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You'll hardly have reason to leave your car in the Mad Max's game iteration, and that's exactly how it should be.

The upcoming Avalanche Games title, set in the gritty Mad Max landscape, appropriately focuses heavily on your car. While Max himself levels up, his in-game car — brazenly called the "Magnum Opus" — can be customized to your heart's content as you move through the vast wasteland.

Mashable spent about a half hour playing an early build of Mad Max during a press event in Los Angeles last week. We were allowed to freely explore one section of the game's map, taking on different objectives in the open-world game.

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At I/O last year, Google showed off the next frontiers of Android, announcing versions of the software for cars, wearables, TV and cheap phones in emerging markets. Don’t anticipate anything that seismic this year, however.

Instead, at its annual developer conference, which begins on Thursday, Google is expected to introduce updates that fine-tune these connected platforms while attempting to make the case that they’ve had a solid inaugural year.

It’s a tough case. Sales of Android Wear devices are sluggish while the Apple Watch has captured the lion’s share of buzz. Android Auto is moving slowly too — last year, Google predicted 2015 model cars would be on the road with Android Auto support but very few have yet to hit the road.

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The Canary box. The red light means that it's currently offline, because it doesn't have its Ethernet cable attached.

South African Security firm Thinkst is hoping to give new life to an old idea—the honeypot—in a bid to help organizations detect security breaches and intruders in their private networks. Thinkst's Canary is a simple network appliance and corresponding online monitoring service that makes it easy to set up juicy-looking targets on the corporate LAN that will sound the alarm if any attempt is made to access them.

One of the consistent features of large hacks, such as the late 2013 Target breach, is that attackers have been able to move around their victims' networks to find systems with interesting or valuable data without being detected. From one point of entry—a compromised Web server, say—the hackers perform what's called "lateral movement;" accessing other systems and computers on the same network, discovering new sets of user credentials to gain further access to their victims, and finding valuable information to steal.

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Lenovo is excited about the company’s annual Tech World event in Beijing, and has spilled the beans early on a few of the new offerings that will be available soon. Among the offerings are two new media workstations, the Z41 and Z51, and a new budget laptop, the IdeaPad 100.

With a base price of $499, there’s some really solid value to be had from the Lenovo Z41 and Z51. Both systems are available with 5th generation Intel Core i7 processors and Windows 8.1, with the capacity for up to 16GB of RAM. You have a wide array of storage options, with up to one terabyte in either mechanical or solid state drives.

The main difference between the Z41 and Z51 is the display size, with the Z41 sporting a 14-inch display, and the Z51 offering an extra inch. Both displays have a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. The Z51 also can power the display with an upgrade to an AMD R9-M375, while the Z41 tops out at the R7-M360.

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Over the nearly two decades that BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti has spent inventing things, he’s figured out that one of the most important ingredients of new ideas is something closer to play—experiments taken on not to profit immediately, or to develop a product, but because they’re flat-out fascinating. It’s what he figured out at MIT Media Lab, where he first became Internet Famous after his correspondence with a Nike customer service representative over getting the word “sweatshop” stitched into his sneakers went viral. And it’s what he promoted at the Brooklyn art and technology nonprofit where he built Eyebeam OpenLab, an open-source research and development space for artists.

Heck, it’s how BuzzFeed got started: Peretti didn’t start out to build an $850 million media company; While he was working at The Huffington Post, which he also helped start, Peretti started BuzzFeed as a side project to experiment with viral content. Now, as BuzzFeed hits 200 million views a month, Peretti is launching a new research and development lab to foster that type of serendipity internally. Says Peretti, “I think sometimes just having people who are doing undirected work as part of an organization, even if it’s a small percentage of our team, is something that will lead to good things.”

'Ideally, we’ll have some people who are a little bit feral and are obsessed with something they’ve been hacking on.' Jonah Peretti

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The inaugural Lenovo Tech World event is set to kick off on May 28 in Beijing. Lenovo aims to use the event to show off its vision for how computing technology will develop over the next five years, but the company also has some more immediate announcements to share.

Lenovo has revealed a few limited details for three new low-cost consumer notebooks: the entry-level Ideapad 100, the 14-inch Z41 and the larger size Z51 with optional 3D camera. The new notebooks are aimed at giving a boost to Lenovo's lead in the global PC market, which shrank slightly in the fourth quarter to 19.5 percent from 20 percent in the previous quarter.

ideapad-100-15.jpgThe 15-inch Ideapad 100. Lenovo

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This Outlet Extender Just Made Airport Lounges Slightly More Bearable

Airports around the world are slowly being upgraded to accommodate all the electronics we now travel with, but the process is slow. Finding an available outlet while waiting for a flight is often still a challenge, but with Bluelounge’s new Portiko in your carry-on, you’ll at least never end up sitting on the floor to ensure your power cords reach.

This Outlet Extender Just Made Airport Lounges Slightly More Bearable

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Inside The DigitalFocus Spring Technology Showcase

Cox and TiVo have been making noise about joining forces and making the cable provider's extensive Video-On-Demand catalog available on retail TiVo set-tops for nearly five years now. Following a recent post by ZatzNotFunny, however, Cox confirmed earlier today that the integration will finally be taking place in "early July." But don't get excited just yet -- the initial rollout will only be available to specific IP-connected customers in Orange County, California.

