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Get off the screen and look up! The Lyrid meteor shower is coming to a sky near you Sunday and Monday nights

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:23:36 -0400

The Lyrid meteor shower will be coming to a sky near you both Sunday and Monday nights, though a bright moon may interfere with the skywatching fun.


What you can see with a drone: Amazing photographs

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:04:23 -0400


Mush! Watch a team of Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot dogs pull a truck down the street

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:45:29 -0400

Boston Dynamics' four-legged SpotMini weighs 66 pounds, can carry up to 31 pounds and run for 90 minutes. A team of the robot dogs can pull a truck.


Coming to a sky near you: Lyrid meteor shower

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:21:40 -0400

Here's a few need to know facts about April's Lyrid meteor shower.


The Best Washer and Dryer Sets

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:55:22 -0400

Ready to upgrade your laundry room? Check out our list of the best washer and dryer sets.


Ubisoft pledges monetary, tech assistance for Notre Dame Cathedral restoration

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:59:32 -0400

Ubisoft is donating 500,000 Euros to the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral. Its virtual version of the church can be used in the restoration, too.


The Best Affordable Dishwashers of 2019

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:52:09 -0400

Our picks for the best affordable dishwashers available today.


A dead pig's brain was brought back to life, sort of

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:09:54 -0400

Did they really bring a dead pig's brain back to life? Scientists say that they restored "circulation and cellular activity" in a pig's brain four hours after its death.


More screen time could mean higher risk of ADHD and behavioral problems in pre-school kids

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:02:36 -0400

A new study has found toddlers who spend two hours or more staring at screens on a daily basis are more likely to behave badly or have ADHD.


Stop Facebook’s targeted advertising by changing your account settings

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:00:02 -0400

Stop targeted ads by digging into your settings – the settings you have full access to, but Facebook would rather you didn’t know about.


Farmville game spam battle couldn't stop Words with Friends maker Zynga

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:15:47 -0400

Zynga survived a Facebook algorithm change by focusing on the hits and updating them, while bringing in acquisitions for new games.


Some of Samsung's new Galaxy Fold folding phones are already breaking

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:54:57 -0400

Some of Samsung's new $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days, according to journalists testing the new Galaxy Fold.


Rocket bound for ISS blasts off from Va. shore

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:06:03 -0400

A fresh grocery shipment rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday after launching from Virginia's seashore. Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island. (April 17)


Here's why Qualcomm's stock price popped 23%

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:20:26 -0400

After news that Apple and Qualcomm settled their long-running royalty and patent dispute, Qualcomm stock price rose 23% to more than $70.


The Best Bosch Dishwashers of 2019

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:26:07 -0400

Our picks for the best Bosch dishwashers available today.


We tried the most popular DNA kit—here's what happened

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:56:51 -0400

Heard about Ancestry DNA but nervous to try it out yourself? Two of our employees took the test to find out how it works and if it's worth it.


This newly-discovered ancient predator was bigger than a polar bear

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:05:52 -0400

Researchers rediscovered giant fossils in a museum drawer to uncover a vicious beast that’s completely new to science.


From Apple to Zynga, here's the highest-paying companies in the US

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:12:17 -0400

Employees at the 20 highest-paying U.S. companies make, on average, $100,000 or more. 16 of the firms are in California, in or near Silicon Valley.


Google and Amazon make up — YouTube coming to Fire TV

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:00:10 -0400

Longtime adversaries agree to agree, but only for TV streaming; YouTube still not available on Echo Show, nor Google products for sale on Amazon.


The Best Portable Dishwashers of 2019

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:17:41 -0400

The best choice for cleaning your dishes—even if you have a tiny kitchen.


The best fitness gear of 2019

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 08:54:34 -0400

New year, new resolutions, new gear.


Is the stock market open on Good Friday?

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:35:22 -0400

The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq will resume normal trading hours on Monday.


Everything that works with Apple HomeKit

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:17:51 -0400

“Hey Siri, make my life easier, would ya?”


Google Stadia takes on Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo with new online game platform

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:07:00 -0400

Google's Stadia, announced at the Game Developers Conference Tuesday, will make games available on Chrome browsers on PCs, computers, phones and TVs.


The 8 best deals and sales you can get online this Thursday

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:41:15 -0400

The best deals = the best savings.


