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i-Blades smart cases will deliver on-the-go entertainment

i-Blades and IdeaNova Technologies have announced a video distribution and playback system designed to give media companies and movie studios an "on-the-go" entertainment delivery mechanism for mobile device users. The mobile content platform will allow anyone using the i-Blades smartcase's "content blades" to store up to 100 HD-quality, DRM-protected, feature-length movies, then view them on a smartphone using the IdeaNova INPLAY technology.

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— Computers

Use the Force Block Chrome extension to save yourself from Star Wars spoilers

For those unable to make the early screenings, navigating the online minefield of storyline giveaways for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be nigh on impossible. But one forward-thinking developer has got your back. The Force Block extension for Chrome scans the dark side of the web to shun such spoilers and preserve the plot's purity for your own precious premiere.

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— Good Thinking

Home-made Death Star works kind of like the real thing

Well, it's now December and a lot of people are getting excited about a special day that's coming up … that's right, we're talking about Dec. 17th, the opening day of Star Wars - The Force Awakens. In honor of the event, German laser-tinkerer Patrick Priebe has created a "working" model of the original Death Star. It may not be able to destroy planets, but it can certainly melt metal.

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— Collectibles

Movie memorabilia royalty goes to auction today

If you have spare time this afternoon, it will be worth watching the annual Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies New York sale. (13:00 EST). Over the last decade, movie, sports and music memorabilia has grown into a massive industry as the baby boomer generation (the current holders of the majority of the world's wealth) has recognized that there are greater returns to be had in Tier 1 memorabilia than in many traditional asset classes such as shares and real estate. Several iconic items of movie memorabilia going to auction on Monday will provide a bellwether for the entertainment memorabilia marketplace: two Marilyn Monroe dresses, Dorothy's dress from The Wizard of Oz, the 'Rosebud' sled from Citizen Kane, and Steve McQueen's race suit from Le Mans. Why? Because similar items have been auctioned before.

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— Automotive

Toyota goes Back to the Future with Tacoma and Mirai

As any good movie and tech fan knows, October 21, 2015 is (or was, depending on your timezone) Back to the Future day, the very date that was used as "the future" in BTTF II. And many companies couldn't let the day slip by without capitalizing on its marketing potential. Toyota made a particularly big deal of the event, revealing a specially equipped Mirai with DeLorean-like gullwing doors and a movie-inspired Tacoma pickup.

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— Collectibles

Star Wars spaceship soars above other sci-fi film treasures to yield record $450,000 at auction

When you see some of entertainment's most iconic vehicles go up for auction, such as a "General Lee" 1969 Dodge Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard, or Fonzie's 1949 Triumph Trophy from Happy Days, it might come as some surprise that a small model of a spaceship outstripped them all. Well, until you consider the devotion of a true Star Wars fan that is. A filming miniature of the Blockade Runner, the first flying ship to appear in 1977's Episode IV - A New Hope sold for US$450,000 at Profiles in History auction over the weekend, with a hoard of other Hollywood gems not all that far behind.

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— Collectibles

More famous cars and bikes up for auction

Several culturally significant cars and motorcycles from the sixties and seventies are going to auction in the near future: Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche 356, Steve’s 1958 Chevrolet Impala from American Graffiti, "Black Beauty" from The Green Hornet, Evel Knievel's Harley-Davidson Stratocycle, the Triumph motorcycle ridden by the Fonz in the TV sitcom Happy Days, and Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s Triumph "Sunset Tripper" from The Song Remains The Same.

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