Rodney Austin

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Nokia 7 Plus initial impressions: Ticking all the right boxes

HMD Global revived the Nokia brand last year, initially focusing on the budget segment with the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6. While the …

How to (and why you should) leave reviews on the Google Play Store

When you write a review in the Google Play Store, keep in mind that you're writing for three separate audiences — the app developer, other Android …

How To Transform Your New Employee Into a High Valued Team Player

As important as it is to hire the most successful candidate for a job, how you integrate this new employee into your business can make or break their …

Employee Engagement

Motorized Paper Airplanes Are Drones, According To FAA

Get high like paper, make laws about drones<p>Is a paper airplane a drone? For the Federal Aviation Administration, responsible for regulating America’s skies, this is no longer an idle question. The commercial use of drones is currently prohibited in the United States, unless an operator receives an …

Drones

At Last, Bill Nye's LightSail Deploys Its Solar Sails In Space

Phew!<p>LightSail has finally seen the light. After a tumultuous time in lower Earth orbit, the Planetary Society’s solar sail spacecraft has at last deployed its namesake: four large mylar “sails” that theoretically use energy released from the Sun to propel the satellite forward. Now that they’re …

Space Travel

Hands on with the HTC Valve Vive virtual reality headset

Image copyright Signe Brewster.When people put on a virtual reality headset for the first time, they almost always try to do two things: look at …

Virtual Reality

Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

As the airborne particles turn: Across the globe, dust (red-orange) is lifted from land, sea salt (blue) swirls up from oceans, soot (green and yellow) rises from fires and sulfur (white) streams from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions.<p>It's March. It's freezing. And there's half a foot of snow on …

Pollution

Insurers worry self-driving cars could put a dent in their business

Three companies note driverless vehicles as a possible financial threat, while a parts manufacturer fears a decline in ‘the number and severity of accidents’<p>A world of robot cars may still be a long way off but that hasn’t stopped some big insurance companies from worrying about them. And not for …

Insurance Industry

Samsung Galaxy S6: Questions That Need Answers Before Considering

I attended the Samsung Electronics product launch event in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress (MWC). It was a huge launch, intended to win the global audience over with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Samsung had a lot riding on a successful launch as they have lost significant market …

Gear & Gadgets

Is LinkedIn Poised To Be The Next Media Giant?

When LinkedIn introduced Pulse, providing commentary from a hand-chosen set of thought leaders, they made a major impact. Paired with the long-form publishing platform they launched last year, LinkedIn is significantly changing the media landscape.<p><b>First, the statistics</b><p>LinkedIn has 330+ million …

Thought Leadership

Apple will make it easier for schools to use iPads by dropping Apple ID requirement

Everyone with an iPhone or iPad has to put up with the mild annoyance of entering their password when downloading apps or content from iTunes. But for teachers and IT administrators at schools, the situation is far worse. Imagine having to generate and manage hundreds of unique Apple IDs for each …

How Tesla Is Helping to Remake the Iconic U.S. Road Trip

Some travelers pick hotels with a five-star chef. Vincent Argiro looks for a Tesla charging station.<p>A road-trip warrior who lives on Salt Spring …

Electric Vehicles

You Lucky Dog: 28 Ways to Save on Pet Supplies

How much could that doggie (or kitty) in the window cost? Anywhere from $580 to $875 per year just for the basics, according to the American Society …

Pets

The Best Time To Buy Airline Tickets

Airlines make money by anticipating our buying habits. It's a complicated process, but you can save money if you know when to buy airline tickets. …

EW's 'Buffy' season 8 deep dive continues: ‘Time of Your Life’

<i>EW is diving deep into the Buffyverse for an in-depth look at the beloved TV series’ comic book sequel. In this installment, Jenny Maas takes a look</i> …

Look At This Tiny Drone [Video]

This would mean the end of privacy, if wind didn’t exist<p>When learning to fly remotely controlled aircraft, it’s often best to start small. At under two inches a side, the CX-10 Mini Drone is about as small as drones come. Smaller than a graham cracker square, it’s a great introductory tool for …

Natural History Museum creates 'virtual dive' to take you on trip to the world's most spectacular coral reefs

A gallery space will be transformed with a bank of screens providing a 360 degree immersive experience<p>If a trip to the Great Barrier Reef is beyond your means this year, the <b>Natural History Museum</b> has a novel alternative.<p>The museum is creating a ‘virtual dive’ that visitors can undertake without …

Coral Reefs

March 2015

Diversity

Suddenly, everyone's making computers you strap to your face. Here's a rundown of all the big players.

A bunch of companies seem to believe that computers you wear on your face are the next big thing.<p>This week, hardware maker HTC and PC game technology company Valve demonstrated theirs, called Vive, and it was met with wild rapturous applause from tech writers.<p>But how is it any different than …

Goodyear's new concept tires can help power your electric car

Tires are key to the comfort and performance of your ride, but one day they might help power it, too. Goodyear unveiled a new concept tire at the Geneva International Auto Show this week that can convert the heat it accumulates into energy that can power an electric car.<p>The tire is called the BH03, …

At IHS 2015, the new Oxo On product line (pictures)

Smart Homes

Distant planet has four suns

Were it possible to see the skies from this world, the four parent stars would look like one small sun and two very bright stars visible in the …

Universe

Plan Your Spring Break: 12 Under-the-Radar Destinations

So what if Europeans get the entire month of August off—spring break is an American birthright. Whether you're toting the kids or fleeing civilization, we've got the trip for you.<p>Try an Island That's Better Than Bali<p><b>Raja Ampat, Indonesia</b><br>It’s hard not to love Bali, with its abundance of surf breaks …

Ski Area

Disney World's New $100+ Admission Is a Test of Park Loyalty

<b>This story originally appeared on Theme Park Insider and appears here with permission.</b><p>If you need an illustration of just how much some people love …

Mobile communications industry gathers in Barcelona for MWC 2015

Mobile World Congress will as usual not feature Apple – and nor will users be represented – but it remains the industry’s biggest show in town<p>The world’s largest mobile technology event kicks off on Sunday with more than 86,000 salespeople, software engineers, chip designers, device makers and …

Human Rights

IKEA to sell furniture that can wirelessly charge your phone

You'll be able to drop a compatible smartphone on your IKEA nightstand for a quick charge.<p>BARCELONA--IKEA wants to make wireless charging a reality in your home.<p>The world's largest furniture maker said on Sunday that it would begin selling tables, work desks, nightstands and other pieces of …

Wireless Charging

Design firm wants this round wooden phone to be your family heirloom

See that wooden round thing above? That's a smartphone -- a real, working smartphone with a high-res screen and a camera, and not just a concept that will never come to life. Just imagining how to take calls on it without a headset or how to access websites on it is giving us a headache, but it's …

Scientists learn to build better metals by freezing alloys in space

Metals are full of microscopic structures that define properties like strength, but it's hard to figure out how those structures work on Earth, where gravity skews their effects. An experiment aboard the International Space Station may have solved that dilemma, however. By freezing alloys in the …