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Redesigned Google Play Store for Android revealed in leaked images

Android users may soon see a redesigned Google Play Store, judging by newly leaked screenshots of an unreleased update. It's not what we'd call a drastic overhaul, but Google seems to be transitioning away from its current overlay menu system in favor of a slide-out navigation drawer. The company …

Democracy 3 brings government to the people

As the U.S. Government grinds back into action today, the lesson is relearned that the D.C. power game is all about politicians prone to ethical flip-flopping, dodgy fund-raising, cynical media manipulation, venal posturing and base vote scrounging.<p>Very little of what politicians do is about actual …

Windows 8.1 now available to download

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update is now available to download. Windows 8 users will see a notification in the Windows Store with a prompt to upgrade to the new operating system. Microsoft has added a number of improvements with this update, including built-in Bing search, smart SkyDrive syncing, and …

GOP reeling after epic defeat

<b>(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Republicans are in a daze after losing on both the government shutdown and the debt ceiling<p>Elias Isquith<p>October 17, 2013 1:30pm (UTC)<p>With the government reopened, the debt ceiling lifted, and Obamacare mostly untouched, there's little doubt that the GOP has suffered one of …

David Grosso’s Defiance: Council Member Emerges as a Champion for D.C. Rights

Many took note of May­or Vin­cent Gray’s out­spoken ap­proach dur­ing the shut­down, when he did things like crash a Sen­ate press­er at the …

Winners and losers in the shutdown and debt ceiling battle

The word "brinksmanship". I've used it twice today already! A relatively new word to the English language, it was coined by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles in 1956 to describe the nuclear arms race between Russia and the United States. Already a $2-word, it's now cost the US economy $24bn. …

Washington's political chaos proves it's time for a de-Americanised world

<i>This article was published on the English-language website of the Chinese government's official news agency, Xinhua, on 13 October 2013, before the conclusion of a deal in Washington on the US government shutdown and debt ceiling:</i><p>As US politicians of both political parties are still shuffling back …

The Dark Side of the Debt Deal

The legislators who voted for destroying the American economy<p><b>Everyone is relieved by the fiscal deal</b> but let's not forget this little detail: a majority of one party in the House voted to destroy the American economy. Here they are, all 144 of them, maybe …

Why you can’t find a technical co-founder (Guest Post)

<i>This is a guest post by a friend of mine on email marketing. Elizabeth Yin is the CEO and a co-founder of LaunchBit, an ad network for email</i> …

The Parking Attendant Problem - What to do with all that free time

Watch me discuss the so-called “Parking Attendant Problem” on YouTube here:<p><i>Missed part one of this series where I discussed how you can identify your</i> …

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Intellectual Property

7 Ways You're Killing Your Tech

The first few days with a new piece of tech are filled with wonder and trepidation. You cradle your new phone like it's a newborn, you frantically …

A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses

Author: Joshua Davis. Joshua Davis Business<p>Date of Publication: 10.15.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>You can read a version of this story in …

Statup Seminar - Pat 1: Earn Money to Earn Money

Last week at the “Shutdown? StartUp!” free webinar, we talked about how you can identify your passions, pursue them as a startup business, and …

'Kung Fu Panda 3' to Begin Production in August

Now slated for a release in December 2015, the project will see one-third of its production done in China, said the managing director of a company …

Microsoft reverses course on Internet connection and used game policies of Xbox One

Microsoft has reversed its position on the always-on Internet connection and used game policies of the Xbox One in an updated post on its site today. A note at the top of the Xbox policy page notes that some details of the current Q&A page are inaccurate, and it has provided a new link to updated …

Reading poolside? Which do you choose: A tablet or an e-reader?

Smaller 7-inch tablets and apps, such as the Amazon Kindle app, have made it easy to turn your tablet into an e-reader. But is it ideal for summertime reading outdoors?<p>In this Ask Maggie, I offer some advice to a reader who wants to know if it's really necessary to own both an e-reader and a …

Best Buy offering 'free' iPhone 5 in its trade-in promotion

After Best Buy hosted an iPhone trade-in day earlier this month, the retailer has decided to do it again -- but this time, the deal will last for nine days.<p>The way the program works is that customers can bring in an iPhone 4S or 4 and trade it for a brand new<p>iPhone 5, according to USA Today. …

Best Tech to Prepare for Severe Weather

September is National Preparedness Month, and on my blog we’ll be taking a look at all the different ways you can leverage tech to stay safe and …

Must-have tech for families heading back to school

When the kids head back to school this fall, you want to be ready. And I don’t just mean that they’ve got cool new backpacks and killer sneakers to …

HLN: Upcoming mobile games to watch out for

Video games can already be addictive, but some mobile games are really taking it to the next level. On HLN, I explain how even though games like …

The Bathroom Reading Edition

April Rose checks out <i>Maxim</i>'s hot shoot with Taylor Momsen, as well as <i>Escape Plan</i> and <i>Pokemon X & Y</i>.<p>Latest Videos<p>Loading…<p>See More

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Obama Applauds Senate Deal On Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is pleased with the deal on the government shutdown and debt ceiling unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)<p>"The president applauds Leader Reid and …

Butthoven’s 5th Symphony, Aka How the 1% Twerk

In this video from 2012, professional burlesque dancer Michelle L’amour performs “Butthoven’s 5th Symphony,” a wonderfully cheeky performance that …

Anki Brings Videogames to Life With Robotic Toy Cars

Anki co-founder Hanns Tappeiner places two palm-sized toy cars onto a flat, rolled-out mat and gives them a little shove. They start zooming around …

Artificial Intelligence

Top NSA officials leaving spy agency

A U.S. intelligence official confirms that NSA director Army Gen. Keith Alexander and his top deputy, John "Chris" Inglis will be departing over the next six months, but said neither one is being "pushed out."<p>Reuters first reported the impending departures, noting that it will give President Obama …

That’s how you treat a bully!: Democrats win — and learn a huge lesson

<b>Harry Reid, Barack Obama (AP/Charles Dharapak)</b><p>GOP is finally surrendering. But it will try more extortion soon — and Democrats will have to stand just as strong<p>Joan Walsh<p>October 16, 2013 11:00pm (UTC)<p>The conventional wisdom seems to be that Democrats shouldn’t spike the football or dance in the end …

Done deal: Obama signs debt bill into law

<b>By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News</b><p>After weeks of stalemate that shuttered the government for 16 days and brought the nation within hours of a key deadline to renew its borrowing authority, the standoff is finally over.<p>President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to re-open the …

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

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