Goo sculpture shows how happy or sad Oslo’s internet users are

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Monolitt is an art exhibit that shows the emotions of Oslo’s residents in globs of paint. The waist-high monolith, created by Norwegian artists Syver Lauritzsen and Eirik Haugen Murvoll, oozes colored goo when someone nearby tweets an emotion. Black shows annoyance, while a squirt of pink shows the person behind the screen is happy. Other colors are assigned to other emotions, and the hypnotic result, as shown in the artists’ video, is a swirled mass of both paint and human feelings.

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This is what HTC’s GoPro competitor looks like

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HTC is likely getting ready to release a GoPro-style action camera. That’s the takeaway from a teaser video the company released today, which is filled with plenty of action shots — some of them underwater. We know relatively little about what HTC’s got planned, but the video suggests the device is handheld, easily mountable, and shoots slow-mo video. We’re also given a super brief glimpse at the camera itself, though this might’ve been an accident on HTC’s part. It shows up right around the 3 second mark and, well, looks like an action camera.

Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess as to what standout features HTC will offer to set itself apart from GoPro, which absolutely dominates the rugged, take-it-anywhere camera market right…

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Did Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 update break your cell service and Touch ID? Here’s a fix that works

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Apple’s latest update to iOS 8 is keeping some iPhone owners from being able to use their iPhones as a phone, or use Touch ID. Users on multiple cellular networks are reporting the connectivity issue unfixed after restarting their devices, toggling airplane mode, and by resetting all networking settings. The same goes for Touch ID, which can be used to unlock the phone, and validate a user’s identification in Apple’s stores and inside apps as part of iOS 8. That feature has been disabled system-wide, and attempts to remove and re-add fingers result in a “failed” message.

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Apple releases iOS 8.0.1, users report major problems with update

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One week after the launch of iOS 8, Apple has already released its first update for the new OS in iOS 8.0.1, which contains a slew of bug fixes.

But you shouldn’t hit the install button yet. Soon after the update hit, an abnormally high number of users immediately started reporting that the iOS 8.0.1 update is breaking cellular reception and other features like Touch ID. For those affected, “no service” is displayed after the update has been installed, and toggling airplane mode or powering the phone off and on again doesn’t seem to be fixing it. Both of Apple’s latest iPhones seem vulnerable to the massive problem. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment on just what’s going on.

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Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 ad chases NFL stars and Beats marketing

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Microsoft has tried many tricks for its Surface commercials since the tablet originally debuted nearly two years ago. Dancing school girls, beatboxing, breakdancing, and a Mac vs. PC comparison have all been involved, but the latest ad takes an entirely different approach. Playing on its $400 million advertising and equipment deal with the NFL, Microsoft has produced a new commercial that features Seattle’s Seahawks. You won’t find Richard Sherman shouting at the top of his voice about the benefits of a kickstand, but the commercial feels and looks a lot like one Beats would produce for its headphones.

There’s the game preparation, a team coach, and even some touch downs, all set to some rock music. While the Beats comparisons are…

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Major League Gaming is opening an arena for e-sports in the US next month

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Competitive gaming is growing so huge in popularity that it will soon have a dedicated arena in the United States. Major League Gaming has announced that the MLG.tv Arena will open in Columbus, Ohio next month. The company describes it as a “state of the art venue designed to showcase and broadcast competitive gaming year round.” The 14,000-square-foot venue has stadium seating where “hundreds” of spectators can watch tournaments live, but players and teams participating in those contests won’t be distracted by outside cheers thanks to soundproof booths. MLG says the Columbus arena will offer visitors the enthralling experience of its Pro Circuit events but “in a more intimate setting.”

Still, it’s an arena in every sense, with video…

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DHL drone will make deliveries to German island starting Friday

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Starting Friday, DHL will use drones to deliver medical supplies to a small German island. The company’s quad-rotor “parcelcopter” will transport packages to the island of Juist, home to between 1,500 and 1,700 people, and DHL claims this marks the first unmanned drone delivery service to launch in Europe. Flights will occur daily through October; Reuters says the drone will make trips when ferries and flights — the typical methods of traveling to Juist — aren’t running.

