Watch the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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The Skywalker saga that started more than 40 years ago in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope is finally coming to an end, and the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teases an epic conclusion. The trailer debuted tonight during ESPN’s Monday Night Football matchup between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

Landing a finale is often considered one of the most difficult feats in Hollywood, whether it’s a film franchise or TV series. The Rise of Skywalker, which sees the final battle between the Resistance and the First Order, will give the story a meaningful end, according to director J.J. Abrams. “We went into this thing knowing it has to be an ending. We’re not screwing around,” Abrams told Entertainment…

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Materiality: a new science fiction story for the Oslo Architecture Triennale about sustainable, green abundance

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In my latest podcast (MP3), I read my short story “Materiality,” which was commissioned for Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow’s Architecture, a book edited by Edwina Attlee, Phineas Harper and Maria Smith that is part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale.

The editors pitched me on writing a story about sustainability and de-financialization in architecture, and I asked them if they’d be OK with someone who is both an environmentalist and pro-abundance — in the mode of Leigh Phillips’s groundbreaking Austerity Ecology and the Collapse Porn Addicts. They graciously accepted.

What followed was “Materiality,” a story that ultimately turned into a kind of dry-run for the novel I’m planning now, which I call my “Green New Deal/truth and reconcilliation/Modern Monetary Theroy” novel; I’ve just written another very short story in the same vein for a new British magazine and my notes file for the book is filling up so fast that I’m pretty sure I’m about ready to start writing.

It was supposed to be a special graduation treat: for their last two weeks of middle school, Artemio’s class would be the model classroom for the Huerta’s Twenty-First Town, part of the show for all the *other* kids whose teachers were no more excited about being in school in the final weeks of May than their students were.

Artemio’s parents thought it was going to be great. His dad had loved the Huerta when he was a kid, and his mom, who had grown up in Oregon, had been charmed by the Huerta when she moved to LA for grad school.

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Pick from over 1,000 new skills with this eLearning pass

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Everybody could use a little improvement, especially those of us on the hunt for new careers. Each job requires a different set of skills, and that list can change from year to year or even month to month as new technologies emerge.

When you’re in that race and need to learn fast, the old model of schooling can seem, well … a little too old school. So what’s the alternative?

Enter StackSkills, a subscription service that opens up a library of more than 1,000 eLearning courses.

Both beginning and established coders will find a ton of great resources here, with classes on blockchain, app development, project management, data analytics and much more, frequently updated for the latest programming languages and platforms.

But that’s just one broad subject area. You’ll also find courses on graphic design, personal finance, entrepreneurship, speed reading and a ton of other disciplines. There are even ways for you to learn a new hobby or monetize an existing one with masterclasses on things like photography and podcasting.

They’re all taught by top instructors in the field, and they’re all open for you to use. StackSkills is essentially a virtual university, minus the lifetime debt. In fact, it’s just $59 now for an annual pass. Read the rest

Google got wireless charging right on the Pixel 4

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Google sort of botched wireless charging on the Pixel 3 last year. Only customers who bought the company’s own Pixel Stand accessory and a very small selection of third-party chargers were able to juice up the Pixel 3 at the fastest possible wireless charging speeds. Everyone else using their existing mats and charging stands were limited to a much slower 5-watt charge. But Google has righted this mistake with the Pixel 4.

According to Mishaal Rahman of XDADevelopers, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL support 11-watt wireless charging. This is confirmed on a page for the device at the Wireless Power Consortium, and has also been further verified through direct testing.

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Serato’s new versions of its DJ software are compatible with macOS Catalina

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Music software company Serato has released new official versions of its DJ Pro and DJ Lite software that are fully supported in macOS Catalina. The updated software works with Apple’s new Music app, which replaced iTunes in Apple’s latest desktop OS refresh, and libraries in Music can automatically load in the updated Serato DJ Pro and DJ Lite.

