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Google’s New Databoard Lets You Create Custom Infographics Google’s New Databoard Lets You Create Custom Infographics
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Google has just unveiled a nice little data sharing tool for businesses that aims to keep up with the latest data available from studies Google chooses to include. It lets you easily get right to the data points you’re looking …

Pew: The Majority of Americans Now Own Smartphones Pew: The Majority of Americans Now Own Smartphones
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For the first time ever, Pew Research Center can say that the majority of American adults own smartphones. Not the majority of American adult cellphone owners, mind you. They mean that the majority of all American adults now have a …

Browsing Your Own Facebook Page Makes You Happy and Dumb Browsing Your Own Facebook Page Makes You Happy and Dumb
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Could spending just a few minutes gazing lovingly at your own Facebook profile make you feel better about yourself, but in turn make you a little bit worse at performing a task afterward? That’s what findings from a University of …

DARPA Holds Off On Making Killer Robots For A Bit To Make These Amazing Prosthetics DARPA Holds Off On Making Killer Robots For A Bit To Make These Amazing Prosthetics

DARPA is scary. The military research agency has created a number of robots that will ensure our destruction, but at least it’s now making advanced prosthetics for when the robots chop off our arms with chainsaws. DARPA updated the world …

Smartphone Shipments Will Finally Pass Feature Phones This Year Smartphone Shipments Will Finally Pass Feature Phones This Year

2013 will be the year that global smartphone shipments finally top feature phones, according to new figured from NPD. According to the research firm, global smartphone shipments will hit 937 million units this year. That will just outpace global feature …

Fluoride Mystery Is Closer To Being Solved Fluoride Mystery Is Closer To Being Solved
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The fluoride mystery has stumped scientists for almost 50 years. How exactly does it help stop tooth decay? Scientists may finally be onto an answer. A recent study suggests that the fluoride mystery is actually pretty simple – the mineral …

WordPress’ Share Of The World’s Top Blogs Increases WordPress’ Share Of The World’s Top Blogs Increases
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The majority of the world’s top 100 blogs are using WordPress, according to a new report from Pingdom, and the content management system’s share of these blogs is on the rise. According to the firm, 52% of these blogs are …

Is International SEO More Important Now? Is International SEO More Important Now?
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Ranking in search engines, particularly Google, is not getting any easier, but how often are you considering the search engines around the globe? Many in the industry see international SEO as only gaining in importance. Do you think it’s more …

Drug Breathalyzer That Can Detect Pot, Cocaine, Meth, and More Touted by Swedish Researchers Drug Breathalyzer That Can Detect Pot, Cocaine, Meth, and More Touted by Swedish Researchers

The SensAbues DrugTrap is out to foil your drugged-up driving experiences. The breathalyzer. Anyone pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence knows it all too well. Since the 1980s, police have used the tool, first developed in 1967, …

A Few Rounds Of Tetris A Day May Cure Lazy Eyes A Few Rounds Of Tetris A Day May Cure Lazy Eyes
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As a child, I had a friend with a lazy eye. I was super jealous of him at the time because he got to wear a pirate-themed eye patch. Looking back on it now, it’s easy to see why being …

Browse Facebook for Old Photos to Improve Your Mood. No, Seriously. Browse Facebook for Old Photos to Improve Your Mood. No, Seriously.

According to a study from the University of Portsmouth, using Facebook as a gateway for a trip down memory lane may be the most positive thing you can do with the service. For starters, the study’s makeup looks like this: …

New Study Finds That Music Piracy Doesn’t Negatively Affect Sales New Study Finds That Music Piracy Doesn’t Negatively Affect Sales

The music industry will tell you that piracy is the bane of its existence, and that it will end up killing the industry. There’s compelling evidence that suggests this is not the case, but the RIAA and its ilk conveniently …

Facebook: More People See Your Posts Than You Think Facebook: More People See Your Posts Than You Think
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The question of how Facebook decides how many people see the content that you post has been a pretty volatile topic over the last few months. Basically, Facebook has been accused to limiting the reach of people and page’s normal …

Zuckerberg, Brin Announce Annual $3 Million Prize for Medical Research Zuckerberg, Brin Announce Annual $3 Million Prize for Medical Research

Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, his wife Priscilla Chan, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Biologist and businesswoman Anne Wojcicki (Brin’s wife), and investor Yuri Milner have announced a brand new yearly prize that rewards “excellence in research aimed at curing intractable …

Butler University Study: ChaCha Beats Google (And Others) For Mobile Q&A Butler University Study: ChaCha Beats Google (And Others) For Mobile Q&A
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Butler Business Accelerator has released findings from a new study of mobile search engines and question and answer platforms. The study says ChaCha answered questions better than ten other mobile search engines and Q&A platforms including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Siri, …

Report: Yandex Surpasses Bing In Search Queries Report: Yandex Surpasses Bing In Search Queries
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According to a report from Search Engine Watch, citing numbers from comScore, Yandex is now bigger than Bing in terms of worldwide monthly search queries. Search Engine Watch’s Michael Bonfils says Microsoft sites processed 4.477 billion queries while Yandex processed …

Pew: 1 In 4 Plan To Cut Back On Facebook Use In 2013 Pew: 1 In 4 Plan To Cut Back On Facebook Use In 2013

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has released some findings from a survey about American Facebook users. The data comes from just over 1,000 adults in the continental U.S. via telephone interviews, so that’s roughly a millionth of …

Scientists Capture The Birth Of A Thought On Video Scientists Capture The Birth Of A Thought On Video
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Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder what my thoughts look like?” It’s the kind of meta-question that you normally would never ponder, but some scientists have captured the birth of a thought on video for the first time. …

Cordcutting on the Rise? Cable Subscriptions Projected to Shrink Over the Next Few Years Cordcutting on the Rise? Cable Subscriptions Projected to Shrink Over the Next Few Years
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As television and film streaming options continue to expand, people are finding it easier to get the content they want without paying for cable or premium services like HBO. The movement to ditch cable and move to online-only media sources …

Facebook Wants to Interview Poke Users, Places Ads Facebook Wants to Interview Poke Users, Places Ads

Facebook wants to know if you’re poking, and if so, exactly how you feel about poking. Poking, of course, is my childish way of talking about Facebook’s new standalone Poke app, which launched a few weeks ago. The social network …

Get That Song Out of Your Head by Engaging in a (Not Too Tricky) Task Get That Song Out of Your Head by Engaging in a (Not Too Tricky) Task

You just heard the opening bars to Gangnam Style, and that’s all it took. Now, you’re walking down the street with PSY in your brain and you can’t get it out. You have an important presentation in ten minutes. What …