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What Grand Theft Auto 5 would look like in real life

Zapruder Pictures, a duo of fan filmmakers out of Madrid, recreated the <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> announcement trailer in their hometown. How close the short comes to replicating the original is impressive, though it's not afraid to bend reality with the help of some well-placed special effects.<p>Watching …

Alienware's Steam Machine starts at $549 and launches this holiday season

Alienware is no slouch when it comes to cranking out high-end gaming PCs, but its approach to Valve's Steam Machine project is a bit different. The company is looking to deliver a high-quality PC gaming experience to the living room, but the execution doesn't sound much different from the …

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Only 2% Of People Can Actually Multitask — This Test Will Tell You If You Are One Of Them

But there is a small fraction of the population that might be true multitaskers, or "supertaskers," a term coined by David Strayer, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah who studies attention.<p>Think you're a supertasker? Skip to the test >><p>Not only do these people excel at cognitive …

50 Must-Have iPad Apps

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This Origami Toothpaste Tube Squeezes Out Every Last Drop

Our modern toothpaste tube designs have survived from the 1890s, despite the fact that they can waste up to 13% of the goods. Can this collapsible version change that?<p>Before a 19th-century Connecticut inventor named Washington Wentworth Sheffield came up with the idea of using a collapsible lead …

Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink

“What is a printer?” asked Zuta Labs, then reimagined it as the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, as small as your hand.<p>Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer …

'Heartbleed' Bug Coder: 'It was a simple programming error'

The coder responsible for the "Heartbleed" bug has expressed regret over the damage caused, but points out that the error itself was "quite trivial."<p>The German developer who introduced the bug in 2012, identified by the Sydney Morning Herald as Robin Seggelmann, explained that in coding terms the …

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Bitcoin mining leaves some speculators in a hole

Small-time speculators lose money as larger operators join crypto-currency action<p>The bitcoin mining rush is sputtering.<p>Speculators, known as miners, use powerful computers to solve complex software problems and verify transactions to unlock new bitcoins. They're finding that the enterprise isn't as …