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Augmented reality Lego Fusion now available for $34.99

Lego has begun selling its Fusion line of game sets that merge virtual and physical gameplay. Announced in June, the brick building sets allow kids to build structures using Lego bricks and translate the finished product into a digital medium by scanning it using the accompanying app.

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Apple SVP Phil Schiller ices himself, challenges Tim Cook to do the same

Phil Schiller, Apple's long time senior vice president of worldwide marketing, is the latest person to pour a bucket full of ice water on his head. It's part of a growing viral campaign to help fund research, and raise awareness of, into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Philips Hue Lux bulbs now up for pre-order

A short while ago Philips announced its first white light only bulbs in its Hue range, the Lux. Now at least things have progressed far enough that we can pre-order the Lux bulbs for shipping in late September. They lose out on some of the razzle dazzle of the regular Hue bulbs in losing the colors but in doing so the price has come down quite a bit.

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Apple bans the use of 2 chemicals in iPhone 6, iPad manufacturing

Apple is now banning the use of two chemicals in the production of the iPhone 6 and future iPad, a move that could help to impact the health of the 500,000 or so factory workers who assemble Apple's popular smartphones and tablets. After a four-month investigation, Apple is now banning the use of benzene and n-hexane in its factories.

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Apple updates Safari with improved security and memory handling

Apple rolled out an update to its Safari browser today, which is available for OS X Lion and Lion Server 10.7.5, OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, and OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks. The update resolves some crashing issues when users visit a "maliciously crafted website" as well as addresses memory corruption issues found in Webkit.

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iPhone 6 rumors hit validation stage, Thailand social networks [Update]

Every day I wake up to translations of Asian iPhone 6 rumors in my inbox. Mostly I ignore them because I kinda figure Apple isn't getting out of the iPhone business any time soon, so of course we'll get a new one this fall, just like every fall, and when you make tens of millions of something, of course things will leak. But so will canceled prototypes and outright fakes. However, sometimes the leaks are from sources too strange to pass up. Take this tweet from the secretary general of the office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) in Thailand Takorn Scullion:

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T-Mobile will throttle data on unlimited LTE users if data is used for P2P sharing

A new report says that T-Mobile will soon begin to throttle data speeds for customers who are signed up on its unlimited 4G/LTE plans if they see that the data is being used to access peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

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Samsung announces 'next evolution' of smartphone design — the 2012 iPhone 5!

If I'd fabricated this story back on April 1, 2013, I'd have been called an idiot. (Hell, I probably still will today.) Yet, here we are, August of 2014 and Samsung has just announced the iPhone 5... er... the Galaxy Alpha.

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Man asks Siri to help him hide a body, Siri helps prosecute him

A Florida man accused of killing his roommate reportedly asked Siri for help on how and where to hide the body. The original response that query generated, long since removed by Apple, offered classic pulp fiction locations such as swamps, reservoirs, foundries, and dumps. (The query now returns "I used to know the answer to that question...") Yet that same question, along with other data such as flashlight usage and location, are now being offered into evidence by prosecutors at trial.

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Amazon undercuts Square with own mobile card reader

Amazon is taking on Square and PayPal by launching its own mobile card reader, called Amazon Local Register. Although the ecommerce giant hasn't announced the mobile card reader yet, there is a dedicated section for the product on Amazon's site (where it is available for $10), and a YouTube introduction video highlighting its features.

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