TIME Video Games

Watch the Trailer for the Most Anticipated Star Wars Game in Years

Star Wars: Battlefront is due out this November

Star Wars: Battlefront, an upcoming large-scale multiplayer battle game set in the Star Wars universe, is due out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on November 17.

Savvy Star Wars fans will notice that’s just about a month before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the next installment in the saga’s film franchise. That isn’t an accident — according to Battlefront’s design director, the game will help bridge the story gap between Return of the Jedi and Awakens.

Watch the new trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront above. You can read more about the game here.

Read more: See the 5 Most Important Scenes in the New Star Wars Trailer

 

TIME Apple

Apple Is Offering Classes to Learn How the Apple Watch Works

Apple Watch Goes On Display At Apple Inc. Stores Ahead Of Sales Launch
ChinaFotoPress—ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images A customer touches an Apple Watch smartwatch at an Apple Store at Lujiazui in Pudong District on April 11, 2015 in Shanghai, China.

It's time for school

Some Apple Store locations will be offering workshops to teach new and prospective Apple Watch owners how their new device works.

The classes, first spotted by MacRumors, are being offered at some Apple Store locations in the U.S. and elsewhere beginning April 24, the day the Apple Watch first becomes available.

It’s unclear, however, how many customers will get an Apple Watch on April 24. Preorders for the device started April 10, and many shoppers received shipping dates in May, June and beyond for their device. A recent memo to Apple Store employees from Apple’s head of retail operations suggested Apple Stores won’t be stocked with Apple Watches until June at the earliest. Meanwhile, a page on Apple’s website listing the Apple Watch as available on April 24 has since been changed to remove that exact date.

TIME movies

See the 5 Most Important Scenes in the New Star Wars Trailer

And watch the whole thing

The second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped Thursday afternoon. Here are five things that stand out (spoilers!):

1. That voiceover is Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, apparently telling his offspring about The Force. It’s unclear which character he’s talking to, but it’s a safe bet this film is about the heroes of the original trilogy (Luke, Leia and Han) passing the torch to a new triumvirate (Finn, Rey and Poe) There’s even an analogy-completing shot of one character handing a lightsaber to another (and it looks just like Luke’s first lightsaber, built by Anakin Skywalker before he fell to the Dark Side).

Lucasfilm/Disney; Gif by Joseph C. Lin for TIME

2. That shot of the Imperial Stormtroopers in front of the red flag? That’s a different logo than the Empire of old—and over to the left, black TIE Fighters! This is a sign The Force Awakens might involve what’s known in the expanded Star Wars lore as the Remnant, a group of Empire loyalists who banded together after the events of Return of the Jedi (But all that didn’t officially happen. Anymore, anyway. Long story.) The shot’s also got a very evil, Nazi Germany vibe.

Lucasfilm/Disney; Gif by Joseph C. Lin for TIME

3. Kylo Ren, the movie’s Bad Dude, still looks super evil. But we don’t know much about him yet. There’s a shot showing somebody unveiling Darth Vader’s destroyed mask—could that be Ren paying homage to a lost hero of the Dark Side? (But that shot could also be Luke paying respect to his dead father, so who knows).

Lucasfilm/Disney; Gif by Joseph C. Lin for TIME

4. The sequence involving Finn’s reaction to a small attack fighter shooting people in what looks to be a ship’s hangar bay feels very telling. My guess is that Finn (who we saw in trailer #1 sporting a stormtrooper outfit) was a stormtrooper who decided to abandon his post after witnessing some kind of Imperial treachery. That would explain why he’s seen running for his life in the first trailer. This theory also fits in nicely with what the actor who plays Finn, John Boyega, said Thursday on stage at Star Wars: Celebration.

Lucasfilm/Disney; Gif by Joseph C. Lin for TIME

5. HAN AND CHEWIE ARE BACK, GUYS!

Lucasfilm/Disney; Gif by Joseph C. Lin for TIME

The Force Awakens hits theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 18.

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TIME Gadgets

Jawbone’s New Fitness Tracker Lets You Buy Stuff While You Exercise

Jawbone UP4
Jawbone Jawbone UP4

Assuming you have an American Express card

Ever get a craving for a protein shake at the gym only to realize you left your wallet at the office? Jawbone’s newest fitness tracker, the UP4, has you covered.

