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15 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

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The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here, it’s the weekend, which means it’s time for movies again. We’ve got no less than 15 fresh trailers to check out, including plenty of clips for many animation films launching in the coming months.

Bright

Get ready for a slew of Netflix-made full motion pictures to invade your regular streaming program this year. Starring Will Smith, Bright is one of them, and it’s about a modern-world cop wielding a sword. Well, that’s not it, but you must be interested in Bright right about now. Let’s just call it a different version of Men in Black, but without aliens. Bright hits Netflix this December.

Baby Driver

Baby Driver is a heist movie with quite the cast. Opening on August 11th, the movie is about a gifted young driver called Baby who has to keep driving getaway cars, whether he likes it or not. Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James, and Jon Bernthal star in this one.

Coco

We already talked about Coco earlier this week. It’s a brand new Disney/Pixar animation hitting cinemas in late November.

Despicable Me 3

If there’s one new animation I’m waiting for this year, that’s the new installment of Despicable Me. The third part arrives on June 30, featuring the same Gru, his children, and his minions. Oh, and there’s Dru, Gru’s twin brother, played by the same Steve Carell.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Get ready, Wimpy series fans, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul launches on May 19th. If it’s any good, it might be the first comedy based on the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Early Man

The creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run are back with a brand new creation called Early Man. Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, and Maisie Williams deliver some of the voices in this animation about the complexities of human life back in the very, very early day. The film launches on January 26th.

Free Fire

When everybody has a gun in a firearms transaction, things can and will get messy. That’s what Free Fire, a movie produced by Martin Scorsese, is all about, and it hits cinemas on April 21st.

Megan Leavey

Kate Mara plays Megan Leavy in the biographical drama of the same name. It’s a war story about a soldier and her amazing dog responsible for saving thousands of lives in Iraq. Megan Leavey launches June 9th.

Okja

Okja is also a Netflix original movie that will be released later this year, likely in June. It’s a sci-fi story about the bond between a girl and a huge animal that goes by the name of Okja.

https://youtu.be/J8SbKdhArQM

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Sony just released the “lost” trailer for Smurfs: The Lost Village. The third Smurfs movie hits theaters on April 7th, at which point we’ll learn more details about the biggest secret in Smurf village.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

This might be a TV movie hitting HBO on April 22nd, but it’s still one that should be on your radar. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

The Secret Scripture

Rooney Mara plays Rose in The Secret Scripture, a woman who chronicled her extended stay at a mental hospital in a detailed diary. The movie comes out May 19th.

https://youtu.be/GBn5VdSFvgY

Transformers: The Last Knight

Optimus Prime is going all bad guy in the next Transformers episode. But the new trailer hardly focuses on any of that, though we get to see plenty of robots.

Voice from the Stone

None other than Mother of Dragons Emilia Clark stars in Voice from the Stone, a drama about a boy who went silent since his mother died, and a nurse who comes to assist him. The movie launches April 28th.

Wonder Woman

One other highly anticipated movie that we talked earlier this week is Wonder Woman. Watch Diana Prince discover her special power in this new clip from the upcoming superhero movie.

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Watch a drone crash into Apple’s new spaceship campus in Cupertino

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We’ve been watching footage of the brand new Apple Park in Cupertino, California filmed by drones for months, but over this past weekend, the inevitable finally occurred. A drone crashed into the complex. Matthew Roberts, who has been filming the progress of the Apple Park for years, was contacted by someone who lost control of their drone as it was hovering over the Apple Park this weekend in an attempt to find out where it had crashed.

After some time searching with his own DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Roberts eventually found the drone wedged between two solar panels on the roof of the facility. The original pilot got in touch with Apple to tell the company what happened, but there’s no word yet on whether or not he will get his drone back.

The good news is that, regardless of the drone’s future, the footage of the crash landing will live on. Roberts uploaded the footage on his channel, along with the video of him finding the crashed drone on the roof:

The pilot explained to Roberts that there were no signs of premature failure. The drone just suddenly plummeted to the ground, with the roof of the Apple Park breaking its fall. This is the first incident of its kind (or at least the first one we’ve heard of), so it might prompt Apple to crack down on allowing enthusiasts to fly over its campus in the future. While there doesn’t appear to have been any damage, the drone could have just as easily hit an employee.

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Samsung blasts its previous world record with massive new enterprise-grade 30TB SSDs

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Samsung has today unveiled a new line of SSDs for enterprise systems that doubles its previous world’s largest capacity. The new storage offers a huge 30.72TB per drive.

