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Here's how to tell if your iPhone needs a new battery

If your iPhone is older than about 18 months, then there's a chance that the battery is already worn.<p><i>Video: WWDC 2018: How Apple plans to break</i> …

An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000

The master’s degree business is booming. College graduates looking for a leg up in the job market are flocking to one- and two-year programs that promise entry to lucrative careers. Top colleges are more than willing to provide them — for a price. Tuition for a 30-credit master’s in computer …

Georgia Tech

Upgrading CSS Animation With Motion Curves

14 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

Web Design

Microsoft launching Thinga.Me iPhone app for capturing & organizing real world objects

A new project called Thinga.Me from Microsoft’s experimental Garage team aims to offer users a way of organizing and sharing real-world objects through a new iPhone app.<p>The best 4K & 5K displays for Mac<p>Currently part of an invite-only closed beta, the app automatically isolates real-world objects …

31 Breathtaking Natural Swimming Pools Around the World

Most of the earth’s natural watering holes are inhospitable and aren’t safe to explore, but there are some spectacular pools that many photographers …

Google opens its Vision API in public beta to give any app the power of Google Photos

Google is making its Cloud Vision API available for all developers, which will allow for image scanning in any app.<p>The API can detect objects like boats and buildings, but will also let you detect emotion on faces. If someone in an image is happy on a boat, the Cloud Vision API will know.<p>The API …

Google

Minimal photo series transforms your everyday items into Lego

Lego: the building blocks of life.<p>Photographer and graphic designer Michal Kulesza, based out of Bialystok, Poland, doesn't just see Lego as his …

Lego

The World's Most Romantic Cities

Travelers enjoy mile-high romance in Aspen, an ultra-posh resort town in a remote corner of the Colorado Rockies. After a day on the slopes (during …

LEGO's little bot teaches kids about science and coding

So your kids can be nerds.<p>Earlier today, LEGO revealed WeDo 2.0, a new robotics kit that's designed for elementary school kids. The 280-piece set enables the creation of motorized forms, okay, <i>robots</i>, that will help students learn the basics of engineering, science and coding. For instance, you can …

Uber's new service is literally just a bus

Uber has announced its latest innovation -- a multi-person, ride-sharing scheme that picks up and drops off passengers along a pre-determined route. …

Ford Sync car owners to get Apple's Siri Eyes-Free

Owners of iPhones and Ford cars equipped with the Sync infotainment system now can tap into Siri to perform a variety of tasks while keeping their eyes on the road.<p>Ford on Thursday announced the Siri Eyes-Free update, noting that the software is available for more than 5 million Sync-equipped …

EFF's free HTTPS tool 'Let's Encrypt' enters public beta

Really, there’s no good reason for devs to not adopt HTTPS certification. The added protection makes you and your users safer, and ensures that you can guarantee that your website doesn’t inject malicious malware, tracking or unwanted ads onto your user experience.<p>The Electronic Frontier Foundation …

Beta Testing

How to Rip a DVD to Your Computer

Say you have a movie on DVD, but you want to watch it on your phone, tablet, somewhere else. You can “rip” that DVD—or turn it into a movie file on …

Android Phones

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Shades of Grey

6 Airport Shops So Good, You Might Miss Your Connection

With these airport dining and shopping destinations, a flight delay doesn't look so bad.<p>Airports have finally realized they've got a captive audience of hungry travelers with money to spend and time to kill. They're upping their game as a result, with food and shopping as good as you'll find at any …

Locals share insider tips on visiting 18 popular tourist attractions around the world

A Reddit thread asked users who live near tourist attractions to give advice to tourists, with answers that ranged from the best time to visit an attraction to those that might be worth skipping.<p>We combed through the thread to pull the best insider tips on visiting the world's top tourist …

New York City

SpaceX and Tesla backer just invested $50 million in this startup

When the World Bank and the Philippines devised a tax program to help curb smoking in the country, they needed a way to ensure that merchants in …

