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MysteryVibe launches a vibrator for men

As soon as MysteryVibe launched its first smart vibrator for women, the company "began hearing from men" looking for their own version. Now, two years after bringing Crescendo to the world, the company is back with its second product, the Tenuto, which is designed for folks with penises.<p>The unit is …

Everything You Know About Introverts Is Probably Wrong. Here's Why

Being an introvert doesn't mean you like to spend all your time alone.<p><b>Some people think introverts avoid social situations.</b>• <b><br>This isn't actually true, they just need more time to recharge after a lot of social stimulation.</b>• <b><br>It's because they have a very low threshold for dopamine, so they are easily</b> …

Psychology

Instagram Stories turns 1 as daily use surpasses Snapchat

Instagram Stories has blossomed from a Snapchat clone into an integral part of the world’s largest dedicated visual communication app in the first year since its launch. Half of the businesses on Instagram produced a story in the last month, and it’s boosted the app’s average usage to 32 minutes …

Social Media

The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity

Scientists are exploring how organisms can evolve elaborate structures without Darwinian selection.<p>Charles Darwin was not yet 30 when he got the …

This $22 under-bed LED lighting system is our new favorite thing in the world

Remember when we first introduced you to LED backlighting for your TV? Remember how it blew your mind and completely changed your TV viewing …

LED Lighting

Wandered.space helps you explore the cool spots all around you

Wandered.space is a service for those moments when you want to explore the area around you, but don’t know where to go.<p>It was created this weekend at TechCrunch’s Disrupt London hackathon by a team of three coworkers from Seattle-based Azuqua. One of them, Skyler Hartle, told me that they were …

Disrupt NY

At Amazon the Flywheel Effect drives innovation

When Amazon CTO Werner Vogels talks about his company’s philosophy around innovation, it’s probably a good idea to listen. Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos has always found a way to capitalize on technology trends, whether being an early online retailer, seeing the future of cloud computing and …

Innovation

New Google Photos ad seems aimed squarely at 16GB iPhone users [Video]

Google Photos may be an app available for both Android and iOS, but the company’s latest ad seems to be pitching it squarely at iPhone owners – especially those with 16GB storage. The ad features an iOS-style ‘Storage Full’ message as users try to take photos and video …<p>The video ad is promoting a …

Science Says Vegetarians Are More Intelligent And Empathetic

It’s been a long time since you’ve stopped responding to the stupid question, “Really, you don’t eat meat–not even chicken?” You aren’t even annoyed …

Statistician with near-perfect election formula says prepare yourself for President Trump

A Stony Brook University professor of political science named Helmut Norpoth, who developed an almost perfect statistical formula model that predicts who will become president, has declared that if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, he will almost certainly become President of the United …

Netflix almost went head-to-head with the Apple TV

Here’s an amazing factoid: Netflix almost went head-to-head with the Apple TV in 2007, until they realized they were about to pick a fight they would surely lose.<p>Netflix alumni Barry Enderwick has just dropped a bombshell about the streaming video service’s hardware ambitions about a decade ago. …

Twelve reasons entrepreneurs with type-A personalities are unstoppable

Personalities fit into one of two groups – Type A and Type B – it's one or the other. Type A's typically are extremely motivated individuals with lofty goals and the internal fire to go after anything they desire. Type B's are typically more laid back, lacking the same level of intense …

'Spencer' the robot is here to help guide lost airline passengers

Meet Spencer. This armless automaton will begin a test run in Schiphol Amsterdam Airport at the end of the month, greeting and guiding harried travellers through the transport hub's famously confusing terminal system. Navigating it is so challenging, in fact, that KLM airlines donated a large part …

Elon Musk seeks ‘hardcore’ engineers to beef up Tesla’s self-driving car software

In three tweets late Thursday, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said he’s on the lookout for “hardcore software engineers” to “achieve generalized full autonomy” for his line of electric cars.<p>The latest addition to that lineup was the Model X unveiled at the end of September — around the same time …

