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My first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S8+

I love it! I seriously do. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ has the best quality feeling of all mobile phones I've ever used. Beats even the first iPhone 4 …

Help Me, Tom's Guide! How Do I Root My Samsung Galaxy S6?

With the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ launching, you might be yearning for a new phone. But the S8 and S8+ start at $720 and $840, respectively, and …

MIT's app only needs a second to teach you a new language

You know the seconds and minutes you waste waiting for the elevator to arrive, for a friend to reply to an IM or for a website to load? A team of MIT CSAIL researchers believe you can put them to good use, so they created a series of apps called the WaitSuite that makes the most of those idle …

These $300 luxury headphones are currently going for $79.99

A-Audio is a brand that has quickly established itself in the luxury headphone market. They consistently bring solid build and sound quality, but the only drawback to the brand is that they <b>tend to be a bit pricey</b>.<p>Our sister site Sound Guys reviewed the A-Audio Legacy headphones fairly positively …

Let's Model Radioactive Decay to Show How Carbon Dating Works

Radioactive material gets a bad rap, what with radiation and fallout and nuclear waste and all. But it offers some practical uses. One of the coolest …

Chemistry

Leaf veins may lead to longer battery life

There have been many, many discoveries that promise longer battery life, but one of the latest is rare in taking its inspiration from one of the most common structures in nature: the leaf vein. Scientists have crafted a porous material that mimics the highly optimized flow of nutrients in plant …

Batteries

Concern growing for brain-invading worms, spread by slugs and rats

Rat lungworm has been around for decades, but uptick has health officials worried.<p>There have been six cases of a rare parasitic infection called “rat …

Invader Zim’s strange path from cult hit to all-time classic

This weird Nicktoon’s return is a major victory<p>Of every show to get a nostalgic reboot, <i>Invader Zim</i> ranked pretty low on the list. Not because we didn’t want one — we absolutely, 100 percent did. But the Nickelodeon cartoon was always a show tailored for much older audiences, owned by a network that …

Doctor transplants functioning ear grown from patient's arm

What if your headphones exploded like this woman's did, but took your ear with it?<p>A Chinese plastic surgeon might have found an incredible solution -- not for the exploding headphones, but to replace your missing ear.<p>A surgery led by Dr. Guo Shuzhong on Thursday saw a man receiving a newly …

3D Printing

Transfer VHS tapes to your computer

Still holding on to a boxful of VHS tapes in your basement? We'll show you how to transfer those memories onto your computer so you can store them in a a digital drawer.<p>Let the pros do it for you<p>Costco, Walgreens and Walmart are just a few retail stores that offer this service at their locations or …

Google Drive

Alien technology? Harvard scientists propose source for fast radio bursts

There are plenty of strange phenomena lurking in the universe, and fast radio bursts are among the more mysterious. So named for their …

Universe

Scientists prove it's possible to build a DNA computer

Scientists at the University of Manchester, led by Professor Ross D. King, have created a new DNA-based computing device. If you think of DNA as being the code for generating life, then it's not hard to see it as capable of performing other tasks. Just as the four key proteins of DNA can be …

MacBook Pro

Scientists are building an army of tiny cancer-fighting robots

Scientists have worked for years to incorporate robotics into delicate medical procedures. They've given us tiny devices that can inject drugs into a person's eye or bend to operate on hard-to-reach areas. Now, they've come up with a way to potentially fight cancer using a magnetized swarm of …

Robotics

This little robot is your new language-learning buddy

Learning a new language can be rough. Casio knows this, and has made a mini-language partner for you in form of the Lesson Pod.<p>The Lesson Pod is a charming desktop buddy that acts as both a conversation partner and instructor, providing accurate spoken sentences that you can practice at home or on …

Language Learning

How HDMI 2.1 makes big-screen 4K PC gaming even more awesome

An open secret on the PC gaming world is that 4K TVs double as great PC monitors. Or potentially great, anyway. Big-screen gamers have lived with many a compromise, if only to play Overwatch or Battlefield on a 65-inch display at resolutions that living room game consoles can still only dream about.<p>…

Computer Hardware

Retiring Early and Moving Abroad: How One Couple Made It Happen

Brad and Cynthia Bowman are living the good life in Spain. Here's what it took.<p>As a financial planner, I encourage people to discover what truly …

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Test Drive

Chock full of the finer things in life, the newest generation of the S-Class comes to America this fall.<p><b>On-Sale Date</b>: Fall 2013<p><b>Price (est.)</b>: $95,000<p><b>Competitors</b>: Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS, Jaguar XJ, Maserati Quattroporte<p><b>Powertrains</b>: twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8; 455 hp, 516 lb-ft; 7-speed …

Want to BreakUp? There’s an App for that.

