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10 Apps That Will Make Your Android Phone A Whole Lot Better

Android launchers allow you to make your phone even more personal and catered to your specific tastes.<p>A launcher is essentially a home screen replacement for your Android phone.<p>You can turn them on or off whenever you like, which means you can change the look and feel of your phone's software at …

Android News

The Valentine's Day Showstopper

<i>Every so often, we get the chance to reshoot one of our favorite recipes from the Food52 archives.</i><p><i>Today: A cake to launch a thousand ships.</i><p><i>This post is brought to you by our friends at Noritake. Noritake’s Cher Blanc is featured below.</i><p>There's a reason there's no such thing as a wedding pie. Don't …

52 Ideas To Use Driftwood In Home Décor

Using driftwood for décor is a brilliant idea because it’s not only beautiful but also eco-friendly because you use reclaimed old wood for creation …

Google's Next Crazy Project: Smart Contact Lenses

If you thought Google Glass was pretty far out, the tech giant's latest project might have you seeing double.<p>Google is developing a "smart" contact lens. Yes, a contact lens made with super-tiny chips and sensors and an antenna inside that -- of course -- you wear right on your eyeball. No joke.<p>But …

Diabetes

The Complete List: All the New Netflix and Hulu Releases

It's an all too familiar situation: You went to the grocery store to make sure that your fridge was stocked for this snowstorm, but now you're stuck …

Prime time for a potty break during a movie? There's an app for that.

I'm at "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" the other day, cradling a drink the size of Marlon Brando, 40 corpulent ounces of sugar water priced higher than Texas crude. If this thing capsizes, I may well drown.<p>This 40-ounce Coke is considered a "medium." Presumably, the next size up is Lake …

Jailbreak Tweak 'AppLocker' Locks Individual Apps With Touch ID

Following the December release of the evasi0n jailbreak for iOS 7 devices, several new jailbreak tweaks for the iPhone 5s are in the works, including a newly updated version of AppLocker that is designed to take advantage of the Touch ID sensor of the iPhone 5s.<p>AppLocker is a tweak that has existed …

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The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Applebee's installing 100,000 tablets to take orders and kill boredom

Do you love going out for jalapeño poppers but hate the human interaction it always requires? Applebee's apparently knows the feeling: the middling restaurant chain is adding tablets to its tables and bar areas to let you order your food and pay the check without having to track down your server. …

Weekend readers' best photographs: snack

From leaves to kebabs: your best pictures on this week's theme, snack<p>The next topic is prepare (to appear December 14). Email a hi-res image (one per entry), plus a sentence or two about what inspired you to take your photo, to in.pictures@guardian.co.uk by noon on Wednesday December 4; please …

Macy’s is the first retailer to use Apple’s iBeacon for in-store presence

When Apple(s aapl) rolled iOS 7 in June, it quietly included a proximity-based service called iBeacon, which Gigaom contributor Hari Gottipati …

Pinterest needs growth badly, so it is pinning places

When you raise $225 million and are being valued at $3.8 billion, then you as a company have to scramble and find ways to not only keep growing to …

MediaTek tries to pretend that the Exynos 5420 doesn’t exist as it launches world’s first true octa-core processor

In a brazen attempt to look better than its competition, MediaTek has unveiled the MT6592, a processor which it is claiming is the world’s first true octa-core mobile platform. Ignoring all the fluff in the release information like “premium gaming performance” and “perfect balance of performance …

Batteries

The one problem with Dropbox’s $8 billion valuation: The service is too easy to leave

Recently I ran out of space on the consumer-focused cloud storage service Dropbox, which as of this morning is reportedly valued at $8 billion. Dropbox has been (cleverly) backing up all my photos every time I connect my phone to my laptop, encouraging me to fill up my allotted gigabytes and get me …

Google Drive

The Gibson shipwrecks and rescues archive – in pictures

The Gibson archive presents one of the most graphic and emotive depictions of shipwrecks, lifesaving and its aftermath produced in the 19th and 20th centuries. The archive of dramatic and often haunting images, assembled over 125 years by four generations of the Gibson family, records over 200 …

Zagat

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