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Here Are a Ton of Dogs in Trucks

A dog is a man's best friend. And his truck is his loyal steed. Now put them together and you've got one truly beautiful thing.<p>Few things are more important to an American man than his pickup truck. Except maybe his dog, the loyal sidekick. Now put that dog in a pickup, and you've got a glorious …

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

Now You Can Effectively Get An Xbox One For $199.99

You can say this about Microsoft: they love their bundles. There’s basically never any reason to pick up an Xbox One without picking up one or two free games, but this new bundle from the Microsoft Store might be the best deal I’ve seen yet, especially since it comes with the new 1 TB console. The …

The Minecraft Farlands: One Man's Quest to Reach the End of World

<b>A quest to the edge of an endless world can feel like an eternal glitch.</b><p>The YouTuber Kurt J. Mac is currently on an impossible mission. He is trying …

Intellectual Property Law and Your Mobile App: What You Need to Know

Why didn’t Hasbro and Mattel, the owners of Scrabble, sue Zynga for copyright infringement regarding Words With Friends? Because the intellectual …

Why Do So Many Start-Ups Fail?

Every year, legions of start-ups come roaring out of the gates armed with plenty of energy, passion and commitment with an innovative new product …

How the ‘catastrophic’ American decision to disband Saddam’s military helped fuel the rise of ISIL

Everything seemed to be going right for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in the spring of 2003.<p>Baghdad had fallen. Saddam Hussein was on the run. The …

Ray Hinton spent 28 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now enjoying his freedom, he says faith in God and harnessing his imagination kept him going

Death Row

There Is No ‘Blue Wall’

If you were browsing campaign coverage at this point in advance of the 1992 election, you’d be reading a lot about the Republicans’ impregnable “red …

Government

Today’s Tech: How A Criminal Defense Lawyer Uses Trial Presentation Technology

I’ve written about trial presentation technology from the perspective of a judge and a law school professor. Today we’ll learn how a criminal defense …

Software

DEA Wants To Triple Production Of Government Marijuana For Research

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday recommended that the federal government produce almost 900 pounds of marijuana for research in 2015, more than triple the amount it had estimated it would need.<p>The proposal, signed by DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, seeks to increase the …

East Texas judge who oversaw 1,700 patent cases joins biggest IP law firm

Davis is third judge in recent years to move into private patent practice.<p>US District Judge Leonard Davis said this week he's going to leave the …

U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

When the government places a location monitor on you or your stuff, it could be violating the Fourth Amendment.<p>If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment.<p>The Supreme Court clarified …

Gear & Gadgets

Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she …

Court Might Enforce A Contract Ban On Consumer Reviews

Claude and Violaine Galland own an apartment in Paris, France. They offer it for rental through VRBO, an online service for vacation rentals. The Gallands’ rental agreement include the following language: “The tenants agree not to use blogs or websites for complaints, anonymously or not.” Though …

Supreme Court considers impact of disability law on police

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The police shooting in Georgia earlier this month of a naked, unarmed man with bipolar disorder spotlights the growing number of …

Take an incredible drone flight through the world's biggest cave

At a length of some 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), Hang Sơn Đoòng in Vietnam, near the Laos border, is the largest known cave in the world. Inside is a large, fast-flowing river; its own microclimate; a chamber 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) long, 200 metres (660 feet) high and 150 metres (490 feet) wide; and …

Drones

'If I Think About Money Too Much, I Usually End Up Having A Small Panic Attack'

<i>Brittney Kagee, 23, is a recent college graduate working two hourly wage jobs, which has left her feeling jaded.</i><p>I left a small, isolated town in Alaska for California Polytechnic University with dreams of all the money I was going to make doing what I enjoyed. I wasn't going to be one of <i>those</i> …

Gay marriage comes to Alabama over chief judge's objections

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's chief justice built his career on defiance: In 2003, Roy Moore was forced from the bench for disobeying a federal …

Xiaomi May Have A Major Patent Problem

China played an huge part in Apple’s record $18 billion in profit this last quarter. The region accounted for 21% of Apple’s revenue, up from 16% last year. After looking for a while like it was under assault from local, cheaper players in China, Apple has turned the tables.<p>Its presence in the …

Mobile

Court weighs Ohio's taxation of out-of-town athletes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio law that singles out professional athletes and entertainers for taxation even when they're in the state just a few days …

10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.<p><b>GMAIL HACK #1 UNSEND</b><p>Have you ever pressed send only to regret it moments later because of a …

College rape: Campus sexual assault is a serious problem. But the efforts to protect women are infringing on the civil rights of men.

1 An Accusation<p>Drew Sterrett couldn’t know that when his friend slipped into his bottom bunk late one night in March of his freshman year, she was …

Amateur footage shows ferocity of blizzard in Himalayas - video

Trekkers to be required to take guides and weather forecasts improved after dozens died in country’s worst hiking disaster<p>Published: 21 Oct 2014<p>Official says all hikers believed to have been stranded are now rescued after snowstorms that left dozens dead<p>Published: 20 Oct 2014<p>Twelve more bodies have …

Siberian tiger released by Putin strays into China – and possible danger

A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has strayed into China and may be in danger, state media said Thursday.<p>Russia informed Chinese forestry officials that the tiger, tagged with a tracking device, was observed in a nature preserve in northeastern China's …

Amazing 3-D Tour of a Chinese Supercave

3D

FLDS Successfully Cites Hobby Lobby Decision in Child Labor Suit

A judge ruled that a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is exempted from testifying in a child labor …

13 Horror Games Not To Turn Your Back On in 2014

They're coming for you, Barbara.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>There's something about horror, as a genre, that just won't die.<p>Burn it, stake it, expose it to the …