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Android 7.1 Nougat may be on the way already

The news hot off the press this week is that a consumer version of Android 7.0 Nougat is making its way to devices as of yesterday, and part of what makes Nougat special is that Google has committed to more regular quarterly maintenance updates. Now we’re seeing some evidence that the first of …

Suicide bomber kills at least 70 at Pakistan hospital, IS claims responsibility

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed at least 70 people and wounded more than 100 on Monday in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta, and Islamic State and a Taliban faction claimed responsibility.<p>The bomber struck as a crowd of …

Extremism

NASA Astronauts Can Already Farm On Mars

The prospect of conquering the dark and vast expanse of space has fascinated the human mind for a good part of the last century. Perhaps that is why ‘The Martian,’ a film adaptation of Andy Weir’s book about one man’s struggle to survive on Mars, rocketed to the No. 1 spot at the box office this …

Space Science

iPhone monopod is more than you’ll ever need but exactly what you want

Taking iPhone video is usually a pretty manual affair. You try to hold your hands steady, but eventually some shudder creeps in. Trying to maintain a steady focal point can be tricky, especially if you’re filming a larger scene, like a concert or play.<p>You could use a tripod, but they’re big, bulky …

Apple still determined to bring sapphire displays to iPhone

It would be easy to think that Apple’s sapphire iPhone dreams went down the pan when GT Advanced Technologies went bust, but Apple’s nothing if not persistent.<p>Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple describing a new method for manufacturing sapphire …

The 2015 San Diego Comic-Con: what, where, Conan and One Direction

SDCC 2015 is less than six weeks away.<p>Comic-Con is about two weeks early this year, right after July 4th and I don’t even want to THINK about the …

11 best new Android apps and Android games released in February 2015

We’re nearing the end of February and it’s been quite the month for Android apps and Android games. We saw some flops but we also saw some pretty impressive software. Let’s take a look at the best Android apps and Android games of February 2015.<p>[Price: Free]<br>Do Button by IFTTT is a software button …

Best keyboard apps for Android

Keyboards may be one of the most important choices you make on your phone. They will shape the speed and accuracy with which you use your phone to …

Route 66, Ride for the Relay, Day Nine

Sunday September 14, 2014, from Winslow to Kingman, Arizona<p>Our day got off to a late start and we missed connecting with the bike group that was going to the Grand Canyon. (There were two choices: the giant meteor crater or the canyon). We decided it was fine to be on our own today, as Jen had …

5 Petty Arguments You Won't Believe Have Scientific Answers

A great many of the arguments humans have are over things that are a) inconsequential and b) impossible to resolve. A couple can argue for years …

Google Play Music finally hits iOS with a free month of All Access and programmable radio in 21 countries

After much anticipation, Google finally released its native Google Play Music app for iOS today. The All Access and Radio service was originally announced at Google IO in May with the promise that it would be ported to iOS devices a few weeks later. Then it was rumored last month. Well, today it is …

5 Shockingly Crazy Judges Who Presided Over Modern Courts

Most of us, if accused of a crime, aren't crazy about having our fate decided by a jury (as the old joke goes, it's a dozen people who weren't clever …

Cambridgeshire police 'steal' bikes to see if public call 999

Cambridgeshire police have released a video showing actors "stealing" bikes to show how people passing by didn't bother to report the crime.<p>The video shows actors "stealing" four bikes in locations in Cambridge. During one "theft", bolt cutters are used to free a bike from the railings.<p>Tourists and …

5 Seemingly Harmless Groups That Wield Terrifying Power

Everyone knows a conspiracy theorist who, at the slightest provocation, will spout a stream of cerebro-diarrhea about the secret organizations that …

5 Innocent Gestures That Make You Look Like a Dick Overseas

So you're not making as many friends as you would like in your world travels. You've practiced some local phrases, you've stopped humming "America …

30 Must-Have iPhone Apps For Frequent Flyers

Your iPhone could be your most valuable travel companion. It can help you get the best seats on and off the plane, get you to the gate on time, find convenient airport lounges, avoid weather cancellations and even help you find the bathroom in a pitch dark hotel room. All these apps are available …

My Favorite On-the-Road Apps

On recent trips, I’ve zipped around Belgium, Israel, and Ireland on foot and behind the wheel of a rented car without getting lost (okay, it happened once in awhile), all because of my phone, or what I like to call my third hand.<p>When I think back to traveling ten years ago, I can’t even imagine (or …