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December 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
By Germain Lussier
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The Movies That Had the Hubris to Open the Same Week as the Star Wars Films

Though it may not seem like it, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is not the only film opening this weekend. There’s also Ferdinand, an animated bull movie featuring the voice of wrestler John Cena. Studios have been attempting to beat the Sci-Fi juggernaut, with varying degrees of success, all the way back to 1977. Read More >>

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Watch This YouTuber Build Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter With the Power of the Force–Er, Stop Motion

With the elegant veneer of telekinetic power, the Shanks FX YouTube channel gives us all a lesson in how to build the Ravager, Kylo Ren’s personal TIE Fighter, out of Lego. It’s a remarkably soothing look, too; seeing all the pieces slide out and come together of their own volition in jerky, playful stop motion, soothing music set behind it. The sound effects are killer, too. Read More >>

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This Revolting Poster Could Increase Teen Smoking Risk, If Teens Are to Be Believed

A recent study, in which American teens shopped in a pretend convenience store, found that gruesome anti-smoking ads might actually encourage kids to buy cigarettes, since they make smoking seem more edgy. But don’t take this finding at face value yet, as some other outlets have, because history has shown that teenagers like to mess with scientists. Read More >>

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Samsung Smart Speaker, Huh? Let’s Talk

Yesterday, a report from Bloomberg came out saying that Samsung will launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the first half of 2018. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since DJ Koh already told CNBC back in August that the company was indeed trying to put its digital assistant, which first debuted on the Galaxy S8, into a smart speaker. The timeline is pretty obvious too; I’m betting that Samsung will unveil the device at Mobile World Congress 2018 in late February before putting it on sale sometime in the spring or early summer. Read More >>

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Google Tango is Dead, Long Live ARCore

After months spent in limbo and not a single new compatible device, Google is finally shutting its Tango augmented reality platform down for good, effective March 1st, 2018. Read More >>

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An Anonymous Bitcoin Millionaire Is Donating Their Fortune to Charities and It Seems Legit

The unnamed donor has set up a fund to hand out $86 million (£64.5 million) worth of Bitcoin to various charities, and they’ve already started listing the donations and providing receipts. If this whole thing works out, you can just call this mystery person the Bitcoin Bill Gates. Read More >>

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Reminder: We’re Getting Another Star Wars Movie in Only Five Months

It’s always been years. Three years between Star Wars movies. Sixteen years between trilogies. Then it shrank—it took 10 years to get The Force Awakens after Revenge of the Sith, and since then Star Wars movies have been a mere year apart. But now, for the first—and probably last—time ever, we’ll have two new Star Wars films in only six months. Read More >>

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Biggest Quark Spotted in Whole New Way

Imagine you are baking a cake. You use the same ingredients that you always use, and boom, cake. But now, imagine your surprise when you discover you can make the exact same cake—an identical cake—but with a whole new set of ingredients. Read More >>

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Former Employee Accuses Uber of Hacking and Surveillance

In a damning letter released today, a former Uber employee, Richard Jacobs, claims that the company engaged in several illegal practises, including hacking, trade secret theft, and surveillance—all in an effort to emerge at the top of the competitive ride-hailing market. Read More >>

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62 Rare Nuclear Test Films Have Been Declassified and Uploaded to YouTube

Nuclear test films from 1945 to 1962 are literally rotting away in US government storage facilities. But those highly classified films are now being restored, declassified, and released on YouTube thanks to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. And 62 more never-before-seen films were just released today. Read More >>

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Mozilla Slipped a ‘Mr. Robot’-Promo Plugin into Firefox and Users Are Not Happy

Mozilla sneaked a browser plugin that promotes Mr. Robot into Firefox—and managed to upset a bunch of its privacy-conscious users in the process. Read More >>

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Bad News, Male Virgins: You Could Already Have HPV

If there’s one trick that terrible sex-ed programs rely on to scare teens out of boning, it’s the idea that only abstinence can keep you safe from spiritual ruin and disease. But a new study published in The Journal of Infectious Disease seems to undercut even the basic premise of that scare tactic: Being a virgin doesn’t necessarily protect you from catching common sexually transmitted infections like the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause genital warts and cancer. Read More >>

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Shervin Pishevar Resigns from Sherpa Capital Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Shervin Pishevar released a statement on Thursday announcing his resignation from Sherpa Capital, “effective immediately.” The venture capitalist had taken a leave of absence from the firm earlier this month, following a report detailing sexual harassment and assault allegations made against him. In both statements, Pishevar said it was his own decision to leave, and reiterated his claim that the allegations are untrue. Read More >>

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The Doctor Who Branded a Patient’s Liver With His Initials Just Pleaded Guilty to Doing It Twice

Some people commemorate time spent together by etching their names onto an old tree or desk; others might get matching tattoos; and some just send a card. None of these gestures of love and camaraderie were enough for surgeon Simon Bramhall, who burned his initials into at least two of his patients’ livers. Read More >>

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MSI’s GS63VR Is a Perfectly Balanced Gaming Laptop

A couple months ago I reviewed MSI’s GT75VR, and even though I respect how hard it is to cram desktop-level components, ridiculously loud speakers, and a custom mechanical keyboard in a laptop body, gigantic 17-inch systems like that don’t really do it for me. That’s because weighing in at almost 10 pounds and measuring 2.3-inches thick, the GT75VR doesn’t really deliver the portability I expect from a gaming laptop. With a starting price of £2,599, it sure as hell ain’t cheap either. But the GS63VR Stealth Pro is a whole ‘nother story. It’s slim, it’s sleek, and it’s got one of the most colourful RGB keyboards out there—all starting at £1,479. Read More >>