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Apple’s Best of 2015 apps and media list revealed for iTunes

Apple’s Best of 2015 apps and media list revealed for iTunes

This week Apple releases their "The Best of 2015" list for all "editorial picks and charts." That means everything in iTunes, everything in the iOS Appstore. Everything from the Beebs to Fargo, Inside Amy Schemer to Trivia Crack. If you wanted to see which apps had staying power or - at least - were downloaded the most in a viral popularity contest, today's the day. Watch out for Taylor Swift and Periscope, SnapChat and Heads Up as well.

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You’re going to Mars, I went to NASA

You’re going to Mars, I went to NASA

I woke up at 5:30 AM after a string of nightmares about being left alone on a dusty red planet. Like a fool I'd eaten a gigantic piece of chocolate cake the night before while watching a set of tiny teaser clips of "The Martian" to mentally prepare for the next day, which was then, now, today. "It's OK," I told myself. "Stay calm. You're in Houston. You're on East NASA Parkway in the same hotel you'd checked in to the day before. Today you're going to go on a brief ride in a Mars rover and talk to an astronaut."

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Angry Birds Movie sends its holiday wishes to you with a little song

Angry Birds Movie sends its holiday wishes to you with a little song

The Angry Birds franchise has finally gotten large enough to hit the big screen, and just a few weeks after having been revealed with an initial trailer, today we get a little song. This song has the "Hatchlings" showing off their singing skills in a brief interlude. You're going to tap it, you're going to hear it, it's going to be a great experience for you. They're going to sing "Deck the Halls" here, and maybe - just maybe - in the movie too. But we'll see.

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Meme forces Turkish court to decide if Gollum is evil

Meme forces Turkish court to decide if Gollum is evil

Bilgin Ciftci, a doctor in Turkey, is in hot water after sharing an image on Twitter comparing the nation's president to Gollum from the Lord of the Rings movies. Why? Because of a local law that protects, presumably, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's fragile ego, making it illegal to insult the nation's ruler in any way. The shared image is insulting, according to the government, and lead to Ciftci's arrest. Whether the charge holds, though, may depend on whether the image is really of Gollum and whether Gollum is evil.

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part III: I am your REDACTED

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part III: I am your REDACTED

How do you tell a child that Anakin Skywalker was a murderer? What do you do when it comes time for your daughter to find out that Luke Skywalker's father is, indeed, the dark and deadly Darth Vader? That was the task of "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales" writer Michael Price, who today answers us that key question - what was allowed to stay in the animated re-telling of the Star Wars saga, and what had to be taken out? What needed to be changed for the children.

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George Lucas explains why Han shot first, then didn’t

George Lucas explains why Han shot first, then didn’t

At first, Han shot first. The film originally called "Star Wars" then "Star Wars: A New Hope" showed the character Han Solo shooting an alien by the name of Greedo in the chest, effectively ending his life in a Cantina in Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine. But that's not what the writer and director of the film wanted. On January 31st, 2007, the first of three Star Wars films was released to theaters. In it, George Lucas had modified his original release. He made Greedo shoot first. Today we find out: why did he do it?

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Batman v Superman exclusive sneak teases Dec 2 trailer

Batman v Superman exclusive sneak teases Dec 2 trailer

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice grows closer every day, and ahead of its March launch comes the promise of a new full trailer. We've seen trailers for the flick before, not the mention teasers, but each one dangles a little more before fans' eyes, and based on an "exclusive sneak" Warner Bros Pictures has just made live, the trailer set for December 2 will be the most exciting of all.

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Spielberg says The Force Awakens could be “biggest movie ever”

Spielberg says The Force Awakens could be “biggest movie ever”

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg suggests that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be the "biggest movie ever" in an interview in France. This week the folks at RTL have published an interview with writer/director Steven Spielberg in which he speaks about Indiana Jones 5 and his latest film "Bridge of Spies", starring Tom Hanks, in addition to making mention of the possibility that he would, if ever, direct a Star Wars film. Spoiler alert: he doesn't think so. It's never been "in his stars" as it were.

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Alien: Covenant is first movie in Ridley Scott’s new prequel trilogy

Alien: Covenant is first movie in Ridley Scott’s new prequel trilogy

There's been a lot of news about the Alien movie franchise recently, mostly in respects to the delay of director Neill Blomkamp's untitled sequel in favor of Ridley Scott moving ahead on a sequel to his own Prometheus, previously known as Alien: Paradise Lost. But now a real bombshell has been dropped by Scott himself: his next movie will in fact be called Alien: Covenant, and is the first film in a new prequel trilogy, seemingly replacing the old plan of a Prometheus trilogy.

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Harry Potter fan alert: you can now have dinner in the Great Hall

Harry Potter fan alert: you can now have dinner in the Great Hall

While you won't necessarily catch a glimpse of Dumbledore while you're there, the opportunity to eat dinner in the Great Hall at Hogwarts could be within your grasp. For one night only, Warner Bros. are opening the doors of the original interior set of the Great Hall from the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorcerer's Stone, if you saw the USA version), where they've dressed the hall to look relatively similar to its original state.

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Google Translate Star Wars update: working with Aurebesh

Google Translate Star Wars update: working with Aurebesh

What you might know as the Alphabet in English is known as the Aurebesh - also correct as just "Aurebesh" in Star Wars. This set of letters works much like a standard 1:1 code, where each letter of our Alphabet has its own unique character in the Aurebesh. There are also characters for basic punctuation and the numbers 1 through 9 and zero, too. Today, Google provides all of you Star Wars scene code-crackers with a helpful tool - Google Translate. Actually an update of that tool, as it were.

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Official Star Wars Christmas ornaments bring the Force to your tree

Official Star Wars Christmas ornaments bring the Force to your tree

Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the day of December 18th, when The Force Awakens will be set free at movie theaters across the country, but what about on Christmas Day? How can the Force make its presence known while families are gathered around their Christmas tree? With new official Star Wars Christmas ornaments, that's how. Four new sets have just been announced by Merchoid, each with six baubles, and are available now on their website.

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