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Last year, the original Xperia Z Tablet was one of our absolute favorite tablets . It was so wonderfully thin and light, plus waterproofiness? Fantastic. But the laggy software Sony put on top kind of knee-capped its potential. This year, the hardware is even better. Bordering on masterful! But some lessons Sony just refuses to learn.Read more...

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Over the last couple of days you might've heard that a company called Palcohol that has been cleared to market powdered alcohol in the United States. It sounds exciting! And scary! Are we all going to be drowning in boozy Ovaltine soon? Maybe. Maybe not.Read more...

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Amazon Fire TV 's voice search is one of its best features, but at launch it only played nice with Amazon stuff. That's about to change—last week it got support for Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime, and later this year Fire TV is going to work with Netflix, says CEO Reed Hastings. Read more...

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Originally created way back in 2007 by Eiko Ishizawa as a sort of homage to a bear that was killed after wandering from the Italian side of the Alps to the Bavarian, this plush bearskin sleeping bag is finally available for purchase on a made-to-order basis.Read more...

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Today, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest elevator in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China's skyscraper boom is affecting the global economy—including the fact that it bought a whopping 60 percent of all elevators sold in 2013. Read more...

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Bad news: Netflix will be hiking its prices for new subscribers. Per a first quarter letter to shareholders, CEO Reed Hastings says: Read more...

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Move over, Google Fiber. There's (maybe) a new gigabit internet game in town, and it's (maybe) coming to 100 cities and municipalities by way through AT&T, at some point in the future. Maybe. Read more...

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The newest version of Google Hangouts for Android now merges SMS and non-SMS messages into a single stream in the same hangout. Yesssssssssss. The update is rolling out to the Google Play store this week, but there's an APK floating around already. WooooooRead more...

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An "electric horseless carriage " was unveiled at the New York Auto Show last week. At the ceremony, it was heralded as the future of tourist rides in Central Park by its builders and local politicians alike, a replacement for the barbaric horse-drawn carts of today. And sadly, it might never see the light of day.Read more...

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I didn't know French band Equateur until I saw their Another-World-ish video for their EP Lava, which should be turned in to a video game ASAP. The video was created by Kadavre Exquis. Beautiful.Read more...

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No one likes having to deal with cords, and they're a particular pain when connected to a device that's able to suck them up and destroy them. So Hoover's new Air Cordless vacuum manages to finally make a cordless vac that's actually useful with a pair of rechargeable batteries that keep it running for almost an hour with full suction.Read more...

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HBO has renewed Mike Judge's Silicon Valley comedy series for a second season. If you aren't already watching this show, you definitely should be. Read more...

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Would you get paid to act as a third passenger in a vehicle so the car could drive into a congestrion-restricted area? How about signing up to pack people into crowded subway cars? Dress up as a zebra and walk the streets, preventing cars from running red lights? Read more...

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New details about architect Norman Foster's design for Apple's Cupertino HQ have been slow to leak, but a new video from Unofficially Apple gives us the most detailed look so far. This building is going to have everything: Native trees! Solar panels! Crazy circular desk spaces! Read more...

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When Elaine on Seinfeld failed a drug test after eating a poppy seed muffin back in the 1996 episode "The Shower Head," the idea that you could fail a drug test after eating poppy seeds took off. Turns out, this wasn'tyet another Hollywood writer invention—you really can potentially fail a drug test if you eat poppy seeds.Read more...

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In the past, you might have needed two monitors to have enough computing real estate, but the coming wave of 4K displays promises to change that. Gamers might want to take note as well. Samsung's forthcoming 28" 4K display is listed at $700, which is already a steal, but you can lock in an order at Amazon right now for $100 less. Read more...

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As one of the world's largest producer of pistachios, Turkey has plenty of pistachio shells to go around. So, in the tradition of turning food waste into energy , officials are proposing to burn pistachio shells for heat in Turkey's first ever eco city—and it's not a totally nutty idea. Read more...

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Wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to plug in your phone? Well, a team of Korean scientists say that they're one step closer to making that fantasy a reality with new wireless power transfer technology that works from over 15 feet away. And it works pretty damn well, too.Read more...

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No product has even been made better when functionality follows form, and Apple's decision to only include USB ports on the back of its iMacs has been frustrating desktop computer users for years. An ugly USB extension cable makes life with an iMac considerably more enjoyable, and now, thanks to Bluelounge's new Jimi, it doesn't even have to be ugly.Read more...

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Cats love climbing through cozy spaces. That's why the CATable, a beautifully functional work surface with built in tunnels for burrowing, is so appealing to them. In the words of designer Ruan Hao, "It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats."Read more...

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T-fal kicked off the whole "frying foods with minimal oil" trend with its Actifry machine , but who really has room for yet another appliance on their kitchen counter—even if it promises healthier fries and wings? That's why Samsung has introduced what it calls the Slim Fry feature on its microwaves, adding even more functionality to an appliance most of us can't live without.Read more...

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After a year of ballooning costs, delays, and controversy over its labor practices , Qatar is cutting back. According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, organizers have decided to drastically scale back plans to construct a dozen new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. Read more...

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Beijing is one thirsty city. Its population of 22 million consumes barely 100 cubic meters of water per capita—one fifth the international water-shortage level—thanks to a chronic drought in the nation's north. But this massive desalination plant could help supply a third of the city's water singlehandedly.Read more...

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You've almost certainly played a game on your phone today. Some beautiful, high-res game with a rainbow of colors and fluid animation. You've got a lot of power in your pocket these days, but portable gaming owes a lot to the chunky old Game Boy, which is 25 years old today. Read more...

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Across the globe, even in impoverished communities where families can't afford electric light, there is something you will almost always see: children kicking balls. What if you could harness that youthful energy to generate electricity?Read more...

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