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Reboots of classic movies don't have the best track record (see: Alice in Wonderland , Godzilla , The Karate Kid ), but the Planet of the Apes reboot series from 20th Century Fox has been a pleasant surprise. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was both a critical and a commercial success, giving Fox the confidence to invest in a sequel, which ended up grossing over $700 million at the box office. Now, two years after the launch of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes , director Matt Reeves has returned with the third chapter of the story, titled War for the Planet of the Apes . The sequel isn't scheduled to arrive until next summer, but on Friday, Fox shared the first trailer for the climactic third act: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEP1Mk6Un98 Here's the synopsis for the upcoming movie: "In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet." It might sound like a conclusion of sorts, but Reeves has said in interviews that he "absolutely" has ideas about where the story will go in future installments. War for the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on July 14th, 2017.

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If you're one of those who miss the My Computer icon on the desktop, we've got a way to bring that old reliable button back. 4) Check the box next to Computer. You can also check the boxes for Control Panel, Network and User's Files to bring those to the desktop.

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BlackBerry recently unveiled BlackBerry Secure, a new security platform that hopes to help organizations more effectively manage smartphones and connected devices.

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Recent reports suggest that Samsung's new Galaxy S8 smartphone might not be released until March or even April next year, but rumors surrounding the hot new flagship handset are already starting to heat up. On Thursday, we told you about the five biggest changes that Samsung fans can expect to see on the company's next-generation Galaxy S devices , and several of those changes involved the phone's new design. Of course, reading about these hot new changes is one thing and seeing them visualized is another. We have covered creations by graphic designer and YouTuber Veniamin Geskin a few times before here on BGR. The most notable among them, perhaps, was the gorgeous all-screen iPhone 8 he mocked up back in November as rumors of Apple's bold next-generation iPhone redesign really started to heat up. But today, we turn our attention away from the iPhone 8 and toward Samsung's upcoming new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8. Why. Because the more we hear about Samsung's next-gen phones, the more it seems like a pair of Galaxy S8 concept mockups Geskin created in October and November might turn out to be surprisingly accurate. On Thursday, Bloomberg reiterated earlier reports that Samsung's new Galaxy S8 lineup will feature a new design that will see the handset's display occupy a much larger portion of the phones' faces. As was the case in 2016, we're expecting Samsung to launch a smaller Galaxy S8 model alongside a larger Galaxy S8 phablet. Next year, however, both new models will seemingly get displays that curve on both sides. Just like we're expecting to see on the iPhone 8, Samsung's Galaxy S8 will likely ditch the home button and embed the fingerprint scanner beneath the screen. That sounds cool and all, but what will it actually look like? We won't know for sure until Samsung unveils its new Galaxy S8 smartphones in February, but something tells us that the mockup above from Geskin and the second one below that he posted on Twitter last month will end up being a very good representation.

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By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Web-based digital currency bitcoin hit its highest levels in almost three years on Friday, extending gains since India sparked a cash shortage by removing high-denomination bank notes from circulation a month ago. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announced a shock move on Nov. 8 to ditch 500 and 1,000 rupee notes - worth a combined $256 billion - that he said were fuelling corruption, being forged and even paying for attacks by militants who target India.

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It seems that we, as an audience, seem to delight in a confirmation that the movies we watch are bad. Instead of taking the approach that films are inherently nothing more than a collection of plot mistakes and flaws to nitpick over, Movies with Mikey aims to celebrate cinema by showcasing the best parts of each film, highlighting the overarching themes and individual moments that make movies special.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama directed U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct a full review of cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office, homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco said on Friday. Monaco told reporters the results of the report would be shared with lawmakers and others. Obama leaves office on Jan. 20. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Law enforcement has trained special dogs to find hidden thumb drives and cell phones that human investigators routinely miss, and it's foiling predators, terrorists, and other criminals.

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Because the holidays are coming up, and a car-size bow will also fit on a motorcycle.

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In Dawn of Titans, you can make hundreds of tiny soldiers do your bidding with a tap of your finger. Dawn of Titans was developed by NaturalMotion, a studio Zynga acquired in 2014 for more than $500 million. Dawn of Titans was built around what NautralMotion CEO Torsten Heins calls the “Starbucks line test.” The idea is that a battle should be something you can get through while waiting in line for a coffee.

