Don’t let 2016 slip away without using this site to see your best nine Instagram pics


What a year. What. A. Year. To call 2016 a rollercoaster ride might be the understatement of the decade. But somehow, barring any further calamity on Saturday, we made it through in almost one piece. There are plenty of people out there who would rather chew on razor blades than relive even one minute of 2016. If you’re willing to get nostalgic for a moment before 2016 slips away though, we’ve got just the thing.

Best Nine was a big hit in 2015, and now the developers behind it are back with a new version. As you might have guessed, the new version does the exact same thing, but using photos from 2016.

For those unaware, Best Nine allows you to enter your Instagram username and it will generate a collage of your nine top-rated Instagram photos of the year. You can also use it to generate a best-of collage for any other Instagram user by entering his or her name. Let’s take a look at the same accounts we checked out in 2015.

Mine was easy this year, since I pretty much stopped using Instagram a few months ago. As it turns out, I posted exactly nine photos in 2016, so they all made the cut.

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Taylor Swift still posts a whole lot of photos of Taylor Swift.

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And Justin Bieber? Yeah, he still posts a whole lot of photos of Justin Bieber.

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That cute cat from last year is still super cute.


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So is that cute dog.

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They’re both cuter than Kylie Jenner tbh.

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At least Instagood is still an awesome account.

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Want to check out your own best nine? Have a few other users in mind that you want to try? Visit Best Nine 2016 to generate your own.



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Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill Reunite on the Set of STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII in This Photo



Mark Hamill‘s Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher‘s General Organa reunite for the first time since Return of the Jedi in this photo from the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Both actors are in costume and seem to be enjoying some relaxing downtime on the set. 

The photo was shared by co-star Oscar Isaac with the following note:


“She had no patience for pretense or small talk. She saw through things, at a different angle, with the gritty wisdom that comes from the hardest lessons. And, man, did she make me laugh. Will miss you dearly, Carrie.”

Fisher had already finished her work on Episode VIII, and there’s no information on how her untimely death will affect the rest of the saga, but at least we will get to see her as Leia one more time. 



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The best cases for Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL


If you’re a proud owner of a Google Pixel or a Google Pixel XL smartphone, we can safely assume a few things. First, we can assume that you’re a serious Android fan and you only want the best of the best. We can also assume that you’re willing to pay a premium for the best available smartphone, since Google’s Nexus replacements come with some seriously hefty price tags. Finally, we can assume that you’re smart enough to know that you need to protect your investment so that you can sell it for as much as possible next year to help pay for Google’s second-generation Pixel phones.

On that last note, we’re here to help. You definitely need a good case to guard all that aluminum and glass on the Pixel and Pixel XL, so we scoured Amazon to find the best cases out there for Google’s new smartphones.

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Reports Indicate Carrie Fisher Had Completed Her Scenes on STAR WARS Episode VIII Before Passing



Sources are reporting that Carrie Fisher had completed her scenes in Star Wars: Episode VIII before her untimely passing. Variety says that it appears that writers will not have to address the loss of Princess Leia until the next film in the series, in which Fisher was slated to appear in. 

I’m not at all surprised that Fisher had already filmed her scenes for Episode VIII as her role was relatively small in The Force Awakens, and the film has been in post-production for awhile. I am curious as to how big her role in the series will be going forward and if writers will now have to alter the story to cope with the loss. 


Do you think Fisher’s role would be substantial enough that she would need to be recast? It seems pretty difficult to continue the series without a major political figure…maybe they’ll go another route? I’m trying to leave spoilers out of this, guys. Help me out. 



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Amazon Echo takes center stage in first-degree murder investigation


During the course of a first-degree murder investigation in Bentonville, Arkansas, police noticed that their main suspect — a man named James Andrew Bates — owned an Amazon Echo. Realizing that the Echo is ‘always listening’ for the wake word, authorities there are now focused on determining if Amazon’s virtual assistant happened to record any pertinent information that might help them pursue their case.

According to a report from The Information, authorities in Bentonville secured a warrant demanding that Amazon hand over any audio logs on its servers from Bates’ Echo. Amazon refused to hand over any information it may or may not have had on its servers, and instead opted to give police Bates’ Amazon purchase history on the off-chance that it might help.

What’s particularly interesting about the case is that the Amazon Echo wasn’t the only Internet of Things device Bates had in his home. The report adds that Bates’ connected water meter revealed that upwards of 140 gallons of water were used on the night that the victim, one Victor Collins, was murdered and found dead in Bates’ hot tub. Police naturally believe that this points to Bates’ effort to clear up and wash away any evidence of the crime. Of particular interest is that detectives managed to find out that Bates’ level of water usage on the night of the crime had only been reached once before, back in 2013.

