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Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

A new tool uses legal loopholes to get you cheaper flights by checking prices 17,000 times a day

A new service is trying to exploit legal loopholes to get people cheaper plane tickets by automatically checking flight prices 17,000 times a day.<p>DoNotPay, an automated legal tool, is branching out into helping users book airline tickets, it announced on Monday. It says its services have previously …

San Francisco

Warcraft III makes a comeback after 15 years with patch and tournament

Although it’s been focused on its smash hit multiplayer shooter <i>Overwatch</i> lately, Blizzard Entertainment has managed to keep its blockbuster real-time strategy game <i>Warcraft III</i> up-to-date since 2002 with annual patches. Now, it’s set to make waves again with a tournament.<p>The first-ever ‘<i>Warcraft III</i> …

This weighted blanket has therapeutic qualities that decrease anxiety and stress and help you sleep better

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon<p>Hopefully, you know what it's like to wake up in the morning and realize you've slept so soundly that you never moved from the spot …

Sleep

20 Vegetarian Dinners You'll Love This Fall

It's hard to be sad about summer's departure when fall favorites like pumpkin, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, apples, and more are rolling into …

Watch as one of New York's oldest bridges goes out with a bang in thunderous demolition

New York City's 78-year-old Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens was blown up with a controlled demolition.<p>Over 900 explosives brought down the 20 remaining steel truss spans.<p>The eastbound span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge opened in April, the second span is scheduled to be finished by …

Emily Ratajkowski Strips Off and Rolls in Ragu for New Love Shoot

Can we be talking about Christmas already? Yes, if that involves Emily Ratajkowski's new shoot for the Love magazine advent calendar.<p>Christmas has …

This Lingerie Company Freed the Nipple and Had an Ad Banned Because of It​ | Men’s Health

One wouldn't think that lingerie ads can still cause much of a stir these days, what with social media, and, y'know, the wealth of free pornography available at our fingertips 24/7. And yet! An Australian lingerie brand recently had one of their advertising images banned from public display due to …

Vegetarianism May Be Linked To Depression, Study Suggests

There’s little debate about the fact that a plant-based diet is the healthiest around, both in terms of physical health and brain health. But a new study suggests that a vegetarian diet may, counterintuitively, be linked to depression. Though there are some limitations to the new research (namely, …

Vegetarianism

Building your own smart mirror is surprisingly easy

Take that, Snow White<p>Smart mirrors are straight from science fiction. They’re part of an optimistic vision of the future that imagines a world where screens and data are everywhere, ready to feed you whatever information you need at a moment’s notice.<p>But it turns out that building your own smart …

Raspberry Pi

Revealed: Why we lose sleep as we grow older

A good night's sleep becomes more elusive with age, but what older people label as insomnia may actually be an evolutionary survival trait that helped keep their ancestors alive.<p>A study of modern hunter-gatherers in Africa found that when family members of all different ages live together, the …

Ice Age

15 Reasons to Visit Hawaii Right Now

Few places in the world inspire as much sheer wanderlust as the islands of Hawaii. Home to eight national parks, 400-plus beaches, and countless scenic hikes, the state is a goldmine of staggering natural beauty. But there's more to the islands than Instagram-worthy views. From fresh food to …

National Parks

Recipe: Eggs in Purgatory

Or what to eat when you’re feeling like hell. I’m not saying that New Year’s Day has to mean you have a hangover, but after that evening of …

Italian Food

Brilliant tiny house features $500 DIY elevator bed built with free plans (Video)

The ethos of doing-it-yourself in a resourceful, space-saving way is at the root of the tiny house movement. That said, one of the most amazing …

Alexa can control your TV with a Logitech Harmony. Here's how

With a Logitech Harmony Hub and an Amazon Echo, a few words can control your home entertainment system.<p>I don't need the remote control. When I want to turn on the TV, pause a movie or change the volume, I can just say the magic words aloud.<p>It wasn't particularly easy to set up, and it didn't come …

Smart Homes

Seiko Solar Chronograph

Although they may not look alike, these two variations on Seiko’s Solar Chronograph share a common core with the light-powered and quartz controlled chronograph mechanisms within. With an ability to run up to six months without exposure to light, these solar-powered options not only save money and …

Tiny houses in 2016: more tricked-out and eco-friendly

Possibilities are endless even in a tiny house<p>Another year in our housing-crunched yet sustainability-minded world means another year of folks exploring down-sized lifestyles in tiny homes. Used for everything from housing the homeless to short-term rentals to, yes, full-time residences, these …

CNET's 10 favorite Alexa tips of 2016

This year has been amazing for Amazon's digital assistant. She's grown, matured and learned a bunch of new tricks. Here are 10 of the best she learned in 2016.<p>Amazon's Alexa has grown tremendously this year, in both the number of devices the smart home assistant powers and in what she's capable …

Smart Homes

I Just Got a New Camera… What Do I Do?

You just got a shiny new digital (or film) camera. Of course, you can just pop the battery and a memory card or film in and start shooting, but there …

Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts

You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books podcast. There’s plenty out there so here are 10 of the best:<p>1. KCRW Bookworm<p>I’m quietly obsessed with Michael Silverblatt, the host …

Books

Jedi Master Hoshino is Born in New STAR WARS Fan Film

There are so many <i>Star Wars</i> fan films online that it takes something really special for the newer videos to break out of the pack. Earlier this month, …

What To Look For When Purchasing A Knife For Backpacking And Camping

Gear for the great outdoors<p>The most important pack item on any outdoor adventure is the knife. Bear Grylls might wave his knives around extolling the virtues of a blade in survival situations—of which there are many—but the main reason is that it’s just plain useful for cutting up camp food and …

Knives

The Best Sleeping Pads for Backpacking and Car Camping

We slept on 15 different sleeping pads on a total of five car-camping and backpacking trips, as well as on the floor in our own living rooms, before …

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Tiny House?

So you binge-watched "Tiny House Hunters" and "Tiny House, Big Living" until you can't watch any more, and you've decided to go for it: You want to trade down from the average 2,400-square-foot home to a mini version of just 400 square feet or less.<p>There's no doubt, tiny houses are hugely popular …

Kim Kardashian's Rainy Day Outfit Is Very NSFW

Those rain boots though.<p>While most people tend to bundle up on a gloomy day, it's safe to say Kim Kardashian is not most people — and her latest overcast look is completely redefining rainy-day fashion.<p>The reality star was spotted out and about in New York City on Tuesday looking all kinds of sexy, …

Pokémon Go XP chart - Sources list and how to get XP fast with Pidgey farming

If you want to gain XP quickly, then there's a number of ways to do so, as our <b>Pokémon Go XP chart</b> explains.<p>Increasing your Trainer level is one of …

You can do a lot with this $35 computer that can fit in your pocket

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>YouTube/Make When it was first released a little over four years ago, the Raspberry Pi was praised by tinkerers for providing a great …

11 Surefire Ways To Instantly Connect With Anyone

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that the ability to connect with others is a natural, unteachable trait that belongs to only a lucky few. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, this ability is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence …

Emotional Intelligence

We Built A Phone-Charging Lamp With Our Bare Hands And You Can Too

And we're not even electricians.<p>View this post on Facebook

Light Bulbs