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How Eddie Van Halen Hacks a Guitar

The guitar god is also an inventor and patent holder who has spent the better part of 35 years in this shop, rebuilding guitars and amps, searching for his signature sound<p>I've always been a tinkerer. It comes from my dad. Growing up, we lived in a house in Pasadena that had no driveway. You used an …

Alleged Galaxy S6 active struts its stuff for the camera

Alleged photos of an AT&T-branded Galaxy S6 active have surfaced today, showing off a rugged black exterior, along with the Active series' signature …

Lily is the World’s First Throw-and-Shoot Camera

Lily is a new robotic camera drone that aims to shake up not only the drone industry, but the camera industry as a whole. It’s the world’s first …

No, Project Fi will not destroy your Google Voice account (update: that was then, this is now)

This article was updated in February, 2017 with new information about both Project Fi and Google Voice.<p>In January 2017, Google Voice was given the …

Samsung employees create Backup Memory, an app for people with Alzheimer’s disease

Azer Jaafoura and his colleagues, employees of Samsung Electronics Tunisia, wanted to benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease with the power of …

Google is giving away 2GB of Drive storage for securing your account

Google is using Safer Internet Day to run a Drive giveaway promotion, which will bag you 2GB of extra storage space in the cloud for free. All you …

Photographer Captures Enchanting Snapshots of Himself Feeding Wild Animals

Finland-based photographer Konsta Punkka has an extraordinary gift with animals, as can be seen from his close interactions with wildlife captured on camera. The 21-year-old self-described “squirrel whisperer” uses his iPhone and DSLR to capture enchanting snapshots of woodland creatures from an …

Wildlife

Verizon's data plans just got cheaper

So if you're used to paying $50 per month for 2GB of shared data, you'll be able to get the same amount of data for $40 per month.<p>But as the carrier introduces these discounts, it is cutting a previous temporary pricing plan that catered to those opting for more data, as The Verge noted.<p>Right now, …

15 Best Super Bowl 2015 Commercials

Forget the Patriots and the Seahawks -- and do your best to erase Deflategate from your football lexicon -- the real touchdowns were scored during breaks from the big game. Super Bowl = Commercial Christmas, with so many eyeballs locked on the TV screens. Super Bowl XLIX happened Sunday, February …

NFL

After acquiring mobile email startup Acompli, Microsoft launches Outlook for Android and iOS

Microsoft today launched Outlook for Android and iOS. The former is available (in preview) for download now on Google Play and the latter will arrive on Apple’s App Store later today.<p>The debut comes less than two months after Microsoft acquired email startup Acompli for $200 million. In fact, Julia …

5 fun multiplayer games for your Google Chromecast

You can do more with Google's HDMI dongle than just stream audio and video. Here are a few games that play nice with this low-cost media device.<p>Introduced nearly 18 months ago, Google's Chromecast has become a top-selling media streaming device. Thanks to its low price point ($35, £30, AU$50) and …

Board Games

Microsoft releases Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets out of preview

Microsoft today launched Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets. Previously in preview, the apps have now hit general availability on Google Play: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.<p>The launch follows Microsoft’s big Office news on November 6, when it made mobile editing free, launched Word, …

Software

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain

A library at your fingertips: The best free Kindle books

It’s often tough to fathom that Amazon’s Kindle, the predominant ebook reader of the decade thus far, has been around for nearly a decade. Even …

Samsung and Cisco team up to bring Knox to AnyConnect enterprise VPN app

Samsung announced today that it has teamed up with Cisco to create "AnyConnect for Samsung KNOX," an update to Cisco's AnyConnect enterprise VPN app …

I updated my tablet, but now it's running slowly

It's often wise to wait a few weeks before installing tablet updates, to let the problems be ironed-out first. But Rick Maybury has the solution to this sluggish Nexus<p><i>Google recently sent a notification for an upgrade for my Nexus 7, which l installed. Since then the tablet has been very slow. It</i> …

Android News

Here’s why Android Lollipop is laggy

If you ask “certain” people, they’ll tell you that Android is inherently laggy (then again, if you don’t ask them, they’ll eventually volunteer that …

15 Excellent Examples of Animal Camouflage

Now you see them, now you don't. After showing you photographer Graham McGeorge's incredible photos of owls camouflaged within trees, we decided to scour the web to look for more animals that are masters of disguise. Which animals famously blend into their environment? Who are the chameleons, …

Wolfe

2014: A space odyssey

Landing on a comet<p>It used to be said that getting to the Moon was like hitting a bullet with a bullet, but in August the European Space Agency shot a …

Report: Google plans to build Android software right into your car

Google is reportedly planning to build its connected car platform Android Auto directly into vehicles.<p>Reuters is reporting that the integration would …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

MusiXmatch, Lyve, And Fitnet Join The Chromecast Family Of Apps

That cool little HDMI stick that Google released more than a year ago got more useful and more awesome when the Cast API became available for …

Nokia’s Here Mapping App Now On Google Play Globally, Coming Back To iOS In 2015

Nokia — doubling down on mapping as a multiplatform business after selling its devices and services division to Microsoft earlier this year — says that it’s had over one million downloads of its Here navigation and mapping app on Android since launching it as a sideloaded, limited release. Now, the …

The new TRENDnet THA-101 combines a network extender and an iOS/Android controlled smart plug

Known for its consumer networking gear, TRENDnet is announcing the latest addition to its lineup of home WiFi devices. The new THA-101 Home Smart Switch is a hybrid network extender and basic smart electrical outlet that looks to offer the best of both worlds in one small package…<p>The THA-101 …

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Google shares its list of best apps of 2014

With American Thanskgiving under our belts, somewhat literally, many of us have turned thoughts to the next big event. If you were thinking Christmas, this article is for you, but if you were thinking about ‘best of’ lists for 2014, you’re thinking what Google is thinking.<p>The Google Play Store now …

Apps

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Inventions

A Legal Victory For Strippers Is Bad News For The '1099 Economy'

As independent contractors, the dancers were not paid a salary but did receive "performance fees" for private dances. Rick's took a cut of any of the performance fees paid by credit card and allegedly imposed fines and penalties on the dancers for various reasons.<p>The dancers accused Rick's of …

Silicon Valley

15 Android Apps That Will Make Your iPhone Friends Jealous

Today, most apps launch on both Android and iOS, but the most interesting Android apps are exclusive to Android because they do something Apple wouldn't allow.<p>From an app that lets you message your friends while still watching Netflix to an app that lets you hack your smartphone's LED lights for …

Apps

Android 5.0 Lollipop, thoroughly reviewed

Android's biggest update ever revamps nearly every part of the OS.<p>Android updates don't matter anymore—or at least that's what many people think. …