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Confused About Blockchains? Here’s What You Need to Know

A blockchain is a relatively new kind of database that has become <i>the</i> trendy solution for storing digital information more securely. The International Data Corporation recently forecast that companies and governments will spend $2.1 billion on blockchains in 2018, more than double what was spent …

Blockchain

So what is a VPN, and why should you care?

Security and privacy on the Internet is a big issue these days. We keep a lot of personal information on our phones and computers after all. If privacy is important to you, we really recommend considering a Virtual Private Network (VPN). But what is a VPN exactly? Good question.<p><i>Read Next:</i> How to …

Information Systems

How to set up and customize Google Assistant

While Google Assistant made its official debut with Allo, it wasn't until the release of the Pixel that we've seen more of what Google has in store …

“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.<p>“For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on <i>top</i> of it,” Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in …

The Mission to Decentralize the Internet

In the nineteen-seventies, the Internet was a small, decentralized collective of computers. The personal-computer revolution that followed built upon that foundation, stoking optimism encapsulated by John Perry Barlow’s 1996 manifesto “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.” Barlow …

We Found Your Next Houseplant Obsession & It's Called Kokedama

Imagine a variety of your favorite houseplants encompassed in moss balls, floating midair in your space. Pothos, ferns, philodendrons, herbs, and …

Houseplants

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24 hidden Android settings you should know about

Master your Android phone.<p>Android phones come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but within, they all run the same basic operating system. That Android code includes settings that let you tailor your smartphone to your needs. In this guide, we collected 24 lesser-known customizations for you to …

Apps

28 of the best WhatsApp tips and tricks: Bookmark, quote, italicise, encrypt and more

Learn how to adding italics, keep your messages private, solve WhatsApp problems and much, much more<p>Assign notification tones to groups<p>You can set …

Monet: A Brilliant Perspective

<i>Claude Monet changed the way people see the world -even when he could no longer see it himself.</i><p>As the sun rose over Giverny, France, a gardener …

Art

How to Increase Employee Follow-Through by 80%

It's time to rethink the stick-and-carrot mentality when motivating others. Providing your team with the tools to create the life they deserve could be more effective.<p><i>Matt Granados is an</i> <i>Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)</i> <i>member in Atlanta, an author, speaker and</i> <i>founder of</i> Life Pulse Inc, <i>a company</i> …

The Minimalist's Strength Workout

Like most athletes who would rather be outdoors running, riding, swimming, or hiking, I don’t set aside much time for the gym. Yet I fully realize the importance of building general strength and mobility—not just to support my outdoor activities, but also for everyday health and fitness. I’d like …

Plant-inspired soft robot grows to reach difficult places

It can expand 25,000 times its original size and lift 150 pounds.<p>Robots often imitate life. We are used to bots mimicking humans, and animals, but there is plenty of life beyond the constraints of legged bodies that can inspire useful machines. Researchers at the University of California, Santa …

Robotics

How to stay safe on public Wi-Fi

5 tips for roaming without fear.<p>Whether it's your local bar, a city-wide access scheme, or hotspots from your phone carrier, public Wi-Fi networks continue to proliferate. Especially in urban areas, you're more and more likely to find a high-speed network you can connect to when you're away from …

Information Systems

Gene therapy: What personalized medicine means for you

This is the future of medicine. There is no turning back.<p>Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli<p>Once we understand how genes are being turned on and off, we'll be able to better predict which treatments will work.<p>Fergus Chan

The Best Ways to Learn to Code for Free

New skills at no cost.<p>The web and our phones are playing an increasingly vital part in our lives, and that isn't going to stop any time soon. That means we're more and more at the mercy of the people who design and code on these platforms.<p>If you want to be a creator rather than a consumer of apps …

Enjoy a glorious rainbow of incredible bug photographs

Nature comes in all colors<p>Flowers are fantastic, rainbows are ravishing, but bugs are often neglected as being creepy and crawly, when in reality they're remarkably colorful. Enjoy scrolling through a rainbow of bugs.<p>This <i>Chlamisine chrysomelid</i> looks like it crawled out of red hot lava and just kept …

Costa Rica

6 quick tricks for doing more with Google Maps

Get from A to B much faster<p>Since its February 2005 launch, Google Maps has grown to become one of the most useful apps on the web and on mobile. In fact, it has transformed the way we travel so thoroughly that it's hard to imagine getting around without some sort of map app in hand. As …

Maps

How to free up space on your smartphone

Simple tricks to avoid running out of room<p>You pull out your phone to snap a spontaneous photo...and get an error message because you have no space for the image. Running out of room on your phone—with no memory left for photos or videos, new apps, or data for your existing apps—can be a disaster. …

Apps

Take better smartphone photos with these simple tips and tricks

Lights, smartphone camera, action<p>By now we're all familiar with the basics of smartphone photography: You pull out your phone and push a button. But if you really plan to preserve those memories for posterity, then you'll want your phone snaps to look their best. So up your phone photo game with …

Mobile Photography

BBC Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Daniel Dennett on the evolution of the human brain

Daniel Dennett has never been one to swallow accepted wisdom undigested. As a student he happily sought to undermine the work of his supervisor, Willard Quine. Only one of the most respected figures in 20th century philosophy, a thinker eminent enough to appear on US postage stamps. Later in …

Eight charts that show 2016 wasn't as bad as you think

Deaths in conflict have fallen (slightly), emissions have not risen for a third year and fewer people are dying from disease<p>2016 is likely to be remembered as an annus horribilis for so many reasons that it’s tempting to think everything is doomed.<p>But things are not always as they seem. There are …

List of cognitive biases

Cognitive biases are systematic patterns of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment, and are often studied in psychology and behavioral …

Vietnamese pickled vegetables for banh mi

These add an awesome crunch to the Vietnamese sandwich. You can also serve them with steamed rice, grilled meat, or in a salad.<p>MAKES<p>One 300ml jar<p>INGREDIENTS<p>250g carrots, peeled and cut into fine matchsticks<br>• 250g daikon radish, peeled and cut into fine matchsticks<br>• 3 tsp sea salt<br>• 125ml rice wine …

These may be the nerdiest yet chicest shoes, ever

LONDON — We already know that in fashion, it's all about the revenge of the nerds. And to further this notion, shoe designer and proud geek, Nicholas …

Kristina’s Favorite Chocolate Cake

I have written here on the column before about my family and shared some of our recipes, and even some of my own recipes — and I’m excited to do that …

What you may not know about sleep

The secrets of sleep are only now coming to light. William Park surveys some of the more intriguing facts researchers have learnt about the world of slumber.<p>The science of sleep can be fuzzy and confusing at times. Researchers are still not sure what our brains are up to, why we dream, or what …

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode.<p>Although the language of thinking is deliberate—<i>let me think, I have to do some thinking</i>—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; …

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