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A reminder: this weekend, Steam is making ten games free-to-play, including big-name titles like XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Grid 2. The cutoff is 4PM Eastern tomorrow — but if you get your teeth stuck into something and need to finish it off, pretty much all the titles are also on 75 percent off. [Steam via The Verge]Read more...

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Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones or quadcopters as you'd prefer to call them, have certainly taken off in the last few years, which is great, if you love taking cool movies (or terrorizing your neighbour's dog). But it's created a headache for the FAA, who have moved to regulate the infant industry, and make low-flying aircraft controlled by amateur pilots safer. The latest proposal: an air-traffic control system based on cellular networks. Read more...

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Tim Clark is the CEO of Emirates Airlines — one of the world's most successful, luxurious, respected, and fastest-growing airlines. He's also a recently-dubbed knight, who has a hunch that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 may not be in the Indian Ocean after all.Read more...

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It's taken a few years, but Flickr has finally got its act together and launched an official iPad app, only four years after Apple unleashed its first tablet on the world. Read more...

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This is the Pieter Schelte, which is now the largest ship sailing the seas, surpassing even the Maersk Triple-E*. Built by Daewoo in Korea, this catamaran is so huge that it can lift entire oil platforms off their base, pick up the base itself, and then transport it all to port—which is exactly what it's designed to do.Read more...

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It's been a rollercoaster day for Google fans: first, the new Nexus Player and Nexus 9 pre-orders went live on the Play Store; but just a couple of hours later, Google's set-top box was pulled, apparently because of its lack of FCC certification. Read more...

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It's not Interstellar but now I want to see it just the same: Ambition is the sci-fi movie that nobody seems to be reporting about even while its main actor is arguably the best character in Game of Thrones—Littlefinger himself—and its director was already nominated for an Academy Award in 2002.Read more...

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Having recalled its Force fitness tracker earlier this year , Fitbit has said that it's not going to do the same for the Flex — despite some user reports of the same skin rash problems as dogged the Force. Rather, future Flex units will ship with a warning that the product contains nickel, a common allergen. [New York Times]Read more...

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Those awesome madmen at Photonicinduction got a regular toaster and plugged it into one of their giant power supplies to drastically push the voltage and watts up and see if they could make a toast in just 10 seconds. Read more...

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If you've ever thought that 4G was a little slow for your liking, not to fear — everyone's favorite federal communications regulator has got your back. The FCC has issued a statement saying that it's looking into using super-high-frequency radio spectrums for future mobile broadband networks. Read more...

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It's no surprise that I love this. This movie trailer uses footage from Wall-E, my favorite Pixar movie ever, and transforms the story to match the trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which from what we've seen so far, is going to be fantastic. The result? An absolute thrill ride.Read more...

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Sony's Smartwatch 3 has popped up in the Google Play store, listed for an about-average $250. For that, you'll get all your normal Android Wear features, plus 4GB of onboard storage to let you stream music without the need for a phone. If that tickles your fancy, you'll have to wait a little — it's listed as 'coming soon' for the time being. [Google Play]Read more...

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Over the past thirty years, few cities have undergone the transformation that Shanghai has. It went from a vertically challenged city filled with greenery to mutant New York on speed and steroids. Claire and Max illustrate how much has changed by eliminating the current buildings from the skyline and then drawing them in and putting them back.Read more...

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As long as architects keep building up (and up , and up ), folks are going to want to check out the view from way up in the air. Well: The Burj Khalifa just unveiled a new observation deck that gets visitors a little closer to heaven on the 148th floor—that's about 1,821 feet. Gulp.Read more...

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Friday night. You could rally and go out for beers, or you could remain pantsless and stay home for beers, while watching a delightful film about the film industry—specifically, voiceover actors in the biz of narrating trailers. It begins: In a World… Read more...

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The folks over at iFixit have done their usual job of tearing exciting new bits of technology to pieces, this time with the new Retina iMac as their unlucky victim. Conclusion: apart from that pretty new screen, everything's more or less the same. Read more...

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Baking a cake is a labor of love but also just basic chemistry, you're mixing ingredients together and making it react into something delicious. But each ingredient is important! Leaving out eggs or baking powder or butter can change the cake dramatically. Here's what a cake looks like without one of those ingredients.Read more...

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Remember the amazing app that made your iPad practically invisible ? The man who made it is back, and now he intends to tackle virtual reality with a new company — and app — called Pantomime. Read more...

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Should scientists be allowed to create mutant viruses deadlier than natural ones? The White House waded into this controversy today with a surprising announcement to cut all funding to such studies, pending a thorough review of this risky research. Read more...

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Wilco is turning 20 years old, but about 10 years ago I loved that band with a nerdy, eager cooped-up high schooler kind of feeling. They were my band when I was 16. They were from Chicago, like me. They had a pleasingly turbulent backstory and every lyric seemed to be about yearning. I wanted to be someone's "pop quiz kid." I wanted to assassin down an avenue. Read more...

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Sitting at a red light can feel torturously long, but yellow lights often seem suspiciously short. It's not all in your head: some yellow lights are too short. There is an ideal minimum length of a yellow traffic light. You just might never experience it (especially if you're from Chicago).Read more...

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The June 1930 issue of Science and Invention magazine featured this amazing little pocket projector. But much like other small handheld gadgets of the time, it was pretty impractical given its battery needs.Read more...

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One of the coolest features of OS X Yosemite is Handoff, which allows you to transition your app session on an iOS device to a Mac and vice versa. Unfortunately, Handoff isn't going to work with every Mac.Read more...

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You can't buy Bose products from Apple's online store anymore. And if earlier reports are true, soon you won't even be able to wink at a Bose product in an Apple Store, because Apple plans to scrub every trace of Bose from its vaunted retail chambers. Read more...

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On October 17, 1814, over a quarter million gallons of beer were unleashed onto London's streets. The 15-foot tall tidal wave of booze crashed into buildings and flooded cellars, even killing eight especially unfortunate souls. The culprit? A busting vat. Read more...

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