Shaun Robinson

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Short story vending machine promises old-school distractions

In the French city of Grenoble, there are unusual vending machines that don't dispense soda or snacks -- they print out short stories that look like paper receipts instead. These machines were built by a publishing company called Short Édition, which placed eight of them in public locations (such …

Here’s the best way to guess correctly on a multiple choice test

Often, you’ll hear people say that you should “trust your instincts” when making decisions. But are first instincts always the best?<p>Psychological research has shown many times that no, they are often no better—and in many cases worse—than a revision or change. Despite enormous popular belief that …

Psychology

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Olympus' latest mirrorless camera is all digital, but looks like a film camera

The retro look is so in, it may never be out for Olympus.<p>The OM-D E-M10 Mark II is Olympus doing what it does best: Keep pushing the mirrorless …

What may be self-driving cars’ biggest problem

Learning to drive a driverless car is more difficult than it sounds. One lab is monitoring how we might react when we have to give up the wheel to a computer.<p>I am pretty confident in my driving skills, but today my skills as a future car driver are going to be tested. Although it is generally …

Philips solves Hue’s biggest problem with new dimmer switch

Philips continues to expand its popular Hue lineup of ingenious lighting products with the introduction of its first wireless dimmer. The four-button (on/off, dim up/down) dimmer can be stuck to the wall just like the Hue Tap wireless switch. And like Tap, it can be popped out of the wall plate for …

The Netherlands is getting weird self-driving buses

Self-driving cars are all the rage in the technology world right now, but how about self-driving mass transit?<p>The Netherlands is getting its own self-driving electric buses to move passengers between Wageningen and Ede, about 11 kilometres apart.<p>Named the WEpod, the shuttle buses can carry six …

Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?

Since 1945, the United States has experienced little except military stalemate and loss—precisely because it’s a superpower in a more peaceful world.<p>At 9:44 p.m. on July 27, 1953, Harold Smith had just 16 more minutes of the Korean War to survive before a ceasefire came into effect at 10:00 p.m. …

United States

Shazam can now scan physical objects for augmented reality and exclusive video content

As Shazam teased earlier this year at CES, the company is planning to expand beyond its music recognition technology and into the visual space. Today, the company officially launched “Visual Shazam,” an interactive experience that users can obtain by scanning various products, QR codes or print ads.<p>…

Hub+ USB-C accessory adds a bunch of connectivity options to your MacBook, keeps your iPhone charged on-the-go

Life happens and despite what Apple may think, you’re going to need more than a single USB-C port to get by. Companies are jumping on this new standard with a breadth of new accessories including cables, adapters, and docks.<p>Nonda has just launched a new USB-C hub that’s built from higher-quality …

Gear & Gadgets

Most Americans have no idea what Cinco de Mayo means

Drinko de Mayo, Cinco de Drinko, Cuatro de Cinco—not especially majestic nicknames for a holiday meant to memorialize a Mexican military victory over invading French forces. But despite a modern-day reputation for debauchery, Cinco de Mayo was originally a celebration of military valor and …

Mexico

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Operating Systems

Microsoft Updates Office 2016 Preview for Apple Devices

Microsoft and Apple have had an interesting relationship. In the early days, the two firms jockeyed for position in the nascent personal computing space. Apple leveraged the user interface and mouse design from Xerox PARC and Microsoft did the same from Apple. Later, when Steve Jobs returned to …

Hacking North Korea

It can be hard listening to the stories of people who have escaped from North Korea -- or, to give its official name, the Democratic People's …

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

A Martian day is 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth—a seemingly small difference that adds up quickly.<p>What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?<p>Not 40 minutes shaved off some regular daily activity to devote to something else, but an extra 40 minutes actually tacked on to the 24 hours …

Jet Lag

Get That Graphics Tablet Functionality With Astropad

Did you ever wish you could sync up your iPad’s drawing or painting app directly with your Mac? Now you can with Astropad, a brand new app that literally mirrors your Mac desktop via Wi-Fi or USB.<p>Created by two ex-Apple engineers — Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli — Astropad works with several …

