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Kill the News Feed and use Facebook like its 2005

Do you miss the old Facebook? The one without all those profile pic updates and Upworthy headlines?<p>Facebook may be the perfect communication tool, but the News Feed is a distraction machine — it zaps productivity and gives users little more than a lingering fear of missing out (FOMO).<p>If you’ve felt …

Will the power plants of the future burn dead bodies?

A facility in Oregon was caught using human remains to produce energy. The revelation disgusts us — but why?<p>The oil in Arabia is dribbling dry. As ever, the alternatives fail to excite us. Fracking taints water and jolts the Richter scale. In the ash chutes of coal mines, death comes early in the …

Why Transparency Is The Next Killer Feature In Mobile

<i>Ted Muething is a PR and marketing consultant at</i> <i>Jones-Dilworth Inc.</i><i>, a boutique agency in Austin focused on bringing early-stage technologies to market.</i><p>Every day we vote with our dollars how we want the world to be. By deciding what to buy, and what not to by, we shape strategies in the boardroom …

Your Computer Downtime Could Help Crack the Alzheimer's Code

George Mason University researchers create a distributed computing project to unravel the mysteries of the disease.<p>Researchers at George Mason University have created a tool that allows anyone to donate their computer downtime to Alzheimer’s research, enlisting the public’s help in studying the …

A Eulogy for Twitter

The beloved social publishing platform enters its twilight.<p>We've been trying to figure out the moment Twitter turned, retracing tweets to see whether there was something specific that soured the platform.<p><i>Something is wrong on Twitter.</i> And people are noticing.<p>Or, at least, the kind of people we hang …

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​Tell Google Glass to get lost with new top-level voice command

Niantic's Field Trip app gets promoted to the head of Google Glass class with "explore nearby," a new top-level voice command.<p>Not every Google Glass app gets the opportunity to introduce a top-level command to control the wearable headset, but geolocation-based recommendation app Field Trip is one …

The best writing of the week, April 27

Your Sunday reading<p>We all know the feeling. You're sleepless in the sad hours of the night or stumbling around early on a hazy weekend morning in need of something to read, and that pile of unread books just isn't cutting it. Why not take a break from the fire hose of Twitter and RSS and check out …

Ondot Card Control brings Find My iPhone features to your wallet

A startup out of San Jose, Calif. is handing card holders protection akin to smartphone antifraud services.<p>"Banks are thinking about this as a slam dunk."<p>Vaduvur Bharghavan, Ondot co-founder and CEO

How to recover lost contacts on iOS and prevent it from happening again

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>The trouble with being connected all of the time is that when something bad happens to the data stored on one device, like …

Here’s the iPhone 6: Bigger, thinner, improved camera, and more

Apple’s iPhone 6 was perhaps the most highly anticipated device of 2014. Now, after a long, suspenseful year full of rumors and contradictory …

Larry Page’s lost decade was the best thing to ever happen to Google

Nearly a decade passed between Google co-founder Larry Page’s two stints as the company’s CEO. He stepped down to a diminished role when he ceded the job to Eric Schmidt in 2001, then took it back in 2010. In between, he was often unhappy, and frequently disconnected from the company. But that time …

Gramofon

Like the gramophones of old, Gramofon is designed to bring your favorite music into your home. Unlike an actual gramophone, however, this sleek …

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Apple vs. Google: A world view on the mobile gaming war

Mobile platforms are taking over the world, and nothing gets more downloads or makes more money on iOS and Android than video games.<p>Google’s and Apple’s software platforms have enabled developers of all sizes to get their products in front of customers around the world. This benefits the people …

The Littleton Massacre: ...In Sorrow And Disbelief

U.S.<p>Search<p>politicsDo Not Doubt Donald Trump. He Could Easily Be Reelected<p>CrimeMurder Suspect Fatally Shot by Police While Trying to Get Into Son's …

