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A Meat Smoking Manifesto From the Best BBQ Joint in Austin

When it comes to waiting in line for food, there aren’t many places we feel are worth it. Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, however, is absolutely …

Apple Pay Being Hit By A Surprising Amount Of Fraud

But it's not exactly Apple's fault<p>Fraud is a rampant problem in the credit card industry, and while technology like Apple Pay was supposed to improve the security of our finances, it turns out that it's only as secure as the people that back it.<p>A report in <i>The Guardian</i> says that Apple Pay, the new …

Apple Pay

Inside The Secret New York Launch Of Munchery, The Delivery Startup That Might Upend Seamless

San Francisco’s food delivery war heads east: Munchery’s stellar team of chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants are waiting for your order.<p>The fourth floor of the old Pfizer factory in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood smells like smoked fish. It’s a freezing cold day in January, the kind of day …

Lyft Launches Driver Perks Program

Drivers still don’t get benefits, but Lyft is offering discounts and other incentives to join its ranks and log more rides.<p>Today Lyft announced a new program for drivers called Accelerate, which lets drivers accumulate perks based on ride volume. The rewards range from help with taxes, to car …

Perfect Porterhouse Steak

4 Servings<p>This is chef Bobby Flay's recipe for the perfect Porterhouse steak. With a steak this thick, you need to season liberally; when Flay demonstrated for us, the surface of the meat was virtually white from salt.<p>March 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 2”-thick Porterhouse steak, trimmed (about 2 lb.)<p>1 …

BBQ

Hello, World! Flipboard Launches on the Web

We smile when we think of 2015 as the year of our <i>Web</i> launch, but it’s here: a beautiful version of Flipboard for the desktop and a major new frontier …

Web Design

Spider-Man is finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe

As exciting as the creation and subsequent rapid expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been, there’s a missing ingredient: Spider-Man. One …

Comics

YouTube Now Plays HTML5 Video By Default, Eschews Adobe Flash

Good riddance, buffering screen--hello, standard web video experience<p>I'm the de facto tech support person in my family. This means every trip to a relative's house I'm asked (among other things) whether or not to update Adobe Flash. Well, we're one step closer to sidestepping that question …

Software

25+ Nerdy Valentine’s Day Cards For Nerds Who Aren’t Afraid To Show It

There's this bizarre idea that geeks and nerds have a hard time communicating with their love interests, but that might just be because not everyone …

The World’s Largest Starbucks Is The Willy Wonka Factory Of Coffee

Starbucks has opened a new flagship cafe where the company also roasts its global supply of small batch coffees.<p>I’m standing in a 15,000-square-foot factory that could only be the work of Starbucks. Hulking industrial equipment stands alongside custom walnut furniture that’s finished so delicately …

Anonymous SpaceX engineer reveals how crazy it is working for Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has drawn some comparisons to Apple cofounder Steve Jobs and at least one SpaceX employee thinks …

The Ikea BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk Adjusts with the Press of a Button

You’ve heard all about how you should ditch your traditional desk for a standing one, but you haven’t wanted to invest that kind of money, or have …

IKEA

Productivity Hack Of The Week: The Two Pizza Approach To Productive Teamwork

If you’re looking for more effective teamwork, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos suggests implementing a very simple trick: the Two Pizza Rule.<p>When putting together your team or considering who to invite to your next meeting, consider how many people you could feed with two pizzas–that’s how many people you …

4 Young Designers To Watch

Designer Ilona Gaynor once planned a Hollywood-worthy heist at five Los Angeles banks, combining fact, fiction, and suspense to create art focused on exposing the judicial system’s absurdities. Now she’s exploring that same theme of “disrupting the law” during a six-month residency at London’s …

Apple iPhone 6: Is It the Best Point-and-Shoot?

