Sunday, July 6, 2014

TSA blocking uncharged mobile devices from flights at some international airports

International travelers will have to make sure they charge all their devices before boarding their flights. In an announcement made Sunday, the TSA now plans on blocking flyers with uncharged phones and electronic devices at certain undisclosed airports in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition to other forms of screening, passengers will need to prove their devices can actually turn on before flying. According to NBC News, the new security measures are being made in an effort...-> read more

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HESS-II scope spots its first pulsar

Gamma ray source seen from ground for first time Namibia's HESS-II telescope has shown off two-years' worth of software upgrades, identifying gamma rays at 30 GeV emanating from the Vela pulsar.…-> read more

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Leave Problems at the Office with the “Walk in the Door" Rule

After a rough day, we tend to come home and complain about all our troubles at the office. Change that habit by saying one great thing that happened at work today.Read more...-> read more

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R-Kaid-R packs portable arcade cabinet in a sleek wooden box

In case you ever felt proud about the paint job you gave your controllers or something, Swedish craftsman Love Hulten has created the R-Kaid-R, a portable homage to arcades that manages to look sleek and old fashioned at the same time. The...-> read more

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JSTorrent Downloads Torrents on a Chromebook

Chrome: Although Chromebooks have limited storage space, they make a great BitTorrent machine since you're less likely to be affected by malware. JSTorrent is BitTorrent client that works on any Chromebook.Read more...-> read more

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Minecraft Pocket Edition goes to infinity and beyond on July 10

The 0.9.0 update for Minecraft Pocket Edition is just around the corner, and Mojang says that when it arrives on July 10, it will be the game's biggest update yet. We suppose that's true, as the update adds infinite worlds, and it's impossible to go...-> read more

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Check Out the Best From This Week's Open Thread

How can I trick Google Play into allowing me to install an app that isn't intended for my region? Should I get a case or warranty for my Nexus 5? What can I do with a spare Nexus 7 (2012 edition)? Read more...-> read more

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Turn-based RPG Ar Nosurge will weave songs in its combat

Some people insist there's an element of magic in music, but that's meant literally in developer Gust's Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star, which Koei Tecmo will price at $49.99 when it reaches North American PS3s on September 23. The turn-based RPG's...-> read more

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The Most Common Hidden Airline Fees, All In One List

There used to be a time that the price you paid for a flight was the published cost. Those were indeed the days. With hidden fees on each airline, that ticket price is just the beginning, so it's good to know the fees in advance when comparing airline prices.Read more...-> read more

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This Venture Capitalist Thinks That It's Only The Beginning For Tech Investing

By now, we've all heard the talk about the big tech bubble. Almost any startup can secure funding from some investor somewhere. And there are new tech companies popping up every day. Some may be pessimistic about the current state of investing and valuations, but one VC, Mark Suster is sure that we're only at the beginning of tech investing. Suster, a partner at Upfront Ventures, recently shared a presentation on Slideshare that discusses the current state of the industry and the implications...-> read more

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Can you supercharge your brain?

Brea Souders at East Photographic This article first appeared on Mosaic, a weekly outlet published by the Wellcome Trust. In the summer of 2010, Ryan Clark twisted his ankle during a gym class. It was painful, but inconvenient more than anything. He was put on crutches for a week and his ankle healed. Then, six weeks later, the pain returned—only this time, it was a lot worse. Ryan ended up in a wheelchair, unable to bear the agony of walking. Drugs and rehab...-> read more

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“HummingBoard” looks like a Raspberry Pi but packs in more power

SolidRun A new computer called the "HummingBoard" takes on the same basic shape as the Raspberry Pi but uses a more powerful processor and supports more operating systems. SolidRun, which also makes the CuBox-i computer we wrote about, just started selling the HummingBoard in several configurations ranging from $45 to $100, not including the price of a power adapter and Micro SD card. "The HummingBoard allows you to run many open source operating systems—such...-> read more

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These drones learn about their world (and each other) as they fly

Flying robots can already spot some objects by themselves and occasionally improvise, but they'd ideally never need help -- they should find their way around even if they're in unfamiliar territory. The University of Sheffield may be close to...-> read more

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Gadget Rewind 2005: Nabaztag

If robotic rabbits could multiply, we'd be overrun by "kawaii" (the Japanese word for "cute") by now. Thankfully, Violet's 2005 Nabaztag robo-bunny has kept its socializing strictly to the digital realm. This adorably designed, WiFi-enabled...-> read more

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: solar homes, 'Soofa' benches and a levitating transportation system

Solar Decathlon Europe is officially underway in Versailles, where 20 teams of students from 17 different countries are competing to build the world's most efficient solar-powered homes. Like the American version, the European Solar Decathlon has...-> read more

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The Deliciously Complex Science Behind Barbecuing

Here in the U.S., it's the last day of a three-day weekend that's synonymous with barbecue. Anyone can try his or her hand at barbecuing; hell, all you need is meat, a grill, and some open sky to sully with fragrant food-smoke. But there's some mouth-wateringly complex science involved in that process, as the folks at It's Okay to Be Smart explain. Read more...-> read more

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Smartwatches, Secret Pools, a Month With a 10-Year-Old Phone, and More

Happy Sixth of July! The fireworks have all blown up, the beers have all been consumed, and the hot dogs have all been eaten. And you're probably still suffering from it. Look, just kick back and relax, and check out the best stories we wrote this week. You'll recuperate eventually.Read more...-> read more

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Now YouTube Is Shaming ISPs For Slow Streaming Video

Sometime in the past few days, YouTube started showing a new error bar on slow-loading videos. "Experiencing interruptions? Find out why," it implores. Clicking through takes you to Google's Video Quality Report page, comparing streaming quality of your local ISPs. If your provider's slow, Google wants you to know.Read more...-> read more

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Watch The World's Tallest Water Slide Test Its First Human Riders

The Verrückt, the world's tallest water slide, has finally started testing with real, live humans. And the first drop in this POV footage is absolutely terrifying. Read more...-> read more

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Report: NSA Is Storing Tons of Data From U.S Citizens and Non-Targets

The Washington Post just published a huge NSA investigation. The findings, sadly, are unsurprising, but the scope is massive: nine out of 10 messages intercepted by the NSA come from regular folks, not targets, and those private conversations and photos have been living in plain view on NSA databases. Just 'cause you're a citizen doesn't mean you're safe.Read more...-> read more

