National Hot Dog Day Free Hot Dog Locations

Today is National Hot Dog Day – here’s where to find free hot dogs [updated]

By on July 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Today is National Hot Dog Day – here’s where to find free hot dogs [updated]

Happy National Hot Dog Day, America! In celebration of this fantastic holiday, several of our nation’s food retailers will give you free hot dogs when you visit their establishments. Let’s go over some of the big ones below.

UPDATE: Because I am a total idiot, I thought today was July 23rd. But no: It’s July 24th. Ergo, National Hot Dog Day was yesterday and not today. I apologize to any confused hot dog fans whose hopes I just dashed.

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Cup Stacking World Record 5 Seconds

I never knew competitive cup stacking could be exciting until I saw this mind-blowing video

By on July 23, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

I never knew competitive cup stacking could be exciting until I saw this mind-blowing video

Raise your hand if you knew competitive cup stacking was a thing. Being the clueless old fogey that I am, I didn’t until I stumbled across a video of a kid named William Orrell, who earlier this year broke the world record for competitive cup stacking by finishing the task in 5 seconds flat. More →

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Chuck Taylor All Stars II Redesign

Converse messes with perfection, gives Chucks their first redesign in 98 years

By on July 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM.

Converse messes with perfection, gives Chucks their first redesign in 98 years

As a depressive Nirvana-loving teenager in the ’90s, Chucks were my shoes. What made them so awesome was that they were both fairly cheap and they never seemed to go out of fashion. When you picked up a pair of Chucks, you knew what you were getting because Converse never bothered to make any superficial design changes to them in a cheap effort to goose sales. Now, however, Converse has decided that Chucks need an update for the 21st century and has given them their first redesign in 98 years. More →

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Best Android Apps Nova Launcher

Meet the app that fans are calling ‘the best thing that ever happened to Android’

By on July 23, 2015 at 4:32 PM.

Meet the app that fans are calling ‘the best thing that ever happened to Android’

We’ve written about the Nova Launcher Android app before but this in-depth review from Android Central made us want to plug it all over again. For those of you who don’t know, launchers in general are like Facebook Home but 1,000 times less terrible — they take over your phone’s main home screen and make some great improvements to the design while also giving you added customization options. Android diehards have long had high praise for Nova Launcher, which just seems to get better and better with each new release. More →

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NASA Earth 2.0 Planet Discovered

NASA: This planet could be ‘Earth 2.0′

By on July 23, 2015 at 1:47 PM.

NASA: This planet could be ‘Earth 2.0′

Wow. NASA on Thursday announced the discovery of a planet that could be the first found outside our solar system capable of sustaining human life. The planet, which is officially named Kepler-452b, is being described by NASA’s Jon Jenkins as Earth’s “older, bigger cousin” and it is the smallest planet discovered so far in the so-called “habitable” zone in a solar system in which a planet is capable of sustaining pools of water on its surface. More →

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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Mutant Daisies

Mutant flowers from Fukushima nuclear disaster are blowing up the Internet

By on July 23, 2015 at 1:03 PM.

Mutant flowers from Fukushima nuclear disaster are blowing up the Internet

The impact of the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima is still being felt and a new photograph that’s going viral on the Internet this week is a reminder of just how damaging such catastrophes can be. Per Business Insider, a photograph taken this past May and posted on the Twitter account of @san_kaido purportedly shows daises near the disaster site that are wildly deformed, as you can see in the picture above. More →

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iPhone 7 Concept iPhone 4 Galaxy S6 Inspiration

Meet the iPhone 7 that will never be

By on July 23, 2015 at 12:15 PM.

Meet the iPhone 7 that will never be

Since we don’t expect Apple will make any major changes to its iPhone lineup this year with the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, concept designers are looking ahead to 2016’s expected iPhone 7 release as their source of inspiration. A new concept video posted by GdgtCompare.com imagines an iPhone that takes cues from both Apple’s own classic iPhone 4 model and from Samsung’s current Galaxy S6 models. More →

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Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 10Gbps Market Trial

Comcast to start market trial of 10Gbps broadband tech in late 2015

By on July 23, 2015 at 11:50 AM.

Comcast to start market trial of 10Gbps broadband tech in late 2015

Comcast later this year is going to start a market trial of an incredibly promising new broadband technology capable of delivering maximum download speeds of 10Gbps and maximum upload speeds of 1Gbps. This news comes to us via Multichannel News’ Jeff Baumgartner and it was announced earlier on Thursday by Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit, who said Comcast would start the trial sometime in Q4 2015. More →

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Apple 2015 Back To School Promotion Details

Apple announces details about its 2015 Back to School promo worth $200

By on July 23, 2015 at 9:47 AM.

Apple announces details about its 2015 Back to School promo worth $200

Apple on Tuesday announced details of its 2015 Back to School promotion that will let qualified buyers get a free pair of $200 Beats headphones with the purchase of an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or Mac Pro. Qualified buyers — which include K-12 “faculty, staff, students, and parents that are individual end users” — can choose to receive a $200 credit for either a pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones or Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones. We should note that the Wireless On-Ear Headphones have a retail value of $300 and that any buyers will be responsible for paying off the remaining $100 if they go with the wireless option. More →

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Science

The science of making a perfect chocolate chip cookie

By on July 22, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

The science of making a perfect chocolate chip cookie

Baking, much more than other forms of cooking, is a science and not an art. Sure, there are plenty of opportunities to be creative and experiment when you bake but you can’t just double the amount of baking soda or flour you use just for kicks and expect the result to be any good. With this in mind, we were utterly fascinated by a lengthy essay posted over at ChefSteps that gives us the science behind baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

What cord cutters? Comcast still has its head in the sand

By on July 22, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

What cord cutters? Comcast still has its head in the sand

Netflix-style content streaming is the future of television. The ability to binge-watch new shows the minute they come out is highly addictive, as Netflix fans have shown during marathon sessions of House of CardsOrange is the New BlackDaredevil, etc. Even though the transition to this new way of watching TV will be gradual, it’s also inevitable since it’s been embraced by more and more people aged 30 and under. More →

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Android M Best Features Tricks

Android M: 5 small but important features you’re going to love

By on July 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

Android M: 5 small but important features you’re going to love

Android M isn’t going to be a massive game-changer like Android 5.0 Lollipop was. However, it will have some small-but-important tweaks and improvements that will noticeably improve the consumer experience. Green Bot recently put together a slideshow of the small changes Google has made with Android M and we’ve picked out five of them that we think Android diehards will love. Check them out below and be sure to check out Green Bot’s full slideshow by clicking here. More →

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Giant Exploding Water Balloon Video

We can’t stop laughing at this video of a European stuffed into an exploding water balloon

By on July 22, 2015 at 4:10 PM.

We can’t stop laughing at this video of a European stuffed into an exploding water balloon

The summer makes everyone a little crazy, but probably not as crazy The Slow Mo Guys, a pair of zany Britons who decided it would be funny to have one of them sit inside a gigantic water balloon until it filled up with enough water that it exploded. Oh, and did we mention they filmed it in slow motion and in 4K? More →

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