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‘Sons of Anarchy’ spin-off ‘Mayans MC’ gets 10-episode first season on FX

Mayans MC, the next chapter in the highly rated biker saga, will premiere on FX later this year, focusing on a Latino rival gang of SAMCRO. According to Variety, the network has ordered a 10-episode first season set after the events of Sons of Anarchy, which ended four years ago. The new series stars JD Pardo as EZ Reyes, just out of prison and trying to rise through the ranks of the Mayans MC charter on the California-Mexico border. The ne...
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Digital Trends favorite movies of 2017

It’s easy to gauge watercooler talk against box office stats and Metacritic scores to select the “best movies” released in any given year. In fact, we did just that for 2017 , and ended up with some truly incredible films. Still, there’s something to be said for individual preference (there’s no accounting for taste!), which is why we asked our team members to choose their favorite movies of 2017 and tell the world why they loved them. Just...
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Roborace self-driving race car gets an upgrade, but when will it actually race?

Roborace will upgrade its self-driving race cars with a new Nvidia computing platform as developers aim to get the first race series for autonomous cars off the ground. While the series has run multiple public demonstrations, it’s still unclear when it will stage its first actual race. The race cars — dubbed “ Robocars ” by series organizers — will now use Nvidia’s Pegasus AI autonomous-driving computing platform. It replaces the Nvidia Dri...
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LG’s 2018 TV lineup gets smarter and faster, adds Google Assistant

With its monstrous 88-inch 8K OLED still sweeping headlines, LG has formally announced its full TV line for the new year, just a few days ahead of CES 2018. The lineup will see the return of the “Wallpaper” OLED, which garnered significant attention and critical acclaim last year, along with three other OLED models and a full suite of LG Super UHD LED televisions. The common thread throughout most of LG’s 2018 TV line are significantly fast...
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Pilot of world’s biggest passenger jet calms the nerves of anxious fliers

A new year hopefully promises new adventures, some of which could involve taking a flight to a faraway place. That’s all well and good if you don’t mind flying, but for nervous plane passengers, booking a ticket could mark the beginning of a steady increase in anxiety levels as the big day approaches. While some particularly nervous fliers may be convinced they only have a 50 percent chance of making it to their destination on any given fli...
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Ripple passes Ethereum to become the second most valuable cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency Ripple surged on the final Friday of 2017, reaching a market cap of more than $86 billion , CNBC reports. Ripple, which is officially known as XRP, saw its value rise by 55.9 percent. At its peak, the currency was valued at $2.23 a coin. Since then, it has fallen to $2.17 , but it is still the second most valuable cryptocurrency in terms of market cap, according to Coinmarketcap.com. Ethereum is currently the world’s thir...
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Google Photos is choosing your happiest pics for a ‘Smiles of 2017’ video

As the curtain comes down on another year, you might be taking a moment to swipe through your photos from 2017, enjoying (hopefully) happy reminders of the friends you met, the places you went, and the things you did. Looking back on the year has prompted Google to offer users of its Photos app a Smiles of 2017 video, which uses AI to pull together all your images featuring, you guessed it, smiles. Or at least, what its algorithm perceives ...
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Forget lithium-ion — this graphene-based power pack recharges insanely fast

Regardless of whether you are simply whiling away the hours on a long journey with your Nintendo Switch or are left unable to work because your iPhone X or MacBook is out of juice, running out of battery charge on the go is pretty darn annoying. That’s where a new new graphene-based fast charging USB-C battery pack, currently sweeping Kickstarter , wants to help. Describing itself as the world’s first portable USB-C power bank which works u...
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Look what happened when Google Street View met Bing Streetside

Google’s Street View cars have been steadily mapping the world since 2007, driving millions of miles to capture images of roads, buildings, landscapes, and plenty more besides . But did you know Microsoft’s Bing has a similar service? Called Streetside, Bing’s camera-equipped cars are also puttering across the U.S., collecting imagery for a growing database of street-level views that allow web users to check out a place online almost as if ...
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What is an eSIM? Find out everything you need to know

The humble SIM card has survived for quite a while, but it now finally looks like it’s on its way out. Why? Well, the eSIM, a much smarter technology, is here to save the day. Before we dive into what an eSIM is, it might be helpful to understand what a SIM is . A SIM, which stands for “subscriber identity module,” basically contains the information that authenticates your identity to a carrier. In other words, the SIM card is what tells a ...
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