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  1. Revolutionize the Way You Spy on People With This iPhone Periscope

    Maybe if the NSA had used one of these, none of us would have noticed.

    Have you ever told a friend to pretend to pose for a picture that you can take a picture of a famous person behind them without feeling weird? You should feel weird. You think those celebrities don't know what you're doing? Come on. With this awesome magnetic periscope for smartphones by Brando, though, you won't need friends to be your celebrity photo beards. Of course, now you'll have to figure out how to position yourself at an exact 90 degree angle from the famous person at all times, but hey,  at least you don't need friends anymore!

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  2. FreedomPop’s Free Wireless Service Sounds Too Good to Be True, Might Not Be

    FreedomPop wants to give everyone access to wireless service for free. The company promises customers 500MB of 4G data as well as unlimited text and 200 minutes of phone service a month at no cost to customers. Giving away what other carriers are charging a premium for may seem impossible to sustain long-term, but FreedomPop plans to reap the profits of a freemium model. Reaching higher levels of data usage or phone service will cost you.

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  3. First Firefox OS Developer Phones Made Available, Sell Out Because Everyone Wants a 3G Firefox Phone

    The first developer phones running the mobile Firefox OS went on sale this morning from startup Geeksphone in Madrid, but it didn't last long. They were quickly snapped up and listed as "sold out" before the shop went offline for maintenance. The two handsets, known as Keon and Peak,went for $119 and $194 unlocked respectively. That's practically nothing for a smartphone, but the specs show why.

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  4. The Antares Rocket Finally Launched Over The Weekend, And Put Something Pretty Amazing Into Space

    It took Orbital Sciences a few tries, but they successfully launched their Antares rocket on Sunday. The rocket's primary payload was just a "mass simulator" that was standing in for their Cygnus capsule, but it also launched three of NASA's new PhoneSat micro satellites. The PhoneSats are built with off-the-shelf items like Android phones, and NASA wants you to help track them.

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  5. Survey Says: American TV Watchers Can’t Handle Only One Screen at a Time

    You might think you're happy just watching TV, but if you're American, you might also suddenly feel the need to figure out where else you've seen that actor -- you know, What's-His-Face -- while you're watching. Best to look him up on IMDb with your smartphone, maybe even see if Netflix has it. Also, you might want to check if anyone commented on your Facebook status before the show's over. See, a new survey conducted by NPD says that TV-watching Americans are increasingly unsatisfied with just one screen at a time. 87% of viewers with a second-screen device will use it while watching the first one.

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  6. Demo BlackBerry 10 on Your Phone to See What Your Phone Would Be Like If It Were Worse

    BlackBerry is really hoping to make it happen with the launch of the Z10 and its new BlackBerry 10 OS, and a key to that will be getting people to try it. To that end, they've launched an in-browser preview of BlackBerry 10 that you can try on your device right now by opening blackberry.com/glimpse in your mobile browser.

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  7. Welcome to the Party: T-Mobile Finally Offers the iPhone

    T-Mobile, the fourth-largest cellular carrier in the nation, has finally gotten around to offering the iPhone. Sure, it's probably the fourth-largest carrier because it took so long to offer the iPhone, but as of next month T-Mobile customers will be able to purchase the device without having to unlock one from AT&T. T-Mobile customers can pre-register now to get their phone for the low-low price of $580.

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  8. Samsung Touts Galaxy S4 as a “Life Companion” in New Ad

    Last night Samsung took the veil off its latest and much hyped flagship phone, the Galaxy S4. The push of the event was to show how the S4 integrates into your life, and it's now being billed as a "Life Companion." Take a look at the new features of the S4 and how Samsung expects them to change your life forever in this new video.

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  9. Google’s Sergey Brin Says Using Cell Phones Is Emasculating

    If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time

    “When we started Google 15 years ago,” Brin says, “my vision was that information would come to you as you need it. You wouldn’t have to search query at all.” But for now, we get information by disconnecting from other people, looking down into our smartphone. Brin asks: “Is this the way you’re meant to interact with other people?” Is the future of connection just people walking around hunched up, looking down, rubbing a featureless piece of glass? In an intimate moment, he says, “It’s kind of emasculating. Is this what you’re meant to do with your body?” - Taken from the TED Blog post quoting Google's Sergey Brin on why Google Glass is totes better than a smartphone. Either that word does not mean what Brin thinks it means or he has a really bizarre outlook on technology. Dear Brin, if you truly believe your masculinity is threatened by swiping a cell phone screen, we have a few GIFs we think you should see. 

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  10. Feedback Device Adds Electric Shocks To Your Smartphone Games, Because You Wanted That, Right?

    We've all had the experience of playing a game of Temple Run or Angry Birds and thinking "Yeah, this is fun and all, but I really with this game would deliver a mild electrical shock through my phone." Soon, you may get the chance to turn that fantasy into reality thanks to the work of computer interaction researcher Pedro Lopes, who has developed a new control interface for playing games on your phone -- one that uses electrodes to shock players.

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