New Zealand to Ban Tobacco Permanently for Anyone Born After 2008

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The government of New Zealand is preparing to ban cigarette smoking forever by anyone born after 2008, according to a new report from the news outlet Stuff.

Toxic Air Has Descended on Beijing, Just in Time for the Winter Olympics

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Just two years after covid-19 forced the International Olympic Committee to postpone the 2020 Olympics, another health hazard—this one indisputably humanmade—threatens to endanger athletes at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

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Billionaire Investor Who Predicted the 2008 Housing Crash Says Crypto Is a 'Worthless' Bubble

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John Paulson, the billionaire investor who accurately predicted (and bet against) the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007, has some kind words for cryptocurrency: mainly, that it is a vacuous financial bubble bound to eventually collapse. Read more.

We're Tracking Sarah Palin's Possible Super-Spreader Journey Through NYC

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The former Alaska governor and disastrous presidential running mate is in the Big Apple to sue the New York Times for libel after it insinuated that her rhetoric was tied to the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which left six dead and Rep. Gabby Giffords with massive brain injuries.

Microsoft Knew Bill Gates Was Inappropriate With Female Staff as Early as 2008

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Microsoft brass knew that founder and former chairman of the board Bill Gates was propositioning female staff at the company as early as 2008 and told him to stop, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Remembering Rahmbamarama, the Obama Era's Most Zealous Fan Community

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The November 2008 post was a series of photos of Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois politician who had recently been named President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff.

65-year-old cruise ship gets second life after a man bought it on Craigslist

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In 2008, tech entrepreneur Christopher Wilson came across an old cruise ship for sale on Craigslist that would change his life. Now, a decade and countless hours of renovations later, Wilson hopes The Aurora can make its way back to the public


White House to Mail Out 500 Million Free Covid-19 Tests After Mocking Idea

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President Joe Biden will deliver a big speech about covid-19 on Tuesday, including an announcement that his administration will mail out roughly 500 million free at-home tests for covid-19, according to a White House press statement early Tuesday.

White House Mocks Idea of Mailing Every American Free Covid-19 Tests

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mocked the idea of mailing out free covid-19 tests to every American household on Monday, in just the latest sign that President Joe Biden’s lack of imagination is making the pandemic worse. Read more.

USA Today Deepens Story on Afghanistan War with AR Experience

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This week, the publication ran an investigative story by reporter Brett Murphy that uncovered the details of a 2008 US military operation involving security contractor GS4 that resulted in dozens of civilian casualties.

VR Parkour Game ‘STRIDE’ Coming To Oculus Quest


Similar to the 2008 action-adventure platformer Mirrors Edge , STRIDE has you physically traversing a variety of urban obstructions using unique locomotion mechanics, while at the same time fighting a never-ending wave of faceless enemies.

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Scientists Find a Meteorite That Could Reshape Our Understanding of Asteroids

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Scientists have released an analysis of a meteorite fragment gathered after a 2008 asteroid near-collision with Earth.


12 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Dropbox

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Dropbox debuted in 2008, and the cloud storage and syncing service has added a slew of features since then. But because the app is usually running in the background of your device, you might not have noticed some of the new tools you can use. Here are a few of our favorites. Read more.

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Listen to Charlie Jane Anders Read From Her Inspiring New Book on Writing

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When Charlie Jane Anders was still here at io9—she co-founded the site with Annalee Newitz back in 2008—she wrote several popular posts offering advice and inspiration to both aspiring and veteran authors of sci-fi and fantasy.

Disney’s Wall-E NFT Is Exactly What Wall-E Warned Us About

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When Wall-E hit theaters in 2008, the roaming robot’s story was a warning viewers of the societal costs of unchecked waste and environmental degradation.

Gas Hikes Prompt New York to Investigate Potential Price Gouging by Oil Companies

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Meanwhile, prices at the pump have surpassed the (non-inflation adjusted) highs of 2008. Exxon, Chevron, Shell, and BP, four of the largest petroleum companies, are raking in record profits. If that dynamic seems fishy to you, you’re in good company. First, U.S.

I Miss the Peek, My Cheap and Simple Email-Only Travel Buddy

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It seems silly now, but when the Peek debuted in 2008, it delivered something smartphones couldn’t. It sounds like a ludicrous idea. A mobile device capable of only email, released just a year after the game-changing first generation iPhone.

US Fire Administration Advocates The Use Of VR For Firefighter Training


An average of 11 firefighters have died every year since 2008 during training sessions; VR could help reduce those numbers.

12 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in Spotify

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Spotify has been streaming music since 2008, and it’s changed a lot in that time. New features are constantly added to its apps and the platform as a whole.

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12 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in Google Chrome

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Even if you’ve been using Google Chrome since it first rolled out back in 2008, the browser is capable of some tricks you may have not discovered yet.

