Steven Spielberg explained why ‘Ready Player One’ only references the original ‘Star Wars’


As an unabashed homage to geek culture and 80s nostalgia smorgasboard, you probably assumed Ready Player One would be dripping with Star Wars references.

You’d be wrong.

While the marketing for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie showed zero restraint when it came to pop culture references, the director said he was actually careful about name-dropping Star Wars. Or rather, which Star Wars movies he included from the ever-expanding movie franchise.

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“We didn’t want to use the main cultural icons from any of the Disney Star Wars films, because those are ongoing. That’s really part of our contemporary world right now. And even though it began in the ’80s, it is so much a part of our real life today in the 21st century. So we asked for some of the smaller items, and Disney gave us everything we asked for,” Spielberg said at a SXSW interview with Fandango. Read more…

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Sorry Microsoft, but this isn’t the way to get people to use your Edge browser


D’oh! What are you doing Microsoft?

Do you really think it’s a good idea to only let users open links from within Windows 10’s default Mail app in the Edge browser? Go ahead and slap your face a few more times and maybe splash a glass of cold water on it to wake yourself up.

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In this latest episode of “Who the heck thought this was a good idea?,” Microsoft is reportedly punching itself in the face again.

According to PC World, the newest closed beta version of Windows 10 Build 17623, a version of the operating system due to be released this fall, forces all links from within the Mail app to only open up in Microsoft’s Edge browser.  Read more…

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All the devices Apple might announce at its education event on March 27


On March 27, Apple’s holding a special education-focused event at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.

As always for Apple, the invite is a bit cryptic. “Let’s take a field trip,” and “join us to hear creative new ideas for teachers and students,” the invite reads. 

Beyond pushing kids to learn its Swift coding language and to program in general (an initiative CEO Tim Cook champions every chance he gets), what else could Apple have in store? Let’s see if we can make a few educated guesses.

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The location of the event, a high school, gives us a clue as to who Apple might be targeting for this event.  Read more…

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Twitter explains why ‘Love, Simon’ is so meaningful and why we all need to see it


The recently released Love, Simon is not only making LGBTQ+ history; it’s also elevating the rom-com genre in unprecedented ways.

It’s been met with a choir of critical praise so far. Mashable’s own MJ Franklin showered it with love in a review that called it “a gotdamn delightful romcom, and gay as hell.” In a perfect summation of the movie’s far-reaching impact, he wrote: 

Voices all around the internet are in agreement: Love, Simon is not only a triumph of cinema, but a huge leap toward a long overdue and desperately needed cultural shift.

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How to see all the weird apps that can access your data on Facebook


Over the years, you’ve probably logged into a lot of services on Facebook without thinking about how those services use your data. Some of those services may have leveraged your data to undermine the very foundations of American democracy. Hard to say!

New reports from the Guardian and New York Times reveal how a Trump-aligned data-gathering service called Cambridge Analytica “exploited” information from millions of people in the lead-up to the 2016 election. It was pretty simple: The firm created a personality test app called “thisisyourdigitallife,” and people opted in to take it, granting the app permission to scrape their personal data in the process. It also harvested their friends’ data. Read more…

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Download this: Tamagotchis are back and yes, there’s still lots of poo


If you’re a child of the ’90s then you probably remember Tamagotchi, the egg-shaped digital “pets” we had to attend to constantly lest they die of neglect.

Now they’re back, thanks to a new mobile game from Bandai NamcoFirst teased last year, My Tamagotchi Forever is the latest attempt to give you all the ’90s feels.

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The game itself is more of an updated spin on the original concept — think Tamagotchi meets Animal Crossing. You’re still expected to tend to your Tamagotchi’s every need as it evolves from a toddler into an “adult,” and they’re every bit as needy as the original. Read more…

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If the CW doesn’t renew ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and ‘Jane the Virgin’ we lose all hope in the world


It’s March Madness time for TV fans. Of course I don’t mean basketball; I mean the nail-biting agony of waiting for networks to renew your favorite shows. This is the fourth year in a row of that special hell for Jane the Virgin viewers, and the third for a dangerously small but fiercely dedicated Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fans.

And not that my personal opinion has any effect on these decisions, but if I lose either of these shows I will literally lose my shit.

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A decade ago, the CW was where you went for guilty pleasures – your O.C.s and your Everwoods – and Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are treated as that, in large part. But something happened in the past decade which was that CW – in addition to programming shows that were enjoyable, addictive, and unlike anything on other networks – made some really freaking good TV. Read more…

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RuPaul accepts Hollywood star with the fabulousness of a thousand queens


RuPaul Charles is many things — if not everything: a two-time Emmy winner, a trailblazing talent, an icon of the LGBTQ community, a self-love guru, and the world’s most beloved drag queen. 

And now, he’s officially a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the first drag queen to ever achieve that honor.

“As a kid we’d come up here — they’d drop me off right here on Hollywood Boulevard — so I could look at all the stars and dream that one day, I could be one of the stars,” he said during the ceremony celebrating his arrival. 

“This is absolutely the most important moment in my professional career.” Read more…

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Tinder’s owner couldn’t buy Bumble, so now the company is suing instead


Pop quiz time! Who owns Tinder, OkCupid,, and Plenty of Fish? If you said Match Group, Inc., you’re correct and you should treat yourself to a cookie.

After failing to buy Tinder/OkCupid/Match/PoF competitor Bumble last year for a reported $450 million, the parent company behind all of the aforementioned popular dating services is now suing the dating app for infringing on two of its patents.

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According to the lawsuit, Match Group is claiming Bumble, which was created by ex-Tinder executives, rips off Tinder almost in its entirety, with the exception of its “women-talk-first marketing strategy.” Read more…

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ actor finally settles that plot hole controversy


Harry Potter fans took Mad-Eye Moody’s warnings of “constant vigilance” to heart. So much so that they were dubious about whether J.K. Rowling herself messed up an integral aspect of the canon she created.

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When a trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel released, a second-long clip sent the Potter Twitterverse into an absolute frenzy, decrying a perceived plot hole in the most Hermione way possible:

“You can’t Apparate inside the Hogwarts grounds, how often do I have to tell you?” – Hermione Granger #CrimesOfGrindelwald #FantasticBeasts

— The Leaky Cauldron (@leaky) March 13, 2018 Read more…

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