DHL will be keeping tabs on the parcelcopter’s travels, but the drone will operate entirely on autopilot for the actual fights, which should take between 15 and 30 minutes in each direction. DHL’s drone can’t fly over any houses, which should avoid complaints from…

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Finally, a fire hydrant for the 21st century

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Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways.

New York City, with its dense population and endless skyscrapers, is notoriously difficult to fight fires in. Firefighters depend on nearly 100,000 hydrants to do their work, but many of these hydrants are in disrepair. Vulnerable to misuse and exposed to extreme weather, the city’s…

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How the hell did Vizio make a $999 4K TV?

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Vizio officially launched its P-Series 4K TVs last night, which start at $999 for a 50-inch set and go up to $2,499 for a 70-inch set — the first mainstream 4K TVs to be that aggressively priced. To celebrate, the company held a party in a New York art gallery, where the TVs were showcased playing high-resolution video art and in side-by-side comparisons to Samsung’s 8500 series, which lists at $2,199 for a 50-inch set. “It’s not only shipping an amazingly-priced 4K TV, but one that blows the competition away on picture quality,” Vizio CTO Matt McRae told me.

Vizio completely redesigned the backlight to reduce costs

I also asked McRae how Vizio had managed to hit that price point — he told me his team had completely redesigned the…

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Microsoft’s Cube is a giant Kinect dance party

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What do you get when you combine multiple PCs, projectors, and Kinect sensors? A four-foot Microsoft Cube. It’s the latest interactive art installation out of Redmond, with pulsating music and Kinect sensors that let you dance through a zany virtual portal. Microsoft’s Cube is essentially a projection system that uses 5 PCs, 5 projectors, and 4 Kinect sensors to create an interactive dance party. Unlike Microsoft’s giant touchscreens, this isn’t a product the company will be selling, it’s simply an experiment for Seattle’s Decibel music and arts festival.

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BlackBerry Passport review

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“BlackBerry is still around?”

I’ve heard that question quite often the past few weeks, as I’ve been using the BlackBerry Passport. Contrary to what many people in my social circle believe, BlackBerry is indeed still around and is ready to make itself relevant once again.

For years, BlackBerry tried to fight the iPhone, but that was a battle it brutally lost. Now it’s leaving that fight behind and going back to its roots: making tools for getting work done. The ideal BlackBerry user…

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BlackBerry Passport smartphone coming to AT&T

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BlackBerry today announced that its Passport smartphone will be coming to AT&T. The Passport is a large, oddly-shaped device with a 4.5-inch square display and three-row physical keyboard. AT&T is not saying how much the Passport will cost or when exactly it will be available, but BlackBerry expects the phone to cost about $249 on contract. It is also available off-contract for $599 now from BlackBerry’s online store in the US, France, Gemany, the UK, and Canada. BlackBerry says it will be available in 30 countries by the end of the year. BlackBerry also says that the BlackBerry 10.3 software update debuting on the Passport will be coming to all BlackBerry 10 devices. For more on the BlackBerry Passport, check out our full review.

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Amazon reportedly developing one-button ordering devices for your smart home

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Amazon might be moving into wearables and Internet-enabled “smart home” appliances like one-button devices for ordering supplies, according to Reuters. In addition, the company is reportedly looking to increase its hardware-oriented Lab126 division’s roster of employees to at least 3,757 over the next five years, raising it by 27 percent.

