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25 Aug 01:13

Doctors use ultrasound to jump-start coma patient's brain

by Sean Buckley
We're getting better at predicting when a patient might come out of a coma, but helping them recover is another matter. Even after a patient wakes up, the effects of being in a persistent unconscious state can result in severe brain injury. Recovery...
22 Aug 14:43

The Female Iron Man Will Be Known as Ironheart

by Joe Skrebels

Marvel's new female Iron Man, Riri Williams now has her own alias to go by - Ironheart.

Revealed by writer Brian Michael Bendis to Wired, Ironheart will gain her name within the pages of the first issue of the relaunched invincible Iron Man.

“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some,” Bendis explains in a discussion about the new name. “Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. And Ironheart, coined by Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole.

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22 Aug 18:11

Middle-earth Blu-ray set is gorgeous, but insanely expensive

by Nathan Ingraham
Yes, many Lord of the Rings fans (including this writer) may be obsessive collectors, but the latest movie collection that Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are releasing this far takes things into the realm of the truly crazy. The just-announced "Mid...
24 Aug 15:22

Moto Z's Hasselblad camera add-on surfaces in fresh photos

by Jon Fingas
When Motorola and Lenovo unveiled the Moto Z, they unveiled a host of MotoMods... except for one. Where was that camera add-on we'd seen in leaks? Apparently, it's still coming -- and it might be more than you were expecting. Moto G3 has come across...
24 Aug 11:25

Amazon now offers unlimited cloud storage for £55 per year

by Jamie Rigg
One of the benefits of being an Amazon Prime member is unlimited cloud storage for photos, as well as 5GB of space for other file types. If you own any of the retailer's Fire devices, too, you get unlimited storage for photos taken with that product,...
23 Aug 20:30

Opera finally brings its free unlimited VPN app to Android

Back in May, Opera launched a free unlimited VPN app for iOS, and today the same thing has finally become available for Android devices. You can find it in the Google Play Store. It's simply called Opera Free VPN, and unlike the Norwegian company's other VPN app, Opera Max, this one doesn't compress your traffic or anything like that. It's just a standard VPN app, but free and with unlimited traffic - no subscription needed. It does have a couple of twists, though. First off, it comes with a Wi-Fi test tool that will tell you how secure the wireless network you are currently connected...

21 Aug 18:40

Watch Pro-Shot Video Footage Of METALLICA's 'Hardwired' Live Debut

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing its new song "Hardwired" live for the first time Saturday night (August 20) during the band's headlining concert at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota can be seen below. "Hardwired" is taken from METALLICA's tenth studio album, "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", which will be released on November 18 via Blackened Recordings. The long-awaited follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Fox 9 that the band played "Hardwired" "all in the same room" for the first time this past Monday, August 15 in preparation for the Minneapolis concert. He said: "This is as fresh off the assembly line as rock and roll gets." The drummer talked to Rolling Stone about the creation of "Hardwired". He said: "That's actually the last song we wrote for the record. We started this album by throwing different ideas around. The shape of it, as a collection of songs, didn't come into focus until we were deep into it. At that point, the songs were getting tighter, shorter and leaner." He continued: "A couple of months ago, we were sitting there taking stock of the record and thought maybe we should write one more fast, little crazy song, and that became 'Hardwired'. It just kind of happened. I think James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] and I wrote and recorded it in less than a week, which, for us, is basically a nanosecond." "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" was produced by Greg Fidelman with Hetfield and Ulrich. The band recorded the disc at its own studio and is still putting the finishing touches on the LP. According to Ulrich, METALLICA wrote most of the songs for "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" in the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015. The band's initial goal with the new record was "to continue where we left off," the drummer said. "Since 'Death Magnetic', we've been on a roll: We did the Lou Reed stuff, a Ronnie Dio-RAINBOW medley, a DEEP PURPLE cover and obviously the ['Through The Never'] movie took two years. Greg Fidelman has been working with us full time since then. We haven't had time to sit down and asses what we're doing. So it wasn't until farther into the process that we took stock of what we were doing and asked what we were trying to say with the album. That's when things came more into shape and became more coherent. But we didn't work with a mission statement." Asked about his previous comment that the songs on "Hardwired" would sound "less frenetic" than those on "Death Magnetic", Ulrich explained: "Most of the songs are simpler. We introduce a mood and we stick to it, rather than songs we've done where one riff happens and we go over here and then over there and becomes a journey through all these different soundscapes. The songs are more linear. And by 'less frenetic,' I mean there are certainly less starts and stops in the songs. It cruises along a little bit more than the last record." "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" will be issued on double CD, vinyl and digital download. A deluxe version will feature a bonus disc containing the riffs that formed the origins of the album along with "The Lords Of Summer", which the band debuted on tour a couple of years ago.
22 Aug 10:12

