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'Virtual Picture' Tech Helps Blind Man Drive at Daytona

Mark Riccobono, who has been legally blind since the age of 5, showed off some of the Ford Escape's new features at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday... by driving one. As part of the activities scheduled before the Rolex 24, Riccobono, who is also the executive director of the Nati...

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Ex-Googler's 'Disconnect' Extension Disables Third-Party Data Tracking

The evolution of Web browsing and digital commerce makes it more difficult than ever to maintain privacy online. For all the beautiful perks offered by HTML5, we have to deal with ugly facts like the Evercookie. So, it's heartening to think that some of the people responsible for these advances are...

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MIT's Haptic Wallets Give Cash-Poor Users a Tactile Reminder to Stay Thrifty

Share It's gotten a little too easy to overspend during the holidays. The sales start earlier and end later, there are deals everywhere you look, and it can be hard avoiding the temptation to treat yourself. The good people at MIT Media Labs have you covered, though, with a new series of wallets...

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YouTube Extends Video Time Limits for Obedient Users

Less than five months after extending video time limits to 15 minutes, YouTube has decided to lengthen them again. YouTube product manager Joshua Siegel wrote in a blog post that the streaming giant chose to drop its time limit thanks to "advances in Content ID," the system that scans every video up...

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Why Do You Play Games? No One's Quite Sure, But They Still Want to Exploit It

Have you ever paused, in the middle of your sixth hour of 'World of Warcraft,' or during your nineteenth 'FarmVille' till-and-sow, and thought to yourself, "Why do I spend so much time playing video games?" According to a recent New York Times report, the average American logs over 10,000 hours ...

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'Civilization IV' Theme Grabs Grammy Nomination

The latest testament to the increased sophistication of video games is also a sign that the Grammys may have too many categories. Christopher Tin's "Baba Yetu," better known as the musical theme of 'Civilization IV,' has been nominated in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists cat...

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Massive San Francisco Touch Screen Makes Riding MUNI Palatable, Perhaps Even Fun

In the past couple years, the experience of waiting for public transportation has morphed into a daily opportunity to play around with the electronic device of your choice. And, for the next two months in San Francisco, Yahoo will be trying to take that experience one step further. As part of an...

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Lady Gaga to Quit Social Networking to Help Ailing Children

Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and several other celebs are getting rid of the things that their fans can't do without: their social media profiles. About a dozen celebrities will abandon their Facebook and Twitter profiles on Wednesday (a.k.a. World AIDS Day), and remain offline until $1 mi...

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James Turrell's 'Bindu Shards' Will Melt Your Brain

Californian artist James Turrell has created some pretty unusual things in his career (fluorescent oases, and beams of ancient starlight pulled down into a crater in the desert, to name just two). As we've explained previously, the MacArthur Fellow explores ideas about light and space in a high-con...

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Amazon Now Not Shipping Bombs to Morons (or Anyone Else)

So much crazy stuff happens on Election Day that it can sometimes take weeks to properly pick through it all. That's why we're only just getting around to telling you about this doofus who mistook his own Amazon delivery for a bomb. The police, we're sure, were thrilled to help -- just as much as th...

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