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Steve Jobs’ Mouse Dug Up Inside 30-Year-Old Time Capsule

Steve Jobs poses with the Lisa computer during a 1983 press preview.
Steve Jobs poses with the Lisa computer during a 1983 press preview. Ted Thai—Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images

Still far more comfortable to use than Apple's hockey puck mouse.

As legend has it, Steve Jobs gave a talk at a conference in Aspen back in 1983 and, as part of the conference, donated the Apple Lisa mouse he used during the presentation to a giant time capsule that was later buried nearby.

CNET’s Daniel Terdiman reports that the time capsule was to be dug up in 2000, but the location of the capsule got all discombobulated due “in part to a major landscaping project in the area.”

However, a National Geographic show called “Diggers” found and unearthed the capsule last fall. The episode spotlighting the unearthing will air February 25, but here’s CNET’s exclusive clip of the event.

These guys are excited, no? Like, over-the-top TV excited.

[CNET]

TIME Video Games

Common Sense Prevails: Goat Simulator Video Game Coming Soon for $10

Never ever EVER underestimate the will of the people when it comes to our desire to run around wrecking stuff as a digital goat.

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Never ever EVER underestimate the will of the people when it comes to our desire to run around wrecking stuff as a digital goat.

What began as a half-joke, half… well, maybe a full joke by Coffee Stain Studios, footage uploaded to YouTube of Goat Simulator’s alpha gameplay whipped the collective Internet into such a froth that Coffee Stain has decided to go through with the game. It’s available now for pre-order on Steam for $10.

Since we last checked in with Goat Simulator, some new moves have been added: namely, the ability to use your tongue to grab stuff and swing it around at terrified humans. Aside from that, the overarching premise of the game is pretty simple.

According to its description on YouTube:

Goat Simulator is like an old school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you’re a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. It brings next-gen goat simulation to YOU.

The Goat Simulator website looks to tamp expectations a bit further by adding that we won’t see multiplayer features and the game isn’t planned for Mac or Linux. We might someday see the ability to cobble together our own levels, however.

Oh, and there’s this disclaimer, too:

Goat Simulator is a small, broken and stupid game. It was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat.

I’m good on hula hoops and bricks, but the possibility of owning a real-life goat hadn’t dawned on me until right now. I’ve got some thinking to do.

Goat Simulator [Product Page via Gamespot]

TIME Google

What 2014 Might Look Like for Google

Ars Technica's Ron Amadeo has a thoroughly thorough roundup of the things that Google is either known to be working on or believed to be working on this year.

Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo has a thoroughly thorough roundup of the things that Google is either known to be working on or believed to be working on this year. It’s thorough, if I haven’t mentioned that already.

The mainstays you’d expect are there — Android, Chrome, Google Glass, self-driving cars – and Amadeo posits that we might see a big push into gaming as well.

Add to that the ongoing initiative to get more of the world online through a combination of infrastructure buildouts, cheap smartphones, and those Internet-access weather balloons. We’ll also likely see a bigger push into health, with things like Google’s diabetic contact lenses and its death-defying Calico project.

The 2014 Google tracker—Everything we know Google is working on this year [Ars Technica]

TIME Portables

How to Sell Waterproof Gadgets, Sony Edition

But is it safe to drink the water after taking the MP3 player out?

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Sony may be bidding adieu to its PC business, but the once-mighty (still-mighty?) tech giant has sure figured out how to market waterproof MP3 players.

The Bottled Walkman campaign seen in the above video tells the tale of Sony’s $100 W Series wearable MP3 player being stuffed into bottles of water and sold in vending machines at a swim training center.

As The Next Web reports, these gadget-filled water bottles made the rounds in New Zealand thanks to an ad agency there. No word on a broader push – this seems mostly like a proof-of-concept marketing test more than anything else. A true test, of course, would be to put these things into vending machines that only accepted $1 bills.

TIME How-To

30-Second Tech Trick: How to Mute Group Email Messages

Prevent annoying reply-alls from incessantly flooding your inbox with this quick trick.

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If you’re using Gmail and you’re tired of all the reply-alls coming in for a certain message, here’s what to do:

1. Select the message, and then click the More button in the upper right-hand corner, and then Mute.

2. Future replies will skip your inbox, though you won’t actually be removed from the message. To get the message back, look for it under All Mail or search for it using Gmail’s search tool.

3. There’s a similar feature for certain versions of Outlook — sometimes called Ignore — so check with your IT person (or search the web for it) to see if it’ll work.

