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There's A Hidden Dark Side To Being An Entrepreneur - It Wreaks Havoc On Your Mental Health

The life of an entrepreneur sounds glamorous when you’re on the outside looking in. Setting your own schedule, creating your own rules, and building the type of company you want to work for can be incredibly alluring.<p>In fact, successful entrepreneurs tend to be idolized by the masses as they appear …

A $60 Gadget That Makes Car Hacking Far Easier

The average automobile today isn’t necessarily secured against hackers, so much as obscured from them: Digitally controlling a car’s electronics …

How crashing drones are exposing secrets about U.S. war operations

Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations.<p>A surveillance mission was exposed last week when a Predator drone crashed in northwest Syria while spying on the home turf of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. officials believe the drone was shot down, but they haven’t ruled out …

A New Startup Named 'FeelReal' is Bringing a VR Mask Add-on to GDC that Produces Smells, Temperatures, and Vibrations

As the Game Developers Conference (GDC) approaches, the buzz has all been about the many new head mounted displays (HMDs) that are expected to be …

Saudi Arabia gives top prize to cleric who blames George Bush for 9/11

Controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik awarded the King Faisal international prize for promoting Islam through his hugely popular Peace TV channel<p>An Indian television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an “inside job” received one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious prizes on Sunday, for …

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These 'privacy glasses' make you invisible to facial recognition

You're going out with friends mid-week, and you don't want the boss/significant other/parole officer to find out. But it's a birthday celebration, and Facebook's auto-tagging the pictures your buddies upload like a dirty snitch. The first piece of advice: never "friend" your parole officer. The …

Marines Are Testing Adorable Robot Guard Balls

The few, the proud, the spherical<p>From the sea it emerges, a rolling orb-like object. One large black tire body with two side domes peeking out, GuardBot looks like a two-sided eyeball, straight out of an alien invasion movie. While the Marine Corps tests it as a possible amphibious scout, …

Behold: a wristband that replaces your phone with a dumber phone

The folks behind the giant and retro (but not quite useful) Neptune Pine smartwatch are back -- and this time they're aiming to flip technology paradigms. Their new product, the Neptune Duo, is made up of two familiar looking devices that don't work the way you'd expect. The Neptune Hub is a chunky …

How Microgrids Could Bring Electricity To 1.5 Billion People

<i>This article was originally published in December 2012 on the Energy Realities blog.</i><p>Since most of the world has taken electric lights, air conditioning, ubiquitous power outlets and so on for granted for several generations, it’s easy to forget that more than 1.5 billion people on the planet – …

Japan's flip-phone love affair continues, smartphone shipments fall

In an alternate universe where up is down and black is white, more feature phones get shipped year-on-year while its replacement, the smartphone, sees sales stall. That's apparently what happened in Japan last year though, according to MM Research Institute. For the first time in seven years, …

High-tech Japanese hotel to employ human-like robot staff

Going to Japan? Here's a bit of advice: if you're absolutely terrified of eerie human-like robots, think very hard before visiting Nagasaki prefecture's Henn-na Hotel that's slated to open its doors in July. Why? Because the high-tech hotel will employ 10 robots, three of which are multilingual …

Leatherman Tread bracelet is the first truly useful 'wearable'

You might not understand how truly useful and indispensable a Leatherman, or any multitool for that matter, is unless you've carried one for a while. Obviously, Leatherman President Ben Rivera is quite fond of his, but it caused a bit of a problem when he tried to pass through the gates at …

Five reasons why we should all learn how to do nothing

Are today’s always-connected, crazily busy lifestyles affecting our health? Give yourself a break – your brain needs downtime<p>The idea that “doing nothing” is a skill to be learned might seem bewildering at first. Surely it’s just a question of stopping doing anything else? Yet that’s far easier …

iPhone ‘withdrawal’ really makes people anxious

Separation from iPhones can cause users serious psychological and physiological effects, including poor performance on cognitive tests, according to …