Samsung released its 15TB SAS SSDs for servers and other enterprise solutions back in 2016. Today, the company announced the news of its latest high capacity drives in a press release.

The new SSDs, PM1643 offer some amazing specs aside from doubling storage in these drives from 15TB to 30TB, which is a feat of its own. They also provide almost double the performance of its predecessor.

In addition to the doubled capacity, performance levels have risen significantly and are nearly twice that of Samsung’s previous generation high-capacity SAS SSD. Based on a 12Gb/s SAS interface, the new PM1643 drive features random read and write speeds of up to 400,000 IOPS and 50,000 IOPS, and sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s, respectively.

Samsung’s VP of memory sales and marketing, Jaesoo Han also said the company will  be putting lots of focus on moving 10TB and larger SSDs forward quickly.

Samsung will continue to move aggressively in meeting the shifting demand toward SSDs over 10TB and at the same time, accelerating adoption of our trail-blazing storage solutions in a new age of enterprise systems.

While SSDs of this capacity won’t be available for consumer use, it is good to see such rapid growth. SSD prices have been dropping quickly over the past few years, with Samsung’s internal 2.5-inch EVO SSDs now available under $100, and 1TB versions for under $300. The companies T5 external SSDs (reviewed) can be found starting around $100 as well.

Check out Samsung’s full press release here for all the details on how it managed to create its 30TB SSDs.

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Bitcoin is back over $11,000

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It took Bitcoin more than two weeks to recover the ground it lost in early February when the most popular cryptocurrency in the world plunged below $6,000 for the first time since November. Bitcoin is nowhere near its record highs from mid-December when it hit almost $20,000, but the digital coin is finally trading above $11,000 again. Then again, there’s no predicting the crypto market. And because Bitcoin is on the rise, all other digital coins are slightly up or holding steady in trading on Monday. So what happened?

The crypto world is still riding a wave of positive news, which includes the White House’s official comments on the matter. Trump’s government isn’t ready to regulate Bitcoin yet, but it’s keeping an eye on it.

“I think we’re still absolutely studying and understanding what the good ideas and bad ideas in that space are,” special assistant to the president and White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce said at the Munich Security Conference in Germany last week. “So, I don’t think it’s close.”

That doesn’t mean regulation fears will subside anytime soon. As CNBC reports, Joyce also said that the government is worried about cryptocurrencies being used in illegal ways.

“We are worried. There are benefits to the bitcoin concept — digital cash, digital currencies,” Joyce said. “But at the same time, if you look at the way bitcoin works after there is a criminal act that takes place, you can’t rewind the clock and take back that currency.”

One country that’s very crypto-friendly, Switzerland, just came out with guidelines for initial coin offerings (ICO), which became a popular method of raising money last year with the help of cryptocurrency. Using ICOs, companies don’t have to adhere to the guidelines that surround VC and angel capital when they raise money. The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) published ICO guidelines late last week to regulate ICOs.

“The application of blockchain technology has innovative potential within and far beyond the financial markets,” FINMA CEO Mark Branson said. “However, blockchain-based projects conducted analogously to regulated activities cannot simply circumvent the tried and tested regulatory framework. Our balanced approach to handling ICO projects and inquiries allows legitimate innovators to navigate the regulatory landscape and so launch their projects in a way consistent with our laws protecting investors and the integrity of the financial system.”

One of the main banks in the Netherlands also announced late last week that it’ll use blockchain technology to replace escrow accounts. “With this new service, every individual client of the non-bank organization gets a bank account with the ABN AMRO Clearing Bank (AACB) via the blockchain,” the press release reads. “That way, fund flows between the organization and its clients are included in payment processes under regular supervision, guaranteeing the required transparency. This blockchain method drastically reduces administrative costs for the organization by eliminating escrow account management costs.”

Not all banks are happy with the Bitcoin surge. The Polish Central Bank (NFB) was just caught redhanded and admitted it paid a YouTuber to attack digital coins online. The bank also invested in Google and Facebook campaigns for the same purpose, according to NewsBTC .

Finally, there’s news about Tether, which just created 86 million EURT and 60.1 million USDT both based on the Ethereum, Finance Magnets reports. Tether faced intense criticism lately, for lack of transparency regarding its business model and the way it’s issuing tokens. Tether coins are supposed to be backed up by fiat currency. Therefore every USDT token should be valued at $1. The currency allows users to seamless trade coins online, by converting money to USDT or EURT rather than fiat coins.

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