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03 Aug 10:48

World's First Smartwatch for the Blind Unveiled

by Matt Porter

Dot, a start-up South Korean tech company, has announced a smartwatch for the blind.

Dot's CEO, Eric Ju Yoon Kim, said "until now, if you got a message on iOS from your girlfriend, for example, you had to listen to Siri read it to you in that voice, which is impersonal," to Tech in Asia.

Kim wants to make braille smart technology more affordable, aiming to release the Dot Braille Smartwatch for less than $300.

The braille display works using four depressed cells which rise and refresh to reveal new characters. The speed can be altered based on how fast the user can read.


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31 Jul 23:39

Humans Renewed for Season 2

by Matt Fowler

AMC, Channel 4, and Kudos have announced that their co-produced drama series Humans has been renewed for a second season.

The series will return for eight new episodes, with production starting next year.

Written by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, the series stands as a top five cable drama launch among adults 25-54 in the U.S. this season and has averaged 2.0 million viewers and 1.0 million adults 25-54 through its first four episodes in live+3 ratings.

Overseas, the first episode was Channel 4’s highest rated originated drama in 20 years.

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01 Aug 01:48

Bruce Campbell Promises So Much Blood in Ash vs. Evil Dead

by Matt Fowler

During the Ash Vs. Evil Dead panel at the TCA Press Tour, executive producer/star Bruce Campbell made sure to let everyone on hand know just how much blood and gore there'd be on the upcoming Starz series - which premieres October 31st.

"People ask how much blood is there going to be," Campbell noted. "I went blind the other day shooting a scene. Just picture that. Like, take a shower and open your eyes right into the faucet. That’s how much blood there is on the show."

"I’ve been gagged once and I went blind," Campbell added. "That’s a lot of blood in the show. So anyone who’s looking for it, it’s coming your way."

Campbell, who appeared on the panel alongside creator/director Sam Raimi and co-star Lucy Lawless, also made sure to speak about how this series, based on the Evil Dead horror trilogy (which last graced us in '91, not counting the 2013 remake) was totally fan driven. "The fans are responsible for every single bit of this," he said. "They’ve been relentless for years. The last Evil Dead movie was 24 years ago, 1991. We shot Army of Darkness. They haven’t shut up since. So no matter what we say to them or what we give them, it will never be enough, and we’re very grateful for that."

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01 Aug 20:15

Star Wars Director Broke His Back Helping Harrison Ford

by Alex Osborn

J.J. Abrams, the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, broke his back while attempting to help Harrison Ford during the filming of Disney's highly anticipated sci-fi movie.

Last year, we learned the Han Solo actor injured his ankle when the Millennium Falcon's hydraulic door closed on his leg. Abrams, in an attempt to help Ford by lifting the door, then managed to break his own back.

Abrams tried to hide the injury by wearing a back brace under his clothes, he revealed on The Daily Show, noting that Ford managed to recover much quicker than himself.

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02 Aug 22:23

Sherlock "Less Rude" in Upcoming Victorian-Era Special

by Matt Fowler

While the three-episode Season/Series 4 of Sherlock is still a long way off, fans can look forward to the show's upcoming "through the looking glass"-style special set back in the original Sherlock Holmes time period. We're still not sure when it will air (executive producer Mark "Mycroft' Gatiss once stated it was to be a Christmas special), though creator Steven Moffat did have a few tidbits to share about it during a recent Q&A session at the summer TCA Press Tour.

"It's probably Christmas-ish," Moffat told the ballroom full of TV critics. "We don’t actually know. We’re not making this up.”

Benedict_Cumberbatch_s_Sherlock_is__a_lot_less_brattish__in_Victorian_set_special Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victorian Watson and Holmes.

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02 Aug 23:10

MI: Rogue Nation Is Series' 2nd Best at Box Office

by Anthony Couto

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation proves that audiences still want a dose of Ethan Hunt in their lives, as the Tom Cruise-led film topped this weekend's domestic box office, and gave Paramount its second-highest debut in the series.

On its opening Friday, Rogue Nation earned $20.3 million, and over the course of its three-day weekend debut, grossed $56 million domestically.  Combined with big numbers overseas -- an additional $60 million, internationally -- Rogue Nation is poised to earn over $116 million globally by the end of the weekend.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Rogue Nation is now the second most successful opener in the series, behind Mission: Impossible II, which raked in $70.8 million over the course of its Memorial Day weekend debut back in 2000. Rogue Nation is Paramount's second-biggest opening day ever, behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and is also the second-best of this year, after Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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01 Aug 10:13

Video: Watch Tom Cruise destroy BMW M3 whilst fIlming

by Staff Writer

File under: Latest News

Video: Watch Tom Cruise destroy BMW M3 whilst fIlming Photo credit: YouTube / Jalopnik Tom Cruise is an actor known for doing all his own stunts, and that includes the driving scenes that will appear in the latest Mission Impossible film. continue reading

