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7 overdose deaths in 1 day reported in Cleveland area

Seven people died Saturday in the Cleveland area, marking the latest outbreak of drug overdose deaths in the state.<p>Tests were being conducted to figure out which drugs were involved in the Saturday deaths, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson said. Officials believe the drugs involved …

Raspberry Pi's latest computer costs just $5

Raspberry Pi's new educational micro-computer is its cheapest yet -- a pocket-sized device designed to teach kids coding for just $5 (about £3.30 or AU$7).<p>The Raspberry Pi Zero, unveiled on Thursday, is the latest computer from the British company that has for the last few years made its mission to …

Raspberry Pi

The world's fastest consumer CPU probably isn't worth the upgrade

If you're able to splurge on Intel's high-end Xeon CPUs, then congratulations, Mr. McDuck! For the rest of us, the next best option is Intel's fastest consumer processor, the Core i7-5960X. And that's nothing to sniff at either: The 3Ghz, eight-core chip runs $1,050 or so, and you'll need to spend …

Sony is adding PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility to the PS4

Sony and Electronic Arts have a <i>Star Wars: Battlefront</i> PlayStation 4 bundle available right now and with it comes a quartet of games from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away (or at least as far as the PlayStation 2 era). <i>Star Wars: Bounty Hunter</i>, <i>Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter</i>, <i>Star Wars Racer:</i> …

The Straight-Four Is the Purgatory of Car Engines

They're everywhere, and one man has finally had enough.<p>I am reliably told that the readership of this august publication is international, multicultural, and thoroughly diverse. It stands to reason, therefore, that not all of you will have heard of purgatory. It's something I was taught in Catholic …

A cartoonist turned the iTunes Terms of Service into a 47-page graphic novel

It is a time-honored truth (or at least an oft-cited anecdote) that no one reads the iTunes Terms and Conditions. It's long and presumably boring (but who knows? I've never read it) and I'm not even sure there are paragraph breaks. There already exist a few projects that try to reshape various user …

The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

Ohio may be on the brink of creating America’s first marijuana ‘monopoly.’<p>On the surface, Ian James sounds like any other idealistic marijuana advocate: He’s critical of the war on drugs, he touts the economic and tax benefits of legalization and uses the familiar rebuttal against the “think of the …

Cannabis

Apple, Microsoft, and Google are trying to incite a quiet app revolution

Reports have been circulating that Google is working on a hybrid operating system that combines the best of Android and Chrome OS, while simultaneously promising to keep supporting the two independently.<p>It's the perfect example of this dilemma in minature.<p>Google, a company famously and perpetually …

5 Signs Your Wi-Fi Network Isn't Up To Par

We outline five common wireless woes and provide easy solutions to whip your network into tip-top shape.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we …

Wi-Fi

The Mothers of All Disasters

Massive hurricanes striking Miami or Houston. Earthquakes leveling Los Angeles or Seattle. Deadly epidemics. Meet the “maximums of maximums” that keep emergency planners up at night.<p>For years before Hurricane Katrina, storm experts warned that a big hurricane would inundate the Big Easy. Reporters …

All The Movies And TV Shows Coming To And Disappearing From Netflix In September

Fans of the ’80s will have some tasty gems to chew upon when the new updates hit Netflix streaming in September, specifically the original <i>Rambo</i> trilogy, but there’s even more to be happy about with the first four seasons of the acclaimed <i>Person of Interest</i> rolling out during the next month. Seasons …

Entertainment

Swallowed capsule would wait for large intestine

Scientists are developing a new “smart capsule” that could deliver medications directly to the large intestines.<p>“Usually, when you take medication it …

Medicine

M is for Marshmallow: Google names its next Android update

Google's update for Android, its mobile software for smartphones and tablets, officially has a name: Marshmallow.<p>The software, previously only referred to as Android M, was announced in May during Google I/O, the search giant's annual developer conference.<p>The moniker follows Google's whimsical …

