This illustration of the entire Star Wars: Episode IV plot is over 400 feet long

For anyone who might be sick of watching the actual film, artist and graphic novelist Martin Panchaud has created an incredible 157-page illustration of Star Wars: Episode IV showing the entire plot from start to finish that you’d have to scroll through to believe. The entire image, which Panchaud made in Adobe Illustrator, contains every bit of dialogue and action in the film, and measures 10.6 inches by 4845.3 inches — or 403.775 feet long.

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Apple tipped to be making its own Echo competitor

Amazon’s Echo may be facing yet another competitor, with word surfacing that Apple is going to make its own similar device with Siri at the core. Google recently unveiled its own Echo competitor following weeks of rumor and speculation; in Apple’s case, the company’s device will reportedly let users issue voice commands for doing things like setting a timer or … Continue reading

On the free Kindle excerpt of the novelization of the film based on the app called Angry Birds

The feature film The Angry Birds Movie is not art. It is bizarre anti-immigration propaganda, in which a peaceful Park Slope-esque society of green-juice-swilling, yoga-doing, procreating birds faces near destruction because of its extremely naïve willingness to trust and accommodate foreign visitors with outwardly bad hygiene (pigs, who come en masse in the hull of a ship).

There is nothing in the rudimentary mobile game Angry Birds to suggest such a story. It’s a puzzle game. Players of Angry Birds know that pigs are their enemies because they are explicitly told, not because the pigs are gradually revealed to have unsettling cultural dissimilarities to the protagonist.

But I digress, I am here to talk about what surely must be the…

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SteelSeries ships Rival 700 gaming mouse just in time for Overwatch

I’m sorry to interrupt your Overwatch play, but I have a very important mouse to tell you about that maybe will make you better at Overwatch. The new SteelSeries Rival 700 is a fancy gaming mouse for playing video games. Games like Overwatch, maybe. Look it’s not like there’s some sort of branded tie-in here, I’ve just been thinking about Overwatch a lot today. Okay? Don’t get confused. This is not an Overwatch mouse. It’s just a mouse.

Actually it’s not “just a mouse” because SteelSeries has kind of gone wild here. Instead of the usual gamer perks like weights and modularity, SteelSeries has added a vibration motor to the mouse, which you can customize to alert you to in-game events like when your cool-downs are up. SteelSeries swears…

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Foursquare is remaking itself as a bot

We may be getting a new way to use Foursquare. The location-based recommendation company today announced Marsbot, an iOS app for the service that aims to provide tips for where to eat and drink in the moment. “Our goal: create a product that tells you where to eat or drink before you think to ask for it,” the company said in a blog post. “It would deliver contextually aware, proactive recommendations for awesome food and nightlife spots via the simplest communications channel possible: text.”

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Take a look inside this Hyperloop pod to allay your claustrophobia

The most common reaction I get when explaining the concept of the Hyperloop to people who have never heard of it is: “Hell no.” No one wants to be the first to step inside a windowless pod that careens through an airless tube at almost twice the speed of sound. No one wants to imagine what could happen to their bodies if something goes wrong. No one wants to be liquified, Roger Corman-style.

One startup, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, is working on waylaying those fears through — what else? — pretty pictures of cool technology. The company, which is based in LA, is very good at releasing loads of images of a transportation system that, so far, does not yet exist in the world. And this morning, at a technology conference in…

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Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

RIPThis week the folks at Google have ended their tenure with the first “Nexus” Android TV product, Nexus Player. They’ve taken the device down from the Google Store online and retailers – retailers we’ve seen, anyway – haven’t had the device available for quite some time. Now comes the age of the 3rd-party manufactured Android TV products. Wait, you might … Continue reading

Robomow robotic mowers are like a Roomba for your lawn

Summer is finally here, and that means mowing the lawn, and that means griping about mowing the lawn and contemplating yet again about replacing the sod with mulch. If mowing really isn’t your thing, Robomow wants you to consider its alternatives: robotic law mowers that are basically big Roombas with blades on the bottom. Robomow lawn mowers are smaller than … Continue reading

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