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Bentley EXP 9 F SUV concept is monstrously massive

Bentley EXP 9 F SUV concept is monstrously massive

As terrifying car concepts go, Bentley's new EXP 9 F SUV Design Concept will take some beating: from the peasant-snorting grille up front to the puckered tailpipes bringing up the rear, it's a hymn to automotive excess. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the EXP 9 F is described as a "potential" third model-line alongside Bentley's Mulsanne and Continental ranges, with a 6.0 litre, twin turbocharged W12 engine and 8 speed transmission shunting power through all-wheel drive, while passengers are cosseted in leather and polished gunmetal. Oh, and there's a big bird of prey, too.

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Can Samsung convince Dilbert on the Galaxy Note?

Can Samsung convince Dilbert on the Galaxy Note?

Samsung can't stop sniping at Apple, and the latest Galaxy Note street challenge seems to have convinced at least one disgruntled iPhone owner; however, the Korean firm still has Dilbert to persuade. For its latest commercial, Samsung apparently took  its 5.3-inch smartphone-tablet hybrid to the mean streets of New York City, giving Android users a few hours to get to grips with the "phablet", and then pitted them against iPhone owners on a series of challenges.

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Fish-with-a-face game Seaman tipped for 3DS

Fish-with-a-face game Seaman tipped for 3DS

Bizarre 1999 Dreamcast classic Seaman is set to spook a new generation of gamers on the Nintendo 3DS, according to Japanese reports, though it's unclear if Leonard Nimoy will return to the franchise. The game's return is part of Nintendo's plan to bring other classics to the 3D-capable handheld in an attempt to broaden its appeal, the Nikkei reports, with Seaman being just one of the titles apparently in consideration.

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BlackBerry “Bold Team” cartoon caper falls flat

BlackBerry “Bold Team” cartoon caper falls flat

RIM has found itself the butt of BlackBerry jokes, after a superhero infographic promotion was mistaken for a new advertising campaign. "The Bold Team" was presented as how RIM would "be bold in 2012", a quartet of personalities - "achiever", "adventurer" "advocate" and "authentic" - each representing an aspect of how the company hoped its BlackBerry handsets would be perceived. Unfortunately, the actual perception was one of bemusement.

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Bee deaths down to agriculture not armageddon say researchers

Bee deaths down to agriculture not armageddon say researchers

Dramatically falling bee populations aren't a sign of the impending apocalypse or even a hive-mind abandoning Earth but the side-effect of neonicotinoid insecticides discovered to be highly toxic to honeybees. Researchers at Purdue University found the insecticides - which are commonly used to coat corn and soybean seeds prior to planing, Science Daily reports - cause tremors, loss of coordination and convulsions, before eventually death, in bees. However, discovering the cause of the decline is only part of the problem: bee populations in the US continue to dive by around a third each year, the Purdue team believes.

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Poland’s politicians don Anonymous-style Guy Fawkes masks in anti-piracy protest

Poland’s politicians don Anonymous-style Guy Fawkes masks in anti-piracy protest

Polish politicians donned Guy Fawkes masks in parliament this week, in protest of a SOPA-style anti-piracy agreement signed by the government. Members of the leftwing Palikot's Movement produced apparently home-made masks - popularized by comic-turned-film V for Vendetta and now largely associated with hack-collective Anonymous - to show their disdain for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) the AP reports.

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I’ll build a Lunar Base if you vote for me says Newt Gingrich

I’ll build a Lunar Base if you vote for me says Newt Gingrich

Republican presidential candidate hopeful Newt Gingrich doesn't just have his head in the clouds, it's all the way to the moon: or, more accurately, a permanent moon base in less than eight years, if the American public see fit to put him in the White House. "By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American" Gringrich said in Florida this week, Talking Points reports, with a Mars mission to follow by the end of the next decade.

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Trafalgar Sun raises 4m lumen artificial star above London

Trafalgar Sun raises 4m lumen artificial star above London

Hoisting a 4m lumen artificial sun over dreary London for a morning seems like overkill, even when you consider how many Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers there are out there, but it certainly makes for an eye-catching promotion. Art collective Greyworld was commissioned to put together the 2,500kg fake star for juice peddlers Tropicana, a six month construction project that, for one day only, was suspended above London's Trafalgar Square to brighten an otherwise drab dawn.

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Dancing Bieber-bot a six-figure spectacle

Dancing Bieber-bot a six-figure spectacle

Pop fop Justin Bieber's show-stopping CES 2012 appearance is believed to have cost toy manufacturer Tosy a six-figure sum, according to insiders, meaning the firm will have to sell plenty of $200 robots just to cover the singer's fee. Exact details of the Tosy deal have not been revealed, but Bieber apparently pocketed more than $100k for the brief appearance alongside the mRobo Ultra Robot, The Daily was told.

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