Samsung Pay

Android M's name is Marshmallow, and it's version 6.0

Google went with the obvious choice<p>Google has revealed what the M in Android M stands for: Marshmallow. The Android 6.0 update, set for release this fall, was first previewed at the company's I/O conference in late May. But as it's done before, Google held off on announcing the full name to build …

How States Rank on High-School Graduation Rates

Nationwide, the percentage of students getting their diplomas is at an all-time high. But while some states have made incredible strides, others have struggled to keep up.<p>More students are graduating from high school than ever before, and that number could rise again with this year’s seniors.<p>The …

7 Apps to Help You Get Stuff Done Around the House

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Smartwatches

Here's What You'll Need To Run Windows 10

Microsoft has now detailed what hardware you’ll need to run Windows 10 at its WinHEC keynote in Shenzhen this week.<p>In a presentation about Windows 10, the company revealed that it will require a minimum resolution of 800×600, 1GB of memory for 32-bit machines or 2GB for 64-bit, 16GB of storage …

Most Of The Web Is Invisible To Google. Here's What It Contains

A roadmap of the Internet's darkest alleys<p>You thought you knew the Internet. But sites such as Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram are just the surface. There’s a whole other world out there: the Deep Web.<p>It’s a place where online information is password protected, trapped behind paywalls, or requires …

Samsung looks to clean up with Powerbot VR9000 robot vacuum cleaner

Those looking for a worthy alternative to the mighty Roomba may be in luck. Samsung has unveiled a new robot vacuum cleaner today at IFA 2014 called …

Robotics

Dodge updates 2015 Viper with more power and mid-level GT model

The biggest change for the 2015 Viper SRT is the addition of the new Viper GT model, which slides in between the entry-level Viper and the Viper GTS. …

Sports Cars

Hands-on with the Asus ZenWatch

Asus’ ZenWatch might not be anything drastically different to what we’ve already seen from other square-faced Android Wear devices, but it does offer …

Wearable Tech

Dyson 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner "sees" its environment

Dyson originally announced plans to launch a robot vacuum cleaner back in 2004 with its DC06, but the project was eventually binned. It was announced …

Moto X (2014): Hands-on with Motorola's bigger and better flagship

Not only has the Moto X grown, to a 5.2-inch screen size that's just a smidge larger than the Samsung Galaxy S5's, but so has the portfolio of …

Mobile Technology

Samsung Gear S vs. Moto 360

Size<p>With its large and futuristic design, the Gear S isn't going to win any prizes for subtlety. While the Moto 360's look is much closer to that of …

SkyRise Miami will be part observation tower, part thrill ride

Practical details on the tower are relatively thin on the ground at this point, but the developers of SkyRise Miami say the building will be …

Private Club

Iris+ is the first consumer drone to be able to follow its user

In Follow Me mode, not only will the Iris+ follow you and your Android device, but using its Tarot T-2D motorized gimbal mount, it will pan and tilt …

Withings Home acts as a security camera, environmental monitor and home diary

Aimed at "inspiring [the] user to make healthy choices," the Home consists of a plastic and wood casing with an LED night light base and a magnet for …

Web Applications

Sex worker trade booming in Silicon Valley

<i>Correction and clarification: A previous version of this story had the wrong name for Preferred411.com.</i><p>SAN FRANCISCO — For years, sex workers have been the entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley that no one talks about.<p>But with money flowing from the technology industry, the sex trade is booming.<p>"I …

Conflicting forces: can Samsung and Google get along?

The two driving forces behind Android’s victory march are engaged in an uneasy relationship that’s proving to be very unpredictable. Google’s Android Wear platform and the impending Android Silver program suggest that they are definitely not on the same page. Samsung has launched Tizen on the …

AirHelp Lets You Claim Money For Messed Up Flights

Airline websites are terrible. It’s hard to book flights, so imagine how hard it must be to claim compensation for delayed, canceled or overbooked flights. Meet AirHelp, the startup that will save you all the hassle and claim money for you. Today at Disrupt NY, the company unveiled a major new …