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Fitbit to bring new useful features to its Fitbit and Fitstar apps

Fitbit is bringing some enhanced features to its apps – both the Fitbit app and the Fitstar Personal Trainer app – and you’ll be able to interact with other Fitbit users as well as access personally tailored insights.<p>Fitbit has been rather busy lately: a few months after the announcement of second …

Apps

To Rate How Smart Dogs Are, Humans Learn New Tricks

Pam Giordano thinks her dog is quite intelligent, and she has proof: Giorgio, an 11-year-old Havanese, has diplomas stating he has a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from Yale. The bumper sticker on Ms. Giordano’s car announces, “My dog made it to the Ivy League.”<p>The honors were bestowed on Giorgio …

So THAT'S What 'OK' Stands For

It's the "bae" of the 19th century.<p>”OK” may be one of the most commonly used words in America.<p>Want to grab a drink after work? <i>OK.</i> How are you feeling? <i>I’m OK.</i> Justin Bieber is the best singer of all time. <i>OK ...</i><p>But did you know that every time you throw “OK” around you’re using the 1840s slang …

Hands-on with the new Nvidia Shield TV (Update: on sale today)

<b>Update, January 16:</b> The Nvidia Shield TV 2017 is available for purchase from today. The regular 16 GB version costs $199, the same as its predecessor, while the larger pro version comes in at $299 with 500 GB of storage and will be available from January 30.<p>Buy/pre-order yours at the official …

Can These Apps Help Reduce Anxiety and Depression?

For someone dealing with depression or anxiety, regular visits with a mental health professional can often be the best solution. But in-person help …

Students Zap Their Brains For a Boost, For Better Or Worse

Last October, Matt Herich was listening to the news while he drove door to door delivering pizzas. A story came on the radio about a technology that sends an electric current through your brain to possibly make you better at some things — moving, remembering, learning. He was fascinated.<p>The …

The Brain

Motiv crams a fitness band’s worth of functionality into a ring

Here’s one of those devices I can’t wait to put through some real world testing. Motiv’s creators have made some pretty big claims for their tiny wearable – which are pretty impressive, if true, putting a new spin on the somewhat staid and oversaturated world of fitness tracking wearables.<p>For what …

Helen Keller's Radical Vision

<b>In 1919 Helen Keller (second from right) joined a union picket line outside a New York theater showing "Deliverance," a film about her life. In 1962, Patty Duke portrayed Keller in the film, "The Miracle Worker," costarring Ann Bancroft.</b><p>Today is Helen Keller Day, which commemorates her birth on …

This Mom's Powerful Selfie Proves There's No Shame in Taking Anxiety Medication

"Sometimes, folks, we just need help."<p>When Erin Jones, a mother of four, posted the above selfie to her blog's Facebook page on Sept. 2, she had no idea it would blow up. The photo, which shows Jones holding prescriptions for antidepressant and anxiety medications, has since prompted hundreds of …

How To Become A Genius

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you probably have an average IQ. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to increase your intelligence.<p>You probably think you’re pretty smart. Most people believe they’re smarter than the average American, according to a study from YouGov. Yet when it comes to IQ, …

How-To: Get the best iPhone trade-in price deal to help buy a new iPhone 6S

<b>Update:</b> In the year since we posted this, we’ve decided to seek out the best partner and do the trade ins ourselves. After doing a lot of research, we’ve decided to work with Myphonesunlimited who consistently offer the best prices for iPhones, iPads and other Apple, Windows and Android devices. Go …

Microsoft reportedly planning cheaper Surface tablets to compete against $329 iPad

A new survey today aims to show the most reputable companies in the eyes of customers in China. As noted by the South China Morning Post, The Reputation Institute today released its China RepTrak rankings, breaking down brand reputation in China…<p>expand full story<p>Apple’s trial with Samsung continued …

'Smart drug' taken by one in four students really does boost performance

Scientists say it is time to have an ethical debate about whether Modafinil should be 'condoned or condemned.'<p>A ‘smart drug’ taken by one in four students at Oxford University really does boost brain power and colleges need to consider whether it should be banned, scientists have said.<p>Modafinil is …

Your favorite pigeon-dating simulator hits PS4, Vita in July

<i>Hatoful Boyfriend</i>, the best game about a human dating birds in a creepy post-apocalyptic world, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita on July 21st. The PC version launched on Steam in September to critical acclaim and public bewilderment -- and then some public acclaim, too. <i>Hatoful Boyfriend</i> …