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Indian spacecraft reaches Mars for less than it cost to make ‘Gravity’

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India is celebrating a major milestone today, after becoming the first country to reach the orbit of Mars on its very first attempt. After launching in November 2013, an Indian spacecraft called Mangalyaan finally reached the red planet’s orbit early Wednesday morning, marking what Prime Minister Narendra Modi described as a “near impossible” feat. The successful mission makes India the first Asian country to reach Mars’ orbit, beating neighboring rival China, whose 2012 attempt ended in failure. The country’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was also financed for just $74 million — less than it cost to make the movie Gravity, as Modi and others have pointed out.

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Emma Watson nude photo threats were apparently a plot to kill 4chan

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Anonymous users of infamous web forum 4chan leaked stolen nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and scores of other women on September 1st. Three weeks later, anonymous 4chan users threatened to do it again. Their new target would be Emma Watson, the actress best known for portraying teenage schoolgirl Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies.

This time, the anonymous figures appeared more organized. Shortly after the threats appeared online, someone set up a dedicated site — emmawatsonyouarenext.com — and started a countdown to the time and date that they would release the images. The countdown first pointed to this coming Saturday, before jumping forward, to 12AM ET on Wednesday the 24th of September.

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The new Karma Go Wi-Fi hotspot promises contract-free LTE ‘anywhere in the US’

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Pay as you go internet provider Karma has just shown off a new LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that it says uses Sprint’s network to provide internet coverage “anywhere in the United States.” The beermat-sized device, called the Karma Go, works like a gas tank in a car: users can add as much data access as they like at a cost $14 per gigabyte. There’s no contract required, and once added, the data never expires.

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Liam Neeson has ‘Tak3n’ things 2 far

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Next summer: Liam Neeson has been wronged and has a particular set of skills to make things right — by any (violent) means necessary. In Taken, he killed 31. In Taken 2, he killed 20. In Tak3n… wait, we need to talk about the name. According to USA Today, Taken 3 is Tak3n. As in, the number 3 is a fair substitute for both uppercase and lowercase ‘E.’

It’s time to set some guidelines:

  1. Can replace either “one” or “won” (Willy 1nka and the Chocolate Factory). Can also be used to replace the letters “I” or “L,” especially when you’re expecting this to be first in a film series (T1tanic)
  2. To, two, or too (The 2th Fairy, sequel to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s 2010 action film). Can also be used to replace the letter “S” in a pinch (C…

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Why I still watch ‘Lost’ even though I know I should hate it

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Lost turns 10 this week, and you know what? After 10 years of watching the show and nursing my bruised fandom, I think I can confidently say that it, as a show and apparent exemplar of the Golden Age of Television, is utterly broken. There, I said it. I’ve said as much in lengthy conversations with friends. I’ve said so to Damon Lindeloff himself in my deepest, darkest dreams. You’ve probably thought much the same. But I have to also admit that, even knowing all of this, I’m still watching after all these years. (To be perfectly honest, I’m mid rewatch right now.) Why can’t I quit you, Lost? Why do I keep going back?

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Microsoft’s Chromecast competitor is Miracast-powered, costs $60

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Google clearly landed on a fantastic formula when it built Chromecast, and that product’s standout success has led other companies to push out their own HDMI dongles in recent months. Roku’s got its $49.99 Streaming Stick, and now Microsoft is trying to create a worthy competitor with the brand new Wireless Display Adapter. No, names don’t get much more generic than that. But Microsoft’s device shares a lot in common with Chromecast. Its primary purpose is sending something you’re viewing on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to the TV screen (or a projector, since Microsoft is also targeting business users here). It’s also powered by USB, but unlike Chromecast, it looks like the USB cord is hardwired and can’t be unplugged or replaced,…

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In the new ‘Disney Infinity,’ Mickey Mouse and Iron Man look great together

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Even in the early days of Disney Infinity, Jeff Bunker was already thinking about Marvel characters. Bunker is the creative director for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, and he helped create the streamlined art style for first game, an experience that managed to seamlessly take characters from disparate Disney franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean and Monsters University and reimagine them with a slick, streamlined look that made it feel like they were part of the same world. Now he’s…

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