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Over the course of the last day, some of my geek buddies have described getting emotional upon watching the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer, especially when Han Solo pops up at the end. Seeing the visibly older Harrison Ford as Han, they say, reminds them of the first "Star Wars" movie they watched -- how old they were at the time, the amazement they felt seeing eye-popping TIE fighter tricks and their first lightsaber duel, how the "Star Wars" canon has affected their lives since.

So I wasn't surprised to see actor Matthew McConaughey, in the video above, getting clearly overwhelmed while watching the trailer that came out Thursday.

But then things take a bizarre turn and he gets really, really emotional. Like the kind of emotional you'd get if you were seeing your kids' faces for the first time after you'd been busy traveling through an interdimensional black hole and they hadn't talked to you for the equivalent of decades.

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Batman.v.superman.trailerA screenshot from the non-leaked "Batman v Superman" trailer.

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LOS ANGELES — Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder dealt a blow to the baddest new supervillain in town — The Leaker — on Friday afternoon by delivering a full-resolution version of the teaser trailer leaked the night before.

Or did he play right into The Leaker's hands?

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Editor’s note: Morgan Hermand-Waiche is the founder and CEO of e-commerce lingerie startup Adore Me.

I’ll be the first to admit it: Facebook advertising played a big part in my startup’s rapid growth. So big in fact that in our first two years of operations, all other online advertising platforms combined did not provide as big a growth contribution to the business as Facebook singlehandedly did.

And yet, over the past nine months, I’ve been making every effort possible to divert our eight-figure annual marketing budget elsewhere. The reason for that is simple: Facebook is fostering an unsustainable bubble that is actively pushing startups, and any online-savvy business for that matter, away. 

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Why You Need Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination in Your Life

Most of us—no matter how many time-saving techniques we employ—don’t have enough time to waste. But productivity comes at a cost: having that down time is extremely beneficial. We fight against boredom, distraction, and procrastination all the time, but that doesn’t mean you should get rid of them completely.

Blast from the past is a weekly feature at Lifehacker in which we revive old, but still relevant, posts for your reading and hacking pleasure. This week, we’re remembering the holy trinity of inactivity.

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U.S. regulators on Friday voted to open a swath of government-controlled airwaves for commercial use by tech and telecom companies such as Verizon and Google as they seek to meet growing data demands from new wireless devices.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to chalk out a process to allow companies free access to the frequencies in the 3.5 gigahertz band.

Those airwaves’ ability to carry heavy data across short distances makes them particularly attractive to companies.

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My favorite DIY projects are ones that an idiot like myself can do in a few days. To wit, this Raspberry Pi laptop that lets you create a portable computer with keyboard and mouse with only a few parts.

The project uses the PiJuice battery module and a 5-inch TFT module. In this project you simply cut or print a case for the screen – this one uses laser cut wood – and an HDMI cable.

Slap in an HDMI cable, a wireless keyboard and mouse and you’re all set. Arguably this thing is far less complex than, say, the Pi-Top 3D-printed laptop but it could be a fun side project. You can also use a standard battery to power the whole thing and you can buy a tiny keyboard and touchpad combo to make things a bit smaller. While you probably won’t be doing much GIMP or 3D modeling on this little monster, you can definitely look like a true hax0r.

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As of today, electric vehicle owners in San Francisco can revitalize their car's battery at any of three off-the-grid charging stations powered entirely by solar energy. For free. The Level 2 charging stations are the work of a company called Envision Solar; San Francisco's Department of the Environment and Charge Across Town also helped bring the three Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Chargers, each with a value of $45,000, to the city. They generate 3.3 kilowatts of electricity, according to CNET, which falls on the lower end of that Level 2 classification — though it still beats plugging into a 120V outlet at home. The attached lithium ion battery pack stores 22.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

The self-contained charging stations will remain in San Francisco through the rest of 2015, though they'll be changing venues every few months. "The mobile solar units will collect data on frequency and duration of use," Envision Solar said in a press release, and after those numbers get crunched, they'll permanently be donated to the locations that saw the most charging.

"This program allows the City of San Francisco to demonstrate that electric vehicles can charge from 100-percent renewable sources and with no impact to grid operations, making better use of our energy supply," said San Francisco's Mayor Edwin Lee at a press conference. True enough, the main appeal here is these things don't have to plug into the grid and use electricity sourced from traditional power plants.

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Six percent of Americans say they want to own an Apple Watch, but based on all the aspiring owners we’ve encountered, they’re still trying to figure out why.

Dan wants to skip the wearables phase and go straight to bio implants, but the implications of always-recording tech in your body are almost too much for a conspiracy theorist to bear.

The ultimate accessory for VR goggles might be a fine glass of Scotch.

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Unfriended hits theaters today, and while it seems easy to reduce the movie’s elevator pitch down to “I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Paranormal Activity with webcams,” it’s really part of a much more important cultural tradition. The ever-expanding ranks of Internet Cautionary Horror Movies didn’t just appear one day fully formed, there’s a history here. The stage for Unfriended has been under construction for years, this weekend just marks the time director Levan Gabriadze’s movie gets to stand in the spotlight.

And these Internet cautionary tales encompass just one subgenre of horror, which has long been chronicling society’s ongoing battle with itself. Scary movies have always served as one of modern culture’s best time capsules. Using monsters as metaphors, horror films turn our actual fears into fantastically gruesome scenarios. Unfriended and its ilk simply reflect present-day anxieties about our lives online—just like teen slasher films tapped into our feelings about taboo topics like sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll in the 1980s. And in every decade from the early 20th century to the present day, each installment in the genre gives us a fascinating window into the fears of our past, and therefore a greater understanding of our present.

Want to know how horror went from killers in the woods to killers on the web? Need a primer on all the ways our apprehensions about the Internet have manifested into big screen tropes? Then let’s get started, shall we?

