Footage from Kanye West’s unreleased ‘RoboCop’ music video leaked on Instagram

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All in the name of #ThrowbackThursday, 3D modeler Shihan Barbee took to Instagram yesterday to leak a short clip from Kanye West’s unreleased music video for RoboCop, a track off the rapper’s 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak. Barbee, who XXL confirms was involved in the production, says the finished product was “dope,” but the Hype Williams-directed video never debuted, making it the subject of plenty of rumor and speculation ever since. The bizarre clip, filmed in stop-motion, shows West facing off with his then-girlfriend Amber Rose, whose face is digitally superimposed on a naked doll. There’s no telling whether or not more footage will surface, but fans will definitely want to see more.

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The weirdest moments from 30 years of ‘Ninja Turtles’

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The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has some very bizarre moments (as well as some blatant product promotion). Lest we forget, though, TMNT has always been that way, from Pizza Hut commercials to a Power Rangers crossover and, yes, even a rock concert on Oprah about “coming out of their shells.” Here’s a look back at some of the most absurd moments in Ninja Turtles history.

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Tour the real-life sandcrawler George Lucas built in Singapore

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With all the talk about the $1B vanity museum that George Lucas is bringing to Chicago, it’s worth stopping for a moment to consider the fact that the Star Wars creator has already plucked a moving fortress from dunes of Tatooine and dropped it in a Singapore office park. Officially opened on January 16, and featured yesterday on Arch Daily, the regional HQ of Lucasfilm Singapore is modelled after a Sandcrawler, those caterpillar-tracked fortresses inhabited by the diminutive hooded Jawas. Of course, this one trades the energy furnaces, workshops, and armored plating that made its fictional counterpart a perfect mobile live/work space for the scrap scavengers that inhabited them for nine stories of glass-wrapped modern offices, but…

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FCC votes to push text-to-911 support on carriers and app developers

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The FCC today voted to adopt rules requiring US carriers and some app developers to implement support for text-to-911 services by the end of 2014. For companies like AT&T and Verizon, the vote doesn’t mean much; all major carriers already allow Americans to text 911 — at least where it’s available. It’s the smaller ones that will be impacted by the deadline. Even so, the delay here rests mostly at the local level. So far, emergency response centers are moving at a snail’s pace to deploy the infrastructure necessary to receive emergency texts.

Speaking before the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials on Wednesday, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel admitted her colleagues recognize it won’t happen overnight. “I know…

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The Xbox One is the underdog against the PS4 in Microsoft’s new ads

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Polygon‘s Ben Kuchera just put up an interesting opinion piece pointing out that Microsoft’s new Xbox One ads tacitly admit that the PS4 is winning — but promise that the Xbox team will fight back. The first ad uses a speech from 2006’s Rocky Balboa, in which Rocky tries to pump up his son, and the second ad uses a Billy Bob Thornton speech from the Friday Night Lights film about trying your hardest. (The only thing missing is an exhortation to leave it all on the field.)

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LeVar Burton’s ‘Tweeting Rainbow’ teaches kids about the magic of 140 characters

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Fresh off his enormously successful Kickstarter campaign, LeVar Burton stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to share a modernized take on Reading Rainbow. But instead of encouraging children to read and explore the wondrous world of literature, this version — Tweeting Rainbow — puts the focus on hashtags, retweets, and helping kids make the most of 140 characters.

Rather than share a book with his young audience, Burton thumbs through celebrity tweets on his phone. Tweeting Rainbow ditches classic children’s stories in favor of timeless musings from Mario Lopez and Snoop Dog. Sadly, though he asks the kids for their theories, Burton never explains the backstory behind Snoop’s “put ya face in tha mayo” tweet. That’s probably for the…

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This search engine shows you 3D models of everything

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Are you a digital animator, 3D printmaker, or just like looking at cool rotating 3D models of things? Then Yobi3D is for you. The search engine, which launched in June, is basically the Google of 3D object renders. Type in almost any conceivable generic object name (even some proper nouns) and you’ll get a grid view of 3D models sourced from around the web. You can also rotate the models directly within the search results pages.

“I was really amazed with how mature web browsers have become in rendering 3D graphics,” says Jessy Lee, the search engine’s founder and CEO. Right now, Yobi3D’s results can be sporadic and thin, but Lee promises that the engine will only improve as it crawls more 3D models from around the web. “We are still…

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The visual effects legend behind ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Terminator 2’ on realism, restraint, and adventure

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For over 25 years, John Bruno has created some of the most memorable visual effects in film, and he’s got an Oscar (and a pile of nominations) to prove it. His credits include classics like Heavy Metal, Batman Returns, and Ghostbusters. And his collaborations with longtime friend James Cameron gave us The Abyss, Terminator 2, True Lies, Titanic, and Avatar. For all of these, Bruno has dictated the style and substance of the surreal and supernatural on our screens.

Most recently, Bruno took a…

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The artist behind Hollywood’s most beautiful movie posters

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Movie posters aren’t what they used to be. In recent years, the most interesting and innovative work is coming from the fans, not traditional advertising departments. Through shows like Comic-Con and outlets like Mondo, talented artists and designers are creating wonderful posters that help fill the gap left by the drab marketing material put out by major studios. But it wasn’t always that way.

