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Google Wallet adds plastic to its payment repertoire, offers pre-paid debit card

Much as Google Wallet tried to get NFC and phones in general to be the payment form of the future, it seems that the company has realized that many folks are still attached to plastic. To meet that luddite demand, today Google began offering a pre-paid Google Wallet debit card to give access to …

These Big-Eyed Fish Are Vacuuming Up Our Plastic Pollution At Night

We can’t find as much plastic in the ocean as there should be. It’s still in the ocean–it’s just hiding in the guts of the lanternfish.<p>Much of the plastic we produce on land ends up contaminating the sea. But when researchers went searching for a global picture of all the plastics stuck swirling …

Why have normal smartphone notifications when you can use the smell of bacon?

Scentee wants to expand your smartphone horizons and add smell to the senses your phone already stimulates. The plug-in accessory attaches to headphone socket on both iPhones and Android smartphones and, when told to by the companion app, releases a burst of fragrance, paired with a customizable …

DeMarcus Cousins lands a maximum extension with the Kings

Four years, $62 million for the young big man.<p>A long-awaited and much-debated extension for DeMarcus Cousins has arrived. Jason Jonesreports that the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a four-year, $62 million deal, the maximum amount Sacramento could offer their 23-year-old center.<p>The Kings had until …

Forget the Specs and Buy a Smartphone Based on the Experience

For many years, high-end smartphones were judged and critiqued based predominantly on their specs. It’s understandable, given that hardware leaps used to have such a noticeable impact on their performance. Each new release was faster and more powerful than the last.<p>So when Motorola finally revealed …

A Few Tricks All The New iOS 7 Users Should Know

At long last, iOS 7 has arrived. That is, it arrived for everyone who didn’t say “Developer? Oh, yeah, I’m totally a developer. Cough” and wiggle into the Beta months ago.<p>iOS 7 is a strange new land, especially on day one. Out with the gradients, in with the trippy fluorescents. Your favorite app? …

Jonathan Rhys Meyers on Star Wars Casting Buzz

Actor brushes off rumors about being in talks for Episode VII.<p>Lately it's been Star Wars casting mania in the ol' rumor mill, but now dispelling at …

Owlet, A Bootie That Tells You How Your Baby Is Breathing, Hits The Crowdfunding Trail

The lives of new parents are fraught with stress but now the weight of knowing whether or not your wee one is breathing can be lifted. Owlet is a small bootie that the baby wears while sleeping. It signals heartrate and respiration and you can check in on the little shaver via a mobile device. As a …

The Prince Who Blew Through Billions

When two British lawyers, Faith Zaman and Thomas Derbyshire, signed on in 2004 to manage the affairs of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, notorious playboy brother of the Sultan of Brunei, they entered a world of orgiastic wealth: 250 companies, 2,000 cars, luxury hotels, planeloads of women and polo ponies, …

'It' Girls Through the Ages

A look back at some of our favorite women who have that elusive "it" factor<p>Before Alexa, Leandra, and Olivia. there was Edie, Suzy, and Penelope. And before them, there was Clara. And before Clara, there was Eve (as in, Adam and...). In honor of our look at the state of the modern It Girl in our …

This is What 24 Hours in New York Look Like in Just One Picture

Taking a picture usually involves capturing a single moment, a motionless fragment of time. However, New York-based photographer Stephan Wilkes has …

Seattle cops' job at pot fest: Hand out Doritos

Who knew? Police have a sense of humor, at least in Seattle. Cops there plan to attend this weekend's Hempfest — where they'll distribute 1,000 bags of Doritos on Saturday.<p>A note affixed to each bag will direct munchers to the SPD's "Marijwhatnow" FAQ, which tries to clear up confusion related to …

Blackout brawler: meet the combative CEO keeping CBS off your television

The fight with Time Warner Cable is one of Les Moonves' many battles<p><i>CBS chief Les Moonves</i><p>As the feud between CBS and Time Warner Cable (TWC) over retransmission drags on for a third week, more than 3 million TWC subscribers are blocked from watching programming from the nation's most popular …

