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Real Or Fake Tech Headlines? Weekly Quiz

There's no shortage of tech news that seems too strange to be true. Can you tell the real headlines from the ringers this week?
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(Image: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen)

Each week in tech we see truth that is stranger than fiction.

Another major corporation suffers an embarrassing breach of customer information. Another device maker launches a product that leaves people scratching their heads and saying, "What?" A major cloud service provider gets hacked, leaving a trail of naked celebrity selfies in its wake.

With news like this, it's pretty hard to tell what's real and what is the figment of a fevered imagination.

That's why we're bringing you another Real or Fake? quiz. Each slide has one real headline and three fakes. See if you can spot the real tech headline. Reminder: We trust you not to use Google, and not to scroll ahead for the answers.

When you're done, let us know how you score in the comments section below.

Have fun!

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9/16/2014 | 5:35:48 PM
Re: Fooled me
@Technocrati: yes, that was my favorite sounds-too-fake-to-be-real headlines, too, and it is in fact real. I can't wait to see how that is applied in the real world. I realize it's highly conceptual by now, but the possibilities are truly amazing. Imagine an office building that could expand and contract based on capacity needs. Or, expand and contract to make optimal use of energy at different times of the year. Imagine how that material might be used to quickly build up housing in the event of a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis.

Definitely gets the imagination going.
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/15/2014 | 8:36:20 PM
Re: Fooled me
@Technocrati: You scored the best out of everybody so far! Congrats. I'd say three right out of five is excellent, especially considering the unpredictability of the tech world.

Do you have a favorite real one?

Or a fake that made you LOL?
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/15/2014 | 8:34:35 PM
Re: Fooled me
@Michael: Don't worry, we won't judge. Did you mean this as your favorite fake one?

Feminist Designer Creates Office Building With All-Glass Ceilings

Heh--I would like to see that myself. I'd also like to see Google Glass available at LensCrafters, I have a feeling that will happen sooner.

:)
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/15/2014 | 8:22:45 PM
Re: Fooled me
@Shane--Heh heh. That was my evil plan in choosing the Apple headline. I see it worked. 

Do you see a fake headline you wish were true?
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/15/2014 | 8:20:00 PM
Re: I'd believe anything about Apple
@Pedro: Thanks, I hope you had fun with it. Here's my favorite of the real headlines: A New Concept for Shape-Shifting Architecture That Responds to Heat.

Here's the URL for the original Wired article on the concept:

http://www.wired.com/2014/09/a-new-concept-for-shape-shifting-architecture-that-responds-to-heat/

Truly revolutionary, I hope we get to see this become reality.

Do you have a favorite real headline?

Or maybe a fake one that you wish were true?
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/15/2014 | 8:17:47 PM
Re: I'd believe anything about Apple
@Pedro: Thanks! This is great fun, just shows that the real news is sometimes hard to believe. My favorite real headline was this one: A New Concept For Shape-Shifting Architecture That Responds To Heat

Here's the URL:

http://www.wired.com/2014/09/a-new-concept-for-shape-shifting-architecture-that-responds-to-heat/

Some amazing stuff there that i'm glad is true, It looks like it could revolutionize architecture someday.

Did you have a favorite real headline? Or maybe one you wish was true?

 
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Michael Endler,
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9/12/2014 | 9:55:05 PM
Re: Fooled me
You did better than me! I missed every one, which is both sad and impressive, since probability says I should have gotten one right from random guessing. But the "glass door" one was awesome; I guess I just liked it so much I wanted it to be the right one.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/12/2014 | 3:48:39 PM
Fooled me
This was tough. I only got two right out of five. The Apple Watch one tricked me -- I thought it was so obvious that it had to be made up.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
User Rank: Strategist
9/12/2014 | 1:53:25 PM
Re: I'd believe anything about Apple
@David: haha! you get bonus points for that. Had to make it a little easier than last week's quiz, right?
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David F. Carr,
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9/12/2014 | 10:46:26 AM
I'd believe anything about Apple
I knew the Apple headline had to be among the real ones because every combination of words with "Apple Watch" has been published somewhere on the web in the last few days.
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