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Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes: the strangest album you’ll ever hear

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes: the strangest album you’ll ever hear

Pay what you like for this album made by Jeff Bridges - yes, that Jeff Bridges: the actor - and discover what it means to be famous. Discover what it is to be a person like Jeff Bridges, complete with Spoken Word interludes between songs played on wind instruments as well as the guitar. If you do pay, you'll find your cash going toward "No Kid Hungry", which does actually happen to be a real non-profit organization, despite its strange name and connection to this man.

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New GE induction cooktops use swiping controls

New GE induction cooktops use swiping controls

Smartphones are permeating our lives and appliances in more ways than one. While things like cars, lamps, and thermostats are integrating smartphone features, some are taking inspiration from another angle. GE's next generation of inductions cooktops, for example, are said to be inspired by the ease of use of touchscreen interfaces prevalent in our smartphones. GE's new Glide Touch Controls lets users slide, sweep, or touch controls to their precise preferences, without worrying about knobs or getting the controls dirty permanently.

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Microsoft survey shows we like online shopping, worry about security

Microsoft survey shows we like online shopping, worry about security

Each year, Microsoft surveys Internet users around the world. Each year, we get a pretty good sampling of what drives us as we grind through life, and an even better idea of what our concerns are on a large scale. Sourced from several digitally developed nations like South Africa, Brazil, China, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Japan and the US, 12,002 respondents gave a good synopsis of what benefits and pitfalls the ‘net has, and how it helps — and hinders — us all.

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Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

If Facebook and LinkedIn weren't enough, China's Alibaba is looking to dip its toe in the enterprise service waters, specifically with a social app for businesses. The world's largest e-commerce company is currently developing DingTalk, which at first sounds like another run-of-the mill messaging app for smartphones, but has specific features meant to appeal to enterprise users. In beta testing since December, DingChat will offer the standard group messaging, as well as conference calls, and the ability to connect with Alibaba's platforms that its customers already use.

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Ford promises driverless car but accuses rivals of hyping

Ford promises driverless car but accuses rivals of hyping

Ford has thrown its hat into the autonomous driving ring, announcing its Ford Smart Mobility plan at CES 2015, and promising a driverless car wearing the blue oval. An entirely-autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid is already on the road in testing, technology chief Raj Nair said during the company's keynote, building on existing parking aids found in production cars. However, Ford president and CEO Mark Fields also poured cold water on the autonomous projects his rivals have announced in recent weeks, downplaying them as more about marketing than anything actually relevant to drivers today.

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ZAGG Pocket Keyboard brings comfy typing to your phone, tablet

ZAGG Pocket Keyboard brings comfy typing to your phone, tablet

As smartphones get larger, the ability to type on them has progressively been tougher. More screen means less room for your non-growing human hands. Hacking out a quick text message might be easy enough, but if you’ve got a longer email you need to work on — you know the strain your thumbs feel. ZAGG is introducing their new Pocket Keyboard for those times when a virtual keyboard on your larger screen just won’t do. It might even have you turning away from the desktop, as ZAGG says 85% of the standalone keyboard is found in their offering.

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French postal service developing drone for rural deliveries

French postal service developing drone for rural deliveries

France's postal service -- La Poste -- is doing what Amazon still dreams of: prepping a drone for delivering packages. Unlike the popular quadcopters dotting the sky, France's delivery drone will have a bit more power with the use of six rotors, and is intended to take packages to more rural areas where it might otherwise be difficult to deliver a parcel. The drone has already undergone testing for the past three months, and is said to be able to deliver in all weather conditions.

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IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one undercurrent is noticeable: shopping. Though most stores are shut for the day, we can still go online, and we’ve likely got a series of gift cards in-hand which give us license to buy. In our mobile world, location doesn’t matter much, either. Great apps from retailers mean the mobile shopping experience is often better than on the desktop, and the latest numbers from IBM reflect as much, showing mobile shopping traffic is on the rise.

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Google adds Christmas window shopping to Maps

Google adds Christmas window shopping to Maps

Google has been progressing nobly in its effort to bridge the physical world with the digital one, and the end result is the ability to tour all sorts of locations you otherwise never would. The recently added The Colbert Report set is one excellent example, and now in time for the holidays is something similar and entirely more festive: virtual window shopping by looking at actual, decorated store front windows. The company recently announced the new feature for Google Maps.

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Ford recalls whopping 540k cars over Takata airbags

Ford recalls whopping 540k cars over Takata airbags

Ford has vastly increased the number of vehicles it is recalling over ongoing fears around Takata airbag problems, with more than half a million cars now on the list including Mustangs and the Ford GT. The announcement today sees around 447,310 new vehicles now being summoned back into dealerships for attention, after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requested further replacements of drive-side airbags following continued concerns that the safety tech could injure or even kill when activated.

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