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Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaks $100 million in advance sales

Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaks $100 million in advance sales

Last month we brought you the news that The Force Awakens had already smashed one sales record. The film had already racked up more than $50 million in advance ticket sales in the US, which was more than double what the previous record holder had managed. And now that number has soared even higher.

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The Force Awakens will be screened on the ISS

The Force Awakens will be screened on the ISS

If you're an astronaut, there's a good chance that you grew up watching sci-fi movies. You probably dreamed of soaring through the stars on the bridge of the Enterprise, or in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. So what happens when you actually shoot off into space two days before the next Star Wars movie comes out?

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R2-D2 Drone whistles and beeps as it flies

R2-D2 Drone whistles and beeps as it flies

Drones have gone big time over the last few years with plenty of ready to fly drone kits out there and hoards of potential to roll your own custom drone. Don Melara rolled his own drone and it is the droid you are looking for. Melara built a four-propeller drone that has a body that is R2-D2 from the Star Wars saga.

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Spotify uses music to find your inner Star Wars character

Spotify uses music to find your inner Star Wars character

Disney is going all out with the Star Wars promotions, and latest on that bandwagon is Spotify. Whether you’re a subscriber or a guest, the music streaming service will use a little bit of magic to pair you with your best matched Star Wars character. The process works best if you have a listening history on Spotify, but those who don’t use the service can select some artists to help Spotify “guide your alignment.”

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Why Star Wars: Machete Order is the definitive way to view the films

Why Star Wars: Machete Order is the definitive way to view the films

Over the weekend I hosted a Star Wars marathon at my place. I busted out my projector, and screened some of my favorite movies on a 100” wall for all of my friends. While being surrounded by friends who all riffed on the movies with me was nice, and the giant screen provided a theater-like experience for me, that's not what made this viewing different for me. Rather, it was the order in which we all watched them. Specifically, the Machete Order.

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Google Star Wars game is spoiler free (we checked)

Google Star Wars game is spoiler free (we checked)

Those of you just days from the first global release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are about to be treated to a radical experience. Today Google has released a Chrome-based game which uses your laptop computer's Google Chrome web browser and the Chrome web browser on your smartphone to play an augmented reality game. You'll be using your phone much like you'd use a Wii controller, while the game's content is shown on your desktop machine's big screen.

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Facebook gets Star Wars temporary lightsaber pics

Facebook gets Star Wars temporary lightsaber pics

Star Wars fans who want to celebrate their geeky side this week during the build up to the launch of the latest film in the franchise will want to hear about the new profile pic possibility for their Facebook profiles. Facebook users can get temporary Star Wars profile pics that overlay a lightsaber in front of their profile pics.

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9-minute Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer uses ALL the clips

9-minute Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer uses ALL the clips

The longest trailer you're going to see before Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres is going to be a full 9-minutes long. In this trailer - which is more of a mini-movie than a trailer when it comes down to it - takes every single piece of Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage available to the public today and crams it in to a single supercut video for fans of all ages. What you're going to see here may ruin the movie for you. We must put up the "SPOILER ALERT" sign here just in case you've not already seen the lot.

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SNL Star Wars sketch shows you what toy commercials won’t

SNL Star Wars sketch shows you what toy commercials won’t

Being in my early 30s, I never had the joy of experiencing any of the original Star Wars movies when they were in theaters. However, ever since my aunt and uncle introduced me to their VHS copies, I've been fascinated by the stories, lore, and of course, the toys. I've always been the type that opens my figures and enjoys them that way, as opposed to leaving them in the box. Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live had a skit that might hit close to home for some collectors out there.

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AT-AT Walker from the ’80s actually walks

AT-AT Walker from the ’80s actually walks

Anyone who grew up in the '80s will remember the massive Star Wars AT-AT toy that came out in 1981 after Empire Strikes Back introduced us to the massive walkers. The toy had noisy joints that clicked when you move them and it was awesome, but hard to move and play with. Every kid who ever played with one wished it would really move and with some modern hardware, that old AT-AT can really walk.

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Google’s giving away Star Wars Cardboard VR headsets

Google’s giving away Star Wars Cardboard VR headsets

The same Google Cardboard VR headsets you may have seen last week at Verizon are now up for the taking online. Google must have gotten a friendly batch of the headsets from Verizon in their team-up deal for the VR experience, which incidentally is hosted on the official Star Wars app for Android devices on the Google Play app store. These headsets are made from cardboard, metal, and velcro, and they look super spiffy.

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Disney retracts, then reissues DMCA claim against Star Wars fan

Disney retracts, then reissues DMCA claim against Star Wars fan

Earlier this week I told you about Disney's hard-handed efforts to keep an image of a certain action figure under wraps. Essentially, someone from a Star Wars collectable podcast purchased a figure from Walmart, that they hadn't seen before. The podcast's Facebook page posted a picture of it, and it was taken down by Facebook, as they'd received a copyright claim from Disney, ask for it to be removed. Well today, the plot thickens.

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