Star Wars Celebration: Boba Fett, Jedi, Millennium Falcon Playable in Battlefront - IGN

During a gameplay demo at Star Wars Celebration, Darth Vader appeared in an Endor Bunker, wielding his lightsaber and deflecting Rebel blaster shots, and choked an enemy before hurling him into a wall. Boba Fett brings his blaster and jetpack to the battlefield, as well. DICE also told IGN that the Millennium Falcon -- and perhaps other iconic space craft -- can join in on aerial combat.

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Thin is in: The 2015 MacBook hands-on review | Cult of Mac

Some pro’s an con’s tho, i liked the power adapter magnet for the same reason as the writer did mention. The card reader is strongly missed for me and optical drive also. Pro for the USB port i can charge it with any default USB 5 volt chargers, which is a great pro. only need 1 adapter with me on travel for all my devices that way, like Tablet, iphone, bike camera, and more…., just need a dynamo charge recoupler unit for all my devices now on my bike. love it but would like to see a larger display model too in the near future. Found the 11″ alwas to close to the ipad and the 12 too close to the MBP or MBA 13″, i rather see a 14″ appear.

ICYMI: Hands-on with the Apple Watch | Cult of Mac

This week, Leander takes some time to try on the Apple Watch in-store, finding out whether the hottest smartwatch out there is worth your time or money, David heads into an Apple Store on Magnificent Mile in Chicago for a fitting and to get some customer reactions, plus a ton of news about this latest wearable tech that you’ll want to read from cover to cover. We’ve also got Stephen with some travel tips for you and your trusty MacBook, as well as Luke’s take on why you want to upgrade your iOS to 8.3 right away (hint, it’s not emojis). Rob also walks you through a couple of how-tos, including one way to make sure your iOS gaming sessions aren’t interrupted with a simple tweak to Do Not Disturb.

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Before you resort to MS Paint or piracy, give these free image-editing tools a shot

Serif created Photo Plus Starter Edition as a free version of its paid software suite to give users elementary tools to edit photos. The software has the basics covered, with tools that let you resize, apply filters and effects, and reduce red eye, among other functions. Because it lacks certain features of the paid version (the goal is to entice you to pay to upgrade) and will only get you so far in your photo editing. It does however, provide tools in an easy-to-use format that lets you polish photos for your album.

Marvel stars battle each other in amusing 'Avengers Family Feud' - CNET

Survey says this may be the funniest gathering of the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" cast members ever. Watch them battle it out in a game of "Family Feud" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Apple releases first OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite beta to developers

The build number of the first beta version is 14E7f. It is not clear what’s new in OS X 10.10.4 beta. According to the seed notes, OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 update will improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. We’ll update the post as soon as we get more details.

How is battery life after updating to iOS 8.3?

But I’ve hit a major issue after upgrading to iOS 8.3. One of the best things about the iPhone 6 Plus is battery life, but after  installing the iOS 8.3 update , battery life has been pathetic. Prior to the update, I could easily use my iPhone 6 Plus for the entire day without charging it. But the battery life is draining so quickly that I have to keep charging it. My iPhone 6 Plus has already run out of battery twice since the update.

'Watch This Homerun' is a baseball game for the Apple Watch

We’ve seen where Apple Watch is going, and it’s clear that giving sports fans and gamers fast and easy ways to plug into their favorite pastimes anytime will be a defining feature of the platform,” Eyes Wide Games CEO Stephen Griffin wrote in a prepared statement. “With Watch This Homerun, we’re distilling the complete baseball experience down to its greatest hits in a form players can enjoy in just 10-15 seconds on the go.

Why hands-on with Apple Watch has made us believers, this week on The CultCast | Cult of Mac

I tend to buy Apple products early. Sometimes too early, but I love their stuff. I did notice a tendency in on-line blogs and in a lot of articles to compare Apple with the competition unfairly, almost always by people who didn’t own an Apple gadget. Some of the most sophistic comparisons are based on a selected and narrow set of attributes like RAM, screen size and cost. They are missing a lot. An Apple gadget doesn’t just appear on its own. It’s part of a system ( some say a universe) that generally works seamlessly. For instance Apple TV allows me to play videos from my iTunes folder connected to my router and to stream content from my portable devices as long as they are made by Apple ( of course.) I can take a phone call on my Mac that was sent to my iPhone and walk away and continue the call on my iPhone. Nobody has put together a system like this. The next part of the ecosystem for me is the Apple Watch. I didn’t know they would run out of them. I was too slow.

Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman - Official Trailer

Attend the Hollywood Charity Screening on April 16th, 2015. Tickets and information available here: Paul Newman had a fifty-plus year career as one of the most prolific and revered actors in American Cinema. Yet few know the gasoline-fueled passion that became so important in this complex, multifaceted man's makeup. Newman’s racing career spanned thirty-five years, and he won four national championships as a driver and eight championships as an owner. Official Release Date: May 22, 2015 For more information, visit:

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Star Wars' Ian McDiarmid Says Emperor Palpatine Is Dead, Dead, Dead - IGN

“The Emperor was too bright not to know that,” said McDiarmid of Darth Vader’s potential to turn back to the side of good and betray his master. “Maybe he cloned himself in time to be in the next movie.”

Star Wars Celebration: Shocking Jedi Showdown 'Part of the Story We Have to Tell' in Star Wars Rebels - IGN

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Roommates stab each other during iPhone vs. Android debate

Two roommates in Tulsa, Oklahoma, took fanboyism to a whole new extreme after stabbing each other with broken beer bottles during an iPhone vs. Android debate.

2014 Innovation by Design Awards Data Visualization Winner: Mapdwell Solar System, by Mapdwell

Mapdwell's web-based Solar System platform helps users design at-home solar energy systems: it visualizes the costs and benefits of installing a solar roof by layering information about tax credits and carbon emissions savings onto a topographical map of roofs, and helps determine the most efficient spots for panels. Our judges were smitten by its intuitive user interface, which crunches lots of data to become usable, business-forward, and most importantly, relevant to you.

Sayonara, Sous Vide: Meet the Cinder Sensing Cooker

The Cinder Sensing Cooker also has a big advantage over sous-vide. While the sous-vide technique cooks meat and veggies perfectly, you need to finish your food in a hot frying pan to get a nice sear. The Sensing Cooker can amp up the heat to sear when necessary, without you having to transfer your meal to a pan. And if you want to cook frozen meats, the Cinder app has cooking profiles for that, too.

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6: Camera shootout

As for the Galaxy S6, Samsung has actually managed to live up to the hype that it had created about the launch of its new flagship, which is pretty commendable. The lighter and faster camera app on the Galaxy S6 is also a delight to use, and makes the handset as good a shooter as the iPhone 6.


The Star Wars Celebration will be hosted in Anaheim, California April 16 - 19, 2015. Join IGN for breaking news, interviews, and special footage of the event.

Download WWDC 2015 wallpapers for your iPhone, iPad and Desktop

This year’s WWDC will be Apple’s largest ever with more sessions than ever, with majority of them being live streamed as well. Until the event arrives though, you can download the official WWDC 2015 hero image in different resolutions below and use it as a wallpaper on your iPhone, iPad or Mac to help contain your excitement.

Microsoft Sway gets interactive charts, Accent formatting, and Focus Points

By using Focus Points in Sway, it’s easy to tell Sway what to focus on in your image with just a couple of taps or clicks. Whether you’re in the Storyline or the Sway Canvas, tap or click the image and select Focus Points in the toolbar or the buttons that appear. When the Focus Points pane opens, just tap or click on what’s important in your image! You can also move Focus Points around by dragging them, or remove them by tapping or clicking them again. And at the bottom of the pane, you can see a preview of how the resulting crop could look on tablet/PC screens and mobile screens.

Star Wars Rebels: "The Siege of Lothal" Review - IGN

At Star Wars Celebration, prior to the debut of the double-length Star Wars Rebels: Season 2 premiere, a packed room of fans were also shown the Season 1 finale as a lead-in to the new episode. It was a reminder of just how strong that finale was, and while it got the audience even more pumped to see what was next, it also raised the bar on expectations. Fortunately, “The Siege of Lothal” was very much up to the challenge, continuing Rebels’ next step into a much bigger, more intense and thrilling dynamic, filled with moments that have a lot of impact for Star Wars fans.

Hectic days at Tidal HQ: CEO Andy Chen steps down, while Jay-Z calls up subscribers

If you’re on the fence about Tidal, Jay-Z’s hi-fidelity music streaming service, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. If you sign up, Jay-Z himself may give you a call. But news that the company’s Swedish CEO of two years, Andy Chen, has left the fold and 25 employees have been laid off suggest Jay-Z’s had a full plate lately.

