Broad City gets renewed for a third season before its second season even premieres

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Broad City‘s second season doesn’t even premiere until later today, but the show has already won itself a third. Comedy Central announced this morning that it’s renewing the series for another 10-episode run — a pretty wise choice given the huge amounts of buzz that it’s been receiving off of its first. There are no other details on Broad City‘s third season, but you can probably expect it around this time next year.

Aside from keeping a strong series alive, this is also an opportunity for Comedy Central to give women a bigger presence on its network. It even jokes about that as much in its press release: “It has just been brought to my attention that Broad City is a female-centric show, but we’re going to do more anyway,” says Kent…

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GoPro Taps Vislink To Offer Live HD Broadcasting

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Screenshot 2015-01-14 13.10.01 GoPro has forged a partnership with Vislink to bring live HD broadcasting to the GoPro line of portable, rugged HD cameras. The companies have been working together to build a small live transmitter that can be attached to GoPro Hero4 cameras, taking the professional use of the GoPro camera line to a whole new level. Thus far, professional athletes and television networks alike use GoPro to… Read More

How Facebook At Work Could Shrink Faceless Enterprises

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fb-work When you have a question at a small company, you always know who to ask. But as corporations grow, it becomes impossible to remember everyone’s names, let alone their areas of expertise, and communication channels flood with noise. Facebook At Work, the company’s new enterprise collaboration suite, could change that. Familiar employee profiles that look just like your normal one… Read More

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy Vacuum Review

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IMG_4611 The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy vacuum cleaner is pinnacle Dyson, in that it makes the vacuum cleaner as maintenance free as possible. The Cinetic line, of which the Big Ball Animal + Allergy is one of the first to hit U.S. shores, gets rid of the requirement to maintain the filter via cleaning. That means Cinetics don’t have bags, and don’t have to go through the… Read More

Relive one of the world’s most insane road rallies with a short film from deadmau5

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The Gumball 3000 is wonderfully ridiculous. It doesn’t know how to be anything else.

The international road rally — which pulls celebs, glitterati, and car enthusiasts across thousands of miles of highway every year — features some of the most incredible exotic cars you’ll ever see. David Hasselhoff, of all people, is a regular participant. When we dropped by Gumball’s New York City checkpoint last year, highlights included a velvet-covered Rolls-Royce Wraith, a reasonably authentic Spider-Man hanging out of a car, and an outrageous Nyan Cat-themed Ferrari 458 Italia (the “Purrari”) owned by electronic music producer Joel Zimmerman — better known by his stage name, deadmau5.

Basically, it’s a spectacle.

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OK, Google: throw some shade

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Google never made a serious effort to buy Twitter, and perhaps we now know why. In most cases, a query for “what do you call a company that was meant to fail” returns Twitter as its first result, as Matt Laroche pointed out today. If you’re logged in to Google and have enabled personalized results, Twitter may slide down the page. But Twitter is the top result for a logged-out user, at least as of this morning.

So what gives? One thought is that Twitter’s close association with the Fail Whale, mentioned four times in its Wikipedia entry, tied the company to failure in Google’s mind. Another is that Google’s famed Knowledge Graph has quietly developed dynamic predictive models of all world events, and is now indistinguishable from…

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This is Google’s latest Project Ara prototype

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Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone project is arriving soon, at least if you’re in Puerto Rico. At its Project Ara Module Developers Conference today, Google said that it plans to launch a pilot in Puerto Rico in the second half of this year, selling phone chassis and modules through local carrier partners, as well as through a fleet of small trucks.

Google today said there’s still lots of work to be done before you find it at stores in the US and elsewhere. The multi-phase project is currently in phase 2, or what Google calls “Spiral 2.” It’s gone from something that can connect only to Wi-Fi to one that supports 3G wireless, with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group saying that it’s working on carrier deals to help get…

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Some of the best, most expensive Wii games are coming to Wii U for cheap

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On this morning’s Nintendo Direct, the company announced three popular Wii games will be made available as downloads this month at a discounted rate on Wii U, beginning today with Super Mario Galaxy 2. It will be followed by Punch-Out!! on January 22nd and Metroid Prime: Trilogy on January 29th. The three games will cost $19.99 each, but will be half-priced during their first week of availability.

