Michael S. Pratt

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5 can't-miss apps: Scannable, Adobe Lightroom and more

Adobe Lightroom<p>Qork<p>Timeline - News in Context<p>'Words on Tour'<p>Evernote Scannable<p>Between Google describing new plans for its modular smartphones and the …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

How to hack your taste buds

Why does toothpaste give orange juice a weird aftertaste? It’s one of many surprisingly easy ways to trick your tongue – and your brain – into experiencing strange flavours, says Veronique Greenwood. What's going on?<p>Your tongue is not a blank slate. What you've just eaten can change the flavour of …

27 Jaw Dropping Works Of Street Art So Big They Will Never Fit In A Gallery

Sydney-based artist Fintan Magee is redefining street art.

Google Play Music adds the ability to upload songs directly from your browser

One of the great things about Google Play Music is the ability to upload your existing music collection for easy access from the cloud. Unfortunately, getting your music library uploaded from your PC to the web can actually be a bit of a chore since you first need to download the Music Manager app …

Google Play

ZTE Nubia X6 has a 6.44-inch display, also features 13MP front and back cams

The act of taking self-portrait photos using your front-facing camera and then uploading them to the web is a practice that’s pretty common everywhere in the globe, but there’s little denying that China in particular seems to be a big fan of selfies. That’s probably why most of the phones coming …

Mobile Technology

Note 3 Android 4.4 update starts rolling out to AT&T

After first touching down to Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile, an Android 4.4 update is finally making its way to the Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T’s network!<p>Just like what we’ve seen from the Galaxy Note 3 update from other networks, there’s really not a lot new here outside of all the new KitKat features …

Microsoft Office for Android is now free

Microsoft just made Office Mobile for Android free for home use. The app itself, available on Android since July of 2013, was always free, but it previously required a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 suite of cloud-based productivity tools. Now Microsoft waived that requirement, bringing its …

Android 4.4.2 update rolling out for Sprint One Max

Earlier this week, HTC unveiled its all-new HTC One (M8), bringing a slightly redesigned look, improved specs and enhanced software. While the M8 is a major jump forward for HTC, the good news is that they haven’t forgotten about the HTC One (M7) and its brothers, the Mini and Max.<p>Just yesterday, …

Android News

ZTE Grand S II may ship with a whopping 4GB of RAM

When it comes to packing in crazy specs into their devices, ZTE seems to be on a roll. Earlier this week we learned of the Nubia X6, a handset with a 6.44-inch display and 13MP shooters on both the front and back. Now it seems that ZTE may be preparing to release the ZTE Grand S II with a whopping …

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! We had some great news in the world of Android apps this week. First and foremost, HTC has joined Motorola in putting their proprietary apps in the Play Store for easy updating. Microsoft Office is now free on Android. Spotify is slashing prices, but only for …

Samsung introduces “Smart Bulb” lights that last 10 years and communicates with your Android devices

Earlier this week LG announced their new Smart Lamp light bulbs, designed for easy control from a mobile device. It seems that Samsung thought it would be a bright idea to follow with their own light bulb announcement this week as well <i>(sorry… couldn’t resist)</i>.<p>Simply called the “Smart Bulb”, …

Home Automation

Will companies like Oppo and OnePlus bring back the ‘wow’ factor to the smartphone market?

In the last month we’ve seen the introduction of next-gen Android flagships from well-known Android manufacturers Sony, Samsung and HTC. Although all three devices offer solid specs and several other features that set them apart from their predecessors, we can’t help but feel that the “WOW” factor …

Mobile

How I Android - At the Gym!

Newsbeat review

Newsbeat is a new app that is really truly different. It’s a news aggregator like your standard news app or RSS app but instead of just delivering news for you to read, Newsbeat will read you the news. If you’re like me and read articles pretty much all day, being able to listen to it for once …

Apps

Opera Max Android App Review

CyanogenMod 11S leak shows brand new lockscreen coming on the OnePlus One

There was a steady trickle of details about the OnePlus One over the past few months, most of them coming from OnePlus itself. The young company has been teasing its upcoming device relentlessly, at it even took a few well-aimed swipes at competitors.<p>Today, for a change, we have a leak coming from …

Android News

Gain root on your HTC One (M8) thanks to WeakSauce

The all new HTC One (M8) has been up for pre-sales for a week, which has proven enough time to make a successful rooting tool. The tool is called WeakSauce, it will root your Verizon HTC One (M8) and was developed by jcase and beaups over on the XDA Developers forums.<p>WeakSauce is an installable apk …

Three Simple Ways To Create Customers For Life

You’ve heard it a thousand times: Happy customers translate into repeat business. For small businesses, truer words were never spoken. So why do some business owners view customer service as an unnecessary cost, believing in the adage that “a great product should speak for itself”?<p>“Many companies …

The World’s Largest Urban Farm Is Coming To Washington

The 100,000-square-foot greenhouse is being built by BrightFarms, a company that has also turned supermarket roofs into urban farms. The new …

Latin America: how climate change will wipe out coffee crops – and farmers

Climate change,Coffee,Nicaragua,Honduras,Americas,Environment,Oxfam,World news,Life and style,Food,Food & drink,Food & drink industry,Food security,Environmental sustainability,Global development<p>Rising temperatures resulting from climate change are fuelling the growth of rust, a disease ravaging …

How to Make Money by Blogging on LinkedIn

An entrepreneur reveals how he generated leads and revenue with his LinkedIn blog and show how you can do the same.<p>16 million.<p>That's how many people viewed my blog content on LinkedIn last year. Those 16 million page views led to 300,000 followers, thousands of sales leads and books sold and more …

Marketing

Best Buy Cities: Where to Invest In Housing In 2014

Buying a home can be a great investment, as investors gobbling up properties over the last few years–when prices and mortgage rates were at the bottom–well know. Now, with homes prices and rates ticking steadily back up, investors are backing away from the market, leaving more room for the rest of …