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Designing Avista: How Buick got its mojo back

Designing Avista: How Buick got its mojo back

Even in its hometown, Buick couldn't have expected to so thoroughly wow auto show attendees with its Avista concept. The brand known for being the oldest active American car maker is also the frequent butt of jokes about the age - and aged sensibilities - of its drivers, with GM stablemates Chevrolet and Cadillac left to monopolize the lion's share of technology and design.

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Facebook videos start prompting you to “click for more”

Facebook videos start prompting you to “click for more”

Over the years, Facebook has transformed from a simple way to keep up with family and friends to one of the biggest sites to consume all form of digital media. One of their biggest focus points is currently their video platform, which now gets around 8 billion video views every day. The company has just announced new changes that they hope will get that number even higher.

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YouTube Rewind 2015 celebrates the year’s top videos

YouTube Rewind 2015 celebrates the year’s top videos

The year's almost over, and that means it is time for YouTube's year in review. YouTube is home to content covering all aspects of the year — trends that arrived, events that took place, viral videos viewed by millions of people. The video service is showcasing all these things and more in a new video featuring 150 of its best known creators.

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YouTube videos now load while paused

YouTube videos now load while paused

Android users will be first in seeing a brand new "buffering" text in their YouTube apps when a video is loading. This is unlike the past in which a spinning "wheel of death" was seen or - worse still - the video would just pause without any indication that it was about to start up again. Today, Google provides some much-needed notification of what's happening. Almost like they're opening the doors to you, the user, allowing you to see what's actually going on in the app, in your internet, as your video loads.

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Apple’s Best of 2015 apps and media list revealed for iTunes

Apple’s Best of 2015 apps and media list revealed for iTunes

This week Apple releases their "The Best of 2015" list for all "editorial picks and charts." That means everything in iTunes, everything in the iOS Appstore. Everything from the Beebs to Fargo, Inside Amy Schemer to Trivia Crack. If you wanted to see which apps had staying power or - at least - were downloaded the most in a viral popularity contest, today's the day. Watch out for Taylor Swift and Periscope, SnapChat and Heads Up as well.

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Mark Hamill surprises Star Wars fans dressed as a stormtrooper

Mark Hamill surprises Star Wars fans dressed as a stormtrooper

It's December, and that means only one thing. No, I'm not talking about all of those holidays, gifts, or time with your family. This December is all about Star Wars, for me. We've still got a couple of weeks before the movie is released, but there is no shortage of hype. In fact, Mark Hamill himself took to the streets in LA to add to the hype.

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Why Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yet

Why Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yet

Volvo's autonomous car cabin might look like a Michael Bay movie, but the Concept 26 dashboard has a surprising vein of practicality most rivals are yet to attempt. The huge swiveling touchscreen and motorized wheel have the theater of a designer's fancy, but the sensible Swedes have actually thought through a lot more than how to build big, eye-catching displays into cars somewhere in a nebulous future.

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Video: Tickle Me Elmo obliterated by a jet engine

Video: Tickle Me Elmo obliterated by a jet engine

It’s always fun to watch everyday items get pulverized in bizarre, unspeakable ways, and this particular episode of destruction will be even more satisfying for anyone ever subjected to a Tickle Me Elmo doll. The video is exactly what it sounds like: a Tickle Me Elmo doll, the personification of annoyance, is subjected to the unforgiving forces of a jet engine, and the result is nothing short of total destruction.

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Comcast brings X1 subscribers content from 30+ partners

Comcast brings X1 subscribers content from 30+ partners

Comcast has announced new partnerships with in excess of 30 broadcast and cable networks, saying through it there’s a new beta launch of “short-form web video” available to those using the service provider’s X1 platform. Kicking things off will be, among other things, clips of Fox Sports Live and Today Show programming and in the future that will be expanded to include more content, as well as “complimentary series”, extras, and bonus content.

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X-Steady Electro: a video stabilizer for GoPros, smartphones

X-Steady Electro: a video stabilizer for GoPros, smartphones

Xsories recently introduced its new X-Steady Electro, the first electronic video stabilizer from the company. It is designed for use with small cameras — action cameras like the GoPros and smartphones, for example. It works by keeping the horizon line perfectly flat while recording, and to reduce the amount of shaking that makes it way into the final product. It is ultra-light at 220 grams, making it suitable for portable, extensive use.

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‘Jaw Crusher’ turns big chunks of granite into dust

‘Jaw Crusher’ turns big chunks of granite into dust

Big machines span the globe, tasked with doing things that would otherwise take humans long periods of time to achieve. One such machine is called the "Jaw Crusher", and it exists to turn big chunks of granite into much smaller pieces of granite -- even dust, which is produced to satisfactory degrees. What would you do with a bunch of granite gravel? Probably not much. But watching it get pulverized is oddly enjoyable.

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LG V10 hands-on: Oddball selfie and display doubling hide manual 4K core

LG V10 hands-on: Oddball selfie and display doubling hide manual 4K core

Are you a city adventurer? That's what LG wants to know with the launch of the new LG V10 smartphone, arriving today alongside the LTE-connected LG Watch Urbane 2 smartwatch. It also appears to be the result of LG taking an adventure walk through its parts bin, with unusual features like dual front-facing cameras.

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