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New LEGO Minecraft sets appear in leak

New LEGO Minecraft sets appear in leak

LEGO, the world's top toymaker, recently unveiled a new Star Wars kit: the Slave I. While that has been getting current attention, it seems the company is working on another kit that will appeal to its own large fanbase: a new Minecraft offering. Though it doesn't have any known name at this point, the new Minecraft sets have leaked alongside half a dozen images of included characters and components, as well as a shot of the front of the box.

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Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Imagine a future where a single unified Internet no longer exists, instead being replaced by locked down local versions that exist, primarily, to keep prying eyes away from data that is private. Such is one possibility posed by current government Internet surveillance, largely resting on the NSA's shoulders, according to a panel that recently gathered to discuss the issue. Senator Ron Wyden set up the discussion panel, and many big-name individuals from within the tech industry took part, including Google's Eric Schmidt and Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith. The topic is a serious one, and dire warnings were given.

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Microsoft CEO in hot water over comment on women and pay raises

Microsoft CEO in hot water over comment on women and pay raises

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella found himself suffering backlash over comments he made today about women and pay raises at a conference in Phoenix. When asked how women working in tech should approach the issue of pay raises when they find it uncomfortable, he responded that workers should lend their faith to the system and that it will bestow pay raises in the course of things. Criticism of the comment was swift and harsh, and he has since redacted his statement, clarifying it in a new one.

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Imgur has made a new GIF format for the modern age

Imgur has made a new GIF format for the modern age

Animated GIFs and the Internet go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether your Internet browsing habits take you to Reddit, Tumblr, or elsewhere, you likely run into multiple GIFs per day, each expressing a thought or emotion or showing off the best part of a video in wonderful looping fashion. The Internet of today is far different than the Internet that existed when the first GIF was born, of course, and it was only a matter of time before the format we all know and love changed to suit modern needs. Thus was born the GIFV ("jiffy") format.

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Elon Musk isn’t keen on flying cars

Elon Musk isn’t keen on flying cars

Flying cars have been a staple component in visions of the future for as long as cars have existed, and while none are yet available at your local dealership, efforts are under way to make them reality. If you're of the more realistic sort, you likely view the prospect with a hint of pessimism: when a car stalls on the road, it merely blocks traffic -- if it stalls in the sky, it will fall on your head. Elon Musk seems to fall into the latter group, pointing out the different issues that would result from them.

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The Egg wants to be your personal portable web server

The Egg wants to be your personal portable web server

The folks behind the company Eggcyte are concerned about your privacy, and want to help you maintain it using a different method than most: with a portable personal web server called The Egg. Dubbed such due to its egg-like design, The Egg gives users their own Egg website where they can provide content for others to see and enjoy, sans having to upload to a social network or cloud service. Eggcyte says all of one's personal content and site details are contained with the Egg.

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Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro hands-on

Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro hands-on

Lenovo has introduced a slew of new products, and standing chief among them is the YOGA 3 Pro. With this convertible PC comes many notable features, the best among them being the unique "watchband" hinge. Unlike traditional hinges found on convertible PCs, the watchband hinge is composed of an entirely new design that, like its name suggests, resembles the design of a watchband. We recently went hands-on with the device and have all the details for you after the jump.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro hands-on with integrated projector

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro hands-on with integrated projector

Among Lenovo's newly unveiled products lie a couple distinguished features -- the YOGA 3 Pro's watchband hinge, for example, and the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro's integrated Pico projector. With the projector, the need to connect to an external display is eliminated -- any empty wall can be transformed into a display, whether to give a presentation or watch an impromptu movie. To complement the video feature is a JBL sound system complete with a subwoofer. which brings audio quality above and beyond what you get from the average Android slate.

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ThinkPad Yoga 14, YOGA Tablet 2 in Windows and Android revealed in detail

ThinkPad Yoga 14, YOGA Tablet 2 in Windows and Android revealed in detail

In addition to getting some hands-on time with Lenovo's YOGA 3 Pro and YOGA Tablet 2 Pro today, we're having a peek at the rest of their Fall lineup of high-powered devices. Three more mobile machines come to light this week, each of them with "YOGA" in their name. The ThinkPad Yoga 14 will be the most traditional of the bunch, while Lenovo brings both the YOGA Tablet 2 with Android and the YOGA Tablet 2 with Windows to the party, the whole lot prepared for the USA imminently.

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Snapchat’s CEO says ads are coming “soon”

Snapchat’s CEO says ads are coming “soon”

Snapchat, despite suffering some big blunders during its relatively short existence, has continued to grow in popularity and boasts a high valuation at over $10 billion. Yahoo was recently tipped by sources to be planning a significant investment into the startup, which is facing growing pressure to begin generating revenue. Advertising is the obvious route, which was recently tipped to be incoming by sources that spoke to the Wall Street Journal. Now the company's CEO Evan Spiegel has confirmed the news, at least in part, saying that ads will be arriving "soon".

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