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We need to talk about Luke's last words in the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer

We don't know about you, but we got chills.

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally here | Cult of Mac

Disney just went and made Good Friday a little extra good by dropping the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Details on the plot have been kept un

A tiny solar-powered device creates water from thin air

Scientists at the University of Berkeley and MIT have created a device that can produce drinking water out of thin air in an incredibly energy efficient way

Kangaroos overran an Australian country club, and made golf better than ever

This is how all golf should be played.

We need to talk about Luke's last words in the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer

We don't know about you, but we got chills.

This smartwatch helps you capture important moments in your life

Vienna-based firm What? is working on a radically different kind of smartwatch that focuses on sharing moments with people in your circle.

These unassuming $13 wall hooks are spying on you big time

Never feel safe in your hotel room if you spot one of these $13 wall hooks that can watch and record your every single move.

Apple vs Google vs Microsoft: who will get to the future of PCs first?

It feels like a long time since we've had a great big knock-down, drag-out operating system battle. Windows vs. Mac shook out in the ’90s. iOS vs. Android is mostly settled. But another one is...

Glossier is helping to make New York’s job report look pretty

New York's Governor Cuomo is a big fan of Glossier's Boy Brow and Balm Dot Com and Milky Jelly Cleanser and any of the p

Watch the First Trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi -

We knew it was coming at some point today, and it’s finally here! The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted during Star Wars Celebration today, and now we can all watch …

How to watch this year’s Star Wars Celebration online

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These 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' poster spoofs are hilarious

The forces of Twitter and PhotoShop is strong.

Watch the stars of Star Wars The Last Jedi talk right now!

Watch the stars and director of Star Wars 8 talk about the making of the latest installment in the sci-fi epic saga.

Google Photos will smooth your most nausea-inducing videos

Google Photos has been winning fans the last few months by introducing new features like gif editing. But now the app is getting even better with the introduction of video stabilization. The new feature rolls out in the latest app update. To use it, open a video you’ve already shot, and hit “Stabilize.” You’ll get …

The first teaser for “The Last Jedi” is here to put Star Wars fans into hyperdrive

The word 'teaser' is often used interchangeably with 'trailer,' but in the case of The Last Jedi's, it's especially apt

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Apple secures permit to test the self-driving car it's not building

Apple today received a permit to test a self-driving car on California highways. This, in case you’re wondering, is the self-driving car reports suggested Apple was scrapping.

Windows 10 review

The most exciting, but least proven, feature to come in this update is Game Mode, a new toggle that’s now part of the Windows 10 Game Bar (which too has seen some upgrades, but more on that in a moment). Game Mode tells your system to reallocate CPU and GPU hardware resources to prioritize the gaming application at hand when it’s the active, full-screen application in use. 

How to Enable YouTube's Secret Dark Mode in Chrome

That’s it, you now have an experimental dark mode available to you. Commenters are suggesting it works in other browsers as well. Firefox requires that you delete old cookies first, and it should work on Edge out of the box. I couldn’t get it to load in Safari though.

Couple gives waitress a $400 tip, then pays for her college tuition

Cayla Chandara, a waitress that works two serving jobs in Honolulu, Hawaii, recently received the tip of a lifetime from an extremely kind Australian couple visiting the island for vacation.

Republican lawmaker on privacy: 'Nobody's got to use the internet'

Sensenbrenner was taking questions in a town hall meeting, and one of the attendees asked him about the internet privacy laws he voted to roll back. Specifically, they asked why internet service providers should be treated the same as websites, saying, “I do not have to go on Facebook … I don’t have to go on Google. My [ISP] is different from those providers.”

Quarter Of All U.S. Homeowners Own An IoT Device, Says Wink

27 percent of all homeowners in the United States have purchased an Internet of Things (IoT) device for their home, according to a new “smart home index” report.

Kendrick Lamar Dropped “DAMN.” These 3 Tracks Should Be Heard ASAP

It’s worth mentioning once again that Lamar is hands-down one of the best storytellers in music. “Duckworth” is the condensed life story of Anthony Tiffith, founder and CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, where Lamar is signed. Tiffith’s life of dealing drugs and gang banging brought him back to the brink of robbing the same Kentucky Fried Chicken he knocked over years prior. It just so happened that Lamar’s father, Kenny “Ducky” Duckworth, was working at that KFC and knew Tiffith’s history, leading him to curry favor with the man by offering free chicken and extra biscuits. Ducky’s plan apparently worked and through a butterfly-effect rationale, contributed to DAMN. ’s very existence:

Gallery: The school where pandas learn how to be wild

Photographer Ami Vitale (TEDxWanChai talk: The power of a panda ), who is based in Montana, was granted rare access to document the pupils at China’s “panda wilderness school” — a program that helps prepare captive-born pandas for release — at the Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong in the Sichuan province. She was drawn to the project after researching and learning about the richness and complexity of panda history and biology. “Pandas have been on the planet for eight million years, but the first panda was only captured alive in 1936. It’s mind-blowing when you think this animal remained hidden and elusive for millions and millions of years,” she explains. Here, Vitale shares her images and shows how researchers, caretakers and doctors ready pandas for independent lives.

