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01 Sep 18:59

Syfy Renews Killjoys and Dark Matter

by Katie Williams

Syfy has announced that it has renewed both Dark Matter and Killjoys for a second season each.

Dark Matter will receive another 13 episodes, set to premiere in 2016.

Dark Matter averaged 1.8 million viewers in its first season. The series, created by Stargate franchise writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, follows six people who wake up on a derelict spaceship with no memory of who they are or how they got on board. It's based on a Dark Horse graphic novel of the same name.

Killjoys, meanwhile, will air 10 episodes once more for its second season in 2016. It averaged 1.5 million viewers in its first season.

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01 Sep 22:53

Candy Company Katjes Unveils 3D Printed Gummies

by Katie Williams

German candy company Katjes has revealed its new 3D printer for gummies.


Named the Magic Candy Factory, the 3D printer is located at the Cafe Grün-Ohr in Berlin; Katjes claims that it is the first 3D printer for food available to the public.

According to, the printer prints out strings of candy which, when layered, can create 3D shapes. Each 10-gram piece of candy takes around five minutes to print. Using an iPad interface to customise their candy, customers will be able to choose between 10 flavours and seven colours, with more coming soon.

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01 Sep 23:25

Karen Gillan Joins Emma Watson and More in The Circle

by Katie Williams

Karen Gillan is set to co-star in the upcoming film adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel, The Circle.

According to Deadline, Gillan will play Annie - a warm, goofy, but intelligent member of the titular Circle.

Karen Gillan as Doctor Who's Amy Pond. Karen Gillan as Doctor Who's Amy Pond.

The Circle is an internet monopoly that links users' emails, social media, banking, and online purchases with their universal operating system. That results in one online identity - and as moviegoers will find out, that may not turn out to be a good thing.

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02 Sep 23:50

Arrow: Season 4 Poster Released

by Alex Osborn

The CW has unveiled the key art for Arrow: Season 4.

The poster features Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen, fully clad in his new superhero getup. It's worth noting the art is actually a reworking of the first photo the network revealed showcasing Arrow's new costume for Season 4.


Arrow returns to The CW on Wednesday, October 7 with a premiere titled "Green Arrow." In the meantime, watch our SDCC interview with Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, and executive producer Wendy Mericle below.

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02 Sep 21:35

iZombie: Season 2 Trailer

by Cassidee Moser

There's a slew of familiar faces in the new trailer for iZombie's second season, and a handful of teases for what we might expect.

iZombie: Season 1 Review

Liv's boss Ravi appears, Season 1 villain Blaine returns, and Max Rager head Vaughn Du Clark (returning guest star Steven Weber) shows up in his menacing glory.

A quirky action drama, iZombie is based on the Vertigo comic written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Michael Allred. Starring Rose McIver as Olivia Moore, the show depicts Liv's struggle to solve crimes after discovering she can access the memories and personality of anyone whose brains she eats.

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03 Sep 03:14

Mr. Robot: Season 1 Finale Review

by Amy Ratcliffe

Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

Zero Day has not only arrived, it's already in the past. One of the primary objectives of the first season of Mr. Robot revolved around destroying Evil Corp and changing the world. The characters and the audience were invested in seeing the hack happen and observing the fallout, but the season finale only made a partial delivery. It was a bold move to skip over the actual execution of the hack and to a couple of days after the takedown. But was it the right one?

Mr. Robot has thankfully avoided the usual tropes that depictions of hacking run straight into. The camera doesn't follow information blips through wires and around circuit boards. Other series or films would have stood over Elliot's or FSociety's shoulders as they pushed a giant button labeled "Execute" and followed the command inside machinery. Nobody wants that. However, there's still material to be mined from being alongside FSociety as they made the last plunge or while they anxiously waited for the effects to ripple across the globe. We got the smallest slice of what it was like with Elliot scouring the internet but experiencing more would have been better.

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02 Sep 06:00

Polaroid's latest instamatic doesn't use ink to print photos

by Timothy J. Seppala
Cubes, unwieldy squares, bulky cameras of yore. Regardless of form factor, when the Polaroid name is on a camera it means you're getting instant photos. With the company's latest shooter, the Snap, you're getting what looks like a pocketable device...
02 Sep 10:00

Acer's Revo Build is the Project Ara of PCs

by Daniel Cooper
Acer has announced the Revo Build M1-601, a super-small Windows 10 unit that can be expanded and customized with a series of stackable blocks. So, in the base unit you'll find a super small form factor PC that only occupies 125 square millimeters o...
02 Sep 11:22

ASUS' spikey router promises the 'world's fastest WiFi'

by Mat Smith

Antenna fetish?

