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Confederate time capsule found, contents mostly destroyed

Confederate time capsule found, contents mostly destroyed

An unexpected Confederate time capsule was found beneath the Confederate monument near the University of Louisville, but unfortunately it doesn’t hold any well-preserved treasure. The contents in the box are probably destroyed, according to the city mayor, as the capsule itself was waterlogged. The time capsule is made of brass, per initial reports, and was only half a foot beneath the monument. The discovery was made yesterday during construction work.

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Star Wars Death Star LED desk lamp doubles as a night light

Star Wars Death Star LED desk lamp doubles as a night light

There’s a new Death Star lamp on the market, and it boasts three different lighting options. During the day, this lamp simply looks like a Death Star-themed desk lamp. At night, though, it takes on a whole new look by illuminating either the themed lampshade, the glowing base, or both the lampshade and the base at the same time. Thanks to this multi-lighting design, the lamp could also be used as a night light.

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Uber ‘Compliments’ let riders tell drivers thank you

Uber ‘Compliments’ let riders tell drivers thank you

Uber has introduced a new in-app feature that seems a bit pointless, but that'll probably appeal to shy riders: a way to ping the trip's driver with a thank-you for a job well done. When a rider chooses to use this feature, the driver will receive a notification on their phone letting them know the rider was pleased...and, if nothing else, it'll take a load off their mind about what kind of rating the rider gave them.

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Tesla and SolarCity revolutionize island with solar and battery tech

Tesla and SolarCity revolutionize island with solar and battery tech

Tesla and SolarCity have revolutionized life on one small island using solar and battery technology. According to SolarCity, life on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa — located 4,000 plus miles from the US’s west coast — was made difficult due to the diesel and generators residents were forced to use. Power outages and the need to ration fuel were common, but thanks to more than five thousand solar panels and dozens of Tesla Powerpacks, all of that is a thing of the past.

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Chernobyl exclusion zone slated for solar power plant construction in 2017

Chernobyl exclusion zone slated for solar power plant construction in 2017

Part of the Chernobyl exclusion zone will soon be home to a Chinese solar power plant. The region in which the solar plant will be constructed has not been revealed, however, one source claims it has already been inspected for suitability. If all goes as planned, GCL System Integration Technology will work with China National Complete Engineering Corp to start the plant's construction in 2017.

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5 Top Christmas Gifts for Minecraft fans (2016)

5 Top Christmas Gifts for Minecraft fans (2016)

Minecraft has enjoyed immense popularity over the last few years and it is still a hot item around the holidays. Assuming you have a Minecraft fan on your shopping list, there’s a good chance they already have game editions for their favorite platforms, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find something from the franchise to put under the Christmas tree. Here are our top five Minecraft gift picks for the holiday season.

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McLaren on Apple talks: company never made ‘definitive proposition’

McLaren on Apple talks: company never made ‘definitive proposition’

In September, a report from the Financial Times suggested Apple was interested in either a 'strategic investment' or outright acquisition of McLaren, something that would reportedly get Apple's codenamed Project Titan back on track. That report itself was followed up with a couple other reports confirming the same news, but now we have word from McLaren itself: Apple never made a 'definitive proposition' to the company.

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Lenovo YOGA 910 Review

Lenovo YOGA 910 Review

Lenovo has an update to its previously launched (and quite gorgeous) YOGA 900, and it is called the YOGA 910. This new model is no less beautiful than its 900 counterpart, bringing with it all the luxurious underpinnings and elements of the 900 with some notable updates, including a fully CNC-machined aluminum body and a 7th-gen Intel processor. Is the 910 worth the extra cost over the older 900? Read on to find out.

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GoPro Karma owners given free HERO5 for returning failed drone

GoPro Karma owners given free HERO5 for returning failed drone

GoPro’s Karma drone was a big, disappointing flop, and the company proceeded to recall the model shortly after launching it. The whole ordeal has been frustrating for buyers who now have to proceed with returning the unit and waiting for a refund. To try and make up for that, GoPro is giving those buyers (the ones located in the U.S., that is) a free HERO5 Black action camera once they return the drone and everything related to it.

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Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One DLC unveiled, quadruple XP weekend continues

Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One DLC unveiled, quadruple XP weekend continues

Heads up in case you missed the news: gamers can get quadruple points all weekend on Star Wars Battlefront, something offered in celebration of the game's one-year anniversary. It's not terribly unusual for the studio to hold double-points weekends, but this quadruple points weekend is a rare event indeed, and one that can help you level up to higher character tiers -- and rack up credits -- very quickly. The event follows EA's announcement of the December DLC.

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Overwatch: First Strike graphic novel canceled by Blizzard

Overwatch: First Strike graphic novel canceled by Blizzard

This weekend holds a bit of sad news for Overwatch fans: the planned First Strike graphic novel has been canceled. The graphic novel was originally slated for publications in April 2017, with the idea itself dating back to the video game’s development. According to lead writer Michael Chu, though, the decision to cancel the graphic novel is because “we’ve ultimately decided to take the story in a different direction."

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Sources: Microsoft and HP will launch consumer Windows 10 phone in 2017

Sources: Microsoft and HP will launch consumer Windows 10 phone in 2017

Microsoft and HP are working on a consumer-tier Windows 10 Mobile phone, according to sources. This would follow the HP Elite X3, a phablet with a hefty price tag and features like Continuum and HP Workspace. Details about this tipped consumer-tier Windows phone are still slight at the moment, though the same sources say Microsoft has announced a phone event internally for February 2017, highlighting a timeframe in which we may see this handset announced.

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