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13 Free Mobile Wallpapers We Designed Just for You

Pre-installed digital wallpaper pretty much hasn't changed since they invented the computer. Enough with the relaxing sunsets and starry galaxies …

Small States: Carved wraps your phone w/ wood from sunken ships & skateboards, multiple giveaways, 15% promo code

<i>Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States.</i><p><b>Update (10/11)</b>: We have chosen all of the giveaway winners and they have been contacted. Good luck next week!<p>The phone case market is an ultra competitive area, with companies from all over the world vying to …

One of the greatest pinball tables ever is going digital with your help

Ask pinball fans about classic tables and they'll probably mention <i>The Addams Family</i>. It was widely available, well-designed and full of technological firsts, such as computer-controlled flippers. However, it hasn't been recreated in software in its 22-year history -- something FarSight Studios …

3 Apps That Improve Access To The Justice System

A hackathon reveals three ways that technology can open up the legal system to people who lack easy access to lawyers.<p>The legal system is designed for lawyers to argue with lawyers, often for large fees. People without money are automatically at a disadvantage; they’re forced to rely on legal aid, …

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Backpack Connects You With Travelers So You Can Purchase Items In Other Countries

Imagine if a certain type of medication you needed wasn’t available in your country and was expensive to ship or acquire. Many people rely on friends or relatives traveling to these countries to bring back items that cannot be purchased in their country, whether it’s jamon or an iPhone. Backpack …

This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel’s WiFi Sucks Before It’s Too Late

There are lots of things that review sites should rank hotels on, but don’t. Is it known for bed bugs? Is the “heated pool” only heated during summer when the sun is out? How many ghosts live there? How fast is the WiFi?<p>This site won’t help you with all of those, but it <i>will</i> help you with that last …

PlaceUs Uses Context Awareness To Maintain Close Connections Through Automation

There is no shortage of tracking apps used by families and loved ones to keep an eye on another, whether it’s to know where they are or for safety concerns.<p>We’ve covered apps like Alert.Us, Life360, iHound, React Mobile and Rapid Protect that do exactly that, but most of these apps rely on GPS and …

'Moms Against Gaming' Is My New Favorite Twitter Account

Meet @MomsAgainstGam, a noble crusader in the fight to keep our children away from the menace that is video gaming. With powerful tweets like …

CIA employee's disclosure push 'destroyed my entire career'

His CIA career included assignments in Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq, but the most perilous posting for Jeffrey Scudder turned out to be a two-year stint in a sleepy office that looks after the agency's historical files.<p>It was there that Scudder discovered a stack of articles , hundreds of histories …

​What Happened to the Lost Thundercats Games

Thunder, thunder, <i>Thundercats</i>… no! Come with us, children of the 1980s and journey through a twisted tale about why there was only one terrible game …

These wireless bone-conducting headphones let you listen while you listen

Kickstarter, it's a funny old place. A weird soup of real ingenuity and beermat ideas. <i>Headbones</i> might initially sound like it'll fall in the latter camp, but you'd be wrong. Once you know they're bone conducting headphones, the name reveals its clever twist. Yes, you may have seen bone conducting …

Forget.me Simplifies Your 'Right to be Forgotten' on Google

In the wake of the landmark EU ruling last month stipulating that individuals should have the right to be forgotten by removing outdated information about themselves from search engine results, Google was soon inundated with takedown requests.<p>While Google eventually launched a takedown form of its …

Pushup Circuit for Strong Shoulders

The circuit works like this: Do each exercise—the pushup, the side pushup to your right, and the side pushup to your left—for 30 seconds, and then move on to the next one. Rest 15 seconds between each exercise. That's one round. Rest one minute, and repeat.<p>"You'll not only ignite muscle growth and …

The Forrest Gump of Chile

To celebrate his 40th birthday, Chilean ultramarathoner Matías Anguita ran 40 marathons in 40 days. What compels a person to never stop going?<p>I …

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The formal cat fantasy portraiture of Eldar Zakirov

Man, I love this guy's work--particularly the cats. Eldar Zakirov is on DeviantArt, and you can support his high weirdness by purchasing prints. He …

