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What you need to know about online advertisers tracking you

Spend lots of time online? Then perhaps you've heard of targeted advertising, "Big Data" analysis and complaints of privacy violations by advertising companies. The ads above your Gmail inbox? Yeah, those. As it turns out, most people don't like being tracked by advertisers. Surprise! As such, a …

Zagg Invisible Shield Glass: Perhaps the best investment for a new iPhone

Advertisement<p>19 Comments<p>I’m such a bad iPhone(s aapl) owner. I generally take good care of my handsets, mainly because I sell them to upgrade from …

5 Reasons Why You're Not Broken

You are the only person professionally qualified to be yourself. So why are you spending so much of your time and energy trying to improve, enhance, fix or change the person that you already are? You don't have to lose five (or fifty) pounds, or find the perfect man or wear the hottest color of the …

Spirituality

4-year-old half siblings die in accidental NY fire

NEW YORK (AP) — A basement blaze that killed 4-year-old half siblings was accidentally set by children playing with fire, authorities said Sunday.<p>The twin of one of the children survived the blaze that was reported to authorities just before midnight Saturday in a two-story brick home in the Far …

Finally, Someone Is Disrupting The Towel

Showering is great, I’m a big fan. But drying off? Laaaaammmmmeeee. All that towelling, it’s enough to make you need another shower, am I right? New York-based startup The Body Dryer realizes this, and they’ve created a device to help you skip the towel and get dry a better way.<p>The Body Dryer dries …

Propane-fired, fish tote hot tub at Taku Point Cabin, near Juneau, Alaska, USA. 

Propane-fired, fish tote hot tub at Taku Point Cabin, near <b>Juneau, Alaska, USA</b>.<p>Ron and Nan Schonenbach.

RoomScan: Measure Your Room By Tapping Your iPhone On The Walls

RoomScan is a crazy app that seems like it should never work. It lets you use your iPhone to measure the rooms in your home and turn them into floor plans, and all you have to do is walk around and tap the iPhone on the walls.<p>Start it up (making sure you’re not connected to an AirPlay speaker, …

Solar power’s new wave

At first glance, the awnings over the sidewalk and entryway at a new Toronto-Dominion Bank branch in Mississauga, just west of Toronto, look pretty normal.<p>On closer inspection, it's clear these glass sheets – translucent panels in metal frames, adorned with an attractive grid of dark squares – are …

Hawaii Senate Panel Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Cheech and Chong are paying attention to the Hawaii Legislature?<p>Posted on the pot-toking comedy duo's official website this week was an alert that two Hawaii state Senate committees were preparing to hear a pair of bills that could...<p>Read more on …

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

Seventh grader builds a braille printer with $350 worth of Legos

Advertisement<p>20 Comments<p>Credit: Niloy Banerjee<p>When Lego revealed its line of EV3 Mindstorms robots last year, Bay Area tech companies came up with …

Secret revealed: inside the most scandalous social network

Will anonymity make Secret essential reading — or become its undoing?<p>Late on a Saturday evening in San Francisco, at a party filled with tech workers, people keep retreating to odd corners to stare at their phones. This happens at every party these days, of course, but what’s different here is that …

The Best Recipes for Binge-Watching Netflix (or Hulu or Whatever)

These snacks and cooking projects are perfect for binge watching your way through that entire Netflix queue.<p>We don't condone binge eating (although sometimes, desperate times call). Binge <i>watching</i>, on the other hand? Now we're talking. It's going to take endurance to get through every episode and …

Cooking

How to Boost Your Brand's Snapchat Game

It's getting difficult to recall the days when Snapchat was considered just a sexting app.<p>Artists, comedians and journalists have claimed the …

7 Unique Ways Designers Display Books

Whether they've been tucked into nooks and crannies or color coordinated, here are the creative ways that designers store books.<p><b>1. As a staircase in a 640 square-foot apartment.</b>Tour the tiny New York loft by designers Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic.<p><b>2. On shelves lined with mirrors, which</b> …

How Thinking About Work Affects Parents

It happens to the best of us. It's Sunday night, you're enjoying the end of your weekend with the family and you get a work email on your phone (or tablet or laptop). In seconds your mind is a million miles away. And while your partner and kids might miss you while you're mentally "at work," you …

LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 unveiled at Toy Fair

Who you gonna call?<p>One of the coolest LEGO sets ever offered was last year's "Back to the Future" DeLorean time machine, a fan-submitted idea voted into production by LEGO CUUSOO members. One of the finalists for 2014 also looked back to an '80s movie classic for inspiration, and once again, voters …

Lego

The Time of Day You're Most Likely to Break Your Diet

The Time of Day You're Most Likely to Blow Your Diet<p>Down to the exact minute…<p>Shutterstock<p>Ever feel like you just <i>need</i> something salty or sweet in the afternoon? You're not alone: A recent British survey found that people are most likely to stray from their healthy eating plans at around 4:12 p.m. …

Nutrition

7 Clever Gadgets That Will Change Your Life

Clever devices to make your life easier.<p>These smart tech devices do things you might never have thought possible — or even imagined — until now.

This Football-Sized Device Could Replace Your Huge Water Heater

That 60 gallon tank of hot water in your basement eats up a lot of energy. But tankless on-demand water heaters leave you running water down the …

How to Build a Stone Culvert - DIY

<i>Learn techniques for building functional and beautiful stoneworks that will last for ages with</i> The Complete Guide to Stonescaping <i>(Lark Crafts, 2013).</i> …

The Not So Sweet Facts About Sugar

A new study offers a broad overview of the use of sugar in the US diet and its consequent health implications. The good news is that the growth in sugar intake appears to have stopped and may even have slightly declined. The bad news is that people still consume way too much sugar and that that …

Window of Opportunity: Old Salvaged Windows Get New Life As Unique Decor

Salvaging old windows and upcycling them into something new for your home is easier than you might think. Take a look at some of these creative …

What Little Girls Wish Daddies Knew

I'm spending the morning waiting for my car in the repair shop. Four men in flannel (I missed the flannel memo) and I sit around smelling tires and inhaling exhaust fumes while an enchanting little fairy is in constant motion around her daddy. She climbs on him, giggles, turns around, and then …

Parenting

Stylish Property With a Retro-Modern Design and a Spiral Staircase

Retro-Modern Design, <b>Limantos Residence</b>, is an impressive venue by architect Fernanda Marques in the exciting city of São Paulo, Brazil. Boasting a …