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Op-ed: What does a good smartwatch actually look like? | Ars Technica

For the concept to have mass appeal, it needs to get a whole lot better.<p>Now that smartphones are a part of daily life for many of us, consumer …

Not Worried This Time

I think this is the first time ever that I have not worried about my upcoming appointment with my oncologist. Ever since I found out that I was pregnant, my life changed. I thought I knew the purpose of life after my experience with cancer -- but what I am realizing is that my purpose will forever …

Pregnancy

Tech giants get Obama's ear on NSA

Tech leaders took full advantage of their White House invitation Tuesday, sidestepping a conversation on HealthCare.gov and federal acquisition for one on NSA and surveillance reform.<p>The White House billed the president’s conversation with industry executives as a discussion largely focused on the …

Whole Foods Will Stop Selling Chobani Yogurt Next Year

The high-end grocery chain will stop selling the yogurt by January, The Wall Street Journal reports.<p>"Chobani markets its Greek yogurt as containing only natural ingredients, but it has received complaints from consumer advocacy groups for its use of milk that comes from dairy cows fed with GMO …

Nutrition

New Android threats could turn some phones into remote bugging devices | Ars Technica

"Weirdest permissions" include disabling lock screens and recording audio.<p>Researchers have recently uncovered two unrelated threats that have the …

LG smart TV snooping extends to home networks, second blogger says | Ars Technica

Internet-connected TVs from LG phone home with file names in shared folders.<p>A second blogger has published evidence that his LG-manufactured smart …

New ‘liquid metal’ will let you print circuits on paper, T-shirts, or even leaves

Three Chinese scientists say they’ve found a way to create a metal that’s liquid at room temperatures, can be printed as if it was ink in ordinary, everyday desktop printers, and will adhere to surfaces as diverse and supple as rubber, paper, cotton T-shirts, or a leaf off an oak tree.<p>Need an RFID …

What’s the Best Gift a Dinner Guest Can Bring?

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: Hold the wine -- we've got unique gift ideas to help you earn the title of "Best</i> …

Chemicals

Jeff Livingston: The Most Neglected Skills

Just Knowing These 8 Facts Will Make You Way More Productive

Whether trying to conquer Mount Everest or just pick up your laundry, learning these quick facts will make it easier to be super productive -- or at least understand why you're not.<p>And if you're the type of person who is likely procrastinate instead of reading the rest of this article, then you …

25 Skills Every Man Should Know: Your Ultimate DIY Guide

These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to do yourself. Study our master list with step-by-step tips from the experts, and test your DIY aptitude each step of the way.<p>These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to …

Woodworking

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Diesel is the new green

A swell in diesel cars offered in the U.S. means more high-mileage options for buyers. Here are four diesel-engined cars recently reviewed by CNET.<p>For diesel fans in the U.S., it must seem like Christmas. Audi has been heavily marketing its diesel engines, and other automakers have joined the …

6 Science-Backed Reasons To Go Read A Book Right Now

In a world of omnipresent screens, it can be easy to forget the simple pleasure of curling up with a good book. In fact, a HuffPost/YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults found that 28 percent hadn't read one at all in the past year.<p>But the truth is that reading books can be more than entertainment or a …

Android 4.4 KitKat detailed again in new Nexus 5 photo leak

Purported photos of Google's next flagship Nexus phone crop up showing what looks like a final version of Android 4.4 KitKat.<p>Ahead of the much-anticipated debut of Android 4.4 KitKat are even more shots of Google's next flagship Nexus phone and the OS update.<p>Italian tech site Tutto Android has an …

Newly spotted wet asteroids point to far-flung Earth-like planets

In a distant solar system, water-soaked chunks of rock that contain two of the key elements of a habitable planet have been spotted for the first time.<p>For the first time, astronomers have observed the shattered remains of an asteroid that points to the potential for life in a dying solar system 150 …

How to Easily Tell if You Have Fresh Eggs

Think You Have Fresh Eggs? Here’s How to Tell<p>by <b>Sarah</b> Updated: July 18, 2017healthy fatsComments: <b>64</b><p>Don’t you just love the way truly fresh eggs look …

Lock the iPad to just one app

Learn how to use Apple's Guided Access feature in iOS to temporarily limit the use of your child's iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone to a single app.<p>The first time I handed an iPad to my kid, I felt a little guilty, but not for the reasons you might think. The way I figured, with such an awesome tool in …

The Right Way to Stack Firewood

You've cut down the trees and split the wood. The hard part is over, but one crucial task remains: turning your messy pile of lumber into an orderly, attractive stack of wood that will keep your fireplace burning all through fall and winter.<p><b>When it comes to preparing firewood</b>, stacking may be the …

Woodworking

Crowdfunding: The New Way To Finance Your Personal Life

When Kelli Space graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 with $200,000 of student loan debt, she panicked. Given that she had an entry-level office manager job that didn’t pay much, Space knew that it was going to be tough to pay back that debt on her own.<p>But instead of deferring her …

Best Credit Unions Anyone Can Join

Some credit unions require members to meet strict criteria or pay high membership fees, but in many cases, it can be easy and cost-effective to join …