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10 Apps That Will Make Your Android Phone A Whole Lot Better

Android launchers allow you to make your phone even more personal and catered to your specific tastes.<p>A launcher is essentially a home screen replacement for your Android phone.<p>You can turn them on or off whenever you like, which means you can change the look and feel of your phone's software at …

How Censors Killed The Weird, Experimental, Progressive Golden Age Of Comics

In the 1940s, comic books were often feminist, diverse, and bold. Then the reactionary Comics Code Authority changed the trajectory of comic book culture for good.<p>Comics histories sometimes reduce the Golden Age to the Superman Age: an era of lily white, squeaky-clean, manly-man heroes punching …

How many Greek legends were really true?

<b>The culture and legends of ancient Greece have a remarkably long legacy in the modern language of education, politics, philosophy, art and science. Classical references from thousands of years ago continue to appear. But what was the origin of some of these ideas?</b><p><b>1. Was there ever really a Trojan</b> …

33 Pictures Taken at Just the Right Moment

Image: Imgur<p>People who take a ton of pictures know all too well that snapping the shot at the right split second is imperative when it comes to …

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How World War I Launched Mapmaking at National Geographic

The far-off battles of WWI created an appetite for maps—and National Geographic was at the ready.<p>In the summer of 1914, Americans began reading news accounts of a conflict that would soon be called the Great War—and that would draw the United States in three years later.<p>But it was <i>National …

NIGHTMARE: Man Claims Dropbox Quietly Deleted More Than 8,000 Of His Personal Files

After using the service for about five years, Čurn has come across one of the most terrifying, stomach-churning scenarios one could imagine when relying on cloud storage.<p>More than 8,000 of his personal files had mysteriously disappeared. To be exact, 8,343 of his files were missing.<p>Čurn detailed …

With This Vision Correction Technology, Your Screen Wears the Glasses

Billions each day interact with electronic displays, and a large proportion of those people have less than perfect vision — but new research from the University of California, Berkeley may soon mean that it's your phone that will wear the glasses, not you. It's not quite a pair of spectacles stuck …

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Max Mosley sues Google over sex party photographs

Former motor-racing chief Max Mosley claims the internet giant is breaking the law by continuing to link to pictures from a 2008 court case<p>Max Mosley, the former Formula 1 chief, is suing Google for continuing to publish images of him at a sex party.<p>Mr Mosley, whose father Sir Oswald was the …

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Woman With Disability Took First Steps In 6 Years, Then Ran Race Weeks Later

For Tichelle Florence, a limitation was just an invitation to show her true tenacity and positive spirit.<p>Florence, 24, suffers from Friedreich's ataxia, a progressive neuro-muscular disorder. She hadn't been able to walk since she was 19 years old, and she was told she was never going to. But she …

Now that it’s legal, here’s how to unlock your phone on all four U.S. carriers

After you’ve finished up with a two-year smartphone contract, one of the easiest ways to save money is to keep your old device and bring it to a …

September 11 museum allowed to display Ground Zero cross-shaped beam | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A cross-shaped steel beam pulled from the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center in New York days after the September 11, 2001, attacks can be displayed in the national memorial museum at the site, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.<p>Father Brian Jordan (L), a Franciscan …

Facebook has only “pivoted” on one kind of privacy — in other ways, it’s becoming more dangerous

I must give credit where it is due: As Slate’s Will Oremus wrote in a piece called “Facebook(s fb)’s Privacy Pivot” a few days ago, the social …

Microsoft pits Siri against Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad

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15 Must-Have Apps for Android Wear

Last month at Google I/O, Android Wear was finally launched and two devices were released running the new platform; the Samsung Galaxy Gear Live and the LG G Watch.<p>Android Wear may only be a month old, but there are already a number of great apps for the smartwatch platform emerging …

Google Wants Guinea Pigs for a New Medical Study. Here's Why I'd Volunteer.

With health data, the default should be to look for safe ways to share.<p>After six months of covering the merger of technology and medicine for <b>Re/code</b>, I’ve come to believe one thing very strongly: The next great insights into health and disease, and the resulting breakthroughs in diagnostics and …

Nine Hall of Famers who would never get in today

It’s harder than ever to be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and a number of the men enshrined in Cooperstown likely wouldn’t have a plaque with their face on it if the decision was made today.<p>Pitcher Gaylord Perry<p>Perry won 314 games in his career, but he was so open about doctoring …