Hoshang Bhagwagar

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This Is the Average Man's Body

Graphic renderings of modern males<p>George Maat, a professor emeritus of anthropology at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, has said that within another 50 years, the Dutch Todd could be six-foot-three. Several years ago the Netherlands was compelled to increase building code …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Observing the Earth: Incredible Satellite Photos of Earth from the European Space Agency | Colossal

<p>Though I don’t have a homepage set, the first page in my daily rounds is always the Astronomy Picture of the Day (site currently down), a website …

This Stunning Time-Lapse of New York City is a Must-Watch

New York City isn’t what it used to be. Soldiers with M-16s stand guard at Grand Central Station, walking through Times Square feels like you’re on …

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Apple's Craziest, Most Futuristic Patents Show How Insanely Ambitious Its Thinking Is

Luckily it's often possible to get a hint of what Apple has in the works, just by looking at its many patent applications.<p>It's important to note that Apple files for many more patents than it will actually use, employing a protective strategy that quickly annoys those tired of legal patent battles …

Pinterest adds animated pinning shortcut to iOS app

Pinterest updated its iPhone and iPad applications Tuesday with a handy shortcut to help people pin, like, and share faster as they browse the inspirational social network from their mobile devices.<p>Now when perusing the home feed or boards, people can press and hold a pin to view a special menu for …

Maps with friends: CityMaps’ iOS app adds social, personalization to navigation

Launched a year ago in just five cities, CityMaps has gone global. The company has released an updated social mapping and navigation app that can be …

Google Letting Glass Explorers Invite a Friend

If you have any friends that have turned into “Glassholes“, here’s an incentive for you to still be nice to them: Google is sending out limited invitations to its Glass Explorer testers allowing them to invite a friend into the program.<p>As noticed by Marketing Land, numerous Google Glass owners have …

Outlining the Next Year of S-class Debuts

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC should be joined by the S65 AMG come November.<p>Based on what our sources in Stuttgart are telling us, Mercedes-Benz wants its new S-class to be all things to all (relatively affluent) people. We’ve already driven the new S550 and the latest S63 has been revealed …

How Google Is Quietly Taking Over

Earlier this month, Google announced disappointing earnings, and its stock immediately dropped 5% (Disclosure: I own Google stock through a fund). Most disturbingly, the company’s core revenue driver, the revenue it gets for each click on an ad, decreased 6% while traffic acquisition costs …

Robert Rodriguez On Creative Action: “You Don’t Have To Know Anything; You Just Have To Start”

Robert Rodriguez has been collaborating with his children for years. In fact, his son Racer Rodriguez was credited with developing the story for <i>The</i> …

Is Verizon's Droid franchise losing its cool factor?

These are the Droids Verizon's been looking for -- but does anyone care?<p>Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility on Tuesday unveiled the latest smartphones in the Droid family, the<p>Droid Ultra, extra-battery-packingDroid Maxx, and compactDroid Mini.<p>The devices feature fancy specifications and the …

Verizon

Apple and Samsung Lose Smartphone Market Share: Report

Apple and Samsung have both reported their financials for Q2 2013 so, as is customary, analyst firms are now putting out their estimates for the quarter. IDC is out of the blocks, noting that Samsung and Apple remain the market leaders but greater growth is coming from lesser companies.<p>The research …

Google Nexus 7 (summer 2013) review: The best Android tablet gets even better - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Nexus 7’s</b> razor-sharp full-HD screen, silky smooth performance, long battery life, meager weight, and affordable price make it the best tablet value on the market.<p><b>The Bad</b> The back is missing the soft grippy texture of the original, screen colors lack accuracy, and there's no microSD …

Gear & Gadgets

Tablet makers crank up the volume

The race to dominate the tablet market is beginning to look like a replay of pricing shifts that allowed Apple's competitors to narrow its lead in smartphones.<p>As Google Inc. unveiled the latest version of its flagship tablet this week, Apple Inc. revealed that sales of its iPad products have …