The World's Most Intense Fitness Program

I was a multisport burnout, searching for a new challenge, when a Web trawl served up a fitness program I’d never heard of: Kokoro Camp, a civilian version of the infamous Hell Week that the Navy uses as a grueling test of the men who hope to serve as SEALs. Kokoro is run by coaches working for a …

Ten Essential Tablet Apps for Creative Urges

Unleash your (mobile) creative genius.<p>The tablet … it has a reputation. No matter how many thrilling ads Apple puts out about composing verses and doing crazy cool DJ stuff with iPad, people often consider it more of a media consumption device than something you use to create things.<p>Fortunately, …

Revealing Photo Series Documents School Lunches Around the World

Around 32 million children in the US eat cafeteria food every weekday, and most of these students consume over half their daily calories at school. With this in mind, it's clear that school cafeterias are becoming crucial in the fight against childhood obesity. Sweetgreen–a chain of salad …

Food

19 tips, tricks and shortcuts to help you conquer Mac OS Yosemite

1. N<b>ew Spotlight search</b><p>Spotlight received a significant overhaul with Apple’s introduction of OS X Yosemite, making it more powerful and useful than ever before. Press Cmd+Space and the new Spotlight search bar will appear on the screen. Just as in the previous version, it’s possible to search …

Eero is a little white box that aims to change Wi-Fi forever

Would you spend $300 on a carefree Wi-Fi network?<p>Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, and Belkin. Those are the brands that most consumers choose when it comes time to set up a home Wi-Fi network. But no matter which product you buy, getting wireless internet working in your home — your <i>entire</i> home — can …

Smart Homes

Space 2020: What does the future hold?

What will our space ambitions actually look like a decade from now? Three experts tell Richard Hollingham.<p>Space has not been this exciting since the 1960s.<p>Nasa recently launched Orion, its first new spacecraft to carry astronauts since the Space Shuttle, and is developing a massive new rocket to …

YC-Backed Bluesmart Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

“Imagine a world where you never lose your luggage,” says CEO of Bluesmart, Diego Saez-Gil. He motions to a compact carry-on suitcase sitting beside us and tells me he can track this piece of luggage anywhere.<p>Saez-Gil’s Y Combinator-backed startup makes these hardshell suitcases. It can locate, …

The Museum of the Future Is Here

Some things belong in a museum. But at the Smithsonian's recently reopened museum of design, a team has been rethinking what a thing is in the first place.<p>Very soon, every visitor to the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s recently reopened design museum, will receive a giant pen. This pen is not …

If you can’t wait for the Apple Watch, try out this interactive demo

The developer behind the app Pipes News has just launched an interesting new site featuring an interactive demo of the upcoming Apple Watch.<p>Head on …

Apple Watch

Mac Starter Pack: unleash your iTunes gift card and upgrade your Mac with these great apps

Let’s assume you unwrapped a brand new Mac this year (<i>awesome!</i>) or scored a ton of iTunes/iBooks/App Store credit (<i>still awesome!</i>) and you need ideas for awesome apps to buy and check out for your new MacBook or iMac. Tons of new apps have launched on the Mac this year and even more have added new …

How to See Lyrics on iPhone While Listening to Music

How you view lyrics on iPhone will vary depending on what music streaming service you use and how you decide to display lyrics. Apple Music in iOS 10 adds lyrics to songs but usually only popular songs, which means you may still want to use an app to add or view lyrics that can’t be displayed by …

The best iPad apps of 2014

Between iOS 8 and a new lineup of tablets from Apple, iPad users got some pretty big updates in 2014.<p>Of course, major hardware and software updates …

12 best iPhone apps of 2014

Between iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, 2014 may have been one of the best years yet for iPhone users.<p>But killer updates from Apple aside, there was no …

Use This Clever Trick To See Your iPhone's True Signal Strength

Ever find yourself questioning how accurate those little signal strength dots are on your iPhone?<p>Luckily, there's a trick to reveal your iPhone's true signal strength, and it takes less than a minute to enable.<p>First, you'll need to access a hidden app on your phone called Field Test Mode. To do …

OS X