Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Original Star Wars Trilogy to hit select theaters this August

Original Star Wars Trilogy to hit select theaters this August

Star Wars is a pretty big deal this year. The Force Awakens just recently came out on Blu-ray, and we just got our first look at Rogue One. But the original trilogy is still near to many of our hearts, and it's going to be getting some love on the big screen later this year.

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New Xbox One incoming, according to FCC filing

New Xbox One incoming, according to FCC filing

Since early March, rumors have been swirling around that Sony is planning on releasing an updated PlayStation 4. The idea is that it will pack some extra power that would let it run 4K games, among other things. This would likely also help with some of Sony's VR plans, as the console will need all of the extra juice it can get. But what about Microsoft? Well it turns out that the company may also be considering a new revision of the Xbox One.

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WiFi networks can brick your iPhone if you don’t update it

WiFi networks can brick your iPhone if you don’t update it

Back in February, it was discovered that you could brick your iPhone just by changing the date. Of course, you'd have to go very far out of your way to do this, as you needed to send it back in time to the very beginning of 1970 to do the trick. Well, it turns out that this strange event could lead to someone using a malicious WiFi network to brick your phone.

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Lensbaby Twist 60 is a modern Petzval lens

Lensbaby Twist 60 is a modern Petzval lens

One of the hardest parts about photography is affording all of the lenses that you need. Okay, if you're a great photographer, you're going to end up with great shots, regardless of your lens. However, having the perfect lens can certainly do wonders for a photograph. And if you love the swirling bokeh in the picture above, then Lensbaby has the perfect one for you.

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Follow Han and Chewie as they liberate Kashyyyk in the next Star Wars book

Follow Han and Chewie as they liberate Kashyyyk in the next Star Wars book

For those of us that have been fans of the Star Wars universe for decades, we used to have a pretty solid understanding of what happened after the movies. We know about Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, the Emperor's clones, the New Jedi Order, and more. Unfortunately, when The Force Awakens was being made, all of those facts and stories were collectively dumped into the "Legends" category. As such, those stories can be thought of as some sort of alternate universe. And that means we have a lot of catching up to do with our old friends.

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Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Facebook Messenger is about to be a total disaster

Today at Facebook's F8 conference, there was a lot of talk about the Messenger app. Lots of praise for it, and its future were given by the presenters. One went so far as to say that thanks to the advancements in Messenger, that this may now be the beginning of a new era.

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Foodida crowdsources fast food delivery

Foodida crowdsources fast food delivery

We've all had those days where you're hungry, and nothing in the house sounds good, and you really don't feel like going out to pick up something. It usually ends with hunger motivating you to finally make or get something, but one of the obvious answers is to just get something delivered. But what happens when the food you want comes from a place that doesn't deliver?

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Facebook’s Messenger Platform bots want to be your middle-man

Facebook’s Messenger Platform bots want to be your middle-man

At Facebook's F8 conference today, Mark Zuckerberg talked a lot about bringing people together, and giving everyone access to share virtually anything. He then went on to talk about how widely-used their Messenger app is, going so far as to point out that the company is delivering a higher volume of messages every day, than phone companies transmit SMS messages. And now the company wants you to use those same messages for everything.

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Chrome will block deceptive download and update ads by default

Chrome will block deceptive download and update ads by default

Having worked in IT for more than a decade, I'm pretty skilled at picking out fake download buttons and ads that look like legitimate notifications. However, there are still plenty of times where one of these will make me pause, as I have to look for extra clues as to what it really is. If one of these ads is clever enough to give an IT professional pause, just imagine how easily tricked your elderly relatives are, when confronted with them.

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Fix Dark Souls III crashing issues with these tips

Fix Dark Souls III crashing issues with these tips

This is the big week for Dark Souls fans here in the US. While the game has been out in Japan for a little while already, the rest of the world is only just now getting access to the game. And so far, it's proving to be a far more difficult challenge than the previous two games, although for very different reasons.

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This Nintendo Zapper Glock fires 9mm rounds

This Nintendo Zapper Glock fires 9mm rounds

I'm pretty sure that the first gun of any sort that I ever held was grey and made of plastic. It had a red trigger, and I primarily used it for hunting ducks. Yes, it was the Zapper for the original NES. Well one handgun maker has dressed up a Glock to look just like that classic Nintendo accessory, and gotten a lot of heat over it.

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Here’s how to add a speedometer to Google Maps on Android

Here’s how to add a speedometer to Google Maps on Android

A couple of weeks ago, Waze announced they would be adding a handy new feature to their popular app. Since speeding is a problem that we've all had at some point, the people at Waze decided it was high time to start tracking our speed. So they integrated a speedometer into the app, which would warn you if you went too far over that limit. Well Google Maps is finally getting that feature on Android. But it's not exactly what you're expecting.

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