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24 Jan 16:16

Legends of Tomorrow Tackles How George Lucas Changed the World

by Eric Goldman

spoiler alert

Legends of Tomorrow returns this Tuesday – now airing on a new night – to kick off the second half of Season 2 with an episode that focuses on what exactly Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) has been up to since he vanished, and how it involves none other than George Lucas.

Set in 1967, “Raiders of the Lost Art” involves the team finding Rip living the life of a young film student/filmmaker, with Lucas as his classmate and colleague. And Lucas (played by Matt Angel) isn’t there just for a cameo but plays a key role in the story, which involves the timeline changing so that he never made his movies – and the team quickly realizing how much has changed for them as a result, especially for Ray (Brandon Routh) and Nate (Nick Zano).

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24 Jan 08:41

Glee Alum to Play Music Meister in Flash/Supergirl Musical

by Alex Osborn

Darren Criss will star as the Music Meister in The CW's upcoming The Flash / Supergirl musical crossover.

According to TVLine, Criss will guest star in the two-part event, reuniting with Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist after starring alongside the two in Glee.

Grant Gustin (left) and Darren Criss (right) in Glee

"With our Flash and our Supergirl being Glee alums, how could we not have them go up against another Glee favorite like Darren Criss?" executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said to TVLine. "We have been blown away by his talent over the years and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the Music Meister."

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24 Jan 08:38

What Comes After Episode VIII

24 Jan 08:34

The Monkeys of Gibraltar

by RJ Evans

The rock of Gibraltar is shared between two primate species: people and monkeys. The Barbary Macaques (the only wild monkey population in Europe) came to live on the upper rock long before the latest human inhabitants, the British, arrived, and now, 300 years on, there are tensions between the two. Attempts to expel the monkeys from the town with peashooters are in vain, as the animals rise to the challenges of the new game. This leads the government to resort to more drastic tactics.
23 Jan 16:06

Apple Sues Qualcomm For $1 Billion

Apple sued Qualcomm in a San Diego federal court for $1 billion for allegedly charging unfair royalties for technologies used in the iPhone.
23 Jan 14:46

Asus unveils Tinker Board - a Raspberry Pi on steroids

Raspberry Pi clones have cropped up from various sources but few come from established PC makers - that makes the Asus Tinker Board special. The board has essentially the same layout as the Pi, but uses the Rockchip 3288 chipset - the same as the one found in certain Asus Chromebooks and the Asus Chromebit. This chip is powerful enough to decode H.264 and HEVC videos all the way to 2160p @ 60fps with 10-bit support to boot. That's well beyond the capabilities of the Raspberry, making the Asus board more suitable for a media center. Having HDMI 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet certainly help (vs....

23 Jan 09:04

Watch the chilling House of Cards season 5 teaser trailer

by Michelle Fitzsimmons

As it's Inauguration Day here in the US, it's particularly fitting Netflix decided to drop its first teaser trailer for season 5 of the political drama House of Cards right before Donald Trump took the Oath of Office.

In standard teaser fashion, there's not much to go by - some children recite the Pledge of Allegiance as an upside-down American flag billows before the Capitol building. The sky is stormy and foreboding, and the chanting children up the creepiness factor. 

Over on Twitter, the teaser was accompanied by the tagline, "We make the terror." That can't be good. 

House of Cards returns on May 30, later than its standard Q1 release date. It continues to be a Netflix darling as the streaming service makes a greater push into original content, with the aim of growing memberships across the globe.

Netflix released its Q4 2016 earnings earlier this week, revealing it added more new members during the quarter than at any time in its history. If it wants to continue this positive trend, Netflix needs hits like House of Cards to keep on delivering. It's early yet, but season 5 looks up to the task.

23 Jan 09:03

Neil Gaiman to Adapt His Novel Good Omens as Miniseries

by Alex Osborn

A limited series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's apocalyptic novel Good Omens is headed to Amazon.

The six-part hour-long comedy series, which will debut on Amazon Prime Video in 2018, is being written by Gaiman, who is also on board as showrunner. BBC Studios is co-producing with Narrativia and The Blank Corporation. Following its release on Prime Video, this series will air on the BBC in the UK.

