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Rolls-Royce's new luggage set is made of carbon fiber and the broken dreams of lesser luggage

The verge - ma, 05/02/2016 - 22:01

If you own a $300,000 coupe, Rolls-Royce is guessing that you don't want to be seen with Samsonite luggage in the boot. It may be right; I'll never be rich enough to know. But maybe you will be, in which case you'll want to know about these bags that Rolls has designed to complement the Wraith.

I don't know much about luggage, but these things look expensive. They were designed in-house by Rolls-Royce's Bespoke team — the people who customize clients' cars, often at extraordinary expense — and, in fact, the bags themselves can be customized to whatever insane specification your budget allows. Want them covered in diamonds? Rolls can probably make that happen, if the price is right.

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Chevy just barely made a Tron-inspired Cruze for the Beijing auto show

The verge - ma, 05/02/2016 - 21:58

In your mind's eye, picture a sedan in the Tron universe. What are you imagining? Something akin to a scaled-up light cycle, I'm guessing?

Yeah, this isn't that.

Introduced at the Beijing auto show last week, Chevrolet's Tron: Legacy Cruze show car is, for lack of a better description, just a Cruze with some glowing blue lines slapped on it. The theme carries over to the interior, which has Tron blue across the seats and dashboard, accompanied by special blue lighting.

That's it. Oh, there are blue taillights, which obviously wouldn't be legal in the real world (maybe in the Tron world — I don't know how the Department of Transportation operates there). So, why now, half a decade after the movie's release? The car was designed in...

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Amazon sale: Save $50 on a Samsung 3D Blu-ray player and 1,000-watt surround sound system

BGR - ma, 05/02/2016 - 21:57

See that great big flat-screen television hanging on the wall in your living room? It was a great purchase and the picture quality is fantastic, but doesn't it look a little bit lonely? Finding the right TV is only the start of putting together a good viewing experience. You still need a solid surround sound system, and you still need a Blu-ray player as well.

Kill two birds with one stone and grab the Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1 Channel 1000-Watt 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System, now on sale on Amazon for a $52 discount.


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Ferrari’s new CEO is the most outspoken guy in the car business

The verge - ma, 05/02/2016 - 21:45

Sergio Marchionne, one of the most interesting and pragmatic automotive executives in the world, became the new CEO of Ferrari today. What does it mean for the storied brand? Change is coming.

The CEOs of big corporations are usually well-polished PR machines who never deviate from the script. In many ways, they're really kind of boring. Then there are CEOs of big corporations who are fantastically frank and make the job of a journalist much more fun because they cut through the bullshit and tell you what they're actually thinking.

He's not afraid to tell you what he thinks

Sergio Marchionne, who is also the CEO of Fiat Chrysler (and mastermind of the deal that brought those two companies together), is the latter. He's not afraid to...

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This Force Awakens fan video gives Luke Skywalker a (beautiful) voice

The verge - ma, 05/02/2016 - 21:33

When I first saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I was a little confused by that last scene. Why was Luke Skywalker just hanging out by himself on that rock looking out at the sea? How long had he been standing there? And for the love of all that's holy, why didn't he say something... anything?!

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Delta will introduce RFID luggage tags this summer

The verge - ma, 05/02/2016 - 21:30

Lost bags may be a thing of the past for passengers flying on Delta later this year. The airline announced plans to introduce RFID luggage tags at 344 airports by the end of August that could essentially bring an end to misplaced and lost luggage for Delta passengers.

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Disney just released a new version of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

BGR - ma, 05/02/2016 - 21:24
Star Wars is a huge phenomenon and Disney is making sure the hype continues now that its hit movie has already been released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD download. Star Wars: The Force Awakens proved to fans there’s hope for the Star Wars universe, and it made a boatload of cash for Disney in the process. While we wait for Rogue One and Episode VIII to roll out, Disney decided to reshoot Episode VII for us, retelling the story in an entirely different way — with the help of emoji.

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Views is the sound of Drake at his best, worst, and Drakiest

The verge - ma, 05/02/2016 - 21:14

When pop historians look back at Drake’s career, they’ll see 2015 as the year in which he transformed from a garden-variety pop star into an all-around cultural force. His surprise mixtape (If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late) became one of the year’s most popular albums, and his biggest hit ever was a SoundCloud throwaway. He buried damaging accusations about his writing process with two perfectly timed diss tracks and a barrage of memes. He became the face of Apple’s booming music division with a WWDC appearance, a radio show, and a handful of exclusive releases.

It’s the kind of success that should be impossible to protest, but something about it feels sour. The music he released was paranoid, icy, aggressive, and unusually...

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Judge orders three-day WhatsApp outage in Brazil - CNET

cnet - ma, 05/02/2016 - 21:06
It's the second time in six months that the Facebook-owned chat service has been blocked in the country.
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Futuristic hoverboard is the real deal, and it just set a new Guinness World Record for flight

BGR - ma, 05/02/2016 - 20:49
Last month, we were blown away by a new hoverboard video that was so amazing most everyone decided that it had to be fake. The hoverboard in question - dubbed the Flyboard Air - was built by Zapata Racing and featured seemingly impossible specs: autonomous flight up to 10,000 feet, a top speed of 93 mph and 10 minutes of flying time.

