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Two Popular Board Games Are Heading To iOS

Two exciting sci-fi/fantasy board games, Eclipse and Talisman Prologue, have been transformed into iOS applications and submitted to the App Store. …

How Lego Makes Safe, Quality, Diverse and Irresistible Toys Everyone Wants: Part Two

This is my second post on the legendary Lego. Let’s take a look at what goes into making the Lego toys that every child (and adult) in the world finds irresistible. The data bears this out — the number of Lego bricks sold in 2012 would reach more than 18 times around the world, according to the …

10 Ways To Be Healthier In 10 Minutes Or Less

It seems like our favorite excuse: "There just aren't enough hours in the day." It gets us out of workouts, concocting nutritious homemade meals, sleeping enough.<p>But does health <i>have</i> to be a trade-off with time? A new study examined the time American adults spend on beneficial behavior and found …

Study Tracking Individual Ants Reveals They Change Jobs with Age

When you're young, your first job is to take care of other people and keep them fed. As you grow older, you feel like expanding your horizons. You …

The Lifespan of LEGO

More Things Tested<p>Painting the Realistic LEGO Cosplay Mask!<p>Adam Savage Incognito as a Bear at Comic-Con 2016!<p>Cutaway Millennium Falcon Model …

Inside Hasbro's Transformers Toy Design Studio

"Predaking" is a name that absolutely screams <i>Transformer</i>. If you're a kid, it's probably also a name that screams <i>awesome</i>. And seeing Predaking …

The Low Budget Camera Tech of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead

The remake of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead came out earlier this month to a big opening weekend at the box office and surprisingly good reviews. The box …

Tempo AI's smart iPhone calendar app now freely available

Tempo Smart Calendar, an iOS calendar app that tries to smartly incorporate relevant information about your day, was initially so popular that the company launched a reservation system to keep new users at bay. Now, though, the waitlist is no more, and you can freely download a copy of the app to …

NASA's Kepler mission finds the most Earth-like planets yet

Scientists have found what they believe are the two most Earth-like exoplanets yet, shedding new light on the possibility of life outside our solar system. In a press conference, NASA announced a series of discoveries from its Kepler probe program, revealing the existence of three planets that …

'Fish Out Of Water' is an insanely addictive game from the team behind 'Jetpack Joyride'

Where else can you get judged by a panel of crabs?<p>Skipping rocks doesn't seem particularly fun or exciting — it's an activity better suited for sad-movie montages than a game you can't put down. But as the Halfbrick developers behind <i>Jetpack Joyride</i> and <i>Fruit Ninja</i> searched for a worthy follow-up to …

Osito for iPhone: can this minimalist Google Now clone make a splash before the real thing?

There is no shortage of Google Now clones for iPhone, but none of them successfully emulate Google's concise and tasteful representation of data. Tempo focuses too much on being a "smart" calendar, cluttering your screen with email attachments related to your events, while Grokr soils results with …

Best New Apps: Sunrise

If it's not in my calendar, I have exactly zero chance of remembering to do something or be somewhere. The biggest problem with that is "my calendar" lives in so many different places now. I have a work calendar, and a personal calendar; sometimes I only get invited to things on Facebook. Not only …

40 years of icons: the evolution of the modern computer interface

Fifty years ago, the word “computer” had a very different meaning. Prior to World War II, the word referred not to machines, but to people (mostly women in order to save costs) hired as human calculators. During the war, military research spawned mechanical calculators, “computers” such as Colossus …

Talking heads: how a late-night hack turned into Facebook's next big thing

On a Wednesday almost one year ago, Facebook product designers Joey Flynn and Brandon Walkin decided to work from home. They discussed how frustrating it is that modern smartphones aren't designed with texting in mind, since that’s what we’re doing most of the time. It's impossible to multitask …

Pixar Used Moore's Law to Know When It Could Make Toy Story

What would Toy Story have looked like if it was made in 1980? A vision of Buzz and Woody generated in 1980s-caliber 3D graphics may come to mind as …