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Logan director James Mangold took to Twitter today to formally announce to fans that his upcoming X-Men movie has officially received an R rating from the MPAA. Logan’s rating doesn’t come as a surprise, given that the film has always been shooting for a R-rating, with Mangold claiming that star Hugh Jackman took a pay cut to ensure the film could be rated R. The Wolverine swan-song’s R rating also comes on the heels of Fox’s massive blockbuster success of the similarly rated Deadpool, which took critics and the box office by storm last year, a feat that Fox no doubt hopes that Logan will be able to emulate. A successful R-rated Logan could also open the door for future adult-focused followups starring X-23, the female clone of Logan that Logan will introduce.

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This completely outrageous vision of the future comes courtesy of Hyperloop One, the occasionally troubled Los Angeles-based startup working on Elon Musk’s vision of an ultrafast transportation system. The company is currently gearing up for its big “Kitty Hawk” moment later this year, when it will conduct a full-system test in the desert north of Las Vegas. Some of the startup’s top brass were at CES in Las Vegas earlier this month meeting with companies that are working on driverless technology to discuss possible mergers in their respective missions.

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If you use a Microsoft account for work, school, or for Xbox Live this extra layer of security is a must-have. Added bonus: It's super simple to activate.

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Apple's next-generation iPhone 8 won't be unveiled for another eight months, give or take. By that time, however, we'll already know practically everything there is to know about the exciting new smartphone. Try though it might to keep upcoming iPhones a secret, Apple's supply chain is far too vast to keep the development of its upcoming devices under wraps. In fact, iPhone 8 leaks already began to trickle out even before Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 this past September. We've read plenty so far about the iPhone 8, which will reportedly feature a bold new design, in part to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone's release. Beyond the handset's external design, there have also been rumblings of a few exciting new features that may be headed to this year's new iPhone. Unfortunately, a new in-depth analysis suggests one of the upcoming phone's most hotly anticipated features may be a pipe dream. Apple's new iPhones are always among the most exciting new smartphones to debut each year, but this year's iPhone 8 is shaping up to be something special. Rumors suggest that Apple is moving back to a design that features a glass front and back with stainless steel around the edges. In fact, new concept renders published just this morning envisioned what Apple's sleek new iPhone 8 might look like. It might seem odd that Apple would go back to a design similar to the one it used on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, because the company has since adopted more sturdy constructions that use metal housings. But there is a logic to the shift: according to rumors, Apple's next-generation iPhone will finally add support for wireless charging. The specific type of wireless charging Apple has planned is the subject of much controversy. Nearly a year ago, BGR first wrote about mounting evidence  that Apple could be working with a company called Energous (NASDAQ:WATT) to add long-range wireless charging to future products. We had seen demonstration of the exciting new technology a month earlier at CES 2016. Rather than using inductive wireless charging that requires a device to be placed on a charging pad, Energous' base stations are capable of charging compatible devices at a distance. For the time being, that distance is only a few inches , but longer-range base stations with a range of 15 feet or even farther are expected to be released by the end of the year. But will this technology be included in Apple's upcoming new iPhone 8? According to a new report published on Monday, the answer is no . The anonymous equity researcher or researchers at Copperfield Research have published an in-depth analysis that casts doubt on speculation that Apple and Energous are in cahoots. Like the initial rumors themselves, Copperfield's report is also speculative and includes no firm evidence. In fact, there's still no firm evidence at all, one way or the other. "Thus far, the bull/bear case has been 'Apple hope' vs. factual red flags," Copperfield wrote in its report. "Retail investors have extrapolated a series of developments to conclude WATT will win an iPhone design: Energous hiring former Apple employees, the Dialog investment, a [misleading] reference to Apple in SEC filings from 2014, and extreme secrecy about the 'Tier 1' consumer partner. Stock promoters and investment websites have speculated that these 'dots' must be connected. Bears have raised meaningful red flags, including: the bankruptcy fiasco of CTO Leabman’s prior whiz-bang company Wi-Sky (listed in Germany), WATT’s repeated failure to hit revenue milestones, meet commercial launch promises and certification targets (consistent with other MDB Capital IPOs), the closed door UL certification, and basic laws of physics that prevent WATT’s RF charging within the allowable FCC power thresholds (Bears have yet to discuss 'neighborly' institutional investments or the background behind Dialog/Tyndall’s 'option')." The report goes on to identify three main reasons that speculation surrounding Energous' work with Apple is baseless. First, a number of patents related to wireless charging technology filed by Apple in recent years cover inductive wireless charging. Inductive wireless charging is the same technology seen today in a number of widely available products, and it uses magnets to transfer energy. Energous, meanwhile, uses RF waves to transfer power. While some of the Apple patents referenced in the report are several years old, one was published as recently as this past December. Second, the report notes a statement made by one of Apple's suppliers (IDTI), which says that Apple plans to use in-house technology for the iPhone's wireless charging solution. While this claim hasn't been confirmed by Apple, IDTI would likely have knowledge of Apple's intentions in this area. Apple also likes to use in-house tech whenever possible, so logic is certainly on IDTI's side. "WATT’s retail investor base seems complacently unaware that IDTI, the dominant supplier of inductive wireless charging chips for Samsung Galaxy phones and Apple Watches, has stated Apple will use an internal solution for iPhone wireless charging. Considering IDTI’s incumbent merchant position at Samsung and Apple, it would seem logical IDTI has unique insight into Apple’s wireless charging roadmap," the report says. "IDTI’s management has provided concise and specific opinions about Apple’s roadmap that are wholly inconsistent with the WATT bull thesis." Finally, Copperfield references one particular Apple patent in which Apple engineers discuss RF wireless charging technology and describe it as “inefficient,” “complicated,” and “hazardous.” This certainly appears damning, though it's important to note that the patent in question was filed before Energous debuted its technology. As such, it is unclear if the concerns held by Apple scientists at that time also apply to Energous' newer solution. Copperfield Research's full report is embedded below.

