Original Star Wars trilogy is center of next prestigious Sotheby’s auction

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will mark the final chapter in the Skywalker trilogy, and prestigious British auction house Sotheby’s is marking the occasion with a new event.

“Star Wars Online” collects trinkets, art pieces, and classic toys from the original trilogy, spanning between 1977 and 1983. That includes action figures of important characters like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. There’s even a still of Darth Vader’s head, entitled by “Bring Me the Head of Darth Vader,” designed by director and artist Clive Baker.

There are silk screen banners and action figures still in their original packaging — an integral part to Star Wars…

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Get Black Friday pricing on these next-gen totally wireless earbuds

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Whether we’re on a long commute or marathon workout, the right soundtrack makes all the difference. And with all the thought we put into our playlists, the kind of earbuds we play it on is worth at least as much consideration. When it comes to sound, wearability, and durability, there are few models that hit all the marks like these HYPHEN Wireless Earbuds.

The design is extremely ergonomic, with a selection of eartip sizes to fit nearly anyone. But the controls are a particular highlight here, with intuitive one-touch commands to answer calls, increase the volume, switch tracks and more.

All that tech is well protected behind an IPX5 water-resistant case, so you won’t have an issue from sweat or rain. Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity lets the earbuds pick up a signal from up to 15 meters away. Wireless charging? It’s got that too and can pick up a full charge in 30 minutes.

These HYPHEN Wireless Earbuds are sale-priced at more than 20% off retail, but you can knock an extra 20% off by using the Black Friday discount code BFSAVE20.

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Save over 90% on 5TB of cloud storage with this Black Friday deal

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Many of us rely on a single hard drive to store precious files. This strategy is risky, but many alternative backup solutions are pretty expensive. Polar Cloud Backup breaks the mold, providing secure storage at a price that anyone can afford. The service runs on reliable Amazon architecture and gives users total control over their data.

Available to download on PC and Mac, Polar Backup allows users to choose which files and folders to upload. All file types are supported, including videos, images, audio, documents, and more. The apps also have a scheduling feature, which ensures that the backup won’t disrupt your Netflix movie.

Polar Backup provides enough space for thousands of files, and the storage is both secure and private. The data is protected by military-grade AES-256 encryption, while the servers meet with GDPR regulations.

Along with files on your PC or Mac, Polar Backup covers any connected external drives. Even if you delete files locally, they won’t be removed from cloud storage.

Ahead of Black Friday, the Polar Backup lifetime 5TB plan is just $69.99. You will struggle to find a cloud storage provider that offers more for this price.

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GOG.com’s Black Friday sale includes deals on The Witcher 3, No Man’s Sky, and more

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The Epic Games Store isn’t the only digital PC shop with great deals for Black Friday. GOG.com, best-known for its robust collection of classic games and lack of DRM, is offering discounts on a huge range of games, including excellent indies, old-school RPGs, recent releases like Gris and A Plague Tale: Innocence, and slightly older — but still excellent — titles like No Man’s Sky, Firewatch, and The Witcher 3. There’s a lot to go through — and you can check out the full deals list here — but a few of the best are highlighted below. The sale is on until December 3rd.

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Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack Zip and Everyday Backpack V2 are top-notch photo and travel bags

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Peak Design has evolved from a crowdfunded upstart into a trusted accessory brand for photographers everywhere, and this week it introduced updates to its ‘Everyday’ line of backpacks and bags. These new and improved designs offer stuff that impresses anyone who was previously a fan of Peak’s work, and should also win the company brand […]

The Roku Ultra is $50 cheaper for Black Friday

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The newest, fastest iteration of the Roku Ultra is now half price for Black Friday. You can snag the streaming box, which supports 4K and comes bundled with JBL headphones, for $48 on Amazon right now. The media player typically costs $99. While the 2019 version of the Ultra looks virtually identical to its predecessor, it comes with a few welcome changes beyond the included earbuds. That includes a faster quad-core processor, additional memory, and a remote with customizable shortcut buttons. It’s the higher-end streaming option amongst Roku’s various offerings — which makes today’s sale even more enticing.

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Just look at these decorated ruckus-causing lunchtime bananas

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Just look at them. (Thanks, Marion!)

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How Keith Rankin balances illustration with owning an indie record label

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Dayton-raised artist Keith Rankin has an eye for the surreal and an ear for the avant garde. He puts these to good use not only in his professional illustration practice, but also as the co-founder of Orange Milk Records, where he scouts new talent, art directs album packages, and also releases his own music.