6 Can't-Miss Apps: Sunrise Calendar for Android and More

Slidely Capture<p>Reeder 2<p>Stache<p>Sunrise Calendar<p>The Guardian<p><i>TwoDots</i><p>Between Google unveiling its self-driving car and Apple acquiring Beats, you may have …

16 of the Best New Android Apps From May (2014)

From Foursquare spin-offs to whistle-powered selfies, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in May. So by way of a quick recap, here’s our pick of the newbies from the past month.<p>Sunrise<p>Sunrise finally opened its uber-popular calendar app to Android users this month, as well as a version …

AllCast Receiver for Chrome lets you stream media to Chrome

ClockwordMod’s Koushik Dutta has taken streaming to the next level with AllCast. It has been associated to the popular Chromecast dongle because both became popular at around the same time, but there is much more to AllCast than just Cast support. This is the epitome of local streaming …

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Crispy Salt-and-Vinegar Potatoes

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 20 min<p>Total Time: 45 min<p>Cooking the potatoes in vinegar seasons them from within, and a final drizzle boosts the flavor.<p>May 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved, quartered if large<p>1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar<p>1 tablespoon kosher salt, …

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Google's VirusTotal Uploader now available for Macs

Previously available as a Web app or a Windows app, Google's VirusTotal tool for scanning suspicious files is now available for Mac OS X.<p>It just got easier for Mac users to scan suspicious files. Yesterday, Google released a version of its VirusTotal Uploader for Macs, a utility that lets you drag …

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GTA 5 video shows what a Commodore 64 version would have looked like

A fan-made video "demonstrating" a Commodore 64 version of Grand Theft Auto V has been released, reimagining the game's first trailer in the style of an 8-bit game.<p>The video comes courtesy of YouTube channel MajamiHiroz, where Hungarian animator Balazs Kalocsai frequently releases videos showing us …

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These Harvard And MIT Kids Say They've Made NSA-Proof Email

Those who worry that Gmail or the National Security Agency may be rifling through their emails now have a new alternative: ProtonMail, a super-secure email service created by students from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>"It was the Snowden leaks that got us started," …

Think You Have A Real Choice When Grocery Shopping? Think Again.

Despite what rows and rows of different beer, cereal and ice cream brands suggest, shoppers actually have little choice when it comes to groceries.<p>The proliferation of grocery items specifically tailored to every taste is a bit of a deception. In reality, a 2013 study by the U.S. consumer rights …

The Clueless Gamer plugs in to Watch Dogs' all-seeing computer

<i>Watch Dogs</i> isn't on shelves yet, but this week Conan O'Brien was provided a copy for the "Clueless Gamer" segment of his show. The game's higher concepts of privacy, information security and government control may not seem like fertile ground for joke-making, but the late night host finds a …

Watch Phil Collins Sing 'In the Air Tonight' for First Time in Years

Phil Collins finally returned to the stage this week – with an unusual backing band. On Wednesday, the singer-drummer sang two classic tracks (his …

How to spring-clean a PC that has problems booting

I have a six-year-old HP DX2250 running Windows Vista Home Basic, which I tend to keep on all the time, just putting it in sleep mode when I'm not using it. Of late, if the machine has to shut down (eg to complete the installation of Windows updates), it won't get past the blue "HP Invent" screen. …

Kill the News Feed and use Facebook like its 2005

Do you miss the old Facebook? The one without all those profile pic updates and Upworthy headlines?<p>Facebook may be the perfect communication tool, but the News Feed is a distraction machine — it zaps productivity and gives users little more than a lingering fear of missing out (FOMO).<p>If you’ve felt …

Dating App Coffee Meets Bagel Ditches Twilio With New IM Features

When I wrote about the Coffee Meets Bagel dating service more than two years ago, I hoped (but didn’t quite believe) that it would last this long. Yet, here we are.<p>The company has received $2.8 million in funding and is today launching the biggest update yet to the app.<p>Coffee Meets Bagel takes a …

Meet the Smartisan T1, a surprisingly unique Android phone from China

A little over a year ago, a fresh Chinese startup by the name of Smartisan ("smart" and "artisan" combined) showed off its first work: the Android-based Smartisan OS. What caught our attention was its truly unique UI and insanely thoughtful UX features, so naturally, we had very high expectations …