For decades, John Alvin crafted some of the most iconic images in Hollywood, and they were almost…

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There’s a place on the web where the comments don’t suck

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SoundCloud is supposed to be an audio platform, but watching it play back your favorite new jam can be just as rewarding as listening to it. Ever since a big redesign two years ago, the signature wave of orange that travels across the song’s waveform has been accompanied by little pop-up comments from fellow users of the service. Unlike the vitriolic lambasting of YouTube, however, here you are treated to a charmingly innocent torrent of positivity and approval. Every website and service wants to be social, but only a few have managed to turn that into an asset rather than a burden.

Click play below and share in the love.

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14-year-old scientist makes trolls think twice before hitting ‘send’

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14-year-old Trisha Prabhu plans to eventually major in neuroscience, but first she wants to solve cyberbullying. Selected as a global finalist for the Google Science Fair 2014, her Rethink project pivots around a simple concept: getting teenagers to reread hurtful messages before sending them out into the digital ether.

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The Lonely Island will star in a musical Judd Apatow movie

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The Loney Island are moving from digital shorts to feature film. Deadline reports that Universal is backing a new Lonely Island movie, which will star the hitmaking comedy group’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone. Judd Apatow is producing the film, which will reportedly be “set in the world of music,” and Taccone and Schaffer will co-direct it. There’s no telling whether the film will include previous hits, such as “Lazy Sunday” and “Dick In A Box,” or whether the soundtrack will consist of all-new material.

The group previously collaborated on the 2007 flop Hot Rod. Their albums have fared significantly better, selling more than half a million copies, with hit singles including “Jizz In My Pants,” “I’m On A Boat,” and “I…

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An experimental ebola treatment could be tested on the infected

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An experimental drug designed to treat patients infected with the deadly ebola virus could be back on track for human testing following a decision from the US Food and Drug Administration today. The agency lifted a halt on testing TKM-Ebola, a drug made by Canadian pharmaceutical company Tekmira, that up until last month had been given special fast-track status by the FDA to help speed it through various regulatory hurdles. The FDA put the brakes on that process in early July, asking for more information on how the drug works when given to patients in higher doses. Today Tekmira said that it had received a verbal confirmation from the FDA that it could test the drug on patients who were actually infected with the virus, while connecting…

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You can now use Facebook Messenger on your wrist with Android Wear

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Android Wear is quickly gaining support for more messaging apps beyond Google’s Hangouts. WhatsApp recently released a beta update enabling owners of the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live to dictate message replies, swipe through a stack of multiple notifications, and view full-length message previews. Now, Facebook is following close behind and adding support for Android Wear to Messenger.

Whereas before the app simply mirrored your phone’s notifications on your wrist, now you’re able to immediately respond to a friend’s message by talking to your watch. And if a voice reply isn’t feasible at the moment, Messenger also lets Android Wear users send a thumbs-up “like” response with just one tap. That convenience is great, but most people…

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This is the world of ‘Game of Thrones’ as a subway map

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Getting around Westeros often leads to trouble, but what if there was a subway? Designer Michael Tyznik has imagined just such a scenario, and put together a fictional rail map of the fictional kingdom from the Game of Thrones series that will take you from the Shadow Tower to King’s Landing with just one transfer station. If only it were so simple — but then George R.R. Martin’s books would have been more like a food blog.

Tyznik says he was inspired to create the maps of Westeros and The Known World from Cameron Booth’s Tumblr of transit maps, and has included all sorts of small touches like noting certain stations that are “not in service” to coincide with plot points from the books. Both are being sold as prints, and can be seen at…

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Nokia’s ‘selfie’ Windows Phone purportedly appears in leaked photos

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Behold Microsoft’s “selfie” phone. Windows Phone Central has published images of what’s believed to be Nokia’s Lumia 730, one of two devices The Verge reported on late last month. The pictures show off a bright green color that’s by now familiar to Nokia fans, and the overall design seems to position this as a mid-range successor to last year’s Lumia 720. Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop recently revealed the 730, codenamed “Superman,” and another upcoming Windows Phone during an internal company meeting.

This particular device is referred to as the “selfie” phone thanks to its 5-megapixel front camera. (Other phones also have a 5MP camera up front, but we’ll reserve judgement until we see what this one can do.) The Lumia 730 is…

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Watch this robot build itself using origami

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The future of origami could be a lot more complicated than the paper-folding techniques of today. Rather than paper, researchers are starting to apply origami’s principles to robotics: instead of putting a robot together piece by piece through some complicated assembly process, researchers at Harvard and MIT have been building a robot that, like origami, just needs to be folded together from a single sheet — and can do all of the folding on its own. Their robot begins as a flat sheet with some embedded electronics in it, and once activated, it takes about four minutes for to self-fold into a weird kind of crab-shape and start crawling away. The researchers are describing the robot today in a paper published in Science.

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Microsoft is finally killing support for old versions of Internet Explorer

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Microsoft is planning to force Windows users onto the latest supported versions of Internet Explorer. The change will take effect on January 12th, 2016, meaning Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will need to be running Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving updates. If Internet Explorer 12 or even version 13 debuts before January 12th, 2016 and it supports Windows 7 and Windows 8, then those users will need to upgrade to the very latest. Microsoft’s change means Internet Explorer 8 and 10 will no longer be supported on consumer versions of Windows after January 12th, 2016.

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