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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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Ariel Nomad makes a crazy buggy from Atom racer

Ariel Nomad makes a crazy buggy from Atom racer

As makers of bizarre automotive fripperies go, Ariel keeps on kicking, and a new Nomad all-terrain buggy promises to translate some of its Atom sibling's track capabilities to the muddy stuff. Perhaps best known for twisting Jeremy Clarkson's face into a wind sock, the Atom is a sparsely-clad, hand-built racer for the road, and so the Ariel Nomad won't stray too far from that equation. Due to be officially unveiled on January 6th, 2015, it gets a boosted roll-cage, new engine, and meatier wheels on longer-travel suspension to make going off-road more fun.

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Face to face with the Devil: Rare anglerfish caught on tape

Face to face with the Devil: Rare anglerfish caught on tape

Coming face to tooth-filled face with a deep-sea anglerfish that's more mouth than anything else might not seem like something to celebrate, but it's different when it's one of the first times the fish has been caught on camera. Usually the small predators - which use a bioluminescent lure suspended over their heads to attract prey - are only found at depths of around 2,000m, but researchers stumbled unexpectedly on a Black Sea Devil at around 580m in Monterey Bay, California after discovering it with their remote-controlled sub, dubbed Doc Ricketts.

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Amazon Echo puts Siri-style smarts in a column of cloud

Amazon Echo puts Siri-style smarts in a column of cloud

Amazon has revealed its latest hardware project, Amazon Echo, an unusual always-listening home assistant that promises Siri or Google Now style virtual PA features from a cloud-connected totem for your home or office. Woken with a spoken keyword - "Alexa" or "Amazon" initially, with more to come - rather than pressing any buttons, Echo can be asked for information on anything from current news or weather conditions, to play music from a particular artist, to set alarms or add items to shopping or to-do lists, or just to get the answers to questions.

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