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Roku has sold over 10 million players, but is that enough?
Tonight Roku is announcing that over 10 million of its tiny media streamers have sold, dating back to when they were first introduced in 2008. That's good news, and shows sales are continuing to pick up after it crossed 5 million just last spring....

MIT's soft robotic tentacle can squeeze into tight spots (video)
MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Lab (CSAIL) has been developing different types of soft robots for a while: you might remember the mechanical fish from earlier this year that can swim like a real one. Now, that same laboratory has come up with...

US fines over data requests would have destroyed Yahoo in a year
The US government's threat that it would fine Yahoo $250,000 per day back in 2008 was bad enough by itself, but declassified documents show that the penalties could easily have been much, much worse. Marc Zwillinger and Jacob Sommer (who were on...

Engadget Daily: Microsoft buys 'Minecraft' developer Mojang, Google unveils Android One, and more!
The rumors were true: Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion. Crazy, right? That's not all that happened today though. Go ahead and spice up your Monday with Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours. You know you...

Google's fix to test self-driving cars: temporary steering wheels
Apparently, Google has always known that the California DMV wouldn't allow it to test self-driving cars on the road unless they have manual controls and a backup driver onboard. The company has just revealed in a new Google+ post that its latest...

Chrome for Android starts answering your questions in search suggestions
Google's as-you-type search suggestions have only offered the tiniest bit of help so far. They can handle basic math, but they won't answer questions that require more than a few numbers. However, that might soon change. Chrome for Android now has an...

What's on your HDTV: 'Godzilla', 'Ghostbusters' and 'New Girl'
It didn't get the best reception in theaters, but this year's new Godzilla flick is coming home this week on Blu-ray, along with a re-release of Ghostbusters 1 & 2. We're also getting our first taste of fall TV, as Fox lines up The Mindy Project and...

Invisibility suits are coming thanks to squid-like displays
It's not as hard to make an invisibility cloak as you might think, but making one that's truly sophisticated is another matter; metamaterials (substances that change the behavior of light) are hard to build. Rice University appears to have solved...

Play 3DS games on Oculus Rift (some assembly required)
Got a little too much money and an abundance of gaming gadgetry on your hands? Here's a weekend project that may be right up your alley. As demonstrated by KatsuKity, the makers of a 3DS capture card, you can rig up a way to play your favorite games...

The Big Picture: Scientists pick a landing site for their historic comet probe
You're not just looking at an unassuming piece of rock -- if anything, it's a piece of history. That's Site J, the European Space Agency's long-awaited choice of landing spot for Philae, the first probe built to reach a comet's surface. Scientists...

How to get the new U2 album 'Songs of Innocence' out of your iTunes
Apple capped its iPhone 6 & Apple Watch launch event last week by announcing it would give away copies of a brand-new U2 album to all iTunes users -- but some people aren't happy about it. In apparently shocking news to the folks from Cupertino, not...

Over 3 million comments on net neutrality registered with the FCC
It looks like a lot more of you have strong opinions on net neutrality than initially thought. The FCC has just announced that it's received more than 3 million comments on the topic, which blows away the previous estimate of 1.48 million and is more...

​Kickstarter is now accepting projects from Ireland and Scandinavia
Folks looking for crowdfunding in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland just got a lucky break: Kickstarter is expanding its international reach. Starting today, creators in Ireland and Scandinavia will be able to submit projects to the crowdfunding...

Amazon shutting down little-used person-to-person payment service
On October 13th, you'll have one less option for sending cash to individuals online. Amazon's WebPay, a feature of the company's broader Payments platform, will be shuttered. According to a FAQ posted on its site, the service is being closed down...

MIT's electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus
We've seen MIT's super-fast four-legged Cheetah bot sprint on a treadmill many times, but it seems that the team at MIT is finally ready to let the thing outside. Now, quadrupedal bots traversing hill and dale are nothing new, but the Cheetah's doing...

