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'Chewie, we're home': New 'Force Awakens' trailer lands - CNET

The second teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has arrived. Plus, we've got more information about the mysterious new characters, including the newest member of the droid family.

The New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser Is Here & It's Amazing

During the "Star Wars" Celebration panel on Thursday, J.J. Abrams introduced the new teaser trailer for the movie. There's more of Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley's Rey, John Boyega's Finn and the reunion of Harrison Ford's Han Solo...

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How 'Mortal Kombat X' uses comedy to make us okay with violence

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New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer ventures into a war-torn galaxy

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It happened: Grand Theft Auto V is running in VR

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The Kinky, Controversial History Of Calvin Klein In 3 Minutes

By 1973, his clean, simple designs had become an iconic look. And soon enough, the brand would help launch the careers of Brooke Shields (who famously had nothing between her and her Calvins), Mark Wahlberg (of the famously sagging pants), and Kate Moss (still very famous), who all starred in controversial ad campaigns. Watch the video above to learn more about the company's scandalous past and sensual marketing, what prompted an FBI investigation, and how it bounced back to rack up $7.1 billion in sales in 2013.

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Moore’s Law turns 50: What’s next for this tale of incredible shrinking chips

In addition, with research under way into new materials and technologies, silicon may be on its way out, a change that could fundamentally transform Moore’s Law. There’s a lot of interest in a family of so-called III-V materials—compounds based on elements from the third and fifth columns of the periodic chart—such as gallium arsenide or indium gallium arsenide.

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Ted Ullyot Joins Andreessen Horowitz To Build First Policy Group At A VC Firm

Other firms have hired prominent Washington insiders as advisors and to help foster ties with government. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, for example, counts former vice-president Al Gore among its staff and former Secretary of State Colin Powell among its strategic advisors. But no firm has built a policy and regulatory affairs group, as Andreessen Horowitz plans to do. The size of the group has not yet been determined.

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Microsoft Will Bundle Its Apps on Cyanogen OS

Given Windows Phone’s distant third place role in the smartphone wars, it’s sensible for the company to increase its focus on getting more users onto its services rather than just its operating systems and hardware. After all, Microsoft still makes money whether you use Bing on your Windows Phone or Android.

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Verizon signs college sports deals for its upcoming internet TV service

Verizon has made deals with ESPN, CBS, and other networks to distribute college sports content over its upcoming "mobile-first" internet TV service. Signing deals that'll allow subscribers to watch major games online has been one of the big hurdles for internet TV services, and the deals that Verizon is announcing today really just underscore that: they aren't necessarily going to give viewers access to the biggest games — they're mostly about highlights, clips, and commentary.

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AppleInsider's iOS app gets support for native iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen resolutions, Apple Watch companion app in update

With the updated AppleInsider iOS app, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners can get the day's freshest Apple news delivered in screen resolutions native to their handset, while Apple Watch owners will be granted quick access to headlines when the device launches next week.

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Moore's Law Hits 50, but It May Not See 60

What will Intel do? He didn’t say, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Intel doesn’t have a long-term plan. After all, it spent $11.5 billion on research and development last year, up from $10.1 billion in 2012 and another $10 billion and change on capital expenditures. Few can keep up with that. A decade ago the number of companies with “leading edge” chip manufacturing capacity was 18. Today there are only four: Intel, Samsung, GlobalFoundries and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.

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ComScore: Bing passes 20% search share in the U.S. for the first time

As you can see in the chart below, both Google and Yahoo slipped 0.1 percentage points while Bing managed to squeeze out a 0.3 percentage point gain (presumably it also stole from smaller search sites). Microsoft can now say 1-in-5 searches in the U.S. are conducted on its search engine.

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These are the Star Wars Twitter emojis you’re looking for

“In anticipation of the theatrical release of ‘ Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens ,’ we partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm to create custom Twitter emojis,” the post read, “giving Twitter users the ability to show their enthusiasm for the ever-evolving Star Wars universe.”

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Star Wars Celebration: Star Wars: Battlefront Release Date Possibly Leaked - IGN

NeoGAF user salromano  spotted that the source code for the Star Wars: Battlefront website  lists November 17 as the release date for the DICE-developed game. The hidden text says: "The latest news and updates for Star Wars Battlefront. Available November 17, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC."