Jawbone’s UP4 fitness tracker syncs up with your American Express card and uses Near-Field Communication (NFC) to let you make purchases via the device, no wallet needed. The UP4 is a result of a partnership between AmEx and Jawbone, so Visa and MasterCard users might be out of luck when the UP4 first goes on sale for $199.99 later this summer.

NFC is the same technology that powers Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment software found on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch. Apple is positioning the entry-level, $349.99 and up Apple Watch Sport as a fitness device. Jawbone including one of the Apple Watch’s best features — mobile payments — in a cheaper wristband may help it compete with Apple’s new wearable, which goes on sale April 24.

Mobile payments aside, the UP4 is similar to the $179.99 UP3, Jawbone’s recently-released fitness tracker that tracks your activity levels, heart rate, sleep patterns and more. Both the UP4 and UP3 also offer what Jawbone calls “Smart Coach,” software that’s supposed to make fitness recommendations based on what it learns about your activity levels.

Along with the UP4, Jawbone is also introducing a lower-cost fitness band called the UP2. The UP2 packs many of the UP3’s features into a smaller wristband that costs $99.99 and is available now.

TIME Apple

Here’s What It Was Like Buying an Apple Watch Today

You should get hands-on time with one before buying

I just bought an Apple Watch. Please don’t tell my fiancée.

I was pretty sure I wanted an Apple Watch before the presales began at a time so early in the morning there was no way my feeble brain could process it. But I couldn’t justify spending a few hundred bucks on A Very Nice Thing before getting some hands-on time with it, checking out the bands, figuring out what size I should buy and so on. All the Apple Watch permutations result in a much more complicated decision-making process than buying a new iPhone, where there’s only a small number of colors, storage spaces, and, more recently, sizes to choose from.

So instead of preordering an Apple Watch sight unseen, I headed to Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue cube store this morning to see what the company’s demo process was like.

The first thing that caught my attention was the complete lack of a line. If you’re in New York City on an Apple launch day, you’re typically best off staying as far from The Cube as humanly possible. But because the Apple Watch wasn’t actually in stock today, there wasn’t the blocks-long line usually characteristic of Apple launches (that’s not an accident). There were plenty of other journalists on hand and a certain level of excitement to be sure, but it wasn’t nuts.

I arrived fifteen minutes before my appointment — Apple strongly recommends you have one — and right away got hooked up with an Apple Store employee named Bob, who was waiting by a table full of Apple Watches. Bob asked which models I was interested in trying. I told Bob I wanted to try the cheaper Sport model (which is what I thought I wanted to buy) as well as the mid-level Watch model with the Leather Loop bands (that band looks terrible in photos and I wanted to see if it was better in person. It was).

Bob put the various models on my wrist for me, which was a little weird — I’m (mostly) an adult and I can generally get a watch on my wrist correctly on the first try. I asked Bob if the Apple Watch came with an Apple Employee who would gently attach and remove the device every day for me. Bob said no. This was sad. I bet the people who buy the $17,000 Apple Watch get that.

The various Apple Watches I tried on were running a non-interactive demo loop. That was disappointing. I wanted to mess around with various apps and see what it was like to actually use the device, and I bet lots of other potential Apple Watch buyers do, too. Convincing fence-sitters would probably be a lot easier if they could get some true hands-on time with the device. There were kiosks set up that had more fully-featured Apple Watches, but you couldn’t wear them while you used them, so it wasn’t really the full experience of what owning one would be like.

Apple Watch
Alex FitzpatrickApple Watch Try-On

After trying a few different bands and bodies, I decided my initial guess was correct: The 42mm Apple Watch Sport was the way to go for me. The Sport “Fluoroelastomer” band is surprisingly nice and comfortable, the bigger screen will be better for interacting with the device (but could be off-puttingly large if you’re used to a small watch), and the cheaper price tag means I won’t be totally screwed when the inevitable much-improved version two comes out like three weeks from now.

