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Snow bunnies, be wary of taking smartphones to the slopes — extreme temps can damage your device, and may void the warranty.
The iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S III may have the most advanced mobile tech on the inside, but on the outside, the devices are certainly fair-weather friends.
In freezing conditions, smartphones will shut off automatically, and on piping-hot days, high temperatures can cause permanent damage to the battery. Read on to discover the hot and cold thresholds for the two most popular phones on the market — the iPhone (4/4S/5) and the Samsung Galaxy S III — and how to prevent temperature damage.
Out of the way grocery store cookies, there's a yearly sweets tradition that we so desperately crave we need an app to track them down: it's Girl Scout cookie time! While the Girl Scouts themselves say, cookies can go on sale anywhere between January and April, there's a new way to take the guesswork out of this yearly treat. The free iOS Girl Scout Cookie Locator app searches your neighborhood for cookie sales.
The app lets you set reminders to purchase the cookies (like you'd forget), use GPS to find nearby cookies, and even take a quiz to see what draws you to the coconut flavor of the Samoas. Be sure to also check out the in-app recipes for a new edible take on the Girl Scout Cookie experience.
We've all got someone (or two or three . . .) on our gift list who rocks to their own special beat. So this holiday season, treat them to something spectacular that's easy on the eyes, music to their ears, and perfectly in tune with their personal sense of style.
Not only do Beats Solo HD headphones deliver the superior sound Beats by Dr. Dre products are famous for, but they also look as good as they sound — drenched in colors that are red like a heart, teal like Miami, white like snow, and lots more.
Valentine's Day doesn't exactly send us into a gift-buying frenzy, but since the holiday is about showing your love for someone special, a little token or trinket doesn't hurt. Looking for some geeky but sweet ideas? Look no further than our list of 15 Valentine's Day gifts for your favorite geek.
Don't hand off all your music funds to Pandora and Spotify just yet, as Slacker Radio unveiled a robust redesign that might have you reconsidering your preferred Internet radio service. With a browser option; iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry apps; and Xbox console app, you can get your Slacker on most platforms and in an easier fashion thanks to the new tile user interface. It comes in three packages: the free ad-supported option, Radio Plus ($4 per month) for ad-free unlimited song skips and song lyrics, or the Radio Premium ($10), which offers albums and songs on demand and the option to create playlists
We tested out the revamped Slacker, and were taken by the straightforward system and endlessly customizable options. Read on for more on why this might be the music recommendation droid you've been looking for.
Coming up short for Valentine's Day date ideas? If you and your sweetheart are more of the geeky persuasion, simply hitting up an overpriced restaurant just won't cut it. We brainstormed 50 date ideas that incorporate science, tech, and video games, for a special Valentine's eve. But don't limit yourself — tackle these date ideas all year!
- Bundle up, pack a dinner picnic, and head to the park for some stargazing.
- Watch Contact (for the millionth time).
- Go to a science museum.
- Hit the natural history museum and check out your favorite dino bones.
- Go retro — grab a roll of quarters, a slice or two, and hit the pizza parlor arcade.
- Build your own planetarium with glow-in-the-dark stickers.
- Catch up with the Doctor Who craze by watching the series from the beginning.
- Throw a Star Wars party for two.
- Whip up a batch of Cloud 9 mojitos (complete with mason jar glasses) and have a Battlestar Galactica marathon.
- Visit Nerdy Day Trips and find geeky stuff to do near you.
- Go to the planetarium.
- Take a dream vacay to the Hobbit Hotel in New Zealand.
- Spend a few romantic nights in the Hobbit House of Montana.
- Visit the actual Lord of the Rings movie set.
- Travel to the Chott el Djerid salt lakes in Tunisia, which were transformed into Luke Skywalker's home on Tatooine.
See the rest of the list after the break!
- Valentines too awesome to even exist — Cracked
- American Express starts tweet to buy on Twitter — ReadWrite
- Inside the presidential order to protect the US from cyber attacks — BuzzFeed
- Pluto's moons need you to name them! — Newser
- Marissa Mayer reveals Yahoo's biggest problem — HuffPost Tech
- Watch Sulley and Mike bond in the first clip from Monsters University — /Film
- The complicated life cycle of DNA — Mental Floss
- Create battery-powered wall art for your home — Brit + Co.
The joy of Spring just came early: Apple dropped the price of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, and SSD storage upgrade, and boosted the processing power of the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 2.5Ghz dropped $200, making it the same price as the 2.9GHz non-Retina version.
- 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is $1,499 for 128GB of flash and 2.5GHz (originally $1,699).
- 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is $1,699 for 256GB of flash and 2.6GHz (originally $1,999).
- This version previously had 2.5GHz, so you're saving money on a processor upgrade as well.
The MacBook Air is also getting more affordable. A 13-inch Air with 256GB of flash and 1.8GHz is now $1,399 (originally $1,499).
Upgrading your computer's storage capacity got cheaper, too. Increasing SSD storage to 512GB is now an additional $300 (originally $500) and to 768GB is $700 (originally $1,000).
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina didn't see a price drop, but it did get more powerful for the same price. It now comes with a 2.4GHz quad-core processor, and the high-end model now comes with a 2.7GHz quad-core processor.
Just picked up a new Apple laptop for the original price? Don't worry — Apple has a 14-day return and refund policy.
Before there was Google, Apple, Intel, or Yahoo, the fate of technology as we know it rested upon 29-year-old Robert Noyce, a brilliant physicist. The physicist led the charge to defect from one of the largest semiconductor companies in the 1950s and start a new transistor business that would eventually invent the microchip, the essence of modern electronics.
Noyce's story is part of the new PBS documentary Silicon Valley, a chronicle of the tech industry's early beginnings and the rise of the Information Age.
The inspirational tale of tech's first pioneers and the transformation of Santa Clara County serves as an educational history of Silicon Valley, but it's also a great story of a charismatic young physicist and the creative young men who made the microchip possible.
Silicon Valley is available on iTunes ($10), DVD ($20), and online (free). Watch the first chapter of this historical tech film below.