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How Apple Paid Tribute to Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Presents Apple Watch, Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs

Originally posted 09/09/2014 06:30PM

For tech geeks everywhere, the time is now.

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Six-Year-Old Boy Hugs His Mom for the First Time with a 3-D-Printed Robot Arm

See This 6-Year-Old Boy Hug His Mom for the First Time, Thanks to His New 3-D-Printed Robot Arm

Originally posted 07/28/2014 06:00PM

With the help of scientists at the University of Central Florida, one little boy got to do something he'd never before: give his mother a hug with two hands.

Like more than a thousand people each year, Alex Pring was born without an arm.

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Breaking Bad Sequel Starring Val Kilmer? Check Out These Kickstarter Campaigns

A Breaking Bad Sequel Starring Val Kilmer and Other Kickstarter Campaigns You Could Donate To ... Or Not

Originally posted 07/20/2014 10:35AM

Is this the summer of Kickstarter? We've seen no shortage of drives for off-the-wall causes, foremost among them that infamous Kickstarter for potato salad that has so far received more than $50,000 in pledges. But potato salad hasn't cornered the market on weird ideas. Here are five that caught our eyes.

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See Judge Judy Learn About Grindr (VIDEO)

Originally posted 07/01/2014 06:30PM

Modern technology can be tough for any 71-year-old to pick up, but television's Judge Judy was a quick learner when she was introduced to Grindr in an episode that aired Monday.

While hearing a case involving defendant Aaron Murphy and the much-older plaintiff Christopher Starnes, Judge Judy posed an obvious question: Where had the two men met?

Murphy attempted to explain the hookup app with a polite euphemism: They'd met, he said, on "a social web site." Upon further examination, the defendant admitted Grindr was "a social app that tells you where homosexual males are." But, he assured the judge, he was only on it trying to "make friends."

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Woman Asks Photoshoppers Around the World to 'Make Her Beautiful' (PHOTOS)

UpdatePosted 06/28/2014 09:00AM

See What Happens When a Woman Asks Photoshoppers in Different Countries to 'Make Her Beautiful'

Originally posted 06/27/2014 11:00AM

Journalist Esther Honig wanted to see what beauty standards were like in different cultures. She could have simply bought a magazine or watched some films, but instead she decided to try an experiment.

For her Before & After project, Honig used the power of crowdsourcing to see how different illustrators around the world see beauty in their own cultures.

Honig found 40 artists – a mix of amateurs and professionals – from dozens of countries, and sent them an un-retouched image of her head and shoulders. She paid them a small fee to fulfill one simple job: Make her "beautiful."

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Tinder Is Helping Everyone Score at the World Cup

Tinder Is Helping Everyone Score at the World Cup

Originally posted 06/26/2014 03:35PM

Athletes aren't the only ones playing the field at the World Cup.

According to a report from Quartz, Brazil's influx of World Cup tourists are trying to do a bit of scoring on their own – mobile dating apps like Tinder and Grindr are seeing their numbers skyrocket in the South American nation.

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There Are 250 New Emoji Coming (and Here's How to Use Them)

UpdatePosted 06/19/2014 05:05PM

There Are 250 New Emoji Coming (and Here's How to Use Them)

Originally posted 06/19/2014 12:00PM

This is the kind of thing that the smiling, heart-eyed emoticon was made for. Earlier this week, the Unicode Consortium announced that its latest update (coming in July) would include over 250 new emoji, which means that we can finally – FINALLY – stop over-Tweeting our old favorites; we're looking at you, uncontrollably sobbing sad face.

Some of the newest items on Unicode's list of textable signs and symbols include a chipmunk, a spider, a chili pepper and a levitating businessman – which will be perfect for when your boss finally implements those new Gravity-Free Fridays.  

Unfortunately, the new additions won't immediately appear on our iPhones or Android devices. Apple and Google will have to redesign the symbols for their respective platforms, and each of them will decide which ones will be added to their own emoji dictionaries. (Emojionaries?) But still! Here are ten of our favorite new icons, along with some helpful suggestions for how to use them.   

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Watch: These Hoverboards Are Real – and They're Spectacular

Originally posted 06/16/2014 02:40PM

Finally, we have an answer to the immortal, Back to the Future-inspired question, "Where are our hoverboards?"

The hoverboards, it turns out, are in Cancún.

Way back in 2011, French inventor Franky Zapata introduced the Flyboard, a water-powered jetpack that let its users float around the sky like Tony Stark.

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See Today's Teens React to '90s Internet

Originally posted 06/03/2014 11:30AM

When you hear this sound, what do you think of?

If you're over the age of 20, it's unmistakable. But if you're younger, guess what? It sounds like dubstep.

That's just one of the revelations from the latest video in the Fine Brothers' "React" series, in which the YouTube stars sat a bunch of today's teens down to watch a "Kids' Guide to the Internet" from 1997.

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See How Google's Self-Driving Cars Are Handling the Road

Originally posted 04/30/2014 01:00PM

[YOUTUBE "dk3oc1Hr62g"] The future is arriving in fits and starts: You may never get that jetpack you covet, but according to Google, robot cars may be arriving sooner than you think.

In a promotional video showcasing its self-driving-car program, the tech company gives an inside look at how its autonomous autos are handling driving on busy city streets, where they have to deal with everything from trucks to trains to packs of bikers.

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