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Star Apps: Armin van Buuren

Grammy-nominated Armin van Buuren is more than trance music's most respected DJ/producer. Through his radio show, A State of Trance, and his "A State of Trance Classics" album series, he keeps the genre alive by highlighting what's fresh and preserving its illustrious past. US fans can taste his trance at New York's Electric Zoo Festival on August 30 or at Las Vegas' Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub on August 31.

Tell us about your Electric Zoo Festival set. It depends on the current releases, and it'll be a mix of what the people expect … Read more

The 404 1,442: Where we're all mixed up (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Popcorn Time is just like Netflix, but everything is pirated.

- Polygon examines everything that went wrong with the "Street Fighter" movie.

- People are selling their organs on Facebook.

- In which Jeff attempts to explain cloud-gaming in Titanfall to Justin.… Read more

Van Damme epic splits in space should be the final word

It started innocently enough with a viral ad of martial arts action star Jean-Claude Van Damme pulling off an impressive set of splits between two Volvo trucks as a demonstration of the trucks' steering prowess. This was followed up by a slew of spoofs featuring everyone from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to actor Channing Tatum promoting his "21 Jump Street" movie sequel.

Perhaps the best response video came courtesy of a computer-generated Chuck Norris doing the splits between two flying airplanes. This really threw down the gauntlet. Which action star would reign supreme? Filmmaker Linh Mai has the response in the form of a video that takes Van Damme into space to perform his splits between two satellites.… Read more

Star Apps: Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson is best known for playing Eric "Otter" Stratton in the 1978 cult comedy "Animal House," and VP John Hoynes on TV series "The West Wing." But the esteemed actor and sometime director has a 40-year career with many highlights. He provided the voice for "Jonny Quest" and has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including "Yours, Mine and Ours," "Magnum Force," "Fletch," "The Virginian," "Bonanza," and "CSI." He currently plays Dr. Brick Breeland on the CW'… Read more

YouTube reveals 2013's top 10 viral videos, times have changed

Harnessing the watching power of its millions of viewers, YouTube released its top 10 trending videos of 2013 on Wednesday.

Yes, the Miley Cyrus spoof video is in there. Yes, Jean Claude Van Damme's truck split is on it. Yes, a Harlem Shake video made the list. But, what's not on the list? Cat videos, homemade videos, and wacky amateur recordings are, for the most part, missing. This year's list is full of professional videos.

Gone are the days when an unknown dad could upload a video of his son acting hilarious post-dental surgery and develop a … Read more

NSA spy games targeted World of Warcraft

CNET Update doesn't trust the night elves:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Learn about the Guardian's latest report on NSA's surveillance, which states government agencies tapped into online games to hunt for terrorists. In the wake of new reports of NSA's far-reaching online spying, several tech giants are calling for the U.S. to limit surveillance.

- Teach yourself how to code with free tutorials on csedweek.org, or sign up for Apple's coding class for kids.

- Speculate if Google TV will be renamed to Nexus TV during a reboot announced at … Read more

The 404 1,368: Where we pawn the family jewels (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Modern manners: what's the protocol for dining alone with your device?

- New type of hacking combines blackmail for digital extortion.

- Neiman Marcus offers $1.5 million outdoor entertainment system.

- Sono concept device attaches to your window; offers peace, quiet.

- Netflix to test extra features for its original shows.… Read more

Facebook's Sandberg, IBM's Rometty make Fortune power list

Several tech executives made Fortune's annual list of the most powerful women in business, with IBM's Ginny Rometty topping the rankings for the second straight year.

Rometty took over as IBM's CEO in January of 2012 after running Big Blue's sales operations. A longtime IBMer, Rometty made Fortune's list even before becoming CEO. The publication noted Thursday that Rometty is devoting resources to commercializing Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer, as well as pushing into developing markets such as Africa.

Another familiar face on the list is Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg at No. 5. … Read more

Designer sends hidden camera in the mail, records process

When you mail a package, where does it go? Who handles it? How many steps are there in the process of it leaving point A and arriving at point B? Anyone who has mailed a package may have at some point at least idly wondered what happens to it after the post office takes responsibility, but not many have done something about it.

Dutch industrial and interaction designer Ruben van der Vleuten has. When his curiosity was piqued, he decided to mail himself a hidden camera to find out.

For a project titled From A to B, he packed a small camera into a box with a battery pack and an Arduino-controlled timer circuit and motion sensor. The camera peeked out of a small, 2-millimetre hole concealed in large black letters van der Vleuten had written on one side of the box. … Read more

Faithful 3D replicas bring Van Gogh classics to life

Chances are good you'll never be able to own an original Van Gogh, but thanks to a new technique developed by Fujifilm Belgium, a faithful reproduction could be in the cards.

Called Reliefography, the technique uses a combination of scanning and printing technologies to re-create a work of art, faithfully replicating the size, color, brightness, and texture of the original work. It goes beyond the front of the canvas, though -- the detailing extends to the back, where all labels and stamps have been re-created in detail.

The five reproductions in a collection called "Relievo," created in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, are "Almond Blossom" (1890), "Sunflowers" (1889), "The Harvest" (1888), "Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds" (1890), and "Boulevard de Clichy" (1887). … Read more