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LG's rumored G Pad 8.3 tablet looks to be the real deal

The electronics company posts a YouTube ad emblazoned with the banner "LG G Pad 8.3" and talks about a new tablet that is "pocket-sized" and has a "big picture."<p>A new ad from LG seems to be more than just hinting that it's coming out with a LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. The company has yet to announce that …

Gear & Gadgets

Sony reveals blue 250GB PS3 for $250, exclusive to GameStop

Sony is hoping that by now you either don't already own a PlayStation 3, or <i>direly</i> need a game console to match your primary colored living room decor before November 15th. To that end, the tech giant is releasing the previously Japan-only "azurite blue" PS3 Superslim exclusively to GameStop. The …

Western Union's Failed Plan To Drive the Digital Revolution Is A Cautionary Tale For Electric Utilities

In 1965, Western Union developed a strategic plan for pioneering what it called a “nationwide information utility” capable of “providing all the information service required and wanted by any and all kinds of customers.”<p>The flawed – albeit inspired – plan provides a cautionary tale for …

Hangouts for Android starts scoring video chats over cellular on AT&T

Attention folks on AT&T: you can soon video chat on Hangouts over a cellular connection now that the feature is being green-lit by the carrier and the Android app has scored an update. As discovered shortly after the release of the standalone Hangouts app, the perk could be accessed solely via WiFi …

Samsung Galaxy Note III camera rumored to pack 4K video capture, high-quality audio playback

What are you going to add to a smartphone series that's <i>already</i> gone big-screen, <i>already</i> has a stylus and already offers up a decent battery life? According to the <i>Korea Economic Daily</i>, Samsung believes adding a heavy-duty camera upgrade to 4K should do the trick. The news site's source (identified as …

Is Google Killing Cable?

New York City is the latest battleground for revenue between TV giants: While large broadcasters have recently been setback by their loss to Aereo, the company that provides legal stream of over the air broadcast signals on the internet, giants Time-Warner Cable and CBS have been fighting, leaving …

Logitech's latest wireless gaming mouse runs for 125 hours on a single AA battery

How many buttons does a gaming mouse really need? Who needs an 8200 dpi sensor, anyways? With Logitech's first new gaming mouse in a while, the Logitech G602, it's all about the batteries. Certainly, the $79.99 peripheral has 11 fully programmable buttons, the chassis feels well-sculpted to the …

Why video games may be good for you

Games have long been accused of making players violent, but evidence has been building over the years that they can have positive effects. Scientists say they are not only understanding why, but they also trying to put these observations to the test.<p>The spreadsheet was seven feet long. Printed in …

Gender

Apple’s iPhone Trade-in Program Is Already Being Piloted, Here’s How It Works

Apple is about to introduce an iPhone trade-in program that will allow users to walk into a Retail store and trade up from an old model to a new one. We’ve heard some interesting details about the way that the program will work, and indeed, is working right now in some pilot Apple Stores.<p>The …

From $1,000 a Night, to $1,000 a Month

In February of this year, my husband and I quit our well-paid and exciting jobs, left California and the company we helped build, and set off to travel the world. Our goal: live on $1,000 (each) a month.<p>This isn't a particularly difficult thing to do if you don't <b>do</b> much, but we had big plans. We …

Asia Travel

What Not to Do in Chicago

Ask someone for tips on traveling to Chicago and they will probably list off tons of different things to do and places to see. But what they likely will not say is what you should not do while visiting the Windy City.<p>Do not put ketchup on your hot dog.<p>Photo courtesy of Arnold Gatilao on Flickr.<p>Just …

Hot Dogs

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Warn the villagers. Godzilla's here again.<p>TESTED<p>Thank goodness Japan has a wild side. Interspersed among boatloads of politically correct Toyota Priuses comes the occasional Lexus F hot rod. And over at Nissan, punctuating the truckloads of morbidly thrifted Versas is the random GT-R. The muscular …

Couple married 65 years die on same day

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Relatives of an Ohio couple who died at a nursing home 11 hours apart on the same day said their love story's ending reflects their devotion over 65 years of marriage.<p>Harold and Ruth Knapke died in their shared room on Aug. 11, days before their 66th anniversary, The <i>Dayton Daily</i> …

Obama Orders Up Report To Justify Syria Strike

Earlier this afternoon, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stern message to the Assad regime and its alleged use of chemical weapons. The response from everyone was the same: war drums!<p>More reports out this evening suggest that a strike is coming.<p>CBS News is reporting that Obama has ordered …

Middle East

Melbourne's Sleek Transportation Center by Zaha Hadid

World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid is working on a joint proposal with Brisbane-based firm Donovan Hill for Melbourne's Flinders St. Station competition. The design concept for the proposal is a modern elongated form that also pays tribute to the building's historic past. Hadid's main goal with …

Zaha Hadid

Avatars of Death Animated Short - DEATHINGER

The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America

... and why this quiet trend is about to reverse itself<p>Despite a housing crisis, a great recession, rising income inequality, and elevated poverty, there is some good news among the most vulnerable segment of American society. America’s homeless population – an estimated 633,000 people – has …

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Will Obamacare Destroy Jobs?

White House photo/Pete Souza<p>Health reform may make Americans work less<p>BEFORE the recession, Richard Clark's cleaning company in Florida had 200 employees, about half of them working full time. These days it has about 150, with 80% part-time. The downturn explains some of this. But Mr Clark also …

Health Care

The Xbox One Will Ship With A White Console -- For Certain People

The Xbox One is a black, shiny box that is elegant at best or utilitarian at worst. It’s not the flashiest console we’ve ever seen – that title goes to the Coleco Telstar Arcade – but it’s an improvement from the 360 and there’s really not much to that one couldn’t like about its looks. Or so I …

Borderlands 2 Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, level increase coming Sept. 3

<i>Borderlands 2's</i> cap will rise to level 72 on Sept. 3 alongside the release of the <i>Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2: Digistruct Peak Challenge DLC</i>, according to a Digital Trends exclusive.<p>Announced during Gearbox's PAX Australia panel, the 11-level cap increase and <i>Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade</i> …

Simple Tips to Create Levitation Photography with Snapheal

Photographers make magic happen using a wide range of interesting techniques. Some popular wizardry now being spread around is levitation …