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Hearing loss now hits 1 in 3 Americans over 65

Evening news commercials contain a medicine chest’s worth of midlife ailments, from erectile dysfunction to high cholesterol. One condition receives …

Hack Your Own Car With This $60 Device

CANtact is a simple go-between that connects your computer to your car's on-board diagnostic system<p>It's about the size of a credit card and costs about $60, but the humble CANtact can hack into your car.<p>The small device, built by Eric Evenchick, serves as a sort of hub between a computer and your …

Cybersecurity

Google Wants to Make Your Internet Connection 1,000 Times Faster

Google is working on data transfer speeds that would make its Google Fiber service seem like dial-up in comparison.<p>The company’s chief financial officer, Patrick Pichette, announced that Google was working on speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second — far faster than the 1 gigabit per second offered …

Telecoms

Skydog Web App and Smart Family Wi-Fi Router w/Cloud Service Subscription review: Innovative firmware stunted by dated hardware - CNET

MSRP: $149.00<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>Skydog</b> router is an advanced and comprehensive way to manage your home network, locally or remotely, with robust monitoring, reporting, and content filtering features.<p><b>The Bad</b> The router uses outdated hardware and is slow and expensive. Its Web filtering feature isn't always …

Staples Connect review: One small step toward the smart-home singularity - CNET

MSRP: $99.00<p><b>The Good</b> <b>Staples Connect</b> is a smooth, simple-to-use system that delivers on its promise of integrating devices of different networking protocols into a single home automation network, all without monthly fees.<p><b>The Bad</b> Device controls within the Staples Connect app are too limited -- for …

Home Automation

Internet speeds climb 10 percent worldwide

A total of 133 regions tracked by Akamai saw gains in average connection speeds ranging from 0.2 percent to 259 percent in 2013's third quarter when compared with the previous quarter.<p>Internet access is getting quicker throughout the world, says cloud service provider Akamai.<p>Releasing its "State of …

Build a plane in a week? Oshkosh organizers say no problem

At this summer's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show, attendees will have the chance to participate in an effort to build an entire airplane in just seven days.<p>It may take about six weeks to make a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but organizers at the world-famous Oshkosh air show think building a plane in a week …

New catalytic converter could make cars cleaner, more fuel efficient and less expensive

By helping to minimize the hydrocarbons and other pollutants that are emitted in a car's exhaust, catalytic converters serve an important purpose. …

How to make LPs sound better than ever

Turntable phono cartridges' miniscule voltage output needs high quality amplification, NAD's nifty little PP2i will transform your analog sound.<p>The vinyl boom isn't slowing. Here in NYC, Rough Trade opened a new 15,000-square-foot record store, and the display space is evenly split between LPs and …

Is Fracking Safe? The 10 Most Controversial Claims About Natural Gas Drilling

We take on controversial quotes about natural gas and set the record straight.<p>Members of Congress, gas companies, news organization, drilling opponents: They've all made bold claims about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the U.S. supply of underground natural gas. We take on 10 controversial …

Natural Gas

10 Award-Winning Home Brew Recipes

We asked the members of the New York City Homebrewers Guild, one of the nation's oldest home-brew clubs, to share some of the recipes that have been successful in competitions. We got back 10 killer concoctions representing a wide variety of beer styles and brewing methods. (Note: For definitions …

Beer

Evernote Update Enables Four Times Faster Document Syncing

Evernote users are sure to be pleased to know that the company behind the awesome service has today rolled out a new update for their cloud archiving …

A Handy Chrome Hack That Simplifies Obnoxious Mobile Sites

A lot of organizations optimize their websites for mobile. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean these sites aren't cluttered with ads, extraneous links, …

Piper monitors security and automates your home

Last year Piper raised over three times its targeted amount via an Indiegogo campaign. The device incorporates a wide-angle camera, motion detector, …

Toyota Prius may get a more edgy design in the future

For a long time the Toyota Prius was one of the few viable hybrid vehicles on the road. That meant that the car was rather unique compared to other …

HifiMan Portable Music Player

If you're more worried about the sound of your music than features, leave your iPod — or god forbid Zune — at home and hit the road with the HifiMan …

Need This New Finding? Aleve May Be Safer For Heart Health

According to federal health officials new findings show that Aleve, aka naproxen sodium, may be a healthier choice for heart health than other NSAID …

Opto-pi Raspberry Pi Opto-Isolator Board Offers Easier Interfacing With Digital GPIO Pins (video)

Raspberry Pi owners looking to use higher voltages with their mini PC, might be interested in this new opto-isolator board called the Opto-pi which …

Lil Nardo Arduino Leonardo Compatible Development Board (video)

Arduino hackers, hobbyists and developers that are looking for a smaller less expensive Arduino Leonardo compatible development board, might be …

FishHunter Sonar uses a smartphone to show where the fish are

We previously saw the ReelSonar smartphone-connected fish finder hit Indiegogo, but it never met its funding goal. FishHunter, on the other hand, is …

Asus Eee Box EB1037 Windows 8.1 Mini Desktop PC Unveiled

Asus has this week added a new addition to their range of mini desktop PCs this week, in the form of the newly launched Asus Eee Box EB1037 which …

2014 Toyota Highlander First Drive

Making a big SUV that satisfies every driver is difficult. Do you make it sporty, or edgy, or aim for super-comfort, or as capacious as possible, or …