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What Harvard graduates saw from Mark Zuckerberg: Humility

26 May, by Kerry Flynn[ —]

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A 4-year-old saw ’Star Wars’ in 1977 and here’s what he drew

26 May, by Josh Dickey[ —]

When Star Wars came out back in 1977, there was no merchandise — the toys came a year later — or fast-food tie-ins, or Funko Pops, or "character posters" or endless reels of online trailers to pore over in search of a fix.

We had only the movie, and our memories of it, to go on.

One 4-year-old kid — who grew up to be this film reporter — saw Star Wars on opening weekend that year. He was so eager to manifest what he'd just seen that the minute he got home, he plopped down at his desk to storyboard everything he could while his mom started making dinner. Read more...

More about Movies, Kids, Star Wars, Drawing, and Star Wars 40th Anniversary

Another social media marketing campaign just went horribly wrong

26 May, by Sasha Lekach[ —]

What started innocently enough as a giveaway of free soccer tickets to the UEFA Champions League final took a turn for the worse thanks to a handful of online trolls.

Walkers, the snack company that brings the UK its flavored crisps and other treats, started a social media campaign Thursday, asking fans who wanted to win tickets to tweet a selfie with the #WalkersWave hashtag.

The tweets were turned into a video of former soccer player Gary Lineker waving the "selfies" in front of the background of a stadium.

But trolls quickly realized the selfies weren't being closely vetted before getting on screen, so everyone from serial killers to convicted felons to communist dictators made it onto the site with the sportscaster unwittingly waving the disturbing faces.   Read more...

More about Trolls, Social Media Campaign, Walkers, Uefa Champions League, and Serial Killers

Listen to the largest planet in our solar system sing its song

26 May, by Miriam Kramer[ —]

Take a moment and just let the universe sing to you. 

A new audio file released by NASA on Thursday reveals the "sound" of Jupiter's plasma as recorded by the space agency's Juno probe, which is exploring the huge planet.

The two minutes of audio sounds pretty eerie, but also oddly familiar, with musical beeps cascading toward the end of the recording. 

NASA researchers created the sound file by  using data taken by Juno during its close pass with Jupiter in February. 

This isn't exactly what you'd hear if you were floating in the space around Jupiter, however.  Read more...

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Kids' Super-8 'Star Wars' from 1977 is the most charming remake ever

26 May, by Chris Taylor[ —]

A long four decades ago, in the far, far away village of Whitinsville, Mass., two brothers and a friend were so thrilled by the movie they just saw that they decided to remake it shot for shot.

The movie, of course, was Star Wars, 40 years old on May 25. It changed millions of lives — not least of which were Jim Jongsma, John Jongsma and Gary Baker, who saw it at White City Cinema over in Worcester. 

The trio of fans filmed their homage over the next three years using two Super 8 cameras and a budget of $1,000. The original was financed by 20th Century Fox to the tune of $8 million; this version was mostly financed by a paper route.  Read more...

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This NFL team's Twitter joke was so savage its own coach apologized

26 May, by Sam Laird[ —]

Dude. Lighten up a little. 

NFL coach Dirk Koetter apologized through the media to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday ... all because of a harmless joke made on Twitter by his team's social media department. 

First things first: Remember how the Falcons blew a 28-3 Super Bowl lead against the New England Patriots a few months ago? 

Of course you do; it pretty much became an instant internet meme

And now, with the stage set, on to today's deliciously petty NFL drama. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers — coached by Koetter — posted this promotional tweet for  Bucs-branded fidget spinners on Wednesday. (🙄  right? But I digress.) Read more...

More about Nfl, Buccaneers, Bucs, Tampa Bay Bucs, and Falcons Super Bowl Lead

Uber uses a dinosaur to show how you'd control a self-driving car with a smartphone

26 May, by Jack Morse[ —]

Why just hail a self-driving car with your smartphone when you can control one, too? 

That may soon be an option if Uber has its way. 

As detailed by a patent application published May 25, the company envisions a system that allows a rider to "instruct the autonomous vehicle to perform one or more non-driving operations" via a "mobile computing device."

That's right, only non-driving maneuvers are on the table here. So no, you won't be able to steer the self-driving car with your smartphone. But why would you want to, anyway? If your goal was to drive a car, you wouldn't be in an autonomous Uber.  Read more...

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'Minecraft' players on the autism spectrum find a safe space on the Autcraft server

26 May, by Kellen Beck[ —]

One dad wanted to give people on the autism spectrum a safe space to play Minecraft, so he made a troll-free server called Autcraft that has ballooned in popularity.

Stuart Duncan, also known as AutismFather, created Autcraft in 2013. Today it has more than 8,200 members, The Mighty reported, and people outside the community are taking notice.

In a video, Duncan explains what exactly Autcraft is and why it's important for people — kids especially — to have a safe place to Minecraft and be themselves. 

Minecraft, like almost every game with an online element, suffers from bullies and trolls who come in and create toxic environments. Read more...

More about Gaming, Minecraft, Autism, Autcraft, and Entertainment

Zuckerberg sheds tears and gets political in Harvard commencement speech

25 May, by Patrick Kulp[ —]

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10 apps Donald Trump should download instead of Twitter (like, right now)

25 May, by Karissa Bell[ —]

Donald Trump's using his iPhone wrong.

The President reportedly (finally!) has an iPhone. And yet, he's only installed a single, solitary app on it: Twitter.

Of course.

No matter what side of the political aisle you fall on, most of us can probably agree that more access to Twitter isn't exactly something Trump needs, well, more of. That said, he probably could use a few other apps, though. 

Here's what he should download instead:

1Interactive Constitution

Image: national Constitution Center

Look, you don't even have to read the whole thing. Maybe just give the important parts—like the First Amendment—a glance every once in awhile. Actually, on second thought, you might also want to brush up on Article II, Section 4. You know, just in case. Read more...

More about Tech, Twitter, Politics, Donald Trump, and Apps And Software

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