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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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BlackBerry bins “Global Creative Director” Alicia Keys

BlackBerry bins “Global Creative Director” Alicia Keys

BlackBerry is splitting with "Global Creative Director" Alicia Keys, with news of the break-up just short of a year after the singer was hired to promote BlackBerry 10. The celebrity figurehead will be decapitated as of January 30th, CBC reports, with no reason given as yet for the Canadian company's decision. Still, with BlackBerry shifting its focus to enterprise and software, it's possible that whatever Keys' consumer market appeal might be is no longer perceived as valuable enough to keep paying her.

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CERN hides LEGO in Street View for “virtual scavenger hunt”

CERN hides LEGO in Street View for “virtual scavenger hunt”

The server racks and computer shelves of CERN might not be the first place you'd expect to find LEGO lurking, but the CERN Computing Centre team was ready with some Easter Eggs when the Google Street View cameras came calling. Google took its photo-documenting systems round the European Organization for Nuclear Research earlier this year, allowing Google Maps users to navigate the corridors virtually. However, in among the Higgs Bosons there are some hidden gems a little easier to find: aliens, gorillas, and more, all made of LEGO.

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SFBatKid takes over San Francisco with Make-a-Wish Foundation

SFBatKid takes over San Francisco with Make-a-Wish Foundation

Today may very well have been the greatest day ever for Miles Scott as his very batty wish was made a reality by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The foundation today turned San Francisco into Gotham City so that this 5-year-old could save the day as he became none other than BatKid! To do this, the foundation brought Miles and his family to San Francisco from their home in Northern California and began he day with a fantastic costume.

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Elon Musk bought $866k Bond Lotus sub and plans Tesla-power upgrade

Elon Musk bought $866k Bond Lotus sub and plans Tesla-power upgrade

Elon Musk was the buyer of the Lotus submarine car prop auctioned off earlier this year, and intends to fit a Tesla electric powertrain and make it truly perform on the road and underwater. Musk spent $866,000 on the iconic Lotus, having fallen for the car after seeing it in The Spy Who Loved Me as a child growing up, Tesla confirmed to Jalopnik, but "was disappointed to learn that it can't actually transform."

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Horse_Ebooks author revealed as “art project” comes to an end

Horse_Ebooks author revealed as “art project” comes to an end

Horse_Ebooks, one of Twitters longer-lasting oddities, has come clean, with the esoteric tweeter revealed as the art project of Jacob Bakkila. Sparking fierce online argument over whether it was manually updated or the handiwork of a bot, Horse_Ebooks' Twitter messages skirted a line between near-Zen and madness; that, according to a profile of Bakkila in The New Yorker, is all about to end, however.

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Sphero 2.0 robotic ball gets brighter, faster and more flexible

Sphero 2.0 robotic ball gets brighter, faster and more flexible

As odd app-controlled gadgets went, the Sphero robotic ball was probably 2011's most unusual, and now the company is back with Sphero 2.0, the next-gen version. Still a robo-ball that you can navigate via your smartphone or tablet, Sphero 2.0 boosts the speed - now up to 7 feet per second - and adds multicolor LEDs so that it can light up in different colors (as well as being 3x brighter than before) as you play a new series of games.

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Terrafugia Transition flying car’s first public flight demos practicality

Terrafugia Transition flying car’s first public flight demos practicality

Flying car? Road-going plane? Whatever the Terrafugia Transition is, it's finally starting to show its airborne skills, being publicly shown off going from road to flight to road again for the first time in a 20 minute demonstration at the EAA AirVenture show this weekend. The $300k hybrid went from trundling the runway at the Oshkosh, WI airshow - wings furled - to taking off and performing a fly-by for the crowd.

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Blue planet with 2,000-degree glass rainstorms could help find new Earth

Blue planet with 2,000-degree glass rainstorms could help find new Earth

NASA's Hubble space telescope has identified the true color of a planet 63 light years away from Earth, a distant blue marble that, unlike our own planet, has torrential rainstorms of glass. HD 189733b, orbiting star HD 189733, would be seen by human eyes as a striking cobalt blue, the Hubble team says, ostensibly similar to Earth when viewed from space. However, in actual fact the exoplanet is one of a bizarre collection of "hot Jupiters" where temperatures can reach almost 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (over 1,000 degrees Celcius).

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