R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

Can't get enough of Star Wars' most lovable blue-clad droid? We recently detailed the new R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker, which is a realistic replica of R2-D2's head. Now there's a new companion to add to your R2-D2 fondness, and this one comes in the form of a car charger. The charger hails from ThinkGeek, which designed the product itself. As always, it is officially licensed, and even better -- it's available as of now.

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Hulu strikes mega-deal with EPIX, will add hit movies soon

Hulu strikes mega-deal with EPIX, will add hit movies soon

Hulu has announced a new “landmark” deal with EPIX, giving it streaming video on demand rights to a roster of movies from MGM, Paramount, Lionsgate, and more. Starting October 1, Hulu will provide a wide range of hit movies for streaming, including things like World War Z, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Anchorman 2, and more. Some of the movies destined for Hulu, such as Interstellar, haven’t been available for streaming online previously, making this a big score for Hulu.

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New Nintendo 3DS launches in U.S. on September 25

New Nintendo 3DS launches in U.S. on September 25

After questions and speculation and outcries and impatient waiting, Nintendo fans located in the U.S. will be able to get ahold of the smaller New Nintendo 3DS starting next month. Earlier this year, Nintendo announced the larger of the two new models in the US, but was careful to avoid giving any explicit statement either way about whether the smaller unit would be arriving in North America. Now the video game company has made an official statement, saying the device will be available starting September 25.

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Samsung Gear S2 details released in full [UPDATE: more images]

Samsung Gear S2 details released in full [UPDATE: more images]

Three versions of Samsung's newest smartwatch, the Gear S2, have been revealed today. Each of the three, the Samsung Gear S2, Gear S2 classic, and Gear S2 3G will come with round faces and Tizen for their software platform. While the Gear S2 and S2 classic will come with Wi-fi connectivity, a Gear S2 3G version will also be released with the same specifications save a slot for a 3G SIM card. Each of these devices will also come with Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC, and will be released likely by the end of the year.

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Nearly every seabird has plastic in its gut today

Nearly every seabird has plastic in its gut today

A new piece of research CSIRO and Imperial College London suggests that seabirds around the world are eating trash. They found that not only do nearly 90 percent of all seabirds today have plastic in their gut, but by 2050, this percentage will rise to nearly 99%. This could have devastating effects on the world's seabird population, which could then have a rippling effect on wildlife throughout the rest of the world, both in the sea and on the land.

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Android Wear’s iOS victim isn’t Apple Watch, it’s Pebble

Android Wear’s iOS victim isn’t Apple Watch, it’s Pebble

Android Wear has been updated to work with iOS, and while some suggest it's the Apple Watch that'll suffer, we're thinking Pebble. The smartwatch that took hold a couple years ago with its super-simple interface, physical buttons, and most important of all - iOS integration from the get-go. Being the only smartwatch in the world worth a second glance was great for Pebble when it launched. Now things are different. Now there's competition, and Pebble really, truly looks like it's behind the times.

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Metal Gear Solid V PC disk is just a Steam installer

Metal Gear Solid V PC disk is just a Steam installer

Purchasers of the PC version of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain physical edition have found that their disks do not contain the actual game. Instead, the install disk contains an 8.78 MB version of Valve's Steam installer. While this is not the first time this sort of situation has happened, it is the first time many Metal Gear Solid fans have seen such a disk without actual game files. Some of them are displeased.

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LG G Pad X 10.1 released to AT&T with 4G LTE

LG G Pad X 10.1 released to AT&T with 4G LTE

AT&T will be releasing the LG G Pad X 10.1 with 4G LTE data speed to their network on the 4th of September - this Friday. This device works with relatively modest specs, including a 10.1-inch full HD display (that's 1080p), and 32GB of internal storage. The big promotion point for AT&T and LG on this device is its inclusion of the DirecTV app on the device right out of the box - though, technically, you could just download the app from the Google Play app store on the tablet you already own, really.

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Google to work with Sanofi on diabetes research

Google to work with Sanofi on diabetes research

Leading diabetes medication makers Sanofi will be working with Google in the near future on the monitoring and treatment of the condition. In the near future this Google Live Sciences division will be split off into its own company under Alphabet. For now, it's still inside Google. Google Live Sciences is currently led by Andrew Conrad who suggests that this Sanofi partnership is just one of many made in the recent past to grow Google Life Science's involvement in medication, software, medical devices, and computing infrastructure.

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Uncharted 4 hits PS4 on March 18, 2016

Uncharted 4 hits PS4 on March 18, 2016

Following the delay from its original scheduled release of this fall, Sony and developer Naughty Dog have announced that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will finally be released on the PlayStation 4 on March 18th, 2016. As the latest entry in the action-adventure series Uncharted, the fourth title continues the story of hero Nathan Drake, picking up sometime after the end of Uncharted 3. Fans of the series who will be picking up the October release of the original trilogy, dubbed The Nathan Drake Collection, will be well prepared for the first Uncharted game on the PS4.

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Google On app launched for your smart home

Google On app launched for your smart home

Today the first Google On app has been launched, prepared at first for the device OnHub, a device Google says is "a router for the new way to Wi-Fi." Inside this app you won't find a whole lot - unless you've already got a Google OnHub in your home. For now this device will act as a smart Wi-fi control tower, distributing your internet service throughout your home in a set of smart ways. In the future, the Google OnHub and On app will act as smart controllers for all of the smart home products in your immediate environment.

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NASA’s Mars simulation begins year of isolation in Hawaii dome

NASA’s Mars simulation begins year of isolation in Hawaii dome

NASA's latest test in preparing for a manned mission to Mars began on Friday last week, with six people entering a small dome in Hawaii where they will remain for one full year. The voluntary isolation experiment has a crew of four Americans; a pilot, architect, doctor/journalist, and soil scientist; along with a French astrobiologist and German physicist. The group will live together in a dome that measures 36 feet wide and 20 feet tall, and can only outside if wearing a full spacesuit.

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