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29 Jul 07:06

Video: Glasgow driver takes 17 minutes to reverse park

by Christofer Lloyd

File under: Latest News

Video: Glasgow driver takes 17 minutes to reverse park Photo credit: YouTube / Glasgow Steph Many drivers have trouble reverse parking, but this new motorist has more trouble than most, needing 17 minutes to get into a space earlier this month. continue reading

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29 Jul 10:05

Netflix set to create two new Marvel TV series every year

by Dave James
Netflix set to create two new Marvel TV series every year

With the success of its Daredevil TV series Netflix has announced plans to put out a new Marvel show every six months, pulling inspiration from The Defenders group of heroes.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association Ted Sarandos, Netflix CCO, explained that it was the company's plan to continue producing a new shows from The Defenders pool of characters. The final end goal is for them to all finally assemble (wink) for an ensemble series featuring them all.

"Some will selectively have multiple seasons as they come out of the gate," said Sarandos. "So there will probably be two launches a year."

The Defenders suits this approach perfectly, the comic-book group is referred to as a 'non-team' because of the individualistic nature of its ever-changing protagonists. So building up the individual characters via their own shows or miniseries before throwing them all together makes perfect sense.

To hit its two per year goal shouldn't be hard as The Defenders has had a bunch of different members since Dr. Strange, the Hulk and Namor the Sub-Mariner set it up. There's a host of possible crossovers too, with the Guardians of the Galaxy having time-travelled their way onto the roster at one point and even Howard the Duck and Spiderman made their own appearances too.

Right now though Netflix has Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist in development to compliment the second season of Daredevil.

The Defenders

This huge commitment to creating its own Marvel series just shows how times have changed for the streaming giant. It also shows how big a player it has become in the TV market.

Following on from Sarandos' 2013 claims of a goal to "become HBO faster than HBO can become us" it is close to delivering on that promise. The Vulture has plotted the homegrown content of both companies showing that Netflix's 36 shows in in production or on-screen in 2015 outstrips HBO's 23 count of its own content.

Considering last year Netflix's homegrown shows only numbered 11 that's huge growth.

HBO though is very much still HBO and with HBO Now it's created a US-only Netflix-a-like service too. And profit-wise there is no comparison - HBO is still reportedly ten times more profitable.

But then you've got to spend money to make money....

Who would you like to see Netflix creating their own series? I'm holding out it paying Cage to chew some more scenery as Ghost Rider.

29 Jul 06:39

Chris Pine Officially In For Wonder Woman

by David Konow

Captain Kirk to play leading man to the famous superhero amazon

29 Jul 06:41

Netflix Talks Next Marvel Series

by David Konow

Jessica Jones could debut at the end of the year

28 Jul 18:59

Intel's 3D memory is 1,000 times faster than modern storage

by Andrew Tarantola
Intel and Micron unveiled a novel new kind of non-volatile data storage device during a press conference on Tuesday. The chips, dubbed "3D XPoint" (pronounced "cross-point"), are being touted as the first new class of "mainstream memory" to hit the m...
29 Jul 03:20

Nokia's virtual reality camera is designed for filmmakers

by Mariella Moon
Nokia has just revealed a new camera for filmmakers called OZO that can capture virtual reality videos. But unlike similar devices from GoPro and Samsung unveiled in the past months, it's not a flattened circle with cameras but a spherical ball-like ...
29 Jul 06:40

Microsoft now rolling out free Windows 10 upgrades

by Steve Dent
Today's the day! Windows 10 is now available in 190 countries as a free upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 owners. Replacing an OS is no one's idea of fun, but we're actually looking forward to this one. First off, we'll be leaving behind the most hated ver...
28 Jul 09:45

Video: Lorry pulls off record 166-foot jump

by Staff Writer

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Video: Lorry pulls off record 166-foot jump Photo credit: YouTube / Colton Moore Lorries are good at many things. Lugging your groceries across the country, restocking Argos warehouses and carting fuel to petrol stations to name just a few. continue reading

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29 Jul 05:30

Windows 10 Launches Worldwide

by Brett Howse

It has been a busy time in Redmond. Three hundred and two days ago, on September 30, 2014, Windows 10 was announced by Microsoft. The name, at the time, was a bit of a surprise, and Windows 10 was born out of the ashes of Windows 8.1. Over the last three hundred days, we have seen a pronounced change in how Microsoft develops software. Windows 8 was the crowning achievement of Steven Sinofsky, and his sudden departure from the Redmond company only weeks after Windows 8 shipped perhaps signaled that Microsoft knew out of the gate that Windows 8 would be controversial and difficult to adopt for their core user group. A new direction was necessary.

