Squirrels: Responsible for 17% of Fiber Optic Network Damage

What’s the biggest threat to technology these days? Hackers? Anonymous? LulzSec? No. Not even close. How about squirrels? YOU BETCHA.

Alright, so maybe they’re not the biggest threat, per se, but they’re certainly not harmless. According to Level 3 Communications, which maintains an 84,000-mile fiber optic network, those bright-eyed, bushy-tailed rodents cause 17% of the damage done to their network.

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iPad Magazine from Aol Picks Stories Specifically For You

Magazines can be kind of irritating – more often than not, there’s a handful of articles you’ll read and the rest is basically worthless. Which, let’s face it, doesn’t make for a great deal in terms of buying magazines. That’s where Aol steps in! Introducing an app called Aol Editions  -- it launches tomorrow, and its laid out like a magazine, but pulls content from many different sources based on your preferences.

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Study: Internet Explorer Users Not as Smart as Users of Other Browsers

Are users of Internet Explorer less intelligent than users of other browsers? According to a new study, the answer is yes.  

The study, conducted by the web consulting company AptiQuant, found that the more obscure the browser, the more intelligent the user. Users of Internet Explorer, the world’s most popular browser, ranked the lowest in intelligence, while Chrome, Firefox, and Safari users scored slightly higher. Men and women who use obscure browsers like Camino and Opera ranked “exceptionally higher.”

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At&T to Put Cap on Unlimited Data Plans

For those of us with unlimited data plans on the AT&T network, things might start to change a bit – but only if we’re in the top5% of the company’s heaviest data users. Why? Well, the company has announced that, starting in October, smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage puts them in the top 5 percent of data users.

Customers will still be allowed to use their data, and speed will be restored at the beginning of the following billing cycle, though. Also, AT&T says that customers who are reaching that top percentile will be notified multiple times and be given a grace period for usage.

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Study: Average Person Checks Phone 34 Times a Day

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Are you one of those people who obsessively checks their phone for new email or social network updates? If so, you’re not alone. A new study has found that the average person checks their phone 34 times a day, often without even realizing it.

"It's extremely common, and very hard to avoid," Loren Frank, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco, told CNN. "We don't even consciously realize we're doing it -- it's an unconscious behavior."

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Latvians Lining Up to Buy Beer Coins

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While some countries' coins commemorate political figures and historical buildings, Latvia prefers to imprint theirs with mushrooms, snowmen, and frogs. However, a new coin issued last month has the Baltic country's Health Ministry pretty mad.

The silver one Lat coin contains a large, frothy beer stein on the back side, dedicated to the beverage binging bash known as the midsummer solstice festival.

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Which Is Better- Gas, Charcoal Or The New Infrared Grills?


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BBQ enthusiasts have long debated which is better, the gas grill or the charcoal grill? Well, soon they will have to add the infrared grill to the debate.  

Infrared technology was invented by Bill Best for the auto industry in the 1960’s to help paint dry faster. Eventually Best found other uses for the technology within the industry. 

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Archaeologists Modernize Excavation Research With The iPad

University of Cincinnati researchers have discovered a new way to collect data and record archaeological discoveries. 

Teams of archaeologists from the University have spent more than a decade excavating one of the busiest gates at Pompeii, the Port of Stabia. The project is compiling archaeological analysis of homes, shops, and businesses at the forgotten area inside the gate.  

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World's First QR Code Coin

The Royal Dutch Mint in the Netherlands designs special commemorative coins each year. However, since this year is the building's 100th anniversary, they decided to combine history with modern technology.

The "100 Years Mint Building" is the world's first coin designed with a QR code.

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Robin Williams and Daughter Zelda Star in Nintendo Ad

The Legend of Zelda video game series has a permanent place in many people's hearts, but especially so for Robin Williams. He named his daughter after the princess herself and Zelda Rae Williams grew up to become a dedicated gamer as well.

The two star in this Nintendo 3DS commercial for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which comes out this Friday. They are so adorable! Check it out!


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