George Lucas pitched ‘Episode VII’ to Mark Hamill in the ‘80s

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It doesn’t take a leap of the imagination to envision Mark Hamill playing an old Jedi mentor like Obi-Wan in the upcoming Episode VII. We know he certainly has the beard to play the part, and according to a vintage interview that surfaced this week, it looks like George Lucas had just the same idea over thirty years ago.

In the 1983 interview, Hamill reveals that Lucas once asked him, “Would you consider playing an Obi-Wan-like character, handing Excalibur down to the next generation?” The sequel wouldn’t be made until roughly 2011, Lucas said, and in return Hamill replied, “Gee, as much as I’d like to have a job lined up at the turn of the century … well, I don’t know.”

Now, all of these years later, we’re on the precipice of…

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Bullying The Bullies

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Bullying The Bullies Image Humans haven’t quite gotten the hang of human rights, let alone social media. Combined ignorance of the two leads people to spew hate from the safety of an Internet connection, writing their bigotry into the public record. Now these moments are being put display for public shaming by a Tumblr seeking justice against racists. It’s a form of cybervigilantism. But is there a… Read More

Penguin Hatches A Cloud Reader For Pelican Books

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Pelican Penguin Books has launched a cloud reader for its resurrected Pelican educational imprint — to experiment with delivering e-books in the browser. It likely hasn’t passed you by that traditional book publishers aren’t having the best of times these days. Indeed, when it comes to reading you could say it is the best of times and the worst of times. Read More

The Weekender: Thanksgiving Weekend edition

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Good morning, and welcome back to The Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 48th week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you’ll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please…

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Mo’ Data Mo’ Problems

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small-problems-2 The most exciting promise of Big Data—and if you hate that term, you’re not alone, but I think we’re stuck with it now—is this: the data collection happening on an increasingly gargantuan scale, parsed by modern data-processing and pattern-recognition algorithms, will unearth powerful new insights into our world and, especially, human behavior. Unfortunately this is… Read More

What’s Next For Firefox?

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Firefox When historians look at the history of the Web ten or twenty years from now, chances are they will point to Firefox as one of the most important products of the last ten years. But right now, it’s hard not to look at Firefox and worry a little bit about its future. At the height of its success, around 2010/11, Firefox owned more than a quarter of the browser market in the U.S. and almost… Read More

Black Friday Online Sales Up 8.5% Over Last Year, 20% Of Sales Came From iOS

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buy now key Online retailers had a good Black Friday, with sales up over 8% from a year ago, and nearly 47% of online traffic coming from mobile devices throughout the day. Mobile played a big role this year in terms of both traffic and sales, and yesterday was especially notable for being the first Thanksgiving Day where mobile traffic to online retailers accounted for more than half of all online traffic. Read More

Uber says it has discliplined its manager accused of tracking a journalist

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Uber says it’s completed an investigation into one of its managers, who earlier this month was accused of improperly using the transportation company’s tools to track the travels of a journalist. Slate reports that the company has taken “disciplinary actions” against Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber New York, though it’s currently unclear just what that means. Mohrer reportedly still has his same job at the company, and Uber officials are not making public any of their own findings into the matter.

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People are already making awesome fan art for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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Whether or not you were in a theater, we all got our first glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens today. The long-awaited teaser showed off some familiar settings, briefly introduced us to a few new characters, and debuted a cross-shaped lightsaber that has already become both a meme and a source of heated debate. There’s just a handful of scenes, and it’s been online for less than 12 hours, but that’s apparently enough time for the creative hive-mind of the internet to start churning out some stellar fan art.

(Source: Phil Noto via Tumblr)

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A Gift Guide For The Starter Smart Home

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giftguide-smart-home The proliferation of smart home products means there’s never been a better time to get on board, even if you’re not that tech crazy or familiar with the market. Here’s the list of things to get you rolling with your own basic setup, plus a few nice-to-haves in case you want to go the extra mile.

Philips Hue Lux Starter Kit
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About That Enterprise File Sharing Study

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Microsoft Dropbox Earlier this week, TechCrunch published commentary on a report concerning the current popularity of various enterprise cloud file sync and share products, a group of services usually shortened to the acronym ‘EFSS.’ Dropbox was far and away the leader, finding a home within nearly 45 percent of responding enterprise IT pros’ businesses. Microsoft’s OneDrive had over… Read More

Mophie Powerstation Plus Review: Integrated Cable Is Both Blessing And Curse

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mophie3 Mophie has a new Powerstation Plus backup battery, and it aims for compact, all-in-one design that should reduce bulk and complication when you’re searching for supplementary power. The new design builds a cable right into the power pack, which holds a battery powerful enough to charge your iPhone up to eight extra times, depending on the capacity you choose. Our review unit has enough… Read More

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