Posts Tagged: ‘Star

A live-action ‘Star Wars’ show is headed to Disney’s streaming service

After years of rumors of a live-action Star Wars TV series, it's finally happening. The only catch? It'll be exclusive to Disney's upcoming streaming service, Polygon reports. CEO Bob Iger didn't have any details to share about the new series, but th…
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Listen to a discarded score for ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Cliff Eidelman (pictured) famously penned the ominous score for Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country after (first pick) James Horner was too expensive. Now, the composer has revealed that he was in the running to produce the soundtrack for Star Trek:…
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Missouri Star Quilt Company: Our YouTube Story

In 2009, my new quilting business was struggling to get off the ground. The recession had hit my family and my town of Hamilton, Mo., pretty hard and I had started Missouri Star Quilt Company as a way to earn retirement money while doing something I loved. But like almost every small business at the time, Missouri Star wasn’t setting the world on fire. To help get the word out, my son Al suggested we film some tutorials and post them to YouTube.

“Sure,” I told him. “What’s a tutorial?”

Back then, I had never even visited YouTube, but I decided to try it out. I set up my sewing machine in a corner of the shop and Al began to shoot our first video on a handheld camera. We didn’t even bother to close the shop because foot traffic was so slow. Those first videos didn’t always look super spiffy, but I think people appreciated that I was making a hobby that sometimes feels intimidating to learn, more approachable.

Week by week, we filmed new tutorials and though it took a little while, we started seeing our views and subscriber numbers go up. First we hit 1,000 subscribers, then 10,000 subscribers. And while our online following was growing, we started getting some new visitors in real life, too. People were popping into our store from as far away as Texas, Virginia and Mexico telling me how they’d seen our videos on YouTube and wanted to visit me in person. We couldn’t just film the videos during store hours anymore; the foot traffic had picked up! And it was coming from everywhere.

By 2012, we had over 25,000 subscribers and we were regularly getting visitors to Missouri Star from around the world. Our sales were growing quickly and we decided to use the money we were earning to help invest in our community. One by one, I had seen businesses in Hamilton pack up and leave as the recession got worse and I wanted to change that trend. We decided to buy up a few of those boarded-up buildings to give our visitors an even richer experience.

We opened a store for Civil War-era prints, a store for modern quilt fabric, a store for novelty patterns and still we kept growing. Today, Hamilton is the Disneyland of quilting. We have 12 quilting stores operating in Hamilton and we get busloads of visitors coming to our small town almost every week. We didn’t just stop at quilting, either. We’ve partnered with talented chefs, cooks and bakers in our community to help them open their own business. In small town of 1,800, Missouri Star Quilt now employs over 400 people.

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I remember having a dance party with my family when we sold seven orders in one day. Now we ship as many as 5,000 orders a day. Missouri Star Quilt Company has grown from one woman with a quilting machine to the largest seller of pre-cut quilting fabric in the world and the biggest employer in our county.

None of that could have been possible without YouTube. Our channel allowed us to turn our small business into a global business. We now have over 350,000 subscribers on YouTube, from countries throughout the world.

But as great as all those numbers are, the thing that makes me happiest is what I did in that very first video: teach someone how to quilt. I’ve been lucky to find something I truly love to do and I’m so happy YouTube has given me the opportunity to share that passion with others. It’s meant the world to my small business, to my community and to me.

–Jenny Doan


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Vtech Star Wars Watch and Stormtrooper Camera: Our first take

We’ve been trying out a new Star Wars smart-style watch and a cool camera with augmented reality games from Vtech, a company that makes technology for kids. We spent way, way to long “testing” both.

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There is indeed a connection between ‘Star Wars’ and laser tag

You might not know the name George Carter. He’s the fellow responsible for the immensely popular laser tag game, and his inspiration came from Luke, Han, Darth Vader, and a galaxy far, far away.

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Discovery of ancient galaxy cluster has astronomers rethinking star formation

It’s name is as dizzying as it’s distance from Earth. CL J1001+0220 lies some 11.1 billion light years away, which means galaxy clusters began to form some 700 million years earlier than scientists previously thought.

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‘Star Citizen’ presentation hints the game is coming together

We won't blame you if you're skeptical that Star Citizen will ever be a finished, shipping title. Even now, it's not so much a game as a collection of modules: you can explore space and get into gun battles on foot, but not much more. However, Robert…
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It doesn’t get much cooler than using a VR viewer designed by a real life rock star

Tired of tech with no soul? How about a VR viewer for your phone with a design that’s inspired by Victorian technology, and designed by real life rock star Brian May? You’ll want the Owl Stereoscope, and we’ve tried it out.

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What’s on your HDTV: ‘OITNB,’ ‘Star Trek’ 4K Blu-ray, NBA Finals

The NHL has awarded its Stanley Cup, and this week the NBA Finals will wrap up — maybe even tonight. Later this week Netflix has season four of Orange is the New Black ready for your bingeing pleasure, as new summer series come to TV like Uncle Buck…
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Hands on: AC Worldwide Star Wars speakers

Forget about the endless, and disappointing, Star Wars merchandise that arrived with The Force Awakens, these awesome Bluetooth speakers are something else. Beautifully made, and with startling attention to detail, they’re what every collector will want.

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SETI to begin searching older star systems for sentient life

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute haven't had any luck finding signs of alien life so far, but it could just be that they're looking in the wrong place. To date, SETI has only searched around younger stars like our own but…
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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is the UK’s biggest ever film

We knew that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be a popular film, but the sheer speed at which it's breaking box office records has still taken us by surprise. It's now the biggest movie in UK history, raking in a whopping £104 million after 2…
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The new ‘Star Wars’ is the biggest North American movie to date

You knew it was just a matter of time before Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke some of the truly huge movie records, and that's starting to happen this week. As of sometime on January 6th (likely by the time you read this), TFA will become the high…
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