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Is Mobile Usability Now A Search Ranking Factor?

In recent months, we’ve seen Google take a particular interest in the mobile usability of the sites it displays in its search results. One way in which we’ve seen this emphasis is in Google’s testing of ‘not mobile-friendly’ icons next to poorly optimized sites. I recently wrote about this in my …

Roger Clemens-Mike Piazza Broken World Series Bat Sells at Auction for $47K

If you’re looking for a unique piece of baseball history—or collecting evidence of the anger issues caused by rampant steroid usage—you missed out on a gem.<p>According to Jim Baumbach of Newsday.com (h/t Matt Snyder of CBSSports.com), the broken bat Roger Clemens infamously hurled at Mike Piazza …

HTC: A wearable device will be here by the Christmas season

Consumer-centric problems with battery and LCD tech "solved" after years of development<p>In an interview with <i>Bloomberg News</i>, part of HTC's leadership …

Looks legit. Also: nice Wi-Fi name. https://twitter.com/Kennedy_KSU/status/431276222359035904

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 launches in the UK

£649 gets you a 12-inch KitKat tablet with stylus capabilities<p>The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet is available to buy in the UK from today, Samsung has …

Senator Al Franken asks Google Glass developer to limit scope of facial recognition app

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has spoken out against a Google Glass app that uses facial recognition to identify strangers. Yesterday, Franken published an open letter to the makers of NameTag, an app meant to match people's faces with photos from social media accounts or other online sources. "Unlike …

3D Rope Bridge

As you all know, I’m a pretty big fan of <b>3D Chalk Drawing optical illusions</b> and I haven’t posted one up for this week, so I decided I’m going to put …

The Missing Brick Optical Illusion

How are all of you doing out there today? It’s Thursday, so I bet a lot of your are pumped up, because tomorrow it’s Friday. After tomorrow, you get …

Black Void Optical Illusion

I guarantee that every single one of you reading this right now are completely pumped, because it’s Friday and the weekend is finally here. All you …

Green Spinner Optical Illusion

I hate to say it, folks, but it’s Monday again and it’s the start of the work week. Not only that, but where I’m at it’s pouring down the snow right …

3D Tunnel Drawing Optical Illusion

One of my favorite types of optical illusions is when people do <b>3D drawing optical illusions</b>. The reason I love these types of illusions is due to the …

NFL Draft 2014: Running Backs Who Deserve High Selections

Last year's NFL draft saw zero running backs taken in the first round, but AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy proved to be an excellent investment by the Green Bay Packers en route to a Pro Bowl season.<p>There are several ball-carriers who at least warrant consideration to come off the board …

NFL Draft 2014: Prospects Who Will Improve Stock at the Scouting Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine has taken a life of its own in recent years.<p>Each February, coaches and executives from all 32 teams gather in Indianapolis to break down the year's top crop of college football players, both physically and mentally. More than 300 players have been invited to take part in …

The Rules of Winter Running

Unless you plan on sitting out a quarter of the year’s workouts, running in the cold is a necessity. But training in cold weather can be more than just uncomfortable—it can slow you down and wear you out.<p>People have different thresholds but performance goes down when the weather is below freezing, …

Can Running Marathons Make You Shorter?

<i>A:</i><p>Yes, running a marathon can make you temporarily shorter. In fact, running for just 30 minutes at moderate intensity can decrease your height. Why? Blame the discs in your spine. There are 23 of them, each separating vertebrae and simultaneously allowing movement, absorbing shock, and holding the …

DZ09 Bluetooth Smart Watch Phone Mate Sports GSM SIM For Android iPhone Samsung

<b>Main Features:</b> <b><br>SIM card / Bluetooth phone call(Bluetooth v3.0) / answer</b> <br>You can dial or answer a phone call from your smart watch <b><br>Messaging</b> <br>Effortlessly send/receive messages to have a good interaction with your friends <b><br>Phone book / call log / message/ music sync</b> <br>Easily realize information …

Google's latest search tweak encourages you to watch more YouTube music videos

As clever as Google's search is, finding official YouTube music videos is often harder than it should be, hampering efforts to successfully get your soft rock fix. In a new change rolling out now, the search giant has made it easier to surface such videos by giving the top playable link its very …

Don't Believe The Hype: These New Services Won't Protect You From The NSA

On its website, the company Private WiFi sells virtual private networks that it says can resist government snooping. “Don’t want the government to know what you are doing? Then it’s time to get a VPN," the company says.<p>Another such company, HideIPVPN, makes a similar promise.“NSA and FBI are spying …

Are People Selling Guns On Facebook?

Facebook says no. At least one large gun-community page suggests otherwise.<p>"S&W 500! Paid 1200, 25 rounds spent! I'm in Texas and newmexico. Looking to trade for a nice AK or AR of same value," reads a recent Facebook post by a gun enthusiast named Cody, who has included a photo of himself …

Can an electronic headset make you a better video gamer?

From energy drinks to sachets of nuts condescendingly branded "gamer food", there are plenty of products out there to entice gamers with the promise of enhanced performance – though most of them seem to be aimed squarely at the bedroom-bound teenager demographic rather than adult players who would …

Panasonic reverses its fortunes amid electric vehicle boom

Not every struggling company story has to have a depressing ending. Though its troubles are far from over yet, Panasonic has just announced 73.7 billion yen ($730 million) in net earnings for Q3. That's up 20 percent over last year, a disastrous period that saw nearly $10 billion in full-year …

Skit!, An Animated Video App For Telling Silly Stories, Comes To Android

Skit!, an animated video app in the same general category as Bitstrips, the cartoon-making app which recently scored $3 million in Series A funding, is coming to Android. Like Bitstrips, Skit! is also focused on letting users create characters, and share stories to social networks like Facebook, …

One more reason never to close Kik’s messaging app: a built-in browser

Once again, Kik is doubling-down on the web as a way to empower its messaging apps.<p>Today, Kik is adding a simple new feature to its iPhone and Android apps that could lead to huge engagement gains: a built-in web browser.<p>Instead of hopping over to another browser app to do some research or browse …

Netflix's sales are now basically on par with HBO's

Time Warner released numbers for HBO today for the first time, revealing that the network generated $1.3 billion in revenue in the last quarter of 2013, and $4.9 billion for the whole year. Those are the numbers of a very healthy business, and that's why Time Warner decided to publish them, citing …

Verizon denies throttling Netflix traffic after net neutrality ruling

A suggestion by a Texas engineer that Verizon may be throttling some internet services following last month's net neutrality ruling has quickly been denied by the company. In a post earlier today, iScan Online engineer David Raphael noted that he discovered issues with performance on his Verizon …

We must use technology to stop cellphone use while driving, experts urge

Steps must be taken to dissuade drivers from illegally using cellphones while behind the wheel to prevent the risk of injury to other motorists or pedestrians, says an editorial by two Canadian doctors.<p>And paradoxically, they write in this week's British Medical Journal, technology itself may …

Hackers Run Rampant in Sochi as Journalists Pour In

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Russia has ramped up physical security for the Winter Olympics in Sochi – bringing some 50,000 …

Chrome apps may soon run without any trace of the web browser

Chrome web apps may behave like native software at times, but they still require some form of the Chrome browser to run -- even if it's just a basic process. They may not need that component for much longer, though. <i>The Next Web</i> has discovered a batch of experimental code for an "App Shell" that …