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This Is North Korea's Version Of The iPhone

The North Korean government first released the "Arirang" smartphone in 2013, which appeared to run a modified version of Google's Android operating system. The updated Pyongyang Touch now comes in a range of colors and is reminiscent of the iPhone 3.<p>Internet access is banned in the country, which …

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How did Lego become a gender battleground?

<b>Three new Lego figures - all female scientists - have been unveiled. But why does the toymaker's portrayal of women provoke such controversy?</b><p>A palaeontologist, an astronomer, a chemist - into the pantheon of children's toys stride three new Lego characters. Not so surprising. Except the scientists …

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17 Mindblowing Facts About North Korea

Condoleezza Rice called it an "outpost of tyranny." George W. Bush said it was one-third of the "axis of evil." And now James Franco and Seth Rogen have a comedy about it, much to Pyongyang's disapproval.<p>Despite all of that, we really don't know that much about North Korea. But what we do know is …

Jason Segel left Twitter because of burrito fanboys

'I realized that’s not a power I want to wield'<p>It's rare for a public figure to shun Twitter, but Jason Segel, the actor known for <i>How I Met Your Mother</i> and currently starring in the upcoming movie <i>Sex Tape</i>, has revealed why he quit. In an interview with <i>Variety</i>, Segel explains that he left Twitter …

One man and his robot are responsible for 8.5 percent of Wikipedia

On a good day, Sverker Johansson adds more than 10,000 articles to Wikipedia. Johansson is by far the most prolific contributor to the online encyclopedia, having submitted 2.7 million articles, or 8.5 percent of Wikipedia's collection, over the last seven years. The 53-year-old Swede, profiled in</i> …

Woman Sets New Record For The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Order Ever

The mega-drink, ordered by a customer named Sameera cost totaling $60.58. That beats out the previous record of $54.75 set by a man in Dallas earlier this year.<p>The huge Frappuccino featured a whopping 60 shots of espresso, caramel syrup, white mocha, hazelnut, and soy milk.<p>After scanning her …

Surprise Snapchat experiment shares stories from the World Cup final

Snapchat may be best known for its "ephemeral" messaging, but the company is experimenting with a new way to share live events. Just hours before the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany, all Snapchat users were given access to "Our Story" — a collection of curated Snaps from users in …

Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory

A team of scientists recently discovered that repetition is a terrible way to memorize information—and their findings highlight much better …

7 weird things money does to your brain

The emerging field of neuroeconomics helps explain what your brain looks like on cash. It’s not always pretty<p>Money is packed with meaning, and it impacts our personalities, our relationships, and how we think. As you might imagine, a lot of stuff is going on in our brains when we think about money, …

A Physicist Has Solved The Problem Of Tangled Earbuds

A couple weeks ago, Business Insider UK editor Jim Edwards enlightened us all with an explanation about why our earbuds always get tangled.<p>Apparently the length and "agitation" of the earbuds cause them to knot and tangle. A scientific paper titled " Spontaneous knotting of an agitated string" goes …

She’s a Young Conservative Mother Who Posted a Picture That Would Make a Liberal’s Head ‘Explode’ — She Tells Us How Some Reacted

Holly Fisher is no stranger to people disagreeing with her political beliefs. But the West Virginia mother has recently been receiving death threats, some that have extended beyond her to her children.<p>It all started with this photo, which earned her the nickname “Hobby Lobby Holly.”<p>Image source: …

The 'Game Of Thrones' Creator's Secret Weapon For Productivity Is A 31-Year-Old Word Processor

The author has his own productivity magic: a vintage word processor.<p>"I have a secret weapon," he told late-night host Conan O'Brien. "I use WordStar 4.0 as my word processor."<p>It's part of a two-machine setup. He has a modern computer to browse the Internet, get his email, and do his taxes. Then he …

These Test Questions Show How Math Has Totally Changed Since You Were In School

Schools have adopted new ways of teaching subtraction and multiplication, and parents have been speaking out about how they can no longer help their children with their homework because they don't understand the methods.<p>Last week, The New York Times' Motoko Rich wrote about a Louisiana mother who …

