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Project Ara video reminds us why we want a modular phone

Google sold most of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.9 billion earlier this year, but it kept one small part of the phone manufacturer. Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group had been working on Project Ara when it was incorporated by Google — an ambitious plan for a modular smartphone …

Make Smarter Eating Choices With GoBe, Monitor Tracks Your Calorie Intake an Burn (video)

<i>Disclaimer: GoBe was a fraudulent crowd funding campaign</i><p>If you’re looking to live a more healthy lifestyle or are looking to drop some weight, …

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (Verizon) Review

With the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 from Verizon Wireless, users have the largest tablet on the carrier. This device is not the largest tablet on …

ASUS PadFone X Phablet Specs Revealed by AT&T

AT&T has revealed the detailed hardware specs of <b>ASUS PadFone X</b> phablet. If you’re considering of the hybrid of smartphone and tablet, let’s go on …

ZTE's giant Nubia X6 has 13MP cameras on the front and back

If you believe that China gets all the good phones, this won't change your mind. ZTE's premium Nubia brand has just launched the X6, a handset-cum-tablet with a 6.44-inch, 1080p screen. As with Oppo's Find 7, ZTE lavished it with top-notch specs, including a Snapdragon 801 chip, 3GB max RAM, up to …

Samsung Targets The iPad, Surface And Kindle With New Galaxy Pro Tablet Ad

Samsung is never shy about throwing shade on its competitors, and a new ad for its Galaxy Pro series of tablets is no exception. The new video calls out not only Apple’s iPad, but also the Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle by name as it emphasizes the things its Android-powered, business-focused …

GarageBand for Mac Updated with MP3 Export, New Drummers, and More

Apple today updated GarageBand for Mac to version 10.0.2, bringing several improvements including the ability to export tracks in MP3 format and three new Drummer options in the $4.99 content pack.<p>What's New in Version 10.0.2- Improves stability and addresses a number of minor issues<br>- Adds the …

Samsung SM-T700 8.4 Inch Android Tablet Appears In Benchmarks

A new Samsung 8.4 inch tablet has turned up in the GFX Benchmarks, the device comes with the model number SM-T700, and the benchmarks have revealed …

7 Big Home-Buying Deal Breakers

Home Improvement

Decked Out: 6 Simple Backyard Upgrades

Transforming your backyard deck from dull to dreamy is easier—and less expensive—than you might think. Here are six add-on details that can enhance the overall look and usefulness of virtually any new or existing deck.<p>Transforming your backyard deck from dull to dreamy is easier—and less …

7 Ways to Stay Cool—and Save Money—This Summer

As temperatures soar in the summer, it's tempting to crank up the air conditioning. But while you cool off indoors, your bank account—and the environment—could be taking the heat. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average household spends $420 annually on cooling its home, and …

Where to Find Reclaimed Wood

Salvaged older wood can add warmth and character to your home—if you know where to look for it.<p>Salvaged older wood can add warmth and character to your home—if you know where to look for it.

15 Secrets to Cleaning Your Home in Half the Time

No need to block off a full day for cleaning.<p>No need to block off a full day for cleaning.

5 Ways to Keep Kitchen-Remodeling Costs Down

Embarking on a kitchen-remodeling project can be daunting. With all the elements—flooring, cabinets, appliances, countertops—you might find yourself getting overly protective with your checkbook.<p><b>There's no way around it</b>: Kitchen-remodeling projects don't come cheap. The national average cost for a …

The 10 Best Apps for DIYers

For today's do-it-yourselfer, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails.<p>For today's do-it-yourselfer, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails. We tested dozens of apps created to help you find lumber, get organized, …

7 Ways to Bring Solar Lighting to Your Home

Solar power has made some recent debuts at high-profile venues such as NFL stadiums and the Pentagon, but new technology is making it increasingly affordable, efficient, and accessible for the average homeowner looking to cut energy costs. If you're looking for solar solutions, here are a few …

What to Know Before You Build a Treehouse

There is something magical about the idea of being enveloped by nature. So when those with creative minds live near trees, they often soon start thinking about a treehouse.<p><b>Treehouses can be simple or wonderfully ornate</b>. Whether you yearn for a quiet retreat for yourself and other adults or want to …

Hollow-Wall Anchors: How to Hang a Picture With No Stud

There's never a stud when you need one. If you're looking for a clever solution to hang a picture or other fixture to drywall, try one of these.<p>There's never a stud when you need one. If you're looking for a clever solution to hang a picture or other fixture to drywall, try one of these.

9 Easy Ways to Add Storage Space

You don't need to renovate or remodel to solve the clutter problem in your home. You just need to try these smart storage solutions.<p>You don't need to renovate or remodel to solve the clutter problem in your home. You just need to try these smart storage solutions.

25 Great Tool Gifts for DIYers

Because tools always make a great gift.

Ditch the Keys: It's Time to Get a Smart Lock

Our guide to bringing your front door kicking and screaming into the 21st century.<p><b>The door lock is a marvelous marriage of</b> simplicity and complexity. Both its function (to restrict access to a building or room) and operation (insert key, twist key, open door) are simple. But it's the complex …

The Top 6 Digital Deadbolts

Ready to leave metal keys behind and move to a digital lock? Check out the contenders.<p>Ready to leave metal keys behind and move to a digital lock? Check out the contenders.

8 Simple Gadgets to Make Your Home Smarter

With these gadgets you'll be feeding your pets when you're not at home and discovering how much energy those old appliances are sucking.<p>With these gadgets you'll be feeding your pets when you're not at home and discovering how much energy those old appliances are sucking.

8 Quick Home Upgrades You'll Wish You Installed Sooner

It doesn't take a lot of money or time to make a big difference. Consider these simple home improvements, which you won't believe you ever lived without.<p>It doesn't take a lot of money or time to make a big difference. Consider these simple home improvements, which you won't believe you ever lived …

A Beginner's Guide to Wiring Your Home Office

Installing cable for home-office networks is relatively easy, but it has its pitfalls. Fortunately, most of these are easy to avoid.<p>Installing cable for home-office networks is relatively easy, but it has its pitfalls. Fortunately, most of these are easy to avoid.

10 Carpet-Cleaning Secrets From the Pros

Despite your best efforts at cleanliness, your carpet will eventually become the victim of drops, spills, accidents, and whatever's on the bottom of your shoes. Learn the secrets to keep carpets looking new.<p>Despite your best efforts at cleanliness, your carpet will eventually become the victim of …

EcoVent Will Give Every Room Its Own Temperature

Why should everyone in your home have to agree about where to set the thermostat?<p><b>Dipul Patel was just trying to save some</b> money for his wedding when he went around his house closing the heating vents. The problem came when he forgot to open them, accidentally leaving his poor mother to shiver …

4 Tips to Build Your Own Bar

Create the perfect DIY home bar that will make your backyard or basement the coolest in town.<p>You've put in the hard work to transform your dingy basement into a neighborhood drinking spot. But don't stop at just a counter and some bar stools. A few finishing touches will make your new cocktail …

4 Eco-Friendly Flooring Options

If you are thinking of ways to make your house a little greener, the answer might be right under your feet.<p>If you are thinking of ways to make your house a little greener, the answer might be right under your feet.

How to Install a Deadbolt

DIY a little home security.<p><b>Several steps to a full DIY home-security</b> system will stop intruders in their tracks. Fitting a deadbolt is just one of those steps—and it's one of the quickest, easiest, and cheapest DIY home-security projects you can do. With a few basic tools you can finish this …