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This man made snack-time suck

This man made snack-time suck

Light the torches and sharpen the pitchforks; the man who made bags of potato chips so darned difficult to open has confessed his wicked crimes. Engineer John Spevacek made the bizarre admission this week, 'fessing up to being "that guy" who decided bags of chips should be sealed more strongly after complaints that the bags had been popping when shifted from high to low pressure in transit.

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Sea Shadow stealth boat goes up for auction

Sea Shadow stealth boat goes up for auction

The US Navy is auctioning off the stealth boat that provided the inspiration for the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, though the buyer must break the ship down for scrap rather than stage any clandestine raids. Sea Shadow was a 1983 project into marine stealth technology that, for almost ten years, covertly sailed the oceans without nary a blip on radar screens. However, after hopes of donating the ship to a museum failed, the Navy decided scrapping it was the only way to dispose of it.

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Samsung denies staging “Wake Up” anti-Apple flashmob

Samsung denies staging “Wake Up” anti-Apple flashmob

Samsung has denied any involvement with the "Wake Up" flashmob staged outside an Apple Store in Australia, despite suggestions that it was an escalation of the company's anti-iPhone campaign. Reported earlier this week, the flashmob saw dozens of black-clad men and women holding "Wake Up" signs converge outside of the Sydney Apple Store. However, "Samsung Electronics Australia has nothing to do with the 'Wake-Up Campaign" the company told SlashGear today.

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Titanic director tweets from ocean’s deepest point

Titanic director tweets from ocean’s deepest point

Titanic director and deep-sea diving enthusiast James Cameron has tweeted from the bottom of the ocean's deepest point, down 36,070 feet in the Marianas Trench's Challenger Deep, and promising unseen footage of the inhospitable region. Cameron's dive is the first single-person attempt ever, with the director squeezing himself into a bullet-shaped submersible capable of withstanding the 15,969 PSI pressures.

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Zombie mall promises movie-style undead battle

Zombie mall promises movie-style undead battle

With the necessary skills to fend off the zombie menace still absent from most school curricula, it's time to take matters into your own hands and make sure your loved ones know how best to handle the undead. Taking place at an abandoned, soon to be demolished shopping center near London in the UK, the Zombie Shopping Mall Experience is a £119 ($189) masterclass in being chased by brain-hungry hoards and keeping them at bay, albeit with airsoft guns and movie-grade special effects.

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DIY Birdman soars like an albatross

DIY Birdman soars like an albatross

"Up in the air, Junior Birdman!" A Dutch inventor has successfully created a pair of human-scale bird wings that, thanks to a DIY control system using Wiimotes among other things, allowed him to fly around 100m. Enthusiast Jarno Smeets mimicked the wing design of an albatross, with wings crafted from kite fabric and the flyer's own flapping efforts amplified by motors.

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Pirate Bay Torrent drones could soar over piracy rules

Pirate Bay Torrent drones could soar over piracy rules

High-profile torrent site The Pirate Bay has threatened to take its content to the skies, with the perhaps tongue-in-cheek suggestion of GPS-controlled wireless drones that could automatically host nodes. The site's odd suggestion is using low-power, compact computers like Raspberry Pi, guided by GPS and connected using cheap wireless systems, floated "some kilometers" so that takedowns will need to involve physical destruction by planes.

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New iPad lines form outside Apple Stores

New iPad lines form outside Apple Stores

Apple's new iPad doesn't arrive in stores for a week, but the queues are already starting to form outside the company's flagship stores. SlashGear stumbled across Ali and Zohaib kicking off the line at Apple's Regent Street store in London today, the first lonely iPad fanatics desperate to get their hands on the Retina Display toting tablet.

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