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The Technology That Will Build Our Future May Be Found In Mushrooms

The key to the human race’s future may be right beneath our feet. It sounds bizarre, but fungi better known as mushrooms can help solve many of society’s greatest challenges, from cleaning up the environment and living more sustainability to colonizing other planets.

Threaded into nearly every square inch of the ground are tiny, biological wires called mycelia. They’re the raw, exposed nervous system of the mushrooms that hold the planet together. When your feet press against the ground, or when it rains, or when a tree falls over, the fungal network responds, streaming chemical data in all directions and altering its growth and behavior accordingly. Crusading mycologist Paul Stamets calls mycelia the “neurological network of nature,” and a “biomolecular superhighway.” He likens this fungal network to the human nervous system and the structure of the Universe itself.

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Obama: If You Cyberattack the US, We'll Sanction Youxa0;

President Obama has a message for foreign hackers: You’re grounded. The president declared a national emergency and signed an executive order today allowing targeted sanctions on anyone who is deemed a cyberthreat to the United States.

Obama wrote about the sanction plan on Medium:

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Reviews of an Etsy Seller Who Poses Dead Mice As Pop Culture Icons

Beneath Etsy’s glitter-soaked, hand-stitched paisley exterior lies some of the weirdest, darkest wares the internet can offer. And in one of thee seedy offshoots, you will find some of the world’s biggest pop culture icons in the form of amateur, taxidermied mice. And people fucking love ‘em.

All the mice you’ll see below were born of the hands of The Curious 13 on Etsy, a seller specializing in “delightfully deceased taxidermy.” And the only thing more incredible than the store’s sheer existence is it’s unyieldingly loyal customer base. The reviews are positively glowing—but of course, you can see why.

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PlayStation Flow

No, not the amoeba-riddled PlayStation 3 game flOw, but instead a new, immersive way to experience gaming. The PlayStation Wearable Entertainment Technology Group, or PWET, looked out into the vast, growing sea that is the wearable tech market, and decided to toss their own buoy into the ocean. As any self-respecting gamer should know, an underwater environment is oftentimes the archenemy of frustration-free gameplay. To fix that, Sony’s PWET division is taking gaming from the living room to the swimming pool.

The PlayStation Flow gear amounts to a wearable tech version of swimming goggles and water wings. The goggles not only have a soothing, glowing PlayStation symbol on the side to signify that the unit is powered on, but also has waterproof in-ear headphones so you can drown out the sounds of the external world. The Flow goggles act as an underwater version of Project Morpheus — the name of which, when spoken aloud, fills the video’s presenter with noticeable joy — and the bicep and thigh water wings act as motion controls that translate your real-life movements to in-game input.

When you arrive at a dreaded underwater area in a game, Sony instructs that you pause, pack up your Flow goggles and water wings, head to the nearest pool, and dive in. You’ll then be able to unpause the action, and your flawless breaststroke will become your character’s own. After you’re finished with the submerged digital environment, you’ll want to head right back to the couch and continue playing. Sony knows you don’t want to go through the whole process of showering and drying off, so they’ve also benevolently created the PlayStation Flow Body Dryer — resembling a bathroom scale — which speed-dries your body once you step onto the platform.

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As promised, HTC pulled the veil back on its latest flagship smartphone – the One M9 – at this years Mobile World Congress show. The new phone continues HTC’s tradition of building gorgeous looking phones, and although the design isn’t necessarily a game changer, it still remains one of the best looking smartphones on the market. Now, we finally know when the attractive new flagship phone will arrive in the United States.

Updated on 04-01-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news of HTC One M9 availability at Verizon and Sprint.

In the U.S., the unlocked variant of the M9, which is priced at $650, will be available from HTC’s website starting at 12:01 a.m. on March 27, with the launch of subsidized models to follow on April 10.

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It’s nothing new for automobile companies to suggest their cars are capable of feats above and beyond those of their competitors, but a new ad campaign for the 2015 Audi TTS hints at the new model of its popular sports car being positively, well … super-heroic.

