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Hoopla expands library with Image Comics deal

Hoopla expands library with Image Comics deal

In late June, Hoopla struck a deal with DC Comics, adding a couple hundred of the publisher’s titles to its already expansive library. Following that, the company has announced additional graphic novels under its latest deal with Image Comics. This includes The Walking Dead graphic novels volume 1 through 23, Spawn Origins Collections volume 1 through 10, and more. Hoopla works in conjunction with libraries across the nation to offer digital content on one's mobile devices; as such, you'll need a library card to get started.

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Star Wars live global toy unboxing begins September 3

Star Wars live global toy unboxing begins September 3

It looks like the first real marketing blitz for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, will begin next week. Disney has announced that starting Thursday, September 3rd, an 18-hour live toy unboxing event will take place across the globe, with 15 different cities around the world revealing the first look at new Star Wars merchandise. The event is described as a "New Year's Eve style celebration," with 12 countries each participating at local times on September 3rd, starting in Australia.

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LG has four more 4K OLED TVs to display at IFA 2015

LG has four more 4K OLED TVs to display at IFA 2015

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results. That definition might seem appropriate with LG's strategy of inundating the consumer market with model after model of 4K UHD smart TVs. But since it's almost time for IFA 2015, the manufacturer could be excused for trying to push harder a segment that is worryingly stagnating. Introducing the two EF9500s, ED9200, and the curved EG9100, LG's latest hurrah for the Smart TV segment, on top of the 9 others it already launched this year.

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Hobbit “Five Armies” Extended Edition release dated with R-rating

Hobbit “Five Armies” Extended Edition release dated with R-rating

The final installment of the "Extended Editions" of The Hobbit trilogy has been revealed this week. The Battle of the Five Armies will include 20 minutes of additional footage for the film itself, then will also include more than 9 hours of special features. This movie will also be rated R - this is different from the theatrical cut of the film which is rated PG-13. This new rating has been pushed to the film by the MPAA for "some violence." As if there weren't violence in the film in the first place.

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‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

The U.S. Social Security Administration has revealed that "Anakin" is now one of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States. The administration released its latest list of popular baby names in the United States this summer, and we see more than a handful that are likely inspired by popular culture -- Khaleesi, for example, outranked Anakin last year in the top 1,000 baby name chart. Still, Anakin is gaining ground and joining the likes of "Luke" and "Leia" among the top charts.

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Hulu grabs Seth Rogen’s ‘Future Man’ comedy

Hulu grabs Seth Rogen’s ‘Future Man’ comedy

Hulu has ordered a 30 minute pilot episode for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s ‘Future Man’ comedy, it has been announced. The comedy is said to follow the likes of a janitor who cleans up during the day, and who plays as a world-ranked gamer at night. Neither of those are central to the storyline, however. Rather, visitors said to come from the future advise the janitor that he is the only hope for humanity — humans will become extinct if the janitor doesn’t do something to stop the invasion of some unspecified “super race”.

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Fear the Walking Dead: watch first 3 mins before Sunday premiere

Fear the Walking Dead: watch first 3 mins before Sunday premiere

This Sunday ushers in the premiere of AMC's new Fear the Walking Dead TV show, a companion series to the network's long-standing and still popular The Walking Dead series. After numerous trailers and a progressive look at the apocalypse version of Los Angeles, the network has released the first full three minutes of the upcoming world premiere. There's not much in it considered spoiler-worthy, especially if you've already seen the trailers.

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VHS Camcorder app review: strikingly simple

VHS Camcorder app review: strikingly simple

How hard would it be to make an app that accurately recreates a VHS camcorder in a smartphone? That's the question the folks at Rarevision asked themselves when they set about making the VHS Camcorder app for iPhone. What we've got here is the app itself - an app that describes itself with four words: "Best. Throwback. Videos. Ever." Rarevision also suggests that you'll be able to "impress that girl you're obsessed with by using our app to convince her you built a time machine."

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Real life first-person zombie shooter pops up on Chatroulette

Real life first-person zombie shooter pops up on Chatroulette

Turns out, if you still use Chatroulette, the website that matches you and your webcam up with a random stranger, you may not always be shown someone doing something obscene. You might just get thrown into a real life first person shooter (FPS), with you in control of someone trying fight off zombies. That's exactly what happened when random users were paired with the British film production crew Realm Pictures, who managed to create a live-action FPS that plays out in real-time right before viewers.

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Spotify is sorry about their new privacy policy

Spotify is sorry about their new privacy policy

Over the past day or so you may have noticed a new privacy policy popping up when you attempt to open or update Spotify. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is sorry about this. Not because of the privacy policy itself - it's mostly harmless - but about the method with which it was distributed. Asking for permission to access your photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and contacts. Needless to say this has thrown some users for a bit of a loop.

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Giphy Cam makes Instagram and Vine look elderly

Giphy Cam makes Instagram and Vine look elderly

This week the folks at the GIF search engine Giphy have re-entered the age of apps. They'd be included in keyboard apps and certainly had been used by mobile users before in web browsers, but with the Giphy Cam, the Giphy crew grow up. They grow up at the same time as they remain childish with a lovely collection of cartoon overlays for the gifs you're about to make. This app captures moving images with your phone and makes gifs of them, fully pumped up and prepared for sharing on all platforms.

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