And so we have Windows 10. Separated from Windows 8 by more than just a number, it was also forged by a Microsoft who was more open about the development process than I can ever recall. The day after Windows 10 was announced, Microsoft opened up the Windows Insider program, to give anyone who wanted a look at the new take on Windows to give it a spin, and not only that, they could offer feedback and suggestions for apps and features. The changes made to Windows 10 over the last three hundred odd days, have been dramatic, which is a testament to how the new Microsoft takes and processes the huge amount of feedback it received.

Windows 10 Start Menu and Desktop in October 2014

The Windows Insider program was very successful. Very quickly the number of people who had signed up was over a million, and the last count that I saw was that there are over five million people in the Windows Insider program. The response has certainly been enthusiastic.

Windows 10 Start Menu and Desktop at release

Of course it helps that the software being tested showed that Microsoft was listening well before the Insider Program even began. Windows 8’s biggest pain points, such as the Start Screen, full screen apps, and the Charms bar, were not going to be tweaked in this release, but completely done away with. Back was the Start Menu, back was windowed apps, and back was what made Windows, well, Windows. Where Windows 8 was promoted as touch-first, Windows 10 was created as productivity first, with the OS trying to assist you with things like Snap Assist rather than get in your way.

There is a lot of changes and features to go over, and in typical AnandTech style, we are going to provide as much information about each as we can. I wanted to ensure that we did the review with the final code, to ensure any of our tests would be accurate and real-world results. Hopefully the full review is worth the wait.

With Windows 10 being the first ever free upgrade, here is a quick look at what to expect if you signed up to get the upgrade on day one.

Windows 10 gains a personal assistant in Cortana. What originally launched on Windows Phone has been brought to the PC, and it can now work across all of your Windows devices. One of the key benefits of Windows 10 over Windows 8 is that features like Cortana are easily discoverable. Cortana now lives in a search box right beside the start button, and it can keep track of your travel plans, set up reminders, and perform searches for you.

Microsoft is also adding a new browser to Windows 10, with Microsoft Edge. Although based on Internet Explorer under the hood, huge chunks of code have been taken out to improve security, and the rendering and scripting engines have been optimized to make Edge one of the fastest browsers around. It adds support for new features like being able to markup web pages and share them, and Cortana is built in to provide contextual search results right in the page. It is a big step up from Internet Explorer in standards compliance, and while it’s not quite finished yet, Microsoft has promised to update it often through the Windows Store.

With Windows 8, Microsoft basically built a tablet operating system, and stuck the desktop inside of it. I actually quite liked the design when using Windows 8 with touch, but using it on a large screen desktop could be frustrating. Windows 10 is still designed for both systems, but they have added Continuum to Windows 10 to automatically prompt to switch from one mode to the other. Optimizing Windows for what you are doing is a much better approach than optimizing for what you’re not doing, and Continuum finally bridges the gap between desktop and tablet on one device.

Gaming is getting a big boost on Windows 10, with support for DirectX 12 which is the biggest change to their gaming APIs since DirectX 10 launched with Windows Vista way back in 2006. DirectX 12’s most important feature is likely its low-level API, which can provide much better performance in a lot of scenarios where developers had been CPU bound before. Graphics Processing Units are massively parallel devices, but could be bottlenecked by the API being CPU bound. DirectX 12 makes some big changes to the API to give the developers the chance to get around these bottlenecks, and the upcoming DirectX 12 games can add a level of detail that was unattainable before.

Gaming doesn’t stop there though. Windows 10 brings some other cool things to gaming on the PC. The built in Xbox app will support Game DVR, allowing you to record game sessions, edit them, and share them, all within the Xbox app. One of the coolest features coming is game streaming from an Xbox One to any Windows 10 PC, allowing you to use any PC or tablet as the display for the Xbox, as long as it is on the LAN. This isn’t new tech, but it will be built into every Windows 10 PC. Windows 10 is also going to offer cross-device gameplay, allowing you to play against people on Xbox One or Windows 10. Some games will even support starting a game on one device and finishing on the other.

