First Click: Comic-Con, Star Trek, the Republican National Convention, and more in the week ahead
July 18th, 2016
We're only a day removed from the end of Star Wars Celebration — London's huge fan festival for the galaxy far far away — but the nerdery isn't ending there this week. San Diego's Comic Con kicks off on Thursday, and The Verge will be on the show floor, bringing you videos, pictures, and stories from the biggest event in the geek calendar. Expect information about Marvel's new movies and TV shows, as well as more about Game of Thrones, Pokémon Go, the new Aliens film, and — of course — more Star Wars.
We're finally starting to get the first details on Episode VIII, as well more concrete information about the upcoming spinoff Rogue One, but this week's not just for Star Wars fans: Star Trek Beyond hits movie theaters in the US on July 22nd. Initial reviews suggest the third film in the rebooted series is heavy on the action set pieces, and weirdly, features a cameo from Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.
This veritable feast of science fiction comes after some pretty impressive science facts, as SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on dry land for the second time, delivering yet more supplies to the International Space Station along the way. That's a point: when are those astronauts going to stop relying on us Earth folk for handouts? Matt Damon worked out how to grow his own food on Mars fast enough, why can't the people on the ISS? At least SpaceX seems to be making a habit of sticking the landing with its reusable rockets now, advancing them to the point where they actually start reusing them — if the company can stop playing Pokémon Go, anyway.
Out on LZ-1. We just completed the post-landing inspection and all systems look good. Ready to fly again. pic.twitter.com/1OfA8h7Vrf— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 18, 2016
If all that sounds a little too fantastical, the two biggest US political conventions of the year are happening over the next two weeks to bring you back to reality with a thud. The Republican National Convention goes first, starting today in Cleveland, before the Democratic Convention begins on July 25th in Philadelphia. This year brings new ways to watch both conventions, both streaming live on Twitch — complete with voting-themed emoji — and in 360-degree video courtesy of The Huffington Post.
But before we boldly go into the political future, let's cast our eyes back over the weekend, and recap some of its biggest stories.
SoftBank is buying chip designer ARM for $31.4 billion in cash
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SpaceX successfully lands Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground for the second time
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Lucasfilm is making a virtual reality movie about Darth Vader
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Facebook Live feed of CNN Turk broadcasts studio takeover by military
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500 miles of tall grass: a Pokémon Go road trip
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Google reportedly working on headset that mixes augmented and virtual reality
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It's official: young Han Solo will be played by Alden Ehrenreich
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You can buy a smart jump rope at the Apple Store
This week, Apple Stores will begin selling the Tangram smart rope, a jump rope with embedded LEDs that creates the appearance of a digital display in mid-air that displays your jump count. The...
Cardless cash withdrawal coming to a lot more ATMs, eventually
Getting cash out of an ATM could be getting a bit easier. Finance technology company Fidelity Information Services and ATM provider Payment Alliance International have announced that they will be...