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Hope and rapture on West Broadway

 We were just outside the Marriott on the edge of downtown when the conference doors opened. I remember saying something like “Those people… they seem a little different…” And suddenly there was a horrible strident laughter all around us and the street was full of what looked like hairy steampunk neohippies, all vaping and toking and comparing tattoos in clusters around… Read More
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Why the Wikileaks CIA dump was the most damaging one yet

 There are no hackers anymore — now it’s all about the spies we in the intelligence and security communities are trying to stop. The “insiders” have known this for some time, but it’s becoming more apparent to the business community and now individuals. Read More
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IllumiBowl's latest toilet light also kills germs

IllumiBowl's motion-activated, multi-color toilet night light may have seemed like a silly idea when it first launched, but don't laugh -- it's a practical solution if you'd rather not flick on the regular bathroom light (and momentarily blind yourse...

The first IMAX VR arcade is a huge hit—and I can see why


Virtual reality may have just got the shot of confidence it needed to break into the mainstream. 

On Friday, IMAX held its latest earnings conference call and it came with an unexpected bit of news: the company's virtual reality arcade experiment in Los Angeles has been a success.

Of course, for anyone who has visited the facility, as I did last week, the news is hardly a surprise. 

"Our LA facility, which has been opened for roughly 3 months now, has seen over 20,000 unique visitors," said IMAX CEO Richard Lewis Gelfond during the earnings call. "From a revenue standpoint, the center is pacing at roughly $15,000 a week over the last month or so, including our highest grossing week to date, this past week, and continues to exceed expectations." Read more...

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The force was strong with these 'Star Wars' Half Marathon runners


"May the course be with you."

Those five words are sure to pump up any of the Star Wars-loving runners who participated in runDisney's Star Wars  Half Marathon - The Dark Side this weekend.

The Walt Disney World Orlando Resort kicked off its out-of-this-world event — held in the Florida park from April 20 to 23 — with a Star Wars Half Marathon on Saturday, where fans were invited to join the dark side and sprint through Darth Vader's turf while being cheered on by stormtroopers stationed on the sidelines.

How motivating, right?!

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Here's what happens when you stick a Galaxy S8 in a Unicorn Frappuccino and drop it from 100 feet

Today in answers to questions you probably did not have: If you stick a Galaxy S8 in a Unicorn Frappuccino and drop it from 100 feet, it will survive. We now know this, thanks to YouTube's GizmoSlip channel. In this clip, two dudes submerge Samsu...
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Pinterest doesn't want you to see it as a social network

Believe it or not, Pinterest has never really advertised itself in the US -- remarkable for an internet giant with over 150 million users and enough clout that it can buy well-known services like Instapaper. However, you're about to see a lot more o...

This Batman-themed pregnancy announcement is a geek couple's dream


For a pair of serious Batman fans, this seems like the ultimate way to announce a new addition to the family. 

In a hugely successful Reddit post that inspired more than 1,200 comments, user ocularis01 announced his wife's pregnancy with images from their super hero-themed photoshoot. Dressed in Batgirl cosplay, she holds up a teeny Robin costume meant for their future child:

As ocularis01 explains in a comment, the couple's impressive costumes are a huge hit at local children's events. Soon enough, they'll have a little Robin to round out their cosplaying trio. Read more...

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American Airlines in hot water after flight attendant almost gets in fight with passenger


Just when you thought it was safe to fly again. 

First, it was a United passenger being dragged off a plane. This time, it's American Airlines under scrutiny after a passenger posted a video on Facebook showing an angry confrontation between a passenger and flight attendant. 

Another passenger, Surain Adyanthaya, posted the video Friday afternoon and gave her explanation for what prompted the hostility as the plane got ready to take off from San Francisco to Dallas. 

"OMG! AA Flight attendant violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby." Read more...

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Computers can't grasp Icelandic. Here's why that's a big problem

Iceland's mother tongue has a major tech problem. Many new computer devices do not understand Icelandic, a unique descendant of the Old Norse language filled with ultra-descriptive words such as Hundslappadrifa, or "heavy snowfall with large flakes o...