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Don’t Line Up for an Apple Watch on Launch Day

Apple had said in a press release last week that it is taking orders “exclusively online during the initial launch period” but continued to promote “April 24” on its website as the day it would be available. This seems to have caused some confusion among consumers, who asked Apple store employees whether the new product would be available for in-store purchases the first day.

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Hey girl, Ryan Gosling is in movies again

The sequel is set several decades after the original film, set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019, which is about all the project's principals are saying about it. Gosling's character is also being kept under wraps — meaning he could be a Blade Runner, or a replicant, neither or both.

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12 Star Wars tech facts you almost certainly should know

In this modern day and age you can practically buy yourself a copy of the film before it hits the big screen, but there was a time when you had to be little more patient. The rental version of Star Wars was in 1982, but it was apparently a couple of years down the line before you could spend your hours rewinding the R2D2 Jawa bit until you could perfectly mimic the noise he makes when he s's hit by the stunner.

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Verizon and AT&T Won’t Pre-Install Three Microsoft Apps on Samsung S6

For Microsoft, the deal to ship Skype, OneNote and OneDrive with the S6 was important because the company wants far more people to use its smartphone apps. Some phone users regard pre-installed software as an imposition, but it can drive up usage because people tend to use programs that came with their phones.

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Jawbone tackles mobile payments with UP4 fitness tracker

Jawbone’s bands don’t look like jewelry like Misfit’s Shine and Flash , or the Withings Activité , a tracker disguised as a normal wristwatch. But the buttonless, screen-free UP2, UP3, and UP4 are discreet enough to blend in. You can tap the capacitive panel on the top of each band to change modes (asleep and awake), a vibration motor buzzes you when you hit your goal or set an alarm in the app, and you just check the app to view your activity data or get recommendations. The app wasn’t live at the time of this writing (although it is now for iOS and Android ), but we’ll have complete reviews later on, after we’ve used each band enough to get meaningful insights into our health.

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WikiLeaks Releases an Archive of Hacked Sony Emails

WikiLeaks today released “The Sony Archives,” a searchable online database that the organization claims contains the 173,132 emails and 30,287 documents that were stolen as part of the 2014 Sony Pictures hack .

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Samsung dedicates 200 employees to display team focused solely on Apple products

Because Samsung split it's display unit into two to show on surface that both units are independent and not share info. That's is myth. Can't trust. Information from so called Apple focus unit will pass to other unit to make sure the other(Samsung's own product) unit stays ahead of Apple's unit in display technology. Apple should work with Sony or Sharp or even LG than Samsung who is their biggest competitor in the same product category. This is not win-win but in long term for Apple loose, Samsung win proposal. If history is any guide, Samsung is not friend or fr-enemy but just a enemy in phone/gadget marketplace.

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IGN on Twitter

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Target announces $19 million data breach settlement with MasterCard

(Reuters) - Target Corp said it had agreed to reimburse about $19 million to financial institutions that had issued MasterCard-branded cards that were a part of the massive data breach at the retailer in 2013.

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IFTT Do Button, Do Note apps get Apple Watch support in latest updates

Adding to the growing list is the Do Button and Do Note apps from If This Then That (IFTT). With IFTT, users can automate certain elements from one mobile app to another, completing tasks as quickly as possible without having to jump through many hoops. Now, IFTT is adding Watch support for two of the more popular apps, with Do Button users will be able to control hardware and software with just the tap of a button. Do Note, which lets notes get shared automatically to other services, like Facebook.

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Jawbone’s New $200 UP4 Doubles As An American Express Card

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Apple's iOS App Store widens revenue lead over Google Play in Q1 2015

– A + Apple's iOS App Store widens revenue lead over Google Play in Q1 2015 By Roger Fingas Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 03:33 pm PT (06:33 pm ET) Apple strengthened its position over Google in mobile app market revenue during the first quarter of 2015, helped along by massive growth in China, a country that now downloads more apps than the U.S., according to a report by analytics firm App Annie issued on Tuesday. Source: App Annie According to the company's latest data , Google outpaced iOS in overall app downloads by some 70 percent, up from 60 percent in the third quarter of 2014, thanks in large part to emerging markets in Mexico, Turkey, Brazil and Indonesia. However, worldwide app revenue was inversely proportional, with iOS App Store revenues coming in approximately 70 percent higher than Google Play over the same period, up from 60 percent in quarter three 2014. App Annie called China a "bright spot" for Apple, with downloads reflecting iPhone marketshare gains , but noted overall download numbers went to Google Play.

