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Star Wars 7 heroes named officially

Star Wars 7 heroes named officially

This afternoon the folks at Lucasfilm have decided to reveal the names of the characters that'll be heading the next three Star Wars movies. They've done this with a set of vintage Star Wars trading cards, the likes of which you'll recognize if you were alive when the original trilogy was released - or if you're just a very big fan with eyes on the classics. Here you'll see every hero from the first teaser trailer released this year - all at once, in official fashion!

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Instagram has 300 million active users, may be bigger than Twitter

Instagram has 300 million active users, may be bigger than Twitter

Instagram has announced via a blog post they are (probably) larger than Twitter. Their service has grown to well over 300 million users, but the real story is how many are using it. According to Instagram, they have a monthly active user number almost as high as their overall user metrics. At 284 million users monthly, they’ve likely outpaced Twitter. Put that way, it’s easy to see why Twitter recently copied the very thing people like about Instagram, rolling in the same filters and ease-of-use.

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Hangouts update brings stickers, location awareness

Hangouts update brings stickers, location awareness

Last night, at least one member of the Google Hangouts team posted to their Google+ social feed that sleep was going to be tough, and that we’d see an update for Hangouts today. The Android world buzzed about what that meant; were we finally getting full Google Voice integration? Was Hangouts about to be less power consumptive? Nope, we got stickers — and last-seen timestamps along with location sharing. There are also filters for video chat, where you can mask yourself in sepia, black and white, or vignette, among other filters.

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YouTube Audio Library opened to make Copyright more transparent

YouTube Audio Library opened to make Copyright more transparent

The team behind Content ID on YouTube have just opened the doors to their Audio Library, making it super simple to make certain the content you're uploading won't be the subject of Copyright Infringement. With the YouTube Audio Library search system, you'll be able to search any specific track of music - any track that'll be in the video you're about to upload - and you'll be able to find it. This track will have a listing of its rights, including "If you use this song" rules for each individual piece of music.

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Carbon Flyer video drone is smartphone controlled

Carbon Flyer video drone is smartphone controlled

Carbon fiber has been around for a long time and is routinely used in situations where strength, lightweight, and performance are required. The material is used frequently in aircraft and automotive production. A new video drone has debuted called the Carbon Flyer that is made completely from carbon fiber.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer: The Parody Collection

Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer: The Parody Collection

The next Star Wars movie is so highly anticipated that the first trailer - the first TEASER trailer, at that - has become the subject of parodies and remakes. Today you're going to see an Original Trilogy remake. You're going to see a LEGO remake. You're going to see a remake done in the Wes Anderson style. You're going to see more Star Wars: The Force Awakens remakes than you know what to do with - especially ones that use exactly the same audio and match the original trailer shot-for-shot.

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PlayStation Experience: Watch starting this Saturday

PlayStation Experience: Watch starting this Saturday

This weekend - starting December 6th - the Sony PlayStation Experience will begin. This is a two-day event series centered on Sony's gaming universe, and quite a few of the bits and pieces being shown will be shown live, through Twitch. It's not only Sony that's showing off their wares, but groups like Naughty Dog, Ubisoft, and Blizzard Entertainment. This event series will show games like Tearaway Unfolded, Grim Fandango Remastered, and No Man's Sky, all with live gameplay and/or in-depth detail as up-to-date as possible.

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Saints Row Gat out of Hell: The Musical

Saints Row Gat out of Hell: The Musical

This week the folks at Deep Silver USA have released a magical teaser for their upcoming release: Saints Row: Gat out of Hell. This lovely trailer takes the main characters from the upcoming title, making them sing. It's a tale of love, relationships, betrayal, and guns. Lots of guns. This game is a spiritual successor to Saints Row IV, going the only direction the series can go now that the Earth has been destroyed: downward - straight to H, E, double-hockey-sticks.

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Steam Broadcasting revealed as Twitch alternative

Steam Broadcasting revealed as Twitch alternative

The biggest name in live video game streaming today is Twitch - bar none. That's no reason why Steam, the biggest name in PC game sales and hosting, can't create a competitor. That's exactly what they're doing right this minute with Steam Broadcasting, coming your way in Beta form as early as this afternoon. Steam Broadcasting appears, for now, to be sort of the opposite model Twitch is running. You'll have only to find a friend, click the "Watch Game" button, and wait to be let in.

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Vimeo re-works mobile site hoping you’ll start using it

Vimeo re-works mobile site hoping you’ll start using it

Vimeo may not be the video service you go to, but changes introduced today may change that. The streaming media service today is rolling out changes to their mobile website, aimed at getting people watching and sharing more than they ever did via Vimeo. According to Vimeo, the mobile site now does a few things well, but no longer attempts to recreate the desktop experience on your phone or tablet. They’ve even rolled in the ability to save videos for viewing later, should you not have an account or forget to sign in.

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