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Watch words: The terminology of timepieces explained

12-hour recorder<p>Also called a 12-hour register. A stopwatch or chronograph subdial to track 12-hour intervals.<p>24-hour time<p>Also called Military time. …

Watches

How to ghost your internet provider with a secret IP address

Two new projects just launched that could hinder internet-service providers’ ability to eavesdrop on their customers, helping internet users protect …

Information Security

How to buy glasses online and save hundreds of dollars

Sometimes we get so stuck in the old way of doing things, we don't bother to see if there's a better alternative.<p>Take eyeglasses. Old way: Go to your local optical shop, get an eye exam, choose frames and lenses, pay a small fortune (especially if you add options like Transitions and anti-glare …

Makita Portable Rugged Battery Coffee Machine

Makita the Japanese power tools manufacturer has this week unveiled a new rugged battery coffee machine it has created, designed to run from a power …

Gear & Gadgets

6 active volcanoes you can actually go and see up close

There is something deeply hypnotic about watching a fire blazing. Anybody with a fireplace, a wood stove, or a love of campfires knows what I’m …

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Jersey

Li'l electric bike pump pops into a pocket

When a cyclist has to change a high-pressure tire at the side of the road, pumping it back up using a compact hand pump can be quite the hassle. …

This is what the solar eclipse looked like from the moon

The great North American solar eclipse of Aug. 21 may be in the history books, but NASA has given us a chance to the see the event from a new perspective. The space agency released an image on Tuesday of the eclipse shadow falling on Earth as seen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which hangs …

Solar Eclipse

Youth prison deemed 'unsafe' less than two years after staff accused of physical abusing children

A youth prison that came under fire last year after allegations that staff had physically abused young offenders has been rated inadequate by …

This Outrageous Rotary Engine Has Never Been Used in a Production Car, Until Now

It's not just two twin-rotor engines welded together. It's way more complex, and way more awesome.<p>YouTuber Rob Dahm is building an outrageous FD Mazda RX-7 featuring a four-rotor Wankel engine. It's an engine layout that's never been used in a production car before—every factory rotary vehicle has …

Engineering

This Hovering DIY Tablet Holder is Crazy Easy to Make

Soon you could be in bed with a tablet hovering above you.<p>If you're getting ready to spend a weekend in bed avoiding relatives as much as possible, there's no need for you to watch Netflix uncomfortably. DaveHax created a simple tablet stand you could DIY in just a few hours.<p>All you need is …

Star

The LEGO Ultimate Millennium Falcon Set is Back For Star Wars Day With a Free BB-8<p>sales 05/04/2018 11:11 am<p>sales<p>Hot Topic’s Star Wars Day Lineup …

Star

Latest<p>New York Times Writer Regrets Spoiling 'Batman' Wedding Issue<p>Batman 7 hours ago<p>Batman<p>‘Fairy Tail’ Sequel Release Date Reportedly Revealed<p>Fairy …

The Walking Dead

Star

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Comics

How to find out everything Google knows about you

In exchange, you agree to share information about yourself that Google can share with advertisers so their ads are more effective. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to target parents.<p>Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. …

These 4K Videos of Japan Will Get You on the Next Plane to Tokyo

Ready your passports.<p>This YouTube channel, called TokyoStreetView, offers hours and hours of ultra HD videos of daily life in Japan. The word “Tokyo” …

30 places in Europe you must see in your lifetime

Watch this iPhone screen protector heal scratches within a second

The folks who came up with the self-healing iPhone case is now back with something a lot more impressive. Innerexile's earlier technology could repair light scratches within about half a minute (given the right temperature, that is), but the latest version can do the same within just a <i>second</i>! …

Quickly create a VPN with the Hotspot Shield browser extension

Can't watch Netflix from where you are located? Can't check in with your fantasy football team from behind your office's firewall? Can't use a public hotspot without worrying about your unencrypted data being seen by prying eyes?<p>A VPN can assuage these issues, but VPN software typically either …

Software

First to-scale Solar System model built in seven miles of desert

The universe, as Douglas Adams so memorably explained, is big. <i>Really</i> big.<p>But so are the things inside it -- even objects like the Solar System, which …

Space

Sony shows just how much camera it can cram in your pocket with 30x zoom HX90V, WX500

Claiming "world's smallest" honors, the new Cyber-shots are only 102mm wide but have 24-720mm lenses and one even has a pop-up viewfinder.<p>When Sony released the Cyber-shot HX50V in 2013, it was the world's smallest and lightest camera with a 30x zoom lens. Now, two years later, it's back with the …

All the World's Volcano Webcams

Never in the history of volcanology have so many volcanoes been monitored. We have the ability to sit and watch hundreds of volcanoes as they sleep, …

Fujifilm's X-A2 Camera Adds 'Selfie-Ready' LCD, New Lens

Anyone looking to invest in Fujifilm's new but growing X system of cameras and lenses has a slightly cheaper and slightly better starting option today than they did yesterday. The X-A2 brings some minor but welcome updates to 2013's X-A1, Fuji's cheapest interchangeable-lens camera. It has similar …

Fujifilm's New Compact Camera Is a Mirrorless Selfie Machine

The Fujifilm X-T1 was one of our favorite cameras of 2014. Now it has a compact cousin with a timeless look.<p>The Fujifilm X-A2 is a new mirrorless …

2014 High-End Mirrorless Camera Comparison Guide

In this guide we'll take a look at some of the key specifications and features of our pick of the best mirrorless cameras, in the hope that it will …

Cameras

How to Peruse Your (Creepy But Fascinating) Online History

There were bound to be some benefits to living in a Big Brother surveillance state.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

Surveillance

OK Go's long history of viral music videos

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17 Groan-Worthy, Pun-Filled Jokes Only A Dad Could Get Away With

To qualify as a dad joke, a joke must be:<p>1. Told by one's father<p>2. Lame<p>3. Groan-worthy<p>4. Pun-filled<p>5. Embarrassingly bad<p>6. Demonstrated during a wedding or 18th/21st birthday speech<p>After meeting said criteria, the possibilities really are endless. The joke can be delivered in spoken word, text …