Specifically, Cox spokesman Todd Smith states that the service will initially be offered to digital TiVo customers who subscribe to Cox's video digital or "Essential" high-speed internet tiers and higher. The service is expected to continue rolling out nationwide shortly thereafter. TiVo, which recently announced ongoing VOD agreements with both Virgin Media and Vodaphone, is also reportedly working to add Cox VOD support to its Premiere and Roamio set-top models. Those boxes will offer Cox's VOD in the same manner as other streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

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Speaking at Re/code's Code Conference on Tuesday, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said the ephemeral messaging firm is tossing around the idea of ditching its familiar hold-to-view user interface, a change that could help pave the way for an Apple Watch app version.

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When asked about a Snapchat app for Watch, Spiegel said he considered developing a lightweight version for launch alongside the device, but ultimately held off on development, Re/code reports.

"It has to be a totally unique experience," Spiegel said.

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After answering questions about media, messaging and what he thought about diversity in tech at the Code conference in Southern California today (spoiler alert: he didn’t reveal much), Snapchat* CEO Evan Spiegel was asked whether, in all its efforts, Snapchat had plans for an upcoming Apple Watch app.

He said no. “We ended up waiting to do Snapchat on the watch. Why would you look at a small picture [on your wrist] when you can look at a large one on your phone?” he asked. Spiegel revealed that instead of expanding to other platforms, Snapchat will instead focus on its three-pronged business strategy for now.  He categorized those prongs as: 1) Camera and photo editing tools 2) Communications (messaging) and 3) Content.

“What’s the next platform,” Walt Mossberg asked him, if not the Apple Watch, “Or is it just the phone?”

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When a startup’s $10 million in funding is followed two months later by a further $41 million, it’s safe to say they’re tapping into a trend. In the case of Rubrik, that trend is enterprise data management.

Promising an all-in-one approach to enterprise backup and recovery, Rubrik announced its Converged Data Management platform in late March along with its initial funding. Introduced at the time via an early-access program, Rubrik’s technology aims to “eliminate backup software” by fusing enterprise data management with Web-scale IT.

On Tuesday, Rubrik announced the $41 million Series B portion of its funding along with the general availability of its r300 Series hybrid cloud appliance. The Rubrik r300, a 2U unit containing up to four x86 nodes, comes pre-configured with the Rubrik Converged Data Management software.

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Snapchat considering changing or eliminating push-to-view feature.

Snapchat is one of tech’s most-talked-about startups — it’s serving up content, it’s popular with the teens, and it’s finally making some money (which is good since Snapchat also appears to be taking investor money hand over fist).

At Snapchat’s helm is 24-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel, who’s opening Re/code‘s annual Code Conference at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

What’s new with Snapchat? What’s the deal with Discover? And why has the company had difficulty holding onto some of its top executives? Re/code Co-Executive Editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg are about to sit down with Spiegel to find out.

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The Battle Room Workspace

Today’s featured workspace comes to us from the battlestations subreddit, but this is no ordinary battlestation. It’s more like a battle room or a shrine to all things gaming and geeky.

Redditor rykker’s battlestation takes up one corner of the basement. Look at the other side of it (with gaming table and arcade):

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"Any asteroid resources obtained in outer space are the property of the entity that obtained such resources, which shall be entitled to all property rights thereto, consistent with applicable provisions of Federal law."

Que patents on minig asteroids in 3, 2, 1...

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After the Flood, around 4,300 years ago, the remnant of the land animals, including dinosaurs, came off the Ark and lived in the present world, along with people. Because of sin, the judgments of the Curse and the Flood have greatly changed earth. Post-Flood climatic change, lack of food, disease, and manâ(TM)s activities caused many types of animals to become extinct. The dinosaurs, like many other creatures, died out. Why the big mystery about dinosaurs?

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David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson seem as psyched that X-Files is returning as the series' superfans. Actually, maybe they are the show's biggest superfans.

First the pair staged a very public kiss, now David Duchovny has admitted that reading the new script made him very emotional.

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The US Air Force has certified SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to launch military and spy satellites, according to Reuters. Currently, the control of those launches is dominated by the United Launch Alliance, a Boeing and Lockheed Martin consortium.

Elon Musk and SpaceX spent two years and more than $60 million to acquire the certification. The company will now compete for about one-third of these launches, as it will apparently won't be able to launch the largest satellites until its bigger rocket — the Falcon Heavy — is built, tested, and certified on its own.

The heated battle between SpaceX and the ULA gets hotter

The battle between SpaceX and the ULA was heated long before today's certification. Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president, criticized the cost of the ULA's launches in front of Congress in March. "I don’t know how to build a $400 million rocket," she said. "Rather than [ask] how am I less expensive than ULA, I don’t understand how ULA is as expensive as they are." In January, SpaceX settled a lawsuit against the Air Force that argued the ULA held a monopoly on the market.

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There’s a whole subgenere of documentary that you could call “unmade films.” Most of them are great stories of incredibly interesting films that were potential trainwrecks that the worldwide audience managed to avoid. However, what if these forgotten projects were going to be the benchmarks of genius?  That’s the question recent documentaries on film have asked, like last year’s Jodorowsky’s Dune or this year’s The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Take the time to investigate.

Director George Miller made a name for himself (and a name for Mel Gibson) with his Mad Max trilogy of films before having children and starting to direct more family friendly films with Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet, and Happy Feet Two. Now, his children are all grown up, and the 70-year-old director is tearing up the summer blockbuster scene with Mad Max: Fury Road. The fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise is pacing pretty well at the box office (it’s not beating Pitch Perfect 2, but what will?) and is being heralded as a return to form and a masterpiece for Miller.

Fury Road wasn’t always going to be Miller’s return to adult-themed cinema, though. Before jetting off to the deserts of northern Africa to shoot his post-apocalypse, Miller was going to be the first filmmaker to take a shot at bringing the Justice League to screen for Warner Bros.

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