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Beck Phases Out

What the ’90s icon’s dour new album tells us about who he is now, and what he can never be<p>There is a new Beck album coming out next week. It is …

Indie Music

Sex pixels: what 4K means for porn

Still reeling from the transition to HD, the erotic-video business faces another sea change<p>"Porn killed Betamax." Among the tech cognoscenti, this is often an article of faith, suggesting that A/V format wars are won and lost not on dull technical details such as price (VHS machines had a cheaper …

How I Became the Kind of Person Who Can Work a Room

I used to dread networking events. Then a colleague let me in on his secret strategy.<p>I did it. I went to a cocktail party where I didn't know anyone, and successfully chit-chatted for two hours. (Not to myself. I actually spoke with other people.)<p>I have never been good at the kind of networking …

Self-help

Look out Google: Disconnect says its no-track search tool is taking off

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Disconnect, a startup co-founded by a former Google(s goog) engineer, is fast becoming a darling of privacy advocates — and a …

AdWords

Miso Ramen With Crispy Pork and Burnt Garlic-Sesame Oil Recipe

Every recipe we publish is tested, tasted, and Serious Eats-approved by our staff. Never miss a recipe again by following @SeriousRecipes on Twitter!<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients3 pounds pig trotters, split lengthwise or cut crosswise into 1-inch disks (as your butcher to do this for you)2 pounds …

Recipes

Lisa Katnic, Miley Cyrus' Stylist, Says 'Stoner' Style Is The New 'Ratchet' Style

Miley Cyrus isn't a <i>trendsetter</i> per se, but the young lady can sure put a look on the map.<p>The singer's unique flair for the dramatic is, at least, in part thanks to her stylist (and style doppelgänger), Lisa Katnic. New York Magazine sat down with the LA-based professional, and the conversation …

Google AdWords Geo-Targeting: 5 Jaw-Dropping Techniques

Many PPC advertisers who need to geo-target their audiences can find it challenging to find the volume they need when limiting to location. Since …

AdWords

Oh the Ways Anime Changes

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

Spotted: Stunning AdWords Policy Violations That Facebook & Google Shouldn't Be Happy About

Behold a brilliant display of Google AdWords advertising policy violations: This ad was spotted by Luke Alley from Avalaunch Media. As it turns out, …

AdWords

Best mobile games of July 2013

Freedom Fall<p>Gelluloid<p>Pixel Defenders Puzzle<p>Futuridium EP<p>Asterix: MegaSlap<p>Riptide GP2<p>Chillaxian<p>R-Type<p>Tiny Thief<p>Sine Mora<p>Expander<p>42's Orb of …

Electronic Arts

The Newest Epidemic Among College Kids: 'Sleep Texting' Syndrome

Mittens, to protect herself from her phone. To render her fingers unable to send those unconscious messages that are as embarrassing as they are senseless.<p>Yup: She's a sleep texter.<p>"It's a phenomenon occurring with the younger generation," says Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova …

Text Messaging

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Are Google's Results Getting Too Ad-Heavy & Self-Promotional?

Are Google's search results getting too ad-heavy and leading back to Google's own content too much? A new blog post suggesting that Google's non-paid …

Best mobile games of June 2013

Hero of Many<p>Siegecraft TD<p>Anodyne Mobile<p>Magic 2014<p>Puzzle Pirates<p>XCOM: Enemy Unknown<p>Colin McRae Rally<p>Layton Brothers Mystery Room<p>Where's My …

Mickey Mouse

It Only Takes About 42 Minutes To Learn Algebra With Video Games

On average, it took 41 minutes and 44 seconds for students to master Algebra skills during the Washington State Algebra Challenge using the DragonBox App.<p>The Challenge, co-sponsored by Washington University’s Center for Game Science and the Technology Alliance included 4,192 K-12 students. …

Keyword Level Impression Share Data Now In Google AdWords

Google has added more granularity to impression share reporting in AdWords. Already available at the campaign and ad group level, search impression …

AdWords

Researchers Develop Telescopic Contact Lens, Give Your Eyes 2.8x Optical Zoom

Are you ready for this? An international team of researchers have developed the world’s first telescopic contact lens — a 1.17mm thick pair of …

Withings takes on Fitbit and Jawbone with the $99.95 Pulse fitness tracker

Back at CES, Withings revealed its Smart Activity Tracker, a competitor to the many wearable fitness-tracking devices on the market like the Fitbit, Nike Fuelband, and Jawbone Up. It was supposed to launch by the end of March, but the company has just now started taking pre-orders for the device. …

Legos Are Getting Angrier And That's Not Funny, Study Says

This is not from The Onion:<p>"The number of happy faces on Lego toy mini-figures is decreasing and the number of angry faces is increasing, a University of Canterbury robot expert says."<p>That's correct. A robot expert at New Zealand's University of Caterbury who's also a big fan of Lego figures has …

How to Create a Visible & Engaging LinkedIn Profile

While the LinkedIn Profile change has impacted the design and user experience, it hasn’t necessarily impacted how you’re found on LinkedIn. For those …

Marketing

Infographic: This Chart Will Turn You Into A White Wine Snob

Not too long ago I met a winemaker who said, “I believe all grapes would be red if they could.” Harsh words if you happen to be a white grape. Say we chalk it up to a simple misunderstanding, in which case this infographic from graphic designer Sean Seidell should provide some clarity.<p>Seidell, who …

Nvidia says Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are great news for gaming PCs

"I'm glad the new consoles are here," says Nvidia's senior vice president Tony Tamasi, "if for no other reason than to raise the bar." He points to a handy chart, which claims that the company's GeForce GTX Titan — a $1,000 graphics card — has roughly two and a half times the power of the …

How to Create a Black Background Anywhere with this Photography Trick

Many portrait photographers dream of owning a studio with all the bells and whistles. However, some photographers who work on-location in …

Photography

Google’s Inroads For Waze Could Roadblock Facebook And Apple

In the ever-raging Map War, Google seems to be not only a first mover, but the boldest mover.<p>According to the Globes, an Israel-based publication, Google is reportedly set to acquire the Israeli transit and navigation company Waze for $1.3 billion, making it one of the larger Google acquisitions in …

Cost Per Whatever: Has Ad Tech Crippled Advertising?

Effectiveness and efficiency are the two sides of advertising. Always have been, always will be. We’ve measured efficiency up the wazoo of late, but we are less skilled at measuring effectiveness.<p>In the beginning, there was creative. Then came reach and frequency. Much later, programmatic …

Homemade

Snapchat close to raising as much as $100 million at a jaw-dropping valuation

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>That quality possessed by some which draws all others with its magnetic force. With ‘It’ you win all men if you are a woman …

Social Media