Quickly create a VPN with the Hotspot Shield browser extension

Can't watch Netflix from where you are located? Can't check in with your fantasy football team from behind your office's firewall? Can't use a public hotspot without worrying about your unencrypted data being seen by prying eyes?<p>A VPN can assuage these issues, but VPN software typically either …

20 Insanely Great Eminem Tracks Only Hardcore Fans Know

Soul Intent, “Unrealistically Graphic” (1992)<p>As a high school teenager in Detroit, the rapper then known as M&M joined forces with Chaos Kid to form …

The 5 Best Travel Hacks You've Never Heard Before

There are bunches of articles out there about travel hacking with a variety of focuses from saving money to saving space when you pack. While they are all incredibly helpful, I'm not looking to recreate the wheel.<p>There are bunches of articles out there about travel hacking with a variety of focuses …

Hacking

Australia launches giant selfie service for tourists

Never mind your selfie sticks, Australia is now offering tourists massive selfies from hundreds of metres away.<p>Tourism Australia recently launched …

Australia

Nomad’s new Roadtrip combines iPhone car charger with 3000mAh battery, USB + USB-C ports

<b>Nomad</b>, maker of the beautiful Stand for Apple Watch and Pod portable charging station for Apple Watch, today announced <b>Roadtrip</b>, a unique combination of an iPhone car charger with a 3000mAh battery. Made from a mix of anodized aluminum and plastic, Roadtrip takes the shape of an elongated …

Gaming Startup Code Kingdoms Exits Beta On A Quest To Get Kids Coding

Changes to the computing curriculum in England, which arrived last September requiring schools to teach bona fide programming skills to kids as young as five, are shaking out into increased opportunities for edtech startups in the U.K.<p>Making learning to code accessible, fun and engaging is the …

CSR

The physics of Mario World show the game has a fundamental flaw

This tiny yet surprising flaw in the game was recently discovered by the PBS video series Space Time, which used some simple math and basic physics to determine which kind of planet Mario lives on.<p>How does Mario jump so high?<p>You'll notice in the GIF below that Mario has some very impressive jumping …

Here are all the commercials that ran during the Super Bowl, in order

There were some clear stand-outs, and a few ads t hat didn't go down too well with the tens of millions of viewers watching the game.<p>There were 71 national ads in total (Many more ads aired during the game, but these were bought on a regional — and far cheaper — basis.) Re-watch your favorites.

Artist Hilariously Reimagines Disney Princesses with Realistic Hair

There are several aspects of Disney films that don't quite match up to reality, from talking animals to unbelievably tiny waistlines to magic spells. Noticing that Disney princesses' hair often behaves in ways that are just as fantastical as the characters' lives, BuzzFeed illustrator Loryn Brantz …

The scientific evidence against spanking, timeouts, and sleep training

At the end of a gravel road in the Chippewa National Forest of northern Minnesota, a group of camp counselors has gathered to hear psychotherapist Tina Bryson speak about neuroscience, mentorship, and camping. She is in Minnesota by invitation of the camp. Chippewa is at the front of a movement to …

How to hack a Keurig to accept cheap coffee pods using scissors and tape

Keurig’s copyrighted coffee has been hacked again — this time with just a pair of scissors and a bit of tape. The coffee machine maker (purchased by Green Mountain in 2006) attracted the ire of both consumers and rivals earlier this year after it unveiled a coffee pod machine with digital rights …

Best Secret Ski Towns of North America

Adventure<p>Most people haven’t heard of these towns, which is just fine with the skiers and boarders that live and play there. These are the places without gloss, the unknown gems, where the locals are friendly and shops are locally owned. Some have terrain for everyone, while many are for experts …

Ski Area

Five albums to try this week: Sleaford Mods, Mary J Blige and more

From Fryars’ synth-pop to Lost on the River reimagining old Dylan lyrics anew, stream five new albums out today, and tell us what you’ll be listening to<p><b>Why you should listen:</b> On top of the massive catalogue of 1967 Dylan sessions released as The Basement Tapes earlier this month, producer T Bone …