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Ford celebrates Mustang’s 50th with vivisection

Ford celebrates Mustang’s 50th with vivisection

Ford is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Mustang, and it's doing it by cutting up the car into chunks and carrying it all the way up to the top of the Empire State Building. The stunt actually harkens back five decades, when Ford put an original Mustang convertible on the open-air deck 1,000 feet up. Meanwhile, if you prefer celebrations you can actually drive, there's a 50 Year Limited Edition version that doesn't come in pieces.

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2015 Ford F-150 uses muddy men to test tough seats

2015 Ford F-150 uses muddy men to test tough seats

When you're billing your new truck as the toughest ever, you sometimes need outside help to make sure that's actually the case, but the specialists Ford called in to test the ruggedization of the new 2015 F-150 are more unusual than most. After drivers of some of the decade-old F-150 trucks reported wear on the leather seats, Ford called in some offensive linemen-sized guys and caked them with a magic recipe of dust to rub across the new model's cabin, all in the name of teaching a robot.

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Hellish coffee machine withholds caffeine from the coy

Hellish coffee machine withholds caffeine from the coy

Caffeine may be the fuel many of us rely on to get us motivated in the morning, but coffee as a social lubricant - thanks to a machine that refuses to brew unless you make a new friend - could force the shy out of their shells if they feeling thirsty. The Coffee Connector, handiwork of EDB Singapore, not only makes brewing a couple of cups into the spectacle it deserves to be, but will only do so if two people get together at the touchscreen and share some personal information first.

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SociBot-Mini: a spooky robot that wears any face

SociBot-Mini: a spooky robot that wears any face

SociBot-Mini is a 60-centimetre-high bot that can adorn a friend’s face and even predict your mood or guess your age. Spooked? The brainchild of Will Jackson and his colleagues at Engineered Arts in Penryn, UK, the robot has many human features like a transparent plastic face, nose contours, mouth and eyes. Most of these features are highlighted due to the backlighting which is enhanced with a digital projector.

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Wearables for sharks: Life-logging misunderstood predators

Wearables for sharks: Life-logging misunderstood predators

2014 may be "the year of wearables" but sharks probably won't be Google or Fitbit's next target audience, despite groundbreaking new research by the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the University of Tokyo to see exactly what the fearsome predators get up to. While sharks may be well known for inspiring terror in movies like Jaws, scientists actually know relatively little about their underwater lives. Now, thanks to what's described as "flight data recorders for sharks" the researchers have been able to fill in some of the gaps in knowledge.

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Netflix Drone 2 Home spoofs Amazon PrimeAir with DVD snark

Netflix Drone 2 Home spoofs Amazon PrimeAir with DVD snark

Amazon's PrimeAir drone delivery concept has received its fair share of scorn, but Netflix has waited until now to weigh in with a little snark of its own. The company commissioned a spoof promo reel for "Netflix Drone 2 Home" to show at its annual meeting for the DVD team, starting out usefully dropping DVD rentals into your lap after they're added to your queue, but as you might expect, things don't go entirely smoothly.

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Freak Corvette Museum sinkhole swallows eight classics

Freak Corvette Museum sinkhole swallows eight classics

Eight historic Corvettes have been damaged after falling through the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, as a freak sinkhole opened beneath them. The cars - most of which were owned by the museum, but two of which were on loan from General Motors - range from 1962 classics to a 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil", consumed by what turned out to be a 40-foot wide sinkhole estimated to be between 25 and 30 feet deep.

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Radiohead PolyFauna app takes wild musical walk through Bloom

Radiohead PolyFauna app takes wild musical walk through Bloom

Radiohead has released an experimental app based on the 2011 track Bloom, PolyFauna, mixing together music and jagged computer graphics in what the band says is from "the imagined creatures of our subconscious." Available for iOS and Android, PolyFauna turns a smartphone or tablet into a window on a new world, with moving the device panning around the evolving scenery.

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Project Gutenberg takes the home bar digital

Project Gutenberg takes the home bar digital

Robot bartenders aren't new, but Pernod Ricard wants to take them out of the DIY realm with Project Gutenberg, a modular drink mixer-and-dispenser that comes with a companion iPhone or iPad. Named after the original printing press because of its resemblance to a row of books, Project Gutenberg will consist of up to six different types of liquor, with proportions dispensed courtesy of instructions on the smartphone or tablet app.

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T-Mobile raises anti-AT&T attacks to bizarre levels

T-Mobile raises anti-AT&T attacks to bizarre levels

T-Mobile has cranked up its offensive against AT&T, issuing a bizarrely tongue-in-cheek press release fabricating quotes from AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega as it snipes at its rival's $450 "buy back" campaign to get former subscribers to return. The release, published as AT&T announced its Q4 2013 financial results, credits its own "Uncarrier" movement as motivating AT&T to offer to pay customers if they come back from their T-Mobile contacts.

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