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A Tantalizingly Brief Glimpse Inside Fabien Cousteau's Underwater Lab

Fabien Cousteau just concluded his 31-day underwater research mission , where six scientists studied coral reefs in a small chamber 63 feet underwater off the coast of Key Largo. The long-term underwater residence gave them a firsthand glimpse of some never-before-seen underwater phenomena, as Cousteau told PBS's Hari Sreenivasan in this all-too-short interview from the ocean floor.Read more...-> read more

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Scientists Have Located the Brain's On/Off Switch for Consciousness

Every one of us loses consciousness on a daily basis: it's called sleep. But scientists have never understood which part of the brain controls when you're conscious and when you're not. Now, researchers seem to have found it by coincidence while studying an epileptic patient—and used electronic brain stimulation to flip the switch on and off.Read more...-> read more

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

IDC interview: The five stages of business mobility

All part of growing up It has long been a familiar feature of everyone’s working life but really we are all still waiting for mobile working to come of age.…-> read more

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These Borderlands: Pre-Sequel tips came from the moon

Want advice on surviving Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's treacherous lunar landscapes? Let the galaxy's most dashing rogue tell you how it's done; Handsome Jack is here to help you study for the Pre-Sequel's deadly tests with an overview of the game's...-> read more

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Mutant Mudds updated on 3DS with Deluxe version's content

Considering Mutant Mudds reached the 3DS eShop in early 2012, it's possible you gathered every last one of its golden diamonds months ago. That no longer means you've seen all it has to offer though, thanks to this week's free update, which adds 20...-> read more

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Oculus VR suspends Rift sales in China due to scalpers

Despite hardware refinements and positive impressions, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is not yet intended for consumers. That hasn't stopped VR enthusiasts from wanting to snatch up the device ASAP though, and where there is demand, there...-> read more

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This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.Read more...-> read more

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Cole Train's voice actor contacted for next Gears of War

Black Tusk Studios is tinkering away at the Gears of War series' future, but Twitter activity from Augustus "Cole Train" Cole voice actor Lester Speight suggests the former hero might be involved in the action. Speight confirmed that he had been...-> read more

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​Negotiate From a Position of Strength by Asking the Right Questions

Whether it's a boss, a salesperson, or a customer service agent, we're often in a position when we need something from someone else. Asking questions can sometimes help shift the balance of power in your favor.Read more...-> read more

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Undo a chili knight's work in reverse platformer, Spoiler Alert

Spoilers are generally frowned upon, but we're ready to make an exception when it's the central theme of the game in question. Case in point: Spoiler Alert, a game played in reverse. In this self-described "comedy platformer," you un-shoot...-> read more

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Play the “Want vs. Need” Game to Teach Kids Money Management

As adults, we struggle with what we want and what we need. Our bank accounts suffer due to this lack of self-control. Learning lessons early in life helps prevent us from going into debt with too many wants and not enough needs. Here's a simple game to teach kids this lesson in a fun way.Read more...-> read more

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RoboHow is translating the internet for robot use

RoboEarth. No, it's not a lame SNES game from 1994, it's a cloud network that lets robots learn from the actions of other bots. It started over three years ago, and now, a new, related project has sprung from that initiative at the Institute for...-> read more

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The Big Picture: An astronaut's view of Hurricane Arthur

While the solar panel from the ISS glides above North America, Hurricane Arthur moves up the east coast. Arthur, a category 2 storm, is the first of the season. The ISS captured this image yesterday, prior to its landfall in North Carolina this...-> read more

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This playable Tetris T-shirt requires you to touch yourself

In the 30 years since Alexey Pajitnov first launched Tetris, the world's most popular game has regularly been immortalized in fashion. Luxembourgian Mark Kreger wanted to do the same, but instead of cooking up a colorful print, he's staving off...-> read more

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Could future Lumia handsets come with Canon lenses?

As smartphone imaging gets better, the market for point-and-shoot cameras has evaporated. Perhaps sensing this shift in the wind, Canon has signed a patent-licensing deal with Microsoft where both companies will have easy access to each other's...-> read more

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The Big Picture: NASA flies massive SOFIA telescope to the stratosphere

It's a catch-22: the lenses of ground-based telescopes can be made huge, but are hamstrung by distortion from the atmosphere. Hubble-type telescopes don't have that issue, but must be small to be launched into space, and good luck fixing them. That's...-> read more

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Lawn Care Is a Performance, Not a Chore, With this Lovely Push Mower

Why would you choose a push mower over a gas or electric-driven model? Besides providing a better workout, they're easier to maintain, and easier to store. And in the case of designer Joe McWha's Little Mow, they can actually look more like a piece of modern art than just a lawn care tool.Read more...-> read more

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Drone captures beautiful film flying through fireworks

This video—shot from a drone over West Palm Beach, Florida—takes you into the heart of a fireworks display. It almost feels like you are flying between explosions surrounded by colors hundreds of feet above the ground. I thought fireworks couldn't get any better and I was wrong. This is awesome!Read more...-> read more

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Every Guest Can Be Their Own Grillmaster With this Tabletop BBQ

The general rule of thumb is that whoever's throwing the barbecue gets to be the grillmaster—but that's not always a coveted title. Picky eaters and those who prefer their steaks burnt to a crisp take the fun out of it, so the folks at Unikia have created a communal tabletop grill that makes everyone responsible for grilling their own food.Read more...-> read more

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Be a Patriot: Rewatch Independence Day This Fourth of July Weekend

It is America's birthday party and you should probably be standing in a backyard, eating a hot dog and drinking a shandy, looking at a flag if not actively waving one, as expensive fireworks crackle in the distance and strains of Bruce Springsteen play through your neighbor's ostentatiously expensive new stereo system. Read more...-> read more

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Neil Diamond's Anthemic Ode to America is as Patriotic as it Gets

U! S! A! U! S! A!Read more...-> read more

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Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

It's not just another Friday here in America—it's the Fourth of July, where we celebrate our independence by blowing up small bits of the land we threw tea in an ocean for. And what better way to let freedom ring than by downloading Gizmodo's favorite apps of the week?Read more...-> read more

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Silicone Pads Make Everything Stick To Your Fridge, Not Just Magnets

We've probably all seen those silicone pads that promise to keep your smartphone or sunglasses from sliding off your dashboard while driving. But a company called Siconi has one you can adhere to your fridge—or any vertical surface—to hold everything from shopping lists to car keys.Read more...-> read more

