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Waterproof Tech for a Day at the Beach or Pool

Tech and water usually don’t mix. But if you’re heading to the beach or pool this summer, there’s no need to unplug completely. From the Samsung …

An Early Uber Investor Says The Company Could Be Worth A Lot More Than $17 Billion

Last month, NYU finance professor Aswath Damodaran's wrote a post saying Uber isn't worth $17 billion. His basic premise was that the global market for taxi and car services would have to be three times his estimate — about $300 billion — in order to justify that valuation.<p>Gurley, however, says …

Curated Food Delivery Startup Caviar In Talks To Be Acquired By Square For $100 Million

Curated food delivery startup Caviar is in talks to be acquired by Square in a deal that could be worth at least $100 million, according to several sources. While we’ve heard the deal is slated to take place over the next couple of weeks, these things could always fall apart.<p>Caviar is one of many …

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Your body’s amazing reaction to water

<i>Featured image: Photo of freediver Hanli Prinsloo by Annelie Pompe.</i><p>Writer James Nestor explores the science of the “mammalian dive reflex,” the …

How language can affect the way we think

Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?) might be an economist, but he wants to talk about language. For …

7 Rookie Mistakes of First-Time Cruisers

Make sure your suitcases are shallow enough (or soft enough) to stash under the bed.<p><i>Photo by Fuse / Thinkstock</i><p>If you’re new to cruising, don’t fall prey to these potential pitfalls. Here are the top seven mistakes cruise newbies make and how to avoid them for smooth sailing, from the minute you …

Coupons.com Surging More Than 90% In Stock Market Debut

Investors hoping to grab a discount on shares of Coupons.com may have missed their chance: shares of the coupon site have popped more than 90% and still rising on the company’s very first day on the market. Those who snapped up shares during Coupons.com’s pre-IPO roadshow, on the other hand, are …

Big Money for Mobile Crowdsourced Transit App Moovit, With Sequoia Leading $28M Round

The notion that public transportation is a large and growing global opportunity for a tech company might seem a bit of a strange one. But, as Moovit …

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2013

We cover a ton of DIY projects here on Lifehacker and they're easy to miss or forget about unless you're working on a project right then and there. …

It’s Almost Impossible To Make Bad Music With This App

The Synthetica app lets you make damn good electronica on your phone, thanks to stellar interaction design.<p>I find a lot of “interactive music apps” intimidating, because while they may have clever interfaces, the limiting factor on their output is always my own complete lack of musical intuition. I …

Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

AT&T, T-Mobile Bring More Chaos To Phone Plans But Should You Care?

T-Mobile’s reign of chaos over the mobile phone industry seems to have no end. Although the carrier itself is only launching a single new plan that few here will likely find very interesting (more on that in a bit), its self-proclaimed “un-carrier” approach is apparently causing fits over at AT&T. …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

A Killer In Your Fridge ~ Sweet Poison…A MUST READ

In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major …

The Rise Of Bitcoin: Is It A Solution Or Menace?

She got her first taker in mid-November. She hopes it's the dawn of more demand. But Ms. Sotelo says she is also a little worried because, frankly, she doesn't fully understand Bitcoin yet.<p>"I used the phone app and pushed the right buttons, but I'm a little freaked out," Sotelo says after the …

Cryptocurrency

Primo Is An Arduino Robot That Teaches Kids Programming Logic Through Play

[protected-iframe id=”ae8c946f599326f689633dd0b4ee0152-24588526-39990176″ info=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1039674461/primo-teaching-programming-logic-to-children-age-4/widget/video.html” width=”640″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”]<p>Dan Shapiro’s Robot Turtles board game …

How to Make Dorito Bread. Because You'll Want To

"The inspiration behind this preposterous recipe was the desire to create something juxtaposing man’s most basic sustenance, made with the ancient tradition of a wild yeast starter-with an ingredient most modern, heavily processed, and addictive: the Dorito," says Andy Rapoport, proprietor of …

Baking

Walmart to launch Black Friday sales earlier

As the holiday shopping season kicks off, Walmart is the latest major retailer to announce an even earlier launch to annual Black Friday weekend sales — beginning at dinnertime Thanksgiving evening.<p>Following a slew of similar announcements from stores including Target, Best Buy and Macy's, Walmart …

The killer voice feature Google Now needs next

Using the Nexus 5's touch-free audio controls to instigate search is cool. But there's even more Google can do to turn up the volume on voice.<p>One of the Nexus 5 smartphone's best new features is the always-listening, touchless control over Google Now, the name by which the platform's personal …

Android News

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Sprint CEO calls net neutrality 'a hard concept to get my head around'

Today, Sprint held a series of events to tout the capabilities of its just-announced "Spark" network, which enables cellular data speeds of up to 60Mbps — and by the end of 2015 CEO Dan Hesse says he hopes consumer devices could achieve speeds as high at 150Mbps. If Sprint can pull it off it would …

Furniture Building Tips: How to Remove Dents and Holes in Wood Using Steam

Furniture builders who distress wood have their own sets of tricks. We've seen bike chains, bottlecaps, and even beloved, uniquely-shaped rocks all …

Android 4.4 KitKat Targets Google’s Next Billion Users, Adds Pervasive Search & Improves Google Now

Today Google announced details of its long-awaited Android 4.4 KitKat operating system for the first time, going beyond just the candy bar branding. KitKat is designed around three major tentpoles, Google told TechCrunch, including reaching the next billion (it previously announced 1 billion …

How one guy's $24 investment in bitcoins turned into an $886,000 payday

Bitcoins are the digital, peer-to-peer currency now accepted as payment in bars from Berlin to London and many other stores. They were first introduced in 2008.<p>A year later, Norwegian engineer Kristoffer Koch bought about $24 worth on a whim.<p>For years, Koch's bitcoins sat forgotten in his online …

Amazon's top reviewers get free products in exchange for write-ups

Amazon's customer reviews aren't all put together by thoughtful buyers: as it turns out, Amazon has a program that sends free products to some of its top-ranked reviewers in exchange for a write-up. The program is called Amazon Vine, and though it's been running since 2007, a new NPR report is …

AppSeed turns your sketches into functioning app prototypes

<b>Kickstarter project AppSeed allows you to photograph your sketches on paper or a whiteboard and turn them into a functioning prototype of your app.</b><p>In …

Prototypes

RoboCoin’s Bitcoin ATM lets you buy Bitcoin with cash, makes virtual currency ‘grandma friendly’

Does your grandma buy and sell Bitcoin?<p>Probably not, but in the future, she may, with the new RoboCoin ATM machine, launching today, that allows anyone to buy the virtual currency BitCoin with actual dollar bills, right on the street corner.<p>At least, that’s RoboCoin CEO Jordan Kelley’s …