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Now you'll know exactly why your Uber driver rated you one star

First, Uber allowed you to open the Pandora's box of finding out your rider rating, denoted by a 1-5 star score drivers give you after the ride.<p>Now, …

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

Goal Setting

What It Takes to Hold Your Breath for 24 Minutes (Yeah, It’s a Thing)

When Aleix Segura holds his breath, he thinks about his heart. On land, the focus causes his heart rate to increase—but underwater, it has the …

Swimming Pools

"I Was Blessed with Big Big Big Lips": Peaches Drops Her Video for "Vaginoplasty"

Peaches, synchronized swimmers, dancing vaginas and a song in defense of a big pussy.<p>Peaches has just dropped the video for her song "Vaginoplasty" off her latest LP <i>The Rub</i> and as you might imagine from the boundary pushing electro-upstart, it's a fabulously lewd affair. A riot of sequin-bedecked …

A UFO? Video captures strange object near Ohio military base

Is it or isn’t it?<p>Video of a strange object in the sky near a military base in Dayton, Ohio, had the internet buzzing Sunday over whether it was a UFO, "Fox & Friends" reported.<p>“It looks like it’s moving with the clouds,” a woman is heard saying on the video.<p>The 13-minute YouTube video appears to …

A new app wants to help you beat the credit card companies

Our increasingly automated world should make driving safer. It could also make things safer for your checkbook.<p>And just like with cars, it takes a …

Logitech's Newest Wireless Mouse Is a Gamer's Dream Come True

The latest gaming mouse by Logitech promises to deliver professional-grade wireless performance.<p>5<p>5<p>Logitech took the wraps off a brand-new premium wireless gaming mouse, dubbed the G900 Chaos Spectrum. The peripheral device's biggest highlight is its ability to deliver exceptional performance …

Did you know Amazon had a special store just for cool new tech you’ve never heard of?

What good is being a retail giant if you don’t use your size and power to help out the little guy every once in a while? Amazon is the nation’s …

Study: People Who Point Out Typos Are Jerks

According to a bunch of fancy linguists, people who are more sensitive to written typos and grammatical errors are indeed the kinds of Type A …

Screenshots As An Art Form: The Making Of The World's Most Impressive Screenshots

Screenshots As An Art Form: The Making Of TheDead End Thrills founder Duncan Harris reveals how he celebrates the beauty and emotion in video games, …

Watch a swarm of drones build a rope bridge

Research on the use of drones in search-and-rescue situations is ongoing, but there's no denying that the small, lightweight aerial vehicles have potential.<p>New research by a team at ETH Zurich has proven that they could help humans navigate precarious terrain, too: A team of quadrocopters has …

The Volkswagen emissions scandal: All you need to know

Volkswagen recently apologized for deliberately creating software for its TDI diesel engines that cheated EPA emissions testing. While this story is …

Steve Jobs 'played no role at all' in designing the Apple I or Apple II computers, Woz says

Fourteen-year-old entrepreneur Sarina Khemchandani did just that, scoring an interview with Woz in late August.<p>There was, if you remember, some controversy surrounding how the Ashton Kutcher "Jobs" movie portrayed Jobs' involvement in the design and development of Apple's first products.<p>So …

Apple II

Introducing the Lily Camera Drone

THE SELECTS: More from the History of Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

Spheree lets you watch animated images in full 3D

It's official: we're well on the way to a true 3D display. This one, called Spheree, is the work of a team of researchers working together from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and the University of British Columbia, Canada, and it's mesmerising to behold.<p>Like its name suggests, it's in the …

Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID

Looking over a nearby person's shoulder is a common technique used to steal a PIN code for a device that is targeted for imminent theft. But as reported by <i>Wired</i>, a research team from the University of Massachusetts Lowell has taken this shoulder surfing trick to a whole new level by increasing the …

New iPhone 6 Photos Leaked By Taiwanese Pop Star

Jimmy Lin is back again. The high profile Taiwanese pop star and racing car driver has leaked the sharpest images yet of the iPhone 6. Lin previously posed with the iPhone 5C on his Weibo account in August, photos that proved to be legitimate when Apple officially launched the handset one month …

The Dead Zones: When Not to Post on Social Media

The Dead Zones: When Not to Post on Social Media infographic from SumAll takes a look at the the worst times to post content on social media.<p><i>Now that</i> …

How Candy Crush gets you hooked - six addictive tricks

Casual games like Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds may look simple, but underneath those bright colours, calming sounds and flashing messages, there's a lot of deep thinking going on.<p>In the era of omnipresent smartphones and tablets, these sacharrine treats are nigh-on inescapable, and as …

iOS 7 Changed iOS, But iOS 8 Changes Computing

Apple showed off a lot of new stuff today, so much so that it’s actually hard to process. But from a macro perspective, one thing is clear: iOS 8 actually represents much more of a shift than did iOS 7 last year, despite the fact that the visual changes in iOS 7 threw users and Apple-watchers for a …

Samsung Moves To Upstage Apple With New Biometric Data Platform

Samsung is building a “data bank” of people’s biometric information that app developers and researchers can plug into to create clever, health-related services — ideally for Samsung devices.<p>Following the release of its Gear Fit wearable fitness tracker, its new SAMI platform, overseen by a former …

With Polagram, Print Photos From Your Phone In Just A Few Taps

French startup Polagram just released a couple of new features and raised a round of funding. You can use the iPhone or Android app to print your photos directly from your phone and receive your prints a few days after ordering them. The app tries to get out of the way as much as possible, it’s …

Hackers demanding ransoms by locking iOS devices through Find My iPhone

A number of iOS owners in Australia have lost access to their devices courtesy of a digital hack, according to The Age. The first incident appeared …

Google and Nest may move into home security by buying out Dropcam

The battle for the smart home could soon be heating up<p>Google is reportedly planning a move into home security through Nest, its recent $3.2 billion acquisition that has put a high-tech spin on thermostats and smoke alarms. The company has considered acquiring connected camera startup Dropcam, …