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2018 Star Wars Han Solo movie casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

2018 Star Wars Han Solo movie casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Donald Glover, perhaps best known at the moment for his leading role in Atlanta, has been cast as Lando Calrissian in the yet-unnamed standalone Star Wars movie slated for 2018. This standalone movie will focus on Han Solo, per past news. Fans have petitioned to have Glover brought in as Lando for months, something that even spawned this gem of a Photoshop. The news was made official this evening.

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EyeEm taps Adobe Stock to boost curated premium photo collection

EyeEm taps Adobe Stock to boost curated premium photo collection

EyeEm, a photo-sharing app and image marketplace, has announced a new deal with Adobe that will have it providing some of its community’s best photographs for licensing through Adobe Stock Premium Collection, the latter company’s curated collection of high-quality images. This gives some of EyeEm’s users a new market to tap, and likewise gives Adobe customers an additional source of quality commercial photos.

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Pyle Street Blaster X is a 1,000 watt Bluetooth speaker

Pyle Street Blaster X is a 1,000 watt Bluetooth speaker

Pyle is back with an updated version of its Street Blaster speaker, the Street Blaster X. This new iteration looks similar in design, though with some notable digital and colorful upgrades. As with most speakers, it supports wireless streaming over Bluetooth as well as wired playback via a 3.5mm port. Unlike the Bluetooth speakers most of your friends have, though, this one is a little more robust: it offers 1,000 watts of power, making it the kind of speaker you'd roll out for a party.

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Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

NASA made a short but substantial announcement on Monday: Mercury is tectonically active, joining Earth as the second tectonically active planet located in our solar system. The realization was made thanks to research funded by NASA, which found that Mercury — which is small, hot, and shrinking, the space agency says — is continuing to contract, resulting in small fault scarps that are “geologically young" and serve as signs of tectonic activity.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative commits $3bn to cure all diseases

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative commits $3bn to cure all diseases

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have an undertaking called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and they’re committing a minimum of $3 billion through it over the next ten years in a bid to either “cure, prevent or manage” all types of disease by the century’s end. As such, the initiative says its second big focus is on science, and its President of Science will be The Rockefeller University neuroscientist Dr. Cori Bargmann. At the heart of this undertaking, the initiative says, is the goal of creating a strategy that will “unlock understanding of the human body down to the cellular level."

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Google Trips app offers all your travel data with offline access

Google Trips app offers all your travel data with offline access

Google wants to make your next vacation a little less stressful, and it’s doing so with a new personal tour guide called Google Trips. This app aggregates all the important data about your trip — things like reservation info, your plans for the day, places to eat, and similar — and keeps them all in an easy-to-access place. Even better (and quite necessary for international traveling) is an offline option that allows users to make all of the data available even when you don’t have access to an Internet connection.

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Amtrak unveils next-gen high-speed trains slated for 2021 launch

Amtrak unveils next-gen high-speed trains slated for 2021 launch

Amtrak has taken the wraps off its next-generation high-speed trains, saying it plans to launch them in 2021. The trains will be an upgrade to the Acela Express fleet in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), the same region where it will be upgrading infrastructure as part of a larger 'modernization' program. The step is a necessary one to keep the (often criticized) company relevant and useful.

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Amazon bookstores to open in Chicago and Portland next

Amazon bookstores to open in Chicago and Portland next

Amazon will have a physical bookstore opening in New York City in 2019, and now it has been made known that two more stores are in the pipeline: one for Chicago and the other for Portland. These stores will join the existing physical bookstores Amazon has launched in Seattle and pegged for select other cities, and underscores the company's latest effort in the world of books: resurrecting the bookstores it killed off with the launch of the Kindle.

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Galaxy S7 and S7 edge ‘Pink Gold’ option heading to US

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge ‘Pink Gold’ option heading to US

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in a new ‘Pink Gold’ color will be launching in the United States in coming days, the company has announced. The new color will be a Best Buy exclusive, and will be Samsung’s answer to Apple’s reasonably popular Rose Gold iPhones. As a little extra incentive to get the new color into owners' hands, Best Buy will be giving customers who both buy and activate the device a $150 Best Buy gift card.

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Comcast’s Gigabit Internet trial kicks off in Chicago

Comcast’s Gigabit Internet trial kicks off in Chicago

Comcast has announced that its Gigabit Internet service is now live in Chicago as a trial first announced earlier this year. This trial follows ones in Atlanta and Nashville earlier this year, and will eventually be followed by similar trials in Detroit and Miami. Comcast’s Chicago trial is using existing infrastructure to deliver its service, which costs $139.95/month without a contract, though Comcast says it will be testing promotional pricing.

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TiVo is ditching support for its Series 1 DVRs

TiVo is ditching support for its Series 1 DVRs

If you’re still using the original TiVo Series 1 DVR released more than one and a half decades ago, TiVo has some bad news for you: it is dropping its support for the device next month. The model, which was first released in 1999, will not be functional as of September 29 per an email TiVo is sending out to device owners. Though the model is old, TiVo says there are still about 3,500 Series 1 DVRs still being used, which is a significant number of people who are going to have to upgrade.

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Spotify ‘Kids’ section brings music, fairy tales, lullabies, and more

Spotify ‘Kids’ section brings music, fairy tales, lullabies, and more

Spotify has a music category for just about everything, and that now includes a "Kids" section. The newly launched category is a shortcut way to find kid-friendly music, and it's broken down into specific age ranges for even more narrow results. The category includes music collected together into genres like “Family Road Trip,” “Milk & Cookies,” and “Kindie," as well as spoken content.

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