10 things 2017 has made us do

Let this fact sink in: We're not even half of the way through 2017. Hasn't it kind of felt like we've been in 2017 for a million years now? There has been so much breaking (and disturbing) news so far this year that surely it will all be over soon. R...
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Falcon Northwest’s Tiki is the sleek sports car of VR PCs

 Falcon Northwest is a small company, but small can mean focus and care when it comes to device makers. Falcon’s business is PCs, and specifically Windows machines capable of delivering terrific gaming power in a package that won’t take up an entire closet in your house. The Tiki is a compact gaming tower that uses top quality materials inside and out, and if you’re looking… Read More
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First gene therapy drug proves a flop in the market

When UniQure launched the first commercial gene therapy drug, Glybera, it promised a minor revolution in medicine. By using custom viruses to deliver genes, it could reportedly cure a rare disease (lipoprotein lipase deficiency) with just one ...
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Frank Ocean drops ANOTHER new song and people are barely keeping it together


Frank Ocean is back, baby, and he's not showing signs of slowing down.

Since dropping his highly anticipated album Blonde back in 2016 to end a four-year hiatus, Ocean has been unstoppable. On Saturday night the R&B star released yet another new track called "Lens."

On an episode of his blonded RADIO show, "Lens" was played for the first time, followed by another version of the song "Lens V2," by Frank Ocean and Travis Scott.

Lens with frank ocean

— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) April 23, 2017

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Awe-inspiring photos of Earth remind us just what's at stake


Millions of people came out this Earth Day to clean up and care for the planet. But space agencies and companies took a different approach, choosing to celebrate our Earth from up above.

SpaceX on Saturday shared a breathtaking image captured during the recent launch of its SES-10 communications satellite. 

Elon Musk's private spaceflight company made history in late March when it reused a previously flown Falcon 9 booster to launch the satellite over Central and South America.

View from the fairing during SES-10 mission#EarthDay pic.twitter.com/zPYQRQ3BkR

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 22, 2017

NASA also posted plenty of Earth-centric images taken during previous missions.  Read more...

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'The Fate of the Furious' is days away from a $1 billion box office

Sometime during the coming week, The Fate of the Furious will become the second billion-dollar movie in Universal's fast-cars-and-big-explosions franchise. Current weekend estimates in the United States and beyond bring the movie's global total to $9...

This instant bowling legend rolled a perfect game in only 86.9 seconds


It's the dream of bowlers around the world: the perfect game. 

At a bowling alley in Cortland, New York, Ben Ketola realized that dream ... in 86.9 seconds. 

The 23-year-old ran across 10 lanes, quickly hucking balls with a strange, two-handed motion, until he reached the end of the bowling alley, and ran back to the beginning to get his final two strikes. 

"It was fun to do. I honestly wasn't expecting to do it," Ketola told Syracuse.com. "I just wanted to see how quickly I could get across the house and get strikes." 

Ketola is pretty good—he averages 225—but this puts him on a whole new level. It's pretty safe to assume everyone's going to want him on their bowling team.  Read more...

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McDonald's braces for the apocalypse with chic new uniforms


Hey — if the world's going to end, McDonald's at least wants its employees to look good.

The fast food chain has officially chosen some dark, dismal, soul sucking new employee uniforms that really just scream: "Ba da ba ba bah, we're doomed!" 

According to a press release, McDonald's is collaborating with designers Waraire Boswell and Bindu Rivas to develop the new collections, which are set to appear behind counters in the U.S. in April.

The new, more modern uniforms are grey and black and were reportedly created based on feedback from employees and customers. "Our new collections focus on comfort, fit, functionality and contemporary professionalism, delivering a uniform that crew and managers will feel comfortable to work in and proud to wear," McDonald’s Senior Director of HR, Jez Langhorn, said in the release. Read more...

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Thousands descended on DC to march for truth and science

A balmy Friday evening gave way to a miserable Saturday, with low, gray clouds that blotted out the sun and soaked Washington DC with rain. That wasn't enough to stop thousands of people — from all over the country — from gathering on the...
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Trump tweets Mexico will 'eventually' pay for the wall 'in some form' after Democrats also agree to pay for it


Well, this clears everything up. 

On Sunday, Donald Trump unveiled a lengthy, well-considered border security plan. 

Oops, sorry, I meant a few confusing tweets.

The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017

Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017

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