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Two years after the initial discussions began, Sprint has made a substantial investment in Tidal, acquiring 33 percent of the company. After those two moves failed, Sprint — Tidal’s first potential partner — came back to finish the deal that should’ve been completed in April 2015. Sprint will use the partnership as an incentive to gain and keep subscribers, who could potentially get access to early tickets or private shows from some of Tidal’s artist-owners.

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The Trump White House is adding Skype seats to its press room. During today’s press briefing by press secretary Sean Spicer, it was announced that “beginning later this week,” there will be four Skype systems in the briefing room next to the usual White House press corps. “This will open up the briefing to journalists who live beyond 50 miles of the Washington, DC area and to organizations that don’t currently have a day pass,” Spicer said.

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Setting up a new Mac, while easier than in the past, still requires thought. Find out the options for simplifying application migration.

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Early this morning, slowly dying wireless carrier Sprint announced that it has bought a 33 percent stake in Tidal, Jay Z's nearly-dead streaming music service. The deal should bring free or discounted access to Tidal's service to all of Sprint's customers, in return for a much-needed cash injection for Tidal, and a seat on Tidal's board for Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. On the surface, it's a deal that makes total sense. Cell companies are beginning to realize that there's money to be made partnering with content producers, which is why AT&T is spending billions buying up Time Warner. But for Sprint, a company that's already having to perform financial backflips just to keep the lights on, investing money in a trainwreck of a service seems like a pretty bad plan As part of the deal, Sprint's 45 million customers will be getting access to Tidal's music service and "exclusive original content," although the details of that arrangement are yet to be shared. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will take a position on Tidal's board. According to  Billboard , the 33 percent stake in Tidal cost Sprint around $200 million, valuing Tidal overall at around $600 million. That's a huge return for Tidal and Jay-Z, whose holding company S. Carter Enterprises LLC bought Tidal's parent company, Aspiro AB, for $56 million in January 2015. If  Billboard 's sources are right, that would mean Tidal has increased in value by about 970% in the space of two years. That's despite recent reports in Norwegian media, which claim that Tidal has been consistently over-reporting its number of subscribers. According to  Dagens Næringsliv ,  Tidal has about 850,000 paying subscribers, far less than the 3 million claimed, and nothing compared to Spotify's 39 million paying subscribers. According to a press release issued by Sprint , "The passion and dedication that [Tidal's] artist-owners bring to fans will enable Sprint to offer new and existing customers access to exclusive content and entertainment experiences in a way no other service can." But the amount of money Sprint is paying for the privilege is strange when you consider Sprint's own cash problems. As  Bloomberg  details , Sprint is facing a mountain of debt and tight cash flows over the next few years, and the carrier even cut back on network investment by a third last year to save money. Sure, a $200 million investment in Tidal is small change compared to the billions the network spends on capital investment and new customer incentives, but it's still a significant amount of money for a company mired in billions of debt. But the investment does make more sense when viewed through one particular lens: acquiring customers. Sprint has been rumored to be up for sale or a merger for a while now, although the long-rumored Sprint/T-Mobile merger has yet to happen. For a sale or merger, the number of Sprint subscribers is likely to play a huge role in how much the company is worth. From that perspective, think of the Tidal acquisition less as a $200 million investment in a company, and more as a $200 million promotional chip to get exclusive Tidal access, exclusive releases from Tidal artists, and bribe customers to defect from other networks for long enough to sell the company.

