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This Harry Potter prequel fan film looks even better than Fantastic Beasts

When J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter, she came up with an immersive world and history, which is now playing out in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its upcoming sequels....
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Netflix's next big movie is inspired by this viral photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o

In what might be one of the biggest stories to come out of the Cannes Film Festival, Entertainment Weekly reports that Netflix has landed a project that will star Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o in a...
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Chipotle says ‘most’ of its restaurants were infected with credit card stealing malware

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced that it has identified the malware that was responsible for the credit card hack earlier this year. Alongside the news, it also released a new tool to help...
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Nintendo is reportedly boosting production of Switch consoles

Nintendo is ramping up its production order of Switch consoles ahead of the increased demand expected during the 2017 holiday shopping season, reports the Financial Times. The console sold e...
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The director of this Wonder Woman mashup wanted to "match her epicness"

With the Wonder Woman movie on the immediate horizon, and early word of mouth looking promising, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing an onslaught of Wonder Woman-related videos hitting the internet,...
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Scientists have discovered a mutation behind pugs’ weird little flat faces

So, I have what might be an unpopular opinion: there are cute dogs, and then there are pugs. With their squished little faces, buggy eyes, and snuffling breaths — there’s not much about pugs to...
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T.J. Miller won’t be returning for the next season of Silicon Valley

HBO just renewed Silicon Valley for a fifth season, but one character won’t be returning. T.J. Miller, who plays Erlich Bachman, is leaving the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In a...
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Netflix cancels Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down after its first season

The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama set in the South Bronx in the late 1970’s, will not return after its first season. Deadline reports that Netflix has canceled the show, a rare move for...
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This crazy Avatar drink is way better than the Unicorn Frappuccino

I was traumatized earlier this year when I tried the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, so when I saw that Disney’s new Pandora: The World of Avatar land had its own multi-colored neon beverage, I was...
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These incredible Breath of the Wild prints are what a mobile Zelda game should look like

Artist Matt Anderson, a graphic designer and illustrator who specializes in a simple, geometric art style, has an ongoing series called RetroMill, where he takes video game characters and...
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The new Nokia 3310 is now available to buy

Nokia’s modern 3310 was one of the surprising stars of Mobile World Congress earlier this year, thanks to a heavy dose of nostalgia. Nokia sold 126 million 3310 devices back when the phone was...
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Overwatch’s loot box system is Blizzard’s true masterpiece

It’s been barely a week since Blizzard dropped its Overwatch anniversary event, and dedicated players have already started obsessing over how to collect as much as possible and maximize their time...
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Pandora review: Disney’s new Avatar expansion is better and more beautiful than you might expect

Walt Disney Imagineering and James Cameron have built a whole new world
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What went wrong with the Spider-Man Homecoming poster: a veteran film artist explains

Not long after a pair of excellent new trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming landed online, Sony and Marvel unveiled a poster for the film, showcasing nearly everyone in the principal cast. It is, to...
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This is what a micrometeoroid striking a spacecraft sounds like

Last week, NASA reported that a micrometeoroid struck its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in October 2014. NASA noted that the impact didn’t damage the orbiter, but made for a "fascinating example"...
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Kodak is releasing a phone with a giant camera bump

Late last year, Kodak released its Ektra smartphone — a device with mediocre specs and a big ass camera bump — in the UK, and now it’s finally coming to the US. The Ektra has a vintage design and a...
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Watch the first trailer for Far Cry 5

After a few days of teasing, Ubisoft has officially unveiled the next Far Cry with a debut trailer. The new open-world game will shift the setting to Montana and introduce a new cast of characters....
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Instagram finally adds link sharing to direct messages

You also no longer need to crop photos before sending them
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Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer

Tech was once always in your way. Soon, it will be almost invisible
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Magikarp is Pokémon’s most lovable punching bag

Magikarp is the most useless of all pokémon. In the video game series, it "attacks" with splash, a move that literally does nothing. Earlier this month, the Official Pokémon YouTube Channel debuted...
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Watch a music producer make minimal techno with fidget spinners

Andrew Huang is a YouTuber and music producer who creates beats and samples from everyday objects like water bottles and drones. And because everyone can’t stop talking about fidget spinners, it...
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Watch a working concept of a holographic Cortana assistant

When Microsoft unveiled its digital assistant in 2014, it looked to the Halo franchise for inspiration, naming its system Cortana, after Master Chief’s AI companion. One ambitious fan has gone a...
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AWS signs Java 'father' James Gosling | VentureBeat | Cloud | by Blair Hanley Frank

