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26 Nov 19:00

Black Friday: a brief history of madness and discounts

by Ben Gilbert
Finally! It's the time of year once more when Americans line up outside of major retail outlets at absurdly early hours in an effort to score the lowest prices on all manner of consumer goods. Looking for a washer/dryer on the cheap? How about a Sams...
27 Nov 09:49

The new Victoria's Secret sports bra connects directly to heart-rate monitors

by Mat Smith
Sports bras have been one of Victoria's secrets for a while, but the latest model, "Incredible" warrants at least a passing mention here at Engadget. It houses sensors and other connected technology within the fabric, courtesy of Finnish smart fabric...
27 Nov 14:43

Windows 10 will play your .MKV and .FLAC files all on its own

by Daniel Cooper
High-end audio enthusiasts love FLAC since it promises to preserve everything just as it was heard in the studio. Unfortunately, it isn't the most widely-supported of formats, but it appears as if it's going to get a warm embrace in Windows 10. Gabri...
25 Nov 07:32

Wakeboarder gets a tow from a Ferrari F50

by Daljinder Nagra

25 Nov 20:44

NSFW Lunar EVA Checklists

by Amy Shira Teitel

We didn't know it at the time, but some astronauts took girls to the Moon.

24 Nov 21:30

See Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Aged T-800 From ‘Terminator: Genisys’

by Russ Fischer

new Terminator Genisys Photo

The most recent batch of Terminator: Genisys pics (really, the first official shots representing the movie) were not well received. Neither was the plot description that went with them. There’s a sense that all parties involved have some real damage control to do. Which is why it is odd that a pretty good image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in makeup as the aged T-800 has been half-hidden on the lot at Paramount. Studio lots often have such hidden early images and promotional gems, but most aren’t as useful to their productions as this one could be.

The image was tweeted out not long ago:

@TheArnoldFans @TerminatorFans German tour group at Paramount found #TerminatorGenisys pic

— cClinkenbeard (@sicky_south) November 19, 2014

It’s not like that shot is particularly interesting, but it does look like a Terminator picture, as opposed to all those other oddly-staged shots that show the rest of the cast in costume, but not actually in the film. Here we see Arnold probably not in a scene, but perhaps in a makeup test. But we know that there’s an aged version of his original Terminator character in the mix here. In fact, James Cameron recently explained how he advised the production on working in such a concept:

I pointed out that the outer covering (of the Terminator) was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age. You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor he could actually become more human as he went along without getting discovered.

EW described the setting and opening of Terminator: Genisys like so:

The beginning of Terminator: Genisys, the first of three planned films that Paramount hopes will relaunch the beloved sci-fi franchise, is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of post apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator programmed to kill her so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected.

Terminator: Genisys will be in theaters on July 1, 2015. Directed by Alan Taylor, the film also stars Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Byung-hun Lee, Michael Gladis, Sandrine Holt and Matt Smith.

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24 Nov 20:40

Why are so many video games broken at launch?

by Ben Gilbert
Allow me to begin with my very best Andy Rooney impersonation: When I was growing up, there was no such thing as a "day one patch." I went to Video Station on Saturday with my parents -- if I was lucky -- and came home with a single rented game for t...
24 Nov 23:03

It's Official: Star Wars Force Awakens Trailer to Debut This Weekend

by David Konow

J.J. Abrams gives us a taste this Thanksgiving weekend

24 Nov 19:30

Google Caves to Microsoft and Apple's Pet "Patent Troll" Rockstar

by Jason Mick
Cisco also settles for ~$190M USD with Rockstar Consortium
19 Nov 17:37

The Hound's 'Game Of Thrones' Audition Tape Is Even More Intense Than You'd Think

by Lily Karlin
Rory McCann became The Hound the minute he sat down for his "Game of Thrones" audition. In a video uploaded to YouTube in 2012 -- one which appears to be a hidden dragon egg from the Season 1 Blu Ray release -- the actor captures his character's harsh but delicate nature right from the get-go with a speech about the origins of his famous scar. The Hound may lack armor in the audition clip, but he comes across as powerful as in any polished episode (especially in one particularly arresting moment around the one-minute mark).

