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Survey Says: America’s Rudest Drivers Are in Idaho

7 hours 24 min ago

A fresh survey gives us a new stereotype about Idaho: It's full of crummy drivers.

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With Minecraft Acquisition, Microsoft Reveals Its Desperation

8 hours 13 min ago

Microsoft just acquired Minecraft in a deal valued at $2.5 billion, and at first blush, that seems like money well spent. The popular game, a way of building your own virtual worlds, can not only feed the company's Xbox game console, but also turn Microsoft into a real player in the world of mobile games, across both smartphones and tablets.

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Video: The Next Frontier for Big Data

9 hours 43 min ago

Years of video are recorded and uploaded to the cloud each day to sites like YouTube, Vine, and Facebook from devices like mobile phones, personal drones, or home surveillance cameras. With the new capabilities of computer vision technology, we have the ability to mine this visual data to get valuable insights about what’s happening in […]

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Out of the Spotlight, Bitcoin Gains Legitimacy

10 hours 12 min ago

Mainstream perception of bitcoin, much like the crypto-currency itself, has been volatile. Starting last fall and gaining steam throughout the winter, bitcoin became one of the most buzzed about topics on the internet. It was a recurring subject on sites like Business Insider and TechCrunch. Mainstream media got in on the action as well — Newsweek […]

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Holy Crap There’s a Lot Going on in the New Hunger Games: Mockingjay Trailer

11 hours 38 min ago

The first full trailer for Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is here—and hot-damn is it a lot more action-packed than the last one! It's still not long enough, but we'll take it.

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Minecraft Creator Explains Controversial $2.5 Billion Sale to Microsoft

13 hours 29 min ago

Markus "Notch" Persson has a message for Minecraft fans. "It's not about the money. It's about my sanity."

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Trailer Roundup: Brad Pitt in a Tank and the Return of The Walking Dead

18 hours 16 min ago

We're all over the map in trailers this week: a few Oscar taunts, a couple documentaries, a handful of scary offerings coming to screens big and small, and two movies that Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Lawrence probably hope you won't hold against them (we're still just glad you're here, J.Law!). Get ready to ride the roller coaster of emotions from war torn Germany to racially-segregated Paris to the hills of Industrial Revolution Appalachia. Just watch out for zombies along the way.

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France’s Bizarre Three-Wheeled Buggies May Be the Perfect EVs

18 hours 16 min ago

A new car sharing service sidesteps the biggest problems with EV technology.

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A Brilliantly Witty Book Mined From Twitter’s Wannabe Novelists

18 hours 16 min ago

For the last several years, the New York artist has fastidiously tracked the phrase "working on my novel" as used on Twitter. His new book, Working On My Novel, collects hundreds of these tiny declarations of literary intent. It's a clever conceit, but it's also something more. Taken together, the messages make for a poignant picture of creativity---and life in general---in age of social media.

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Three Things Apple Can Do to Fix iCloud’s Awful Security

18 hours 16 min ago

Apple’s reality distortion field makes for epic product launches. But it doesn’t keep sext-snatching hackers out of your iCloud account. As the glow of Apple’s new iPhones and watch announcements fades, the company has yet to fix the security issues that resulted in a highly public violation of its users’ privacy: the leak of dozens […]

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This Ant-Sized Radio Is Powered by the Messages It Receives

18 hours 16 min ago

A joint team of engineers from UC Berkeley and Stanford University have printed an ant-sized radio onto a silicon chip that harvests energy from the signals it receives.

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Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don’t Know What It Means

18 hours 16 min ago

The entrance to GitHub is the most Instagram-able lobby in tech. It's a recreation of the Oval Office, and the mimicry is spot-on---except for the rug. Instead of the arrow-clutching American eagle that graces Obama's office rug, it shows the code-sharing site's Octocat mascot gazing into the digital future, just above the motto: "In Collaboration We Trust."

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Transfixing Formal Portraits of Ukraine’s Revolutionaries and Mourners

18 hours 16 min ago

Anastasia Taylor-Lind had been in Kiev about two weeks when she noticed something unusual early one morning as the city began to stir: There were more photojournalists than protesters on the barricades of Independence Square, where thousands would gather each day to topple then-president Victor Yanukovych. At that moment, the photographer realized she'd have to do something different if she wanted her images to stand out from the torrent of images coming out of Ukraine.

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Toyota Invents a Wacky City Car It Thinks Millennials Will Want to Buy

18 hours 16 min ago

Concept cars as statements of the future: Unrestrained by safety regulations and practicality, automakers use them to show off their visions of what their products may look like in years to come. The reasonable ones often make it to production, like the Ford Atlas that presaged the 2015 F-150. The crazier ones… not so much. […]

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It’ll Take a Social Revolution for Americans to Embrace the Apple Watch

18 hours 16 min ago

The first wristwatches were a flop. Called bracelet watches, they were seen as a rather unseemly replacement for the pocketwatch, a more discreet means of keeping track of the time. Though mass-produced versions first emerged in the 1880s, it wasn’t until 1927 that U.S.-made wristwatches finally outstripped sales of their entrenched competitor. It took a […]

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At 24, Woman Discovers She Was Born Without A Key Brain Region, The Cerebellum

19 hours 15 min ago

Neurosurgeons in China have reported the case of a 24-year-old woman who, after a series of brain scans to investigate dizziness, has just discovered she was born without a cerebellum. This cauliflower-like structure looks like a mini brain (its name is Latin for “little brain”) and it hangs off the back of its bigger brother. […]

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Wernher von Braun’s Fantastic Vision: Ferry Rocket

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 22:59

Some of the most recognizable and iconic conceptual spacecraft designs ever proposed are those of Wernher von Braun’s space popularization campaign of the 1950s. This post will look at just one of them in detail: the three-stage ferry rocket for launching crews and cargoes through Earth’s atmosphere into Earth orbit that appeared in the pages […]

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The Mathematics of Ebola Trigger Stark Warnings: Act Now or Regret It

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:07

The Ebola epidemic in Africa has continued to expand since I last wrote about it, and as of a week ago, has accounted for more than 4,200 cases and 2,200 deaths in five countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. That is extraordinary: Since the virus was discovered, no Ebola outbreak’s toll has risen […]

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Leading a Double Life Turned This Woman Into a Best-Selling Author

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:30

In the latest installment of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, The Witch with No Name author Kim Harrison talks about how reinventing herself lead to success.

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Tech Time Warp of the Week: The TVs That Gave People a Taste of the Internet in the ’70s

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:46

Internet TV is the new thing. Except that it’s really old. Before Apple TV, Google Chromecast, the Amazon Fire TV, and Netflix—even before the mid-’90s glory of Microsoft’s WebTV—televisions were plugging into data networks, providing a means of instantly grabbing digital goodies and communicating with people in distant places. Witness the video above, a news […]

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