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Is Android a monopoly?

A report from <i>Bloomberg</i> this morning suggests that US antitrust regulators are looking into whether Google has engaged in anticompetitive practices with its Android operating system. It seems a preposterous question to ask, but might Android constitute an actual monopoly?<p>Google doesn’t make any …

Five best third-party Android launchers to customize your device experience

One of Android’s best features is the ability to download and install custom third-party launchers. Don’t like the way your phone home screen looks or how the apps are organized? Fine. Change it. But finding the best one, or a good one for that matter, can sometimes be a daunting challenge. And …

One Woman Photoshopped by 18 Countries: Beauty Standards Revealed

Last year, journalist Esther Honig published a viral series of images showing how photo retouchers in 27 countries around the world “enhanced” a …

How to disable encryption in Android Lollipop

Encrypting your smartphone or tablet is a great way to add a passive layer of security to your device, something that doesn't require a lot of work …

Volvo: our self-driving cars are better than humans

But ultimately, it may be Swedes who come out on top.<p>This week, Volvo announced that it will put 100 production ready autonomous cars in the hands of actual consumers by 2017.<p>This initial pilot run will see the company's self-driving technology move out of the laboratory and put through the ringer …

End of OPEC is closer to reality

OPEC's dominant role in the global oil market is in serious jeopardy.<p>For nearly half a century, the oil cartel kept a tight check on prices, keeping them from falling too low or rising to unsustainably-high levels.<p>But OPEC's power is being challenged by the surge in North American oil …

More details about Galaxy S6 edge's special features surface

We’ve heard more than one report suggesting that Samsung is preparing a version of the Galaxy S6 that will feature an edge display. More recently, there’s even been talk about how this model will have two edges, instead of the single edge found on the Galaxy Note Edge. We have to wonder, what makes …

Michael Moore explains snipers are 'cowards' tweet

<b>(CNN) —</b> Shortly after his tweet proclaiming "snipers aren't heroes" netted a barrage of criticism, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore tried to explain where that sentiment came from -- his war veteran father.<p>The controversial tweet Sunday came as "American Sniper," the Oscar-nominated biopic of a …

Navy SEAL to Seth Rogen: 'You're Welcome'

Retired U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell and retired U.S. Navy SEAL Jason Redman were on “Hannity” tonight to respond to “American Sniper” criticism in Hollywood.<p>Michael Moore tweeted:<p>He later said that his comments on snipers were not specifically about “American Sniper.”<p>Seth Rogen tweeted:<p>Parnell …

Will Apple soon be worth $1 trillion?

Apple is the most valuable company in the world. Nobody else comes close.<p>It is worth more than $670 billion. Stop and think about just how iNormous that is for a second.<p>Apple (AAPL) has a $260 billion market value lead over key rival Microsoft (MSFT) and is worth $300 billion more than Google …

9 Things Powerful People Never Say

Powerful people talk in a healthy way, combining the right blend of confidence and humility. They share authentically with their hearts and inspire others to action. Check out these things powerful people never say so you can become even more powerful.<p><b>1. "Because we've always done it that way."</b><p>You …

Rare footage: First contact made with isolated Amazon jungle tribe

6.5 Years of Self Portraits Condensed Into a 4-Minute Time-Lapse with an Inspirational Message

21-year-old Rebecca Brown is an English filmmaker, artist and avid creator of YouTube videos. Over the past 6.5 years, she’s photographed herself …

Check Out These Awesome Gadgets From the Tokyo Toy Show

The world's smallest multicopter, "QuatroX", measuring approximately 2.5 inches wide and 1 inch high, is demonstrated at<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Kiyoshi Ota—EPA

36 Years Of Console Prices, Adjusted For Inflation

If you thought the PS4 and Xbox One's launch prices were expensive, well, they kinda were! But not as expensive as the NES. Or Neo Geo. Or Saturn, Or …

eBay acquires PhiSix, which lets users try on 3D clothes virtually

While online shopping can make buying the latest gear easier, there are some downsides -- like not being able to try on clothes.<p>eBay appears to be all too aware of this issue, especially when it comes to item returns. In an effort to make it easier for shoppers and to cut down on returns, the …

Augmented Reality

'Iron Man' Suits for U.S. Military Inching Closer to Reality?

Could U.S. soldiers soon become real-life "Iron Men?"<p>The military is reportedly working on a high-tech tactical assault light operations suit, or …

HipShotDot First Person Shooter Red Dot Sight Attachment Review

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]irst person shooter games (FPS) depend on the accuracy of the person and his weapon — what you see when looking through the scope …

The Rebirth of Seriously Good Georgian Wines

You wouldn’t have thought but just a few hours from Sochi one of the world’s great wine regions is starting to produce seriously good juice again. …

Nostalgia: The Hottest Couples of the '90s

Brad and Gwyneth. Johnny and Kate. The '90s provided some of the most seminal couples in Hollywood history. In honor of Valentine's Day, we take a walk down memory lane.<p>Brad and Gwyneth. Johnny and Kate. The '90s provided some of the most seminal couples in Hollywood history. In honor of …

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How to Wrap a Sandwich

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Wrap your sandwich like the gift that it is.</i><p>Your much-needed lunch break finally rolls around. But you open up your brown bag only to find that your …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

10 Embarrassing Technological Failures

There Are Huge Reserves of Live-Saving Fresh Water Below the Oceans

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists in Australia have identified vast meteoric groundwater reserves (VMGRs) of freshwater …

#TechThisOut: How to Keep Your Personal Information Safe Online

Whether you’re shopping for the best holiday deals or signing up for ObamaCare, millions of Americans are giving access to Social Security numbers, …

Microsoft's Xbox One May Be Losing The Console War Due To Kinect Alone

Working in this industry, I tend to make predictions quite a bit. Usually they pan out, like the bad feeling I had that the Wii U was going to bomb for Nintendo without new appeal to non-gamers, or that Micosoft would be forced to changes its DRM/used game policies because of public outcry.<p>But …

The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

Live the Rainbow<p>No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The streets and skylines of these global cities pop …

10 Uncommon Gifts For Someone Who Has Everything

We already gushed about how much we love UncommonGoods’s unique art collection, but now that it’s gift-giving season, we can’t help but also …

Sony clarifies PS4 game-sharing rules ahead of launch

After twisting the knife at E3 regarding Microsoft's then-complicated game-sharing program, Sony has explained how digital strategy will work on PlayStation 4. Although sharing physical games remains as simple as Sony's tongue-in-cheek video suggested, games bought over PSN will be more locked …

The President's Devotional: What Obama 'Did In Secret' In Newtown (EXCERPT)

<i>Excerpted from THE PRESIDENT’S DEVOTIONAL: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama, by Joshua DuBois by arrangement with HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins. Copyright © Joshua DuBois 2013.</i><p><b>By Joshua Dubois</b><p>The White House is not supposed to be a place for brokenness. Sheer, shattered, …