McCann spoke to Rolling Stone in April about his experience auditioning for Sandor "The Hound" Clegane:

I think I really only got the part because my sister fucked up. She was supposed to print out what I was meant to learn for the audition speech, but she sent me the wrong one -- only two or three lines, that was it. I was waiting in this heat wave in London at the casting director's place, and I see everyone reading this big speech for the Hound about how he got his face burned. I had to delay my meeting for four hours so I could learn it. By that time, I was fucking raging. When I walked into the room, I knew I had to go crazy, so I unleashed all this. It was just a fluke that day -- I was just especially angry. [Laughs] Something worked.
22 Nov 02:03

"I didn’t do it. It was the dog." [poppze/via]

"I didn’t do it. It was the dog." [poppze/via]

22 Nov 20:33


23 Nov 16:53

Crows playing in the snow


Smart muthas

Crows playing in the snow

23 Nov 11:07

Save the Hedgehog: Help Harry!

by RJ Evans

It is a depressing fact that in just over half a century the number of hedgehogs in the UK has plummeted from 50 million to just one million.  So, instead of their being parity between the hedgehog and human populations, now there is less than one hedgehog for every fifty people.  This animation, directed by Kris Hofmann, highlights the plight of the hedgehog in the UK.  Find out how you can do more at the Wildlife Aid Foundation.
18 Nov 20:30

Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford Screw Up in Funny ‘Expendables 3′ Gag Reel

by Germain Lussier

expendables 3 gag reel

Despite being as good, if not better, than its previous two incarnations, The Expendables 3 didn’t light a fire at the domestic box office. After the first two films grossed $103 million and $85 million respectively, the third film only did $39 million (Internationally it did a respectable $206 million, but that was still a franchise low).

There are plenty of reasons why The Expendables 3 under-performed, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of star power. Original stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and others were joined by Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammar, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes as well as a whole team of young soldiers, including Kellen Lutz and Ronda Rousey.

You can see all those stars and more on the Blu-ray, which is released November 25. One example of the extras on the disc are a funny Expendables 3 gag reel, which features Ford and Gibson hamming it up on set, cursing, it’s good stuff. Check out the Expendables 3 gag reel below.

Thanks to Collider for the video.

Expendables 3 gag reel

Here’s the press release with all the info on the Blu-ray.

The Expendables return tougher and faster than ever as old friends face off in the exclusive unrated edition of The Expendables 3, arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Digital HD) and On Demand November 25 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray Combo Pack will include the never-before-seen unrated edition of the film – featuring more action, more explosions, more fights – and a higher body count – everything fans have come to love in the franchise! And now, with the immersive Dolby Atmos soundtrack experience, audiences will feel like they’re at the center of the action. The Blu-ray Combo Pack will also feature the original theatrical movie. Full of “testosterone-fueled fun” (IGN), both versions of the film will be available two weeks earlier on Digital HD November 11. Also available November 25, The Expendables 3 DVD (plus Digital) will include only the original theatrical version of the film.

The Expendables 3, “the best Expendables yet” (Crave Online), features an all-star cast of iconic action veterans and new recruits including Sylvester Stallone (Rocky franchise, Rambofranchise), Jason Statham (Crank, Snatch), Jet Li (Hero), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro), Kelsey Grammer (X-Men: The Last Stand), Wesley Snipes (Blade), Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier), Randy Couture (The Expendables franchise), Terry Crews (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Kellan Lutz (The Legend of Hercules, The Twilight Saga franchise), Ronda Rousey (UFC Champion, Fast & Furious 7), Glen Powell (The Dark Knight Rises), Victor Ortiz (WBC World Welterweight Champion), Robert Davi (Die Hard, The Goonies), with Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Mad Max), with Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones franchise) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator franchise).

In the latest edition of the popular franchise, Barney (Stallone) faces off with an old enemy and must fight old blood with new blood, bringing in a new era of Expendables who are younger and faster. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise when The Expendables find themselves in their most personal battle yet.