Apple Watch accessibility features detailed

The smartwatch will also come with Apple’s widely praised VoiceOver functionality — a screenreader that is already present in OS X and iOS — with support for 14 languages. Other accessibility features include interface zoom, grayscale mode, the ability to reduce motion and transparency and switching labels.

How to mute WhatsApp conversation on your iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

To mute a specific conversation in the Chats list, swipe the conversation to the left and tap on More -> Mute. You can mute a conversation for 8 hours, a week or one whole year. Doing so adds a tiny mute icon to the bottom right corner of the conversation. To unmute a conversation, all you have to do is to swipe the muted conversation to the left again and choose More -> Unmute.

Smartwatch Showdown: Pebble Time vs. Apple Watch

The Pebble Time offers fewer stock options than the Apple Watch with only plastic casings of black, white or red and matching silicone bands. The Time Steel is available with a stainless steel casing and genuine leather and stainless steel bands. Bands, however, are swappable with the Pebble supporting any third-party 22m straps. Pebble also allows for third-part smart straps that attach to the device’s battery connector and provide additional functionality, such as GPS tracking, a heart rate monitor, or additional battery life.

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Apple updates 'Guided Tours' for Apple Watch with Phone, Music, Maps and Siri

Now, just days after pre-orders started, Apple has updated the Guided Tours page to feature several new elements of the wearable, including Siri, Phone and Music. The new videos also include Maps, and all of them show in a brief manner just how to use elements on the device. There’s indeed a slight learning curve to the Watch, and Apple publishing these helpful videos to show potential customers just how to use the wearable is certainly a nice touch.

YAHOO FINANCE EXCLUSIVE: Google Wallet just got a lot safer

People love to use PayPal because we offer best-in-class security and industry-leading consumer protections.  PayPal provides our customers zero liability account protections if there are unauthorized payments and buyer protections if the item they purchase is not as described or does not arrive as promised. The safety and satisfaction of the people who use PayPal will always be our top priority. While it is true that PayPal balances are not FDIC-insured, it’s important to note that this insurance is intended to insure the savings in people’s bank accounts. Our customers do not use PayPal in this way. This is because it is not required to store a balance in a PayPal account to use PayPal and it’s free to withdraw any funds that may be in the account. For customers who do hold a balance in their account PayPal adheres to the same Regulation E consumer protection laws as banks.

Mashup of Disney villains falling to their doom might ruin your childhood

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This Life Size Rancor Is Incredible - Star Wars Celebration - IGN Video

This giant Star Wars monster is even more terrifying in real life. Watch us react at the Star Wars Celebration.

Twitterrific adds Apple Watch support and more in latest update

The developers behind the app have recently released an update to the popular app, bumping the version to 5.11, that not only offers up Apple Watch integration, but also adds a plethora of other features as well. As for the Apple Watch, though, Twitterrific users will be able to check their follower count, as well as favorites, retweets, and any unread tweets as well. The Watch will also get push notifications for mentions, retweets, direct messages, favorites, replies, and any new followers the user gets.

How The Facebook Bubble Is Driving Online Startups Into The Arms Of Offline Advertising

I’ll be the first to admit it: Facebook advertising played a big part in my startup’s rapid growth. So big in fact that in our first two years of operations, all other online advertising platforms combined did not provide as big a growth contribution to the business as Facebook singlehandedly did.

Exclusive Apple Watch Sport bands showcased at Salone Del Mobile Design Fair in Milan

At Milan, Italy yesterday, Apple showcased the Apple Watch to consumers at the Salone Del Mobile Design fair . Apart from Apple’s Phil Schiller and Marc Newson, Jony Ive also made it to the event, and showcased some unreleased sports band for the Apple Watch.

J.J. Abrams is wearing an Apple Watch while he talks about Star Wars

So, perhaps it should not come as a surprise that the man is wearing an Apple Watch right now, like so many other celebrities. In fact, while it’s hard to see, Abrams could be wearing a customized option, too, one built specifically for him by Apple — much like designer Karl Lagerfeld , with his own customized Apple Watch recently shown off.

Photoshoot shows Kim Jong-un reportedly climbing North Korea's highest peak

According to North Korean state media, Kim climbed to the frigid, wind-swept summit of Mt. Paektu at dawn on Sunday with a group of elite North Korean Air Force fighter pilots. Photos released show a beaming Kim, clad in his traditional gray overcoat (with a distinct lack of any specialized hiking gear), posing with the military contingent and taking in views from the snow-covered mountain.

