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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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Taco Bell app takes your guilty fast-food addiction mobile

Taco Bell app takes your guilty fast-food addiction mobile

The relentless charge to make an app for every single thing continues with Taco Bell wading in with smartphone software of its own, allowing fans of the fast food chain to order a meal before they've even arrived. The Taco Bell app supports both restaurant and drive-through orders, and is available for both iOS and Android as a free download today. Its entire menu will be included in the software, though it's not the full limit of Taco Bell's mobile ambitions.

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We didn’t expect Kim Kardashian to love BlackBerry so much

We didn’t expect Kim Kardashian to love BlackBerry so much

Of all the people who could be the savior of BlackBerry, Kim Kardashian probably wouldn't have been our first guess, but it turns out the reality TV star turned mobile app kingpin could end up single-handedly propping up the second hand market. The controversial star was expected to discuss social saturation and the surprise hit game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood at the Code/Mobile 2014 conference, but she took an interesting detour via ailing BlackBerry and her ongoing collection of devices.

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Nissan put a car in a massive Zorb and pushed it down a hill

Nissan put a car in a massive Zorb and pushed it down a hill

Normally, the Nissan Note is a small, reliable city car, and not prone to rolling down hills. Nissan clearly decided that simply wasn't good enough, and so constructed a vast inflatable Zorb ball so as to capture a Note and then send it tumbling. Worry not, though: it's all in the name of demonstrating the car's safety features, which Nissan has dubbed "Safety Shield."

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Surprise: A Google exec just broke the parachute altitude record

Surprise: A Google exec just broke the parachute altitude record

A senior vice president at Google has broken Felix Baumgartner's world record for a high altitude parachute jump, with Alan Eustace hurtling from 135,908 feet - in excess of 25 miles - in a special suit crafted in top secret. Eustace took around two hours to climb into the stratosphere underneath a helium balloon, then cut his connection with a well-placed explosive charge and began a descent which saw him pass 800 mph and require him to deploy his main parachute in less than five minutes.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s first tweet triggers royal finger questions

Queen Elizabeth II’s first tweet triggers royal finger questions

When it comes to old-school meeting new-school, the Queen of England taking to Twitter for the first time is probably as odd as it gets. Queen Elizabeth II didn't get to send her first tweet in the privacy of her bedroom like many of us, either; instead, the message posted to the official @BritishMonarchy account was sent out by the Queen from the Science Museum in London, UK, to mark the opening of the new Information Age exhibition there. Only problem is, there's already some controversy about whether the Monarch actually did send out the tweet.

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