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Lego releases new International Space Station set, sends it into the s

Lego is back with another new amazing spacecraft build set. This time, it’s a fairly realistic replica of the International Space Station, the orbiting laboratory helmed by NASA and more than a dozen countries all over the world. To celebrate the new creation, the Lego team sent the tiny ISS made out of Lego bricks to the stratosphere using a giant weather balloon in order to get it “as close as possible to the real ISS.”

Lego claims it asked NASA experts to approve the final design for the build, according to a short video announcing the new set. True to Lego form, the mini-ISS comes complete with various attachments and details that the real space station uses and interacts with every day. The Lego ISS sports the vehicle’s eight...

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Buy two Blu-ray movies or video games, get one free from Amazon

A still from Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke

You can save a good amount of cash on Blu-ray movies and video games on Amazon right now. In addition to discounts, it’s offering a “buy two, get one free” promotion, and the selection is great. If you can’t make up your mind about whether you want three movies or three games, you can mix and match them. You’ll get the most affordable one for free at checkout.

A few notable highlights from the Blu-ray movies participating in this deal (via Slickdeals) include new releases like The Farewell, Joker, Us, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ad Astra, It Chapter Two, and Gemini Man. Check out the larger collection of eligible movies and TV shows here, and you can sort by category if the link doesn’t do it for you automatically.

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Fortnite is holding a TikTok dance contest to find the next great emot

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Epic is asking TikTok users to create Fortnite’s next emote. Over the weekend, Epic kicked off a weeklong contest that will award in-game prizes to someone who posts an original dance move to TikTok along with the hashtag “#EmoteRoyaleContest.” The winning dance will be brought into the game as a new emote, one of the many elaborate moves Fortnite characters can burst into in celebration.

The contest seems to be part of a bigger strategy from Epic that’s designed to keep people talking about Fortnite, as its popularity wanes ever so slightly following two truly blockbuster years. Last week, Epic launched an in-game skin based on Ninja and said that more creator tie-ins were coming. It had the effect of getting Ninja and his fans excited...

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Skip pulls back the curtain on the high costs of electric scooter main

Skip, an electric scooter rental startup that operates in and around Washington, DC, said it would start disclosing details about the maintenance and repair requirements of its fleet of two-wheelers. The company’s aim is to shine a light on the environmental impact of the electric scooter boom and challenge its rivals to build better scooters that last longer than the cheap, Chinese-made models that were deployed in the early days.

Electric scooter companies like to boast about their commitment to the environment, frequently reminding riders that every two-wheeled trip they take can help reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. But a recent study from North Carolina State University found that shared e-scooters are less...

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Microsoft’s CEO looks to a future beyond Windows, iOS, and Android

Volkswagen And Microsoft CEOs Hold “Fireside Chat” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella | Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

“What do you think is the biggest hardware business at Microsoft?” asked Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last week during a private media event. “Xbox,” answered a reporter who had been quizzing Nadella on how the company’s hardware products like Surface and Xbox fit into the broader ambitions of Microsoft. “No, it’s our cloud,” fired back Nadella, explaining how Microsoft is building everything from the data centers to the servers and network stack that fit inside.

As the reporter pushed further on the hardware point, a frequent question given Microsoft’s focus on the cloud, Nadella provided us with the best vision for the modern Microsoft that moves well beyond the billion-or-so Windows users that previously defined the company.

“The way...

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Lego’s new studio wants to make ‘more poetic, artistic games’

Just before Christmas, Lego released a very surprising new game. Called Builder’s Journey, it wasn’t exactly what many people expected from the toy giant. The company is well-known for its family-friendly action games, based on everything from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, developed by prolific studio TT Games. Builder’s Journey was different. It was a short, solemn experience that had more in common with an artistic indie title than a licensed blockbuster. That wasn’t an accident: Lego recently formed a brand-new internal studio called Light Brick for creating just those kinds of experiences.

“The studio formed around the idea of exploring new genres and gameplay styles with the Lego brick and brick building as the core mechanic,”...

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Aluminum is recycling’s new best friend, but it’s complicated

Green Waste Recycling Photo by Aric Crabb / Digital First Media / Bay Area News via Getty Images

Can drinking water out of a can really save us?

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Uber tests letting California drivers set their own prices

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Uber is experimenting with a new feature in California that allows drivers to set their own prices for rides in some circumstances instead of accepting Uber’s set price, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The new feature allows for drivers to increase fares to up to five times more than Uber’s original price, and it follows other major changes Uber made in California in response to the new gig work law.

According to the WSJ, the new changes let drivers increase fares in 10 percent increments, up to five times what Uber sets the base price of the ride. The new feature effectively creates a bidding system where drivers with lower prices get the first customers. As demand increases, drivers who had set higher prices will...

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Sonos will stop providing software updates for its oldest products in

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In May, Sonos will stop providing software updates for its oldest products, and they’ll no longer receive any new features. The decision impacts “legacy” devices that are currently part of the company’s trade-up program, including all Sonos Zone Players, the Connect and Connect:Amp, the first-generation Play:5, the CR200 controller, and the Bridge. It’s important to note that with the Connect and Connect:Amp, this only applies to devices manufactured between 2011 and 2015. Newer hardware revisions will continue receiving updates.

“Without new software updates, access to services and overall functionality of your sound system will eventually be disrupted, particularly as partners evolve their technology,” Sonos warned in a blog post...

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Venmo will soon let you add GIFs to Venmo notes

Venmo will soon let you add custom animated GIFs to your transaction notes, the payment company announced today. If your Venmo feed is anything like mine, it’s already chock-full of flying dollar bill and pizza emoji, so GIFs seem like a fun way to make Venmo feeds even more lively.

You can get an idea of the style of the GIFs, which it made in partnership with animated sticker company Holler, with some examples below. I think they look really fun:

Yes, that last one does have an IKEA logo on it — there will also be a sticker made in partnership with Subway to start.

And here’s how the GIFs will likely look in the app:

Venmo says its app will utilize Holler’s keyword...

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