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Last year, an Atlantic article introduced us to an activist group run by a former North Korean who now uses balloons to airlift information and technology into into the tightly-controlled country. Now, its members want to use their balloons to tote in copies of The Interview, Sony's beleaguered comedy about Kim Jong-un. Read more...

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On Monday we asked you for your pick for Best Vacuum, and we've sucked up your long list of nominations to find the top five. Read about them and then cast your vote in the poll below.Read more...

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When the second round of the FCC's call for comments on net neutrality ended this past September , something seemed a little off. Sure, the 1.6 million submissions fell about a million short of the first round, but that wasn't the weird apart. This time, instead of the vast majority of comments arguing for net neutrality, 60 percent were fighting against it. The reason for this marked shift? A "shadowy" campaign powered by Koch Brothers' funds and form letters.Read more...

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Remember MoviePass ? It's an app through which you can play a flat fee to see up to a movie a day for an entire month. It's taken a while for the service to find a partner, and now it's found one in AMC Theaters, where it'll offer an all you can movie plan for $35-$45 a month. Read more...

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The year 2017: where everyone is two years older, skies are filled with drones, and Leslie Knope is President. Ok, maybe not that last one. But in season 7 of NBC's Parks and Recreation we'll know all the goings on of our favorite characters in the year 2017.Read more...

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The faster you can pour water on a forest fire, the faster you can put it out. And this prototype aerial water-bucket system from Spanish designers Inventec sucks up water three times faster than existing systems.Read more...

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YouTube pretty much won the video war years ago, but there are still plenty of people vying for some of the action. Remember Viddy? Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar thinks that his new startup video site Vessel offers a unique subscription-based model ($3/month) that can pull YouTube stars over to a new platform. Long story short: Vessel will pay them more.Read more...

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A resident of Alexandria, Minnesota contacted the police earlier this month to report that someone entered his house and changed the settings on his PlayStation 4. Of course they did. Read more...

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Microsoft's Xim is an awesome way to share photos across devices, no matter whether you're on Android or iOS or even Windows Phone. Now it's getting even better. The newest update to Microsoft Xim adds Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, and web browsers to the mix. That means you can share photos from virtual any mobile device to virtually any TV. That's awesome. Read more...

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Hazmat suits are great for keeping you safe from pesky things like ebola, but there's one difficult part that you just can't avoid: You have to take that suit off at some point. Infecting yourself (or others) with the very suit that's been protecting you is a real danger, which is why Johns Hopkins developed this breakaway suit that peels off in one piece like a rubber glove.Read more...

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Open your spam folder right now and there's almost certainly a grammatically questionable spam email offering you V1agra or C1al1s. But while you know that any pills procured from shady online retailers aren't regulated, apparently some people can't stop buying them. Brian Krebs reports that the problem is out of control.Read more...

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The life of most migrant workers in Qatar is bleak—so bleak, it's a human rights violation . The latest report from Doha reveals a new twist in the sad story. When they're not toiling away at building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, many workers are being paid impossibly small wages to be fake sports fans. It doesn't sound fun, either.Read more...

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Today, BlackBerry pulled the wrapper off the Classic, a smartphone that conjures up memories of the Canadian company's Qwerty-powered past. Read more...

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If I'm going to be doing stupid things that risk the health of my various important body parts—and I do, often—I want to make sure I capture those moments so I can relive them later. That's how I elbowed my way into the action camera beat more than three years ago, and I haven't looked back.Read more...

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In an undisclosed location in New Jersey, there's a tiny little town that's used as a training grounds to prepare the military for cyber warfare. No, tinier than that. Think more like model train sized. It's called CyberCity, and WNYC's New Tech City recently paid a visit. Read more...

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The best part of grocery shopping isn't finding some exotic new flavor of yogurt or the free samples, it's tooling around the store like a rally car driver with your shopping cart. So why have researchers developed an autonomous human-tracking cart that follows you around the store? Seems like time better spent making checkout lanes less terrible.Read more...

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Change comes slowly to the subway. Signs hang for decades. Trains are rarely replaced. A new line can take centuries. So the subway captured in these remarkable images by photographer Danny Lyon in 1966 feels almost contemporary—which is what makes it shocking that they were shot 48 years ago. Read more...

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Unimpressed with the current crop of action figures on the shelves of your local toy store? Convinced you've come up with a better superheroine or hero? With some paint, magic markers, and maybe even a little modelling clay, you can now create your own action figure without having to pay for a 100,000 unit production run up front.Read more...

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OnePlus just announced a new Power Bank portable power pack. Not much new about that in itself, but the 10,000mAh unit will charge your phone three times—and only costs $15.Read more...

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Google Drive now supports the international OpenDocument Format for text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. They can all now be imported straight into Drive.Read more...

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Uninspired by Christmas decorations this year? Then why not inject a little science in amongst the lights and tinsel with Symmetry's wonderful Nobel physicist snowflakes?Read more...

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The new Panama Canal lock gates are now being installed and holy crap they are gigantic to the point of disbelief. Egyptian pyramids-level huge. Imperial Star Destroyer-level massive. Look at those tiny people and the size of those concrete canyons. The 3,285-ton 9-story-high gate is 33 feet (10 meters) wide.Read more...

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The wildly fluctuating worth of the Russian rouble currency has lead iPhone makers Apple to halt online sales in the country, as the tech giant cannot set stable prices for its wares.Read more...

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There's never enough things cut in half. My favorite books when I was a kid were cutaway books. Everything in the world should be cut in half and put on display. Like this Leopard I tank, the democratic heir to the Panzer and Tiger tanks that made the Wehrmacht famous and the first line of defense against the Soviet Union.Read more...

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SpaceX is working hard to make its rockets land-able and, by extension, reusable . Now, it plans to try and land its Falcon 9 craft on this barge.Read more...

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