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9 home security systems you can install yourself

Watch over your castle with these contract-free home security systems.<p>Do-it-yourself home security companies aren't like the ADTs and Vivints of the world. Instead of locking you into a multiyear contract, most DIY systems give you the flexibility to chose how and when you monitor your home. That …

20 essential Mac keyboard shortcuts to save you a click

Power to your fingertips.<p>The right keyboard shortcuts can save you a huge amount of time. Whether you're browsing the web or editing a document, these commands will cut the precious moments you spend reaching for the mouse and sifting through menus. Over hours, days, and weeks, that saved time …

Return of the world's best $20 drone

Whether for yourself or a gift, this is a fantastic flier. Plus: Another of my favorite products is on sale again.<p><i>CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on</i> …

Why can’t we cure the common cold?

After thousands of years of failure, some scientists believe a breakthrough might finally be in sight. By Nicola Davison<p>The common cold has the twin distinction of being both the world’s most widespread infectious disease and one of the most elusive. The name is a problem, for starters. In almost …

Silicon Valley isn’t just disrupting democracy—it’s replacing it

If you want to understand the threat that Silicon Valley poses to culture at large, consider Apple’s $5 billion headquarters. The Cupertino, California, building may seem like paradise to some, with striking architecture—a donut-shaped building featuring the world’s largest piece of curved …

Silicon Valley

Hackers are using a terrifying new method for stealing cash out of ATMs

Hackers have a new hands-off approach to stealing money out of ATMs.<p>A report from Trends Micro says there is a shift in the ATM malware landscape …

No, Your Incognito Browser Isn’t Actually Private. Here's How to Safely Surf the Internet

Because investing in your online privacy has never been more critical.<p>With data breaches like the Equifax hack becoming more common, investing in …

Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

Everything analog is new again.<p>Like vinyl records and cassette tapes, instant film cameras are growing in popularity after initially being brought down by digital. In 2008, the Impossible Project brought back instant film for Polaroid cameras after Polaroid ceased making film. And now, having …

Amazon owns a whole collection of secret brands

When you go to Amazon.com, what are you looking for? Products from the brands you recognize, or perhaps just the cheapest ones—assuming the ratings aren’t terrible?<p>After decades of selling products—and knowing exactly what people are buying, and when they are buying it—Amazon has started cutting …

eCommerce

Discover why Python is an essential programming language

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

Python Programming

AWS won’t be ceding its massive market share lead anytime soon

Now that all the major cloud players have reported their earnings, we have seen some eye-popping growth numbers, particularly from Microsoft. Yet in spite of that, AWS maintains a significant market share lead, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research Group, released last night after …

How to convert Python to JavaScript (and back again)

Python or JavaScript? While we’re still arguing over which has the upper hand or the brighter future, little doubt exists as to which owns the web’s …

Programming

Google quietly released a killer new feature in Google Maps

Google added a neat feature for cyclists in Google Maps in 2014. Whenever you asked for directions from point A to point B, Maps would also provide a …

The future of the smartwatch should be smart watch bands

The smartwatch didn’t work. What comes next?<p>Despite the best efforts from Apple (with the Apple Watch), Google (with Android Wear), Samsung (with the Galaxy Gear), Pebble (with the, uh, Pebble), and dozens of other companies, the dream of the smartwatch hasn’t really taken off. Turns out that …

Smartwatches

Facebook is putting ads everywhere in hopes of finding the next News Feed

Instagram? Messenger? WhatsApp? Stories?<p>Facebook has a cash cow. It’s called News Feed, and for the past five years, it has been the company’s core moneymaker and source of revenue growth.<p>But there is a problem looming: Facebook has been saying for the past year that it is running out of places to …

Social Media

13 DIY Hummus Recipes That Are Way Better Than the Store-Bought Stuff

I have a bone to pick with store-bought hummus. In my opinion, it never tastes quite right. For reasons beyond my comprehension, it's always a little …

Healthy Eating

Teens’ photo feed is a viral hit – and a copyright conundrum

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Hans Gutman<p>A popular Twitter account run by two teenagers publishes historical photos of everything from mall rats to …

What's next for 4G? Telstra announces LTE-Advanced and more

Telstra has given mobile users a taste of the future, with announcements of its work on next-generation wireless broadband, including LTE-Advanced, LTE-Broadcast and HetNet technologies.<p><b>Telstra has given mobile users a taste of the future, with announcements of its work on next-generation wireless</b> …

Bill Gates preaches the aid gospel, but is he just a hypocrite?

