The functional LEGO Pop-up Book kit

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This new 859 piece LEGO Pop-Up Book is at the top of my must-have LEGO list.

This new for 2019 set comes complete with pieces to build two functional pop-up scenes from two different fairy tales.

Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk associated minifigs are also included in this one of a kind LEGO set.

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Apple’s updated TV app is a direct destination for shows

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Apple has a new version of its TV app that will house original content and shows from Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Starz, and Showtime. Previously, the TV app could only send you to other third-party providers and recommend what to watch. But now, Apple is attempting to make its TV app a final destination for watching shows. You’ll be able to catch Apple’s new video streaming service inside the app and won’t need to be redirected to other apps — as long as those companies have made deals with Apple.

Apple is making these cable bundles a la carte, so you can pay for what you want, choosing from shows offered on PlayStation Vue, Spectrum, DirecTV, and sports channels.

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Apple Arcade is Apple’s new cross-platform gaming subscription

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Apple wants to tilt the balance from ad-laden freemium gaming titles towards all-access ad-free gaming experiences that can be downloaded across platforms on iOS and macOS. At the company’s services event this morning, they announced Apple Arcade, their new premium subscription service for gaming across their hardware products. “We want to make gaming even better,” […]

Shazam! is the first DC movie my daughter and I really enjoyed

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Last Saturday night both my 11-year old daughter and I really enjoyed DC’s new Shazam!

True to my memories of the Shazam/Captain Marvel of my youth, but much, much more fun, Shazam! delivered on the 2 or so hours of entertainment you expect from a movie.

Unlike every other DC movie we’ve seen.

I liked Wonder Woman, my kid fell asleep. The rest of the DC universe films have been such trash we shut them off after a few minutes. My kid would rather watch YouTube garbage. I would rather watch 1970s tv intros.

NOT SO WITH THIS SHAZAM!

Shazam! is a rollicking good time and the kid actors are wonderful. Faithe Herman as Darla, and Jack Dylan Glazer’s Freddy were wonderful co-foster kids in the home with Billy Batson. Asher Angel’s Billy Batson is significantly more mature than Zachary Levi’s Captain Marvel, but they pull it off where it counts.

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Been eliminated? You need a Cuddle Team Leader plushie

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Aw! Cuddle Team Leader is cute and vicious.

This pink badass is my number one favorite skin to load up and the one I rack up my most solo wins with. Usually, I wear little red riding hood’s red cape and swing a squeaky pick-ax to boot.

My kid will absolutely love this plushie, however, my Cavalier King Charles may decide to elim the doll.

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A delightfully bad US Army animation starring a talking floppy disk (1985)

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From TMeeks01:

This bit of ancient animation history was programmed in GW-Basic on a Mindset Computer.

The “live” sets included full size props, such as the typewriter and schoolroom desk, and doll house furniture, such as the paintings and the easel.

Overlays were accomplished by partially drawing the figures, rather than chromakeying the live shot, cutting away part of the character around a prop that was to be in the foreground.

(via r/ObscureMedia)

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There’s a clever app that puts a battery indicator around the Galaxy S10’s hole-punch camera

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Energy Ring is a customizable app that takes advantage of the Galaxy S10’s hole-punch camera to display your phone’s battery life. First spotted by Android Police, the app introduces a small ring around the lens, and you can customize the color, thickness, direction, and even 25 percent charging increments. It’s free, so I think you can definitely file this one under “fun and nifty” apps, as it’s both functional and visual.

However, it might get annoying after a while since the S10’s hole-punch camera was originally supposed to be a discreet way of squeezing a camera into a full-screen smartphone display, sans notch. Thankfully, you can disable the indicator in situations when it would prove doubly distracting, like watching movies or…

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Save up to $200 on the 2018 iPad Pro and Apple’s refreshed MacBook Air

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The 2018 iPad Pro with reduced bezels, Face ID support, and a USB-C charging port is up to $200 off at Amazon and Best Buy. These deals (via MacRumors) apply to both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch Wi-Fi models, and they come at a perfect time if you’ve been looking for a good iPad deal.

Apple recently updated its iPad mini and iPad Air devices, which start at $399 and $499, respectively, but the new iPad Pro is the fastest and arguably best-looking tablet that’s available.

11-inch iPad Pro

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Google Maps begins letting users create public events

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Google Maps is being updated to let you create public events. The feature, which was first spotted by Android Police, works through the app’s existing Contribute section where you could previously rate businesses and add crowdsourced information. You can set an event’s name, location, date and time, and assign various other tags and images to describe what’s taking place.

Google hasn’t officially announced the feature beyond creating a support page for it, but events tie into the social functionality that the search giant announced for Maps at last year’s Google I/O. It’s all part of the app’s transformation from a service that tells you how to get somewhere into one that tells you where you might want to go in the first place. So far,…

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