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Ancient, disguised insects discovered in amber fossils

Ancient, disguised insects discovered in amber fossils

We may not be pulling dinosaur DNA from insects fossilized in amber any time soon, but fossilized insects can still give us a window into the past: a team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have documented 39 examples of ancient insects disguising themselves with various items, from general debris to the exoskeletons of dispatched foes. The team, which was led by Bo Wang, had to search through more than 300,000 fossils to find these specimens, which hail from the mid-Cretaceous period.

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New Sonic the Hedgehog game teased for 25th anniversary

New Sonic the Hedgehog game teased for 25th anniversary

It may (or may not) surprise you to find out that Sonic, our little blue hedgehog friend from the 1990s, turns 25 this year. Despite a number of rocky releases in recent years, the Blue Blur is still kicking and shows no signs of slowing down, as Sonic Team lead Takashi Iizuka has teased a new game to go along with the character's 25th anniversary.

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Google Earth gets beautiful update with Landsat 8 imagery

Google Earth gets beautiful update with Landsat 8 imagery

Google Earth has always been an impressive feat of technology on its own, but today things got a lot more beautiful. As a follow up to its first cloud-free mosaic of our fine planet (which was released a whole three years ago if you can believe it), today Google rolled out a new version of the mosaic using imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite. The results, as you can imagine, are quite awe-inspiring.

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The $4 smartphone is real, and it could change the world

The $4 smartphone is real, and it could change the world

In a market as competitive as smartphones, you can bet that every once in a while a company is going to come around and shake things up. Today that company seems to be India's Ringing Bells, which has announced that it will begin delivering its Freedom 251 smartphone to eager consumers on June 30. What's making these customers eager isn't the phone's list of specifications or some form of brand loyalty, but rather the handset's price - coming in at Rs 251, this phone is sporting a price tag that's a whopping $3.70.

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Custom Game of Thrones Xbox One is real, but prepare to be disappointed

Custom Game of Thrones Xbox One is real, but prepare to be disappointed

There you are, still in awe after last night's Game of Thrones finale. You're replaying all of the intrigue and drama over and over again in your head as you cling to your Hodor plush and look at maps of Westeros and Essos plastered on your walls, trying to figure out where the series will be headed once it returns next year. One might even dare to call you a superfan, and what better for such a Game of Thrones fanatic than this special edition Xbox One?

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HP Chromebook 11 G5 surfaces with optional touchscreen

HP Chromebook 11 G5 surfaces with optional touchscreen

HP is turning our attention back towards Chromebooks, announcing its latest entry in the space today. The HP Chromebook 11 G5 will look instantly familiar to those who follow the line of super-affordable Internet machines, but the company is looking to land a few home runs with some of 11 G5's features. Chief among these big ticket items is the fact that the Chromebook 11 G5 will feature an optional IPS touch panel for its 11.6-inch display.

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Anki’s Cozmo introduced as a consumer-level robot with personality

Anki’s Cozmo introduced as a consumer-level robot with personality

Artificial intelligence and robotics are two things that permeate modern-day life, whether it's the Curiosity rover scouring the surface of Mars or Watson dominating at a game of Jeopardy. For the most part, however, these robotic applications have been left to the professional spaces, be it the military, manufacturing, or science in general. But what about consumer applications? Overdrive developer Anki is asking that very question today with the introduction of its new, consumer-focused robot that goes by the name of Cozmo.

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Pew study finds 61% of Facebook users have taken extended breaks

Pew study finds 61% of Facebook users have taken extended breaks

For some, Facebook has simply become a part of day-to-day life, but for others, it can be hard to keep up with the constant stream of (sometimes pointless) status updates. A new poll from the Pew Internet & American Life Project suggests that many Facebook users take breaks from the social network from time to time, with these breaks stretching for weeks at a time. If you have ever felt overwhelmed by Facebook, it would seem you're not alone.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 5, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 5, 2013

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. Today we heard that Dell will be going private with the help of a $2 billion loan from Microsoft, while HP reacted to the news of the deal by saying that Dell has a "very tough road ahead." We learned that OUYA will be sold at retail stores in June, and the 128GB iPad is now available on Apple's online store. Samsung's Galaxy brand has eclipsed Android, and Microsoft announced that it will be opening 11 new stores in the US by summer.

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Take-Two ends Q3 2013 with net profit of $70.9 million

Take-Two ends Q3 2013 with net profit of $70.9 million

Take-Two has delivered its fiscal Q3 2013 report this evening, and the results are looking pretty good across the board. The company reports a net revenue of $415.8 million for the quarter, which is up a significant amount from the $236.3 million it made in its fiscal Q3 2012. Net profit also took a massive jump year-over-year, going from $14.2 million in Q3 2013 all the way up to $70.9 million.

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BlackBerry Q10 may not launch in US until May or June

BlackBerry Q10 may not launch in US until May or June

When BlackBerry held a launch event for its new mobile OS at the end of last month, it unveiled two handsets that will be running it: the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10. While the Z10 is a touchscreen-only phone, the Q10 has a physical keyboard remiscient of the devices that made BlackBerry famous. If you've been holding out for the Q10 and you live in the US, we're sorry to say that you might have to wait until May or June to get your hands on one.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt announced, built on REDengine3

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt announced, built on REDengine3

After one NeoGAF user spilled the beans on the project, CD Projekt RED has confirmed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in production. The game is being built on the studio's new REDengine3, which was unveiled to the world just a few days back. It'll also be the last Witcher game made by CD Projekt RED, so this is the last hurrah for the series that so many players have fallen in love with.

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