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Lyon’s New Musée Des Confluences: An interdisciplinary museum more than a decade in the making finally makes its debut

Lyon's New Musée Des Confluences

Where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet in Lyon is the location of the historic French city’s urban development project, which has been transforming the former industrial wasteland into spaces for residences, offices, shopping and leisure since the……

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Finally, proof that the Kool-Aid man could actually break through a wall

Brands spend a lot of time desperately grasping for our attention, but sometimes they leave us with burning questions without even trying. “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop?” “Are there really 1,000 chips in every bag?” Now, an answer is finally being posited for one of the biggest unsolved mysteries: could the Kool-Aid Man actually break through a brick wall?

Jake Roper, a contributor to the YouTube channel VSauce, says that, oh yeah — he can. Roper estimates that if the Kool-Aid Man were brought up to the scale represented in the iconic ads, he would measure about 6 feet tall, have a dry weight of almost 6,000 pounds (11,000 pounds when filled with Kool-Aid), and his glass frame would…

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Dropbox is finally available for Windows Phone

Windows Phone as we know it is not long for this world, with Windows 10 and a universal app strategy set to replace it soon. But one of the most important gaps in the Windows Phone library has just been filled nevertheless, as Dropbox has finally released an official app for Microsoft’s stuttering smartphone platform. The Windows Store app for tablets has also been updated with a much-improved new interface.

The cloud storage company’s Windows Phone app is the latest fruit borne from its new partnership with Microsoft. Although third-party Dropbox options have been available on Windows Phone for some time, it’s good to see a legitimate release out there considering the critical importance of cloud data to many.

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Microsoft has finally stopped using the name Windows Phone

The naming nightmare is over. Microsoft, the company that brought you names like Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Phone 7 Series, finally has a single name for its core Windows products: Windows 10. That’s right. The next version of its operating system will be called Windows 10 whether it’s running on a phone, a tablet, a laptop, or a desktop PC. That’s a particularly sensible decision this time around. Microsoft has been making a big deal about the ability for “universal” apps to run across different form factors — from phones to the desktop — so branding it all as the same system should help consumers understand that it’s meant to be a consistent platform.

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Plex finally launches on PlayStation in the US

Plex, the media player that can stream video and music from your personal collection to other devices, is finally available on PlayStation in North America. The software launched in Europe and Asia last month, but was delayed in the US, as Plex noted it took “a while to work out all the details” with console owner Sony.

The media player can pull movies, TV shows, and other media from wherever you store them, automatically furnishing them with high-res artwork, cast information, ratings, and other information, all laid out in a pretty interface. Plex Media Server is free on PC or Mac, but as with the Xbox version of the software, you’ll need a monthly Plex Pass subscription to use the app on PS4 or PS3. It’s expected that you’ll be able…

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Borderlands is finally coming to PS4 and Xbox One

The Borderlands series is finally going next-gen — and to celebrate, you can buy a remote controlled version of Claptrap, gaming’s most obnoxious robot. Today 2K Games announced the new Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which will bundle Borderlands 2 and the recently launched Pre-Sequel, along with all of their DLC add-ons, into one package for PS4 and Xbox One. The whole thing will cost you $ 59.99, a pretty nice discount compared to buying everything individually.

The special edition is limited to 5,000 copies

But for the super fans, the new bundle is also available in a wonderfully ridiculous special edition that comes with a tiny version of Claptrap that can talk and drive around on one wheel, controlled by a smartphone app….

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Samsung finally releases a Tizen phone

Samsung’s first Tizen phone has been a unicorn for years. In early 2013 a high-end model was promised for later in the year, but never arrived. Last year a mid-range device was set for release in Russia, but was later postponed without much explanation. It was looking like Samsung’s fledgling OS would be confined to smartwatches and TVs for the foreseeable future, until today — the company has both announced and delivered an honest-to-goodness Tizen smartphone. This is the Samsung Z1, and it’s on sale today in India.

That’s not to say Samsung has delivered on its initial promise, exactly. The Z1 is a much lower-end device than was first mooted — it has a 4-inch WVGA screen, 3G data, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, a 1500mAh…

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Vuzix’s Google Glass competitor finally works

For the last two years at CES we’ve checked out the augmented reality eyewear made by the Rochester, NY company Vuzix. It went from a proof of concept in 2013 to a hands on with a looped demo video in 2014. This year, the product is finally finished and operational. We tried on a pair and found it pretty similar to Google Glass, a small screen project in the corner of our vision that we could read well enough. We could scroll through a few different services, like maps and a live video feed from the built in camera. But despite the assurances from Vuzix that the device was also stylish, we aren’t going to be wearing this around the office anytime soon.

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The Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill is finally a finished product

It’s like playing laser tag on ice, wearing bowling shoes. That’s about as close as I can come to describing the Virtuix Omni treadmill, which has been kicking around tradeshows since mid-2013. When we first saw it, the Omni was a slippery wooden prototype that let you move in one direction. Now, it’s a few months away from release, with a final design on display at CES. But it’s still the same basic machine it’s always been: a bizarre niche controller that’s equal parts fascinating and frustrating.

The Omni treadmill, which now has a metal frame, is comprised of three basic parts. First, there are the shoes, a special pair of sneakers with slippery plastic ridges on the bottom and plastic tracking units on top. Once you put them on,…

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Gmail finally blocked in China after six months of disruption

Gmail has been comprehensively blocked in China six months after government censors first began disrupting access to the service. Google’s Transparency Report shows Gmail traffic falling dramatically in the country on the night of December 25th, and while Chinese officials have not claimed responsibility, a Singapore-based spokesperson for Google told Reuters: “We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end.”

Chinese censors began disrupting Gmail access in May this year

China already blocks an array of Google services including its main search site, Google Maps, Google Docs, and Google Drive. The country began making access to Gmail more difficult in the run up to the 25th anniversary of the 1989 June 4th Tiananmen Square…

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