Mark Hamill Finally gets Some Lines in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Thanks to Bad Lip Reading

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens was great, but not everyone is happy with Luke Skywalker’s lines in the movie. The team at Bad Lip Reading fixed that in an epic way with their new video where Mark Hamill, who plays Skywalker, voices Han Solo. And if this is your first time experiencing Bad Lip Reading, I apologize for killing your entire afternoon.

The Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle

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Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle

Check out the The Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle, a collection of four training courses for iOS developers. This includes: Hacking With Swift 3 – Beginner to Pro: Build 17 Apps, Swift 3: Exploiting the Latest iOS 10 Features, iOS 10 and Xcode 8: Complete Swift 3 & Objective-C Guide, and Learn iOS 10 Development with Swift 3 & Xcode 8: Build 14 Apps. That’s more than 94 hours of video training content for $36.

Apple Music Execution Has Been Near Flawless

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Apple’s streaming music execution has been nearly flawless. From all but abandoning the world’s largest and most profitable online music store, to launching a “radio station,” to attracting tens of millions of monthly subscribers, Apple Music has been a huge hit. And two bits of news hit Bryan Chaffin that emphasizes just how good Apple’s execution has been.

Microsoft Opens Minecraft Marketplace For In-App Purchases

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As part of the Discovery update, Microsoft is also bringing a new feature to the game called Marketplace. Minecraft Marketplace is coming to the Windows 10 platform, as well as Minecraft Pocket edition for mobile platforms. Players can create and sell items in the Marketplace using a form of game currency called Minecraft Coins. When a player creates an item to sell, they can set their own prices as well as take a small percentage of the sale. Once you sell something, such as a custom skin or a map, the app platforms will take a 30% cut. Players can access items they buy through their Xbox Live account. This means that you can access your purchases no matter what platform you use. Microsoft will launch a public beta on Android in mid-April. The beta will test the Microsoft Coins so you won’t see any player creations yet. Microsoft is also hosting a Reddit AMA on April 20 from 9AM-12PM PST.

Microsoft Opens Minecraft Marketplace For In-App Purchases

TMO Background Mode Interview with KGW TV Anchor & Digital Trends Host Stephanie Stricklen

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Stephanie Stricklen on Background Mode

Stephanie Stricklen has been a career-long KGW TV Portland, OR News Anchor. She tells the story about how when she was younger, it wasn’t her plan to be in front of a camera. “It just worked out that way.” But the seeds were there. She became the EIC of her high school’s newspaper and decided on print journalism as a career. In college, via internships, she discovered the “adrenalin inducing” experience of TV news. Stephanie has covered the Olympics for KGW, and that took her to Salt Lake City, Greece, Italy, China, Canada and Russia. A tech nerd and Apple fan, she’s also into aviation and has flown with the Navy’s Blue Angels. Today, she works with Digital Trends as a host and still anchors with KGW. Amidst all that? Raising a daughter with her husband.

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer is as Awesome as We Hoped

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The first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is out and the worst thing about it is that now we have to wait until November for the movie. It looks like a big screen version of Planet Hulk, and I’m totally fine with that. For those of you outside the comic book world, that means Thor and Hulk get to battle gladiator-style on an alien planet. Plus, we get more Loki and now Cate Blanchett as Hela. November can’t get here soon enough.

Watch Out, Imagination Technologies, Because Apple is Hiring More GPU Designers

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Apple hiring GPU designers for iPhone and iPad

Apple’s in-house GPU plans have the company on a hiring spree in London, which happens to be pretty close to where Imagination Technologies is based. That’s the company Apple partnered with for iPhone and iPad graphics processors before deciding to go it alone—and more than 20 employees have already left to join the Cupertino-based company.

Jay Z Comes Back to Apple Music

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Tidal co-owner Jay Z brings his music catalog back to Apple Music

Whatever behind the scenes drama Jay Z was having with Apple Music seems to be resolved because the songs and albums he pulled from the streaming music service on Friday were back by Monday morning. His catalog disappeared from Apple Music and Spotify at the end of last week without any notice, and is back without any fanfare, too.

iOS 11 May Not Include 32-bit App Support

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Apple plans to drop 32-bit app support completely in iOS 11, or at least that’s what seasoned developer Steven Troughton-Smith is hearing. That means apps that haven’t been updated with 64-bit support won’t run at all even though current iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch processors still support both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

Folsom Prison Blues/Pinball Wizard Mashup by Puddles the Clown

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I’m not sure how I’ve never heard of Puddles the Clown, or more properly Puddles Pity Party. Dude can sing. I mean, he can sing. Check out his emo cover of Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me,” or holy heck, “Come Sail Away.” OK, fine. I have a thing for clowns, the more evil the better unless they jumped the shark and formed a posse. Puddles isn’t evil, but he’s a clown, and you add in that voice, and man, this guy is awesome. So anyway, the song that brought me to Puddles Pity Party is this mashup of “Pinball Wizard” and “Folsom Prison Blues” [via Boing Boing]. In the description he acknowledges that he got the idea from the late Gregory Dean Smalley, but one way or another it’s clever. One note, though: that big flourish in Pinball Wizard was originally John Entwistle’s bass, not a guitar. Everyone thinks it’s a guitar, but no, it’s a bass. I mean, whatever, right? Because Puddles’s guitar is made of paper, so really, my pedantry isn’t the point. Right? Fine. Whatever, I’ll just try and love it, because Puddles the Clown has the voice of an angel. 😂

Physical Security Matters, Too – Mac Geek Gab 652

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SMC Resets, Migration Assistant tricks, Auto-Upgrade solutions and Renting vs. Owning your Cable Modem are just the beginning for your two favorite geeks today. S/MIME is taken to a whole other level with guest Jeff Butts who helps us all understand how to make this work on both macOS and iOS! Then it’s time to dive into your system certificates – and which ones you can touch vs. those that you can’t. Security is always on the mind and a quick VPN discussion rounds that out. Then John and Dave move on to something more pleasing to the ear: sound, and how best to manage it on your Mac!

A Brief Salute to Retiring Walt Mossberg

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Walt Mossberg announced Friday that he will retire in June. Mr. Mossberg came to fame in the 1990s as tech columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He consistently dinged Apple until shortly after the return of Steve Jobs. His career rose sharply as tech exploded and became an ever-more important part of modern society. He was one of the few journalists blessed by Steve Jobs, and was often given advanced access to Apple’s leadership and products. He and journalist partner Kara Swisher also got Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, and other Apple execs on stage for the AllThingsD conference, as shown in the image below, and later at Re/code’s Code conference. I didn’t always agree with Mr. Mossberg, but he contributed greatly to our understanding of what the tech world was up to. Accordingly, salute, Mr. Mossberg, and enjoy your well-earned retirement!

A Brief Salute to Retiring Walt Mossberg