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Circuit Board Insects

Julie Alice Chappell, a Portsmouth, UK-based artist, uses old computer circuit boards and video games to create these winged insects. Whether it be old Nintendo Entertainment Systems to DVD players, any electronic equipment is fair game for her creatures. She says: "My art practice involves breaking down the pre-existing materials, reinterpreting them and offering them a new form with new purpose, creating something beautiful, whimsical and precious." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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QWERTY Keyboard History

QWERTY keyboards are used everyday, but have you ever wondered how the layout came to be? If so, it was devised and created in the early 1870s by Christopher Latham Sholes, a newspaper editor and printer who lived in Milwaukee. In October 1867, Sholes filed a patent application for his early writing machine he developed with the assistance of his friends Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule. The QWERTY layout became popular with the success of the Remington No. 2 of 1878, the first typewriter to include both upper and lower case letters, via a shift key. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including some awesome waffle iron hacks.

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Smallest Computer in the World M^3

The Michigan Micro Mote (M^3) is touted as the world's smallest autonomous computer, opening up new avenues in the world of Internet of Things (IoT). No larger than a grain of rice, it's built in stacked layers that interact with each other through a special universal interface protocol, called MBus. This computer features a solar cell for charging, an optical communication photo cell, harvester control electronics layer, radio layer, processor, memory, power regulation layer, a battery layer, sensor interface layer (temp and capacitive interface), capacitor layer for stabilizing power supply and an optional layer for pressure sensor. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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SHARKK Gaming Mouse

SHARKK's 16400dpi Gaming Mouse, priced at $23.99 shipped with coupon code: WK5WHLCR (today only), brings superior performance and added functionality to MMO's, RTS's, FPS's, and every game in between. Some of the notable features include macro recording, stored profiles, adjustable DPI settings and multiple customizable buttons and settings. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: WK5WHLCR during checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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LEGO Computer Brick

Photo credit: Total Geekdom

From afar, this just looks like a giant LEGO brick, but step closer, and you'll see that it's actually a fully-functional computer. Made by Mike Schroop, it features an Intel Core i7 processor, multiple SSD drives, 8GB of RAM (upgradeable), Intel HD4600 graphics, two front USB 3.0 ports, and wireless connectivity. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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R2-Q5 Virtual Keyboard

There are these keyboards, and then this Star Wars R2-Q5 virtual keyboard. While it may look similar to R2-D2, this mech was charged with storing the Emperor's plans against the Rebel Alliance within its memory bank as well as being personally responsible for programming hyperspace co-ordinates directly into Emperor Palpatine's shuttle during covert missions. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.

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Intel Pentium III

Intel's Pentium III refers to Intel's 32-bit x86 desktop and mobile microprocessors based on the sixth-generation P6 microarchitecture introduced on February 26, 1999. Compared to its predecessor, the most notable differences were the addition of the SSE instruction set (to accelerate floating point and parallel calculations), and the introduction of a controversial serial number embedded in the chip during the manufacturing process. The first Pentium III variant was the Katmai (Intel product code 80525), which saw an increase of 2 million transistors over the Pentium II. Continue reading to see what the inside of a CPU circuit looks like under a microscope.

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Seagate Expansion 5TB

Seagate's Expansion 5-Terabyte Portable Hard Drive definitely isn't lacking in the storage department, and you can pick one up today for just $129 shipped, nearly half off the retail price. The Expansion Desktop is ready to use, no need to install software. Simply attach the USB cable to your computer and plug in the power supply. Your computer automatically recognizes the new drive, and you can begin sending files. Product page. Continue reading for a video unboxing and more information.

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Samsung Portable SSD T1

Samsung's Portable SSD T1 may be credit card-sized, but it's not lacking in storage space, packing an ample 1-Terabyte. With its laser engraved casing, chrome metal finish and jet black custom T1 cable, it fits right in with your current EDC (Everyday Carry) kit. This drive utilizes Turbo Write Technology for super fast read-write speeds of up to 450 mB/s, and it supports data encryption to boot. Product page. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Seagate 6TB HDD

Seagate's 6TB Desktop HDD ensures that you never run out of space, and it won't break the bank either, priced a just $199.99 shipped, today only. This drive is up to 45% faster than the last generation thanks to Seagate OptiCache technology. OptiCache technology combines the latest advances in hard drive microprocessors, DRAM, and proprietary caching algorithms resulting in great performance improvements for you. Product page. Continue reading for a video showing a 300TB setup using these hard drives and more information.

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