Facebook wages war on dummy accounts in an effort to curb fake news

As someone who uses a dummy account to avoid annoying acquaintances and cringy exchanges with the fam, I know that Facebook’s problem with fake accounts is real – but now the social media giant is taking action to protect the integrity of its platform.

General Motors drops $14 million on its Silicon Valley pad

General Motors has not set a clear roadmap for its self-driving program, unlike Ford, which wants to have a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021. Both automakers are likely to launch ride-sharing services for the self-driving cars, GM may use Lyft as the default service.

How to Spot a Link You Shouldn't Click On

A little investigative work helps when you get suspicious emails from friends and family to. Your friends and family can get hacked if they’re less careful about security than you are, and that means a dodgy link can come from a reputable source. Your next check should be on the context around the link or attachment: if it comes with very little explanation or context, or and explanation that makes no sense, or any kind of pressure to act fast, be very suspicious.

Facebook buys offline ads to combat false news

The ads are appearing in French publications the  Le Monde , Libération , and Le Parisien, among others. Each ad has ten tips, advising readers to check story sources, dates, and facts wherever possible — common sense, you’d think.


Google Hangouts Chat: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

Google Hangouts Chat is a communication app for enterprise teams. Hangouts Chat conversations occur in "rooms," and each room includes all the conversations held by a team. These conversations are threaded, so you can keep a conversation about lunch separate from a conversation about a project budget. New items appear at the bottom of the page. You can review all unread items. If a conversation started before you joined the team, you can still see the entire thread. All conversations are keyword searchable. You can filter your search by file type or person, too.

Photoshop Contest: Bernie Sanders Emerges From a Pint of Ben & Jerry's

On Friday, the Vermont Senator tweeted a photo of himself speaking at an undisclosed location with cow print curtains. Though Sanders’ account captioned the pic with an inspiring message, it was hard to ignore that the podium was made to resemble large pint of his home state’s iconic ice cream. He appeared to be rising from it, like a phoenix from the ashes.

Kendrick Lamar is releasing another album on Sunday, according to internet sleuths

Kendrick Lamar’s new album Damn . dropped last night. Anticipation was high, and Kendrick’s fans reacted to the album the way the internet has taught them to: by dissecting it for clues. Clues about what? , you, a person who is merely content to have this album, might ask. Clues about another album , the internet would respond. According to a theory floating around and rapidly growing, Lamar is going to release another album this Sunday, and it’s called Nation .

U.K. Government Injects $135 Million Into Self-Driving and Electric Projects

The U.K. government has invested £109 million ($136 million) into a mixture of self-driving and low carbon projects, aimed at spurring innovation and reducing the country’s footprint.

Major Leak Suggests NSA Was Deep in Middle East Banking System

Friday morning, the Shadow Brokers published documents that—if legitimate—show just how thoroughly US intelligence has compromised elements of the global banking system. The new leak includes evidence that the NSA hacked into EastNets, a Dubai-based firm that oversees payments in the global SWIFT transaction system for dozens of client banks and other firms, particularly in the Middle East. The leak includes detailed lists of hacked or potentially targeted computers, including those belonging to firms in Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Syria, Yemen, and the Palestinian territories. Also included in the data dump, as in previous Shadow Brokers releases, are a load of fresh hacking tools, this time targeting a slew of Windows versions.

Nintendo pulls the Famicom Mini too (but there's hope)

A tiny retread of Nintendo’s beloved Famicom console, the Famicom Mini had 30 games and two controllers with absurdly short cables. The console was extremely popular; according to Nintendo Life , the Famicom Mini sold over 262,000 consoles within a week. Even the NES Classic didn’t do that well, selling 196,000 copies  within three weeks.

How Arizona State University's stadium is improving Wi-Fi and serving as a living lab for smart technologies - TechRepublic

At this point, ASU has built out the copper load fiber plant that can support 100 Gbps, but can go up to 100 Gbps. "Everything is CAT-15 now from a copper perspective and the access points. We're a Cisco shop so they're all Cisco access points. We have access points not only in the concourse and the suites but down in the bowl as well, underneath the seats. It can get to be 120 degrees in Arizona and the sun shining on the box can get much hotter than that. It can get up to 180-200 degrees in the direct sunlight," he said.

