Galaxy S9 could touch down late February, which makes sense


The Galaxy S8 was unveiled on March 29, but the S9 may come earlier in the year.

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Samsung could unveil the Galaxy S9 phone in a little more than two months.

The phone giant is rumored to announce the company’s follow-up to the Galaxy S8 in late February at the annual Mobile World Congress show (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, according to Korean news outlet The Bell.

The report posits two possible Galaxy S9 launch dates: Feb. 25, the day before the show officially kicks off (MWC runs from Feb. 26 to March 1), or Feb. 27. Based on past patterns, the 25th makes the most sense. Referred to by insiders as Press Day, the Sunday before the show opens is a common time for phonemakers to announce new devices. 

Samsung has an on-and-off history with launching phones at MWC — mostly on. That’s where it introduced most of its Galaxy phones. The Galaxy S4 and last year’s Galaxy S8 bucked the trend with launch events that took place in New York a few weeks after the world’s largest mobile show wrapped up. Samsung did tease the heavily rumored S8 at MWC. If the Galaxy S9 (as we’re calling it) does makes its debut at a separate event, we’d expect Samsung to officially tease it at MWC.

Earlier rumors pinned the Galaxy S9 introduction to CES in early January, which is highly unlikely — Samsung rarely strays from its patterns of an MWC/March launch for the year’s Galaxy S phone and an August unveiling for the next Note phone. It’s more plausible that Samsung would tease the Galaxy S9 to whip up hype against Apple’s buzzy iPhone X.


Other rumors about the phone include that it may get a new iris scanner, but no drastically redesigned fingerprint scanner. It’s expected to get Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chip, but rumors say it could look pretty similar to the Galaxy S8.

Stay tuned to CNET as we hear more about the Galaxy S9.

Samsung declined to comment.

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Apple signs ‘Battlestar Galactica’ developer for new space drama

Fargo co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi will join Moore on the project, which does not yet have a title. It’s the third series ordered by Apple’s worldwide video programming division, which is headed by former Sony execs Jamie Erlicht Zack Van Amburg. The tech giant had previously hired Steven Spielberg to produce a new version of the old Amazing Stories anthology series, as well as buying a TV drama created by and starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

There’s no news on when Moore’s show will be released, but his experience is reason enough to get excited. He started as a writer and eventual producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation before moving on to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and a stint on Star Trek: Voyager. He became a showrunner on HBO’s Carnivale before developing the rebooted Battlestar Galactica and later Starz’s Outlander series adapting the books of the same name. Moore also co-developed Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

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Lucy Curious And Her Mysterious Tale…

Little Lucy Curious is more than just a toy. Growing up with a continuous wondering of what was beyond her own front door, this little girl  grew up in a land where the odd and curious were her closest friends. But the story goes beyond the most recent release of Kidrobot x Kathie Olivas, Lucy Curious medium figure. The tale builds as the previous Kidrobot x Circus Posterus releases all come together to build this story of friendship between Lucy Curious and the eccentric Dunny, Lord Strange.  See the full story of how these wonderful releases by Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas come together in a crazy world of fantasy and toys below….



Right across the pond from Infernal Manor, through the Jelly Fish Islands, between the Barnacle Banks lies a mysterious Dark Harbor and the strange adventures of Lucy Curious. Curious met Strange one summer vacation by what one could only describe as fate. With a shared fascination of all things strange, the two spent every single summer together identifying local animal species, rare poisonous plants, and collecting sample specimens of expired sea life. One ill-fated summer, Lucy’s vacation to the sea-side harbor never came to be, when her ship was lost at sea only a mere mile from the port… At first word, Lord Strange took his boat out to find Lucy where he quickly found himself caught in a hidden world between the living and the dead. Lucy eventually did wash ashore, the only survivor. Upon her arrival to Strange’s manor, she is unable to find Strange but stumbles upon Strange’s secret laboratory filled with an army of curious mystical creatures and puzzling notebooks, filled with plans for robotic marvels, maps to treasure filled ruins, worlds beyond worlds and top secrets yet to be known. It’s now up to Lucy to finish what Strange had started in, hopes of finding him one day. Join Lucy Curious and her crew of fearless scallywags, salty sea ghosts, curious beasts and robotic marvels as they travel the world to find her friend, Lord Strange.

