Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

 Whether or not consumer VR becomes as widespread as many hope, there’s no denying that a lot of the current technology is a blast to try. This thesis has birthed much of the excitement around bringing about an arcade renaissance for VR, but for interested startups perhaps the most ready opportunity is capturing the attention of amusement park goers with attractive location-based… Read More

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Friday, 04 August 2017 11:34

Blue Apron falls 5% on layoffs report

 These Blue Apron layoffs come about a month after the company’s lackluster initial public offering, its co-founder and COO Matthew Wadiak stepping down and a lawsuit from a former employee. The layoffs are aimed at Blue Apron’s facility in New Jersey, where it will cut 1,270 jobs. Read More

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Friday, 04 August 2017 12:34

Your Tweets can help predict crime

 University of Virginia Assistant Professor Matthew Gerber has discovered a correlation between Tweets and crime. No, folks aren’t Tweeting that they’re going to knock over a liquor store. Instead, by looking at the GPS coordinates attached to Tweets as well as assessing a heat map of popular locations, police can predict where crime is most likely to happen. “My initial… Read More

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 Facebook is testing a new way to “go live” on its social network – an option that was previously available by pressing the “Live” button on the Status update box. Now, for some users, the ability to “go live” – meaning start a live video broadcast – is appearing right within the Facebook Camera screen, alongside other options, like the… Read More

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 Another weekend, another mechanical watch. This time we have the Commander from CJR, the company that brought us the Airspeed last year. This unique piece features an unusual curved dial and rotor-like seconds wheel that harkens back to some strange alternate future where airplanes become sentient. Early bird watches cost $449 and come on a thick leather strap. “The aircraft industry is… Read More

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 In a video out of North Carolina State University and Duke, five tiny cubes float freely under a microscope. Suddenly two pairs snap together, before all five combine into a single unit. Once together, they bend around a hinge, snapping together like Pac-Man’s jaws. The cubes approach a small, circular object — a single yeast cell — using the opening and closing motion to… Read More

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For Star Wars fans who want a better understanding of various topics, there can be a lot of material to wade through. In The Playlist, we’ll curate select installments of Star Wars that will give you that greater understanding of a specific topic. Consider it your own Jedi Archives — or cheat sheet for your Jedi midterms.

The Darksaber is a fabled weapon in the world of Star Wars and has been a symbol of Mandalorian power for generations. When it first appeared in the Star Wars timeline, it was a stunning weapon of mystery and power. Now, we know it to be so much more.

Here is your guide to one of the most unique lightsabers in the Star Wars mythos.

1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“The Mandalore Plot” – Season 2, Episode 12; “Voyage of Temptation” – Season 2, Episode 13; “Duchess of Mandalore” – Season 2, Episode 14) — In its first appearance, the Darksaber is wielded by Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch, a splinter group of Mandalorians.

2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“A Friend in Need” – Season 4, Episode 14) — The next time we see the Darksaber, Pre Vizsla wields it against Ahsoka Tano.

3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Revival” – Season 5, Episode 1; “Eminence” – Season 5, Episode 14; “Shades of Reason” – Season 5 Episode 15; “The Lawless” – Season 5, Episode 16) — The Darksaber changes owners, and it is an important turning point in the weapon’s story. It also doesn’t hurt that these are four of the best episodes of The Clone Wars ever made.

4. Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir  This four-issue comics series shows us what Darth Maul is capable of doing with the sword, but he’s got much larger problems.

5. Star Wars Rebels (“Visions and Voices” – Season 3, Episode 11) — Once more, the Darksaber changes owners, and the ramifications for Mandalore and the rebellion are massive.

6. Star Wars Rebels (“Trials of the Darksaber” – Season 3 Episode 15; “Legacy of Mandalore” – Season 3, Episode 16) — Finally, we learn the origins of the Darksaber and watch as Sabine Wren is trained to wield it. Then she begins the process of uniting Mandalore under its power.

Important Note: This Darksaber shouldn’t be confused with the 1995 Star Wars novel Darksaber, written by Kevin J. Anderson. In that now-Legends novel, the Darksaber was a new Death Star-like super laser that was names as such because of its resemblance to a lightsaber hilt.

Bryan Young is an author, a filmmakerjournalist, and the editor in chief of BigShinyRobot.com! He’s also the co-host of the Star Wars podcast, Full of Sith. You can also follow him on Twitter.

 Real talk, Level Money is the only budgeting app that has ever stuck with me. So I’m bummed to report that Level Money is shutting down on September 1. Capital One snapped up Level Money in early 2015 for an undisclosed amount. Prior to the acquisition, Level had raised $5 million and had 700,000 users (including yours truly). Read More

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 Xfinity xFi, Comcast’s Wi-Fi management service launched this spring, is now making it easier for parents to set boundaries for internet usage in their home. The changes include the ability to put the internet “on pause” for a period of time, as well as lock down web searches so they won’t return adult-oriented results, among other things. With the newly launched… Read More

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 These Blue Apron layoffs come about a month after the company’s lackluster initial public offering, its co-founder and COO Matthew Wadiak stepping down and a lawsuit from a former employee. The layoffs are aimed at Blue Apron’s facility in New Jersey, where it will cut 1,270 jobs. Read More

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