Archive for November, 2014


If you’re still checking the temperature of your food by opening up the oven or grill to look at a thermometer, it’s time to level up.

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In a proud and noble tradition stretching back a whole two years, NASA yesterday did Black Hole Friday, rather than just flogging a few Apollo mini-figs for 25 percent off.

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I’m just taking it as read by this stage that you’ve seen the trailer for the new Star Wars movie . But you can’t claim true nerddom until you’ve seen this incredible Lego recreation.
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This is the first look at J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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I can’t stop staring at this overwhelming photo of British troops in Afghanistan. Both serene and stressful at the same time, the dusty Chinook silhouette hangs frozen in time over the soldiers’ heads.

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Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means turkey, mashed potatoes, and explaining tech-related news stories to your parents and extended family because hey, you read a bunch of blogs and you even know what a yik-yak is!

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Battery packs are easy to come by, but what’s a bit more difficult to find is a battery pack that’ll keep your gear charged, charge it completely if it’s low on battery, and still be sturdy and well-built enough to go with you anywhere—and we mean…

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Toshiba has dozens of laptops and convertibles on sale early for Black Friday, the biggest discounts being offered on top-shelf Qosmio gaming systems.

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My superhero loving 7yo daughter not impressed when she spotted this sign in @Tesco today @LetToysBeToys pic.twitter.com/8F3bsRv6PK — Karen Cole (@karlou) November 22, 2014 With a frown that rivals Grumpy Cat’s, one little girl set out to express…

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Think you have travel woes this Thanksgiving? At least you don’t have to push your own plane down a frozen tarmac in negative 61 degree temps like these travelers in Siberia did.
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Twitter is starting a new program called App Graph that tracks all of the other apps people have on their phones. You might be wondering why Twitter cares if you’re a Candy Crush fiend or if you also use Instagram.

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DARPA is going gaga over the pew-pew. The department just awarded a Northrop Grumman a $20.2 million contract to begin the second phase of its Excalibur Program—one which aims to give the same kind of missile-frying laser cannon that’s currently…

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Join CyaNideEPiC and I as we traverse the JurassicCraft modpack world of awesomeness. We are both archaeologists and geneticists looking for dinosaur remains, but it seems someone is trying…

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If part of your morning routine involves coffee, it’s likely that you have a very specific ritual about which cups you use.

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Mercedes-Benz is the official victor of the Formula One Constructor’s championship, but for me, it doesn’t matter who won officially. The way I see it, Red Bull Racing keeps winning everything.

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There are so many great Android phones on the market right now that no list could contain them all, but when we asked you for your picks , you gave us a great selection.

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Looking to add to your sci-fi snowflake collection? Bring some snowy Time Lord wonderment to your home with the amazing patterns from Tumblr user oddlycrafting.

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We generally look for dream jobs that aren’t overly stressful or pay really well, but there’s another factor that should be considered: feeling like you make a difference.

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The 900-foot deep hole is actually a 900-foot tall giant chimney which actually makes this stunt even crazier because Flaviu Cernescu, the daredevil strolling over the hole, actually has to free solo climb the entire thing before he can walk.

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Startup Keyssa wants to replace cords and connectors with speedy wireless transfer technology.

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Two technology tools for real estate agents that will help organize appointments and engage clients online

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Years after his death, the former Apple CEO still wins patents.
What is Steve Jobs’s legacy? Here’s one measure: since his death in 2011 from pancreatic cancer, the former Apple CEO has won 141 patents.

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By now, the Nest Learning Thermostat needs no introduction. You probably already know that it almost never gets a meaningful discount outside of Black Friday, so if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one, it’s officially time to strike.

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When it comes to encryption, some of the Department of Justice’s views are… interesting . Now, it transpires that it’s been using laws that date back 225 years to get phones unlocked, too.
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When deciding which goals to focus on, it helps to know which ones aren’t a priority. Warren Buffett did this by creating a list of goals, then picking the most important ones for a second list.
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Ever wish you could take on Black Friday with a secret weapon? One that would help you brave the crowds and come out victorious? Well, we’ve got, not one, but five of ’em to help you out!

