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Motorola Razr getting a gold model this spring

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The Motorola Razr launched at Verizon last week, but if you find that you’re unexcited by the standard black color scheme the phone ships with, here’s some good news: Motorola has announced that a new “Blush Gold” model is on the way. Of course, we already had some idea that such a version was in the works, thanks to leaks that showed off the new color before Motorola had a chance to announce it.

Motorola hasn’t revealed a specific release date for the gold model just yet, but Engadget says that it’ll be available in spring. Waiting a few months to take the plunge may not be a bad idea in this case – not only is the phone expensive at $1,499, but early durability tests have shown some mediocre results.

One such test was published by CNET last week and quickly became the subject of a fair amount of controversy. CNET initially set out to fold the phone 100,000 times, half of Motorola’s own claims that the phone would be good for 200,000 folds. Unfortunately, the phone stopped closing properly after only 27,000 folds, which suggests that the phone may only last a year before the hinge starts giving out.

Obviously, a single test is hardly scientific, but it isn’t a great look for the Razr. In response to that test, Motorola said that SquareTrade’s FoldBot – the machine used in CNET’s testing – was “simply not designed to test our device.” Because of that, Motorola argued that the machine put “undue stress on the hinge,” which led it to fail sooner than expected.

Whether that machine is to blame or not, if you’ve got your eye on the Razr, waiting for this gold model could be a smart move. By the time it launches, we may have a better idea of the phone’s overall durability, but if nothing else, you’ll at least get a phone that’s a little more striking than the standard model. We’ll let you know when Motorola announces a release date for the gold version, so stay tuned for that.

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The Real Reason The US Cancelled This Multi-Billion Dollar Helicopter Project

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Prior to UAVs like the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper capturing the public’s attention during the War on Terror, stealth aircraft were all the rage. Aircraft like the B2 Spirit showed the potential for stealth attack aircraft. The RAH-66 Comanche was supposed to follow that same trend. 

The Comanche was a joint venture by Sikorsky and Boeing and was originally intended to act as a reconnaissance aircraft and pinpoint targets of interest, according to Boeing. 

Looking like a PlayStation One render of a helicopter, the Comanche was designed to operate stealthily. Its angular body panels allowed it to fly into enemy territory virtually undetected. The Comanche was not designed to be a flying weapons platform like the AH-64 Apache, but it wasn’t a slouch either. It boasted a 20mm chin gun and the wing pylons could be equipped with air-to-air or air-to-ground missiles (via Hotcars).

With nearly 20 years of hindsight, it’s easy to see why the military favored drones over the stealth wizardry of the Comanche. But back then, a stealth helicopter was the future of warfare.  

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American Airlines New Supersonic Jets Could Slash Flight Times In Half

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Being built to travel at Mach 1.7, or about 1,304 miles per hour (when traveling over water), the Overture would get passengers to their destinations much faster than the average commercial flight. Though one of its primary trade-offs is capacity, as Boom says the jet can only manage between 65 to 80 passengers at a time. That’s roughly half of the commonly-used Airbus A320’s 140 to 170 passenger capacity or the 149 to 220 maximum seating of the Boeing 737 series. Though on paper the Overture does boast more range — up to 4,250 nautical miles — than either of its mass transit contemporaries.

A ride in an Overture aircraft should also be just as safe as today’s typical flights, with Boom on the hook to make sure the new plane meets the current industry standards. Additionally, the new models will also have to meet American’s own requirements even before it delivers its first plane.

If all goes according to plan, Boom should begin rolling out manufactured Overtures sometime in 2025. It expects to start carrying passengers by 2029. So far nothing has been said about the availability of Overture flights to American Airline customers once it has the planes in hand, nor anything about ticket pricing.

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The 5 Best Ways To Celebrate May The 4th: Star Wars Day

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While you’re perfectly welcome to head to your local LEGO retailer to pick up a set and snap it together, we’ve got another bit of a treat for you. Straight from yesterday’s Toys-R-Us “May The 4th Be With You” Star Wars LEGO event, here are the directions to the Wookie Gunship mini-build.

Above you’ll see the first half of the directions, below you’ll see the second. These pieces should be relatively easy to find – supposing you’ve got stacks of LEGO blocks handy to build with.

These sets weren’t sold – they were given away to the tiniest and newest fans of Star Wars, the kids! The next generation!

Below you’ll see a gallery provided by Toys-R-Us of the Star Wars event held at (most) Toys-R-Us locations across the United States.

Celebrate along with us by sharing your Star Wars Day experience right now!

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