Tablets

Google Plans To Rival The Apple TV

Google’s Chromecast dongle stole the headlines this week with its neat ability to play content from a mobile device to a TV, but the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is saying Google actually has something more interesting on the way. It is working on a set-top box that streams content and also includes a camera …

The age of the connected car will bring new safety, comfort — and threats

How do you reduce the number of highway accidents? Just tell all the cars to look out for each other.<p>As far out as that may sound, that's exactly what the National Transportation Safety Board recommended this week, following a fatal bus crash, and it's part of a fundamental shift in the automotive …

Hidden permissions manager found in Android 4.3, lets you set the rules

Installing an Android app brings up a permissions prompt that most folks ignore (though they probably shouldn't). But, what if you could grant applications access to some parts of your smartphone and not others? That's something <i>Android Police</i> have discovered is already baked into Android 4.3, and …

Asian Mobile Makers Squeeze Apple’s Global Smartphone Share To Its Lowest For 3-Years In Record 230M Unit Q2

More proof, if proof were needed, that Apple needs a low cost iPhone to get its smartphone momentum mojo back: Cupertino’s share of the global smartphone market fell to its lowest for three years in Q2, according to Strategy Analytics, with just 31.2 million iPhones shipped in the quarter and …

With Big Data, Companies Can Predict Your Success Before Your First Day On The Job

The need for high-performing employees, and for hiring the right candidate for the right job at the right time, has never been greater. Here’s how the talent hunt is being transformed.<p>We are not what we eat, as many people like to say–we are what we do.<p>Since the “big bang of culture” about 50,000 …

Droid Ultra, Mini and Droid Maxx vs the competition: how do they stack up?

Even though everyone is excited about the new Nexus 7 and all the other announcements made on Wednesday, Verizon and Motorola did have some awesome announcements of their own earlier this week. This included the official announcement of a new family of Motorola Droid phones. The announcement …

Samsung invests in smartphone component development despite slowing sales

South Korean technology giant Samsung is to invest $1bn (£650m) in developing new products it hopes will compensate for stalling smartphone growth.<p>Investing heavily in its memory-chip and display businesses will help Samsung to offset slowing growth in the $358bn mobile phone market, the company …

Triple-extra high definition: Android 4.3 supports 4K displays

One of the technical concepts that almost every smartphone user knows is display resolution, and, in the case of savvier users, pixel density. The higher the resolution, the better the display, right?<p>Well, with modern Android devices reaching 1080p resolutions (full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels), many …

Samsung overtakes Apple in phone profits but others grow sales even more

Samsung topped Apple(s aapl) last quarter in terms of smartphone profits, but both companies didn’t see sales growth realized by most other handset …

Ultra-thin e-skin could lead to advances in medicine, cool wearable computing (video)

Remember the names Martin Kaltenbrunner and Takao Someya -- that way, you'll have someone to blame when kids start pointing and laughing at gadgets we consider high-tech today. Leading a team of University of Tokyo researchers, they have recently developed a flexible, skin-like material that can …

Ikea's new augmented reality app lets you preview digital furniture in your physical house

Augmented reality may be the most interesting thing ever to happen to the Ikea catalog.<p>With the 2014 Ikea catalog app, not only can you preview Ikea’s furniture in 3D, but for the first time you’ll be able to use your smartphones to see exactly how the digital items will look in your home.<p>The …

Android 4.3 hidden feature lets you tap into app permissions

Android users can now control the permissions granted to their apps, courtesy of the latest flavor of Jelly Bean.<p>Available only in Android 4.3, a hidden feature known as App Ops displays the various permissions granted to different apps, according to blog site Android Police. For example, the …

Apps

Apple’s fight with Samsung for mobile dominance is a tea party compared to the scramble for the third spot

Numbers for global smartphone shipments in the second quarter of this year show Samsung floating far above its competitors, with 72.4 million devices sold to Apple’s 31.2 million, according to IDC, a research firm. It sounds like Samsung’s got Apple beat except that Apple’s broad margins mean it …