Macy's will give you location-based discounts through your iPhone
Macy's experiments with location-sensitive shopping have apparently paid off -- in the wake of a successful trial, the retail behemoth has unveiled plans to put iBeacons in all of its stores. Once they're activated this fall, you can get discounts...

Flipboard is ready to annoy you with video ads
You may see Flipboard's reading app as an oasis from an internet full of video services like YouTube, but it appears that you can't quite escape those moving pictures. The magazine-like service is now rolling out full-page video ads in a pilot...

Sound off! Has your phone replaced your camera?
Photokina is in full swing, which means you can expect all sorts of exciting photographic wizardry. However, with the cameras in our smartphones constantly improving, do you still find yourself needing dedicated hardware for capturing those special...

Say hello to the FBI's national facial recognition system
If you've ever been arrested in the United States, chances are strong that your fingerprints and criminal history are floating around in the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. It's apparently pretty good at what it does -...

Ricoh's new action cam isn't a toy, even if it looks like one
When you're in the market for an action camera, we'd imagine GoPro or Contour would be the first names that sprang to mind. Ricoh is hoping to crowbar itself onto your psychological roster, however, with the WG-M1, its latest ruggedized action...

Here's how doctors will test Apple's new patient tracking features
Apple briefly hinted last week that hospitals would soon try out HealthKit's patient tracking technology, and we now know how those experiments are going to work. According to Reuters, both Duke University and Stanford University are weeks away from...

You can now send Spotify tunes to Amazon's Fire TV
Amazon's Fire TV hasn't had a lot of choices for on-demand music; for the most part, you've been stuck with either the company's own music service or Vevo. As of today, though, you can add Spotify to the list. The set-top box now serves as a Spotify...

There's a Canon printer that can run 'Doom' (really)
It's been over twenty years since the original Doom first hit PCs, and we're still obsessed with getting the damned thing running on just about everything with a processor. See that tiny screen up there? That's a Canon PIXMA printer that's been...

WikiLeaks posts the software governments use to spy on dissidents
WikiLeaks' all-or-nothing approach to revealing shady government activity just took a new (if decidedly risky) turn. Julian Assange and crew have posted FinFisher and FinSpy PC, the intrusion software that Australia, Italy, Pakistan and other...

Audible flaw lets you download free audiobooks using fake accounts (updated)
You expect subscription services to verify your details before granting you access to their content -- that's how they make their money, after all. However, it appears that Audible isn't quite so rigorous. Alan Joseph has revealed a flaw in Amazon's...

Gizmodo The Gadgets Weblog
If you're a Spotify Premium subscriber in the U.S, you can now access Spotify on your Amazon Fire TV

If you're a Spotify Premium subscriber in the U.S, you can now access Spotify on your Amazon Fire TV. You can control you music using the Spotify app on a mobile phone or a tablet, so music streams can switch from mobile to the TV seamlessly and leave your phone free for other things without interrupting your music. [CNET]

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The evolution of humans in one funny animation

The evolution of humans in one funny animation

ADHD made an animation that exposes the hilarious cycle of evolution. Monkeys eating fruit turn into monkeys eating raw meat turn into people using fire to cook food to inventing the wheel to making art to landing on the moon to putting dumb videos on YouTube to just being a character on some alien's video game

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The collapse of the USSR left behind a haunting post-apocalyptic world

The collapse of the USSR left behind a haunting post-apocalyptic world

These photographs by Rebecca Litchfield make it seem as if the apocalypse has come and gone and the world is in complete ruins. Not quite. They're actually photographs of countries and places that were a part of the former Soviet Union. The forgotten decay is haunting.

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These Decoy Insects Zap the Nasty Bugs That Try to Mate With Them

These Decoy Insects Zap the Nasty Bugs That Try to Mate With Them

As they say, sex has consequences, even for male beetles. In their quest to eradicate an invasive beetle, scientists have created "femme fatale" decoys that lure the males in and zap 'em dead—just as the unsuspecting males think they might be getting it on.

