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How Not To Critique App Monetization Strategies

One of the Christmas season’s big mobile apps is rolling out today – and a notably weird review of Rovio’s “Angry Birds Go” in The Verge is a good example of how confused or misguided criticism of the app industry can be. The Verge admonished “Angry Birds Go” for adopting the single most effective …

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat for iPhone rejected by Apple

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat has spent the past two years blocking outsiders from reading private conversations, and now it's facing a block of its own trying to get onto Apple's App Store. Developer Nadim Kobeissi took to Twitter today to blast the iPhone and iPad maker for unjustly rejecting …

Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013

Out of the 81 books I read in 2013, I can honestly say that 10 books stand above the rest. I enjoyed so many well-written, top-notch novels and these are my absolute favorites.<p>I highly recommend each of the books below and hope you will love them as much as I have. They each added something new to …

HP and Microsoft in open conflict as they become 'outright competitors'

Hewlett Packard and Microsoft are changing "from partners to outright competitors," says HP CEO Meg Whitman, as the companies shift into the same hardware and service markets.<p>Her words came in a speech given before financial analysts in San Jose. Microsoft has made a number of recent decisions …

How Jeff Bezos Crushed Diapers.com So Amazon Could Buy Diapers.com

A day after the New York Times dropped an excerpt of a juicy upcoming book about Twitter, Bloomberg Businessweek has published an excerpt of …

eCommerce

8 Essential Fall Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make

Turn fall's bounty into ridiculously good dinners and treats with these apple—and pumpkin-centric recipes.<p>A New Way to Think of Butternut Squash<p>A …

Butternut

Google’s Moto X innovations are leaving Apple behind, says ABI Research

Apple’s latest iPhones may be selling well, but that’s not because they’re particularly innovative.<p>So argues ABI Research. The analyst says that Google’s Moto X is a more innovative device than Apple’s new iPhones, which it maintains “show only minor improvements over last year’s iPhone 5.”<p>ABI …

Disconnect Search, Built By Ex-Google And Ex-NSA Engineers, Lets You Use Google, Bing And Yahoo Without Tracking

Started as a side project by then-Googler Brian Kennish back in 2010 to cut out ad tracking during a person’s Facebook browsing session, Disconnect has gone on to raise funding (twice), to work on multiple browsers and sites, and create apps for specific users (e.g., kids), and take on more …

Gravity Reviewed by An Actual Rocket Scientist

<i>I reviewed Gravity last week and loved it, but of course the only thing *I* know about rockets is the red one that comes out when I jerk off my dog. It seemed pretty realistic to me, but then what the hell do I know? So I went ahead and asked a real-life former NASA contractor to see it and provide</i> …

BLU Studio 5.5 smartphone carries big screen, $179 off-contract price

Is that big-name giant smartphone way beyond your price range? No problem: BLU Products has just shipped the Studio 5.5, one of the more affordable large phones that we've seen in a while. The Android 4.2 device won't impress with its 854 x 480 resolution, quad-core MediaTek chip or 4GB of …

The Most Iconic Banksy Works Of All Time

Earlier this week Banksy revealed he would spend the month of October putting up art around New York City.<p>In honor of his NYC takeover, we're taking a look back at some of his most iconic works.

Streetwear

Hydrogen: The car fuel of the future?

<b>A small British firm is looking forward to a day in which we will take our cars to the garage and fill them with hydrogen.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessBattle for gadget accessory businessCould power plants of the future produce zero emissions?Make-It-Yourself: The rise of the …

Energy

The Next Reality TV Prize: A Trip To Space

The series, Space Race, is being developed for NBC.<p>Now that Bill Nye has been unfairly removed from the travesty of a television program <i>Dancing With the Stars</i>, there is a strange, science-y, reality TV show-shaped hole in my heart. But perhaps billionaire party-dude archetype Sir Richard Branson …

Classroom Etiquette for the College Man: How to Be A Gentleman Scholar | The Art of Manliness

“They attend classes but make no effort to learn anything.” -Alvarus Pelagius<p>College students often get a lot of flack these days — with seemingly …

Bled Island In Slovenia Is Your New Happy Place

This is Bled Island. It's the only naturally-occurring island in Slovenia, which is that country between Italy and Croatia.<p>Bled Island is sometimes called Fairytale Island, and it's probably going to be one of your new favorite places.<p>As you can see, there is a Baroque church on Bled Island.<p>People …

This A Cappella Cover Of Lorde's "Royals" Will Make Your Ears Happy

Nailed it.

Lorde

Microsoft's Spencer says the clever Xbone nickname will stick

Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer has weighed in on his personal stance towards the popular Xbone nickname for the Xbox One.<p>"At first, I guess the thing that bugged me the most is I didn't see it," said Spencer in an interview with GameSpot. "I'd been looking at the name for Xbox One for months, …

Snoop Dogg

MP3 Player Lives In Your Ear, Controlled With Your Teeth

It stores up to 24 songs with four hours of battery life for completely hands-free jamming.<p>Say goodbye to getting wrapped up in miles of cord connecting your MP3 player to your headphones as you listen to music. These little earphones, named Split, make up a completely wire-free music player in …

Headphones

FYI: What Would Happen If You Got Zapped By The Large Hadron Collider?

It would burn a hole through you—and then some.<p>The scientists at the LHC would like to make two things very clear. First, it's just a horrible idea to put any part of your body in front of the collider's two proton beams. Each beam comprises 320 trillion particles, so the total energy delivered is …

24 Iconic Celebrities Photographed During The 1970's

In the 1970's there was certainly a lot of new trends in fashion emerging, but when we look back on patterns, shirts, flares and haircuts some 40 …

It’s Official: Music Gets Louder Every Year

Every year since 1950, the average volume of a song has gotten louder. But things have really amped up in the last 20 years.<p>“The music kids listen to these days is just too dang loud!”<p>For the better part of 65 years now, this crotchety complaint has exploded in a cloud of dust from the gummy maws …

7 Reasons to Visit Hong Kong Now

Hong Kong has flourished for more than 150 years as a gateway between East and West. As one of the world’s most expensive, fast-paced, and elegant …

Chocolate Chip Cookie No Bake Cheesecake Parfaits

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Parfaits.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> September 20, 2013 101<p>It’s a BIG day.<p>A big birthday day that is. Someone in this house …

Google Is Far From Losing the War Over Social

Google’s social network, Google+, is more popular than Twitter. Every month, nearly 390 million people worldwide use the service to post messages, …

How to Avoid Wasting Money on The Wrong Makeup

We all know that finding the perfect complexion-flattering shade is the crux of every makeup shopping experience. I’m part redhead, which means my skin (depending on the season) fluctuates from freckly tan, to medium-fair, to ghostly white. You see my struggle here.<p>But even gals with enviable, even-toned skin share this dilemma. According to a recent London-based study, most women spend more than $100 a year on the wrong shades of makeup. That amount breaks down to about 6.2 products per woman …