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With spring comes the launch of another Samsung Galaxy phone. The S6 and S6 Edge are on their way into the hands of the masses, so we thought we would fire up the cameras and see how the newbies fare against tried and true competitors for the title of...
From: Gizmodo | By: Michael Hession | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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It's Earth Hour this weekend. And no matter how you feel about its message, I think we can all agree that seeing cities blanketed in darkness is chilling. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, photograph the darkness of Earth Hour.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Mark Wilson | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Github is getting hammered by a huge distributed-denial-of-service attack. Looks like it pissed off the wrong pro-censorship group: The attack is aimed at two popular projects, Great Fire and CN-NY Times, that help Chinese citizens get around their government's...
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Deadspin Aaron Hernandez's Fiancée Testifies, Doesn't Flip On Him | Jalopnik A Train From 1836 Could Be Buried In Brooklyn Because Of Petty Politics | Jezebel Which Sad and 'Very Famous' Actress Is Seeking Life Advice on Reddit? | Kotaku Bloodborne...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jane-Claire Quigley | Friday, March 27, 2015
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We asked for the worst stories you had about working in IT. You rose to the challenge and then some. We may need to wipe and reboot our brains to recover from these.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kaila Hale-Stern | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The evolution of any smartphone is a long, drawn-out process. But when you cram it all down into a four-second GIF, the results are pretty mesmerizing. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Darren Orf | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The butterfly is one of nature's most graceful creations, but with upgrades from Festo, this robotic doppleganger is better equipped to navigate large spaces. It might flap and flutter like the real thing, but this butterfly is 100 percent artificial—although...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Friday, March 27, 2015
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A shotgun shell can achieve anything from lightly peppering a clay target at close range to taking down a deer at 35 yards. And that huge variance in capability can all come out the business end of a single gun. That's because you can precisely tailor...
From: Gizmodo | By: Wes Siler | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Here are some things that won't make water boil faster: watching the pot, adding salt. And here's something that does: nanostructures made from plant viruses, which subtly alter the physical properties of bubbling water. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The Royal Navy's successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably...
From: Jalopnik | By: Adam Clark Estes | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Today at 12:42 p.m. PDT/3:42 p.m. EDT, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to begin his year-long journey to the International Space Station — a voyage which, if successful, will surpass the U.S. record for longest-duration human spaceflight by...
From: Gizmodo | By: Robbie Gonzalez | Friday, March 27, 2015
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We're still trying to understand the horrific Germanwings tragedy. But already, some people are suggesting it could have been prevented if a computer had been flying the plane. But that's not the solution. We spoke to an expert about why an A.I. pilot...
From: Gizmodo | By: George Dvorsky | Friday, March 27, 2015
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After years of speculating about possible futures in his writing, William Gibson recently tried out one the world's contemporary science fictions come true. At SXSW, he strapped on a Gear VR headset for the first time.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Mario Aguilar | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Five fingers at the end of an arm has turned out to be a fantastic tool for humans, but coordinating so many digits is a lot to ask of a robot. So inspired by the stretchy tongue on a gecko , engineers at Festo have come with a bulbous-looking water-filled...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Amazon's Top 100 book list changes hourly, but there are a few mainstays right now: All the Light We Cannot See, of course, and the unreleased Go Set a Watchman. Oh, and two coloring books for grownups. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Friday, March 27, 2015
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A drum full of radioactive waste exploded at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico last February, sparking serious safety concerns about the U.S.'s only longterm nuclear storage site. A yearlong government investigation has officially fingered...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Friday, March 27, 2015
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So you replaced the letter "e" with "3" and capitalized a random letter, and now you think your password is secure ? Nope. Hackers (and the NSA) know those tricks, too. That's why you should use this crazy dice technique to create a practically unbreakable...
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Google is working on an exciting new feature for YouTube: videos you can't watch! Blame your shitty computer and internet connection.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Darren Orf | Friday, March 27, 2015
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My neighborhood is experiencing a crime wave. Just on my block in the last week, several packages were stolen from doorsteps and tires have been slashed on at least two cars. I found all of this out from an app that's quickly becoming our neighborhood's...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The Control Center joined the iOS party with version 7.0 and is a useful way of accessing shortcuts for Wi-Fi, brightness, music control and so on. However, it can pop up inadvertently when you're gaming, browsing maps, or binge-watching your way through...
From: Gizmodo | By: David Nield | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Gardens are beautiful and all but they're almost always inconveniently located on the ground. Instead of stooping to smell the roses, this garden comes to you: A suspended, living arrangement of 2,300 flowers which rises and fall around viewers as they...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Friday, March 27, 2015
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A $50 media player is becoming a threat to North Korea's oppressive, isolationist regime. Many North Koreans are using cheap, portable Chinese media players to learn about the outside world and watch contraband foreign TV, news, and films. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Around 400 people live inside the flood channels underneath Las Vegas and it's such a fascinating underworld that is so different from the neon-lit indulgence and styrofoam extravagance that Sin City is known for. Matthew O'Brien has been visiting the...
