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Amazon, Facebook creep up video ranks, but miles behind Netflix

North American Internet traffic on Amazon's video service has more than doubled and Facebook has leaped to the No. 4 downstream slot. Now they just need over 10 times the volume to catch up to Netflix.<p>Watch your back, Netflix.<p>The streaming-video service remains, by far, the biggest source of …

Televisions

Walmart’s price-match backfires as people use fake Amazon listings to get super-cheap PS4s

Walmart’s Ad Match Guarantee, the company’s price-matching policy, has been updated to include Amazon and some customers took advantage of that to …

eCommerce

What does a CPU do when it's doing nothing? - ExtremeTech

What does a CPU do when it’s doing nothing?<p>By on November 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. …

2015 BMW X5 SUV review: The best grand touring car with the most technology - ExtremeTech

By on November 10, 2014 at 11:24 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The BMW X5 is the ultimate …

Microsoft makes .Net open-source, finally embraces iOS, Android, and Linux - ExtremeTech

By on November 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>It’s a big day for Microsoft and …

.Net Framework

ET deals: Lenovo U530 15.6-inch Core i7 touch laptop with GT 730M for $749 - ExtremeTech

By on November 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>If you liked yesterday’s laptop …

Post-Election Special: The Evolutionary Psychologist Knows Why You Vote -- and Shop, and Tip at Restaurants

Ever since Darwin’s <i>The Descent of Man</i>, in which he proposed the theory of sexual selection (how some are selected to pass on their traits), his …

UK moves to shut down Russian hackers streaming live British webcam footage

UK to take action to close down Russian website streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors and those in gyms and bedrooms<p>The UK is to take international action to close down a Russian website that is streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors, bedroom cameras …

People with Disabilities Aren’t Heroes – They’re People

One of my former students has muscular dystrophy. He uses a power wheelchair to get around. He tells me that it is not unusual for him to attract the …

Facebook will start to reduce promotional Page posts next year

Facebook is messing with its News Feed again, but this time for the better: It will start reducing “overly promotional Page posts” from your News Feed next year, the company says.<p>Facebook has been surveying its users for feedback, and says that users have consistently expressed they’d like to see …

Social psychology has lost its balance

<i>The New Yorker</i> has an interesting article about a lack of political diversity in social psychology and how that may be leading to a climate of bias …

The Samsung Gear S Is A Smartphone On Your Wrist

Announced back in September, the Samsung Gear S is the South Korean electronics company’s sixth attempt at making a smartwatch. It’s got the specs of a mid-range phone from a few years back and runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system.<p>The intended appeal of the Gear S is that it can be used …

Facebook wants to handle your workplace chats

Your office may try to keep you off Facebook right now, but you may have a genuinely work-related reason to hop on that social network in the near future. Sources for the <i>Financial Times</i> understand that the internet giant is developing "Facebook at Work," a professional take on its familiar formula. …

How to Handle Stress in the Moment

You hear a lot of advice about how to reduce stress at work. But most of it is about what to do over the long term — take up yoga, eat a healthy diet, keep a journal, or get more sleep. But what do you do when you’re overcome with stress in the moment — at your desk, say, or in a meeting? Perhaps …

Identifying the Biases Behind Your Bad Decisions

By now the message from decades of decision-making research and recent popular books such as Daniel Kahneman’s <i>Thinking, Fast and Slow</i> should be clear: The irrational manner in which the human brain often works influences people’s decisions in ways that they and others around them fail to …

How To Trick Your Brain To Hold On To Positive Habit Changes

You start strong, with great intentions, but soon that new habit falls to the wayside. Here’s how to cement it into your daily life.<p>We truly are creatures of habit.<p>Nearly half of our everyday behaviors tend to be repeated in the same location almost every day, according to research out of Duke …

The Study

Psychology: The truth about the paranormal

In the 21st Century, why do so many people still believe in the paranormal? David Robson discovers that there’s good reason we hold superstitions – and a few surprising benefits.<p>Soon after World War II, Winston Churchill was visiting the White House when he is said to have had an uncanny …

Winston Churchill

How Numbers on Facebook Change Our Behavior

The Facebook Demetricator shows we like liking a little too much.<p>A "like" on Facebook is a treat. You get a little red pop-up on your notifications icon, you see the little box on the lower-left corner of your screen describing the like, and you get that warm, albeit fleeting sense of pride. …