Gifts For Expecting Moms

The best gift you can give any expectant mother

The best gift you can give any expectant mother

By on June 23, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Mother’s Day may have come and gone, but there’s never a bad time to surprise an expectant mother with a thoughtful gift. She’s stressed, she’s tired and she’s nervous, so why not surprise her with a thoughtful, unexpected present?

The Lil’ Elephant Heartbeat Bear Kit makes the perfect gift. It hides a little heart-shaped recorder that mom can bring to her doctor’s office and use to record up to 20 seconds of her baby’s heartbeat during an ultrasound. Then once it’s placed inside the stuffed elephant, a simple squeeze will replay the heartbeat. Trust us, she’s going to love it, and if elephants aren’t her thing there are other animals available including a bear, a hippo and a monkey. More →

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Samsung Notebook 7 Spin vs MacBook

It’s crazy how much trouble Samsung has with design

It’s crazy how much trouble Samsung has with design

By on June 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

You’d think that a company as big as Samsung would have all it takes to come up with great products from top to bottom, inside and out – Samsung doesn’t control any of the software other than Tizen though, so we’re just talking about hardware design. It turns out it’s still tough for Samsung’s designers to come up with a product that people will want to buy the minute they lay their eyes on it. We’ve touched on this before when looking at the Galaxy S6’s asymmetry last year, and now we’re about to check out the device above, the brand new Notebook 7 Spin. More →

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Hit List

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Want to develop the next gaming hit? Learn by doing with project-based instruction

Want to develop the next gaming hit? Learn by doing with project-based instruction

By on June 23, 2016 at 7:50 PM.

With gaming franchises branching out into movies, mobile apps, and more, the time has never been better to get into game development. The Complete Android Game & App Developer Bundle will help you get in on this gold rush as it teaches you how to make games for Android, console, and PC platforms for only $39. More →

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iPhone Photo Storage App

Free app lets you save seven times more photos on your iPhone

Free app lets you save seven times more photos on your iPhone

By on June 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

When you think of the name “Avast,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? We can guarantee it won’t be iPhone photo storage apps, but the company just released one that you should absolutely check out. If not for the sleek graphics and the great user interface, check it out for its wizardry: According to Avast, its new app can store 7GB of photos in just 1GB of space. More →

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Game Changers

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Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

By on June 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Webcam security was thrust into the spotlight this week when a photo of Mark Zuckerberg appeared to show the camera and microphone on his MacBook covered with tape.

The photo, which was posted on Facebook to celebrate Instagram hitting 500 million followers, sparked plenty of interest. While some worried about the broader effectiveness of Facebook’s security, many see the tape as a shrewd defense against potential hackers. More →

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iPhone Online Banking Apps

Banks are killing the password, and they can thank the iPhone for that

Banks are killing the password, and they can thank the iPhone for that

By on June 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Many distinct entities are looking to kill the password, or replace it with better, more secure ways of logging into several online services. Banks are among them, and it’s easy to understand why. They want to protect their money. In light of the many security breaches that have put at risk the identities and online assets of millions of users, banks are encouraging customers to sign up for in-app biometric authentication methods. Scanning a fingerprint, the eye, or recording voice is a lot easier, and more secure, than logging into online banking services using credentials that hackers can steal or social engineer. And the iPhone is a big reason why banks are looking to kill the password. More →

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Electric Car 0-60 MPH

Video: This mini electric car just smashed the 0-60 MPH world record

Video: This mini electric car just smashed the 0-60 MPH world record

By on June 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Tesla likes to boast that it only knows how to make fast cars. And with good reason, the Tesla Model S in Ludicrous Mode can go from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars by acceleration on the planet. Ranked slightly above Tesla are an assortment of cars from Porsche, Bugatti and Ferrari, with the Porsche 918 Spyder boasting the fastest 0-60 time for a production car in history with a blazing 2.2 seconds.

Well, there’s no a new record holder for the 0-60 title and it comes from an unlikely place: a motorsport student club in Switzerland.