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HBO's True Blood Looks Back at Itself With a Rewatch Podcast

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When True Blood first hit HBO in 2008, it came at just the right time. The adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries featured vampires and werewolves being sexy in Louisiana and was an extremely easy sell at the time.

V/H/S/94 Is a Grimy, Gory Found-Footage Throwback

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The first V/H/S movie came out in 2012, arriving at the tail end of the low-budget found-footage horror craze ( Paranormal Activity and REC came out in 2007; Cloverfield was 2008) and capturing the last moment in culture before VCRs became totally obsolete.

Italian History VR 360 Lesson about Siena

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It is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Italian History VR 360 Lesson about Siena the capital of the province of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.


Why You Should Ditch Google Chrome For Microsoft Edge

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The odds are good that you’re reading this right now in Google’s web browser, Chrome, which has become hugely popular since it made its debut in 2008.

Upcoming VR Parkour Game STRIDE Looks A Lot Like Mirror’s Edge


While the developer doesn’t make any official references in any of the descriptions, its obvious STRIDE takes heavy inspiration from the 2008 first-person action-adventure platformer Mirror’s Edge , at least in terms of visuals.

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‘After the Fall’ Gets New Arsenal, Free-for-all Mode & More in ‘Shock & Awe’ Update, Trailer Here

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It takes plenty of cues from Valve’s Left 4 Dead (2008), offering up intense zombie-shooting action across a good handful of bespoke levels, each of them providing ample opportunities for exploration and surprise attacks.

The Kid from 'David After Dentist' Is Now in College and Selling an NFT of His Viral Video to Pay Tuition

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In 2008, David DeVore recorded his then-seven-year-old son, David Jr., It seems like every internet meme is getting the NFT treatment these days. The latest is “David After Dentist,” one of YouTube’s earliest viral videos. babbling now-iconic lines like “Is this real life?”

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Jon Favreau’s ‘Gnomes & Goblins’ Coming to PC VR Later This Month, Trailer Here

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The project has attracted some serious talent, which includes Jon Favreau, the filmmaker behind films such as Iron Man (2008) , The Lion King (2019) , and The Jungle Book (2016).

HTC’s VP of Design Leaving to Join Google’s VR Team

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Having joined the company in 2008, in recent year’s HTC’s VP of Design, Claude Zellweger, played a key role in the design of the Vive headset, The Verge reports. The two of them initially joined HTC when their design company, One & Co, was acquired by the Taiwanese electronics maker in 2008, and their third partner in that venture was Claude Zellweger.

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Thank God, Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio Is Actually Releasing This Year

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It was way, way back in 2008 when he announced his intention to make a movie based on artist Gris Grimly’s illustrations… Read more.

Lenovo ThinkStation P620 Review: A Vehicle for Threadripper Pro

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While ThinkStation might not have as much brand identity as the more recognizable ThinkPad, for the markets that require them Lenovo’s ThinkStation range has been at the front of high-performance under-the-desk offerings since 2008.


Five Classic Video Games That Deserve A VR Remake


Originally released back in 2008 on consoles and PC, Dead Space is a masterclass in space horror. VR remakes are all the rage at the moment. Here’s our selection of classic video games we’d love to play in VR.

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'Super Pumped' already renewed for a Season 2 that's all about Facebook

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The series will likely be set a little later than the film, as Facebook recruited Sandberg in 2008 — the same year it settled its lawsuit with the Winklevoss twins.

The iPod is still in Apple's product lineup, but which models are obsolete?

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With the ubiquity of the iPhone , you might be wondering why the iPod isn't obsolete. Why would you want a device that plays music when you could have a device that plays music and is also, you know, a phone? Even though iPhone technology has far surpassed the iPod (which was revolutionary for its time), Apple still has the iPod touch in its product lineup. For keeping kids occupied or for people who cannot afford a mobile plan and use Wi-Fi only, the iPod has its advantages.

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Inspired by ‘Mirror’s Edge’, ‘Stride’ Looks to Bring Smooth Parkour Action to VR

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With inspiration from Mirror’s Edge (2008) , Stride is an intriguing indie project due to launch this Summer. In development by studio Joy Way, Stride is a VR parkour action game built atop an impressively smooth and immersive locomotion system.

‘STRIDE’ to Release This Month in Early Access, New Gameplay Highlights Creative Parkour Movement

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The gameplay footage also shows Stride starting to lean away from the Mirror’s Edge (2008) inspired aesthetic and a bit into its own art-style.

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Twitter expands 'Birdwatch,' its crowdsourced fact-checking program

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Or noting that an image of Paul McCartney waving a Ukrainian flag onstage was from 2008. Twitter announced on Thursday that it would be expanding "Birdwatch," a crowdsourced project designed to combat misinformation.