T-Mobile, Comcast turn on call verification between networks in latest robocall fight

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:00:07 -0400

Another day, another small step of progress in the fight against robocalls.


How robots helped the French save Notre Dame Cathedral

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:28:02 -0400

Drones and a firefighting robot named Colossus help extinguish the dramatic blaze at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.


Smart Lighting products from Amazon, Philips, WEMO, Eufy and others

Thu, 7 Mar 2019 15:15:44 -0500

Take a look at different shapes and sizes of smart lighting products.


The Best Smart In-Wall Dimmer Switches of 2019

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:05:28 -0400

These dimmers are perfect for Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home.


The best grill thermometer is at its lowest price—for now

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:50:54 -0400

Save on an incredible thermometer just in time for grilling season.


This 'Hand of God' nebula is one heavenly sight

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:31:45 -0400

About 17,000 light-years away, it looks like a hand is reaching out into the abyss, but the ‘Hand of God’ nebula has a lot more going on.


Apple accused of securities fraud and misleading public

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:11:15 -0400

On January 2nd, Apple CEO Tim Cook revised guidance for quarter, based on lower iPhone sales. Lawsuit says he should have revealed it earlier.


The 7 best deals and sales you can get online this Wednesday

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:58:05 -0400

Snag a great deal on your favorite fashion, electronics, and so much more.


Stars of Apple: Company goes big for launch of Apple TV+

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:33:11 -0400

Stars of Apple: Company goes big for launch of Apple TV+.


T-Mobile gets into banking, offering 4% interest and no fees on its free checking account

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:32:21 -0400

T-Mobile is jumping into the banking business with a checking account that offers no fees, no minimums and up to 4% in interest.


Everyone should have a pair of these cheap, wireless earbuds

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:46:00 -0400

For $20, these cheap, waterproof, wireless earbuds are a perfect backup for just about anyone.


How the Galaxy S has changed through the years

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:40:12 -0500

From the first 4-inch Galaxy S in 2010 to 2019's 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung's flagship has changed a lot over the years.


10 smartwatches that help monitor your activity

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:17:44 -0500

Apple Watch, Fitbit Charge, LG and more. If you're looking for smartwatches for health and fitness tracking features, here are 10 options to consider.


Scientists restore activity in dead pig brains

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:54:56 -0400

Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death. (April 17)


Google is taking on Amazon with 'Google Express'—is it worth shopping there?

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:42:00 -0400

Does Google's shopping hub truly make it easier to buy products online?


Pin a star on this IPO: Pinterest shares rise more than 25% after initial public offering

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:22:30 -0400

After Pinterest's initial public offering Thursday, the company's stock price rose more than 25%, driving its market cap to $13 billion.


Officials use technology to study flood impacts

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 01:50:46 -0400

Advanced computer modeling is helping predict when and where floodwaters will inundate parts of the United States this spring. (April 18)


How to use Google Assistant on your iPhone with Siri

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:07:01 -0400

This hack lets you access Google Assistant by voice on iPhone


How tech helped put out the Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:31:38 -0400

Paris firefighters used drones and a water-spitting robot to help tame the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.


Samsung reportedly investigating Galaxy fold screen problems before big release

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:53:39 -0400

Elizabeth Keatinge tells us about the issues with the Samsung Galaxy Fold.


Watch this pack of robot dogs pull a truck

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:30:26 -0400

Watch This Pack of Robot Dogs Pull a Truck


PlayStation 5: First details point to 8K graphics, faster performance, no release in 2019

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:00:29 -0400

The first official details on Sony's highly anticipated next-generation PlayStation are finally coming out. But there's no official release date yet.


Facebook ‘unintentionally uploaded’ 1.5 million users’ email contacts without permission

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:18:17 -0400

Facebook says it may have “unintentionally uploaded” email contacts of up to 1.5 million users on its site, without their permission or knowledge.


Samsung has a mess with the nearly $2,000 Galaxy Fold: Screens are breaking, reviewers say

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:31:53 -0400

Samsung is facing a fiasco only days before its $1,980 Galaxy Fold hybrid device is going on sale. The problem: the high-priced phones are breaking.


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Fri, 8 Mar 2019 13:30:57 -0500

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