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Ranking Hotels by Whether the Wi-Fi Actually Works



Some business travelers may choose their hotels based on promises of free Internet connections, but that’s practically useless when the service is spotty and the bandwidth is limited. There’s nothing quite like the frustration of faulty Wi-Fi when you just need to get online quickly to upload files or Skype into a meeting (or even just stream a TV show).

A new website called Hotel Wi-Fi Test does exactly what its name promises — it tests the speeds of hotels in key markets (New York, San…

Special Case Gives Your iPhone Heat Vision



When Boston police found bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside a boat parked in a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts, they didn’t actually see him. They found his heat using a thermal imaging system known as FLIR (forward-looking infrared device)

Now that same law enforcement and military intelligence technology has been shrunk down to smartphone size

FLIR One is an imaging accessory that weighs a hefty 3.9 ounces (almost as…

HBO Promos ‘Love Child’ Documentary Exploring Gaming Addiction



When the infant of a South Korean couple addicted to online gaming died of malnutrition in 2010, the trial that followed was unprecedented. It was the first legal case that ever saw Internet addiction used as a defense

In HBO’s Love Child, which will premiere next Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT as part of the network’s recently established documentary night, director Valerie Veatch uses the couple’s troubling story as a backdrop to explore gaming addiction, its pitfalls and causes

See also: South…

Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users


Pebble Exec: Batteries Are Top Challenge for Wearables Right Now



With more than 45 million wearable devices such as fitness trackers and smartwatches projected to ship by 2017, tech manufacturers and major brands are already starting to brace themselves for the upcoming wave.

While the category is already heralded as a hot trend, adoption isn’t quite there yet — many consumers still need to be convinced that they want a smartwatch in their lives. The smartwatch aesthetic isn’t quite there, either; most are clunky, unattractive and look too much like…

GamePop’s ‘Android Gaming for the TV’ Gets Major Cash Push From Samsung



Cross-platform mobile software company Bluestacks has just snagged a major new investment from Samsung.

The $13 million investment from Samsung will be focused on Bluestacks’ GamePop product, a white-label solution allowing cable providers and television manufactures to offer a wide range of Android mobile games on traditional televisions

“This is a huge win for the mobile generation,” Rosen Sharma, BlueStacks CEO, told Mashable. “We…

10 Apps That Will Help You Sleep Better



We’ve all heard it before — the general rule of thumb is that a good night’s sleep consists of about seven to eight hours. But with late-night work, stress or Netflix binges, achieving the perfect amount of shut-eye can be difficult

From guided meditations to nature sound playlists, there are a handful of apps out there to help you get the sleep you need and want. You probably already sleep next to your smartphone, so why not take advantage of what these apps have to offer?

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Apple Denies Security Researcher’s Claims of iOS ‘Backdoor’



For the second time in less than two weeks, Apple is defending itself against claims that call into question the security of iOS.

The company has denied a security researcher’s claims that iOS has a “backdoor” that enables third parties to potentially gain access to users’ personal data.

The researcher, Jonathan Zdziarski, detailed the alleged security flaws in a presentation at the Hope X security conference and…