‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ shoots down in-game purchases right before release day

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Like the Death Star, EA’s loot box disaster loomed over the release of Star Wars Battlefront II

Now, the day before the game’s release, it looks like the rebels have won … for now. EA removed “crystals” — which cost IRL cash — from the game on Thursday after fans revolted. 

SEE ALSO: ‘Star Wars’ devs had a whole bunch of non-answers for gamers in today’s Reddit AMA

The criticism was that people who spent tons of money would have an unfair advantage during multiplayer battles. Also, that cash wouldn’t just buy cosmetic items — it would give you access to Star Cards, which could give you credits to unlock special characters, including Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. (Yes, it’s complicated, and yes, we have an explainer.) Read more…

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Pro surfer Mick Fanning even looks like a champion riding an inflatable crocodile

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‘Justice League’ has two end credits scenes. Here’s what they are and what they mean

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Spoiler alert: This post contains major spoilers for Justice League

As far as superhero movies go, Justice League runs a very reasonable length. But it makes use of all of its 119 minutes, squeezing in not one but two extra scenes in the credits. 

One is a fun little moment between two characters, while the other teases something far more sinister. Here’s what we make of the Justice League end credits scenes.

SEE ALSO: Here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about the Justice League

1. Superman races the Flash

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Boston Dynamics robot is ready to get backflipping revenge on tormentors

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Atlas has been working on its moves. 

The humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics that was once beat up by a jerk human and later stumbled on stage during an important presentation is now jumping and flipping like it’s nothing.

With its slick new moves, Atlas may just be plotting its revenge for that ill-conceived abuse from its handler last year. 

Earlier this week, Boston Dynamics shared a video of its dog-like SpotMini smoothly trotting through a backyard, kneeling, and looking right at the camera. It was creepy.

The only clue about what’s going on with Boston Dynamics in the latest video is the video headline: “What’s new, Atlas?” It seems to hint that the robot is undergoing upgrades and major improvements. Read more…

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Sylvester Stallone accused of coercing teen into unwanted sex act in 1986

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Sylvester Stallone was accused in 1986 of coercing a woman into a threesome with his bodyguard at a Las Vegas hotel room where she had arrived at the Rocky star’s invitation, according to a police report that never resulted in criminal charges.

The account, never before been made public, surfaced Thursday in the Daily Mail. The woman was 16 at the time, which the police report states she had disclosed to Stallone and is the age of consent in Nevada.

Michelle Bega, spokeswoman for Stallone, shared this statement with us: “This is a ridiculous, categorically false story. No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone. At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.” Read more…

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Twitter confirms it’s testing a tweetstorm feature

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As if upping its character limit to 280 wasn’t enough, Twitter is testing a dedicated feature to make it easier for users to tweetstorm.

The test first surfaced in September, but Twitter is now confirming the experiment, which is currently live only to people who are part of Twitter’s Experiments Program. 

SEE ALSO: Twitter’s 280-character limit is exactly what tweets didn’t need

The latest version of the feature, which was spotted by Android Police, allows users to add multiple tweets to a single thread using a new “+” icon in the tweet composer. It’s not clear if it limits you to a specific number of tweets, though it appears each one has the same 280-character limit as the rest of Twitter. Read more…

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Nigeria women’s bobsled team qualifies for the country’s first Winter Olympics

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Nigeria is going to its first Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next year — thanks to the women’s bobsled team.

The African country has never competed in the Winter Olympics, but after the bobsled team qualified this week, Nigeria’s green and white flag will be represented at the games.

SEE ALSO: Nigerian bobsled team hopes to make a push at history

The three-woman team was elated after qualifying in Canada. To qualify the team had to compete in five races, according to ESPN. The newly formed Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria Instagram account was filled excited poses and exclamatory posts. Read more…

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Earth just had its 2nd-warmest October, and 2017 could be the 2nd-warmest year on record

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President Donald Trump may not acknowledge this, but October was the second-warmest such month on record, worldwide, according to new data released by NASA. 

There is now about a 94 percent likelihood that 2017 will rank as the second-warmest year, globally since at least 1880, when record-keeping began, according to Gavin Schmidt, who directs NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. 

With a temperature anomaly of 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0.90 degrees Celsius, the month barely exceeded the temperature departure from average recorded in 2016. In NASA’s temperature database, the warmest October on record took place in 2015, when global average temperatures were 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit above average. At that time, though, an intense El Niño event was emerging in the Pacific Ocean. Read more…

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Today’s top tech deals: Dell laptops, Bose headphones, Samsung 4K TVs

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Our top tech deals are here and you’re gonna want to check these out. 

Check some big gifts off your list with these epic sales on laptops and headphones, treat yo’ self with a Roomba or get through the sale season with a shopping soundtrack from Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99 for 3 months. 

SEE ALSO: Snag these early Black Friday deals on iMac, Playstation, Samsung TVs, and more

Without further ado, here are our top tech deals. For more, check out TechBargains.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultra-thin Laptop — $949.99 at Dell (use code 50OFF699—list price $1299)

Dell Inspiron 15 Win10 Pro Laptop — $579.99 at Dell (use code ISNPSAVE320—list price $899.99)

Bose QuietComfort 25 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones — $179 at Amazon (list price $279)

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum w/ App Control — $274.99 at Amazon (list price $374.99)

Courses on Coding, Development, Business & more — $10 at Udemy (use code 17HOLIDAY10)

Dropbox Plus Annual Subscription + $25 Dell eGift Card — $59.99 at Dell (list price $79.99) Read more…

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