Sonos is fixing its most frustrating issue

The "wireless" audio system will actually be wireless soon.<p>Sonos is planning to eliminate the most annoying part of its popular "wireless" music setup. Currently, if you've got Sonos speakers throughout the house, at least one of them needs to be plugged into your home router to achieve wireless …

With XP Support A Thing Of The Past, Many Of America's ATM's Face Increased Security Risks

Starting Wednesday, many of America’s ATM’s are flying without a safety net.<p>That’s because Microsoft has officially ended tech support for Windows XP, the 13-year-old operating system it’s been trying desperately to bid farewell. The problem: As of earlier this year, XP was still running on an …

Twitter’s strategy to fix itself is to become more and more like Facebook

Twitter is about to get very different for millions of people, thanks to a major redesign announced this morning. Above is how first lady Michelle Obama’s profile page looks, post-redesign.<p>Earlier this month, we discussed some of the challenges facing Twitter, why people quit the service, and the …

Facebook Tests New Privacy Tweaks

Will everyone freak out again?<p>Facebook knows it’s bad for Facebook when its users freak out at privacy changes. It wants to stop making that happen.<p>The company is in the midst of rolling out a few slight tweaks to its privacy settings, an attempt to minimize the accidental sharing incidents that …

Why voice is the next big internet wave

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Fuse/Thinkstock<p>At first glance, few technologies feel as unsexy as voice. From a user’s perspective, little has …

Top 10 cool things about stars

Here’s a collection of 10 unexpected, intriguing facts about the stars of our universe – including our sun – that you probably didn’t know!<p><b>1. Every</b> …

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There’s Just No Getting Around Apple Buying Yahoo

Apple should buy Yahoo.<p>This is neither a new idea, nor one acceptable to the Apple fan base. But since people briefly talked about it last year, it’s become an increasingly good idea — maybe a necessary one for Apple’s continued growth and success — and I’m going to tell you why.<p><b>Apple’s Missing</b> …

Drones vs. balloons: Zuckerberg explains why wings are better for the internet than helium

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Facebook<p>When Facebook(s fb) and Internet.org revealed their intentions on Thursday to connect the developing world …

Meet ZenMate, the encryption startup that lets you watch Netflix & keep your privacy

The NSA spying program and the media frenzy surrounding it well and truly brought the subject of online security to the forefront of Internet users’ minds last summer. A blow for the credibility of many large Internet sites, the scandal did, however, provide a publicity boost for services …

Why did Samsung play it safe with the Galaxy S5's processor?

Of all the phone manufacturers out there, Samsung seems to have a particular talent for creating an anticlimax. Our first thought when holding the Galaxy S5 was that we'd been through all this before a year ago, with the equally underwhelming launch of the GS4. Our disappointment jibed with the …

WinZip Moves To The Cloud With Launch Of ZipShare, A Way To Zip, Manage & Share All Your Online Files

WinZip, makers of the file compression utility first launched in the early 90’s that still sees north of 30 million downloads per year, is today making a shift to the cloud. The company is launching ZipShare, a file zipping, management, encryption, and sharing service that works with the major …

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 review

For quite a while now, tablets have been trying to break out as potential replacements for general computing, but unfortunately not quite succeeding.<p>Samsung hopes to continue the good fight with a slightly different outlook, and by, quite literally, blowing up an already well-received top tier …

Lenovo's improved Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ launches with a new app suite (hands-on)

While Lenovo's original Yoga Tablet had marathon-like battery endurance, an interesting design and a good price, it also had the muscle of a marathon runner, thanks to weak specs. However, the company just launched the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ at MWC 2014 with a much more desirable set of components. For …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …

The Best Home Improvement Websites and Apps

Renovations can be grueling. But a new crop of digital tools helps contain the chaos and keep things sane. See the latest and best home improvement websites and apps to check out or download.<p><b>Websites</b><p>While many social-networking sites are not much more than platforms for chatter, others have evolved …

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