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“Windows 93”: a psychedelic nightmare that could have been

“Windows 93”: a psychedelic nightmare that could have been

The decision to call the next Windows version Windows 10 and not Windows 9 has prompted a look back at the history of Windows version naming, particularly those that were released back in the 90s. It might have also prompted some musing of what could have been. For example, what if Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, after one too many rounds at the bar, decided to make an interim release before Windows 95? What would have been the design and what would have been the experience? Wonder no more, because Windows 93 has finally been released.

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Tomatan robot rides on your shoulders, feeds you tomatoes

Tomatan robot rides on your shoulders, feeds you tomatoes

Only in Japan will you see a robot designed to feed you tomatoes while you are running. Because you can never have enough tomatoes during a marathon. And you can never have enough hands to eat those tomatoes with. Named Tomatan, this robot will sit on the shoulders of one of the employees of Japanese tomato company Kagome, who commissioned the development of the robot, during the upcoming Tokyo Marathon. Good thing the marathon is more about surviving than winning, as the employee probably won't win any races with the contraption on his head.

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DOLE has a wearable banana you can eat

DOLE has a wearable banana you can eat

We've seen a lot of wearable devices, ranging from normal looking fitness bands and smartwatches, to onesies and even bras. But admittedly, this one takes the cake. Or in this case, the fruit. Food company Dole has just revealed their next hit product. Or produce, rather. The world's first ever wearable banana. A smart fruit that can notify you of your body status, especially when running. And, at the end of it all, you can even have your banana and eat it too.

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Blending Buckyballs make for a nice but dangerous light show

Blending Buckyballs make for a nice but dangerous light show

Small, spherical Neodynium magnets, more popular by their commercial name "Buckyballs", have been declared illegal last year by the Consumer Product Safety Commission because of the danger they pose to children. To commemorate the commercial death, at least officially, of the hot geek product, as well as to dispose of it, Blendtec saw it fit to make the balls rest in pieces by putting it inside one of their blenders. Will it blend? Yes it does, somewhat. But it produces more than rubbish too.

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IKEA “bookbook” spoof reminds us of life beyond digital

IKEA “bookbook” spoof reminds us of life beyond digital

Last week's IFA 2014 madness might have left you feeling bloated with gadgets and appliances. If so, then IKEA has the perfect medicine for you. Introducing the "bookbook", a revolutionary reading experience that offers you the best of tactile feedback, touch-based interfaces, wireless connections, and perpetual battery life.

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Somebody app might put singing telegrams back in business

Somebody app might put singing telegrams back in business

Tired of the same old instant messaging app floating around the mobile world? How about something less instant and less direct? With Somebody, you won't be sending your message to your friend or relative or whoever directly. You get to pick out a stranger to do it for you. In style.

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Halo 3 Easter Egg finally unearthed after 7 years

Halo 3 Easter Egg finally unearthed after 7 years

At long last, archaeologists can finally put down their tools and the ghosts of the past can be finally put to rest. One chapter of gaming history can finally be closed and all the questions of that bygone era have finally been answered. The last remaining Halo 3 Easter Egg has been found!

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Star Wars trailer spoofs Guardians of the Galaxy

Star Wars trailer spoofs Guardians of the Galaxy

Lucasfilm, who owns Star Wars, and Marvel, who owns Guardians of the Galaxy, are now both owned by Disney, who owns Mickey Mouse. What if the creative heads that lead to the trailers for the upcoming film were to make a trailer for the decades-old classic? Well, what else would you get if not the first real guardians of the galaxy, complete with a catchy but almost inappropriate soundtrack.

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Oh, the places cams go! 24 hours in surveillance camera news, condensed

Oh, the places cams go! 24 hours in surveillance camera news, condensed

You might think the U.S. is nearing a saturation point with cameras, but you'd be wrong. We've got a long ways to go before we can safely consider ourselves to be stuffed to the gills with cameras like Sentinels breaching Zion.

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Oxford Dictionaries names “GIF” as 2012 word of the year

Oxford Dictionaries names “GIF” as 2012 word of the year

The GIF has been around for over 25 years, and 2012 was a huge year for the file format, and probably its most popular year yet with animated GIFs showing up all over the place. With that said, it makes sense that Oxford Dictionaries has named "GIF" the 2012 word of the year in the US, with "omnishambles" claiming the title in the UK.

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Apple busts out the Rickroll on iOS 6 developers

Apple busts out the Rickroll on iOS 6 developers

Get ready for a blast from the past, because Apple is using some tried-and-true tactics in trolling iOS 6 developers. Yesterday the company released its iOS 6 beta 4 changelog, giving developers a list of changes that they'll need to take into account. Of course, with iOS 6 Apple is ditching YouTube, so it had to tell developers how to properly embed videos with the new operating system. Apple saw this as an opportunity for a little fun, and decided to Rickroll developers as a result.

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UK High Court overturns Twitter joke conviction

UK High Court overturns Twitter joke conviction

Back in January 2010, Robin Hood Airport was closed thanks to a flurry of snow. Paul Chambers took to Twitter over the closure, posting: “Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your sh*t together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” The tweet was intended as a joke, yet a UK court didn’t see it that way, convicting Chambers in May 2010 of sending a “menacing electronic communication.” After several appeals, Chambers has finally overturned the conviction.

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