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Weekly Rewind: SpaceX succeeds, Beatles finally stream, X-ray vision arrives

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In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories you may have missed. Everything from SpaceX’s historic landing, to Kim Kardashian’s butt emoji — it’s all here.

SpaceX soars into the history books with a flawless rocket launch and landing

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The Falcon 9 rocket on Monday night made a perfect touchdown – upright and on hard ground – at Cape Canaveral, Florida, marking the first time for Elon Musk and his team to achieve the incredibly complicated maneuver. The triumph is a major step forward for SpaceX’s ambition to develop reusable and reliable rocket technology aimed at drastically reducing the cost of space missions, and marks a truly landmark moment for space travel.

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‘Remember that one?!’ Stroll through gadget history in Prague’s Apple museum

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You know your company has been around a long time and that you’ve released a lot of products when a museum exhibit pops up, purely to showcase your impact on the world. That’s exactly what Apple now has in Prague, where a museum offers what it boasts is the largest private collection of historic Apple hardware in the world.

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To make the NX crossover cooler, Lexus gave it wheels made completely out of ice

As part of its “Creating Amazing” design campaign, Lexus commissioned a team of specialists to make wheels completely out of ice for its NX crossover. Artisans from Hamilton Ice Sculptors took three months to create frozen copies of the vehicle’s five-spoke alloys and Yokohama tires, and when they were done, they actually drove the thing down a London street.

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These clothes cool your body to trick you into burning fat — or at least they’re supposed to

The Thin Ice Weight Loss Clothing Line, recently backed on Indiegogo by more than half a million dollars, is designed to trick your body into thinking you’re cold and burning fat to keep you warm. The team behind Thin Ice is kicking off the line with two items to target areas of your body with a lot of thermoreceptors (nerves that detect temperature changes).

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Box office hits and misses: Star Wars shatters US and global box-office records

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Final reports on both domestic and worldwide ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens now indicate that the film has indeed broken the global opening-weekend record with $529 million worldwide, surpassing the previous record of $525 million set by Jurassic World. The Force Awakens also earned slightly more in U.S. theaters than early reports suggested, with the final tally for the film confirmed to be $248 million domestically — the new all-time record for opening weekends in U.S. theaters.

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Next page: 5 more tech stories you might have missed this week

World’s most expensive house hides its tech behind frescoes

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The world’s most expensive home, Château Louis XIV, which just sold for $301 million to a private buyer, was built to resemble 17th-century palace Versailles, but has more amenities than your average modern-day home. Sitting in a 56-acre park, the 20-bedroom home has a long list of ridiculous features. It took 200 people three years to build the home for developer Emad Khashoggi and his company Cogemad

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Fab Four Christmas: The Beatles catalog lands on streaming services Christmas Eve

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After years of holding out, the Beatles are finally going to start streaming your way. Given the history of exclusivity of the band’s music in digital form, it’s surprising just how many services the Beatles catalog is coming to. Spotify and Apple Music are getting the catalog just as you’d expect, but so are Google Play, Tidal, and even Amazon Prime Music.

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Ouch: Forbes names Johnny Depp Hollywood’s most overpaid actor of 2015

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Film awards season is upon us, but this year, Johnny Depp has received a less-than-thrilling distinction. The actor has earned the top spot on Forbes magazine’s list of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors of 2015. To rank the actors, the difference between their films’ global box offices and estimated production costs are compared to their compensation for the projects. Forbes found that Depp returned just $1.20 for ever $1 that he is paid.

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Want to see through walls? Now you can with MIT’s X-ray vision technology

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Marvel’s universe may have once been confined to its comic books, but thanks to some pretty crazy innovations, we just might be closer to bringing superheroes, or at least their powers, into real life. Thanks to scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we now have software that effectively gives us X-ray vision.

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Kim Kardashian’s butt emoji crashed the App Store

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If you’re a Kimye fan obsessed with instant messaging, then Kim Kardashian West just released the app for you. Kimoji follows on the high stiletto heels of the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood mobile game, this time offering users the chance to share Kim-centric emojis with friends.

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Best Samsung Galaxy S22 deals: Save big on unlocked models
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For a couple of years now the Samsung Galaxy S22 has made for some of the best phone deals you can shop. This includes both the Galaxy S22 and its big brother in the lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S22+. These phones have been out for a little while now, and they’re getting more and more difficult to find brand new. We’ve managed to find a few deals available on both the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22+, however, and there are several ways to save on refurbished models out there. We’ve rounded up all of the best Samsung Galaxy S22 deals taking place at a number of different retailers, so read onward for all of the details on how to save.
Samsung Galaxy S22 deals at Samsung

Samsung isn’t currently carrying very many older models of the Samsung Galaxy S phone. You’ll find some newer models like the recently released Samsung Galaxy S24 there, but if you’re looking for something from the S22 model lineup all you’ll find is a Galaxy S22 renewed model. It’s offering some great savings, however, as you can claim it for just $679 with up to $300 in trade-in savings.

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Best Apple Watch deals: Series 9 and Ultra 2 discounted
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The Apple Watch has become one of the best smartwatches on the market. And while Apple deals are traditionally somewhat difficult to come by, the Apple Watch has always been a good Apple product to turn to for some savings. That’s certainly the case right now, as some of the best smartwatch deals are on various Apple Watch models, and several models are offering substantial savings. From the Apple Watch Ultra 2 to older Apple Watch models that come in at relatively low prices, we’ve tracked down all of the best Apple Watch deals taking place right now. Read onward and you’ll find plenty of details on how to save, as well as some information on which Apple Watch may best suit your needs.
Best Apple Watch SE deals

The first-generation Apple Watch SE, which was released in 2020, and the second-generation Apple Watch SE, which was rolled out in 2022, are the most affordable ways of getting an Apple Watch. They don't give up too much in order to keep costs low compared to their more expensive peers though. The Apple Watch SE 2, in particular, still provides comprehensive fitness tracking features, a comfortable fit, and excellent software as it can be updated to Apple's latest watchOS 10.

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Best Samsung tablet deals: Discounted tablets as low as $184
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Samsung makes a huge lineup of quality yet affordable tablets, many of them in competition to be among the best tablets, and many more often found among the best tablet deals. With a wide set of prices ranging from budget to premium, a Samsung tablet makes a great investment for almost anyone who enjoys the touchscreen form factor. There are quite a few Samsung tablet deals worth shopping right now, and we’ve done the heavy lifting of tracking down the best. Among them you’ll find discounts on the likes of the budget tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite and the high-end tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab S9. So whichever end of the tablet spectrum you fall on, or if you land anywhere in between, read onward for more details on the best Samsung tablet deals available right now.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 -- $184, was $230

If you need a bigger screen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is another solid budget option. It is 10.5 inches and runs a much better 1920 x 1200 resolution, which also makes it a better option for watching content. It does have a much smaller capacity at 32GB, although you can always expand it with a MicroSD, so it's not a dealbreaker. That said, the 3GB of RAM is very much within the limits of what's going to give you a smoother experience, but it's the sort of compromise you deal with when going for a larger screen at a budget price.

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