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Here's a high-end headphone amplifier with an (almost) affordable price

I've long been an admirer of Cavalli headphone amps, I've heard three or four of them at audio shows over the years, but for one reason or another never got around to trying one at home. Now I have one in my clutches: it's the Liquid Carbon 2.0, and it runs just $799. Cavalli Audio is based in …

How HDMI 2.1 makes big-screen 4K PC gaming even more awesome

An open secret on the PC gaming world is that 4K TVs double as great PC monitors. Or potentially great, anyway. Big-screen gamers have lived with many a compromise, if only to play Overwatch or Battlefield on a 65-inch display at resolutions that living room game consoles can still only dream about.<p>…

The bad habits you should give up if you want to be successful

Sometimes, to become successful and to get closer to the person we know we can become, we don’t need to add more things to our lives—we need to give up on some of them.<p>There are certain things that are almost universal. These things, if you give them up, will help you become more successful (even …

Motivation

Obama wants you to read this book on making smarter decisions

The book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow," by Daniel Kahneman, features insights into the pitfalls of human rationality that might just transform how you think about intelligence.<p>Obama's recommendation comes alongside nine other books on the president's list of required reading in the November issue of …

Self-improvement

Two High-Risk Outcomes Of The New China-Philippines Alliance

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on a state visit to Beijing this week he was severing military and economic aid from the United States, a staunch supporter of seven decades. He asked at a business forum Thursday to be “dependent” on China for “a long time” and pledged realignment into …

Why It’s So Hard To Make A Video Game

For most of their lifespan, video games look like grey boxes and compromises.<p>It doesn't have to be hard to make a video game.It doesn't have to take years of labor, months of overtime and a team of hundreds to make a dot on a screen move and jump towards a goal. But stacked against games like …

iPhone 7's display is "visually indistinguishable from perfect," says testing firm DisplayMate

The Apple iPhone 7 has the best display of any smartphone made to date, according to testing firm DisplayMate.<p>In a Technology Shoot-Out spotted Monday between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, DisplayMate President Raymond Soneira found that although the two phones have the same pixel resolution, the 7's …

IPhone 7

The Guy With The Lowest Possible Rank In Overwatch

It’s possible to hit rank zero in <i>Overwatch</i>’s competitive mode. Dale “Bacontotem” Brown knows. He’s done it. There’s a caveat, though: it takes a hell …

How to Respond to Loneliness in Marriage

<i>by guest blogger Pam Fullerton, psychotherapist and writer</i><p>In my last article, I touched upon loneliness in marriage. When I married my husband as a young person of 28, I never thought that I would experience feelings of loneliness. The truth is, that feeling of loneliness is one of the utmost …

Relationships

Aspire to Be Your Best Self: 21 Quotes to Get You There

Why wait until New Year's Day to push the reset button when you can begin today?<p>Today, whatever day/time/month it is, why not ask yourself this question:<p><i>If you could do anything you wanted, how would you want your career and life to be?</i><p>New clients come to me in a state where they have handed over …

Happiness

49 health 'facts' you've been told all your life that are totally wrong

Nope, nope, nope, and nope.<p>Who hasn't shared these and other amazing-sounding notions about about health and the human body, only to feel embarrassed later on — when you find out the information was inaccurate or flat-out wrong?<p>It's time to put an end to these alluring myths, misconceptions, and …

Wellness

In 5 years of studying millionaires, I learned one huge factor of success has nothing to do with money

In my Rich Habits Study, where I interviewed 233 wealthy individuals (177 of which were self-made millionaires) with at least $160,000 in annual gross income and $3.2 million in net assets, I found:<p>As it turns out, the rich in my study were on to something big. According to a Columbia University …

Self-improvement

CES 2015: Parrot Unveils RNB6 In-Dash Entertainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Support

Drone and headphone manufacturer Parrot has unveiled its new RNB6 in-dash car entertainment system at CES 2015, which features a 7-inch, 720p touchscreen with built-in support for Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free as well as Android Auto and Android Auto Voice.<p>Parrot's RNB6 system also boasts a …