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By Piya Sinha-Roy PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Attendees at the Sundance Film Festival can use augmented reality (AR) to hang out with "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm or assemble a human brain, as makers of the new immersive technology seek to engage independent filmmakers. The Sundance premiere of "Marjorie Prime," a film starring Hamm as a hologram character, gave virtual reality (VR) startup 8i the chance create the 'HoloHamm,' an AR hologram of Hamm to drum up buzz for the movie.

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Deception technology, derived from military and intelligence agencies, is a method of planting decoy endpoints to confuse and slow down attackers. Then you can turn the tables in your favor.

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The resurgence of vinyl has been a centerpiece of the physical media story for years now, but records aren’t the only format that’s steadily rising back to relevance. Cassette tapes, a majority of which are sold online in direct-to-consumer settings, are experiencing a bit of a comeback, according to Nielsen’s year-end music report. In 2016, cassette sales rose 74 percent, to 129,000 units.

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If you want to add an extra layer of protection onto your virtual machines and you're using VirtualBox, encrypting those VMs is very simple. Here's how.

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From the day it launched last September , the Pokemon Go Plus Bluetooth bracelet has been nearly as hard to find as the NES Classic Edition. It's regularly sold out at both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers, but on Monday afternoon, Amazon finally replenished its stock for those still looking to buy one in 2017. While the supply will inevitably meet demand eventually, this is the first time we've seen the Pokemon Go Plus in stock on Amazon and ready to ship immediately in quite some time. While the furor might have finally died down in the new year, there's no telling how many bracelets Amazon has in stock. If you want to grab a Pokemon Go Plus for yourself or as a late holiday gift, jump on this. Following an exciting series of events to end the year, Pokemon Go developer Niantic has been suspiciously quiet through the first few weeks of 2017. The only update we've seen focused more on the Apple Watch app than it did on the smartphone app , but there were some signs in the code that more Generation II Pokemon might be right around the corner, as well as evolution items, genders and Shiny Pokemon. Hopefully now that the team has had some time to wind down after a chaotic 2016, some of the major additions that players have been waiting for since the beginning -- such as trading and the addition of Legendary Pokemon -- will be next on the list of additions for the popular mobile game.

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The rest of the time, it’s a strong, angry statement about gender relationships that seems primed to alienate roughly half its audience. Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an unhappy, unemployed, self-absorbed alcoholic New Yorker who’s just been understandably dumped by her exasperated boyfriend Tim (The Guest’s Dan Stevens). Soon she runs into childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) and his buddies Joel (Austin Stowell) and Garth (Tim Blake Nelson), gets a job at Oscar’s bar, and settles in to what seems like a cheerful life of blackout drinking and low-stakes hanging out.