Titled “Audi and The Avengers: Striking,” the ad pairs footage of the TTS in action with scenes from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, and rather than recycle clips from the existing trailers, the ad actually offers up quite a bit of new footage. Along with a clip from the battle between Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) — with the latter wearing his “Hulkbuster” armor — the ad also includes some new scenes featuring Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

Related: The Avengers get Friends-ified opening theme, and it’s hilarious

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Inner Selfie Stick

Want to get a good look at what’s going on inside of yourself? Firebox has the product for you: the Inner Selfie Stick. Sure, it’s an April Fools’ Day offering, but this fictional product takes self obsession to another level by letting you hook a bendable camera to your phone that allows you to go in through various orifices to capture epic internal photos.

The “insertion tube” reportedly measures 13.97 centimeters, but can extend 110 centimeters to really get in there and root around. The package even comes with a small bottle of lubricant for easier internal application. The rig is 100% waterproof and allows for FaceTime connectivity.

A relatively new addition to the world, selfie sticks allow users to hold their phones, tablets, and other devices out at a distance to reduce the number of off-center and oddly cropped photos taken by oneself. Since becoming popular last year, a variety of places like museums, theme parks, and even music festivals have started putting the kibosh on these intrusive and distracting poles.

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Inner Selfie Stick

Want to get a good look at what’s going on inside of yourself? Firebox has the product for you: the Inner Selfie Stick. Sure, it’s an April Fools’ Day offering, but this fictional product takes self obsession to another level by letting you hook a bendable camera to your phone that allows you to go in through various orifices to capture epic internal photos.

The “insertion tube” reportedly measures 13.97 centimeters, but can extend 110 centimeters to really get in there and root around. The package even comes with a small bottle of lubricant for easier internal application. The rig is 100% waterproof and allows for FaceTime connectivity.

A relatively new addition to the world, selfie sticks allow users to hold their phones, tablets, and other devices out at a distance to reduce the number of off-center and oddly cropped photos taken by oneself. Since becoming popular last year, a variety of places like museums, theme parks, and even music festivals have started putting the kibosh on these intrusive and distracting poles.

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With the growing number of large-scale hacks and revelations of government surveillance still fresh on people’s minds, a company called Neone is introducing a way for families and friends to more privately share content, including files, photos, videos and more, with one another without having to rely on the cloud. Instead, with a piece of hardware it’s calling the Neobase, you’re able to store your own information and content at home on an encrypted device, and then share that content directly over a secure connection with others – without having to first pass through other devices, servers, or websites.

Over the years, several startups have attempted to combat dominant social networking services like those from Facebook, also by noting the need for increased user privacy in their marketing pitches. But it hasn’t been until recently we’ve seen even a slight shift in social networking beginning to take place – with growing numbers of consumers now active on private, and often mobile, messaging and communications apps, for example.

This is where Neobase could potentially fit in. While today it offers something of a home server for your content, users interact with its social networking services via either desktop apps for Mac or PC, or mobile applications on their tablets or smartphones. Initially its app will be released for iOS devices, with Android support in the works.

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Ever felt like there are too many keys on your full size keyboard when all you need to do for the next hour is press Ctrl+Z? Of course you have. Trickey is a nifty little hardware project that’s aiming to fix that by letting you replace a full size USB keyboard with a dinky unit that consists of whatever keys you happen to need for that game or graphics package — in whatever configuration you fancy. Saving on desk space and wrist movements in the process.

Just plug in Trickey’s replaceable keys wherever you want them in the sockets provided on the board and use the companion key writing software to customize the keys to your requirements. So you could have a physical keyboard that only consists of cursor keys, or spec out the specific numbers and letters needed for a particular game or piece of editing software. You can also save on key presses by creating single keys to represent combination key presses, like Ctrl Z.

If you need more than six keys, multiple Trickey boards can be plugged together to create a larger unit consisting of multiple grids. (The team says it has tested up to 20 keys in configuration and found no latency issues.) The keys themselves can also be customized with your own key mat designs, thanks to removable transparent key caps.

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It’s the first day of April, and that means only one thing: Don’t believe anything you read on the Internet (even less so than usual)! The tech world loves a good April Fools Day joke, and each year we get to enjoy more, and funnier, gags. To make sure you don’t miss out on the best ones (or get caught out by the most subtle), we’ve put together a roundup of the ones which have made us giggle, guffaw, or groan on April 1.