10 Proven Habits of Happy People

Discover what the happiest people already know.<p>If there's one desire that humans universally share, it's happiness. For Americans, "the pursuit of happiness" is even written into the Declaration of Independence.<p>But the results of that pursuit vary greatly. Some people remain sunny even in the worst …

Gain 10 Pounds of Muscle - How Skinny Guys Can Gain 10 Pounds of Muscle Within a Month

As a skinny guy, or hardgainer, I'll bet you'll pretty much do anything to gain 10 pounds of "muscle" quickly, right? I'll also bet that you've …

8 body language tricks to instantly appear more confident

Studies have shown that those who appear more confident achieve higher status than their less confident peers.<p>As a result, they wield more influence, tend to be more admired and listened to, and have access to better resources.<p>If you're not as confident as you'd like to be, some slight …

Public Speaking

Science suggests pursuing your passions does make you a happier person

As we look ahead to the new year, a study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies poses a simple question: Given how beneficial it is to have one harmonious passion, what's the effect of having two?<p>Benjamin Schellenberg and Daniel Bailis didn't go into this research with any firm predictions: …

Happiness

Game of the Year 2015 Countdown: #25 - #21 - Game of the Year 2015

<i>After hours of debates and much gnashing of teeth, our global team of GameSpot editors have finally come up with this: the best video games of 2015, in ranked order. Our list of the best 25 games of the year has been informed by the wide array of tastes, experiences, and preferences of dozens of</i> …

New Research Finds Half Of Americans Play Video Games, But Only A Tenth Identify As Gamers

As we head into 2016, gaming continues to be more culturally relevant than ever, with seemingly everybody playing video games. But what are the real statistics? The nonpartisan Pew Research Center recently looked into American adults’ gaming habits and opinions, and some of their findings were …

10 travel apps that will make you feel like a local

From sleeping in a local's apartment to getting them to cook you a meal there, these 10 apps will turn you into an insider anywhere you go.

Apps

Why You'll Be Happy If You Choose to Be Happy

<i>by Mimi O'Connor</i><p>Our efforts to adopt lifestyle practices that change our lives for the better can also trigger feelings of overwhelm. Like the mythological Sisyphus endlessly pushing that boulder up the mountain, we can also find ourselves becoming fatigued and disspirited. Add a dose of the harsh …

Happiness

Why Everybody Needs A Connected Doorbell

Get ready to ring in the New Year with a connected doorbell. Yes, really. These Wi-Fi-enabled gadgets replace your conventional doorbell with a …

YouTube exec explains what makes a video go viral

This was way back in 2009: A quirky video called JK Wedding Entrance Dance went so viral that the hit TV show "The Office" parodied it in one of its most popular episodes (you know, the one where Jim and Pam finally got married).<p>Since then, YouTube's relationship with mass media has completely …

Advertising

One Powerful Thought That Can Make All Your Relationships Easier

Spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson explains.<p>For years -- decades, even -- we've been ingrained to think about how we're all so different, each of us with our own circumstances that make us wonderfully unique. As children, we're told about how special we are; as angst-ridden teens, we feel like …

Relationships

These are the best Bluetooth headphones you can buy

This is a curious case. On the one hand, just about any Bluetooth headphone sounds worse than a cabled counterpart. Digitally compressing audio forces it to lose depth, clarity, punch, volume, or any other fancy term you'd find on the back of a headphone's box. They aren't as simple to setup and …

Consumer Tech

I never expected Destiny to make me feel so very, very alone

I worry I don't have the time for <i>Destiny</i>. That's not a value judgement — I wish I had the time — but I have to make dinner with my wife, clean our house, train our puppy, see friends, work, and, when I'm not doing those things, play games. I adore games, but I have limited time to give to them. My …

Is it worth playing yet? 24 hours into 'Destiny: The Taken King'

The second year of <i>Destiny</i>'s life officially began on Sept. 15, with the launch of <i>The Taken King.</i> Although the changes have mostly been met with …