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This New Animated Lego Star Wars Short Looks Legit

Looks like we won’t have to wait until next year’s Episode VIII to see our favorite characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens again. OK, that’s only kind of true. If you consider “watching animated Lego versions of” characters “seeing” them, then you’ll definitely be seeing them again soon—like three-days-from-now …

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Indonesia Bans 'Gay' Emojis on Messaging Apps

In the latest crackdown on gay rights in Indonesia, the government has demanded all instant messaging apps remove same-sex emoticons or face a ban in the Muslim-majority country. The emojis – which are available on the popular apps LINE and Whatsapp as well as Facebook and Twitter – depict same-sex …

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Apple Is Reportedly Making a TV Show Starring Dr. Dre

Apple appears to be getting in on the original content game. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple is developing a TV series starring Dr. Dre — who, of course, is a co-founder of the now Apple-owned Beats. Dre’s series is already said to have started filming. The show is reported to …

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Self-Driving Cars Are Coming Soon to a Highway Near You

I’m driving on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on my way to my parents’ house when I finally decide to let go of the steering wheel. As I release my grip, the car veers closer toward the adjacent lane. My palms begin to sweat and pupils dilate. Just as I’m about to …

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Instagram Rabbit Hole: Snake Wranglin’ and a Moody Orange

This week Amy Lombard (@amylombard) takes us down the Instagram Rabbit Hole. Lombard is a Brooklyn documentary photographer who has shot for numerous publications including WIRED, New York Times and Vanity Fair. She started with Alexis Gross (@alexisjadegross), a photographer whose gritty images of LA offer a fresh perspective.“Instagram is a place where …

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