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The biggest event in the tech world this week was, of course, the Apple event. But there was plenty going on outside of the Cupertino fruit stand. Here's the best stuff we wrote this week, including a visit to the place where NYC sends all of its poop.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Robert Sorokanich | Saturday, September 13, 2014
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The Apple Watch we got a glimpse at this week is a powerful peripheral device, but most of its tricks require it to be tethered to an iPhone in the user's pocket. Last night on Charlie Rose , Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed one thing the Watch can do on...
From: Gizmodo | By: Robert Sorokanich | Saturday, September 13, 2014
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Last night, Charlie Rose aired the first half of his two-part interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. It was a wide-ranging conversation covering Apple's current products and problems, the future of the company, and (of course) the loss of Steve Jobs. Here...
From: Gizmodo | By: Robert Sorokanich | Saturday, September 13, 2014
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Lazy Googling strikes again! A Thai textbook publisher had to recall 3,000 copies of a math textbook after it was discovered that one of the photos on the book's cover came from a porn movie. Won't somebody please think of the children?Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Robert Sorokanich | Saturday, September 13, 2014
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If you download Kindle ebooks from dubious sources aka anywhere other than Amazon, watch out. A security researcher has discovered a security hole in the "Manage Your Kindle" page on Amazon's website that outs your Amazon credentials to hackers when...
From: Gizmodo | By: Pranav Dixit | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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You're not going to be able to use that NFC chip in your shiny new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus for anything other than Apple Pay . No tapping to pair your phone with NFC-enabled speakers, no NFC tags all over your house, no nothing. Sorry to burst your...
From: Gizmodo | By: Pranav Dixit | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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NASA Inspector General Paul Martin has alerted of the awful state of the asteroid defense system, a program mandated by Congress in 2005 to detect and track at least 90 percent near-Earth objects greater than 460 feet (140 meters) in diameter by 2020....
From: Gizmodo | By: Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Jesus Diaz to Gizmodo | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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2033 is the last single from French musician Leon. The video—directed by Thomas Blanchard—is kaleidoscopic collage of images that drags you into a psychedelic vortex of colors, shapes, and pop music. It may be too early to pop any pills, but coffee...
From: Gizmodo | By: Omar Kardoudi on Sploid, shared by Jesus Diaz to Gizmodo | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Pirating ebooks is a breeze . Their file sizes are so small that it usually takes all of 60 seconds between a Google search and having the book on your Kindle. Now, publishers have hit upon a solution that they hope will trip up pirates: an invisible,...
From: Gizmodo | By: Pranav Dixit | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Nope, you can't escape advertising. Flipboard, the gorgeous mobile reading app with over 100 million users, will now start showing you full-page video ads as you try to catch up on your reading. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Pranav Dixit | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Man, Google really is all in on drones. After testing delivery drones as a part of its Project Wing program , the company has now asked the FCC for permission to test drones that could eventually be used to deliver internet access to remote areas of...
From: Gizmodo | By: Pranav Dixit | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Here's a video that shows the full custom build process for Kindred Snowboards. They plan the design, get the wood, glue parts together, shave it down, add materials, press it together, clean up the edges and do so many things to one board that it may...
From: Gizmodo | By: Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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If you're a Spotify Premium subscriber in the U.S, you can now access Spotify on your Amazon Fire TV. You can control you music using the Spotify app on a mobile phone or a tablet, so music streams can switch from mobile to the TV seamlessly and leave...
From: Gizmodo | By: Pranav Dixit | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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If you head over to your Facebook Apps Settings page, you'll be shocked to know how many useless apps you've got attached to your account. My account, for instance, is hooked up to 448 apps (there's something called "are u in love?!?!? <3" in there)....
From: Gizmodo | By: Pranav Dixit | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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ADHD made an animation that exposes the hilarious cycle of evolution. Monkeys eating fruit turn into monkeys eating raw meat turn into people using fire to cook food to inventing the wheel to making art to landing on the moon to putting dumb videos on...
From: Gizmodo | By: Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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These photographs by Rebecca Litchfield make it seem as if the apocalypse has come and gone and the world is in complete ruins. Not quite. They're actually photographs of countries and places that were a part of the former Soviet Union. The forgotten...
From: Gizmodo | By: Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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No narration, no breakaway interviews, just a world-class chef developing and perfecting a brand new avant-garde menu in his private food laboratory. El Bulli: Cooking in Progress is more Paul Ehrlich than Paul Beard, but you'll still find yourself drooling.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Tarantola | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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As part of Apple's ongoing glasnost campaign, Tim Cook was on Charlie Rose last Friday . Part two airs tonight and it looks like it will be a lot meatier, just based on the clip released today: Cook will apparently talk more about the role of privacy...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Monday, September 15, 2014
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As they say, sex has consequences, even for male beetles. In their quest to eradicate an invasive beetle, scientists have created "femme fatale" decoys that lure the males in and zap 'em dead—just as the unsuspecting males think they might be getting...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Gawker Kanye Responds to Wheelchair Incident: "I'm a Married, Christian Man" | Jalopnik Your Guide To The Explosive Airbag Recall That Affects 14 Million Cars | Jezebel What Former Sluts Tell Their Daughters About Sex | Kotaku The Internet Reacts To...
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Did you know beloved LA radio station KCRW has an all-music broadcast and streaming service called Eclectic24? Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Alfred Hitchcock, our master of suspense, was incredibly good at manipulating his audience—a fact that has now come in handy for neuroscientists. When they screened a Hitchcock thriller for volunteers in a brain scanner, they found that brain activity...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Earlier today, we got a glimpse inside one of the planes carrying hundreds of thousands of shiny new smartphones all the way across the Pacific, straight into our greedy little fingers. But—can we ever really know what's hiding beneath those giant...
From: Gizmodo | By: Ashley Feinberg | Monday, September 15, 2014
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"We've lost more Americans on the highways than we've lost in all the wars that we've ever fought," says Jim Hall, the former head of the National Transportation Safety Board in a new video from the New York Times. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Matt Novak on Paleofuture, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Wouldn't we all love to live in a city where floating dirigibles shared the horizon alongside the glass towers of our modern skylines? Such is the wild world featured in the highly complex, geographically accurate illustrations of Icelandic artist Kristjana...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Today we learned that popular 1990s soda/xtreme sports pump-up drink Surge is back: Amazon will now deliver a 12-pack to your house for $14. If you hadn't thought about Surge since the late 1990s, it was probably a trip to see that distinctive green...
From: Gizmodo | By: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Have you ever held your smartphone up to your laptop screen and thought about how cool it would be if the two devices could work together, physically? Well now, thanks to a team from the MIT Media Lab, they can. New software lets you use your smartphone...
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Other than the times we notice our battery bars inching towards the red or our screens go silent, we usually don't think too about how it is our phones actually function. But as a new video from the Reaction YouTube channel shows, there's a whole host...
From: Gizmodo | By: Ashley Feinberg | Monday, September 15, 2014
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You are looking at the second of the two Boeing 747 space shuttle carriers being taken to its resting place at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, in Palmdale, California. After many two decades ferrying the space shuttles across the country, the two legendary...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Self-weighing suitcases aren't a new idea , in fact, they've been available in stores for years now. But in order to actually weight the contents of your luggage, you need to zip the suitcase up and then lift the whole thing by the handle. To make things...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Monday, September 15, 2014
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For those who simply can't hold out for power laces , the Halloween costume version of Marty McFly's Nikes from Back to the Future Part II are quite convincing. And unlike the limited-edition Air Mags that Nike produced in 2011, which are going for bajillions...
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More than any other title in very recent history, Minecraft has permanently changed gaming. Motion control? 1080p at 60 frames per second? They've got nothing on an infinite world full of vaguely 8-bit-looking blocks. With its purchase of Minecraft and...
From: Gizmodo | By: Eric Limer | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Hell hath no fury like an iTunes user with a free U2 album. For all the haters who despise the very concept of Songs of Innocence casually rubbing up against their curated iTunes collection, Apple just published a very quick one-click fix to rid your...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jordan Kushins | Monday, September 15, 2014
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It must be 'let's creep out the populous' month over at MIT because in addition to revealing the school's untethered robot cheetah today, there's another video showing the latest progress on its development of a highly articulated robot snake. Which...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Monday, September 15, 2014
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If you're hoping for a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and haven't nailed yours down yet, you're effectively screwed for the time being. But if you were one of the lucky 4 million buyers, there's a decent-ish chance your shiny new toy is in the photo above, where...
From: Gizmodo | By: Ashley Feinberg | Monday, September 15, 2014
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In a remote stretch of the Amazon rainforest, a skinny steel tower will soon rise over 1,000 feet into the sky—higher than the Eiffel Tower, way higher than the trees. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a joint effort by Brazil and Germany to figure...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Monday, September 15, 2014
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If you're in favor of a neutral internet—one that's doled out equally to everyone, not preferentially to whomever pays the toll—you've got a few more hours to do something about it. At least, to do something about it the official way, by submitting...
From: Gizmodo | By: Meg Neal | Monday, September 15, 2014
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With 28% of the popular vote , the Travelpro FlightCrew4 22" Rollaboard made it through your security checkpoints to be crowned the Best Carry On Luggage.Read more......
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Mountain goats have an uncanny ability to traverse the steepest of terrains without so much as the slightest misstep. So it only makes sense that if one were designing a prosthetic leg for human mountain climbers they would look towards nature's masters...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Yesterday, The New York Times published a provocative opinion piece by a Cornell medical school professor that argued for adding lithium to our drinking water. It's an interesting idea! It is not, however, a new one. In fact, one of America's favorite...
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Amazon has a great selection of Ken Burns' incredible documentaries discounted this week. We're not even going to attempt to recommend just one. [Ken Burns]Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Shep McAllister, Commerce Team | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Headphones are gaudy fashion statements these days, which is why it's nice to see Sony go with a minimalist design that recalls some of its early Walkman cans.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Mario Aguilar | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Cortana is coming to Windows 9 , according to these screenshots coming to us by way of German blog WinFuture, which show her off in a very experimental form. Not much of a surprise, but they seem to confirm what we're already expecting—that the digital...
From: Gizmodo | By: Leslie Horn | Monday, September 15, 2014
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When drug manufacturer Seattle Genetics needed an effective way to promote its cancer-fighting antibody-drug conjugate medicines at a trade show, it enlisted a company called Creative Machines to design and build this amazing ball contraption that actually...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Collecting biological samples from a whale is about as difficult as it sounds. The animals are easily stressed by the rumblings of large research vessels or manned helicopters and quick to run. Instead, a team of researchers has developed a novel quadcopter...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Tarantola | Monday, September 15, 2014
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A loophole in Audible's security is making it easy to get unlimited free audiobooks, as long as you have no moral qualms about using a fake name and credit card. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Monday, September 15, 2014
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After 6 years and over one billion dollars in development, the FBI has just announced that its sinister new biometric facial recognition software system is finally complete. Meaning that, starting soon, photos of your face along with tens of millions...
From: Gizmodo | By: Ashley Feinberg | Monday, September 15, 2014
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No one really likes them , but printers are actually more sophisticated than you might give them credit for. Given the right circumstances, hackers can take advantage of those guts. One recently did just that with a classic hack that never gets old:...
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Samsung is continually improving upon the quality of its smartphone displays, and the screens on the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Edge are no exception. In fact, according to extensive testing from DisplayMate, one of them has the best smartphone display...
From: Gizmodo | By: Dr. Raymond Soneira - DisplayMate Technologies | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Sony's trio of full-frame mirrorless cameras, the a7, a7r, and a7s, are wonderfully capable machines . Unfortunately there just aren't that many native lenses to choose from. Today, a new super-wide zoom enters the fold that will hopefully make these...
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