There was a wide variety of topics to expound on this year. We caught Pokémon on the street, learned how to caucus and vote, calibrated our new HDR TVs, and took some smart drugs. Here are the best explainers of 2016.
You've tossed a few PokéBalls, caught a few Caterpies, and spun your way to a few items at the PokéStop, but it's time to take things to the next level. These tips and tricks will help you go from novice trainer to unbeatable gym leader faster than you can spit out the PokéRap.
Before the general election, each state has its primaries and caucuses, and today's Iowa caucus kicks off the election seasons. If you're nodding your head like "yes, of course, the caucus," but secretly have no idea what the heck everyone is talking about, this explainer is for you.
In the final presidential debate, Donald Trump suggested that if he lost, he might not accept the results of the election and would not concede to Hillary Clinton. But is a concession actually required to finalise an election?
Americans spend $US1.5 ($2) billion a year on sparkling water, but there are a few common myths about the bubbly beverage that don't quite add up. Some say it's bad for your bones, erodes your teeth, and that it might even dehydrate you. If you're worried your favourite fizzy drink is actually unhealthy, here's the mouth-tingling truth.
The Olympics have always been home to the most popular athletic events in the world, but there are usually a few head-scratchers too. Maybe you have no idea how a certain sport works, or maybe you can't figure out why it's in the Olympics in the first place. Whatever the case, here are some of the weirder events in the 2016 summer games, how they work, and when to try and watch them.
Imagine a pill you can take to speed up your thought processes, boost your memory, and make you more productive. If it sounds like the ultimate life hack, you're not alone. There are pills that promise that out there, but whether they work is complicated. Here are the most popular cognitive enhancers available, and what science actually says about them.
From tighter TSA rules to crappier travel rewards, you can expect some big changes in air travel this year. Whether you're a frequent traveller or a vacationer, you'll want to be aware of the changes before you get to the airport.
TV manufacturers always look for the next leap in picture quality that will make watching TV feel like you're looking through a crystal-clear window. HDR is the latest trend in display technology and it's here to stay. Here's everything you need to know about how it works, and why you may want to consider it when you buy your next TV.
Once I finally paid off my debt and generally got my financial life in order, I was ready to start investing. Everything I read told me to check out index funds, so I did. Sure enough, they're pretty awesome tool with a handful of advantages for new and seasoned investors.
When you drop hundreds on an HDTV, you expect it to work out of the box. Yet somehow, in 2016, we still have to tweak colour settings, adjust brightness, and make other changes to get the best picture. How is it possible that with all the technical leaps televisions have made over the years, TVs still require calibration?
When an app claims to be powered by "artificial intelligence" it feels like you're in the future. What does that really mean, though? We're taking a look at what buzzwords like AI, machine learning, and neural networks really mean and whether they actually help improve your apps.
Cinco de Mayo is a small holiday in Mexico that has become a huge American tradition. But why do we celebrate Mexican culture on May the 5th? No, it definitely isn't "Mexican Independence Day."
Every day it seems like there's another hack, password theft, or leak. Both government agencies and private companies are regularly attacked, by intruders just looking for sensitive data to sell, or foreign actors looking for valuable information. That alone is reason enough for a Presidential candidate to at least have an educated, informed cybersecurity policy. Let's take a look at their platforms to see if they do.
Most fears boil down to a lack of understanding, and in those situations knowledge really is power. If the thought of flying in a plane makes you anxious and break out in a cold sweat, these flying safety facts are your medicine to take before, during, and after your flight.
You know how when you sit on your couch, the Wi-Fi on your laptop cuts out? Or when you're in the bathroom your phone refuses to connect? From Google to Netgear, everyone's rolling out expensive "Mesh Network" kits that promise to fix Wi-Fi dead zones. But only some people should shell out the $US300 ($399)-$US500 ($666) for one.
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