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Land Rover Explore Smartphone

If you don't need a fingerprint sensor or face identification technology, but prefer ruggedness, the Land Rover Explore Outdoor Phone should do the trick. Land Rover partnered UK-based Bullitt to create the most rugged smartphone we've seen yet, as not only is it rated IP68 for splash, water, and dust resistantance, but the device can withstand drops from nearly 6-feet without a case. Expect to shell out $800 for the phone when it hits stores in April. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Peugeot Rifter 4x4

The Peugeot Rifter 4x4 Concept looks like a normal SUV or van at first, but open up the Overland tent, and it becomes an off-road adventure vehicle. Boasting a 3.15" lift and a 4-wheel drive system that draws power from a beefy engine that produces 130 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, it can go anywhere, complete and three driving modes. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Lord of the Rings Locations

Photo credit: Bry Voydatch

Bry Voydatch is a Lord of the Rings series fan who didn't quite get the chance to actually star in the movies, but decided to do the next best thing...visit the real-life filming locations. In the photo above, she was captured leaving The Shire In Hobbit's Hideaway, Wellington. "I recently spent a couple weeks traveling the North and South islands of New Zealand and I managed to hit almost every filming site from Lord of the Rings! Here are some shots that I was able to re-create or that lined up with scenes from the movies very nicely," said Bry. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Teslonda Tesla Honda Accord

Photo credit: Jimmy Bullet

Auto fanatic Jimmy Bullet has just built an electric car unlike any other, as it packs a Tesla Model S P85D electric motor and the battery pack sourced from a Chevrolet Volt, into a first-generation Honda Accord. Not many technical specifications have been released, but the suspension appears to be from an off-road vehicle, while the 0-60 time is a reported 2.7-seconds. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information.

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Airbus Flying Taxi

The Airbus Vahana is a prototype flying car / taxi that has just completed its first test flight at an airport in Oregon. This Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft boasts wings and tail sections that rotate from vertical to horizontal. Vahana measures 20 feet long and almost 19 feet wide, while offering a projected battery range of 62 miles. You'll be able to take off and land in small areas such as parking lots or even the rook of a skyscraper. Despite hovering for just a minute in the test, Vahana aims to bring its autonomous flying car to market by 2020. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of glass potato chips.

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Samsung 30TB SSD

Solid state drives are nothing new, but Samsung's PM1643 is now the world's largest capacity with 30.72TB, which was made possible by combining 32 of the new 1TB NAND flash packages, each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips. This drive offers storage and sequential 2100MB/s read and 1700MB/s write speeds, aking it 4-times faster at random reads and 3-times faster at sequential reads when compared to a normal 2.5-inch SATA SSD on the market today. Continue reading for another picture, a video explaining how SSDs work, and more information.

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DROCON Hacker Drone

Drocon's HACKER Drone may not have anything to do with computer, but it's a palm-sized quadcopter you can pick up for $39.99 shipped, today only, originally $89.99. Featuring a an integrated 720p HD camera that works with the controller buttons, a headless mode, one-touch flips as well as return, all packed into a palm-sized design. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review, more pictures and information.

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Curtiss Warhawk Motorcycle

Specialty motorcycle manufacturer Curtiss has revealed "The Warhawk", a stunning machined aluminum bike that is powered by an air-cooled, 2200cc v-twin producing 150 bhp and 160 lb-ft of torque. Not just for looks, it can hit a top speed of 165 MPH, thanks to a machined aluminum frame, girder forks, and a Curtiss-designed stacked gearbox with transparent covers. Two caveat: only 35 units are being built and will be priced at $105,000 each. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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SpaceTrain

Forget Hyperloop, the Aerotrain-inspired SpaceTrain may eventually connect the French cities of Saran and Ruan. This futuristic train system operates in a system of subterranean tunnels operating in a low pressure atmosphere, enabling it to hit near-supersonic speeds, while preventing vibration and noise that would otherwise disrupt nearby neighborhoods. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Rio de Prata Ecological Preserve Flooding

Photo credit: YY in Brazil

Brazil was recently hit with heavy rains and flooding, which caused the Rio da Prata and Olho D'Agua rivers to overflow into the surrounding rainforest. This created an underwater fantasyland at the Rio da Prata Ecological Preserve, complete with crystal clear water. A park guide said that this phenomenon is quite rare and that water levels returned to normal by the end of the day. Continue reading for a video showing how the preserve looks on a normal day and more information.

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