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Online panhandling is out of control. With Kickstarter and Indiegogo's tendencies to wash their hands of the garbage on their sites, scams and impossible projects are in a golden age. While fantastically impossible bullshit abounds , these are but a few of the most egregious. Read more...

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Samsung's 64GB MicroSD card has fantastic reviews, and early Black Friday pricing today on Amazon. This is the best deal we've ever seen on this card, save for a short-lived price mistake which allowed a few of our lucky Twitter followers to score one for $1. [Samsung 64GB EVO Class 10 Micro SDXC with Adapter, $25]Read more...

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Remember the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter? Well, someone has gone and created a modern trailer for the film and it makes me want to 1) Watch the movie on repeat and 2) See a sequel or remake finally get made. Too bad that will probably never happen.Read more...

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Last week we were given a stark reminder of just how far the toy industry has to go in making great toys for girls that promote engineering, in the form of this Barbie travesty . Here's a nice antidote from a UX design firm called Slice of Lime: Nübi, a connected toy prototype that aims to teach basic programming skills to kids of any gender.Read more...

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Impressive video of a new Norwegian Naval Strike Missile tested off the coat of Andøya, in northern Norway: The 400-pound, four-meter-long, 150-kilometer-range weapon hit and blew up the frigate KNM Trondheim.Read more...

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The Alienware Alpha sounds awesome. It's smaller and more powerful than the PS4 and Xbox One. It doubles as an actual Windows PC! But be warned: it's not as easy to use as a game console, not as foolproof. It's not nearly the slam dunk I was hoping it would be.Read more...

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Spotify might grab most of the headlines (and users) but Rdio is a worthy competitor in the streaming music market, with apps for multiple platforms, a clear and clean interface, and some useful features hidden behind the scenes. If you're an Rdio user read on for ten tips that can help you get more out of your monthly subscription.Read more...

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The power shortages, brown-outs, and rolling blackouts that have long plagued Los Angeles county during times of peak energy usage may soon be a thing of the past now that the region's energy utility has signed on with battery-maker AES Southland to install a massive, 400MW auxiliary power solution. Read more...

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My favorite part of Android Lollipop is having a secure PIN code on my phone but never having to type it in, thanks to the new Trusted Devices and Trusted Places options that bypass the lock screen when I don't need it. If you've got an older Android phone, there's good news: An app can bring you the same great trick. Read more...

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Ever wonder why big cable companies can do whatever they want ? It's partly because the FCC keeps its revolving door spinning . But it's also worth knowing that the politicians in charge of regulating the telecom industry not only receive campaign funds from them ; some of them directly invest in companies like AT&T and Comcast.Read more...

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If you're already feeling self-conscious about the tiny one-bedroom apartment you call home, this stunning sixth-scale house designed for dolls or action figures isn't going to make you feel any better about your living arrangements. But it will give you something to aspire to one day, because this isn't Barbie's dream house, it's everyone's dream house.Read more...

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There's good news, and there's bad news. The good news is that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is getting really close to finalizing its rules for commercial drones. The bad news is that those rules could be terribly restrictive.Read more...

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The Nexus 6 is Google's new (and wonderful ) behemoth flagship, so of course the folks at iFixit took the first opportunity to vivisect it for your pleasure. Inside that big, beautiful body is plenty of room for the requisite guts: A big battery, badass brains, and even a secret LED .Read more...

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A weapon from seven decades ago created a crisis in France this week. A team digging out a new metro line in Rennes, France found an enormous 550-lb. bomb from World War II lodged in the ground near City Hall. Over 3,000 people had to evacuate their homes.Read more...

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Deadspin ESPN Suspends Keith Law From Twitter For Defending Evolution [UPDATE] | Jezebel If Your Career Stalled Because of Your Husband, Call It Like It Is | Kotaku You Lose Actual Blood Every Time You're Shot With This Controller | Lifehacker Five Best Android Phones: 2014 Edition Read more...

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It can't be easy being the lesser partner in the most famous robot duo in movie history, so kudos to Sideshow Collectibles for giving its new sixth-scale C-3PO figure as much TLC as it did for its recent R2-D2. Because a droid that specializes in protocol and languages sounds like it would make for a pretty boring action figure, but this is 12-inches of collectible art as far as any Star Wars collector is concerned.Read more...

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Expanding luggage designed to accommodate your dirty clothes, souvenirs, and stolen towels at the end of a vacation are nothing new. But the FUGU luggage doesn't just add a couple of extra inches of capacity. It expands from nine inches tall to 27 inches tall, meaning you could actually pack for a whole extra person should you find yourself suddenly married after a Vegas weekend.Read more...

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"The nearest thing to an artist-in-residence from outer space." That's how Isaac Asimov once described Robert T. McCall, the renowned illustrator, conceptual artist, space-scene painter, official NASA artist, and creator of legendary movie posters including 2001: A Space Odyssey.Read more...

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Thanksgiving is almost here and it's already wreaking havoc in transportation systems all across the United States. New York City is an extreme case of this, with JFK and LaGuardia airports seeing a surge in traffic before and after the key holidays, as illustrated by this beautiful interactive taxi data visualization.Read more...

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Super nerds will know that ever since Windows 7 there's been a curious numbering scheme in Microsoft's OS that actually meant Windows 8.1 was, under the hood, called Windows NT 6.3. No longer!Read more...

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The self-driving car is still a little way off hitting the mainstream , but when it does it could change the way we travel around our cities. Certainly design consultancy IDEO thinks so, if these concepts are anything to go by.Read more...

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It's not just old rock albums that get remastered when technology moves on: this image of Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa, has just been given a revamp by scientists from NASA.Read more...

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The up-close footage from the ill fated launch attempt of the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket has just released, almost a month later. It's terrifying.Read more...

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In 1948, the Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the U.S. movie market. Declaring the big eight a monopoly and ordering them to divest of their ownership of movie theaters and cease other non-competitive practices, with U.S. v. Paramount Pictures, et al., the Court opened the movie industry to independent producers and theaters, and indelibly changed the way we see films (and the films we see).Read more...

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The Soyuz TMA-15M rocket launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just last night. The craft will carry three astronauts up to the International Space Station where they'll undertake a five and a half month mission. And install a coffee machine . [NASA]Read more...

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