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Energizer's Energy Hardcase phones keep going and going

Known for its batteries, Energizer showcased its Energy Hardcase series of phones at CES 2015.<p>LAS VEGAS -- Earlier this week during CES 2015, Energizer showcased a prototype line of durable cell phones and smartphones. Known mostly for its batteries, the company unsurprisingly touted the handsets' …

REPORT: David Petraeus May Be Charged With Leaking Classified Information To His Former Mistress

Citing anonymous government officials, the New York Times is reporting that federal prosecutors with the FBI and the Department of Justice have recommended that Petraeus be charged with a felony for providing classified information to his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell, who was also an …

Parrot's mini drones perform at CES 2015

Obama's free community college plan faces uphill battle

President Barack Obama wants the first two years of community college to be free for many Americans, but his plan to make that happen is mostly talk …

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Former – And Maybe Future – Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Says Jay-Z is 'Pimping' Beyonce

It’s probably a safe bet that, if Mike Huckabee runs once more for president, neither Jay Z nor Beyoncé will be on the campaign rally playlist.<p>The …

Here’s Yet Another Good Reason to Go to Bed Early Tonight

In case you stopped counting<p>Night owls, take note: People who stay up late worry more, finds a recent study from Binghamton University.<p>Researchers surveyed participants on their sleep habits and how often they dwelled on their problems. The results: People who slept less and went to bed later both …

SnapCam is iON's new $150 wearable lifelogging camera

What's the opposite of a selfie? Not sure? Well, we'd argue any photo from the SnapCam by iON (of Air Pro action camera fame) would fit that description. SnapCam is the latest entrant into the wearable lifelogging market (you may know Autographer, or Narrative already). The 1.5-inch square device …

How drones and insects merged in ways that might surprise you

Hornets, wasps and termites are pests to many households in America, but in 2014, they inspired robot technology in ways that could make them pests on an entirely different level to adversaries.<p>Here are three interesting programs that are building tiny intelligent flying and crawling robots - that …

SkylinkNet Alarm System Starter Kit review: Skylink's DIY security kit is basic but dependable - CNET

<b>The Good</b> SkylinkNet's kit was a reliable performer in our tests, with responsive sensors and an easy-to-use app.<p><b>The Bad</b> Skylink won't call the police for you if the alarm goes off, and its system won't integrate into a larger connected-home setup.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> There's nothing groundbreaking about …

RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World

Here's our monthly list of the best smartphones you can buy.<p>We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We only consider phones that are available …

The Tempescope shows you tomorrow's weather by physically creating it

Another very cool item hidden within CEATEC, Japan's biggest tech show, was the Tempescope. The team behind it call it "an ambient physical display that visualizes the weather, inside your living room" -- it's an elaborate lit-up box that shows you tomorrow's weather in a very classy, oddly …

The US Navy has a new fleet of artificially intelligent drone boats

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Pavlok needs you to shock more people into breaking bad habits

There's no way you'd use a shock collar to train your beloved dog, but you wouldn't mind using one on yourself if it means breaking your nastiest habits, eh? If that's the case, then your day has come: Pavlok (a wearable band that can zap you with electricity) is now up on Indiegogo, with its …

Nixie is a wearable drone that captures your activities on the fly

Remember the dronie? If not, it's a self-taken photograph (sigh, <i>selfie</i>) from a UAV like the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 that provides a bit more creativity than your arm reach allows. Imagine that you can attach that drone to your wrist and launch it instantly, and you have some idea about how the Nixie …

DEA agents shirked responsibility over student in cell, report finds

At least four Drug Enforcement Administration employees encountered a 23-year-old student while he was locked in a San Diego holding cell for five days without food or water, but each assumed he was someone else's responsibility, according to an inspector general's report on the 2012 incident.<p>The …

The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders

The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.<p>Consider the latest leak sourced to Edward Snowden from the perspective of his detractors. The National Security Agency's …