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No more cracked smartphone screens, claims maker of transparent electrode

Polymer scientists at the University of Akron have developed a layer of transparent electrodes that is flexible, durable and, although unconfirmed, more efficient than modern touchscreen technology. If all you want are the CliffsNotes: this technology could eliminate the shattering of screens on …

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Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.<p>The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, …

Whistle, The ‘FitBit For Dogs’, Adds GPS Features To Make Sure You Never Lose Your Pet

The “Internet of Things” has made it easy to keep track of lots of things, from where you parked your car to where you left your phone. And now Whistle, the San Francisco startup that’s become known in recent months for its somewhat silly sounding (but apparently quite handy) “FitBit for dogs” …

HD Widgets review (version 4) + Colourform and Kairo

HD Widgets is one of the most popular and successful widget packs in the history of Android. Back when people were looking for a suitable replacement for the once-iconic HTC Sense clock, HD Widgets was one of the apps available that could fill that void. They’ve recently released version 4 of HD …

Samsung brings Galaxy S5’s Kids Mode and Knox 2.0 to Galaxy S4

Users of the popular Galaxy S4 in Germany woke up to a pleasant surprise this morning, as Samsung made available an update that brings over two features from the new Galaxy S5.<p>The update for the unlocked version of the Galaxy S5 (GT-I9505) weighs in at 130MB and bears the XXUGNE5 number. In the …

Android customization - Understand all the pieces and build your own widget from scratch with Zooper Widget

We introduced you last week to a powerful tool for creating custom widgets on your Android device Homescreen, Zooper Widget. We kept it pretty simple, walking you through adding a basic clock widget using one of the many built-in templates, then changing a touch of color and some text. Let’s take …

Pushbullet can now send notifications to any other Android devices!

If you haven’t used Pushbullet yet, you have to give it a try! This awesome app facilitates working with multiple smartphones, tablets and computers. In a way, it creates a bridge between then by allowing you to share your links, files and even notifications. Today’s update made it much more …

Rumor: Note 4 to introduce new software features including aqua capture

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 isn’t expected to be formally unveiled until later this year at IFA 2014, but that’s not stopping the rumor mill from spitting out a few possible details about what to expect from Samsung’s next big flagship. Earlier this week the first bit of Note 4 ‘news’ came with a new …

Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Streaming Music Service

Someone you work with may have a 13-hour Spotify playlist comprised entirely of calming wind chimes.<p>It took me a while to get into Internet-based “streaming” music services. But I’ve finally warmed up to the idea that music files don’t have to be something that I physically possess.<p>And streaming …

Mental Floss shares the meaning behind car names

Why did Toyoda name his company "Toyota?" What does "Audi" mean? What the heck is a Camaro? You might know the answers to some of these questions, and you might not. But even if you do, you'll want to take a look at this video from <i>Mental Floss</i>.<p>Over the course of seven minutes (it's an 8:16 video, …

Google Launches Chrome Remote Desktop On Android, Allowing Mobile Access To Your PC

Google this morning launched a mobile client application called “Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android” (whew!) which allows for remote access to your Mac or PC from your Android device, whether smartphone or tablet. The new app is an extension of Google’s previously launched Chrome Remote Desktop …

Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices

Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. The new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future according to Google, so that might expand beyond just KitKat to …

#Love: What’s Your Type?

There was a time, I’m told, when the closest that two lovers came to text messaging was written love letters, sent through the snail mail. Perhaps they were from a soldier to his sweetheart back home, or, that’s how I’d like to imagine it. And then, slowly but surely, a period of textual radio …

18 Things to Eat, Buy, and Do in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is on its way to being a bonafide food destination. Learn about the people who are taking risks and defying stereotypes.<p>Quick—name an idyllic Caribbean island with mouthwatering cuisine. Jamaica? Sure. Cuba? Of course. Puerto Rico? [Silence]<p>Okay, so the U.S. commonwealth probably isn’t …

Etihad's A380 'Residence' has a lounge, double bed and an en-suite shower

We've seen full-length beds, 32-inch TVs and even dedicated chefs on board the latest Airbus and Boeing planes, but Etihad's setting the bar far, far higher by offering an entire section of its brand-new A380 to passengers with the cash to spare. "The Residence," as the airline's calling its …

What Women Want... To Drink

Gone are the days of the apple martini. Miami’s sophisticated female cocktail connoisseurs are pushing the spirit boundaries.<p>Miami women are …

Chef Q&A: Being a Woman in a Man's Kitchen

Pals Nina Compton of Scarpetta and Jen Chaefsky of Macchialina discuss how women are shaping Miami’s food scene.<p>Jen Chaefsky and Nina Compton check …

9 Cards is a beautiful smart launcher designed to make life easier

One of the greatest things about Android is that the experience can be whatever you make it, thanks to custom launchers, icon packs and other apps that allow you to tweak various parts of the Android UI.<p>What if you are already <i>(mostly)</i> content with your Android experience just the way it is, but …

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More leaked evidence suggests Amazon really is preparing a smartphone

Dating back as far as 2012, there have been rumors claiming that Amazon is preparing to launch a smartphone. Most of these rumors have been all talk and no real substance, but things have certainly started to heat up recently.<p>Early last month the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported that Amazon was actually …

This Site Can Tell You How Popular Your Instagram Will Be

At its core, Instagram is about communication; through pictures, sure, but communication nonetheless. But post popularity is just about the only way …

iPhone makes gains but Android remains dominant

The iPhone gained some lost ground in its global share of smartphone sales last quarter but continues to lag behind the Android juggernaut.<p>For the first quarter of 2014, the iPhone saw a higher slice of sales in several key countries, including the UK, France, Spain, Japan, and Australia, Kantar …

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HP’s Slatebook 14 isn’t the first Android laptop, but it may be the nicest yet

A new Android-powered laptop broke cover this weekend, and it’s probably the most interesting so far.<p>HP hasn’t yet officially announced the Slatebook 14, but it’s likely only a matter of time, as the video above was found on HP’s official website by the folks at <i>Notebook Italia</i>.<p>The Slatebook 14 …

You can take your Sprint phone to other US carriers next year

If you're with Sprint, you don't have many options for unlocking your phone's SIM card slot; if you can do it at all, you're limited to service on foreign networks. You'll have far more flexibility in the near future, though. The carrier has revealed that it will unlock devices for American use …

App Config: Configure Settings for Individual Android Apps

If you frequently find yourself tweaking your device settings to suit a specific app, then you might like App Config for Android.<p>Let’s say you prefer Netflix on full-brightness while streaming over WiFi only, but then you’re happy to read BBC News on a dimly-lit screen using mobile data, this is …

Google just revealed the incredibly simple formula for killer résumés

It’s not exactly E=mc².<p>But for would-be job hunters, it’s probably a lot more useful.<p>In a Q&A-style interview with Google’s senior vice president of people operations Laszlo Bock, The New York Times’s Tom Friedman fished a few seriously helpful words of wisdom out of the search giant’s human …

11 Android Apps to Make Notifications More Interesting

I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old Android notifications.<p>Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in …