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Chill a Coke in 2 minutes

Mythbusters TV show host Adam Savage drops science on how to make a warm can of Coke cold in under 2 minutes over on Ask MetaFilter.<p>That would be …

Rinse Bacon in Water Before Cooking to Reduce Shrinkage by 50 Percent

This sounds like a bizarre thing to do, but we're talking about less bacon shrinkage! Rinse your bacon before you cook it and you'll have longer …

How to Stop Giving a F*ck What People Think

We're all guilty. Every day from the moment we wake up, we live our lives caring what other people think of us.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> …

The Verge Store has been updated with a few surprises!

We've got some exciting news about The Verge Store!<p>Starting right now, a limited edition <i>Verge</i> t-shirt is available for $40. Only 50 of these shirts exist, so act fast if you really want one. Once they're gone, they're gone forever.<p>Also, <i>The Verge</i> sticker packs are back in stock.<p>And finally, starting …

Supposed iPhone 6 parts surface on Twitter, hint at a larger screen on the way (update: likely fake)

Lately it seems like Apple can't build anything without a few prototype cases leaking into public view, and now we're seeing pictures of what could be the next iPhone. Posted by a Twitter user earlier today and addressed to several Apple-focused websites, the "iPhone 6" shells look very close to …

Combat evolved: 'Titanfall' is the first real next-gen shooter

<i>Titanfall</i> could be the most important game in years. It’s Microsoft’s first Xbox One exclusive stab at the first-person shooter, the best-selling game genre there is. On March 11th, it could become the next <i>Halo</i>, the next <i>Gears of War</i>, at a time when neither of those beloved Microsoft franchises have …

Eight vintage Corvettes swallowed by 40-foot sinkhole inside National Corvette Museum

A sinkhole reportedly opened up inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY at around 5:44AM local time, swallowing eight vintage Corvettes that were on display. The sinkhole is reportedly about 40 feet wide and at least 25 feet deep. No one has been hurt.<p>The Bowling Green fire …

Deep freeze: how scientists are resurrecting magnet technology to cool refrigerators

Thanks to recent breakthroughs, the insides of our refrigerators could work very differently in the coming years. Scientists at GE are perfecting a method of transferring heat that uses magnets to achieve temperatures cold enough to freeze water.<p>The method is based off the magnetocaloric effect, …

Best Android apps: supercharge your phone with these top apps from Google Play

PreviousNext 1/44<p>Essential apps from Google Play<p>Google Play currently has the largest number of apps of any mobile app store, which is great asides …

Life is a video game, and this is how you win

Oliver Emberton has written a video game strategy guide for real life. It's mostly common sense: you need to eat, sleep, and manage your time wisely lest you regret it. But by recasting such wisdom for those familiar with video games, Emberton has managed to create a remarkably concise, sensical …

Dog sent packing after eating owner's $130,000 Aston Martin

When is Man's Best Friend not really Man's Best Friend? As a Somerset, England man found out, it's when she's taking a few bites out of your $130,000 Aston Martin. Royston Grimstead left his home one morning, only to return to find the wheel arch of his British convertible chewed to bits, courtesy …

Video demo of Sapphire-coated iPhone display leaves it unscratched by concrete

With increasing evidence that Apple plans to replace Gorilla Glass with sapphire to protect the screen of the iPhone 6, it’s interesting to watch a video demo of just how scratch-resistant the material is.<p>Screen protection company Aero-Gear scrapes a concrete block across the screen of an iPhone 5 …

5 iPad Apps for the Productive 21st Century Student

When I was at school, I struggled badly with random, un-filed bits of paper, leaky ink cartridges in my Parker Pen and terrible hand writing (as well as chronic laziness and an addiction to Cricket). I’m sure this approach to my organisation affected my school work. If I would have grown up in the …

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The government wants our cars to 'talk' to each other

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is throwing its weight behind vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems. After years of experimentation and a real-world trial in Ann Arbor, MI the government is (almost) ready to make peer-to-peer networking a required safety feature on all new cars. …

Apps to Get Your Kids Coding on the iPad Part 2

This is Part 2 of my rundown on <b>Coding with Your Kids on an iPad</b>. Part 1 highlighted iPad apps that teach younger children the concepts behind programming. The following apps take these concepts further and introduce different elements to learning how to code. These apps are suitable for children …

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Dwarf planet Ceres is spewing water into space

