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The 404 1,446: Where we feel a draft (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- "Naked and Afraid" is the craziest show on TV.

- The stress of being a computer programmer is literally driving many of them crazy.

- Another AirBnB horror story -- will these ever get old?… Read more

Foursquare makes it easy to find what you'll love

With its latest update, Foursquare has evolved beyond its roots of checking in to businesses and unlocking badges and special offers from those businesses. Now the app lets you explore your local area based on data culled from other Foursquare users while still retaining the gamelike features of its roots.

While the original app was always well-designed, the new features make it even more useful. Recommendations for smaller towns can be sparse, and the settings can be somewhat overwhelming, but it remains an essential download for avid Foursquare users.

The basics When you first launch Foursquare, you'll need to … Read more

Internet pay-TV is coming. Will you care?

To hear television companies describe it, no plot is more predictable than the arrival of a Web-based TV provider.

"Somebody's going to come over the top," said David Zaslav, the head of Discovery Channel- and TLC-parent Discovery Communications, using the phrase for delivery of TV over the Internet. He made the comments last month at a UBS investor conference, where the financial chief of Disney said its arrival was a certainty and the chief of MTV's and Nickelodeon's parent, Viacom, gave it "a very strong chance" of arriving in 2014.

It has long … Read more

A new, smarter luxury range from Dacor (hands-on)

LAS VEGAS -- Dacor jumped headlong into the smart appliances waters last year by launching its Discovery IQ line, the debut model of which incorporated a full-fledged Android tablet into a high-end double wall oven. This year, the company has demonstrated its commitment to the concept by updating its Android app and adding the Discovery IQ Dual-Fuel Range to the lineup.

The Android component felt limited last year, despite its ostentation. It gave cooks the ability to download recipes and program the cook settings into the oven, and it also had a cooking tutorial feature, but you couldn't directly … Read more

Ready the lightsabers! MythBusters test 'Star Wars' moments

Could Ewoks really take down the Imperial soldiers with tree logs? Could Luke Skywalker seriously save Princess Leia with a swing across a chasm in the first Death Star? Does a dead tauntaun really make a life-saving sleeping bag when stranded in the snow? "Star Wars" fans have debated the feasibility of these stunts for decades, but luckily the "MythBusters" team is about to take them on.

Hosts and special-effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, along with team members Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, and Kari Byron, take on urban legends and use modern-day science to see what's real and what's not in their hit show, which returns to the Discovery Channel with new episodes Saturday, January 4, starting with a geektastic "Star Wars" special. … Read more

No More Woof reads dog brainwaves, translates to speech

Dug from "Up" may be closer to reality than you think. The animated dog's translation collar is pretty close to what the No More Woof project is trying to achieve. The brainwave-reading dog-wearable gadget is powered by Raspberry Pi. Sensors detect EEG brainwave patterns, which are then translated into the human-speech equivalents and made audible through a speaker.

The device isn't as sophisticated as Dug's. The detectable neural patterns are limited to the basics like, "I'm hungry," "I'm tired," and "Who are you?" The project is currently raising funds on Indiegogo.… Read more

Review: Discovery for Facebook Home reimagines interaction with Facebook wall posts

Discovery for Facebook Home is designed to change how you interact with Facebook updates from your friends and the pages you follow. The app converts everything into an RSS-style feed that you can scroll through more easily than you would in the Facebook app while breaking out each person on that list so you can see each of their updates more easily.

After installation, you'll be required to log in to your Facebook account before the app will work. After you do, it will populate all of your friends and the pages you follow, allowing you to see each … Read more

Pinterest uses your history to pinpoint related content

Pinterest is adding pins to users' streams based on their pinning history, the company announced Tuesday.

The social media network realized that it can be hard for users to find pins they actually like, so it's hoping the new "related pins" feature bridges that gap.

"One of the things we hear from pinners (like you!) is that it sometimes takes some work to find fresh pins you love," reads the company's blog. "To make things a little easier, we're going to start delivering a selection of recommendations called 'related pins' right to … Read more

Dacor's Android powered oven will be hard to beat

Announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Dacor's 30-inch Discovery IQ wall ovens sit at the top of the smart appliances I've seen so far, at least in terms of price. At $4,299 for the single oven model, $7,299 for the double kit, this product line is definitively aimed at wealthy cooking enthusiasts. What might it be like to cook as (for?) a member of the connected one percent?

To start, the Discovery IQ essentially includes a built-in Android tablet, which Dacor calls the IQ Controller for Android. Where a connected oven from LG includes … Read more

Newly discovered olinguito is 'mix of house cat and a teddy bear'

For the first time in 35 years, scientists have found a new carnivorous mammal in the Americas -- and it's sort of cute and cuddly looking, too.

The olinguito (oh-lin-GHEE-toe), which Smithsonian scientists describe as a "mix of house cat and a teddy bear," isn't really either of the two, but instead part of the family Procyonidae, which includes raccoons, olingos, and other small animals with long tails. The Smithsonian team published the discovery in the August 15 edition of the scientific journal ZooKeys.

A native of the high-elevation forests in Colombia and Ecuador, the orange-brown furred olinguito commonly weighs around two pounds, measures 14 inches long, moves among trees at nighttime, and noshes on fruit. … Read more