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Pokemon Go... what Pokemon Go? Nintendo's cute little Pokemon characters entertained us all for the past few months, but now it's time to move on. The wait is almost over — Super Mario Run is less than a week away from launching in the iOS App Store, and millions of eager iPhone and iPad owners are waiting with bated breath. Mario. Is. Coming. To. iOS. Super Mario Run won't officially be released on the iPhone and iPad until next week on December 15th, but we told you how you can actually start playing the hot new game right now . If you're not ready to make the trip and you just want to see what you're in store for next week when Super Mario Run finally hits virtual store shelves, don't worry because we've got you covered. First things first: if you want to see what you're in store for next week when Super Mario Run is released for the iPhone and iPad, check out the 3:30+ gameplay video that Nintendo posted on Thursday . In the video, you can see exactly what Super Mario Run looks like as Mario powers through the first world. As a reminder, this game is a runner as opposed to a game in the style of popular Super Mario games on consoles. Instead of controlling Mario's every move, the character constantly runs to the right on his own. Then, as he needs to perform actions like jumps, the player can tap the screen or use other gestures to help control Mario. That's all well and good, but what do the new worlds in Super Mario Run actually look like? A huge gallery of screenshots has been posted to photo-hosting site Imgur , and it shows several of the levels from worlds 1 through 6. There are also a few gameplay screenshots in there as well. A few images from the gallery can be seen below, and you'll find the rest on Imgur .

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When New York City implemented its IDNYC municipal ID system, it was meant to give undocumented immigrants a way to access crucial services that require government identification. Soon after, Trump will take office, as advocates worry whether he’ll target the information to identify undocumented immigrants. There is no guarantee the lawsuit will succeed, or that Trump will be able to use the records — which contain information on many people besides immigrants — for deportation purposes.

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20th Century Fox has unveiled the first trailer for Matt Reeve’s upcoming film War for the Planet of the Apes, which sets up what appears to be the biggest confrontation between humans and apes in the series. The teaser opens with a group of apes on horseback on a beach, as a voice-over of Caesar (portrayed by Andy Serkis) intones that he did not start a war, but had offered peace. The film is the third in the series of rebooted films from the Planet of the Apes franchise.

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Samsung has been using OLED screens in its smartphones for years, continuously improving the quality of its displays in flagship devices like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. However, no matter how popular these devices are, they were not able to convince most smartphone makers to move to OLED displays. It also didn’t help that LCD screens were still a great alternative, and a cheaper one. Come next year, the iPhone 8 will move to OLED screen, and this rumored screen technology change did not go unnoticed. Apple hasn’t even confirmed the move, and yet parts suppliers are already scrambling to meet Apple’s anticipated demand for OLED panels. And unsurprisingly, other handset makers are also considering a move from LCD to OLED. A new report from The Wall Street Journal indicates that the iPhone is still the only smartphone that matters, important enough to cause significant ripple effects in the industry. OLED displays are “thinner, more flexible and give better contrast,” the Journal explains, and they will replace LCDs in the future. Companies like Applied Materials and Coherent have seen a big jump in orders for the equipment necessary to manufacture OLED displays. Samsung will be the first big winner in Apple’s OLED revolution, but the company won’t be able to handle all of the demand expected to come from Apple and other smartphone makers. Samsung will likely supply most of Apple’s OLED panels for the iPhone 8 initially, which will leave many phone makers scrambling for LCD alternatives for next year. Even Apple won’t be able to equip all 2017 iPhones with OLED screens, and some versions of the phone will reportedly still use an LCD display. Meanwhile, other screen manufacturers including Japan Display, LG, and Sharp are investing millions in ramping up their OLED capacities to prepare for future OLED demand; Samsung is also investing in expanding its OLED operations. Most plants won't mass-produce OLED displays until 2018 or even later. More OLED supply will lead to lower prices, and some of these screen makers may suffer because of that, the Journal says. Samsung is seen as one company that can afford lower prices for OLED screens in the future. Of course, LCD prices are also expected to drop once there’s enough OLED supply. Currently, LCD prices have increased thanks to strong demand from Chinese smartphone vendors. Rumors say that two of Apple’s three new iPhone models in 2017 will stick with LCD screens, which should also help keep LCD prices up. No smartphone but the iPhone can have such a big impact on the mobile industry, component suppliers included.

