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I have a whole bunch of LP's from the 60's, 70's, and 80's just sitting around waiting to be converted to MP3 before I decide to sell them (maybe). Since I was looking for adequate turntable I came upon this TEAC TN-300 Analog Turntable since it comes with an Audio-Technica AT95E MM phono cartridge which costs about 50 dollars by itself. I figured for the price ($399) just having that cartridge makes it worth having. It's not cheap but the construction makes up for that and the sound from these old LP's makes the memories fonder.

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We were minding our business, doing some spring cleaning, when we happened upon a strange VHS tape. We don't remember making this episode of the show back in 1994, but hey, it's a hilarious look back, isn't it?

We can't believe how skeptical we were of Sony's ability to get into the console market with the original PlayStation, or how silly we thought cell phones were after talking about the IBM Simon Personal Computer. Oh, and that laughable article about how many people were actually using the internet seems so quaint now.

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Silly Sausage is a side-scrolling platformer with a touch of Snake, only cute and charming and a little more involved.

Your mission, as stretchy hotdog Silly Sausage in -- yes, a land of meat -- is to… well, just go through it. To travel, you stretch your silly sausage body from one point to another collecting gems along the way.

Bumping into walls or your own body doesn't end the game, but the difficulty arrives in the form of obstacles, such as spikes, lasers and blades, that you have to avoid. This sometimes involves stretching into a very silly shape, or timing your movements so that, when you snap to the next wall, you miss a blade by a whisker.

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Apple’s new MacBook is insanely thin, featherweight and doesn’t require a cooling fan, all of which are commendable traits. Yet they don’t come without compromise. To achieve its design goals, Cupertino’s engineers have used Intel Core M processors, which we know are slower than their standard Core equivalents. The only question was how much slower the new MacBook would be.

Now we know. A pair of early results have appeared in the GeekBench database. The single-core figures come in at 1,924 and 2,044, while the multi-core results come in at 4,038 and 4,475. According to the data, these figures were generated by a system with the entry-level 1.1GHz Core M-5Y31 processor.

Related: Get a sneak peak at the new MacBook in early un-boxing video

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This list is continually updated to reflect recent Netflix availability as TV shows are frequently added and removed. Last update: April 1, 2015.

Netflix has a treasure trove of awesome movies that you can stream right now, but if you’re looking for more than just a two-hour commitment, it’s also got a boatload of great TV shows you can delve into to keep yourself occupied for days, or even weeks on end. If you just finished a good series and you need a new one to fill the void, Netflix is the place to go. Nothing beats a weekend-long marathon with no commercials, so without further ado, we give you our tightly-curated list of the best Netflix Instant TV shows.

Related: Best movies streaming on Hulu, and YouTube.

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Get your Amiibo ready for... three-minute demos of classic games?

Nintendo may have taken the wind out of its latest Nintendo Direct presentation's sails when it announced a lack of new Legend of Zelda news last week, but the company made up for it by doubling down on the wild success of its Amiibo toy line.

The announcement of Amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits finally followed through on Nintendo's promise to unlock classic games with the toy line. The Wii U app will launch "this Spring" as a free download, and it will unlock three-minute demos of random games—meaning, your Mario Amiibo might unlock a Super Mario World demo or a Super Mario Bros. 1 demo. Whatever demo your Amiibo unlocks, it will also enable "scene switching" when tapped again in the middle of a demo—at which point the three-minute count will restart.

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Fresh benchmark statistics posted to the Web on Wednesday suggest Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook laptop will perform at levels commensurate of older MacBook Air models from 2011.


According to Primate Labs' Geekbench test suite, Apple's base model 2015 12-inch MacBook, designated MacBook 8,1, achieved a single core score of 1,924 points, while multi core operations came in at 4,038 points.

Apparently submitted online by Mashable journalist Christina Warren, the performance notches just below a recently tested 2011 11-inch MacBook Air sporting an Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 1.80 GHz.

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Harrison Ford is at home and recovering well after being injured in a plane crash in early March, according to good friend and star Hollywood producer, Frank Marshall.

Speaking with Variety, Marshall said Ford had left the UCLA hospital and was in good spirits.

“Harrison is at home and he’s up and about,” Marshall said. “I talked to him yesterday and he’s doing really well. He’s pretty banged up, but he’s recovering remarkably. He wants to play tennis.”

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SAN FRANCISCO—Dressed in matching yellow scrubs from the nearby Alameda County Jail, Jon Mills looked resigned to his fate. After taking a plea deal on two felony counts of wire fraud, the young former startup CEO appeared in federal court Tuesday afternoon for sentencing.

Mills had moved to California five years ago with a dream to hit it big in Silicon Valley. The company he founded, Motionloft, uses small sensors to perform analytics on in-store foot traffic. Everything worked. The company continues to succeed, and celebrity venture capitalist Mark Cuban remains its sole investor.