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02 Aug 19:54

Disney explains why its 3D animation looks so realistic

by Jon Fingas
Have you watched 3D-animated Disney flicks like Big Hero 6 and wondered how some of its scenes manage to look surprisingly realistic? Today's your lucky day: Disney has posted a top-level explanation of how its image rendering engine, Hyperion, wo...
03 Aug 10:23

Apple Watch now works with August's designer smart lock

by Steve Dent

if only this was a better actual lock

Unlocking a door with your smartphone feels like the future, but you still have to fish something out of your pocket to do it. If you happen to own one of the Yves Behar designed August smart locks, however, you can open it with something on your w...
03 Aug 06:41

The German car industry is buying Nokia's Here maps

by Aaron Souppouris
Nokia is selling its Here maps service to a group of German car makers for €2.8 billion (roughly $3.07 billion). The consortium is comprised of Mercedes' owner Daimler, BMW, and Audi. As the latter is a VW subsidiary, the buyers essentially re...
31 Jul 16:51

Japan's Suntory to conduct important space whisky research

by Steve Dent
We have a strong whisky bias, so when Suntory revealed that it would be sending products into orbit, we had to know more. The company will fire six samples of its beverages to the International Space Station (ISS), including its Yamazaki Single Mal...
31 Jul 21:03

Marine Corps finally declares the F-35B ready for combat

by Andrew Tarantola
After years of testing and development, production setbacks and cost overruns and more than half a trillion dollars invested, the F-35B fighter jet has finally passed its biggest milestone to date: it's achieved initial operational capability (IOC)...
01 Aug 07:33

Surgeons practice on 3D-printed models for kids' operations

by Mariella Moon
Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital started using 3D-printed copies of patients' affected body parts to prepare for procedures last year. Now, that move has helped save the lives of four children aged two months to 16 years old who suffered from...
01 Aug 08:57

Annihilator - Release First Video From New Album

by BloodTears
As they gear up to release their new and 15th album, <i>Suicide Society</i>, Canadian thrashers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=33&bandname=Annihilator>Annihilator</a> have now debuted the first video and song from the upcoming release. More specifically, they have shared the album's title track. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26672">As previously announced</a>, Jeff Waters is also back commanding lead vocal duties as you can hear on this track. Enter <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=33&bandname=Annihilator>Annihilator</a>'s "Suicide Society" below. Have fun! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27159>Read more...</a>
01 Aug 10:15

Alestorm - Share New Video Clip

by BloodTears
Given that it has been a year since their latest album, <i>Sunset On The Golden Age</i>, came out, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2786&bandname=Alestorm>Alestorm</a> have decided to celebrate that by releasing a music video for one of their favourite tracks from the album, "Magnetic North". The video is a bit silly and filled with pirate mayhem but entertaining. You can now watch it here if you dare. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27161>Read more...</a>
30 Jul 15:48

Trivium - Announce New Album, Release New Video

by Kais
Orlando-based <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1531&bandname=Trivium>Trivium</a> have just announced their upcoming new full-length album, <i>Silence In The Snow</i>, and with it, they released a music video for its title track, that can be watched below. The album is set to be released on October 2nd, 2015 via Roadrunner Records, their long lasting label. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27144>Read more...</a>
30 Jul 16:30

'Mr. Robot' creator on the evils of Facebook and hackers in Hollywood

by Devindra Hardawar
You'd be forgiven for being skeptical about Mr. Robot, USA's new hacker thriller starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater. In general, movies and TV shows haven't done a great job of portraying hackers, and really, technology of any sort. Even the ki...
31 Jul 11:56

Netflix to bring three Star Wars TV shows to the little big screen

by Dave James
Netflix to bring three Star Wars TV shows to the little big screen

So Amazon Prime might have been all smug about the fact it poached the much-maligned fading lights of BBC's Top Gear show, but in this game of streaming Top Trumps Netflix seems like it's got the ace card: Star Wars.

According to rumours from Cinelinx Netflix is set to work with Disney to create three new live-action Star Wars TV shows.

And we thought our Lucasfilm excitement couldn't get any more powerful…

Disney already has a deal in place with Netflix to create Marvel-based shows, such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron-Fist and Luke Cage - with more on the way - so Netflix seems like an ideal home for Star Wars. After all, the final series of The Clone Wars cartoon was distributed exclusively on Netflix too.

And with the amount of money Netflix is ploughing into its homebrew TV offerings we shouldn't be looking at low-budget offerings either.


In fact reports are that filming of the TV series is being scheduled to fit between work on the various movies so that they can share the same sets. Thank JJ that they've decided to eschew Lucas' obsession with CGI in favour of actual physical things…

There has been no official confirmation though as yet, and the rumours don't seem to have any clue as to who, what or when the different TV series will cover or when they might go live.