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The story features an interview with Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz, who suggests that its most advanced tech, a display that uses fiber-optic cables to draw images out of light, has been put on the back-burner as a research project despite being what attracted the company's most talented engineers. According to The Information's hands-on with the device, the images are blurrier than on Microsoft's headset, which is currently available as a $3,000 development kit. Magic Leap has a PEQ — product equivalent — of a smaller size, but declined to demonstrate it.

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If you plan on picking up Super Mario Run when it launches on Dec. 15, don't expect to battle Bowser or build your own Mushroom Kingdom offline. According to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's first true mobile game will require an internet connection to play. In an interview with Mashable, Miyamoto said that the game's always-online requirement was put in place to prevent people from pirating it, particularly given how wide Super Mario Run's release will be.

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Super Mario Run is arguably one of the most exciting mobile games of the season, with iPhone and iPad owners eagerly waiting for Mario to finally run onto iOS devices. There’s one annoying thing about Nintendo’s iPhone game, and it’s not its $9.99 price at launch. The company just confirmed that the game will require an active internet connection at all times. You know, just to prevent piracy. And as it turns out, that’s also why Mario fans who own Android devices won’t get  Super Mario Run  for the time being. Super Mario Run producer Shigeru Miyamoto told Mashable that there’s no offline mode for the game. "For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us.” Miyamoto said. “And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we're able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they're able to play it in a stable environment.” Security is of great importance to Miyamoto, it appears. And that’s the reason why Nintendo went with iPhone and iOS first. “[The] security element is one of the reasons that we decided to go with iPhone and iOS first,” he said. When asked whether security means risk of piracy, the game makers said that's exactly the case. “We wanted to be able to leverage that network connection with all three of the [ Super Mario Run ] modes to keep all of the modes functioning together and offering the game in a way that keeps the software secure. This is something that we want to continue to work on as we continue to develop the game,” Miyamoto said. Because the three game modes are connected, there’s no option to play any of them while offline, at least not for the time being. So you’ll either need a dependable Wi-Fi network or cellular data to play the game while away from home. Super Mario Run  will be released on December 15th in the App Store, but you can already play the game right now and we'll tell you how .

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Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik have released a moody slow jam for the soundtrack of the upcoming moody sex and masks movie Fifty Shades Darker. Frequent Swift collaborator Jack Antonoff, who has spent most of the year working on Lorde’s long-awaited sophomore album, produced the track. On Twitter, he said that he wrote the song with Swift and Sam Dew (known for penning singles for Wale, Rihanna, and Mary J. Blige).

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Delivery by drone is so 2016, or at least that's what Google's latest plans suggest. The search giant is reportedly training the ever-so creepy-looking four-legged robots from its Boston Dynamics division to deliver packages and even navigate your home to hand them directly to you.Image: MIT Technology ReviewThe news was revealed at a talk titled "Dynamic Legged Robots" at this year's Neural Information Processing Systems conference, which focuses on machine learning and computational neuroscience. The MIT Technology Review reports that at the event, Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert demonstrated Spot Mini, a four-legged robot about the size of a small dog that "figured out for itself how to... navigate the steps up to the stage." Spot Mini even found and picked up a can from a table on command.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court says Apple has violated a local consumer law by giving a refurbished iPhone with used components in replacement for a new one that wasn't working properly.

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If your Apache 2 web server is failing to execute PHP files, learn how to quickly remedy this issue.

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This guide covers details about Windows Server 2016, such as new features, minimum requirements, install options, and how Microsoft's virtualized services seamlessly integrate with the cloud.

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Last week I yelled at the internet about our collective obsession with nostalgia. Since then, we got the first trailer for the fifth transformers film and this lovely blast from the past: #BAYWATCH EXCLUSIVE: We're the avengers of the beach but super dysfunctional. Now "YOU PEOPLE" enjoy your trailer. #BAYWATCH MEMORIAL DAY.. pic.twitter.com/swgyWTEypj— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 8, 2016

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Throughout the year, readers have shared their expertise and advice with other readers. Sometimes--as in the case of these two suggestions--the result was an improved technique.

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The US Congress this week passed legislation that would outlaw bots used by scalpers to purchase tickets to concerts, sporting events, and Broadway shows. The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act was passed in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, and now awaits President Obama’s signature. “These bots have gotten completely out of control and their dominance in the market is denying countless fans access to shows, concerts, and sporting events and driving prices through the roof,” said Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a statement.

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