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The Weirdest Ways That U.S. Cities Are Celebrating Earth Day

From group oyster-shell bagging to a naked bike ride, some Earth Day events are more colorful than the standard festivals and tree plantings.<p>When Earth Day began in 1970, the dire state of cities had a lot to do with it. Urban industrialism had literally become lethal: During a particularly warm …

San Francisco

FBI Concerned With New Default Encryption Settings in iOS and Android Devices

The FBI has been in talks with Apple and Google about the way the technology companies are marketing the privacy features in their smartphones, according to FBI Director James Comey (via <i>The Huffington Post</i>). Comey says that he is concerned that the two companies are "marketing something expressly …

Seagate Backup Plus/Slim portable drive review: A fast portable drive with massive storage space - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The fast and affordable Seagate Backup Plus/Slim has the highest capacity of any portable drive. The drive includes helpful backup software and a free two-year 200GB subscription to Microsoft OneDrive online storage.<p><b>The Bad</b> The two-year warranty is short and there's no security option to …

Gear & Gadgets

Allo’s low-cost iPhone bike mount adds a speaker (and safety) to your ride

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Cycling is a great exercise, but it’s certainly not the safest if you’re wearing headphones while biking on busy roads. Enter …

WhatsApp Gets Push-To-Talk Voice Messaging

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp is rolling out push-to-talk voice messaging today for all of its apps on the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android OS, Windows Phone and Nokia, the company’s co-founder and CEO Jan Koum told AllThingsD.<p>The update is expected to be available to all users within 24 hours.<p>“75% …

Shuttr, A Bluetooth Remote For Your iPhone Camera [Review]

<b>Shuttr</b> by Muku <b><br>Category:</b> Photography <b><br>Works With:</b>Anything with Bluetooth <b><br>Price:</b> $29<p>Possibly the most ridiculous omission from the iPhone’s camera app is a self-timer. If you want to take a selfie, or a group shot with you in it, or even a shake-free photo in low-light, then you’ll have to download a …

10-year-old saves family in errant car, credits Mario Kart

A heartwarming story out of Hugo, Colo., tells a tale of how a 10-year-old boy saved his great grandmother and brother's life after she passed out behind the wheel of their vehicle going 60 miles per hour. Where did his driving expertise come from? Mario Kart, naturally.<p>Denver NBC affiliate KUSA …

Mario Kart

Now We Know Why Googling 'Pressure Cookers' Gets a Visit from Cops

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same …

Dialogue: Easily Make, Receive, and Record Smartphone Calls From Your Mac!

- Aug 1, 2013<p>I use an iMac for my daily work, and keep a pair of studio headphones attached for listening to music, participating in conference …

NSA responds to XKeyscore leak: 'no analyst can operate freely'

The NSA has released a full statement in response to <i>The Guardian's</i> leak of more classified data coming out of the NSA. The subject at hand is a program called "XKeyscore," which is purported to be a centralized interface for NSA employees to access a wide array of data from email, browsing history, …

Google To Supply Free Wi-Fi Hotspots For All 7,000 U.S. Starbucks Locations

Google has just announced via a blog post that it will be offering free, faster Wi-Fi hotspots at all U.S. company-operated Starbucks locations, which will get up and running sometime within the next 18 months. Google says that its speeds should beat the existing hotspots at the coffee shops by at …

Google’s Chromecast Offers Another Way to Get Content From Mobile to TV

Google on Wednesday announced plans for Chromecast, which the company says is an easier way to get video and other content from a mobile device to a …

Yahoo Shuts Down Mail Classic, Forces Switch To New Version That Scans Your Emails To Target Ads

Starting the week of June 3rd, tomorrow, Yahoo is discontinuing Mail Classic. It’s requiring all Mail users to switch to the new version of Mail and accept a TOS/Privacy Policy update that lets it scan emails to “deliver product features, relevant advertising, and abuse protection”. You can opt out …