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50 Best Non-fiction Adventure Books | The Art of Manliness

Following up on our recent look into the world of fictional adventure literature, we now turn to the true life tales of exploration, adventure, and …

What is Character? | The Art of Manliness

<i>Character</i>. Like honor, it’s a word we take for granted and probably have an affinity for, but likely have never really had to define and may struggle …

How To Be a Wedding Usher | The Art of Manliness

Wedding season is nigh upon us. Over two-thirds of weddings happen in the spring and summer months, and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll be asked to …

Need wireless charging in a spare power pack? Mugen adds Qi to its portable battery.

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Portable batteries to charge mobile devices are nothing new. Including the ability to recharge a device without wires in a …

LG Optimus F5 mid-range LTE smartphone hits France April 29, global dispersion to follow

LG's F-series handsets may not be in the same class an HTC One or GS4, but we can't help but appreciate the solid specs and LTE-goodness baked into these mid-range devices. Following a debut alongside its F7 sibling at MWC, the F5 will begin trickling out to French retailers on April 29th. While …

Living with Chromebook: Giving Google's OS a second chance

Prologue: How long can I survive with only a cloud-based Chrome OS laptop?<p>Gmail, Google Docs, Maps, Picasa, and nearly all of Google's other products don't require traditional software -- just a browser and a live Web connection.<p>The HP Pavilion 14 has the largest screen we've seen to date in a …

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When It Comes To Big Data Is Less More?

My oxymoronish title aside, two esteemed professors at an Ivy League school say that while those in the marketing world continue to struggle with how to handle all the data they are accumulating, they may in fact be wasting their time and more than likely need to go on what they refer to as a “data …

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Display Catches Up With iPhone Retina

The display on the new Samsung S IV, launched in many parts of the world over the past two days, is a big improvement over the SIII and, with it, Samsung now challenges the Retina display of the Apple iPhone, according to display experts DisplayMate.<p>Discussing the pros and cons of the screens …

Are Apple fans really more loyal?

Every survey seems to suggest that those who buy Apple products are more loyal to the brand than buyers of other brands. Does this also make them more forgiving?<p>Having faith in other people is often as sensible as having faith that your bus will arrive on time.<p>People are, by their very nature, …

Google Glass

Intel confirms 'Haswell' chip intro at Computex

The countdown to the chipmaker's next-generation mainstream processor has begun.<p>It's official. Intel's fourth-generation core "Haswell" processor will arrive on June 3. Expect a crush of desktops, laptops, convertibles, detachables, and tablets to ensue.<p>"In approximately 3,337,200,000,000,000 …

Laptops

iPhone 5 LCD faces off with Samsung Galaxy S4 OLED, declared a tie by display expert

Detailed tests of the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 screens by display calibration and testing specialist DisplayMate has declared the result a draw.<p>The detailed test results cover color gamut and accuracy, brightness, power efficiency and performance in high ambient lighting. DisplayMate compared the …

USB Utility Charge Tool is the Geek Army Knife - Technabob

Most people use and carry around a bevy of mobile devices these days. There’s nothing wrong with that, since I do it myself. However, it gives rise …

ProScope Micro Mobile Turns Your iPhone or iPad into a Microscope - Technabob

Bodelin Technologies has unveiled a new product that turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a fully functional microscope. The microscope itself …

Ubuntu 13.04 boosts graphics performance to prepare for phones, tablets | Ars Technica

Raring Ringtail for Ubuntu desktops and servers now ready to download.<p>The stable release of Ubuntu 13.04 became available for download today, with …

The Next Xbox: Everything We Think We Know

We're finding out about the new Xbox in just a few hours. But that doesn't mean we have no idea what's coming. Here's a rundown of everything we …

Internet Explorer

Microsoft Office Ad Turns 'Forbes' Magazines Into Wi-Fi Hotspots

Like other tech companies, Microsoft has advertised some of its products in the past by offering free Wi-Fi in public places like subways and park …

Snapzoom lets smartphones use binoculars for telephoto shots

While it’s true that you could just hold the lens of your phone up to one eyepiece of the binoculars, the Snapzoom allows users to set the phone to …

Windows tablet demand surged post-Win8 says research firm

Microsoft continues to stay silent on exactly how many Surface tablet it ha s sold around the world. The first of its Surface tablets, the Surface …

BlackBerry 10 continues slow grind to relevance as Skype finally incoming

BlackBerry continues to slide out of relevance for virtually all smartphone users as competing devices gain popularity. One of the big issues for …

iPad tops in satisfaction among tablet owners

For the second year in a row, Apple ranks the highest among tablet makers for customer satisfaction, according to a J.D. Power survey.<p>Owners of Apple's iPad are the most satisfied among all tablet owners, says J.D. Power.<p>In a poll of 1,857 tablet users for Volume One of J.D. Power's "2013 U.S. …

Kindle Fire

Wunderlist ‘Pro’ arrives today with new team collaboration features for $4.99/month

6 Wunderkinder, the developers behind the ‘Wunderlist’ to-do app that’s currently home to over 4 million users, today announced a new “Pro” version of the cross platform productivity app. Launching today on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and on the web, the new pro version comes with the introduction of the …

Atom for jailbroken iPhones is a welcome lockscreen overhaul

The iPhone lockscreen hasn’t changed much in the past six versions of iOS, with the exception of the addition of a camera slider. Atom is a new jailbreak tweak that seeks to completely redesign the lockscreen and add new functionality, and it does not disappoint.<p>Keep reading to find out how Atom …

New Plan To Remove Orbiting Space Debris: A Giant Harpoon

UK scientists are developing the whaling-inspired technology.<p>When we shoot something into space, we leave stuff behind; that stuff becomes space junk. It's a real problem when we're trying to shoot more stuff into space and risk running into other stuff we shot into space. New solution: space …

How the US Built Its Super-Secret Spy Satellite Program

Ethics aside, espionage is an indispensable part of statecraft. The ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance] information gathered helps …

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review: Better, But Not Best (Update: LTE Version)

Since it arrived last year, the Galaxy S III has been the world's best-selling smartphone that wasn't born in Cupertino. An impressive feat, but one …

HP ElitePad 900 review: A business-minded Atom tablet with accessories - CNET

MSRP: $649.00<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>HP ElitePad 900</b> is a well-built business tablet with an impressive array of add-ons and accessories.<p><b>The Bad</b> The base tablet starts out expensive, and those docks and jacket accessories add even more to the cost. Intel's Atom performance continues to underwhelm.<p><b>The Bottom</b> …

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Boot up: Cook v Ballmer, Google fails to stop iPhone, Google Now home?, and more

A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>The Reason Stick: The Conspiracy Theory Flowchart "THEY" Don't Want You To …