In A Bar Far, Far Away: Star Wars Inspired Booze Bottles

This is a series of Star Wars inspired booze bottles posted by Redditor ElderCunningham. I think we can all agree they're just the thing the liquor …

Pete Rose Should Enter The Hall Of Fame With Ichiro Suzuki

In Japan, a <i>noren</i> is a short curtain that hangs to the entrance of a little teahouse or restaurant. It is not solid, but made of strips, and so when you go through it, your hand goes first, then your arm, and the rest of you, but quickly the strips fall back into place, and it is as if a wisp, a …

How Android Grew To Be More Popular Than The iPhone

Google's smartphone operating system now powers a whopping 80% of devices worldwide. Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones only powers 13% of smartphones. iOS controlled about 16% of the worldwide smartphone market a year ago, according to IDC.<p>Apple should be freaking out, Jay Yarow says. (So …

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Disney Teases Big Star Wars Theme Park Project with "Orange Harvest" Code Name

"Speculation beyond imagination" indeed.<p>The Journey Into Imagineering section at this weekend's D23 Expo is a very popular part of the Disney …

Disney Star Wars Land? The Force Is Strong With This Plan

In the annals of no-brainers, the concept of an entire Disney theme park devoted to Star Wars ranks pretty highly. So much so that plans were …

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered a large new planet, colored a deep magenta. It’s the second planet whose color has been directly observed by astronomers, the first being HD 189733b. That alone would make this find noteworthy. But equally noteworthy is the fact that the …

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020

<i>Pavan Mathew is Global Head of Connected Car for Telefonica Digital.</i><p>Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B. A recent …

Why Does the NCAA Exist?

"The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect young people from the dangerous and exploitive athletics practices of the time," so states the National Collegiate Athletic Association on its official website.<p>The NCAA often likes to harp on tradition and the sanctity of the term "student-athlete," but it …

Video Pioneers OK GO Team With Saatchi & Saatchi, Possibly You, For Next Video

The band most known for its videos is looking for videos.<p>OK Go is a band famous for its intensely innovative videos. From its breakthrough treadmill trickery for “Here It Goes Again” to its automotive symphony for “Needing/Getting” or its paint-splashed Rube Goldberg extravaganza “This Too Shall …

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Moto X finally official: Motorola X8, 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED, custom finishes, assembled in the USA from $199

Well, you've gotta hand it to Motorola -- the company has managed to build an unprecedented amount of buzz surrounding what's turned out to be a relatively mundane mainstream smartphone launch. The Moto X is likely to be a big hit, don't get us wrong, but many of the device's banner features …

Moto X vs the new Droid lineup: fight!

After countless months in hibernation, Motorola has arisen from its deep slumber in a rather major way. The phone maker not only unleashed a full trio of Droid devices last week, it introduced the Moto X, long known as the company's not-so-secret weapon. We've already discussed our impressions of …

A 'Google Play' version of the Moto X is coming soon

Five major US carriers will sell the new Moto X when it comes out later this year, but those who want a truly pure and unlocked version of Motorola's latest will be glad to hear that Google will be selling the device as well. Yes, there will be a Google Play edition of the Moto X. Like the Google …

Motorola unveils Moto X with 2,000 variations, including wood cover

After teasing it for weeks, Motorola finally unveiled its American-manufactured, customizable smartphone: the Moto X.<p>The Google-owned company said users will be able to customize a number of the parts on the Moto X, including various colors and materials such as wood. In total, more than 2,000 …

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Trakdot luggage tracker now shipping

Remember that luggage tracking device we did a hands-on with back at CES? Well, now you can finally get your own hands around it. Trakdot Luggage has just started shipping. The little box auto-transmits its location via quad-band GSM chip and triangulation, letting you know where your toiletries …