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It's not exactly a secret that Apple is interested in augmented and virtual reality, as ambitious patent filings like the one above from last year would show. But where patent ideas are much more likely to die on the vine than anything else, a new Apple job listing provides more solid evidence of the company's VR ambitions. Read more...

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If you tried to visit Craigslist late Sunday night, you probably had a very weird experience. Instead of arriving at that sultry sea of classifieds, you were probably sent to DigitalGangster.com. Then, you were likely redirected to YouTube, where a very strange animated rap video filled your ears with lyrics about freedom, privacy, and net neutrality. Read more...

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GIF keyboards . Typo-busting keyboards. Even just Swype . App developers have been going wild since iOS 8 finally gave us the ability to install third party keyboards, but this might be the most fun: It's called DrawType, and it lets you sketch responses right in your texts. Read more...

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We spend a lot of time on our tablets and smartphones. You probably also spend a lot of time thinking about buying new ones. You know it. I know it. And of course, Google knows it. That's why they're augmenting your gadget searches with 3D renders of the stuff you're lusting over.Read more...

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The Alienware Alpha is smaller and more powerful than an Xbox 360 or PS4, but the $549 Windows-powered game console shipped a little half-baked . Not to worry, says Alienware: updates are on the way! "We're in the alpha phase of Alpha," admits the company.Read more...

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Holiday travel is hell. Combine early winter weather with hoards of angry passengers rushing for their childhood twin beds, and delays are pretty much a given. So how long will you yourself get to spend sightseeing around a crowded airport terminal? Depends on who you fly.Read more...

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Wireless technology is already amazing. It's any data you could ever want through the air. But some exciting innovations are hiding on the horizon. This cheap little circuit that allows a wireless antenna to send and receive data at the same time is one of them. It stands to double the rate at which your phone transfers data.Read more...

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In February, a drum of radioactive waste exploded at U.S.'s only underground nuclear waste repository. The Santa Fe New Mexican has released a bombshell report on the comedy of errors, which seems to have all started with a typo specifying the wrong type of kitty litter. Yup. Read more...

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Did you know that originally Mr. Potato Head was just a box full of random body parts that kids were supposed to jab into actual potatoes? It sounds like a crazy idea, but Mr. Potato Head went on to become an incredibly popular and iconic toy—and we can only assume the creators of these Open Toys parts that let kids turn fruits and vegetables into planes and race cars are hoping for the same level of success.Read more...

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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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