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Maxwell Strachan is a business editor at The Huffington Post. He previously worked at Salon, the Center for Governmental Studies and

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U.S. Wealth Gap Hits Record High

(195) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Never in the 30 years since the the Federal Reserve first starting collecting wealth data has the divide between the rich and everyone else been so large, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.

The wealth gap in the U.S. last year was the...

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Guess Which State Is About To Put Driver's Licenses On Smartphones

(75) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 3:32 PM

We’re creeping ever closer to a world in which you don’t need to carry a wallet.

The state of Iowa will release a free smartphone app in 2015 that can be used in place of a physical driver’s license. If the state moves fast enough, it could be...

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Black Friday Was The Second-Biggest Day Ever For Background Checks: Report

(269) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 5:18 PM

The FBI dealt with more background checks this Black Friday than ever before on the annual shopping day, according to a CNN report on Saturday.

Only once in its history has the agency had to handle a larger number of background checks in a single day:

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Someone Created A Way For Gross Men To Automatically Swipe Right On Tinder

(12) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 3:56 PM

In case the dark world of Tinder wasn’t quite bleak enough for you yet, there’s now a way for people (i.e., men) to set the dating app to automatically swipe right on (i.e., like) countless numbers of potential partners. How romantic.

The apocalyptic invention is a Google Chrome extension,...

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Nothing Says 'German Reunification Anniversary' Like Mark Zuckerberg Standing Alone In A Sparsely Populated Room Holding A Single, Sad Balloon

(6) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 5:54 PM

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What Is This 'Ello' Everyone's Posting About On Facebook?

(33) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:30 PM

ello feature image

If you’ve been on Facebook in the last two weeks, you’ve probably noticed at least one of your friends has posted something like this:

i just signed up for ello? idk viva la revolucion i guess! hit me up for an invite! lol


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Ähm, soll sich das iPhone 6 Plus wirklich so verbiegen lassen?

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Wir sind keine Ingenieure, aber das hier kann nicht gut sein.

beer drinkers

Das neue iPhone 6 Plus lässt sich mit zwei bloßen Händen verbiegen, wie ein YouTube-Video zeigt. Und nein, es springt nicht automatisch in den Ursprungszustand zurück.

Hier ist das vollständige...

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iPhone 6 Plusはこんなふうに曲がってしまうのか?(動画)

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 3:30 AM

私たちはハードウェア・エンジニアではないが、これはよろしくない。新しいiPhone 6 Plusは両手だけで思いっきり曲げることができる。

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아이폰6, 이렇게 구부러진다고?

(5) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 2:57 AM

우리가 엔지니어는 아니라 잘은 모르지만, 그래도 이렇게까지 휘어지는 건 별로 좋지 않은 것 같다.

beer drinkers

새로 출시된 아이폰6 플러스에 맨손으로 힘을 가하면 엄청나게 휠 수 있다. 지난 23일 유튜브에 업로드된 한 비디오에 따르면 그렇다. 안 좋은 사실은 휘어진 이후 원상복귀가 안 된다는 것이다.

제품 리뷰...

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Um, Should The iPhone 6 Plus Be Able To Bend Like This?

(411) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 7:24 PM

We're no hardware engineers, but this can't be good.

beer drinkers

The new iPhone 6 Plus can be severely bent with nothing more than a couple bare hands, as seen in a new video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday. And no, it doesn’t automatically spring back into...

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Apple Quietly Discontinued The iPod Classic This Week

(103) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:25 PM

The iPod Classic quietly passed away this week. It was 12 years old.

If you didn’t notice its death, don’t feel too bad. Apple didn’t make an announcement. It simply pulled the product from its website, while the world gawked at the Apple Watch and the...

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The Entire Argument For Blaming Sexters, Destroyed In 1 Tweet

(545) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Perhaps you have a friend who thinks all those celebrities whose nude photos were leaked on Sunday deserved what they got. "Anyone who doesn't want their naked photos going public shouldn't have ever taken them," your theoretical friend argues.

Well, your friend surely wouldn't feel the same...

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Apple Fixes iCloud Bug Blamed For Massive Leak Of Nude Celebrity Photos: Report

(72) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 4:55 PM

Apple appears to have fixed a bug that some have speculated could be the possible source of this weekend's massive online leak of celebrity nude photos.

The bug, known as "ibrute," appears to have been first noted on the social coding site Github....

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White People Create App To Avoid, Um, 'Sketchy' Areas

(553) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 10:49 AM

Two white people are launching an app that seeks to help people avoid "sketchy" areas.

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Watch out for all that sketchiness!

That would all be well and good, except that the app depends in large part on a Yelp-like rating system...

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Gmail Makes It Easier To Unsubscribe From That Newsletter You Hate

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 6:33 PM

If you’re like 99 percent of people, you regret 99 percent of all email lists you’ve ever signed up for. Do you really need to know the latest about that mediocre band you once drunkenly bought a T-shirt from? No, you don’t.

Mercifully, the Gmail team...

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18 Ways English Differs From Whatever The Hell Language It Is We Text In

(27) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 10:32 AM

The English language is famously adaptable. In just the past few years, the Oxford Dictionaries have added such words and phrases as "vacay," "refollow," "death stare," "geek chic," "lulz," "tweeps" and "facepalm."

That’s impressive. But it’s really nothing when compared to what’s happening on smartphones all across America....

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McDonald's Unveils Terrifying New Character Named 'Happy'

(211) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 7:41 PM

The guys over at McDonald's introduced a new character named Happy today, and, well, just take a look for yourself.

If your reaction...

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GM PowerPoint Told Workers Not To Say ‘Cobain,' ‘Deathtrap,' 'Rolling Sarcophagus' And More

(141) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 7:22 PM

If you're ever preparing for a presentation at General Motors and wondering whether to try and somehow sneak in the phrase "rolling sarcophagus," the answer is no.

The phrase is one of 69 that the company urged workers not to use in a 2008 PowerPoint presentation on...

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U.S. Companies Often Assume Black Job Applicants Do Drugs

(410) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:02 PM

More than any other group, black job applicants are being turned away by U.S. companies under the implicit assumption that they are using illegal drugs, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

The study’s author, University of Notre Dame economics professor...

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