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American Gadget News for 10 Oct 2013

Well, this is just horrible. Summing up how sane people feel about the government shutdown and hopefully making Congress feel like imbeciles, a 5-year-old boy is in tears because NASA's official... website no longer works because of the idiotic government shutdown. Squabble all you want but don't rob kids of their space game dreams!
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Do you like type? Did you go see the movie Helvetica and break out in tears of joyful satisfaction at the end credits? Do you have a graphic designer cousin who taught you what sans serif meant, and... did you think it was fascinating? You're going love Type:Rider.
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Many have accused Azerbaijan's government of running a fake democracy, and the administration hasn't helped its image with its official election app for Android and iOS. Citizens who downloaded the... client were surprised to get supposedly final election results a day before voting even began. As the ...
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Conductive Paint Turns PlainHanding a trumpet to a child and expecting some Louis Armstrong skills is a tall order, but it's possible to get them producing basic tunes with a simple sheet of loose leaf. MusicInk allows kids to... paint--and play!--a plain old piece of paper like a musical gizmo.
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You're hosting a dance/Italian plumber enthusiasts party at your United Kingdom-based flat and need entertainment -- we totally get it. And so does Nintendo, apparently, as the game maker is bringing... three new bundles to the UK starting on November 8th with the release of a New Super Mario Bros. ...
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Gorgeous Typography PuzzlesThe fact of the matter is, if you don't teach your kids about the dangers of using Comic Sans when they're young, they're just going to pick it up on the street. Whether it's a flyer for a garage... sale, or a bulletin board at their preschool, the world is a minefield of terrible typography, and you need to address the issue with your young'ns before it becomes a problem.
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Facebook is completely removing the "who can search for me" option, for those who were still using it (if you didn't have it checked, it already disappeared). Facebook says the setting is outdated now... that Graph Search is live, and that everything's now controlled via your Privacy settings . [Facebook via ReadWrite]
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As things often go with such products, the Unu tablet/game console/home entertainment center combo is a bit delayed. The Android device, which was originally scheduled to ship this summer, is now set... to hit select retailers and online stores beginning next month. We spent some time with the device ...
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Here's A World Map AdjustedIt's surprisingly easy for us to become so enraptured with our own comfortable microcosm that we completely lose sight of how absolutely minuscule our little corner of the net actually is. This map by... the Information Geographies project at the Oxford Internet Institute should put things back into perspective.
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Scientists Found the RemainsA team of astrophysicists have made an exciting however complex discovery a mere 170 light years away. In their own words, it's "the first evidence of a water-rich rocky planetary body" outside of our... own solar system to have evidence of water. It's the "rocky" bit that makes it Earth-like.
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iPhone users with Instagram version 4.1 have had the ability to straighten photos for a couple of months now, but Android smartphone owners are a bit behind the curve when it comes to sorting out... crooked pics. Well, no more. The latest Android app update, which should hit Google Play sometime today, ...
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Photoshop Contest: What's FoxIf you've spent any time on the internet this week, there's a good chance you've heard about Fox News' newest acquisition--a herd of fun-sized jumbotrons that finally let you touch a single tweet with... your whole hand. And they said the American Dream was dead.
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Google and NASA made much ado of their Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab when it launched in May, but they said little about how it works or its long-term goals. The two organizations are shedding a... little more light on the subject through a new short film for the Imagine Films Science Festival. ...
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According to a report from AllThingsD, Vivian Schiller, the senior vice president and chief digital officer of NBC News, is set to become the head of news at Twitter. The site's sources say Schiller's... deal with the blue bird is "all but done." With its IPO filing on the books, the world and Wall ...
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This Rechargeable Snow BlowerAs beautiful as it is to wake up to a fresh snowfall, the honeymoon's soon over when you realize it's up to you to clear a path for your car. You can go the shovel route and risk a heart attack, opt... for a gas-powered snow blower and risk going deaf, or have at it with a corded model and risk electrocution. Thankfully there's one other safer and quieter solution with Joe Snow's new iON18SB rechargeable snow blower that runs on batteries.
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Tech Magazines Used to ExposeIf you were a psychic, astrologer, spiritualist or any other kind of charlatan in the 1920s, you had no greater enemy than the science and technology magazines of the era. Many publishers of the 1920s... saw calling out bullshit peddlers as a natural part of their broader mission. And they did so in glorious fashion -- by giving away the pseudo-supernatural secrets of countless frauds.
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Exploding Toilet SendsBad things often happen in mysterious, inexplicable ways. Michel Pierre of Brooklyn experienced this first hand this week when he pulled the handle of his toilet, and the whole thing exploded in his... face. The blast knocked him out and sent him to the hospital where he got 30 stitches.
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There were a number of reports last month that RIM/BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis was at least thinking about putting in a bid of his own for the company, and an SEC filing published today has... now shed some more light on the matter. While an actual bid remains anything but a sure thing, the ...
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Bose is out to take on the likes of Sonos with its new SoundTouch WiFi music systems. The speakers rely on a free SoundTouch app that acts as a simple controller for all of your favorite music. It... pulls media from your network-connected computers and Pandora, and we're told other popular streaming ...
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Do you remember that that previously leaked Twitter app for Android tablets? Yep, it's now official. As expected, the app provides a landscape view that shows both the Twitter timeline and content... from expanded tweets; tap on a post and you'll see article previews or media without losing your place ...
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This Hooped Bridge is High-Tension Math

Gizmodo - 10 Oct 2013 20:40
This Hooped Bridge isEarlier this year, a design competition was announced for a new pedestrian bridge in Salford, England. Called the Salford Meadows Bridge competition, and sponsored by the Royal Institute of British... Architects, the actual winning design will be announced at the of November.
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Engadget Mobile Podcast 192 - 10.10.13

Engadget - 10 Oct 2013 20:30
Just what is Pocketnow's Taylor Martin carrying in his "nerd bag" lately? This week Brad aims to find out. From there, it's all about the best things to come this fall: wearables, curved displays,... fingerprint scanners and pumpkin spice-flavored everything. So cozy up next to your heater and get to ...
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A new gadget lets you watch TV on your phone or tablet without a blocky attachment.
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The Fifth Estate Review: MoreIt was once said that history is written by the victors, but that changed when something called the internet came along and put endless information at everyone's fingertips, letting each of us come to... our own conclusions. And this idea of uncensored, unfettered access to information was taken to its most extreme with Julian Assange's website WikiLeaks; a place where secrets didn't exist.
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If $20 was too high an asking price for the iOS serving of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, good news: the game's currently half price, at just $10. What's better is that it's just received an update as well,... which adds multiplayer functionality, iOS 7 optimization, and deeper leaderboard stats. We'd personally ...
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