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The general idea behind visual camouflage , which is to make distinctive, recognizable shapes difficult to pick out against a background, was nothing new in 1914. The point of camouflage isn't necessarily to make oneself totally invisible, which isn't practical for a large army. Read more...

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Losing a laptop full of personal files like family photos is upsetting, but losing a laptop full of private corporate info and trade secrets is instead downright terrifying. So when you absolutely can't risk misplaced data falling into the wrong hands, a GSM-equipped SSD drive that can remotely physically self-destruct guarantees the utmost of security and privacy. Read more...

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An "epic sci-fi movie" version of the video game Tetris is in the works, because if Hollywood loves one thing, it's action blockbusters based on nostalgia-fueled brands with nonsensical plots (see: Transformers, Battleship, TMNT, really the entire Michael Bay oeuvre). Read more...

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If you've splurged on one of the new Android Wear watches then you'll know it's very much a case of learning as you go. Since you probably won't immediately know what these devices are capable of, so here are 12 useful voice commands you can experiment with to get your watch to do your bidding. Read more...

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Both terrestrial telescopes and their orbital counterparts have some pretty significant limitations—ground based observatories must deal with the obscuring effects of the Earth's atmosphere and space telescopes are incredibly expensive to launch. But NASA's newest telescope will deliver space-quality observations at a Earth-bound 'scope price. Read more...

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The aftermarket-treated Waterproof Kindle is just about perfect: an already fantastic e-reader with the added bonus of being built like a rock. But all that comes with one hell of a price tag—$240, specifically. The new, waterproof $190 Kobo Aura H2O, though, promises to deliver on all those points for a fraction of the cost. Read more...

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Picture this. You walk into the subway but you don't lose service. Instead, your phone lights up with useful alerts—the train is delayed, a nearby kiosk is running a sale, your friend is standing on the other end of the platform. Meanwhile, there's not a cell tower within 500 yards. This is the world powered by the future of smartphones: LTE Direct.Read more...

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Basically every aspect of cellphones has improved astonishingly in the past few years, except for the actual phone call part. Cypher, a brand-new startup, has some tricky software it says can fix our muddied mobile conversations. In a short live demo in NYC, it sure seemed up to the task.Read more...

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Well, this is awkward. The sleep-deprived minds behind everyone's favorite public, personal asphyxiation device, the Ostrich Pillow, have come back to Kickstarter with the Ostrich Pillow Mini. And it's... fine?Read more...

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Despite what you think of the Star Wars prequels, or even the original films, lightsabers will always be awesome. And despite there being everything from lightsaber bbq tongs to glowing knitting needles already out there, how could you not welcome these lightsaber-themed replacement keys with open arms?Read more...

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I'm so stoked about this movie that I may start wearing my spaceman pijamas out of the house. So stoked that, even while I'm always against trailers, I'm glad they keep releasing new material, like the banner above or the barrage of international and TV trailers below.Read more...

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For those us without kids, these Disney-themed USB chargers seem like an adorable way to replace the adapters that came with our smartphones. But to anyone with a toddler roaming the house, exploring every last nook and cranny, they also serve as an engraved invitation to start playing with power outlets.Read more...

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It's no secret that Netflix has flirted with the idea of footing the bill for "big" movie releases in the past, but now we're finally seeing what that actually means. Next August, the sequel to 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be hitting Netflix and (select) IMAX theaters simultaneously. Other theaters be damned. Read more...

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I just stepped into the future of gaming. Well, that's not quite correct. I sampled one possible future: the one where you can take the power of your entire gaming PC absolutely anywhere.Read more...

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No, this isn't another golf ball from outer space . In fact, it's a simulated image of the interior of a supermassive star weighing 55,500 times more than our Sun.Read more...

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Over the past twenty years, you entire desk has collapsed in on itself and into your computer. This video, by the Harvard Innovation Lab, shows how it happened.Read more...

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Taking its design inspiration from the pour-over coffee setups that are so en vogue right now, KOR's new Water Fall filtration system separates the actual filter from the vessel, letting you fill glasses, carafes, or bottles without ever having to carry the whole rig around.Read more...

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Ebay has just announced that it's to split PayPal off as an independent, publicly traded company in 2015.Read more...

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From the very beginning, the Basis Band wanted to do more than the Fitbit and Nike competition. With high-tech sensors designed to monitor your heart rate and sweat levels — not just your flailing arms — it was one of the first, best activity trackers on the market. It was also an ugly little cretin, but the caterpillar is finally coming out of its cocoon: The new $199 Basis Peak brings some smartwatch sensibility to the company's medical-grade formula.Read more...

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Camp Mackall, North Carolina, is home to the US Army's 'survival school'. Here, soldiers take part in survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) training. This is among the toughest of all US military training programmes. Read more...

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With India's Mars Orbiter now successfully circling the Red Planet , it's now beaming back its first images—like the striking full color photo.Read more...

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The roll-out of iOS 8 hasn't been a smooth one , but new reports suggest that a fully-fledged 8.1 update may not be far away. MacRumors reports that the first beta developer release of the next iteration of the OS contains setting for Apple Pay, which is set to launch October —along with references to Touch ID for iPad.Read more...

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Google's plan to create a cheap and versatile modular smartphone, known as Ara, has garnered interest from more than just the humble consumer . Now, it's been revealed that you'll be able to swap virtually all of its components without ever switching the phone off.Read more...

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Apple has made it well known that its Watch is more than a piece of technology: it's a thoroughbred fashion item, too, which has received critical acclaim from watch experts as well as tech journalists. Which explains why it's showing the device off at Paris Fashion Week.Read more...

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