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The Best AR-15 Cartridges Right Now - Guns & Ammo

If worst comes to worst and you ever have to pick up your trusty M4 clone and go to protecting hearth and home, which carbine cartridge is most …

How to Make a Sailboat Fly

A high-tech sailboat's bold quest: setting a new record in the L.A.-to-Honolulu passage. We find out how engineers built this boat that flies over the water.<p><b>The experimental French trimaran Hydroptère</b> has a footprint the size of a basketball court and a 100-foot-high carbon-fiber mast that can fly …

Screen Too Dark? How to Fix Your Phone's Brightness Settings

Your smartphone probably has an automatic brightness control, but if you find your screen's brightness level is still out of whack, here's what to do.<p>My phone's screen is too dim to see when I'm in a dark room. Does this mean my auto-brightness control is broken?<p>Not brokenjust out of whack. …

Hiking the John Muir Trail: Going Out to Go In

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~ John Muir<p>Drawing wild-eyed wanderers and scruffy-haired men from around the world, the 211-mile John Muir Trail has a reputation of immeasurable proportions. Making its way …

The 10 Best Apps for DIYers

For today's do-it-yourselfer, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails.<p>For today's do-it-yourselfer, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails. We tested dozens of apps created to help you find lumber, get organized, …

Blast Away Grime With Baking Soda

If you've got heavy-duty cleaning jobs to tackle, get yourself a soda blaster, which uses sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to remove paint, gunk, and corrosion.<p><b>A soda blaster is like a sandblaster</b>—it works in conjunction with an air compressor to clean dirty parts and surfaces. But instead of using …

Google Chromecast: All Your Screens Are Belong to Us

With Chromecast, the followup to its disappointing Google TV, Google has decided that less is more. The diminutive dongle effortlessly streams digital content from your desktop and mobile devices to your HDTV, bringing hardcore TV junkies one step closer to cutting the cable.<p><b>Television has been</b> …

Kitanica Backcountry Pants

Constructed of 6 oz. Nyco ripstop, the Kitanica Backcountry Pants offer lightweight durable pants with double-layer reinforced seat, knees, and …

RV Fulltiming - Is it Right For You?

Lots and lots of folks dream of doing what I did -- it's called "full timing" by those who do it.<p>Latest estimates are that over a million North …

Obama's limo: Heavy armor, blood bank, night vision

President Barack Obama is looking for a new ride.<p>Not that his current limousine – dubbed “The Beast” or “Cadillac One” – isn’t faring well, but it’s a 2009 model, which he takes wherever he travels, and the Department of Homeland Security says it’s time for an upgrade.<p>Designed to look like a 2008 …

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Bullseye from 1,000 yards: Shooting the $17,000 Linux-powered rifle

ARM CPUs, lasers, and Wi-Fi make firing this weapon an experience like no other.<p>My photographer, Steve, squints through a computerized scope …

Every Car Can Be Connected to the Cloud

Even older vehicles can now be easily linked to the web. Is this a revolution, or an answer in search of a question?<p><b>You probably haven't missed</b> that every product in our lives is getting connected to the Web. Computers, phones, and tablets are old news; now it's televisions, refrigerators, washing …