Anomalisa trailer: Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion film has a lot of questions about existence

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Charlie Kaufman’s latest project is an animated film that’s as fantastic as it is fatalistic, but even though it’s been in the works since at least 2012, there hasn’t been much in the way of released footage. That changes today with the first trailer, which provides a two-minute glimpse of the film’s style (created by Starburns Industries, whose work also includes Rick and Morty, Moral Orel, and Community’s Christmas episode) narrated by David Thewlis (the Harry Potter series). Sure, the dialogue and soundtrack sound quintessentially Kaufman-esque, but it does look very good. Maybe “charming” is the right word. Let’s say that. “Charming.”

Anomalisa will have a limited release in the US on December 30th.

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The most dominant F1 car in history is coming to Forza 6

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There’s a new Forza 6 car pack being released this week, but there’s only one car included that truly matters. Starting tomorrow, Forza 6 owners will be able to virtually pilot one of the crown jewels of all motorsports: the McLaren MP4/4.

The news was announced in a post by Forza developer Turn 10. The MP4/4 is one of seven new cars being added to the game, including a 1980 Lancia, a 2014 Maserati, and the 2000 Plymouth Prowler. An all-too-brief video shows off glimpses of each new car, with the MP4/4 careening through the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

This car won nearly every F1 race in 1988

Chances are that you’ve seen the MP4/4 before, even if you only have a passing interest in auto racing. But for the uninitiated, here’s a quick…

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CBS Will Launch A New “Star Trek” TV Series On Its Streaming Service, Not Network TV

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star-trek CBS’s own over-the-top streaming service aimed at cord cutters has largely flown under the radar in comparison with more popular competitors like Netflix and Hulu. But now the network is hoping to change that, with the announcement that it will launch a brand-new “Star Trek” TV show exclusively on CBS All Access, the company’s on-demand streaming service. The… Read More

Google says ‘there’s no plan to phase out Chrome OS’

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Google is making an emphatic statement after a report last week suggested that Android and Chrome OS are on a path to being merged; the company says Chrome OS “is here to stay.” The company admits that it’s “been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems” — lending some credence to Friday’s report from The Wall Street Journal. But strictly speaking about Chrome OS, Google says “there’s more to do.”

“We have plans to release even more features for Chrome OS, such as a new media player, a visual refresh based on Material Design, improved performance, and of course, a continued focus on security,” Android and Chrome SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer wrote in a blog post today. “With our regular six-week software cycle and…

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Google: Chrome OS Is Here To Stay

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Chromebook2_015_Detail2_Titanium Gray By now you have probably seen the WSJ report that says Google plans to fold its Chrome operating system into Android and phase it (and the “Chromebook” name) out over time. Google today published a story on virtually every blog it owns that denies this. “While we’ve been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems, there’s no plan to… Read More

LG’s LTE-connected Android Wear smartwatch will cost $300

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LG was the first company to announce an Android Wear smartwatch with built-in LTE connectivity, and today AT&T revealed that the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (yes, that’s its name) will be available for purchase starting on November 13th. The watch will cost $300, which can be split up over 20 months of payments. Those that sign a two-year contract for service, which runs $10 per month on top of AT&T’s shared data plans, can get the device for $199.99.

The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE will be one of the first devices to support AT&T’s new NumberSync service, which lets you make and receive phone calls and SMS messages from a connected device with your main phone number. The carrier says it will gain that ability early next year. AT&T…

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AT&T will sell BlackBerry’s Priv starting November 6th for $250 on-contract

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AT&T is the first major US carrier to announce a release date for BlackBery’s Priv Android phone, and it’s coming this week. The carrier will launch sales of the device on November 6th, and the two-year contract price is $249.99. But actually signing a contract with AT&T isn’t easy these days unless you’re willing to visit the carrier directly — and even then, going with one of the company’s Next installment plans is typically a better option.

AT&T says well-qualified customers will be able to get the Priv, BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone, for $0 down on its Next 12, 18, and 24 plans. That’ll cost you $37, $30.84, or $24.67, respectively. BlackBerry has been taking preorders for the device for over a week and will also start…

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Watch a bite-sized teaser for Girls’ upcoming fifth season

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Lena Dunham’s Girls is coming back to HBO for its fifth season next February, and the network has just released a tiny preview of what’s to come. When I say tiny, I mean it: you’re getting under 30 seconds of Dunham’s Hannah Horvath dancing to Empire ISIS’ 2008 single “Get Up On It,” an intense, collaborative workout that’s ultimately interrupted by her mother’s wandering hips. It looks like fun, but it’s hard to understand why Hannah’s so frustrated — didn’t she know what she was getting into when she invited her mom to her class?

