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Argos and Tesco have released own-brand tablets but are they simply gathering customer data?

Not since Moses delivered slabs of stone inscribed with things thou shalt not do has there been such a zealous interest in tablets. The latter-day …

Avocado-Walnut Brownies (No Butter, No Oil)

Click HERE to order our new cookbook, <i>The Chubby Vegetarian: 100 Inspired Vegetable Recipes for the Modern Table</i> (Susan Schadt Press, November 2016). …

Vintage Typewriter Keys + New Tech = Diesel Punk Keyboard?

Richard Nagy has designed and built The Executive Keyboard, taking design cues from vintage mechanical keyboards. Combined with a leatherette top and aluminum sides, it’s certainly a piece for computer gearheads to swoon over. But the $900 price tag? Looks more like a challenge to make my own!<p>[via …

Artistic Functionality of Reclaimed Wood Stumps

Using leftover stumps helps refresh a room. They would also be a vivid reminiscence of our place in nature and our power to destroy and care for it. …

Shock and awww... 'UFO crashes' into London primary school playground

Pupils at a London primary school were shocked after a UFO appeared to have crashed into their playground.<p>An officer guarded the 'crash site; at …

How To Make Money Without A Job

Before joining the staff of Forbes in July of 2011, I was happily self-employed for 23 years. For much of this time my husband and I ran two mostly unrelated home-based businesses. He worked in his office in the front of the house, while I was in mine across the hall. Our office doors were usually …

Bitcoin: how I made a virtual fortune

About a year ago I bought 30 Bitcoins, the online peer-to-peer crypto-currency, for about £3 each using a European website called Bitstamp.net. Bitcoins appealed to my inner crypto-anarchist and I felt they had great potential. Unlike real money, they are decentralised and transactions are free; no …

Blackberry hits out at Gartner analysis

<b>Blackberry has dismissed an influential recommendation that customers should move to other mobile technologies.</b><p>The embattled smartphone maker said that firms using its products did not need to switch.<p>Blackberry said conclusions drawn about the viability of its business plans were "purely …

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John McAfee wants to give you a private internet, but Occupy.here already does - http://tcrn.ch/1bWe5X0

Steam Controller in use: game developers sound off on the beta version's highs and lows, how it feels

We've only known about the Steam Controller for 24 hours, but it turns out a variety of developers already got a chance to put the controller to use ahead of the lucky 300 beta participants later this year. The devs we spoke with didn't use the final format of the controller, but instead used the …

Where is wearable tech headed?

Imagine a small adhesive strip that can collect intimate biological data and tell your smartphone that you need to apply sunscreen or hydrate. How …

According to an investigative report, BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis never wanted the touchscreen Z10 smartphone...http://www.t3.com/news/blackberry-co-founder-didnt-want-the-touchscreen-z10-smartphone

Keeping Your Laptop Plugged in All the Time Will Kill Its Battery Faster

Laptops are our indispensable lifeline to the majesty that is the Internet. We use them to work and play from anywhere in the world. But if you're …

DiMeCard Stores Multiple SD and microSD Cards Safely in Your Wallet

Need a place to store your multiple SD and/or microSD cards? Most options include thick pouches that let cards slip out easily when not zipped up. …

TalkTalk launches low-cost £2.50-a-month broadband package

TalkTalk is to offer super low-cost home broadband, for just £2.50 a month, aimed at those who use their mobile to make all their phone calls.<p>The £30-a-year deal, which gives customers unlimited internet access but excludes any free calls, is cheaper than BT's cheapest £10-a-month capped deal, and …

Bill Gates: Ctrl+Alt+Del was a mistake

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has admitted that the decision to use Ctrl+Alt+Del as the command for logging on to a PC was a mistake.<p>Originally designed to trigger a reboot of a PC, Ctrl+Alt+Del now allows users to log on to Windows and access the task manager. It is also known as a quick fix for …

Twitter launches emergency alert system

Twitter has become an indispensable real-time news and information system for many people, and now the service has added a new element: authorized …

Google brings its card interface into Gmail for Android for conversation threads

Gmail(s goog) for Android received a minor face-lift on Wednesday with an updated version available in the Google Play store. Android phones set to …

Apple Maps fault directs iPhone users down Alaska airport runway

<b>A flaw in Apple’s mapping software has resulted in motorists being directed along an Alaska airport runway.</b><p>Airport officials have reported the …

IndoorAtlas uses geomagnetism to map buildings GPS can’t reach

IndoorAtlas has entered the increasingly crowded indoor mapping and navigation space, definitely has a trick up its sleeve that sets it apart from …

Gmail for Android update brings cleaner conversation view and improved multi-select

Google's made quite the habit out of improving its Gmail offering, and for those relying on the Android app in order to access their email, you'll find a pleasant new update available starting today. The refreshed build ushers in a cleaner conversation view, as well a number of additional design …

40 Recipes for the Fall Harvest Season

40 recipes for fall produce, from butternut squash and brussels sprouts to apples and pomegranate.<p>The mercury's dropping, the leaves are turning orange, and the nights are growing longer.<p>And you know what that means.<p>Your dad's going to pull out that pumpkin-colored wool sweater with the "falling …

Is Oppo releasing the first CyanogenMod phone?

On Wednesday, CyanogenMod revealed that it is has become a company, and that it plans to release hardware running its CyanogenMod software, but it …

Android this week: CyanogenMod is a new company while ol’ HP has new slates

Amid the mad rush to buy new iPhones(s aapl) this week, Android(s goog) was still in the headlines. Perhaps the biggest news was in regards to …

Autumn Leaves

(YouTube link)<p>Rob the Siberian Husky loves to play in the leaves. If only we could all be so joyful frolicking in the wonders of nature! -via Daily …

Wow: The Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling Kit

This is the $13 Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling Kit. It comes with two thumb-mounted lightsabers and a book with a bunch of different arenas to …

Vitaminwater Marketing Campaign Goes Horribly Wrong

Coca-Cola apologized on Thursday for a marketing promotion for its Vitaminwater brand in Canada that went terribly wrong. The campaign, targeted at French and English speakers, featured words in both languages printed on bottle caps. Customers could put the caps together to form phrases and send …

Stephen Hawking: The afterlife is a fairy tale (but your brain might go on)

In the next life, we will all correct the things we got wrong in this one.<p>We'll be better, nicer people, calmer and more knowing. Or we'll be horses in a field, grazing away our days.<p>Please, keep fantasizing. But it isn't going to happen. At least according to Stephen Hawking.<p>He knows that many …

2014 BMW M5 / M6 Gran Coupe with Competition Package

More M—for more money.<p>Call our response to the latest BMW M6 Gran Coupe and M5 sedan lukewarm. Our tests prove they’re plenty fast, but they lack the visceral communication and engaging soul that made the E39 M5 legendary. We ranked the M5 third in a comparison test against its Audi and Mercedes …