Amazon Web Services has added another computer science heavyweight to its employee roster. James Gosling, often referred to as the “Father of Java,” announced on Facebook Monday that he would be joining the cloud provider as a distinguished engineer.
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AlphaGo retires from competitive Go after defeating world number one 3-0

AlphaGo is going out on top. After beating Ke Jie, the world’s best player of the ancient Chinese board game Go, for the third time today at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, Google’s DeepMind...
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Ikea's cheap smart lighting will be Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa compatible

Ikea's low-cost TRÅDFRI smart lights first announced in Europe last year, will soon get voice control for owners of Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and Amazon Alexa devices. Expect it to arrive this...
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The G7 summit ends without US commitment on Paris agreement

The G7 summit has ended in Sicily following two days of discussions regarding the state of the world economy, foreign policy, climate change, and other major global issues. During the meeting,...
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Google just launched a GIF maker to make your data look better

Now you can animate your research.
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How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game

Anker built a global brand around the tech industry’s unsolvable problem: batteries.
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Facebook does a hilariously awful job captioning Mark Zuckerberg’s commencement speech

Man, Mark Zuckerberg is having a hell of a day. Earlier this morning, just before he was scheduled to deliver Harvard University’s commencement speech, his alma mater’s student newspaper website...
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This French school is using facial recognition to find out when students aren’t paying attention

A business school in Paris will soon begin using artificial intelligence and facial analysis to determine whether students are paying attention in class. The software, called Nestor, will be used...
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Apple just launched its first store in Southeast Asia

Hundreds of people were there.
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A render of LG’s V30 phone reveals a slide-out secondary display

LG is reportedly planning to release its premium V30 smartphone in September, and it’s thought that it’ll have an OLED screen instead of an LCD one. According to notable leaker Evan Blass, the...
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Dead Men Tell No Tales proves continuity still doesn't matter for the Pirates of the Caribbean films

Does anyone working on this franchise care about the canon?
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Far Cry 5 promises to be controversial, but not for the usual reasons

Far Cry’s new enemies are American.
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Facebook Live now lets you add a friend to live stream together

Facebook is now opening up the ability for users to invite a friend for a collaborative broadcast. Think of it like a Hangouts on Air via YouTube Live (what a mouthful!) — you can ask a Facebook...
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Apple reportedly developing a dedicated AI chip for the iPhone

Apple is reportedly working on a dedicated artificial intelligence chip that would power AI-related tasks on mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The chip, which may...
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Lyft and Uber will return to Austin on Monday

Ride-share companies Lyft and Uber plan to resume their operations in Austin, Texas, on Monday, more than a year after both companies pulled out of the state following the rejection of a measure...
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How to use Snapchat in 2017

From the beginning, Snapchat has never been a particularly intuitive app to use. And now, five years in, with the addition of more and more new features and several redesigns, using the ephemeral...
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The guy who created Android has a new phone... wait, what's that bulge?

Essential, the company Android creator Andy Rubin now heads, will announce its first smartphone on May 30. But what's this attachment it just teased?
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Acer Predator 21 X review: overpowered overkill

The best gaming laptop $9,000 can buy
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Best drones 2017 | TechRadar

Drones now come in all shapes and sizes, and at a wide range of prices. Here's our pick of the top 'copters.
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Smart bulbs made me forget how to use light switches | TechRadar

Is my smart home making me dumber?
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Tiny Dancer gets a music video 46 years later, and it includes Snap Spectacles

Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if...
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That massive plane that looks like a butt successfully flies now, so that's good news

The world's largest booty-shaped aircraft, Airlander 10 -- aka the "Flying Bum" -- successfully completed a 180-minute test flight on May 10.
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Google made a $5,000 whiteboard — and it’s weirdly fun

Working in a modern office can be pretty strange. I go hours without speaking to my co-workers, yet I'm in constant communication with them through a chat app. I know some of my colleagues only as...
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New species of meat-eating sponge found off the coast of Canada

Canadian researchers have discovered a new species of meat-eating sponge in the North Atlantic Ocean. Don’t worry, though, it doesn’t eat human meat — it feeds on zooplankton, tiny animals that...
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The US Supreme Court just made life much harder for patent trolls

Eastern Texas won’t be the go-to for patent trolls anymore.
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YouTube star Colin Furze turned a microwave into a video game console

For when you’re bored while cooking dinner
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This week in apps: Pokémon, Snapchat, and more make waves

Make space on your phone.
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