Scientists have speculated for decades that Ceres — the planet-like heavenly body embedded in our solar system's asteroid belt — might contain water, still considered a rarity in our solar system. They haven't been sure, though, until now: researchers at the European Space Agency and the …

'Horizon' Allows iPhone Users to Always Shoot Horizontal Video

A new videography app called <i>Horizon</i> uses the iPhone's gyroscope to automatically "level out" iPhone videos so they are always shot in landscape mode, avoiding the so-called vertical video problem.<p>By automatically rotating video so that it is always horizontal, the app ensures that video is always …

Apps to Get Your Kids Coding on the iPad Part 1

In the past, coding was a pretty niche affair, those of us with our Acorns, Spectrums and Commodore 64s experimenting with lines and lines of code. I remember as an 8 year old, spending ages typing out lines of code on my beige Acorn Electron to draw….a line on the screen. To add insult to injury …

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The visual effects in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' are almost perfectly seamless

Martin Scorsese's <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i> has already earned five Academy Award nominations for its depiction of the over-the-top lifestyle led by corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. However, a little attention ought to be paid to the seamless visual effects work that …

BYU image algorithm can recognize objects without any human help

Even the smartest object recognition systems tend to require at least some human input to be effective, even if it's just to get the ball rolling. Not a new system from Brigham Young University, however. A team led by Dah-Jye Lee has built a genetic algorithm that decides which features are …

Google Research project turns 64 years of music into a rock rainbow

Google has compiled the last 64 years of musical history in a large, rainbow-colored chart for both education and the hope that you might buy some of it on the company's store. Today Google's Research group put out a new project called Music Timeline that tracks the popularity of musical genres …

In Russia, old ladies don't take the bus... they push it

It wouldn't be uncommon in most cities, in most countries, to see an old lady taking the bus. But not in Russia. No, in Russia, old women push the bus... for two very Russian reasons: 1) The Russians never paid as much attention to building civilian transportation as they did to nuclear submarines …

New Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight geeks out with mad lumens

It's safe to say that, at least as far as automotive companies go, Audi's Sport Quattro Laserlight concept car is stealing the show here at CES in Las Vegas. The car's 700-horsepower hybrid powertrain and carbon-fiber bodywork mean that it would go like stink if it were ever allowed to turn a …

Sony announces cloud-based TV service with live TV, DVR, and video on demand

We were expecting Sony to launch something like PlayStation Now, which is cloud-based streaming for games. But Sony seems to have larger ambitions, launching a TV service that will provide live television, video on demand, and even DVR in the cloud. It will offer universal search "across live and …

Up close with Sony's futuristic Life Space UX projector

Sony unveiled Life Space UX, its wildly ambitious vision for future home displays, onstage at CES earlier today. In a tiny room in a tucked-away corner of their booth, we got a closer look at the interface — and we came away impressed.<p>Sony's demonstration was set in a mocked-up living room of the …

Samsung's ridiculously loud Giga speaker is kind of awesome

Two years ago Samsung introduced the GIGA, a speaker system designed to be used for impromptu parties, and now it's back with one you can roll with you down the street. The GIGA MX-HS8500, which is being shown off at CES, builds off the old model by adding wheels on the bottom and controls to the …

Blood money: PulseWallet lets you pay with your veins

“Spread your fingers.”<p>“Capturing...”<p>“Remove your hand.”<p>Just like that, a machine called PulseWallet scanned the veins in my right hand and charged my credit card.<p>PulseWallet, or palm scanners like it, might soon call your local Starbucks home and provide one more way to pay for your Pumpkin Spice …

Sony's A5000 mirrorless camera shows the future of NEX

NEX is dead — Sony is now using the Alpha brand for its line of E-mount mirrorless cameras. The first example of this was the ultra-cheap SLR-style A3000, and now at CES 2014 Sony is revealing the A5000, a mirrorless camera that follows in the footsteps of the NEX-3 series. That means it's all …

Google launches new Google+ auto-backup utility for Mac with latest Picasa update

The latest version of Picasa includes an additional bit of software called Google+ Auto Backup, as reported by <i>Google Operating System</i>. The new software can be used to automatically backup photos and videos from user-selected directories to your Google+ account. Interestingly, the app has nothing to …

NSA can hack WiFi devices from eight miles away (video)

The NSA may have the ability to intercept data from around the world, but we now know that it has some impressive (and intimidating) equipment for snooping on nearby targets. Security guru Jacob Appelbaum told those at the Chaos Communications Congress this weekend that the NSA's big box of tools …