I told Bob I made my decision, and he pointed me to a kiosk in the back of the store that would let me pre-order my Apple Watch online. I decided to head back to the office instead and placed my order there (see ya, tax return). The official ship day for the Apple Watch is April 28, but Apple says my device won’t arrive until June — the cost of waiting til 11:30 a.m. to order one. But I’ll get it eventually. For now, I’ll just have to keep using my iPhone every time I want to read some WhatsApp notifications. Like some kind of backwards Neanderthal. Sigh.

TIME Apple watch

Katy Perry and Pharrell Have the Exact Same Taste in Apple Watches

Hey Mickey!

A bunch of celebrities are posting pictures of themselves wearing the Apple Watch this week. Among them are artists Katy Perry and Pharrell, who share something strange in common: They’ve both picked the Mickey Mouse watch face for their new wearable device.

Here’s Perry:

❤️⌚️Oh Mickey you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey!⌚️❤️

A photo posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on

And here’s Pharrell:

Woah.

A video posted by Pharrell Williams (@pharrell) on

Is this just a coincidence? Will the Mickey Mouse face become some kind of weird status symbol? Is this the work of a shadowy conspiracy group? Only time will tell.

TIME Smartphones

There’s a Hidden Vulcan Salute Emoji in the New iPhone Update

Star Trek
CBS Photo Archive—CBS via Getty Images Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in "Star Trek: The Original Series" episode 'Amok Time'. Spock shows the Vulcan salute, usually accompanied with the words, "Live long and prosper."

Here's how to add it to your iPhone

Apple’s new iPhone update out this week packs a bunch of new emoji — including support for a secret Vulcan salute emoji that you have to add manually.

Here’s how to do it:

First, download and install iOS 8.3.

Next, open this Cult of Mac tweet in your iPhone’s web browser:

Then, select just the Vulcan salute emoji and hit “copy.” Next, go back to your iPhone’s home screen and pop open “Settings.” Navigate to General -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts, then tap the “+” icon. In the “Phrase” field, paste the Vulcan salute you copied from the tweet above. Then type out a shortcut that will generate the emoji in texts and other posts, like “vulcan.”

With that done, every time you type “vulcan” (or your phrase of choice), your iPhone will replace the text with the hidden Vulcan salute emoji. Pretty cool!

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TIME movies

This Is the Best Way to Watch Star Wars This Weekend

It's called 'Machete Order'

All six Star Wars feature films are being made available for digital download Friday, meaning lots of people will be sitting down and enjoying some of the best movies of all-time this weekend — some for the first time.

But one of the most common problems when running a Star Wars marathon is: Which order do you watch the movies in? Do you go with the order of release: Episodes IV, V, VI, then I, II, III? Or do you see the story “in order,” doing I -> II -> III -> IV -> V -> VI?

This is no small question, especially for first-time viewers. The original trilogy (IV-VI) gives the impression the main character in the Star Wars films is Luke Skywalker, while the new trilogy (I-III) are all about his pop Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side.

But here’s a little Star Wars secret: Neither of those orders is the best.

The best way to watch Star Wars is something called “Machete Order,” detailed here by computer software blogger Rod Hilton in 2011. Machete order works like this: IV, V, II, III, VI, skipping I entirely because the only good things about Episode I were the pod race scene and the Darth Maul lightsaber duel, please never, ever mention midi-chlorians, thanks.

Machete Order has lots of benefits: Most notably, a whole lot less Jar Jar Binks and super-whiny Boy Anakin. But it also makes the entire experience of the Star Wars saga more rewarding.

Here’s Hilton:

As I mentioned, this creates a lot of tension after the cliffhanger ending of Episode V. It also uses the original trilogy as a framing device for the prequel trilogy. Vader drops this huge bomb that he’s Luke’s father, then we spend two movies proving he’s telling the truth, then we see how it gets resolved. The Star Wars watching experience gets to start with the film that does the best job of establishing the Star Wars universe, Episode IV, and it ends with the most satisfying ending, Episode VI.

If you’ve never tried Machete Order before, there’s no better time than now, thanks to the Star Wars movies finally being available for legal download online.

