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Facebook's last logo update came in 2005, but this year, the folks in Menlo Park felt it was time for a change. While the iconic white "f" and blue square will remain, places where the full name is used will see this new wordmark. Working with Eric Olson of Process Type Foundry, Facebook's in-house designers created custom lettering to make the logo "feel more friendly and approachable," according to creative director Josh Higgins. Olson's Klavika typeface was used in the current mark, and collaborating with him makes sense given the changes. "While we explored many directions, ultimately we decided that we only needed an update, and not a full redesign," Higgins explained. That decision seems like a good move, since the current logo is so recognizable after 10 years of use.

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Dear Veronica: Real-Life Trek Tech?

Summer is in full swing now, which means that parents are trying desperately to figure out what to do with their errant teenagers. How about teaching them to code? There are lots of options out there, and I cover some of my favorites in this week's episode.

Plus, we get to hear about what technologies from Star Trek are actually possibly from my favorite space nerd Phil Plait, a.k.a. The Bad Astronomer!

We also need your photos or videos of the worst catastrophes your phones have survived through! Post them to social using the #DearVeronica hashtag, along with your questions for future episodes!


We got a brief glimpse at Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film back in May, but today we've finally got a full trailer to watch. Scripted by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing), the biopic stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as Apple's former marketing head Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley. So far, it looks far more compelling than that Ashton Kutcher Jobs film (which we'll never speak of again). The combination of Sorkin's rapid-fire dialog and Boyle's direction gives us hope that it'll be something on the level of David Fincher's The Social Network (also scripted by Sorkin). That film wasn't exactly accurate, but it managed to give Facebook's founding story near-Shakespearean weight. And given how dramatic Jobs' life was, it shouldn't be too tough to do the same for this film.

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The idea behind every all-you-can-eat-style service is that only a few people will consume more food/movies/e-books than it costs overall to keep the business going. Unfortunately people's lust for written romance is so immense that Scribd's cutting them off in order to remain a viable business. The company has sent out a letter to several publishers, including Smashwords, saying that it would be making some adjustments to its romance catalog.

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Living with the Galaxy S6 Edge: Is that curve worth the cost?

Samsung launched two Galaxy S6 models this spring, but let's face it: The spotlight was really on the curvy, attention-grabbing S6 Edge. I know I was dead-set on trying that one-of-a-kind smartphone as soon as I could. However, I couldn't help but wonder if it was really, truly worth the $100 premium to turn heads and score a couple of clever features. Moreover, would that design actually hold up in the real world? There was only one way for me to find out. I spent several weeks with the Edge to see whether its curved display would grow on me, or if I'd be desperately wishing I had made the safer choice and snagged the regular S6. As it turns out, the answer was a bit of both.

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The director of the seminal '70s horror film The Wicker Man is asking all of us to bankroll the final film in his Wicker trilogy. Robin Hardy has launched an Indiegogo campaign asking for film fans to chip in $210,000 to complete The Wrath of the Gods, finishing a series that began in 1973. The story involves a theme park that's based on Norse mythology that, perhaps unsurprisingly, begins to rapidly fall apart when supernatural forces get involved. If we were asked to guess, we'd imagine a sardonic riff on Jurassic Park that -- spoilers -- features someone getting slaughtered in some form of pagan ceremony.

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Huawei hasn't even launched its first Android smartwatch yet and it's already talking-up the following entry into the wearables business. As Engadget Chinese reports, the company revealed that it's working on the Band Zero, a watch-style device for cheapie sub-brand Honor. We've only got rendered images to go on, but it's believed that the device will tell the time, offer fitness tracking and some basic smartphone notifications. In addition, Leiphone is reporting that the hardware will have a battery life for four days and be both dust and water resistant to IP68 standards. That's all that there is to say right now, but perhaps it might be wise if Huawei concentrated on getting its products out of the door instead of teasing us with what's coming up in the future.

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We've seen President Barack Obama take a few selfies in the White House before, but until now the practice has been strictly forbidden for visitors on the public tour. Well, today that 40-year-old ban has been officially lifted. From now on, you can use a smartphone or a compact camera with a lens no longer than three inches to take photos inside the building. (Yes, this includes selfies.) While the rules have been relaxed somewhat, there are still plenty of gadgets on the "Prohibited Items" list. These include selfie sticks, tablets, GoPro-style action cameras and any snapper with detachable lenses. Texting, calls and livestreaming are also forbidden -- so no Periscoping while you walk down the entrance hall.

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In the same way that people write words onto grains of rice, one programmer has managed to build a game with code that can fit into a single tweet. The 140-character opus is called Tiny Twitch and was created by Alex Yoder after responding to an open challenge by developer Ben Porter. Unsurprisingly, the game's not going to rival the blockbuster hits of this world, since you're simply asked to click an X as it bounces around your browser as many times as you can. If you're interested in giving this a go, it's available to play right now and let us know if you can get higher score than 17 before time runs out.

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Its name means "future" in Japanese. The FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) Mirai is Toyota's $57,500 bet (not counting clean fuel incentives) on a future where hydrogen vehicles roll into fueling stations just as easily as their gasoline-powered counterparts. It wants another Prius moment, but the desire to drive an environmentally friendlier car can't override the need to actually fill the car with fuel. The car itself hits all the important sedan marks: aggressive styling, solid acceleration (0-60 in nine seconds) and, from our time being driven on the track, solid handling thanks to the fuel cell stack residing under the passenger compartment for a low center of gravity. The 312-mile range is on par with its gas-guzzling counterparts. But even with a hybrid engine to reduce hydrogen fuel consumption to 67 miles per gallon equivalent, it still needs to be refueled.

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