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After settling two big lawsuits where drivers claimed Uber did not allow them to accept tips, Uber agreed to not get in the way of the practice any more. There was even speculation that Uber might start encouraging the act. Today, the on-demand ride app has answered that speculation with an unequivocal middle finger to its drivers: “Tips are not included nor are they expected on Uber.”Read more...

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Twenty-two years before WALL·E’s sermon about over-consumption hit theaters, an even better movie robot had already saved the day. Every child of the ‘80s wanted Short Circuit’s Johnny Five as their best friend, and now that we’re all grown up, that might actually come true with a little help from Lego.Read more...

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Sometimes life gives you too many damn matches and not enough things to strike them on. In those situations, just burn those matches together by using them to ignite each other. It’s fun (because fire is fun) and easy, just group four matches together in a square formation in one hand and then strike another match in between them for maximum fire power.Read more...

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File this under definitely not good: global warming is depleting the oceans of oxygen. You know, that little molecule that we, along with all other complex life forms, require in order to breath and therefore live.Read more...

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All-Clad skillets are among the most popular pieces of cookware we’ve ever posted, and Amazon’s marked the 10 and 12" tri-ply down to their lowest prices ever.Read more...

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After a full month spinning out of control in space, Japan’s Space Agency has finally figured out how it lost control of Hitomi, a very expensive satellite that was hunting for black holes. This also means the agency will never get it back.Read more...

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When the faceless editors of Wikipedia decide an article is not fit for public consumption, it’s gone, only accessible to the site’s top editors—at least, it was. But now we’re keeping track of all the articles Wikipedia doesn’t see fit to print, to present you with very best of the site’s weirdest and worst. Please, enjoy.Read more...

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Researchers working with the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a moon in orbit around Makemake, a distant minor-planet that’s about two-thirds the size of Pluto. Read more...

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It is becoming increasingly clear that Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, co-chairs of the Senate Intelligence Committee, don’t have the slightest clue about how encryption works. Good thing they’re currently pushing disastrous legislation that would force tech companies to decrypt things for law enforcement!Read more...

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Because a thermite-blasting cannon isn’t crazy enough, Colin Furze used a pair of motors and propellers designed for parasailing to build himself a fully functional flying hoverbike. It’s easily one of the mad scientist’s most dangerous builds to date, but seeing how maneuverable it is almost makes us want to build one too.Read more...

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Every web developer take note: Sebastian Ly Serena has come up with a brilliant way to make your website more entertaining and captivating—without clogging it up with boring content. Just turn it into a HTML-based Rube Goldberg machine and watch the clicks roll in.Read more...

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We got a glimpse of the new generation of X-Men’s comic-inspired costumes thanks to Empire Magazine recently , but a new image of the mutant team reveals their uniforms from top to bottom, and they look wonderfully colorful and silly in just the right way.Read more...

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A new British report concludes that e-cigarettes are a blessing rather than a curse, arguing that the potential health benefits greatly outweigh the risks. It’s a position that runs in stark contrast to the dire warnings put out in the United States.Read more...

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Think back on the last two weeks of your life. Have you felt like part of your soul was missing? Have you noticed an eery silence ringing in your ears? Did you wake up in a cold sweat at 3:28 am last night and scream, “GODDAMMIT EDWARD, YOU GAVE US A SINGLE, BUT WHERE IS THE MUSIC VIDEO?”Read more...

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Twitter may not be having the best of years so far , but it still runs circles around its rivals in so many ways . One of the reasons Twitter is worth sticking with (or making a start with) are the wealth of plug-ins, add-ons and third-party apps built on top of the platform. Here are our favorite tools for boosting Twitter’s usefulness—they’re all quick to set up and free to try.Read more...

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Over the two years we’ve reviewed coffee makers, we’ve brewed hundreds of cups of coffee in 12 different machines, sampling the results with a blind-tasting panel of coffee roasters and interviewing numerous coffee connoisseurs—from roasters to baristas—to find the best. Depending on your priorities, we found the best do-it-all option, a machine that prioritizes taste over features, and a budget-friendly pour-over setup with a dripper and kettle. Read more...

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There are really good Chromebooks out there if you know where to look , and HP has mode some made very solid—if very cheap —options. Sadly their plastic clamshell Chromebooks still felt low budget in the face of quality devices like the Asus Chromebook Flip. But a new HP Chromebook shrugs off the failures of the past and looks towards a hopefully higher quality future.Read more...

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It might look like this erratic RC helicopter is malfunctioning and about to crash, but its pilot, Tareq Alsaadi, is in complete control. RC choppers are notoriously difficult to fly, but Alsaadi makes it look beyond effortless with a routine that has his craft flipping around in every direction.Read more...

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Have you ever noticed that, sometimes, a certain celebrity seems ever so slightly off? Maybe its an errant beauty mark or the fact that their eyelids have begun to blink sideways. You can feel in your heart that something’s just not right. That’s because your darling idol is dead.Read more...

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Jalopnik Volvo Engineer Calls Out Tesla For Dangerous ‘Wannabe’ Autopilot System | Lifehacker The Coolest Things You Can Do With Android’s Hidden System UI Tuner | io9 Astonishing Behind-the-Scenes Video Shows How The Jungle Book Was Filmed in Downtown LA | Kotaku First Look at the Gantz CGI Movie |Read more...

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Researchers have created a new map of the human brain which shows where we organize words depending on their meaning—and it could help us read minds more accurately than ever.Read more...

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You might want to to hurry out the door a little faster if you live in Dallas, New Jersey, New York, or Phoenix, where Uber is testing stricter penalties for keeping drivers waiting and cancelling rides.Read more...

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DNA contains the information that defines life—but it can also be used to store digital content, too. Now, Microsoft has announced that it’s seriously investigating the technique as a means of storing data, paying a bioscience company to create ten million strands of digital storage DNA.Read more...

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Last month Apple announced its new CareKit platform to help developers build more useful health apps. Now it’s finally launched the software for developers to use—along with rolling out the first apps to make use of it.Read more...

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Russia has successfully launched the first rocket from its brand new Vostochny cosmodrome. But Vladimir Putin, who’d flown 3,400 miles to watch the spectacle, was far from happy about the 24 hour delay he had to endure.Read more...

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