Geeky Finds

By Jessica Rosenberg | A collections of articles about geeky delights.

This 4-Minute Bedtime Routine Will Help You Sleep Soundly (It Might Even Change Your Life)

Follow this rather rigid routine at night, sans all gadgets. You'll sleep better and feel less stressed out.<p>I decided to stop cold. I needed to break the cycle. I was getting a little nervous about what's been happening to me lately, and this was a pretty drastic measure.<p>That's right, I have …

Productivity

Tech billionaires sank $170 million into a new kind of school — now classrooms are shrinking and some parents say their kids are 'guinea pigs'

• <b>A new kind of school crafted by the minds and wallets of Silicon Valley influencers is struggling to keep parents happy and students in seats.</b>• <b><br>AltSchool shuttered more than half of the schools it's opened since 2013.</b>• <b><br>Parents of former and current students at AltSchool told Business Insider the</b> …

21st Century

How to Horribly Injure Someone on Purpose

Do you hate violence? Author Tim Larkin says you need to be ready to use it anyway—and use it well—if you have no other choice.<p>If you're like me, you gave self-defense classes a try when you were a kid, but punching air and going "kiai!" for an hour every other day seemed pretty useless, so you …

George R.R. Martin

Watch Starship Troopers now: it’s reality, not sci-fi

Twenty years ago Paul Verhoeven’s film foresaw the nightmare of the west’s endless war with terrorists. If only the world had recognised its genius<p>There’s an image from Starship Troopers – 20 years old this week – that has been carved into the walls of my memory ever since I first watched it as an …

Paul Verhoeven

Siri Tips & Tricks: 21 Useful Things You Can Ask Siri

Whether you’re new to iPhone or have been using your device for a while—there are plenty of Siri tips and tricks you may have never tried. We know Siri has opinions on the meaning of life but what other things can you ask Siri to do? There are plenty of lists on the cool and funny things to ask …

iOS

Justin Bieber covered his abs with an elaborate tattoo and the internet is still processing

Take it easy, internet. It's Justin's body. Let him make his choices.<p>Justin Bieber set off a fan firestorm on Saturday when he shared a look at his …

Tattoos

Make Good Habits Stick Easily With Productive—the Habit Tracker

Building good habits like establishing an exercise routine, reading every day, or drinking enough water take a lot of focus and motivation. At times, …

Different Types Of Meditation Change The Brain In Different Ways, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of discussion about what kinds of mental activities are actually capable of changing the brain. Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed “brain games” have fizzled out. Meanwhile, meditation and mindfulness training have accumulated some …

The Brain

The Nokia 3310 is back - and it even has Snake

The ‘indestructible’ handset returns, complete with one-month standby time, colour screen and bags of nostalgia<p>The rumours are true – the Nokia 3310 is back, and it even has Snake. The updated version of the early noughties icon, famed for its seemingly indestructible qualities, was unveiled at the …

Mobile Technology

The Language of Dolphins Could Be Translated by 2021

Gavagai AB<p>Swedish startup Gavagai AB, a language technology company that originated at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, has mastered 40 …

Artificial Intelligence

Joss Whedon Is Writing And Directing A ‘Batgirl’ Movie For DC

Coming on the heels of <i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</i>‘s 20th anniversary, Joss Whedon will oversee another project starring a badass female superhero: Batgirl. The <i>Firefly</i> creator has been tapped to write, direct, and produce “an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros. as part of its DC Extended Universe,” …

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either …

Counting clicks ... a beginner's guide to mastering Google Analytics

The freemium tool can provide a wealth of insight into how visitors interact with your website, but many entrepreneurs are not making the most of it<p>How do people find your website? How long do they stay? What is the user experience like on different devices? If you can’t answer these three …

SEO

How to use Workflow, the app that Apple just bought and made free for everyone

Apple bought an app called Workflow on Thursday. The app automates stuff you do all the time on your iPhone and iPad and turns those tasks into a simple button.<p>But instead of killing the app, as Apple usually does when it acquires a startup, Apple made it free.<p>Basically, Workflow is like a Swiss …

When the Children Crashed Dad's BBC Interview: The Family Speaks

Near the end of a long day of radio and TV appearances from home, Robert Kelly, an expert on East Asian affairs, prepared for another live video interview at 7 p.m.<p>As he finished up a soda and tightened his necktie before a Skype call from the BBC, he forgot to lock the door of his office in his …

South Korea

A Giant Neuron Has Been Found Wrapped Around The Entire Circumference of The Brain

This could be where consciousness forms.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected a giant neuron wrapped around the entire circumference of a …

It’s time to revisit Pokémon Go

The summer of 2016 was the summer of Pokémon Go. Everywhere you went, you could see people playing the popular augmented-reality mobile game. But our love affair with it was short-lived. By the time Winter came along, millions of players had deleted the app from their phones.<p>It isn’t hard to see …

Meet Lovely, the sex toy that's like a FitBit for your dick

You've got data from every other moment of your waking life, why shouldn't you have it for your sexual encounters too? That's exactly what Lovely — a …

Wearable Tech

Starbucks Just Admitted It's Got a Big Problem (and It's the Company's Own Fault)

Have you noticed something different about your local Starbucks lately?<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Too many people worship at the Church of Technology.<p>There's a sense that technological "progress" is always good and that …

Trends

A gun that lets you weaponize your tears

Designer Yi-Fei Chen built a gun for her frustrations. But the weapon doesn’t shoot bullets; it shoots actual tears.<p>The project came about during her time as a masters student at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Originally from Taiwan, Chen said she had a difficult time adjusting as a …

Cool Stuff

7 can't-miss apps: Duobook, Forest, AlarmMon and more

With the tech world recovering from a CES hangover, you may have missed some of this week's best apps.<p>Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite …

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work<p>Like most writers, I am an inveterate procrastinator. In the course of writing this one article, I have checked my e-mail approximately 3,000 times, made and discarded multiple grocery lists, conducted a lengthy Twitter …

“Mirrors With Memories”: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?

“Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades.” That very early photographers’ slogan—introduced not long after Louis Daguerre announced his …

Grace Hopper

The women who make a living gaming on Twitch

Women battle old-fashioned sexism and new forms of harassment to become big players in the world of professional gaming<p>Two years ago Chelsea quit her job as a pharmacy technician to play video games.<p>“I went to work one day and I was like, ‘I would actually be making more money if I had stayed at …

Feminism

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Starbucks has big plans for artificial intelligence

Starbucks has led the way for not just fast-casual restaurants, but all of retail when it comes to using customer-facing technology in its stores. The company was the first major chain to integrate digital payment into its app, making it a common sight to see people pay by holding up their phones …

If You're Shocked Teen Vogue Is Great, You're Not Paying Attention

On Saturday morning, <i>Teen Vogue</i> published a sharp piece by the writer Lauren Duca entitled “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America.” Described in the …

'Once in a lifetime find': Dinosaur tail discovered trapped in amber

<b>(CNN) —</b> The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists.<p>Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist found the specimen, the size of a dried apricot, at an amber market in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border.<p>The …

Paleontology

Kill the drones, Amazon Go is an actual game changer

I wanted to dismiss Amazon Go as another Jeff Bezos attention play. But I was wrong. This is the shopping experience we’ve all been waiting for. …

Amazon