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Back-to-school tech deals

Whether you've already headed back to class or are doing some last-minute preparations beforehand, it's never too late to stock up on some great tech gear for class. Download.com has got you covered with some ace deals.

The right hardware

Wondering if you should go with a traditional laptop or splurge on a more mobile tablet? Check out these savings before you pull the trigger.

$100-$150 off selected new laptops with Office 365

Looking for an upgrade? The Microsoft Store is offering up to $150 in savings on brand new computers.

$150 off Surface Pro 3… Read more

7 back-to-school apps to help you make the grade

You're already dreading the early wake-up times and the terrifying tests and term papers that are par for the coursework. While we can't excuse you from that 8 a.m. class or from the pop quiz that you're so not prepared for, we can recommend seven educational apps to ease and enrich the coming school year.

iProcrastinate ( Mac, iOS) In Intro to Psychology, you may have learned that procrastination is a sure sign of not wanting to do something. We get it. Few students are dying to write that term paper or prepare for that final. iProcrastinate … Read more

Star Apps: Frameline 38

Gay adoption, helicopter moms, and a pioneering gay athlete are just three of the stories at this year's Frameline 38: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, taking place June 19-29. Actor Alec Mapa ("Switched at Birth," "Desperate Housewives," and "Ugly Betty") talked to me about what he wants gays and allies to take away from his new documentary, "Baby Daddy." I also spoke with songwriter-actress Lisa Loeb, singer of "Stay (I Missed You)," about co-starring in the hilarious coming-of-age comedy, "Helicopter Mom." And four-time Olympic medalist Greg LouganisRead more

Doc Brown finally admits Funny or Die hoverboard video is fake

To everyone's dismay, the future has not actually arrived. Folks, hoverboards are not real.

At long last, actor Christopher Lloyd of "Back to the Future" fame conceded Wednesday in a Funny or Die apology video that the strange and still confounding online viral campaign promoting a working hoverboard was indeed a hoax, throwing in the towel on what has been a drawn-out, exhaustive social-media time suck for the last 24 hours.

HUVr, the company purported to be behind the groundbreaking new technology, is fake, as are its "Back to the Future"-inspired hoverboards. The effort … Read more

The 404 1,438: Where we get a scorching case of HTML (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- This "Back to the Future" hoverboard will blow your mind.

- 11 percent of Americans think HTML is an STD.

- Explore Jerry Seinfeld's apartment using Oculus Rift.

- Check out the first episode of Comedy Central's "Review" with Andy Daly on Thursday, March 6, at 10/9 CT.

- Follow Andy Daly on Twitter.… Read more

1981 DeLorean modded with in-dash iPad interface

Dr. Emmett Brown made a good point in "Back to the Future" when he said to Marty McFly, "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?"

If you plan on roaming the streets in a 1981 DeLorean, you might as well customize it to your liking. That's exactly what YouTube user DMCPat says in a video about the impressive modifications he made to his classic DeLorean, including adding an iPad Mini interface.

This 1981 DeLorean is a Vin 1880, which means it's one of the first 1,000 cars shipped to the US. It has many modifications, including a rear spoiler, a high-mounted third brake light, remote lock/unlock, new wheels and steering wheel, seal-beamed LED lights, LED fog lights, blue LED interior door lights, and blue LED underbody lights, just to name a few. … Read more

This 'Back to the Future' hoverboard will blow your mind

A hoverboard, like the wondrously 1980s pink variety Marty McFly cruises on in "Back to the Future Part II," is universally accepted as the most awesome thing we don't yet have. The wheel-less skateboard that floats above the ground and travels as if by magic has even become a bit of a pop culture trope recently for semi-sarcastically lamenting the slowness of technological innovation, of wanting the future right now. Sure, we have cell phone computers, car-sized roving science labs on Mars, and gigantic particle accelerators capable of recreating miniature versions of the Big Bang, but a hoverboard? Now that will be the day.

Unfortunately, anyone who stumbled onto a quickly-going-viral video Tuesday from a mysterious company called HUVr were probably devastatingly disappointed to learn, almost immediately depending on your incredulousness, that it was too good to be true. The hoverboards in the video don't just surpass the most advanced superconducting research of as little as three years ago, but blow it completely out of the water.… Read more

Nike designer: 'Back to the Future' power laces due in 2015

"Back to the Future" fans and sneaker fans pretty much freaked out in 2011 when Nike issued a limited number of Air Mag shoes designed after those from "Back to the Future, Part II." In the movie, Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly time travels all the way to 2015, rides a Hoverboard, and throws on some kicks with "power laces" that tighten automatically.

The power laces were conspicuously absent from the 2011 Air Mags, but we might not have to wait much longer for them to become a reality. Tinker Hatfield, a Nike designer famous for his Air Jordan contributions, was asked about power laces at a recent event in New Orleans. His answer, according to Sole Collector, was that we should see them next year.… Read more

Facebook: 200M people have watched their Look Back videos

For its 10th anniversary, Facebook gave each of its members a one-minute video set to music that featured their top social-networking moments. The company said Tuesday that nearly 200 million people have watched their "Look Back" videos.

The revelation came from Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, on Tuesday evening during a question-and-answer session at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference.

"It was amazing," Sandberg said of the response to Look Back. "Almost 200 million people watched [their Look Back video], and 50 percent of people who watched their own video, shared it. … Read more

'The Day We Fight Back' calls for protests against NSA spying

Those of you angered over reports of NSA spying are being urged to add your voices to those of a group of 5,300 companies and Web sites staging a worldwide protest.

Dubbing February 11 "The Day We Fight Back," organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Free Press, Mozilla, Reddit, and Tumblr want Internet users to call or e-mail their legislators to pressure them to end the National Security Agency's mass surveillance program. The groups also are asking Web site owners to set up banners on their pages to urge visitors … Read more