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Your Eyes Are Really Seeing This

Vote in the comments: Who do you think wins this fight, lightsaber-wielding Batman or giant angry shark? Pick your answer carefully; there are more variables than you think.

Picture: ©2010 Andrew Zubko, Zubko.com[Nerdcore via io9]

Think Gmail's Too Slow? Google's On It

At Google’s panel today at SXSW in Austin, a Gmail team member named Jonathan Perlow asked the crowd to raise their hands if they think Gmail is too slow. We love Gmail, but certainly we can sympathise with the fair percentage of those audience members who raised their hands – the problem is pretty much limited to those, like us, who are power users with hundreds of thousands of messages (most of which are junk, we’re not bragging, but still).

Breakaway: High-Schooler-Designed Robots Play Gauntlet Soccer

This picture shows entrants in this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Breakaway match. Teams of ambitious high school kids build robots to compete in what’s basically the American Gladiator version of soccer. It’s pretty amazing.

Kotaku Reviews Final Fantasty XIII: Not Perfect, But Enjoyable

Our game-loving sister site Kotaku reviewed the newest of that king of all RPG series, Final Fantasy, and found it, if not a blockbuster, worthwhile, and “a step in the right direction.” Read the whole review here. [Kotaku]

The Spiderpodium Gadget Stand Is Unnecessarily Freaking Me Out

The Spiderpodium is pretty self-explanatory: It’s a gadget-stand/tripod (well, an octo-pod, technically) shaped like an arthropod. Lacking much to explain, I’m going to tell you the origins of my arachnophobia. Everyone take a seat. It’s about to get real.

Rhapsody IPhone App Allows Downloading Songs, For Listening Offline

newVideoPlayer( {"type":"video","player":"http://www.youtube.com/v/C-wva60DptI&hl=en&fs=1&fmt=22","customParams":[] ,"width":500,"height":412,"ratio":0.824,"flashData":"","embedName":null,"objectId":null,"noEmbed":false,"source":"youtube"} );Rhapsody just released a little teaser video for the next version of its iPhone app (to be followed closely by its new Android app) that marks a major change for the service: You can now download songs instead of streaming.

IPhone-Loving Microsoft Employees Endure Unspeakable Hardship

The WSJ has a discussion today of the phenomenon of the iPhone-using Microsoft employee. Apparently that time Ballmer fake-stomped an iPhone is emblematic of some (barely) real anti-iPhone sentiment in Redmond.

Ridiculously Fast IPhone Typist Shames Soft Keyboard Haters

newVideoPlayer( {"type":"video","player":"http://www.youtube.com/v/NNcTE5WJGdw&hl=en&fs=1&fmt=22","customParams":[] ,"width":500,"height":412,"ratio":0.824,"flashData":"","embedName":null,"objectId":null,"noEmbed":false,"source":"youtube"} );This iPhone typist/possible woodpecker earns today’s Holy Shit YouTube Moment of the Day Award. I’m positive I couldn’t beat him on my Droid—hell, he’d put up a good fight against me on my laptop.

Total Solar Eclipses, 2001-2025

Want to know where you can get a glimpse of the ultra-rare total solar eclipse? This map shows exactly when and where every eclipse in the next fifteen years will be visible—and why you should move to Memphis.

The iPad's (Pre-) Opening Day Sales: 120,000

So, the iPad is finally available for pre-order, and it turns out that half of the Giz staff that bought one aren’t alone: CNN estimates Apple received about 120,000 iPad pre-orders on that first day alone.