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A Comfy Compact Camping Chair That Packs Away Into Its Own Legs

Even if you’ve opted to spend a weekend car camping instead of truly roughing it with nothing but a pack on your back, you still don’t want to pack too much stuff. So in lieu of a couple of awkward folding lawn chairs for cozying up next to the fire, Therm-A-Rest has created the Treo chair which folds up into a pod as small as a thermos.

At $100 it’s not cheap, let’s get that out of the way first. But at just two pounds and eleven inches tall when folded away inside its tripod legs, you could squeeze a small stadium’s worth of seating into the trunk of your car. And when deployed the Treo chair can support someone up to 250 pounds in weight. There are fallen trees in the woods that can’t promise that much support.

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Preacher

AMC, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg finally have their preacher man. The group behind the upcoming comic book adaptation Preacher revealed that Dominic Cooper will play Jesse Custer, the lead in the drama. Rumors began circulating last week that Cooper would slide into the collar and white jeans, but Rogen took to Twitter today to confirm the casting.

We have Jesse Custer! @dominiccoop is gonna save our souls. #Preacher

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015

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As you probably heard, last week there was a big story involving North Carolina police officer Michael Slager being charged with murder for the shooting death of Walter Scott. Slager had told a story about how Scott had taken his taser. But, a few days later, a bystander's video of the incident was released and told a very different story. If you didn't see it, here is the video, which is rather graphic, seeing as someone is shot to death in the video.
We didn't cover this story, which surprised some -- since we frequently cover police brutality stories, with a special focus on stories involving cellphone videos being used to dispute the "official line" from police. However, this was one case where the issue had received so much press coverage that we felt we had little to add to the story.

Well... that is until a copyright angle was added to the story. You see, the guy who actually shot the video, Feidin Santana, has apparently hired a publicist who is demanding news stations pay up for showing the video. And yes, news stations are playing the video so often that it's become a Jon Stewart punchline. Sanata had initially been anonymous, and claimed that he was worried about retribution, but since coming forward has apparently decided that he might as well cash in.

The publicist who is apparently going around trying to charge for this (one assumes after being retained by Santana) has some interesting views on how this all works:

“It’s been allowed to be used for free for over a week now,” Max Markson, CEO of the Sydney-based Markson Sparks group, told the Daily News.

“Now it’s going to be licensed and now you have to pay for it.”

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"And lo, a man became 'hyped' for a video game, and then had his spirits dampened upon seeing the first trailer."

Okay, yes, I'm feeling a bit bummed today. That's because there's finally a Star Wars Battlefront trailer and...well, we'll discuss that more in a bit. Also, Dying Light gets mod tools, Project CARS runs in 12K, and Abe's Exoddus will receive an HD remake—this is gaming news for the week of April 13.

Battlefront II HD

Well, that new Battlefront game certainly sounds like a reskinned Battlefield, if IGN's preview coverage is anything to go by. I mean, no space battles? Only four locations? Ugh. I'm way less excited than I was before, though at least DICE confirmed there's a third-person view.

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This is a security alert NOT to open up any LinkedIn emails that are sent to you from their security team. If you didn't contact them - then don't open up the email. If your account is fine and you are not experiencing any issues then don't open any emails that are from the LinkedIn security team.

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Feeling stressed? Well just breathe and follow the infographic of today that will help you just to relax even more. Yes techlickers it is Yoga. You know getting in tune with yourself. And not some bonehead who just walked into your nirvana world.

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Bacon sandwichWHAT HAVE THE CERN laboratory, big data and a bowl of soup got in common? In an occasional new series, The INQUIRER looks at how the concepts of business-to-business technology are being rolled out in everyday situations.

In this particular instance, we talk to EAT chief financial officer Strahan Wilson about how the firm uses business intelligence (BI) to ensure that everyone gets what they came for.

EAT, for the uninitiated, is a chain of food-to-go sandwich shops. The company opened in 1996, and has expanded in and around London with an emphasis on fresh produce.

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Through Android For Work, Google has made its mobile device management tool for Android smartphones available to businesses, offering IT teams the control they want and the security they need.
Android, iOS, Windows Phone: What's Best For BYOD?

Android, iOS, Windows Phone: What's Best For BYOD?

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Google has officially released its Android for Work tool to businesses through the Google Play Store this week. The app, in conjunction with Google's Android for Work partners, will give IT more control over Android devices while providing end-users with more protection for their personal data.

Google announced Android for Work in February. The basic pitch is that it makes Android devices more appealing to enterprise users, many of whom have moved from BlackBerries to iPhones. It handles productivity and business apps, while also segregating work from personal data in a way that makes sense for companies and their employees.

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A fine Friday morning to you all, Arsians! Our latest delectable Dealmaster deals come courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, who have slaved away to find for you only the choicest of offerings.

Topping the list this morning is an Ooma Telo VOIP phone, which comes with a wireless and Bluetooth adapter. This bit of kit will run you only $89.99, and it's always a good time to pick up the phone and tell your mother that you love her!

Or maybe you forgot to file your taxes and you don't want to pick up a phone. Maybe you need to run and hide from the IRS instead. If that's the case, we've got a deal near the end of the list for 50% off a year of Torguard Anonymous VPN and proxy service—that'll show the feds!

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An anonymous reader writes: Neil DeGrasse Tyson of StarTalk Radio and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey has a TV show starting on Monday, April 20, at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT on NatGeo. Based on Dr. Tyson's prominent podcast of the same name, the hour-long, weekly series infuses pop culture with science, while bringing together comedians and celebrities to delve into a wide range of topics. Each week, in a private interview, Dr. Tyson explores all the ways science and technology have influenced the lives and livelihoods of his guests, whatever their background.
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