Watch KORN's Official Video For 'Insane' Song

KORN's Ryan Valdez-directed video for the song "Insane" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "The Serenity Of Suffering", which will be released on October 21. The follow-up to 2013's "The Paradigm Shift" was helmed by Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, MASTODON and RUSH, among others. The CD features a guest appearance by SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor on the song "A Different World". "The Serenity Of Suffering" marks the band's return to Roadrunner, which previously released 2010's "Korn III - Remember Who You Are" and 2011's "The Path Of Totality". "The Serenity Of Suffering" track listing: 01. Insane 02. Rotting In Vain 03. Black Is The Soul 04. The Hating 05. A Different World (feat. Corey Taylor) 06. Take Me 07. Everything Falls Apart 08. Die Yet Another Night 09. When You're Not There 10. Next In Line 11. Please Come For Me The official video for the song "Rotting In Vain", which stars actor Tommy Flanagan ("Sons Of Anarchy", "Gladiator"), can be seen below. The clip, which taps into the dark underbelly of a bizarre world, was lensed by famed rock video director Dean Karr. The cover art for "The Serenity Of Suffering" was created by acclaimed artist Ron English. It depicts a teenage KORN fan at a dystopian acid-nightmare funfair who is clutching a disembowelled and skeletal version of the doll who adorned 1999's "Issues". KORN frontman Jonathan Davis told Rolling Stone about the track: "'Rotting In Vain' was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don't like in life — be it relationships, or feeling when you're stuck and you're just being abused or you don't like where you're at, and you just sit there and rot. It takes you years and years to figure out how to claw your way out. That's where 'Rotting In Vain' came from. I'm just sitting there, fucking dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place. That's the vibe that inspired the song." "The Serenity Of Suffering" marks the second KORN album since the return of guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, who said, "This is a record to me that the intensity of KORN is back, and the live energy. Raw energy is there." KORN's co-headlining tour with ROB ZOMBIE, "Return Of The Dreads", kicked off on July 19 in Englewood, Colorado. That trek winds down on September 3 in Bristow, Virginia. KORN will also hit the road this fall with co-headliners BREAKING BENJAMIN for the "Nocturnal Underground Tour", which will kick off on September 24 in Fargo, North Dakota and run through late October.
12 Aug 12:02

Fleet of supercars left to block road while drivers attend a wedding

by Darren Cassey
Local residents and business owners have been left fuming after a fleet of expensive supercars were left to block a Birmingham street. Cars were left abandoned in the middle of the road while...
17 Aug 12:52

World's fastest electric car beats Tesla and LaFerrari in drag race

by Darren Cassey
Public perception of electric vehicles (EVs) is improving all the time, but they still only make up a tiny percentage of new car sales. In fact, less than three per cent of new car sales in July...
19 Aug 11:53

Mercedes-Maybach reveals stunning coupe concept

by Darren Cassey
This gorgeous, humungous beast is the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. It's a concept car built to wow the crowds at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California. And wow...
21 Aug 08:45

Synchronized Swimming in the Animal Kingdom

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18 Aug 20:54

Gridcoin, A currency minted by doing science !