Rankin knew he would never have a regular job. He was obsessed with drawing and fantasy stories as a child, and in his teens, music too. He was also a terrible student, dropping out a year into high school and later struggling to finish some college courses. It wasn’t until he started the record label that he would begin to really hone his skill an an illustrator and settle into his style, which I can only describe as nostalgic…

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These are the best early Black Friday deals you can get today

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Black Friday officially starts tomorrow, November 29th, but retailers like Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Amazon, and more are making today feel like the party has already started. Compared to other years, we’ve seen more deals (good ones, too) launch earlier than before, specifically right now. There are so many that we thought it was only right to share them with you before you think about braving the packed parking lots and stuffed aisles.

We’ve pulled together a bite-sized list of the best early Black Friday deals for each major product category. These aren’t all of the deals you can expect this year, though — some of them will debut starting tomorrow. If a deal isn’t showing up for you, find out when your favorite retailer’s Black…

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The AMD TRX40 Motherboard Overview: 12 New Motherboards Analyzed

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It’s been a fruitful time for AMD’s CPU team over the last year, with a lot of praise heaped on its current processor product stack. The launch of the new AMD Threadripper 3970X 32-core and the Threadripper 3960X 24-core processors has brought the brand new TRX40 chipset to market, and out of all the motherboard partners, there is a new chipset and 12 new motherboards to dissect. In this article, we’ll be analyzing the 12 new boards, which as a priority feature enables a PCIe 4.0 x8 link between the CPU and chipset.

A Dynamic Task Scheduler for ASP.NET Core

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There are many task schedulers for ASP.NET. Two of the more famous ones are Quartz.NET and Hangfire. Both of these are amazing tools, and I have personally used Hangfire myself with great success. But, they both suffer from a lack of flexibility and/or complexity in usage. 

Quartz.NET suffers from an overly complex API, based upon configuration files, in a difficult to understand format, giving you no syntax highlighting or AutoComplete when you declare your tasks. In addition, the amount of code required to actually create a simple task sometimes feels staggeringly large and unnecessarily complex. The fact that it was "ported" from Java shows as you try to learn its API.

How to Setup Tailwind CSS With Parcel Bundler

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Hi all, this is Adi. Today, I wanted to share with you my experience in setting up Tailwind CSS with Parcel Bundler. if this interests you, continue reading.

I am a long time fan of Bootstrap since version 2. I have used it for nearly all my projects. Bootstrap 4 introduced many new utility classes that have made my life a little easier and my markup more readable. But lately, I have been hearing so much about the brand new CSS framework named Tailwind CSS. I am quite confident that you might have heard about it as well. So, I decided to give it a try. I read through their documentation, and it was as though it was made for me… this framework is so generic, it will feel the same for anyone.

This battery pack can charge your iPhone, AirPods, & Apple Watch at the same time

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If you haven’t switched to wireless charging for your devices yet, it’s a pretty good bet that you’re not using more than one device. Juicing up your iPhone doesn’t require much planning, but once you add an Apple Watch or pair of AirPods into the mix, you’ve got a logistics problem.

If you’re in that fix, there are few charging systems as effective as this 3-in-1 Wireless Power Bank – especially if you’re on the go.

The shape of the thing is an innovation all by itself. You can wrap your Apple Watch around it conveniently, pop your AirPods into the slots on the end, and charge up your iPad or iPhone through the USB port.

The best thing, though, is that you can charge them simultaneously. The 5200mAh capacity gives you more than enough juice, and the safety protocols ensure things don’t overcharge or overheat.

The 3-in-1 Wireless Power Bank is already on sale for 60% off the MSRP, but you can take an extra 20% off by using the Black Friday code BFSAVE20.

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To do in NYC: Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir present Earth Riot

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We’ve been writing about Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping for nearly 20 years, tracing his remarkable spectacles of anti-consumerism around the world.

New Yorkers can see Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir (“an ecstatic group of 35 activists who sing harmoniously while trespassing inside corporations”) in a performance called “Earth Riot” at Joe’s Pub that runs Nov 24-Dec 22.

The 40 activists-who-sing, The Stop Shopping Choir, return from risking arrest to take the stage for their annual run at Joe’s Pub. The “church” comes back each holiday season with songs created from improvisations in climate-killing banks, pipelines, immigration prisons, and churches hiding sanctuary families.

“The Church of Stop Shopping takes on the trinity of consumerism, corporate greed and environmental destruction. Reverend Billy’s antics remain difficult to categorize—part Brecht, part PT Barnum…” – Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker.

Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping: Earth Riot [Joe’s Pub]

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