HOUSE OF THE DAY: A Private Investor Is Selling His Glassy Manhattan 'Sky Loft' For $48 Million

The four-bedroom, 4.5 bathroom apartment has 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. It's being sold by William Duker, a private investor who did a stint in prison for defrauding the government. He's never lived in the stunning condo, according to the NYDN.<p>It's being marketed by Tal and …

4K TV Prices Are Falling Fast, Fueling Rapid Adoption Of The New Video Standard

4K TV adoption will largely be driven by the rapidly falling average selling price (ASP) of 4K-capable televisions, according to a recent report from BI Intelligence on the market for 4K TVs.<p>In just two years, prices for 4K declined by more than 85% worldwide, falling from $7,851 in 2012 to $1,120 …

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Could this be the end of the Grand Canyon?

<b>The Los Angeles Times's Julie Cart reported on Sunday of plans to build "restaurants, hotels and shops" on Navajo Indian land adjacent to the eastern portion of the Grand Canyon.</b><p>The 420-acre Grand Canyon Escalade proposal would also feature an eight-person gondola that would take tourists on a …

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Potato Salad Meets Kickstarter Goal 200 Times Over [UPDATE]

Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio wanted $10 to make some potato salad, so he went to Kickstarter. Now he has more than $2,000 to make potato …

Kotaku 'Shop Contest Simulator 2014

Earlier this week, <i>Kotaku</i>'s Evan Narcisse suggested that simulator games (goat, grass, rock) were getting out of hand. I say they're not out of hand …

Persona meets Seinfeld screenshot.

Persona meets Seinfeld screenshot.<p>Via Wario64.<p>You are now looking at Screenburn, a Kotaku blog dedicated to the best gaming images, videos and GIFs …

The Latest Advancement in Penis Peripherals

Erotic games are not mainstream in Japan. They are incredibly niche. But that hasn't stopped them from innovating, all in the name of weenie …

CivilizationCraft: It's Minecraft Crossed With... Can You Guess?

There are ambitious <i>Minecraft</i> mods, then there's the kind that tries to turn Mojang's game into one of the best (and most epic) strategy games of all …

In Japan, There Is a Shrine for...Hemorrhoids

The vast majority of festivals in Japan are not unusual. Then, there are some that are referred to as "kisai" (奇祭) or "strange festival." This is one …

Build Your Own 3D-Printed Gameboy

Adafruit shows how to build your own "Gamegirl" with a 3D-printed case, Raspberry Pi computer, and various electronic bits:<p>You are now looking at …

The Gates Foundation is developing a remote-control contraceptive

Instead of taking a pill a day, what if you could take one pill that lasted 16 years? That's the premise for a new project funded by the Gates Foundation, which looks at innovative ways to deliver drugs into the body. A single smart capsule could release drugs into a patient's body over the span of …

Google Maps tests your geography knowledge with 'Smarty Pins' game

Google's engineers want to help you brush up on your geography knowledge. The company has taken its vast Google Maps database and used it to create a new game called <i>Smarty Pins</i>. The concept is extremely simple: Google asks you a random trivia question about a specific city or country, and you're …

Who’s the new guy running the NSA?

Meet career Navy man and self-identified geek liaison Michael S. Rogers<p>Admiral Michael Rogers, the relatively new head of the National Security Agency (NSA), made headlines last week for publicly downplaying the significance of the Edward Snowden leaks.<p>Actually, he didn’t really downplay them — he …

Watch the first terrifying ride on the world's tallest water slide

The world's tallest water slide is almost ready for the public — it just needs a little bit more testing before it opens later this year. The Verrückt at Kansas City's Schlitterbahn Waterpark is 168 feet tall — taller than Niagara Falls — and riders can hit speeds of up to 65 miles per hour on the …

The tiny devices that steal credit card data are getting impossibly hard to detect

ATM skimmers, the miniature devices that stealthily help fraudsters capture your credit and debit card data, are getting smaller and harder to detect. Skimmers have always been designed to blend in with any ATM they're attached to, but for years a discerning eye or tug of the card reader were often …