Ever wanted to break-up with someone but didn’t have the heart to do so? Maybe you’re in a relationship you want out of right now but don’t know how …

Microsoft readies IE 11 for Windows 7, too

Browser aficionados and haters alike will be overjoyed that Microsoft is keeping its promise to keep the new Internet Explorer up-to-date on Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.<p>The Internet Explorer 11 Developer's Preview for Windows 7, which debuted on Thursday, introduces the most of the new features …

Software

It's Too Early To Judge Microsoft Xbox One And Sony PlayStation 4

These days, negative press is what seems to drive the game journalism business. Writers specialize in finding multiple negative angles around a story in an attempt to garner hits from fan boys (a term called nerd baiting). The Internet and social media have literally made everyone a critic and …

Broadcom introduces low-power WiFi and Bluetooth chips for the Internet of things

The Internet of things -- that nebulous term usually associated with interconnecting everyday objects in a meaningful way -- is in the news again. Yesterday, Broadcom announced that it's launching a couple cost-effective, power-efficient wireless chips geared towards appliances, home automation and …

Google Invests $12m in South African Solar Plant

Google has announced its first ever renewable energies investment in Africa, putting $12m (103 million Rand) in the Jasper Power Project, a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa.<p>Once it’s complete, the Jasper Power Project will be among the largest solar installations in Africa, and …

The Internet is becoming more mobile by the day

The worldwide Internet population is growing rapidly -- and that growth might have something to do with mobile devices.<p>Speaking today at the AllThingsD D11 Conference, Mary Meeker, a partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Meeker, reported that 2.4 billion …

Mobile Devices

Send self-destructing messages from your work computer

Much like the vanishing photos sent with Snapchat, a new Web app lets you send self-destructing messages from your work computer.<p>New York-based app maker Lamplighter Games last week launched OTR -- for "off the record" messaging -- a browser plug-in that lets you send messages that disappear within …

Apps

Benchmark: Snapdragon 800-powered Pantech revealed, 10% better than Octa Galaxy S4

Yet another rumor has appeared involving Qualcomm’s as of yet unreleased Snapdragon 800 processor, the successor to the already speedy Snapdragon 600, which powers handsets like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and LG Optimus G Pro.<p>We recently heard that the next Oppo Find handset could be using the …

Here's An Excellent Presentation About The Rise Of Mobile And The Massive Implications

It's on the rise of mobile and what it means for the industry.<p>It's full of great charts like the one on the right about Microsoft. We first spotted it on Slideshare. We asked Evans if we could republish it, and he said yes.<p>Anyway … dig in!

Will flash or disk drives own the future of data storage?

<i>This is a guest post by Gary Gentry, SVP of solid state drives at Seagate.</i><p>“Flash or disk?” That question — whether the future of data storage would be defined by flash memory or hard drives — has been a looming battle in the storage industry for the last several years.<p>Hard drives, of course, remain …

Digital currency biz Liberty Reserve shut down, founder arrested

<i>Update: We’re looking for stories about how the shutdown of Liberty Reserve has affected your life. Tell us your personal stories here.</i><p>Digital currency Liberty Reserve has been shut down after U.S. and Costa Rican authorities arrested founder Arthur Budovsky Belanchuk in Spain.<p>Central American …

PayPal wants to get rid of passwords in favor of biometric security

While passwords are the way of the land on the internet, PayPal’s chief information security officer Michael Barrett says that passwords and PINs are …

Information Systems

Mobile Gaming Backend OpenKit Now Available To All Developers

OpenKit, an open-source social platform for mobile games, is now open to all developers, according to co-founder Peter Relan. The service, first announced in December, has been in private beta since earlier this year. There are apparently 1,500 developers already testing the service.<p>Relan …