If you wanted an insane looking router with an almost as-insane boast, then say hello to ASUS' new router. Touting it as the best for gaming, 4K streaming and smart home networking, the RT-AC5300 router will apparently give speeds that are 67 perce...
02 Sep 11:54

ASUS unveils the Intel-powered, Windows 10 VivoStick

by Steve Dent
Intel generated a storm of interest when it launched the HDMI-based Compute Stick, but is anybody willing to buy a tiny, under-powered PC? Who knows, but ASUS has just launched its own model that trumps Intel's in nearly every way. It's a lot less...
02 Sep 16:59

Autonomous golf carts drive tourists around in Singapore

by Mariella Moon
MIT and the National Research Foundation of Singapore recently tested an autonomous vehicle they developed together. No, it's not a car or a truck -- it's a golf cart. The researchers created a self-driving golf cart called SMART and deployed sever...
03 Sep 13:00

Sphero's BB-8 is the 'Star Wars' toy everyone will want

by Edgar Alvarez
Back when Disney released the first trailer to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the characters that caught most people's eye was BB-8. And for good reason: it's an adorable rolling droid. Now, Disney is bringing it to everyone through Sphero, t...
03 Sep 15:02

Disney is selling a Millennium Falcon drone starting tomorrow

by Nick Summers
Star Wars merchandise is big business. So big, in fact, that the films' stewards are streaming an unboxing marathon for all of the Force Awakens toys coming out on "Force Friday" tomorrow. We weren't going to pay much interest, but two items in par...
03 Sep 18:00

Mercedes' newest mini car is one you'd actually want to drive

by Roberto Baldwin
If you live in a metropolitan area like San Francisco, New York or Chicago, you understand the appeal of a tiny car. It's easier to swoop through traffic and it can be parked nearly anywhere. Smart says the Fortwo is the tiniest of the tiny cars av...
04 Sep 10:11

Spotify updates its controversial privacy policy

by Aaron Souppouris

Much Ado about Nothing

Spotify has released a new privacy policy after the internet whipped itself into a furor over the last one. The streaming company got itself into trouble last month with an update that some onlookers labeled "eerie" and "atrocious." Of course, it w...
02 Sep 13:14

The Huawei Watch is getting ready for a launch in the US and Europe

Back in March, Huawei unveiled its take on the new wearable device trend and it showed a lot of potential. That might actually be an understatement, as the Huawei Watch is a truly gorgeous device that has managed to masterfully blend traditional watch design with modern technology. The smartwatch not only looks visually stunning, but also surpasses most other Android Wear devices on the market, clearly outdoing competitors like LG and Samsung. The Huawei Watch definitely captivated fans at MWC 2015, but since then the premium watch has persistently managed to elude markets, release dates and end users almost entirely. Now, after the long tease, the Huawei Watch is finally coming. Starting today, you can pre-order a unit in the US at Amazon, the Google Store, BestBuy and with shipping scheduled for September 17. Canada should get it by the end of the month. Europe is also included in the road map and the watch will be available in Germany, France, Spain and Italy later this month. The UK, Japan and UAE will follow shortly with even more markets planned down the road. So, we are definitely looking at a global roll out. Designed first and foremost as a watch, the Huawei Watch is unlike any smartwatch available today, This is how Zhiqiang Xu, President of Huawei Device USA describes the Huawei Watch and it is definitely not far-fetched. The device is truly premium with a cold-forged 316L stainless steel body construction and a two-layer sapphire glass option for extra protection. As for the styling, the Huawei Watch truly looks and feels like a proper luxury watch. It also comes with quite a lot of customization options, all of which elegant and refined. Initially, six models will be available to cater to a broad audience of buyers. But style does come at a price, as the Huawei ranges from $349 all the way to $799 - a pretty penny for a smartwatch, yet not that outlandish for a high-end watch and still a lot less than an Apple Watch Edition. In Europe these translate to a pricing ranging between €399 to €699, respectively. Watch Body Band Pricing Stainless Steel Black Leather $349 Stainless Steel Steel Link Bracelet $399 Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Mesh $399 Black DLC-coated Stainless Steel Black-plated Link Bracelet $449 Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel Alligator-pressed Brown Leather $699 Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel Rose Gold-plated Link Bracelet $799 But the Huawei Watch is more than just a looker. It's got the best round watch display on the market, you will be hard pressed to find anything better than the 1.4 inch AMOLED display of the Huawei Watch. It has a resolution of 400x400 pixels and 286 ppi. The unit runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC and boots the latest version of Android Wear (1.3). Google's OS will utilize the watch's gyroscope, accelerometer, PPG heart rate sensor and barometer. It even has Wi-Fi and can work untethered if need be. The 300 mAh battery can easily get you through a day and a half, perhaps even two and fast charging is quite efficient achieving 80% battery charge in just 45 minutes and 30 more to a full charge. Last, but definitely not least, it recently became clear that Android Wear is no longer confined only to Android devices. iOS users can also consider the Huawei Watch, giving the Apple Watch a run for its...

