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American Gadget News for 8 Oct 2013

Is the NSA's Data CenterThis is embarrassingly funny. The WSJ reports that the NSA's new Utah data center has suffered 10 meltdowns in the past 13 months because of electrical surges. The NSA is basically using so much power... in its spying efforts that it is poetically killing its data centers. Seriously, the surges have destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars in machinery.
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This Air Travel Map From 1929The 1920s was a thrilling decade for aviation. Daredevils were just beginning to hop across the Atlantic, and at least one airline was even experimenting with in-flight entertainment. But if you... wanted to tour the United States by air it was a pretty involved process. And this beautiful map from 1929 showed you how it was done.
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Bond Gifts has hired a handwriting robot to create custom cards via an app.     
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An Interactive Map of SanIn the lead-up to Litquake, the annual city-wide literary festival that kicks off this Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle just launched a seriously impressive online map marking some of the Bay... Area's most iconic moments in print.
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Think of this as IMDb baked into your Google search. Today, everyone's favorite Search giant from Mountain View announced that users seeking information about their favorite shows, or those just... curious about specific series, will now find detailed episode listings within their results. The added ...
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Nielsen's New Twitter TVNielsen, the ratings monitoring service that gives networks the ammo to charge exorbitant prices for commercials, released their first "Twitter TV ratings"--ratings metrics that take into account... social-media activity--this Monday.
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AllThingsD is rarely wrong about these things.     
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Soar Through the Alps WithTaking flight with a wingsuit is probably the scariest thing I can think of doing. And that's part of the reason why this interactive video of German crazy person Beni Kälin jumping off a Swiss... mountaintop is so cool. It feels like you're flying--except without the risk of dying part.
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Bike+ is a security alarm andBike thieves are a resourceful lot. No matter what form of lock is used, given the time and the inclination, such n'ere-do-wells will snatch up your two-wheeled transportation. Wi-MM, a start-up based... in Santa Clara, CA, aims to make it harder for them to steal your cycle with its new product Bike+, ...
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A Sleek Ping Pong Table YouBilliard tables have become bonafide works of art that some people furnish entire rooms around--but ping pong tables are only just catching up. But the hideous green folding contraptions of yesteryear... are quickly being replaced with sleek pieces like this gorgeous Bola Service Table designed by Barcelona-based studio A.P.O.
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Apple's iPad event reportedlyAllThingsD seems to have some pretty solid sources within Apple's walls, as it was spot-on last month when it predicted the date of the iPhone event. Now, the publication is reporting that October... 22nd is a date for all of us to circle on our virtual calendars -- provided we're interested in new ...
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Report: Apple Is Holding anAllThingsD is reporting that Apple is holding an iPad event on Tuesday, October 22. Apparently, the focus of the event will be not only iPads, but also new Mac Pros and OS X Maverick.
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Deadspin What Would A Jaguars-Alabama Betting Line Look Like? | Gawker Guy Sends Girl Unsolicited Selfie, Spawns Cringiest Instagram Trend Yet | Jezebel Crappiest Crap Email Ever: Whiny Guy, Asian... Fetish, Faked Death | Kotaku Obama Puts Shutdown In Terms Home-Owning Xbox Gamers Can Understand
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This Mesmerizing Ai WeiweiLast night in Toronto, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei presented a new version of his incredible Forever Bicycles installation. As the centerpiece of this year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the... all-night contemporary art event that takes over city streets, 3,144 bicycles, the most Weiwei has used of this work to date, were stacked 100 feet in length and 30 feet in height and depth in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square. This was the first time the installation has been displayed in an open air, public space. Since this was a night-time festival, it was spectacularly lit up with pink and blue lights.
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Is This Samsung's New CurvedWe've seen rumors that Samsung is bringing a curved screen phone to market, thanks to new bendy screen tech. Now @evleaks, a leaker with a pretty solid record, has dug up this supposed press shot.... Man, if this is real, it's real weird.
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Samsung's curved smartphoneIf you think there's something wrong with the image above, you wouldn't be alone -- but it is, in fact, what it's supposed to look like. As you can tell, this may very well be the first Samsung device... that takes advantage of the Korean manufacturer's flexible screen, as shown to us by notorious ...
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This iPhone Prank TricksYou know the feeling. You and a friend are having a conversation via text and the little bubble with the blinking dots shows up indicating that she's typing. So much anticipation! You'd stare at those... dots for hours waiting for a text, wouldn't you? Wouldn't it be funny if the dots just kept blinking?
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New Brother portable scannerLet's be honest -- with certain exceptions, most portable scanners aren't very exciting. Brother's new ImageCenter ADS-1500W promises to liven things up, however. The WiFi-equipped reader lets users... send any documents directly to cloud services like Evernote, Facebook and Flickr; if you want to ...
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Xi3 Piston: Why You ShouldIt's not a Steam Box, but they want us to believe it is: Xi3's Piston might be the most confusing product in gaming this year, thanks to some muddled messaging and a deal with Valve that never went... anywhere.
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How Salt and Pepper Became theThey're staples on every American dining table and the requisite ingredients in virtually every European cuisine, so inseparable that polite society dictates they always be passed together. Salt and... pepper are the undisputed champions of condiments--but how did they get so popular?
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OUYA's next update addsThat little Android gaming box, the OUYA, might've only cost you $100, but that doesn't mean it's not getting treated to some post-launch updating like all your other game consoles. The next update... brings the long-promised external storage functionality, albeit in closed beta form (sign up right ...
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Red Bull May Have Invented AAt the Singapore Grand Prix two weekends ago, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won by an unbelievable 32 second margin over his closest rival. Seriously, it's unbelievable. Now F1 experts believe that... Red Bull Racing's F1 engineers may have invented a new kind of traction control that links the car's hybrid engine to its suspension -- but no one knows for sure. The whole world is stumped.
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In an attempt to give touchscreens another level of interactivity, researchers at Disney have come up with a remarkable way to generate tactile feedback as fingers slide across a smooth glass display.... And all without deforming or changing the shape of the display in the process. Imagine a touchscreen keyboard where you can physically feel every key and you'll realize the potential of this research.
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3 Ways That Big Brother IsWe might not always realize it, but a lot of the stuff we're putting into our mouths has been meticulously engineered by Big Brother to turn us into robust, super-human specimens. Sure, it kind of... sounds like the plot of a corny sci-fi flick--but we'd be nothing more than rickets-stricken piles of rotting teeth without it.
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Thanks to That SalmonellaWell that was quick. Seemingly hours after officials issued a health warning about a multi-state salmonella outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) called nearly all of its food monitoring... staff back in to work.
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