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It's been a crazy week (as always) and we're here with the only glass of blended, nutrient news-paste you need to catch up on it all. We got iPhone reviews, Mars water, lightsabers, new Kindle Fires, the story behind ctrl-alt-delete, and more. Dig in!

iPhone 5S Review: A Great Phone, With a Whole Lot of Buts

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The trajectory of the iPhone is, in most ways, the trajectory of Apple over the past decade. Insane ambition, untouchable dominance, the inevitable slowing of momentum. And now, reinvention, sort of. Mostly from iOS 7, partly from the iPhone 5S itself. But underneath it all, it's still just an iPhone. And that's still pretty good.

All 1.2 Billion Facebook Users on a Single Page

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If you want a good idea of just how many people use Facebook on a daily basis, this dizzying site manages to cram every single user onto a single page—represented by over 1.2 billion colored pixels that can be zoomed to reveal the individual faces of every member.

Retail Therapy: Inside the Apple Store

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An Apple employee is never supposed to point when giving directions in their store. For example, when asked where the iPhone cases are sold, a specialist should either gesture with an open hand or, preferably, walk the customer to the proper location.

Bill Gates: Ctrl-Alt-Delete "Was a Mistake"

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The keyboard combo that is Control-Alt-Delete may have become iconic—but according to Bill Gates it was all just a big mistake.

Scientists Created a New Form of Matter and It's Like a Lightsaber

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The latest science news out of Harvard and MIT sounds like a joke, but it's not. A team of physicists were fooling around with photons when they managed to get the particles to clump together to form a molecule, one that's unlike any other matter. And it behaves, they say, just like a lightsaber.

iPhone 5C Review: A Fresh Coat of Paint Only Goes So Far

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In a way, we already reviewed this phone a year ago. In fact, iPhone 5C is in every important way the iPhone 5 in different clothing. That's not to say it's bad phone. In fact, after spending a weekend with the iPhone 5C, I can say with certainty it's a very good phone, in the same way that last night's meatloaf is still very good meatloaf. But it's not exactly fresh.

Justin Timberlake Shows Us How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, comedy skit best friends and the human couple equivalent of a pair of colorful striped socks, teamed up yet again to shed light on a disease that's been plaguing phone-connected humans for years now: the ridiculous overuse of hashtags.

Kindle Fire HDX: Amazon's Tablet, All Growed Up At Last

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The new Kindle Fires are here. And they're pretty damn impressive. The Kindle Fire HDX, in 7- and 8.9-inch models, has improved the screen, processor, RAM, software, and body of last year's Fire HD. And that's before you get to the insane new tech support feature Amazon dreamed up. But is that enough for the Fire to shake its rep as the "cheap" tablet? Maybe.

YouTube Comments Will Soon Be Less Racist, Homophobic, and Confusing

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Ever read the comments on a popular YouTube video? There is no faster way to strip yourself of faith in humanity. It's a cesspool. And this is coming from someone who writes for the Gawker network. We know a little something about rowdy comments sections. YouTube's is worse, but it's finally about to smarten up.

Steam's Got Its Own Operating System Now

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After a forever-long countdown to a three-tiered announcement, Valve has rolled out phase one of its plan to take over your living room: SteamOS.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Just Found Water in Martian Soil

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Just when you thought ol' Curiosity was digging in for the winter, the little discovery machine came up with a doozy: It discovered water in Martian soil. NASA scientists just published five papers in Science detailing the experiments that led to the discovery. That's right. There's water on Mars.

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Hands On: The Same (In a Good Way)

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The first thing to notice about the actual Surface tablets is how similar they are both to each other and to last year's models. Aside from the Surface 2's eye-catching coat of white, the tablets both feel almost physically identical to their predecessors. That's a good thing; the well-angled bezels and overall high-quality feeling of the hardware was one of our favorite parts about both of the two Surfaces.