02 Sep 14:48

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium with world's first 4K screen unveiled

Capturing and displaying true to live images has long been close to Sony's heart and today they revitalized that passion. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the first to reach the next benchmark in display smartphone technology - 4K resolution - and comes with a much-improved camera to match. The 4K Triluminos display is an IPS panel has 3,840 x 2,160px resolution, that's four times 1080p or just over 8MP. It puts 806ppi pixel density in the palm of your hand for crystal clarity of 4K footage from Netflix, YouTube or some that you've shot yourself. You can do that with the brand new camera, the first major upgrade since the Z1. The Xperia Z5 Premium packs a new 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor with 23MP resolution (shared with the other Z5s). The sensor sits behind a Sony G Lens with an f/2.0 aperture and tech borrowed from Sony's α line of lenses. The camera captures 4K videos with improved Intelligent Active Mode and SteadyShot technology for smooth, sharp videos at day and at night. ISO for videos goes up to 3,200, for photos the maximum jumps to 12,800. The new camera locks focus faster than you can blink - it needs just 0.03 seconds so it gets perfect focus even in spontaneous action-packed moments. The upgraded sensor and lens also promise clear night photos and 5x digital zoom with minimal quality loss. Selfie photography is handled by a 5MP shooter with an Exmor R sensor. It features a 25mm wide-angle lens to fit more in the frame and can record 1080p video with the same software magic as the main camera. Audio also focuses on quality and resolution. High-Res Audio handles playback of high frequency sound for a "studio quality experience" while DSEE HX takes regular audio and upscales it to near High-Res levels. For the full experience you'll need a compatible headset - Sony's MDR-NC750 (€93) supports High-Res and its noise cancellation snuffs out up to 98% of the noise around you. For Bluetooth headsets the LDAC codec promises a 3-fold improvement over the basic audio streaming. Finally, the phone has a good pair of speakers on its face if you want to share the music with those around you. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a stainless steel frame (unlike the other Z5s, which are made from aluminum). It's painted in Black, Gold or the unique Chrome option (a mirror finish). The body is IP65/68 rated - dust-tight and waterproof with a cap-less USB port. A new addition to the Z family is the fingerprint sensor on the redesigned Power key. Things naturally flow from waking the phone with the key to unlocking it with the sensor, which also supports the FIDO standard for online payment services. The phone runs Sony-flavored Android 5.1, naturally, powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset with 3GB of RAM. You get 32GB of storage out of the box and can add up to 200GB more with a microSD card if you need extra room for those 4K videos. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will launch globally in November, pricing will be revealed around that time. It will come in single and dual-SIM versions, both of which support Cat. 6...

