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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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Nomad unveils its latest 2,800mAh battery for iPhone

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Nomad today announced the launch of an updated Battery Cable, which comes equipped with a slim 2,800 mAh battery to add a bit of extra juice to Apple’s iPhones and iPads.

The Battery Cable looks like a standard braided Nomad Lightning cable for the iPhone, but with the addition of a battery pack at one end that can be used for extra charging power when necessary.

Nomad’s 1.5M Battery Cable includes an integrated Nomad cable tie and support for passthrough charging, so you can charge up the battery while you charge your iPhone. Having the battery pack integrated into the cable is convenient because it ensures the battery is always full when you need it.

Compared to the original version of the Battery Cable, the new model has a higher capacity and a sturdier aluminum build.

Nomad’s Battery Cable can be purchased from the Nomad website for $49.95 starting today.

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Microsoft officially announces its Xbox adaptive controller

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Microsoft’s previously announced Adaptive Controller for the Xbox is now available for pre-order for $100 USD and is expected to ship in September.

After an initial leak of the device, Microsoft has announced an Xbox controller designed for individuals with disabilities. The Adaptive Controler features two large buttons that can be programmed, as well as 19 jacks that allows connectivity with a range of joysticks, buttons, and switches compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

Its highlighted customization and connectivity aspects allow gamers to built a setup for all their needs, and although the peripheral won’t be for every game, with its system-level button remapping, its usage has endless possibilities to build upon for the gaming accessibility field.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will cost $99.99 USD and is slated to drop later this year.

In related news, a Black Panther-themed Xbox One X is coming.

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Wi-Fi company Plume announces new mesh router technology

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Wi-Fi router startup Plume today announced an upgraded version of its mesh networking devices and a new subscription model for its customers. Plume first began selling its “Plume Pod” routers in late 2016, and today revealed a new tri-band router called the “SuperPod” (via The Verge).

Plume’s SuperPod works like any other mesh system, requiring users to connect the first Pod to their modem with an included ethernet cable. The rest serve as wall plugs that users permanently place in an outlet to enhance the Wi-Fi signal throughout their home. In comparison to the original dual band, four-channel model, SuperPod has a tri-band Wi-Fi radio with eight channels and two ethernet ports.

When connected and running, the SuperPod system learns the user’s home usage patterns “in a matter of days.” This means that the SuperPods will learn when you use Wi-Fi the most (getting news from a smart speaker in the morning or watching 4K films at night) and implement “Adaptive Wi-Fi” to actively optimize the network for more consistent speed and performance.

For users to take advantage of these features, they’ll have to subscribe to Plume. The company previously sold the Plume Pod without a subscription, but today is changing that by requiring customers to subscribe to its Adaptive Wi-Fi service before they can purchase a SuperPod, The Verge notes.

The service costs $60 per year and if users opt out of the subscription in a year’s time “the routers may not fully work,” although Plume CEO Fahri Diner said the company wouldn’t outright “brick” the devices if users decide not to pay down the line.

Diner says Plume wants to provide so many additional services as part of its subscription that customers will happily remain subscribed. “Our intent, our hope, is to make the decision a no-brainer,” Diner said in a phone call. “If the customer doesn’t want to renew, it won’t be because of the price. They will be unhappy for us for one reason or another.”

Plume is offering price discounts for it subscribers, however, selling a three-pack of its routers for $39, down from $179. Three packs come with two dual-band routers (the older models) and one tri-band router (the new model). In terms of adding supplemental Pods onto the system, the company will still sell its Plume Pod for $39 and the individual price for the new SuperPod is $99.

Potential customers can also choose to pay a flat $200 fee for a lifetime membership to the service, while existing Plume owners will be grandfathered in to the new features for free. Other features include parental controls, speed tests, service management, and “Plume HomePass.” This service creates unique Wi-Fi passwords personalized to guests when they visit. The iOS app can also detail Wi-Fi connections, freeze device connections to prevent kids from accessing the internet, data consumption charts, and more.

Wi-Fi mesh systems have become a popular solution for in-home Wi-Fi over the years, with options from companies like Linksys, Orbi, Eero, Google, and others. The technology is looking to expand as well, with the Wi-Fi Alliance in May announcing a new certification program called “EasyMesh,” which aims to allow users to build mesh networks in their homes across different brands.

For Plume, orders on the SuperPod will open June 15 and the device will begin shipping June 21.

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