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Lenovo’s new Yoga Book is a 360-degree laptop without the keyboard

Clamshell system drops the keyboard in favor of the touch-sensitive "Create Pad."<p>Microsoft's Courier was supposed to be an electronic journal or …

Withings announces new Steel HR with continuous activity tracking and 25-day battery life

Withings, a company with a solid record of making fitness accessories and connect devices, has announced the newest watch in its collection of smart activity trackers: the Withings Steel HR. While it may look like the company’s previous top-of-the-line activity tracker, the Activité Steel, …

Mathpapa Walks You Through Algebra Solutions Step by Step

Algebra can be tough to figure out, and textbook answer keys often don't display the step-by-step solutions so crucial to learning. Mathpapa is a …

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Acer unveils 1080p Chromebook 15 ahead of CES

Acer has been doing very well for themselves with their line of Chrome OS powered Chromebook devices, and they are continuing to expand their offerings with their new Chromebook 15.<p>The Acer Chromebook 15, as the name implies, is a 15-inch class laptop with a 15.6-inch display, making it the first …

Call+ app expands free landline calling to 16 countries

About a month ago, an app called Call+ made a pretty tantalizing offer: unlimited free calls to a few countries, with fairly easy ways to earn call time for a bunch of others.<p>If you liked the idea but didn't need to call anyone in Brazil, China or Mexico, here's good news: Call+ now gives you free …

24 Movies You Probably Missed This Year, But Should Totally See

Just because these 2014 movies flew under the radar — and each grossed less than $10 million at the U.S. box office this year — that doesn't mean they aren't so very worth your time.<p>Playing Theresa D'Agostino in Seasons 3 and 4 of <i>The Wire</i> was a major break for Brandy Burre, the biggest role of her …

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This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

Behind the App: The Story of Pushbullet

We all live across multiple screens as our gaze hops from our phones to our laptops and to our tablets. How do you keep yourself in order when your …

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We Finally Know What HP's New Designer Smartwatch Will Look Like

Bastian told the Journal that his watch is meant to be more of an accessory than a piece of technology.<p>It's not quite as advanced as other wearables — it can't track your steps or allow you to make phone calls — but that's because it's meant to discreetly show your notifications at a glance.<p>You'll …

American Television: Switching Channels

Couch potatoes are forced to spend around $90 a month for their subscription. They receive over 160 channels, most of which they skip straight past. By one estimate the cost of a cable subscription has more than doubled since 2000. All that for the privilege of doing business with companies that …

Continuity Activation Tool enables Handoff/Instant Hotspot/AirDrop features on unsupported Macs

Apple decided not to support all Bluetooth 4.0 capable Macs for its new Continuity features in OS X Yosemite for undisclosed reasons, but it is possible to get the feature up and running on some older, unsupported Macs. Previously it required a bit of manual tinkering, but now a utility called OS X …

All the Crazy Fish You Can Catch in Hawaii—and How to Cook Them

There are more varieties of fish in Hawaiian waters than there are ways to mispronounce "poke." Here's our guide to what they are and how to cook 'em.<p>The assorted fish are spread out on the cutting board like a deck of cards.<p>Uhu, kumu, opakapaka, shutome, onaga and sashimi-grade, bigeye ahi…French …

Daibo Dreamed of Coffee

It sounds like white noise, a gentle static barely perceptible over the din of Tokyo traffic that flashes by two floors below. But as you sit there …

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

5 min read<p>We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some way at some point, especially in the cutthroat startup race, where half of …

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17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

4 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> …

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When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Mozilla under fire: Inside the 9-day reign of fallen CEO Brendan Eich

On a Friday night flight home to San Francisco from Boston in March, Brendan Eich should have been unwinding. It was the end of his first week as chief executive of Mozilla, the nonprofit organization he'd co-founded 16 years earlier to promote an Internet built on open technology. On top of that, …

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Study: Eating These 41 ‘Powerhouse’ Fruits And Vegetables Can Prevent Chronic Disease

Is your daily diet full of “Powerhouse” fruits and vegetables? Probably not, unless you regularly munch on watercress, chard or beet greens.<p>While …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

John Steinbeck On Why 'Camping Is For The Birds'

In the May 1967 issue of Popular Science, John Steinbeck argued that "the American passion for moving about in motorized caravans... results in little permanent damage beyond divorce and bankruptcy."<p><i>Earlier this month, we published John Steinbeck's 1966 letter to the editor of</i> Popular Science_, in …

Hunter S. Thompson On Finding Your Purpose In Life

Thompson's letter, found in "Letters of Note," offers some of the most thoughtful and profound advice I've ever come across. [<i>bolding is our own</i>]<p>April 22, 1958<br>57 Perry Street<br>New York City<p>Dear Hume,<p>You ask advice: ah, what a very human and very dangerous thing to do! For to give advice to a man who …

100 Mystery Novels Everyone Should Read In Their Lifetime

Amazon editors debuted a new list of the 100 mysteries and thrillers that everyone should read in their lifetime, based on reader selections and ratings at Goodreads.<p>From well-known authors like Agatha Christie and Edgar Allan Poe to suspense-genre newcomers, these are the 100 thrillers that will …

This Amazing Case Could Virtually Double The Size Of Your iPhone Screen

Just in case the long-rumored larger iPhone is never actually released, this amazing phone case could solve your small-screen woes.<p>Fuffr uses Leap Motion-esque technology to turn the area around your smartphone into an extension of its screen. The motion-sensing technology is built into the case, …