Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Google Music bucks the trend with growing downloads

Google Music bucks the trend with growing downloads

Streaming music services like Spotify have caused a big ripple in the industry, influencing everything from legit music downloads to piracy rates. Despite this, Google Music has seen growth among its download sales alongside an uptick in its streaming service's user base. The growth runs counter to the industry's overall faltering, with such sales earlier in 2014 seeing a year-on-year drop of 13-percent. This follows closely on the heels of Taylor Swift having her catalog pulled from Spotify, taking a jab at the nature of streaming music services.

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George Lucas pens “Strange Magic” movie arriving in January

George Lucas pens “Strange Magic” movie arriving in January

An animated movie you probably haven't heard of called Strange Magic will be arriving this coming January, and it revolves around a story written by George Lucas. It is a somewhat surprise announcement, considering how close we are to the launch date, and according to TheWrap, this animated film will be in the style of a musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Some big-name voice talent will be starring in this Lucasfilm production, including Alan Cumming and Evan Rachel Wood.

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Amazon Studios to roll out seven pilots early next year

Amazon Studios to roll out seven pilots early next year

Early next year Amazon Studios will be launching seven pilot episodes for several series that may then go on to become full series productions. As expected, the pilots -- and eventual series -- will be available to Amazon's subscribers via Prime Instant Video. There's a total of six pilots for fictional series, as well as one for the docuseries The New Yorker Presents, which will showcase the New Yorker's history in bite-sized documentary style episodes. We've got a rundown on each pilot for you after the jump.

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Back to the Future DeLorean replica is a flying drone

Back to the Future DeLorean replica is a flying drone

If you want a drone to zip around but none quite meet your style needs, you can take a page out of YouTuber's Native118's book and make your own...in the style of a Back to the Future DeLorean. The drone was made piece by piece out of lightweight materials -- including bright glowing LEDs -- to form the most retro-chic quad-copter out there, and it's able to fly around without any hassles. The man behind the drone upload his construction process, lending a helping hand to any DIYers who want to make their own.

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XPUZMAG is the rubik’s cube of door locks

XPUZMAG is the rubik’s cube of door locks

The nature of home security is evolving, and door locks with it. We've seen all varieties of alternative ways to secure your home -- some that drop the "key" component entirely, others that promise better security by rising from the ground. A company is Taiwan has come up with its own design, and it is the Rubik's cube of door locks: the XPUZMAG looks like a shower drain and promises to be incredibly hard to pick, unlike traditional key locks commonly in use in homes and businesses.

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ZenCam app brings retro twist to smartphone photos, sends you prints

ZenCam app brings retro twist to smartphone photos, sends you prints

With smartphones, taking a picture is as easy as tapping a screen, and for that reason we often have hundreds of digital photos floating around that aren't terribly meaningful, and that are bound to get lost in the archives of some cloud storage service. The folks behind ZenCam want to change this by introducing a nostalgic twist to your smartphones: a digital roll of film that limits shots and, later on, arrives in your mailbox as physical prints.

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Westeros recreated using 600,000 LEGO bricks

Westeros recreated using 600,000 LEGO bricks

What can't you make with LEGOs? We've seen a functional mech sleeve, an inexpensive braille printer, even a rotating iPhone dock. And that's not to mention the movie and other entertainment that has been LEGO-fied. It only makes sense, then, that someone would tackle Game of Thrones, and those someones have done so in a very big way: with a massive full-scale replica of the series' world Westeros, complete with a huge white wall and Tyrion Lannister perched upon it...relieving himself.

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Playstation 1 games arrive on Android Wear

Playstation 1 games arrive on Android Wear

In the event you have the tiniest thumbs ever or you're especially keen to play PlayStation 1 games on your wrist, one industrious individual has shown it's possible to run PS1 games on Android Wear. He does so using an LG G Watch on which he plays Croc: Legend of the Gobbos. The game runs without a hitch, save for the troubles that come with touchscreen controls on a tiny wearable display, showing an impressive quality using the ePSXe PlayStation emulator.

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Microsoft Lumia 535 entry-level handset makes official debut

Microsoft Lumia 535 entry-level handset makes official debut

Following its leak last night, Microsoft has made its self-branded Lumia 535 smartphone official, making it the first Lumia handset to eschew the "Nokia" name. The Lumia 535 is a decidedly entry-level smartphone, but it is well-rounded as far as features go, giving budget-conscious users a device that covers most of the bases they'll care about most while drawing them nicely into the Windows Phone experience. As expected, the handset features a 5-inch IPS display with a 960 x 540 qHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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Kids react to old cameras: “Such hard work”

Kids react to old cameras: “Such hard work”

It's time for another adorable "Kids React" video in which the younger generation reacts to now-obsolete gadgets and other old tech, simultaneously making us laugh and reminding us that we're getting old. In this newest video, kids are reacting to an average point-and-shoot film camera, trying to figure out how to operate it and, their most troublesome issue, how to put the film in place. They all prove successful in the end, but not before pleas for help and comments like "There's no photo fluid in this thing!" are made.

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