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Millennium Falcon drone: functional and one-of-a kind

Millennium Falcon drone: functional and one-of-a kind

Personal drones are fun toys (and useful tools), and we've seen them surface in increasingly fashionable forms. There's the Bionic Bird, for example, which looks like any other bird but comes with a few mechanical upgrades. That Back to the Future DeLorean drone is even better, mashing together nostalgia and skilled craftsmanship for a miniature time traveler. And now there's the Millennium Falcon drone, latest to the growing number of flying vehicle replicas taking to the sky. As always, we've a video of it in action after the jump.

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Netflix, Hulu and more are dominating traditional TV

Netflix, Hulu and more are dominating traditional TV

It's no secret that many are gravitating towards Netflix, Hulu and similar services to get their entertainment fix, and traditional cable viewership has suffered as a result. The introduction of Sling TV, a streaming television service from Dish Network, is likely to further entice consumers away from traditional pay-TV subscriptions, but so far video on demand and similar services have done a well enough job on their own. According to a new report that looks at Nielsen data, traditional television viewership in the US has dived.

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Verizon adjusts data plans amidst growing competition

Verizon adjusts data plans amidst growing competition

The world of smartphones is becoming increasingly data hungry, and some carriers (we're looking at you, T-Mobile) are doing their best to serve up the tastiest dishes. Verizon, a long-standing wireless carrier staple, isn't such an attractive option any more, assuming you're more concerned about your data-to-price ratio than widespread coverage, and for those users in particular options like Cricket have been dangling increasingly attractive data-rich plans as incentive to switch.

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LEGO Doctor Who set gets official approval

LEGO Doctor Who set gets official approval

If you've been biting your nails for the past few months in hopes that LEGO would give the Doctor Who set its approval, we have some good news for you. LEGO announced yesterday that the project has been reviewed and approved, and will be officially arriving in the relatively near future. The project first surfaced a few months ago, seeking supporters on LEGO Ideas. It hit the required 10,000 supporters, and after a long wait has finally been given the thumbs-up.

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Disney may offer Marvel, Star Wars video streaming plans

Disney may offer Marvel, Star Wars video streaming plans

The recent introduction of Dish Network's Sling TV has rocked the television industry, and for obvious reasons: subscribers can watch live channels like ESPN over their Internet on whatever connected device they have, something that has been long dreamed of by cord-cutters and those tired of traditional cable. Some networks have followed this up with plans to provide streaming subscriptions through which their own content can be streamed -- Viacom, for example, recently revealed that Nickelodeon will be doing just that.

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Twitter and Google tipped in deal on tweets in search results

Twitter and Google tipped in deal on tweets in search results

Twitter and Google have reached an agreement on how tweets will henceforth show up in search results, according to sources that know of such plans. Says these unnamed sources, the first half of 2015 will see tweets cropping up in Google Search results right after they are tweeted. This is a big change up from how it has thus far happened, with results being delayed due to Google having to crawl through the microblogging service's website to identify the tweets.

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Netflix says it’ll be available in Japan in Fall 2015

Netflix says it’ll be available in Japan in Fall 2015

Netflix is a force to be reckoned with, and there's no sign of that slowing down. The video streaming service is making a massive push for original content, the likes of which it has largely found success with (so far), and at the same time it is also working to expand its audience. Netflix revealed in the recent past that it'll be arriving in Australia and New Zealand next month (though there's debate about how effective that will be), and likewise the service arrived in France last year. Now it has set focus on Japan.

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Google patents tech for helping you pronounce places right

Google patents tech for helping you pronounce places right

Google has just recently been awarded a patent for new tech that will dish up the correct pronunciation for "place" names, something that could make the frequent traveler's life a bit easier. The patent just recently surfaced on the USPTO's website and was granted on February 3, and in it Google details a new twist of technology that will take audio clips of a specific place being pronounced by those from the region, then use that to form audio suggestions aiding searchers in saying it correctly.

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Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ teased with new trailer

Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ teased with new trailer

Marvel's Daredevil series, destined for Netflix, has been in the pipeline for a while now and is finally nearing launch. Ahead of that, however, we've seen the series teased on more than one occasion, including at New York Comic Con last October. The teases keep coming, this time in the form of a relatively long teaser trailer with all the traditional elements: dark scenes, angst, and a voice over betraying the narrator's dark secrets. We've the video after the jump!

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NEOH headphones promise theater-quality 3D surround sound

NEOH headphones promise theater-quality 3D surround sound

Speakers offering 360-degree "3D" sound quality are becoming increasingly common, and so it isn't surprising that a company has decided to bring the tech to headphones. Enter the NEOH, which is bid as the "first smart 3D audio headphones", giving audiophiles and general music lovers alike a spatial sound experience more realistic than what you get with an ordinary pair of headphones, at least according to the maker. It's not surprising, then, that the NEOH is being referred to as a "wearable home theater system".

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