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Will Gerry might look the part of a fourth-generation farmer — dirty denim jeans, shirt sleeves rolled up and a gray beard that wraps from brim to brim on his leather hat. But once Gerry whips the smartphone out of his pocket, he starts rattling off tech jargon and analyzing data points across his farm like a 20-something whiz kid from Silicon Valley.

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Holidays can be exhausting, but it's nothing an underwater garden can't solve. This is Nemo's Garden, an underwater greenhouse anchored off Italy's Ligurian coast, recently detailed in The Washington Post. Stationed 20 feet underwater, Nemo's garden is able to take advantage of high humidity, even temperatures and exceptionally high CO2 concentrations to grow herbs and fruits significantly faster than you could on land. Luckily for us, they've also set up a public livestream, in case you'd like to spend a few minutes losing yourself in the paradise of aquatic agriculture.

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reddit-iama-landing-page.jpgReddit users are facing online walls after a number of subreddits were made private. Screenshot by Claire Reilly/CNET

Entire sections of Reddit are going dark as key subreddits are being made private in protest of the alleged firing of Victoria Taylor, one of the social news site's highest profile administrators.

Reddit users are reporting Taylor, the site's director of talent and a key administrator (known by the user handle /u/chooter), was fired without notice, leaving one of the site's most popular subreddits in turmoil. Reddit itself is underpinned by these subreddits -- user-moderated sections of the site labelled for discussion of particular interests and topics, such as /r/art and /r/movies.

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The rise and fall of Google Glass from cool edge tech to bar room punchline may be about to take another turn.

A new set of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documents filed by Google offers a peek at an upcoming device that is equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality, just like the first version of Google Glass.

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Make Creamier Ice Cream with Powdered Skim Milk

Making good homemade ice cream is about finding the perfect balance of ice crystals and creaminess. To give your frosty treat a creamy boost, add in a little powdered skim milk.

If you find the base for you ice cream is too watery, Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna, the authors of Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn’s Favorite Ice Cream Shop, have a tip that the pros use:

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Five Years Ago

Last week, we recalled on ASCAP's attack on Creative Commons. This week in 2010, its own members lashed out at it in response. EFF, Public Knowledge and Creative Commons itself all politely responded to the attack, while we noted that the music publishing industry in general has a bad habit of aggression towards consumer's groups and those who respect individual rights.

The Swedish Pirate Party was seeking to host The Pirate Bay from inside the Swedish parliament, while Dutch ISPs were fighting against demands that they block the site entirely, even as Dutch public television was experimenting with BitTorrent distribution. Meanwhile, the pilot of TV show Pioneer One was released on BitTorrent and quickly raised $20,000 do create more episodes.

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Maybe you read my "How To" this morning on "How To Uninstall The Windows 10 Free Update Icon" but when you restarted your computer or when Windows updates ran again you were presented with an important update for installing the Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583) which again is the Windows 10 free installation icon for their new operating system Windows 10, which is happening on July 29th, 2015.

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Giving face takes on a whole new meaning with the credit card company's plans to authorize mobile payments using facial recognition technology.
Millennials: Why Customer Service Will Never Be The Same

Millennials: Why Customer Service Will Never Be The Same

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Will selfies replace fingerprints and passwords for authentication? One of the nation's largest credit card providers is taking the leap into facial recognition technology for mobile payments.

MasterCard plans to begin experimenting this fall with facial scans as an added security measure for consumers paying for purchases with a smartphone. "The new generation, which is into selfies ... I think they'll find it cool. They'll embrace it," said Ajay Bhalla, MasterCard's president of enterprise security solutions, in an interview with CNN Money.

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This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the full article below at TheWirecutter.com.

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Enlarge / The winning EX6200 is much bigger than most of the other extenders we tested. The performance is worth it, but the EX6200’s size could affect where you place it in your home or apartment.

After spending a total of 110 hours researching 25 different Wi-Fi extenders (and testing 10 of them), plus analyzing reviews and owner feedback, we found that the $100 Netgear EX6200 is the best Wi-Fi extender for most people right now.  It costs as much as a great router and it shouldn't be the first thing you try to fix your Wi-Fi range, but it has the best combination of range, speed, flexibility, and physical connections of any extender we tested.

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Massive Bee Attack Kills Texas Man

A Texas man died last week when he was attacked by a massive swarm of bees when he hit a pipe containing their hive. According to ABC News, the man fled nearly a hundred meters before being overwhelmed.

54 year old Raul Zuniga had been operating a tractor in his field when he struck an irrigation pipe. The pipe, contained “15 to 20 feet of honeycomb”, and its inhabitants swarmed and attacked him. It took exterminators hours to contain the hive and neighboring ones after the incident.

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Terminator: Genisys is a special effects-based action movie, no doubt. Terminators are slammed through walls, helicopters hurdle through the air, and the new Terminator can break into sand-like granules before reforming. One of the movie’s strengths is that it puts on of the best special effects of the film right in the first act: the re-creation of 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger that gets in a fight with an old-man version of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Though both Terminators are technically the same model robot under the human skin covering, the older Terminator has been protecting Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) since the 1970s and his skin covering has aged.

