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February 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
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Tommy Wiseau’s Sharknado Rip-Off Shows That Even He’s Giving Up on Originality

If there's only one good thing to be said about Tommy Wiseau – and there might be – it's that he has a real eye for an admirably clear movie title. His magnum opus of cinematic failure, The Room, features events taking place almost entirely within, well, a room. If he had made Blade Runner, it would probably have been called The Cop Who May Or May Not Be a Robot and his version of Titanic would have gone by the more explicit title of The Big Boat That Sank. Read More >>

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Sky TV, Broadband, and Phone Services Are Getting a Price Hike From 1st April

If you're a Sky customer, you might want to pay attention. It looks like you might have to start paying more money for your service come April, as let slip by a change to the small print that was spotted by our colleagues over at T3. Read More >>

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All of NatWest is Sorry for Staff Member’s Vegan-Punching Verbal Rampage

NatWest has cranked up the apology machine and even gone so far as to issue financial compensation to a customer, after one of its staff members told a woman on the phone that "all vegans should be punched in the face." Read More >>

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Leaked Galaxy S10e Poster Promises ‘Premium Fun, for Everyone’

Tomorrow evening is when the Galaxy S10 finally arrives, and we can stop all this speculating over what the phone might be like. While we've already heard pretty much everything there is to know about the S10, S10 Plus, and S10e, there's still marketing material to be leaked. Like this S10e poster (via GSMArena). Read More >>

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Artificial Humans Fight for Freedom in This Stylish Sci-Fi Short

We’ve sung the praises of filmmaker K-Michel Parandi in the past, and now there’s a new verse: XYZ, From Fire and Dust, a proof-of-concept short about artificial humans that Parandi hopes may become a series one day, according to Short of the Week. Read More >>

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Chrome OS Users Find That Checking CPU Usage Overwhelms CPU Usage

Chrome OS users are reporting an alarming bug in the latest stable version of the operating system. Something in the most recent update is causing the CPU usage to sky rocket to 50-100 percent capacity on certain systems. Amusingly, developers believe it may be related to checking the CPU usage in the task manager itself. Read More >>

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The Next Great Walking Dead Villain Is Here, and She Wants to Kill Civilisation

After almost nine seasons, it’s pretty rare for a brand new character to get their very own episode of The Walking Dead and yet that’s exactly what happened Sunday night. The episode, called “Omega,” introduced Samantha Morton as Alpha, the eventual leader of the Whisperers and mother to Lydia, the young woman Daryl and Michonne captured last week. And she is not to be messed with. Read More >>

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The Huawei P30 Pro Will Launch in Paris on 26th March

If anyone was counting on Huawei unveiling the P30 range of smartphones at MWC this weekend, I have some bad news. You won't be seeing the P30 or P30 Pro during Huawei's press conference on Sunday. Instead, like the P20 range, the company has opted to do its own event that'll take place in Paris on 26th March. Read More >>

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US Airlines Will Offer New Gender Options Beyond ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ for Non-Binary Flyers

Many U.S. airlines say they’re in the process of updating their booking systems in order to allow non-binary customers to use pronouns other than “male” or “female.” Read More >>

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Christopher Robin’s Pooh & Friends Looked So Real Because Puppeteers Played With Real Stuffed Animals on Set

When you’re bringing an imaginary creature to life through CG, you can make it move however you want. But when you’re bringing a toy millions of kids spent their childhoods with to the big screen, you need to use every trick to make them move as believably as possible—including something as simple as just playing with stuffed animals on set. Read More >>

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The Best Websites and Web Apps for Making Use of Exactly One Hour of Free Time

It’s lunchtime—or maybe it’s just a break you’re taking from the world. Either way, you’ve got an hour to spare, and that could mean running errands or braving the outdoors, or it could mean snacking at your desk while idly clicking around the internet (employer IT policy permitting). If you’re looking for inspiration for your next 60 minutes of non-work web browsing, here are some of the best educational, entertaining, or downright weird options we know about. Read More >>

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It Sure Seems Like Apple Is Willing to Bend Its Own Rules to Promote Its Services

Apple seems to really, really want people to commit to its services. Read More >>

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As an Ocean Master Himself, James Cameron Had a Complex Reaction to Aquaman

James Cameron loves water. Not only did he make a romance about a shipwreck, his films have had multiple liquid characters, the new Avatar sequels are partially set underwater, and he’s been involved in several deep ocean documentaries. So after he saw James Wan’s Aquaman, he had a lot of thoughts. Read More >>

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Tokyo Is Testing a New System to Detect ‘Guerrilla’ Rain and Tornadoes Up to 30 Minutes in Advance

Officials in Tokyo are testing a new technology that utilises weather radar and terrestrial digital radio waves to “quickly and precisely predict torrential rain and tornadoes” up to 20 to 30 minutes in advance, the Mainichi reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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Google Plans to Make It More Difficult for Sites to Block Chrome’s Incognito Mode

For the privacy-minded among us, Chrome’s Incognito mode can offer at least some added peace of mind during browsing sessions. But some sites may know that you’re trying to access them in Incognito, and Google reportedly wants to put a lid on it. Read More >>