Good Omens novel, written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Good Omens tells an apocalyptic story set in 2018 when the "Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity," and the prophetic book titled "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch" has foretold that the world will end next Saturday.

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23 Jan 09:03

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Review

Vin Diesel brings the xXx series back from the dead. But does he look good while doing it?
21 Jan 10:21

Giuliani as Trump's cybersecurity adviser is an unfunny joke

by Violet Blue
I had just finished hacking the Gibson when I heard the news: Rudy Giuliani, the guy who said he was gonna solve cybersecurity, had just been named Trump's cyber advisor. I hopped onto our hacker mafia's government-proof encrypted chat app to make su...
21 Jan 10:18

Track Trump will keep tabs on the President's first 100 days

by Andrew Dalton
President Trump was clear about the goals of his first 100 days in office before the election was even over, eventually laying out those goals in a PDF titled "Donald Trump's Contract with the American Voter." While Trump's policies can often be obsc...
20 Jan 09:14

Wyoming is basically trying to outlaw clean energy

by Eleanor Cummins

Solar and wind would be penalized under proposed law

Last week, Wyoming legislators filed a measure that would prevent utilities from selling residents electricity generated by wind or solar farms.
20 Jan 09:13

This soft robot hugs your heart to help keep it pumping

by Sarah Fecht

It could help you survive heart failure

About 5.7 million Americans have heart failure, meaning their hearts don't pump blood as well as they should. A squishy, air-powered robot might be able to help.
20 Jan 09:13

Meet China's Sharp Sword, a stealth drone that can likely carry 2 tons of bombs

by Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
China Sharp Sword stealth UCAV Lijian

It just won a technology prize, so China's pretty proud of it.

The Sharp Sword won a big national technology award, showcasing China's secretive research into stealth drones.
20 Jan 09:11

Microsoft is testing an ebook store on Windows 10

by Steve Dent

The more stores the better

Microsoft has unveiled an ebook store in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, the first time it has dabbled in bookselling since its ill-fated Barnes & Noble Nook partnership. Beta testers will be able to purchase ebooks from the Windows store,...
20 Jan 09:10

Self-driving cars 'could reduce organ donations'

by Darren Cassey

Now that is a side effect which I can't decide is good or bad..

Autonomous cars are no longer science fiction – it's now a matter of when, not if, they'll take over our roads. Outside of car enthusiasts, this is mostly seen as a good...

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20 Jan 09:10

Renault Clio driver takes 18 attempts to park in space

by Darren Cassey

Play it on repeat :)

The driver of a Renault Clio has been filmed taking 18 attempts to park her car in one five-minute spell. The embarrassing scene was caught on camera by a passenger in a van parked on Guildford...

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20 Jan 09:08

Swedish drivers will be forced to hear ambulance sirens thanks to radio-jamming technology

by Laura Thomson
Emergency vehicles in Sweden have been fitted with radio jamming devices to ensure that their sirens are heard by nearby motorists. The new warning device, known as the Evam System, is able to...

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20 Jan 09:08

On-the-spot fines on the cards for motorists who leave their engine running in London

by Laura Thomson

Should be the same for all countries

London drivers caught leaving their engines idling while stationary could face on-the-spot fines under a new anti-pollution campaign. The campaign, by Westminster City Council, has been launched...

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20 Jan 08:58

Is the future of 4K TV completely panel-less?

by Jamie Carter

My TV is bigger than your TV. That's always the thrust of consumer electronics exhibitions, and CES 2017 was no different, with 100-inch+ TVs all over the place. Except that this year one manufacturer – while also making the usual bigger-is-better argument – came to a completely different conclusion. 

“The future of television is panel-less,” says  Amy Lessig, ‪National Training and Execution Manager at Hisense. 

She was talking about Hisense’s 100H10D, a laser TV being shown-off at CES 2017, but it’s really a projection system. It’s a short-throw model capable of projecting onto a wall from barely 13 inches away, it deals in 4K Ultra HD resolution, and it creates images as big as 100-inches in diameter. 

“We think it’s going to be the future of television.” 

Lessig might have a point here. But are people really ready to ditch screens for projectors? 

At its most basic, the Hisense 100H10D is merely an update on previous concepts; last year the Chinese company showed-off a 100-inch Full HD laser TV.

