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Posts from December, 2013

A 42-Inch 3D Smart TV Is Your “Time to Binge on Those Boxsets” Deal of the Day

Dec 31

3d-glassesThere’s not much of 2013 left, which is depressing for those who like to achieve things within a yearly timeframe. If you haven’t done what you need to do by the close of the year, you may see yourself as a thundering disaster or, if you’re sensible, you’ll know that 2014 will be the same as 2013 and you […]

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BBC Server Hacked and Offered For Sale on Christmas Day

Dec 31

BBCHow about giving a nerdy Doctor Who fan the ultimate gift this year — hacked access to a BBC server. That was the deal apparently on offer on some “underground” internet sites on Christmas Day, after a hacker allegedly gained access to a BBC server and tried to sell on his access method. According to […]

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A Maximally Simple Breathalyser Makes Sense for Drunk People

Dec 31

19axzyrl9kly1jpgThere are a lot of smartphone breathalysers out there, but they don’t tend to prioritise design aesthetic. It’s more of an ‘am I too drunk, yes or no,’ kind of thing. But the Lapka Bam Breathalyser is all about bringing form and function together. First of all, the Lapka is designed so you don’t need […]

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More Than Half of Internet Traffic Is Just Bots

Dec 31

19axvgj9lcjaojpgPeople attribute a lot of annoying internet stuff to bots. Twitterbot followers, bots that sneak past spam filters, bots that send weird gibberish on messaging services. It sounds kind of tired, but maybe the situation is exactly as bad as everyone thinks. Security and cloud service provider Incapsula analysed 1.45 billion page views from 20,000 […]

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A New York City Mugger Declined to Steal a Flip Phone

Dec 31

19axmf152uvu0jpgThere have been 13 robberies reported in New York’s Central Park so far in 2013. But in most of them the robber presumably takes stuff. That’s how that works, right? Things were different for New York Sports Club salesman Kevin Cook, though. He was walking with a friend in the lower part of the park […]

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Glowing “Meteor Smoke” Clouds Appear Over Antarctica

Dec 30

19alhw1oe1ihtjpgNASA reports that rare, electric blue noctilucent clouds have reappeared over the South Pole, where the clouds are often spotted for five to ten days every year. NASA calls the clouds “a great geophysical light bulb” that are visible during the darkest nights. The clouds were spotted by NASA’s AIM spacecraft, which observed a “vast […]

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Why These Bison in California Were Put on Birth Control

Dec 30

19ape1jjl8qy9jpgThis is a story about bison, Hollywood, and a glycoprotein. A rocky outpost off the coast of Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island was originally home to exactly zero bison. In 1924, however, when the island was owned by William Wrigley Jr. of chewing gum fame, a film crew imported 14 buffalo for a movie shoot. […]

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These Dinner Plates Were Decorated With A Paint Filled Pendulum

Dec 30

19aq0h4w0fsvnjpgThe best aesthetic for pretty much any dish is a pile of delicious food. If you’re a proud member of the clean plate club, however, revealing a purdy pattern beneath your meal is a nice touch at the end of dinner. Dutch designer David Derksen used an acrylic paint filled pendulum to give his Oscillation […]

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ILM’s Effects For The Lone Ranger Were Way Better Than the Movie

Dec 30

lone-ranger-super-bowlJust because a blockbuster tanked at the box office, doesn’t mean the talented folks who worked on the film didn’t pour their hearts and souls into every frame. Especially those responsible for a film’s visual effects, whose work often goes unnoticed when they’ve done their job right. To give the talented artists at ILM who […]

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Watch This Etch A Sketch Tell the Story of Its Inventor

Dec 30

Screenshot_96Drawning on an Etch A Sketch is hard. Well, it is if you want to do more than just make a horrible mess of angularity. But the squarish beauty of the line drawing toy is put to great use in this clever little animation that tells the story of André Cassagnes, its inventor. Put together […]

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