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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, …

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 …

[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>Welcome back to our monthly gaming retrospective, this time for January 2014. We've got a good mix of triple-A console-style games …

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 …

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 …

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

Easily remembered, broadly repeated passwords are for suckers. Writing them down to type back in, or copy/pasting them each time is not only a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Consumer Tech

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, …

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

Imagine spilling red wine or chocolate syrup on your shirt, only to watch it glide off as if nothing ever happened in the first place. Hogwash? No, it's called NeverWet.<p>Awhile back, I wrote about NeverWet, a superhydrophobic coating that can be applied to nearly any surface and repels liquids …

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

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

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 significant advances over the last few years, finally delivering the …