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R2 D2 Actor

Did you know that R2-D2 has been played by English actor Kenny Baker in all 6 original Star Wars films and is due to reprise the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first installment of the upcoming sequel trilogy? This makes him one of just two characters/actors along with C-3PO - portrayed by Anthony Daniels - to appear in all seven films. Continue reading for more rare behind-the-scenes photos that will forever change how your favorite films are seen.

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HTC One M9

Photo credit: Martin Hajek

A video leaked ahead of Mobile World Congress purportedly shows the all-new HTC One M9, which sports an all-metal "dual-finish" frame, with the back being silver and the edges gold. The main difference is that the M8's rear-facing dual-camera has been replaced with a 20-megapixel camera on the back, and a single, 4-megapixel camera with "Ultrapixel" technology for better low-light selfies, on the front. No word yet on pricing or availability. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today - don't miss the hypnotic ink shot in ultra slow motion.

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Aston Martin DB10 Stunt

Photo credit: xxBellum / Reddit

In the latest 007 installment, a cryptic message from an unlikely source sets James Bond navigating the layers of a sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. As M continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond draws closer to uncovering a hidden truth that threatens to destroy everything he has fought to protect. If you're wondering how they'll record Daniel Craig driving the ultra sleek Aston Martin DB10, these images should give you somewhat of an idea. Continue reading for more pictures.

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SR-71 Factory

Photo credit: Daily Mail

Here are some rarely seen pictures show how engineers in 1960s California secretly developed the SR-71 Blackbird for the US Air Force, currently still the fastest unclassified aircraft. These rarely seen once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built three types of Blackbird - A, B and C in Burbank, California. All of the SR-71 models were built by American aerospace company Lockheed under a 'black project'. The SR-71 Blackbird has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft with a record speed of 2,193.2mph, since July 28, 1976. To withstand the high temperatures generated by friction due to sustained Mach 3 flight in the upper atmosphere, the SR-71 required an array of specially developed materials including high temperature fuel, sealants, lubricants, wiring and other components. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five more popular viral videos of today.

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Canon 5Ds

Here's a first look at the Canon EOS 5Ds, a 50.6-megapixel, photo-centric shooter that will be released in the first half of 2015. It will be priced at $4,000 and feature a 100% field of view viewfinder, an electronic level, 1/8000s max shutter speed, a 3.2-inch 1.04-million-dot LCD screen, mini HDMI out, and external microphone output. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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12

Photo credit: Martin Hajek

You've seen the 12-inch MacBook Air spy shots, now check out a few renders by the very talented Martin Hajek of the laptop in all three colors: champagne gold, slate gray, and silver. While new information has been sparse, it's most likely that this ultra slim laptop will have only a single USB-C port, along with a headphone jack. There are rumors that Apple may offer a 16GB RAM option and / or a Retina Display, but we'll probably have to wait until WWDC in June to see if any of those are true. Let's just hope there isn't a waiting list for the gold model, like there was for Apple's iPhone 6 / 6 Plus at launch. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of ten things you didn't know a microwave could do.

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2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Stuttgart-based auto enthusiast Johan9ff spotted the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 RS in a parking garage, complete with a deeper front spoiler, revamped front bumper with larger air intakes, air outlets on top of the front wings, and a large fixed rear wing for extreme downforce at high speeds. There's no word yet on pricing or availability, but expect this to be priced from $180,000USD. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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12-inch MacBook Air

Marc Gurman of 9to5 Mac gives us a first look at the redesigned 12-inch MacBook Air, which is reportedly to have only one port. The company is aiming to make this model even slimmer than the 11-inch model, or to be more specific, a quarter inch narrower with just a headphone jack and a single USB Type-C port. There are also rumors that the 12" will come in both slate gray and silver, but no pricing or technical specifications have yet been announced. It will most likely be announced at WWDC at the Moscone Center on June 8, 2015. Continue reading for a picture of the keyboard and additional information.

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Nixie Camera Drone

We covered Nixie not too long ago, but here's yet another look at the world's first wearable camera drone. This portable gadget folds up and attaches to a wrist strap, and when the wearer wants it to start filming, they just have to press a button. The drone then unfolds and flies overhead, tracking their movements using motion sensors. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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iPad Air 2

It's confirmed, Apple will be holding an official press event on October 16, and the new iPads, along with Retina iMacs are purportedly going to be announced. Here's a first look at the iPad Air 2, which is half a millimeter thinner than the current generation, at 7mm, and boasts a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. There's also a rumor saying that Apple is working on a 12-inch iPad that will be released next year. Continue reading for more images and information.

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