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Ever since I installed a barcode-scanning app on my phone, I see QR codes everywhere — so naturally I wanted one of my own. If you're a barcode-scanning fool, the QR code to the right links to my personal website. Fun!

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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If depression has an evolutionary purpose, it's certainly not obvious. Depression makes people consider suicide and less interested in sex, which does not encourage the species' survival. But two evolutionary psychologists theorise that depression's purpose is enhanced mental skills.

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There are three ways to tether your Android handset and get sweet internet love even where there's no Wi-Fi in sight: the risky-but-free rooting method, the still-geeky-but-not-as-bad free route, and the $US29 easy way. Here are the pros and cons of each.

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The final week of 2009 starts today, and amidst all the travel and gift-giving and family drama, be sure to make time for the ultimate life hack: an honest, year-end self-assessment.

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When technologists of the future look back in time, they'll remember 2009 as the year Google got serious about an internet operating system, speeding up the web and indexing EVERYTHING in sight. Take a look at the year 2009 in Google.

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You've always wanted to learn how to build software yourself — or just whip up an occasional script — but never knew where to start. Luckily, the web is full of free resources that can turn you into a programmer in no time.

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The information you keep in Google apps like Gmail, GCal and Reader doesn't just live in one place. Check out a few easy but non-obvious ways to plug different Google apps together and share their data and features.