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This Glimpse Into the Mind of a World Class Chef Will Leave You Drooling

No narration, no breakaway interviews, just a world-class chef developing and perfecting a brand new avant-garde menu in his private food laboratory. El Bulli: Cooking in Progress is more Paul Ehrlich than Paul Beard, but you'll still find yourself drooling.

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Tim Cook Says Apple Has Never Shared Data: "You're Not Our Product"

As part of Apple's ongoing glasnost campaign, Tim Cook was on Charlie Rose last Friday . Part two airs tonight and it looks like it will be a lot meatier, just based on the clip released today: Cook will apparently talk more about the role of privacy at Apple, including their choice not to release or mine user metadata.

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Listen to KCRW's Famously Eclectic Programming Any Time of Day

Listen to KCRW's Famously Eclectic Programming Any Time of Day

Did you know beloved LA radio station KCRW has an all-music broadcast and streaming service called Eclectic24?

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Gawker Kanye Responds to Wheelchair Incident: "I'm a Married, Christian Man" | Jalopnik Your Guide T

Gawker Kanye Responds to Wheelchair Incident: "I'm a Married, Christian Man" | Jalopnik Your Guide To The Explosive Airbag Recall That Affects 14 Million Cars | Jezebel What Former Sluts Tell Their Daughters About Sex | Kotaku The Internet Reacts To Microsoft Buying Minecraft | Kinja Popular Posts

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Photoshop Contest: What's Apple Really Shipping in Those iPhone Crates?

Photoshop Contest: What's Apple Really Shipping in Those iPhone Crates?

Earlier today, we got a glimpse inside one of the planes carrying hundreds of thousands of shiny new smartphones all the way across the Pacific, straight into our greedy little fingers. But—can we ever really know what's hiding beneath those giant tarps? Yep! Because you're going to tell us.

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Scientists Used a Hitchcock Thriller to Measure Patients' Consciousness

Scientists Used a Hitchcock Thriller to Measure Patients' Consciousness

Alfred Hitchcock, our master of suspense, was incredibly good at manipulating his audience—a fact that has now come in handy for neuroscientists. When they screened a Hitchcock thriller for volunteers in a brain scanner, they found that brain activity of a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years was astonishingly similar to that of healthy, conscious people.

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These Richly Detailed Maps Give the Modern World a Victorian Twist

These Richly Detailed Maps Give the Modern World a Victorian Twist

Wouldn't we all love to live in a city where floating dirigibles shared the horizon alongside the glass towers of our modern skylines? Such is the wild world featured in the highly complex, geographically accurate illustrations of Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams, whose maps are part of an exhibition for the London Design Festival that opened today.

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A Brief History of Air Bags and The Future of Driverless Cars

A Brief History of Air Bags and The Future of Driverless Cars

"We've lost more Americans on the highways than we've lost in all the wars that we've ever fought," says Jim Hall, the former head of the National Transportation Safety Board in a new video from the New York Times.

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Your iPhone Houses All These Chemical Reactions Every Single Day

Other than the times we notice our battery bars inching towards the red or our screens go silent, we usually don't think too about how it is our phones actually function. But as a new video from the Reaction YouTube channel shows, there's a whole host of complex chemical reactions going on both during production and on a daily basis to keep our phones functioning.

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MIT Made a Smartphone Control a Computer With a Simple Touch

MIT Made a Smartphone Control a Computer With a Simple Touch

Have you ever held your smartphone up to your laptop screen and thought about how cool it would be if the two devices could work together, physically? Well now, thanks to a team from the MIT Media Lab, they can. New software lets you use your smartphone as an extra interface for a computer, and it looks awesome.

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The Loud, Messy, XTREME Graphic Design of the 90s

The Loud, Messy, XTREME Graphic Design of the 90s

Today we learned that popular 1990s soda/xtreme sports pump-up drink Surge is back: Amazon will now deliver a 12-pack to your house for $14. If you hadn't thought about Surge since the late 1990s, it was probably a trip to see that distinctive green can again. And it brought up a question: Who designed this little gem of Gen-X branding?