02 Sep 19:24

Sony's new Z5 series phones actually use a custom 25MP camera sensor

After a feisty discussion about cameraphones, a friend recently asked me: "Who shoots in 4:3 aspect anymore? Your phone's screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio, your computer's screen is 16:9, even your HDTV is 16:9. So what's the point?" Smartphone makers don't exactly encourage shooting in 4:3 either and many phones default to a 16:9 aspect ratio out of the box. But there is one little detail - cameraphone sensors, for the most part, are still manufactured in a native 4:3 aspect ratio. So if you're shooting in 16:9 mode, you're wasting precious megapixels. Today, we accidentally discovered that Sony has been working on a way of making that trade-off a bit less off-putting. To achieve this they've turned to an already existing solution to this problem - they've implemented a brand new, custom-built 25MP multi-aspect sensor inside their latest Z5-series phones. Sources from Japan refer to the Exmor RS sensor as the Sony IMX300, but we couldn't verify that. The chip debuts on the just announced Xperia Z5 lineup and is paired with an f/2.0 24mm-equivalent wide-angle lens. Sony market these phones as having 23MP cameras as this is as high as the 4:3 aspect mode goes, but the real hidden gem is the extra high-res 16:9 aspect mode. While we were shooting the camera samples for our Sony Z-series hands-on article, we noticed a discrepancy between the horizontal and vertical size of the images produced in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio. We dug in a little and we came to the obvious conclusion that the camera utilizes what's become known as a 25MP multi-aspect sensor even though they are not advertising it. Photos shot in 4:3 aspect come out at the headline 23MP resolution, or 5,520 x 4,140 pixels (22.85MP, but who's counting). Meanwhile, the 16:9 aspect ratio mode yields images measuring 5,984 x 3,366 pixels (20.14MP). What you'll notice, is that the 16:9 shots have a wider field of view than the 4:3 ones, hence they're not cropped from 4:3 as usual, but instead use a different part of a larger sensor. Samples shot in 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios If you were to extract a 16:9 aspect photo from a supposed native 23MP 4:3 sensor (5,520 x 4,140px) by cropping, you'd be left with 5,520 x 3,105 pixels, or only 17.14MP. So the only way that the math works out in this case is if Sony is using an imager with an effective area of at least 5,984 x 4,140 pixels, or 24.77MP in other words. The concept allows for optimum utilization of the image circle projected by the lens, but also means you get comparable resolution in both ratios. It's not a new concept by all means. Nokia first made it popular with its innovative 8.7MP camera sensor used as far back as the Nokia N9 (that was 2011 for the younger among you). With the custom 25MP multi-aspect sensor implemented by Sony the 16:9 shooting mode benefits from capturing 3MP higher resolution while still having the same diagonal field of view, though with obviously wider horizontal coverage. Sony, naturally, went the obvious route and branded the camera as 23MP, choosing go keep the nitty-gritties to itself. If it were to announce a 25MP camera where users could only select a 23MP maximum resolution, we reckon marketing will have a lot to explain. Ok, not a lot more than the above. While it may be way too technical for pitching in press releases, delivering 20MP 16:9 photos is just one of the surprising hardware advances we're witnessing in the new Z5 series. Indeed, with such high resolution shots, who would shoot 4:3...

03 Sep 13:11

UGLY KID JOE: Lyric Video For New Song 'Hell Ain't Hard To Find'

Raucous rockers UGLY KID JOE will release a new full-length album titled "Uglier Than They Used Ta Be" in North America on October 16 via Metalville/UKJ Records. The CD was recorded at JT Studios and Balance Studios in Louisiana with producer (and UGLY KID JOE guitarist) Dave Fortman (SLIPKNOT, GODSMACK, EVANESCENCE). The official lyric video for the song "Hell Ain't Hard To Find" from "Uglier Than They Used Ta Be" can be seen below. Whitfield Crane (vocals) and Klaus Eichstadt (guitar) teamed up with Sonny Mayo (guitar), Shannon Larkin (drums), Zac Morris (drums), Cordell Crockett (bass) and Dave Fortman (guitar) to form the now seven-member lineup (a.k.a. "Seven-Headed Monster"; pictured below) and write and record in the studio. The result is the most cohesive sounding UGLY KID JOE record to date. "Uglier Than They Used Ta Be" boasts a collection of well-crafted rock tunes, from the riff-driven "Let The Record Play" to the hard-hitting "She's Already Gone" and "Hell Ain't Hard To Find". "It's a full circle of sorts," says Crane. "There was a lot of love and talent in one room and that is exactly what this album sounds like." In addition to the nine newly written original songs, the album features a couple of cover songs, including RARE EARTH's version of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", with Australian chart-topping vocalist Dallas Frasca lending her unmistakable vocals behind Crane, and the MOTÖRHEAD classic "Ace Of Spades", with a very special guest appearance from MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell, who lends his signature sound to the timeless track. Campbell also appears on the songs "My Old Man" and "Under The Bottom". "Uglier Than They Used Ta Be" track listing: 01. Hell Ain't Hard To Find 02. Let The Record Play 03. Bad Seed 04. Mirror The Man 05. She's Already Gone 06. Nothing Ever Changes 07. My Old Man (feat. Phil Campbell) 08. Under The Bottom (feat. Phil Campbell) 09. Ace Of Spades (feat. Phil Campbell) 10. Enemy 11. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (feat. Dallas Frasca) This September, UGLY KID JOE will head to the U.K. for an intimate tour, finishing with two shows at the Underworld in London. UGLY KID JOE's most recent CD + DVD, "Stairway To Hell", was released in October 2013 via Metalville. The set contained the band's latest EP, "Stairway To Hell", which was originally released independently in 2012, plus three bonus acoustic tracks and a special bonus DVD, including the 2012 Download festival concert, two new video clips and a "making-of" segment. UGLY KID JOE released three full-length albums and toured extensively throughout the 1990s before disbanding in 1997. From left to right in photo below: Whitfield Crane, Dave Fortman, Klaus Eichstadt, Cordell Crockett, Zac Morris, Shannon Larkin, Sonny Mayo
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03 Sep 13:33

