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Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku performs on Letterman

Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku performs on Letterman

Hatsune Miku is a virtual pop singer that gets her voice courtesy of Crypton Future Media, which is based out of Japan. Using various Vocaloid synthesizers, she belts out songs and, despite her lack of flesh and blood, enjoys quite a fan base. Thanks to increasingly sophisticated projection technology, Hatsune has taken to more than one stage to perform songs, with the latest one being on The Late Show with David Letterman, where she danced and sang alongside a live band before fizzling away in a poof of digital magic.

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Darth Vader and James Earl Jones to return in 2014

Darth Vader and James Earl Jones to return in 2014

There’s no doubt that Darth Vader will once again see airtime voiced by James Earl Jones at this point, but how and when - you might not expect. For the first episode - an extended release available immediately for purchase from chain stores across the United States - Star Wars Rebels has been released as "Spark of Rebellion." And what’s a good rebellion without a dash of Darth?

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MatchStick’s software ported ahead of launch

MatchStick’s software ported ahead of launch

MatchStick is a Firefox OS-based dongle tasked with taking on Google's Chromecast (check out our review). The device has seen ample success on Kickstarter and will be arriving this coming February if all goes as planned, a bit sooner for those who backed the project. The device will be a touch cheaper than the Chromecast when it arrives, but if you're not patient enough to wait another few months, there's another alternative: a ported version of MatchStick's software for an already-available streaming dongle.

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DREDD mini-movies: EP Adi Shankar confirms pseudo-sequels

DREDD mini-movies: EP Adi Shankar confirms pseudo-sequels

Last year Adi Shankar first mentioned that he’d like to create at least one more DREDD movie, no matter how it’d have to be made. Here and now, Shankar confirms that his project is a go. Not an official feature-length DREDD 2, but something stranger. Like some of the other short odd projects Shankar has created over the past couple of years, DREDD will continue with this man with the Dark Judges. Not necessarily having anything to do with Karl Urban or Judge Dredd himself, The Four Dark Judges come from a parallel dimension - and they’re especially nasty.

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DREDD 2: Karl Urban meets with filmmakers

DREDD 2: Karl Urban meets with filmmakers

Karl Urban has once again spoken up about DREDD 2, the sequel to the first film that does not officially have a plan for a second. We heard from Urban in April of this year speaking about the petition to get a DREDD sequel made, and since then we’ve heard from Olivia Thirlby as well with a similar message. Now we’re hearing from Urban again, this time at Destination Star Trek 3 in London England. This is the same convention where we saw Cortana speak Klingon for the first time, mind you.

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Myst tipped to be coming to a TV near you

Myst tipped to be coming to a TV near you

Those who remember a time when you put in CDs, not DVDs, into PCs in order to install and play a game may have just jumped for joy or at the very least sported mild amusement on their faces. Myst, one of the unexpected successes of the gaming industry in the last two decades, is now rumored to be making a return to mainstream consciousness. Not as a remake, not as a remaster, and not as a film either, but as a new TV series. Well, maybe with a new game as well.

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Netflix hit with industry backlash over new movie deals

Netflix hit with industry backlash over new movie deals

Netflix and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions recently made a surprise announcement: that the video streaming service would partner in creating four new Sandler movies that will launch on Netflix exclusively. This immediately followed a similar announcement that Netflix will be making a second Crouching Tiger movie, launching it online at the same time as in IMAX theaters. Such moves were bound to happen and give consumers more control over their entertainment, but as expected, both have received substantial backlash from industry staples balking at the budding shift in how theatrical entertainment takes place.

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Watch: Slow-motion skateboard trick videos by Adam Shomsky

Watch: Slow-motion skateboard trick videos by Adam Shomsky

This afternoon we’re kicking back wishing Summer wasn’t over, preparing for the oncoming spring with a pack of slow-mo skateboard tricks. These are part of a series of videos called "Skateology", aiming to be informative about ground-level skating. For everyone that’s ever done any one of these tricks on their own board, this is your chance to see what you’ve done in detail. For everyone else - even when you see these tricks done moment-by-moment, they still might seem impossible. There’s a reason why skateboarding tricks are so rewarding.

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Jeff Goldblum tips Independence Day 2, gets fancy with GE

Jeff Goldblum tips Independence Day 2, gets fancy with GE

When you think about Jeff Goldblum, you likely think about one of three roles. He was in The Fly, he was in Jurassic Park, and he was in Independence Day. If you’re a really big fan, you’ll also think about how he promoted Apple Computers when the iMac first became colorful. Now he’s whipping out two masterpieces. One is Independence Day 2 - a script is just being written now, so we won’t see that for a while. The other is an advertisement for a General Electric lightbulb.

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Spotify streams John Lennon’s entire collection, Beatles still MIA

Spotify streams John Lennon’s entire collection, Beatles still MIA

Not his entire record collection - if he had one - but every one of the records John Lennon created will be streamed by Spotify starting today. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr also have albums streaming on Spotify, while The Beatles as a collective have none. Remember when it was a big deal when The Beatles were released to iTunes? Remember also when Led Zeppelin and Metallica were released to Spotify? The wave is coming - and some might believe that it’s already here. Streaming all the albums, all the artists - but The Beatles, of course.

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