After months of waiting, we finally have Apple iPhone 6 (and its big brother, the iPhone 6 Plus). It’s the 7th or 8th edition of the iPhone …

Microsoft Remakes Board as Second Round of Layoffs Loom

Satya Nadella has indicated numerous times that he would remake Microsoft into a faster moving company that embraced modern computing trends. But …

Employment

Dwell

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Home Tours

The Xbox One is faster without Kinect

Unplugging Kinect won't make it faster, but game developers will<p>Microsoft has previously tweaked the Xbox One to boost its overall graphics performance, but a new software change for the console pushes things even further. Xbox One developer units are receiving an update to increase GPU bandwidth …

Verizon sends Netflix cease and desist over streaming quality warnings

Verizon has sent Netflix a cease and desist order demanding that it stop presenting its subscribers with messages that blame Verizon's network for poor streaming performance. Netflix's messages are actively meant to knock Verizon — among other service providers — that it alleges have been hurting …

Beats' future with Apple kicks off with this World Cup ad

Beats has just rolled out a cinematic, 5-minute ad in celebration of the upcoming World Cup. It doesn't share the same uncanny timing as the Super Bowl XLVIII Richard Sherman spot, but if you're looking for a perfect showcase of just how culturally powerful the Beats brand has become, this is it. …

Firefox's revamped interface is now available in Aurora releases

You no longer have to grab one of Firefox's ever-changing nightly builds to try the browser's new Australis interface ahead of its official launch. Mozilla has just released a new Aurora version that includes Australis' simpler, more customizable layout; it also brings the easier, account-based …

Edward Snowden used automated web search tools to collect NSA data

It's tempting to imagine that Edward Snowden obtained NSA data through a daring <i>Mission Impossible</i>-style raid, but it now appears that he didn't have to put in much effort. Intelligence officials speaking to the <i>New York Times</i> say that Snowden used a standard web crawler, a tool that typically …

Leak reportedly shows Windows Phone 8.1's new notification center

Wondering what Windows Phone 8.1's rumored notification hub would look like? You may be looking at it right now. <i>Winphollowers</i> claims to have a leaked Microsoft presentation outlining the feature, which might be called Action Center. While Windows Phone's approach to notifications would share much …

How Real Is 'RoboCop'?

The futuristic cyborg might not be as far off into the future as we think.<p>This week, RoboCop steps back onto the screen. But unlike a cartoonish steel cyborg, the new Officer Alex Murphy is eerily imaginable. Director José Padilha and production designer Martin Whist were inspired by some of …

Robotics

An Apple Geek’s International Travel Gear Guide

I’m traveling to Russia to cover the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. It’s going to be a thrilling, crazy experience. You’ll see some of my work here at Cult of Mac, among other places.<p>Here’s the gear I’ll be taking with me overseas:<p>Retina MacBook Pro<p>My 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (mid-2012) is my …

IPad Air

Google Maps Now Advises iOS Users When Faster Routes Become Available

Google Maps’ latest update for iOS adds a new “Faster Route” feature, which notifies users in navigation mode when a quicker journey to their destination becomes available.<p>The new feature works in conjunction with Google Maps’ existing ability to track traffic data in real time. Once alerted that …

Maps

VW has no female engineers, according to its Super Bowl spot

A cute idea, marred by a glaring omission.<p>Volkswagen has a history of Super Bowl ad excellence, but last night's "Wings" spot struck a sour note to many who were understandably bothered by this sausage fest of an execution.<p>The German brand tells us that their cars are now more reliable. As an …

Vote for the best car commercial of Super Bowl XLVIII

You watched the game. You saw the ads. Now vote for the winner.<p>The Super Bowl stopped being competitive about five minutes into last night's proceedings, as Seattle scored early, often, and never looked back. No one's going to remember the game for its drama. And the car commercials? Some of those …

With Its New App Paper, Can Facebook Overcome the Burden of Being Facebook?

>The most radical aspect of Paper is that it isn't predicated entirely on your friends.<p>The most radical aspect of Paper, though, is that it isn't …

With Foursquare Deal, Microsoft Aims for Supremacy in Hyper-Local Search

Microsoft's coronation of new CEO Satya Nadella grabbed most of the headlines on Tuesday. But the news overshadowed a second announcement from the …