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Watch This Dog Run Thanks to 3-D Printing

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3D Systems dog prosthetics
Ever since 3-D printing began to enter the mainstream, people have discussed the technology’s potential for building prosthetic arms and legs for human beings. But what about doing the same for dogs? Click here to find jobs related to printing. In a heartwarming video that’s gone viral on the Internet, a dog named Derby, born with a congenital deformity that deprived him of front paws, is outfitted with a pair of 3-D-printed prosthetics. Both the prosthetics and the video were… continue…

Does Anyone Want a BlackBerry ‘Classic’?

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BlackBerry
For a long time, BlackBerry tried to compete with Apple’s iPhone on the latter’s terms, building a progression of touch-screen devices that never really seemed to hit with either businesses or consumers. Click here to find BlackBerry-related jobs. So now BlackBerry’s decided to retreat to the past: The new BlackBerry Classic is an unapologetic return to the form-factor that transformed the company into a mobile-device juggernaut for a few years. It features a physical QWERTY keyboard, a 3.5-inch screen, dual… continue…

Google Cardboard: The Android of VR?

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Google Cardboard
When Facebook dropped a cool $2 billion to purchase virtual-reality firm Oculus VR earlier this year, it was seen as a way for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take an early position in what could become one of the dominant technologies of the next decade. But what if Oculus VR, even with all of Facebook’s money, didn’t end up as the competitor to beat? What if a piece of cardboard, supported by some APIs and an ecosystem of third-party developers, become… continue…

Robin Williams Topped Google’s 2014 Searches

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A lot of interesting stuff occurs in any given year, and a lot of people decide to Google that interesting stuff in order to find out more about it. But what did we Google the most in 2014? According to the search-engine giant, queries concerning a certain comedian beat out not only the World Cup, but also Ebola, the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Flappy Bird. Click here to find SEO jobs. Without… continue…

Facebook CEO: No ‘Dislike’ Button Coming

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Facebook Like
For anyone who ever wanted Facebook to build a “Dislike” or “Hate” button into its News Feed, prepare to have your hopes dashed: In a public question-and-answer session, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that the ubiquitous “Like” button won’t be receiving an evil sibling anytime soon. “Some people have asked for a Dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘That thing isn’t good,’” he said, according to a transcript compiled by TechCrunch. “And that’s not… continue…

Is Your Next Driver’s License a Phone App?

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Starting next year, residents of Iowa will be able to use a smartphone app in place of their physical driver’s license. Iowa law enforcement officers will regard the app as official proof of identification, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). “We are really moving forward on this,” DOT Director Paul Trombino told a state budget hearing, according to The Des Moines Register. “The way things are going, we may be the first in the nation.” To find automotive-related… continue…

Apple’s iPod Classic Refuses to Die

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iPod Classic
A funny thing happened to the iPod Classic on its way to the dustbin of history: people seemed unwilling to actually give it up. Apple quietly removed the iPod Classic from its online storefront in early September, on the same day CEO Tim Cook revealed the latest iPhones and the upcoming Apple Watch. At 12 years old, the device was ancient by technology-industry standards, but its design was iconic, and a subset of diehard music fans seemed to appreciate its… continue…

Future Tech: A Drone Built From Fungus

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Bio-Drone
When you think “drone,” the first image that pops to mind is probably a metal-and-polymer aircraft, like the ones Amazon plans on using to deliver packages to people. But what if manufacturers could build drones out of something other than metal? What if you could construct an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) out of biological material, specifically a lightweight-but-strong one known as mycelium? The vegetative part of a fungus, mycelium is already under consideration as a building material; the MoMA PS1… continue…

R.I.P. Ralph Baer, Creator of the Gaming Console

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The "Brown Box" prototype at display at the Smithsonian Institution
Should you find yourself buying a new Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, or other game console during this holiday season, take a moment to remember the late Ralph Baer, who recently passed away at the age of 92. Click here to find game-related jobs. In the late 1960s, Baer developed the first video-game console. The television had become a mainstream item, affordable for an increasing number of people, and Baer thought that its screen could just as easily serve purposes… continue…

Our 2014 Gift Guide Is the Geekiest

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Han Solo in Carbonite Business Card Case
Happy Chrismakwanzikkah, a very irritating Festivas and a good winter solstice to you! To help you people of Earth celebrate the season, we’ve yet again put together a random guide to the kinds of gifts you want (but might be too afraid to ask for). Humans at Work Han Solo Carbonite Business Card Case $19.99 How can you garner the respect of your peers without proof of your nefarious, dark gifts? This solid block of “carbonite” that holds a miniaturized Han… continue…