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No, Christmas lights probably aren’t killing your WiFi

No, Christmas lights probably aren’t killing your WiFi

Are your Christmas lights killing your WiFi and ruining Netflix and Festive-Chill? It's possible, but only if your idea of holiday decoration centers oddly on your router. A recent report from Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, put the fear of interference into tree lighting, warning that the multi-colored lamps could be wreaking havoc on your connectivity.

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The slammed, lifted, crazy cars of SEMA 2015

The slammed, lifted, crazy cars of SEMA 2015

I honestly wondered if the air suspension was broken when I saw my first slammed truck at SEMA 2015 this week. So close to the ground that a vole couldn't squeeze beneath the undercarriage and the parking lot, and with the vast wheels pushed so high into the arches that you'd seriously doubt they could rotate, never mind turn for corners, it turned out the effect was not only intentional, but repeated on several cars and trucks around the show.

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Tesla’s Gigafactory is so intriguing, press are committing battery to get photos

Tesla’s Gigafactory is so intriguing, press are committing battery to get photos

Tesla has accused two journalists of breaking into its work-in-progress Gigafactory and assaulting security guards there, allegedly trying to run down staff in an attempt to escape. The incident, which took place last Friday at 11:50am, began when two people were spotted trespassing on Tesla property and taking photos, the electric car company says, but escalated once "safety managers" called the local Sheriff's Department.

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What is Peeple (and why are we so angry about it?)

What is Peeple (and why are we so angry about it?)

The internet is a loud, judgmental, invariably angry place, but startup Peeple has inspired more than the usual degree of bile. Promising to be for individuals what Yelp has become for businesses, the app won't launch until sometime in November but its core concept - allowing anybody to leave a review or, if they're feeling lazy, just a one to five star rating, on you - has already prompted fierce debate online.

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You really do have an aura (but it’s stinky not spiritual)

You really do have an aura (but it’s stinky not spiritual)

Humans are indeed surrounded by a mysterious aura, but it's not the etherial glow that spiritualists claim. Instead, researchers have discovered exactly what surrounds us - and how it can identify us - in our own personal microbial cloud, an unexpected bacterial fingerprint.

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Bugatti’s Vision Gran Turismo is insane in real-life [Gallery]

Bugatti’s Vision Gran Turismo is insane in real-life [Gallery]

Scooped, scalloped, creased, cut-up, and generally looking like it wants to chop you into little pieces, Bugatti's Vision Gran Turismo is enough to give you palpitations. While the astonishing hyper-car is intended for gamers to get behind the wheel in the PlayStation title of the same name, that didn't stop Bugatti's engineers from putting together a full-sized, real-life version to bring along to Frankfurt this week.

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ROLI Seaboard RISE is like 3D Touch for musicians

ROLI Seaboard RISE is like 3D Touch for musicians

Instrument manufacturer ROLI has revealed its latest electronic oddity, the Seaboard RISE, a keyboard controller that does to piano keys what 3D Touch does to the iPhone. Distilling 2013's Seaboard GRAND into a portable form-factor, the RISE hooks up to your software synth via Bluetooth and can be played not only as a keyboard but as a continuous touch-surface, with no differentiating between the keys.

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Behold, ASUS’ monstrous Crown of Thorns router

Behold, ASUS’ monstrous Crown of Thorns router

Nobody ever said that home networking kit couldn't be terrifying, and ASUS clearly took that to heart. The company's latest wireless router, the ASUS RT-AC5300, takes "world's fastest WiFi" as its primary boast, but we can't get past the intimidating looks.

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North Korea setting back clocks over Japanese rule

North Korea setting back clocks over Japanese rule

North Korea has created its own timezone, setting clocks back 30 minutes to "Pyongyang Time" as a strike against historic imperialism. The change, which will take affect on August 15, will see North Korea shift to GMT 8:30, or thirty minutes behind South Korea and Japan, countries which it used to share a timezone with. August 15 will be the seventieth anniversary of the Korean peninsula no longer being a Japanese colony.

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This wasp turns spiders into zombie builders (then eats them)

This wasp turns spiders into zombie builders (then eats them)

Scheming wasps that ride spiders like horses, turn them into zombies, and then program them to weave stronger webs than normal sounds like science fiction. Unfortunately for the Cyclosa argenteoalba spider, though, it's ghoulish fact, and researchers have discovered that the ichneumon wasps that enslave them are even more controlling than previously thought.

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Tesla’s “solid metal snake” robo-charger is terrifying

Tesla’s “solid metal snake” robo-charger is terrifying

Elon Musk promised us a "solid metal snake" to automatically plug in your Tesla, and the outspoken engineer hasn't failed to deliver. A brief video of the sinuously wavering auto-charger was revealed today, showing the prototype robot coiling down and jabbing into the waiting charging port of a red Tesla Model S. According to Musk's previous promises, the charger is designed to work not only with the current Model S, but upcoming cars like the Model X and Model 3.

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This strap fixes an Apple Watch to your luxury watch (no, really)

This strap fixes an Apple Watch to your luxury watch (no, really)

Persuading traditional watch lovers to switch to a smartwatch is part of Apple Watch's lingering challenge, but one luxury timepiece firm thinks both on one wrist is the answer. California-based Nico Gerard's first model, the Pinnacle, is traditional horology on one side, with a Swiss movement-powered analog watch intended to sit on top of your wrist, but hides an Apple Watch on the underside to sate your notification addiction.

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