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TIME Automotive

Would Buy: Concept Car Launches Flying Drone to Scout Traffic and Take Selfies

It's meant to be affordable and stylish – aimed squarely at youngsters who like selfies and don't like traffic.

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Renault has cobbled together a compact SUV concept called the Kwid. It’s meant to be affordable and stylish – aimed squarely at youngsters who like selfies and don’t like traffic.

In that spirit, the Kwid sports a little flying drone that can launch from the roof of the car, buzzing up ahead of it to scout out traffic conditions or hovering above it to record your ever-exciting commute. You could then share footage and photos of you driving, for instance. A car selfie, as it were.

In the above video, you can watch Renault staffers talk about the Kwid as though it’s a tried and true product, though don’t get too excited: This is simply a concept right now, which may or may not ever make it to market. Aside from the drone thing, the driving setup is a bit unique as well. Renault imagines the resurgence of the old-timey bench seat, except this time, the driver sits in the middle, with a passenger on either side. Cozy!

Renault Kwid [Renault.com via The Verge]

TIME Web Video

FINALLY, a Goat Simulator Video Game

Immerse yourself in the wonderment of being a goat on the loose in a medium-density residential zone.

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Immerse yourself in the wonderment of being a goat on the loose in a medium-density residential zone.

Run around the streets, but look out for cars! They’re not used to seeing goats. Climb up really tall construction scaffolding (or whatever that is)! Use your head to knock buckets toward humans! Do flips! Enjoy realistic neck physics!

I don’t understand what’s going on here, but I don’t want to understand.

Unfortunately, this game might never be yours to play, as it’s Coffee Stain Studios “just playing around a bit with programming stuff,” according to the YouTube video’s description.

Understandably, there are several YouTube comments, Facebook comments and tweets asking for this to become publicly playable. Keep your hooves crossed that it’ll happen.

Goat Simulator 1st Alpha Gameplay [YouTube via Geekologie]

TIME Web Video

Apple 1.24.14 Video Shot Across 5 Continents in 1 Day Using Only iPhones

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mac, Apple spent January 24 shooting a short (really short – a minute and a half) film simply called "1.24.14."

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To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mac, Apple spent January 24 shooting a short (really short – a minute and a half) film simply called “1.24.14.” You may recall January 24, 1984 as the day that Steve Jobs and friends first unveiled the Mac at an investor meeting.

The film was shot using only iPhone 5s phones, with crews working in 15 locations spread around five continents. The piece was remotely directed by Ridley Scott’s son, Jake Scott, from Los Angeles, where footage was beamed in from all the other locations. (Ridley Scott directed the infamous 1984 Mac commercial.)

When the dust had settled, the team had 70 hours of footage to comb through that had been shot on 100 iPhones. The piece was edited by a team of 21 editors led by Angus Wall. And believe it or believe it, Apple gear – laptops, desktops and tablets – was used to cut the film together.

You can check out the backstory on Apple’s site.

Thirty Years of Mac – “1.24.14” Film [Apple.com]

TIME Web Video

How to Watch the Super Bowl Live Online

No TV? No problem. Well, hopefully no problem. It's complicated. Here are a couple sources you can use to watch the big game online.

No TV? No problem. Well, hopefully no problem. It’s complicated. Here are a couple sources you can use to watch the big game online.

On Your Computer

This is probably the easiest way to watch the game online, as CBS is the network that’s broadcasting the game on TV.

Go here: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/superbowl/live/online

The major caveat: “CBSSports.com’s live streaming of the Super Bowl is available in the United States, its territories, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda,” says CBS. If you’re not in one of those areas, you’ll have to explore – ahem – other options.

On Your Smartphone or Tablet

If you’d like to watch the game on your smartphone, you’ll need to a) be a Verizon customer and b) use Verizon’s NFL Mobile app:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobitv.client.nfl2010

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nfl-mobile/id432015643?mt=8

If you don’t have a compatible Verizon phone, CBS’s video streams are currently working on iPad and iPhone (I tested them and found them to be working as of 10am Friday) directly through the web browser.

Same link as above: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/superbowl/live/online

CBS’s live streaming coverage of the game begins at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, February 3rd. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30.

Here’s some other Super Bowl-related content while you wait:

TIME Ask TIME Tech

30-Second Tech Trick: How to Schedule Email to Be Sent Later with Gmail

Send messages in the future and temporarily clear out your inbox with the same Gmail extension.

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If you’re using Gmail, the Boomerang extension will not only allow you to schedule messages to be sent sometime in the future, but you can also use it to temporarily clear messages out of your inbox until you’re ready to deal with them.

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