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Now you can build your own DIY smartphone using Raspberry Pi

Walking into a store or going online to buy a smartphone is, like, so totally 2014. Why not just build your own?<p>Developer Tyler Spadgenske has been tinkering away at a basic DIY smartphone that runs on Raspberry Pi for more than a year now, and he’s posted an updated set of directions over at …

Write is My New Favorite Text Editor for Drafting Articles

When I joined The Next Web full-time nearly six months ago, I was looking for ways to streamline my workflow — writing up articles, in particular.<p>I tried out a ton of Windows apps to help me compose posts, but nothing to seemed to fit the bill. I previously used a combination of a little-known …

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

Intel’s voice recognition will blow Siri out of the water—because it doesn’t use the cloud

There’s a problem with today’s voice recognition systems: They’re just too slow. Anyone who has waited in frustration while Siri or Google’s Voice Search “thinks” about even the simplest commands knows what I’m talking about.<p>The problem isn’t voice recognition software per se, which is more …

Wearable Tech

Google to buy artificial intelligence company DeepMind

(Reuters) - Google Inc said on Sunday it had agreed to acquire privately held artificial intelligence company DeepMind Technologies Ltd.<p>A Google logo is seen at the entrance to the company's offices in Toronto September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren<p>Technology news website Re/code, which reported …

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

Literature

Was Nelson Mandela the pinnacle of human psychology?

Within a matter of hours, the death of Nelson Mandela attracted tributes ranging from the trite and prepackaged to the heartfelt and memorable. His achievements in the face of adversity notwithstanding, psychology will remember him for a less mainstream reason. Like a select few before him, Mandela …

Nova Centauri 2013 Now visible to the unaided eye (southern hemisphere) Copyright: Yuri Beletski

The intricate flow of Comet Lovejoy’s tail

Astronomers used the Subaru Telescope to capture this image of Comet Lovejoy’s tail on December 3, 2013. This comet is now visible in earthly …

Astronomy

All 159 WTO Members Have Agreed on Something, for the First Time Ever

Eighteen years ago, the formation of the World Trade Organization was a hopeful sign that the global effort to increase trade, and the benefits that …

Soldier Andrew Garthwaite moves bionic arm by thoughts

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/regions/north_east/1035000/1035641_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532623966_d2f2952e71fde16e6944b86df70ae168<p><b>A soldier injured in battle said he is determined to make a success of his new life with a bionic arm he can control with his thoughts.</b><p>Cpl …

Assistive Technology

Cancer trial drug eliminates advanced leukaemia in 23% of patients

A cancer drug in a Melbourne-led trial eliminated advanced leukaemia in almost a quarter of patients who had run out of options, researchers say.<p>They say the cancer was cleared in 23 per cent of patients and a further 61 per cent achieved partial remission, despite having endured an average of four …

Injected liquid turns into a gel to rebuild bones

A material that is liquid at room temperature but that turns into a gel once injected into the body could help repair damaged bones in the skull and …

NASA Unveils Valkyrie, Its Humanoid Rescue Robot [Video]

The space agency shows off its entry in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.<p>The Boston Dynamics-built ATLAS is the rescue robot prototype that gets all the attention, but now NASA is getting in on the action, unveiling Valkyrie, a 6-foot 2-inch, 275-pound rescue robot. The 'bot, an entrant in the DARPA …

Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists

Australian scientists grow world's first kidney from stem cells in a breakthrough that could alleviate the demand for organ transplants<p>Scientists in <b>Australia</b> have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.<p>The …

Ambassador Kennedy: A star is born

Caroline Kennedy is a long way from Syracuse.<p>The soft-spoken presidential scion, who four years ago this month toured upstate New York in a short and ill-fated bid for the U.S. Senate, has swept with force into her newest public role as President Barack Obama’s ambassador in Japan. And if the …

Hubble Spots Water Plumes on Europa

The geysers could make it easier to search for life under the ice.<p><b>Geysers spew water from the tiger-striped south pole of Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa, suggest observations from NASA's Hubble space telescope.</b><p><b>If the existence of the plumes can be confirmed, they will perhaps allow future space</b> …

10 money-making ideas for 2014

Slide 1 of 12<p>After a stellar year for stocks in the U.S. and other developed markets, what can investors expect in 2014?<p>If the Federal Reserve’s …

Stock Markets

Step Into the Void Above the French Alps

High up in the French Alps, on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak, sits a new five-sided glass structure called the Chamonix Skywalk. The installation was inspired by the Grand Canyon's glass skywalk, but it takes the concept to the next level. Instead of looking out over a …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

Every so often — and it isn't often, because while I'm always looking, always hoping, it's so rare to find — but this week it happened. A friend sent me an email that said, "You've got to check out this video."<p>I did. And what I saw was somebody doing something new in the world, something deeply …

Sell Your Product Before It Exists

There’s crowdfunding and then there’s crowdfunding. While most startups who set up pages on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or a host of other crowdfunding sites are looking to hit a specific goal and then get started making their project a reality, a new crop of businesses are using the platform for as a …

Avoid a Hectic Holiday With These 10 Ways to Zap Stress

<i>This is a feature that appeared in our December issue. For more stories like this, subscribe to</i> InStyle <i>now</i>.<p>It takes a lot of hard work to make the …

10 Movies You Should Have Seen in 2013

Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures<p>There is nothing better than sitting back and having a marathon in your own living room over the holidays. As the year winds down, the list of must-sees piles up. We selected the best of the year's releases to appease every taste whether you prefer sci-fi …

11 Style Lessons Whitney Houston Has Taught Me

In honor of what would have been her birthday.<p>I remember the very moment that I found out that Whitney Houston had died. New York Fashion Week was in full swing, and I had just returned home from the tents at Lincoln Center when CNN reported the breaking news. My Twitter feed went from being …

The Trickiest Questions Apple Will Ask In A Job Interview

While every tech company asks programmers technical questions to see if they're fit for a job, Apple makes a point to follow up each response with "but how would you optimize that/make it better?"<p>And then there are the questions that really throw you off.<p>Via Glassdoor's Interview Questions and …

Employment

The Recipes That'll Help You Get More Blue Cheese In Your Life

Blue cheese is understandably polarizing. It's strong, stinky and to the uninitiated, can be visually off-putting. If you haven't taken your chances with blue cheese yet, you're selling yourself short. Whether it's Roquefort, Gorgonzola or Stilton, blue cheese is like a beautiful, deep well of …

Internet Explorer zero-day exploit targets nuclear weapons researchers (Updated)

"Watering hole" attack targets workers browsing federal government website.<p>Attackers exploited a previously unknown and currently unpatched security …