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20 Hilarious And Ridiculous Knock-Off Toys

There were a lot of disappointed kids receiving these as gifts.

Yoga: a beginner's guide to the different styles

Whether you want to relax, have a workout or get in touch with your spiritual side, there is a yoga class to suit you. And you don't even have to be bendy …<p>The myriad benefits of yoga – including lower blood pressure, increased strength and bone density and reduced anxiety – should be enough to get …

A closer look at Asus’ $299 Wacom-equipped Windows tablet

Asus launched its 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet earlier this week and surprised everyone by including Wacom stylus support for just $299. At the Consumer Electronics Show today I got a closer look at this small Windows tablet and compared it to Dell’s Venue 8 Pro. The stylus is the main selling point, …

Microsoft Acquires Parature For $100M In Deal To Bolster Knowledge Base For Dynamics CRM Platform

Microsoft has acquired Parature, a customer service SaaS provider, for $100 million, according to sources close to the deal. The Parature acquisition gives Microsoft Dynamics, its CRM platform, a world-class self-service knowledge base to connect with customers, such as gamers, across multiple …

Women's Cycling

BlackBerry puts quantity over quality, lets one developer own a third of its app store

BlackBerry 10 is far from a "thriving ecosystem," and the company is doing little to fix it<p>"BlackBerry has a thriving ecosystem with BlackBerry 10." That's what CEO Thorsten Heins said this May at a developer conference before revealing that users had a choice of 120,000 apps from its still-young …

Google Solves Android Fragmentation with Stock Apps in the Play Store

For some, Android version 4.3 was a little underwhelming. At a somewhat dry, technical level there were some interesting additions; restricted profiles helped families keep track of the apps and content their children can access; support for OpenGL ES 3.0 brought higher fidelity lens flares, …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

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.

InterAct

Microsoft Goes WYSIWYG To Broaden The Appeal Of Windows Phone 8 App Development

Microsoft has just revealed an interesting effort to get more apps to the Windows Phone Store, via its new Windows Phone App Studio, a visual, web-based editor for Windows Phone 8 apps, which launches in beta today. With it, anyone can build apps without code, using customizable themes and custom …

Bike Repairs With Duct Tape

Seven ways that duct tape can save your ride.<p>At some point in my formative years, I heard someone say, "If you have duct tape, it ain't broke."<p>It's true. The supersticky gray-cloth tape is a proven, if temporary, solution to problems ranging from drafty windows to Apollo mission emergencies. (Look …

Cycling

Jens Voigt

Eat to Ride

Three nutrition tips every cyclist should live by<p>Whenever I advise athletes about bike nutrition, I tell them that they don’t need a special diet to fuel performance. The one that’s best for health is also the one that’s best for strong results. If you want all your systems firing at 100 percent, …

Nutrition

Are You Fit to Ride?

Find out where your body needs a boost with these cycling-specific fitness assessments.<p>Too many cyclists with bulging quads still struggle with a squishy core, wobbly hips, or stiff shoulders. On the bright side, fixing those issues will make you a more efficient rider, says Darcy Norman, a trainer …

Health

101 Bike Maintenance Tips Every Cyclist Should Know

Your guide to a longer cycling life—for your bicycle, your gear, even a few friendships<p>Your bicycle doesn’t run on leg power alone. It also needs a little lube, a lotta­ love, and a good ­listen. You may not know every remedy your bike needs to live a long life, but you can gain enough wisdom along …