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10 Flipboard Reads Star Wars Fans Will Love

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters this week. The fanfare unites both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader supporters alike with dazzling red carpet debuts, theories and sneak peeks. Ever since it was announced that J.J. Abrams was set to direct Episode 7, many have worried whether or not he …

Star Wars

2015: The Year in Volcanic Activity

Once again, it has been a particularly eventful year for the world's volcanoes. Out of an estimated 1,500 active volcanoes, 50 or so erupt every year, spewing steam, ash, toxic gases, and lava. In 2015, erupting volcanoes included Mount Etna in Italy, Wolf volcano in the Galapagos Islands, Cotopaxi …

Microsoft is giving 'cash and technology' in its new philanthropic effort

The mission, which is an expansion of the company's current efforts, looks to follow CEO Satya Nadella's goals of empowering individuals and companies across the world by providing them with the technology they need.<p>"In the year ahead we will continue to ask ourselves what are the challenges …

This Flying Car Just Got Approval to Move Into Test Mode

The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized flying car company Terrafugia to start testing out prototypes of a flying car that could some day …

Vermonters Are Installing The First Tesla Home Batteries, Preparing For Winter

Green Mountain Power, an electric utility in Vermont, is helping subsidize the costs of a more reliable grid.<p>Tesla’s new PowerWall batteries have the potential to lower costs for consumers, particularly when paired with solar panels. In years to come, they could help people go off-grid or use …

Customers

George Hotz, iPhone jailbreaking pioneer, is making a self-driving car

<i>Bloomberg Business</i> has a profile this week of George Hotz — better known to some as "Geohot," a pioneer in the early iPhone jailbreaking scene that let owners put custom apps on their devices for the first time. Now, he's got a very different hobby: making an autonomous car based on an ordinary …

WSJ: HTC facing sales ban in Germany over smartphone patent dispute, adding to company’s problems

A German court recently granted an injunction against HTC, and could lead to the Taiwanese manufacturer’s smartphones being taken off shelves in Germany. It’s not exactly the good news HTC was hoping for following a troubled year of slipping market share, dropping revenue and the lukewarm market …

Mobile

The Latest Gear VR Ad Follows A Very Important, And Necessary, Narrative

Whether you can find a Samsung Gear VR in time for the holidays or not, the company behind the mobile virtual reality accessory keeps releasing ads that follow a very important narrative for the future of VR. The ad is extremely well done, and focuses on games this time.<p>As I’ve noted, most of the …

Apple shuts down analytics company Topsy two years after its acquisition

Almost two years ago to date, Apple acquired a Topsy Labs, an analytics company that made various products that searched and drew data from conversations happening on services like Twitter. Now, Apple has shut down the service according to a tweet from Topsy.<p>“We’ve searched our last tweet,” Topsy …

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