Cow Tunnels, iPhone Conspiracies, Nexus 5, iPad Air and More

Big goings on this week. New gadgets, new airline laws, new mysterious barges popping up on both coasts. Here's the best things we wrote this week.

iPad Air First Impressions: Big Never Felt So Small


It's fitting for the iPad Air to have a new name, because it feels like an almost entirely new device. And for every second the Air sits in your hands, the iPads that came before it feel older and older and older.

Nexus 5: A Pure Google Dream Phone That's a Crazy Good Deal

We found out just about everything about the Nexus 5 over the past several weeks thanks to leak after endless leak. Today Google finally revealed its horribly kept secret, and there are very few surprises. Here's what you need to know.

Android 4.4 KitKat: An Upgrade For Everyone (Eventually)


The new version of Android is finally here, and its biggest feature is a new stage for an old favorite. Google Now is getting more limelight than ever, and that's fantastic. But even better, even folks with older handsets will (theoretically) be able to get in on the fun.

Man Forgets About Buying $27 of Bitcoin, Is Now Worth About $1 Million


Four years ago, Oslo-man Christopher Koch's girlfriend scoffed at his purchase of $27-worth of Bitcoin. Chances are she was singing a decidedly different tune last April, when Koch checked back in on his investment and found out it was worth $886,000. And over a cool million today

What It Looks Like To Get Hit In The Face With a Tank Shell


So this is completely terrifying. In a you will probably pee a little bit as you watch this GIF kind of way. In a holy crap wait a minute this isn't a video game right kind of way. No, no it is not. This is what it looks like to take a direct hit from a tank shell in real life. You can see it blast out of the barrel and head straight for your face.

No, Apple's Not Trying to "Bust Your Phone"


This coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine blows the lid off of an Apple conspiracy more outrageous than a dozen Foxconns. Cracking the Apple Trap, it's called in the print edition. Why Apple Wants to Bust Your Phone, online. But in our hearts, let it be known only as Uhh... Seriously? Time to sigh together, point by point.

Victory! You Don't Have to Shut Off Your Electronics On Flights Anymore


After years of will they or won't they, the FAA has finally given permission for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronics for the entirety of their flights. Translation: You don't have to shut down your phone anymore. Finally.

The Lost Cow Tunnels of New York City


Like every other major metropolis, New York City has tunnels for people, tunnels for cars, and lots of tunnels for trains. But it also has something rather more unique: tunnels for cows. Or does it? This is the story of New York’s lost, forgotten, or perhaps just mythical subterranean meat infrastructure.

Fitbit Force Review: A Health Tracker You'd Actually Keep Wearing


Last year, the Fitbit One was our favorite fitness tracker. It had a great design, solid accuracy for steps and floors climbed, and a nice screen. The only problem was that it was so easy to accidentally leave in a pair of pants. To combat this, the company created the Fitbit Flex, its first wrist-worn product. Unfortunately, while aping the Nike Fuelband, Fitbit accidentally threw out everything that made the One so great.

Is Google's Mysterious Barge Actually a Floating Glass Store?


After an odd but engrossing CNET story last week, everybody's wondering what the strange barge with ties to Google is doing docked near San Francisco. At first, it looked like the 250-foot-long structure was a next generation data center in-the-making, but CBS and CNET sources now say it's a floating Google Glass store. Weird huh?

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