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Newest Samsung Gear VR now available to pre-order for $100

Back at its event in August, when it launched the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge plus, Samsung also unveiled the first consumer-focussed Gear VR headset. The ‘Innovator Edition’ tag has been dropped, and you can now pre-order the latest version of the Samsung Gear VR from Best Buy for $99. It’s …

Jaw-dropping images give us a first glimpse of Mars' liquid water

For years, a team of NASA scientists had pondered over the enigmatic dark streaks lining the inner and outer faces of craters on the Martian surface, shown below.<p>But no longer.<p>NASA announced the answer to the conundrum Monday: The streaks are evidence of flowing water.<p>Most mysterious about these …

The world’s most famous gorilla is showing signs of early speech

Koko, a 44-year-old gorilla famous for her ability to communicate with keepers using sign language, is now showing signs of early speech. “Koko has developed vocal and breathing behaviors associated with the ability to talk, which were previously thought to be impossible in her species,” The Daily …

Take Down the Confederate Flag: Pictures

NHL board of governors set to approve 3-on-3 overtime

Hoping to reduce the number of shootouts, the NHL aims to adopt three-on-three overtime for what supporters say will be a more exciting game.<p>The league’s general managers and the NHL Players’ Association agreed Tuesday to change its regular-season overtime period to three-on-three hockey for five …

Whole Foods is being accused of overcharging customers

In a sting operation during the fall, inspectors weighed 80 items from eight Whole Foods stores across the city and found inaccurate labeling on every item, according to New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs.<p>The investigation found many of those labels overcharged customers by having …

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Syria: ISIS destroys ancient Muslim shrines in Palmyra

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS fighters have destroyed two ancient Muslim shrines in the oasis city of Palmyra, the Syrian government confirmed Wednesday, the latest act of cultural vandalism by the Sunni extremists.<p>ISIS seized control of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back 2,000 years, last month, …

France summons U.S. ambassador, calls reported spying 'unacceptable'

The United States spied on three successive French presidents by eavesdropping on their phone calls, according to a new set of documents that has rekindled the controversy over American surveillance of European allies.<p>The revelations by Wikileaks prompted outrage in Paris. President François …

What the WikiLeaks documents reveal about US spying on French leaders

Francois Hollande apparently held secret meetings with Germany's opposition and Nicolas Sarkozy believed he was the one who could lead the push to resolve the financial crisis in 2008, according to WikiLeaks documents<p>Documents published online by WikiLeaks show that the US wiretapped three French …

Robots in Japan now have emotions

Amid a growing debate over humanity’s place in the world alongside artificial intelligence, a Japanese telecom company has released a robot that it says has emotions. But rather than run in fear from it, we’ve welcomed it into our homes: Pepper, the “emotional robot,” sold out within a minute of …

Hackers successfully ground 1,400 passengers

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hackers targeted air travel and successfully grounded around 1,400 passengers on Sunday.<p>The problems for passengers started at Warsaw Chopin airport after the airline says hackers breached its ground computers, which are used to issue flight plans. The grounded airline, LOT Polish Airways, …

A startup that sells $1 razors is now worth $615 million thanks to campaigns like, 'Our blades are f---ing great!'

The Los Angeles-based startup launched three years ago with an idea to steal market share from razor powerhouse, Gillette. CEO Michael Dubin promised a better price point: for $1 a month, Dollar Shave Club sends you a high quality razor. He created a crude and goofy viral video to support the …

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