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Facts and apps for tonight’s New Year’s Eve Times Square ball drop

It’s a classic American New Year’s Eve tradition. Say goodbye to the old year (and as far as 2016 goes, that’s probably a good thing) and ring in the new year with help from the massive Times Square ball in New York City. As you read this, people in Times Square are huddled together in the chilly weather waiting for the big countdown. The year 2016 is ready to be retired to the record books, but there are other numbers to consider tonight. ......
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Don’t kick it to the curb: 14 things to do with your Christmas tree

A few weeks ago, we told you how to pick out the perfect live Christmas tree. Hopefully, the little feller made it through the holidays but now what do you do with the spruce moose? Instead of hauling it out to the garbage, we have 14 suggestions that are kinder on landfills and give your tree a second life. More: Christmas tree drone does your holiday decorating Mulch love: Use slow-decomposing pine needles to give your garden some TLC. Pu......
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5 shows to stream this week: ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!,’ ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ more

Online streaming is bigger than ever and with so many streaming services adding new shows and movies every week, it can be nearly impossible to sort through the good and the bad. If you need something to watch and don’t want to wade through the digital muck that washes up on the internet’s shores, follow our picks below for the best new shows and movies worth a watch. Comedy Bang! Bang! season 5 There are plenty of mediums to adapt to tel......
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Samsung's Focus app wants to be your all-in-one productivity machine

From Outlook to Newton Mail, there are more than a few productivity apps available on Android that pack a slew of features. Even so, Samsung’s Focus app aims to be the one that keeps professionals tied to the company’s Galaxy devices. Announced somewhat under the radar, Focus is an all-in-one productivity app that brings together your emails, contacts, memos, and calendar through a tabbed interface. Universal search functionality within the......
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iOS exploit renders your Messages app useless, but there are workarounds

iOS is generally considered to be secure, but a recently-discovered bug that disables the Messages app reveals that not even Apple’s mobile operating system is free from vulnerabilities. The exploit, discovered by software developer Vincedes3, involves a complex vCard, which is a transferable Address Book contact. Whereas typical vCards feature 200-300 lines of code, the developer’s vCard reportedly includes 14,281. As a result, when Messag......
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Lamborghini tops list of most expensive vehicles sold on eBay Motors in 2016

There is no shortage of interesting vehicles for sale on eBay Motors. This year we covered some special one-of-a-kind vehicles offered for sale on the marketplace, including the Scorpion Art Car and the Jellyfish 12000 Mutant Vehicle, both built for the annual Burning Man summer desert celebration. Bruce Springsteen’s iconic 1957 Chevy convertible was also recently listed on eBay Motors. The site isn’t only for unique vehicles. You’ll find ......
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How an iPad, a camera, and a Tumblr blog saved my life

Gadgets give us an easier way to find recipes, joke with friends, and kill time on the subway, but they can also have a much grander impact on our lives. This holiday season, we’re stepping back to appreciate those moments. In our ongoing series, Tech That Changed Us, DT writers will share personal tales of how tech has truly reshaped their lives for the better. We hope it has for you, too. I was sitting in the second row of my 7:50 a.m. W......
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Here are the craziest, most groundbreaking scientific achievements of 2016

As we look back at 2016, it’s easy to focus on the negatives — the tumultuous presidential race, troubling race relations across the country  and the end-of-the-year loss of high-profile celebrities. But while it might feel like it from the headline news stories, 2016 was not all doom and gloom. The now-ending year saw the development of some very exciting breakthroughs in science and technology that brought us closer to an effective cancer......
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How to send email to SMS (text)

Despite the fact that just about everyone can read their email on their smartphone, there will always be times and situations in which it’s more advantageous to send a short email as a text. This is particularly useful if you’re emailing a non-smartphone user, or need to send a text when you’re away from your phone. If you want to send a short email to a friend and have it delivered as a text message, you can do so using an email to SMS gat......
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