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Surprise: Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 gets better economy

Surprise: Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 gets better economy

We knew the 2015 Ford F-150 drove well, we knew it could tow and go off-road, but until today we didn't know how much that controversial switch to aluminum and new EcoBoost engine options would affect fuel economy. Now, we do. Ford has announced EPA estimates for the four engine options that can be found under the aluminum hood, and what perhaps shouldn't be a surprise is that when you combine the potent but frugal new 2.7 EcoBoost with a truck that's around 700 pounds lighter, you unsurprisingly get more miles per gallon. Head on past the cut for all the numbers.

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New Chromebook owners get 1TB Google Drive storage for free

New Chromebook owners get 1TB Google Drive storage for free

Are you in the market for a new computer this holiday shopping season? If so, Chromebooks might be on your short-list of possible purchases. The pros and cons of Google’s cloud-centric computers can be debated breathlessly, but one there’s one feature that might put you over the top this year. Google is giving anyone who purchases a new Chromebook a full terabyte of cloud storage via Drive for two years. Free. that’s right, buy a Chromebook, get 1TB cloud storage for two years at no cost.

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OnePlus boss details why it’s so hard to get the One

OnePlus boss details why it’s so hard to get the One

If you want a OnePlus One, you understand how rough it can be. Invitations, flash sales, and terribly misguided (read: offensive) marketing schemes get in the way of us just being able to buy a phone. At $299, though, the headaches are more than worth the wait for some. Offering top-end specs with a low-end price, the OnePlus has sat in Google’s warm Nexus chair left vacant by the Nexus 6. If you’re curious why it’s still so hard to get a phone, OnePlus’ founder has come clean.

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Aereo files for bankruptcy, and starts saying goodbye

Aereo files for bankruptcy, and starts saying goodbye

Whether we like it or not, Aereo is in serious trouble. Though glimmers of hope sparkle through now and then, Aereo is still prohibited from doing business. Today, the company has announced they’ve filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which is a step to reorganize and restructure. This type of bankruptcy is meant for companies just like Aereo; those who can’t repay creditors or pay down debt. With all Aereo has gone through, it’s a sad day, but may not signal the end just yet.

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VetiGel is a plant-based gel that can stop bleeding instantly

VetiGel is a plant-based gel that can stop bleeding instantly

When a massive injury occurs, and there’s bleeding involved, time is essential. Often times, emergency medical personnel are on-scene, but have little recourse to do more than get you somewhere else quickly. A place that has the equipment necessary to help you get through the trauma and (hopefully) live. A new syrum, named VetiGel, could change that. The plant-based material can be affixed to human tissue to stop bleeding rapidly. It’s not yet widely available, but is being trialled at veterinary clinics.

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This watch has a real laser inside — a REAL laser!

This watch has a real laser inside — a REAL laser!

How many times in a day do you think “man, a laser would come in super handy right now”? If you’re like me, probably half a dozen or so (alright, so, mainly I wish I had a pen light to torture the cat, but still). If you’re a James Bond fan, you might even wish that laser was mounted to a watch, and you could burn ropes typing you down, or like seal a bag of chips on the fly. That’s getting closer to reality for you and I, as one tinkerer has created a laser-enabled watch.

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Report: Amazon bringing ad-supported video service next year

Report: Amazon bringing ad-supported video service next year

Unless you have Amazon Prime, seeing their “Instant Video” app on your Roku or other streaming device is just one big tease. Unless you sign up for the $99/year quick-shipping Prime option, Instant Video is useless. Though we’ve heard this kind of rumor before, it’s back, and from a new source. It seems Amazon may be prepping an ad-supported Instant Video layer, which would make their service free or very low-cost to use for those without Prime. The new video streaming offering is said to be part of an “overhaul” at Amazon’s media branch.

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Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

It seems that either Google or Rockstar (the industry consortium, not the game developers) has decided to throw in the towel. Details are still unclear on who called it quits first, but the fact of the matter is that, at least in the patent case filed in Texas, Google and Rockstar have reached an agreement to settle "all matters of controversy". It is highly likely that a large amount of money will also be involved. But what's even less clear is how it will affect Android, who is at the heart of the litigation.

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2015 Nissan Murano and Juke Color Studio debut

2015 Nissan Murano and Juke Color Studio debut

Nissan has a hit with its odd, yet cool Juke that has been on the market since 2011. The 2015 version of the Juke has debuted at the LA auto show and the car has been refreshed with updated styling. Along with that updated styling also comes new standard content for Juke buyers and a new Juke Color Studio for accessories.

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Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

We have a lot of smart objects in our lives these days. Smart phones, smart watches, smart homes, and a bit of smart cars. What about smart bikes? No? Well, Baidu thinks "yes" and its Dubike smart bike is now up for everyone to see. Or at least images and videos of it. The Dubike is indeed equipped with your standard fare navigation and tracking features, but it is a bike that does not easily reveal its geeky nature and looks like any classy, high-end bicycle.

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