Star Wars Celebration: Rogue One Footage and Premise Revealed - IGN

A TIE fighter zooms overhead and the camera pushes forward to reveal the Death Star looming large in the daytime sky, right up close to the planet. Frantic mens' voices crack over a radio as the title card reveals Star Wars: Rogue One with the word "Anthology" in small letters beneath.

IKEA releases its line of wireless charging furniture

In addition to offering bedside tables, floor- and table lamps, desks and simple charging pads, IKEA is also selling a DIY kit that lets users embed wireless chargers into furniture of their choice.

Nokia Alcatel-Lucent deal would make a complementary patent portfolio

If Nokia acquires Alcatel-Lucent, carriers in the U.S. would face having just three major core network gear options: Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung, said Gartner analyst Bill Menezes. "A question this raises is whether U.S. regulators would take another look at allowing a big global vendor such as Huawei to provide core infrastructure to U.S. wireless operators, for the sake of competition," he said. Other analysts also included Cisco in that group.

The future is now: You may already be using IPv6

If you go to Google or Facebook through a major carrier in the U.S., Germany or France, for example, there’s a decent chance you’re using IPv6 [Internet Protocol, Version 6], the next-generation system that has so many addresses that the world may never use them up. Though it’s pretty much invisible to end users, the new protocol is already making service providers’ networks run better and may be speeding up your connections, too.

Unfriended and Horror's Long Tradition of Fearing New Tech | WIRED

Such is the case in Unfriended . A campaign of online bullying, surely considered benign by those administering the persecution, results in the suicide of a young girl named Laura Barnes. On the anniversary of her death, the girl returns to haunt a handful of her classmates during a Skype hangout. Laura, like Jobe, has entered the machine, and if her former tormentors don’t comply with her demands, people are going to die. But she’d probably kill them anyway, even if they did listen, because Laura—or her ghost, or her proxy—has become the senseless Internet monster we’ve learned to fear as each kill is broadcast for everyone else to see. But all of this could have been avoided if Laura hadn’t been pushed over the edge by her peers, kids who she saw every single day—not masked killers, not psychopaths, just classmates.

Microsoft Research shows off Handpose, an amazing real-time hand-tracking system

In short, Handpose is a real-time articulated hand-tracker. The system can accurately reconstruct complex hand poses using only a single depth camera (such as the Xbox One’s Kinect). As you might expect, Microsoft Research’s goal is to enable new human-computer interactions.

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Write Ugly: How to Write 20 Posts In 48 Hours

(I want to preface this by saying that the men in my family have a problem: we’re martyrs. When there is a problem, we’ll gladly climb up onto the cross rather than pass the discomfort along to others. So when I came to a slump in our publishing schedule and saw the empty days on our calendar I decided I needed to take action. My example is extreme and free writing works just as well whether you’re using it to write 1 or 100 posts.)

The longest-running predator study in the world is running out of wolves

A 57-year predator study will likely be forced to shift directions as early as next year because the wolf population it studies is nearly extinct. Since 1958, scientists have tracked the ebbing wolf population on Michigan's Isle Royale, an island in Lake Superior. Now the study is down to only three predators, and that number may reach zero by as early as next year,  according to a report in Nature .

Deaf baby boy happily hears his mom's voice for the first time

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ISS astronaut takes the most epic 'Star Trek' selfie ever

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We Need To Get The Internet Of Things Right

It seems everything is connected to the Internet: socks, shoes, shirts, hats, glasses, appliances, beds, homes, drones, cars and even diapers. Yet, for the Internet of Things (IoT) to play a role in shaping our future, we need to get a few things right. The statement “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” has never been more applicable. At the events and conferences I’ve attended this year, it’s clear that while everything is getting connected, few things are actually connected.

Four Ways the Internet of Things Will Change Shop Floor Control

Beyond the four walls of the production facility, the shift to cloud-based software systems allows employees, suppliers and customers worldwide to view the status of an order, work-in-progress, inventory, equipment availability, and much more. Visibility won’t stop when the product leaves the plant. Smart products will not only interact with the customer in new ways but will also be able to stay in contact with the producer for better long-term performance, maintenance and support. Quality issues not only get service attention, but can influence future product design. Connected smart technology and the Internet of Things brings the processes and the products together into a new ecosystem for added customer value.

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