Fully Charged: Buy Han Solo's Blaster, learn how to draw Morgan Freeman on your iPad, and Apple's Topsy Twitter buy

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Buy Han's Blaster

Officially described as “Harrison Ford 'Han Solo' non-firing DL-44 Blaster," from "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi,”, it's expected to raise between US$200,000 (£122,302) and US$300,000 (£183,453) when it goes on sale later this month.

“It would have been used in the majority of scenes that feature Han, with the heavier, live-fire weapon being used for close-up shots,” the site says.

“Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han’s hand in Empire, and in Jedi when Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels’ encounter with Imperial forces on Endor.”

Source: Invaluable

Apple's topsy Twitter buy

Apple is getting deep into Twitter with the purchase of Topsy Labs, a social media analysis firm specializing in charting Twitter trends. The fruit-based giant is thought to have paid over US$200 million for the firm, which boasts its ability to search tweets from 2006.

It's one of the few companies with access to Twitter’s full “firehose” of tweets - giving Apple access to all 425 billion to try and spot what we're all talking about, and hopefully find out we'd all like an Apple iWatch sooner rather than later.

Source: WSJ

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Morgan Freeman gets the iTreatment

British artist Kyle Lambert has produced this stunning video of just what you can do with Apple’s tablet. It’s so good, he’s even been made to produce a video to show it is real and not just a photo. Using the app Procreate, Lambert spent over 200 hours and made over 285,000 brushstrokes - so best get started now if you want to compete.

Source: Kylelambert.co.uk

Shine on you crazy Android

Misfit has launched an Android version of the app to accompany the Shine, its fitness tracker. A hit with Apple fans (it's even sold in the Apple Store), the gadget has a minimalist display that doubles as a watch (albeit a slightly difficult to read one), and can track your sleep as well as your waking activity.

Source: Misfit

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