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It's finally here. Apple's next generation iPhone 5 is larger than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, and yet it's still significantly lighter and thinner. The iPhone 5 will support LTE technology, which will allow it to connect to the higher-tier networks provided by the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Also new to the iPhone 5 is Apple's latest mobile processor, an entirely redesigned connector and some fancy new cameras. Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 start September 14 at $199 and 16GB, with units shipping out to the U.S., Japan, Europe and elsewhere on Sept. 21 and to additional countries a week after that. It will be available in white and black, both with an aluminum finish.
 
Virtual reality was never able to rise above a gimmick. While the technology is used in some pretty impressive ways, one area where it's always appeared a perfect fit but never found any real purchase is powering video game worlds that are immersive like nothing else before them. Why? Well, that's hard to say. Maybe for as immersive as the environments were supposed to be, the graphics weren't there yet. Maybe the engines powering the games of yesteryear didn't have gameplay that was right for an on-your-face display. Or just maybe, you know, people don't really want to wear big bulky headsets while they play a game. Well, all those hurdles look like they can be cleared with today's technology, and several companies are working on VR for gaming in a major way. Here we present our 10 picks for video games perfectly suited for this emerging, quirky tech.
 
Robot drones and remote vehicles are changing the way wars are fought. One 'bot that could help soldiers stuck in tomorrow's trenches is the AlphaDog by Boston Dynamics, which aims to "combine the capabilities of a pack mule with the intelligence of a trained animal," a DARPA manager said in a release.
 
Amazon's helmsman Jeff Bezos took to a stage on Thursday to announce the company's refreshed Kindle lineup. While Bezos focused mostly on the tablet side of things, he did have some good news for those of us who still like to read: the front-lit Kindle Paperwhite.
 
Boston Dynamics tweaked a few things with that Cheetah robot we showed you not too long ago, and now it's running even faster — faster than superhuman sprinter Usain Bolt, and almost as fast as your car. It hasn't quite caught up to your getaway vehicle just yet, but that's next on Boston Dynamics' list.
 
Good news: Ubisoft has pledged to ditch it's awful, awful piracy-prevention measures that treated every paying customer like a pirate in disguise. The company will instead adopt a method that has PC players activate their game only once, and then enjoy playing freely after that, online or off.
 
Imagine: you're riding in a spaceship toward the Moon, cresting on the wave of history itself. What happens if you get there is anyone's guess. It's unthinkable that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin could ever have done less than the impossible, but President Richard Nixon had a speechwriter prepare for the worst.

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