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15 Secrets to Traveling Like a Local

Here's how to not to stick out like a sore tourist thumb.<p>There are as many different ways to travel as there are places to visit in the universe. And if you're the type who loves walking around a new city in a herd of people dressed in matching outfits and led around by a person holding a flag, …

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

How the first Apple HomeKit products will work

The first collection of Apple HomeKit-compatible products were quietly announced last week at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, and we saw …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

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Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

Consumer drones are coming, and they will change everything

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>I recently spent a week flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. It’s a 2.5 pound drone with an attached camera and easy …

Mt.Gox Launches Bitcoins.com To Explain What The Heck A Bitcoin Is

It’s Thanksgiving! And, judging by the fact that you read tech blogs, you’re probably at least a bit of a geek. Know what that means? Today’s the day you get to answer all of your extended family’s tech questions! Hurrah!<p>For the last few years, that’s probably meant explaining the difference …

Slate | Mobile Airdesk

The Slate Mobile AirDesk is a great accessory for working on your laptop away from your desk. The sleek, ultralight accessory is cut from a block of …

Mobile

Blinker Grips

The multiple award winning BlinkerGrips are innovative bicycle grips for active road safety. They feature integrated LEDs that are activated by …

Amazon said to be working on new high-res Kindle Paperwhite

Company plans to release a new e-reader in the second quarter of 2014 that will feature a 300ppi screen, TechCrunch reports.<p>Less than two months after unveiling a new Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon is said to have another refresh in the pipeline for next year.<p>Sporting a high-resolution …

eReaders

The holy trail: using Trekker, Google's edge in the next mapping war

A year after it was introduced, Google's nerdy mapping-backpack is pushing into new territory<p>Christopher Fiock came to a rest. For more than four hours he and a team had mapped the Presidio of San Francisco, the former army post that is now a national park. With every step they took, the team …

iPad Air teardown shows the futility of repairing ultra-thin gadgets

As our gadgets get thinner, the notion of tearing one apart for a do-it-yourself repair seems close to madness.<p>Case in point, the iPad Air, Apple’s shockingly thin and light new tablet. Weighing in at 1 pound and with a thickness of 7.55 millimeters, the iPad Air is closer in size and weight to …

Five things Netflix is going to disrupt next

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Netflix (s NFLX) has made binge viewing mainstream, and demonstrated that you don’t need to be a traditional TV networks to …

Evernote iOS app adds Places feature, lets Premium users edit their home screen

Last month, Evernote rolled out a revamped Skitch app, giving it a fresh coat of paint to fit in with iOS 7. Today, the main Evernote app for iPhones and iPads has gotten similar aesthetic treatment, and added a couple of new features to boot. First up is the Places feature for both free and paid …

Apple Releases iOS 7.0.3, Adds Support for iCloud Keychain, Accelerometer Issues

Apple today released iOS 7.0.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, a bug fix update with a build number of 11B511 for all devices. iOS 7.0.3 is available as an over-the-air update. It weighs in at 92.8MB on the iPhone 5s.<p>The update adds support for the iCloud Keychain service that was added in OS X …

OS X Mavericks is out, walkthrough: iBooks, Maps, and more

Today Apple released version 10.9 of Mac OS X, codenamed “Mavericks.” The new OS includes several new features and enhancements over the previous version, “Mountain Lion.” The update is available for free for all compatible Macs from the App Store<p>Below you’ll find a closer look at some of the new …

How Apple Created The Lightest iPad Yet

Thanks to an amazing new processor and some revolutionary new display technology, Apple finally gives us the iPads we’ve deserved all along.<p>When Apple introduced the first iPad with Retina Display in March of last year, it didn’t come without a cost. The third-gen iPad was the first Apple product …

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Why Many Americans Are Averse to Unironic Expressions of Patriotism

Pat Sajak, longtime host of <i>Wheel of Fortune</i>, recently taped an episode featuring contestants drawn from active-duty members of the United States military. Observing their dedication, patriotism, and willingness to serve and sacrifice, he was moved to voice his concerns about a divide he perceives …

iOS 7 destroying your battery life? Here are 9 battery saving tips

1. Fetch is the new push<p>Unless you need constant updates, one way to save battery is by changing your email settings from <i>push</i> to <i>fetch</i>.<p><b>Settings-->Mail, Contacts and Calendar-->Fetch</b>.<p>2. Location, location, location<p>In this case, location isn't everything. Turn off the feature for apps that don't need …

Before and after: The best iOS 7 app redesigns

With the release of iOS 7 comes a new look and feel for the operating system, and with only tweaks and changes having arrived since its first introduction back in 2007, it couldn’t come a minute too soon.<p>In order to make the most of the new platform, developers have been busily working away to …

iOS 7 apps are prettier, but are they better?

A few new apps prove beauty doesn't have to be skin deep<p>Apple design chief Jony Ive loves to preach about how design isn’t just how something looks, but how it works. Yet, in the first wave of app updates for iOS 7, most developers seem to have simply given their apps a facelift to match Apple’s …

Are Tenured Professors Really Worse Teachers? A Lit Review

The answer is complicated. But research shows that by replacing them with low-paid adjuncts, colleges could be hurting students.<p>Earlier this month, a team of researchers at Northwestern University, including its president, Morton Schapiro, released a paper titled, "Are Tenured Professors Better …

Apple preps new OS X 10.8.5 release with fixes for MacBook Airs, HDMI

Apple is preparing to release a new version of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 to end-users in the coming days, according to a source. The Mac operating system update has already been supplied to Apple employees. The new version is referred to as a “Supplement Update” to 10.8.5, and will be available via …

In online TV first, Netflix wins Emmy for drama directing

David Fincher wins an Emmy for directing Netflix's "House of Cards," and the Internet TV provider breaks ground -- again -- for online only programming.<p>Netflix won its first Emmy award -- the kind doled out at the flashy, star-studded televised ceremony -- Sunday night, as David Fincher won for …

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New browser extensions let you hit the NSA where it hurts: in the data

Flagger.io does just one thing: It adds a random selection of keywords, like “terrorist,” “pressure cooker,” “Al Qaeda,” etc. to the address of every website you visit. The idea is that, because the US National Security Agency (NSA) is gathering essentially all the internet traffic that passes …

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New MIT 3-D Printing Innovations Create Printable Objects That Assemble Themselves

When Skylar Tibbits drops a plastic-like rod into a tub of water, it starts to take shape, turning into a cube. It’s a result of what he calls 4-D printing, which adds the fourth dimension, time, to the increasingly popular process of 3-D printing. Over the time dimension, the objects …

3D Printing

Five tips for the new Camera app on iOS 7

Apple has redesigned the Camera app for iOS 7, adding new features and navigation options. Here's how to use them.<p>There isn't a single app or screen left unchanged in iOS 7, and the Camera app is no exception. From the way you navigate through the app, to the new option to use live filters when …

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