The built in apps have all gotten major overhauls with Windows 10, and now work a lot better on a desktop but equally well on a touch device. Photos has gone from an almost unusable application on Windows 8 to a very nicely executed app in Windows 10. Mail has seen a huge change, and has taken queues from their purchase of Acompli, which had one of the best email apps on iOS. Maps has also gotten a big facelift, and it can sync information among all of your Windows devices. Xbox Music has been rebranded to Groove Music, and the movies app is now a movie player with the Windows Store being unified to include all purchases including movies and TV.

On the security side, Windows 10 brings a lot of features here as well. One I am very much looking forward to is Windows Hello, which will allow you to log in with supported facial recognition hardware, or fingerprint readers. Once logged in, Passport will be available as a service to allow authentication to external services, if they add support. This will leverage public-private key technology, so if a third party was able to obtain the database of passwords from a web service, they would just have your public key which is useless to them. I’ve said it before, and will say it again. Passwords have outlived their usefulness and any work to move this technology forward should be a huge benefit to everyone.

And these features are really just the tip of the iceberg, with far more available including virtual desktops, drop shadows, a new dark theme, and more. Windows 10 is a big step up from Windows 8, but also from those that hung back on Windows 7. With the free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 being offered for a year, adoption should be strong, but time will tell. I have been running Windows 10 since October, and as my daily computer since January. It has been worth the wait.

28 Jul 14:30

Boeing 777 landing in 60 MPH winds

by Rob Beschizza

This KLM pilot nails it at Schipol airport in Amsterdam—and any passengers who refused to stash their stuff were likely nailed by their iPads during rapid corrections in 60MPH cross-winds. Read the rest

28 Jul 08:19

Max Verstappen to take driving test after coming fourth in F1

by Staff Writer

File under: Latest News

Max Verstappen to take driving test after coming fourth in F1 Despite finishing fourth in the Hungarian Grand Prix this season, 17-year-old Max Verstappen has yet to pass his driving test, and will be completing a four-week intensive course to get his licence. continue reading

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28 Jul 10:44

'Impossible' Propulsion Engine Actually Works

by Matt Porter

German scientists have confirmed that an Electromagnetic Propulsion Engine, claimed by some to be 'impossible', actually works.

The EM Drive breaks the conservation of momentum law of physics, which is why it was originally widely ridiculed by the scientific community. However after repeated testing, it appears that the engine is actually producing thrust. Claims earlier in the year that it was creating a warp field have now been refuted.

It is propelled forward by microwaves bouncing around inside a closed chamber. It will supposedly be able to get us to Mars in just 70 days, without using expensive rocket fuel.

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23 Jul 02:59

Mr. Robot: "3xpl0its.wmv" Review

by Amy Ratcliffe

Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

Just when you think you're close to seeing a big change, Mr. Robot pulls the rug out from under you. "3xpl0its.wmv" was meta in that way. FSociety was poised to take down Steel Mountain and deal significant damage to Evil Corp, but they were tripped up by losing Dark Army. Their disappointment was tangible, especially because I couldn't help but feel the same. We were making progress! The leisurely plot needs a boost.

The episode was helped by the bite-your-nails scenes where Elliot was nearly busted. Actually, the use of silence as Elliot toured Steel Mountain with Bill was as effective as the strained interactions with Trudy and then Tyrell. Rami Malek, as usual, did an incredible job communicating how out of step Elliot is compared to everyone else. You can always tell how uncomfortable (or not) Elliot is and since Elliot isn't the most verbose of characters, his body language is key to getting to know and read him. Malek is doing a lot of heavy lifting between that and Elliot's monologues.

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27 Jul 01:58

Humans: "Episode 5" Review

by Matt Fowler

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...

Humans began twisting and tearing apart the Hawkins family in wonderful ways this week as Joe discovered that Toby falsely admitted to sleeping with Anita, essentially covering for him just so Anita wouldn't be shipped off. In the end, out of everyone, and after several shifting debates about whether or not to send Anita back to her makers, it was Joe who was shuttled away from his own house. A really fun, crushing turn.

