Zachary Martin

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11 tricks to make your Android run faster

It’s frustrating to drop several hundred dollars on a high-end smartphone only to find that the smooth and speedy performance you expected remains elusive. Mid-rangers and the budget end of the market are even more prone to stuttering and lag. There are various ways to speed up that Android …

Operating Systems

Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka – in pictures

Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has spent more than a decade creating his collection of moving optical illusions. Images: Caters News Agency

Never Get Your Headphones Tangled Again!

Watch this so-simple-it’s-brilliant trick<p>Bill Murray once tweeted, “How to tie the strongest knot ever: 1) Put some headphones in your pocket 2) Wait one minute.”<p>Actually, it was a fake Murray Twitter account. But the joke was so dead-on that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos cited it when he unveiled the …

The best way to completely wipe your Android device

The default data wipe tool in Android may not be enough to permanently eliminate personal data on your old device.<p>A study from security software vendor Avast has suggested that the factory reset option built into the Android operating system isn't effective in eradicating your personal data from …

Lost At Sea? Survive With These Tricks

A handy manual to prepare you for life's misadventures.<p>Jose Salvador Alvarenga was fishing off the coast of Mexico in late 2012 when a powerful storm sent his boat adrift. Marshall Islanders found the battered vessel nearly 16 months later, stuck on a reef—with Alvarenga still alive inside. …

How to Parallel Park

With a little geometry and a few ground rules, you can snug into just about any spot. Or, you know, you could just pull the handbrake and rip off a J-turn.<p>Rules of thumb and experience help but we prefer repeatable experiments. And if you see this and laugh, you're probably not as good as you think …

Quantum Mechanics