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Spherical droid BB-8 rolls onstage at Star Wars Celebration 2015

Spherical droid BB-8 rolls onstage at Star Wars Celebration 2015

This week Star Wars director J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy sat onstage at Star Wars Celebration 2015 - and BB-8 rolled up. Sitting beside a couple of the R2-D2 creators - originally fans, hired by Lucasfilm and Disney for the next movies - out rolled R2-D2, then rolled out BB-8. This spherical droid we first assumed was a special effect. Now we know he's real. He rolled out and moved around - he's a real-deal piece of equipment - remote-controlled, of course, but real metal hardware.

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Star Wars practical effects: J.J. Abrams speaks on the standard

Star Wars practical effects: J.J. Abrams speaks on the standard

This morning during Star Wars Celebration 2015, J.J. Abrams spoke about practical effects in the next movie. He spoke about how they went to Abu Dabi to film the first planet you see in the first teaser for the film - on a planet he revealed was called "Jaku" (we'll see a correct spelling soon). In that place - in the desert - they made the film as complete as they could without effects. In fact, Abrams suggested that the first copy of the film - before Industrial Light and Magic steps in with special effects - the movie can be watched in its entirety.

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Watch Star Wars Celebration 2015 LIVE right here

Watch Star Wars Celebration 2015 LIVE right here

This week we'll be bringing you all sorts of Star Wars-related news courtesy of the folks at Disney, Lucasfilm, and Star Wars Celebration central. Below you'll find the first bit - one piece of the puzzle you'll be able to watch for the whole multi-day celebration schedule. Here you'll find the singular most important video feed of Star Wars Celebration, one centering on Star Wars: The Force Awakens - the next Star Wars film, coming this December - and Star Wars Battlegrounds, the next big Star Wars video game - and that's just day one!

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Google preps first-ever Chrome Live event to woo businesses

Google preps first-ever Chrome Live event to woo businesses

Google might now be synonymous with search and Android more than anything else, but it isn't about to let its other platform fall by the wayside. It has been pushing Chrome more aggressively in recent weeks, particularly with Chrome OS and surrounding devices. Now, it is about ready to let Chrome come out of its skin. In two weeks' time, it will be holding its first ever "Chrome Live" online event that will be pushing Chrome forward into a relatively new territory and with a slightly new name: Chrome for Work.

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RSA Conference 2015 bans ‘booth babes’, says to dress professionally

RSA Conference 2015 bans ‘booth babes’, says to dress professionally

The inclusion of so-called "booth babes" at tech and similar events has been a long-standing tradition, but one that has been falling out of favor in recent years, being regarded as unnecessary or offensive, among other things. Some have rallied to end the practice, which is meant to entice event goers toward some particular booth or product, and those efforts are slowly paying off, with some events and companies banning the practice. Latest to the ban list is the RSA Conference 2015, which has said that everyone who attends must adhere to a business dress code.

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Facebook’s ‘Businesses on Messenger’ turns chats into orders

Facebook’s ‘Businesses on Messenger’ turns chats into orders

As Facebook turns Messenger into a platform, a major pull will likely come via enterprise. In opening Facebook Messenger up to third parties via an API, the company imagines we’ll no longer need to make calls or send emails. If all goes according to plan, that might be a reality. With Messenger’s business angles, we will now have the ability to message a business rather than call them, and get receipts and the like via a message rather than email.

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At F8, Facebook makes ‘Messenger Platform’ official

At F8, Facebook makes ‘Messenger Platform’ official

Facebook Messenger is now a platform. At Facebook’s F8 conference today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new Messenger Platform, but what exactly does it do? Zuck says we’ll have ‘more tools for expression’, and Facebook will let other apps piggyback onto Messenger to do that. Apps like Giphy can be used to create and share GIFs, but that’s not all. Calls “don’t feel like the future”, says Zuck, and he’s right. Messengers users can now communicate with a business inside the app, which really ties the service as an actual platform.

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Google I/O registration is open; here’s what you need to do

Google I/O registration is open; here’s what you need to do

Google’s annual Developers conference, Google I/O, is happening in in late May. Though you’ve got plenty of time before you need to be in San Francisco, registration for the event opens today (actually about an hour ago!). In the past, you’d be scrambling to get yourself a ticket, but those days are gone. Rather than the stampede it once was, the event invitations are now lottery-based, which at least eases server strain. If you want to attend, here’s what you need to do.

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Google’s new events app is just for Google events

Google’s new events app is just for Google events

Yesterday, Google released an app on the Play Store that seemed to mimic their I/O app in a lot of ways. At the time it was flopped into the Play Store, there wasn’t much to discuss. It was clearly an internal project that was either released early (and lazily) or by accident. Either way, it was limited. At the time, we posited that Google may be using it at I/O, and it turns out we’re right. It also turns out I/O is about all it’s good for.

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Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

This week Apple's Spring event delivered final details for the release of the Apple Watch. Along with the final drop, the company revealed that they'd been working with HBO for an exclusive on web-only streaming content for their Apple TV. The service is called HBO NOW and it requires no cable subscription to get you HBO content. They'd also been working on a new MacBook line. This new MacBook is slim, light, and works with a keyboard that runs edge-to-edge - just like its display glass.

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