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SeinText is the bottom of the prank barrel

The verge - ma, 05/02/2016 - 20:20

Wouldn't it be funny if you could bombard your friends with out-of-context lines of dialogue from the hit '90s TV show Seinfeld? You know, that one that is woefully dated and — like many other sitcoms from that era — is pretty problematic in hindsight? Well now you can!

SeinText is kind of like a chat bot that will, for varying amounts of money, text Seinfeld quotes to any phone number of your choosing over the course of three, five, seven, or even 24 hours. It was created by the same guys that made "KanyeText" earlier this year, and it's like sliding into someone's DMs, except somehow more pointless and obtrusive. SeinText is far from the first service to do this — there's a plethora of similar web and phone apps, all of which make the...

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A single infographic shows every betrayal that ever happened in ‘Game of Thrones’

BGR - ma, 05/02/2016 - 20:15
If you are a character in the world of Game of Thrones, chances are you will either be killed by someone you love and respect or you will be forced to kill someone you love and respect at some point in your life. In fact, the surprising and brutal deaths have become the show's calling card over the years, but when you have dozens of characters to keep track of, it can be difficult to remember who killed who.

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Radiohead erases itself from the Internet, feeds album speculation - CNET

cnet - ma, 05/02/2016 - 20:10
Twitter and Facebook posts from the band? Gone.
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It's time you learned the truth about kangaroos

The verge - ma, 05/02/2016 - 20:10

Not a lot of people know this, but kangaroos are diabolical creatures with the minds of disgruntled toddlers and the bodies of Zac Efron in the upcoming Baywatch movie. "Wow, harsh words, Dami!" You may be thinking. But I've always known the truth and I am glad that it's finally coming to light. Don't believe me? Just look at all the evidence.

Exhibit A: This video uploaded by Cat Karskens, already shared by 18,000 people, all of whom now understand that kangaroos are indignant malignant spirits easily confused by glass doors:

So it turns out that kangaroos are what nightmares are made of pic.twitter.com/WsjAmmY1jS

— Cat Karskens ™ (@saikocat) April 30, 2016

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Poll What ARE Kangaroos, really?
  • Horrifying beast-demons super into Crossfit
  • Chihuahua faces on the body of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
  • Three kids stacked on top of each other in furry suits
  • Aimless UFC fighters of the animal kingdom

  18 votes | Results

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A Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James is on the way

The verge - ma, 05/02/2016 - 20:01

A Space Jam sequel is happening with LeBron James as its star, with repeat Fast & Furious director Justin Lin directing. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are reporting the news this afternoon, saying that talks are in place to make the film happen after years of speculation that James would star in a sequel. The original Space Jam was released in 1996.

There are basically no details beyond that the film is starting to move forward. A screenwriter is attached, but there's no word on when Lin hopes to begin filming or have the picture in theaters. It sounds as though most details of the picture still have to be worked out. But whatever. A new Space Jam with James and Lin sounds amazing, so let's just sit with that for a while.

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Samsung, Nvidia patent spat ends with a whimper - CNET

cnet - ma, 05/02/2016 - 19:53
A settlement is reached just in time. Now the US trade commission doesn't have to issue a decision, as was planned, about whether it would ban Nvidia products in the country.
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300 free wallpapers that will breathe new life into your iPhone (or Android phone)

BGR - ma, 05/02/2016 - 19:48
Well, I suppose it was inevitable. Late last week I wrote a quick post about how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours. Long story short, people constantly email me each time I publish an article with a photo of my iPhone at the top. Why? Because they want the wallpapers I use on my iPhone. So in this post I decided to let people in on the not-so-secret secret of how I make the wallpapers I use. Needless to say, I've received about 175 emails since that article ran from people asking me to send them the wallpapers pictured in the post. Let's try something different this time...

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Tesla actually tested its Bioweapon Defense Mode HEPA filter - Roadshow

cnet - ma, 05/02/2016 - 19:26
We'd planned on doing this test ourselves, but ricin and willing interns are harder to come by than you might think.
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Watch every angle of SpaceX’s historic rocket landing captured in a 360-degree video

BGR - ma, 05/02/2016 - 19:23
After a number of dispiriting rocket landing failures, SpaceX has been on something of a roll lately. This past December, SpaceX successfully nailed its first rocket landing when it managed to launch a Falcon 9 into space and bring the booster back down to earth, landing it on a concrete landing pad.

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WhatsApp is headed for a 72-hour blackout in Brazil

The verge - ma, 05/02/2016 - 19:13

A court order is about to cut off WhatsApp service in Brazil for three days, according to a report from O Globo. First announced on April 26th, the order was scheduled to take effect at 1PM ET today. That measure is the result of a failed 2013 access order from a branch of civil police that investigates criminal activity online. Because of the app's encryption system, messages on WhatsApp are typically inaccessible to outside actors, so it is unlikely that the company could have complied with the court order.

The order specifically targets Brazil's five central wireless carriers, which are forbidden from transmitting WhatsApp data for the duration of the blackout period. Any carriers found violating that order will be fined 500,000...

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