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You can now sign up for Google’s Project Fi cell service without an invite

You can now sign up for Project Fi, Google’s first foray into offering its own cell phone service, without an invite.<p>The service, which launched ten months ago, was an invite-only project until now — though getting an invite wasn’t all that hard. Starting today, anybody in the U.S. can simply sign …

Kim Kardashian: The Art Of Reality

Kim Kardashian can’t sing, act, or dance, but she’s found the role of a lifetime in the fine art of playing herself. Lynn Hirschberg goes behind the scenes with the Queen of Reality TV.

TaskRabbit now promises to complete your tasks in 90 minutes

When it comes to getting things done efficiently, apps like TaskRabbit and Elance have become go-tos for lots of individuals and businesses alike.<p>And today, TaskRabbit has turned its focus to getting those tasks done super-fast, with its new real-time offerings. The updated TaskRabbit iOS app will …

11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books

Some of the most beloved movies ever were based on books. But just because we loved them doesn’t mean the original author did.<p>1. P.L. TRAVERS // <i>MARY</i> …

40 Fantastic F-Words To Further Your Vocabulary

One of the earliest ancestors of our humble letter F was a Phoenician letter, <i>waw</i>, which was assimilated into the early Greek alphabet more than 2500 …

Infographic: The Dos and Don'ts of Creativity

If you think you don't possess a single innovative bone in your body, you're (thankfully) dead wrong. While not everyone can be the next Steve Jobs …

It's Now Illegal For Supermarkets To Waste Food In France

Food producers and distributors have to compost or donate any unsold goods.<p>Hooray, more bread and cheese for all!<p>France's Parliament took definitive steps to prevent food waste on Wednesday. The country's Senate unanimously voted to ban large food stores from throwing away food that's approaching …

Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 15% of iPhone battery life

Testing reveals Facebook iOS app drains battery life, even when it isn’t being used, and that using Safari instead will make an iPhone last longer<p>Facebook is one of the most downloaded apps on iOS but it has long been cited as a cause of fast-draining iPhone batteries. Last year it was accused of …

Batteries

You Soon Might Be Able to Sidestep One of Cable TV's Biggest Ripoffs

We can only hope<p>If you’re sick of shelling out money to your cable provider every month for the privilege of renting the set-top box you need to …

Your Old Smartphone Could Be a Brand New Security Camera

A new project on Kickstarter seeks to recycle for an old Android or iPhone.<p>Around 44 percent of Americans upgrade their phones roughly every two years. That's a lot of e-cycling waste, or a lot of phones sitting at the bottom of a drawer. But Olmose, a new home security platform, wants to take …

Gear & Gadgets

Here's What To Do If Your Phone's Storage Is Full

Step one: Don't panic.<p>3. Delete Safari browsing history (<b>Settings</b> > <b>Safari</b> > <b>Clear History and Browsing data</b>, then scroll down to the bottom, tap <b>Advanced</b>).<p>4. For Chrome, open the Chrome app, tap the menu icon, tap <b>History</b>, then <b>Clear browsing data</b>.<p>5. Keep only recent texts (<b>Settings</b> > <b>Messages</b> > under</b> …

Remix OS is Android for the desktop, and it works with nearly any PC

Last year at CES, we mocked a company called Jide for creating a blatant Microsoft Surface clone. Well, this year they've come back with something new — and they've also returned much <i>richer</i>. See, between CES 2015 and today, Jide created a Kickstarter campaign for the Remix Mini, a $70 device that …

Facebook just gave us one more reason never to trust it

User testing gone too far, again<p>The past several years have done wonders for Facebook’s once-murky public reputation. After a series of privacy-related controversies and a rocky debut in the stock market, the company embraced and quickly came to dominate the time we spend on mobile devices. More …

The BoomStick makes any wired headphones sound better

A $99 dongle for your ears<p>Most of us would like our music to sound better, even if we're not willing to do much about it. The only real solution — buying better headphones — costs money, and picking the right ones takes time and effort. That's why a new company called BoomCloud 360 created the …

11 Amazing Facts to Slip Into Conversation to Seem Smarter

Pack these eleven amazing facts in your coat pocket and you’ll be just fine.<p>1. HUMANS DO NOT HAVE FIVE SENSES.<p>We’ve got way more than that. There’s …

