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Faces.im: Facebook Chat Heads for Chrome

Everyone knows how distracting Facebook <i>can</i> be when you’re trying to work. But, well, most of us plough on through anyway and try to combine productivity with regular bouts of social networking anyway.<p>With that in mind, Faces.im is a beautifully simple extension for Chrome, that serves up a little …

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

Technology has altered human physiology. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention …

iOS 7.1 is out: Compare your benchmark scores with these apps

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>When a major update comes out for an operating system that affects a number of devices you own, it can be beneficial to add a …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

Annoying Airplane Passenger Thinks She's The Only One Who Celebrates Thanksgiving (PHOTOS, TWEETS)

<b>UPDATE 12/3</b>: Elan Gale revealed on his Twitter account on Monday night that his supposed airplane feud with Diane was, in fact, all a ruse.<p><b>PREVIOUSLY</b>: This extremely passive-aggressive airplane feud is one for the ages.<p>It took place on Thanksgiving Day between a middle-aged woman known as "Diane" …

See a Map of the World Revealing Each Country’s Most Visited Website

It’s a Google Earth after all. At least according to a new map detailing each country’s most visited websites.<p>An impressive 62 countries count on Google, with Facebook coming in first for 50 other countries. Together, these two websites constitute true global Internet Empires–but we already kind of …

This is the REAL reason to turn off your electronic devices during takeoff and landing

IF YOU’VE EVER wondered why you need to turn off your electronic devices on takeoff and landing — and don’t buy the interference excuse — maybe …

Vietnam taps Big Data to avoid China’s traffic catastrophe

If you want to see the future of urban transportation, Da Nang is a good place to start. IBM today said it has signed a deal with Vietnam’s fourth-largest city to install a high-tech traffic management system to help the rapidly growing seaport avoid the fate of Chinese cities choking on cars and …

Smart Cities

Redox Power Plans To Roll Out Dishwasher-Sized Fuel Cells That Cost 90% Less Than Currently Available Fuel Cells

Redox Power Systems, a Fulton, MD-based start-up company founded last year, sealed the deal on a partnership with researchers at the University of Maryland to commercialize a potentially game-changing distributed generation technology.<p>Redox says that it plans to bring to market a fuel cell that is …

The internet changed music, but we still don't know how

Spotify, Pandora, and other streaming music services might destroy the music business, forcing artists to trade the reliable margins of album sales for a few pennies of royalties. Or they might save it, appealing to a new generation that's not interested in owning music at all. Or, most likely, we …

Fall asleep to the sound of Wikipedia

When one thinks of edits to Wikipedia, back and forth bickering and arguments over minutia generally come to mind. A project called Listen to Wikipedia offers a very different vibe, however, as it translates Wikipedia edits into soothing sounds and pleasant animations. Using the data provided by …

How to get the most out of Google search

These little-known and simple commands make finding new and relevant information on Google a breeze.<p>Over the past few years, Google has built a massive database, which it calls Knowledge Graph, that is designed to make its already awesome search engine even faster and easier to use. One of its most …

Health Information

Yes, we could build a real-world 'Elysium,' eventually

The film starring Matt Damon and a really, really big space station hits theaters this weekend. Crave's Eric Mack speaks to one of the folks behind humanity's biggest space station about how far off a real-world "Elysium" might be.<p>This weekend, Matt Damon begins his run taking it to the 1 …

Space Exploration

What Pangaea Would Look Like With Today's Political Boundaries [Infographic]

Goodbye, East Coast.<p>About 300 million years ago, the supercontinent of Pangaea started to break apart into the continents we live on today. An Italian designer who goes by the name Massimo put Pangaea back together, then added on modern political boundaries, creating the map you see here. Brazil …

WhatsApp Doesn't Care About Stickers and Asian Chat Apps

Yesterday Jan Koum, CEO of WhatsApp, announced that the popular messaging app would be releasing push-to-talk functionality for all its supported mobile platforms.<p>While Koum described the feature as a “pet project” six months in the making, most of WhatsApp’s nominal peers in the chat app space – …

Students hijack US$80m yacht with GPS spoofing

Students from the University of Texas created a custom GPS spoofing device that allowed them to take over a superyacht's navigation system, changing …

Nexon Takes A Strategic Investment in Rumble Entertainment To Expand West

Korean gaming giant Nexon is making another deal to expand into Western markets with a strategic investment in Rumble Entertainment. They didn’t disclose the size of the deal except to say that it was an all-cash investment for a minority stake in the business. Nexon’s CFO Owen Mahoney also joins …

Android 4.3 hidden feature lets you tap into app permissions

A hidden feature called App Ops in Google's latest OS update allows you to turn off certain permissions for your apps, says Android Police.<p>Android users can now control the permissions granted to their apps, courtesy of the latest flavor of Jelly Bean.<p>Available only in Android 4.3, a hidden feature …

Apps

MIT Computer Software Makes The Internet 3 Times Faster

By generating algorithms that prioritize where to send data, the computer outwits human solutions to network congestion.<p>If you're reading this, you're probably using a version of the transmission control protocol, or TCP, a system that regulates internet traffic to prevent congestion. It works, and …

My keyboard tried to kill me: the overly complicated story of an ergonomics war

<i>tl;dr? No prob! Just scroll to the bottom.</i><p>All of a sudden I couldn’t bring myself to type anymore. It had been creeping up on me for years. I was taking a break in the middle of an editing marathon but this time when I sat down again I could hardly bear the discomfort of turning my palms down to …

Acer intros a new gaming desktop, and updates one of our fave budget laptops

Intel's new CPUs come to a multimedia tower and a budget touchscreen laptop.<p>PC maker Acer has a couple of new systems coming just in time for back-to-school shoppers, including an new version of one of our favorite budget laptops, now updated with a just-released Intel Haswell processor.<p><b>Acer</b> …

Computer Hardware

Moto X and the Droids of the future: what we know so far

Motorola tries to reinvent itself under Google's care with a new set of phones due this summer<p>The hopes of a reinvigorated Motorola are riding on a single much-rumored phone called the Moto X. CEO Dennis Woodside confirmed that the Moto X existed and provided the first official details on the phone …

How to Use Google Plus

While Google Plus isn't quite in the same league as Facebook, it's growing fast—in May 2013, Time reported that Google Plus had approximately 190 million active members. Ready to sign up? Learning how to use Google Plus is easy, especially if you already have a Google account.<p><b>Adding Yourself to</b> …