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How to unlock Netflix to watch every movie and TV show using these secret codes

With this simple trick, Netflix users can unlock a whole new world of content.<p>Netflix users are already in treat with a wide range of movies and TV …

Human error in a nuclear facility nearly destroyed Arkansas

The new documentary, Command and Control, digs into the forgotten near-miss and premieres January 10th on PBS<p>Here in the US, we like to think that our nuclear weapons exist to prevent our enemies from detonating a nuclear explosion on US soil — that is, when we think about them at all. The thing …

Is empathy an overrated skill in medical care?

Both aspects of empathy – the cognitive and the emotional – can malfunction.<p>Over the past few decades, empathy – the ability to take on the …

Emotional Intelligence

The Most Misquoted Song Lyrics

We’re all unreliable narrators, that’s why when asked to recall what you did last Tuesday, or the lyrics to Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s ‘Blinded By …

Evolution Made Really Smart People Long to Be Loners

Psychologists have a pretty good idea of what typically makes a human happy. Dancing delights us. Being in nature brings us joy. And, for most …

Why Are Most Galaxies Spiral-Shaped?

The structure of spiral galaxies is more complex than we thought. Here's how the laws of physics contribute to the shaping of galaxies.<p>Most galaxies …

Universe

Why can’t anything travel faster than light? | Cosmos

<b>We all know the number</b> one traffic rule of the universe – nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. And that happens to be 299,792.458 …

Ask Ethan: How Do We Know The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old?

You’ve heard the story before: the Universe began with the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, and formed atoms, stars, galaxies, and eventually planets with the right ingredients for life. Looking at distant locations in the Universe is also looking back in time, and somehow, through the power of …

Princeton University

Cord cutters face a sea of streaming options

Like millions of other consumers, Evan Hartstein was fed up with pay TV.<p>The 40-year-old father of two was paying nearly $250 a month for a bundle of phone, high-speed Internet and hundreds of cable channels that he and his family barely watched.<p>So Hartstein and his wife recently ditched their …

Televisions

Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: the last roundup

With the free upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10 shipping on 29 July, should I upgrade Windows 7? Can I revert to my old operating system?<p>Should I upgrade Windows 7?<p>Should I go for the Windows 10 upgrade or continue with Windows 7? My laptop is five years old and working very nicely after I installed …

Windows 10

What is FLAC? The high-def MP3 explained

CNET explains what FLAC is, as well as where to buy music in the FLAC format, and how to play it on your smartphone, computer or hi-fi.<p>In the late 1990s, one of the original portable music file formats -- the MP3 -- was causing quite a bit of bother. It had earned itself a reputation as a pirate …

Audiophile

Auto upload photos from your computer to Google Photos

You have synced your phone's photos with Google Photos, but what about those on your Mac or PC?<p>If you have been getting started with Google Photos, then you have probably checked out Google Photos on the Web and the mobile device of your choice. That's what I did last week. I am an old Picasa user …

Google Photos

You should be using these browser extensions to keep yourself safe online

The invention of the internet made it easy to do amazing things online, like buying junk in a single click, but unfortunately that also came with consequences, like companies being able track your every move as you browse.<p>You might not know it, but every website you visit is using one or more …

How to Read a Photograph's Histogram

What that chart of colors really means<p>You've probably seen this x-y graph on your camera or some photo editing software. It shows the data of your photo's color range. It's not as intimidating as it looks. Here's how to master it.<p><b>The vertical axis</b> shows the number of pixels at each light level. (A …

Tutorials

Organize apps on your Samsung Galaxy device

When you’re done removing junk from your Android storage, it’s time to do some organizing. Here are some tips to help you regain that new, uncluttered Android experience.<p>Sometimes keeping your Android device clean is about more than deleting files to free up storage. Hiding apps you don't plan on …

Apps

10 killer apps you shouldn't live without

When you hop into Apple or Google's app stores on your smartphone or tablet and literally have more than a million apps enticing you, it's easy to get quickly overwhelmed. Of course, there are countless options for the boring staples to handle email, maps, weather, stocks, games and …

Tech Q&A: Advertiser tracking, saving printer ink, gadget space and more

<b>How to stop advertisers from tracking your phone</b><p><b>Q.</b> When I'm using the Internet on my phone, the same ads follow me from site to site. How can I make it stop?<p><b>A.</b> Smartphones work a little differently than computers when it comes to tracking. Fortunately, this makes it easier to stop. On iPhone, go to …

The Evolution Of The Browser

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Karl Mattson is vice president of international at Maxthon.</i><p>The browser wars have always been cyclical, moving from periods of monoculture dominated by one or two browsers to periods of comparative competition characterized by multiple, strong, second-tier browsers and a growing list …

Google Drive Is Offering 2GB Of Free Storage For Doing A Quick Security Checkup

Google is celebrating “Safer Internet Day” by offering 2GB of free Google Drive storage as a reward for performing a security checkup. To receive the free 2GB of storage on your Google Drive, you simply have to visit the Google’s security checkup website, log in to your Google account and quickly …

Google Drive

Ten Years of Google Maps, From Slashdot to Ground Truth

Ten episodes from the dawning days of Google Maps.<p>Ten years ago today, Google Maps launched to the world.<p>When it was born, it was a paper atlas in living form, with no pages to turn. Instead of online mapping leader MapQuest’s printable list of directions, navigation routes were overlaid on top of …

Watch This: The first iPhone keynote was eight years ago today

On January 9th, 2007, Steve Jobs took to the stage to announce the first iPhone, in a keynote that would revolutionize the industry and set the tone for every major tech announcement since. Later reporting would reveal that the phone Jobs was using was a barely functional prototype, and many of the …

How To Make Sure Your Gmail Is As Secure As Possible

No one wants to deal with the stress and potential damages of having an email account hacked.<p>To decrease the likelihood of hacks, as well as the time it takes account holders to find suspicious activity that could be a precursor, Gmail has created a handy check list that all users should take the …

Check Out The Earliest Work Of Apple's Design God, Jony Ive

At one point, he was just a young British designer trying to get by.<p>However, Ive was a precocious design talent, and from a young age, he was racking up awards for his design work.<p>Leander Kahney's, <i>JONY IVE, The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products,</i> which is now out in paperback sheds new light …

Flickr now lets you turn your photographic masterpieces into canvases

If your Flickr photos are begging to be printed big and stuck on the wall, or you think one of your photographic masterpieces is worthy of display in …

IRL: a tennis sensor you can use with any racquet

When I tested Babolat's Play Pure Drive connected tennis racquet, I found the resulting data insightful, but thought the platform was hampered by being tied to a single, albeit popular, model. Zepp's tennis sensor, though, can be swapped from racquet to racquet, so I thought I'd slap it on my …

7 things you didn’t know your Web browser could do

The most-used program on your computer is your Web browser, but there's a good chance you don't know much about it besides how to visit your favorite sites. There are a lot of myths about browsers, some of which I've dispelled in the past, but today I want to help you get the most out of your …

Download some of the Note 4 wallpapers here

Now that the Note 4 received its warm welcome from hordes of eager fans, it’s time for the device to go through the typical phases of product launches in the Android world. One of these ritual phases is the leaking of various software goodies found on the device, including the wallpapers the device …

Technology

Email overload? 19 tips for taking control of your inbox

How to take an email back, leave conversations and set up automatic responses<p>Email is both a miracle and a curse. At no other time in human history and we been able to exchange messages instantly globally; but at the same time, our ancestors didn't spend hours each day sifting through memos, …