BLACK SABBATH Announces 'The End' World Tour

BLACK SABBATH will embark on tour that is being billed as "The End" in January 2016. The official press release reads as follows: "It's the Beginning of THE END. "It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard. "In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens. "Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, BLACK SABBATH. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story. "BLACK SABBATH's farewell tour, 'The End', begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever. "When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, "THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock 'n Roll history…" BLACK SABBATH "The End" tour dates: North America Jan. 20 - Omaha, NE @ Centurylink Center Jan. 22 - Chicago, IL @ UNited Center Jan. 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center Jan. 28 - Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Centre Jan. 30 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Centre Feb. 01 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome Feb. 03 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena Feb. 06 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome Feb. 09 - San Jose, CA @ SAP Center Feb. 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum Feb. 13 - Das Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center Feb. 15 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Feb. 17 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center Feb. 18 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills Feb. 21 - Hamilton, ON @ Firstontario Centre Feb. 23 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre Feb. 25 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden Australia and New Zealand Apr. 15 - Perth, @ Perth Arena Apr. 17 - Adelaide @ Entertainment Centre Apr. 19 - Melbourne @ Rod Lave Arena Apr. 23 - Sydney @ Allphones Arena Apr. 25 - Brisbane @ Entertainment Center Apr. 28 - Auckland @ Vector Arena Apr. 30 - Dunedin @ Forsyth Barr Stadium Ozzy Osbourne said this past spring that BLACK SABBATH will embark on one last tour in 2016 before calling it quits. "The plan is that next year [we'll do] the final BLACK SABBATH tour and then it's over," Ozzy said during an April 24 press conference in in São Paulo, Brazil, where he performed as part of the Monsters Of Rock festival. Ozzy also said that he will keep recording and touring as a solo artist once SABBATH has packed it in. "I'm still gonna continue my solo career," he said. "I'm doing these few [solo] gigs down here [in South America] now. Then at the beginning of next year, I'm going out with SABBATH. The SABBATH thing is folding up after the next tour, but I'm gonna continue my solo career." Iommi in April dismissed rumors that his health is the reason why the band canceled an appearance at this year's edition of Ozzfest Japan in November. Iommi, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2012, wrote, "I'm not sure how the rumor of my being unwell started" He added, "Once you've had something like lymphoma, the fear that it will return never leaves. All I can say is that right now I'm fine and have regular blood tests." Although it was originally announced that SABBATH would give its final Japanese performance at the event, the band dropped off the bill on April 8. Ozzy will now perform solo instead, accompanied by yet-to-be-disclosed "friends." No reason was given for SABBATH's withdrawal from the event. Although Iommi completed his treatment last summer, he admitted that he was told by doctors that his cancer "more than likely… will come back and it could be any time." It is not clear whether SABBATH has begun writing a new album yet. Ozzy has also begun work on a solo album, and will do a residency in Las Vegas this October. "13" was the first SABBATH album in 35 years to feature Osbourne, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler together, with drummer Bill Ward the only founding member to sit out the record and world tour. "13" went to No. 1 in both the U.S. and the U.K., a first for the band in America and only their second chart-topper in their native country since 1971. Osbourne released a solo career retrospective titled "Memoirs Of A Madman" in October 2014. The CD contained 17 of his greatest hits, while the DVD featured music videos, rare live performances and interviews. Ozzy's last solo studio effort was 2010's "Scream".
03 Sep 03:45

Sony Launches Xperia Z5 Family, Including The 'World's First' 4K Smartphone

Sony announced three new smartphones from the Xperia Z5 family: the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z5 Premium with a 4k screen.
03 Sep 04:30

