The 9 Most Unnecessary Gadgets Money Can Buy

In a world where blankets with sleeves can create millionaires, it’s no wonder inventors and businessmen are locked in a race to develop the next big thing in the lucrative “They really pay money for this?” industry. We don’t hold that against them — the entire world economy runs on that crap.

What’s harder to comprehend, though, is how they poker-facedly try to sell us gadgets that actually manage to complicate the task they’re intended to help with. Like…

NASA explains why clocks will get an extra second on June 30

If the day seems a little longer than usual on Saturday, June 30, 2012, that’s because it will be. An extra second, or "leap" second, will be added at midnight to account for the fact that it is taking Earth longer and longer to complete one full turn — a day — or, technically, a solar day.

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Elizabeth Mitchell Returning To TV

Elizabeth Mitchell is returning to TV. According to TVLine, the “Lost” and “V” veteran will appear in NBC’s “Revolution.”

Mitchell will replace Andrea Roth on “Revolution” in the role of Rachel Matheson, the mother of Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and Danny Matheson (Graham Rogers). The series hails from “Lost’s” J.J. Abrams and “Supernatural’s” Eric Kripke and is set in a world where all electricity has been mysteriously shut off. Mitchell will appear as a series regular.

Billy Burke, David Lyons and Giancarlo Esposito also star.

“Revolution” premieres Mon., Sept. 17, at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

In other casting news …

“Burn Notice” Season 6 is getting an injection of “CSI.”
“CSI” veteran Jose Zuniga will play Vasquez, a cocaine smuggler.[TVLine]

Chris Zylka has scared up an “American Horror Story” role.
“The Secret Circle” star will play a deaf-mute named Daniel. [EW]

Ella (Holly Marie Combs) is getting a love interest on “Pretty Little Liars.”
Steve Talley will play Ella’s younger love interest. [TVLine]

James Van Der Beek’s “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” assistant is getting a promotion.
Ray Ford, Luther on the ABC comedy, will now be a series regular for Season 2. [THR]

Daniella Alonso has joined “Revolution.”
Alonso, who has an arc on “Covert Affairs,” will play Nora, a rebel with ties to Billy Burke’s character, Miles. [TVLine]

Stupid things you do with a smartphone — and how to fix them

Your smartphone can be your second brain, but it can also turn you into a person with no sense of direction, poor social skills and next to no privacy. Fixing these problems is easy, but first you need to know about them. Here are all stupid things you're doing with your smartphone.Your smartphone can be your second brain, but it can also turn you into a person with no sense of direction, poor social skills and next to no privacy. Fixing these problems is easy, but first you need to know about them. Here are all stupid things you’re doing with your smartphone.






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