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DENVER (AP) — Weed on Craigslist? It is widely for sale in Colorado, but legislation moving through the state Legislature aims to crack down on those who sell marijuana illegally using online ads.

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Well boys and girls, we suppose it was only a matter of time. Since copying a question or math problem from your homework into Google is far too taxing, there's now a free iPhone app that actually takes things a step further by reading the problems and actually doing your homework for you. The app uses text recognition to digitize questions and then it delivers instant results. More importantly (or at least, it should be more important), the app works through the problem, explaining each step so students can learn when they get stuck. It's the perfect tool for cheaters, but it's also an outstanding way for students to get detailed explanations and apply that knowledge to future problems. Regardless of how you intend to use it, the app is a free download with no in-app purchases needed. Here's the full description from the App Store: Take a PHOTO of your homework question and get explanations, videos, and step-by-step help instantly. Supports Math, Science, History, English, Econ and more. Completely free, NO in-app purchases. "This app is a lifesaver" • Fast - Take a photo, get instant results, no waiting • Explainers - Teaches you exactly what you need to learn • Videos - The best Youtube videos for your question • Powerful - Better than Google for homework help • Free - Free to use and always will be ~~ Students LOVE this 5 star app ~~ *Amazing* “Whenever I don't get homework I use this and it is helpful and useful. Usually apps either don't give you what you want or just give you the answer straight up. This app actually shows you the site the whole paragraph they found it in and more it's not like cheating” *Wow!!* “I only got this today, and it's already been a lifesaver. I've had apps that only helped with one subject or were too difficult to operate, but this one is so easy! I love it!” *s way easier to search up things for hw instead of typing I really love the camera. I like how the whole system works!!! It helps me learn how to go search and get the answers for myself.” ~~ How it works ~~ Socratic is a homework app that combines cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) with amazing learning content to make learning on your phone easy. Take a picture of a homework question and our AI instantly figures out which concepts you need to learn in order to answer it, and shows you simple, high-quality content designed to make learning easy. Socratic’s AI combines cutting-edge computer vision technologies, which read questions from images, with machine learning classifiers built using millions of sample homework questions, to accurately predict which concepts will help you solve your question. Socratic’s team of educators is creating highly-visual, jargon-free content to teach every important high school curriculum concept, and is curating the best online videos from sources like Khan Academy, Crash Course, and others. Together, the Socratic app represents a huge improvement in how students learn on the Internet. Download Socratic for free

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The phony phone number is (844) 308-6819, but don't call it. Let's be clear: Microsoft will NEVER call you at home to tell you that your Windows software is out of date. Anyone who phones your house out of the blue and pretends to represent Microsoft is a scammer, and you should hang up on them right away.

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Paris began its first experiment with driverless buses on Monday, with city officials saying they were eager to prepare for the coming "revolution" of autonomous vehicles. Two box-shaped electric vehicles capable of carrying around 10 people have been deployed -- within the safety of a special lane -- on a bridge connecting two railway stations to the east of the city centre. "Autonomous vehicles represent a revolution for every city on the planet... which will change our urban environment and public space in a spectacular fashion over the next 20 years," Paris deputy mayor Jean-Louis Missika told reporters.

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Verizon is making it easier for you to get a nice discount on the best smartphones. The offer is available to those who buy a device through the company's Edge program and only offered to customers who purchase devices online. The deal is offered on a slew of high-end Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 line, LG's G5, and the HTC 10.

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Samsung says a thorough investigation into the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 phone has confirmed widely held suspicions that its batteries were to blame, marking a first but important step toward restoring ...