19 Aug 21:34

New Snowden docs suggest Shadow Broker leak was real

by Andrew Tarantola
On Monday, a group of hackers calling themselves the Shadow Broker put up a number of cyber-espionage tools reportedly stolen from NSA-associated hacking outfit, the Equation Group. Edward Snowden has already publicly speculated that the intrusion an...
18 Aug 21:11

Arrow: Season 5 Adds DC's Human Target

by Alex Osborn

Arrow is introducing Christopher Chance, AKA Human Target, in Season 5 and he'll be played by someone familiar with comic book adaptations - Jessica Jones actor Wil Traval.

According to TVLine, Traval will make his debut as the DC Comics hero in Season 5's fifth episode, when Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) becomes his new client. For those unfamiliar with the character, Human Target is a bodyguard who can disguise himself, using this ability to take on the identities of people who are being targeted by assassins.

traval-jones Wil Traval as Will Simpson in Marvel's Jessica Jones

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18 Aug 17:17 will shut down as part of Univision buyout

by Chris Velazco
Gawker Media's long, strange legal battle is done, and so is -- reporter JK Trotter just confirmed that the site is set to cease operations next week, after 14 years of snarking up every possible tree. The announcement comes on the heels o...
16 Aug 23:57

Agents of SHIELD: Season 4 Finds Their Robot

by Alex Osborn

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD has gained a new cast member in Galavant star Mallory Jansen.

According to TVLine, the actress will appear in Season 4 as the robot Aida.

Mallory Jansen in Galavant, Photo credit: ABC/Nick Ray

It's important to note that the Season 3 finale teased LMDs, and prior reports claim these Life-Model Decoys, which are perfect robotic replicas of characters used throughout the comics, will indeed appear in Season 4. As such, Jansen's character will likely be referred to as an LMD rather than a robot.

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17 Aug 12:32

'Mr. Robot' has its own official mobile game

by Daniel Cooper
If you're looking for some extra Mr. Robot while the second season plays out, then there's now a mobile game to keep you entertained. Mr. Robot: 1.51exfiltratiOn is available for iOS and Android, and is packaged up like a fictional corporate messenge...
16 Aug 16:28

MR. ROBOT Renewed for a Third Season

by Clarissa
Today USA Network announced that MR. ROBOT will be returning for a third season. Season 3 is slated to air in 2017. “We couldn’t be more proud of MR. ROBOT, a series that has pushed boundaries, captured the cultural zeitgeist, and been honored as one of the best dramas on television,” said Chris McCumber, President, […]
16 Aug 17:46

Elon Musk's OpenAI will teach AI to talk using Reddit

by Steve Dent

What could possibly go wrong

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has delivered the first DGX-1 supercomputer to Elon Musk's OpenAI nonprofit, and the researchers already have a project in mind. Believe it or not, they want to teach AI to chat by reading through Reddit forums, according to...
16 Aug 10:49

Shadow hackers breach the NSA and sell its insecurity wares

by Dave Neal
Shadow hackers breach the NSA and sell its insecurity wares

Hacking group has a yard sale

15 Aug 17:00

How a robot wrote for Engadget

by Aaron Souppouris
John McCarthy, the late computer scientist who first coined the term "artificial intelligence," famously said: "As soon as it works, no one calls it AI any more." What was once cutting-edge AI is now considered standard behavior for computers. As I w...
15 Aug 15:00

Postage stamp-sized device can disinfect water in minutes

by Mariella Moon
In many parts of the world, people have to boil water or leave it for long periods under the sun to make sure it's clean enough to drink. Problem is, the former consumes fuel they can use for cooking or heating, while the latter takes too much time....
15 Aug 20:57

'Hamilton' creator Miranda joins the fight against ticket bots

by Jon Fingas

About time

Hate that ticket bots robbed you of a chance to see that big concert or musical? So does Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Hamilton author is teaming up with Senator Charles Schumer to promote a proposed federal bill, the Better Online Ticket Sales Act (BOTS...
15 Aug 17:22

Audiophiles in Japan are installing their own electricity poles

by Jon Fingas

Bit too much, innit?

