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A History of GIF

Go ahead, laugh at me. I didn’t know what GIF stood for until recently. But I AM a fast learner and catch on really quick. Which means that someone else with a somewhat above average level of intelligence probably didn’t know what it means, either. Lucky for you smart people, Mashable has given us all…

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CHARLI-2 Can Dance Gangnam

Meet CHARLI-2, Virginia Tech’s skinny, five-foot tall humanoid robot. His balance is enviable: Jostle him, and he’ll right himself — which is one of the reasons the Navy is using him for research on its firefighting robot of the future. Oh, and he also dances Gangnam Style. This week, CHARLI-2 will formally meet his flesh-and-blood…

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Toss A Zombie, For One

Are you waiting for someone else to tell you about cool apps? You are in the right place. No need to research, Mashable has done it all for you. This week, Mashable has found an app that will let you share a glimpse of your life with others, and another that will have you fighting…

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Rewards for Truth or Dare

Like you need an excuse to act stupid in public? Now there’s an app for it.  Klash, a social-rewards network, is the digital intersection of truth or dare and Foursquare. Launched two weeks ago, Klash allows users to log in to the app via Facebook or Twitter, and begin challenging friends in their networks in…

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Use Protection While F-booking

The bottom line: If you have something to hide, DON’T PUT IT ON FACEBOOK. Do not chat inappropriately. Do not post secrets. Do not THIS. Do not THAT. You never know if somehow your deepest secrets will “accidentally” become fodder for the masses to enjoy. The social network has offered a growing array of options…

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Email Swizzle

Are you sick of all the junk mail you get in your email box but still want to read it “sometimes”? The Swizzle, a service that launched last week, lets you easily and securely unsubscribe from commercial e-mails and combine any e-mails you do want to keep into a daily digest. The goal of The…

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Ultimate Coffeemaker For Control Freaks

For the price tag, the coffee better be the most exquisite tasting ever brewed. Named more like a rocket ship than a Mr. Coffee competitor, the Blossom One Limited is, in fact, a gorgeous, $11,000 coffee machine. An apparent improvement-by-miles on the simple, mundane kitchen coffee machine, the Blossom One Limited was designed and developed by three impressively-credentialed…

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ANOTHER Good Use For Your Palm

Aiming to do away with the need to remember passwords for growing numbers of online services, Intel researchers have put together a tablet with new software and a biometric sensor that recognizes the unique patterns of veins on a person’s palm. Making laptops, tablets and smartphones responsible for identifying users would take the requirement of…

Make It At Home On A 3D Printer

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques (subtractive processes) which mostly rely on the removal of material by drilling, cutting etc. The technology is not…

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Gadgets To Get Intimate, Sensual

You can normally describe any new consumer electronics device or service with one of four words: bigger, smaller, smarter, faster. Just looking around last week’s IFA event in Berlin, a whopping great 4K television set from Sony that comes in at 84 inches across; a Windows handset from Samsung that’s a “crazy thin” “powerhouse.” What is changing? Basically, product designers…

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