Uber, Lifting Financial Veil, Says Sales Growth Outpaces Losses

Uber declined to report first-quarter numbers, saying they were in line with expectations but that the company hasn’t yet presented them to investors. The company said it’s pleased to see revenue growth far exceeding losses last year and that its business is still performing well this year even as it faces unyielding controversy. “We’re fortunate to have a healthy and growing business, giving us the room to make the changes we know are needed on management and accountability, our culture and organization, and our relationship with drivers,” Rachel Holt, who runs Uber’s U.S. ride-hailing business, wrote in an emailed statement.

TNW Answers • Leslie Witt

A design leader focused on re-imagining the products, services and institutions that shape our financial lives.

'Egg Sheeran' will be the perfect addition to your Easter baskets

Very few musicians make their way into Easter baskets, so congratulations Ed Sheeran. You did it.

Max Scoville @SWCO on Twitter

Man, I really need to catch up on the Star Wars Expanded Universe. It's gotten WEIRD.

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Update: Spain arrests accused Russian spammer at U.S. request … via @computerworld

Instagram Stories hits 200 million daily viewers, surpassing Snapchat after all

Even though Instagram Stories now seem to be more popular than Snapchat, it doesn’t seem like the imitation game is over. Instagram also announced new creative tools for pinning stickers into videos and creating your own selfie stickers. Snapchat debuted these features in April 2016 and December 2016, respectively, according to TechCrunch .

Wal-Mart is reportedly very close to buying men's fashion retailer Bonobos

Both the sides have agreed on a price and the deal is in its final stages, Recode said. The expected deal value could not be learned.

Windows users should be really worried about the latest NSA leak

According to The Intercept , the Shadow Brokers' April 14 release of previously undisclosed tools has the potential to comprise Windows computers running anything earlier than Windows 10. To make matters worse, one security expert says that even those using the latest Windows could be vulnerable.

Facebook has taken down thousands of nude photos in wake of Marines scandal, but it's still being criticized for not doing enough

"We do not allow harassment and remove content that appears to purposefully target private individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them," he said. "We also remove content that threatens or promotes sexual violence or exploitation. We encourage people to report content to us for review when they see something that should not be on Facebook, and also suggest reaching out to law enforcement directly if there is a situation in which the authorities can help.”

We should all be feminists

We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world — of happier men and women who are truer to themselves.

Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio , has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about US $900), Musio is now sold online through SoftBank’s marketplace and Amazon Japan, and through a handful of brick-and-mortars stores.

Public confidence in scientists has remained stable for decades

Public confidence in the scientific community and in medicine is higher than in many other institutions. Confidence is highest for leaders of the military, with 53% expressing a great deal of confidence. At the opposite end of the spectrum, just 8% of Americans express a great deal of confidence in the press and 6% say the same about Congress. On average, confidence in institutions is lower today than it was in the mid-1970s.

Meet Susan Bennett, the woman with the soothing voice behind iPhone's Siri

Curiously, her very first voice-acting gig came about quite as a surprise. One day a voice actor failed to show up for a recording session and Susan stepped in as a replacement. After she completed the session with flying colors, she hired a vocal coach and an agent with the hope of building up a new career.

Netflix Could Be Bringing Carmen Sandiego Back

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Well, the answer to that perennial question might become a little bit easier to answer. If rumors are to be believed, the international superthief might be heading to Netflix for a new animated series.

The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones of 2017

Noise-canceling headphones use microphones that listen to outside noise and special circuitry that analyzes it and generates a counter-signal. This signal does more than simply block out noise, like thick earpads on headphones (that is called noise isolation); it actively cancels out the noise to generate a quiet that's unaffected by what's going on around you. The best noise-canceling headphones work so well, many owners will put them on, turn on the power, and not listen to anything through them—just to enjoy the silence.

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This beautiful crystal TARDIS is a fine send-off for Peter Capaldi's Doctor

The TARDIS detail is pretty striking, but it's the ghostly image of Peter Capaldi inside that really catches your eye. The pose and costume come from Capaldi's first press photo in the role, but that's somehow OK... he looks appropriately frozen in time, possibly trapped by some monstrous villain like the Master, the Silence, or Nigel Farage.

Two New American Gods Clips Talk About the Deities Who Live Among Us

The man called Shadow Moon is going to learn that it’s important to listen when deities speak. Especially gods who wield hammers that tend to get covered in blood.

Elon Musk Wants Fully Reusable Rockets—But That Won't Be So Easy

“It’s good to recycle as much as possible, but often you’ll read the fine print and you’ll see that the products could only be recycled once, or it’s actually 10 percent recycled material and the rest is new,” Ella Atkins, a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, told Gizmodo. “So I think one has to be a little careful when they talk about the notion of reusing rockets, in that it doesn’t mean that every last piece on the rocket is going to be reused.”

