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33 Of Your Favorite Bands Recreated With LEGOS

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Sony May Sell its Mobile Phone and Television Business

Sony may look like they’re doing really well especially in the mobile phone business, but it looks like it’s not good enough and things might take a …

Ford recalls SUVs because drivers are accidentally turning them off

Ford is recalling about 13,500 2015 Lincoln MKC because drivers are shutting the vehicle off by mistake.<p>Drivers are mistakenly touching the crossover SUV's push-button ignition button while the car is driving, Ford found.<p>The MKC has buttons to put the car in different gears, rather than a …

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Watch Bill Gates Test A New Machine That Turns Poop Into Clean Water

According to Gates, at least 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to adequate sanitation, with human waste often polluting the water supply and remaining untreated.<p>The "Omniprocessor" aims to help with this problem. Its development is led by Seattle-based engineering firm Janicki …

Is Apple about to launch a totally redesigned, 12-inch MacBook Air?

Codename: MacBook Stealth<p>Every year, Apple does some counterprogramming at CES. This year, whether it meant to or not, it may have some big news: <i>9to5Mac</i> has some new details that say there's a 12-inch MacBook Air with a completely new design, a higher-resolution display, and few of the trappings …

Prince Andrew prepares for grim year ahead as 'sex abuse' claims refuse to go away

Virginia Roberts claims she was paid £10,000 as a reward for having sex with the Duke of York and is now writing a memoir about her experiences<p>The Duke of York knows he could spend months and perhaps years fighting off allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl who was being kept as a “sex …

North Korea Blasts New U.S. Sanctions Over Sony Cyberattack

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Sunday criticized the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures. An unnamed spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry, in rhetoric that closely mirrors past statements, denied any role in …

Judge accepts man's offer of new Nike sneakers as bail

A Massachusetts man convinced a judge he wouldn’t be a flight risk by offering to post his new Nike sneakers as bail.<p>“OK, we’ll take them,” Framingham District Court judge Douglas Stoddard said in response to the offer by 39-year-old Jason Duval, who was facing jail time on an outstanding warrant, …

Rising Oakland home invasions rob victims of sense of security

Beverley Concannon was in the bathroom of her home in Oakland’s Dimond neighborhood when she heard two loud bangs. She realized someone was kicking in her front door.<p>She called police, then walked into the hall and came face-to-face with a stranger. Within moments, she felt a piercing blow to her …

Home Invasion

Apple Sued for False Advertising of iPhones

Apple is facing a lawsuit accusing the company of falsely advertising the storage capacity available in its iPhones, iPads and iPods.<p>The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in the northern district of California, says that the massive data footprint of the iOS 8 operating system eats into the advertised …

NYC Labor May Break With Police Union

Labor has been silent so far about Patrick Lynch, the police union leader who is publicly campaigning against Mayor Bill de Blasio.<p>New York City's top progressives have backed away from any direct confrontation with the city's largest police union, even as union leaders continue to criticize the …

Is Toshiba Exiting the TV Business in the U.S?

Could next year be the last time you're able to buy a Toshiba HDTV here in the U.S.? That's the question being asked after the consumer electronics …

Phones4U iPhone and iPad Inventory Being Liquidated at Low Prices by UK Auction House

UK retailer Phones4U shut down its online store and closed its retail operations earlier this year when the struggling company entered administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy. Now in the middle of the administration process, Phones4U is ready to liquidate its existing stock of products, …

Groundbreaking Study Reveals The Main Reason Behind Most Cases Of Cancer

The researchers said Thursday that random DNA mutations accumulating in various parts of the body during ordinary cell division were the prime culprits behind many cancer types.<p>They looked at 31 cancer types and found that 22 of them, including leukemia and pancreatic, bone, testicular, ovarian, …