Related: Go back to 2014 and see what was making us laugh on April 1

Follow the links to see if you were fooled

All Google’s awesome April Fools Day jokes Samsung has the edge, Planet Fitness make the gym more comfortable, and Microsoft brings back MS-DOS T-Mobile frees pets, BMW protects mouths, and Sony gets us wet Honda, Miz Mooz, Think Geek, and Motorola solve selfie problems Drones for deliveries, vacuum cleaning, and shooting adult movies April Fool apps include Grouber cat deliveries, Agri Birds, and Hailo Piggback Rides

Make sure you check back often, as we’ll be updating throughout the day.

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Dell XPS 12

Looking for a nice thin laptop that’s powerful, portable, and can get through a work day on a single charge? Check out this XPS 12 Ultrabook from Dell. It’s a fantastic little workhorse, and it’s a particularly good fit for commuters and frequent travelers. Moreover, we found a deal today that will save you loads off the sticker price.

At first glance, this looks like any other thin laptop, but it actually serves quite effectively as a tablet as well. The 1080p touchscreen display can actually swivel 180 degrees, and transform the XPS 12 into a big-screen tablet. Whether you’re kicking back on the couch browsing Wikipedia or banging out some emails on the bus, this Ultrabook quickly morphs to fit your needs.

Dell XPS 12 Touch Of course, this Ultrabook offers a lot more than just a clever hinge. Inside, it features a fourth generation dual-core 2GHz Intel Core i7-4510U processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400, 8GB of DDR3L-RS RAM (1600MHz), a 256GB solid-state drive, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support. The chassis itself is made out of high-end materials like machined aluminum, carbon fiber composite, and Corning Gorilla Glass. It’s strong and well-built, but it’s also surprisingly lightweight. The laptop itself weighs in at under three and a half pounds, and it’s actually thinner than eight-tenths of an inch.

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Dell XPS 12

Looking for a nice thin laptop that’s powerful, portable, and can get through a work day on a single charge? Check out this XPS 12 Ultrabook from Dell. It’s a fantastic little workhorse, and it’s a particularly good fit for commuters and frequent travelers. Moreover, we found a deal today that will save you loads off the sticker price.

At first glance, this looks like any other thin laptop, but it actually serves quite effectively as a tablet as well. The 1080p touchscreen display can actually swivel 180 degrees, and transform the XPS 12 into a big-screen tablet. Whether you’re kicking back on the couch browsing Wikipedia or banging out some emails on the bus, this Ultrabook quickly morphs to fit your needs.

Dell XPS 12 Touch Of course, this Ultrabook offers a lot more than just a clever hinge. Inside, it features a fourth generation dual-core 2GHz Intel Core i7-4510U processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400, 8GB of DDR3L-RS RAM (1600MHz), a 256GB solid-state drive, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support. The chassis itself is made out of high-end materials like machined aluminum, carbon fiber composite, and Corning Gorilla Glass. It’s strong and well-built, but it’s also surprisingly lightweight. The laptop itself weighs in at under three and a half pounds, and it’s actually thinner than eight-tenths of an inch.

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Early samplers involved triggering tape samples by pressing keys. The Mellotron began as a form of synthesiser but could be used to play any kind of sample. Unfortunately, systems like this were expensive, prone to breakage, and suffered from limited storage on tape. Digital sampling removed the need to physically chop up tape.

The first digital sampler was the EMS Musys system, developed around 1969 in Putney. It consisted of two 12KB PDP-8 mini-computers with a 32KB hard drive, built by Peter Grogono, David Cockerell and Peter Zinovieff.

It was in the 1980s, with the integration of samplers into digital synthesisers and the rise of hip-hop, that the sample took off. The first sampling synthesiser, the Computer Music Melodian, hit shelves in 1976, and the first polyphonic model, Fairlight CMI, came from Australia three years later.

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remyx-led-green.jpg Future Illuminations

Like most people, I like shiny, flashy things. And things that glow. If they can flash and glow at the same time, so much the better.

Today only, and while supplies last, Ellumiglow has the Future Illuminations Remyx LED sound-synchronized earphones for $25 shipped. That's after applying coupon code nojoke at checkout. The regular price is $50, and the best price I've seen elsewhere is $40.

