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Linus Torvalds runs one of the world's most important software projects from a tiny 'Zombie shuffling' desk

Linux is everywhere and it was the invention of the colorful, brilliant and sometimes controversial Linus Torvalds.<p>Linux is an open-source operating system, meaning anyone can use it for free and change it for their own needs. And more than 12,000 developers from more than 1,200 companies have not …

Linux

10 decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Valentine's Day from around the USA

Nothing says I love you quite like a homemade chocolate dessert. We asked the editors of Edible magazines across the country for their favorite Valentine’s Day chocolate dessert recipes. From rich, spicy hot chocolate to gluten-free ricotta brownies with cherries, these indulgent treats are sure to …

Dessert

GOOGLE'S $500 MILLION MAN: Meet The 'Weird' Guy Trying To Invent A New Computing Platform

When Abovitz first told his younger sister, Mindy, what he planned to do onstage that day in Sarasota, Florida, she didn't believe him.<p>TED, a global conference organization, hosts panels for people to share "Ideas Worth Spreading," and what he wanted to do sounded too wild.<p>"No," she needled him. …

Augmented Reality

The incredible (and incredibly expensive) world of high-end personal audio

Light-bending silicon strips are the key to super-fast computers

No, that's not a barcode you're looking at -- instead, it's the likely future of computing. Stanford University researchers have developed an optical link that uses silicon strips to bend light at right angles, which future processors will likely need to transmit data at super-fast speeds. The key, …

Paul McCartney launches free virtual-reality concert app

Watch ex-Beatle’s pyrotechnics-filled performance of Live and Let die in 360-degree 3D-stereoscopic experience with free app<p>Paul McCartney has become one of the first music stars to embrace virtual reality with a free new app with a 360-degree recording of his concert in Candlestick Park, San …

10 Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

It's topic that worries lots of people. Inc. columnist Jeff Haden recently pointed out "30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad,"which readers shared more than 75,000 times on social networks. Here are 10 more to add to the list.<p>These are not words. "Regardless" and "thaw" are …

Language

Hackers Have Figured Out A Major Security Flaw In USB Sticks

Wired reports that the "BadUSB" vulnerability, first developed by security researchers, has been released online. This means that hackers can now start using it to infect computers.<p>The "good" news is that vulnerability only comes from one USB manufacturer, Phison of Taiwan. The bad news is that …

Spying

With 45,000 Pre-Orders, The New Oculus Rift Will Start Arriving Around July 14th

Back in March, the second generation of Oculus’ work-in-progress virtual reality headset went up for pre-order for $350. No one knew exactly when the new headset would actually <i>ship</i>, outside of a target window of “sometime in July”.<p>Word on the Oculus fan forums was that the company would announce …

Try bending your mind around this Google Cube music video

An interactive music video created in partnership with electro duo The Presets<p>There are different sides to everything, including indie band The Presets' new single, "No Fun." The music video for the song is housed in Google Creative Labs' Cube, a widget capable of running multiple videos and audio …

Facebook's awkward mood experiment under investigation in the UK

Facebook may have brushed off the furor over a psychological experiment that influenced what users saw in their feeds, but UK regulators definitely haven't. According to the <i>Financial Times</i>, Britain's Information Commissioner and the Irish Data Protection office (Facebook's EU base is in Ireland) …

What is Songza, and why is Google buying it for a rumoured $39m?

The latest streaming music acquisition could bring contextual playlists to Google Play and YouTube alike<p>The latest company to be bought by Google is US-based streaming music service Songza, in a deal that the New York Times claims is worth more than $39m.<p>Songza hasn't launched outside the US and …

17 Videos That Show How The GoPro Camera Is Changing The Way We See The World

The GoPro camera has revolutionized the way that people capture the world around them.<p>The ultralight and portable device provides an easy way to record amazing, high-definition images, and has become the standard for many video producers as a cheap alternative to buying or renting expensive camera …

Drones

The 10 Fastest Street-Legal Cars On The Market

Since Ferrari's iconic F40 broke the 200 mile-per-hour barrier in the 1980s, speeds have only continued to escalate, with today's elite hypercars pushing ever closer to the magical 300 mph mark.<p>With that in mind, we thought it was time to take a look at the fastest cars you can drive home from a …

Sports Cars

Follow Airbnb's journey from scrappy startup to $10B company (video)

After Airbnb raised its latest funding megaround, the company attained a massive $10 billion valuation. But the home-sharing startup faced plenty of obstacles on its path to success, as a new video and infographic from Funders and Founders remind us.<p>Airbnb still has plenty of challenges ahead of …

5 Easy Tips for Visual Branding on Social Media

Over the past few years, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have introduced a series of design changes that have increased the ability to personalize the look of of account pages.<p>To help your brand from getting lost in the clutter, it’s important to stand out visually as …

Here's How Apple Can Take Its Iconic Headphones To The Next Level

Apple said it's sold north of 600 million earbuds in a 12-year span — that's 1.2 billion tiny speakers — but despite a few design modifications made two years ago in the conversion of earbuds to EarPods, the design of Apple's headphones has gone largely untouched.<p>That needs to change. Apple has …

Consumer Tech

How to Remove Scratches From Your Phone

Image: Mashable, Isar Chang<p>Whether it's from the car keys in your pocket or an accidental drop, our phones are bound to be victims of scratches and …

The 10 best GoPro accessories in 2017

First sold in 2004 as a waterproof 25mm film camera for shooting action sports, the GoPro has gone on to become the world’s best-selling action …

Tiny Wireless Earbuds Could Be Damn Near Invisible When In Use

Two tiny, cylindrical earbuds that could be great–if you don’t lose them.<p>Earin, currently attracting tons of money on Kickstarter, is a tiny wireless earbud product that’s a bit different from anything currently on the market–and by doing things so differently, it might be the first pair of …

Consumer Tech

This is what a $22,000 Android phone feels like

With Vertu finally offering an up-to-date luxury phone, we naturally had to check out the Signature Touch up close and personal. After all, it's not everyday that one gets to play with a $21,900 phone for free (though you can do so at any Vertu boutique, as long as you're nicely dressed). For those …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

Learning

Google launches a tool for testing your ISP's YouTube performance

At one point or another, everyone has been subject to the dreaded buffering wheel when trying to watch a video on YouTube or Netflix. If your …

15-Minute Morning Workout Routine | The Art of Manliness

Adrian Peter Schmidt was born in the Alsace-Lorraine region of what is now France in 1872. His genetics and circumstances did not point to a future …

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say | Inc.com

While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, …

Public Speaking

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …