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So, remember that new Amazon payment scheme that’s going to revolutionize self-publishing by dolling out royalties based on pages read rather than copies sold? Remember how that was going to reward authors who can keep readers hooked rather than folks who can crank out 500 page-tombs that nobody has the gusto to finish?Read more...

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Our ruthless new era of super-efficient global shipping has made it irrelevant. Read more...

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Over 200 people have been killed racing the Isle of Man TT. Who are they and why do they do that? A new film from the world’s top aerial cinematographers seeks to answer that question. Read more...

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Ancient by information age standards, Hunter is an Army drone that’s been in use since the Kosovo War in 1999. At 2,000 pounds, it’s neither sleek nor personal, more of a family car that’s hardy enough to have abundant cup holders than a hot rod. But with a heavy fuel internal combustion engine that allows it to operate from unimproved airstrips, Hunter can fly for over 18 hours, giving it the endurance and range necessary to support ground operations out to some distance.Read more...

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Is the hoverboard just over the horizon? Not quite. But you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise!Read more...

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3DlightFX has a new series of Star Wars-themed 3D Deco Lights enroute including this tiny glowing version of the Death Star that appears to be smashing its way through your wall thanks to an included decal surrounding its mount.Read more...

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Duplicate files can cause all kinds of problems on your computer, taking up precious storage room, confusing your photo or media manager apps, and generally getting in the way of searches and other operations when you’d rather they didn’t. You don’t have to accept duplicate files as an inevitability of running a PC, though: Here’s how to get rid of them.Read more...

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Do you like your face? Then you’re going to love MasterCard’s new ID Check security system. The experimental feature uses your camera’s front-facing camera and facial recognition technology so that you can pay with your face. MasterCard thinks millenials will love it.Read more...

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Who doesn’t love having an ultra-thin smartphone you can slip into your pocket? But during hot summer days with little room to breathe, that collection of plastic, metal, and silicon can get a pretty heated—especially when charging. That’s why Chevrolet is introducing a smartphone air conditioner as a thing we need.Read more...

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Oh. My. Holy. Bananas. This shark attack video from Hillary Rae shows an 11 and a half foot shark biting and gnawing and trying to rip open an underwater cage with such fury and abandon and ferocity that it looks like the killer beast might actually break through. You get an up close view of the razor sharp teeth and feel the enormity of the monster.Read more...

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The second episode of the moody, surprisingly accurate hacker drama that’s your new crack aired last night on USA to much fanfare. So how does it stack up to the pilot that already nabbed a second season ?Read more...

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We have all seen Hunt For The Red October, Crimson Tide and other submarine films, but what is life really like aboard the world’s most advanced and silent submarines? One of our go-to submariners, who told us the story of an epic maritime beer run , takes us into this shadowy world, one with a language all its own , and gives us an inside look at life below the waves.Read more...

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Deadspin What Are The Knicks Doing? | io9 Why Hasn’t Game Of Thrones Featured This Bizarre Execution Method Yet? | Jezebel How Realistic Is Leanne’s Backstory on Orange Is the New Black? | Lifehacker The Most Common Embarrassing Social Blunders and How to Bounce Back |Read more...

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Ever since the iPhone 4, Apple’s followed a kind of tick-tock process of updating its money-making iPhone. Tick: Recreate hardware and looks from the ground up. Tock: Tweak, tweak, tweak. After last year’s iPhone 6, 2015 is a tock year. And while there are some things to be excited about, cosmetics is definitely not one of them.Read more...

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If there’s one thing a plastic resin 3D printer is good at, it’s making custom toys. And Michael Sng’s Machination Studio has created the ultimate example of what 3D-printed toys can be with the HMC Boudicca; a 20-inch tall walking mechanized tank with more detailed animated features than even R2-D2 has.Read more...

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The Atlantic just released a short clip from The Dickumentary: A Short History of the Penis,a new documentary about penises from filmmaker Sofian Khan. Read more...

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Have you ever found yourself staring at Facebook, blinking in disbelief because you can’t quite fathom why something is so popular? Well you might just be victim of a network quirk that makes it appear as though something is common—when in fact it’s actually rare.Read more...

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Most Americans have never heard of it, but according to new federal data, sepsis is the most expensive cause of hospitalization in the US.Read more...

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The joys of a simple Twitter slanging match. Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure has taken T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s criticism of his new “All-In” wireless plan badly. It’s like being in a playground with very wealthy people.Read more...

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Prince is starting to remove his back catalog from music streaming services, with tracks disappearing from Spotify and Rdio so far. They’re still available on Google Play, Deezer and Tidal—though it’s not clear how long that will last.Read more...

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Anki delivered a devastating blow to slot cars with its original Drive set, giving tiny RC cars a brain so they could stay on a track without the need for a peg underneath. But with Overdrive slot cars are officially dead now that your track can be any shape you want, complete with U-turns, intersections, and jumps.Read more...

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Chatbots are notoriously difficult to make work well . But now Google’s developed a new conversational AI that uses neural networks to learn from movie dialogue—and it can just about hold down conversations about ethics and VPN problems.Read more...

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New color images acquired by NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft show us Pluto as we’ve never seen it before—and on its surface appear to be a series of giant spots that scientists can not yet explain.Read more...

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EFF has noted and protested when authorities deliberately cut off Internet access in times of unrest. As a restraint on the freedom of expression of those affected, communication blackouts during protests are unconscionable. But recent research by Anita Gohdes, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim, suggests that Internet shutdowns are becoming part of a toolkit for more violent repression.Read more...

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With one hand Apple giveth, and with the other, it rips a long-standing feature away with no warning. Read more...

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