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Deadline Approaching for 'Cramming' Refunds From Verizon, Sprint

Verizon and Sprint subscribers take notice: It’s not too late to get a piece of that $158 million “cramming” settlement that was announced in …

Virtual reality 2015: A year of low-cost options

NEW YORK — Most people who try on virtual reality headgear can’t help but be blown away. Using it, you can travel to the top of Mount Everest, sit courtside at an NBA game or tag along in the cockpit, flying with the Blue Angels.<p>Samsung and Google gave folks a taste of VR in 2015, the latter with …

Almost every language has a word for 'Christmas.' Few reference Christ.

¡Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Frohe Weihnachten! God Jul! Sretan Božić! Crăciun fericit! Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus!<p>How do you keep the <i>Christ</i> in <i>Christmas</i> …

Best art and design books from 2015

<b>Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture 1945-1975 by Elain Harwood (Paul Mellon/Yale, £50)</b><p>This is a book for stylists, hipsters and anyone …

The best games for your new PS4, Xbox One, or Wii U

The best games for the PS4<p>Bloodborne<p>An intentionally difficult video game set in a Lovecraftian universe from the makers of <i>Dark Souls</i> hardly sounds welcoming, but with <i>Bloodborne</i>, this formally niche sub-genre of role-playing became accessible. <i>Bloodborne</i>’s candlelit corridors and ghoulish villains …

Gaming

The best games for your new iPhone, iPad, or Android phone

Threes - iOS, Android<p>Sometimes you just need a mobile game to kill some time — and <i>Threes</i> will kill a lot of it. The game has a simple premise — you add up numbered cards to create even bigger numbers — but as with the best puzzles the trick is in mastering it. It’s easy to spend dozens of hours …

Android Phones

The best apps for your new Mac

1Password is an essential purchase. Password managers are no longer an optional utility; they’re a must-have way to safeguard the many accounts you use online. 1Password remains the de facto choice because it’s secure, frequently updated with new features, offers convenient syncing over iCloud or …

Apps

Health effects of red wine: Where do we stand

<b>(CNN) —</b> Red wine, you have been many things to us over the years. A drink for royalty, a forbidden beverage for women, fuel for a bachelor weekend bender in the movie "Sideways."<p>But through it all -- with the exception of Prohibition and other dark spots in history -- wine has been medicine.<p>A lot …

New clues in hunt for Nefertiti's tomb

<b>(CNN) —</b> Egyptologists are optimistic that a second chamber may soon be found behind King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on results of scans from the Valley of the Kings that were announced Saturday.<p>One archaeologist has speculated that if the second chamber exists, it could be Queen Nefertiti's …

Ancient History

Why Did Snakes Lose Their Legs?

An enduring mystery in the field of paleontology is the origin of snakes. While some hypothesize snakes evolved from sea-dwelling reptiles, others think their origin was purely terrestrial. The dearth of early snake fossils makes this enigma difficult to disentangle, but an innovative method for …

Cryptaris: A Simulated Mission

An unknown threat is detected and the US Army needs your help. Decipher the clues and pass a series of complex challenges to prove you are the …

Can We Test Dark Energy Using The Solar System?

One of the biggest revolutions in our scientific understanding of the Universe occurred at the end of the last century, when we discovered the existence of dark energy. Prior to that, the Big Bang — where the Universe began from a hot, dense, rapidly expanding state that cooled and spread out over …

Dog-Size Rats Once Lived Alongside Humans

Rats as big as dachshunds once lived alongside humans — who frequently ate the robust rodents, according to a recent study.<p>Scientists on an …

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the hoverboard craze

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and one of the most sought-after gifts is loved by celebrities and athletes alike, happens to be illegal to use in some countries—and catches fire on occasion. The hoverboard is everywhere right now, and Quartz has complied a guide to help you understand …

Hoverboards

6 reasons you may want to buy a new smartphone in 2016

Should you buy a new smartphone next year? That depends on what it can do better than the one in your pocket now. And if Qualcomm has anything to say …

Tiny ring light does more than make your selfies shine

Tech accessories tend to solve a single problem really well. The SELFLASH, a small ring light you attach to your smartphone for selfies, is not just around to make you look pretty.<p>In offering a flattering wink of light in a variety of colors and intensities, the SELFLASH also provides up to 128 GB …

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.<p>In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings …

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The Last Emperor -- The Fall of Haile Selassie

Few could be more considered more central to the modern history of Africa's longest independent nation, Ethiopia, than Emperor Haile Selassie. Regent from 1916-1930, he became emperor of Ethiopia on November 2, 1930 and ruled for nearly 45 years. More than most other authoritarian rulers, Emperor …

New Mars image shows South Pole in remarkable detail

The European Space Agency's Mars Express has captured an unusually wide-ranging view of the planet's southern side.<p>It's unusual because the orbiter's camera is almost always pointed straight down while close to the surface—but not this time.<p>The atypical image shows a swirling spot of white set …

AOL

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Halloween events around Southern California

Check out these fun Halloween events happening around Southern California during the month of October. And if you know of an event in your …

Horror

Holed Up

From dirt poor to billionaire — the incredible rags-to-riches story of fashion legend Ralph Lauren

On Tuesday, the fashion legend announced he would step down as CEO from his iconic brand Polo Ralph Lauren.<p>He will stay with the company as its executive chairman and chief creative officer.<p>Lauren has an estimated net worth of $6 billion.<p>Long before he became a fashion icon, he was Ralph Lipschitz, …

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Apple’s new ‘Switch to iOS from Android’ app hits the Google Play Store

Sure, technically Apple’s first Android app was the now discontinued Beats Music which it picked up through acquisition last year and it’s developing Apple Music for Google’s platform, but it’s very fitting that Apple’s first in-house app is called Switch to iOS from Android. Apple first announced …

Meet 30 innovators finding African solutions for African problems

Quartz has chosen 30 innovators in Africa for their creative approaches to local problems in business, politics, culture and health and more. They will be honored on Monday (Sep. 14) at the Quartz Africa Innovators summit. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa editor, says:<p>The narrative in Africa has moved …

Africa

5 Topics for…NFL Season

Tonight a new NFL season kicks off with the Pittsburgh Steelers going up against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. There are plenty of bold predictions out there for what the 2015-16 season will hold, and don’t forget that Flipboard’s got a topic for every team and many top players. …

Uprooted tree reveals a violent death from 1,000 years ago

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nearly 1,000 years ago, a young Gaelic man came to a violent end among the dispersed farmsteads of northwestern Ireland.<p>This, we know, thanks to a 215-year-old tree and a hearty Irish wind.<p>The young man's remains were discovered tangled in the roots of the tree when it blew over sometime …

This herb may rival DEET in repelling mosquitoes

(NEWSER) – Native North Americans have long used the fragrant herb sweetgrass to ward off biting insects like mosquitoes, and new research shows how the traditional repellent works chemically. About to share their findings with the American Chemical Society, researchers at the US Department of …