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What to look for if you're buying a TV for gaming

Most TV makers (and buyers' guides, for that matter) assume you're buying a set for the sake of enjoying movies or shows, and that's understandable. But what if you're more interested in playing <i>Monster Hunter World</i> than watching <i>Murder on the Orient Expres</i>s? Your criteria can sometimes be very …

11 travel experiences that can strengthen your relationship

THERE COMES A point in every relationship where ordering pizza and streaming a movie is a big deal — hey, you took time out of your busy schedule for …

Why living on a cruise ship is cheaper than you think

Imagine a life where staff cater to your every whim as you travel the world and get treated like a VIP every day. You could order what you like to eat without having to shop, cook or clean up. And Broadway-style entertainment is always at your finger tips-- and you don't even need to buy a …

How to Conquer Universal Orlando in Just One Day

If Orlando seems to be popping up on your vacation radar more than ever, you shouldn't be surprised. Tourism numbers in the amusement-packed city …

Walt Disney Company

These Teas Will Make You Leave Coffee for Good

Teas and blends from around the world that may inspire you to turn over a new leaf.<p>“Tea is a divine herb,” said the Ming Dynasty scholar Xu Guangqi. But some would say the industrial-grade teabags we often rely on make for a less-than-celestial drinking experience. A new generation of purveyors …

'Firefall' mesmerizing at Yosemite Park in California | CNN Travel

Why your brain likes it when you multi-task

We’re told that multi-tasking can leave us with an attention deficit and make us less effective. BBC Future investigates.<p>We all know the feeling. You’re in a noisy office trying to concentrate. Your computer screen shows you have eight different websites open, along with two email accounts, three …

Time Management

This supersized drone will fly you to work (or anywhere)

It's happened. Someone built a quadcopter big enough to carry human cargo. The future is officially here, and it's kinda scary. Scary in the cool way, though. The same company that brought us the regular-sized Ghost drone has just announced the "184" Personal Flying Vehicle (PFV). It's about the …

Drones

The Netflix Addiction: Why Our Brains Keep Telling Us to Press Play

I love Netflix, I'll admit it.<p>Many are the nights I've sat up with my husband after the kids have gone to bed, watching one more episode of <i>Orange is The New Black</i>, and looked up at the clock to see it's way past my usual bedtime.<p>Binge-watching shows is here to stay, and Netflix, Hulu and other …

If your current job is sh*t, turn it into fuel

I HOPE YOU HATE YOUR JOB.<p>I hope with every fiber of your being you drag yourself out of bed in the morning and think to yourself, “What are the …

Travel Writing

Asus announces completely ridiculous water-cooled gaming laptop

The ROG GX700 is coming for your kids<p>Behold the behemoth! Asus' all-new flagship gaming laptop is less of a notebook and more of an oddly-rearranged desktop PC. The 17-inch Asus GX700, making its debut here at IFA in Berlin, is among the first laptops to feature Intel's overclocking-ready K series …

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Pen Stuck? There's A Free And Simple Way To Get It Out Again

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is another of Samsung’s great phones. Personally I’d have like to see the microSD slot and removable battery kept, but with larger internal storage I think I can manage. And if I’m honest, I barely use my microSD card on my Note 4, and I’ve never owned a second battery.<p>But …

Phones

Just how big has eSports become?

• 113 million hardcore fans worldwide<br>• 147 million occasional viewers<br>• US$252 million in global revenues<br>• a predicted total prize pool of $71 million for all tournaments and competitions.<p>No, these numbers don’t refer to a traditional mainstream sport like football or basketball. Rather, they come from a …

Meet Chimp, A Disaster Response Robot With Four-Limb Drive

He's one of 25 robots competing in DARPA's Robotic Challenge this month<p>This month, 25 robots will traverse rubble, saw through walls, and drive a vehicle through a simulated disaster zone in the DARPA Robotics Challenge final showdown. The three-year competition--inspired by the Fukushima-Daiichi …

June 2015

10 Uncommon Habits of Extraordinarily Productive People

Do what everyone else does and you get the results they get. Here are ways to be different -- and achieve differently.<p>Whatever your definition of success (each person's definition of "success" is and should be different), one thing is true for everyone: Success means getting things done.<p>Highly …

Time Management

Money Saving Tips On Maui

<i>Day passes on the Maui Bus are only a $4 per person.</i><p>Sure, traveling to Maui can be expensive -- but there are also ways to visit Maui without having to break the bank.<p>Between the celebrity-laden luxury resorts and pricey oceanfront meals, there are also places where budget travelers can enjoy the …

The World's Best Cruise Ships for 2015

The winners of the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards have been announced, naming the best cruise ships of the year, based solely on member reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website.<p>Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream was named Best Large Ship; this is the third year in a row a Disney ship …

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

University of Chicago

The 10 Best Gadgets And Gizmos We Saw At Toy Fair 2015

Kids these days have it really good<p>Every year, the North American International Toy Fair hosts more than a thousand toy makers, distributors, and major retailers in New York City. And that makes for a super fun weekend.<p>The staff of <i>Popular Science</i> have scoured the 2015 Toy Fair showroom over the …

Confused by new no-contract plans? You're not alone

The wireless industry is in the midst of massive change as carriers kill service contracts and eliminate device subsidies.<p>Most of these changes are positive for consumers, who are finding better deals on service plans and devices. The flip side is that the new plans and special offers can be …

Mobile

How “Empire Records” Became The Unlikely Film Of A Generation

Engineered to be the teen-movie equivalent of the mid-'90s alt-rock zeitgeist, Empire Records flopped in the theaters, only to become a cult classic a generation later. For the first time, the people who made the movie talk about how it came together, why it bombed, and how it found its second life.<p>…

Farmers' Almanac predicts 'bitter, frigid conditions' for US winter

The folks at the Farmers’ Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: the 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.<p>Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won’t soon be forgotten. And the editors of the publication are …

Three Bridge Chasm Is Unlike Any Waterfall We've Ever Seen

We've seen some hidden waterfalls and some inspirational waterfalls and some fabulously hike-able waterfalls... but all of those were just one, singular waterfall.<p>Behold: a rare TRIPLE waterfall, better known as the Baatara Gorge Waterfall or Three Bridge Chasm. Mountain meltwater slowly carved the …