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6 Expert Tricks for Getting the Best Candy This Halloween

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:30am

Your kids may be content with a few fun-size Snickers and tiny boxes of Nerds, but if you're looking for quality candy and lots of it, you need a PhD-level strategy. So we talked to a bunch of academics to create this greed-is-good guide to landing more loot.

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We’d Sell a Kidney for One of These Vintage British Motorcycles

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:30am

Classic British motorcycles from the collection of a Texas lawyer are going up for auction.

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This Fiery Tool Finishes Your Meat With a Blast of Heat

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:30am

The Searzall is a baffle that fits over the business end of a blowtorch to spread out the heat, turning your BernzOmatic torch into a handheld broiler.

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Sliders, Knobs, and Dials That Give Your Tablet a Physical Interface

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:30am

Touchscreen devices have a serious deficiency of tactility. These magnetic metal controls, created by Florian Born, sit on top of screens and replace virtual knobs and dials with real ones.

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Movie House

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:30am

Kaleidescape's Cinema One movie server provides seamless access to your entire Blu-ray collection. Unfortunately, one major limitation means it's more of an expensive indulgence, not a must-have device for videophiles.

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Cape Watch: Marvel Takes Over the World, Lets White Guys Take a Breather

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:30am

Thanks to Avengers: Age of Ultron's teaser trailer and a certain Tuesday morning press conference—sorry, "special event"—you could be forgiven for thinking that this week has proven it's Marvel Studios' world, and we're just living in it. That's not to say other studios haven't been doing their thing too. But really it has pretty much been Marvel's world recently. Just try not to piss off Thanos and you'll be fine. Here are the highlights of the week's superhero movie news.

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These Creepy Lego Creations Are Definitely Not Kid-Friendly

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:30am

When Mike Doyle published the anthology volume Beautiful LEGO last year, he wrote that "this book is a small collection of some of the impressive models that I have come across in my time." From all appearances, he's had a busy year since, because he's already back with a sequel that embraces the darker side of everyone's favorite brick-based artform.

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How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:30am

Given that links appear to be more clickable when shared on Facebook, online publishers have scrambled to become savvy gamers of Facebook’s News Feed, seeking to divine the secret rules that push some stories higher than others. But all this genuflection at the altar of Facebook’s algorithms may be but a prelude to a more fundamental shift in how content is produced, shared, and consumed online. Instead of going to all this trouble to get people to click a link on Facebook that takes them somewhere else, the future of Internet content may be a world in which no video, article, or cat GIF gallery lives outside of Facebook at all.

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America’s Polling Places Desperately Need a Redesign

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:30am

Retail designers have resources to exhaustively plan, prototype, and field test every detail before opening day. We should apply the same thinking to voting places.

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Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:30am

A new way of looking at the mind's activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects.

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Lenovo Officially Welcomes Motorola To The Family

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:12am

News hit the wire early Thursday morning that Lenovo has finally completed its purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google. 

The $2.9 billion acquisition lets the Beijing-based tech company—already a leading PC maker globally—stake its claim in the ground for the mobile market in the western world. 

For Motorola, it has been a wild ride. In just a little over a year, it has gone from an ailing tech company bailed out by grand "Android papa” Google, to new Lenovo family member—one that brings plenty to the table for the Chinese tech company. 

See also: Motorola's Droid Turbo Is The Moto X On Power Steroids

We're Number Three! 

Together, Lenovo and Motorola now form the world's third largest smartphone maker, much to the chagrin of another Chinese tech juggernaut, Xiaomi, which gets bumped down to fourth place. 

The deal stands in stark contrast to Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s smartphone business, which was about killing off certain business lines (cough, Android) and fully controlling Windows Phone's leading devices. 

See also: Goodbye, Nokia Lumia—Hello, Microsoft Lumia

Lenovo doesn't appear to have any such plans. If anything, its eyes are likely focused on ramping up all things Moto, rather than scaling anything down. 

In a press statement, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said that “by building a strong number three and a credible challenger to the top two in smartphones, we will give the market something it has needed: choice, competition and a new spark of innovation.” 

Motorola's (And Lenovo's) Reversal Of Fortune 

Granted, on paper, Motorola's luck didn't look all that great. Google bought the company for $12.4 billion earlier this year, and Lenovo picked it up for $2.9 billion—meaning Motorola’s valuation didn’t just fall; it got drop-kicked. 

But the Droid maker has been showing new signs of life lately. After a lot of talk about the ex-Google division having one foot in the grave, prompting Google to unload this sickly (and costly) business, it rallied and launched the Moto 360 smartwatch, which has been widely acknowledged as the best Android Wear watch thus far. It also just recently announced its latest—and perhaps beastliest—Droid Turbo smartphone for Verizon. 

See also: With The Moto 360 And LG G, The Android Smartwatch Army Is On The March

All in all, it looks like the comeback that the likes of BlackBerry can only dream of. Having the faith and massive wallet of another major tech company could be just what Motorola needs to keep the ball rolling. Meanwhile, Lenovo made off like a bandit, having just bought its way into the U.S. smartphone market. The new owner promises to fully revive the company in the next 18 months, since it expects to sell roughly 100 million devices this year. 

Motorola and its 3,500 employees will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of its new parent company, and it will stay put in its Chicago headquarters, giving Lenovo another U.S. base. (Lenovo’s Thinkpad laptop acquisition from IBM gave the company a Morrisville, North Carolina office, which has been used as its North American headquarters.) Rick Osterloh will stay on board as president of Motorola Mobility. 

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