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Italian swimming pool is 40 meters deep, breaks world record

Italian swimming pool is 40 meters deep, breaks world record

If some parents fret over their children's safety in swimming pools, they might be horrified to learn of this new death trap in Italy. The Y-40, also aptly nicknamed "The Deep Joy", is a swimming pool on the grounds of four star hotel Terme Millepini in Venice that might look normal on the surface, or even a few meters deep. But go even deeper and you will discover a pool, more correctly a tunnel, that reaches 40 meters deep. Deep enough for scuba divers and students to enjoy, sans the perils of an open sea.

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Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Almost every game developer, at one point in their early lives, tried recreating the classic Mario game in one form or another. Last June, Nintendo made a surprise move by revealing Mario Maker, a Wii U exclusive that actually let you do exactly that, no programming required. At the Game Awards over the weekend, Nintendo stepped it up a notch and wowed would be game designers and gamers alike with a new trailer that shows the full power of Mario Maker's interface, letting you change Mario's world even as you play.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 passes by FCC with only 3G in tow

Samsung Galaxy A7 passes by FCC with only 3G in tow

It seems that the last member of the metal clad Galaxy Alpha family is slowly, very slowly, making its way to the US. Briefly sighted at the FCC is a filing for a certain SM-A700H, the model name betraying its identity as the Samsung Galaxy A7. Though not much can be gleaned from this sighting, which is typical of most FCC entries, one curious bit emerges. This particular model apparently only supports GSM and W-CDMA networks, with no mention of any 4G LTE support.

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New Horizons spacecraft wakes up to greet Pluto next year

New Horizons spacecraft wakes up to greet Pluto next year

It may be routine procedure, having been performed many times before, but it is symbolically one giant leap for mankind, particularly space exploration. Waking up to Russell Watson's "Where My Heart Will Take Me", long associated with space exploration and even Star Trek, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft became fully activated in preparation for its meetup with the smallest and farthest "former" member of our solar system, Pluto. It marks the near culmination of a journey that has so far lasted nearly nine years and three billion miles, the farthest any space mission has traveled to reach its target.

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Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

For those keeping an eye on Microsoft next big Windows release, most might be more focused on the fusion of desktop and Modern UI, but there are definitely a lot of other nifty features that should be making their way to Windows 10. One of those is Cortana on the desktop. Microsoft will be bringing its intelligent virtual assistant to Windows PCs, laptops, and tablets and she (or it) will be equipped with almost all the functionality that has perhaps impressed some users on Windows Phone devices.

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Amazon wants to deliver your dinner to your door

Amazon wants to deliver your dinner to your door

Not content with delivering ingredients to your doorstep, Amazon is now aiming to have your dinner cooked and delivered to you or ready to pick up at your own convenience. Amazon's new Takeout and Deliver service adds prepared food to its growing number of delivery services, including same-day groceries, to help retain its position as the top dog in the market. Now you can have your perfect, gourmet dinner (and eat it too), even when you don't have the energy or patience to cook up one yourself.

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Video game console pioneer Ralph Baer dies at 92

Video game console pioneer Ralph Baer dies at 92

It's a sad day for video gamers, particularly those who remember or know well the industry's history and roots on this side of the world. Ralph Baer, a luminary in the video game world and creator of the Magnavox Odyssey, passed away December 6 at a ripe and well-lived age of 92. Baer received the National Medal of Technology from then President George W. Bush in 2006 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Sony’s PlayStation Experience: here’s what you missed

Sony’s PlayStation Experience: here’s what you missed

Sony just finished its standalone PlayStation Experience media event in Las Vegas this weekend, and it unloaded a ton of teasers on gamers. Not all of them good, unfortunately. But if you weren't keeping tabs on the press conference, you need not fret as there is plenty of time to catch up before the games hit stores next year. As to what those games are, it's a wide collection of sequels to iconic titles like Street Fighter and Yakuza, as well as a bunch of new inventions from indie developers.

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Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

If you're marketing extremely waterproof devices, what would be the best way to get that point across? Well, why not put a store underwater! As if taking a page from Apple's glass retail store in New York, Sony put its concept store four meters under the sea in Dubai. Of course, you won't be getting there on your own and you'll to undergo diving lessons before you are accompanied by trained drivers to the store.

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Sonos Controller app update adds multi-account feature

Sonos Controller app update adds multi-account feature

Sonos has just rolled out version 5.2 of its Controller app for mobile devices, both on iOS and Android, as well as desktops. This new release is quite a big one, adding a couple of most wanted features, such as support for associating different services with nicknames to make it easier to have a single Sonos system in one household. Mobile search has also been improved and there are enhancements to the Sonos Playbar soundbar as well.

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