To pull off the recreation of the Griffith Observatory scene from the original Terminator, the special effects team for Terminator: Genisys decided to create what visual effects supervisor Sheldon Stopsack calls a “synthespian,” a visual effect that recreates an actor when they were younger.

De-aging and fully digitizing humans is the final frontier of big blockbuster CGI. Tron: Legacy was the last film to attempt it, pitting an older Jeff Bridges against his old digital avatar Clu, a de-aged version of Bridges. Tron: Legacy required the actor to perform both roles, sometimes opposite an actor playing Clu just for body reference.

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'Minecraft' for Windows 10

Microsoft and Mojang don't just have a story-based Minecraft game to show at Minecon 2015 -- they're also revealing a beta version of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. This release will ditch the less than ideal Java code of desktop versions in favor of native Windows code, and shares some roots with the Pocket Edition you typically find on phones. You'll even get to build worlds with those mobile players through an update that should hit "soon" after the beta arrives. And to no one's surprise, the construction title will do a lot to take advantage of Windows 10's many Xbox tie-ins, such as 8-way multiplayer (both locally and on Xbox Live) and game video recording. The beta will be ready on July 29th, and it'll be free if you already have the existing PC version. If you're new to all this, it'll cost $10 to get in during the test phase.

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Bubble Wrap is great for protecting fragile items in shipped packages, insulating windows during the winter, and popping in your hands – that is, until now. Chronic Bubble Wrap poppers, lament: Sealed Air Corp. is updating its beloved packaging material so it’s more space efficient, and one of the outcomes of the revamped approach is that the bubbly material doesn’t pop.

The revamped Bubble Wrap, called iBubble Wrap, is shipped in flat plastic sheets that shippers can fill with air from a custom-made pump sold by Sealed Air for $5,500, according to The Wall Street Journal. A roll of iBubble Wrap takes up about 1/50 as much space as a roll of traditional Bubble Wrap, which is shipped pre-inflated.

Related: Amazon now offers free shipping for “small and light” items, no minimum order

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What’s an Independence Day barbecue without a great soundtrack? In advance of the long weekend, we took to our Twitter account to ask for your favorite independence-themed songs. We got some pretty great picks, from celebrations of womanhood by Beyoncé and Salt-N-Pepa to a Hendrix classic extolling the virtues of personal liberty. Enjoy the playlist below, and please add your own suggestions in the comments. Happy 4th!

[01] Devo: “Freedom of Choice”
[02] Salt-N-Pepa: “Independent”
[03] Woody Guthrie: “This Land Is Your Land”
[04] Martina McBride: “Independence Day”
[05] George Michael: “Freedom! ’90”
[06] Simon & Garfunkel: “I Am A Rock”
[07] Destiny’s Child: “Independent Women, Pt. I”
[08] Gloria Gaynor: “I Will Survive”
[09] The Jimi Hendrix Experience: “Stone Free”
[10] Elliott Smith: “Independence Day”

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Hello, and to all our American readers, happy Fourth of July!

To all our British readers — sorry and there’s probably no sense in reading past this line.

We’re trying to take the day off and spend time with our families and/or favorite alcoholic beverages and meat products. So nobody do anything interesting, okay? We’ll be back tomorrow on our usual weekend schedule.

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The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered plane that has been flying around the world since March. Back in May, it was set to make its most ambitious journey yet, a 5,061-mile trip from Japan to Hawaii. Unfortunately, though, Pilot Andre Borschberg's initial attempt was unexpectedly cut short (as has happened before), this time due to inclement weather. Now, several weeks later, he's finally accomplished his mission. Borschberg landed in Kapolei, Hawaii on Friday, following a five-day, 118-hour flight from Nagoya -- the longest-ever solo nonstop flight. The previous record was 76 hours.

HE MADE IT! @andreborschberg just touched down in #Hawaii after a record-breaking flight! #futureisclean @b... https://t.co/WQWsRKiCEi

As @solarimpulse is safe on its hangar, partners, photographer, press & web teams thank you for your kind comments! pic.twitter.com/To8aPQefyN

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Miami2SMSDFL participants attend the Atlantico Rum After-Party atop the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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For the sixth annual time, Social Media Day was celebrated by thousands of people around the world on June 30.

Mashable started Social Media Day in 2010 as a way to reflect and honor the growth of social media and the digital revolution. Now in 2015, this holiday encompasses hundreds of in-person events around the world, along with thousands of tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook posts commemorating #SMDay.

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unnamed.jpgSolar Impulse co-founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are reunited in Hawaii on Friday. Solar Impulse | Revillard | Rezo.ch

Hawaii always looks good, but perhaps never as good as it looked to pilot André Borschberg, who broke records Friday after landing a completely sun-powered plane after an arduous five-day flight.

"Just landed in #Hawaii with @solarimpulse! For @bertrandpiccard and I, it's a dream coming true," Borschberg tweeted upon landing, referring to Bertrand Piccard, with whom he is piloting the Solar Impulse 2 around the world.

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