With Rogue One covering the Rebels' troops and the second of the Star Wars Anthology movies covering young Han Solo and potentially Boba Fett too, what's left for the TV series?

We're desperate to find out what the hell happened to Ashoka, and maybe see a little more about the seedy underbelly of Coruscant's lower levels too.

Though with three new movies, three anthology flicks and potentially three live-action TV series, is that going to be too much of a good thing?

Familiarity breeds contempt and all that...

via Cinelinx

29 Jul 15:21

Microsoft makes Windows 10 version of Solitaire a freemium game

by Daniel Perez

Solitaire freemium .. what is this madness

Microsoft has released Windows 10 today, and with its release, we’re slowly learning about everything the new OS has to offer. While there are a number of great features included, we’re surprised to see a new version of Windows’ iconic Solitaire made its way to Windows 10. What’s more surprising is it appears Solitaire has been turned into a freemium game.

As you can see from the image above, Microsoft offers a premium for its Solitaire game. The premium, which can be purchased in 1-month and 1-year bundles, allows players to play Solitaire with no advertisements, gain more coins when completing Daily Challenges, and get a boost for each game of TriPeaks and Pyramid played.

Solitaire has been a staple of the Windows experience for as long as we can remember. Turning it into a freemium game seems like an underhanded way for Microsoft to make a quick buck on such a simple game. If you’re a fan of Solitaire, you might want to consider purchasing a pack of physical cards and play the game offline. At least you can do something else besides play Solitaire with your deck of cards, like perform magic tricks, build a house of cards, or play 52 card pickup.

[via Reddit]

30 Jul 06:55

Ultimate Scalextric track up for auction

by Staff Writer

File under: Latest News

Ultimate Scalextric track up for auction Photo credit: Classic Car Auctions If you yearned for longer and longer Scalextric sets as a child, you'll want to head to the Carfest South Classic Car Auction, as you can get your hands on the largest layout the slot car track experts have ever made. continue reading

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30 Jul 10:06

Amazon snaps up former 'Top Gear' trio for new motoring show

by Daniel Cooper
Amazon has announced that it's signed a deal with ousted Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond for a new motoring show. The stars of the popular BBC franchise left the program earlier this year when Clarkson was fired as ...
29 Jul 19:02

Jessica Jones Will Feel Very Different From Daredevil

by Matt Fowler

During a Netflix Showrunners panel yesterday at the TCA Press Tour, Marvel's Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg discussed how her upcoming Netflix MCU series - which has now been confirmed to premiere in 2015 - will differ from Marvel's Daredevil.

"Jessica Jones is a very different show than Daredevil," Rosenberg stated. "We exist in the cinematic universe. The mythology of the universe is connected, but

very different. Tonally, they're very different. If you pick up

 Bendis' graphic novel, Alias, and you pick up Daredevil, they're wildly different. And the shows ‑‑ that was my one concern coming in. 'Okay. Am I going to have to fit into whatever has been done with Daredevil or with any of the Marvel things before? The answer was, 'No. That's why we're hiring you, for your point of view.'"

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30 Jul 00:26

Tom Cruise Says M:I-6 Shoots Next Year

by Nathan Lawrence

The fuse has been lit on another Mission: Impossible movie, according to star Tom Cruise.

During his appearance on the The Daily Show, the Mission: Impossible actor-producer claimed the six entry in the franchise could shoot as soon as this time next year.

"We're starting to work on it now. We'll probably start shooting it next summer," said Cruise.

If Cruise is correct, this would suggest Paramount Pictures has already green-lit a sequel before the success of Rogue Nation has been proven at the box office.

It would also be a departure from the lengthy gaps between sequels that has been common with every Mission: Impossible movie from M:I-2 onwards.

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30 Jul 01:55

Most 2016 Volkswagen cars can avoid crashes and talk to your phone

by Jon Fingas
You normally have to spring for higher-end cars to get semi-autonomous features that could save your hide, but Volkswagen is aiming to make them relatively commonplace. The automaker has started shipping its 2016 model line, and most of it will at le...
30 Jul 02:51

Hackers can crack the self-aiming rifle to change its target

by Andrew Tarantola
TrackingPoint's computer-augmented rifle sights, better known as the ShotView targeting system, have set off a wave of controversy and debate since they first debuted in 2014. That debate is about to get even hotter now that security researchers Runa...
30 Jul 04:00

Canon's new $30,000 video camera can see where you can't

by Edgar Alvarez
Canon is already competing with the Arri Alexa and Red cameras of the world, but it's about to take this one step further. Meet the ME20F-SH, a high-end video shooter that features a sleek, subtle and somewhat compact design. Most importantly, Canon'...
29 Jul 07:06

Video: Glasgow driver takes 17 minutes to reverse park

by Christofer Lloyd

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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

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...