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If you’ve been on a home automation kick, you’ll want to check out the Bayit Smart Wi-Fi Socket. It will allow you to turn your electronics on and off from anywhere in the world using your iOS or Android device. But the best part is that it’s currently $39.99 (20% off) in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

From the product description:

The Bayit Socket connects your electronic devices and appliances to your Wi-Fi network so you can turn them on-or-off from your mobile device, from anywhere in the world. Turn on a light to make it look like you’re home, preemptively blast the AC on a hot day, shut-off the coffee pot you left on—the Bayit Socket will change the way you power your home.

Hand-selected from the coolest innovative products at CES 2015!

  • Use with fans, heaters, lamps, TV’s, washers, dryers—any home appliance
  • Set up quickly w/ intuitive, 2-minute process
  • Set schedules & set timers to turn devices on-and-off automatically
  • Cut your energy bill by setting your devices to turn off when you’re gone

Bayit Smart Wi-Fi Socket ($50 $39.99)

Check out a demo video after the break…

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Lego and Star Wars fit together like, well…two Lego pieces. Enter LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales—a new six-part miniseries that will debut later this year.

The series will retell the prequel and original Star Wars flicks from the perspective of everyone’s favorite robotic duo: C3PO and R2-D2. The action picks up shortly after the Battle of Endor (think: Ewoks using stormtrooper helmets as drums) with the droids sharing their take on the events that led up to the destruction of the Second Death Star, beginning with The Phantom Menace and going all the way up to Return of the Jedi. The show will debut on Disney XD, so it should be a fun one to watch with the kids!

(Hollywood Reporter via io9)

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Loot Crate has announced the theme of their subscription box for March, and it’s titled “COVERT”. The description reads:

Calling all Agents of Loot!: We’re entrusting you with this top-secret (until now) intel: March’s Loot Crate is a dynamite, jam-packed collection of COVERT operations! We have compiled the very best of spies and undercover agents, operatives and espionage of some of your favorite spy & thriller themes and franchises. Among the assets we’ll be delivering are an EXCLUSIVE, officially licensed Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD replica collectible (complete with certificate of authenticity!); plus a Loot Crate Exclusive Orphan Black item; the return of an EXCLUSIVE t-shirt (not black!), plus some incredibly cool undercover-rrific wearable accessories; and much more! So study the mission and get ready to embark on an adventure in March!

Sounds like it’s going to be awesome. They also included an image of the cover of Goldeneye for the N64 in the announcement email which may or may not mean anything.

If you’re thinking about giving a Loot Crate subscription a try, you can check out our reviews for the January and February 2015 boxes to get an idea of what you can expect.

You can even get 10% off your subscription when you use the code “NERDAPPROVED” at checkout.

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The New York Times is reporting that Leonard Nimoy passed away this morning at his Bel-Air home from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year (which he attributed to years of smoking in his youth). He was hospitalized earlier this week.

To be honest, I don’t even know what to write. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. We are absolutely devastated.

As Mister Nimoy would say “live long and prosper”.

(via NY Times)

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The last few months have been big on nostalgia. We’ve got the return of Star Wars of course, but there’s also Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film, Twin Peaks, the Terminator reboot, and even DuckTales and Inspector Gadget for crissakes.

Now comes word from Variety that Harrison Form is confirmed for a return as Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner sequel. Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct.

The script comes from Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original film) and Michael Green with input from Ridley Scott. All we know about the plot thus far is that it will take place several decades after the original film.

Ford recently said that the script was “the best thing that he ever read”, which may or may not mean anything. Regardless, how do you feel about the reality of a Blade Runner sequel?

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We’ve partnered with The Case Studio in our Nerd Approved Deal Store to offer $67 towards a custom smartphone or tablet case for only $34.99 (47% off).

The Case Studio lets you fully customize cases for your phone, tablet, or laptop, while also providing top-notch damage protection for your devices. Use your own photo or choose from a gallery of graphics and monograming options, most of which are 100% covered by this $67 credit.

Hand-selected from the coolest innovative products at CES 2015!

  • Smartphone cases provide protection from drops & other impact
  • High-quality resolution on images—no cracking, fading or peeling

To peruse The Case Studio’s design options further, click here.

‘The Case Studio’ Customizable Smartphone and Tablet Cases ($67 $34.99)

And don’t forget that we also have awesome giveaways going on right now including a MacBook Pro, 50″ LG TV with Sound Bar and more. So get in on those while you still can!

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Today is your last chance to save 55% on the ‘Code Black’ HD-Camera Drone in our Nerd Approved Deals Store! The price is currently $89, but it shoots up to $99 on Friday, February 27th.

From the description:

What’s not to love? It’s an insanely fun drone to fly and can also capture serious video footage. This powerful little drone is the size of your palm, and its 6-axis gyro technology makes for an extremely smooth flight. With a flight time of about 10 minutes, this is a great introductory drone for anyone looking to dominate the sky.

  • Ready-to-fly out of the box
  • Palm-size drone
  • 6-axis flight control system for an extremely stable flight
  • 4-ways flip (left, right, forward, backward)
  • Beginner and expert flight modes
  • USB charging cable for charging w/ a computer

Limited-Edition ‘Code Black’ HD-Camera Drone $199 $89

And don’t forget that we also have awesome giveaways going on right now including a MacBook Pro, PS4, and Beats headphones. So get in on those while you still can!

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There’s been an interesting development regarding the Power/Rangers fan film we posted the other day. Joseph Kahn, the director behind the video, revealed on Twitter that Power Rangers franchise owner Haim Saban and Saban Brands issued a copyright claim to Vimeo and that’s why the video was taken down. (It’s still on YouTube, for now).

Kahn feels as if Saban is being unfair and that he feels “harassed”, stating that he used his own money, he is not using any pre-existing footage, and his giving it away freely. However, he is using the characters and that’s where things get sticky.

Read more after the break…

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Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie is moving forward, and now it seems as though the film will disregard Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection in favor of “a proper finish” after Aliens. Though it’s unclear whether or not the new movie will ignore the last two films altogether.

Also, Sigourney Weaver is definitely on board—which was already a given.

Check out the interview with Blomkamp and Weaver after the break and let us know what you think. Should the film acknowledge Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection or completely dismiss them?

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Can Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck be far behind? We hope not.

Major nostalgia alert for people in their thirties. Disney XD is bringing back DuckTales for a 2017 launch! From Deadline:

The new series will follow Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews — Huey, Dewey and Louie — and the optimistic yet temperamental Donald Duck as they embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.

That’s awesome and everything, but seriously. We need more Gadget Hackwrench and Darkwing Duck.