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Video will make up 75 percent of mobile traffic in five years

That’s up from just over half of all traffic now.<p>Three quarters of all mobile traffic will be used for video in 2023, according to a new report by telecommunications equipment company Ericsson. That’s up from just over half of all traffic today.<p>Not only will that be a bigger share but also a bigger …

Mobile

The World's Most Popular Museums, Mapped

When it comes to vacationing, some of us are meticulous planners, organizing every detail into a careful itinerary — from the best restaurants to …

Flight Deal: U.S. to Europe from $403 Round-Trip

Book it while it's hot.<p>Given the recent slew of summer and fall flight deals across the pond, frequent fliers might forget that airfare to Europe—especially this time of the year—is usually expensive (generally in the $900 round-trip range). But Iberia, American, British Airways, Finnair, and Air …

Flying

The complete list of 'OK, Google' commands

There's a lot you can tell your Android phone to do. Yes, even "take a selfie."<p>With Google Now, you can use voice commands to create reminders, get help with trivia questions, and, yes, even find out "what does the fox say?"<p>And, with the recent update from Google, the voice assistant's reponse will …

Apps

Uber's offering private jets for the rich kids of Cannes

It's already the hate-figure for taxi drivers, but now Uber wants to alienate the rest of the 99 percent. The smartphone-based cab service is launching UberJET, a private airline service that'll operate during the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival. Between May 12th and May 18th, users can book an …

Pebble's e-paper smartwatch now available on Amazon

Pebble's slowly been expanding the places you can buy its e-paper smartwatch, but today it's landed at the biggest retailer of them all. Ahead of the Thankgiving celebrations, the company took to Twitter to announce the availability of the Pebble at Amazon, where you'll now be able to buy black and …

Study Shows Playing Video Games Really Can Make Your Brain Bigger

Previous research on whether playing video games can make us smarter has been mixed, but a new study demonstrates a very tangible effect of playing …

Q&A: Is it better to start up alone, or with a team?

Starting up can be a lonely adventure. But some of the most successful startups today are founded by a team.<p>Aside from cases where there’s a pressing …

Jailed Pussy Riot Member Missing Following Prison Transfer

Nadya Tolokonnikova's relatives have had no contact with the jailed punk rocker for 10 days.<p>Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova has disappeared after being moved from a prison in Mordovia 10 days ago, her family said on Friday.<p>Tolokonnikova's father and husband said they last knew her …

How to understand “The battle for power on the internet”

I still remember the moment I first discovered the World Wide Web. It was in 1994 or 1995, at a row of desks that held the handful of computer terminals then available in the university library of the London School of Economics. On the Windows 3.1 desktop (so old there wasn’t even a Start button) I …

Privacy

Google Research shows off new way to 'virtually project' your smartphone onto any display

Google has long been fascinated by sharing content between screens: the new Chromecast dongle is focused on that functionality, as is older software like Chrome tab sync, the YouTube Leanback remote, and the Chrome to Phone extension. Now there's a new project out of the company's research arm that …

The Best Time to Post Tweets, Facebook Posts and More

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, and I figured it was high time I collected all the information we have about online communication into one place. I’ve collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email …

Strike Social Analyzes The Performance Of Your YouTube Videos For Free

A new startup called Strike Social says its tools give YouTube publishers a way to track how their content is performing on the video site and on social networks, and at a pretty compelling price — free.<p>The first big piece of the Strike Social product is a number, called the Strike Score, that …

Sworkit, the Exercise Generator for Busy People, Adds Custom Workouts

iOS/Android/Web: Previously mentioned Sworkit—the app that generates randomized exercise routines based on your timeframe of choice—just added custom …

This just in: Oldsters use Pinterest and Instagram more than teens do

Score one for the grownups! New data from the Pew Research Center shows that while teens dominate pretty much all the social networks in existence, adults still reign supreme on Instagram. And when it comes to Pinterest, adults <i>bury</i> the teenyboppers.<p>Get off my lawn! and other things people in my …

Roundup: 10 DIY Projects Using Plumbing Pipe

Usually we think of using a pipe for plumbing... but there are so many other ways to use this sturdy material that don't have anything to do with …

DIY

Google Play Adds Digital Textbooks For Rent And Purchase

Google today announced that its Play store now features digital textbooks from well-known publishers like Pearson, Wiley, Macmillian Higher Education, Random House, McGraw-Hill and Cengage Learning. The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, given that Google had announced this feature during its …

5 Tips to Make Your Dreams Come True | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

How badly do you want your dreams to come true? Dive deep into these 5 tips and let me know what you think, I’m here to help you.<p>Tip #1: Write It …

Motivation

In Kuwait, Instagram Accounts Are Big Business

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Jason Kottke dug up a few examples of "Kuwait's booming Instagram economy" and they're a fascinating …

15-year-old invents flashlight powered by body heat

Think about all the accomplishments you’ve attained in your life – things like getting a college degree, buying a first home, landing the perfect …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The 7 Habits Happy People DON'T Have

Your life is good. Just look at the “world news” section of any news site and you’ll know its true.<p><i>And yet, there is this undercurrent of discontent,</i> …

Happiness

Five Steps To Living A Fearless Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

There is no quick fix or magic pill to move yourself forward from a fearful life to a fearless life. Fear is a powerful glue and you have been stuck …