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Moto X Review

Years ago, like many people, I owned a Motorola Razr, and I liked it, because it was powerful, edgy, and distinguishable. But Motorola hasn’t had a popular, feature-rich smartphone since then. That is, until they released the Moto X. On one hand, the Moto X is comfortable, while on the other, it’s distinctive, with the option to tailor its appearance to your specific preferences. But the question is: Does the Moto X offer enough features, and in a comfortable size? The Moto X is...-> read more

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NearDesk Raises £1M On Crowd Equity Platform Seedrs

A sign that equity crowd financing is taking off in the UK is the news that NearDesk — a startup that offers touch-out and rent desk and meeting space by the hour at different locations all around the UK – has broken the record for the amount raised on the Seedrs platform. Originally NearDesk was looking to raise £600k, but it’s busted that limit, raising just over £1m.… Read More -> read more

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A period may have accidentally been added to the Declaration of Independence

For many Americans, the first few lines of the Declaration of Independence are deeply familiar — particularly the opening of the second paragraph: Continue reading… -> read more

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Kiss my DRaaS: Actifio reckons its virty gear will shrink your storage

From virtualised copy to recovery from the cloud Actifio is using its copy data virtualisation technology to provide application recovery and test environment creation in a data centre or up in the cloud, and management at VM-level instead of storage LUN level.…-> read more

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Korea’s third biggest phone maker faces $180m OBLITERATION

The fat lady's warming up for Pantech Troubled Korean handset manufacturer Pantech's stay of execution is drawing to a close as its creditors take action over the firm's 480bn won ($475m, £277m) financial black hole.… -> read more

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'Spy-proof' IM launched: Aims to offer anonymity to whistleblowers

*reaction gif* I'm just getting all the secret files. BRB... Security experts have teamed up to created a stealthy internet messenger client designed especially for whistleblowers.…-> read more

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India’s Kabonn launches £26 Android phone

Only 2G, but... For the same amount of money as an Apple adapter plug, Indian mobile company Kabonn is selling a fully fledged Android smartphone.…-> read more

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BlackBerry CEO disses Samsung security: You lot just 'TALK the TALK'

John Chen joins the queue to knock KNOX John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, has dissed Google’s decision to adopt Sammy’s KNOX security platform across the whole Android ecosystem.…-> read more

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China clears Lenovo's slurp of IBM server biz

Firm reckons deal will close this year, despite US national security concerns The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has finally approved Lenovo’s $2.3bn deal to buy Big Blue’s server biz, according to Reuters.… -> read more

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Crypto thwarts TINY MINORITY of Feds' snooping efforts

Dire warnings from cops fall flat thanks to official US.gov figures US government court-sanctioned wiretaps were sometimes defeated by encryption, according to official figures on law enforcement eavesdropping released this week.…-> read more

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

Stunt backfires on ad giant Google's publicity stunt this week, in which it de-linked selected mass media articles and posts from its search results and informed the journalists in question it had done so, appears to have been illegal.…-> read more

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

Gawd bless 'Er Maj and all who sail in her ... er, hang on, what? Today saw her Maj QE2 smash a bottle of Islay malt whisky over her floating namesake at Fife's Rosyth dockyard, as she hailed "a new phase" in Blighty's glorious naval history.…-> read more

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An NYU Student Is Trying To Reclaim The Term 'Hacker' By Revealing The Real People Behind Technology

Dani Grant is just about to finish up her stint as an undergrad at NYU, but in her spare time she has decided to take on a separate mission: reclaiming the word "hacker." Studying computer science opened Grant up to all of the possibilities that lie in the field, the possibility to solve new problems, the possibility to create and innovate. And for Grant, "Hacker" is the best way to describe those who are tackling these problems and challenges. "In [the TV show] Scandal, Huck is a criminal...-> read more

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People Are Freaking Out About A Startup That Snags Restaurant Reservations And Sells Them

No one likes waiting in line at a crowded restaurant while watching others with reservations slip right past you. A new startup, however, lets you snag these reservations for $5 — and people aren't happy about it. Here's how ReservationHop works: The company makes reservations at popular restaurants in San Francisco. These reservations are available to browse on ReservationHop's website. If you see a restaurant you like, you can claim it for a price. The prices seem to range between $5...-> read more

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Google bans porn in ads

As of this week, no more advertisements incorporating "sexually explicit content" will be promoted by Google's advertising network. Google's AdWords platform is used to place advertisements on Google-owned sites; other sites can also choose to host AdWord ads on their own sites. The platform is thought to be responsible for the majority of Google's revenue, but although Google has placed restrictions on adult content for a while, the latest changes could potentially have chased some...-> read more

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Apple Just Scored Another Big Hire For Its iWatch Team (AAPL)

Apple has just hired an executive from Swiss luxury watch maker TAG Heuer to help work on its iWatch, according to a new report from CNBC. Jean-Claude Biver, the head of luxury brand LVMH's watch division, said TAG Heuer's sales director just accepted a position at Apple as early as last week. LVMH owns TAG Heuer among other high-end wristwatch brands. Biver specifically told CNBC that the former TAG Heuer employee was brought on to work on the iWatch, although Apple has yet to make any...-> read more

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This stackable media hub plays your old 16-bit game cartridges

The set-top box market is currently flooded with many cheap Android boxes, but they tend to offer limited remote access plus expansion capability, so it's about time that something more exciting popped up. One such candidate is the EzeeCube, which...-> read more

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Morph's crowdfunded comeback premieres on YouTube today

It's been a long time since Morph came out with any fresh material, but thanks to a lump of crowdfunding cash, the comical clay character's put together a new sketch show that premieres on YouTube today. Shape-shifting Morph first appeared on a...-> read more

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Pavlok is a habit-forming wearable that will shock you

"Wake up sleepy head... it's time to go to the gym." "Put down those chips!" "Stop wasting time on Facebook." If any of the above statements resonate with you, then you're not alone. Maneesh Sethi, author and Stanford alumnus has said all of the...-> read more

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Nowhere Under the Sea Is Safe from Britain's Newest Nuclear Submarine

Russia isn't the only nation launching a nuclear sub hunter after two decades of development . The UK recently rolled the third of seven £1 billion Astute Class nuclear submarines, the HMS Artful, out of its cavernous dry dock for a year of demanding sea trials and a quarter century of service beneath the seas. Read more...-> read more

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Chrome Will Now Let You Surf In Virtual Reality

