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Bonzart Ampel hands-on: The twin-lens retro camera Instagram wishes it was

Bonzart Ampel hands-on: The twin-lens retro camera Instagram wishes it was

When smartphone cameras are increasingly the go-to snapper of choice, you have to do something unusual to stand out, and Bonzart's oddly retro Ampel certainly does that. Styled - and in fact named - after German traffic signals, the odd twin-lensed camera looks like it should be a toy, but does something for its $199 price tag that most cameras would demand specialist lenses for: native tilt-shift photos and video.

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Alicia Keys joins BlackBerry as Global Creative Director

Alicia Keys joins BlackBerry as Global Creative Director

You're nobody in the consumer tech world if you don't have a celebrity "Creative Director" and, with will.i.am and Lady Gaga already occupied, BlackBerry has snatched warbler Alicia Keys. The freshly-announced "Global Creative Director" for the Canadian company, Keys joined CEO Thorsten Heins on-stage at the launch of BlackBerry 10 and promised to "work closely" with developers, retailers, and others to promote the platform.

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Forget mobile payments, real-life Mario Kart is the best use ever for RFID

Forget mobile payments, real-life Mario Kart is the best use ever for RFID

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime may have straddled a full-sized Mario Kart replica for publicity, but Waterloo Labs' DIY version goes several steps better with actual gameplay dragged out from the console to the race track. Taking four regular go-karts, and then strapping on RFID readers, pneumatic launchers, and various servo-controls of the steering and throttle, the real-life drivers can boost their performance by grabbing RFID-tagged boosters hanging over the course, and sabotage rivals by shooting at them.

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John McAfee says he operated a spy ring, uncovered a terrorist network

John McAfee says he operated a spy ring, uncovered a terrorist network

Remember John McAfee? He's the man who, just weeks ago, went on the run from Belize after his neighbor was found murdered, claiming that the police wanted to kill him and frame him for the murder. He fled to Guatamala, where he spent a week or so in detention before his release was ordered. He arrived in the US shortly after, and now he's pecking out his tell-all tale via his blog, where he describes himself as the head of his own private spy operation.

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Eagles won’t steal your baby: Animation students admit YouTube hoax

Eagles won’t steal your baby: Animation students admit YouTube hoax

The Canadian students behind the viral "Golden Eagle Snatches Kid" video that took Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks by storm this week have 'fessed up on their 3D tomfoolery. The clip - which appears to show an eagle swooping in and attempting to snatch a toddler from a park, then dropping the child several feet above the grass - was the handiwork of four three students at media training school Centre NAD in Montreal. "Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation" the school admitted, "and integrated in to the film afterwards."

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Spidernaut Nefertiti dies after space hunting experiment

Spidernaut Nefertiti dies after space hunting experiment

Plucky space spider Nefertiti, nicknamed "Spidernaut" after accompanying astronauts on a 100-day trip to the International Space Station, has died shortly after her return to Earth. On show at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History since Thursday last week, the museum confirmed the intrepid explorer had been found dead earlier this week, as Insect Zoo staff completed a pre-opening check of the department.

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New AI think-tank hopes to get real on Existential Risk

New AI think-tank hopes to get real on Existential Risk

A future where humanity is subjugated by AIs, hunted down by robots, or consumed by nanobot goo may be the stuff of today's sci-fi, but it should also be on the curriculum according to Cambridge University experts. A tech-minded trio - made up of a scientist, a philosopher, and a software engineer - has proposed a think-tank dedicated to so-called "extinction level" threats of our own creation; the proposed Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) would examine the potential perils involved in today's cutting-edge research.

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Nintendo president dons Mario gloves for Wii U “unboxing ceremony”

Nintendo president dons Mario gloves for Wii U “unboxing ceremony”

Nintendo may be taking the Wii U launch as seriously as it needs to, given its financial position, but that hasn't stopped president Satoru Iwata from having some fun with an "official pre-release unboxing ceremony." The new Nintendo Direct video sees Iwata share his first opening experience of the new console, donning white gloves that he says "kind of make me feel like Mario." If you've ever wanted to watch the head of a multi-billion yen international company brandish an HDMI cable like a proud parent, this video is for you.

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Renault relents: Twizy EV finally gets windows

Renault relents: Twizy EV finally gets windows

Renault's electric-powered Twizy city car has gained an set of windows ahead of the winter, an unusual option for what's already an oddball vehicle. The twin-seater EV - which sits driver and passenger in a line, rather than side by side - usually lacks anything on the sides beyond a simple safety bar that hinges across the door. That may be practical for sunnier climates, but those facing a wet winter were unsurprisingly less convinced, and so Renault has some optional windows.

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