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Jawbone announces Up4 fitness band with NFC payments, releases Up2 mid-tier offering

– A + Jawbone announces Up4 fitness band with NFC payments, releases Up2 mid-tier offering By AppleInsider Staff Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 09:40 pm PT (12:40 am ET) In what appears to be Jawbone's attempt to keep up in an escalating wearables arms race, the company on Thursday unveiled the Up4 fitness tracker with built-in NFC payments provided in partnership with American Express. While Jawbone's Up3 has yet to see release despite being announced in November , the fitness tracking firm announced a follow-up called Up4 that is expected to hit store shelves this summer. Up4 features the same fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking capabilities as Up3, but comes with a built-in NFC chip for mobile payments. Since the device has not been tested, battery life remains a mystery. Jawbone's payment method is similar to Apple Pay and Apple Watch, but is strictly limited to American Express customers at this time. Users can connect an AmEx card through Jawbone's app, which activates Up4 for tap-to-pay transactions at supporting retailers.

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Dell Precision M3800 review

All of this is a nice way of saying this Precision is an old design. Fortunately, it’s held up well. The main evidence of its age can be found in the transition between panels, which are in some places more visible than expected on a $2,000 system. Still, the aesthetic is luxurious, and the rigid chassis inspires confidence. Dell has managed to create a system that feels very expensive, yet doesn’t ape the all-aluminum design of the MacBook line.

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50% Off MiFi 2 Global Touchscreen Hotspot [Deals Hub]

Have you ever run in to an internet dead zone? When you expect to be connected and you suddenly find your websites aren’t loading, it’s a frustrating experience. Bring a high-speed 4G network with you anywhere with the MiFi 2 Global Touchscreen. It’s on sale now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub .

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Watch the official teaser for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight

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Etsy Stock Surges 86 Percent At Close Of First Day Of Trading to $30 Per Share

It turns out Wall Street investors like those homespun crafts.  Etsy , the online marketplace for handmade goods, went public today. Shares opened at $31 on the NASDAQ, popping up 94 percent from the initial set price of $16 per share. The company closed its first day of trading at $30 per share, an 86% percent rise from its initial price.

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Apple Goes To China To Build Solar Projects With SunPower

Apple has been developing its own solar power projects in the United States and worked with SunPower to build some of them. Those projects, owned by Apple, are located near or next to its data centers in North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada and are designed to send clean energy into the local grids from which Apple draws energy. In all, SunPower has built 90 megawatts of projects for Apple in the U.S.

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IGN on Twitter

“ @IGN : The Batman v Superman teaser trailer is here, and it gave us *chills*: http://go.ign.com/m2ZM7Yw  pic.twitter.com/ufce2PmyAQ ”

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Should Netflix Be Accessible to the Deaf?

When the disabled go online, much of their activity can be hampered by the rich sensory experience the rest of us take for granted. The hearing-impaired face either the absence of closed-captioning or apps that do a poor job of providing it. The seeing-impaired are unable to access screen readers that orally interpret online text or send it to a Braille display. They often miss important visual elements—like “submit” buttons—because they aren’t coded appropriately for the blind. Those with other physical or cognitive challenges face a variety of problems that range from websites that lack the code to “speak” to assistive devices (in the case of those with multiple or more severe physical disabilities) to an inability to understand what information is provided (in the case of those with cognitive or developmental disabilities).

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Apple Announced Its Plan to Preserve Forests on Medium

The company wants to source 100 percent of virgin fibers used in its paper and packaging from sustainably managed forests or controlled wood sources. It’s starting by working with The Conservation Fund to protect 36,000 acres of working forest in the eastern US.

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Apple Is Buying Up 36,000 Acres Of Forest To Preserve It

Though Apple will harvest pulp from these forests, other companies will also be able to buy fiber from them as well. Selzer’s organization will manage the forests under the “working forest” model, in which trees are harvested with what Daniel Brindis, a senior Forests Campaigner with Greenpeace, described to BuzzFeed News as “an eye toward the long-term economic well-being of the forest.”

