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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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Mark Hamill surprises Star Wars fans dressed as a stormtrooper

Mark Hamill surprises Star Wars fans dressed as a stormtrooper

It's December, and that means only one thing. No, I'm not talking about all of those holidays, gifts, or time with your family. This December is all about Star Wars, for me. We've still got a couple of weeks before the movie is released, but there is no shortage of hype. In fact, Mark Hamill himself took to the streets in LA to add to the hype.

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Why Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yet

Why Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yet

Volvo's autonomous car cabin might look like a Michael Bay movie, but the Concept 26 dashboard has a surprising vein of practicality most rivals are yet to attempt. The huge swiveling touchscreen and motorized wheel have the theater of a designer's fancy, but the sensible Swedes have actually thought through a lot more than how to build big, eye-catching displays into cars somewhere in a nebulous future.

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Video: Tickle Me Elmo obliterated by a jet engine

Video: Tickle Me Elmo obliterated by a jet engine

It’s always fun to watch everyday items get pulverized in bizarre, unspeakable ways, and this particular episode of destruction will be even more satisfying for anyone ever subjected to a Tickle Me Elmo doll. The video is exactly what it sounds like: a Tickle Me Elmo doll, the personification of annoyance, is subjected to the unforgiving forces of a jet engine, and the result is nothing short of total destruction.

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Comcast brings X1 subscribers content from 30+ partners

Comcast brings X1 subscribers content from 30+ partners

Comcast has announced new partnerships with in excess of 30 broadcast and cable networks, saying through it there’s a new beta launch of “short-form web video” available to those using the service provider’s X1 platform. Kicking things off will be, among other things, clips of Fox Sports Live and Today Show programming and in the future that will be expanded to include more content, as well as “complimentary series”, extras, and bonus content.

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X-Steady Electro: a video stabilizer for GoPros, smartphones

X-Steady Electro: a video stabilizer for GoPros, smartphones

Xsories recently introduced its new X-Steady Electro, the first electronic video stabilizer from the company. It is designed for use with small cameras — action cameras like the GoPros and smartphones, for example. It works by keeping the horizon line perfectly flat while recording, and to reduce the amount of shaking that makes it way into the final product. It is ultra-light at 220 grams, making it suitable for portable, extensive use.

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‘Jaw Crusher’ turns big chunks of granite into dust

‘Jaw Crusher’ turns big chunks of granite into dust

Big machines span the globe, tasked with doing things that would otherwise take humans long periods of time to achieve. One such machine is called the "Jaw Crusher", and it exists to turn big chunks of granite into much smaller pieces of granite -- even dust, which is produced to satisfactory degrees. What would you do with a bunch of granite gravel? Probably not much. But watching it get pulverized is oddly enjoyable.

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LG V10 hands-on: Oddball selfie and display doubling hide manual 4K core

LG V10 hands-on: Oddball selfie and display doubling hide manual 4K core

Are you a city adventurer? That's what LG wants to know with the launch of the new LG V10 smartphone, arriving today alongside the LTE-connected LG Watch Urbane 2 smartwatch. It also appears to be the result of LG taking an adventure walk through its parts bin, with unusual features like dual front-facing cameras.

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It’s iPhone 6s day and 3D Touch is the star

It’s iPhone 6s day and 3D Touch is the star

It's iPhone 6s day, and as the first devices arrive in the eager hands of customers, 3D Touch is likely to be the hottest feature. Apple's upgraded touchscreen technology promises not only to recognize your fingertips but how hard they're pressing, courtesy of 96 new sensors baked into the display.

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BBC video shows animals attacking in slow motion

BBC video shows animals attacking in slow motion

BBC, as you may know, has a YouTube channel dedicated to videos about the outdoor world (ones posted exclusively online), and it’s called “Earth Unplugged”. On Wednesday, the network published a new video that slows time down, giving us an incredible look at animals as they attack. The video is in slow motion, and includes everything from an alligator punching out of the water to a praying mantis grabbing a cricket.

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BlackBerry Venice QWERTY phone leak shows potential Android gem

BlackBerry Venice QWERTY phone leak shows potential Android gem

The BlackBerry Venice has leaked again and - though it seems bizarre to say - may end up being the most interesting Android phone of the year. The QWERTY-blessed slider has cropped up on video again, this time courtesy of Canadian retailer Baka, showing off its pop-out keyboard as well as the software tweaks that BlackBerry has made to the Android OS.

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Veteran Disney animator Glen Keane shows how VR and art mix

Veteran Disney animator Glen Keane shows how VR and art mix

Glen Keane, son of Bil Keane, is an American animator who, among other things, is a Disney veteran who helped bring us movies like Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. In a beautiful video, Keane takes us through many things: he touches, briefly, on his own father's animation, then his art and what it means to him, his time at Disney, his process and more. He narrates the video with wonderful candor, but then takes it one step further and dons a VR mask.

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