Everything to do, see, and read this weekend

And just like that, summer ended. We hope you had a good one. Welcome back to the Weekender, a place where you can wring out that last few drops of the season before we buckle down for months of iPhones, smartwatches, and conferences as far as the eye can see. Think of it as an oasis before we...

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The opening scene to 'Apocalypse Now' started as a piece of trash

Tim Appelo of The Hollywood Reporter quotes Francis Ford Coppola on the unlikely origins of the opening sequence to Apocalypse Now, on the film's 35th anniversary:

"The 'trim' barrels were filled with film you threw away. Garbage, basically, thrown-away film turned upside down and used to space out the sound on the sound track. I reached into a barrel of this film and at random pulled out a...

Microsoft teases its Lumia 730 ‘selfie phone’ with a selfie

Microsoft started teasing its Lumia 730 "selfie phone" last month with an invite to a press conference in Berlin on Thursday. While the invite teased "join us for more face time" and a Lumia camera, Microsoft has posted a fresh teaser today that’s simply a selfie photo. In an obvious nod to what Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop previously described as a "selfie phone" during a private internal company meeting, it’s clear Microsoft is preparing to unveil its Lumia 730 on Thursday.

Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 expected on Thursday

AnandTech founder Anand Shimpi retires from journalism to join Apple

If you've built your own PC at any time over the past decade and a half, chances are you'll have come across AnandTech in the course of your research. Founded by a precocious teenager way back in 1997, the tech news site has grown from covering motherboards and other PC components to offering some of the most in-depth technical analyses of mobile devices today. Widely respected for his enormous...

Moving to the Mac mothership

This university's library doesn't have a single paper book

Bookless libraries aren't quite so far-fetched as they used to be. Florida Polytechnic University, opening for the first time this fall, features a $60 million, Santiago Calatrava-designed main building with a library that doesn't hold a single paper book within its walls. Instead, the library has space for reading, desks for doing work, and a number of desktops, laptops, and tablets readily...

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'Dota 2' is on the front page of today's New York Times

If anyone is still questioning the legitimacy of e-sports, today should be a bit of a wake-up call. The lead photo on the front page of today's New York Times is of this July's $10 million Dota 2 tournament, The International. That's right: The Gray Lady has taken note, running a story on the rise of e-sports on the front page of its Sunday edition. The accompanying article is the first in a series exploring how competitive video gaming has developed into a spectator sport. The Times certainly isn't the first big media company to pay attention to e-sports: ESPN broadcast a preview of The...

Apple reportedly reaches agreements with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for iPhone mobile payments

Apple is widely expected to reveal a mobile payments system alongside the iPhone 6 at its press event on September 9th. The system — supposedly designed to take on Google Wallet, Isis, Paypal, and others — would allow you to use your phone to pay for items at the cash register, and it appears Apple's gained some strong allies in its quest. Bloomberg reports that Visa, MasterCard, and American Express have agreed to work together with Apple on...

Can we expect true compatibility with all credit cards?
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T-Mobile's next 'Uncarrier' announcement coming September 10th

T-Mobile is going to try shaking up the wireless industry again on September 10th. The carrier has just sent out invitations for an "Uncarrier 7.0" event taking place at one of its own stores in San Francisco early next month. There's no big stage...

Trademarking charity: ALS Association wants to own 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

No one could've predicted what a sensation the Ice Bucket Challenge would become. It's everywhere. It's unavoidable. And now that it's earned the ALS Association over $94 million in charity, the organization has filed for a trademark seeking ownership of the phrase "ice bucket challenge." The August 22nd filings also request a trademark covering "ALS ice bucket challenge," a slightly-more-specific description that's proven equally popular across Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other social...

Watch the 5 best new movie trailers of the week

Each week's new trailers are starting to look more and more different as we head out of the summer. Forget Michael Bay's explosions — we're stepping toward October's horror films and this winter's award contenders. We've got a bit of all that...

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