Today's not only a great day for barbecue lovers, it's also a red letter day for anyone who loved 1992's The Lawnmower Man and has lamented a future without virtual reality everywhere. According to Google's Brandon Jones, Chrome, at least the Windows and OS X versions, now support WebVR letting you use virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift or Google's Cardboard with it.Read more...-> read more

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The Best Fourth of July Deals

Celebrate Independence Day in style with a new price low on the Xbox One, a great deal on a powerful, future-proofed router, Pepsi with real sugar, and lots more.Read more...-> read more

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How Hot Dogs Are Made and What's Actually Inside

After the steaks, chops, breasts, ribs, thighs, hams, tenderloins and briskets are removed, there's a fair amount of gristle, fat and offal remaining on a butchered animal, and early on, people realized this could be put to good use. One of these products is the hot dog, a classic of pre-cooked, processed meat.Read more...-> read more

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Help This Brilliant Goofball Kickstart a Potato Salad

When you're hanging out at a barbecue, chowing down on hot dogs and other charred meats, sometimes you just want to be able to switch it up a bit. What if there was a cool, starch- and sauce-based salad that you could use to shake things up? Good news; there's one coming, and you can help. Read more...-> read more

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Make Your Own Forecasts With this Tiny Smartphone Weather Station

If there's one thing your local TV weatherperson is good at, it's getting the forecast wrong—at least according to anyone over 50. So why rely on a TV personality to tell you tomorrow's forecast, when this compact weather station that attaches to your smartphone's headphone jack can provide all the data you need to make your own predictions?Read more...-> read more

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This Is What the Sunken Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Looks Like Now

Remember how the 984-foot-long cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground in Italy in 2012? Now, police divers have re-entered the vessel, days before an attempt to re-float it, and this video shows exactly what it looks like two years on.Read more...-> read more

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Declare Independence from Slow Wi-Fi with This Discounted AC Router

The deals don't stop just because it's a holiday, and today's best is this powerful 802.11 AC router from ASUS, on sale today for $40 off. Read more...-> read more

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8 Awesome Floats Your Grown-Up July 4th Pool Party Just Has to Have

The halcyon days of your youth may be quickly coming to an end, but that doesn't mean your 4th of July poolstravaganza has to be any less enjoyable—it just means you can't get blackout drunk and try to dive into the water from your roof again this year. Still, these eight adult-sized pool floats will keep your guests comfortable and cool in the hot July sun. Read more...-> read more

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Your Next Phone Could Communicate Using Magnetism

3G, NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are all well and good, but there's perhaps an even geekier wireless protocol in town—and it uses magnetism for your phone to communicate.Read more...-> read more

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Blog: Marketing lessons from Mario Kart 8

A look at Nintendo Canada's social media marketing campaign for Mario Kart 8, which "is refreshing considering how social media is typically used." ...-> read more

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Oculus dev kit sales suspended in China due to 'extreme reseller purchases'

Oculus VR has confirmed that sales of the developer kit for its upcoming virtual reality headset have been suspended in China, due to "extreme reseller purchases." ...-> read more

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Warframe studio acquired by Perfect World and... a meat supplier

Free-to-play giant Perfect World is finalizing plans to acquire Warframe studio Digital Extremes, alongside a surprising partner -- a chicken meat supplier. ...-> read more

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Unity support is coming to Metal on iOS 8

Earlier this month, Apple revealed Metal, a new graphics technology that it says better powers game graphics on its iOS devices. Today, popular game engine Unity has announced support for Metal is coming soon. ...-> read more

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How we learned to stop worrying and love Early Access

"While we were planning and building our first game, we had many discussions about Kickstarter and when/if/how we would do it. Now we're glad we did Early Access instead." ...-> read more

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Japan makes Prius palatable with road map to hydrogen cars

100 H-stations due by end of 2015 Japan has outlined a 25-year roadmap to get hydrogen-powered cars onto its roads, hydrogen-powered machinery into its factories and fuel cells into millions of homes.…-> read more

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Oracle targets Windows workloads with virtualisation manager update

Big O SPARCs up its storage management offerings Oracle VM has received an upgrade that makes the free tool better at managing Windows virtual machines and handling SPARC workloads.…-> read more

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Big Java security fixes on the way – but not so fast, Windows XP users

Didn't you hear? Oracle quit testing Java on XP months ago As if running Windows XP after Microsoft withdrew support wasn't risky enough, XP users who have Java installed may soon have even more to worry about.…-> read more

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Hacked Israel Defence Force Twitter account spruiks nuke leak fears

Syrian hackers pop Twitter Hootsuite dashboard Hacker outfit the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hours ago cracked Israel's Defence Force (IDF) Twitter account where it posted a fake warning of a possible nuclear leak due to rocket strikes.… -> read more

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

Apple banned from calling litigant a 'Bounty hunter', 'corporate shell' or 'Troll' A Californian judge has barred Apple from describing a litigant as a “patent troll”, a “bandit” or a “privateer”.…-> read more

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EPIC FACEBOOK BLOW: FTC complaint filed against creepy site

Study to manipulate emotions 'failed to follow standard ethical protocols' say privacy warriors The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed an official complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over a research project that manipulated news feeds to mess with the emotions of its users.…-> read more

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Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

Takedown notices issued to dozens of accounts A company claiming to represent Qualcomm has shut down a number of repositories on source-code sharing site GitHub under provisions of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) – including at least one repository belonging to Qualcomm itself.…-> read more

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London officials won't take Uber to court – because cabbies are suing the drivers anyway

Capital's transport authority taps out Car-ride booking service Uber has won a victory in London, UK, as the city's transport authority has decided not to pursue action against the biz after all.…-> read more

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Your Android phone is a SNITCH: Wi-Fi bug makes you easy to track

Even asleep, your mobe could be blabbing your every move Your mobile device could be compromising your privacy by broadcasting your location history over the air, even when it is in sleep mode, according to new research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.… -> read more

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Windows users: You get a patch! And you get a patch! And you get a patch! Everybody gets...

