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Plotting the next Silicon Valley -- you'll never guess where

This project -- I am personally in love with it. It's one of the greatest things that I've seen in this country, ever. <br />--Jose Andrade, California Institute of Technology professor

How much do T-Mobile's new plans really save you on an iPhone 5?

On the surface, T-Mobile's new plans sound like a significant discount over the competition — the carrier now offers unlimited talk, text, and data for only $70 per month ($120 per month if you're a couple of two, or $150 per month for a family of four). However, once you start to pull apart the …

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Bringing your iPhone to T-Mobile? Better think twice

You’ll need a whole new iPhone to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s network<p>In a grand, provocative fashion, T-Mobile officially announced and launched its new 4G LTE network earlier today. As part of its new network, the carrier also unveiled new contract-free rate plans and that it will be …

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Understanding Your Natural Running Pace | Competitor.com

<i>Have you ever wondered why your standard “jogging” pace is what it is?</i><p>Every runner has a natural running pace. It’s the pace you fall into …

Do The Math: Percentages In Diets Are 'Meaningless'

<i>Steer clear of one-size-fits-all formulas to balance carbs, fat and protein in your diet.</i><p>Some sports nutrition experts recommend a 60/20/20 diet. …

What Happens When Balance is Challenged on the Run

What body parts are most affected?<p>With spring here, a lot more of us will be doing some of our miles on trails. That's great aesthetically, but sometimes not so great in the staying-upright department. With uneven surfaces, hidden obstacles and sudden directional changes, trails can present a …

Biggest Remaining Question Marks Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft

The 2013 NFL draft is about a month away, yet many obvious and intriguing questions remain. For example, where will Geno Smith end up?<p>No one claims to have all the answers, and no one will until draft day. That doesn't mean, however, that we can't make educated guesses.<p>After all, that's what the …

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Who Every Team Should Select with First-Round Pick

Folks, the NFL draft is a month away! Are you as excited as I am?<p>Of course you are. With just 30 days to go until the first round commences, I'm sure you are ingesting every bit of information you can about the top prospects in the draft. That's where I come in, to help you identify the perfect …

5 Reach Picks the Pittsburgh Steelers Must Avoid in the 2013 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers really need to hit on most of their picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, and should not be reaching at all early.<p>After cutting ties with a lot of veterans over the past couple seasons, the team needs to replenish its depth chart and can’t by making bad picks.<p>Here are five …

Who Is the Best Drafting Team in the NFL?

The 2013 NFL draft is rapidly approaching, with some teams having thrived in the draft while others have failed miserably.<p>The debate, however, rages on as to which team is actually the best drafting team in the NFL. Is it the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers or Baltimore Ravens? Or are the …

NFL Draft 2013: Best and Worst Picks in Round 1

The 2013 NFL draft is just one month away, and there are sure to be some surprising picks when teams start making selections on April 25.<p>Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio recently released his first mock draft of the 2013 season, and some of the picks on his mock just didn't make any sense.<p>With this …

How Geno Smith Became the Top-Rated QB in the 2013 NFL Draft

Have you ever wondered how one guy can seemingly have it all?<p>Most of us will never be top-tier Division I collegiate football players. Even fewer will be NFL college quarterbacks. Being the top quarterback in one's draft class is an even smaller fraternity.<p>In today's NFL, the quarterback is …

The Most Polarizing Prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft

The 2013 draft class is littered with uncertainty and confusion across the board, especially among the top 20 prospects.<p>You can nearly qualify every single draft-eligible quarterback available as polarizing; the same goes for pass-rushers as well.<p>But when pressed to narrow things down to the most …

Comparing Geno Smith and Matt Barkley as 2013 NFL Draft Approaches

Last year the NFL draft was a goldmine for quarterback prospects.<p>The three leading candidates for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award were undoubtedly Russell Wilson of the Seahawks, Andrew Luck of the Colts and Robert Griffin III of the Redskins.<p>Griffin III went on to win the award, an …

Manti Te'o Pro Day: Faster 40 Gives LB Positive Momentum Heading into Draft

Manti Te'o improved his 40 time at Notre Dame's pro day on Tuesday, giving his perceived draft stock a much-needed boost.<p>According to ESPN's Matt Fortuna, Te'o's official 40 time on Tuesday was 4.69 seconds:<p>Perception is a big deal these days, especially for a young man like Te'o, who was recently …

Breaking Down Syracuse's Marcus Sales as a Sleeper Pick for the Buffalo Bills

Syracuse's Marcus Sales is ready to voyage to the NFL and reward whichever team takes a leap of faith in him this April. After all, Sales has all the physical tools and track record needed to imply that he is destined for a quality role in the big leagues.<p>Listed at 6'0'' and 192 pounds, Sales …

2013 NFL Free Agency: Ranking the Three Most Notable Available Free Agents

While the buzz from 2013 NFL free agency has most definitely died down, there are still some players available that can make impacts.<p>Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, Anthony Spencer, Joe Flacco and Ed Reed are among some of the big names that have signed lucrative contracts. Since free agency started on …

NFL Rumors: Analyzing Most Interesting Buzz with April Closing in

NFL rumors continue to swirl and attract our attention, because free agency will impact pro football's draft even though it remains roughly one month away.<p>Then again, the new league year is still in its infancy and plenty of things can occur prior to late April.<p>Obviously whatever ends up happening …

Are This Year's Steelers Better Than Last Year's Steelers?

One could argue that the 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the most talented teams in the league. When healthy, they appeared to be one of the strongest competitors in the AFC and a legitimate Super Bowl contender.<p>But then injuries to their offensive line—Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Ike …

Breaking Down How Danny Amendola Compares to Wes Welker

One of the most startling developments in the 2012 offseason was when the New England Patriots parted ways with longtime slot receiver Wes Welker and replaced him with the talented but injury-prone Danny Amendola.<p>Welker took more money to go to the Denver Broncos, where he's likely to continue his …

The Best and Worst Contracts of the 2013 NFL Offseason So Far

In the crazy days of March and April, every new NFL contract looks like a good one—or at least, no new contract looks like a bad one.<p>Big-name players, fans assume, will play like they always have for the length of the contract, up-and-down players will be up for the length of the contract, and …

Matt Flynn Trade Rumors: Latest on the Raiders, Bills, Jaguars and More

The list of free agent quarterbacks does not offer many impressive names, and this is an abnormally weak draft class for signal-callers. This has left several teams to resort to a trade, and Seattle Seahawks backup Matt Flynn has been attracting plenty of attention from around the league.<p>Flynn led …

Outstanding Illustrations by Fernando Vicente

My wife is studying fashion design and one of the many things I find great about it is all the illustration involved in many fashion projects. A good …