Paramount drops copyright lawsuit against Star Trek fan film creators

Paramount drops copyright lawsuit against Star Trek fan film creators

Star Trek fans have a reason to celebrate today; not only has a new trailer for Star Trek: Beyond been released, but franchise owners Paramount Pictures and CBS have revealed they're dropping a controversial copyright lawsuit against the makers of the ambitious fan film, Star Trek: Axanar. The news was announced by none other than JJ Abrams at a fan event held on Beyond's movie lot.

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Now there’s a 3D printer for making custom gummy candy

Now there’s a 3D printer for making custom gummy candy

3D printing technology is on the verge of revolutionizing manufacturing, with recent examples including shoes and a working electric motorcycle. But now printing is about to get a lot more delicious, with a 3D printer that produces gummy candy in a variety of custom shapes and sizes. The device is called the Magic Candy Factory, and it's being installed at Dylan's Candy Bar stores across the US.

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Reddit threads can now be embedded on websites like tweets & Facebook posts

Reddit threads can now be embedded on websites like tweets & Facebook posts

Reddit, "the front page of the internet" as the site boasts, has finally caught up to just about every major social media platform this week by introducing embeddable threads. You know when you're on a website and come across a tweet, Instagram photo, or YouTube video in the middle of the page, and clicking on it takes you directly to that content on said social network? Well, now the same thing can be done with Reddit posts.

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Genetically modified foods are safe, so stop freaking out

Genetically modified foods are safe, so stop freaking out

Genetically modified foods are the subject of conspiracy theories and uneducated fearmongering…despite study after study that has found the foods to be perfect okay to eat. Anti-GMO groups are still out there, and there advocating against modified foods despite the benefits they offer and their potential to help improve food security around the globe. More than half a decade ago, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report that found nothing wrong with GMO foods. The report didn’t help things, and so now six years later, it’s back with yet another.

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This is the ‘Ghostbusters’ baddie you haven’t seen yet

This is the ‘Ghostbusters’ baddie you haven’t seen yet

Trailers, trailers everywhere. While we've seen the two official trailers Sony released in the U.S., those in other countries have been given a better look at the movie. A new international trailer for the soon-to-premiere flick has made its way online, and it's pretty great. Yes, it has scenes we've already seen...as well as a considerable number we haven't, and they shed some light on the story. Oh, and there's a massive angry ghost.

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Giant fireball streaked over northeastern US this week

Giant fireball streaked over northeastern US this week

The fireballs making surprise appearances in the sky have been happening in the U.S. lately (though the ones that crop up in Russia are usually much more exciting), and the latest one happened this week. The fireball was spotted by night owls in a few northeastern states, with most of the sightings seeming to come from the Boston region. The event was caught on camera by a few witnesses.

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Marvel Studios has cast its first big female supervillian: Cate Blanchett

Marvel Studios has cast its first big female supervillian: Cate Blanchett

Marvel Studios has announced that actress Cate Blanchett is on board to play ‘Hela,’ the studios’ first major female supervillian (as far as movies go, that is). She’ll be playing the character in Thor: Ragnarok, and will be joined by Jeff Goldblum who is playing “Grandmaster.” The announcement is a big deal for Marvel, as Blanchett will usher in the first instance of a Marvel movie featuring a woman as its primary villain.

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Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

While Apple's next iPhone seems to show little potential for great change, Google announces Android software integration with one of their most forward-thinking projects ever: Tango. Apple has built a massive consumer following with the idea that their iPhone is reliable, secure, and ubiquitous - unavoidably present in the public eye. Google, on the other hand, creates the software that manufacturers of all sorts then use to create their own, unique smartphones. This week, Google announced that they'd be adding Tango software to the next version of Android. This could change the public's expectations for a great smartphone entirely.

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Fitbit’s Coin acquisition paves way for fitness band mobile payments

Fitbit’s Coin acquisition paves way for fitness band mobile payments

Coin, a four-year-old company that has developed technology for making mobile payments, was acquired by Fitbit this week. The acquisition will give Fitbit access to Coin’s intellectual property pertaining to its wearables payment platform, and will also bring some of Coin’s ‘key personnel’ to Fitbit. The deal spells the end to Coin’s payment products, but opens the door to mobile payments for Fitbit’s own customer base.

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Oculus is shooting itself in the foot with DRM

Oculus is shooting itself in the foot with DRM

When you release the "next big thing" in your particular corner of the market, a company relies on a few things to ensure its success. One key component is making sure that the product delivers on all of its promises. Another is to rely on brand recognition to get people to purchase it. And finally, you have to make sure that you don't manage to upset your user base before they even get your product into their hands. Oculus seems to be struggling pretty hard with that last part, currently.

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Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker leak: 4K, waterproof, and June launch

Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker leak: 4K, waterproof, and June launch

A new leak suggests Olympus’ anticipated Stylus TG-Tracker action camera will be officially launched next month, and that it will offer 4K video recording, waterproof construction, and more. The spec details follow a leak of several images purporting to show the upcoming action cam, which avoids the typical minimalist stylings of competing models and instead packs a lot of visible features into a relatively small body.

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Google Science Journal app turns your phone into a lab

Google Science Journal app turns your phone into a lab

Google’s making it a bit easier to channel your inner scientist via it new app Google Science Journal. Available now, the Android app puts a research lab in your pocket (or wherever you keep your phone), making it possible to use your smartphone’s sensors in ways that may not otherwise be readily accessible. As well, Science Journal can be used to store observational notes, generate graphs, and more.

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