But not you, Windows XP. No Patch Tuesday for you Microsoft has issued its usual warning to admins ahead of this month's Patch Tuesday – and servers are getting some serious fixes.…-> read more

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This Is What 2014's Social Networks Would Have Looked Like In 1997

It was a simpler time. Moviegoers lined up to see "Titanic." Radios blared Hansen's "MMMBop." This fall's incoming high school seniors were probably just born. So much of life in 1997 was good. The internet was hardly a part of that. Five years before the advent of Friendster, social networking as we know it was just a twinkle in a 16-year-old Mark Zuckerberg's eye. But if you're curious as to what it would have looked like to stalk friends, pin DIY crafts, and share cat videos in 1997 look no...-> read more

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Year-long e-sports site ban shows the dangers of gaming reddit

Up-and-coming e-sports site onGamers is staring down the barrel of a 50 percent drop in its traffic after being banned for a minimum of a year due to the actions of one of its editors. Senior editor (and onGamers' first employee) Rod "Slasher" Breslau had been privately messaging various redditors, asking them to submit certain posts to various subreddits. A month later, reddit admins responded by banning all onGamers content for at least a year. This was not the first time onGamers has fallen...-> read more

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HummingBoard is a Raspberry Pi rival that lets you swap out its processor

You'd think the world of hobbyist mini computers would be full, considering that you've got a choice of Arudino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone and even Intel's NUC. That hasn't deterred SolidRun, which is releasing the HummingBoard as a more powerful...-> read more

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Goldman Sachs wants Google to 'unsend' email, seeks court order

Everyone makes mistakes... just some of them are a little more costly than others. A Goldman Sachs employee made a rather serious error when instead of sending a message to a gs.com email address, it went to a stranger with a Gmail account. That...-> read more

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Civilization: Beyond Earth ships October 24th with maps based on real planets

If you're eager to play the first Civilization game set in space (not counting Alpha Centauri), you now have a date to mark on your calendar: Beyond Earth will reach Windows-based PCs on October 24th. That's a long time to wait, although Firaxis is...-> read more

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Android Wear review: Taking smartwatches in the right direction

When I was a tiny tot, I watched Knight Rider and pretended I was Michael Knight, talking to KITT on my watch. Yet now that there are real-life watches that can do even more things, I don't find myself quite as excited as my 5-year-old self was....-> read more

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This Pop Song Is Actually a Cover of an Obscure "Tone-Poem" from 1987

Are you going to a party this weekend? It's the fourth of July, so probably. Then you'll want to put on YACHT's delightfully poppy "Psychic City," which is, surprisingly, a cover of a totally bizarre non-song song from the 1980s. Read more...-> read more

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You Can Explore This WWII-Era Wind Tunnel For the First Time Ever

Imagine setting foot inside a building big enough to comfortably house a Concorde; a place where the aerodynamics of WWII-era Spitfires were tested, and women "doped" planes with toxic, varnish-treated textiles during WWI. There's a whole lot of history at the former Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in Farnborough, England—and for the first time ever, three of the remaining wind tunnels are open to the public for an on-site art exhibition. Read more...-> read more

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What Are Your Favorite Fireworks?

Readers, I have a confession. Having grown up in the puritanical state of Massachusetts where even sparklers are illegal, I knew fireworks only as explosions in the far-off sky. I did not know fireworks were things ordinary people could buy, touch, and maim themselves with. Read more...-> read more

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There Are Vast Reserves of Ancient Freshwater Hidden Below the Ocean

When you're drilling deep under the seabed, the last thing you might expect is freshwater. Yet Danish scientists on a recent expedition in the Baltic Sea suddenly found freshwater gushing up from their drill. In fact, undersea freshwater reserves are hidden all over the world, and some claim this could quench our thirst for decades to come. Read more...-> read more

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How Could You Not Lust Over this Portable Wooden Arcade Box?

Hearkening back to a simpler time when electronics—including home vide game consoles—came with stylish faux-wood finishes, the R-KAID-R packs a modern emulator into a handmade wooden box that's able to play all of your favorite classic arcade and console games in style.Read more...-> read more

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Check Out All the Alien Species Discovered By Deep Sea Vehicle Alvin

While the Chinese are busy scouting the best under-sea sites to pillage for precious metals, America's venerable oceanic exploration sub, the newly-renovated DSV Alvin , continues to uncover scores of deep sea life forms that science has never even seen. Here are just a few of the more exotic animals Alvin has come across in its travels. Read more...-> read more

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Who would win a race between Optimus Prime, a Batmobile and a DeLorean?

I don't know who would win the race between Optimus Prime, the Batmobile and a DeLorean time machine. Probably the DeLorean, since it can travel to the future and win right away, right? This cool stop motion short by Taiwanese animator Counter656 says otherwise.Read more...-> read more

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Cross-Sections of Fireworks Show the Part of the Boom You Never See

As you bide your time until darkness falls tomorrow night, here's something to keep your mind occupied: Photographer Andrew Waits slices open popular firecrackers and shows us what's inside. Read more on Gizmodo's photography blog, Reframe . Read more...-> read more

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Airbus: Eh, Pilots Don't Really Need Windows

As a kid (or, let's be honest, even as an a adult), nothing is more thrilling than getting to venture into an airline pilot's coveted cockpit throne. But if Arbus' new cockpit-less patents ever become a reality, those days are behind us. Because let's face it—a "tour of the baggage locker" just doesn't have quite the same ring to it. Read more...-> read more

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When should you pay YouTubers to play your game, and when should they pay you?

Should you get paid when someone produces videos that prominently feature your game? Should you pay a prominent YouTuber to play your game? Escape Goat 2 developer Ian Stocker explores the issue. ...-> read more

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World of Warcraft frontman Rob Pardo has left Blizzard

Game industry veteran and World of Warcraft lead designer Rob Pardo has quit his post as chief creative officer of Blizzard Entertainment, ending a 17-year career with the company. ...-> read more

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Blog: Why cheating matters

"The biggest cause for concern that I see is the fact that we already know how to make fun games... And now that the market is changing, we are forced to reconsider the games we're so good at creating." ...-> read more

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Amazon refuses to comply with FTC complaint over in-app purchases

Amazon is warning the regulatory body against filing its legal complaint against Amazon for its in-app purchase billing practices, and threatening legal action if the FTC decides to do so. ...-> read more

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Anti-design philosophies: Quantity design

"Developers are asking us to take time out of our day, focus on their game, learn their rules, and sometimes even pay them money. Those developers owe it to us to give us something of real value." ...-> read more

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Fandemonium! YouTube's Crazy Fans Might Just Be The Secret Of Its Success

