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The best home security system

SimpliSafe takes top honors.<p><i>By Rachel Cericola and Grant Clauser</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After spending more …

Hawaii lava finally reaches the Pacific -- only to create another deadly danger

<b>(CNN) —</b> First it was catastrophic lava. Then it was sulfur dioxide. Now Big Island residents have yet another danger to worry about.<p>Laze -- a mashup of "lava" and "haze" -- is a nasty product formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the …

Coast Guard

Alexa can control your dumb AC unit using Ambi's smart hub

The latest Ambi Climate comes with a nicer look, too.<p>Some of you may recall that back in October 2014, Hong Kong startup Ambi Labs unveiled its Ambi Climate as a gateway between your smartphone and your dumb air conditioner at home. But it isn't just about replacing your infrared remote control; …

Home Automation

Google simplifies sharing notes, calendars and photos with family

It's now even easier to get your family members on the same page.<p>Google knows that a large part of its customer base probably have families. That's why it introduced a family plan option to Google Music a couple of years ago, as well as Family Library sharing for the Play Store last year. When …

Calendars

How to set up a DIY home security system

3 ways to protect your house<p>You don't have to invest in a multimillion dollar surveillance system to keep an eye on your property and possessions. In fact, you might be able to do the job with gadgets you already own, paired with free software. We've collected three types of systems you can pick …

Home Security

Simplenote gives a new life to your notes

There’s a new desktop snap in the Snap store: Simplenote.Write in Markdown, sync, tag, collaborate and publishIf you haven’t tried it yet, Simplenote …

Project management software: 6 free and open source tools

Whether you own a small business or you’re just starting one, every dollar counts; finding free software to help you manage, communicate, collaborate …

ASUS Launches 'Tinker Board', Its Raspberry Pi Competitor With 4K Support

Image: ASUS, via CPC<p>It doesn't matter if you want a computer the size of a card, a thumb drive or dice box — there's a manufacturer out there that …

Don’t buy a new WiFi router, use this gadget to turbocharge the one you already have

Okay seriously, this is just brilliant. Your home Wi-Fi router is just a few years old and yet it’s already out of date. Newer standards offer much …

Wi-Fi

3 Reasons To Believe The Singularity Is Near

When Ray Kurzweil published <i>The Singularity Is Near</i> in 2006, many scoffed at his outlandish predictions. A year before Apple launched its iPhone, Kurzweil imagined a world in which humans and computers essentially fuse, unlocking capabilities we normally see in science fiction movies.<p>His argument …

Singularity

Regular expressions you can read: A new visual syntax (and UI)

Part 1<p>Lots has been written about the problems with regular expressions: learning them, debugging them, etc.<p>I propose <b>a more</b> <b>visual syntax</b> and a</b> …

Microsoft is helping people build iPhone and Android apps, for free

At today's Microsoft Build event Microsoft cloud boss Scott Guthrie shared the company's master plan for Xamarin. And judging from the applause, that plan has developers very hyped.<p>The short version is that Xamarin is now integrated with Microsoft's mega-popular Visual Studio, the software that …

Raspberry Pi Displays HATs, Shields And Small Screens Essential Guide

With the launch of the new $35 Raspberry Pi 3 mini PC last month, as well as the launch of the tiny $5 Raspberry Pi Zero late last year and the …

New Ways to Teach Young Children to Code

Even parents who don’t know programming are using games, apps to teach basic skills<p>Filip Icev, 10, writes code on his laptop at his home in Kirkland, Wash., using a visual-programming language called Scratch.<p>Annabel Clark for the Wall Street Journal<p>1 of 9<p>•••••<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The …

Kids

This One Simple Change Can Boost Your Motivation, According To Science

Simply having fun plays a big role in motivating your behavior.<p>Got motivation?<p>If you're already having a tough time keeping your new year's resolution, try this scientific approach to motivating yourself to do better, according to a new video (above) released by the YouTube series ASAPScience on …

Watch out, Android users: Your lock pattern isn’t as secure as you think

While the prevalence of smartphones with fingerprint-based security has increased considerably over the past two years, the vast majority of Android …

Android News

The Virtue of Being Short

Taller does not mean healthier. It's more likely the opposite.<p>If you've ever had a tall man stand in front of you at a concert, blocking your view, and wished that he would have a heart attack, the odds were against you.<p>Tall men are less likely to develop heart disease than are short men, according …

Albert Einstein

Scientists Figure Out Why Your Knuckles Crack

Short answer: gas bubbles<p>Whether it’s a nervous habit or done just by accident, most people crack their knuckles every once in a while. But the reason why joints crack at all (and the long-term effects of cracking) has been the subject of much debate in the scientific community. With the help of a …

Snapselect Pinpoints Similar Images in your Photo Library

Here’s the scenario: You take a lot of pictures and some are remarkably similar because you don’t take any chances of missing the precise shot you want.<p>Here’s the result: You get your shot, but then you have so many images that closely resemble each other that you practically go cross-eyed trying …

Finally: Here are Instagram’s new photo filters

Heads up, Instagram users — you finally have some new filters to play with.<p>The photography-focused social media giant, which reached 300 million …

Blast from the past: Can you name the most popular Web sites from 1996?

In 1996, the internet was little more than a sparkle in Al Gore’s eye. Mark Zuckerberg was 12. Google was still two years away from being formed. And …