But that success wasn't enough. In early 2013, Mills told at least five people that if they gave him relatively small amounts of money, they would own stakes in the company. He claimed that a Cisco acquisition worth hundreds of millions of dollars was supposedly imminent, so Mills and all Motionloft shareholders others would stand to make a tidy profit. In reality, Mills knew the deal didn't exist.

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A New York Police Department detective has been transferred from his position on the Joint Terrorism Task Force after a video of his xenophobic tirade against an Uber driver surfaced online.

Det. Patrick Cherry is in hot water following his rant Monday that was filmed by a backseat passenger and uploaded to social media. As of Tuesday, the 3.5-minute-long video was viewed nearly 800,000 times on YouTube alone.

The officer at one point pounds the vehicle with his hand and blurts to the driver, who is of unknown nationality, "I don't know what fucking planet you're on," according to the video.

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One out of 10 Americans owns a smartphone but has no other Internet service at home, with the poor far more likely to find themselves in this situation than those who are well off, according to a Pew Research Center report released today.

"10 percent of Americans own a smartphone but do not have broadband at home, and 15 percent own a smartphone but say that they have a limited number of options for going online other than their cell phone," Pew Senior Researcher Aaron Smith wrote. "Those with relatively low income and educational attainment levels, younger adults, and non-whites are especially likely to be 'smartphone-dependent.'”

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Mondaine is a Swiss watch company with a solid pedigree. Their clever watch design is based on the Swiss railways clocks created by a designer named Hans Hilfiker in 1944. It is eminently readable and was a whimsical collector’s favorite for years. Now, however, they’ve decided to add a little bit of technology to their most designer-centric watch, the Helvetica.

The Helvetica line pays homage to the font we all know and love. The watch has a standard Mondaine face and a sub-dial that displays your activity for that day. The activity tracker uses technology from MMT to allow step and sleep tracking.

The watch has a two-year battery life and includes activity tracking and “sleep cycle alarms” that will wake you up when you’re out of deep REM sleep. It also syncs with your phone to set the date and time. It’s definitely no Apple Watch, but the goal here is to marry high design with a little bit of tech.

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A letter posted to the Human Rights Campaign blog on Wednesday, signed by CEOs and executives representing 42 tech companies across the United States, urged legislators around the country to update their states' civil rights laws in the wake of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The letter's co-signers included the CEOs of Twitter, eBay, Lyft, Airbnb, Square, about.me, Tumblr, and Evernote, along with high-ranking executives at Cisco, YCombinator, and Zynga. It also included the signatures of Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, both of whom had already written open letters emphatically opposing the RFRA, but it did not include a signature from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who had already written a similar call to other states' legislatures over the weekend in a Washington Post op-ed.

"We believe it is critically important to speak out about proposed bills and existing laws that would put the rights of minorities at risk," Affirm CEO Max Levchin wrote in the co-signed letter. "The transparent and open economy of the future depends on it, and the values of this great nation are at stake."

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The California governor, speaking at a site that would normally be under snow at this point.


Today, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order that is intended to spur water savings. The order comes as the state enters another year of extreme drought caused by lack of winter rain and snowfall.

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Let's face it, most April Fool's jokes on the Internet are awful, especially in the tech world. The vast majority are for products or services that are either too ridiculous or too impractical to really exist, leading to exasperation or depression, respectively. Many others are simply blatant lies about prominent newsmakers that wouldn't even rank as clever if they were halfway believable (which they overwhelmingly aren't).

This year, though, there's a surprising number of jokes that actually take the form of free games (or at least "interactive experiences") that you can take part in right now. These April Fool's "jokes" are more like playable Easter eggs, showing off some inventive gameplay experiments that range from inspired to interesting. And most of them can be played for free right in a browser or through a download.

Here are some of the best examples we could find of jokes you can play as games, as opposed to jokes you can play on somebody today.

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The universe is filled with galaxies that clump together like cosmic metropolises in the vast emptiness of space. Now astronomers have taken a bunch of baby pictures of these galaxy clusters, capturing them when they’re just a couple billion years old (that’s young, considering the universe is 13.8 billion years old). With more than 200 likely baby clusters, it’s the biggest such haul ever, providing clues to dark matter and how galaxies form and evolve over time.

Galaxy clusters form the structural backbone of the universe—it’s where all the stuff is. Astronomers have seen plenty of these clusters throughout the universe, but what’s been elusive are the young clusters. The farther you look in space, the longer it takes the light to reach your eyes, and the farther back in time you’re looking. So the youngest clusters have to be really distant, which makes them really dim. And because they’re young, they haven’t had much time to build a lot of bright stars, making them even harder to detect.

Clusters are also difficult to find because they occupy just a sliver of the enormous expanse of space. “These are what I would call the one-percent regions—these are the most concentrated regions in our entire universe,” says David Koo, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “They’re like the ultra wealthy parts of space.”

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