The Expendables 3 Blu-ray Combo Pack is loaded with bonus material that includes The Expendables 3 documentary, two featurettes that delve deep behind-the-scenes with the incredible cast and crew, an extended scene and a gag reel. The Blu-ray features a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack encoded with Dolby TrueHD for Dolby Atmos-enabled systems. Dolby Atmos provides captivating, multidimensional sound to bring consumers deeper into the story by delivering an experience that moves sound throughout the room with amazing clarity and true-to-life detail. The Expendables 3 Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

The Expendables 3 Documentary
“New Blood: Stacked and Jacked” Featurette
“The Total Action Package” Featurette
“Christmas Runs the Gauntlet” Extended Scene
Gag Reel

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20 Nov 19:00

See Patrick Stewart as a Skinhead Scumbag in ‘Green Room’

by Russ Fischer

Evil Patrick Stewart

Jeremy Saulnier, the cinematographer-turned-director, got our attention in a big way with Blue Ruin. (That thriller is on our list of 50 great films you should see in 2014.) Now he’s making his second feature as a director. The movie, Green Room, features Patrick Stewart as a white supremacist scumbag who leads a gang that ends up in conflict with a punk band that witnesses one of the gang’s violent acts.

(Seriously, this movie sounds like a deep-sleep dream hatched after a night pounding boilermakers and reading a vintage issue of Maximum RocknRoll. I can’t wait.)

The first image of skinhead Patrick Stewart and his Green Room gang is out now; see it below.

First look at me as a very bad guy in Jeremy Saulnier's @greenroomfilm to be released by @BroadGreen next year.

— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) November 20, 2014

Here’s a high-res version of the image.

Patrick Stewart Skinhead

Here’s the press release, which offers more details on the film:

In the crime thriller GREEN ROOM, a young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses.

Patrick Stewart plays Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest.  Rounding out the cast is Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Saulnier’s BLUE RUIN star Macon Blair.

BGP is producing and financing the film and plans to release the movie in 2015.  The film is written by Jeremy Saulnier (BLUE RUIN), who will also direct.  Anish Savjani and Neil Kopp of filmscience will produce the film along with BGP’s Victor Moyers.  Gabriel and Daniel Hammond of Broad Green Pictures and Vincent Savino of filmscience will be executive producing the project.

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21 Nov 14:00

‘Yucatan’ Being Developed From Steve McQueen Treatment Into Robert Downey Jr. Adventure

by Russ Fischer

Steve McQueen Treatment Yucatan

In the late ’60s, when Steve McQueen (the actor, not the current director) was one of the biggest stars in the world, McQueen outlined a treatment for an action/adventure movie. “Outlined” may be too simple a word; in fact, there’s a 1700-page document from McQueen setting up the film. Now that outline is being turned into a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) called Yucatan, which is now a potential starring vehicle for Robert Downey, Jr.

Deadline says that “McQueen’s detailed template for the movie was found in two leather-bound trunks after his death.”

Yucatan is being developed at Warner Bros., and sounds like it would be right up Downey’s alley. The treatment features “a renegade salvage expert’s search for Mayan treasure in the Yucatan Peninsula.” We don’t know too much more than that, and in fact we don’t know how closely Rossio will stick to McQueen’s original outline — clearly there’s a lot of material there, however, from which to work. But the idea of Downey playing a “renegade salvage expert” in an exotic locale sounds like something fans of the actor would readily embrace.

Downey is working with Rossio to develop the script, and producing with Susan Downey and David Gambino, along with Dan Lin from Lin Pictures.

Downey tweeted an image of the team at work on the Yucatan script:

Back on the boards! #TeamDowney #Yucatan

— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) November 20, 2014

Downey is also developing another Sherlock Holmes movie for Warners, and his take on Pinocchio and Perry Mason, as well.

The post ‘Yucatan’ Being Developed From Steve McQueen Treatment Into Robert Downey Jr. Adventure appeared first on /Film.

