Elon Musk just gave the best tech keynote I’ve ever seen

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I’ve watched a lot of handsomely paid CEOs get on stages for keynote presentations over the past decade, and none were as good as the one I saw Elon Musk give Thursday night in California as he introduced Tesla’s new battery system. I’m sure many people will disagree — I mean, how can you compete with Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone in 2007 — but ultimately Jobs was selling a better smartphone. Musk is selling a better future.

I’m not saying Musk is going to succeed, or that you should go buy Tesla’s battery. There are lots of ways to save the world and cut down on fossil fuels and Tesla’s plan isn’t the first. I’m just happy to see a presentation that was genuinely exciting and inspiring — a sales pitch for a tech product that’s…

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See Sansa Stark as a psychic mutant in X-Men: Apocalypse

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Sophie Turner — the British actress who portrays Game of Thrones‘ Sansa Stark — is swapping medieval-style fantasy for mutant sci-fi. Turner is set to play powerful psychic Jean Grey in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, appearing for the first time alongside fellow mutant Jubilee, played by Lana Condor, in a picture shared on director Bryan Singer’s Instagram account.

It’s been reported that the new movie, which follows X-Men: First Class and last year’s Days of Future Past, is at least partially set in 1983, and Singer looks keen to evoke the fashion of the era. The first pictures of teleporting mutant Nightcrawler appeared earlier this week, showing the blue-skinned mutant sporting a clothing combo that Michael J. Fox’s Teen Wolf might…

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Leica has a new $7,450 camera that only shoots in black and white

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The most interesting thing about Leica’s M Monochrom camera thus far hasn’t been what you can do with it, but what you can’t. When Leica introduced it three years ago, some people turned their heads sideways in confusion because it cost $7,950, yet could only shoot in black and white. In return, Leica promised tack-sharp photos that more closely emulated the look and feel of what you’d get from film cameras.

The idea panned out because Leica has returned with a new model of the Monochrom, dubbed the Type 246. It improves on a handful of features that were lacking in the first model, while adding high definition video recording and a live view preview of what’s being captured. That extends the camera beyond taking very nice stills, and…

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Grooveshark is dead

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The writing has been on the wall for controversial music-sharing service Grooveshark for a long time, and now the service is gone for good. In a message posted to the official site, Grooveshark has expressed contrition over the way it conducted its business, says it’s settled with major record companies, and recommends users go to other services like Spotify or Beats Music.

The company’s full statement is below:

Dear music fans,

Today we are shutting down Grooveshark.

We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.

That was wrong. We…

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Cortana on Windows 10 is about to get more powerful

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When Cortana first arrived in Windows 10 preview builds, it was rough. Features, general usability, and the look and feel was really early, but Microsoft has been steadily improving things ever since. The software giant is now testing out even better ways of bringing some of the popular features of Cortana from the phone over to the PC. During a media event at Microsoft Build today I got a closer look at some of the changes coming over the next few weeks. Microsoft is heavily tweaking the Cortana user interface and more closely integrating it into the Start Menu and general Windows 10 experience.

Some small, but noticeable, changes include new Cortana animations as you activate the digital assistant. If you use the “hey Cortana” command…

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A Facebook bug is stopping users from posting anything with a link

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A new Facebook bug is causing major problems for users, with posts disappearing and new links apparently blocked from posting. The issue has been disastrous for organizations that rely on the Facebook to communicate with the public. Media brands, which have come to rely on Facebook for an increasing share of traffic, have been particularly quick to voice their displeasure. Crucially, the bug seems to be only affecting posts containing links to content outside of Facebook.

The problem seems to have begun last night with issues in Facebook’s image-scraping system, which automatically pulls pictures from posted links. The issue was reported in the Facebook developer forums and the ops team promised a fix — but the resulting fix appears to…

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Up close with Microsoft’s HoloLens headset

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Microsoft isn’t letting the media take pictures of the HoloLens experience itself, but we just arrived at the company’s demo station here at Build and there’s a unit under glass. It looks identical to the press photos we’ve seen before, with a futuristic looking visor and the transparent glass that lets you see your environment while holograms project around you. We’re about to take a closer look at HoloLens, so stay tuned for further impressions.

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It looks like Star Wars is coming to Disney Infinity

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In news that should surprise no one, it appears that Star Wars characters will soon be a part of the toys-to-life series Disney Infinity. Disney hasn’t made the long-anticipated news official just yet, but a retailer has leaked what looks to be the starter set for the new game.

Just like Skylanders, Disney Infinity is a game that lets you scan real toys into a video game. The first version mashed together characters from Disney movies, while version 2.0 added Marvel characters. Star Wars has long been expected to be the latest addition, and designer Jeff Bunker even hinted at it, telling The Verge that “I think we have a style that accommodates anything that comes our way.” The 3.0 set leaked by retailer Saturn shows a set that includes…

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Windows 10 won’t launch on phones this summer

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While Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 10 on PCs this summer, the phone part of the operating system will debut at a later date. Speaking at a media event at Build in San Francisco today, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore explained the company’s plans for the launch of Windows 10. “Our phone builds have not been as far as long as our PC builds,” explained Belfiore. “We’re adapting the phone experiences later than we’re adding the PC experiences.”

That slower progress means Windows 10 on phones will show up after the PC launch this summer. “There are devices and features that will come not on launch date, but following it,” says Belfiore. “From the device view, our main focus is to kick off the Windows 10 launch wave with a great launch on…

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Tips and Tricks: Using Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi 2

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Dan Rosenstein designed and built a bunch of Raspberry Pi robots running Windows 10 IoT CoreMicrosoft has officially opened access Windows 10 support for the Raspberry Pi 2 as of last night — coming through on their February announcement that they’d be offering the OS for the diminutive computer. With the installed release, you can now build and deploy apps from a Windows 10 PC running Visual […]

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