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One of several startups endeavoring to build Elon Musk's Hyperloop vision thinks it can start building a test track to demonstrate and develop the idea next year. That's a lovely sounding idea, but let's file this plan under "insanely hypothetical."Read more...

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Last month WhatsApp rolled out a web client , and yesterday it announced support for Firefox and Opera as well as Chrome, so it seems like an opportune time to show you how to switch between your browser and your mobile. There's still no love for iOS users or for Safari right now, but the rest of you can dive right in.Read more...

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When a decades old toy breaks down and stops working with no hope of repair, you usually just toss it or find some way to recycle the parts. But what if you're as attached to that toy as you were a pet? In Japan, people are giving Sony's robot AIBO dog actual funerals to say goodbye to their faithful, electronic companions.Read more...

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Over at the FCC, the regulatory agency is voting on Net Neutrality — and they are streaming the vote live from 10:30 AM EST onward. Go watch it! The result of this vote will determine whether the internet remains a democratically-controlled common carrier, or becomes more like television, whose broadcasts are largely controlled by a handful of wealthy corporations.Read more...

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A few weeks ago, an Australian startup offered to send me a T-shirt. I'm not normally on the T-shirt beat, but this one was special. The 100-percent cotton garment featured "patented hydrophobic nanotechnology" to make it super stain-resistant. "I'll be the judge of that," I thought, and a few days later the Threadsmiths T-shirt arrived in the mail.Read more...

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Gawker Cops Say Guy with All the Burns on His Face Burned Sex Offender's Home | io9 Philip K. Dick On Fine-Tuning Your B.S.-Meter To Spot "Pseudo-Realities" | Jezebel Lindsay Lohan Says Letting Poor Kids See Her Play Is Community Service | Lifehacker The Money Conversations To Have When Your Relationship Gets Serious |Read more...

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posted about 14 hours ago on gizmodo
It's impossible to improve the gameplay of classic board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, or even Yahtzee. So how do you go about convincing people to buy more copies of a game that stays playable for decades? You re-brand it. Monopoly is already available in about a thousand different flavors, and now it's time for Yahtzee to get upgraded as a glowing, flashing flux capacitor.Read more...

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posted about 14 hours ago on gizmodo
Looks like we'll have Android Pay to answer to Apple Pay, and the RadioShack name may wind up in the hands of some millionaire. Welcome to Bitstream, all the best news tidbits and rumors you missed in the last 24 hours. Goes down great with a cup of coffee.Read more...

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posted about 15 hours ago on gizmodo
When you're in the process of building a supersonic car, you want to understand how it behaves at speed before you put a driver in it. So how, exactly, do you do that?Read more...

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posted about 16 hours ago on gizmodo
The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposal today that effectively bars Internet companies from prioritizing some Internet traffic over others. As John Oliver famously explained, "ending net neutrality would allow big companies to buy their way into the fast lane, leaving everyone else in the slow lane." Read more...

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posted about 16 hours ago on gizmodo
Graphene has a frankly overwhelming array of amazing possible uses, from body armor to seeing through walls . To that list, you can perhaps add the ability to fight cancer, too.Read more...

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posted about 17 hours ago on gizmodo
Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down.Read more...

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posted about 18 hours ago on gizmodo
Look at this neat model of air base! Those perfectly executed aircraft models: an AWACS, B-52, KC-135, E-2, F-15, F-16, F-18 and even more. That regiment of lead soldiers! I wanna play with them for hours and hours. Wait, what, this is real?Read more...

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posted about 18 hours ago on gizmodo
Samsung's new flagship phone is due very very soon, at this year's Mobile World Congress, and we're increasingly seeing leaked images of what it might look like . Now, another leak image shows what could the new S6 sat alongside its rather more radical, curved screen Edge stablemate.Read more...

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posted about 19 hours ago on gizmodo
Titanium is often used where low weight and high strength are required and money is no object—because it's extremely costly to produce. Now, a new manufacturing technique could reduce the expense, and make the material as useful for cars as it is for fighter jets.Read more...

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posted about 23 hours ago on gizmodo
Here's an awesome 3D visualization from NASA that shows how the Sahara Desert helps fertilize the Amazon rainforest even though they're on two different continents that are separated by an entire ocean. The Saharan dust is carried over by wind and the phosphorous in the dust is essential to the Amazon.Read more...

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posted 1 day ago on gizmodo
New Zealand craft brewery Garage Project reveals how they make their Hops on Pointe beer cans and it's like watching a machinery ballet unfold before our eyes. It's funny to imagine these big honking machines made of metal and wires dressed in tutus but there is a surprising elegance to the can making process.Read more...

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Who knew that rubber band balls could serve as an endless source of entertainment ? Slow Mo Lab stuck a firecracker inside one of those balls and filmed it exploding in oh so sweet slow motion. It's like watching a mummy spontaneously combust right before our eyes. Read more...

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Du nuh nuh nuh nuh, Inspector Gadget is coming to Netflix. The absolutely amazing 80s gadget adventure show is being resurrected in CGI form along with the amazing 80s spy show Danger Mouse and three other kids' shows. The best part? This is happening very soon. Inspector Gadget premieres on March 27.Read more...

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In a galaxy far, far away—12.8 billion light-years away to be more exact—is a newly-discovered supermassive black hole that weighs as much as 12 billion of our suns. The most surprising thing about the black hole, though, is not its size but its age. Read more...

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Samsung's big new flagship phone is due out very very soon at this year's Mobile World Congress, and Samsung has been teasing the shit out of it. But now, it looks like one may have made its way out into the wild. It looks refreshingly different. Read more...

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Transforming a convertible sofa into a bed can sometimes seem more complex than Optimus Prime changing into a truck. For a more compact emergency bed that's easier to move wherever you need it, check out Campeggi's Girella chair, which is as simple to transform as unrolling a sleeping bag.Read more...

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Lizard Squad was back in the news today amidst speculation that it had hacked Lenovo's website . Whether or not that's true, we can all agree that Lizard Squad is a freakin' great name for a hacker crew.Read more...

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Holy crap, it's real! Behold the first glimpse of Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen's crazy space venture: The largest airplane in history, a 385-foot (117-meter) wingspan beast designed to carry and launch a giant rocket to space, with a combined weigh of 1,200,000 pounds (540,000 kg)! Check out the mind-blowing photos.Read more...

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I've never been more impressed by something as useless as Lytro's incredible cameras. Let's hope the company can actually find something useful to do with it before it expires. Right now, the company's laying people off and going into survival mode.Read more...

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