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- The most expensive night's sleep you'll ever get — Home
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Convention-goers come in all shapes and sizes, but at this year's New York Comic Con, it was the little geeks who stole the show. The East Coast's largest pop culture convention ended Saturday, but the spirit of cosplay lives on in these tots, who have a lifetime of conventions ahead of them. In the gallery, get Halloween inspiration from adorable miniature costumes of beloved characters from Doctor Who, Marvel Comics, and more.
With bigger screens now the star of the smartphone universe, on Monday, Microsoft announced updates to the Windows 8 mobile operating system designed with phablet-size phones in mind, along with a one-step setting toward safer driving.
Upcoming Windows phones like the Nokia Lumia 1520 are rumored to have screen sizes pushing past those of mobile mainstays like the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5S, and this update to Windows 8 focuses on those future phones with 5- and 6-inch displays.
The larger phones will have room for six live tiles instead of the current four live tiles on a start screen. Live tiles are those that have changing content appear alongside static pinned tiles that link to apps like Twitter or Skype. A live tile will show the user updates without having to swipe into anything for more content. A CNN live tile, for example, will keep the home screen up to date with the latest breaking news.
Arguably the biggest update for ordinary consumers like us that Windows 8 now offers is one more way to beat the temptation of looking at your phone while driving. When synced with a Bluetooth device like a headset in the car, Driving Mode will take over until you're at your destination. Incoming calls, texts, and status alerts will be silenced, with the option to send an auto reply to anyone trying to get a hold of you while you're in transit.
And to show that it can be all about the little, ordinary things that make a harmonious gadget life, Windows 8 is getting a rotation lock function for pre-bedtime browsing. The updates will roll out over the coming weeks, and be on the lookout for jumbo-size phone announcements as well.
Today, HTC supersized its flagship, all-aluminum smartphone. It's called the HTC One Max, a name that reflects its mighty 5.9-inch display. In size alone, the new phone exceeds even the Galaxy Note 3, a self-proclaimed smartphone/tablet hybrid with a 5.7-inch screen.
The HTC One Max is essentially a larger version of the HTC One, which launched in April — with one biometric addition. Like the iPhone 5S, HTC's new Android phone includes a fingerprint scanner, which identifies the device owner's finger to unlock the screen. The scanner is on the rear of the phone, beneath the camera, rather than built into the home button.
On the inside, HTC claims that the Max's large 3300mAh battery provides long-lasting power, but the company hasn't released details on how many hours we can expect to use the device without charge. As in the original HTC One, the Max runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quadcore processor at 1.2 Ghz, with 2GB RAM. The camera (2.1MP front and 4MP rear) is also the same in the flagship and its large-screen counterpart.
In terms of hardware, the One Max has a plastic frame surrounding its aluminum body. HTC makes some of the best-looking Android phones on the market, and the One Max's hardware doesn't stray from that. The phone will be available on Sprint and Verizon in the US, starting mid- to the end of October. We'll get more details after the Oct. 15 HTC launch event tomorrow.
Curious about HTC's king-size phone? See how the Max compares to another competitor with cutting-edge biometric technology — the iPhone 5S — after the break.
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- Edward Snowden finally emerges — Newser
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- First woman to earn computer science PhD was a nun — Mental Floss
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While you're busy bringing Fall into your homes and your offices, don't leave your gadgets behind. They deserve some seasonal love, too. That's why we've rounded up all sorts of accessories that you'll want to snatch up right away. Prepare for one of the coolest iPhone cases you've seen, plus plaid and metallic touches to get you all geared up.
This color transformation of Fall leaves was shot from a high angle by Instagram user shiaosquared, who submitted the photo with the #coolcapture hashtag.
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There's no party like a clothing swap party, and ladies everywhere can attest. Whether you've hosted your own or convinced your BFFs to trade, it's a fun and free way to refresh your closet. These days, a new app from the website 99dresses promises to make the whole concept even easier. Calling itself the largest 24/7 clothes swap party to hit the planet, it's changing the trading game straight from your phone.
The way the free app works is pretty simple. List your unwanted goods by uploading a picture and including details like the brand and original price. You then earn "buttons" based on the value of the piece, and you're free to spend those points on clothes or accessories listed by other users. All you pay for is shipping and a small swap fee.
If, say, multiple women want the same piece before the 24-hour listing period is up, whoever has the highest "karma" scores the item. How do you get good karma, you ask? By listing high quality items and racking up positive feedback on transactions. Good juju for the win.
Consider this one party where you don't want to be late, but you'll still definitely be fashionable.
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- Benedict Cumberbatch breaks the Internet — Tech
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- These playful pets are falling for Autumn leaves — Pets
- Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen have a flawless family day — Celebrity & News
- Video: 10 minutes of yoga to kick your ass and tone your abs — Fitness
- Turn your closet into a pop-up office — Home
- Halloween costumes ideas for kids who don't like costumes — Moms
- Clean your car with the help of a coffee filter — Smart Living
This week in the Twitterverse, our favorite astronauts at the International Space Station spot a Russian nuclear missile test, and the geeks we love on the ground take over New York Comic Con. See what European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, actress Karen Gillan, Geek & Sundry's Felicia Day, and more are up to in this week's top 10 tweets!
The Sync Up host Veronica Belmont flew to Gotham for the eighth annual New York Comic Con, which is the biggest pop culture convention on the East Coast.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano spots the test fire of the Russian Topol, a nuclear-capable missile. What Luca spotted was the vapor trail . . . of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) October 11, 2013
Guardians of the Galaxy actress Karen Gillan has a birthday that's not too far off. Make the former Doctor Who darling a happy girl on Nov. 28 with this Mad Hatter cake!
I want this cake pic.twitter.com/Evv8u5aZLp
— Karen Gillan (@KarenGillan2) October 8, 2013
Geek & Sundry's Felicia Day takes over the old Flog set with an airsoft pellet gun. Pew pew!
— Bill Nye (@TheScienceGuy) October 10, 2013
The relationship between Peanuts' Lucy and Charlie Brown reminds actor Wil Wheaton of the shutdown drama between our president and Speaker John Boehner.
— Wil SCREAMton (@wilw) October 10, 2013
Have you spotted The Star Wars Craft Book author Bonnie Burton on the floor of New York Comic Con?
— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) October 11, 2013
Actor Simon Pegg has a Starfleet insignia sewn onto his jacket in honor of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the USS Enterprise miracle worker of an engineer.
Undercover engineer. pic.twitter.com/QzNHeEw1Ym
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) October 7, 2013
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was lucky enough to meet Malcolm Scott Carpenter, who was also the fourth American in space and one of the original seven astronauts selected for Project Mercury in 1959.
Scott Carpenter (1 May 1925 -- 10 Oct 2013) 2nd American to orbit Earth, back when we did such things. pic.twitter.com/EUBcESw6cj
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 11, 2013
Former Marvel Comics chairman Stan Lee is immortalized in Funko form, exclusively for New York Comic Con.
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) October 10, 2013
Adam Savage of MythBusters finds the Scottish counterpart of his cohost, Jamie Hyneman.
Last year in Scotland I found a nutcracker that reminds me of Jamie. pic.twitter.com/CE3xPMc4Ij
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) October 9, 2013