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10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. The NSA has closed down its mass surveillance program.</b> After Edward Snowden's revelations about US government spying, laws were passed to curtail the spy agency's powers.<p><b>2. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and more are launching a new organization to invest in renewable technologies,</b> …

Cards Against Humanity

Banzai: The 9 Best Japanese Whiskeys To Drink

Yoichi 10 Year Old<p>Just as it might come as a surprise to many that Japanese whiskies are among the best in the world, it might also shock some to …

Follow these 3 simple steps if you want to sniff whiskey like a pro

How long do I sniff before I drink? How come all I smell is alcohol? Why is my nasal passage on fire?<p>The answer: I am (was) unschooled in the proper art of "nosing a whiskey."<p>Thankfully, it's not as complicated as it sounds. It's literally as easy as 1-2-3, or so I was taught by Ross Graham, master …

Scotch Whisky

The Holy History of Whiskey

Author Fenton Johnson's boyhood home in the Knobs of Kentucky, a group of hills that form a small arc in the north central part of the Bluegrass …

Stanford’s flexible aluminum-ion battery can fully charge in a little over one minute

The current Lithium-ion batteries we have in our smartphones today are slowly improving, but it seems as though these types of batteries just can’t keep up with what the rest of the tech world needs. Many other types of battery tech have surfaced over the years, but none have been as efficient or …

Clean Energy

Olive oil compound kills cancer in minutes

An ingredient in extra-virgin olive oil kills a variety of human cancer cells without harming healthy ones.<p>Scientists knew that oleocanthal killed …

SpaceX postpones rocket launch after radar glitch

Countdown is halted at the two-and-a-half-minute mark at Cape Canaveral, Florida<p>SpaceX was forced to postpone the launch of a deep space observatory after a last-minute glitch on Sunday evening.<p>Its rocket had been due to carry a $340 million sun-observing spacecraft initially conceived by Al Gore, …

The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The chances are you have never heard of—nor, until looking at this page, ever seen—John Bannister Goodenough. But you know his work. In fact, you almost certainly own some.<p>Consider the last six or seven decades of technological and scientific leaps: the polio vaccine, space rocketry, …

Clean Energy

Imgur Releases A Fast Video-To-GIF Converter

This embed is invalid<p>Here’s an embarrassing secret: Before today, I’d never made a GIF.<p>I mean, obviously I’ve <i>seen</i> them, laughed when they’ve been passed along, and made a note so that I could share them myself later. I’ve even searched for them once or twice on Giphy.<p>But deep down, I knew I was a …

Create GIFs with Imgur's new Web tool

If you a large portion of your Internet time looking at GIFs, then you may have looked for a decent GIF creator to make your own. However, many of the free options only let you upload pictures, don't allow any trimming or paste their watermark all over the finished product.<p>As an alternative, Imgur …

Animation Shows How SpaceX Will Reuse Its Rockets [Video]

Complete with a rockin' soundtrack<p>These days, space enthusiasts are keeping a watchful eye on SpaceX as it strives for a potentially revolutionary goal. The private spaceflight company is trying to figure out a way to reuse its Falcon 9 rockets by landing them safely after they have launched into …

Space Travel

22 tips, tricks and shortcuts for Android Lollipop

<b>1. Settings Search Bar</b><p>Settings now has its own dedicated search bar. While this may seem like a very minor addition, it’s actually a great timesaver when you know exactly what you’re after. For example, let’s say you want to change your network settings, but you don’t know where to look. Just head …

50 Best Whisky Brands You Need In Your Life

Contrary to popular belief, there’s a whole world of whiskey out there aside from the usual suspects pumped unrelentingly out of the distilleries of …

Best $30 - $40 Dollar Bourbons

-Company: Johnny Drum Distilling Company / Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (Willett)<p>-Distillery: Undisclosed<p>-Proof: 101<p>-Fair Price: $28-$35<p>While Johnny …

Whiskey

Samsung's all-metal Galaxy A5 and A3 are its slimmest smartphones ever

A unibody metal body, 5-inch AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, a claim as Samsung's "thinnest smartphone to date" and yet, this isn't a flagship smartphone. Especially for Halloween - or not related at all - the Galaxy A5 and A3 yet more smartphones from Samsung, measuring at 6.7mm and 6.9mm …

Fund this: Equil Smartpen 2 turns handwritten notes into digital ones

A recent study suggested that students who take notes on a laptop don't retain nearly as much information as those who take notes with a pen and paper. And whether you're a student or not, sometimes it's just easier (and preferable) to scribble -- especially when you're standing up.<p>For those …

If You Want To Be Rich, Don't Get An MBA

The first thing I am going to say about wealth is that many authors who write about prosperity and wealth make it clear: <i>A job will not make you rich.</i><p>If you want to be wealthy, at some moment of your life, you will have to create a source of income other than your salary. This is an evident and …

Bill Gates

New $199 Toshiba Windows tablet shows why Surface Mini isn’t needed

Toshiba is showing Microsoft(s msft) how to aggressively price a tablet. The company launched an 8-inch slate on Tuesday that has a quad-core Intel …