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Staff Picks: Best Cars of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

What was once a relatively small-potatoes event on the international auto show circuit now plays host to a number of major debuts, and we were on the scene at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show to comprehensively cover all the new sheetmetal. This year, a wide array of concept and production vehicles …

Plex for Chromecast: new clues hint at imminent launch

One of the most-requested features for Google’s (S GOOG) Chromecast streaming stick has been support for local file playback, and it looks like …

Samsung Galaxy S5 potentially spotted in benchmark results, reveals monster specs

The Galaxy S5 rumors have started swirling, though so far there has been little mentioned in the way of specs. But new benchmark results posted on …

Eggnog Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas and Vanilla Bean Brown Butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. I used a 10×7 dish, but an 8×8, 9×9, round cake pan or another size close …

Samsung Galaxy S5 coming sooner than later, says report

The latest round of rumors has the presumed successor to Samsung's Galaxy S4, a more powerful Galaxy S5, sporting unicorn-esque specs, perhaps some new flexible materials, and craziest of all: launching as little as 10 months after the Galaxy S4 was introduced.<p>A Korean site reports that "industry …

Combination of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Leads to Record-Setting Day for Instagram

Well, our question from last week as to Thanksgiving social media etiquette appears to have been answered in resounding fashion, as the holiday saw the most traffic for Instagram of all time. (On a day when not a single wedding in upstate New York was taking place, at that!) In its blog post …

Riomaggiore, Italy Is The Most Beautiful Place In The World Right Now

You've heard of the Cinque Terre, those five Italian fishing villages that tourists often hike through one at a time. The one that starts the chain is called Riomaggiore, and if it were up to us, we might stop there and never continue to the rest.<p>There are many reasons to love Riomaggiore. Firstly, …

Paul Walker: His Off-Screen Passions

HIS DAUGHTER MEADOW<p>“I think my mom said it best,” Paul Walker told <i>PARADE</i> in 2009. “She said, ‘Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts.'” The actor …

The 3 Problems With the 'Vegas Strip' Craze

Everyone needs to calm down about this new "discovery"<p><b>The "Vegas Strip"</b> has gotten no small amount of attention lately, which I find odd. The new cut is being promoted as the savior of the beef industry, a "cash cow" (haw haw) that will transform the face of American meat-eating. I don't get it. …

Galaxy Note 3 to come in red and white gold in January (renders)

Samsung spearheaded the practice of offering flagship devices in multiple colors, carefully timing the release of new models to generate buzz throughout the lifetime of the device.<p>The Note 3 is no exception – Samsung is currently offering the S Pen-enabled device in the classic black and white …

LG G2 KitKat update to hit Canada in late March 2014

It’s not the news you probably wanted to hear, Canadian LG G2 users, but slightly bad news is better than no news when it comes to Android updates.<p>A representative of LG Canada told <i>Mobile Syrup</i> that the Android 4.4 upgrade will hit the G2 at the end of Q1 2014, which means late March. If everything …

LG G Flex to launch in other markets in early December, report says

LG has issued a press invite for an LG G Flex-related Hong Kong press event for early December, prompting speculation from the media that the company will launch the handset in additional market next month.<p>Chinese online publication <i>3G.cn</i> says that the Hong Kong event will take place on December 3, …

Black Friday Android smartphone deals roundup — (Updated)

Looking to pick up a deal on a smartphone this Black Friday weekend? There’s certainly a lot of offers out there right now both through retailers and even from the big carriers. How do you know you are getting the best deal possible? Don’t worry, <i>Android Authority</i> has your back!<p>We have created this …

Mobile

SMS-based DOS attack can cause Nexus devices to reboot or lose data connection

Security researcher Bogdan Alecu discovered a vulnerability that exposes Nexus devices to denial-of-service attacks based on a special type of SMS.<p>As first reported by <i>PC World</i>, the attack is based on Flash SMS, also known as Class 0 SMS, which is a type of short message that appears directly on the …

Android News

Samsung announces Merlot Red and Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 versions (update)

<i>Update</i>: Samsung officially unveiled the two new color versions, called Merlot Red and Rose Gold White and Rose Gold Black. The new models will hit China first, with more markets set to receive it based on demand.<p>The rumors were on to something – yesterday we heard that Samsung is preparing two new …

Galaxy Note

Nvidia Shield on sale for $249 with free case and shipping, ends 12/2

It’s Black Friday and that means U.S. customers can find sales on just about anything under the sun, both in-store and via the web. Not wanting to be left out, Nvidia has joined the Black Friday madness by slashing down the Nvidia Shield to just $249.99 ($50 off). If that’s not enough value for …

Moto G now up for pre-order via Amazon for those in the U.S., ships December 4th

Earlier this week Motorola surprised U.S. consumers by announcing that the Moto G would be arriving about a month early, with shipping starting on December 2nd. As for those looking to get the handset somewhere outside of Motorola’s online store, Amazon has now officially put the handset up for …

Sony Xperia Z1 : Accessories buying guide

Sony has stepped up its game over the past year, with its latest offering, the Xperia Z1, one of the contenders for the title of best Android smartphone of 2013. With its great camera, large battery, understated UI overlay, and beautiful design, the strengths of the Xperia Z1 definitely eclipse its …

Gear & Gadgets

Moto G root already available

Despite being available only in some markets, the affordable Moto G has already been rooted, allowing users to further customize their Android experience on Motorola’s newest handset.<p>The Moto G root has been made available by <i>MoDaCo</i>’s Paul O’Brien, and the procedure is available to anybody …

Even the HTC HD2 runs Android 4.4 KitKat

Remember the late-2009 Windows Mobile 6.5-running HTC HTD? Of course you do, since modders have used it to run a variety of mobile operating systems on it including Android. And now, the four-year old handset does KitKat as well.<p>As you can see in the video above, the HTC HD2 runs Android 4.4, which …

Rumor: Galaxy Grand Lite (GT-I9060) coming at MWC 2014

Samsung is rumored to launch a new Galaxy Grand family member at MWC 2014 – in addition to the Galaxy Grand and the Galaxy Grand 2 – the so-called Galaxy Grand Lite (model number GT-I9060).<p><i>Sam Mobile</i> has apparently received information from one of its insiders that the Galaxy Grand Lite is …

Phones

Best honeymoon destinations for 2014

This is the time to shoot for the moon: travel further, stay longer, eat more and bring home a lifetime’s worth of romantic memories.<p>Hot air balloons take off in the early morning light over Göreme town in Cappadocia. Image by Christopher Pillitz / The Image Bank / Getty Images.<p>Cappadocia, …

Hot Springs

Tools

It spits out pits fast and clean, without Dexter-like cherry juice splatter.<p>By Alex Beggs<p>You don’t need the goofy, purpose-built grill tools they’re always hawking at the...<p>By Amiel Stanek<p>When I have no idea what I'm going to eat for dinner, I steam.<p>By Christina Chaey<p>From a knife made of meteorites …

The best wines for Christmas 2013

We've unearthed the very best reds, whites and ports to get you through December and into 2014 - and hand-picked a perfect Christmas case<p>There are 24 drinking days until Christmas begins and – happily – 12 more before it ends. Below is my pick of the best and the best value wines to make the most …

Chicken & leek pot pies

Individual shortcrust pastry pies with chicken in a cheese, leek and chive sauce. Comfort food at its best.<p>Ingredients<p>25g butter<br>• 3 leeks, washed and …

BEHOLD: Sugar thumbprint cookies made with sea buckthorn sourced from @fredrikberselius of @askanyc.