Asus ZenFone Zoom 3X Optical Zoom Smartphone, Detailed

First shown at CES, Asus has finally announced the final specifications and information about its ZenFone Zoom smartphone, which features a 3x optical zoom lens and the new Intel Atom Z3590.
01 Sep 16:17

BABYMETAL Wants To Teach METALLICA Their Dance Moves

Japanese teenage girl pop metal band BABYMETAL spoke to NME backstage at this past weekend's Reading and Leeds festivals. You can now watch the chat below. Asked which band at the event they would like to teach their dance moves and why, BABYMETAL's Moametal said: "I would like to teach METALLICA our dance moves, just because we've learned so much from them about metal." Regarding what they learned from METALLICA, BABYMETAL's Su-metal said: "First of all, we learned about metal, but also by watching METALLICA performances, we have learned how to interact with the fans. We have learned all of that from just watching METALLICA." BABYMETAL has announced its return to the U.K. next year. The group will headline London SSE Arena Wembley on April 2, 2016. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2. BABYMETAL has signed with RAL/Sony Music Entertainment for the U.S. release of the band's 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The CD features two bonus tracks and was made available digitally on May 12 and physically on June 16. "Babymetal" was released via earMUSIC in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Spain on May 29, in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Holland, Poland, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark on June 1, and in Italy on June 2 The European release was made available as the standard edition as well as a deluxe edition that includes a bonus DVD compiling six music videos from BABYMETAL.
02 Sep 09:42

IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Says Common Sexually Transmitted Virus Caused His Tongue Cancer


Interesting tidbit

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson has revealed that HPV, the human papilloma virus, was the cause of his tongue cancer diagnosis in December 2014. During an appearance on the August 31 edition of Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM satellite radio show, "Eddie Trunk Live", Dickinson was asked about his health, less than four months after he was given the "all-clear" by his specialists following his most recent MRI scan. "One or two things are still healing up on the inside," he explained (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). "But I've had a bit of a singsong, and stuff seems to work. I mean, the larynx, all the nodes are completely unaffected by the whole thing. So all it is, really, is I'm missing a golf ball in the back of my tongue, which is the size of the lump that was there. So the golf ball has disappeared. And I don't even play golf. I haven't tried to find out where it's gone, but it's gone. And I think some of the muscles that move your pharynx and your throat around, I think they're missing it. They're, like, 'Hey, where has it gone?'" He continued: "The only strange thing is that I genuinely think it's a bit of muscle memory about moving the size and shape of your pharynx and throat, 'cause it's a bit flexible, and you use it to make vowel sounds and things like that. Well, sometimes some of the transitions from a's to r's and e's to ooh's and things like that, at certain points in the register, [your voice can be] a little bit wobbly — you suddenly start sounding a bit yodelly — and I think it's purely a question of muscle tone, and you've just gotta work it and get it back in shape. 'Cause the notes are all there. I mean, I can sing… If I do 'Trooper' and stuff like that, it's, like, 'Oh, great,' 'cause it's in a high register and it's away from that particular area of your throat. But, as I say, things are still healing up. Swelling is still going down on the inside, 'cause I had a pretty good cookery lesson with radiation there for about three weeks or a month." Dickinson, who doesn't smoke, also talked about a possible cause of his cancer. He said: "It's a virus. HPV — human papilloma virus. They all are. I'm almost willing to bet, anytime you hear about somebody who gets tonsil cancer, throat cancer, lung cancer, whatever it is, if they're not heavy smokers and they're not massive, heavy drinkers, it's almost inevitably… There's a five hundred percent increase in this type of cancer in men over forty — five hundred percent increase. It's massive. It's the same virus that causes cervical cancer. The diagnosis is the same. It's the same words they use. And the issue is that in guys, typically, it only presents as a lump in the side of your neck. It's probably already beavering away inside your tongue, and you don't even know. And the secondary one that pops up is the one that's right next door — in your lymph node. And that's the one that [where you go], 'Hey, what's this lump in my neck?'" He continued: "I had two tumors — I had one golf ball-sized one in my tongue, and I had another one the size of a large strawberry or a small walnut in the lymph node in the right side of my neck, and that's the one that felt a little strange. I thought, 'Hmm, am I getting a cold? Am I getting some sort of bug, or what's going on?' But it didn't go down, and it was kind of hard; it wasn't squishy and moving around like normal soft tissue, a lymph node, does. So that was the giveaway, and typically, that is the only giveaway. 'Cause when I got diagnosed with it, I immediately went in and… You've got nothing else better to do for nine weeks or twelve weeks except Google it on the Internet, find out everything you can about it. Know your enemy, you know? And, so, looking at other guys' experiences and clinical reports, you find out that, wow, this thing is really prevalent and lots and lots of guys, they don't know a huge amount about why, about why it affects some guys and not other guys, why some guys get an HPV infection that doesn't go away, 'cause they normally just go away. But in some guys over forty, it doesn't. And everybody makes the jokes about [actor] Michael Douglas [who claimed that cunnilingus could have caused his throat cancer], 'cause he was having oral sex, and it's just, like, okay, we need to get over that one, guys, because this is kind of serious. There's hundreds of thousands of people at risk for this. And guys should know, if you get a lump here, and you're over forty, don't just assume antibiotics will get rid of it. Go and properly get it checked out. It's important." While most strains of HPV clear up on their own, the sexually transmitted virus is responsible for an array of cancers. The Huffington Post reported in 2013 that oral sex is an avenue through which a person can contract HPV and especially the strains, HPV-18 and HPV-16, the latter of which is responsible for half of oral cancer cases, according to the National Cancer Institute. HPV-16, HPV-18 and some less-common strains can also cause cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus and penis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV and approximately 14 million people become newly infected each year, making it the most common sexually transmitted infection in the nation. IRON MAIDEN's new album, "The Book Of Souls", will be released on September 4 through BMG in the U.S.A. (Parlophone Records in the rest of world). The band announced in May that touring plans to support the album wouldn't happen until 2016 to allow Dickinson time to fully recuperate after his successful cancer treatment.
02 Sep 17:13