The larger story involving the A.I. code hidden among Elster's special Synths shuffled along, though now with the interesting pairing of George and Niska. Now George actually had someone "human" he could speak to for more than a few minutes. Someone formidable and who could go toe-to-toe with him on a philosophical level. And with Niska residing/hiding in his home came a look back into his own story and the reveal that he left Elster's original project because of his partner's A.I. aspirations. Also, we discovered that the grim, grand-standing Hobb was also one of the Elster's original think-tank buddies.

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27 Jul 17:16

Hawking, Musk, Wozniak Warn of Imminent AI-Based Robot Warfare

by David Witmer

Dozens of high-profile scientists, businessmen, and other dignitaries, including the likes of Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak, and Elon Musk, have signed an open letter appealing to the UN to ban AI-based weaponry.

The letter, published by The Future of Life Institute, states that AI-controlled weapons with capabilities of searching for and eliminating people autonomously will likely be available "within years, not decades," and describes autonomous weapons as a potential "third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms."

"If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development," the letter continues, "a global arms race is virtually inevitable... autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow." It warns that while these weapons may reduce human casualties, it will also lower the threshold for states to go to war, as the materials needed to create these machines are so cheap and readily available.

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27 Jul 23:16

950 Million Android Devices at Risk Due to MMS Vulnerability

by Kyree Leary

Android users should be on the lookout for any video messages they receive that suddenly disappear. Why? Because it could mean that particular device has been compromised.

A group of researchers from Zimperium Mobile Security revealed the flaw in the mobile OS, now going by the name "Stagefright," along with the news that around 950 million Android devices are actively vulnerable to being attacked.

An attack on an affected Android device is so simple that it only requires the attacker to know their victim's mobile number. Even more troubling, however, is the fact that no action needs to be taken on the device itself for the effects to take hold. And after sending a multimedia message containing the exploit, different parts of the device, including the microphone, camera and Bluetooth, can be accessed.

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27 Jul 22:45

Heartbleed-Level Vulnerability Found In 950 Million Android Devices, Thanks To DRM

Zimperium researchers found a security vulnerability in all versions of Android (starting with 2.2) that would allow attackers to infect their targets without any user action by simply sending them an MMS message.
27 Jul 08:24

Man's attempt to jump over retracting bridge ends in disaster

by Sophie Williamson-Stothert

This only works in movies

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Man's attempt to jump over retracting bridge ends in disaster Photo credit: News TV 2015 003 News TV 2015 003 We all know how tempting it can be to re-enact the flamboyant car stunts from the latest action movies but, just as Terry Cole used to say, don't try this at home. As a 56-year-old Dutch man recently found out, these moments of confidence (and incompetence) don't always go to plan. The man in question attempted to jump a... continue reading

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27 Jul 10:43

Steam Accounts Hijacked After Security Lapse

by Matt Porter

Multiple Steam accounts have been hijacked over the last week, thanks to a bug.

The Steam Store and website were briefly unavailable this morning, but it is unclear whether this is related to any security issues.

Last week, a security "loophole" allowed anyone in the world to access your account using the Lost Password function on Steam, as long as they had your username. From there they could change your password and gain access to your account with no verification needed.

The security issue has now been fixed, however the bug could have been impacting the Steam service all of last week from July 21-25. Valve told Kotaku that it is "resetting passwords on accounts with suspicious password changes during that period."

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26 Jul 20:04

Georgia sues man for posting annotated state laws online

by Jon Fingas


You might think that legislation should be freely accessible as a matter of course, but the state of Georgia begs to differ. It's suing Public.Resource.Org owner Carl Malamud for allegedly violating copyright by publishing the annotated versions of G...
24 Jul 12:50

Mulder And Scully Finally Talk In Latest 'X-Files' Teaser

by Erin Whitney

During Thursday night's season finale of "Wayward Pines," Fox debuted a new teaser for the "X-Files" revival. But wait, isn't it exactly the same footage from the last short teaser Fox released? Yes, but this time Mulder and Scully finally have a little dialogue.

