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New ‘Jupiter Ascending’ trailer spoils a movie already getting bad reviews

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Things are not looking good for Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis sci-fi thriller that stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne battling for the galaxy’s real estate

After a slew of bad reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, Warner Bros. decided to release an extended trailer that seems to cover every major plot point of the film in chronological order, just a week before the movie drops on Feb. 6. Anyone who was going to see the movie in theaters now has the option to stay home…

This app tells you which friends stress you out, make you happy

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Apps and wearables make it easy to track everything about your life — steps walked, hours slept, your heart rate. But a new app called pplkpr aims to quantify your relationships, collecting data about your social interactions and stripping it down to determine how you really feel when you talk to certain people.

Developers Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald launched the app (pronounced “people keeper”) to allow users to look at spikes in stress or excitement levels when interacting with…

The science behind brain farts

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It happens to you all the time. You’re mid-sentence during a meeting with your boss, working on The New York Times‘ crossword puzzle, typing up an essay for grad school, or even talking to your mom on the phone — and the next word you’re looking for just doesn’t … come.

You know the word. You’ve used it before. Maybe you remember the letter it starts with or the syllabic rhythm when it leaves your mouth

There’s a scientific term for this totally common phenomenon, which we like to call a…

David Cameron talks to prank caller pretending to be intelligence chief

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LONDON — Security is being reviewed Monday after a hoax caller managed to get through to the British prime minister’s phone claiming he was the head of intelligence agency GCHQ.

David Cameron is said to have swiftly realised the call on Sunday was a hoax and ended it. The hoax caller also got the mobile phone number of GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan’s number

“Following two hoax calls to Government departments today, a notice has gone…

‘Better Call Saul’ review: Spinoff delivers your ‘Breaking Bad’ fix

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LOS ANGELES — Though touted as a prequel, Better Call Saul‘s opening minutes begin where Breaking Bad‘s penultimate episode left Saul Goodman, which will give viewers a welcome false impression that Vince Gilligan’s acclaimed AMC series never ended.

In this scenario, told through black-and-white scenes reminiscent of Bob Odenkirk’s role in the 2013 film Nebraska, the sleazy criminal lawyer is no longer that, having recently extracted himself from his dangerous life in Albuquerque in favor…

Twitter acquires Indian marketing startup ZipDial

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Twitter has acquired ZipDial, a Bangalore, India-based startup that helps send information while sidestepping data charges

ZipDial’s main service allows users to call a number, hang up before incurring any charges, and then receive phone calls or text messages with information about the place called. For example, you could call Pizza Hut and hang up; then, Pizza Hut would text you information. The system allows users to avoid using data, which can cost a premium in emerging markets like…

New England Patriot Vince Wilfork pulls driver from crashed car with one hand

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New England Patriots star Vince Wilfork helped rescue a woman from her overturned Jeep early Monday morning, hours after helping his team beat the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, the heroic saga began shortly after midnight when state troopers got a call about a vehicle that was rolled over on Route 1 in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and responded to the scene.

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If you’re blind, this app makes strangers your eyes

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A new app aims to help the blind “see” with their iPhone.

The idea behind Be My Eyes is that sometimes people who are visually impaired may need help with simple tasks but can’t easily get assistance. The app solves this by creating a platform that connects the two groups via video chat.

The app’s users are divided into two groups: sighted “helpers” and the visually impaired. When a blind user needs help, the app…

Getting More People to Like Your Facebook Page is 99% Worthless

Someday, I will have the opportunity to prove to a client or prospect beyond any reasonable doubt that this is true. In the meantime, I will continue to write about it in hopes that the facts will win out.

To prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, I would have to take a page that has zero fans and send massive engagement and traffic with a small budget. Then, we’d need to look at the statistics to show that a page that starts off with zero likes can have more than just paid reach. It can have…

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Thirty years ago, the first mobile phone call in the UK

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LONDON — Britain’s first ever mobile phone call was made 30 years ago tomorrow, Jan. 1.

Michael Harrison, the son of Vodafone’s first chairmen Ernest, nipped out from a New Year’s Eve party to make the historic call, using the mother of all bricks: the Transportable Vodafone VT1.

“Hi Dad. It’s Mike,” he said. “This is the first-ever call made on a UK commercial mobile network.”

A few days later, a large crowd watched…