Experts predict the death of the in-car CD player

With more drivers turning to music streaming services, analysts say only a third of cars will have CD players in three years’ time<p>The days of compact discs clogging up vehicle glove boxes and strewn over passenger seats will soon be over as analysts predict the death of the in-car CD player.<p>Just …

Emerging Technology

UPS Finally Hit the Mark This Holiday, While FedEx Stumbled Late

CHICAGO - After two consecutive years of problems during its holiday peak package season, UPS delivered on time at Christmas this year while its main rival FedEx had a last-minute stumble that left some gifts undelivered until after the holiday.<p>"It seems like the third time's a charm for UPS," said …

Find the dead spots in your Wi-Fi network with NetSpot

Free Mac app NetSpot lets you build a heatmap of your wireless network so you can find out where your Wi-Fi signal is strong and the areas where it's weak.<p>I invested in two power line adapters earlier this year to extend the range of my Wi-Fi network at home. I put one in the kitchen and the other …

Wi-Fi

A New System Lets Self-Driving Cars “Learn” Streets On The Fly

SegNet is a new system created by the University of Cambridge that can “read” a road and assess various features including street signs, road markers, people, and even sky. The system looks at an RGB image of a road and then classifies different layers using a Bayesian analysis of the scene.<p>From …

ShiftWear sneakers use flexible displays to showcase custom artwork on your shoes

It’s no secret that the sneaker industry has blown up over the last ten years. Estimates show that Michael Jordan’s brand brings in well over two billion dollars per year. LeBron James just inked a lifetime contract with Nike that “easily surpasses Kevin Durant’s 10-year 300 million dollar deal.” …

Deal: the iRing will ensure you never drop your phone again

Butter finger smartphone users rejoice. The AA Deals Store is offering a sweet deal on a product that will help you say goodbye to broken screens and smartphone dings.<p>The iRing is a little accessory that sticks to your smartphone, tablet or whatever you want to hold more securely. The idea is that …

Kourtney Kardashian Just Shared a Nude Photo of Herself

Minimalist.<p>Kourtney Kardashian shared an outtake from her nude <i>Vanity Fair</i> shoot Wednesday, in the wake of rumors that she is hooking up with Justin Bieber. The oldest Kardashian, who just launched her own app, captioned the photo with nothing but the moon emoji, which is indeed accurate.<p>From: …

How to Wrap a Present With Mathematical Precision

It's not hard to wrap a box if you don't care how much wrapping paper or tape you use, but what if you care about efficiency? What if your aim is to …

Welcome to Web TV, cord-cutters. Don't forget your credit card

Everybody hates cable bills. This year saw the debut of long-awaited virtual TV services that allow you to cut the cord without sacrificing live content, but the costs do add up.<p>Live TV arrived online this year, and it's going to cost you.<p>The introduction of the first, legitimate Web-based …

Study: Airbnb guests with “black” names find it harder to book rentals

If you’re a black Airbnb user that’s had a sneaking suspicion hosts are giving you the run-around when you try to book a rental, you might be on to something.<p>A working paper (pdf) from three Harvard Business School researchers suggests that users with black names have more trouble booking rentals. …

Anna Deavere Smith channels Baltimore on the school-to-prison pipeline

<b>The "character" on the stage</b> casts back to her childhood and tells the audience that her father was a "race man." She grew up watching endless …

Justice

Defense rests in Porter trial, closing arguments set for Monday

The defense rested its case Friday in the trial of Officer William Porter after calling a handful of character witnesses and a Baltimore Police …

Ronda Rousey keeps her promise to a Marine, attends ball as his date

<i>Photo via @tims_boxinginsta, Instagram</i><p>Ronda Rousey is still crushed after losing her title to Holly Holm, but the loss wasn't going to stop Rousey from keeping a promise. Back in September, Marine Lance Cpl. Jarrod Haschert sent a message to the MMA superstar asking if she would be his date to the …

Donald Trump says he is not bothered by comparisons to Hitler

<i>Editor's note: This story is from 2015.</i> <br>The comparison between Donald Trump and Hitler is being made more and more frequently -- including on the cover of Tuesday's Philadelphia Daily News -- but the Republican front-runner said Tuesday that the comparison doesn't bother him.<p>"You're increasingly …

Trump’s proposal to keep out Muslims crosses a line for many in both parties

Republican and Democratic leaders leveled their most forceful criticism yet against Donald Trump on Tuesday, widely denouncing the GOP presidential front-runner’s call to bar Muslims from entering the United States and signaling that Trump’s anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic rhetoric has agitated …