Star Wars The Force Awakens Character Names

Disney just revealed crucial new details about Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By on December 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM.

Disney just revealed crucial new details about Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Disney has just lifted a bit of the mysterious shroud it’s put over the story details of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on some of the key characters we can expect to see in the film, including R2D2 successor BB-8, X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron, light saber-wielding bad guy Kylo Ren, speeder rider Rey, and Finn, a character played by John Boyega who appeared in the film’s trailer dressed in an Imperial storm trooper suit. For what it’s worth, all of these characters appeared in the first trailer for the movie that launched in late November. More →

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1995 Original Apple Watch

This utterly hideous 1995 Apple watch shows why the company desperately needed Steve Jobs

By on December 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

This utterly hideous 1995 Apple watch shows why the company desperately needed Steve Jobs

Apple’s first wearable computer is set to release next year but it’s actually not the company’s first foray into wrist watches. MacRumors points out that Apple would often create Apple-branded watches that it would give away as promotional items, including the truly hideous one pictured above that would have made Steve Jobs spontaneously combust if anyone had ever dared bring it to him as a potential product. More →

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Windows Phone Is Dead

Windows Phone is circling the drain as longtime users lose hope

By on December 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Windows Phone is circling the drain as longtime users lose hope

2014 has been a very bad year for Windows Phone. Not only has the platform’s market share been stagnant at best but it’s been more than a year since we’ve seen any flagship Windows Phone hardware on par with 2013’s Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520. In that time, Apple has released both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus and Android fans have had a feast of riches in the form of high-end flagship devices from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG and OnePlus. Even BlackBerry has made its diehard fans happy with the release of the beastly BlackBerry Passport. Now things have gotten so bad that two high-profile Windows Phone users have said they’re quitting the platform this week until things change. More →

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Best Google Now Tricks Jeopardy

Every single Android user needs to try this amazing Google Now trick

By on December 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Every single Android user needs to try this amazing Google Now trick

Google Now offers a lot of amazing features and tricks but this might be one of the coolest we’ve ever seen. Reddit user Professa91 recently asked Google Now to tell him about what he was watching on TV while Jeopardy happened to be on. Not only did Google Now correctly identify that he was watching Jeopardy just by listening to audio of the show but it also was able to hear answers for individual questions and show him relevant information about each one. More →

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iPhone 6 Vs. Nexus 6

This is what it’s like for an iPhone user to switch to the Nexus 6

By on December 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM.

This is what it’s like for an iPhone user to switch to the Nexus 6

One of the most interesting things to watch over the past few years has been to see Apple and Google try to make their platforms more alike by adopting one another’s strengths. So while Apple has been working on making its platform a little bit more open to things such as third-party keyboards, Google has been pouring resources into Android’s overall design to make it more visually appealing. Android 5.0 Lollipop and its Material Design UI are the results of all this work and so far both have been earning wide praise from early adopters. More →

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Microsoft Lumia 1030 Leaked Pictures

Leaked pics may reveal the high-end Windows Phone we’ve been waiting for all year

By on December 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Leaked pics may reveal the high-end Windows Phone we’ve been waiting for all year

What has Microsoft been doing with Windows Phone all year? It’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves again and again as we’ve watched the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and even OnePlus release one great Android phone after another while the best Microsoft has come up with this year is a Windows Phone version of the HTC One (M8). More →

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Uber Drivers Sexual Harassment

Sleazy Uber driver propositions woman, Uber gives her $30 for her troubles

By on December 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Sleazy Uber driver propositions woman, Uber gives her $30 for her troubles

Although driving services like Uber are definitely the future, it’s pretty safe to say Uber itself has some issues it needs to work out, such as how to deal with sleazy drivers who proposition their passengers. More →

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Android Wear Watch Face API

This new feature is the coolest thing Google has done so far with Android Wear

By on December 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

This new feature is the coolest thing Google has done so far with Android Wear

Android Wear doesn’t exactly get the same kind of attention that its older brother Android does but Google isn’t nearly done yet adding exciting new features to its mobile computing platform. To this end, Google rolled out a new API for Android Wear on Wednesday that will let you customize your experience with the OS like never before. More →

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Windows Phone Is Dead

Longtime Windows Phone user explains why Windows Phone has almost no shot in the U.S.

By on December 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Longtime Windows Phone user explains why Windows Phone has almost no shot in the U.S.

After showing some promise in 2013, Windows Phone adoption has largely stagnated in 2014, especially in the United States. ZDNet’s Ed Bott, who has used Windows Phone for years, recently threw up his hands in frustration because he’s sick and tired of wireless carriers — and Verizon in particular — not caring enough about Windows Phone users to help them get the latest updates and features on their devices. More →

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Sony Pictures Hack Email Leak

Sony’s hacking nightmare just got even more disastrous

By on December 10, 2014 at 2:50 PM.

Sony’s hacking nightmare just got even more disastrous

Surprise! It turns out Hollywood really is filled with back-stabbing, self-serving egomaniacs! Gawker has a magnificent rundown of some leaked emails that were sent back and forth between Sony Pictures executives and they paint a picture of the film industry that’s just as toxic as we’ve always imagined. More →

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AT&T Unlimited Data Throttling Fix

Revealed: AT&T’s sneakiest tricks for throttling ‘unlimited’ data customers

By on December 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

Revealed: AT&T’s sneakiest tricks for throttling ‘unlimited’ data customers

When AT&T throttles the data speeds of its customers who have “unlimited” data plans, it really means business. Ars Technica reports that AT&T “unlimited” data customers can’t stop AT&T from throttling them even if they turn off their phones’ LTE radios and try to get their data solely from the carrier’s HSPA+ network. More →

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Crazy Person Elevator Video

Video: Watch this man completely lose his mind while stuck in an elevator

By on December 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Video: Watch this man completely lose his mind while stuck in an elevator

There’s no doubt that being trapped in an elevator isn’t a fun experience but it’s still a good idea to maintain some kind of composure while you’re waiting. YouTube user Nick Nerv recently had the unpleasant experience of being trapped in an elevator with a man who proceeded to completely lose his mind and started trying to profanely tear the elevator apart to get free. More →

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Best Android Apps Google Keep

Here’s a lesser known Google app that every Android fan should know about

By on December 10, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

Here’s a lesser known Google app that every Android fan should know about

List off the essential Google apps that make Android phones so useful and you’ll probably start with Gmail, Google Maps, Google Now and Hangouts. However, Greenbot’s Derek Walter makes the case that Google Keep deserves a spot alongside these revered Google apps thanks to its remarkable ability to help keep you organized. More →

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