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How the Apple Watch is made

<i>Greg Koenig is an industrial designer and co-founder of Luma Labs in Portland, Oregon. This post originally appeared on his blog, Atomic …

Everything You Need to Know About Smart Home Networking

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You Can Now Play Google Autocomplete Like a Game of Family Feud

Google Feud is the online game we didn’t know we were waiting for.<p>Knowing the people of the Internet’s collective love of bizarre Google Autocomplete …

Beagle 2 Found on Mars After 'Disappearing' for 12 Years

Scientists finally get closure.<p>The Beagle 2 Mars Lander, the United Kingdom’s landing spacecraft that went AWOL on Mars in 2003, has been located in …

Space Science

Best-selling Christian novel about journey to heaven pulled

A best-selling account of a 6-year-old boy's journey to heaven and back has been pulled after the boy retracted his story.<p>Spokesman Todd Starowitz of Tyndale House, a leading Christian publisher, confirmed Friday that Alex Malarkey's "The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of …

2 planets may lurk in solar system beyond Pluto, study says

There is evidence of at least two planets larger than Earth lurking in our solar system beyond Pluto, a new analysis of "extreme trans-Neptunian objects" reveals.<p>After studying 13 of these "extreme trans-Neptunian objects," or ETNOs, the obits of these objects are different from a theory that …

Astronomy

Google Is Taking A Page From Apple's 'Sneaky' Playbook And Not Really Killing Glass

Google is instead shifting its attention to focus on the one area where Glass has done reasonably well: businesses. The Glass for Work program has about a dozen partners involved, all of whom are still writing apps for the device, our source says.<p>A business that wants " a 100 [pairs of Glass] …

Calvin Klein

10 Classic PC Games You Can Play Right in Your Browser

New Version of Free Google Translate Lets You Translate Using Camera

On Wednesday Google released a new version of <b>Google Translate (free)</b> in the App Store that has some great new features. Most importantly, it now includes Word Lens: you can point your camera at some text in a foreign language, and the translated text will instantly overlay the image on your screen. …

Google Translate

State Department moves toward Keystone decision, sets deadline for agencies’ input

The State Department took a big step Friday toward making a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, setting a Feb. 2 deadline for federal agencies to give their views on the controversial project.<p>Fox News has learned eight agencies have been asked to provide their views. The State Department …

Keystone XL

5 things Facebook asks for that are none of its business

To Facebook, your personal information is everything. The more the site has on you, the more money it can make from advertisers who want to target you. Unfortunately, there are some things you shouldn't share online.<p>Each of these things alone might be all right, but added up they could lead to …

Social Media

Apple's Swift programming language soars in popularity

Just months after the first ever app created by it, the Swift programming language from Apple has leapt up the rankings of the technologies to watch from 68th place to 22nd<p>The programming language created by Apple for developers to make iOS and OS X apps with has made an “unprecedented” jump up the …

Programming Languages

Xbox Gets Its Mojo Back, Winning November and December at U.S. Retail

Total U.S. retail gaming sales dipped from $5.99 billion in 2013 to $5.67 billion in 2014.<p>Microsoft’s Xbox One won both of the all-important holiday shopping months of November and December at U.S. retail, according to the NPD Group, after spending most of its first year lagging behind the rival …

Xbox

Teens Take Politicians To Court Over Climate Change

For politicians who fail to act on climate change, Kelsey Juliana has a few words.<p>"I want to remind them that we are their employer," said Juliana, 18, a native of Eugene, Oregon, and freshman at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. "The government works for us. If you're not doing your job, …

Congressional Republicans propose their Net neutrality fix

A bill introduced Friday claims to protect Internet openness without reclassifying broadband as a utility. But it also guts the FCC's regulatory authority.<p>Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate introduced on Friday draft legislation they claim will protect Net neutrality without …

Canary Smart Home Security Device review

Canary's smart security gadget has a few big shortcomings<p><b>The Good</b> Canary offers impressive video quality including a highly detailed night vision mode. Its "Homehealth" sensors are accurate and helpful.<p><b>The Bad</b> An over-sensitive motion sensor renders Canary borderline unusable, and we didn't receive …

Congressman says Muslims help thwart terrorists

WASHINGTON – Muslims are among the nation's biggest allies in intelligence gathering, said Rep. Andre Carson, the first Muslim member of Congress to be appointed to the House intelligence committee.<p>But law enforcement must build real relationships with the community, and not show up at mosques only …

This Easy Android Trick Will Keep Your Home Screen Clutter-Free

Paul Thompson—FPG/Getty Images<p>Keystone/Holton/Getty Images<p>Kypros/Getty Images<p>Lyn Alweis—Denver Post/Getty Images<p>Bill Dow—NBC/Getty Images<p>Mark …

This portable laptop mod houses both a PS4 and Xbox One

Want a PS4 and an Xbox One, but don't have the space in your entertainment center? Enter the PlayBox. The laptop-style console mod, created by serial tinkerer Eddie Zarick, crams both systems into a single design, complete with a 22-inch, 1080p display. It's not sleek, but seems perfectly playable …

7 Ways to Stay Motivated and Accomplish Anything

Motivation comes--and it goes. Here's how to hold onto it, even when things get tough.<p>Does the start of a New Year renew your energy and motivation to achieve change? For most it does, but let's face it, no matter how driven you are, there will be times when your energy and commitment will ebb. …

Motivation

2014's Dumbest Local Ordinances

Put these laws on the wall of shame.<p>No U.S. legislative body rolled in to 2014 with higher clout than local government. Fully 70 percent of Americans lacked faith in the federal government at the outset of the year, according to an Associated Press poll, yet over 50 percent felt at least …

AI still can't recognise these simple pictures

Look at these black and yellow bars and tell me what you see.<p>Not much, right? Ask state-of-the-art artificial intelligence the same question, …

White House says it will veto bill to approve oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the first piece of legislation introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate, a bill approving the much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, in what was expected to be the first of many confrontations over energy and environmental policy.<p>…

Joe Manchin

How to hack your taste buds

Why does toothpaste give orange juice a weird aftertaste? It’s one of many surprisingly easy ways to trick your tongue – and your brain – into experiencing strange flavours, says Veronique Greenwood. What's going on?<p>Your tongue is not a blank slate. What you've just eaten can change the flavour of …

Culinary Arts

Here's How to Fix Your Cracked iPhone Screen

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Apple Store

Artist Turns DNA From Chewed Gum Into Sculptures

Plus, a perfume that can cover your genetic tracks<p>Two years ago, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg caused a stir in both the art and biosecurity worlds when she displayed busts of people she’d never met. She determined the facial features for her “Stranger Visions” show using DNA found in the streets …

A Guide to the Strange, Little-Known, Hard-to-Find Beatles Christmas Recordings

Little in my life has enriched me more than the Beatles or Christmas—in different (and yet dovetailing) ways. And there is one enriching aspect of the Beatles’ catalog that is so rare, that it falls between the worlds of official product and bootleg. This wasn’t a commercial record, it wasn’t a …

13 Productivity Tips to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s a good time to evaluate your work habits (yes, in addition to your fitness routine and maybe even your haircut). Especially for you creative freelancers out there, productivity often equals money, happiness and general well-being. We found 13 tips …

Productivity

4 Simple Goal Setting Ideas For 2015

New Year’s resolutions are like traffic. As the driver, your focus is intent while trying to “get there;” you see others pass you by; you get held up at a red light that slows down progress. Distractions such as the radio, crazy drivers, cellphones (in some states) preclude you from focusing on the …