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Preload lets you watch videos even when you're offline

Commuting to work on the subway or bus where cell service is spotty? Just open up Preload, select a popular video, and tap play. That's it.<p>Preload simply works because it does all the heavy lifting when you're connected to WiFi, which is when the app pre-loads all your videos for offline viewing …

15 Pictures That Will Change The Way You See The World

A selection from the amazing finalists of the Smithsonian.com's 12th annual photo contest.

Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis

Last week drought in São Paulo was so bad, residents tried drilling through basement floors for groundwater. As reservoirs dry up across the world, a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. Rationing and a battle to control supplies will follow<p>Water is the driving force of all nature, …

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How WWI made wristwatches happen

In any case, the ladies’ wristwatch, often called a “bracelet watch”, a “montre bracelet”, or a “wristlet”, existed for at least a century, if not …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Samsung's Plan To Replace Android Has Hit A Snag, And Now Things Are Looking Bad For Next Year

After watching profits tumble this year due to increased competition from other Android phone makers, Samsung sits at an odd inflection point. It can pump out pricey, generic Android phones and watch cheaper phone manufacturers continue to eat its lunch, or it can start innovating in software and …

24 Movies You Probably Missed This Year, But Should Totally See

Just because these 2014 movies flew under the radar — and each grossed less than $10 million at the U.S. box office this year — that doesn't mean they aren't so very worth your time.<p>Playing Theresa D'Agostino in Seasons 3 and 4 of <i>The Wire</i> was a major break for Brandy Burre, the biggest role of her …

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Want To Work While Traveling The World For A Year? This Startup Might Be Able To Help

Remote Year says it will find you a job that lets you travel the world for a year. Is it too good to be true?<p>When 25-year-old Greg Caplan left his job at Groupon recently, he really wanted to spend some time traveling and working remotely, but ran into a few problems.<p>“I was able to find remote …

9 Holiday Champagne Tips from the World's Greatest Sommelier

No flutes allowed, FYI.<p><i>Aldo Sohm, the aptly named wine director of Le Bernardin, was the 2008 winner of the "Best Sommelier in the World" award given by the World Sommelier Association. He is the man—and as such, Eat Like a Man's official wine guru. What with New Year's Eve right around the corner,</i> …

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Flipkart files application to become public, raises USD 700 mn

Online marketplace Flipkart, on Saturday, said it had raised $700 million in fresh round of funding. The fresh round of funding brought five new …

RSS to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The head of India’s most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic reform agenda.<p>Mohan Bhagwat, chief of …

Minuum Keyboard receives 3.0 Update

Popular 3rd party resizable Android Keyboard Minuum is receiving an update to its features, bringing a new design along with some neat new …

Slate’s Favorite Smartphone Apps of 2014

Buying a smartphone and using only the built-in apps is like buying a Nintendo just to play <i>Super Mario Bros</i>. and <i>Duck Hunt</i>. You can do it, but you …

Mullah Radio, terrorist demagogue behind the savagery of Peshawar

Who is Mullah Fazlullah, the Taliban leader who ordered the killing of more than 100 pupils at a Pakistan school?<p>As Pakistanis united in revulsion at the massacre of 141 pupils and teachers at Peshawar’s Army Public School last week and the government began executing convicted terrorists in …

ISIL 'publicly executes' Syrian in Aleppo

SITE group posts video of killing of man accused of planting tracking devices for government air strikes.<p>The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group has publicly executed a Syrian it accused of planting tracking devices for deadly government air strikes, according to the SITE intelligence …

​Android 5.0 opens high-end raw photography option

For more than a decade, photographers using traditional cameras have been able to get higher image quality by "shooting raw." The new Android 5.0 brings that ability to mobile-phone photographers, with software support now arriving.<p>Raw photos come from a camera's image sensor before the camera …

A Closer Look at How Material Design Improves Multitasking

Despite the common refrain that multi-tasking means not doing anything well, it’s a critical function of mobile app performance. Users expect to be able to jump quickly between tasks, and can get frustrated if they have to wait for content to re-load when moving from one application to another.<p>With …

ISIS Executes 100 Foreign Fighters For Trying To Flee Syria

One hundred foreign fighters who joined the Islamic State group were killed for attempting to flee the extremist group’s headquarters in the Syrian …

How NASA ‘Emailed’ A Wrench Into Space

Normally, astronauts could have to wait up to several months for a specific tool to be delivered up to the ISS. But thanks to 3D printing, astronauts no longer need to wait.<p>In the first-ever case of "emailing" a tool into space to meet the needs of an astronaut, ISS commander Barry Wilmore was in …

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The 50 Most Unforgettable Photos Of 2014

And, as the old adage goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words."<p>We compiled the most unforgettable images from the past 12 months, captured by photographers from around the world.

Google Just Gave Photographers A Big Reason To Choose Android Over The iPhone

This means users will be able to see what photos look like before the phone's camera processes it and translates it to a JPEG file.<p>The ability to shoot in raw is common on high-end DSLR cameras, but it hasn't really been available for mobile phones until recently.<p>Nokia's Lumia 1520 and 1020, which …

25 Must-See Wedding Photos From 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we can confidently say that this has been an amazing year for wedding photography.<p>We've scoured wedding blogs, Pinterest and reached out to talented photographers across the country and around the world to compile the very best wedding photos of 2014. Below are 25 of our …

14 Most Creative Works Of Art Of 2014

Art is no longer only the domain of the professional artist. With the likes of Photoshop and Freshpaint allowing anyone the chance to make their …

A 24-Year-Old Executive Created An Alarming New Model For Online Jihadists

The account combined an insider's view of the dynamics within Syrian and Iraqi jihadist groups with apologetics for some of their worst atrocities, including the rape and enslavement of Yazidi women in Iraq.<p>But at times during Shami's remarkable 2-year-long Twitter career, it was an unclear if he …

Jane Austen in quotes: 30 tips for a successful life

Who needs modern self-help gurus when a 19th-century novelist had it all worked out? Fortify yourself for the first Jane Austen day with quotes from her novels – and let us know the ones we have missed<p>It’s no longer universally acknowledged that “a single man in possession of a good fortune must be …

From The Oval Office To The Great Wall Of China: A Look At The Best White House Photos Of 2014

Chief official White House photographer Pete Souza and his team follow President Barack Obama and the first family into the Oval Office and around the world, giving Americans a glimpse into the day to day life of our nation's leader.<p>Below, take a look at some of the best White House photos of …

A Sudden Blip Of Global Warming That Took Place 55 Million Years Ago Is A Terrifying Analog Of Today

However researchers have discovered another period, some 55m years ago, when massive volcanic eruptions pumped so much carbon into the atmosphere that the planet warmed at what geologists would think of as breakneck speed.<p>The good news is that most plants and animals survived the warm spell. The …