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The best time wasting games in a post-Flappy Bird world

My favorite Android games are the ones that take two seconds to get into and can be replayed over, and over, and over again. Before Flappy Bird, …

Apps

Major changes coming to 2016 SAT test: Here's what, how and why

The SAT college exam will undergo sweeping changes on what's tested, how it's scored and how students can prepare, College Board President and CEO David Coleman said Wednesday.<p>Standardized tests have become "far too disconnected from the work of our high schools," Coleman said at an event in …

Everything you need to know about Host Card Emulation

This week Visa and MasterCard announced new specifications for NFC mobile payments using host card emulation (HCE) . Until now mobile payment systems needed a special piece of hardware, normally in the SIM card, known as the secure element. It is used by the mobile payment system to perform certain …

FinTech

[Deal Alert] HooToo TripMate Wireless N Portable Travel Router (5200mAh Battery And USB Storage) Down To $39.99 ($10 Off)

As a technology obsessed individual (hey, you're the one reading an Android blog), you probably take things like external batteries and travel …

[Game Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Games Of January 2014

Article Contents<p>1 Deus Ex: The Fall<br>• 2 Detective Grimoire<br>• 3 Fractal Combat X<br>• 4 Table Top Racing<br>• 5 Bad Hotel<br>• 6 Final Fantasy VI<br>• 7 Flappy Bird<br>• 8 Honorable …

Opto-pi Raspberry Pi Opto-Isolator Board Offers Easier Interfacing With Digital GPIO Pins (video)

Raspberry Pi owners looking to use higher voltages with their mini PC, might be interested in this new opto-isolator board called the Opto-pi which …

Microcontroller

The Estes Proto X Is The World's Tiniest Quadcopter

Drones are all the rage, these days, especially quadcopters. But not everyone has the space to put a full-fledged quadcopter up, or perhaps you’re …

Drones

How To Get Apple’s Custom Font Celebrating 30 Years Of Mac

Apple left an easter egg (intentional or otherwise) in its new 30 years of Mac tribute website today: A custom font that depicts each Mac model from the past three decades of its history as a maker of personal computers. IOS developer and hacker Greg Barbosa discovered the icon set, and tweeted a …

Best password manager apps for Mac

What's the best password manager app for Mac?<p>Easily remembered, broadly repeated passwords are for suckers. Writing them down to type back in, or …

The best iPad apps for Disney world

The sad truth is that countries have been invaded with less careful planning than is required to ensure an optimal vacation at Walt Disney World. It …

New app brings global car shows to you

International auto shows are some of the best places in the world to see new sheet metal from nearly every auto maker all in one place. We spend our …

Getting Started With Google Chromecast: The Unofficial Manual

As the new year arrives, many of us are greeting it with shiny new gadgets, courtesy of the holiday season. And one in particular has been a noteworthy hit—Google’s Chromecast streaming device, which is still holding strong as Amazon’s bestselling electronic.<p>Unlike many other new gadgets this year, …

Big Data Myths Give Way To Reality In 2014

For many enterprises, Big Data remains a nebulous goal, rather than a current reality. Yet it’s a goal that more and more enterprises are pushing to the top of their priority list. As Gartner surveys have shown, everyone is keen to board the Big Data bandwagon, yet a comparative few really …

Mapping Happiness In American Cities, Using Twitter

Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and about a zillion tweets, these maps correlate happiness and location.<p>Back in 2009, a group of University of Vermont researchers published a surprising paper in the <i>Journal of Happiness Studies</i>. In it, they outlined the process of determining the saddest day in …

Play classic video games in style with OpenEmu for Mac

Like iTunes for classic games<p>The world has no shortage of video game emulators, but many can be painful to use — many reflect their hacker origins with equally hacky interfaces, and you'd need a vast collection of different emulators to properly relive your childhood. By contrast, OpenEmu is a …

Like Legos? You'll Love LittleBits

Playtime is fun. Electronics and circuit boards? Not so much — until now.<p>littleBits is an open-source library of color-coded electronic modules — …

The Verge at work: making perfect pictures on your iPhone

The Verge at Work <i>is a series about process. We’re not scientists, and we’re not gurus, we’re just trying to get some work done. The solutions presented here are highly personal, and highly personalized. Not the only way, but our way.</i><p>I’m in love with the photo-making process: from the click of the …

Fill Your TV

On two recent episodes of Accidental Tech Podcast, I talked about calibrating my new TV. The reactions of my co-hosts and the feedback from listeners …

Ganttify Turns Your Google Calendar or Trello Board into a Gantt Chart

It's easy to use Google Calendar as your project management tool, but if you want a more traditional project management view, take a look at new …

Project Management

Most Popular Hive Fives of 2013

2013 was a great year for our Hive Five feature, where we ask you for the best tools in a category, highlight the top five, and then challenge you to …

Android Phones

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: The Drinking Game!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: The Drinking Game! Christmas Vacation is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a film about family, …

Alcohol

Apple Retail Stores to Integrate iBeacon Systems to Assist with Sales and Services

Earlier this year at the keynote during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple mentioned iBeacon microlocation APIs as a new part of its SDK, which are designed to access location data through the Bluetooth Low Energy profile on iOS devices. Now, the company is preparing to integrate …

Consumer Technology news, analysis, how-to, opinion and video.

Are you sitting down? Probably. The results of anonymous, aggregated, global Fitbit user data reveals that the U.S. needs to seriously step up its …

More On the Apollo Guidance Computer from 1965

Earlier this week I brought you a 2008 documentary about the computer that put men on the moon -- the "Apollo Guidance Computer," or AGC. Today, …

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Steroids.js Bridges The Performance Gap Between PhoneGap And Native Apps By Using Native UI Components And Animations

Adobe’s PhoneGap mobile app development framework for bringing HTML5 hybrid apps to mobile devices is incredibly popular, but even though developers love the fact that they can write cross-platform re-usable code with it, it’s not exactly known for being very fast. Steroids.js, a new project from …

GlassFrogger makes Glass wearers hop in real life to brave simulated streets (update: code and video)

Google may keep a tight lid on Glass development, but that hasn't stopped coders at the Breaking Glass Hackathon from building some clever wearable apps. Take the event's winning entry, GlassFrogger, as an example: the HTML5-based game recreates <i>Frogger</i> on Google's eyepiece by making players hop in …

Spill a lot? NeverWet's ready to coat your gear

Waterproof and water-resistant products have nothing on NeverWet. The superhydrophobic coating, now available in stores, repels liquids like you've never seen before.<p>Imagine spilling red wine or chocolate syrup on your shirt, only to watch it glide off as if nothing ever happened in the first …

Home Depot

The New API Gold Rush

A technology born of the Web and accelerated by mobile is now blossoming inside businesses. Ignored for years, application programming interfaces—a key layer of connectivity between disparate software—are undergoing a renaissance.<p>The trickiness of managing these connections, and their importance to …

New F-1B rocket engine upgrades Apollo-era design with 1.8M lbs of thrust | Ars Technica

Dynetics and Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne rebuild the F-1 for the "Pyrios" booster.<p>NASA has spent a lot of time and money resurrecting the F-1 rocket …

Five things to consider before buying LED bulbs

Know what you're getting into before investing in LED light bulbs.<p>As your incandescents burn out, it's a good time to consider switching to LED bulbs.<p>LEDs have an impressive lifespan (20-something years!) and are very cost-effective.<p>Now's the right time to switch to LEDs. These bulbs have made …

LED Lighting