see in Japan. Here are a few of the destinations that I'd like to see during my travels.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>What I'd Like to See in Japan<p>Follow Claudine Williams on Twitter: www.twitter.com/somewherelux

9 Ways to Temporarily Satisfy Your Wanderlust

Finances, job circumstances or family crises can all hold you back from travel. When your current life situation prevents you from planning a new international adventure, follow these guidelines to temporarily satisfy your wanderlust until you're able to book the next plane ticket.<p><b>1. Walk around</b> …

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CES 2015: Meet the ZANO Autonomous Drone; Aerial Selfies Have Never Been so Easy!

The autonomous, intelligent ZANO drone is designed to sense and avoid obstacles and is perfect for anyone new to drone piloting, or anyone interested in putting a drone to good use as a flying, selfie-taking, remote aerial vehicle.<p>The ZANO drone flies itself, and therefore, couldn't be easier to …

Drones

British and Dutch researchers develop new form of lie-detector test

Police and intelligence agencies around the world have for almost 100 years relied on lie detectors to help convict criminals or unearth spies and traitors.<p>The polygraph is beloved of the movies, with countless dramatic moments showing the guilty sweating profusely as they are hooked up.<p>But the …

Security

The Eight Ugly Scars of Runaway Inequality

America is the richest country in all of history. We have the largest economy and the largest number of millionaires and billionaires. At the same time, however, we lead the developed world in economic inequality. In 1965, CEOs received $20 for every dollar earned by the average worker. Today the …

Nanotech replaces your torn knee ligament without further pain

As Tom Brady and other athletes can attest, you really, <i>really</i> want to avoid tearing your knee's anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). It can't heal up, and the tendon graft used to reconstruct it will likely leave you with permanent pain. Victims may have a much easier time of things if Northwestern …