2014 box office hits $10.3 billion, down 5.2% from previous year

Superhero hits and franchise favorites couldn't pull the box office out of its 2014 slump.<p>After a shaky summer and a fickle fall, the box office reached an estimated $10.3 billion in 2014, down about 5.2% from 2013's record of $10.9 billion. Industry experts expect attendance at theaters to be down …

Sony execs used old BlackBerrys found in a basement after getting hacked

With its computer systems crippled worldwide, Sony executives did what any of us would do: turn to simpler technologies to get them moving again. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>and <i>The New York Times</i>, that tech included notepads, a manual paycheck machine, and also a stash of BlackBerrys found …

16 Things You Didn't Know Your New iPhone Could Do

Take advantage of all the (literally) bigger and better features right at your fingertips.

Google to FCC: if the internet is a Title II utility, let us expand Fiber

Verizon famously said that if the FCC heeds President Obama's urging and declares the internet a Title II utility, it would cause "great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." But exactly the opposite of that may happen, according to a letter from Google to the FCC. Mountain View …

Box office attendance hits lowest level in 19 years

Americans bought 1.26 billion movie tickets in 2014, according to preliminary estimates published by <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>. It sounds like a big number, but for the film industry, it's frighteningly low — a 5 percent decline since last year, and the largest year-over-year drop in nearly a decade. …

DVDs of 'The Interview' will be airdropped on North Korea

Sony's once-forbidden <i>The Interview</i> is now seemingly ubiquitous, but there's one place where you can't get it: North Korea, the country that inspired the movie (and allegedly, the hacking campaign) in the first place. If defector and activist Park Sang-hak has his way, though, North Koreans will see …

Forget Netflix. This New Movie Subscription Gets 2 Thumbs Up

From food subscriptions to underwear subscriptions(?!) and everything in between, we love getting that bang for our buck and all the conveniences that come along with them. On chillier days (okay, more like every day) many of us would much rather have a Netflix-Hulu marathon than go out to the …

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Snapchat Has Raised $485 Million More From 23 Investors, At Valuation Of At Least $10B

Back in the day, we reported that messaging app Snapchat* was raising over $100 million in a round led by Kleiner Perkins. And then the WSJ reported that it was $20 million, which left us wondering why a growth round would be so small in terms of total principle. Well, it turns out it’s …

Hacker behind Sony, Xbox attacks allegedly arrested by UK police

A member of the hacker group Lizard Squad, which claimed credit for taking down Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live on Christmas …

New Zealand looks beyond last Hobbit | Financial Times

As cinemagoers rush to see the third Hobbit film, “Tolkien-mania” is again sweeping New Zealand, where record tourist arrivals are boosting the …

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Dentists debate need to extract wisdom teeth

The decision to remove wisdom teeth often seems like a routine part of young adulthood. But more people are starting to ask whether it's always necessary.<p>Those who oppose automatically taking out those four teeth say "watchful waiting" is a better path because the teeth and surrounding gum tissue …

Writer Who Glorified Violence Arrested in Connection With Attack on Police

He once wrote for the hipster outlet Vice about punching his boss in the face.<p>Now he’s accused of helping assault police officers.<p>As arrests have started piling up in connection with the disturbing December melee on the Brooklyn Bridge, in which police officers tried to stop protesters from hurling …

Mark Zuckerberg Has Chosen An Aggressive New Year's Resolution For 2015

This year, he's vowing to become a bookworm and to create his own book club of sorts.<p>Zuckerberg says he will read one book every other week for the entire year, and he'll post the current book he's reading online where others who have also read the book can follow along.<p>The resolution was inspired …

ODG just set the new bar for augmented reality

Back in the fall of 2014, a little-known San Francisco company called ODG released two pairs of augmented reality glasses. While the industry’s …

Augmented Reality

Secretive Military Tech Company Announces Augmented Reality Glasses For Consumers

For the past six years, low-key Osterhout Design Group has been building heavy duty smart glasses for the military. But after seeing the kind attention heaped onto gadgets like Google Glass, the small San Francisco-based company is looking towards the consumer market and thinks it has something …

Augmented Reality