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This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Don't Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is a basic biological necessity that profoundly affects our day-to-day life as well as our long-term well-being. After just one bad night's …

Sleep

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 wins CES award for best kids’ peripheral

This past week at CES in Las Vegas, VTech was honored with the Best Peripheral Award for its newest Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2. The award was presented by KAPI (Kids at Play Interactive) and the panel of judges selected the VTech watch from over 500 tech products released in 2017. With its two …

Lithium-ion batteries finally have a rechargeable competitor

Last week, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company he currently backs, Ionic Materials, unveiled a solid-state alkaline battery design that they claim would be cheaper and safer than the lithium-ion battery.<p>"What people didn't really realize is that alkaline batteries could be made …

How to configure network discovery on Windows 10

How to set a network profile using Settings<p>Typically, the first time you connect to a network, Windows 10 will ask you to set a network profile. …

Microsoft releases fifth Windows 10 preview in a row with only bug fixes and improvements

Microsoft today released yet another preview build of the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update with no big features — just bug fixes, really. Build 15061 appears just one day after build 15060.<p>Today there appear to be just four changes.<p>Some virtual private network (VPN) connections weren’t showing …

Software

Microsoft Spends Big to Build a Computer Out of Science Fiction

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is putting its considerable financial and engineering muscle into the experimental field of quantum computing as it works to build a machine that could tackle problems beyond the reach of today’s digital computers.<p>There is a growing optimism in the tech world that quantum …

Muslim Invaders of Italy Protest Demanding Free WiFi

Call it the WiFi Jihad. Never forget that these poor desperate people are fleeing conditions of unimaginable deprivation where the only WiFi they can …

Nexus 6 Tips and Tricks!

Ever since Google’s Nexus 6 was announced last year, it’s become one of the most polarizing smartphones ever to be released. In the past, Nexus smartphones have been modest and (mostly) affordable, but the Motorola-made Nexus 6 takes a different stance. It’s big, powerful, and features one of the …

This Re-Engineered Moss Can Grow Perfume–And Even Medicine

Moss is often considered a nuisance, something that clogs up drains and covers over paths. But to Marie Brøns Nørgaard, it’s something very useful indeed.<p>Nørgaard, 24, leads a Danish startup called TychoBio, which is developing greener ways to produce several chemicals found in perfumes, shampoos, …

Four 2015 Energy Ideas 'Back to the Future' Got (Almost) Right

Hoverboards, flying cars, and auto-fueling are closer than you think, and garbage energy is here.<p>Energy is so cheap and easy in 2015 that we all have flying cars and robot gas attendants. That's not the reality as of New Year's Day, of course, but rather the "future" depicted in the hit 1989 movie</i> …

9to5Toys Last Call: Retina MacBook Pro (2013) $200 off, Air-Fi wireless over-ears $40, 4-port charger $10, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.<p><b>Today’s can’t miss deals:</b><p>Apple Deals:<p>Apple MacBook Pro w/ Retina (late 2013) up to <b>$200 off</b>: 15-inch $2,000, 13-inch $1,360 in-store pickup, or less with …

Here's Why We Haven't Quite Figured Out How to Feed Billions More People

Solving the world's looming food crisis will require big investments in agricultural research, yet public support for that is lagging.<p>When famine loomed in Mexico and southern Asia in the mid-20th century, agricultural crop researchers saved the day. Scientists at Mexico's International Maize and …

'Flame Base' shirt heats up to keep your temperature just right

Sweaters, jackets and long johns are all "wearables" that keep us warm, but they aren't all that smart -- if you walk into a room that's too hot or exercise too hard, you need to <i>stop using them</i> to cool down. It's an inconvenience we've grown used to, but we don't have to put up with it much longer: …

Beginner's guide to Plex

Plex is one of those services that has been around for some time but many of us might have passed over for some reason, be it a lack of understanding …

The 'Netflix For Pirated Movies' Will Soon Work With Your Google Chromecast

It's a competitive space, but Popcorn Time has been steadily building up its features list and integrating tools to hide your tracks. Now, Popcorn Time even supports Google's Chromecast streaming device, allowing Windows users to port movies from their laptop or PC over to their TVs.<p>Chromecast …

Apple and Other Tech Companies Could Pay $9B in Anti-Poaching Class Action Suit

- Apr 8, 2014<p>The class-action lawsuit brought against Apple, Google, and other tech firms for allegedly conspiring not to hire employees from one …

Fruit flies fitted with tiny backpacks to save farms

<i>(Credit: CSIRO)</i><p><b>The CSIRO is putting RFID sensors on Queensland fruit flies to study their behaviour in the hopes of saving Queensland's crops.</b><p>What do …

Popcorn Time Is Like Netflix For Pirated Content

Think of Popcorn Time like Netflix, just with movies worth watching. Find a title and click “Watch It Now”. That’s it.<p>The media catalog is impressive. Everything from first run movies to classics like Hook are available to watch. Frozen, American Hustle, Gravity — even Delivery Man if you’re a …

How to Keep Your Android Apps From Lagging

If you've noticed that Instagram on your Android handset has been unusually sluggish lately, you're not alone. Many of us have noted an unfortunate …

Meet ZenMate, the encryption startup that lets you watch Netflix & keep your privacy

The NSA spying program and the media frenzy surrounding it well and truly brought the subject of online security to the forefront of Internet users’ minds last summer. A blow for the credibility of many large Internet sites, the scandal did, however, provide a publicity boost for services …

The Making of PAIRD: A Lego Action Film

PAIRD is a work in progress, feature length (90 minute) sci-fi action film made entirely in Lego stop-motion. Stop-motion is a filmmaking technique used to bring life to inanimate objects by taking a still picture, moving the subject, and then taking another picture. When played back in rapid …

GoodReader Gets a Big Update for iOS 7 – MacStories

GoodReader is the missing file manager for the iPhone[1]. It virtually eliminates the compromises you have to make on a mobile device by allowing you to download files from the web; view and arrange documents, photos, music, and video into folders; and connect to local servers over Wi-Fi or your …

How Tesla batteries are powering an energy revolution

Those Tesla Motors lithium-ion battery packs aren’t just powering electric luxury sports sedans for the 1% any more.<p>They’ve started appearing in a small number of California homes to store electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, and beginning today SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar …

Energy