The amazing Star Wars: Episode VII trailer that was released a few days ago has already spawned a bunch of clever responses, including a Lego version of the trailer and a brilliantly edited Matthew McConaughey reaction to name a few. Via Jalopnik, the most brilliant response yet came this week when someone on Craigslist decided to try selling the Star Destroyer battleship in the trailer that had crash landed on an unknown planet.
Sci-Fi movie fans looking for new releases this year should have plenty of reasons to be excited, considering the many new trailers teasing all the upcoming attractions. Some of them will be launching in late 2015, like the seventh Star Wars title, while some are going to hit theaters much sooner, including Tomorrowland, a new Disney creation starring George Clooney, Judy Greer, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie.
So you think you know everything there is to know about New York City, do you? Then you might be pleasantly surprised to discover a hidden corner of the city that’s been deserted for decades and is still preserved just as it was in 1963 when it was abandoned. Well, not exactly the same — nature has taken its toll on the place and has left it looking like a scene from Fallout 3. More →
A few weeks ago, Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver travelled all the way to Russia to interview Edward Snowden. Snowden, of course is responsible for numerous leaks that revealed the advanced surveillance operations intelligence agencies are capable of nowadays. The interview was particularly enjoyable thanks ti the fact that Oliver’s team was able to present serious matters in very entertaining ways. One of the gems in that episode is related to password security, PopularMechanics points out, with Snowden revealing one key tip that you absolutely should consider when setting up online passwords.
While security companies usually detail vulnerabilities in Android that hackers can use for malicious purposes, analytics service SourceDNA uncovered an encryption flaw that may affect as many as 1,500 applications, Ars Technica reports. Among them, you’ll find some popular titles, including Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing, the Alibaba.com mobile app, Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes, KYBankAgent 3.0, and Revo Restaurant Point of Sale. More →
Apple is reportedly making two or three new iPhones this year, depending on what the latest rumor says. Some sources claim Apple has a new 4-inch iPhone 6c model in the works, in addition to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for this year. The smaller model rumored to offer Apple’s latest technologies – including Touch ID support, A8 chip or later, NFC and Apple Pay support – to those buyers looking for a smaller iPhone. On the other hand, one analyst who has usually been accurate about Apple’s unannounced products claimed recently that only new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones will be released this year.
So now, of course, it’s time for rumors of a 4-inch iPhone to resurface.
Apple won’t sell you a smartwatch in stores this weekend, as you hoped it would, and the Apple Watch won’t be available in retail stores for the entire month of May, at least according to a recent internal Apple memo that was leaked to the press. Apple choose to only take online orders for the device, receiving harsh criticism for the “fake” April 24th release date. However, it turns out there may be a more than plausible explanation for Apple’s decision, analyst Carl Howe revealed in an extensive piece on his blog. More →
The Apple Watch is officially launching this Friday, according to Apple’s original plans, though the company has already ditched that April 24th launch date from marketing materials, in response to harsh criticism received for its “fake” Apple Watch release plans. However, the lucky early Watch buyers who were quick enough to buy the device in the first minutes of preorders on April 10th are going to receive their devices this week, MacRumors reports. More →
In addition to providing notifications, the Apple Watch is also supposed to be a powerful fitness and health gadget designed to both motivate you and record a variety of parameters related to your daily activities and workout sessions. One of the things the Watch can record is your heart rate, and Apple has put together a special page on its support website that details how the sensor on the back of the Watch works and how to get better results from it. More →
Anyone who has ever tried Carrot Fit at least once can tell you how delightfully annoying the fitness app is. It’ll make fun of you while it trains you, and make you laugh when you least expect it during a gruesome seven-minute workout from hell. And Carrot Fit users who plan on also purchasing the Apple Watch should know that Carrot Fit now has Apple Watch support. More →
The one smartphone feature we take for granted every day, one that has evolved into an app category of its own, is the virtual keyboard. There are various custom keyboard apps listed in app stores waiting to offer smartphone users a better experience than default options. In fact, many of them extend across platforms, bringing the same features to users no matter what devices they own. The better and smaller these gadgets get over time though, the better the virtual keyboards must get as well.