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An Austin Airport Is Counting Cell Phones to Predict TSA Wait Times

An Austin Airport Is Counting Cell Phones to Predict TSA Wait Times

If you're passing through security at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, do everyone a favor and make sure you have your phone's Wi-Fi or Bluetooth turned on. Sure, it might be a teensy bit of a battery suck—but it will also help tell everyone around you just how long they'll be spending in airport security hell.

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Ashley Feinberg

October 23rd

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Let’s Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

Well, congratulations: If you've read this far it would appear that you made it through this week relatively unscathed—unless, of course you're reading this in a long line somewhere , in which case, be sure to stay supple and hydrated on the inside, but keep your actual hands dry.

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Alissa Walker on Whitenoise, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo

September 19th

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Watch a straight rod somehow pass through a curved hole without bending

Watch a straight rod somehow pass through a curved hole without bending

It's a magic trick! It's sorcery! How else can you explain that stick being able to pass through the curved hole? If you showed me the two pieces separately, I would have never imagined them to actually match one another so seamlessly.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

May 7th

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5 Tools to Cope with Those Horrible Last-Minute Shopping Lines

So you've done it. You've successfully procrastinated gift-buying until the last possible second. Those carefree days of laziness come at a cost, and you're about to pay it by standing in line forever. Here's are some things that might ease your suffering a little bit. But just remember: You asked for this. More »


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Eric Limer

December 24th

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This Optical Trick Is Annoying the Hell Out of Me [Optical Illusion]

So, here are some lines moving like crazy. Stop moving like crazy, you lines! Oh, here are some squares. "Hello lines, let's all play nice together!" they say. Now everything makes sense. How did this happen? Eye witchcraft! Thank you for the squares, stupid! More »


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Jesus Diaz

September 21st

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It’s 8:00AM, do you know where your new iPad is?

For readers in the United States who were too eager to pre-order a new iPad and wait for it to be shipped, too tired to head out at midnight and purchase an iPad from Walmart, and too sane to fly east and buy Apple’s new slate before the sun rises over North America, 8:00 a.m. is go-time. Apple’s new iPad is finally available for purchase from brick and mortar retailers on the East Coast, and lines have been forming throughout the night as Apple fans look to get their hands on the company’s latest wares. The new iPad features a faster dual-core Apple A5X processor, an improved 5-megapixel camera, optional 4G LTE connectivity and, of course, Apple’s new Retina Display with better-than-1080p HD resolution. We’ll publish our iPad review some time next week and in the meantime, we’ll have a hands-on preview up later this morning and BGR Editor-in-chief Jonathan Geller will be appearing live on CNBC’s Fast Money around 12:00 p.m. EDT to discuss the new iPad.

UPDATE: Our quick hands-on preview is now live.

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Zach Epstein

March 16th

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I Wish These Deer Power Line Towers Were Real [Design]

Obviously this is a crazy artsy project that uses way more metal than it should, but I don't care. I would rather look at these towers—or any other artsy-fartsy tower—than any of the current abstract monsters while I'm on a road trip. [Thanks Oscar!] More »


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Jesus Diaz

March 15th

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I Wish These Deer Power Line Towers Were Real [Design]

Obviously this is a crazy artsy project that uses way more metal than it should, but I don't care. I would rather look at these towers—or any other artsy-fartsy tower—than any of the current abstract monsters while I'm on a road trip. [Thanks Oscar!] More »


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Jesus Diaz

March 15th

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Huge lines form at Apple Stores in China for iPhone 4S launch

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     The gallery above via Flickr user Liz Phung shows more shots from the launch in Beijing. There are also two images of  employees receiving their first shipments at China Unicom in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu Province (via xinhuanet). 

It is just over 8 hours before the iPhone 4S officially lands in China and huge lines already starting to form outside of Apple Stores in Beijing and Shanghai. The image below is from Instagram user Sanverde who noted he snapped the shot outside an Apple Store in Sanlitun Village, Beijing less than an hour ago. As you can see from the daytime image in the slideshow above (posted by Twitter user Alexander Galimberti on Jan. 10), Beijing line sitters started showing up for tonight’s launch days in advance. To the right is an image from Instagram user sainasilverman who says 400,000 units of the iPhone 4S have now arrived in Beijing.

China Unicom, the only carrier currently offering the iPhone 4S, does not currently accept pre-orders, but it will be offering the 16GB and 32GB models free on two- and three-year agreements. China Telecom, the nation’s third largest mobile carrier, is also expected to offer the iPhone in the future. The device recently received necessary approval from the China Radio Management agency for use on its CDMA network.

Check out the most recent shot of the lines outside the Sanlitun Village, Beijing Apple Store after the break and some more shots of gray market line sitters wearing red hats. According to MIC Gadget, those wearing a red cap have been paid 100 yuan ($16) to line up for the 12+ hour wait. We will be updating with more shots, so email your photographs of the lines to us at tips@9to5mac.com



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Jordan Kahn

January 12th

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