Girls is set to return on February 21st, 2016.

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Up close and in the dark with LG’s V10 Android cameraphone

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I’m writing the Verge review of LG’s new V10 Android smartphone — a premium variant of its G4 flagship from this summer — and thought I’d share some of my excitement early. This phone’s camera is really good. It’s not perfect, no camera is, but it’s taken some extremely impressive shots and has a manual mode that allows for tons of creativity. Basically, you have all the settings available to fashion out your own photo filters, if you so desired. But more on that in the review tomorrow. For now, here’s a sample of some of the photos I’ve taken with the fully automatic mode. Half of them are in a low light, in order to demonstrate how the camera handles challenging conditions, and all are accompanied by 100-percent crops of particular…

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SoundCloud Rolls Out A Dedicated App For Creators

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soundcloud-pulse SoundCloud, a top 5 Music app on both iOS and Android, has today released a new mobile application aimed specifically at artists and creators. Called SoundCloud Pulse, the app allows its users to share their sounds publicly and privately, track their stats and performance, reply to comments, and follow other users. The company says a more advanced feature set is already in the works, and… Read More

Star Trek is returning to network television

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The first episode of Star Trek aired on Sept. 8, 1966. The fifty-year-old franchise has spawned a number of television series, and the last episode (Star Trek: Enterprise) aired 10 years ago. But the beloved series is returning in 2017 on CBS. It will produced by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the movies Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).

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The new Star Trek will be available exclusively on CBS’s streaming service

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A new Star Trek television series has just been confirmed for 2017, and its CBS debut will mark an important first for the television network. The show’s first episode will premiere with a “special preview broadcast” on network television before moving exclusively to CBS’s paid streaming platform, CBS All Access.

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Apple TV App Store Tops 1,000 Apps: Games & Video Apps Dominate, But Discovery Is A Challenge

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Apple TV Developers have been digging into the Apple TV App Store data in the absence of category listings and a Top Charts section on Apple’s newly launched version of its media player device, which now, for the first time ever, has opened up to third-party applications. Apple had “hundreds” of applications live at the time of the TV App Store’s launch, though apparently… Read More

Unofficial Apple TV top charts show games are off to a strong start

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Early buyers of the new Apple TV set-top box can’t yet browse the most popular paid and free apps directly on the device — or anywhere, for that matter. It seems Apple isn’t yet ready to reveal a top-seller list for the Apple TV, which only launched on Friday. The company could be waiting for the App Store’s catalog to grow a bit more before publicly surfacing which apps and games are faring best with customers. A “Top Charts” section has appeared in promotional photos on Apple’s website, so it’s clear the helpful section (and one that’s critical for developers) is coming; the only question is when. Until that happens, an unofficial solution that reveals best-selling titles — both free and paid — has popped up in the meantime, and games…

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T-Mobile wants to put an LTE tower in your house

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If you’ve ever dealt with a spotty LTE connection at home, you know how annoying it can be. You’re paying a hefty monthly bill to use your highly advanced smartphone — that can’t connect reliably to the internet in your own house.

Well T-Mobile wants to fix all that… by putting an LTE tower in your house. Yes, the unconventional carrier has announced a 4G LTE CellSpot that it says will offer 3,000 square feet of LTE coverage for your home or business. Plug it into the wall outlet, connect it to the internet, and your LTE connection will get a boost anywhere T-Mobile has spectrum. The CellSpot supports up to 16 calls at a time, and will work with any 3G, 4G, and LTE device on T-Mobile’s network.

If enough customers adopt this,…

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A new Star Trek series is reportedly in development

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Star Trek fans clamoring for a new TV series rejoice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new Trek series is being developed for a potential debut next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the franchise. The promised show will be the first new series to hit TV screens since the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005.

Star Trek film producer Alex Kurtzman is reportedly developing the project at CBS Television Studies, and the search for a writer is already underway. The studio is aiming for a debut next fall, putting it 50 years after the premiere of The Original Series on September 8th, 1966.

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