Star Wars: Rogue One will be a prequel to the original trilogy

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Podcast Beyond: The Funniest Moments in Video Games

The Beyond crew discusses their favorite hilarious moments in games, both intentional and unintentional.

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Google Wallet funds are now FDIC insured, says report

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NASA Says Nobody’s Getting to Mars Without its Help

nfagzbcpxvixbvulnf95NASA really wants people to get to Mars, but it’s pretty adamant that it will be the one to get someone there.



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Fintech Startups Navigate Legal Gray Areas To Build Billion-Dollar Companies

shortcut Innovation, growth, technology, user experience, revenue and gross margin have become synonymous with how you define success for a tech startup. What is missing from this list is local, state, and federal regulation; terms that startups in the financial technology sector understand far too well as either barriers to or catalysts for growth and early success. Read More

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Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017

Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017

Norway’s Minister of Culture announced this week that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete its transition over to digital radio. It’s the end of an era.

As Radio.no notes, Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) will provide Norwegian listeners more diverse radio channel content than ever before. Indeed, DAB already hosts 22 national channels in Norway, as opposed to FM radio’s five, and a TNS Gallup survey shows that 56% of Norwegian listeners use digital radio every day. While Norway is the first country in the world to set a date for an FM switch-off, other countries in Europe and Southeast Asia are also in the process of transitioning to DAB.

According to Thor Gjermund Eriksen, head of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation:

“This is an important day for everyone who loves radio. The minister’s decision allows us to concentrate our resources even more upon what is most important, namely to create high quality and diverse radio-content to our listeners.”

Frequency modulation, or FM, radio was patented in 1933 and has been recording and sharing the human story for nearly a century. But its days are clearly waning. According to a 2012 Pew Study, while over 90% of Americans still listen to AM/FM radio at least weekly, more people are choosing to forgo analog radio for Internet-only services each year. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before many countries follow Norway’s example, although I’m not so sure I’m ready to part with my 80’s-era Grundig. Thing still sounds like a dream.

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s Prison Twitter Account Is a Mystery

jshzyx7rjitgjjwou4dsNearly 600 days after a military court sentenced Chelsea Manning to 35 years in prison, she burst back into the public eye, with a new Twitter account sending out tweets from maximum security prison.



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