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Samsung's more daring phone designs: a visual history

With Samsung poised to reveal its latest take(s) on the smartphone in a matter of hours, we thought it was as good a time as any to take a look back. The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are rumored to be on tap for tomorrow's festivities, two devices that would continue the company's affinity for …

Top 5: The Best Wi-Fi Routers

<b>Chart:</b> Having a house or office full of the latest, most bleeding-edge computing, mobile and tablet hardware is awesome, but it's all for nought if …

Wi-Fi

Google Maps shows what it knows about everywhere you've (ever) been

Google's Location History feature keeps track of the places your mobile device has been (if you opt-in and turn it on) and now you can look back through that data with "Your Timeline." Rolling out on the desktop and Android versions of Google Maps, its gives you an easy-to-navigate look at your …

This amazing new antenna could stretch phone battery life, but nobody’s using it

The antenna in your phone is more than just a lazy strip of metal.<p>As Apple’s infamous Antennagate fiasco taught us, snatching radio waves out of thin …

Antenna

12 Sneaky Ways to Hide Household Eyesores

Camouflage your home's ugly (but necessary) spots.<p>Camouflage your home's ugly (but necessary) spots.

6 Simple Ways to Kill Fruit Flies

Take back your fruit bowl with these DIY strategies.<p>You're not alone in your love of seasonal produce: Pesky fruit flies always seem to find their way to your farmer's market haul before you even get a chance to fully enjoy it. Tired of them taking over? First toss anything overripe, and then try …

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

National Parks

Wi-Fi security software chokes on network names, opens potential hole for hackers

A bug has just been announced in an open source program called wpa_supplicant.<p>Many of us use this program on a regular basis, often without even …

Cybersecurity

Samsung And Sprint 'Try Harder' With Galaxy S6 And Improved Network

For five decades, Avis used the advertising slogan “We Try Harder” to promote how the car rental company went out of its way to compete with the industry leader.<p>The slogan was retired in 2012 but maybe Avis should consider turning it over to Samsung and Sprint.<p><b>Great strides</b><p>In the United States …

Mobile

Wi-Fi software security bug could leave Android, Windows, Linux open to attack | Ars Technica

Crafted P2P SSID names could potentially be used to crash or execute code on targets.<p>In an e-mail today to the Open Source Software Security …

Create a wireless network from any outlet on your electrical system

Our kitchen is a Wifi deadspot. I've tried using wireless extenders, but I think my walls have chicken wire in them, turning every room into a …

Wi-Fi

Build Your Own Cloud! Hard Drives Get a Second Life

Getting the convenience of the cloud with the value of external hard drives<p>My life has become a series of low-storage warnings.<p>My laptop scolds me that it’s out of free space; my smartphone refuses to let me take another photo. It’s 2015, and where are all the darn terabytes I was promised?<p>Right at …

Second Life

Marshawn Lynch hasn't said if he'll return, Seattle Seahawks GM says

The big off-season question for the Seattle Seahawks' faithful is whether star running back Marshawn Lynch is planning to return next season.<p>During an appearance on KIRO-AM in Seattle on Tuesday, Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said he still doesn't know what Lynch's plans may be, and said …

5 Ways MIT Is Reinventing Your Power Cord

Inspired by a water hose, MIT’s Tangible Media Group has come up with a way to make cords and cables part of your gadget’s UI.<p>Bending your lamp cord to turn off the light? Pinching your headphone cable to mute your music? A new project out of MIT is looking to change the way you look at cords by …

Engineering

Hotel Wi-Fi may not be the most secure way to surf

Forget the hotel Wi-Fi. Now that the Federal Communications Commission is cracking down on hotels and other businesses trying to force you to use …

Marriott International

Browse Anonymously with a DIY Raspberry Pi VPN/TOR Router

Surf the Internet securely with your very own portable WiFi VPN/TOR router. You can configure a Raspberry Pi with Linux and some extra software to connect to a VPN server of your choice. The VPN connection encrypts your internet traffic so that hackers and spies can’t figure out what web sites you …

Raspberry Pi

'Cyborg' spinal implant could help paralysed walk again

It might seem like science fiction but a new implant which attaches directly to the spine could help paralysed people walk again<p>Paralysed patients have been given new hope of recovery after rats with severe spinal injuries walked again through a ‘groundbreaking’ new cyborg-style implant.<p>In …

5 Pecan Pie-Perfect Bourbons

No other liquid goes better with pecan pie than bourbon, as verified by five whiskey geniuses from top whiskey bars across the country. Here, their …

How People Eat Eggs Around the World

Ever looked at a raw egg yolk and thought, "How on Earth did people realize they could eat these things?"<p>Well, eggs have been human dietary staples since prehistory. The most common egg we eat today, the chicken egg, is thought to have come from birds our ancestors domesticated from wild jungle …

Eggs

12 Things You Didn't Know About Taco Bell

By: Kristin Hunt<p>Back in the early 1950s, Glen Bell was just a dude who wanted to make people tacos. Today, he's left us an empire of snarkily-labeled hot sauces that is always there when we need it most. An achievement like that deserves its due, which is why we rounded up Taco Bell's most …

Taco Bell

Some mornings we would wake up to the smell of burning hair and the roar of a blowtorch. Our Hungarian friends would be processing a pig—this meant a feast was coming.

There can be no substitutes.<p><b>During my childhood in the 1980s in rural Michigan,</b> margarine ruled the pantry of our house. My stepfather's doctor told him to watch his cholesterol by eliminating almost all fat, especially saturated, from his diet. Our refrigerator quickly filled with plastic buckets …

Processed Food

Believe It: 17 Thanksgiving Classics Made in a Slow Cooker

Your kitchen has limited real estate, and the price is high when holidays roll around. Every Thanksgiving, we hear the same complaint: There’s not …

How to escape your phone contract without paying a dime

Are you desperate to get a new phone or switch your service, but reluctant to do so because you know you’ll get slammed with a big, fat early …

T-Mobile

New Motorola 'Moto X' Stands Out as Best Smart Phone Today

As 2014 comes to a close and the holiday season approaches, the terms “revolutionary” and “innovative” have been dished out like candy on Hall-o-ween …

Mobile Technology

New Project Ara rival promises a modular phone with a focus on security

Project Ara isn't the only modular phone to look forward to anymore: it now has a fledgling rival in Vsenn, a startup co-founded by a former Nokia Android X program manager... at least according to its website. The project's so new, all its details can fit in a splash page at this point, though it …

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication Between Humans

Telepathy is the stuff of science fiction. But what if the dystopian futurists were on to something? What if our brains could directly interact with each other, bypassing the need for language? The idea isn't quite so far fetched, according to a recent University of Washington study in which …

Pumpkin geometry: stunning shadow sculptures that illuminate an ancient mathematical technique

Like a Halloween pumpkin, the hollow sphere casts a dramatic shadow across the room.<p>The curved lines on the spherical shell magically produce a grid of perfect squares. It would make for an amazing lampshade, or maybe even a disco ball.<p>The light sculpture is also a very cool reinterpretation of …