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The number of the miffed

350 is a popular number among people concerned about climate change. That is because 350 parts per million (ppm) of carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere …

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II Is Big, Beautiful and T-Mobile LTE Fast

Photo courtesy of Samsung<p>Bigger is better! That is exactly what Samsung Mobile is all about over the last several years. Ever since the original Samsung Galaxy smartphone was released, their screen sizes have increased. A few years into the growing trend, Samsung out did themselves by debuting the …

Sony Xperia Z review

The Xperia Z is one of the main pillars of Sony's new plan to focus on mobile, gaming and imaging. In fact, it's a device that addresses all three of those areas, while also pressing reset on Sony's smartphone past. The handset ushers in a new design language, one Sony's decided to bring to its new …

HTC One review (2013)

One. In literal terms, it's a number. To HTC, however, it's a branding strategy -- the foundation upon which the entire company is now based. Just take one look at the One lineup and you'll easily understand this is the manufacturer's pride and joy. There's a very good reason for that: in a crowded …

Apex Launcher 2.0 hits Google Play, puts notifications on app icons (Updated)

Apex can honestly claim to be one of the more popular launchers on Android, with over a million installs and 44,000 ratings over at Google Play. The stock-like skin has just been updated to version 2.0, with the biggest addition being support for Apex Notifier. This feature enables better control …

Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Exynos Octa-core: what's different?

Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy S 4, comes in two distinct flavors -- and they're both good. One uses the much-hyped Exynos Octa-core chip, while its identical twin takes advantage of the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. In either case, the availability depends on where you live: the …

Google Translate Android app gets Phrasebook syncing, additional language support for visual translation

Google Translate's truly a wonder of modern technology, with the ability to translate 64 70 languages, whether they are written, spoken or even photographed. Today Google's made it easier than ever to remain mono-lingual when traveling abroad by updating the Translate app for Android with …

Vivo Xplay boasts 5.7-inch 1080p screen, dedicated audio chips and nifty single-hand mode (video)

Another 1080p quad-core Android phone, you say? Well, there's a bit more to it. Launched by BBK spin-off Vivo in Beijing just now, this 5.7-inch Xplay goes one step further than its smaller X1 and X1S cousins by packing one extra audio chip and the OPA2604 operational amplifier from Texas …

LG Optimus G Pro for AT&T: what's different?

Two Galaxy Notes and two Optimus Vus later, LG's ready to tackle the giant-sized smartphone niche, this time <i>without</i> the category's defining accessory: a stylus. The Optimus G Pro, part of the company's <i>performance</i> line, was a surprise when we first laid eyes and hands on it: it's a 5.5-inch …

First Else's Splay officially comes to Android as a thumb-friendly launcher (video)

Emblaze's long-canceled First Else may never come back in its original form, but to our surprise, its futuristic Splay interface has <i>finally</i> been ported to Android! Released as a free beta by the same company, this fan-shaped launcher offers a similar single-hand experience that the ALP device once …

The Cube: The Story of a 6 Foot by 6 Foot by 6 Foot Camera

How many of you have ever built a camera? And if you have, how many of you have built a really big camera? We’re not talking about your typical 8×10 …

22 Regal Pictures of Queen Anne’s Lace

There’s something regal about Queen Anne’s Lace. The name certainly plays a part; the flower becomes a bit less imperial when it’s called by its …

Free Nikon DSLR Tethering Software for PCs, Tablets and Smartphones

Nikon DSLR owners who want to control their cameras from their PCs have a few options available to them. But while most of them offer basic …

Photo Series Visits Abandoned Star Wars Film Sets in the Tunisian Desert

In September 2010, visual artist and filmmaker Rä di Martino set out on a quest to photograph and document old abandoned film sets in the North …

What the Mona Lisa Can Teach You About Taking Great Portraits

When it comes to famous images the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most recognized in the world. When I visited the Lourve in Paris a …

10 Banned Music Videos

When YouTube banned David Bowie's music video for "The Next Day," it seemed ironic, since the site is normally the best place to see once-banned …

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Died of Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis

Slayer have shared the cause of Jeff Hanneman's death last week, saying they have just learned the guitarist died from alcohol-related cirrhosis of …

'Great Gatsby': Baz Luhrmann Wonders What Fitzgerald Would Think of Film

As Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of <i>The Great Gatsby</i> opens today to mixed reviews (<i>Rolling Stone</i>'s Peter Travers calls it a "crushing disappointment" in a …

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