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Researchers say treadmill desks make you smarter

Every week, a group of scientists publish a study that arrives at a <i>ker-azy</i>, headline-grabbing conclusion. Unfortunately, it's easy to just report on these studies as if they were handed down as truth by St. Albert, the patron saint of scientists. That's why we should take this Canadian study, …

Coffeemakers

Friday Poll: What would it take to get you to switch mobile carriers?

Switching mobile carriers can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you're dealing with a new phone and trying to sort your way through a confusing new plan at the same time. It takes a pretty big carrot to tempt customers over to a different carrier, but it can be done. The latest salvo involves …

Customers

Teachers in diverse areas are learning how to promote programming

If you want a wider range of kids learning how to code, it's not enough to encourage the students; you have to train the teachers, too. Accordingly, Code.org is launching a training campaign to help teachers promote programming in 60 high-diversity public school districts. The goal is to expose …

Computer Science

You can play 2,400 classic DOS games in your web browser

If you're a PC gamer of a certain age (cough), you've probably lamented that many of the titles you played as a kid are hard to use on modern systems without downloading emulators or waiting for special re-releases. Well, it just got a lot easier to relive your gaming glory days. The Internet …

Retrogaming

Intel's Compute Stick puts Windows 8.1 on your TV for $149

Your Chromecast may be able to play Netflix, but can it play <i>Crysis</i>? Intel's HDMI Compute Stick probably can't either, but the tiny device <i>does</i> have enough power to run Windows 8.1 apps on your TV. Intel has rather impressively crammed in a quad-core Atom CPU, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, along …

Microsoft Windows

How to Get 'Handoff' Working in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

Apple is heavily pushing its new "Continuity" features in OS X Yosemite that improve cross-platform integration between iOS and the Mac. The most significant of the Continuity features is <b>Handoff</b>, which allows OS X and iOS users to start a task on one device and swap to another one nearby to …

OM Audio's levitating Bluetooth speaker can be yours for $179

We've seen levitating pens, levitating lamps, levitating loungers and even levitating <i>fish</i> -- now there's a Bluetooth speaker to add to the mix. OM Audio, maker of such respectable audio accessories as the Inearpeace earphones and Mantra speakers, has taken a bold leap into the world of novelty …

XBMC gets a makeover, is now called Kodi

XBMC has a new look and a new name to match it. The announcement was made today on the XBMC website, where the reasoning behind the change was laid …

What you need to know about card skimming

"Skimming" is a blanket term used when referencing a crime where you take small amounts of money. It literally means to take cash off the top, as if money were the sweet cream floating atop a cauldron of lesser riches. Fifty years ago, skimming might have meant stealing a handful of dollars from …

How to make your dumb home smarter without spending a fortune

If you go all out connecting your house, you can end up spending as much upgrading a smart home as it costs to build a dumb one. But you don't need a ton of proprietary gear to pimp your crib with 21st-century tech. Your smartphone and tablet already serve to consolidate your digital life, and they …

Sky's Now TV streaming app comes to the Xbox One

Well that didn't take long. Less than a week after it rolled out the app to the PlayStation 4, Sky's now brought Now TV to the Xbox One. With today's launch, Sky now has Microsoft and Sony's new and old gaming consoles covered, as well as a number of smartphones and tablets, giving it a firm …

Three's smartphone app for calling and texting over WiFi now available

Three and EE jostled for attention last month when they announced, on the same day, their customers would soon be able to make calls and send texts over WiFi connections. While EE is working on a fancy system the user will be all but oblivious to, Three's following O2's lead with an app that does …

1Password log-ins are coming to third-party iOS apps

The popular log-in repository 1Password is about to get a lot more useful on iOS devices. AgileBits has revealed an extension for using the add-on in third-party iOS apps -- if the developer chooses to build in support. Thanks to the enhanced security measures taken by Apple's pending mobile OS …

NomadPlus turns your iPhone's wall plug into an external battery

If you're tired of lugging around both an external battery pack <i>and</i> a power adapter to keep your iPhone running, today's your lucky day. Nomad (the company behind the ChargeCard) has started taking pre-orders for the NomadPlus, a 1,500mAh external battery that takes advantage of the Apple's official …

