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American Gadget News for 15 Mar 2013

25 Famous Toys We Blasted Into Space

Gizmodo - 15 Mar 2013 20:00
25 Famous Toys We Blasted IntoNASA recently released a few photos of the Expedition 34 crew aboard the International Space Station. Sitting inconspicuously in the corner of one of the pictures was Gort, the Earth-murdering robot... from the 1951 classic The Day the Earth Stood Still. So we decided to sift through the vast archives of space exploration looking for other toys we took with us to the heavens. More »
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Dropbox Just Bought Mailbox

Gizmodo - 15 Mar 2013 19:07
Dropbox Just Bought MailboxMailbox, the iOS mail app that caused quite the splash when it burst, has just been acquired by Dropbox. The announcement comes by way of a Dropbox post, in which Dropbox says it was floored by how... Mailbox actually delivered on its promise to simplify mail, and wants to bring that goodness to Dropbox users everywhere. More »
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Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets AprilWas that late April launch date for the Galaxy S 4 a little too vague for you? Well, fortunate British readers, you get something a little more specific. The UK's only LTE network, EE has stated that... it will start selling Samsung's new Galaxy, both online and in its bricks and mortar establishments, starting April 26th. It's keeping quiet on the prices, matching those other UK carriers for the time being, but we're sure prices will appear ahead of any preorder page -- that's set to go live on March 28th. Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Samsung Comments
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Blackmailers Are ThreateningEnjoying an ice cold Red Bull for your morning pick-me-up? Swallow now. Because apparently, your energy drink of choice has found itself the victim of some good, old-fashioned poop extortion. More »
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Samsung Galaxy S 4 wirelessNo phone launch is complete without a few accessories added to the mix. Samsung had a whole bunch to announce alongside its Galaxy S 4, but only a few were on hand to check out up close and personal.... We did, however, find a nice surprise hiding under those glossy white table covers -- a wireless charging pad. Yes, it turns out the the GS 4 does in fact have Qi wireless charging capabilities. Provided its available in your region and your carrier chooses to support it. The charging pad itself has a glossy plastic base that matches the phone, but there's a nice rubbery gray top that keeps the handset from sliding around too much while it's juicing up. We also got to check out the companion wireless scale that looks quite a bit like the Fitbit Aria. Though, with a square LCD and a...
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The No-Nonsense Pocket KnifeThe Swiss Army Knife might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of military multi-tools, but don't underestimate the lesser-know alternatives. Alternatives, for instance, like this... stainless steel IXL British Army Knife, whose no-nonsense exterior belies a rich and fascinating history. More »
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Plex client project forRasPlex is not the only HTPC software project aimed at the Raspberry Pi (also see Raspbmc, OpenELEC or PyPlex), but it is trying to leverage the Plex Media Server to become the best option. As... detailed on the "Why Rasplex?" section of its new website, Plex's client/server model lends itself to handling video streams that might otherwise not be supported by the Pi's lightweight ARM CPU, as well as (once it's out of beta) access a number of additional apps and features. Its creator celebrated Pi day yesterday by launching a new site for the project, and even has plans for custom cases to make mounting your $35 media PC in the living room easier to do. Hit the source links to download the latest update, version 0.1.27 or just get more information. Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD Comments...
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High Roller Takes Casino ForAustralia's biggest casino was taken for $33 million, when its own security cameras were used against it by a high-roller who managed to hijack the surveillance systems. More »
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Digg to build a Google ReaderThe news of Google Reader's upcoming demise has put the spotlight on several alternatives that RSS fans can only hope will fill the gap. The latest to vie for our attention doesn't even exist yet:... Digg just announced that it will be creating a reader of its own. According to its blog, the aggregation service was apparently already planning to build such a reader, but upon hearing that Google's version will bite the dust, the company is kicking into gear to develop a suitable replacement. Digg's reader will maintain what it calls the best of Google Reader's features, including its API, while incorporating changes that reflect the relevance of social networks and other popular Internet communities. Filed under: Internet Comments Via: TechCrunch Source: Digg Blog
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XBMC team starts work onJust because XBMC 12 Frodo has been officially released we wouldn't expect the team behind the media PC software to take too long of a break. In fact, in a blog post it's announced plans to return to... a monthly development cycle, as well as a code name for version 13 of the software: Gotham. While we wait for the next official release to arrive, the February build features improvements to UPnP with a "Play Using..." push server feature that should be familiar if you've used Play To on Windows for example. also new are Android fixes that let it rotate in any direction, and control the device's native audio. there are other changes as well, which can be reviewed beyond the source link, along with test versions for your preferred platform. Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD Comments Source:...
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The Easiest Way To Tell YourAirplane seats are notoriously uncomfortable for sleeping. Whether it's because of the stiff-as-a-board headrest, or a chatty seatmate who didn't take a hint when you put on your headphones. So here's... the simple solution to both problems: an inflatable pillow that doubles as an obnoxious wall. More »
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5 Delicious Green Cocktails toDo you know what's great about green beer? Absolutely nothing, you filthy animal, that was a trick question. To help you rise above those green-toothed suckers swilling down their flavorless lagers,... we tapped a few of the country's top bartenders and got recipes for some truly delectable cocktails that just happen to be green. Get ready to blow some minds. More »
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Editor's Letter: The familiar 4