In the 17-second teaser, David Duchovny's Mulder asks, "Are you ready for this, Scully?" Gillian Anderson replies by saying she doesn't know if there's a choice.

 Be prepared, "X-Files" fans, the new revival premieres on Jan. 24 whether or not you're ready, either.

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21 Jul 11:11

Video: Ferrari owner blasts to 212mph on the autobahn

by Christofer Lloyd

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Video: Ferrari owner blasts to 212mph on the autobahn Photo credit: YouTube / rmitchell248 If you think you can't get the most from a supercar on the road, think again. Provided you have access to Germany's high-speed derestricted autobahns, that is. continue reading

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26 Jul 00:03

Twitter is erasing stolen jokes

by Jon Fingas
Hang around Twitter for long enough and there's a good chance that you'll see people rehashing jokes that clearly aren't theirs, whether they're spam bots or less-than-original friends. You might not see that copy-pasted humor for much longer, though...
21 Jul 18:52

New Fargo: Season 2 Trailer

by Alex Osborn

FX has released a new trailer for Fargo: Season 2 ahead of its premiere this September. The new preview is our biggest look yet at the new season.

Give it a look below.

Just last week, a brief 30-second trailer was released, providing Fargo fans with their first look at the show's 1979 Sioux Falls, South Dakota setting outside of a couple of character-specific teasers.

According to series showrunner Noah Halway, Fargo's second season will be "a lot bigger" than the first, with "more of an epic feel."

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21 Jul 20:48

Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose Join The X-Files

by Anthony Couto

Fox's upcoming revival of The X-Files has added fan-favorite actors Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) to its cast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amell is playing the "smart" and "smooth" Agent Miller, while Ambrose is set to portray the "sharp" and "confident" Agent Einstein. We'll reportedly see both characters in the fourth episode of the revival.

Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose. Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose.

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22 Jul 22:19

Pixels Review

by Max Nicholson

In 2010, French filmmaker Patrick Jean released an ingenious short film about classic video game characters attacking -- and pixelating -- New York City. Featuring gorgeous visuals and a winning premise, the short quickly went viral. Of course, Hollywood wasn't going to sit by and not cash in on a feature-length version, so Sony picked up the rights to Jean's creation, adapted it for the big screen and put a bunch of funny people in it -- namely Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan. Unfortunately, though not surprisingly, Pixels makes a much better YouTube video than it does a full-length movie.

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23 Jul 19:15

How They De-Aged Michael Douglas in Ant-Man

by Evan Campbell

When Michael Douglas shows up in Ant-Man's opening as a young Hank Pym in 1989, the Oscar-winning actor looks like he shot the scene just after filming Wall Street.

So how did Marvel rewind time with Douglas? According to Vulture, it was a company called Lola VFX that de-aged the 70-year-old actor. The company actually broke out onto the scene of de-aging with X-Men: The Last Stand (remember the opening scene with Professor X and Magneto?), but Lola VFX has worked with Marvel before, as when they created the skinny version of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger.

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23 Jul 23:40

New Gotham: Season 2 Teasers

by Matt Fowler

On the heels of the news that Michael Chiklis has joined Gotham as a series regular comes two new Season 2 promos.

Gotham: Season 1 Review

One features Jim Gordon swearing to take down Peter Scolari's Commissioner Loeb, The Penguin as Gotham's new crime lord, and a glimpse of Cameron Monaghan's "Joker," while the other shows young Bruce's descent down to his father's secret "cave" lair. All while a slowed down cover version (are there any other type of trailer songs these days?) of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" plays.

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21 Jul 20:17

'The Good Dinosaur' trailer: Pixar makes CGI look real

by Devindra Hardawar
It's a good year for Pixar fans: Inside Out was one of the studio's best films in years, and we also have another to look forward to on November 25, The Good Dinosaur. Now we've got our best look at the film yet with its first official trailer, which...
23 Jul 20:09

Bethesda's 'Fallout Anthology' collection comes in a mini nuke case

by Billy Steele
If you're a big fan of Bethesda's Fallout franchise, or you just like collecting things, you'll soon be able to nab a nuke. Not a real one, of course, but a miniature bomb case (complete with sound!) that houses all of the Fallout titles for PC that ...