21 Nov 14:00

The First Home Iris Scanner

by Popular Science Staff
Myris, a sleek handheld iris scanner, brings biometric security to home computers. The device plugs into a USB port and takes a split-second video of both eyes, scanning more than 240 points in each. Read the story here or dive into the full list of Best Of What's New winners
20 Nov 20:13

Telltale's Game of Thrones teaser begins the story of the House Forrester

by Ozzie Mejia

Telltale has released a new teaser trailer for their upcoming Game of Thrones series. Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will feature many of the cast members of the HBO show, while also giving players a good chance to see the story from their point of view.

Game of Thrones will be played from five different perspectives, each from a member of the noble House Forrester. In fact, much of the story will unfold over the Forrester home of Ironrath. Players will bump into many of the book/show's characters, like Tyrion Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Margaery Tyrell, and Ramsay Snow. Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer, and Iwan Rheon will all return from the HBO series to reprise their respective roles. Other cast members are set to appear over the course of the game's six (one more than previous Telltale efforts) episodes.

No word on when the first episode 'Iron From Ice' will premiere, but it is scheduled to come to PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, and other platforms to be named later. The full trailer can be seen below.

20 Nov 06:31

Jules Bianchi emerges from coma

by Daljinder Nagra

20 Nov 06:14

Michael Schumacher 'paralysed and in a wheelchair'

by Daljinder Nagra

20 Nov 18:55

How Supercomputing Is Cracking The Mysteries Of Human Origins

by Andrew Rosenblum

A Texas supercomputer capable of 9.6 quadrillion operations per second has solved a thorny problem in genetics, by looking at the bones of a young boy who died 24,000 years

19 Nov 04:14


20 Nov 16:23

Britain's first 'poo bus' hits the streets

by Matt Brian
Thanks to a range of new technologies, Britain's buses are steadily swapping traditional fuel for greener alternatives. Over in Bristol, however, Wessex Water believes more can be done with the brown stuff. That's why it's today put the UK's first...
19 Nov 20:32

Philae Discovers Organic Molecules On A Comet

by Sarah Fecht

After 10 years of chasing down Comet 67P—and then landing on it—a robotic space mission has returned a tantalizing discovery: the rubber ducky-shaped rock is home to

20 Nov 06:15

Thor is the Sexiest Man Alive

by David Konow

We at TG find the whole Sexiest Man Alive list is pretty silly, and not just because I’ll never be in it in a million years. We’re not sure who came up with this idea, and normally we wouldn’t write about it in a million years, except this year a Marvel hero made the cover.

Yes, Chris Hemsworth, the man who is Thor, is this year’s sexiest guy in the world, according to People magazine, coming out head of Chris Pratt, Idris Elba, and Matthew McConaughey.

19 Nov 12:54

Fitbit data has been used as evidence in court for the first time

by Carly Page
Fitbit data has been used as evidence in court for the first time

Move criticised over data's reliability and possible manipulation

19 Nov 09:33

Jolla wants you to fund and develop its new tablet (update: funded!)

by Steve Dent
Yesterday, Jolla teased "something big" and has just revealed what that is: the Jolla Tablet with Sailfish 2.0. There's just one caveat, however -- you'll have to design and fund it yourself. It's now up on Indiegogo with a $380,000 target, and Jolla...
17 Nov 20:04

Blind Guardian - New Album Trailer Online

by Bad English
Power metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=53&bandname=Blind+Guardian>Blind Guardian</a> have released the first taste of their new and anticipated album <i>Beyond The Red Mirror</i>. As they will release a new single on December 5th, 2014, you can now hear an excerpt from the tune "Twilight Of The Gods" below. Do you think it's promising? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25012>Read more...</a>
19 Nov 10:34

Sonata Arctica - Share New Video For Genesis Cover

by BloodTears
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=166&bandname=Sonata+Arctica>Sonata Arctica</a> have recently released a re-recorded version of their debut album <i>Ecliptica</i>, which originally came out 15 years ago entitled <i>Ecliptica - Revisited: 15th Anniversary Edition</i> via Nuclear Blast. Well, now the Finns unveil a special video clip for their cover version of the Genesis classic "I Can't Dance", which is available as a bonus track on this release, as you might have noticed. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25023>Read more...</a>