Timothy Heinen

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How to make any Android phone feel as fast as an iPhone

In its early days, Android was a slow and buggy mobile platform. Even the most powerful smartphones that were released each year would experience …

Android Phones

Miti Log Stove

No need to gather logs for a fire just to cook outside — with the Miti Log Stove, a single log <i>is</i> your fire. To use it, simply grab a round log around …

Cordless Outdoor Power Equipment | Product Announcements - Consumer Reports News

Cordless-electric outdoor power equipment got a bad rap when it was first introduced because some machines didn't measure up. But if you haven't …

Perfect Your Pump: The 7 Best Protein Bars

Few things in the land of dietary supplements have been as abused as protein bars. Walking the aisles of your favorite nutrition outlet, it’s easy to …

This $35 Device is the Future of Computing

??CRYPTED<b><br>Editor’s Note:</b>For most of us, the wide world of technology is a wormhole of dubious trends with a side of jargon soup. If it’s not a …

The Best Running Gloves of Winter 2018

<i>Last Updated October, 2017: We’ve added new picks and insights. Prices and links have also been updated.</i><p>Editor’s Choice: SmartWool PhD Insulated …

North Face

Video: Ken Block Shreds LA in a Ludicrous 845-HP Mustang

Ever since we heard that Ken Block had rigged up a 1965 Mustang to send a nonsensical 845 horsepower to all four wheels, we’ve been eager to see it …

The Race to Save the World's Chocolate

A shortage of the beloved confection will soon be upon us, analysts say. Counteracting it could involve brand-new strains of cacao.<p>Blame climate change. Or pestilence. Or China's Westernizing taste in candy. Blame, perhaps, Ebola.<p>Regardless, the world is running out of chocolate. In 2013, the world …

Inconspicuous Consumption

While volunteering for the Peace Corps in Ukraine in 2010, I contracted a severe version of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Two years of painful, isolating treatment taught me the vital role social media may play in finally eradicating this disease.

Public Health

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

How the worst apple took over the United States, and continues to spread<p>At the supermarket near his home in central Virginia, Tom Burford likes to loiter by the display of Red Delicious. He waits until he spots a store manager. Then he picks up one of the glossy apples and, with a flourish, scrapes …

These Are the Screws You Should Be Using

Stop making things hard on yourself by building with drywall screws or other cheap fasteners.<p>Last weekend I was installing some 2 x 4 blocking for a bathroom cabinet, and I really struggled to drive the screws into the lumber. In fact, whenever I use drywall screws to build stuff, they break or …

Lawyers to right of them, lawyers to left of them

BRITAIN’S armed forces are used to being under attack. Scarcely a year has passed since the second world war when they have not been engaged in …

Human Rights

Introducing Carlos Nunez Photography [NSFW]

At Last, Scientists Unravel Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks

Weird Science<p>The first witnesses to an enduring natural mystery are an engineer, a biologist and a planetary scientist who met thanks to a remote weather station.<p>This odd group has captured the first video footage of Death Valley's sailing stones creeping across Racetrack Playa. For a century, …

Death Valley

American Absinthe: A Misunderstood Spirit Arrives Stateside

Over the last two and a half centuries, absinthe has divided opinions and earned quite the rap sheet. Accused of being addictive and psychedelic, the …