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Remember last week when I said ZTE’s crowdsourced Hawkeye phone had already had “quite the journey?” Well turns out its journey wasn’t anywhere near an end. After officially launching its eye-tracking, sticky phone on Kickstarter earlier this month and then later unveiling the device’s midrange specs, Jeff Yee, VP of planning and partnerships at ZTE, pulled a “my bad.” In a post this weekend, Yee explains that given that the phone has raised less than $35,000 of its $500,000 goal, the company didn’t make the best decision in turning its crowdsourced phone idea into a midrange Android device. “We realize that our decision to introduce the CSX hands-free features on a mid-range device may not have met the expectations of those that backed this project and those that are early adopters and discovering Project CSX through Kickstarter,” he writes.

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If you’ve been looking at Apple’s new USB-C equipped MacBook Pros but were worried about the price, today might be a good time to take the plunge on the upgrade. As noted by Reddit, Best Buy is offering a $225 discount on the base model of Apple’s newest laptop, bringing the price down to $1,274.99 instead of the usual $1,499.99.

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With nearly a month of testing under its belt, iOS 10.2.1 is finally here and Apple is currently rolling out the update to all compatible devices. The software update weighs in at a modest 72.2MB in size, and the list of update notes that Apple has provided along with the download is equally short. iOS 10.2.1 includes no new user features and really no noticeable changes or tweaks of any kind, at least on the surface. The update's release notes indicate that it includes "bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad." The beta for 10.2.1 has been available to beta testers for some time, and unlike 10.2, no notable changes surfaced during its testing phase. However, the same is not expected to be true of iOS 10.3, which is rumored to include a new "Theatre Mode" feature and was said to be slated for a January 10, 2017, beta release date. That date has come and gone, however, so it's hard to know how much stock to put in the rumor as as a whole. Until we find out more about 10.3 we'll just have to enjoy 10.2.1, which should be available as an over-the-air update for your iPhone or iPad right now, or in the coming hours.

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Samsung completed its Galaxy Note 7 investigation and shared the results with the world on Monday. The company also unveiled a new 8-point quality assurance plan meant to prevent battery accidents from occurring on future Galaxy phones — and one of the phones that will benefit from the new safety policies is going to be the Galaxy Note 8. Yes, Samsung confirmed that it’s making “a better, safer and very innovative Note 8” just a few days ahead of its press conference on Monday. Samsung mobile boss DJ Koh spoke to CNET on Thursday about the Galaxy Note 7 fires. But Koh also let it slip that the Galaxy Note 7 won’t be the last phablet in the Note series. "I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8," Koh actually said, which a clear confirmation that a Galaxy Note 8 is indeed in the works. Samsung may have elaborated on the “safer” part during its press event on Monday, but it’s unclear at this time what “better” and “very innovative” mean. The Galaxy Note was the first big-screen smartphone that people flocked to, making Samsung the godfather of the phablet. The phone has plenty of fans, and Samsung says that Note fans are very devoted. In fact, 4% of the potentially faulty Galaxy Note 7 units that were sold are still in use out there — though most of them can’t even be used as phones anymore thanks to software limitations that have been put in place. "We found through the investigative process, we knew there are lots and lots of loyal Note customers," Koh said. Note fans are Samsung's most loyal base of clients across all of its products, the company said. According to Samsung’s Tim Baxter, president of the company's US division, more than 10,000 Note customers signed up to stay connected to Samsung for more updates. On top of that, there’s a large base of Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5 users who want an upgrade. "They made it clear, they want a Note," Baxter said. The Galaxy Note 8 likely won't launch until sometime this fall, but in the meantime, at least we all know for certain that the phone is coming.

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Videogame series 'Resident Evil' goes back to its 'survival horror' roots for its new installment with players experiencing the new game from a first person perspective for the first time, according to Japanese videogame maker Capcom. 'Resident Evil 7: Biohazard' - being launched on Tuesday - is set on a Louisiana plantation, and Capcom kicked off a four-day immersive experience event in London on Friday, where gamers solved clues and puzzles as part of a game-inspired plotline. "We want to bring the game to the roots of the game series which is more of survival horror.

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