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Well, that didn't take long. After Microsoft bought the hit email app Acompli (it was even one of our favorite apps of last year ) last month, they turned it around pretty quickly into an official Outlook app for iOS and Android. Outlook joins Office as Microsoft continues its mobile software push beyond Windows Phone.Read more...

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The BBC flew a drone over the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today to show off what it looks like and it's absolutely haunting. Over a million people died in this concentration camp from 1940 to 1945. It's been 70 years since the Soviets liberated the camp and it's still so tragic to see.Read more...

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Super Bowl Sunday is only a few days away and all anyone really wants to talk about is deflated footballs. We don't care about any of that. We just like to see how things get made. Here's a NY Times video that shows you the inside of a Wilson Football Factory. They get sewed together, flipped inside out, stitched, shaped and pumped.Read more...

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This is the European Space Agency's test spaceplane, which is planned to go on a 100 minute mission without a crew on February 11. It will blast off from Kourou, French Guiana. Read more...

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All those fantastic special effects in Marvel's and other sci-fi movies are child play compared to something real like the Advanced Test Reactor core at the Idaho National Laboratory. The blue glow is caused by something called the Vavilov-Cherenkov radiation:Read more...

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Feeling a bit under the weather? Have some chocolate: the best medical minds of the seventeenth century claim that it'll cure just about anything. Seriously. Read more...

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AdBlock's been around the internet for ages, but it only extends to the edges of your browser window. What if a device existed that could block logos and brand names from the world around you? Read more...

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Someone posted this photo on Reddit with this title: "So I got a glimpse of the future this morning..." And indeed, we are going to see this more and more in a near future. I am a big fan of virtual reality that can really fool your brain. I want to live in other worlds, but the consequences are not going to be pretty.Read more...

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When Ricardo Brown from Spokane, Washington got his most recent bill from Comcast, he had an extra special reason to be dismayed. It wasn't the pricey charges—we're all used to that by now. No, it was that on this particular bill, Comcast appears to have misspelled his name. By replacing it with the word "Asshole."Read more...

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The internet is full of lies, hoaxes, and misinformation. And we, we are only human. Whether it's with some dumb fake news site or a viral photo that won't die or an misread Onion headline, we've all been a proven too gullible at some point. Tell us your most embarrassing story. Read more...

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Siri, Cortana and Alexa are robotic personal assistants, but they are also women. They live in your pockets, their skinny smart phone bodies executing your every command. They are intimate with you. But they are also, as Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore said at the Windows 10 keynote last week, "a member of your family."Read more...

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Is there a difference between "Yep" and "Yep :)" when you chat online? Seems like an odd quibble to focus on during the biggest drug trial of the decade, but it's not trivial. The meaning of internet-speak cuts to the heart of the Silk Road trial.Read more...

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When was the last time you sent a fax? 2000? 1995? Never and you hardly even know what a fax is because you're just too young? Fair enough. But the fax machine was the high-tech device of its day. And even in the world of Back to the Future Part II, it plays an important role. Which is probably why it looks so silly to us here in the year 2015.Read more...

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Playing with your food is a real no-no when you're a kid. But once you're old enough to head off to college, it suddenly becomes OK—at least if Animal House taught us anything. And OK or not, it's all but impossible to resist playing around with a boiled egg that's been molded into the shape of soccer, tennis, and golf balls.Read more...

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When you're the leader of the free world, you can't just zip around in some crappy Cessna you bought for the price of a Mustang GT . You gotta fly in something nice, something that makes it look like our country still has its shit together. For this reason, the Air Force has chosen the new Boeing 747-8 to be the next Air Force One. Read more...

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NATO formally ended combat operations at the end of 2014, but the U.S. military couldn't just...leave. No, pulling out of Afghanistan was a massive operation in itself, one that took three years of planning and cost an estimated $28 billion—just to get out.Read more...

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New York was pretty much a cesspool in the 19th century. "We were a laughingstock," as anthropologist and trash historian Robin Nagle once put it. But in an odd way, New York owes its current success to its refuse—after all, it's built on the stuff.Read more...

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Bill Gates has high hopes for digital currency as an important banking tool for the poor. But Bitcoin isn't one of those currencies, he said in a Reddit AMA today. At least not in its current form.Read more...

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The baddest action camera on the block is about to get even better. We just got an exclusive look at the first GoPro camera to capture silky smooth 240fps slow motion in glorious high definition. We've got the very first footage from a GoPro Hero4 equipped with a hot new firmware update that will bring that and much more. And I scored that footage at the Winter X Games this weekend while strapped to a snowboard.Read more...

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Not all spider silk is created equal. Some spiders spin webs of wet, sticky silk. Others like the Uloborus spider have fluffy webs made of nanoscale filaments. But those fluffy webs are just as good at catching prey, likely thanks to their electrostatic charge. Read more...

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Deepak Chopra, online werewolf and mortal nemesis of Gizmodo's Matt Novak, wants you to know the possiblities are infinite. A message he decided to share with the world using the only medium that matters anymore—his Twitter avatar. The possibilities are so infinite, in fact, that he has freed himself from the shackles of spelling. B freee!Read more...

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Blessed are those with perfect vision, but the rest of us poor, nearly blind souls know the torture that is looking for sunglasses when we already have to wear glasses. The options are Fitovers that jut out like VR goggles or flimsy clip-ons or prescription sunglasses ($$$) or god forbid transition lens. (Please don't get me started on contacts.) But what if transition lens didn't look totally silly? It's possible! Thanks to chemistry. Read more...

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The brave men and women living in a (mock) Martian base (in Utah), have met a (mock) brutal and fiery end. After an (actual) greenhouse fire sent flames soaring up 10 feet into the air, our (mock) astronauts have been laid to rest (in their respective homes as they see fit). Goodbye and godspeed, you magnificent pioneers. Read more...

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On an obscure webpage that looks like it's been barely updated in the last decade there's a link to download a PDF with the unassuming name of "NDSP Catalog." Click it and you'll find pretty much every drug you can dream up: meth, cocaine, heroin, MDMA—nearly 800 compounds in all. Welcome to the scientist's stash of illegal drugs, available for free from the government.Read more...

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Two weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg wrote an impassioned post about the importance of free speech following the Charlie Hebdo killings. This week—whiplash warning—Facebook is censoring images of the Prophet Muhammad in Turkey, including images similar to the Hebdo cartoons. Read more...

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