Vape Pens and E-Cigs Are Blowing Up. Like, Literally

Some people hail vaping as a safer alternative to cigarettes, arguing that there’s no tobacco smoke, so it’s got to be safer. It remains to be seen if that’s true, and there is some evidence that the stuff inside vapes and e-cigs is toxic. But beyond that, there’s the fact these …

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What You Need to Know About Twitter’s Algorithmic Timeline

Today, Twitter rolled out arguably the most fundamental change it has ever made: a major tweak to the timeline. If you already use Twitter, you probably knew this was coming—#RIPTwitter and the Super Bowl were about the only things people talked about on the network this weekend. If you don’t already use …

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Review: Fairphone 2

You know how things usually happen: You look away for one second, or get distracted, send your phone hurling to the floor, and watch it smash. If this has happened to you, then you also know the temptation of using non-official replacement parts to cut the damage to a fraction of …

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Review: DrinkMate Carbonator

Early last year, an editor asked me to review and rank home carbonators—those countertop machines that turn chilly water into lovely seltzer. Research quickly revealed an industry in chaos. Some brands were plagued with deservedly horrible reviews or simply didn’t sell. One, with a tendency to explode, was recalled. SodaStream made …

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Asics Buys Runkeeper in Another Shoe and Software Team-Up

Following in the heel-strikes of fellow fitness software companies like MyFitnessPal and Runtastic, Runkeeper has jogged into the arms of Asics, a shoe and apparel company in search of software to call its own. In a Medium post (of course!) to announce the news, Runkeeper founder Jason Jacobs tidily sums …

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Don’t Hit the Slopes Without These Essential Apps

Don’t hit the slopes unprepared: In addition to all your snow gear, there are a few apps that will make your skiing or boarding trip that much better. Find the freshest powder, navigate your way out of that blinding white, or find your friends on the mountain—with just a little …

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Ubersnap Prints Out Your GIFs. Yes, Prints

If you’re old enough (or young enough), you may remember trading cards and Trapper-Keepers with pictures that looked like they moved. They were the coolest: neon dolphins jumping out of the water and Michael Jordan dunking with a simple wave back and forth. GIFs are basically the next-gen version of …

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When Words Fail on Valentine’s Day, Text These Custom Emoji

Sometimes you love someone so much that you don’t even have the words to express it. This is what happened to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who Googled (excuse me, Binged) “beautiful woman” in order to describe girlfriend Ciara. But don’t be like Russell Wilson. Instead, when words fail, use …

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Google’s Hardware Endgame? Making Its Very Own Chips

Google made some notable news yesterday—by doing nothing. Company representatives did not appear on stage in a lecture hall at the corporate headquarters of chipmaker Qualcomm. Typically, this would be no big deal. Google isn’t in the habit of doing such things. But earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that Google would somehow make its …

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