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We’ve got clones, they're multiplying, and Sarah Manning is losing control.

In the Season 3 premiere of Orphan Black, the male clones slowly but surely started taking over, but they’ve only affected one of the sisters so far.

Surprisingly, their creepy and bloody antics weren’t the craziest part of the season opener — it was all of the body-swapping that went down at the DYAD Institute. In order to keep a "cleaner" named Ferdinand (True Blood alum James Frain) from sounding an alarm, Sarah had to pose as Rachel and Alison had to pretend to be Sarah. It was supposed to be a quick wolf in sheep's clothing act, but Sarah uncovered much more than she bargained for in the process.

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While some may decry Chromebooks, claiming they have limited uses, we know that there’s more to it than that. For a very affordable price, you can get a lot of functionality from a Chromebook, and when you combine that with long battery life and portability, you have a winning combination.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Chromebooks, systems that combine great battery life, comfortable keyboards, and the performance it takes to run the lightweight Chrome OS. No matter which system you go with, make sure to upgrade to 4GB of RAM. You’ll thank us when you’ve got 11 tabs open.

The Best

Dell Chromebook 11 ($380)


The Dell Chromebook 11 checks off almost every box for what you want out of a Chrome OS device. The keyboard is responsive and comfortable, it looks sleek and professional, and Chrome OS runs buttery smooth. When it comes to performance, the version with an Intel i3 CPU and 4GB of RAM smashes the expectations of what a Chromebook can do, and doesn’t break a sweat even when you throw a ton of tabs at it. The battery life doesn’t suffer as a result, boasting one of the longest quoted use times in its class. The only real downside is the screen, which only has a resolution of 1366×768, but it’s more than enough for most of what you’ll use Chrome OS for.

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This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

This Week's Top Downloads

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Sony Hack Reveals Intent to Acquire Super Smash Bros. Film Rights

Included in the deluge of Sony executive emails, memos, PDFs and presentations released on WikiLeaks earlier this week is one little nugget that will warm your inner child’s heart: Sony may be trying to nab film rights to the Super Smash Bros. series.

On Thursday, WikiLeaks unveiled a new portal for the entire archive of leaked materials from the 2014 Sony hack, many of which, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange claims, are “newsworthy and at the center of a geopolitical conflict.” While the rumor of a Super Smash Bros. movie probably doesn’t rank high on the list of geopolitically-important fallout for the multinational corporation, it ranks pretty high on my personal list of rumored movies that really need to happen right now.

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They say that people are nastier on the Internet than they would ever be in person — but it appears that the comments section of any gadget site came to life this week, when police were reportedly called to the bloody apartment of a pair of Tulsa roommates who had broken beer bottles and stabbed each other with them in a drunken fight about the merits of iPhone or Android. It’s unclear whether one side won or lost the argument, except for humanity.

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A standard evil villain to invoke here at Techdirt is "copyright maximalists", which implies existence of both minimalists and moderates. Minimalists and pirates don't comment here, right? Should be plenty of moderates. I might even identify myself as one, if a definition could be agreed on.

Spare me all diversionary complaint as for "loaded" terms used below: it's axiomatic that "copyright minimalists" will object to ANY balanced view. You'll only be stating that are no moderates here. -- And skip history "lessons": just deal with TODAY.

In my view, to be regarded as a "copyright moderate", one must stake out a position. If won't state a position, then you are RIGHTLY characterized as a moral-less pirate.

I've long stated is much bad to evil in practices of corporations and individuals using statute for monetary gain and censorship. I'm actually way out in front of most for wishing to hang lawyers and tax the hell out of the rich. Stop saying I'm a "maximalist" for corporations, you "moderates". It's a lie.

Now YOU go positive. Yes, it's a trap. Not stating is too...

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The typical, consumer-grade 3D printer creates objects made of thin layers of stiff, brittle plastic fused together. Of course, hard plastic isn’t ideal for all projects, so that’s why researchers from Disney, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon Univeristy have developed a new 3D-printing technique that creates objects out of layers of felt.

Disney’s fabric 3D printing method starts by taking a 3D model of an object, and “slicing” into printable layers—a typical part of the 3D printing process. Next, the printer laser-cuts shapes out of adhesive fabric that correspond to the sliced layers, then transfers that layer onto the printer’s build platform. It then applies heat to each layer to “activate” the fabric’s adhesive. 

The printer repeats this process to cut, stack, and adhere each layer until it completes the model. TechCrunch characterizes the printer as being “as much a laser cutter as it is a 3D printer.” The output is a bit rough, but it’s an impressive process nonetheless.

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Yesterday, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill that approves the use of nitrogen gas for executions in the state. The method, which would effectively asphyxiate death row inmates by forcing them to breathe pure nitrogen through a gas mask, is meant to be the primary alternative to lethal injection, The Washington Post reports.

The primary method is still lethal injection

Fallin and other supporters of the procedure say it's pain-free and effective, noting that the nitrogen would render inmates unconscious within ten seconds and kill them in minutes. It's also cheap: state representatives say the method only requires a nitrogen tank and a gas mask, but financial analysts say its impossible to give precise figures, the Post reports.

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This is more confirmation, but it has already been known in the microbiology community for some time.

Many of the genes that contribute to antibiotic resistance are far older than human use of antibiotics.

