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    Christie's auction house says it is selling an original Darth Vader costume from the "Star Wars" movie franchise.
    The jet-black helmet, mask and armor worn by the intergalactic villain are expected to sell for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 and $365,000) at a sale of pop culture memorabilia next month.
    The costume is made for "The Empire Strikes Back," the second film in George Lucas's sci-fi series, released in 1980. [ link ]
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    I am on vacation this week, so I can not dig many cool gadgets...
    And the website will be shut down on Thursday(from PM 11:00 to AM 8:00 for maintenance).
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    Aidan is five years old and undergoing chemothereapy. He also draws great monsters. Help pay his medical bills by buying his artwork at Etsy.

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    This is a project of Google, which has developed a self-driving car, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver.
    "Robot drivers react faster than humans, have 360-degree perception and do not get distracted, sleepy or intoxicated, the engineers argue. They speak in terms of lives saved and injuries avoided — more than 37,000 people died in car accidents in the United States in 2008. The engineers say the technology could double the capacity of roads by allowing cars to drive more safely while closer together. Because the robot cars would eventually be less likely to crash, they could be built lighter, reducing fuel consumption. But of course, to be truly safer, the cars must be far more reliable than, say, today’s personal computers, which crash on occasion and are frequently infected...
    During a half-hour drive beginning on Google’s campus 35 miles south of San Francisco last Wednesday, a Prius equipped with a variety of sensors and following a route programmed into the GPS navigation system nimbly accelerated in the entrance lane and merged into fast-moving traffic on Highway 101, the freeway through Silicon Valley.
    It drove at the speed limit, which it knew because the limit for every road is included in its database, and left the freeway several exits later. The device atop the car produced a detailed map of the environment.
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    It is the ARES (Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Surveyor) - NASA's new plan: a rocket-powered, robotic plane that screams over the Martian landscape at more than 450 miles per hour, exposing hundreds of miles of unexplored country. It will spend its two hours surveying nearly 1,000 miles of Mars, taking atmospheric measurements, looking for signs of water, collecting chemical sensing data, and studying crustal magnetism.
    "Enveloped in an aeroshell similar to the ones that deployed the rovers, ARES would detach from a carrier craft about 12 hours from the Martian surface. At about 20 miles up, the aeroshell would open, ARES would extend its folded wings and tail, and the rockets would fire. It sounds somewhat complicated, but compared with actually landing package full of sensitive scientific instruments on the surface deploying ARES is relatively simple."

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    Facebook is secretly building their own phone((they deny it), Sean Percival has posted a leaked photo of the new Facebook phone.
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    In select supermarkets in France, customers can now fill up containers with gas station-style pumps(Keg wine and wine vending machines):
    "Bring your own resealable bottles, Poland Spring containers, jerrycans, whatever. Or you can get one at the store. Select your grade (red, white, or rosé). Pump. Print receipt.

