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Camera that will take 1000-year exposure to debut tomorrow

Camera that will take 1000-year exposure to debut tomorrow

Out of all the odd ways one can get a world record, this probably isn't the oddest of them. Still, one photographer's plan to take the longest-ever photo exposure is unusual, and a lot can go wrong in a thousand years (invading aliens, an earthquake where the camera's located, etc). The camera will be debuting tomorrow at the Arizona State University Art Museum, which will be home for the camera. The final image won't be finished until the year 3,015, long after the photographer has passed on.

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Divoom Bluetune Bean speaker includes selfie button

Divoom Bluetune Bean speaker includes selfie button

Portable speakers are old news at this point. It is not hard to find a little Bluetooth offering to complement your on-the-go lifestyle, and so another announcement elicits little more than a yawn. What's a company to do? Try to make its product unique by including something you wouldn't ordinarily expect to find on your speaker -- in Divoom's case, that is a shutter button for taking selfies. Yes, you can now take a selfie using a speaker. What a world.

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Samsung Dream Doghouse includes hot tub

Samsung Dream Doghouse includes hot tub

Some of us stuff a pillow in a box and make our cat's day; others buy their dog a miniature doggy mansion and go to bed at night knowing their pet could lounge in its own hot tub if it wanted. Such a reality has gotten a little more real with Samsung's new Dream Doghouse, a somewhat small clear-sided doghouse with all the trimmings Fido might want, including art work on the walls. The company only made one of them, so if you're already polishing your credit card, don't get your hopes too high.

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Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac preview

Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac preview

Microsoft has launched its Office 2016 for Mac preview, giving Apple users with a taste for office software a chance to preview its upcoming release. The official release won't take place until sometime in the second half of this year, but we've been given a full look at the features now, and they include an interface that has been built from the ground up to play well with Mac (and that includes Retina displays). We've the rest of the details and instructions on how to get it yourself after the jump!

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Podo wireless camera fits in your palm, sticks to the wall

Podo wireless camera fits in your palm, sticks to the wall

Unless you're a photographer, your smartphone camera is probably your primary camera. Though it is convenient, there are times when having a dedicated camera can come in handy as well (like when you're wanting to record from a drone or underwater). Podo is one of those little standalone cameras that target the everyday consumer and work with the tech you already have (again, your smartphone). It's smaller than a compact digital camera, however, and can be stuck on surfaces with its adhesive backing.

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2015 Land Rovers recalled over faulty lug nuts

2015 Land Rovers recalled over faulty lug nuts

Land Rover is recalling a relatively small number of its newest vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed. The reason differs from the various other auto recalls we've seen so far this year, and concerns the lug nuts (which, of course, keep the wheel on the car). Says Jaguar, the lug nuts on select recently manufactured 2015 Land Rovers could crack and come apart from the bolt, the result of which could cause the wheel to detach and the car to crash.

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Jay-Z’s Aspiro bid blocked by minority shareholders

Jay-Z’s Aspiro bid blocked by minority shareholders

That bid Jay Z made earlier this year on Aspiro, a music streaming company best known as being behind Tidal, has been blocked by the company's minority shareholders. These minority shareholders own 10-percent of Aspiro, and they're blocking the bid -- at least according to some -- despite the company's board of directors having given the bid a thumbs up. The block is said to have been done on the advice of Aktiespararna, an equity association.

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NBCU tipped in standalone comedy subscription service effort

NBCU tipped in standalone comedy subscription service effort

For the longest time, cord-cutting (getting rid of cable) meant jumping through a lot of hoops and possibly resorting to less than kosher methods for getting one's entertainment fix. Networks have been slow to embrace technological changes, but now that consumers have moved in such a great mass toward the technology most convenient to them (mobile devices, primarily), some daring companies have decided to cater to them, and now the ball has begun rolling. Latest to contemplate launching a standalone subscription video service is NBCUniversal.

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EA shutters SimCity’s dev studio Maxis Emeryville

EA shutters SimCity’s dev studio Maxis Emeryville

Electronic Arts has closed down the development studio behind SimCity, Maxis Emeryville, according to a statement from the company. It's a sudden announcement, but one that doesn't end on a negative note for those who enjoy The Sims (it does, however, end poorly for all the workers who have been affected). Says EA, the workers hit by this closure will be given the chance to "explore" positions elsewhere within the company, and that no plans regarding future Sims efforts have changed.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron new trailer drops

Avengers: Age of Ultron new trailer drops

Marvel decided to give us a new treat today, dropping another Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer into the mix. With this trailer we see some things we've seen before, but it is mostly new footage, and there's a lot of talking -- and that may not be a good thing if you don't like too much of a movie ahead of time. We've watched the trailer a couple times and there's nothing particularly spoiler-warning worthy, though of course your eyes might happen to catch something notable, so proceed with caution.

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