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Nearly 80 percent of smartphones shipped last quarter ran Android, says IDC

The smartphone market continues to explode, and the Android ecosystem has been the biggest beneficiary of that growth. According to the latest smartphone OS marketshare numbers from IDC, shipments of Android phones increased a whopping 73.5 percent to reach over 187 million units in the second …

In The Smartphone Wars It’s iOS Vs. Android And Windows Phone Vs. The Rest

It’s Smartphone Platform Market Share Day, meaning that your local nerds are atwitter about the latest figures: Android’s continuing massive growth, the slowing of iOS’s year-over-year unit volume expansion, and curiously, today, if Windows Phone’s numbers matter.<p>You see, Windows Phone posted the …

31 Black-And-White Movies Every Twentysomething Needs To See

Life lessons brought to you entirely in black and white.

Love Stories

If you want to make money from apps, forget about the app store

Considering the number of free apps that clutter the world’s many app stores and the pittance paid by mobile advertising networks to app developers, it was only natural that app makers would find other ways to make money from creating mobile software. A recent report by VisionMobile, a London-based …


Sun will flip its magnetic field soon, NASA says

The sun's magnetic field is gearing up to shift, which happens once every 11 years, according to NASA officials.<p>The sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, NASA says.<p>In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, …


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15-Ton Glob of Fat Removed From London Sewer

They call them "fatbergs," and we can use them for good.<p>Thames Water officials took to BBC today to announce that they successfully "removed 15 tons of fat and debris all congealed in one massive lump in a Thames sewer."<p>They call these things fatbergs. This one, the size of a bus, was the biggest …

World's 20 Best Surf Towns

A great surf town is the sum of its parts. These 20 towns run the gamut, from a mecca for the surf-obsessed to a spot where surfing's in its infancy. With waves awaiting, an adventurous spirit, and a little guidance, you can’t go wrong.

Aquatic Sports

2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest winners

Here are the winning images of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. More than 15,500 entries from photographers around the world were submitted in four categories: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place and spontaneous moments.<p>“Every year the task of judging the contest …

Why does Yahoo! buy failed startups? It's the only way it can get good developers

The acqui-hire isn't bad business<p>Yahoo bought Rockmelt today, a startup that debuted with a wave of media fanfare touting it as the company that would reinvent the browser for the age of the social web. It didn't catch on, Rockmelt pivoted, and eventually the company faded into obscurity, at which …

New Orleans’ film industry blooms

Long an artistic hotbed, Louisiana’s largest city is becoming known as “Hollywood South”, acting as the setting for more than 60 feature films in 2012.<p>A group of people huddled by a nondescript wrought-iron black door on a quiet street in New Orleans’ French Quarter, whispering excitedly and …

New Orleans