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The Nintendo Game Boy Turns 25 Years Old Today

April 21, 1989

25 years ago today, Nintendo released the Game Boy compact video game system and revolutionized the world of video gaming. On April 21, 1989, the original Game Boy was unleashed upon the world and almost immediately, a generation of video game fans took a giant leap forward into the realm of portable gaming technology. Since that time, the Game Boy has evolved into different, smaller versions (Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP) … eventually morphing into the Nintendo 3DS … but back when the portable gaming system was first released, the world was changed forever. Homage to the Game Boy must be paid. More »

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Watch: Kids Have No Idea What A Walkman Cassette Player Is

Prepare to feel OLD
"My grandpa has these!"

A new video is making the rounds that is sure to make you feel old as dirt but will likely have you laughing and cringing your ass off. The Fine Brothers have put together a video of Kids Reacting To a Sony Walkman for the first time and the results are hilarious .. and deeply depressing. As you can see in the video above, at first many of the kids have no idea what the cassette player is in the first place. Watching them figure out how to use the device by inserting cassette tapes is strangely interesting and wholly upsetting all at the same time. It wasn’t that long ago that Sony Walkman cassette players were the latest in cutting edge portable music technology. Now that thin, sleek and lightweight mobile phones are capable of porting around thousands and thousands of songs, its really remarkable to see how “ancient” portable cassette technology has become. Don’t believe me? Watch these kids show you how outdated cassette player technology truly is. I both love and loathe this video. What do you think?

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Read The First Chapter Of George R. R. Martin’s ‘The Winds Of Winter’, The Next Book In The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Book Series

The end is close to nigh

The 4th season of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO in just about 2 weeks but the action that will take place this season comes from the second half of book 3 of the GoT book series by George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin has yet to finish the GoT book series but he is ready for us to read the first chapter of book 6 in the series, titled The Winds of Winter. Martin has released a mobile phone app called The World of Ice and Fire that features, among other things, the first chapter of The Winds of Winter. Click below to have a look. More »

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NASA Releases A Batch Of Real Life ‘Gravity’ Photos

Real-Life Images from Space

Now that the awards season is officially over and the hype about the film Gravity can finally start to die down, NASA wants to remind us that there exists a real-life version of Gravity for us to obsess over. NASA created a photoset on their official Flickr profile that showcases a bunch of photos taken in space that mirror the scenes that we all fell in love with in the fictional film Gravity. Click thru the gallery presented here to see some of the photos then head over to NASA‘s Flickr page HERE to see the full set of photos.

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The Beyoncé Soundboardt Is Only The Best Thing Ever

Nah Naaahhh

An industrious Beyoncé fan came up with the genius idea of creating an interactive online soundboard that samples key lyrics and sounds from Bey‘s new self-titled album and has made that soundboard available to the masses. The Beyoncé Soundboardt started making the social media rounds yesterday, much to everyone’s ecstatic glee. Click below to have a look at this stunning achievement in human technology and find out how you can waste away the hours of the day by clicking around the Soundboardt to make Beyoncé sing Good Good, Bow Down Bitches, Surfboardt and more over and over and over to heart’s content! More »

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The $19 Billion Dollar Sale Of WhatsApp To Facebook Is Truly A Rags To Riches Story

From Food Stamps to Billionaires

Yesterday we learned the stunning news that Facebook made a deal to purchase the mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion dollars. According to a report by Forbes magazine, the deal is actually bigger … at $19 billion dollars. I mean, that is insane. But as insanely huge as $19 billion dollars sounds, the real focus of this Forbes feature is on the WhatsApp creators … who are truly living a rags to riches story. Jan Koum, who along with Brian Acton, is one of WhatsApp‘s creators and not too long ago, he lived on food stamps. When he signed this deal with Facebook, he did so by signing the paperwork on the welfare building where he used to get federal assistance to live. Wow. Read on to learn more about this amazing, amazing story. More »

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Facebook Is Buying WhatsApp For $16 Billion

Facebook's Bigge$t Acquisition Yet

Facebook made headlines when they purchased the Instagram app a couple of years ago for $1 billion dollars. Today they are making even bigger headlines with the news that they are purchasing the mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion dollars. It’s been pretty obvious that Facebook has been moving their business focus to the mobile world and they have been eager to conquer mobile messaging. With this $16 billion dollar deal for WhatsApp, they are making a very bold move in that direction. Wow. More »

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Nike Designer Promises Self-Lacing Shoes By 2015

Back To The Future, For Reals

Back in 2011, Nike released a limited run of Nike Air Mag shoes designed to look exactly like the Nike shoes that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II when he traveled to the future years of 2015. The only thing that made the 2011 shoes shy of perfection was the fact that they didn’t self-lace like they did in the movie. Today we learn from Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield that plans are in the works to introduce real, working self-lacing shoes by 2015 — the same year that Marty McFly traveled to the future. Um, awesome!! More »

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Facebook Adds 50 New Gender Pronoun Options

Be Whoever You Are

In a move that will likely not affect a large portion of Facebook users but will greatly impact a significant portion of users, Facebook has added about 50 new gender pronouns to its service so that users can select the gender pronoun they identify with when identifying their gender on Facebook. Altho there are numerous gender pronoun options that are now available, users can also customize their gender pronoun identifier if they cannot find one that fits who they are. As I said, while the users who identify as male or female, this will not have any effect on how they use Facebook … but I’m so happy that folks who do not identify as male or female now have the ability to identify on FB in the way that is right for them. More »

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Twitter Wants To Look Like Facebook

... Or Pinterest, Or Google+ or Whatever

In the constant evolution of social media, big changes tend to happen to our favorite websites from time to time. Back when Facebook introduced the Timeline, everyone lost their shizz for a few days … then they got used to the change and moved on. It looks like Twitter is about to introduce a big change of their own with a completely redesigned profile page for users. The folks at Mashable got to test out this new version of Twitter, click below to learn what they’ve learned thus far and get your first look at the new Twitter. More »

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