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Intel revealed its latest processor roadmap in a recent investor call. While Broadwell is on track in mainstream notebooks the company said little about new silicon for desktops or affordable 2-in-1s.

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Photos via Uno. Mark Long thinks we take out our smartphones too many times per day, and now he’s come up with a solution to fix that problem. The former M

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Category-wide sales on Amazon are few and far between, and this is one of the most wide-ranging discounts they’ve ever offered: Promo code HOLIDAY30 will take 30% off any physical book they sell, up to $10.

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Fried turkey is delicious but if you don’t know how to cook it properly you could end up burning your house down. Here’s proof in the form of five fiery GIFs, the most violent fried turkey disasters on the internet.

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Large-scale solar plants are monstrous construction projects, that cover hundreds or thousands of acres of land in photovoltaic goodness. This amazing video shows how they go from concept to reality.
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Thanksgiving leftovers are tasty and can often feed you for days, but how long before bacteria and mold make the turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce no longer safe to eat? Keeping food fresh is easy as pie.

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Remember Microsoft’s Sam? He was the text-to-speech converter that came bundled into Windows XP. And now he’s decided to have a go at the The Piña Colada Song. You should listen to this, it’s great.
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If you use social networks to follow other people who share your first name, you’re not alone. The question is why.

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Porsche’s Research and Development chief has new variants of the Panamera. Most likely heading for the production line is the Sport Turismo wagon, but coupe and convertible iterants are possible as well.

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When Glacier National Park was dedicated in 1910, this stunning span of the Rocky Mountains on the Montana-Canadian border counted over 150 thick, morphing ice sheets that gave the park its name.

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Having people over can be a wonderful, festive, occasion if you prepare for it properly. These quick checklists are useful reminders for what to clean, buy, and write if you have friends and family coming to town.

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Amazon’s kicking off Thanksgiving with solid discounts on a number of Kindle ereaders and tablets. It’s not wholly uncommon to see similar deals throughout the year, but it’s nice to have them all occurring at the same time, instead of ad hoc.

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I think it’s well known that beer is one of mankind’s greatest inventions. But aside from the perfect taste, and ability to make in-laws seem magically more tolerable, it turns out that beer also has its very own built-in anti-spill mechanism.

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According to The Verge, Microsoft is planning to unveil the consumer preview of Windows 10 at an event in late January. We’ll apparently see new consumer features, including a touch interface, and get more news on Microsoft’s phone and tablet lines.

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Ever looked at your phone and thought it would be a whole lot prettier without all those FCC logos and regulatory compliance numbers printed on the back? Well, from now on, they’ll be a thing of the past.

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ShopRunner is like Amazon Prime shipping, but for over 100 other online stores (including Newegg, Domino’s, TigerDirect, and a bunch of clothing retailers). A subscription normally costs $79 for year, but today you can get it for $8.

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Fliers arriving in the Baltimore region this holiday season may notice smoother descents into BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport , while residents in Towson and other area suburbs might hear a bit less noise overhead.

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It may look like just a wallpaper, but reader DeviousDog put some work into making sure that it had just the right tools at hand and that all of the tempting distractions of his computer were far away while he was trying to work or study.

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Saleen has ambitious plans, but it may not be around to see them through. The company says it owes millions of dollars, but only has $7,261 in the bank. It’s seeking a very rich buyer.

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Data from read-it-later app Pocket appears to show that iPad owners who upgraded from an iPhone 5/5S to one of Apple’s iPhone 6 handsets are ignoring their tablets, with the phones’ larger displays apparently meeting users’ requirements for content…

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Home Depot’s data breach might have happened several months ago, but the company will likely face the fallout for much longer as it faces 44 civil lawsuits stemming from the data breach.

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It’s the time of year where we all give thanks, and among many other things, we here at Lifehacker are thankful for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!

