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32 of the Best Chromecast Apps

Google Chromecast is an unusual device. Unlike most streaming set-top boxes, it doesn’t come with a remote, a bevy of pre-loaded apps or even an obvious menu system.<p>Instead, the Chromecast acts as a conduit for the apps and content you might find on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. The latter …

Matter Inserts Otherworldly Forms into your Photos for Viewing and Animating

If you’re not satisfied with photographing the world as it is, Pixite’s new Matter app for iPhone and iPad has devised a way to let you insert all kinds of inanimate objects into your shot. These aren’t just any objects, but beautifully rendered, highly customizable 3D effects, complete with their …

Google Just Released A New Map Trivia Game And It's Really Fun

In this case, they've made a fun little trivia game that I could probably waste an entire weekend playing.<p>It's called "Smarty Pins," and works inside of Google Maps. The basic premise is that you answer a series of questions based on geography, dropping your pin on the location of your answer.<p>It's …

Google Maps

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

61 Ways to Lose Weight

Small changes can lead to really great results<p>A few years ago, one of my friends at <i>Men's Health</i> stepped on the scale and was horrified by the result. He'd somehow managed to pack 20 pounds of flab onto his previously skinny frame. When he looked into the mirror, he saw a fat guy staring back. He …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Demand For Privacy Will Kill The Free Internet. Thank Goodness.

Paying for privacy in today's digital age<p>In February, Facebook purchased the WhatsApp messaging service for the mind-boggling sum of $19 billion. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company ever, but it also proved a clear, albeit subtle, point: Our relationship to personal data is …

A Quantum Random-Number Generator On Your Phone

Truly random numbers are surprisingly hard to generate, and are necessary for everyday digital security.<p>You might not think that it's that hard to be random, but creating truly random numbers is quite difficult... and these digits underlie and protect almost every digital transaction we make. Most …

The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

A Japanese startup unveils a long-lasting and safer battery made from carbon

A battery that lasts longer, is safer, charges faster and is less expensive than a standard lithium ion battery: That’s the powerful idea behind a …

Research project Cider allows unmodified iOS apps to run on Android

Cider, an operating system compatibility layer, allows iOS applications to run natively on Android devices.<p>Developed by computer science students from Columbia University, Cider effectively tricks iOS apps into running on Android’s Linux kernel just as they would on Apple’s XNU kernel.<p>Quoting from …

iOS Apps

Chrome Experiment: Spell Up Word Game to Improve Your English

Google today released a new Chrome experiment called Spell Up, a word game designed to help improve your grasp of the English language using only your voice. You can try out what the company calls a “virtual spelling bee, with a twist” at chrome.com/spellup.<p>Since this is a Google project, Spell Up …

Original Stitch Launches Mass Customization E-commerce Platform for Designing and Customizing Shirts for Men – In Time for Father's Day

<b>The Tailored Shirt Meets the Digital Age with More than 176 Trillion Possible Combinations of Exceptional Quality to Make the Perfect Shirt. Give a Unique Gift this Father’s Day!</b><p>SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 13, 2014–<p>OriginalStitch.com, a website that pairs fashion and technology, formally …

The DeanBeat: If you blinked, you don’t know how big the mobile gaming industry has become

It feels like mobile gaming is changing so fast that we could use quarterly or maybe daily updates on the state of the industry. That’s why it was good to hang out at the Mobile Gaming USA event in San Francisco earlier this week, getting downloads from some of the industry’s top minds.<p>Some …

IBM demonstrates next-gen phase-change memory that's up to 275 times faster than your SSD - ExtremeTech

IBM demonstrates next-gen phase-change memory that’s up to 275 times faster than your SSD<p>By on May 8, 2014 at 9:15 am<p>This site may earn affiliate …

Computer Hardware

Miracle material: the graphene revolution

The race is on to harness the potential of graphene, a substance that is harder than diamond, yet incredibly flexible, and the world’s best conductor of electricity.<p>Kostya Novoselov tends to wear an air of slight distraction. But when a problem or topic of conversation sparks his curiosity, his …

Bose Reveals SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker And QuietComfort 20 In-Ear Headphones With “Aware Mode”

Today Bose is announcing two new products to its lineup, with the introduction of the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker and the QuietComfort 20 In-Ear headphones.<p>Both offer the same high-quality audio Bose prides itself on, and the company claims that the in-ear headphones in particular required …

Goji's Smart Lock snaps pictures, welcomes you by name

Burglars of the future beware: the age of the smart lock is coming. There's no shortage of entries into the space these days -- in fact, it was just under a week ago that we spotted the lovely Yves Behar-designed August lock. Goji's (whoever heard of a company named after a fruit?) got a pretty …

Hewlett-Packard Rove mobile All-in-One PC incoming this July

As the name suggests, the Rove 20 sports a 20-inch, 1600 x 900 IPS LED panel with advanced 10-point multitouch technology and an ambient light sensor …

Samsung working on '5G' technology to deploy by 2020

Adaptive array transceiver technology to offer several Gbps speeds on very high frequencies<p>Before most of the world has seen a consistent 4G LTE …

4G LTE

Google Drive triples free storage to 15GB

Google's capacity to store your files will jump by a factor of three, the company said Monday, rising from 5GB to 15GB shared across Google+, Drive, and Gmail.<p>Google made the announcement just before Google I/O developers conference begins this week. The changes will "roll out over the next couple …

TouchPal Keyboard Launches Exclusive Beta on XDA

One of the many joys of Android is the freedom of choice. This freedom manifests itself in various ways, from being able to choose your email client, …

Viral Site For 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Features Videos With Hulk, Iron Man and More – /Film

Late last week, before <b>Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</b> was officially picked up by ABC, a viral video was discovered. That video showed what looked to …

Iron Man