Engadget - 15 Mar 2013 23:00
Editor's Letter: The familiarIn each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news. Another week, another mega Android smartphone release! This time it's Samsung's eagerly awaited Galaxy S... 4. Yes, we've lost the Roman numerals, as their marketing certainly hinted, but otherwise, not a lot has changed. In fact, even we experts, trained in the art of cellphone identification, are going to have a hard time telling the difference between this new Galaxy S and its predecessor from a distance. Gallery: Samsung Galaxy S 4 preview Comments
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The Original 'Legacy' MegazordHell yes! The original Mighty Morphin' Megazord is back as a toy. This is everything you ever wanted 18 years ago and also probably right now, now that you remembered it. More »
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Samsung puts Exynos 5 OctaThat Galaxy S 4 isn't going to compute tasks through sheer force of will, you know. Just a day after Samsung unveiled the smartphone as its inaugural Exynos 5 Octa device, the company has confirmed... that the not-really-eight-core ARM processor should be in mass production during the second quarter of the year, or between April and June. There aren't many more details to share beyond what the company mentioned at CES, but that doesn't diminish what could be a best-of-all-worlds processor: the automatic switching between four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores should give it a performance edge over many of its peers while reducing power consumption by up to 70 percent. We also know that the Octa's graphics performance has largely caught up to peers versus earlier Exynos 4 designs, as...
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Red Bull Editions LightningRed Bull has always tasted suspiciously like found bubble gum—whatever, you don't drink it for the taste, you drink it for the pulse-racing amounts of caffeine and B-Vitamins stored in each can.... Until now, that is. Red Bull's just rolled out three new flavor editions of its energy drink and we've got to warn you, they're delicious. At least, compared to what you're used to. More »
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Let's Talk About Whatever YouHi there. It's the end of the week, and we're sure you're sick of working, so we're going to help make the rest of your day bearable. For the next hour, the entire Giz staff will be hovering around... this thread, willing to shoot the *** about whatever your little hearts desire. What do you all want to talk about? More »
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14 Adults Have Been "Cured" of HIV

Gizmodo - 15 Mar 2013 22:00
14 Adults Have Been 'Cured' ofThis could really be happening. Just weeks after a baby girl was functionally cured of the HIV virus, early treatment has been found to put HIV into seemingly permanent remission in 14 adults. It's... breathtaking progress in the fight against HIV. More »
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The After Math: Samsung'sWelcome to The After Math, where we attempt to summarize this week's tech news through numbers, decimal places and percentages. In this week's After Math, Google got stung for its Street View WiFi... mishap, Samsung revealed what is likely to be its best-selling phone (again), while the new Digital Public Library of America received a huge donation from the US National Archives. We're getting things ready for Engadget Expand this weekend, so expect a special edition TAM next week. We hope to see plenty of you at the event -- we'll be there. Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Alt Comments
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Lexon's Flow Is So BeautifulWith an endless supply of streaming media at our fingertips, who in their right mind would spend money on a radio these days? That's probably the same question Lexon's designers were asking... themselves, just before they came up with the stunning design for the company's Flow FM radio. More »
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Watch This Gymnast Bot StickWe can't get enough of these tiny but impressive robot gymnasts who flip through the air and stick their landings. We're probably only seeing the one time it lands upright in about 100 attempts, but... who cares? They're only going to get better and better. And one day the summer Olympics might actually be worth watching. Give that robot the wood medal. (Because it's not programmed to recognize the value of gold.) [YouTube via Automaton] More »
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Gorgeous School Furniture ThatTurns out, sitting hunched over a desk for eight hours a day isn't all that great for a kid's posture, and the spinal contortions needed to lean over a flat desk certainly do nothing for a student's... ability to focus on the day's lessons. However, this rolling chair from Dublin-based industrial design firm Perch aims to keep kids upright, comfortable, and engaged through the magic of deforming plastic. More »
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The Single Creepiest Thing YouAlways be nice, and cool. That's the motto around here. But sometimes you just want to make someone wildly uncomfortable. Or maybe you want to avoid social nightmare! Either way, here is some sacred... social media advice. Heed or perish. More »
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Expand is tomorrow! Here'sIt's hard to believe, but Expand is now nigh upon us. We hope to see many of you in San Francisco this weekend! Please note: if you are planning to come to the show, and want to save yourself a few... bucks on the ticket price, be sure to buy them in advance today before 5pm PT. We will be closing advanced sales at that time, and offering tickets at the door at $60 for a full pass, $40 for Saturday (includes the after-party) and $30 for just Sunday. Read on to get all the last-minute details you need to know... Filed under: Announcements, Meta Comments
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Cheap Microsoft Office ForMicrosoft Office — y'know, Word, Excel, Powerpoint et al. — is the software that work happens on. You've most likely used it before. Well, there are big changes afoot in Microsoft Land: you don't... buy the newest version of Microsoft Office, you rent it. That means monthly or yearly fees. Sure, the cloud aspects of Office 365 are pretty cool, but the fact you don't own software you bought is a bummer, especially since that's the way Office has worked for nearly a quarter of a century. Folks with a legal copy on disc will save a lot of money over a year or two instead of paying the $10 per month Microsoft's asking for the same software. More »
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