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Building your own computer is one of the most fun and personal projects you can take on. We’ve shown you how , and offered up specific builds to get you started .

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GoPro is reportedly designing its own range of drones incorporating its HD video cameras, with a launch set for next year.

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Amazon offers a Fire Phone for $200 unlocked from its website. The deal also comes with a one-year Amazon Prime membership. The phone is heavily discounted at AT&T, too.

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ShopRunner is like Amazon Prime shipping, but for over 100 other online stores (including Newegg, Domino’s, TigerDirect, and a bunch of clothing retailers). A subscription normally costs $79 for year, but today you can get it for $8.

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Users of Windows 8/Windows Phone can access 100 free albums for download from the tech giant, as well as a selection of 50 “box sets” for under $3 each.

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Amazon has been fairly quiet up to this point for Black Friday, but if this camera deal is any indication, they’re ready to bring out the big guns.
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This wonderfully made animation plays up war as something that’s actually fun. There are guns that shoot out flowers and grenades that are actually caramel apple lollipops.

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This year, I am thankful for Chance the Rapper. Chance, whose 2013 mixtape Acid Rap had some of the best music of last year , hasn’t released a debut LP yet, but his side projects are producing some good results.

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Tights can be very delicate and easy to ruin with a single snag. If you dampen them with water, then freeze before wearing them for the first time, they’ll last longer.
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We’ll update this list throughout the Thanksgiving weekend as we find new deals. Let us know in the comments if you spot anything that we missed.
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Elon Musk’s private space company, SpaceX, has been coming on in leaps and planetary-sized bounds of late, so much so that it’s apparently threatening our friends across the pond.

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We are entering an exciting new era for innovation and technology that is full of unmeasurable potential and opportunity. Not only does this apply specifically to the internet, but goes beyond it in many areas of business and technology….

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The Power Up 3.0 was the first paper airplane that actually let you steer and fly your folded creation like an RC toy, but in terms of durability it was still just made of paper.

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Starting today, Americans will engage in the county’s annual combat ritual: Holiday Travel Season—a brutal tradition pitting travelers against the monolithic security and transportation apparatus in a race to their respective destinations.

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A new story based on the Snowden documents and published in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung shows how the GCHQ worked with Cable & Wireless — acquired by Vodafone in 2012 — to eavesdrop on Internet and telecommunications traffic.

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This is an interesting paper — the full version is behind a paywall — about how we as humans can motivate people to cooperate with future generations.

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Technology is often heralded for personalizing learning. But what has edtech done for students with disabilities, who may need personalized education the most?

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Nothing makes dealing with visiting friends and families during the holidays easier than a little liquid courage.

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Twitter will soon start tracking the apps you have on your mobile device in a move that it says will help it to deliver more relevant content to timelines, though you can opt out if you’d rather not have the service peeking into your library.

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Break the endless cycle of having to buy a new neck pillow every time you fly because you forgot to bring the last one with Tumi’s Patrol Travel Puffer Jacket.

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The Nissan GT-R may be relatively new to the U.S., but it’s been on sale in its home market much longer, since 1969, in fact. Nissan is commemorating 45 years of the GT-R with a limited-edition model.

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The current crop of Android Wear smart watches certainly isn’t perfect, but the LG G Watch was actually a pretty good first attempt .

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Brick walls and archways can be difficult to attach a string of Christmas lights to, but with the help of hot glue, your lights will go wherever you want them.
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Cows are big hulking creatures—not so great for tipping over while drunk, but great for turning into living factories that make massive quantities of antibodies.

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This is a creepy story. The FBI wanted access to a hotel guest’s room without a warrant. So agents broke his Internet connection, and then posed as Internet technicians to gain access to his hotel room without a warrant.

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Sony released a teaser video next month’s PlayStation Experience event which points toward a new game from Twisted Metal and God of War creator David Jaffe’s new independent studio.

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Earlier this year, the European Union Court of Justice ruled that people could ask Google to delete sensitive information from its Internet search results. Now, it wants to extend the measure around the rest of the world.