Birds

Interconnected rats' brains create organic computer

Scientists have been experimenting with brain-to-brain interfaces for years. Miguel Nicolelis, a neurobiologist at Duke University Medical Center, in particular, has been making strides with his research on the subject. His team recently created a "Brainet" or a network of interconnected brains …

Neurophilosophy

How to delete your Amazon browsing history

Amazon provides a relatively private shopping experience. Whether you're just price-checking on gifts for friends and family, or searching for items that you might be embarrassed to look at in public, you can do it all from your computer.<p>Unfortunately, looking up these items will add them to your …

eCommerce

Jewelbots Is A Friendship Bracelet That Teaches Girls How To Code

Jewelbots, a programmable friendship bracelet that debuted on Kickstarter last week, is on a mission to make coding popular among pre-teen girls.<p>Jewelbots surpassed its $30,000 crowdfunding goal in the first 19 hours. In the past five days, the campaign has pulled in over $70,000 from nearly 800 …

Egg-shaped 'ecocapsule' lets you live anywhere - CNN Style

Written by Kieron Monks, CNN<p>The sleek, egg-shaped capsule resembles a spaceship, complete with antennae and a layer of futuristic cells.<p>But the striking design from Slovakian group Nice Architects represents a creative effort to offer housing solutions for this planet. The 'Ecocapsule' is a mini …

How I escaped my family's anxiety trap

In her grandmother's day it was known as melancholia, and treated with electro-shock therapy. In her mother's it led to clinical depression that left her confined to the house. Now, as research shows anxiety is passed down by our genes, Linda Kelsey explains how she broke free from her fearful …

Netflix will be watched more than all the major TV networks within a year, analysts say

According to Variety, Wall Street analysis firm FBR Capital Markets said Netflix was already on par with the likes of ABC and NBC, and that given its 40% compound annual growth rate, it will also surpass CBS and Fox by 2016.<p>That said, the analysis is not a perfect comparison. FBR used Nielsen TV …

Amazon Echo Is The First Artificial Intelligence You’ll Want At Home

Alexa could be your next personal assistant<p>Your home is about to get a whole lot smarter. On Monday, Amazon announced its artificially intelligent bluetooth speaker—the Amazon Echo—is being made publicly available for purchase. The Echo was first unveiled in November 2014, but it was sold on an …

Crazy UFO Sightings In Illinois

Illinois might just be one of the most UFO-crazy states in the nation. Using data from the National UFO Reporting Center and the Mutual UFO Network, Metrocosm has created an interactive map that includes more than 90,000 reported UFO sightings dating all the way back to 1905.<p>Unlike Rachel, Nev., …

The Logic Pros: 6 powerful new features you may have missed in Logic 10.1

<i>The Logic Pros is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or</i> <i>shoot us an email</i><i>.</i><p>In this week’s edition …

At last, the Raspberry Pi mini PC has an official case

There's no question that the Raspberry Pi is successful among the homebrew computing crowd. However, it's not what you'd call consumer-friendly -- the bare circuit board you normally get is clearly intended for tinkerers who plan to put the mini PC inside their own projects. Mercifully, you won't …

Raspberry Pi

Sprint quits throttling after net neutrality rules come into effect

On Friday, the FCC's new net neutrality rules came into effect, and already we're seeing the repercussions: Sprint has halted its practice of throttling wireless data speeds for some customers, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports.<p>Sprint announced last year that it would begin slowing speeds for its …

10 Things Introverts Do Which Make Them Productive

Introverts may be often misunderstood because of their quiet nature, but there are several areas where their quiet nature pays off. One of those …

What it's like to be a secret introvert

I've known Father Cebulka since I was 12 years old, so as soon as he began grinning at Galo's response, I knew he had already predicted my retort.<p>"I disagree," I said. "Sorry, I know you won't believe me, but I'm also an introvert," I told my beloved.<p>Galo and I have been dating for more than five …

Medieval Historical Fiction

How amazing: readers of historical fiction prefer reading novels set in the Middle Ages. Authors prefer to write about the 19th – 20th century!Since …

How Nazi secret police files could stop terror attacks

The Nazi secret police were among the first to use geoprofiling to locate resistance fighters based on leaflets they distributed. Now scientists believe similar methods could track terror cells.<p>Nazi secret police files detailing the hunt for resistance fighters in Berlin during World War 2 could be …

Netflix is thinking about getting rid of star ratings

The company has been testing user preferences for years now, trying to understand what brings a user to actually press the "play" button. And the company tells us that one of the its biggest findings is that unbalanced effect star ratings have.<p>While a user will often add a highly rated program to …