Tesla solar panels are starting to power Hawaii island

Solar panels are not new. But now Tesla is using batteries to store power from the sun for use during peak electricity hours at night. Stephanie Elam reports from Hawaii's island of Kauai which is beginning to use the technology.

March Was Hot

So, what’s an average human being living on this round blue ball in the early 21st century supposed to do about it? Go eat a burger, enjoy this strangely warm Friday which I can’t attribute to climate change because weather does not equal climate and meteorologists will yell at me on Twitter if I tell you otherwise, and then maybe, if you’re feeling brave, tell your weird uncle that last month was 1.12 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean March temperature from 1950 to 1980, 2016 surpassed 2015 surpassed 2014 as the hottest year on record, and NASA’s Earth science division does some damn good work .

Apple gets green light to test autonomous cars in California | Cult of Mac

Apple’s self-driving car project just shifted to a new level this week thanks to California’s DMV which just gave Apple an official permit to test autonomous vehicles on public roads.

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#Facebook has knocked down a massive spammer network. Does this mean no one will try to sell us Ray-Bans now?

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23andMe Is Selling Your Data, But Not How You Think

In cases where research is being done on a rare condition that affects just a few thousand customers, Black said, the company will reach out and request additional consent beyond the standard research consent consumers agree to when they take their test. In all cases, the data is anonymized. (Though to be fair, it’s debatable how anonymous that data really is. In one case, researchers were able to find out a man’s last name using only the short repeats on his Y chromosome and access to a genealogy database .)

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Victoria's Secret announced its list of 'What Is Sexy' and it's the worst

Victoria's Secret announced its list of 'What Is Sexy' and it's the worst

Honda starts a 'green car' family

The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will go 42 miles on electricity alone before a gasoline engine turns on, providing more than 330 miles of total driving range. Unlike the fuel cell car, the plug-in hybrid Clarity will be available to buy or lease in all 50 states later this year at a price expected to be around $35,000.

These 2 dogs had a rebellious roof party and you were not invited

Turns out, the dogs' owner had not authorized this Dog Party. In fact, she didn't even know about it. But that's the thing about parties ... they're more fun if you don't tell your parents.  😎

Instagram snaps Snapchat’s hold on millennials

Instagram announced earlier this week that its Stories feature has over 200 million daily users. As my colleague Napier  pointed out , that’s at least 40 million more than Snapchat’s last reported number. I think we can safely say Instagram and Facebook have Snapchat beaten.

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52 A Nightmarish Chibi Godzilla, and More of the Best Toys of the Week
53 Millennials love Netflix stock, and it's not the only tech company they're investing in
54 Nobody agrees how the screen in your dashboard should work
56 Hackers dump NSA tools targeting millions of Windows machines | Cult of Mac
57 Less than a third of industrial decision makers have IoT strategy
58 A Nintendo Switch Mini will launch in 2019, analysts predict*
59 The original champions of 'Rocket League' didn’t survive, but they’re moving on
60 Cushioning is just a fancy new way to cheat on someone
61 Starbucks could be jumping onto the unicorn train with a new drink
62 This is what Microsoft's Xbox Project Scorpio dev kit looks like
63 Alphabet’s health division made a better smartwatch than Google could
64 BrickerBot malware will brick unsecure Internet of Things devices
65 Jason Chaffetz May Go Down In 2018 Thanks To This Crowdfunding Utah Doctor
66 15 Idiotic Internet of Things Devices Nobody Asked For
67 How to Build a Food Processor That Slices and Dices in a Thousandth of a Second
68 Why You Should Take Your Airline Complaints to the Department of Transportation
69 NYTimes Tech on Twitter
70 Candy Crush and Moschino have joined unlikely forces to create some interesting fashion
72 Scott Pruitt Spent the Last 24 Hours Lying His Ass Off
73 Windows users might want to turn off their computers this weekend, warns security researcher who's only being 'somewhat glib'
74 LG G6 Review
75 This Ball-Balancing Segway Clone Uses Physics to Safely Scoot You Around
76 YouTube has a secret ‘Dark Mode’ – this is how you activate it
77 Pentagon taking steps to secure US cyber infrastructure from attacks as war looms with North Korea
78 Alphabet's newest smartwatch is not what you'd expect
79 Maybe Apple’s Car Project Isn’t So Screwed After All
80 Open Source Chip Design Hack Chat
81 Nintendo NES Classic Edition
82 Apple may help rescue Toshiba's chipmaking business | Cult of Mac
83 Breaking down The Last Jedi trailer scene by scene
84 Politician wears baseball cap to inspect a train toilet, instantly becomes meme
85 Here's yet another way Google Photos is better than Apple Photos