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Google+ Notifications: How and why to use them

Too many notifications can quickly overwhelm your brain<p>We've been over why you should use Google+, and now that we've covered Circles and …

Smart IR Remote gets updated, makes it easy to control your TV via Google Now

Out of the box, Google Now offers an excellent voice-driven experience that makes it easy to open apps, set reminders and so much more. For those willing to do some tinkering, this experience can be greatly widened beyond this thanks to apps like Tasker. This includes just about anything under the …

Beginner's guide to Plex

Plex is one of those services that has been around for some time but many of us might have passed over for some reason, be it a lack of understanding …

Comics fans, here’s the best boot animation you could ask for

British graphic designer Christian Tailor created this awesome animation of stylized Marvel and DC Comics heroes and villains, and now you can use it as the boot animation on your Android device.<p>Christian works as a motion Graphic Designer specializing in information graphics, and his current …

Android customization - Use Tasker to build automated sleep and silent modes

With all of the things that Tasker is capable of, our work last week to ensure that you never miss an alarm was a pretty light-weight task. This week, we promised to show you how to create your own sleep mode by creating a Tasker Task and Profile that turns off your ringers at night and back on …

What are the Best Craft Brew Towns in America?

<i>A:</i><p>It’s a tough, thankless job rating beer towns. It involves buying endless numbers of pints, and spending many long hours sitting on barstools. But someone has to do it.<p>There are many criteria to consider when rating the best locales, but the three most important are the city’s overall beer vibe, …

2014 Travel Awards: Best Desert Trip

Winner: Namibia<p>The world’s oldest desert, the Namib, runs for nearly 1,000 miles along the Atlantic coast of Namibia and is among the most beautiful and isolated places on earth, with huge dunes and deserted beaches. Even better, almost no one visits. The reason? Outfitter Uri Adventures has one of …

Customize Android's icons with Nova Launcher

Most Android smartphones and tablets already use a custom interface; these are the icons, the layout, and the starter wallpapers that the phone-maker uses to create its own look and feel. However, fun things can happen when you take your Android's icons into your own hands.<p>Icon packs are a simple …

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What Do I Need in My Bug Out Survival Bag?

<i>A:</i><p>If you’re asking, “What the heck is a bug out bag?" you clearly have some work to do before the four horsemen arrive. A bug out bag is basically a fully stocked survival kit that's ready to grab in the event of a zombie attack or other emergency.<p>While it doesn’t sound like the Yellowstone super …

Weekend Escape: Assateague Island

<b>ARRIVE:</b> Make the drive east from the Maryland mainland over the Verrazano Bridge early: there’s competition for backcountry permits, so you want to be there when the ranger station opens at 7 a.m. (weekend permits, $6; nps.gov/asis). Rent a kayak from SuperFun Eco Tours ($50 a day for a sit-on-top, …

Why You Should Buy an E-Bike

People who criticize electric bikes like to say that they breed laziness. The perception seems to be that e-bikes are like motorcycles—just climb on and the thing will cart you wherever you want to go, no pedaling necessary.<p>That’s just ignorance. Electric bikes are normal bicycles that have been …

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Why E-Bikes Are Terrible for You

Full disclosure: I have never owned, or wanted to own, an electric bicycle, so I can't bring the experience of an extended test period to this article. But I did work as a bike shop salesman during my poor college student days, so I have spent a lot of time around e-bikes and the people who buy …

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3TB Toshiba Canvio Home NAS Drive Offers Easy Setup For $195

Toshiba has this week started shipping its new network attached storage (NAS) device in the form of the Toshiba Canvio Home which is available in …

Learn the secrets of Google Now voice commands (infographic)

At the risk of incurring Android fanboy wrath, Google Now is a lot like Apple's Siri: it responds to voice commands and can perform lots of cool and practical functions.<p>Of course, like Siri, it comes without an instruction manual. And, in fact, if you invoke the help command or look at Google's own …

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A Bushcraft Camping Outfit - Equipment for Living in the Woods

Whether you are camping in the woods for a weekend or staying out for weeks, this bushcraft camping outfit is a good base model. It forms my standard …

22 Absolutely Essential Diagrams You Need For Camping

From survival to s'mores, here's everything you need to know to ensure a flawless camping trip.

Badwater: Behind the Scenes

If you’ve ever considered running the “the world’s toughest footrace”—or if you just need some running inspiration—check out AT&T U-verse Sport’s new three-episode series about the 2013 Badwater 135 Ultramarathon.<p>"It's extremely well done and we are very pleased," Badwater said on its Facebook page.<p>…

How to Get Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data on an iPhone for $30 a Month

*This post was written by Abdel Ibrahim of The Tech Block, and is shared here with permission. The Tech Block is a site that finds and promotes the …

AT&T Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update finally available, multi-window support included

AT&T has finally rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3, which includes, among other things, Samsung’s “Premium Suite” upgrade that brings multi-window support to the device.<p>Other U.S. Galaxy S3 versions have been already upgraded to Android 4.1.2, and while this isn’t …

Back to Basics: NFC Explained

This week’s edition is going to focus on a piece of technology which was labelled the “next big thing” not so long ago. While it hasn’t quite lived up to that tag yet, it’s still become a staple in high-end smartphones. It’s time to talk NFC.<p>What is NFC?<p>NFC stands for Near Field Communications, and …

Ingress Protection And US-MIL-810G Explained: What These Ratings Really Tell You About A Smartphone's Toughness

Article Contents<p>Rugged phones seem to be all the rage these days, and with Samsung, Sony, and others releasing high-end devices with allegedly</i> …

Worried about PRISM? How much would you pay for better privacy?

Image credit: Shutterstock<p>Privacy has been a big issue in the news lately, with the disclosures of whistleblower Edward Snowden that the US government, through the NSA, is actively running a program that eavesdrops on communications within the country and abroad. And while it’s debatable whether …

At last! Science draws a line between geeks and nerds

At long last, a line of demarcation more clearly dividing the respective territories of geeks and nerds is being drawn with the help of (what else?) science.<p>Scientist and software engineer Burr Settles took on a little weekend project this year to try to more precisely define the realms of geekdom …

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How to Back Up a Trailer | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Colin Braun.</i><p>So, you borrowed your father-in-law’s boat for your weekend at the cabin, or you bought a RV to …

How to End a Conversation Like a Man | The Art of Manliness

We’ve done several articles on the Art of Manliness covering the wonderful art of conversation, from its dos and donts, to how to make small talk, to …

How to Make a Bug Out Bag | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor.</i><p>The term ‘Bugging Out’ refers to the decision to abandon your home due …

How to Whistle With Your Fingers | The Art of Manliness

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to know how to give a commanding whistle with my fingers in my mouth. You know. The kind you see people give in …

How to Wire an Outlet | The Art of Manliness

<i>This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer. Check out some of his other manly contributions like How to Install a Toilet.</i><p>Being able …

How to Use a Tourniquet | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Bruce A. West. Mr. West served as an Army medic in the Iraq war. He taught over 500 soldiers how to save</i> …

Roadmap to Buying Your First Home | The Art of Manliness

Almost two years ago, I became a homeowner.<p>I had no idea what I was getting myself into when Kate and I decided we were ready to buy a home. I …