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How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

FYI: What Would Happen If You Got Zapped By The Large Hadron Collider?

It would burn a hole through you—and then some.<p>The scientists at the LHC would like to make two things very clear. First, it's just a horrible idea to put any part of your body in front of the collider's two proton beams. Each beam comprises 320 trillion particles, so the total energy delivered is …

Make Your Own Remote-Control Spy Blimp

Float on!<p>I'm a materials-science engineer at an agency that allocates funding to research projects. It's theoretical work, so in my spare time I like to do practical, hands-on things. I've been building R/C models for 33 years and have always preferred uncommon vehicles--amphibious cars, …

Mason Jar Solar Lights

I love entertaining outdoors at this time of year because it’s warm enough at night that a garden party does not need to end when the sun goes down. …

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Samsung Ranks First for Smartphones Sales in Q1 2013

Samsung was the world’s number one smartphone seller for the first quarter of this year in terms of revenue, overtaking Apple, data from Strategy Analytics show.<p>According to a report from Yonhap News, sales of Samsung’s smartphones topped $23.63 billion during the first three months of 2013, …

Mataerial: a 3D printer that seemingly defies gravity

You might think that 3D printing is a mature technology, the way guns and pizzas and pieces of jet engines are popping out these days, but you haven't seen it all: a company called Mataerial has built a contraption that can print gravity-defying strands of material right onto a wall.<p>Where existing …

A Pet Drone That Follows You Like A Lost Puppy [Video]

This autonomous flying servant can track and record you from the sky.<p>Drones can't fetch a taco for you, but they can lift cameras into the sky and return impressive aerial video and photography. Trouble is, today's flying machines require a human pilot to manipulate their complex controls.<p>Sameer …

Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 camera to include optical image stabilization technology

Galaxy Note 3 concept<p>A new report says that the Galaxy Note 3 could feature an improved camera capable to offer users optical image stabilization (OIS) features.<p>According to <i>etnews</i>, Samsung is apparently working on including OIS capabilities in the unannounced Galaxy Note 3, a feature that should …

Google said to deploy Wi-Fi blimps in Africa and Asia

How can the Internet be brought to areas that have no infrastructure for high-speed wireless? Beam the Wi-Fi networks down from flying objects, of course.<p>Google is reportedly working on creating wireless networks for more remote parts of the world, such as countries in sub-Saharan Africa and …

Tapping 'noise canceling' data signals for faster Internet

At the moment, sending data via fiber means blasting a light signal down the line. The farther you want the data to travel, the more power you need …

26 Fascinating Pictures of the Chicago Bean

The stainless steel sculpture named <i>Cloud Gate</i> opened in Chicago‘s Millennium Park in 2005. Known to most people as “The Bean”, the sculpture’s highly …

What Steve Jobs And Bill Gates Really Thought About Each Other

"He and I, in a sense, grew up together," Gates said. "We were within a year of the same age, and we were kind of naively optimistic and built big companies. And every fantasy we had about creating products and learning new things — we achieved all of it. And most of it as rivals. But we always …

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How to Take Better Photos With Your EOS Camera

The marketing departments of the camera manufacturers would like you to believe that buying the latest versions of their digital cameras will make …

The secret to getting engineers to be more charismatic

<i>Olivia Fox Cabane is an executive coach with an unusual approach: She teaches her clients how to become more charismatic. It’s an odd calling for someone who is an introvert by nature. In this excerpt from “The Charisma Coach” published by Matter, writer Teresa Chin explains why Silicon Valley</i> …

Google Glass's #1 Fan

For an unreleased product whose initial price point (and utility?) remains a disconnect for most people, Google Glass (via Google+ and Twitter) certainly has garnered a boffo share of media attention – good, bad and geeky.<p>In Sunday’s <i>New York Times</i>, two professors examine a new dimension of the …

The Porn Industry Has Already Dreamed Up Awesome Ideas For Google Glass

Some products get into the erotic side of things later in their life cycles, but some get heaps of sexy attention right away.<p>So it's time to ask how Google Glass will be used for porn.<p>We talked to some active professionals working in the pornography industry to get their opinions on how Google's …

Microsoft, Samsung keen on doing glasses, prices to range from $200 to $500

Watch out, Google. Even with a headstart in developing wearable computing devices through Glass, there are two major competitors possibly on the horizon, waiting for the right opportunity to pounce.<p>Reports indicate that Microsoft and Samsung are both keenly interested in competing against Google in …

Light-beam 'twins' take data farther

Optical fibres carry huge amounts of data for their size, but data appetites grow ever more voracious<p><b>An idea similar to that of noise-cancelling headphones has proved useful in increasing the data-carrying properties of light.</b><p>Researchers reporting in Nature Photonics suggest putting not one beam of …