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Toyota’s crazy tilting EV underlines what’s wrong with US cities

Toyota’s crazy tilting EV underlines what’s wrong with US cities

"You're not going to topple over," I overhear a patient Toyota rep explaining to a nervous i-ROAD test-driver, "just have fun." Two minutes later, that same anxious pilot is throwing the tilting trike around a fiercely twisting course of cones with gleeful abandon, the electric motor whirring eagerly while the front wheels hinge up and down like the claws of a praying mantis. A bright pink praying mantis, at that. Smiles-per-mile, then, the i-ROAD is ahead of the pack even given its minimal 30 mile range. Problem is, it's not individual drivers that Toyota has to convince.

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WristBoom: Because a wearable speaker isn’t entirely crazy

WristBoom: Because a wearable speaker isn’t entirely crazy

I was all ready to trash WristBoom, and then I thought of my grandmother. Well, alright, there were a couple of stages in-between, but I had to drop the “cynical geek” persona and think outside the bubble to properly appreciate a chunky Bluetooth speaker you wear strapped to your wrist. And, while I’m still not sure this is the product the world has been holding its breath for, that’s not to say I’m unconvinced by its odd charms.

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Chimps would cook – if they had the tools

Chimps would cook – if they had the tools

Chimps in the kitchen might sound like a Pixar movie plot, but researchers have figured out that the primates could do if it wasn't for one big problem. Our nearest evolutionary cousins, chimpanzees have already been shown to have ambitious problem-solving skills, not to mention more comedic talents in line with our own, but a new study explored one of the biggest gulfs between us and them: our progression to cooking food rather than eating it raw.

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Let’s be generous and call this Samsung ad an Apple “homage”

Let’s be generous and call this Samsung ad an Apple “homage”

Apparently desperate to grasp ridicule from the jaws of success, Samsung has opened up a world of new copycat accusations with a video espousing the design of its Galaxy S6 edge. Ostensibly intended to highlight exactly what goes into producing what are undoubtedly the best-feeling Samsung smartphone to-date, the fancy 3D thermoformed glass, nano-thin multi-coating processes, and clever antenna integration are all overshadowed by a voice that sounds a whole lot like the British tones of a familiar Apple design chief.

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Apple bans selfie sticks at WWDC 2015

Apple bans selfie sticks at WWDC 2015

With tickets for WWDC in such high demand, it's no surprise that developers might want to share the news of their attendance with their friends. Apple is all for selfies, it turns out, but just as long as they're not being taken with a selfie stick, with the WWDC 2015 attendance policy specifically calling out the opinion-splitting accessories - and, in fact, any monopod-like device which does a similar thing - as being banned from the event.

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Snoozing stowaway forces 737 emergency landing

Snoozing stowaway forces 737 emergency landing

If you think it's uncomfortable flying in coach, imagine how it must feel to be trapped in the cargo hold instead. An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to backtrack today, after an airport employee inadvertently got himself locked in the front hold and found himself unexpectedly embarking on a flight to Los Angeles. Luckily, the plane turned around after just a few minutes, but it's raising questions at the airport as to how the incident could've happened.

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Surgeon develops (possible) method for transplanting human heads

Surgeon develops (possible) method for transplanting human heads

The idea of transplanting a person's head onto another person's body is nothing new, and for those with catastrophically damaged bodies, the prospect is likely an exciting one (and, you know, it's creepy, too). Such ideas have been, more or less, left to the realm of fiction writing, but one scientist is hoping to change that in the next couple years. His name is Sergio Canavero, he is the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group's director over in Italy, and he has developed a new method for living head transplants that just might work.

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Driving Toyota i-ROAD: Crazy tilt meets genius strategy

Driving Toyota i-ROAD: Crazy tilt meets genius strategy

Who says electric cars have to be boring? Toyota's Prius may be poster child for the eco-pious, but its i-ROAD tilting trike shows there's still potential for madness in the EV. SlashGear is no stranger to the i-ROAD, and in fact we've driven earlier prototypes over in Japan before now. They're less commonly found in the US, however, but Makoto Morita, Grand Master of the Product Planning Division and lead of the i-ROAD project brought a handful with him to test the waters among potential American drivers.

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Catalog crash: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

Catalog crash: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

SkyMall, the catalog which has entertained, bemused, but apparently not made quite enough money out of airline travelers over the past years, has filed for bankruptcy, potentially leaving a gaping loss in our seat-back pockets. Parent company Xhibit Corp announced its financial situation today, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and at the same time requesting permission to at least attempt to sell off SkyMall's online business and most of its other assets.

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