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Gwendoline Christie’s role in Star Wars revealed

Gwendoline Christie’s role in Star Wars revealed

Before you go any further in this Star Wars-related article, know that it's full of information you might not want to read if you're saving yourself for the final movie reveal. It's not a set of spoilers, so to speak, but it DOES contain information about the next Star Wars film. So keep that in mind. This is the role of Gwendoline Christie - famous for her part in Game of Thrones - as she commands a legion of troops in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Google Plus ‘Collections’ now rolling out to users

Google Plus ‘Collections’ now rolling out to users

Whether or not Google is dismantling Google+, reorganizing it, or just thinking differently about social is unknown. Through signs that the social layer of Google is at least being demoted through the ranks, the service has nonetheless added a new feature that pinches a bit of cool from another social service that might be more widely used. With Collections, you’ll be able to take things of interest and organize them into lists, which can in turn be shared to the public, or a more private audience.

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Extinction of your favorite animal more real than you realize

Extinction of your favorite animal more real than you realize

This week a study published in Science Advances has suggested that the extinction of some of the world's most beloved animals is a clear and present danger. Fourty-four of the 74 largest terrestrial herbivores are now threatened with extinction, 12 of them "critically endangered" or extinct in the wild. Many of the species in decline, suggests the study, "are poorly known scientifically, and [are] badly in need of basic ecological research." Not only will they die unless we do something, we'll never know what they are all about in the first place.

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Facebook gets serious about open internet for all

Facebook gets serious about open internet for all

Those of you in the world wide web and abroad aiming to bring the internet to the whole world can now team up with Facebook if you do so wish. Internet.org, the Facebook-made internets services portal, is now a platform for developer to help in the aim to spread internet access across the entire planet. Three guidelines for participation have been outlined for developers. With these three guidelines in mind, the internet can spread far and wide with developers and apps of all kinds.

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Meerkat adds ‘mobbing’, Facebook integration

Meerkat adds ‘mobbing’, Facebook integration

Live-streaming service Meerkat, which recently made a foray into Android, hasn’t forgotten iOS. Over the weekend, Meerkat updated their iOS app to roll in a few new features, which will help it (and you) find a new audience. Meerkat users will now be discoverable via Facebook, as support for the social service means your Meerkatting sessions will now be shared as a post on Facebook, just as they are on Twitter. A new feature known a ‘mobbing’ could make some users stars.

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Report: Apple ‘cutthroat’ about ending freemium music streaming

Report: Apple ‘cutthroat’ about ending freemium music streaming

As the company prepares for what could be an earth-shaking streaming announcement, a new report suggests Apple is using ‘cutthroat’ tactics to get there. According to music industry sources, Apple is urging music labels to end their support of freemium streaming services like Spotify. While the goal with free tiers is to encourage paid subscriptions, Apple wants none of it, and reportedly wants the feature out of streaming altogether. If true, we can safely assume whatever Apple’s streaming service is, it won’t have a free listening tier.

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Who won the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight? Periscope

Who won the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight? Periscope

Manny Pacquiao definitely didn’t win the ‘fight of the century’. In many ways, neither did Floyd Mayweather. At the end of the night, most were left with a bad taste in their mouth. A underwhelming undercard underscored a dull main event that saw ‘Money’ Mayweather do what he does best, making Manny Pacquiao look downright pedestrian. All that for the low, low price of $99 via Pay Per View. Unless you were willing to watch a second-hand stream via Periscope — those people paid nothing, and they might have been the real winners.

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Pinterest opens Developer platform to take over social

Pinterest opens Developer platform to take over social

Pinterest, the upstart social network centered around imagery rather than words, is trying to become even bigger. Today, Pinterest is announcing details of a Developer platform, a suite of APIs engineered to “bring pins to life”. Developers can now leverage user pins in their own apps, where Pinterest envisions apps that use what people pin to encourage real-life shopping, “like apps for ordering ingredients from a recipe Pin or booking trips based on travel Pins.” The program is still in beta form, but Pinterest already has the underpinnings of a winner.

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Hack lets your control GTA V phone with your iPhone

Hack lets your control GTA V phone with your iPhone

Despite the prevalence of smartphones, few consoles and console games take advantage of this "second screen" available at our fingertips. Some games even have in-game phones that point to the fact, but don't always tie into the real world. While some games actually do use your mobile device as an extension of your game, GTA V isn't one of those. Well, at least not without this latest, still unpublished, hack. YouTube user " DIY Projects Planetleak" published a video showing how he controlled the game's in-game phone using, well, his iPhone.

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Harmony Rehab Exoskeleton helps people recover from spinal injuries

Harmony Rehab Exoskeleton helps people recover from spinal injuries

It can be very difficult for people who suffer from spinal and neurological injuries to get better and regain all functionality. Getting better often involves lots of rehabilitation with therapists and doctors along with months or years of work. Researchers from the UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering have created a new robotic exoskeleton that is designed to help people recover faster from injuries.

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