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6
Mar

Watch out, Zombies! No seriously, watch out. [Review]


Overview Zombies have a huge role in our current pop culture. Therefore, it is no surprise that most of the games on the Google Play Store are related to shooting

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6
Mar

The After Math: Better, happier, more productive


Has a week of petty partisan politics and bleak international news got you down? Don’t try to drown your sorrows in a bottle of whiskey (the little bastards will only learn to swim) — instead get inspired by the wonderful world of science. We’ve got record-setting astronauts, self-sterilizing plane potties, high-tech headlights, and the oldest galaxy discovered to date!

6
Mar

Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies


It’s a sad day for the Internet: Ray Tomlinson, widely credited with inventing email as we know it, has died from a suspected heart attack on his 75th birthday. In 1971, he established the first networked email system on ARPANET (the internet’s ancestor), using the familiar user@host format that’s still in use today. It wasn’t until 1977 that his approach became a standard, and years more before it emerged victorious, but it’s safe to say that communication hasn’t been the same ever since. When’s the last time you sent a physical letter?

In some ways, Tomlinson also changed language itself. His choice of the @ symbol for email popularized a once-niche character, making it synonymous with all things internet. Arguably, he paved the way for modern social networks in the process. Twitter would be a very, very different place without the @ mentions that help you chat with other users, and numerous other services use it as an easy way to share status updates.

Tomlinson received his share of formal recognition. He’s a cornerstone of the Internet Hall of Fame, and he received everything from a Webby Award to a Prince of Asturias Laureate. However, he almost doesn’t need those. Much like fellow internet pioneers Tim Berners-Lee or Vint Cerf, you’re encountering his legacy virtually every time you hop online. And barring a sea change in communication, it’s likely that the effect of his work will be felt for decades to come.

Via: Business Insider

Source: Vint Cerf (Twitter)

6
Mar

Here’s how to watch tonight’s Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders CNN Democratic debate – CNET


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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will take the stage tonight at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint, Michigan. The two candidates will face off for the first time since the former Secretary of State pulled off a a number of landslide victories in the Super Tuesday primaries on March 1. Last night, Clinton racked up a big victory in Louisiana, while Senator Sanders bounced back with wins in Kansas and Nebraska.

The debate will be hosted by CNN and moderated by AC360 host Anderson Cooper, with additional questions coming from CNN’s Don Lemon and Dana Bash. Expect the issue of Flint’s ongoing water crisis to be a central topic. Coverage is slated to begin at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT), with the actual debate set to start at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

Here are the different ways to tune in:

  • The debate will be shown live on the CNN, CNN International and CNN en español channels.
  • The network will also be providing a live stream of the debate on CNN.com. The stream will be available for free to all users, even those without a cable subscription.

Want to follow along or contribute to the conversation on social media? Use the hashtag #DemDebate.

Also, go to our sister site CBSNews.com for complete coverage of the debate, as well as ongoing coverage of the 2016 election.

6
Mar

How to make coffee when you have no coffee maker – CNET


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So you broke your coffee maker. It happens. After all, they’re usually made of fragile glass or ceramic. They’re bound to break sooner or later.

So how do you continue to make coffee while you wait for your new one to arrive? The easy answer is, don’t. Just hit the nearest Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru.

That said, if you’ve grown accustomed to a morning coffee-making ritual like many coffee enthusiasts, you would rather go without before forking over $4 for some batch-brewed coffee.

Learn how to make great coffee in a pinch, even when not all of your equipment is in working order.

Materials

What you will need to make coffee hasn’t changed. You still need a carafe, or something to make the coffee in. You also still need coffee grounds and a way to filter them out of the brewed coffee. And you will definitely still need hot water.

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One of the best substitutes for a typical pour-over coffee maker, such as the classic Chemex, is a two-quart mason jar.

For filters, just about any standard coffee filter will do. Chances are, if you had a coffee maker and it broke, you probably already have some filters on hand. If not, however, you can also use thin, unbleached cotton fabric, like muslin.

If you use thin cotton fabric as a filter, make sure you sterilize it before using it. Bring some water to a boil in a deep sauce pan and soak the fabric in it for approximately 5 minutes. Remove the fabric from the pan and discard the water.

Making coffee without a coffee maker

To make coffee in a mason jar, first heat around two cups of water. The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit (90.6 to 96.1 Celsius).

If you’re using a paper filter, fold the seams of the filter so that it will open up more easily. Insert the filter into the mason jar and fold the edges of the filter over the mouth of the jar. Screw the band (the round threaded part, without the center lid) onto the mouth of the jar. Pour a small amount of hot water through the filter to help remove some of the paper taste from the filter.

Remove the band and filter from the jar and pour out the water.

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Reinsert the filter into the jar and screw the band on once more. Grind approximately 1 ounce (30 grams) of coffee medium fine. If you’re using a cloth filter, you may want to grind the coffee a bit more coarsely.

Pour the coffee grounds into the filter, then pour approximately 0.25 cup (60 milliliters) of water over the grounds. Gently stir the water into the grounds and let sit for 30 seconds.

Next, slowly pour the remainder of the water over the coffee, making sure not to overflow the filter.

