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Take the golden ratio with you everywhere you go using this wallet sized view finder

The golden ratio isn’t really something I think about much, or at all, when composing a photograph. But if it’s something you’ve wanted to start …

Viewfinders

Moon Landing Conspiracy Theorists Taken Down By Buzz Aldrin And Professor Brian Cox

Monday saw the 46th anniversary of the first lunar landings so inevitably the conspiracy loons were out in force.<p>Thankfully we have the ever-so …

Buzz Aldrin

30 best Android apps of 2014

The year 2014 was full of fun and amazing apps. There were old apps redefining themselves and new apps that stormed into the Play Store with something to say. In this roundup, we’ll take a look at the best Android apps released in 2014.<p>[Price: Free / $4.99 (donate option for $9.99)]<br>Action Launcher …

Apps

Stone Age Axe Discovered Stuck Into The Ground With Handle Still Attached

Archaeologists have unearthed an incredibly rare flint axe from the Stone Age that just may have been used in an ancient ritual.<p>The 5,500-year-old discovery -- found jammed into the Earth with its wooden handle still attached -- was part of an ongoing excavation on the island of Lolland in …

Thanks to Apple Pay, Google Wallet NFC use is growing fast. That’s a good thing

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>A rising tide lifts all boats, as they say, and that’s exactly what appears to be happening in the U.S. contact-less payments …

Noke is a Bluetooth padlock you unlock with your phone

Oh, the ol’ padlock. At this time of year it is on the back to school shopping lists of millions of students.<p>It’s also the inspiration behind the Noke by Fuz Designs, the latest runaway success project on Kickstarter.<p>Pronounced “No-key,” Fuz Designs (or “FŪZ” as it likes to spell itself) claims it …

Using a Raspberry Pi, RFID tags, man builds audiobook player for his nearly blind grandfather

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Putting different connected technologies together for individual purposes isn’t just for the geeks any more: we’re now in an …

Best Android Launchers

The way we arrange, organize, and interact with our apps on Android is called the launcher. Launchers usually consist of a series of home screens, …

Operating Systems

HP Taps Fashion's Elite to Create a Luxury Smartwatch With Gilt

If you've browsed the current crop of smartwatches, you've probably found the array of rectangular slabs available to be a little lacking in the …

Android Weekly: top 8 Android stories this week

This week in your world of Android: Google I/O brought us Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV, and a preview of Android L release, Android One was announced as a way to bring more smartphones to developing countries, Chrome OS and the Chromecast got some big new features, we learned that Nexus …

Android News

Mota $99 3D Printer: Too Good To Be True

An affordable yet high quality consumer 3D printer has turned out too good to be true, surprising no one.<p>The 3D printer market is generally sitting in a quasi-limbo state that’s progressed beyond proving itself on early adopters willing to shell out serious dollar to live the dream, yet still has a …

Unlocking Your Cellphone Is About to Be Legal Again

President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill that will make it easier for you to switch mobile carriers without buying a new phone.<p>The bill, …

Privacy

Costa Concordia wreck enters Genoa port for scrapping

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1096000/1096344_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522283004_eb87556f8d984c6f0a77ca6d627ebb31<p><b>The wrecked Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, has entered the port of Genoa for scrapping after a two-year salvage operation.</b><p>Its removal was …

Shipping

Congress restores consumers' right to unlock phones

Consumers will soon be able to free their cellphones from the grip of wireless carriers thanks to final legislation that Congress passed Friday allowing mobile devices to be unlocked.<p>President Obama said he looked forward to signing the bipartisan measure that cleared the House, which the wireless …

Controversial Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Just Made It Easier To Download Movies On Your Phone

But starting this week, users can now search through that endless trove of pirated content directly on their smartphones and tablets now that Pirate Bay has launched a mobile-friendly version of its website.<p>Called "The Mobile Bay," the mobile-optimized Pirate Bay offers the full search capabilities …

Google Play

Report: Samsung and Google Butt Heads Over Smartwatches

Are Google and Samsung fighting over Tizen's role in wearables? According to a new report, the answer is yes.<p>According to <i>The Information</i>, Google CEO …

'Jihadi Vogue' magazine lampoons Iraq's Islamic State warriors

Spoof publication is part of growing satire campaign of Islamic State online propaganda<p>In a world where lapses in dress sense can be punishable by death, it could well prove to be essential reading.<p>"Jihadi Vogue", an online version of the famous fashion magazine, sells itself as the "Style Quran" …

10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

Apps

10 of the Best Android Browser Apps

Love ’em or hate ’em, browsers are your window to the Web – be it on your laptop, tablet or pocket rocket. While you may well be one of those unfussy types who would get by just as well on Chrome or Firefox as you would on Dolphin or Opera, equally you may have many different needs from a mobile …

Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

'Factory wipe' on Android phones left naked selfies and worse, study finds

Security firm says it found hundreds of naked selfies on older, secondhand Android phones because 'wipe' doesn't erase data<p>Hundreds of naked selfies and intimate pictures of both men and women were found on a batch Android smartphones that their owners thought they had wiped, a research study has …

Samsung's Galaxy S5 mini keeps the sensors but not the specs

Samsung has revealed the smaller-sized update to its latest flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S5 mini. While it's often expected that the company will scrimp on sensors to save on price, the S5 mini includes many of the same features as its sibling, including waterproof certification, power-saving …

Android Wear review: the everything inbox

Pretty much everybody I know hates their inbox.<p>It's not just email either, though it tends to take the brunt of everybody's anger. There are dozens of apps sending us hundreds of notifications; managing all that incoming information is a genuine hassle. Looking at the notification center on our …

Make your Android Device Smarter with these Handy Apps

The leap from feature phones to smartphones didn’t happen overnight. Slowly but steadily, our phones grew smarter and smarter until they’d become capable enough that we could fulfil most of our computing needs on these pocket-sized devices. The onset of powerful third-party apps spurred that …

Google upgrades Glass with double the memory, battery boost

On the eve of I/O, Google unveils new Glass innards with 2GB of RAM and 15 percent longer battery life.<p>Google is still keeping up in the air the eventual release date of a consumer model for Glass, its controversial head-mounted display that first debuted on the face of co-founder Sergey Brin at …

Beta Testing

Iraq crisis: The Sunni-Shia divide explained

One of the factors behind the most recent violence in Iraq is the sectarian divide between Sunni and Shia Muslims in that country.<p>The majority of Iraq's Muslims are Shia, and the Isis militants gaining ground there are Sunni.<p>According to the Pew Research Center, Iraq is one of only a handful of …

Pew Research Center