Watch the beauty of virtual spaceflight in this amazing new Star Citizen trailer

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Space exploration in video games is starting to look incredible. From No Man’s Sky to Elite: Dangerous, there’s a new wave of upcoming games that promise to let you explore virtual universes of enormous scope and detail — and few are as ambitious as Star Citizen. The crowdfunded game, which has raised close to $70 million to date, will feature everything from space trading to first person combat, and it promises to do it all in a beautiful, hand-crafted sci-fi universe.

“For me, it’s all about feeling like I’m in the world,” director Chris Roberts told The Verge back in August, discussing Star Citizen‘s attention to detail. It’s impossible to know whether it will live up to its lofty goals, but the latest trailer for the game, which…

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Where to see The Interview on Christmas Day

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It’s actually happening! After initially canceling the film’s premiere following threats from a group of hackers, Sony Pictures will now allow The Interview to play in select theaters on Christmas day — and reportedly plans to release it online, as well. It is, after all, the internet’s favorite movie.

If you’re looking to see the movie with family on Christmas day — or see the movie while the rest of the family watches Annie — here’s a list of every theater that’s confirmed to be showing The Interview on December 25th. If you see any that we’ve missed, let us know!

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LG executive could miss CES because Samsung says he sabotaged its washing machines

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This is definitely one of the stranger throwdowns between two technology companies we’ve witnessed in recent memory. Senior LG executive Jo Seong-jin, who is usually one of the company’s many faces at CES, may be prevented from attending the upcoming 2015 expo in Las Vegas. Per CNN, he’s currently not allowed to travel outside South Korea thanks to a Samsung lawsuit that accuses Jo (and four other LG employees) of intentionally damaging Samsung-branded washing machines while both companies were gathered at Berlin’s IFA trade show back in September.

According to reports at the time, Jo entered a local electronics store and proceeded to kick and break the doors of several Samsung Crystal Blue washing machines. These aren’t your average…

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A controversial YouTube video could create a crazy new form of copyright

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Last week, inside a federal courthouse in Pasadena, California, Google tried to stop a ruling that could upend the entertainment industry. The case of Garcia v. Google Inc. was considered in an appeals court, in front of a panel of 11 judges. At issue: Innocence of Muslimsthe controversial video uploaded to YouTube in 2012. The plaintiff, an actress in the film, argues that she holds a copyright to her performance, and has demanded that Google take the movie down. But Google says that if her lawsuit is taken seriously, then frivolous copyright claims will be used to constrain free speech and debilitate the internet companies that host it. With the court’s decision expected some time next year, both sides are girding for a ruling that…

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FDA recommends lifting ban on blood donations from gay men, but only if they don’t sleep with men for a year

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The FDA announced today that it plans to recommend shortening the ban period on blood donations by gay and bisexual men. The move would allow gay men to become blood donors if they haven’t had sex with another man for over a year, reports CNBC.

“From indefinite deferral to one year since the last sexual contact.”

The recommendation will modify a ban that was put in place in the mid-1980s because of the HIV epidemic. Currently, gay and bisexual men aren’t allowed to donate blood in the US if they have engaged in sexual acts with other men at any point since 1977.

“The FDA…

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After Three Years, Turner Shuts Down Its Media Camp Accelerator Program

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mediacamp-header Nearly three years ago at SXSW, Turner’s Media Camp accelerator launched with an ambitious plan to help startups focused on changing the media world. After investing in and leading 27 companies through its 12-week accelerator program, however, the company is shutting down Media Camp and its associated Emerging Technology team. Read More

The Interview will be in select theaters on Christmas Day

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The Interview is making it out for Christmas. After a week of drama surrounding hacking, threats, and Presidential disses, Sony has decided to give The Interview a limited theatrical release on December 25th. “We have never given up on releasing The Interview, and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day,” Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, says in a statement. “At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.”

Two theaters immediately confirmed that they would be screening the film: Alamo Drafthouse and the Plaza Atlanta. It sounds as though the theatrical release will be fairly small, with the…

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Sony To Allow Screenings Of ‘The Interview’ On Christmas After All

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Interview CEnsored Sony will be allowing select theatres to screen The Interview on Christmas Day after all, according to a tweet from Tim League, co-founder of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain. League says that they’ll have screening times available within the hour now that the restriction has been lifted. Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are… Read More

Apps, ebooks, and album downloads are about to get more expensive in Europe

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Sweeping changes to EU tax law could see the price of apps, ebooks, and MP3s raised throughout Europe by an average of 6.5 percent. The new legislation — known as Directive 2008/8/EC — comes into force on January 1st and is intended to shut down a tax loophole being used by big firms to charge less VAT (value added tax) on digital goods. Although not many individuals will be happy about the prospect of paying more for their games and movies, proponents of the bill say it will level the playing field between small and large companies and create a fairer market. Critics reply that the compliance costs will ruin small businesses.

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Ridiculous PowerPoint presentations are overturning criminal convictions

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Prosecutors have a limited ability to use visuals while making their case in a trial, but apparently, some are starting to push it too far with the use of PowerPoint. In a report on the use of slideshows during trials, The Marshall Project points to a number of instances where prosecutors have been reprimanded or convictions have been overturned because of how PowerPoint was used. Basically, PowerPoint seems to be making it far too easy for prosecutors to make ridiculous and inappropriate slideshows — for instance, slathering the word “guilty” in big red letters over a defendant’s head — thus improperly affecting the outcome of the trial.

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