The world's richest man is seen as a secular saint. But he should question the example that Microsoft is setting by avoiding tax<p>He made his name as a sharp-elbowed businessman who rode the technology revolution with such style. But these days he is far more famous for his philanthropy, as a saviour …

Don’t use your iPhone until you read this

Users of Apple AAPL, +0.35% computers and iPhones may be shaken to the core at news of a major security flaw that could allow cyber spies and hackers …

Square Teams Up With Product (RED) for Special Edition Reader to Fight AIDS

Mobile payments company Square has partnered with AIDS charity Product (RED) to introduce a new special edition "SQUA(RED)" card reader. The reader, which is bright red, is available for a $10 donation with 97.25 percent of that cost going directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.<p>Along with …

Oops! Apple revealed confidential deal with Nokia while seeking damages from Samsung for the same thing

<i>FOSS Patents</i> discovered that while Apple was asking a court to sanction Samsung for using confidential information about a patent deal between the Cupertino company and Nokia, Apple inadvertently made the very same information public.<p>As part of a patent dispute between Apple and Samsung, Apple was …

Toyota says its first cars with Apple's CarPlay won't arrive until 2015 (update)

Among the cavalcade of Apple CarPlay launch partners that demoed working implementations at last week's Geneva Motor Show, Toyota was just a name on a list of other automakers that planned to add it to vehicles "down the road," as Apple put it. Now, the company says it plans to have the first new …

Netflix's Reed Hastings calls out weak net neutrality rules, 'reluctantly' pays ISP tolls

Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix has finally chimed in with his own statement about net neutrality and the deal his company struck with Comcast. As written in a blog post, the traditional standards recently overturned by a Verizon lawsuit (which prevent ISPs from restricting or meddling with data) …

Why don’t economists like Bitcoin?

Paul Krugman and others can't get behind the virtual currency<p>Nobel prize-winning economist and <i>New York Times</i> columnist Paul Krugman wrote a blog post this weekend with a tantalizing title, "Bitcoin Is Evil," that has provoked the expected backlash from proponents of the virtual currency.<p>The …

New ultra secure cell phone, Blackphone, is reportedly flying off the shelves

There is, apparently, a big demand for commercially available encrypted smartphones perhaps impervious to the data demands of spy agencies and cyber criminals worldwide.<p>Indeed, Toby Weir-Jones says sales of his new ultra-encrypted smartphone, called the Blackphone, are flying off the shelves since …

Router that anonymises internet activity raises $300,000 on Kickstarter

Anonabox, a device that re-routes data through the cloaking Tor network, is tool for freedom of information, developer says<p>An internet router that aims to anonymise online activity had raised over $300,000 Tuesday, after less than 48 hours on the Kickstarter fundraising site.<p>Anonabox, a 2.4in by …

Essential security apps for your smartphone and tablet

Hackers would love to weasel their way on to your smartphone or tablet, just like they try to do your computer. That's how they steal sensitive information like account details, passwords, important texts, intimate photos and whatever else possible.<p>Unfortunately for them, mobile gadgets are a bit …

Incredible New 3D Printing Technique Looks Like Sci-Fi

You've never seen a 3D printer like this<p>A new innovation by Carbon3D, unveiled Monday at the TED2015 conference, could finally move 3D printing out of the hobby shop and onto every factory floor.<p>Imagine you're in an emergency room with a blood vessel blockage. To save your life, a surgeon will …

3D Printing