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The broken-down beauty of Eastern Ukraine, 25 years after the end of the USSR

Before there was a raging civil war that devastated the region’s infrastructure and polarized its population, the Donbass region in Eastern Ukraine was an economically depressed area, far removed from the authority of the central government in Kiev.<p>Historically, Donbass—known officially as the …

Russia

Most People Prefer The iPhone 6, But The 6 Plus Is Selling OK, Says Analyst

Turns out you weren’t the only one that thought the new iPhone 6 Plus is just too big to carry around as a normal phone. A new study suggests [PDF] that the sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are largely driven by the 4.7-inch model. However, while forming less of the sales figures, the 5.5-inch …

These room-friendly 'micro' tower speakers bowled over the Audiophiliac

Kvart & Bolge's Sound Sommelier takes a decidedly fresh approach to high-end speaker design, at a price anyone can afford.<p>I have to admit it was the look of the tiny Kvart & Bolge Sound Sommelier tower speakers that first piqued my interest. My samples were finished in a textured "Fender Tweed Amp" …

Sample Footage Shot with the Ultra Rare Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 that Can See Behind Itself

About once per year, one of the rare Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lenses out there pops up on eBay when some camera shop or another picks one up. The price …

The Samsung Gear S Is A Smartphone On Your Wrist

Announced back in September, the Samsung Gear S is the South Korean electronics company’s sixth attempt at making a smartwatch. It’s got the specs of a mid-range phone from a few years back and runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system.<p>The intended appeal of the Gear S is that it can be used …

This US Navy ship is now armed with a drone-killing laser beam

The US Navy now has a ship in the Persian gulf armed with a “laser gun.” That’s how the US Chief of Naval Operations described it, in passing, to a Congressional hearing back in March.<p>The Laser Weapons System, as it’s officially called, has been mounted on the USS Ponce, which is a kind of floating …

Military

Facebook Begins Cracking Down On "Low Quality" Page Posts

The company is cracking down on posts from brand pages that it says are "too promotional."<p>Beginning in January next year, Facebook will begin filtering out what it considers low-quality posts from brands, businesses and others that publish via a Facebook Page.<p>The decision is sure to draw some …

5 tech gifts you shouldn't buy this holiday season

When you're trying to buy the perfect gift for a friend or family member this Christmas, you're probably going to think about something digital. With smartphones, tablets, TVs, headphones, home theater soundbars, gaming consoles, robots, cameras, cases, video games and more in stores, the options …