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Google's making it easy for you to get solar panels onto your roof

Adding solar panels to your roof can be frustrating, since it's often difficult to know if your home receives enough light to justify the investment. Google Maps, however, has satellite, navigation and sunlight data for every property in the world, so it's ideally placed to tell you how many rays …

7 Apps to Make You Happier

These tech tools promise to deliver everything from a calmer mind to more good karma.<p>The things you can accomplish with an app these days are truly impressive. With a couple of taps on your smartphone, a taxi will pull up at your door, a tasty dinner appear on your table, or your dirty socks …

Happiness

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

“Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.”<p><i>“Each note rubs the others just right, and the instrument shivers with delight. The feeling is unmistakable, intoxicating,”</i> musician Glenn Kurtz wrote in his sublime meditation on the pleasures of practicing, adding: <i>“My attention</i> …

The Brain

The Best Laptops You Can Buy

Maybe it's a bit more clunky than you thought when you carry it in your bag during a commute. Perhaps the screen is too reflective for your liking when you're watching Netflix. And worst of all, what if the battery life is much shorter than you expected?<p>We've researched some of the best laptops on …

Consumer Tech

The Coolest Car Tech We Saw At CES 2015

Wearables and gesture controls are dazzling, but the most useful automotive innovations at CES are far more practical.<p>Automakers invaded the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a record 10 manufacturers showing off wares. Among the innovations showcased were smart watches that unlock …

Apple could bring Bendgate back — on purpose this time

The so-called Bendgate incident might have done Apple no favors in 2014, but according to a new patent published today, Cupertino is far from done when it comes to flexible iPhones — this time, purposely so.<p>Apple’s newly-granted patent covers an invention related to flexible housing for future iOS …

Patents

HP's next assault on Chrome OS is a pair of tiny Windows PCs

It's clear that when it comes to operating systems, HP isn't one to play favorites: The company's current lineup includes Windows machines, Chromebooks and even an Android laptop. At the same time, if there's anyone who's been giving Chrome OS a run for its money, it's good ol' Hewlett-Packard. …

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

Architecture

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

Design

How 3-D printing made the perfect prosthetic legs for Derby the dog

Rapid prototyping and dual-material printing FTW.<p>You should see this dog run. Derby was born with deformed front legs, but recently received a pair of 3-D printed prosthetics, which he is quite good at maneuvering in:<p>3-D printing experts often talk about how helpful printers are for rapid …

China is reportedly blocking access to Gmail

China is blocking access to Google's popular Gmail service, according to data from Google and analysis from Dyn Research.<p>Traffic has dropped to …

Lying on Facebook profiles can implant false memories, experts warn

A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality<p>Embellishing the truth to impress friends on sites like Facebook may implant false memories, psychologists have warned.<p>A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and …

Psychology

What happens when you accidentally become internet famous?

Wondered why #Alexfromtarget was trending? It’s because someone posted a picture of someone called Alex working at Target. Confused? Welcome to the world of accidental internet fame<p>This weekend, the internet made a Target employee famous.<p>Currently known only as “Alex from Target”, all it took was …