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10 Amazing Ways People Are Using The Oculus Rift Today

Now, two years and a $2 billion acquisition later, the device is being used for much more than video games.<p>The Oculus Rift, created by Oculus VR, is a virtual reality 3-D headset that uses 360-degree head tracking to make it feel like you're inside a different world.<p>For example, looking to the left …

Virtual Reality

If you're going to watch videos and play games, might as well earn some rewards for it, says Swagbucks

It’s nice to be rewarded for what you do, especially when it’s for spending money or doing activities you would do anyway, such as playing games or streaming videos. And this is exactly what Swagbucks has built its business on.<p>Today, the company is announcing that it has raised $60 million as its …

Booka Shade Create Smartphone Orchestra With Fans

Dance music duo Booka Shade created an orchestra of phones at a Berlin gig last Friday, after inviting 600 clubbers to hold their smartphones in the air sporadically throughout the 45-minute performance.<p>Enabled through a partnership with Vodafone, which helped create a special app for the show as …

Tado unveils Cooling system for smartening up air conditioning systems

Want to stick some smarts into your old non-connected air conditioning system rather than buying some fancy-pants new unit? Tado, the German Nest(s …

Near and far, small countries are worrying over Russia’s and China’s territorial grabs

SINGAPORE—By appearances, this tiny island nation has little to worry about—it is an economic and military powerhouse in which one in six citizens is a millionaire. Situated near the equator, it has even been sheltered from the extreme-weather events to which most other nations have been subjected …

Russia

Snapchat Has Flubbed On Privacy Again — You Should Really Be Using This App Instead

Snapchat was in the news this week with a bit of a faceplant— the company can no longer legally claim messages sent through its app actually disappear, which seems to circumvent the entire motivation one might have for using it.<p>In settling its case with the Federal Trade Commission, Snapchat has to …

Raise Taxes to Fix the Wealth Gap, Millionaires Say

In the heated debate over inequality, the wealthy are usually portrayed as the cause rather than the solution.<p>But CNBC's first-ever Millionaire Survey reveals that 51 percent of American millionaires believe inequality is a "major problem" for the U.S., and nearly two-thirds support higher taxes on …

Tools, Tips, and Tricks to Create Successful Social Video Content

Video content is staging a takeover of the Internet. By 2017, Cisco projects that video will account for 69 percent of all Web traffic. The majority of that traffic will come from non-PC devices, including tenfold increases in smartphone and tablet usage.<p>To capitalize on those numbers, you must …

7 Mobile Apps to Help Manage Diabetes

Nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, a metabolic disease in which the body can't effectively produce or use glucose for …

Want To Make $1 Billion? Just Solve One Of These Huge Tech Problems

There's a lot of room for improvement when it comes to things like artificial intelligence, mobile payments, internet speeds, and even how we think and communicate.<p>So here's our list of the ten biggest problems in tech right now. Solve one of these, and you're on your way to billions.

Weighing The Risks Of Warrantless Phone Searches During Arrests

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in two cases testing whether police can search cellphones without a warrant at the time of an arrest, be it for a traffic violation or for a felony.<p>The Supreme Court has interpreted the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches to require that …

Facebook, Google, Twitter in new scrum over mobile app ad gold rush

At its F8 developer conference next week, Facebook is expected to present plans for a mobile advertising network, and in so doing turn on an additional revenue stream that could mint it billions more in mobile advertising revenue -- but not if Google and Twitter have a say in the matter.<p>A mobile ad …

Codecademy gets a major redesign to take the pain out of learning how to code

Two years after launching, and with more than 24 million users learning how to code on its platform, Codecademy is getting a facelift.<p>The New York City startup unveiled a sleek new website redesign today, which should make Codecademy easier to use for newcomers as well as make the site more useful …

Why Platinum Prices Are Poised To Shoot Skywards

In my most recent piece covering the platinum group metals (PGMs), I argued that a backdrop of declining supplies from Russia and South Africa, combined with surging off-take from the automotive industry, looks set to drive palladium prices to the stars (my original article can be viewed here).<p>But …

Payment Apps Are Quickly Changing How We Transfer Money To Each Other, And Around The World

This is especially true in the context of peer-to-peer payment transactions. These include money transfers between friends and family, international remittances, and even fees and wages paid to independent workers. Globally, the market is well over $1 trillion.<p>In a new report from BI Intelligence, …

High Tech

How Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are rushing to cash in on cannabis.<p>By Mat Honan<p>Scroll Down<p>A clone of the Charlotte’s Web strain, developed by the …

28 Stocks That Could Double In Two Years, No Matter What The Market Does

Business-focused social network LinkedIn, retailer Lumber Liquidators, growing ETF power WisdomTree Investments, cloud-based enterprise software company Workday and 3D-printing outfit 3D Systems don’t have much in common. Except for the fact that analysts from Jefferies think all five could see …

ThinkUp - A Totally New Take On Analytics

If you are a social media junkie, you will be familiar with analytics, such as Facebook Insights. But a new service called ThinkUp aims to turn the …

Internet ad sales surpass broadcast TV for first time ever

Internet advertising soaked up record revenues of $42.8 billion in 2013, the Interactive Advertising Bureau announced in a new report on Thursday.<p>A 17 percent increase over 2012's results, last year's number helped the online ad industry beat the $40.1 billion in sales seen by traditional TV …

IAB

Ex-Apple Genius reveals 8 ways to extend your iPhone battery

Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears. Former Apple Genius Bar worker Scotty Loveless offers tips on how to extend the iPhone's battery life<p>Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears, and since the launch of Apple's iOS 7.1 mobile …

E=mc2: Einstein's equation that gave birth to the atom bomb

Albert Einstein's famous equation E=mc2 for the first time connected the mass of an object with its energy and heralded a new world of physics<p>This is the most famous equation in the history of equations. It has been printed on countless T-shirts and posters, starred in films and, even if you've …

Vietnam's Solution for Corrupt Bankers: Firing Squads

BANGKOK — For the most part, American bankers whose rash pursuit of profit brought on the 2008 global financial collapse didn’t get indicted. They got bonuses.<p>Odds are that scandal would have played out differently in Vietnam, another nation struggling with misbehaving bankers.<p>The authoritarian …

Review (with video!): DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter

What's new<p>Like the base-model Phantom (which I'll just refer to as the "Phantom" from hereon in), the Vision utilizes an onboard GPS unit that allows …

Mobile, Accessories & Smart Devices

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You Already Know Corelam is Awesome. Here's How It's Made

It was during the mid-90s that Christian Blyt designed a piece of plywood to do the impossible: Bend it into a sinusoidal formation, creating a …

Woodworking

How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

Martin Scorsese Lists the 11 Scariest Films He's Seen

5 Must-Read Tips For Building A Brand

In just five years, Yes To has become the no. 2 natural beauty brand in the U.S. Cofounder Ido Leffler explains how to build a brand consumers believe in.

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