As I entered the Anaheim Convention Center last Thursday, the first noise I heard was the bellowing of hundreds of teenage voices. I was here to learn the latest about YouTube at VidCon, the video site’s largest annual event, but I was surrounded by thousands of fans who had a different goal: to catch just one glimpse of a YouTube personality.VidCon attendees wait to get inside the Anaheim Convention Center—and catch a glimpse of their favorite YouTube celebrities.I was late to the party. Lines...-> read more

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Deals of the Day (7-03-2014)

The Acer Aspire S7 is a thin and light ultrabook with a sleek design, a glass lid, a solid state drive, and a full HD (or higher-res) display. It’s a premium notebook with a premium price tag — but right now you can pick up a model with a Core i5 Haswell CPU for just […] Deals of the Day (7-03-2014) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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'Civilization: Beyond Earth' launches the series into space in October

Civilization is taking flight on October 18th. Developer Firaxis has finally announced an official release date for Civilization: Beyond Earth, the first sci-fi game in the long-running strategy series, which was previously pegged for a fall release. While the game retains the same basic concept as previous Civilization games — you're building up a society over the course of many years — Beyond Earth will have you doing that on a brand-new planet, as you deal with new alien life and...-> read more

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Technology has changed art, and this is what it looks like

This summer, London's Barbican Centre plays host to Digital Revolution, a major new exhibition that explores the impact of technology on art over the past four decades. It's a show high on visuals and low on exposition, aiming to entertain children more than enlighten adults. The exhibition begins with a gallery called "Digital Archaeology" that highlights key moments in the UK's technological awakening. It features row upon row of ancient machines such as the Magnavox Odyssey, the Speak...-> read more

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Gory football spoof Blood Bowl will soon tackle tablets

Blood Bowl, Games Workshop's turned-based take on American football where the players have been replaced by fantasy races and the touchdown dances with copious arterial spray, will soon appear on tablet devices. According to the game's website, the...-> read more

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Trials Fusion first DLC pack rides into the Rustlands on July 29

Riders, rev your engines - the first DLC pack for Trials Fusion, Riders of the Rustlands, is due out on July 29 for $5 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It's free as part of the game's $20 Season Pass, which will include six pieces of content...-> read more

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Q-bert Rebooted puts Q-nicorns on PS4, PC, mobile

Q-bert Rebooted offers the original, 2D Q-bert plus a 3D, upgraded version with more than 30 new levels. Q-bert Rebooted comes from Gonzo Games and Sideline Amusements, licensed from IP holder Sony Pictures Entertainment, Polygon reports. The...-> read more

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The 12 Most Over-The-Top Weddings In Tech

Wedding season is upon us, and with it come tales of extravagant, multimillion-dollar celebrity marriages. Wealthy tech executives are no exception to the rule. From top-secret ceremonies on private islands to wild entrances by helicopter, these millionaires sure know how to throw a party. We've ranked the most over-the-top tech weddings here.#12 In a relatively small affair, Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg married longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan on May 19, 2012, just one day after the...-> read more

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A day in the new Porsche Macan, an SUV that wants to race

Megan Geuss CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:["top"], collapse: true});PASADENA, CA—At the upscale Langham Huntington Hotel, Porsche executives welcomed a small group of journalists to get some drive time with the new Porsche Macan (pronounced Ma-CAHN not Mak-ann). Outside the hotel, about a dozen Macans were parked around a bubbling fountain. After a quick product briefing, the journalists split into pairs and grabbed a car—we were going out on the...-> read more

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Order restored to universe as Microsoft surrenders confiscated No-IP domains

Lucas Taylor Microsoft has surrendered the 23 domain names it confiscated from dynamic domain hosting service No-IP.com, a move that begins the process of restoring millions of connections that went dark as a result of the highly controversial legal action. At the time this post was being prepared, No-IP had recovered 18 of the domains and was in the process of reacquiring the remaining five from Public Interest Registry, the registry for Internet addresses...-> read more

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REVIEW: Google's New Smartwatches Can Do Everything, And That's Their Biggest Problem (GOOG)

If you believe the hype, the next major computing platform won't be in your pocket or on your TV or on your face. It's going to be on your wrist. Over the last several months, we've seen tiny startups like Pebble and major conglomerates like Samsung give smartwatches a shot. (Samsung alone has released five different smartwatches since last October.) But none of those attempts has resulted in the kind of massive consumer adoption techies seem to think smartwatches can achieve. Now it's Google's...-> read more

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Researchers teach a computer to predict teen binge drinkers

Intervention during someone's teenage years is frequently the key to preventing alcohol abuse in adult life. It's good to know, then, that a group of scientists has found a way to predict that abuse at an early age using computer modeling. The...-> read more

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Microsoft wearable rumors suggest more fitness tracker, less smartwatch

You may want to dial back your expectations for Microsoft's oft-rumored smartwatch. According to sources speaking to the historically well-informed Paul Thurrott, the wearable isn't intended as a watch -- it's a Gear Fit-style health tracker that...-> read more

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Scientists have figured out how to create blood vessels in 3D printed organs

While 3D-printed organs sound like a great idea -- imagine no longer waiting around for a transplant -- a major hurdle for printing internal ones thus far have been creating intricate blood vessels and ventricles that are required for the organ to...-> read more

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Engadget Daily: Facebook's emotional experiment, social media activism and more!

Today, we break down the phenomenon of social media activism, investigate Facebook's user experiment, ponder NVIDIA's next Shield console and get excited about the reboot of Chumby's smart alarm. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last...-> read more

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Amazon refuses to bend to the FTC's demands over in-app purchases

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants Amazon to update some of its policies regarding in-app purchases, but the retail giant is having none of it. According to documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal the company is facing a lawsuit that...-> read more

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Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Shovel Knight' for Wii U! (update: game over!)

Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun!...-> read more

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How fast do you have to run if you want to walk on water?

