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Oppo Find 5 smartphone surfaces in all-too-limited red edition

Oppo Find 5 surfaces in red, you probably can't buy it

Oh my. We thought the Oppo Find 5 was already good-looking in its original white, but it just took on some extra appeal now that there’s a stylish red edition on the way. The 1080p smartphone hasn’t changed on the inside, although that wasn’t likely when the phone is just six months old. We’re more concerned that we might not get our hands on one CNMO understands that the red Find 5 is a limited edition without a specific release date. Whether or not we get to see one in person, we’ll at least have the photos at the source link.

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Deep Space 9 tourbillon combines time and space


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Vianney Halter)

Watchmaker Vianney Halter has produced some pretty stylish timepieces, but his latest is a bit of a departure, both in style and concept. The sci-fi fan has built a domed tourbillon watch called Deep Space, modeled after the “Star Trek” space station Deep Space 9.

The tourbillon — a watchmaking component designed to counter the effect of gravity on a watch’s movement to keep more accurate time — sits bang in the center of the dial, proudly on display, while the blue hour and minute hands (the shorter hand is for hours) curve around it like the spires of Deep Space 9.

The tourbillon itself rotates on three axes. First, in the center, the tourbillon itself spins at a rate of once every 40 seconds. The second axis is the entire tourbillon shaft, spinning once every 6 minutes. Finally, the entire mechanism rotates horizontally 360 degrees every half hour.

The rest of the watch’s movement is hidden away behind a black plate, giving the tourbillon the illusion of floating in space.

At 1.8 inches in diameter, it’s pretty chunky, but the weight is offset by the light titanium case and tourbillon components. The domed crystal is sapphire, and the watch boasts a rather large 55-hour power reserve.

The ultimate luxury wristwatches (pictures)

Even though Deep Space is functionally a watch, it seems to be more an article of display: there are no numerals on the dial, and reading the hands feels counterintuitive. Additionally, for such a high-end timepiece, it’s really light on the complications; that is, it has none, not even a seconds hand.

It seems Halter has ultimately shed anything but the bare necessities to create not a watch, but a piece of horological art. At around $195,000 a pop for one of the 100 limited-edition watches, which are yet to be produced, you’d certainly hope so.


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Vianney Halter)

(Source: Crave Australia via A Blog to Watch)

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TweetDeck for Windows update brings cleaner design, new sidebar

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TweetDeck just updated its desktop app for Windows (XP and later) to bring it up to date with the recently refreshed web and Chrome versions. The changes make for a cleaner look; all your controls now sit in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. From here, you can tweet, view interactions and toggle through columns. You can also expand the bar for more info on each of the columns. Pretty straightforward, but we dig the streamlined experience. Hit up the source link to nab TweetDeck version 3.0.2.

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Watch water freeze instantly as it pours


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Video screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

Ever wanted to be a waterbender, or maybe Iceman (not to be confused with Mr. Cool Ice)? A trick to freeze water instantaneously won’t actually make it so, but you’ll feel pretty cool.

YouTube user Grant Thompson of Random Weekend Projects has posted a video that shows how it’s done. You need some bottles of purified water, a clock, and a freezer. When you put the bottles of purified water in the freezer, the absence of impurities such as dust or microorganisms in the liquid means ice crystals have nothing to form around, so the water can reach temperatures below freezing without solidifying.

A disturbance, though, can cause it to instantaneously freeze — bump the bottle taking it out, and you’ll have a bottle of solid ice. If you can get it that far, you can make the water freeze the instant it comes into contact with an ice crystal. It takes around two and a half hours in the freezer to get to that point, so the process is not exactly instantaneous — but the ice is.

It sounds too crazy to be true, but you can verify it for yourself by following Thompson’s instructions in the video below.

(Source: Crave Australia)

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Supreme Court rules that naturally occurring DNA cannot be patented

DNP Supreme Court rules that naturally occurring genetic material cannot be patented

In a plot twist straight out of Orphan Black, the Supreme Court has ruled that naturally occurring DNA cannot be patented, but synthetic biological material is fair game. The case involved Myriad Genetics, a company specializing in molecular testing, after it tried to patent two genes — BRCA1 and BRCA2 — that are often linked to breast and ovarian cancer. The Association for Molecular Pathology filed the suit, arguing that the patent would place undue restrictions on research since only Myriad would be allowed to tinker with those genes. The ruling established that isolating naturally occurring genetic material — as Myriad did — wasn’t enough to justify legal ownership, but so-called complementary DNA (meaning it’s man-made) would be eligible for patenting. Myriad had no comment at the time of this writing, but Sandra Park, an attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project said, “Myriad did not invent the BRCA genes and should not control them. Because of this ruling, patients will have greater access to genetic testing and scientists can engage in research on these genes without fear of being sued.”

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Amazon to slash price of HTC One to $99 on June 14

The HTC One is half off through Amazon, but just on June 14.

The HTC One is half off through Amazon, but just on June 14.


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Sarah Tew/CNET)

Those of you eyeing the HTC One can score the phone for half off the usual price, courtesy of a one-day sale at Amazon.

On Friday, the retail giant will sell the HTC One for $99.99, a hefty discount off the usual $199.99 price tag. Buyers will be able to find the phone through Amazon’s Cell Phones Accessories page. But you’ll need to be quick — the sale itself will last just for the day.

The offer is good for customers new to ATT or Sprint. Existing ATT and Sprint subscribers who qualify for an upgrade can buy the phone for just $79.99.

Both color versions of the HTC One will be available, including the silver and black models through ATT and the silver and black ones through Sprint.

The $99.99 deal naturally requires the usual two-year contract with either carrier.

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