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Prehistoric murder indicated by newly discovered skull

Prehistoric murder indicated by newly discovered skull

There’s a prehistoric murder mystery in the news, and it’s not the plot of a movie. Rather, researchers have discovered a 430,000 year old skull that is thought to be the oldest (discovered) murder victim remains. The skull is said to belong to a primitive person of Neanderthal lineage, and it was found nestled deeply within a Spanish cave. There are a couple fractures visible, both of which point toward a single weapon that was likely used to murder the victim.

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Drop everything and watch: Kung Fury has been released

Drop everything and watch: Kung Fury has been released

The most epic 30 minute of film grandeur has been released to blow your eyes out of their sockets simultaneously. This is Kung Fury. Behold the original article back in December of 2013 when we demanded that you support the crowd-funded project. Now that's over and the final product is here. Thirty full minutes of absolute madness. For everyone to experience. On the internet. With out reservation. With courage. On YouTube so it's easily distributable for the whole entire earth. With FURY.

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Google+ isn’t dead, but blood has been shed

Google+ isn’t dead, but blood has been shed

Remember Google+? Google’s social network has long been the butt of jokes, positioned first as the Facebook killer for the whole family but failing to hammer the killer nail into Zuckerberg’s empire. Turns out, though, that Google+ isn’t going away, though the broadly-misunderstood network is certainly going to change according to VP of Product Bradley Horowitz speaking at Google I/O today.

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IRS on hack: all signs point to Russia

IRS on hack: all signs point to Russia

Earlier this week, it was reported that the IRS had been hacked and the tax returns for more than 100,000 people were swiped. That reality has not changed, but now there’s a potential culprit: Russian hackers. The news was stated by Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, who serves as the chairman of a House subcommittee that oversees the IRS. The news itself reportedly was given to him by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who relayed the breach’s Russian origins in a phone call.

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Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

Google gives away their second virtual reality headset Cardboard at Google I/O 2015, the first to officially support Apple's iPhone. What you're going to see here is a simple piece of equipment, one made of cardboard (literally), glass, and a bit of conductive foam. No more magnets. Still velcro, but a little bit different use of metal than before. This allows not just Android devices to work, but any smartphone. Even devices that aren't necessarily running iOS, if you want to be especially explorative with it.

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Nintendo delivery truck heist leaves pre-orders up in air

Nintendo delivery truck heist leaves pre-orders up in air

Nintendo pre-orders -- particularly of the amiibo sort -- are a hot thing right now, and trying to get an item before it is sold out is hard enough. What makes it harder are heists -- robberies, that is -- that snatch already-ordered gear. Such a reality has unfolded, however, with a delivery truck full of Splatoon amiibo and games being robbed in the United Kingdom. This is bad news for those in the region who pre-ordered the gear, as it is now likely stored in an illicit warehouse right now.

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Apple buys augmented reality specialist Metaio

Apple buys augmented reality specialist Metaio

Apple has apparently acquired augmented reality firm Metaio, a surprise purchase of a specialist in computer vision, tracking, and even "virtual Holodeck" tools for developers. The news suggests Apple is adding to its portfolio of computational vision technology, potentially following in the footsteps of companies like Facebook - which acquired Oculus - and trying to catch up on new interface paradigms. With Microsoft looking to push augmented reality more into the mainstream with HoloLens, it's possible that Apple is looking to do something similar with iOS or OS X, though the Cupertino firm was not the prime suspect in an acquisition bid.

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This is GoPro’s crazy 16-camera Google Jump rig

This is GoPro’s crazy 16-camera Google Jump rig

GoPro has been busy lately, first showing off a spherical rig yesterday and then following up today with this, a 16-camera 360 Array to work with Google Jump. The first example of a Jump-compatible rig for recording entire panoramas of footage, the 3D-printed framework holds more than a dozen GoPro cameras and, optionally, a microphone with them, so that users can capture everything going on around them and share it on the new YouTube service.

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Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

Google focuses on Android, development of Internet of Things, Photos, and virtual reality at this year's Google I/O developer conference. The conference began with a brief introduction to Android M, Google's next software for mobile devices. From there, they went on to celebrate their first billion user products and the release of Android Pay. Needless to say, this wasn't a super Chrome-focused sort of day. This was a day of mobile engagement from the start of this first keynote to the end. All about movement and tiny device software.

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Periscope live tour held by The British Museum

Periscope live tour held by The British Museum

Periscope is a livestreaming service, and it can be used for more than piracy and vlogs. Case in point: the British Museum gave a live broadcast of an exhibit earlier today using Periscope, and we can only hope it'll be doing more of them in the future. This makes it easier than ever to tune into live events from iOS or Android (which is now supported) devices, the same device users can use to broadcast their own events. In the case of The British Museum, Periscope was used to offer an exclusive live guided tour for people scattered around the world.

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