Sphero Adds R2-Q5 Imperial Droid to Spy on the Other Sphero Star Wars Droids

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Sphero RA2-Q5 from Star Wars

Don’t look now, driods, but Sphero has a new model come to spy on your. It’s R2-Q5, an imperial droid in the service of Emperor Palpatine, and it’s enough to send you scurrying for an oil bath! Part of Sphero’s amazing app-enabled droid product line, R2-Q5 is the 4th droid to be unleashed, and he serves as a sort of mirror to the company’s amazing R2-D2. The company said it features emotive waddles, a rotating dome, and bipod or tripod stances. As with the other models, you control R2-Q5 through your iPhone (or Android, if that’s your thing). While different from the R2 models, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my BB-8 unit from Sphero, and I think these R2 units are just amazeballs. It’s $199.99, and initially available through Best Buy.

Watch the Apple Music Trailer for 'Bang! The Bert Berns Story'

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Apple Music is premiering Bang! The Bert Berns Story on October 24th. Bert Berns is one of the biggest names in music most of us have never heard. He was a record producer and songwriter, writing or cowriting songs such as “Twist and Shout,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “I Want Candy,” and one of my 60s favs, “Hang on Sloopy.” There are many more, and he was one of those behind-the-scenes people who had a huge impact on rock and R&B as those musical forms emerged in the 1960s. Oh, and he was apparently involved with the mob, something I didn’t know. The documentary is being narrated by Steven Van Zandt with lots of historical footage and interviews with artists he worked with or recorded his music. Even Dobby has something to say. Or maybe that’s Keith Richards. Hard to tell any more. In any event, I can’t wait to watch it.