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Even in animated form, Rihanna loves her selfies ;)

Home features the “We Found Love” singer as a young girl named Tip. She finds herself on a road trip with a runaway extraterrestrial voiced by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. The two go on the run as Parsons’ alien race invades Earth. Also providing voices for the Dreamworks animated film are Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez. The latter plays Rihanna’s mother. LOL.

Home hits theaters on March 27, 2015. A four-minute short film titled Almost Home was attached to theatrical showings for Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Rio 2 this year. In addition to lending her voice, Rihanna is creating a concept album consisting of 12 original songs for the film. Check out the trailer below.

watch the trailer after the jump

Happy Nerd Day

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech
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Remember that mathematical symbol that drove many kids crazy during grade school? Well, today is a day mathematically-challenged individuals hate. When translated to numeric values, March 14 equals 3 14 which are the first three digits for the infinite number. Speaking of which, on PI Day 2004, Daniel Tammet recited 22,514 decimal digits of Pi. Holy Nerd, Batman. At best, I think I can only recite 10 on a good day. Not only is it Pi day, but it’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday.

find out which films I love that are Pi-related after the jump

HUVr Board: Is It For Real?

In: Gadgets & Tech, Nic
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Apparently the future has arrived, and a la Back to the Future, the Huvr Board is finally not just science fiction, but ready to be marketed by the end of 2014.

The internet has blown up today trying to decipher whether or not the video and website and company are even real. With celebrities like Tony Hawk and Moby demonstrating “the best day” of their lives, flying through the air on what seems to be a hover board, many including myself are left scratching their heads wondering whether this is an elaborate hoax, or a legitimate hover board.

The website says:

What began as a summer project in 2010 at the MIT Physics Graduate Program has evolved into one of the most exciting independent products to be developed out of MIT since the high-powered lithium-ion batteries developed by Yet-Ming Chiang in 2001. Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who’ve solved an important part of one of science’s mysteries: the key to antigravity.

Marketing itself as an efficient mode of transportation and with a four and a half minute demonstration video, only time will tell us whether you too can be Marty McFly by December, or just the butt end of a big joke.

watch the video after the jump

Instagram 2013 Year In Review

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech, Random Reads
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Last year, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand was the most Instagrammed location. In 2013, it falls all the way to #9. Fret not Thai people, the top slot still remains within the country at Siam Paragon, a shopping mall in Bangkok earning the distinction as Most Instagrammed location of 2013. Random, right?

New to the list this year are Walt Disney World, High Line and Central Park in New York City and the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. Au revoir Eiffel Tower, you’ve been bumped off the list. Coming up just short in second place is Times Square in New York. If it’s any consolation prize to the Big Apple, it came first on the social media’s most Instagrammed cities of the year list.

Check out the rest of the top locations below, along with stats about the most popular picture and holiday of the year.

check out more stats after the jump

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Did you retweet in 2013? If you did, chances are pretty high you shared one of Twitter’s top three retweets of the year. Two of them involve a celebrity death while the other is a birthday shout-out. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular on the micro-blogging site is Lea Michele’s thanks to her fans for their support in the wake of Cory Monteith’s death. Check out the other two below, along with Twitter’s year in review video.

Lea Michele Thanks Fans

check out the other two after the jump

Grindr, the most popular location based gay “dating” app, has just released a new update with several new features aimed at making it a faster and more engaging experience for the seven million-plus users around the globe. The update features a sleek new design (included a slightly different take on the logo), an optimized user interface and many other features that allow users to narrow down their search for Mr. Right (…or Mr. Right now).

“We rewrote the software for the new Grindr with a focus on speed – giving our users the ability to meet other guys in mere minutes. We did that by strengthening the app’s reliability and performance, and by introducing ‘Tribes‘ and other filters to make it even simpler for men to identify themselves and find exactly what they’re looking for,” said Joel Simkhai, founder and CEO of Grindr. “Get ready for a whole new level of user personalization, speed and convenience to the Grindr experience, along with many added capabilities for Grindr Xtra users – all in a new sleek design.”

Do you know how many chat messages were sent on Grindr in the last month? One billion! They also exchanged one billion photos and logged in one billion times in a two month time span. Check out the specifics on the new features below and if you’re a Grindr user yourself, share your thoughts on the latest update in the comments.

Check out all of the new features after the jump…

Can you believe Apple’s App Store has been around for five years? On July 10, 2008, Apple launched their digital distribution system in 62 countries with 500 third-party apps. As of May 2013, the App Store had over 850,000 apps available with downloads surpassing 50 billion. I can’t even imagine life without those numerous apps cluttering my iPhone. With their anniversary promo, I expect to spend a good chunk of today checking out all the free and discounted apps they’re offering for reaching this milestone.

All kinds of apps have been discounted, with some developers offering their paid apps for free for a limited time. According to the App Store’s Twitter account, it’s a week-long celebration. From the action-packed game “Infinity Blade 2” to “Traktor DJ,” an app that lets you scratch and mix like a real disc jockey, there’s something for everyone to enjoy from App Store developers.

For a complete list of apps that have been marked down, check out AppShopper or simply open up the App Store on your iPhone or iPad. Happy searching.

Instagram Takes On Vine With Video Update

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech

Clearly, Facebook-owned Instagram viewed Twitter-owned Vine as a huge threat. With its latest update, the popular photo-sharing app is now getting into the video business. While to most people, this move clearly takes aim at Vine, Instagram co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom told ABC News that video sharing was always part of the original plan. “But we left video on the shelf,” Systrom says, “All we’re doing today is bringing it back into the product.”

find out how it will differ from Vine after the jump

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