3 reasons your sales team needs data science

Sales forecasts are often one part guesswork, one part analysis, and three parts wishful thinking.<p>And yet, sales forecasts are critical business tools used to make big decisions on everything from hiring to budgets to expansion plans. Basing pivotal business decisions on a wish-cast is insanity — …

Raspberry Pi launches Model B+ with extra USB ports, microSD support

When you've got more than a few upstarts gunning for your throne, it seems wise to keep ahead of the game. That's why the Raspberry Pi foundation has announced an upgraded version of its Model B, the, uh, Model B+ -- which is described as the "final evolution" of the first-generation Raspberry Pi. …

Kenu Airframe clips a phone to your car's air vent (pictures)

Chromecast update lets you mirror your Android screen on a TV

Google vowed that Android users would finally get official screen mirroring on Chromecast through an update, and it's making good on that promise by rolling out the Chromecast 1.7 app today. Grab the new release and supporting devices (primarily from HTC, LG and Samsung) can send just about …

What you need to know about DARPA, the Pentagon's mad science division

There's a certain entity within the Pentagon that's quite (in)famous for developing terrifying robots, advanced weapons and futuristic tech. It's called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or, as most people know it, DARPA: the Department of Defense's "mad science" division. While all the …

Android Wear gives us a glimpse at what home automation with an iWatch should look like

Home automation, a category more broadly referred to as the “internet of things,” is almost surely going to be a large and growing market in the coming years. And while Apple’s recently announced entry is the forthcoming HomeKit platform, Google has yet to announce anything exactly equivalent. At …

Volunteer to test a tablet-friendly version of Office for Android

Well looks like a version of Microsoft's Office specifically tailored for Android tablets is on the way. While we still wait for a touch-friendly version of the productivity suite for Windows, word on the street is users will soon be able to beta test a build for Google's tablet OS. According to …

HummingBoard is a Raspberry Pi rival that lets you swap out its processor

You'd think the world of hobbyist mini computers would be full, considering that you've got a choice of Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone and even Intel's NUC. That hasn't deterred SolidRun, which is releasing the HummingBoard as a more powerful alternative to the Raspberry Pi. Built on the same …

Scientists achieve reliable quantum teleportation for first time

Albert Einstein once told a friend that quantum mechanics doesn't hold water in his scientific world view because "physics should represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance." That spooky action at a distance is entanglement, a quantum phenomenon in which two …

Quantum Physics

Speed up your Android by adjusting animation settings

If your Android phone is feeling a little sluggish, there are a few ways you can speed it back up. First, you might want to start by cleaning out some of the junk you don't need to keep around. Second, it's good to maintain a healthy reboot schedule -- like once a day, or every couple of days. And …

German court rules that you can't keep your homemade porn after you break up

If you're with someone and own a smartphone, you've at least <i>considered</i> aping those arty monochrome shots on Tumblr by making some homemade erotica. What happens to those images, however, when you and your significant other part ways? A German amateur photographer has found out after his …

Add Apple CarPlay to your existing ride with Pioneer's latest head units

If you're an iPhone user who's dying to try out the new auto-friendly CarPlay interface, but can't quite shell out the big bucks for a new Ferrari, Pioneer has good news for you: It recently announced that all of its 2014 NEX head units will be CarPlay-compatible. Indeed, if you already purchased …

Adobe Voice lets amateurs make videos like a pro (sort of)

Whether you're doing a book report or trying to show someone how to boil an egg: video can make it a heck of a lot easier for you to get your point across. Adobe's new iPad app, Voice, hopes to make the often time-consuming experience of creating your own such videos a lot faster and easier. The …

AT&T set to beat Verizon by deploying high-definition calls over LTE this month

With so many apps, services and features on today's smartphones, it's easy to forget that there are still plenty of people out there who still actually <i>make calls.</i> Eager to leverage the speed and efficiency of existing LTE networks, providers like AT&T and Verizon are busily trying to enhance voice …

EE and Three's voicemail systems hacked using number-cloning trick

With the phone hacking scandal still playing out in the courts, it should be safe to assume that UK mobile operators have put measures in place protect customers' own voicemail inboxes. Unfortunately, that's only half true. We know thanks to an investigation by <i>The Register</i>, which showed that two of …