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Impossible electric folding bike fits in an ordinary backpack

Impossible electric folding bike fits in an ordinary backpack

The "Impossible" bike is making obsolete the days of having to load your bicycle on the bus rack, strap it to poles, and wheel it into storage. Many folding bikes are available, but many of them are cumbersome, and even when folded they're often either still large or are plainly awkward. That isn't the case with Impossible, which folds into a neat frame small enough to fit in an ordinary backpack -- and, as a plus, it's electric, able to zip you around for up to 15 or so miles.

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Scientists descend mysterious Siberian sinkhole, reveal pics

Scientists descend mysterious Siberian sinkhole, reveal pics

Remember that massive Siberian sinkhole? There's still no answer about how these mysterious holes came about, but some brave scientists have donned their winter gear and descended into the depths of one, snapping pictures on the way down and from the bottom. Now those images are available, and they show the sheer size of the craters, as well as the glass-like icy walls. Oddly enough, some scientists think the cause could be the same responsible for the Bermuda Triangle.

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Ramos alarm clock forces you to wake up with portable beacon

Ramos alarm clock forces you to wake up with portable beacon

Some people have a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning, and for that reason a nearby snooze button is its own sort of addiction. Ramos is a smart alarm clock designed specifically for these non-morning people, forcing users to get out of bed by limiting how many times the snooze button can be hit before they have to get up and take their phone to a paired off-site beacon. Bringing one's phone and the beacon together allows one to enter the "defuse code", which finally, mercifully, silences the alarm.

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MPAA’s “WhereToWatch” hopes to steer you away from piracy

MPAA’s “WhereToWatch” hopes to steer you away from piracy

The MPAA has introduced a new website it hopes will steer you away from piracy by listing all the places (most of them, anyway) where you can get content legally. It's called WhereToWatch.com, and it recently launched in beta form with a clean interface and search functionality. Both TV shows and movies are listed, with content being presented alongside a summary and other relevant information, as well as links to services where it is offered -- and price tags -- listed beneath it.

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Sennheiser SP 10 and SP 20 portable speakerphones launch

Sennheiser SP 10 and SP 20 portable speakerphones launch

Sennheiser has launched two new portable speakerphones, the SP 10 and SP 20. Both models are targeted at "business professionals", and are promised to mix stylish design with the functions needed for use in the conference room. The SP 10 and SP 20 are largely the same, but differ in their connectivity options (the SP 20 has more of them), and both are said to be appropriate for group conference calls, whether personal or amongst a small group of individuals. Both models are available now for purchase.

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E FUN Nextbook 8 Windows tablet launches on Black Friday

E FUN Nextbook 8 Windows tablet launches on Black Friday

E FUN will be launching its Nextbook 8 tablet on Black Friday for $99, giving budget-conscious users a Windows 8.1 slate in the sub-$100 range. The announcement was made on the Windows blog today, with it being revealed that the Nextbook will be available at Walmart retail stores as part of a Black Friday promotion. Under the promotion, buyers will get a 16GB microSD card tossed into the mix, doubling the slate's 16GB of internal storage, as well as some other perks.

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Reddit CEO resigns over office location disagreement

Reddit CEO resigns over office location disagreement

Reddit's CEO has resigned from his position following a disagreement over the company's new office location and lease cost. The information comes from Sam Altman, who made the announcement earlier today on his blog. Says Altman, former CEO Yishan Wong was not asked to resign (nor was it suggested he should), but he made the decision "when we didn't approve the new office plan". For now, Ellen Pao will be stepping up to serve as interim CEO. Joining this announcement are details about other team shakeups taking place at the company.

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Tales from the Borderlands’ first gameplay trailer goes live

Tales from the Borderlands’ first gameplay trailer goes live

Telltale Games has put its Tales from the Borderlands gameplay trailer up on YouTube, giving a long-awaited first look at the gameplay and the dangerous-as-always world in which it takes place. Tales from the Borderlands was announced back in December 2013, and is a five-part episodic game series set after Borderlands 2, as explained in the video (available after the jump). The game is set on Pandora, and follows two characters as they go gallivanting around in a "quest for greatness".

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Pico time lapse button merges your smartphone and DSLR

Pico time lapse button merges your smartphone and DSLR

You can make time lapse videos on your smartphone easily enough using various apps, but moving on to a higher-end camera makes the task a bit more difficult. Here to simplify it is Mindarin, which has again taken to Kickstarter, this time to fund its latest project: Pico. Pico looks somewhat like a small deflated balloon and is a bit bigger around than your thumb, operating as a button that brings time lapse functionality to your DSLR or similar camera.

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Lyft for Work lets companies issue ride credits to workers

Lyft for Work lets companies issue ride credits to workers

Lyft has rolled out a new service option called "Lyft for Work" presenting businesses with the ability to give employees a set amount of credits to pay for riding to and from work (and other work-related places). The benefits to this are both big and small. On the individual-rider side of things, hassle with keeping receipts and getting reimbursed for rides later on is eliminated. On a city-wide level, Lyft hopes shared rides will reduce road congestion that results from commuters each driving in an empty car.

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