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Curved Monitor Gaming

This ultra-wide curved 34-inch monitor is the stuff dreams are made of

This ultra-wide curved 34-inch monitor is the stuff dreams are made of

By on June 23, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Sometimes you see something online and you instantly fall in love with it. Then, you see the price tag and your dream is instantly shattered. $1,000 actually isn’t a terrible price for a high-quality big curved PC display like the LG Electronics UltraWide 34UC88-B 34″ Screen LED-lit Monitor, but it’s still a pretty tall order for most shoppers. Of course, take that same high-quality screen and knock the price down to $799, and it’s a whole new ball game. More →

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Inferno Trailer: Dan Brown Movie

Damn, the trailer for Tom Hanks’ new ‘Da Vinci’ movie is intense

Damn, the trailer for Tom Hanks’ new ‘Da Vinci’ movie is intense

By on June 23, 2016 at 5:02 PM.

I wasn’t the greatest fan of the first two Dan Brown movies. Maybe there was too much expectation around the movie version of a blockbuster book, all featuring Tom Hanks, but it didn’t really pan out.

Years after The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons came out, Professor Langdon is back, and this time, things are getting real.

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Steam Summer Sale 2016

All the best deals from Steam’s summer sale

All the best deals from Steam’s summer sale

By on June 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

The Steam summer sale is an institution by this point: once a year, when we’re all meant to be outside enjoying the weather, a bunch of absurdly low-priced games come around and convince us to stay inside, tanning from LCDs.

This year is a little different. Rather than being a bunch of daily sales, this year’s Steam summer sale is running from now until July 4th, and there are some fantastic deals inside.

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Mountain Biker Crashes Into Black Bear

Mountain biker crashes into a black bear in crazy Instagram video

Mountain biker crashes into a black bear in crazy Instagram video

By on June 23, 2016 at 3:59 PM.

When hiking through an area known to have a population of black bears, there are a number of well-known safety precautions one should follow in order to limit the likelihood of running into a bear on your trip. These rules, by and large, are pretty straight-forward: don’t leave food out in the open for too long, clean up your trash, and make sure to keep up conversation with friends if you’re not on a solo-hike (the sounds tend to keep bears away).

Sounds simple enough, but if you’re mountain biking through a bear enclave you have an entirely different problem to worry about: crashing head-on into a bear.

As unlikely as this scenario sounds, a recent Instagram video from Davis Souza highlights what happened when he surprisingly crossed paths and subsequently crashed into a black bear mid-ride on the Mills Peak trail in Plumas County, California earlier this week.

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How To Get Free Android Apps

How to get paid every week just for using one Google app

How to get paid every week just for using one Google app

By on June 23, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

Next time you’re waiting on a painfully long line at Starbucks or doing anything where you have some time to kill, there’s a much better way to occupy your time than playing Candy Crush or looking at 700 photos of your friend’s newborn on Facebook. How about spending a few minutes using a great little Google app instead? You’re undoubtedly familiar with many Google apps, but you might not know that there’s one application in particular that Google will actually pay you to use, and that money can then be spent to buy other apps, games, movies, music, books or anything else available in the Google Play store. More →

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John Dvorak

WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business

WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business

By on June 23, 2016 at 2:51 PM.

Is John C. Dvorak is trying to cement his position as the worst industry “analyst” of all-time? It’s entirely possible because Dvorak’s latest article for PC Mag is one of the most peculiar and inane pieces we’ve seen from the man who in 1984 famously predicted that no one would want to use a mouse and who, in 2007, boldly predicted that the original iPhone would amount to nothing more than an embarrassing flop.

And now Dvorak is back again with a kindly suggestion for Apple: spin-out the company’s Mac business into an entirely separate company. Usually, boneheaded ideas like this are reserved for message boards, not a featured spot in PC Mag of all places. But so it goes in the world of tech where the ability to formulate a well-reasoned opinion piece is clearly not a prerequisite for participation.

Let’s dive into Dvorak’s madness, shall we?

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