Love the idea of this salty sea crew? Get to know all the characters of The Dark Harbor, the curious beasts helping Lucy find Lord Strange by reading a little more on each character…

 HEAVY-FOOTERS: Named for their weighted boots that allow them to traverse the ocean floor. Actually they are golems conjured to life by Lucy Curious. Remember she is one part Sea Witch!


COMMODORE SKULLINGTON: The Commodore was raised from the bottomless frozen oceans by Lucy Curious and her Book of Lost Arts. A mysterious Explorer and Adventurer, Skullington was best known for reaching the center of the world and could speak every language. Lucy brought him back to life to help her on her quest to find her missing best friend, Lord Strange. Commodore Skullington comes with his trusted Jellyfish friend, Diego (when CS and Diego are one, they have telepathic abilities.)

AUTOMATOPUS: “Auto” for short is The Dark Harbor’s Ship’s Engineer and Inventor. Auto met Lucy one fateful day when the ship her family was sailing on sunk to the ocean floor after encountering a horrific sea monster. He lost a side tentacle attempting to save her, the ships only survivor.

DREAD PIRATE KIDD: Kidd (also The Dark Harbor’s Navigator) is a ghostly compass, whose mystical hat can shift and alter the four cardinal directions and four winds… You never know what direction or dimension you’re going with Dread by your side!

FUGU (Chief Mate): Fugu can inflate his head 10 times its size when he feels very intense emotions like fear or anger. It’s very important that Fugu meditates daily so he can be relaxed at all times, for fear of his head getting too big ‘cause no one wants that. There’s enough big heads in this world, especially big heads with spikes.

SALEM COFFINBACK: Salem lost his shell one hundred years ago and no one knows his age…he is also The Dark Harbor’s ship’s mortician and amateur dessert chef.

JONAH TEMPEST: This salty ghost with two hooks was conjured through Curious’ oracle board one fateful evening and has never left her side since. Jonah was originally the only surviving adventurer who lost his hands facing The Monster, a monstrosity that Lord Strange went out searching for the night Lucy’s ship disappeared. No one has seen the monstrosity except for Jonah. Jonah also has the ability to talk to the dead (but only animals).

CONSTABLE GRAVES: Constable Graves is the guardian of the enchanted lantern of Bob which can guide its willing participants towards destinations unknown and treasures unimaginable. This dead handyman and his guiding light are prepared to keep an extra eye out to help Lucy get through even the darkest of situations.

SKIPPER: Skipper is a sea horse. Sea horses normally don’t have feet, that’s why he needs a pull cart…

SADIE: Sadie is The Dark Harbor’s ship’s mechanic and is best friends with Auto.

OLIVER: In charge of The Dark Harbor’s cargo hold and all heavy lifting! Automatopus is known for having invented Oliver’s steam-drive lift arm!

LORD STRANGE: (and his specimen, No. 7) Lord Strange was Lucy Curious’ best friend and disappeared one fateful day while searching for Lucy’s lost ship. Ironically she survived and returned to his manor only to find he himself was now lost at sea.She has been searching for him ever since in his ultimate creation, The Dark Harbor (Lucy’s ship)…Strange designed a steam-drive enchanted ship when he was in his teens… Lucy and her half-dead crew were the one’s that brought it to life! Lord Strange is trapped between worlds, and Lucy must finish his crew of inventions so they can help find him.

LUCY CURIOUS: The Captain of The Dark Harbor. One part pirate, one part explorer, one part alchemist and one part sea witch, Lucy navigates the uncharted waters and mysterious oceans in her world with her crew of wandering misfits and ghost adventurers and her ultimate bounty, her best friend Lord Strange.






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Toyota Gazoo Racing to debut racy Super Sport Concept

Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division is likely the envy of every gearhead employed by the Japanese automaker. In addition to having race programs in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and World Rally Championship, Gazoo has begun tinkering with Toyota street cars and been hard at work on a wicked Le Mans-inspired concept vehicle. The GR Super Sport Concept will be uncovered next month at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Inspiration for the concept draws heavily from Gazoo’s WEC race antics, with the teaser image showing a silhouette that looks an awful lot like the TS050 LMP1 race car. Chances are the concept will be nothing more than eye candy to draw more people into the Toyota Gazoo Racing booth at the show, but the idea of a Le Mans-inspired road car is undeniably cool.