This means you will be available to buy some of Nintendo’s best and still comparably expensive games for $9.99. Super Mario Galaxy 2 remains $49.99 new at Gamestop — $29.99 pre-owned. Punch-Out!! is only available used for $34.99. And Metroid Prime: Trilogy, also only available pre-owned, is a whopping $49.99.

Nintendo is making…

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This huge, beautiful sci-fi RPG is coming to the Wii U

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People buy Nintendo consoles to play Nintendo games: the best titles to grace the Wii U thus far have been the likes of Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and the new, crazy Super Smash Bros. But every so often a game developed outside of Nintendo sneaks its way onto a Nintendo console and blows people away. In 2015, it looks like that game will be Xenoblade Chronicles X.

The sci-fi role playing game is the follow-up to Xenoblade Chronicles, a cult classic for the Wii (which itself is getting a remake for the New Nintendo 3DS XL). It takes place in a massive open-world unlike anything on Nintendo’s home console; it’s filled with startling landscapes and epic-sized monsters. You can also ride around in crazy mechs. Unfortunately, it’s…

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Arts and crafts marketplace Etsy said to be nearing IPO

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Etsy’s success story is about to get even bigger; the online arts and crafts marketplace is reportedly nearing an IPO, according to Bloomberg. Sources familiar with the planning claim Etsy hopes to raise $300 million, enough to make its IPO the biggest to come from a New York tech startup in well over a decade. But Etsy isn’t susceptible to sudden collapse like many forgotten, failed businesses of the dot-com bubble. Quite the opposite, really.

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Google’s modular Project Ara smartphone will begin pilot testing in Puerto Rico later this year

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Google is holding its second Project Ara developer’s conference today in Mountain View and is in the process of giving a roadmap on how and when it might get its modular smartphones out into the market. Probably the most notable bit of news we’ve learned so far is that Google plans to have a market pilot ready to go in the second half of this year. Unfortunately, if you want to give it a shot, you’ll need to live in Puerto Rico — the pilot will roll out in that country in partnership with carriers OpenMobile and Claro.

When Project Ara hits Puerto Rico, users should be able to customize their devices using the Ara Marketplace and Ara Configurator apps. Google’s ATAP group will also roll out some “food-truck” style stores for consumers…

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Toyota uses Oculus Rift to train teens not to text and drive

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No matter how much we may hate waiting on VR, there’s at least one reason to be grateful it’s taken so long: old driver’s ed classes would almost certainly have been unable to handle this technology responsibly.

Consider, for example, Toyota’s “TeenDrive365” Oculus Rift experience. Launched at the Detroit Auto Show today, it’s an immersive simulation of what distracted driving feels like. You get into a real (but stationary) car, put on a head-mounted display, and steer your way down a virtual highway. Slowly, irritations build up: loud music, ringing phones, your friend trying to make you read a text message. Look away, and you crash.

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Game of Thrones screenings pushed to add more IMAX theaters

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Earlier this month HBO and IMAX announced that they would be teaming up for a special Game of Thrones theatrical event, and now the special screenings have been delayed a week so even more movie theaters can be looped in. The presentation, which includes the final two episodes from the last season of Game of Thrones followed by a preview of season five, will now kick off on Thursday, January 29th and run through February 5th.

Originally 150 IMAX theaters had been scheduled, with screenings starting on the 23rd. With the change, around 200 IMAX theaters will now be part of the show. Tickets go on sale this Friday at IMAX’s website, with the new season of the show scheduled to debut on HBO on April 12th. Our only suggestion? Play the…

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Toyota’s Oculus Rift-Based Distracted Driving Simulator Perfectly Parrots Annoying Friends

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Toyota_TeenDrive365_Oculus_Rift_0001 The education potential of VR and the Oculus Rift is already well-established, but this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota showed off TeenDrive365, a driver education simulation to teach new drivers about the risks of distracted driving. The simulator puts drivers in the cockpit of a Toyota vehicle, in a fully immersive virtual environment that includes… Read More

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