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In China, being retweeted 500 times can get you three years in prison

Details of a new law issued by China’s supreme court are bound to make loose talkers on Sina Weibo and other social media platforms think twice before speaking freely. The law says that any libelous posts or messages will be considered “severe” breaches of the law if they are visited or clicked on …

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Galaxy What? ASUS Transforms Your Zen With Impressive Tablets, Phablets And Ultrabooks At IFA

Samsung may be dishing up their latest offering of Galaxy bling this week but they’re not the only manufacturer in Berlin making noise with new mobile technologies at the IFA show. ASUS has decided to use the European venue to announce a number of notebooks and tablets that offer interesting and …

Qualcomm announces 'Toq' smartwatch

Amid a flurry of excitement about Samsung Galaxy Gear, chip maker Qualcomm has quietly released its own smartwatch, offering what it describes as a ‘digital sixth sense’.<p>Like the Galaxy Gear, Qualcomm's smartwatch is designed to serve as a second display to your Android smartphone. However, it …

Hit iOS game 'Badland' is coming to Android and BlackBerry 10

The iOS game <i>Badland</i> wowed us with its simple but challenging gameplay, so much so that we made it one of our Best New Apps. Now, the game's developer has announced that it's bringing the title to Android and BlackBerry 10 smartphones.<p>In <i>Badland</i>, you control your character, a little sooty blob, by …

Kinect turns your bathtub into a giant liquid touchscreen

Researchers have created a "touchscreen" for your bathtub. With only a Kinect sensor and a projector, AquaTop display facilitates interacting with virtual objects using just your hands. In order to function properly, the system requires you add some bath salts to your tub, which will turn the water …

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 review: one giant smartphone for mankind

Godzilla, Frankenstein's monster and Bigfoot are mythical creatures that don't exist (although you might dispute the latter). But now, an equally beastly smartphone -- one seemingly designed specifically for them -- is available to buy. The Samsung Galaxy Mega is a 6.3-inch woolly mammoth of a …

Playing Angry Birds on a $21K 82-inch touchscreen is awesome (video)

SAN FRANCISCO — At Microsoft’s Build conference today, a lot of the talk centered on developer-focused cloud services and new Windows 8 apps. But Build thankfully also included a whole “gaming section” with some really fun demos.<p>One such demo was an 82-inch Perceptive Pixel touch screen running the …

Most hateful, baffling comments of E3 2014

Everybody just CALM DOWN<p>What is it about the Internet that turns ordinary people into raving lunatics? We may never truly know--but whenever humanity …

The World’s Most Iconic Lighthouses

Source: Messer Smith<p>Madang Lighthouse, Papua New Guinea<p>Source: Peace On Earth<p>Also known as the Coastwatchers’ Memorial, this imposing lighthouse was …

Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

AMMO: Cross Section Photos of Bullets

In October of 2012, LA-based photographer Sabine Pearlman found herself ensconced in a Swiss WWII bunker photographing 900 different “specimens” of …

Watch the Roots Cover Daft Punk's "Get Lucky", Rap Over the Super Mario Bros. Music

Last night on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon", ?uestlove and "Captain" Kirk Douglas of house band the Roots covered Daft Punk's Pharrell-featuring single "Get Lucky", as Consequence of Sound points out. And they did it while acting as "Black Simon & Garfunkel", resulting in <br>a very folky, very funny …

See more of Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Finn, Poe, and Leia costumes in these new photos

These Star Wars: The Last Jedi photos offer a first look at some of the film's costume designs. Shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz, the four Vanity …

Hyping Hypercars: 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari vs. 2014 McLaren P1, Lamborghini Veneno

Three high priests of the sports-car realm reveal their own golden calves.<p>Geneva is a quiet Swiss city of enormous but restrained wealth. The Palexpo center, where the auto show is held every gray March, is modestly sized, and the automaker stands are, by regulation, relatively small. The scene is …

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Samsung, HTC, and LG bicker on Twitter, show fanboys how it's done

Visit almost any website covering mobile phones and you're likely to find comments full of fans arguing over which company's product is the best. To many, the behavior is unbearable, but the UK social media accounts of Samsung, HTC, and LG showed they're not above bickering yesterday on Twitter.<p>HTC …

Details on Xbox One Connectivity, Licensing and Privacy Features

Wrapping up the latest episode of This Week On Xbox - see you tomorrow ! https://t.co/9Ur0pchr2l<p>Dragon Age 2 is coming to Xbox One Backward …

Google's Next Cloud Product: Google Blimps To Bring Wireless Internet to Africa

Not content with offering super-fast broadband in Austin and Kansas City, Google has plans to use blimps to deliver wide-area wireless internet connectivity in Africa and other emerging markets, according to reports in the the Wall Street Journal and a post on Google’s Africa blog.<p>(Not to be …

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Dark Link and Link go toe-to-toe in a live-action The Legend of Zelda short

<i>Link's Shadow</i>, a live-action fan-film based on The Legend of Zelda franchise, entails an epic battle between the demonic Dark Link, Link and unsuspecting hunters.<p>"Three hunters in a forest discover that they have trapped a demon - Dark Link! An epic battle ensues as they try to prevent the …

Sphero The Robotic Ball Is Perfect For Fathers (Review)

Want the perfect gift for Dad? You need something that fathers can play with their kids. I recommend Sphero, the iOS or Android controlled robotic ball. It’s not cufflinks. It’s not a set of barbecue tools. It’s a toy that’s representative of what it means to be a 21st Century geeky dad.<p>About the …

Any iOS device can be hacked within one minute with modified charger, say researchers

Security researchers have discovered a way to push software onto an iOS device using a modified charger. The team at Georgia Institute of Technology says its charger was able to upload arbitrary software to an iOS device within one minute of it being plugged in. According to the researchers, "all …

Asus unveils VivoMouse, 'world's first' mouse and touchpad combination for Windows 8

Asus is launching its latest PC peripheral today: VivoMouse. The name makes it sound like an ordinary wireless mouse, but this particular device features a desktop touchpad with multi-touch support. It closely resembles the look of Motorola's Aura handset, with a metallic body and curved shapes. …

QWOP in real life looks more difficult than playing the game itself

YouTube user ProTek Productions snagged some footage of a <i>QWOP</i> cosplayer at Anime North 2013 over the weekend, following the slinking, bending athlete as he attempted to locomote in some way.<p>The video, posted above, shows one man's quest to be the very best at being the very worst. His form, down to …

First Look at Hound from TRANSFORMERS 4!

The City Of San Francisco Constructed From Jelly

When you think of art and landscapes, you might have visions of expansive paintings, time-lapse videos or sweeping panoramic photographs - you're …

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: Familiar Formula

Gaydon's recipe for success: Just add power.<p>Since its unfortunate experience with the slow-selling and notoriously unreliable Lagonda, Aston Martin has avoided reinventing the wheel. Simply look at the recent updates to the DB9 and the Rapide S for proof. Now the V12 Vantage, which was first …

Text up a steaming espresso with this coffeemaker (pictures)

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