We’ll have to wait until next month to get a full look at the GR Super Sport Concept. Sadly, it looks like the wait will be a bit longer for the rumored return of the Supra.

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Why hashtags are bad for your health

Instagram is giving more power to the hashtag. As of Tuesday, it announced, you can now not only follow people, but hashtags too.

There’s some good news and bad news here. Spoiler: it’s mainly bad news.

First, the good news. This is quite a nifty feature. I, having completely mainstream hobbies, have been getting really into Japanese pro wrestling recently, so I can now follow the related #NJPW hashtag, and any photo with that tag will automatically come up in my feed. Wunderbar!

If your interests are more niche than me, you may want to populate your feed with tags such as #Brunch, #Football or #Dogs. Or, if you’re the thirsty type, you can follow #Fitness. It’s OK, we get it.

Now, the bad news. Hashtags are ruining you and everyone you hold dear.


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I’m only semi joking. It’s well documented that social media can put a damper on your happiness and throw you into a tailspin of jealousy, among other unfortunate side effects. In my estimation, Instagram’s hashtag encapsulates social media’s most unhealthy parts.

Instagram hashtags made sense at first when the app was more of a showcase for photography than a social network. Now, generally speaking, the only real reason to use a hashtag on Instagram is to get more likes on your photo. More insidiously, it’s to get likes from strangers who don’t already follow you.

No judgement here. I enjoy likes as much as the next guy. I’ve been known to add a cheeky hashtag to an IG post every once in a while (#WhiteBeltForLife). But many people take it overboard, spamming their posts with tenuously related hashtags, all for those precious likes: #Smile #Love #PleaseLikeMe #AndMyColumn

If you take photography seriously, or you’re posting about something meaningful to you, it does make sense to try and extend your Instagram beyond your usual circle of followers. But it’s different when the photo in question is just some dope (me) getting drunk in a park (my backyard).

In other words, most of our posts are only interesting to us and our friends. But we still try, sometimes far too desperately, to broadcast them to the world.

That’s fine, it’s not hurting anybody. Except maybe you. A May survey of 1,500 teens and young adults by the UK’s Royal Society of Public Health found Instagram to be the most mentally harmful social network out there, thanks in part to the FOMO people get when looking at their friends’ feeds.

This makes sense, since your feed is basically a carefully curated highlight reel of your life. The hashtag, and our desire to get likes to out-highlight other people’s highlight reels, is one of the reasons social media is such a mental minefield.


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On Twitter, people (mostly) use hashtags to join conversations or troll politicians. Some people also use hashtags on Facebook, much to the bewilderment of everyone else on Facebook. But on Instagram, you now have people solely using them to try to game the algorithm and get more likes on their smashed avo toast and turmeric latte. 

It’s possible Instagram’s new move will make the hashtag great again. But it could also do the exact opposite. 

Instagram says its algorithm will only add the best posts from any hashtag you follow into your feed, but time will tell how effective that is. It’s feasible the platform’s attempt to make hashtags matter could actually make them less useful — unless, of course, you want to see pictures of me drinking in my backyard. #Sun #Happy #YOLO

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Judd Apatow returns to stand-up comedy on Netflix


Time-traveling Judd Apatow watches himself perform his comedy special. He knew he could do the special because he saw himself do it before. 

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Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. The audio is about a minute or two long. 

Judd Apatow is virtually a household name. If his name isn’t known, his work definitely is, with hits like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Girls” on HBO. After a quarter century, Apatow puts himself back in the spotlight by performing an hour-long comedy special. “Judd Apatow: The Return” was just added to Netflix. 

Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some information not found in the excellent podcast below. A report from Bloomberg says Netflix is looking into a choose-your-own-adventure show for adults. The streaming service already has similar programming for children like “Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale.” That would mean the viewer can choose how the story will progress with different choices leading to different storylines. 

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