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Sprint will adopt PlayPhone’s mobile-social games portal

PlayPhone is announcing today that Sprint has agreed to adopt its social gaming portal. The move is a big endorsement for PlayPhone’s bid to become a key provider of mobile-social game services that help consumers find games and developers get discovered.<p>With deals in place with Verizon, AT&T, and …

How to Photograph Food For Professional-Standard Shots

A great food photograph can do a lot of things – it can make a viewer hungry, it can convince a diner to order a dish and it can sell a hell of a lot …

5 Tips for Capturing The Magic of Golden Hour Photography

One of the main things that all photographers strive for is to make their work stand out somehow. Obviously, there’s no shortage of photographers on …

Interview with Worldwide Photographer Rosie Hardy

Where do you get your ideas from?<p>I get inspiration from all sorts of things! My ideas are built up from a catalogue of images I have in my head that …

Onavo Count 2.0 for Android is the best-looking mobile data tracker yet

As mobile data plans get more and more complicated, users are turning to bandwidth-monitoring apps to avoid steep overage charges. Now, you can track your bandwidth with style.<p>Onavo, maker of data compression apps for the iPhone and Android, is today launching an updated version of its free Onavo …

Twitter isn’t as big as everyone thinks it is

With Twitter’s supposed IPO coming up “by the end of year” its size and sustainability have become a point of much debate. Today a study from Columbia Business School and the University of Pittsburgh gives us a pseudo answer on the question, alleging that Twitter has 500 million users and therefore …

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Nintendo brings not-so-stealthy black 3DS XL to North America on August 11th

Looking for a (slightly) less conspicuous take on the 3DS XL? If you live in the US or Canada, you'll get it when the all-black version of Nintendo's giant handheld reaches those countries on August 11th. Don't expect any bonuses with the subtler color, though. The darker-hued 3DS XL costs the same …

Samsung caught being ‘creative’ on Galaxy S4 benchmarks

The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs an Exynos 5 Octa central processing unit with multiple cores and a GPU, or graphical processing unit, that hums along at 480 MHz GPU.<p>Unless, of course, you’re running benchmarking applications.<p>In February a forum member at Beyond3D suggested that Samsung overclocks the …

New Kindle Fire HD tablets rumored to use much faster processor than Nexus 7

Amazon has long focused on the value proposition with its lineup of Kindle Fire Android tablets, but, if new rumors out today are accurate, the company's new models may impress with their specifications. Tech blog <i>BGR</i> cites "multiple trusted sources" that say Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD tablets will …

How to Make the Perfect Lobster Roll

<b>I have to credit Dr. Claw</b> for teaching me how good a lobster roll can be. The infamous Brooklyn "lobster pusher"—the guy who won fame and no small degree of notoriety for illegally selling lobster rolls out of his apartment—gave me the first one I ever liked: A warm, garlicky tube of soft, delicate …

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Starbucks expands Powermat wireless charging pilot to Silicon Valley stores

The Powermat experiment at Starbucks appears to be going well. After rolling out the wireless tabletop charging stations to a small sample of locations in Boston, Starbucks is expanding the "evaluation" to select Silicon Valley stores. "We have seen positive customer response to wireless charging …

Going, going... Chromecast sold out online, but not everywhere

Best Buy, Amazon and the Google Play Store are now all temporarily out of stock of the streaming stick. eBay and some Best Buy outlets could be the only options right now for the impatient.<p>If you've got your hands on Google's red-hot, priced-to-move streaming media stick, the Chromecast, consider …

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L.A. Unified School District Wants iPads for All 640,000 Students

Back in June, the Los Angeles Unified School District awarded Apple a $30 million contract to provide its students with iPads. Under its terms, the …

Mysterious Instagram Fruit Hack Returns

An Instagram hack that posts pictures of fruit to users’ timelines has returned. We last saw the issue back in June.<p>Once again, the images – often of fruit but sometimes (as The Verge notes) of smoothies – are accompanied by text suggesting that the user is trying a new diet and encouraging others …

Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop, and Walmart selling the new Nexus 7 four days early

Having already launched its pre-orders ahead of the official Nexus 7 announcement, Best Buy is keeping up the habit of preempting Google by making the new Android slate available early. Announced for a July 30th launch in the US, the 2013 Nexus 7 is actually shipping out to Best Buy pre-order …

Flipboard Magazines for JOBS Film Launch

Inside Flipboard / July 26, 2013<p>While the movie JOBS doesn’t arrive in theaters until August 16, on Flipboard the anticipation for the film that …

What Is The Most Catastrophic Error Made By An Intern At A Tech Company?

When I was 21, I almost lost several hundred million dollars by threatening to mutilate one of our customers.<p>In my senior year in college, I worked full time as an intern PM at NetApp. I spent most of that time at work being groomed and prepared to be a full PM, and given that my background was in …

'Inside' vs. 'outside' headphones: What's the difference?

It's not just size; some headphones are better suited to on-the-go use, and others are mostly stay-at-home types.<p>The Velodyne vPulse is one of the best pair of $99 headphones I've ever listened to on the NYC subway, but it's not one I use at home or in any quiet space. Why's that?<p>The vPulse's …

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Apple’s Guidance Implies New iPhone in September

Martin Hajek<p>Tim Cook said Apple has some great stuff coming “in the fall, and across all of 2014.” But when, exactly, can we expect it? The company’s …

This very cool keyboard for iPhone and Android rolls up in your pocket and weighs just 4 ounces

Plenty of keyboards are out there for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. I have one in my office, somewhere. But few that fit comfortably in your pocket, fold with interleaved keys for a smaller bulge, and work with the iPhone, Android devices, and the iPad.<p>And only one has blown through …

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What Google's Chromecast Has That All the Other Web-to-TV Devices Don't

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Google today announced a new Internet-to-television device, a well-developed area of technology that …

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Why Sony Is Betting On Indie Games For the PS4

Octodad is the sort of game Adam Boyes, Vice President of Developer and Publisher Relations at Sony, likes to talk about. It is, suffice it to say, weird. You play a simple father who is just trying to do his best to exist in the world and raise his kids, without anyone finding out that he’s an …

Three things you need to understand about 3D printing to talk about it intelligently

Several of the biggest brains in 3D printing joined Quartz for a discussion about the future of the technology at General Assembly in New York City on July 16. Here are the three most interesting things we learned.<p>1. Customization is effectively free with 3D printing<p>The upsides of 3D printing are …

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Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers

<i>Every week -- often with your help -- Food52's Senior Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.</i><p><i>Today: When rethinking the perfect burger, it's what's inside that counts.</i><p>There are perfect burgers made of beef, salt, and pepper. This is not one of those burgers. …

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Vibrant Water Splashes on the Heads of Bald Men in Photo Series, 'Water Wigs'

Los Angeles-based photographer Tim Tadder can be seen in his behind the scenes video explaining the philosophy that drives projects such as the …

Video: Photo Restoration and Colorization Demonstrated Through a Time-Lapse

Digital image editing technology — culturally controversial uses aside — has enabled us to do some pretty amazing things. In the past, we shared a …