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How the next 'Star Wars' movie 'The Last Jedi' will deal with the death of Carrie Fisher

We finally have some insight into how Disney is confronting the death of its "Star Wars" star, Carrie Fisher, as it prepares to released the next movie in the saga, "Episode VIII," aka "The Last Jedi," which comes out December 15.

One thing has been made clear by Disney CEO Bob Iger in a new interview: Fisher's General Leia role will not undergo any tweaking, nor any CGI reviving of the actress along the lines of what we saw in "Rogue One."

"We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout 'VIII,'" Iger said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "We are not changing 'VIII' to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in 'VIII.' In 'Rogue One,' we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie."


Google Maps has a new feature to ensure you never forget where you parked your car (GOOG)

Google has introduced a new feature to make sure Android users never forget where they park their cars. 

The update, first spotted by Android Police, comes in the form of a new menu option when you open Google Maps and tap on the blue icon that indicates your location. You will now be given the option to "save your parking" which will then place a blue "P" on the spot. 


Adidas built a pop-up store that uses high-tech sensors and lasers to build you custom clothes

Adidas is testing out a new way to attract customers and keep up with trends.

The German athletic-wear company has launched a pop-up store in Berlin that will scan your body, design you a custom sweater, knit it for you in the store, and have it ready for you in four hours. 

While the store is just temporary, the move is part of a bigger push by the company to compete with its main rival, Nike, according to Reuters' Emma Thomasson.

Here's a look at how the concept will work:

The store is called Knit For You and it's located in a shopping center in Berlin, Germany.

Source: Reuters

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Microsoft's web services have been hit with a major outage (MSFT)

Microsoft's online services, including Xbox Live, Outlook.com, Hotmail, Office 365, the Windows Store, OneDrive, and more, were hit with what appears to be a nationwide outage on Tuesday afternoon.

DownDetector.com has logged almost 200 reports thus far confirming the outage. The Microsoft Office 365 service health dashboard acknowledges the problems and says that Microsoft is looking into it.

It's the second Microsoft outage in March, after services went out for an hour in a similar fashion. 

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment. In the meantime, don't stress if you can't get into your Microsoft accounts or software right now: It's down for everyone, not just you.


SpaceX may be about to dramatically cut the cost of launching stuff into orbit

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by tech mogul Elon Musk, is poised to make good on its promise to slash the cost of launching things into space.

In December 2015, SpaceX did something no commercial aerospace company had done before: It launched a satellite into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, then safely landed the lower half — also called a first-stage booster — on a launchpad.

Musk was elated about the feat, and for good reason. Orbital rockets cost tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of dollars to build, but they're never recycled; they've always just splashed into the ocean and sunk to the bottom.

While SpaceX has filled a large hangar with used rocket boosters over the past year, it has yet to show the boosters can be re-launched.


The US has fallen 16 places in a key country ranking — and economists say a 'social crisis' is to blame

All things considered, Americans are a fairly happy lot, ranking 14th out of 156 countries in a UN-commissioned report on the world's happiest countries. But that's changing fast. In the past decade, the US has fallen 16 places on the list, one of the biggest drops in the world.

Interestingly, this nosedive toward misery is happening while Americans' per capita GDP is on the rise. This is a stark departure from most of the countries on the list, where having money appears to play a pretty significant role in determining happiness.

So what's driving Americans away from optimism? According to


Apple's new iPad fails to solve the fundamental problem facing the device (AAPL)

Apple has got an iPad problem.

Sales of the tablet devices are shrinking, dropping 19% year-on-year in January 2017. The device generated $5.5 billion (£4.4 billion) in revenue for that quarter — a drop in the ocean of the company's overall quarterly revenues of $78.4 billion (£62.8 billion).

In short: No-one is buying them.

On Tuesday, Apple announced a new budget 9.7-inch iPad, going for $329 in the US and £339 in the UK. But it may do little to reverse the decline, according to Apple analyst-turned-venture capital investor Gene Munster.

"I think it's a non-starter," Munster told Business Insider. "I think no-one is that interested in the iPad. And I think that yeah, they can update them, but it doesn't really matter."


'Where was your interest in leaks then?': CNN anchor confronts GOP senator over 'selective outrage' on leaks

Chris Cuomo on Tuesday morning grilled Sen. Chuck Grassley over what the CNN anchor dubbed "selective outrage" regarding classified information leaks, which became a focus of a House hearing the day before.

In an interview on CNN's "New Day," Cuomo asked whether Republicans' condemnation of leakers was a "distraction" from the law-enforcement investigation into potential ties between President Donald Trump's campaign staff and Russia during the 2016 election. 

Cuomo said many Republicans touted leaks from the FBI's investigation into former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.


This 8-second video reveals our first real look at the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung is set to announce the new Galaxy S8 at its March 29 event, but it looks like someone's already got their hands on a working unit a little early.

The short video was posted on Slashleaks' YouTube channel, and it shows some of the main rumored changes that Samsung is making to its upcoming Galaxy S smartphone. 

Check it out:

Assuming the video is legitimate — and we believe it is — this is what the Galaxy S8 looks like: There's a mysterious on-screen button that appears when the screen turns on, which could be Samsung's new 'Bixby' smart digital assistant, similar to Apple's Siri.

Samsung says you'll be able to control the Galaxy S8 using just your voice with


This robot that grows animal feed is 400% more productive than a human farmer

In recent years, many small American farms have been struggling due to low commodity prices. As a way to cut down on expenses, some farm owners automate their labor, which helps them harvest crops and raise animals more efficiently.

A California-based company called Fodderworks makes robots that grow fodder (feed for cows, chickens, and other animals). According to Kyle Chittock, the company's general manager, an average person can harvest approximately half a ton of fodder per day, while Fodderworks' bot can do two tons — a productivity increase of  400%. 


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