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RANKED: These Are The Best Smartwatches You Can Buy Right Now

Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft are all expected to release their own smartwatches.<p>Just last month, Foxconn showed off an iPhone-compatible smartwatch that can measure the wearer's vital signs like heart beat and respiration.<p>Thanks to David Schmidt of comparison shopping platform FindTheBest, …

Smartwatches

Students spoof GPS signals to send yacht off course

University of Texas at Austin students used a custom-built GPS signal spoofer to send a yacht off course. The $80 million vessel relies entirely on GPS for navigation, and with the owner's permission the students used their device to mimic a GPS signal. The yacht's on-board navigation system …

Major opinion shifts, in the US and Congress, on NSA surveillance and privacy

Numerous polls taken since our reporting on previously secret NSA activities first began have strongly suggested major public opinion shifts in how …

Largest space battle in history claims 2,900 ships, untold virtual lives

The combat is fake, but the emotions are real<p>In less than an hour, a battle of interstellar proportions will break out in the MMORPG Eve Online, a spacefaring simulation with its own politics, economies, and wars — all controlled exclusively by players. Between three and four thousand pilots are …

What Is The Most Catastrophic Error Made By An Intern At A Tech Company?

When I was 21, I almost lost several hundred million dollars by threatening to mutilate one of our customers.<p>In my senior year in college, I worked full time as an intern PM at NetApp. I spent most of that time at work being groomed and prepared to be a full PM, and given that my background was in …

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures breathtaking images of Earth from Saturn

NASA's unmanned Cassini spacecraft has already returned some gorgeous views of the planet Saturn, which it is currently flying around. But the latest images should be enough to make it and any other interplanetary travelers (such as Voyager 1) homesick. On July 19th, the spacecraft, located about …

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

Waking up to the link between a faulty body clock and mental illness

Our lives are ruled by time and we use time to tell us what to do. But the digital alarm clock that wakes us in the morning and the wrist-watch that …

Tangiers: A stealth game inspired by Dada, David Lynch

This sandbox-style video game about the surreal and the avant-garde is seeking support on Kickstarter -- and it's unlike anything we've ever seen.<p>The …

Secrets of the right: Selling garbage to your fans

When conservative celebs peddle awful schwag, their fans pay big bucks. But here’s why it’s bad for the rest of us<p>If the late social critic Eric Hoffer is correct in his often quoted (inaccurately, it turns out) adage that "every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually …

How Microsoft spent a decade asleep on the job

Once upon a time, a young man named Bill had a vision. He saw "a PC on every desk, and every machine running Microsoft software". And lo, it came to …

Study: People With a Lot of Self-Control Are Happier

Improbably enough, people who are better able to resist impulses report being more satisfied with their lives.<p>austin hsieh/Flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> "Among humankind's most valuable assets" is self-control, according to Wilhelm Hofmann and his team of researchers at the University of Chicago. They define it …

Apple Giving Away Top-Shelf Apps And Games For Five Year App Store Anniversary

Apple‘s App Store celebrates its fifth anniversary this week, and Apple has some nice rewards for anyone that happens to be searching through the app store today. The company has put a suite of top-shelf apps and games on the ultimate sale today, knocking them down to free.<p>Unsurprisingly, all of …

Econ 101 is killing America

Forget the dumbed-down garbage most economists spew. Their myths are causing tragic results for everyday Americans<p>In the Middle Ages, people looked to the Church for certainty. In today’s complex, market-based economies, they look to the field of economics, at least for answers to questions …

Ink Stained and Wretched

<i>Read the Esquire Gettysburg Reenactment series in its entirety here.</i><p><b>The loud scattered booming</b> coming across the fields today is nothing more than thunder. Scattered showers cross the hills as a low pressure zone approaches, and with it the heavier rains that will wash the blood from the leaves but …

War

How Delaying Intimacy Can Benefit Your Relationship | The Art of Manliness

When is the right time to start having sex in a relationship? Not until marriage? A couple months in? The “standard” three dates? Sometimes even on …

Woman Settles Suit After Losing Her Infant Over Drug Test Failure Caused By Poppy Seed Bagel

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman who had her newborn taken away because she failed a hospital drug test after she ate a poppy seed bagel has settled a lawsuit over the case.<p>Lawrence County's child welfare agency and Jameson Hospital have paid $143,500 to settle the suit filed on behalf of Elizabeth Mort …

Child Welfare

Japan attacks Australian role in whaling 'moral crusade'

Japan has told the United Nation's highest court that Australia's anti-whaling stance is part of a "civilising mission and moral crusade" that is …

MIT Will Map Your Relationships Using Your Metadata

Give MIT a little access to your Gmail, get a big graph of all your relationships!<p>I'm dying to give three men I don't know access to my email—the same, single email I use for reporting, banking, managing my student loans and writing to childhood penpals with whom I'd once exchanged paper …

15-Ton Particle Ring Travels To Chicago By Land And By Sea

It looks almost like the Millennium Falcon, creeping ever so slowing, taking up the entire roadway on New York's Long Island. A team of spotters walks alongside, calling out trees that need cutting and road signs that need to be taken down.<p>Its name is the Muon g-2 (pronounced g minus two) and it's …

Cluster spacecraft detects elusive space wind

A new study provides the first conclusive proof of the existence of a space wind first proposed theoretically over 20 years ago.<p>By analyzing data …

The Science Of Car Hacking

Hacked cars are unlikely to be an assassin's weapon of choice.<p>The notion that hackers could assassinate people in an instant is a favorite among conspiracy theories. The latest example: After the young journalist Michael Hastings died in a car crash last month, conspiracy theorists speculated that …

Why It Feels Like Your Phone Is Vibrating In Your Pocket When It Isn't

*bzzzzzzzzzzzzz*<p>How many times have you pulled your phone out of your pocket, thinking you felt a vibration that could mean any number of treats (Twitter replies, emails, phone calls, text messages, a turn in whatever game you're playing)? A a study found that 80 percent of respondents felt that …

Laser Nanosensor Can Detect Bacteria In Minutes

This tiny device could eventually measure tumor cells, too.<p>A new matchbox-sized nanosensor can scan for the presence of bacteria and tell if an antibiotic is effective within a few minutes, rather than the days or weeks that conventional testing methods require.<p>Researchers at EPFL, the Swiss …

What Drowning REALLY Looks Like | The Art of Manliness

If you’re heading out to the beach or lake this summer, be sure to know the 10 “quieter” signs of drowning — they’re easy to miss.<p><i>Source: Mario</i> …

Lululemon Sued For Fraud In Sheer Yoga Pants Scandal

A shareholder filed a suit in Manhattan Tuesday accusing the company of "defrauding shareholders by hiding defects in yoga pants whose sheerness led to a costly recall, and concealing talks that led to the sudden departure of its chief executive," according to Reuters.<p>A separate lawsuit filed in …

Yoga

Razer Blade Review (2013)

Unprecedented portability.<p>With an all-aluminum enclosure and measuring at just over half an inch thick, the new 14-inch Razer Blade is the thinnest, …