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Opera wants to shake up the app store as we know it. Instead of one-time paid and free apps, it wants to build a store where each and every app works as a subscriptions service.
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Foxconn is said to be gearing up to produce sapphire glass—the tough screen covering many were expecting to see in the iPhone 6—in a newly purchased plant.
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Ubisoft is offering Assassin’s Creed Unity’s first DLC, Dead Kings to everyone as a gift to make up for the buggy launch, according to a letter from CEO Yannis Mallat.

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I basically live in Google’s Chrome web browser. It’s a decision I made to save my sanity when it became part of my job to change laptops every few weeks. No need to back up files that way!

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Mercedes-Benz has introduced a family-focused variant of the sleek CLA-Class. Designed exclusively for the European market, the CLA Class Shooting Brake packs the same engines as its four-door counterpart but it boasts a more spacious interior.

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There will be PS4 bundles at some point in the Black Friday/Cyber Monday craziness that include games like GTAV and The Last of Us, but with this $330 PlayStation 4, you don’t have to worry about actually wanting all the games in the bundle, and…

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Challenging a sibling or cousin to a wishbone breaking contest is as much a Thanksgiving tradition as stuffing, pumpkin pie, and awkward family conversations.

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Even at full price, the $35 Chromecast is one of the best deals in tech, so when it’s a full 1/3 off, it’d almost be criminal not to buy it. And when you factor in the two free months of Hulu+, you’re really only paying about $10 for the hardware.

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Stuck at home for the holiday? Here are a dozen family-friendly movies you can stream to turn this Thanksgiving into a memorable movie marathon.

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Don’t smoke in the train station. Don’t spit your gum on the floor. And please, god, don’t splay your legs out like no one else is around you.

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iOS: Music Center is a widget for iOS 8 that lets you browse your entire music library from the Notification Center. Once it’s enabled, you can start playing music without having to open and browse through the Music app.

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The Philips Hue home lighting system is one of the great aspirational geek home decorating items of our time , but unfortunately, it’s rarely discounted.

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Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro has finished his script for the long-rumored Justice League Dark movie and sent it to Warner Bros. for review.

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After Sony Pictures dropped Danny Boyle’s biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Universal Pictures has acquired the film, which was penned by Aaron Sorkin.

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The Raspberry Pi is a great little mini-computer for playing classic video games from your childhood.

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Consuming two kinds of potatoes in the presence of loved ones calls for a holiday-appropriate movie. You could load up the heartwarming Planes, Trains and Automobiles, or dive right into Christmas season with It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Whether you’re traveling and bringing the gravy with you, or you want to keep it fresh for your Thanksgiving leftovers, your secret weapon is a simple thermos of coffee carafe.

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In a few months, an all-new Cadillac CTS-V will be along. However, before that happens, we wanted to say goodbye to the old car the only way we know how: driving it on Circuit of the Americas and then across five states and 2,500 miles.

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Well, here’s something cosmic to be thankful for this weekend. A NASA-led study of the Van Allen radiation belts has uncovered new information about the invisible “shield” that keeps harmful ultrarelativistic electrons from the Earth.

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Retailers took their time, but this is an amazing set of Black Friday gaming deals. Deals will be hyperlinked as they go live.
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On this day in 1975, the venerable X-24B, an experimental aircraft that paved the way for the Space Shuttle’s lifting body design, made its 36th and final test flight in the skies over southern California.

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Turkey does not make you drowsy after you eat it. Now to be clear, turkey does contain tryptophan.

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It was originally created for NBC, but Netflix has snagged exclusive rights for 2 seasons of Tina Fey-created comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starting March 2015.

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With the help of a mobile app, the Sunn light can be synchronized to any time zone in the world so that it mirrors the natural rise and fall of the sun in that area, acclimating you to different night and day cycles.

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Many of us are hitting the road this week to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, or just to go home for the holidays in general. Whether you’re headed out or staying in, here are some scenic vistas you can use to dress up your desktop.

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