It's possible to walk on water. I mean, you can skip a stone across water too, right? It's just not exactly humanly possible. Water can theoretically support the weight of a human only if they have beyond enormous feet or if they can run stupid fast. How fast?Read more...-> read more

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You Can Only Wish Your Spirit Animal Was This Adorable

Running around without your spiritual power animal is insane. You wouldn't leave the house without your Mojo or Je ne sais quoi, so why are you going to try to face life's treacheries without a trusty sidekick? I mean, look at Edward Norton in Fight Club—as soon as he found his power penguin, everything else in his life worked out just fine. Read more...-> read more

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Adebisi Shank: Voodoo Vision

Just the other day, I shared an Adebisi Shank song with you guys not only because I loved it but because I thought it was on their new album. It wasn't, at least that version. But this version, revealed exclusively here at Gizmodo (oooOOOooo), is. Read more...-> read more

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This Wasp Defends Its Home With the Cadavers of Its Victims

The "bone house" wasp (Deuteragenia ossarium) is named so because the newly classified species of spider wasp has adopted a unique method of protecting their nests—they simply fill the front hall with ant corpses.Read more...-> read more

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Gawker Guy Dusts Off Classic Domino's Pizza Prank, Finds It Still Works | Jalopnik Is My Car Recalle

Gawker Guy Dusts Off Classic Domino's Pizza Prank, Finds It Still Works | Jalopnik Is My Car Recalled? Our Massive Chart Shows Every GM Recall This Year | Jezebel I Just Watched The Notebook and Am Here to Ruin It for All of You | Lifehacker Here are Seven Restaurants and Retailers That Pay a Livable Wage | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...-> read more

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Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands of Historic Maps

Good thing it's almost the holiday weekend and you don't need to be productive because the USGS just launched a heck of a time-wasting website. Now you can explore cities through beautiful old maps, some dating all the way back to 1884. But here's the best part: You can mix and match many maps to tell your own geographic story.Read more...-> read more

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Google's Response to the "Right to Be Forgotten" Is Just Perfect

In May, the EU Court of Justice ruled that because people have "right to be forgotten," Google would have to remove links when people ask them to from European versions of search. But you can't hide from the past on the internet.Read more...-> read more

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The Dangers (and Benefits) of Designing Mutant Super Viruses

Take an already deadly flu virus like H1N1—killer of an estimated 284,000 people—and imagine how to make it worse. How about a virus impossible for your immune system to detect? This is not just a thought experiment—a controversial Wisconsin lab known for concocting dangerous mutant viruses has actually created such an immune-evading H1N1 virus .Read more...-> read more

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The DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter Is Now a Real Autonomous Drone

One of the most popular consumer quadcopters on the market is now a true drone. DJI recently pushed an update to the apps that help control its flagship Phantom 2 Vision , and now, the $1000 aircraft can fly missions autonomously. Seriously, you just tell it where to go, and it goes—all by itself.Read more...-> read more

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Ubisoft Quebec growing dramatically to build Assassin's Creed

The triple-A publisher promised a major investment in the studio, and today announced its plans to make good on that -- with a multimillion-dollar new studio space, and goals to hire over 100 staff. ...-> read more

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Get a job: Turtle Rock seeks a Technical Artist

The folks making Evolve are looking to hire a technical artist to assist with asset production and optimization for PC and contemporary console hardware in their Lake Forest, CA studio. ...-> read more

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Don't Miss: Shining a light on our women heroes problem

Spurred on by advertising for Rise of the Tomb Raider, Leigh Alexander reflects on the problematic trend of defining women heroes primarily through the trauma they've endured. ...-> read more

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Deals of the Day (7-02-2014)

The HP Pavilion x360 is a 2-in-1 laptop that becomes a tablet when you fold the screen back 360 degrees until it’s back-to-back with the keyboard. It’s basically HP’s answer to the Lenovo Yoga line of devices. It’s also cheaper than most Windows Yoga tablets: the Pavilion x360 typically starts at $400 for a model […] Deals of the Day (7-02-2014) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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The best portable Bluetooth speaker you can buy

The 487,000th time I caught myself cupping my hand underneath my phone’s speaker so my friends could hear a YouTube video, I finally came to grips with the idea that the speakers on my phone, my tablet, and my laptop are an affront to the music I listen to every day. So I set out to buy a Bluetooth speaker, one that would connect to any device in any place and make for beautiful music whether I’m at home, on the beach, or stuck in the office trying to show someone the latest OK Go insanity...-> read more

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The sex life of the female fruit fly finally gets the attention it deserves

For decades, scientists have detailed the intricacies of male fruit fly sexual behavior and neurobiology. Thanks to this work, we know about the various molecules, behaviors, and neurons involved in the male’s pursuit of the female fly. But when it comes to the neurobiology of female sexual behavior, the opposite is true: few studies have looked into the mechanisms that allow females to choose a mate. This, some researchers say, has to do with how obvious the males' behaviors are — they'...-> read more

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'Deliver Us From Evil' review

Considering how slapped-together and shoddy some horror movies seem, it’s always a bit remarkable to encounter one that takes itself seriously and aspires to more than just a few cheap scares. That doesn’t make them good, though. Deliver Us From Evil is the latest fright film from director Scott Derrickson, who came onto the scene nine years ago with The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and most recently delivered the underrated Sinister. (In between, he directed the god-awful remake of The Day the...-> read more

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Xiaomi: Hidden Android dragon is growing fast, despite being unknown in the West

Look out Samsung, look out Apple Xiaomi - the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturer - is now Number Three in China and setting its sights on the top spot.…-> read more

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Brit SPACE HEDGEHOG team flies student Mars payload

Second attempt at experimental podule cluster stratomission …-> read more

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Lenovo: Our IBM deal will definitely go through this year. Honest

US gov, check our history - we're squeaky clean on securo-matters Lenovo's big boss expects its $2.3bn gobble of IBM's ailing volume server biz to go through by the end of the year in spite of the US government's continued scrutiny of the deal amid concerns over security.…-> read more

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What makes a tier-1 enterprise flash array a superior beast?

Storage monoliths enter the fray Enterprise tier-1 storage arrays are a breed apart, focusing on providing fast access to vast amounts of data without either losing data or limiting access to it.…-> read more

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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

'Exploitation of network infrastructure is unlawful,' says co-claimant Britain's eavesdropping nerve centre GCHQ has been accused of unlawfully accessing the private communications of potentially millions of people – and angry internet service providers are dragging the snooping agency to court.…-> read more

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

Lib Dems suggest a year in jail for posting ex-lovers' topless selfies online Two peers in the House of Lords have tabled an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill that will add criminal sanctions for so-called "revenge porn".…-> read more

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Cybercrooks breed SELF-CLONING MUTANT that STEALS your BANK DETAILS

Fresh Cridex variant plays merry hell via email Cybercrooks have put together a botnet client which bundles in worm-like functionality that gives it the potential to spread quickly.… -> read more

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Google policy wonk patronises Brits over EU search biz probe

Downgrading rivals? Whetstone: 'I just don't think it's really true' Google repeatedly batted away questions about whether it favours its search result services over those of its rivals in Europe, during a frustrating exchange on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning.…-> read more

