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Panorama's VIP launch party kicked off the weekend in style

Luminaries from the worlds of music, technology, and fashion came together last night to celebrate the inaugural Panorama weekend at the festival’s VIP launch party. With a food selection curated by Eater, a handful of brilliant guest speakers, and breathtaking views of the New York skyline from the Tribeca Rooftop, …

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The space auction where a Sputnik model goes for $269,000

The room is filled with space artifacts, in glass cases or hanging from the walls: a control panel from the space station MIR, an 86-inch tall Saturn V flight configuration chart, a NASA flight simulator chair, a camera ring sight used by James Irwin on the Moon during Apollo 15, …

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First Click: How long has your current phone lasted?

I’ve been using the same phone — an iPhone 5S — for nearly two years now, and it works fine. The battery life could be better, and I’m sure a newer model would be a bit faster. But I haven’t been able to justify an upgrade, because it still works. …

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KickassTorrents resurfaces online, as all piracy sites do

The alleged founder and operator of the most popular torrenting site in the world, KickassTorrents (KAT), has been apprehend by the US authorities and the site’s domains seized. However, as we learned with the campaign to stop The Pirate Bay, you just can’t keep a good pirate site down. We’ve already spotted …

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Microsoft's canceled 3D Touch Windows phone gets reviewed

Microsoft was planning to introduce its own unique 3D Touch feature for Windows Phones back in 2014. While we exclusively detailed 3D Touch and the existence of Nokia’s “McLaren” prototype device, Microsoft decided to cancel the flagship and focus on the emergence of Windows 10 for mobiles. Windows Central has managed to …

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Redbox is testing its second attempt at a streaming service

Redbox, best known for its DVD rental kiosks, is planning to follow Netflix into the streaming business. Redbox is currently testing a new service called Redbox Digital, four months after the company indicated it wanted to put together its own streaming service. A Redbox spokesperson told Variety that the rental company was developing …

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