Along with updating its DJ software, Serato has also released a new version of its beat-making software Serato Studio that’s supported in Catalina. However, not all Serato products are in the clear. Serato Sample and Pitch ’n Time Pro and LE are still not compatible with Catalina, but the company says it’s actively working on updates. Additionally, Serato warns there is still some DJ hardware from…

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Daily Crunch: We review the Pixel 4

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The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Pixel 4 review: Google ups its camera game Brian Heater was impressed by the improvements in Google’s latest smartphone, including camera […]

This is the best kind of Apple Watch band

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I got one of these bands for my Apple Watch a couple of years ago. It replaced the stock rubber band that’s like a little belt with holes and a buckle. This one automatically adjusts to any size wrist and stays in place with a magnet. It’s so much better than any other kind of band I can think of. It’s usually on Amazon but if you use code SSBZ7IR8 it’s about half that price. Read the rest

Steam now lets you play local multiplayer games with friends over the internet

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Steam’s new Remote Play Together feature, which lets you play local multiplayer games over the internet, has launched in beta. The existence of the feature was first reported earlier this month, and it allows up to four online players (“or even more in ideal conditions” according to Valve) to participate in a local multiplayer game as though they were sitting in the same room.

To get the feature you’ll need to participate in the Steam Client Beta. After you’re signed up, you’ll find a “Remote Play Together” option in your Steam friends list in compatible local multiplayer games. Once connected, the game will act as though each player’s controller is plugged directly into your computer, and Valve says it’s also possible to share control…

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New ‘Watch Parties’ feature lets streamers watch Amazon Prime with their viewers on Twitch

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Twitch has begun testing a new feature called “Watch Parties,” which appears to allow streamers the ability to stream content from Amazon Prime to their viewers (who also have Amazon Prime), according to a tweet posted Friday evening. “Watch Parties brings Prime Video to Twitch,” the announcement said. “You can watch a selection of Prime Video movies and TV shows on your channel with any of your viewers who have Prime, including the new season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and Pokémon

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Google’s older Pixels won’t get the Pixel 4’s dual exposure and Live HDR+ features

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Google introduced a lot of cool new Pixel camera features at last week’s event. Some of them, like astrophotography mode, will be coming to older Pixel devices. But two will apparently remain exclusive to the brand-new Pixel 4 and 4 XL: dual exposure controls, which let you adjust highlights and shadows right from your viewfinder, and Live HDR+, which gives you a live preview of what your photo will look like with Google’s HDR processing applied.

Google confirmed that these features are Pixel 4 exclusives in a reply to a customer’s tweet (via 9to5Google):

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How to remap your Chromebook’s keyboard

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Chromebooks are pretty different from traditional laptops in a lot of ways — and not just because of their software.

The most obvious physical difference? Chromebooks feature keyboards with a variety of Chrome-OS-specific functions, which means they don’t have standard keys like F1 or even Caps Lock. Depending on your style of working, that could be a welcome change or a massive pain.

If you aren’t thrilled with that arrangement, though, don’t despair. You can actually remap a fair number of your Chromebook’s keys and dramatically change how you use your device.

To get started, simply head into the Keyboard section of your Chromebook’s settings:

  • Click the clock in the lower right corner of the screen.
  • Tap the gear-shaped icon in the…

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Join us for The Vergecast Live at The Glass Room in San Francisco on October 31st, with guests from Instagram and the Pixel camera team

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The Vergecast will return for a live recording in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, October 31st at 7:30 PM. This time we’re thrilled to host the show from The Glass Room: an innovative pop-up exhibition that aims to generate global conversation about technology, data, and privacy.

Vergecast hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn will by joined by Isaac Reynolds, product manager of the Google Pixel camera; Robby Stein, director of product for Instagram; and Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman for a discussion about how the photos we share influence the photos we take — and vice versa. We can promise Halloween jokes, but not costumes (though your finery is welcome). Stick around after the recording for a reception and birthday toast with Nilay…

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National Geographic and Mattel proudly present ‘Photojournalist Barbie’

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A cool vest, an SLR and a kidnapped lion cub help identify this Barbie as Photojournalist Barbie.

I have not seen Barbie in a long time, but I guess the pink convertible doesn’t scare off the wildlife.

I have been told Boing Boing readers love Barbie… right Ryan? Nice to see she reads.

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