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Goodbye space shuttle carrier—and thank you for being awesome

Goodbye space shuttle carrier—and thank you for being awesome

You are looking at the second of the two Boeing 747 space shuttle carriers being taken to its resting place at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, in Palmdale, California. After two decades ferrying the space shuttles across the country, the two legendary aircraft are now retired.

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America, cloud yeah!

America, cloud yeah!

NBC12 posted this photo of (allegedly) the most patriotic sunset I've ever seen. According to them, the image was taken by two viewers from the Virginia Center Commons—a mall in Richmond, Virginia.

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This Is How You Fly 200,000 iPhones from China to the US

This Is How You Fly 200,000 iPhones from China to the US

If you're hoping for a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and haven't nailed yours down yet, you're effectively screwed for the time being. But if you were one of the lucky 4 million buyers, there's a decent-ish chance your shiny new toy is in the photo above, where it just flew across the Pacific, boarded up with more than 195,000 of its brethren. That is one hell of a cargo.

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A 1000-Foot Tower Is Being Built in the Amazon to Track Climate Change

A 1000-Foot Tower Is Being Built in the Amazon to Track Climate Change

In a remote stretch of the Amazon rainforest, a skinny steel tower will soon rise over 1,000 feet into the sky—higher than the Eiffel Tower, way higher than the trees. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a joint effort by Brazil and Germany to figure out exactly how carbon dioxide fluctuates inside the South American rainforest, one of the "green lungs" of the planet.

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The Best Carry On Luggage

The Best Carry On Luggage

With 28% of the popular vote , the Travelpro FlightCrew4 22" Rollaboard made it through your security checkpoints to be crowned the Best Carry On Luggage.

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Microsoft Bought in Minecraft What It Could Never Make Itself

Microsoft Bought in Minecraft What It Could Never Make Itself

More than any other title in very recent history, Minecraft has permanently changed gaming. Motion control? 1080p at 60 frames per second? They've got nothing on an infinite world full of vaguely 8-bit-looking blocks. With its purchase of Minecraft and the studio behind it, Microsoft isn't just buying a game; it's buying the heart of a generation.

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Julian Assange Says "Apolitical Futurism of Star Trek" Fits Google

Julian Assange Says "Apolitical Futurism of Star Trek" Fits Google

Julian Assange is currently answering questions in a live chat over at Gawker , promoting his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks. One of the most interesting exchanges for readers of Paleofuture actually comes from a question by Matthew Phelan who writes the Gawker subdomain Black Bag.

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Apple Just Made It Easier To Delete That Free U2 Album It Gave You

Apple Just Made It Easier To Delete That Free U2 Album It Gave You

Hell hath no fury like an iTunes user with a free U2 album. For all the haters who despise the very concept of Songs of Innocence casually rubbing up against their curated iTunes collection, Apple just published a very quick one-click fix to rid your life of the Irish menace forever.

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This Self-Weighing Suitcase Gives a Running Total While You Pack

This Self-Weighing Suitcase Gives a Running Total While You Pack

Self-weighing suitcases aren't a new idea , in fact, they've been available in stores for years now. But in order to actually weight the contents of your luggage, you need to zip the suitcase up and then lift the whole thing by the handle. To make things a whole lot easier, the TUL suitcase gives a running total of its weight as you throw things in, so there are no surprises.

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How to Make Sure Your Net Neutrality Comment Matters

How to Make Sure Your Net Neutrality Comment Matters

If you're in favor of a neutral internet—one that's doled out equally to everyone, not preferentially to whomever pays the toll—you've got a few more hours to do something about it. At least, to do something about it the official way, by submitting a comment to the FCC urging the agency not to overturn net neutrality. Here's how to yell so that your voice gets heard.

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