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Eric Schmidt’s North Korea Trip Involves Negotiations for Detained American Eric Schmidt’s North Korea Trip Involves Negotiations for Detained American

Earlier today, Google’s Eric Schmidt and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson landed in North Korea on their unrelated-to-Google, definitely-not-state-sponsored trip. We’ve heard reports that Schmidt took the trip to the notoriously reclusive country on interest in economics, or maybe social …

Former “Hills” Stars Engaged, Were High School Sweethearts
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Former “Hills” stars Doug Reinhardt and Allie Lutz have announced their engagement via her Twitter page, posting a pic of the gigantor ring through Instagram. Reinhardt has certainly made the rounds on the Hollywood dating circuit, being linked to the …

CES 2013: Vizio’s First Windows 8 Tablet Is Powered By AMD CES 2013: Vizio’s First Windows 8 Tablet Is Powered By AMD

Let’s be honest with ourselves: Windows 8 tablets, including Microsoft’s own Surface, aren’t doing that well. The biggest offender is the overall price of these tablets with the anticipated Surface Pro, priced at $899, not helping. So, what happens when …

Flu Season is Picking Up in the U.S.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that Influenza activity is increasing across most of the U.S. “Reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons,” said Dr. Joe Bresee, …

The AP Will Run Ads (Sponsored Tweets) for Samsung The AP Will Run Ads (Sponsored Tweets) for Samsung
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The Associated Press, one of America’s most venerable news organizations, is selling out its Twitter feed for the very first time. And we can thank Samsung and CES for it. According to the AP, Samsung will be the first company …

McDonald’s Chicken Wings Test Expands, Twitter Obviously Reacts
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It stands to reason that by now, you’ve heard that McDonald’s has chicken wings at some locations (they’re called “Mighty Wings”). You may or may not have heard that they’re now offering them in more locations. According to the Associated …

CES 2013: HAPIfork Changes How You Eat (And That’s A Good Thing) CES 2013: HAPIfork Changes How You Eat (And That’s A Good Thing)

Does the very idea of a smart fork amuse you? It sure amused me, but it’s a very serious piece of new tech at CES 2013 this year. It’s a small part of the personal health tech market that has …

$1.1 Billion Lottery In Spain Comes With Increased Taxes For Winners

Spain held an annual lottery drawing called El Nino on Sunday, paying out $1.1 billion ( €840 million) in prizes to winners all over the country. The event has captured numerous headlines, partially thanks to the recession that the country …

Redbox Instant’s Early Streaming Selection Doesn’t Hold Up to Netflix Redbox Instant’s Early Streaming Selection Doesn’t Hold Up to Netflix
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It’s a given that streaming services aren’t very good when they begin. Netflix’s Watch Instantly service was filled with obscure programming for at least a year before deals were made to provide subscribers with decent content. So, it’s no surprise …

TV Cancellation Causes Uproar, Hacking [Nua Mek 2]
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Fans of a TV show in Thailand, called Nua Mek 2, are furious at its premature cancellation. The show reportedly only had a few remaining episodes, which Channel 3 has reportedly decided to pull. Thailand’s The Nation reports that the …

Bobby Valentine’s Job Is Now Radio Commentator
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NBC Sports and Dial Global announced today that former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine will join the NBC Sports Radio lineup as a Major League Baseball commentator, effective this month. Commentary is not completely new territory for Valentine. In …

Shutterfly Acquires Cloud Photo Service ThisLife Shutterfly Acquires Cloud Photo Service ThisLife

Shutterfly, the popular site for personalized photo products best known for their customizable photo books, has just announced the acquisition of ThisLife, a cloud-based photo storage and organizational site that allows users to compile all of their personal photos and …

CES 2013: ASUS Qube Is The Latest Google TV Device CES 2013: ASUS Qube Is The Latest Google TV Device

Before CES, Google announced that a number of new Google TV hardware devices would be hitting the show floor at CES. ASUS was the first up with QUBE, a Google TV set-top box that’s not trying very hard to hide …

Amazon Instant Video Finder Launches in Beta Amazon Instant Video Finder Launches in Beta
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While it’s not a personalized recommendation engine, Amazon has unveiled a tool that should make it easier for users to browse content and find something to watch. Amazon has just announced that they’ve opened up their Instant Video Finder Beta, …

DayZ Standalone Details and Pics Released
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DayZ designer Dean “Rocket” Hall was quoted last year as saying the standalone version of the popular zombie survival mod for ARMA II will be out before the end of 2012. That obviously hasn’t panned out, and today Rocket took …

CES 2013: LG’s 55-Inch OLED TV Will Set You Back $12K This March CES 2013: LG’s 55-Inch OLED TV Will Set You Back $12K This March

A hallmark of CES is that companies always announce bigger TVs to make up for the fact that there hasn’t been any real innovation since the introduction of Smart TVs a few years ago. That trend continues this year as …

Firefighter’s Helmet Cam Takes Us Through a Year on the Job [VIDEO]

Firefighters have a dangerous job – everybody knows that. But it’s rare to see a first-person account of the daily grind of one of the nation’s bravest public servants. One Detroit firefighter compiled footage from a year of fighting fires …

RG3 Knee Injury Had Surgeon Nervous Ahead Of Seattle Game

Robert Griffin III, otherwise known as RG3, reinjured his knee in Sunday’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. He initially sprained his right knee in a game against the Baltimore Ravens in week 14. It was his third game since …

Dead Space 3 Ad Pushes Kinect Features

More than a few Dead Space fans are uneasy about the inclusion of co-op gameplay in Dead Space 3. Though Visceral Games seems to have come up with an interesting conceit for the feature (one of the characters will hallucinate …

Octomom On Welfare Again After Rehab
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“Octomom” Nadya Suleman is back on government assistance after five months, and says rehab bills ate up much of the money she made from appearing in a porn film. The mother of 14 recently began renting a home away from …

CES 2013: 3D Systems Introduces A Faster, Quieter Cube 3D Printer CES 2013: 3D Systems Introduces A Faster, Quieter Cube 3D Printer
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There’s a lot of cheap 3D printing options now available to consumers who want to start experimenting with the technology. That being said, all of the cheap options are coming from innovative Kickstarter campaigns. There’s not a lot of cost …

Instagram Users Sent to Facebook When Reporting Other Users Instagram Users Sent to Facebook When Reporting Other Users

Facebook assured Instagram users that their experience with the service wouldn’t change post-acquisition, and that Instagram would continue to “grow independently.” While Facebook isn’t necessarily backtracking on that position, they are beginning to integrate the two services little by little. …

Eric Schmidt Ignores U.S. State Department’s Wishes, Arrives In North Korea Eric Schmidt Ignores U.S. State Department’s Wishes, Arrives In North Korea

The Associated Press reported last week that Google Executive Chairman and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson were to head to North Korea. Following the report, which was picked up by numerous media outlets, the U.S. State Department expressed its views …

CES 2013: Lenovo Introduces The 27-Inch Tablet You Never Asked For CES 2013: Lenovo Introduces The 27-Inch Tablet You Never Asked For
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Tablets traditionally come in either 7 or 10-inch varieties. Anything even remotely bigger would be seen as insanity. Well, Lenovo is apparently insane as the company has introduced a massive tablet at CES. Lenovo today announced the IdeaCentre Horizon Table …