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Good Friday Observances Around the World

How to make your Gmail address public without going nuts

At a time when we're all socially connected, making your email address publicly available is often the friendly and approachable thing to do.<p>It can …

What's killing your battery? Android's top 10 performance-sapping apps

Is your phone or tablet battery constantly reduced to a sliver of red on the screen? New research has found the worst performance-draining apps on Android devices, and Facebook is the biggest culprit.<p>It may seem to consume every spare moment of our lives, but the world's most famous social …

This is how your Gmail account got hacked

If your Gmail account got hacked, blame your friends.<p>You are 36 times more likely to get scammed if your contacts' accounts have been hacked, according to a study released this week by Google (GOOG).<p>It's rare. On an average day, only nine in 1 million accounts gets stolen. But when it happens, the …

The Security Bug That Affects Most Of The Internet, Explained

<b>Editor's Note</b>: <i>A very serious bug with a scary name, Heartbleed, was discovered and disclosed this week. The bug affects OpenSSL, a popular cryptographic library that is used to secure a huge chunk of the Internet's traffic. Even if you have never heard of OpenSSL, chances are,</i> <i>it's</i> <i>helped secure your</i> …

Sick Kids Use Google Glass to Virtually Visit the Zoo

With all the talk of Google Glass' supposed image problem, it's easy to forget that the technology can enable some wonderful things.<p>For proof, look …

Facebook use during sex? Many seem to 'like' it

Condom maker Durex says many of us have the wrong formula for lovemaking. Although he's no expert, Crave's Eric Mack tends to agree.<p>A full 5 percent of folks have checked Facebook during lovemaking, a new survey finds.<p>I'm not sure if I should be disturbed or impressed by such an apparent mastery of …

Sailor in iconic WW2 kiss image dies

The sailor who claimed he was the man behind an iconic picture capturing a kiss celebrating victory over Japan in World War Two has died<p>It was a passionate kiss between two strangers that symbolised the end of the bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen.<p>In one of the most iconic images of World …

Search Google anonymously with Firefox add-on Searchonymous

Stay logged in to your various Google services but keep your searches from being tracked with this Firefox extension.<p>You have a few options to protect the privacy of your Internet searches. You could log out of your Google account before using Google to perform a search. You could use an alternate …

Finally! MIT scientist helps you get all the ketchup out of the bottle

A lubricant called LiquiGlide, developed initially at MIT, is the potential savior for all those frustrated by bottles of ketchup, shampoo, lotion, and everything else where there's always something left behind.<p>I don't know what you have in your shower, but I have those bottles of soap from Sephora.<p>…

Top 10 Things to See and Do in Dubai

1Dubai Creek<p>Dubai Creek (c) flickr/yeowatzup<p>Catch an abra and take a trip along the Dubai Creek. This sea water inlet cuts through Dubai and is the …

Travel

Five Tips for Getting Started With Windows 8.1

Change is always hard. We get accustomed to doing things one way, and when something comes along to mess that up, our natural reaction is to …

Replace the Windows 8.1 Start screen with the Apps screen

By default, the Windows 8.1 Start button triggers the familiar Start screen. But you can alter its behavior to display the Apps screen.<p>Still not fond of the Start screen in Windows 8.1? You can tweak the new Start button so that it takes you to the Apps screen instead.<p>The Windows 8.1 Start screen …

How to sync your Windows 8.1 Start screen and desktop

The Start screen and desktop are still two totally different environments in Windows 8.1, but at least you can make them look the same.<p>Bouncing back and forth between the Start screen and desktop remains a jarring experience in Windows 8.1. But you can make the trip smoother by giving both …

How to run Windows 8.1 for free for 90 days

Microsoft offers a free 90-day evaluation version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition just as it did with Windows 8.<p>On the fence about Windows 8.1? You can take the new OS for a free 90-day spin before deciding whether you want a permanent relationship.<p>For Windows 8 users, the decision to upgrade to …

10 must-see videos of the week

Video games that will creep you out, ghost-hunting tech, and Apple's big announcements.<p>Greetings CNET viewers! We've got another great lineup for you this week.<p>Halloween is just around the corner, and we suggest that this year you ditch the horror flicks, and instead get your scare on by playing …

How to mark all unread e-mails as read at once in Gmail

Gmail's inbox tabs are great for filtering out e-mails of less importance, but they also make it a bit too easy for unread messages to pile up. Learn how to clean up your inbox by marking all messages as read without needing to go page by page.<p>I used to be more vigilant about keeping my Gmail inbox …

A Cautionary Tale for the digital generation

If Hilaire Belloc had known about Twitter he’d soon have found the darkly funny side<p>Rewriting Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for the 21st century is the latest craze. A new collection, out this week, is directed at children. But I feel it is time that adults had a few cautions of their own. So …

Social Media

Forget Your Phone

This video made the rounds yesterday, tugging at heartstrings and giving us all in the Era Of Communication a bit of a kick in the buttocks. It shows a woman who forgot her phone. The premise is hokey at best, but it still tells us something about ourselves these past few years. Our world is …

New 10-inch Asus VivoBook leaks

We've already been impressed with the 11.6-inch Asus S400C VivoBook and 14-inch S200 VivoBook, and it now looks like the Taiwanese company is looking …

Come on, LG - where's your fighting spirit?

It's not often you'll hear me gushingly praise a product – and I'm not going to do it here. But I'm going to give credit where credit is due: well …

Sorry, Brainiacs: Orgasms Are Way Better for Your Mind Than Any Nerdy Exercises

In semi-disappointing news for crossword enthusiasts who have been doing the <i>New York Times</i> daily crossword puzzle calendars in bed every night for years, leading to ink stains on our sheets much to the disgust of certain past boyfriends, which was obviously not super sexy but we maintained that, …

11 Brilliant Ads That Don't Need Any Copy

Great art direction doesn't need words. The last two smart ads are new, for a Brazilian bookstore.<p><b>And, just the opposite, here are 10 Brilliant Ads That Are Just Words.</b>

There’s nothing social about social media

The little boys with their dirty talk have brought on a fully fledged crisis of confidence<p>Our lives have been transformed by technology (again). Public debate is now dominated by social media, right? So everybody who owns a mobile phone has as much of a chance to influence the national discourse as …

How to Create Websites Without Learning to Code

In May, Scroll Kit, a New York-based startup that lets users create websites without learning a single line of code, attempted to showcase its skills …

The best free music player 2018

All music libraries are different, and the right free music player can help you get the most out of yours – particularly if you have a large …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.