    Astrid Terzian introduced this concept that hearkens back to a bygone era when wine would arrive in Paris shops in tonneaux and consumers would bring their own flagons to fill. But today, Terzian says, she started this scheme in fall 2008 to fill a niche, tapping into two key themes, environmental awareness and the economy.
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    Apple has just launched the latest version of their iOS for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and it is now available to download from iTunes. The new features in iOS 4.1, include HDR Photos on iPhone 4, the ability to upload HD video over WiFi, TV show rentals for your iOS device and also Game Center, plus a proximity sensor fix to the iPhone4. Game Center adds a range of new featrures to iPhone Gaming, including achievement, worldwide leader boards and the ability to play online with other players from around the world.  iOS 4.1 is now available to download from iTunes, more here.
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    This pool is located at the San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile. It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, has a 115 ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.  It costs around $2 billion to build and another $4 million/year for maintenance.
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    Keanu Reeves celebrates his 46th birthday with a single-candled cupcake outside a film prop warehouse in New York.
    Happy birthday: Keanu Reeves, who turned 46 today, was pictured cutting a solitary figure outside a film prop warehouse in New York, with a cupcake and candle. [ link ]
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    JailbreakMe 2.0 is a browser based jailbreak, all you need to do is to browse the Jailbreak Me website at http://jailbreakme.com from your device(iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad...) and successfully load the page.
    List of supported devices:
    iPod 1G on 3.1.2
    iPod 1G on 3.1.3
    iPod 2G on 3.1.2
    iPod 2G on 3.1.3
    iPod 2G on 4.0
    iPod 3G on 3.1.2
    iPod 3G on 3.1.3
    iPod 3G on 4.0
    iPad on 3.2
    iPad on 3.2.1
    iPhone 3G on 3.1.2
    iPhone 3G on 3.1.3
    iPhone 3G on 4.0
    iPhone 3G on 4.0.1
    iPhone 3G[S] on 3.1.2
    iPhone 3G[S] on 3.1.3
    iPhone 3G[S] on 4.0
    iPhone 3G[S] on 4.0.1
    iPhone 4 on 4.0
    iPhone 4 on 4.0.1
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    If you live in the Seattle area, and order from Amazon, now you can select to have orders sent to you in a Amazon Tote bag.
    Amazon has started a program in which you can get your packages delivered to the Seattle area in these reusable tote bags. But the Amazon totes are only delivered once per week(your all orders from the last week will be delivered in a tote bag), so if you’re in a hurry to get your item, this isn’t the best option. The best past is that this is free. [ link
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    Some unnamed sources have revealed that Panasonic will next week unveil a 3D camcorder for consumers. The camera is about the same size as a conventional a normal camcorder(consumer-use) camcorder and "is expected to cost much less than" the professional model(AG-3DA1; $21,000).
    [ Note: ] The AG-3DA1 is Panasonic's existing semi-professional camcorders that records to SD card media. At less than 6.6 pounds, the AG-3DA1 is equipped with dual lenses assembly in place of the normal single lens.
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    Taiwan’s NMANews does an easy-to-follow animation to expain Darth Jobs and animations the iPhone 4 antenna saga .... 
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    Have you bought a new iPhone 4 in this weekend? Now Apple today said that it has sold over 1.7 million iPhone 4 handsets through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24. 600,000 pre-orders turned into its 1.7 million iPhone 4 sales through this Saturday. Steve and company look smug! “This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs in an Apple press release. Jobs said. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.” [ Press ]

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    The Marina Bay Sands is the world's most expensive hotel in Singapore, and with a world's largest outdoor pool at 55th storey.
     "The infinity pool on the roof is in the 'SkyPark' which spans the three towers of the hotel. The platform itself is longer than the Eiffel tower laid down and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
    Infinity pools give the effect that the water extends to the horizon. In reality, the water spills over the edge into a catchment below, and is then pumped back into the pool. The pools have two circulation systems. The first functions like that of a regular pool, filtering and heating the water in the main pool. The second filters the water in the catch basin and returns it to the upper pool.
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    New trailer for Star Wars on Kinect. It looks Cool!
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    Today Valve announces Half-Life 2 for Mac OS X, Half-Life 2 was released for the PC six years ago, for Mac gamers. 
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    Today, Google celebrates Pac-Man 30th birthday with a playable Pac-Man logo, Pac-Man (パックマン, Pakkuman) is an arcade game developed by Namco, first released in Japan on May 22, 1980! It is cool that Google's Pac-Man Logo is a playable game, click on the logo to play. [ link ]
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    A new Japanese office building in Osaka, which has installed five of Mitsubishi Electric 's largest elevators - capable of squeezing in 80 people each. It is 12 feet wide, feet long and 8.5 feet high, and with window overlooking the city, can take 5,250kg of weight - an average of 65kgs per person. If all five elevators were in operation at once, with full capacity, they could carry 400 people up the 41 floors of the Umeda Hankyu Building.
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