Audiophiles are known for doing some pretty extreme things in their quest for 'purer' sound, such as buying headphones that cost as much as a good car or getting ridiculously overdone cables with little to no practical benefit. However, the Wall Stre...
16 Aug 10:25

The Duck Squad

by RJ Evans

Do you have a pest problem? Then perhaps you should consider calling in the Duck Squad!  This team of over 1000 ducks have a serious job – to keep down the number of snails and other pests on the South African winery they call home.  Created by Great Big Story, this is a charming portrait of how animals can be used rather than pesticides to keep the grapes growing.  The sight of over 1000 ducks ambling through the countryside in formation is quite something!

16 Aug 00:11

Henry Cavill Posts Mysterious Superman Image

by Jordan Sirani

Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill is teasing a new, darker look for Superman.

In a post on Instagram, Cavill shared a close-up image of an all-black Superman costume, similar to the one seen in 1992's Death of Superman story arc in the comics.

Warning: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice spoilers follow.

In Dawn of Justice, Superman ultimately sacrifices himself to assure the Trinity's victory over Doomsday. However, following Clark Kent's funeral service, the movie ends with a shot of dirt rising from his grave, leaving the hero's fate up in the air.

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16 Aug 00:48

RDJ, True Detective Creator Team for HBO Series

by Jordan Sirani

Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. and True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto are reportedly teaming up for a drama project at HBO.

Variety reports Downey Jr. will star in the project -- which is a series, not a television movie, according to the outlet's sources -- with Pizzolatto writing. Both Downey Jr. and Pizzolatto will serve as executive producers as well.

Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

According to the report, the project may be a Perry Mason reboot, which Downey Jr. and Warner Bros. initially revealed as a feature film in 2011.

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16 Aug 09:24

John Williams Confirms He Will Score Star Wars Episode 8

by Matt Porter

Composer John Williams has confirmed to a crowd at a live concert he will soon begin work on Star Wars: Episode VIII.

According to Masslive, Williams said he will begin work in a few weeks after seeing an early cut of the movie.

Masslive reports Williams "said he accepted the invitation from Lucasfilm producer Kathleen Kennedy mainly because he was enchanted by actress Daisy Ridley's portrayal of Rey and does not want another composer scoring her scenes."

Star Wars isn't the only long running franchise Williams is staying attached to. A couple of months ago director Steven Spielberg revealed the prolific composer will be coming back to score the next Indiana Jones film.

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16 Aug 04:00

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 10-Series for Notebooks Unveiled, Launching Today

by Ryan Smith & Brett Howse

Although no two GPU launches are ever exactly alike, I think this year’s launch of the FinFET generation GPUs really drives that point home. Over the last 3 months we have seen an incredibly compact launch schedule from NVIDIA, having started with the GeForce GTX 1080 and GP104 in May, and adding another 3 cards and 2 GPUs since then. At least on the desktop side, this is the most aggressive launch schedule we’ve seen out of NVIDIA in nearly a decade.

On the mobile side however, things have moved at a different pace. In the most recent years, NVIDIA has launched at least parts of their mobile stack either directly alongside their desktop series launch (e.g. GTX 600M series), or shortly thereafter in the case of the GTX 900M series. So there has been a great deal of interest in when the mobile GTX 10-Series would launch, both due to overall booming gaming laptop market, and because laptops in general are the ultimate litmus test for power efficiency, and stand to gain the most from the move to FinFET transistors.

To that end, we finally have an answer to the mobile question. Skipping any pre-release fanfare like on the desktop side, NVIDIA and its partners are going straight to launch, hard launching the GeForce GTX 10-Series lineup for notebooks today. And while it’s been a bit longer of a wait than in past years, NVIDIA is launching a full 3-part stack at once, from GTX 1060 to GTX 1080, meaning the notebook video card is now fully caught-up with desktop lineup. There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s dive right in.