From: Gizmodo | By: Casey Chan | Friday, March 27, 2015
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io9 Hilarious TV Ads From The Dawn Of The Home Computer Era | Jalopnik Mercedes Is Building A Mid-Sized Luxury Pickup, World Has Gone Mad | Jezebel Victoria's Big Fuckin' Secret: Your Returned Underwear Gets Shredded | Kotaku It's Friday, Why Not Play...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jane-Claire Quigley | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Route 66. The Autobahn. The Trans-Eurasian Belt Development? The head of Russia's railway system has proposed a superhighway through Siberia across the Bering Strait that would link Europe with the United States through Russia. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Facebook's concept drones look crazy cool, your SSD is about to get way better, and pics of the new LG G4 (maybe). This is all the news and rumors you missed yesterday, all on BitStream.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Darren Orf | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The CEO of Chinese internet video site Leshi TV, Jia Yueting, has posted an image to his verified Weibo page which depicts Adolf Hitler wearing an armband emblazoned with the Apple logo.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, March 27, 2015
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This beautiful satellite image shows one of the most saddening long-term natural disasters on Earth. The black patch in the upper left corner is the remaining body of the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia—which...
From: Gizmodo | By: Attila Nagy | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The concept of ensuring we keep global temperature rises below 2 °C t is often quoted in the media. But that target—decided upon during international climate talks—may not be enough to save the planet's species.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, March 27, 2015
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In 2004, NASA landed its Opportunity rover on Mars. Initially intended to run for 90 days, it's now spent 11 years trundling around the planet. At this rate, it'll still be roaming around on the red rust by the time we terraform the place.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, March 27, 2015
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These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they're an experiment in collaborative robots—the kind of co-working that could fuel the factories of the future.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, March 27, 2015
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You never forget the first time you see an iceberg. The horizon of a ship at sea is a two dimensional space and to see a three dimensional piece of ice appear in the ocean is quite something. But, in truth, the first iceberg you see is likely to be small....
From: Gizmodo | By: Mark Brandon | Friday, March 27, 2015
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This isn't a new kind of tooth rotter, but an exotic new breed of nanoribbon and nanoplate semiconductors. Made from silicon telluride, they may go on to be used in the batteries of the future.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Newspaper writers always joke about how their industry is all about selling dead trees. Well, one artist decided to flip that around, making dead trees emerge from newspapers. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Chris Mills | Friday, March 27, 2015
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We though we'd seen the best of the solar eclipse images, but this video — unearthed by Reddit — has been hiding out on YouTube, saving the absolute best for last. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Chris Mills | Friday, March 27, 2015
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HTC's latest revision to its One smartphone might not be all that revolutionary , but it's still a damn good phone. If you prioritize great design over the latest and greatest features, the One M9 might be the Android handset you need in your life. And,...
From: Gizmodo | By: Chris Mills | Friday, March 27, 2015
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In a post-iPhone world, saying that apps are useless will probably get you beheaded in the startup community. But the (brave) designers behind Olio, a gorgeous new smartwatch with a minimalist feature set are saying exactly that. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Chris Mills | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The ultimate expression of the lazy smart home is probably turning the lights off from your phone. It's not necessary, and it probably doesn't even save any time ; but damn it's cool. This switch will let you do that, without needing to be an electrical...
From: Gizmodo | By: Chris Mills | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Your typical thunderstorm strikes in summer, when the atmosphere is full of warm, moist air. So when lightning strikes in the middle of a winter blizzard, there is something strange going on. Thundersnow involves an entirely different type of lightning,...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Hey, remember Portal on the DS ? Well, Portal (or at least a demo of it) is now also on the 3DS. It's not an official Valve product, of course—as if Valve would ever make another video game!—but it still does the job.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Luke Plunkett | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Virtual reality isn't ready yet. Oh, it's damn good —but it can't quite fully convince you that you are someplace you're not. But how sure are you of the "real world," anyhow? Today, Oculus guru Michael Abrash used these kickass optical illusions to...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sean Hollister | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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I used to shake my cane at the sky and declare "I just don't get kids today and their GIFsets." Then I went to work for Tumblr.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kaila Hale-Stern | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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It happened late on Tuesday night. Of course I was working. "Have you seen this?" my colleague Chris Mills texted. He followed up with the link to a site where a rather devilish-looking UX professional promised to get drunk and evaluate the website of...
From: Gizmodo | By: Annalee Newitz | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Pretty much all we know about the NSA's headquarters comes from a single undated public domain photo that floats around the internet. This irked Jack Self, who embarked upon an investigative journey to string together the first-ever design history of...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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If you take a temporary factory job at Amazon, you have to sign away your ability to work almost anywhere else, for 18 months after your gig is finished.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Gawker What We Know About the Germanwings Flight and Its Pilot, Andreas Lubitz | io9 8 Things People Say In Interviews That Usually Mean A Movie Will Suck | Jalopnik Clarkson: 'Leave Oisin Alone, None Of This Is His Fault' | Kotaku My Time In Police...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jane-Claire Quigley | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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This past Sunday workers demolishing a former telescope factory in Pittsburgh were surprised to find a 19th century time capsule in the cornerstone. Now the demolition company is claiming that it has every right to keep the capsule — along with the...
From: Gizmodo | By: Matt Novak | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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The 9.0 Tohoku earthquake damaged thousands of buildings when it ripped through Japan four years ago. Much of that debris is gone now, but the broken buildings had an invisible effect, too: The earthquake released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Lockheed has a new modular sensor system for combat aircraft dubbed the "Legion Pod" that aims at plugging a major hole in US air warfare capability. It provides a bolt-on Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for optically hunting down enemy aircraft,...
From: Gizmodo | By: Tyler Rogoway | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Oh man, this video is absolutely horrifying. Put together by AAA, it shows how distracted teenagers are when they drive. You see drivers take their eyes off the road to text, people ignoring cars while they're on the phone and a lot of them just not...
From: Gizmodo | By: Casey Chan | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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