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The Real Story Behind the New 2015 MacBook, as Told by an Apple Engineer

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Apple’s latest new MacBook made headlines earlier this week and, once again, the Cupertino-based company managed to confuse people with its products. The new 2015 MacBook comes with only one port, which is supposed to substitute all others that should have been added if not for the USB Type-C.

This is the same port that Google introduced in its new Chromebook Pixel and plans to add to future Android smartphones. The USB Type-C on the MacBook replaces five connectors, such as Power, USB, HDMI, VGA and Display ports. The problem is that you can’t use the port for all these five functions simultaneously, on the contrary.

Black Friday: a brief history of madness and discounts

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Finally! It’s the time of year once more when Americans line up outside of major retail outlets at absurdly early hours in an effort to score the lowest prices on all manner of consumer goods. Looking for a washer/dryer on the cheap?

How about a Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Or how about a new TV for Aunt Linda? She could probably use a new TV. Black Friday — and, increasingly, the days and weeks surrounding it — may be your best chance at finding a great deal. And you probably don’t have to leave the house!

Next Browser for Android mashes up its rivals’ greatest hits (video)

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When few (if any) web browsers do everything well, many of us have more than one client just to cover all the bases. The GO Launcher Dev Team’s just-launched Next Browser for Android tries to solve this in the simplest way possible: it cherry picks features from established rivals. Sharing extensions from Dolphin? Check. Chrome’s frequently visited pages? Check. Speed Dial from Opera? Check.

There’s even a Flipboard-style RSS reader. As there’s also bookmark syncing and voice search, Next Browser is theoretically the only client that Android users could want. How well that pastiche works is another matter, but those who’ve been pining for an all-encompassing browser can give the new app a try at the source link.

German robot hand takes a licking, apparently keeps on ticking (video)

Sadists at the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics are showing off their latest development in anthropomorphic appendages: a robotic hand that can take a beating from a baseball bat and still give you the middle finger (or a thumbs-up, we suppose).

Researchers apparently designed the limb to function like only a human hand can, and it seems they’ve done a decent job: it’s got five independently functioning fingers, sports 19 degrees of freedom (one less than the real deal), and can even snap them phalanges — oh no they didn’t! It’s also got the ability to exert a force of 30 newtons from its fingertips.

Watch These Impossible Gears Turn Anyway

Watch These Impossible Gears Turn Anyway

Square gears. Oval gears. Friggin goldfish and squid gears. My brain says none of these should work, but my eyes beg to differ. It feels like I’m breaking the rules.

Every time Clayton Boyer whips out another one of these, I’m confident that it’s going to fail.

And yet! Here’s to living in a state of constant surprise and wonder. Now I just need a seashell gear-powered watch and I’ll be set.