TIME Apple

Apple Exec: Apple Watch Demand ‘Will Exceed Our Supply’

You'll only be able to buy an Apple Watch online

Apple expects consumer demand for the upcoming Apple Watch to “exceed our supply at launch,” Apple Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts said in a press release Thursday, one day before pre-orders for the new device begin.

Ahrendts went on to say that shoppers interested in the Apple Watch will at first only be able to place orders for the device online. Still, shoppers can schedule Apple Store appointments to get hands-on time with the Apple Watch before deciding to buy the device, which marks Apple’s first wholly new product under the tenure of CEO Tim Cook.

Via Apple:

Customers interested in learning more about Apple Watch can visit their local Apple Store for a personalized session with a Specialist to try on, fit and size their band, and explore the amazing features of Apple Watch. Customers who want to try on an Apple Watch are encouraged to make an appointment by going to www.apple.com.

Apple Watch preorders will begin at exactly 12:01 a.m. Pacific time Friday, the company says. Shoppers who pre-order an Apple Watch can expect to have their device shipped April 24.

TIME Gadgets

This Is What It’s Like to Fly the World’s Best Personal Drone

Meet the DJI Phantom 3

Chinese drones have been spotted over American parks, beaches, cities, and even on the White House lawn. But they’re not of the military variety. Instead, the backpack-sized, camera-equipped aircraft, made by Shenzhen-based startup DJI, are being flown mostly by hobbyists.

The aerial videos taken from the company’s drones have often gone viral, helping DJI build brand recognition. DJI is now the top small drone maker in the U.S., according to Eric Cheng, the firm’s director of aerial imaging. Now, DJI is launching a new model, the Phantom 3, which will ship in the next few weeks. It will be available in in two varieties: The $999 Advanced, which sports a 1080p HD camera, and the $1,259 Professional, which upgrades the optics to 4K.

Notably, they will be the first drones in DJI’s entry-level Phantom lineup to lack an option without a pre-installed camera. While Cheng says having a DJI-made camera on board the Phantom 3 makes for a more integrated and thus better product, it’s also a shot at GoPro, whose action cameras are often used by drone hobbyists and which is said to be working on drones of its own.

The Phantom 3 will also serve as a cheaper alternative to the alien-looking Inspire 1, a $3,399, dual-remote drone aimed squarely at film professionals with big budgets for aerial work. The new DJI drones will compete with rival Parrot’s $499 Bebop and 3D Robotics’ $1350 X8+, though the latter company is teasing a product announcement for next week.

Read more: What happens when drones return home?

TIME met with Cheng and drone photographer Steve Cohen on a breezy April afternoon at a small field just off New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway to test the company’s newest drone. The new Phantom makes several improvements over its predecessor, including an optional higher-resolution camera and technology that allows pilots to broadcast images the drone captures live over YouTube.

The Phantom 3 connects with multiple global positioning satellites and uses ultrasonic sensors to take off, hover, and land with a simple swipe of a selector on an iPad app that functions as a remote control. With some practice, it’s also highly maneuverable—Cheng managed to spell out this magazine’s name in a flight pattern before we arrived, though we preferred to stick with a flight plan that more closely resembled this magazine’s shape.

After TIME logged a few minutes with the Phantom 3, we handed it over to Cohen, who runs a New York metro area drone hobbyist group that has some 1,200 members. Cohen later gave the new aircraft a big thumbs-up. “The level of innovation and performance cannot currently be beat,” said Cohen of DJI’s drones in a follow-up email.

Whether or not DJI keeps on growing will depend in part on its ability to convince more people they need a drone of their own. For hardcore hobbyists and photographers like Cohen, the company pithes the device as a way to get footage for which you’d otherwise need a helicopter. “Most photographers I know are already starting to think of this as a camera,” says Cheng of DJI’s drones.

But the reasons a more mainstream consumer would buy a drone are less clear: Are they the new GoPro action camera, following and recording you shredding down the ski slopes? The new Selfie Stick, perhaps, to take amazing images of yourself and your crew? Or are they really just for professionals only?

These questions remain to be answered. Cheng acknowledges that more competition is coming. “For sure there will be competitors,” says Cheng. But when asked if there’s any particularly threatening rivals—GoPro, Parrot, 3D Robotics—he demurs. “I can’t think of any.”

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