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The the end of March, the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing arguments about a real-life web shooter and the results could determine how much money research universities can invest in new life-saving drugs.

The case is Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises : In the 1990s, Steve Kimble devised a way to let little kids feel like Spider-Man by strapping what was essentially a can of silly string to their wrist. Kimble met with Marvel to pitch his Spider-Man toy and received a patent on it. Marvel made the toy without paying Kimble, Kimble rightfully sued and the parties settled on paying Kimble three percent of product sales. In exchange, Marvel could use the patent and let little kids web up places they shouldn’t to their heart’s desire.

All I see is

All I see is “Child’s flame-thrower nightmare glove,” but I’m no Steve Kimble

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GoDaddy plans to offer 23 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange. Screenshot by CNET

GoDaddy, the website registration and hosting service, expects to raise hundreds of millions of dollars on Wednesday in a long-planned initial public offering.

The company on Wednesday priced its shares at $20, above its previously predicted range of $17 to $19. At that rate, GoDaddy will raise $460 million on the 23 million shares it plans to offer on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "GDDY." GoDaddy has set aside an additional 3 million shares that it will offer if demand is high. Those shares, saved for what's called "overallotment," would push the amount of cash GoDaddy raises to $520 million.

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As of right now, the Indiegogo campaign for Super Troopers 2 has raised more than $3.1 million. It reached its $2 million goal within a day of its launch on Thursday. Only the Internet gods know how much it will bring in by the time the campaign ends on April 25, but it may well end up being among the 20 most successful crowdfunding projects ever. (Even if it doesn’t quite reach up to the ever-gestating Star Citizen.) Not bad for the sequel to a goofy cop flick released more than a decade ago.

The wild success of Super Troopers 2‘s campaign is largely the result of lingering goodwill for the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, which will be revisiting its 2001 cult favorite. But some credit also must go to Ivan Askwith. You’ve likely never heard of him, but in the past few years Askwith has established himself as a crowdfunding guru, working behind-the-scenes on the Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie, which raised $5.7 million from 90,000 backers, the $5.4 million campaign to revive the classic kids’ TV series Reading Rainbow, and now the campaign for Super Troopers 2. (Before that, he ran the Digital Media division at Lucasfilm, overseeing efforts to promote Star Wars properties.)

It’s an impressive resume, but not one Askwith necessarily brags about. Reached by phone, he was quick to shift the focus to Broken Lizard, like a campaign manager continually steering the conversation back to his candidate. “These guys already did the hardest thing you can do—they made something that people still care about 15 years later,” he says. “A lot of die-hard Super Troopers fans saw the Indiegogo pitch and said, ‘I figure I owe those guys at least a dollar.'” (A one-dollar pledge, by the way, earns backers the “Bare-Ass Bundle,” a photocopy of a Broken Lizard member’s “sweet mother loving” butt.)

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8/10

Wired

Gorgeous, sleek design. The screen is so high-res it's ridiculous. The best camera this side of the iPhone 6, and you can launch it in an instant. Fast, powerful hardware everywhere you look.

Tired

Still too much TouchWiz. The phone can feel a little slick in your hands. A lot of bloatware---but at least you can remove it.

How We Rate

1/10A complete failure in every way

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UberBlox is proof, if proof were needed, that the tech world is increasingly modular in its thinking. Want to this, that or the other on your phone? There’s a grab-bag of apps for that. Need to build an app? There are code libraries and APIs to plug into.  Building some hardware? Additive printing can extrude the pieces for you to put together. Slot in a Raspberry Pi and your gizmo gets a brain. Bish, bash, bosh!

Picking up this modular baton and running with it is UberBlox: a modular construction system consisting of discrete, standardized parts for making reusable metal skeletons to house your hardware project. Think of it as akin to Lego but more durable, given these blocks are precision manufactured metal bars with metal connectors called nodes that allow the pieces to be screwed together.

Dynamic modules are also included in the kit, so your metal constructions can include moving parts and components. There are also some modules with full functions, such as a laser module capable of engraving and cutting. And a sub-system for integrating electromechanical components, such as motors and actuators, into builds. Microprocessor components can also be integrated via a dedicated “Brain-Box” component — that contains either an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi.

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