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Microsoft's Smartwatch Could Launch Around The Same Time As The iWatch, And It's All About Fitness (MSFT)

Microsoft may release its rumored smartwatch around the same time Apple is expected to unveil the iWatch, according to a new report from Tom's Hardware. Based on the reports we've seen so far, it seems as if Microsoft's wearable will be focused on fitness. At the end of May, Forbes reported that Microsoft's rumored smartwatch would be able to monitor your heart rate and work with iPhone, Android, and Windows Phones. Tom's Hardware reports that a "trusted" source" backed up these claims and...-> read more

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Use the 20-20-60 Approach to Job Hunting to Spend Time Where It Counts

If you're looking for a new job, either because you're unemployed or want something better, time is money, and you don't want to waste it. Idealist Careers suggests the 20-20-60 approach: 20% of your time on job boards, another 20% courting recruiters or hiring managers directly, and 60% networking with people who can help your search. Read more...-> read more

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Apple May Be Killing iPhoto, But It Sounds Like The New Photo App Will Be A Lot More Powerful

Last week, Apple announced it would halt development on two of the company’s signature photography applications, Aperture and iPhoto, instead shifting its focus to the new Photos app introduced at WWDC last month. For those worried the Photos app might not be robust enough to handle the needs of professional users, Ars Technica’s Sam Machkovech learned from an Apple representative that the new Photos app will include “professional-grade features such as image search, editing,...-> read more

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Todoist Unveils Location-Based Reminders for iPhone and Android

iOS/Android: Todoist, one of our favorite to-do list apps , took the wraps off of location-based reminders today. Now you can create to-dos that trigger reminders when you enter or leave a specific area. Remembering to call when you arrive or pick up milk when you pass the store has never been easier.Read more...-> read more

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Microsoft asks gamers to help shape future Xbox One updates

With the amount of updates that Microsoft is pushing out for the Xbox One (and its controller), it makes sense that Redmond would want to give those in the preview program a better way of testing new features before the general public. The update, as...-> read more

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Snapchat tests stickers that only unlock when you're in popular locations

Snapchat's ephemeral messaging service is enjoying huge growth, but as it stands the company is not making any money (at least from its users). But that isn't to say it isn't testing potential new revenue sources, one of which involves fusing two...-> read more

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Facebook's awkward mood experiment under investigation in the UK

Facebook may have brushed off the furor over a psychological experiment that influenced what users saw in their feeds, but UK regulators definitely haven't. According to the Financial Times, Britain's Information Commissioner and the Irish Data...-> read more

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Oculus starts shipping latest Rift VR headset prototype this month

Were you one of the over 45,000 to pre-order the latest prototype VR headset from Oculus? Well, if so you could be seeing the $350 Rift Dev Kit 2 rather soon. The company recently announced that the first round of new hardware has left the production...-> read more

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Google's Smarty Pins challenges you to a game of geography trivia

Google must have heard the cries of people desperate for something to do on lonely after-work nights, because it just launched a new trivia game called Smart Pins. Unlike QuizUp or Jeopardy, Smarty Pins (yes, the name's a pun) is a map-based game...-> read more

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Swatch's robot-made wristwear offers classic Swiss time at a tiny price

For many watch lovers, Swiss mechanical movement is the gold standard. However, it's also staggeringly expensive -- it's all too common to spend several hundred (if not several thousand) dollars just to see "Genève" on your wrist. That's what makes...-> read more

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Is Urine Actually Sterile?

There's a long held myth that urine is sterile: that you can use it to treat jellyfish stings, sterilize a wound or, hell, even drink it in an emergency. But new research suggests it may not be quite as pure as you thought.Read more...-> read more

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Why do ice cubes crack when you drop them in drinks?

The sound of summer is ice cracking as you pour yourself a cold drink. Hearing that snap and pop cools everybody down. But why does ice crack? Periodic Videos explains the reason why ice straight from freezer suffers that sudden crack versus how ice left on a tray will just melt instead of crack. Read more...-> read more

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Stuntmen in LED Suits Made This Impossible Parkour Run a Reality

The advent of CGI has allowed us to realize things on-screen we never thought would be possible—from living, breathing dinosaurs , to giant transforming robots . But it's become so over-used that over-the-top practical effects now draw the biggest wows from audiences, like Lexus' use of countless LED-suit clad stuntmen to create one unbelievable parkour run across Kuala Lumpur.Read more...-> read more

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Optical illusion painting changes its perspective as you move around it

When I started to watch this video I thought I wasn't looking at a painting but a high definition flat display that tracked your eyes, modifying a 3D model to give you the illusion of real depth. And then the magics finally get revealed. It's so simple and so damn cool.Read more...-> read more

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Here's how golden goop turns into fortune cookies

How do they get those quippy fortunes inside a fortune cookie? It starts with a goop which gets baked and perforated while still hot. The paper fortune is placed on top of the hot cookie which is then permanently folded to its infamous shape with robot hands, trapping the promises of one's future until someone makes the wise (or is it unwise?) decision to eat Chinese food for dinner.Read more...-> read more

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Prominent educators launch Higher Education Video Game Alliance

Today, HEVGA launched -- run by top educators from schools such as Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California, backed by the ESA, and with a mission of improving game education. ...-> read more

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With 45,000 Pre-Orders, The New Oculus Rift Will Start Arriving Around July 14th

Back in March, the second generation of Oculus’ work-in-progress virtual reality headset went up for pre-order for $350. No one knew exactly when the new headset would actually ship, outside of a target window of “sometime in July”. Word on the Oculus fan forums was that the company would announce more details today, and sure enough: the company has just announced that the… Read More -> read more

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SolidRun’s HummingBoard credit card-sized computer launches for $45 and up

SolidRun is now taking orders for its tiny, ARM-powered HummingBoard computer. The system looks a bit like a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, but it has a faster processor and comes in 3 different configurations. The HummingBoard sells for between $45 and $100 and it’s available for pre-order from the SolidRun website. The entry-level HummingBoard-i1 features […] SolidRun’s HummingBoard credit card-sized computer launches for $45 and up is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Microsoft thumbs nose at NSA, hardens crypto for Outlook, OneDrive

New server-side feature makes it harder for spies to snoop Microsoft has flipped the switch to activate stronger encryption on its OneDrive and Outlook.com cloud services as part of a broader effort to make it harder for the NSA and other spying agencies to snoop on its customers' data.… -> read more

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