However, this 4K version is confirmed to go on sale in the US in 2017. 

“This technology allows you to place the laser projector on a table about 24 inches from the wall,” says Lessig. However, 24-inches is the maximum; the 100H10D can actually be placed a lot nearer to the wall, about 13-inches to be precise. So what about audio? This is where many similar projection concepts fall over – nobody wants a mess of cables in their living room. 

“It includes 5.1 audio,” confirms Lessig. The left, right and centre channels are delivered purely through a soundbar that stretches right across the bottom of the 100-inch projection area that, naturally, can be wall-mounted. “Rears are wireless, as is the subwoofer, which makes it very easy to move around the room,” says Lessig.

Projectors 1, TVs 0. 

Meet the competition.

The 100H10D also deals in 4K Ultra HD 3840x2160 pixels resolution. Of course it does. It has to. But it also has HDR

“We’re very excited about its HDR 10 compatibility and wide color gamut technology – users will see a nice throw of colour,” says Lessig. 

The 100H10D also boasts Ultra HD upscaling and 120Hz motion processing. The product itself also has three HDMI inputs, three USB slots, digital audio out, a headphones jack, VGA and composite. Although it suggests a panel-less future, at its core the concept of a laser TV is still about screen size. It’s also about price. 

“In comparison to a big TV of this size you would be looking at about $25,000-30,000,” says Lessig, who points out that other projection systems similar to Hisense’s cost $50,000. She’s referring to Sony’s LSPX-W1S 4K ultra short-throw projector – the only other such product on the market – which does indeed sell for precisely $50,000. 

So how much is the 100H10D? Hisense’s effort will cost ‘just’ $12,999.99 when it launches in the US in summer 2017.

Sony’s effort can manage a 147-inch image from even closer to the wall and is best put on the floor rather than on a table. Although Hisense’s 100H10D is far cheaper, it could also find a challenger closer to home. 

“Another Chinese vendor ChangHong has also been making short-throw products,” says David Tett, Market Analyst at Futuresource. “It’s a phenomenon that started in China because of the inability of some people to hang a 65-inch TV on the wall for structural reasons, so it addresses that.” 

Does that mean the world is willing ditch TVs entirely? That might not be the best thing for Hisense, considering it’s China's largest TV manufacturer in terms of sales volume. The answer? Probably not. 

“It’s in direct competition to a 65-inch or larger screen, but these projection systems are still relatively very pricey,” says Tett. “You can buy a 65-inch OLED TV for less than half the price.” 

LG has shown its 100-inch ‘Hecto’ laser display

LG also showed-off a similar laser screen product at CES 2013; LG’s Hecto projected a 100-inch Full HD image from 22-inches, and sold for $19,999. Are concepts like these really the future of television, or a sideshow to the trend of ever-growing TVs? 

Tett calls the market for 4K short-throw projection systems a “niche within a niche” that’s likely to stay that way, largely because 2017 will see a step-in TV panel production globally, but also because projectors are generally a hard sell. 

“Projectors are very under represented in stores, most retailers are not set-up to show them,” says his colleague Jack Wetherill, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. “They’re more for custom install because, for the mass market, they’re super-expensive.”

Could LG's 'wallpaper' OLED TVs challenge laser TVs?

Even Lessig admits that Hisense is going after a niche market. “It’s a go-getter for people with new custom-built homes and new constructions that are looking for the big TV option,” she says, stressing the ease of set-up. 

“Since it goes on a table, you don't need a ceiling mount, so you don’t need professional installation.” However, there is the small matter of the screen. “We’re looking at several manufacturers to come up with a solution that provides the best picture quality,” says Lessig, though she confirms that a screen will be included in the price.  

However, for now the TV industry is becoming increasingly focused on OLED and its technical possibilities. While not exactly panel-less, LG’s paper-thin W-Series OLED TVs are just 1 mm thin and flexible – making them a nice compromise between traditional larger LCD screens and projectors. 

So what do we think the future of TV will entail? It’s probably not huge panels, or pricey projectors, but something in between.

Want a 4K projector right now? Check out our reviews of the Sony VPL-VW300ES and Sony VPL-VW520ES. 