Once the water has drained through of the filter, carefully remove the band from the jar and discard the filter with the grounds into the trash. The entire jar will be very hot to the touch, so you may need to use a cloth trivet or oven mitt to hold the jar still while you remove the band.

Pour the coffee into a mug and enjoy!

While this method likely won’t make the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had, it does make a surprisingly enjoyable cup of coffee. This method can also serve as a way to make coffee while camping, traveling or in a number of different scenarios. Some day, it may even make you a true coffee hero.

6
Mar

From the Editor’s Desk: What’s Next …


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Take a look at that picture. That represents the bulk of what makes up Mobile Nations. The piece — the people — who bring you Android Central. CrackBerry. iMore. Windows Central. It’s the folks you know — and a lot of whom work tirelessly behind the scenes, without the recognition they deserve.

It’s not everyone. We were missing a few folks this weekend as we all gathered on Lake Lanier north of Atlanta for some all-hands meetings. The topic: What’s next. Actually, we know what’s next. That’s the easy part. The hard part is going to be scaling things up (nothing is small in the world of Android) to do it.

What’s next is more. More of the news you hard-core folks demand. More reviews. More editorials. More of the resource content that those of you reading this probably don’t need, but is the sort of material that brings the next generation of Android users into the fold. (Remember that next time you want to complain that we’re publishing content beneath you. Of course we do that. But we’re not about serving just one small part of our readership.) More phones. More tablets. More automotive. More VR. (Does anyone think virtual reality isn’t the next big leap in mobile?)

One more thing was missing from that picture, of course. That’d be you folks reading this. We need to more to flip the direction of that camera. To get you more involved. To meet more of you. To get more of you working with us to spread the word of Android (and, yes, those other platforms). It’s that important. It’s that big.

And it all starts now. We’ve got some new faces for the company in that picture, but they’re folks you know. We’ll be adding more as time goes by. Maybe one of them will be you.

That’s it for this week. Big things are afoot. Thanks for taking the ride with us.

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6
Mar

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: Highlights from the Geneva Motor Show


The Geneva Motor Show kicked off this week, and one of the stars of the show was the Koenigsegg Regera, an insane plug-in hybrid with 1,500 horsepower. Meanwhile, Goodyear rolled out a crazy spherical tire that lets cars drive sideways and Nissan unveiled its vision for the Fuel Station of the Future. We also spotted a “zipper truck” that snaps bricks together to build tunnels in just 24 hours, and Schwinge launched a futuristic pyramid-shaped superyacht.
Think green homes are more expensive than regular homes? Deltec just debuted a new line of super-efficient zero-energy homes that start under $100,000. A new star-shaped eco resort planned for the UAE will generate 100 percent of the energy it needs using 157,000 square feet of solar panels. Space-starved city dwellers will be happy to hear about this window that quickly transforms into a balcony. And a skyscraper in Los Angeles is building a terrifying glass slide 1,000 feet above the ground.

We knew New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant was unstable, but we didn’t think it was this bad. It turns out that a recent reactor outage was probably caused by bird poop. In other energy news, Oregon’s Senate scored a win for the environment by passing a historic bill to ban coal power, and the UK is getting set to fire up the world’s largest floating solar farm. Researchers at MIT unveiled the lightest and thinnest solar cells ever made. And just for fun, we brought you a mind-boggling machine that uses 2,000 marbles to create beautiful music.

6
Mar

‘The Division’ will get plenty of extras in its first year


Take note, Bungie: this is how you tell gamers what they can expect for add-ons. Ubisoft has posted a roadmap for The Division’s downloadable extras, outlining just what you’ll get and when in the city-in-crisis shooter’s first year. Two free upgrades are coming early on. You’ll get a a team-oriented endgame mode (Incursions) in April, while May will bring a Conflict update that includes both a Columbus Circle event and a new Dark Zone feature. Paid DLC starts arriving in June, when you’ll get battles in New York City’s many underground tunnels; a Survival expansion launches in the summer, and a Last Stand scenario appears in the winter.

These are coming alongside fresh missions (both daily and weekly) as well as periodic Dark Zone events. As Ubisoft notes, you can buy either a Season Pass or one of the deluxe versions of the game (Gold or Collector’s Edition) if you’re certain that you’ll want as many goodies as possible.

There’s no telling how well the game will hold up over that period, especially since the free DLC runs out relatively soon after the March 8th launch. However, the detailed schedule suggests that Ubisoft is at least aware of the pitfalls that plague Destiny and other action games in the hybrid online/offline vein. It knows that these titles can quickly run out of steam if there isn’t a steady flow of new content, and a timetable could give you a few reasons to stick around well after the initial novelty wears off.

Source: Ubisoft

6
Mar

Save $15 on Random Order’s Qi wireless charging pad today!


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Random Order’s wireless charging pad lets you charge your Qi-enabled phone with ease. It outputs at 5W for a fast charge with a multi-color LED to show your charging status. Don’t plug in your phone every time you need to charge — just grab one of these for $19.95!

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6
Mar

Grab Amzer’s case and holster combo for only $4.95 today!


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Keeping your phone safe and easily accessible is exactly what Amzer’s Shellster hard case with holster is designed to do for your Galaxy Note 5. Keeping your phone right on your hip means you can get to phone calls and more faster than ever. Act quickly on this, as today you can save $10 on your purchase.

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