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F-35 likely the Navy’s last manned strike fighter, unmanned systems ‘have to be the new normal’

“Unmanned systems, particularly autonomous ones, have to be the new normal in ever-increasing areas,” USNI News quoted Mabus as saying. “For example, as good as it is, and as much as we need it and look forward to having it in the fleet for many years, the F-35 should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly.”

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Online marketplace Etsy prices IPO at $16 a share - CNET

Founded in 2005, the website derives its revenue from listing fees and commissions on the sale of items such as handmade jewelry, crocheted wool booties and antique mother of pearl silverware. Etsy's move is part of a recent resurgence in IPOs that has included the likes of Chinese e-tailer Alibaba and data-storage service Box.

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Why LinkedIn spent big on Lynda.com

LinkedIn’s $1.5 billion acquisition of Lynda.com is the fourth-largest deal in social media history. It stands to become a major boon to LinkedIn’s future, but first it must integrate the educational technology into its platform.

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Etsy shares gain 87.5% in their stock market debut

Etsy shares gain 87.5% in their stock market debut

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91% off 2-year Subscription to Stuk.Io Ruby on Rails Courses

Want to try your hand at programming? Ruby on Rails is a great choice for first-timers: thanks to a simple code structure, it’s beginner-friendly, quick to build with and has a thriving community that actively contributes reusable code and encourages others to learn.

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10 Adorable Startup Pets That Make the Office Feel Like Home

Startups subscribe to their own brand of subculture, creating ecosystems often typified by slick offices, cool perks and a laid back vibe. A brief visit to any startup HQ will introduce you to some interesting characters – but not all of them are human.

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Moore's Law is the reason your iPhone is so thin and cheap - CNET

The comments aren't wild hyperbole; they underscore just how significant an impact one little observation has had on the world. Moore's Law is more than a guideline for computer processor, or chip, manufacturing. It's become a shorthand definition for innovation at regular intervals, and has become a self-fulfilling prophecy driving the tech industry.

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The Verge on Twitter

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Google search now helps you find your lost phone

The location map includes a drop-down menu in the top right corner to choose which of your Android devices you'd like to find. Once you've asked Google to find the location of your phone, you'll see a notification on your phone or tablet letting you know Android Device Manager requested its location.

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Don’t be duped: Beware of these Twitter parody accounts

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Twitter has become the top place for people to compliment celebrities through parody accounts. Tech superstars, of course, are no exception to this form of flattery (or derision), so, if you find yourself excited because you think Bill Gates has started following you on Twitter, look a little more closely and be sure it’s really him before you tell all your friends. Use the arrows above to see a number of titans of the technology world who have been honored, so to speak, with Twitter parodies, including some of the more clever pretend tweets that have been written in their names.

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Jawbone Puts Mobile Payments Into New Up4 Fitness Band

Jawbone’s flagship wearable, the Up3, isn’t even in stores yet, but the company that pioneered the fitness band is already unveiling an update. On Thursday, Jawbone announced the Up4—a new device that is the same as the Up3 in every way except one. The Up4 will be the first Jawbone band to include an NFC chip, and that chip will be dedicated to mobile payments.

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5 Cool Water Themed iPhone Wallpapers

There’s nothing more calming than the sounds of water. Whether is rain on the rooftop or the ocean tide sloshing against the shore, it can be very relaxing. If you’re springboard is a little chaotic, you could try bringing a little peace to your device with these 5 water themed wallpapers.

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Watch Now: The DNA of Innovation

Traditionally, advertising agencies wanted to work with big companies because they brought big names and big budgets. But lately, agencies have discovered the great innovation potential of startups and started to chase them.

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Why Micro Learning Is Educating The ADD Generation

As much as certain groups tout Adderall and Ritalin as silver bullets to those problems, I’m convinced that the solution, albeit a complex and costly one, lies in adapting material to shorter attention spans. Taking information and skillfully repackaging it in shorter formats, micro-courses, where each lesson takes no more than a few minutes, has proven to notably increase completion rates, something that is reported by a number of companies working in the field.

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On being wrong

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.

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The art of stillness

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

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