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

Aston plans Tesla-fighting 800-hp electric Rapide

Aston Martin intends to launch an electric version of the Rapide in the next two years, boasting 800 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a 200-mile range. An electric DBX is also on the way somewhat later. Aston Martin is taking direct aim at the top versions of the Tesla Model S with a plan to launch …

CastAR Raises $15 Million, Led by Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin's Playground

The mission: Make smart glasses fun.<p>The lines separating virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality are already pretty blurry, as several companies rush in to own a piece of the nascent immersive tech.<p>Here comes another one. Gaming-focused startup castAR said Wednesday it had raised a $15 …

Augmented Reality

These photos Apple's first employees showed us from the company's earliest days are absolutely wonderful

The pair had successfully begun shipping their first computer, a naked circuit board called Apple I. It had neither a keyboard nor a screen, and functioned more as part of a kit that computer hobbyists could build into something more useful, if they knew what they were doing.<p>Two early Apple …

American writer hacked to death in Bangladesh spoke out against extremists

<b>(CNN) —</b> In his writings, author Avijit Roy yearned for reason and humanism guided by science.<p>He had no place for religious dogma, including from Islam, the main religion of his native Bangladesh.<p>Extremists resented him for openly and regularly criticizing religion in his blog. They threatened to …

Extremism

Ray wants to be the last remote control you’ll ever buy

David Skokna wants to simplify TV, one button at a time. That’s why Skokna and his team at Ray Ventures are introducing a remote control to replace …

Home Automation

Doctor Who game helps kids to learn to code

Gallery: Doctor Who game helps kids to learn to code<p>Gallery: Doctor Who game helps kids to learn to code<p>+ 2<p>+ 1<p>The BBC has revealed its fiendish side …

TV Series

Elon Musk's hyperloop is actually making progress

When Elon Musk unveiled his idea for the Hyperloop in August of 2013, no one seemed sure what the next step would be. The Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO …

Duet turned my old iPad into a fast MacBook display

I just spent $10 on Duet Display to turn my aging iPad into a secondary MacBook display. That’s about five times more than I’d normally consider prudent for an app, but it was worth every penny.<p>I’ve been a daily iPad-as-secondary-display user for years. My go-to app had always been Air Display (and …

Tablift is a Twisty Tool that gives Tablets a Lift

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad, he ushered in the Post-PC era. At the time, I remember thinking how we would no longer need a whole slew of accessories like laptop "pillow desks," monitor stands, keyboard drawers, mouse pads, or mice for that matter! For the most part, that prediction has come …

The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network

Neighborhood gossip and community policing thrive on Nextdoor<p>It was early in the morning when the flooding hit The Knolls, a neighborhood of about 500 homes in Columbus, Ohio. The sewer overflowed, dumping a foot and half of water into Chuck Totten’s basement, where his wife Deb kept around $25,000 …

Africa's Multi-Level Floating Hotel with an Underwater Room

The Manta Resort is a beautiful, multi-room hotel that sits on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba. The spectacular getaway offers not only a place to rest your head for the night, but also some truly breathtaking views from its unique, underwater room. The floating structure, made of local hardwood, …

Scuba Diving

Turn Empty Beer Cans Into Sun-Tracking Cameras

Best use of a six-pack in a while<p>In a world of digital cameras and instant gratification, photographer Justin Quinnell embraces pinhole photography, a technique hundreds of years old. He uses beer cans and photographic paper to record the gradual shift in the sun’s path over the course of several …

At Pebble Beach, Aston Martin Debuts Real Life Gran Turismo DP-100

This week at Pebble Beach Aston Martin debuted the real-life version of its Gran Turismo supercar, the 800-horsepower DP-100.<p>This was a particularly exciting turn of events because while this V12 coupe concept will never make it to production, it does foreshadow many design- and performance cues …