20 Jan 06:44

Why Powerless Added its Bruce Wayne Connection

by Eric Goldman

When the new DC Comics comedy TV series Powerless debuts on February 2nd, it’ll look very different from the version that screened at San Diego Comic-Con last summer.

Original creator Ben Queen departed the series after the pilot was filmed, and ultimately, the decision was made by new showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker to completely overhaul the series – discarding the original insurance company setting and now placing the characters as employees at Wayne Security.

Explained Schumacker at the Television Critics Association press tour today, “15 weeks into this we thought that the insurance company angle wasn’t really generating the storylines we hoped,” saying they sat down and spoke to DC about wanting to change the series. They felt the new security company setting still let them “tell classic workplace stories but in a way that activates the DC universe more.”

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19 Jan 21:50

Low-cost DNA sequencer uses Nokia 1020's camera as a microscope

by Mariella Moon
If the Nokia 1020 has a memorable feature, it's surely the phone's 41-megapixel camera -- the same one a team of researchers are now using for their phone-based DNA sequencer and molecular analyzer. The scientists from the University of California, L...
18 Jan 21:58

MAJOR CRIMES Renewed for a Sixth Season

by Clarissa
Today TNT announced that it has picked up a sixth season of the crime-drama MAJOR CRIMES. The show’s ensemble cast – including two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco and Graham Patrick Martin – will return for the 13-episode sixth […]
18 Jan 13:46

Russia will let Edward Snowden stay for another three years

by Matt Brian
Less than 24 hours after President Obama commuted the majority of Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence, the Russian government has updated its position on whistleblower Edward Snowden. Local authorities have confirmed that Snowden has been granted anot...
18 Jan 06:47

President Obama commutes most of Chelsea Manning's sentence

by Jessica Conditt
President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the majority of Chelsea Manning's remaining prison sentence, and she is now scheduled to be released on May 17th, 2017, rather than in 2045. Manning is the former army intelligence analyst who provided hundr...
18 Jan 06:46

Obama pardons Stuxnet leak source James Cartwright

by Jon Fingas
Chelsea Manning isn't the only source of online leaks to get a new lease on life. President Obama has pardoned General James Cartwright, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI when it investigated leaks that revealed details of Stuxnet, the US-backed...
17 Jan 15:43

Sherlock: Season 4 Finale Review

by Daniel Krupa

The following review contains full spoilers for this week's episode of Sherlock.

If there isn’t to be another season of Sherlock, The Final Problem provided a fitting conclusion to Moffat and Gatiss’s incarnation. Not only did it provide fresh insight into what made Sherlock the way he is, it also left him in a stronger, happier place, and also much closer to the character we know from other adaptations.

Last week's episode concluded with the reveal of Eurus, the forgotten sister of Sherlock and Mycroft, who has been posing as various characters throughout the season and manipulating her brothers. The closing scene saw her shoot John. In true Sherlock fashion, that cliffhanger is quickly pushed to one side (it was apparently a tranquilliser, though you never get to see how it played out). Anyway, Eurus: we learn that she was the youngest of the Holmes children, and was considered by a variety of professionals to be an 'era-defining genius' – comparable to Newton – but her prodigious intellect placed her beyond 'small' moral concepts, like good and evil.

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17 Jan 15:25

Should we get our hopes up again for cloud gaming?

by Jessica Conditt
"We, in no way, take credit for the idea." LiquidSky CEO Ian McLoughlin knows video game streaming isn't a new concept. For years, various companies have promised players they'd be able to load up any game on any device via cloud streaming. Play the...
17 Jan 11:56

Autopilot update rolls out to all Teslas with HW2 hardware

by Mariella Moon
Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot update has rolled out to all its HW2 vehicles, company chief Elon Musk has announced on Twitter. HW2 is what the automaker calls its second-generation self-driving hardware found in its newer models, including the Model S a...
17 Jan 11:56

Apple hikes UK App Store prices by 25 percent because Brexit

by Nick Summers
If you're an iPhone, iPad or Mac user in the UK, prepare yourself: App Store prices are on the rise. As 9to5Mac reports, developers are being notified that their software will soon be bumped up in price. Apps worth 79 pence before will soon cost 99 p...