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DIY Birdman soars like an albatross

DIY Birdman soars like an albatross

"Up in the air, Junior Birdman!" A Dutch inventor has successfully created a pair of human-scale bird wings that, thanks to a DIY control system using Wiimotes among other things, allowed him to fly around 100m. Enthusiast Jarno Smeets mimicked the wing design of an albatross, with wings crafted from kite fabric and the flyer's own flapping efforts amplified by motors.

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Pirate Bay Torrent drones could soar over piracy rules

Pirate Bay Torrent drones could soar over piracy rules

High-profile torrent site The Pirate Bay has threatened to take its content to the skies, with the perhaps tongue-in-cheek suggestion of GPS-controlled wireless drones that could automatically host nodes. The site's odd suggestion is using low-power, compact computers like Raspberry Pi, guided by GPS and connected using cheap wireless systems, floated "some kilometers" so that takedowns will need to involve physical destruction by planes.

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New iPad lines form outside Apple Stores

New iPad lines form outside Apple Stores

Apple's new iPad doesn't arrive in stores for a week, but the queues are already starting to form outside the company's flagship stores. SlashGear stumbled across Ali and Zohaib kicking off the line at Apple's Regent Street store in London today, the first lonely iPad fanatics desperate to get their hands on the Retina Display toting tablet.

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PS Vita ad funds Anonymous as Atari Teenage Riot donates fee

PS Vita ad funds Anonymous as Atari Teenage Riot donates fee

Sony has inadvertently found itself funding FreeAnons, after band Atari Teenage Riot agreed to one of its tracks being used in a PS Vita commercial but donated the fee to the Anonymous legal support group. Alex Empire of Atari Teenage Riot has some history with Sony - the company used a track of his without permission back in 1999 in a Handycam commercial - and so couldn't resist suggesting track Black Flags when the Japanese company came looking for music for its new Vita advertising campaign. The song contains multiple references to Anonymous and has been used in several Occupy Wall Street (OWS) promotional videos.

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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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