5Newsonline adds:


Detectives observed the rim of the hot tub and the patio had been sprayed down with water and two hot tub head cushions and three hot tub knobs were lying on the ground nearby, the affidavit states. One of the head cushions appeared to have diluted blood spots on it, according to the affidavit. Investigators also found watered down blood spots on the sides of the hot tub and another large area of blood spatter on the hot tub cover, the affidavit states.

Bates’ attorney argues that individuals have a right to privacy in their own home and that there is a “big problem that law enforcement can use the technology that advances our quality of life against us.”

While not exactly similar to Apple’s legal tussle with the FBI, this case raises a number of interesting issues concerning the growing popularity of IoT devices and the degree to which tech companies will take measures to protect sensitive user information.



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Pennywise the Clown Terrorizes the Sewers in New Photo From Stephen King's IT



Over the weekend a photo from the big screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s It surfaced, but it was unauthorized and we were asked to take it down by the studio. Don’t worry, though! We have an official new image from the film thanks to EW that’s even better than the one they asked us to take down! 

This photo shows Bill Skarsgård as the terrifying Pennywise the Clown peeking his head out of a sewer pipe. As many of you already know, the sewer is the place that Pennywise calls home. I would be scared shitless if that clown head popped out from a dark corner from out of nowhere and started staring at me. 

The film is based on the novel by Stephen King, whose story recalls a promise made 28 years ago that forces seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.


The film is being released in two parts. The first one is set in the 1980s and will focus on the “Losers Club” as they come together to battle It. The second film is set 30 years later in modern times when the monster returns and the group of friends are forced to come back together to destroy It once and for all.

The movie stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Richie Tozier, newcomer Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) as Stan Uris, Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs (Hawaii Five-0) as Mike Hanlon, and Jeremy Ray Taylor (42) as Ben Hanscom.

The first film is set to be released on September 8th, 2017.



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Growing number of Pixel owners are experiencing a wide range of issues


Released with a lot of fanfare, Google’s new Pixel smartphone is a unique Android device insofar as it was designed by Google from the ground up. While initial reviews were seemingly all over the map, it seems that most Pixel owners thus far have been quite pleased with their device.

Of course, seeing as this is Google’s first true smartphone effort, there have been some notable hiccups along the way. According to a fresh report from Android Police, a growing number of Pixel and Pixel XL owners are reporting a range of worrisome software issues that involve the device freezing up for no apparent reason, sometimes for minutes at a time.

The following is a representative complaint from Google’s support forums:

I’m experiencing the same problem. My Pixel XL 128 GB becomes unresponsive randomly. Doesn’t only happen while using a particular app or while doing a particular task. It’s just random. Either I have to wait few minutes until the screen goes to the lockscreen or force a reboot by holding down the power button. Please help guys!!!


While removing certain third-party apps has alleviated the issue for some users, others haven’t been so lucky. Incidentally, I received an email today from a Pixel owner experiencing a whole suite of problems, including alarms that won’t ring, the inability to play music or video content, and in some cases, the inability to make or even receive calls.  The same emailer relayed that Google was unwilling to replace the device because he bought it at Verizon. Other Pixel owners, meanwhile, have had better luck securing a replacement or a refund for their faulty device.

“Pixel and Pixel XL owners are having the same problem,” Android Police notes, “which might indicate a common hardware-software issue. While it’s not so widespread that it appears to be happening to all Pixel phones, it looks like a few hundred owners are seeing it at the very least.”

Google at the very least is aware of the issue and hopefully a fix will be coming down the pipeline sometime soon.



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Insane Action-Packed First Trailer for ATTACK ON TITAN Season 2!



At long last, the first trailer has been released for Attack on Titan Season 2 and it looks absolutely insane! This is a great early Christmas present for fans of this badass anime series. We’ve been waiting so long for this and it looks like it’ll be well worth the wait!

In the trailer we get to see Eren, Mikasa and Armin brutally taking out one titan after another with skilled maneuvering techniques. There are also a couple of new titans featured and in one of the coolest scenes, there’s a huge, furry titan that epically launches a horse toward one of the Survey Corps members. The footage featured in this first trailer is just incredibly action-packed stuff. 


Attack On Titan Season 2 is set to debut in April 2017. Now, watch the trailer!



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Watch this poor old iMac get vaporized by a canon


Apple really loves the iMac. Tim Cook recently sung the iMac’s praises in an internal memo to employees, and singled it out as the product that Apple will continue to use as its flagship desktop. None of that obviously matters to The Slow Mo Guys, however, and they just proved it by absolutely obliterating a classic iMac with a ridiculously powerful “combustion tube.” As is there schtick, the guys filmed the event in super slow motion, and the result is truly something to behold.

The combustion tube, which is effectively a giant flame cannon. Purdue University allowed the guys to use the tool, which is used for various scientific purposes, to destroy a beautiful iMac G5. The cannon, as you might imagine, turns the gorgeous white body of the iMac to, well, pretty much disappear.

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