How can that be? A couple ways. Mom Nature has been playing the antibiotic game for a very long time. Most of our antibiotics come from antibiotic producing organisms in nature (penicillin for example). The countermeasures have long been out there, but only in a small percentage of the bacteria out there, s

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Cortana Windows Phone

Apple was the first major mobile company to personify its voice assistant when Siri was announced as the flagship feature of the iPhone 4s. That was back in 2011, but just last year Microsoft attached a personality to its own voice assistant on Windows Phone (and soon Windows 10). It’s called Cortana, just like the AI in the Halo video games. Use of Cortana is still restricted to Microsoft products, but two industrious hackers have managed to coax Cortana into working on Android.

It’s not the prettiest implementation of a voice assistant, but the system (dubbed Portaña) gets the job done — in Italian. That’s the only language it speaks right now. Also, you need to be online for it to function. Portaña makes use of a hardware proxy to trick Microsoft’s back end servers into working with the ported interface. There are also some custom SSL certificates and DNS spoofing involved. See? A little messy, but impressive nonetheless.

The mod comes by way of a hacker group calling themselves OrangeSec. They demoed their creation at Droidcon 2015. There’s a remote possibility that there is some fakery going on, but everything looks legit in the above video — the slides are English, but the speech is Italian. Since the data is all coming from the same cloud platform used on Windows Phone, Portaña could be capable of all the same things eventually.

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One of the key features of Continuity across Apple devices is Handoff. Handoff allows Apple's first-party apps and any third party developers to send an app's data seamlessly between devices so you can "pick up where you left off."


For example, start composing an email message on your Mac in OS X Mail and a symbol will appear on your iPhone's lock screen to continue writing on the go. Open a webpage in Safari on your iPhone and a Safari icon will appear in your Mac's Dock to load the same webpage. Or start reading a story in the official AppleInsider app on your iPhone, and quickly continue on your iPad.

Handoff works with Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Maps, Messages, Notes, Reminders, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote as well as any enabled third party apps. Some examples of apps you can try with Handoff are Pocket, Wunderlist, and the NYTimes app.

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Microsoft announces Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 on Windows Phone and details of Office 2016.
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Microsoft has announced the impending launch of the Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 on Windows Phone. With this release, anticipated for the end of this month, Microsoft is completing its Office for Windows line-up.

This news follows a series of app updates for Windows 10. In February, Microsoft launched Universal apps for tablets in its Windows 10 technical preview. Last month, the Desktop IT Pro and Developer preview for Office 2016 was released.

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Editor’s note: Tom Goodwin is senior vice president of strategy and innovation at Havas Media.

In 2015 it seems foolish to have a digital or mobile strategy, you just need a business strategy for the modern world. Whether it’s Uber reinventing the transportation business, Instagram changing the nature of photography or Netflix disrupting video content, what binds these companies is they brought digital thinking to the very heart of their companies, not just bolted it onto the side.

From Tesla to Instacart, Hotel Tonight to Twitter, BuzzFeed to WhatsApp, every high-growth, high-profit, high-value unicorn was constructed with one thing in mind: the modern world.

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As curious creatures, we attempt to understand the world around us in many ways and nowadays that usually boils down to big data visualization. Whether we're creating models of large-scale systems or breaking down reality into wireframes and exposing the digital bones beneath, the data-rich internet and open-source tools are helping people map and explore the world in new ways. People are leveraging technology to make their voices heard in political realms and using digital expression to bypass physical conflict. Indeed, in this digital age, the lines between life and art are becoming blurred. Don't believe us? Then explore the gallery below for just a few examples.

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The dinosaurs walk among us — and they really love to jam.

YouTube user and musician Eddie van der Meer arranged an acoustic version of the Jurassic Park theme song, featuring your favorite (CGI) dinosaurs from the movie.

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Turn IKEA Cubbies into a Rustic Apothecary Chest

If you didn’t see the before pictures you’d probably never guess that the rustic apothecary chest on the right was actually made from a basic IKEA cubby console. What a transformation.

Corey Decker on Sawdust 2 Stitches walks you through this makeover. Besides some wood pieces, stain, drawer pulls, and hinges, all you need are decent carpentry skills.

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The average phone case is basically a piece of plastic that protects your device when you drop it. But what if you could add modular features to your iPhone like a heart rate monitor, a grappling hook, or a backup battery? Now you can.

Moscase comes to use from Hungary and is being crowdfunded to the tune of $150,000. The case protects your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and has a removable back. You can quickly snap out the back and replace it with one of the optional tools, turning your case into a breathalyzer, a speaker, or even an e-ink screen for reading.

The device comes in two parts. The bumper without a backplate can sense your pulse, temperature, and body impedance AKA how fat you are. It costs $129 and comes with a “passive” backplate. A model with one “active” backplate costs $219. I think the e-ink solution is the coolest, allowing you to read on the back of your phone, saving your battery for more important work.

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When OnLive announced that it would be officially shutting down its cloud gaming service on April 30, gamers who enjoyed the service had to confront the fact that they would have to seek an alternative. That’s when Larry Gadea, a frequent OnLive user, decided to take matters into his own hands.

On April 12, Gadea posted a blog update on his website that detailed how any gamer can operate his or her own gaming cloud service.

Related: OnLive streaming game service closing on April 30 due to Sony buyout

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