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The Best Austin Tips From Our Readers

We asked for your Austin tips and we got 182 of them, recommending Tex-Mex, local attractions, good and bad neighborhoods, and ways the light rail can go screw itself. Here are a few themes that emerged.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 16:00

Why You Should Save Those Mushy Carrots From Your Stock Pot

The stock pot is often the ultimate destination for all sorts of kitchen trash, but once the liquid has been drained away, some of those scraps—namely, carrots— still have more to give.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 16:30

Save Your Favorite Blog by Whitelisting It in Your Ad Blocker

This week, another beloved treasure of the internet closed its doors. The Awl announced it was closing up shop, ostensibly suffering from the economic volatility present in today’s “media” industry. In short, they didn’t make enough money, and it’s probably thanks to ad blockers. Let this be a lesson to us all: if you…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:00

The 10 Best Deals of January 18, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:03

Acer Swift 7 (2017)

This review is of the 2017 Acer Swift 7 model. To see our impressions of the latest version, check out our new hands-on review of the 2018 Acer Swift 7.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:15

The best Google Chrome extensions 2018: enjoy a better online experience

Chrome is a fabulous browser – fast, well designed and packed with essential features – but that's just the start. Chrome's real strength is in the huge library of add-ons that give it endless new functions and abilities.

In fact, the Chrome Web Store is packed with so many extensions that it's hard to know which will really make a difference to your everyday browsing.

That's why we've put together this list of 10 of the best Chrome extensions around. These are the ones we've installed in our own browsers. Give them a try and transform your online experience.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:33

Amazon to focus on blockbusters in a bid to get more Prime Video users

Amazon Studios so far has focused on bringing a little culture to the world of exclusive video streaming.

In addition to its original content, Amazon has made a name for itself in purchasing acclaimed art-house projects that nabbed accolades at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival in the hopes of luring viewers to Prime Video with them.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:11

The best Google Chrome extensions 2018: enjoy a better online experience

Chrome is a fabulous browser – fast, well designed and packed with essential features – but that's just the start. Chrome's real strength is in the huge library of add-ons that give it endless new functions and abilities.

In fact, the Chrome Web Store is packed with so many extensions that it's hard to know which will really make a difference to your everyday browsing.

That's why we've put together this list of 10 of the best Chrome extensions around. These are the ones we've installed in our own browsers. Give them a try and transform your online experience.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:33

The best cheap motherboard prices in January 2018

For years, motherboards have been a barrier between gamers and power users looking to build their own PCs. And, for years, the reality has been far less complicated than the common perception. 

The truth is, it isn’t that tough to comprehend the differences between motherboard brands, chipsets and functionality. Better yet, as the best motherboard deals would suggest, they aren’t nearly as pricey as you might expect, given their stately jurisdiction. 

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:45

Spotify's latest feature tells you even more about music, podcasts and audio books

Competition in the world of music streaming is heating up. In what looks like an effort to get a leg up on competitors such as Apple, Spotify is expanding its offerings to include "visual podcasts" as part of a new format called "Spotlight."

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:17

7 ways blockchain will change the legal industry forever

Blockchain technology has received quite a bit of attention over the last year, with the potential to be a transformative force across multiple diverse industries.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 16:00

The coolest PC components to look forward to in 2018

If 2018 is going to be anything like 2017, this year is going to be packed with new PC components. But, aside from Ryzen 2 and Nvidia Volta, there are plenty of smaller parts that are going to make computing in 2018 even better.

From new motherboards to RGB fans, we’ve rounded up a little bit of everything for PC builders to look forward to this year – first seen at CES 2018.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 16:28

Amazon to focus on blockbusters in a bid to get more Prime Video users

Amazon Studios so far has focused on bringing a little culture to the world of exclusive video streaming.

In addition to its original content, Amazon has made a name for itself in purchasing acclaimed art-house projects that nabbed accolades at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival in the hopes of luring viewers to Prime Video with them.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:11

Nokia's big smartphone comeback story may continue at MWC 2018 next month

Nokia looks to be plotting big phone announcements for MWC 2018 next month, right alongside the rumored Samsung Galaxy S9 and Huawei P11.

The resurrected smartphone brand, run by HMD Global, has been "super busy" planning for the Barcelona mobile conference, according to a cryptic tweet by Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:13

EU says Apple's cash repatriation plans won't alleviate Irish $15.9B back tax payments

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Though Apple is planning to pay the U.S. some $38 billion in taxes on repatriated foreign cash, that won't impact how much it owes in Ireland, a spokesman for the European Commission said on Thursday.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:55

Apple Macintosh logo by Andy Warhol goes up for auction, valued up to $30K

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A rare piece of art history is now up for sale in the form of an Apple Macintosh logo painted and signed by pop artist Andy Warhol.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:41

Podcast network TWiT sues Twitter for trademark infringement over social network's video push

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Twitter has been targeted in a lawsuit from podcast production company TWiT, with the social network accused of trademark infringement and a breach of contract after it started expanding into providing streaming video content to its users.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 13:11

Fix for 'chaiOS' malicious link that crashes Messages coming in next iOS update

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The iPhone-crashing "chaiOS" bug in Messages is getting a fix, with Apple confirming that a patch is due "next week" to solve the problem.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 13:18

Apple, Samsung under investigation by Italian government over planned obsolescence allegations

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Italy's antitrust organization has launched a probe investigating allegations that Apple and Samsung use software updates not as a tool to secure or expand upon smartphone capabilities, but to speed up the aging process and force users to buy new phones.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 13:41

Microsoft improves Office 2016 for Mac with real-time collaboration & automatic cloud saves

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Microsoft on Thursday released a major update of Offce 2016 for the Mac, adding features such as real-time collaboration and automatic saves for cloud-based files.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:01

Amazon narrows the field of candidates for its $5B second headquarters to 20 cities across North America

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Amazon has revealed its list of candidates for building a new headquarters in North America, publishing a shortlist of 20 cities and metropolitan areas that are still in the running to host the online retail giant's second base of operations.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:17

Once-blocked Net Neutrality-tracking app Wehe will be allowed in the iOS App Store

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Apple blocked Wehe, an app to test net neutrality compliance -- but after the developer provided more information, the company has reversed its decision and is now allowing the app in the store.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:09

iPhone chip supplier TSMC anticipates drop in premium phone shipments, Bitcoin to fuel growth

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Chip manufacturer TSMC is anticipating a decline in shipments for premium smartphones this year, advising during its fourth-quarter earnings briefing that orders relating to cheaper mobile devices will rise slightly, with company growth likely to occur through embracing cryptocurrencies.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:50

Nautiz X9 rugged PDA is one tough nut

nautiz-x9Nautiz X9 is an Android-powered PDA (personal digital assistant) that is more or less capable taking just about any kind of punishment that you throw in its direction, shrugging off knocks, drops, and even submersion without missing a beat.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:00

Cancer Diagnosis from a Blood Draw? Liquid Biopsies Are Still a Dream

Blood tests can detect eight of the most common cancers—but their accuracy still isn’t high enough to be used clinically.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:04

AI Beat Humans at Reading! Maybe Not

Microsoft and Alibaba claimed software could read like a human. There's more to the story than that.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:35

What's Actually Inside a Tide Pod?

What exactly is happening when you wash your clothes with fatty acid salts in a candylike package?

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:52

Forget the Robot Singularity Apocalypse. Let's Talk About the *Multiplicity*

The robot revolution we're in the midst of is way more interesting and way less murder-y than science fiction. Call it the multiplicity.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 16:28

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