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Oculus Rift tuns ‘X-Men’ into a VR head trip

If you’ve every wanted to try X-Men-style telepathic brainwave amplification, Cerebro isn’t real (yet) — but the Oculus Rift is a damn good surrogate. 20th Century Fox will let you step into Charles Xavier’s mind and don the futuristic headgear (the…

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Technology and recession are cutting into blue collar jobs

The National Bureau of Economic Research just published a paper that confirms what you might have been thinking for a long time now: recession and technology have been putting people out of work. Since we’ve yet to design a self-aware robot or AI…

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Microsoft will merge separate versions of Windows into one unified operating system

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that the his company will amalgamate all major versions of Windows into one operating system. Speaking on the company’s quarterly earnings call today, Nadella told analysts Microsoft will “streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system.” Describing the implications of the change, Nadella said “this means one operating system that covers all screen sizes.”

Previously, under the management of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft had multiple teams producing different versions of Windows working separately from each other. “Now,” Nadella said, “we have one team with a common architecture.” The Microsoft boss noted the benefit for users and…

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I’m Gonna Die!: Amusement Park Ride Drops Untethered Thrill-Seekers 100-Feet Into A Net

freefall-ride-into-net.gif *kick, kick — byeeeee!* These are a couple videos of people riding the the Sky Tower at Tivoli Friheden in Denmark. You basically just freefall 100-feet into a net below, reaching speeds up to 55MPH in the process. It’s like throwing yourself off a building, but without the dying at the end. Would you ride? I would not, but I would get a friend drunk enough to pass out and not wake until he’s about to be dropped. Could you imagine the look on his face? Not to mention the spraying feces! It will ruin our friendship, but I will not care. Keep going for a video of a bunch of people doing it, and another one of the hook-up process and a single drop at the end (skip to 2:20 if you just want to see the action).

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Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into A “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone

10514493_1519409148275154_4006428533086134607_n Smart light bulbs – like the Philips’ Hue connected bulbs or those from LG, GE or Samsung – are an easy jumping off point for those wanted to experiment in the “connected home” arena without the complexity or costs involved with the installation of a full “smart home” system. But even still, those bulbs aren’t cheap: A 3-bulb starter pack of… Read More

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3D-printed armor turns Barbie into a medieval badass

When Barbie appeared in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue earlier this year, it ignited newfound controversy over Mattel’s 50-year-plus tradition of using the doll to prop up absurd body image standards. Lost in the debate was the indisputable fact that her typical outfits are entirely inappropriate for storming a castle — but thanks to 3D designer Jim Rodda, that’s been resolved. Rodda has created the “Faire Play Battle Set,” comprising three full sets of 3D-printed battle armor for the iconic figurine. The designer has previously designed a number of 3D-printable items of a medieval persuasion, including functional miniature ballistae and catapults for tabletop gaming.

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Where Is Everybody?: The Line To Get Into San Diego Comic Con Circa 1983

1983-san-diego-comic-con.jpg This is a shot of the line to get into the 1983 San Diego Comic Con — 31 years before the shit show it is today. Wait, where are all the costumes? Where are all the people in general? 1983 was already the 13th year of the convention? It’s been happening since 1970? I did not know that. Wow, and to think in just two more years they’ll lift my ban and I’ll be allowed back. Thanks to me, for having every intention of getting a booth in two years then spending the entire weekend passed out underneath it.

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Samsung’s first Tizen phone slips further into the future

Samsung’s Tizen mobile OS already powers a pair of smartwatches, but what about those smartphones we’ve been promised for so long? Well the company’s first consumer-ready Tizen phone — the Samsung Z — was supposed to make its official debut at a…

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Misfit Moves Further Away From Hardware And Into Platform Territory With New Beddit Integration

misfit-beddit The hardware wearable business is a tough gig, and today brings another reminder: Fitness and activity tracking startup Misfit has announced a new partnership with Beddit, a hardware maker that builds a smart sleep-monitoring system. The Beddit deal brings a co-branded device to Misfit’s lineup of offering, allowing the Misfit app to now also track advanced sleep information. Read More

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Misfit Moves Further Away From Hardware And Into Platform Territory With New Beddit Integration

misfit-beddit The hardware wearable business is a tough gig, and today brings another reminder: Fitness and activity tracking startup Misfit has announced a new partnership with Beddit, a hardware maker that builds a smart sleep-monitoring system. The Beddit deal brings a co-branded device to Misfit’s lineup of offering, allowing the Misfit app to now also track advanced sleep information. Read More

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