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George Lucas Provided Suggestions for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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With the recent fan-disapproval of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus the disappointments of Star Wars Battlefront II, the Star Wars franchise is at a point where the success of Solo: A Star Wars Story is very necessary. Amidst the reports of acting coaches, and director shuffles — fans have begun to expect the worse. However recent news surfaces that George Lucas and even Harrison Ford were able to offer some advice to Ron Howard and Alden Ehrenreich, providing some insight as to to what a young Han Solo’s thought process would be in certain situations.

What was supposed to be just a drop-by for Lucas turned into a 5-hour session, states Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Without revealing too much, she says that “there’s even one little moment in a scene that—I can’t tell you what, sorry—but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said, ‘Why doesn’t Han just do this.’” She also adds, “I think George felt pretty great about that. He could revisit these characters, and I think he felt so comfortable, obviously with Ron being there, that it was just fun for him.”

With Ron Howard happily embracing small suggestions from his “big brother mentor,” let’s hope that it was enough to help Ehrenreich emulate the unapologetic swagger of the infamous smuggler.

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Analysts Predict Features of Apple’s Next iPhone X

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According to a new report from Clotheshorse, Barclays investment bank analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf and Blayne Curtis have made predictions on what Apple‘s next iPhone — successor to the X — will look like.

In the research note obtained by Clotheshorse it states, “Based on several data points within the 4Q17 reporting period and our supply chain meetings at CES, we remain confident that Apple is set to deploy its TrueDepth 3D sensor across the iPhone range in 2018.” The TrueDepth sensors are part of the phone’s Face ID, but the note suggests that the second-generation sensors could lead to a “smaller notch” on the iPhone X.

The analysts claim the range itself will be comprised of three iPhone X-based designs: a second generation iPhone X, larger iPhone X Plus and new, cheaper LCD model I dub the iPhone X SE. They also went on to predict that a rear-facing ID sensor could come to phones by 2019, writing: “Our discussions with suppliers suggests Apple and its partners are working hard on a world-facing [rear] solution.” The report states the Face ID will also be added to Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro which is coming this summer.

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One Bitcoin Will Be Awarded to the First Player to Beat This New PC Game

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Cryptocurrency — Bitcoin in particular — has taken the world by storm with people far and wide looking to explore and analyze the currency’s true power. A new PC game has been making its way around the web, which, not only targets hardcore puzzle gamers, but those interested in earing a little digital coin. The first person to complete the game will be awarded one bitcoin (approximately $10,000 USD).

MonteCrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma contains a series of 24 “mind-bending” puzzles, which have to be found and solved. Gem Rose Accent, the game’s developers, have even gone as far to say “this game must be amongst the hardest you’ve ever played.” A multiplayer function adds another dimension, as players can link up with others to find clues and solve puzzles. However, with one bitcoin awaiting only one winner, MonteCrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma does stick to an “every man for himself” philosophy, so players should be mindful of who they team up with.

The game is expected to make its debut on February 20 via Steam. In case you missed it, criminals are now using Litecoin instead of Bitcoin.

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Viacom Prepares to Launch Its Own Streaming Service

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Viacom, the broadcasting company that owns networks such as Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and MTV — is now officially entering the streaming race. Since the Netflix led the charge into streaming and original content, the structure of the film and TV industry has been greatly challenged. While Viacom pulled its content from Hulu in early 2017 to focus on the “traditional” cable subscription model, it seems they can no longer deny the inevitable future of the streaming. As would-be customers are finding less incentives to purchase cable and landline packages, these broadcasting corporations must be ready to pivot with the times.

On the new direction, CEO Robert Bakish attempted to downplay the move, claiming “We do not view this as a substitute product. We view this as a complement.” Being the newest to enter the game, it will be interesting to see how Viacom approaches content streaming, and how much their strategy will differ from competitors. Stay tuned as the story develops further.

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