The horror

NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger and pop singer Avril Lavigne have confirmed that they are separating after two years of marriage. Lavigne announced their split on Instagram Wednesday, writing: "It is with [a] heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today. Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we've created many unforgettable moments. We are still, and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other. To all our family, friends and fans, thank you sincerely for the support." Us Weekly and E! News both reported on alleged trouble in the marriage in September 2014, with inside sources claiming that they were "not seeing eye to eye on a lot of things" and that Kroeger had "been going around L.A. telling people that they are divorcing." Kroeger, who turned 40 last November, proposed to the 30-year-old Lavigne in August 2012 after dating for just a few months. The couple were married in July 2013 at a ceremony in the South of France. NICKELBACK's latest studio album, "No Fixed Address", was released last November. The band was recently forced to cancel all remaining dates for the 2015 "No Fixed Address" world tour due to an extended period of vocal rest ordered for Kroeger, who underwent surgery on his voice box.
02 Sep 09:07

Google follows Alphabet launch with brand spanking new logo

by Dave Neal
Google follows Alphabet launch with brand spanking new logo

All is changing at Mountain View

02 Sep 17:07

Naming Drugs Honestly In Big Pharma

by Pentadact

I’ve been playing Big Pharma, a game where you design production lines to manufacture cures to sell for maximum profit, or to genuinely help people, as your fancy may dictate. It’s excellent and I have become hopelessly addicted to it, but my favourite part is having to come up with names for the often double-edged drugs your imperfect process has produced:

Less Angina

It turns out this one doesn’t even treat angina – darkened effects are deactivated ones.

no pain no gain

Honestly A Cock Up

Fallen Over

Soon a company name presented itself:

Distressingly Honest

Take A Nap

Angina Naps

Stroke Naps

Eventually we fixed the sleepiness side effect:

No Knockout

Is Infection

Sickeningly Good

Slightly miscalculated this one:


Worry Constip

And lastly, what turned out to be the most profitable drug of the decade:


My lab was a mess.

Complicated Layout

But I was super proud of myself for figuring out a neat way to fit two Cryogenic Condensers in parallel in this small space – they take twice as long to process things, but they’re big and awkward to run dual conveyor belts around:

Parallel Cryogenic Condensers

This was the final layout of my factory. Blue is anxiety meds, brown is bronchitis, red is bipolar, green is strokes. Some of the same coloured lines are different methods of making the same drug, faster or to a better standard depending on how much floor space I had to work with.

Final Layout

The goal was to make $1,000,000, which I did pretty quick, but the ‘Master’ level goal is to make $10,000,000 before the deadline. After the ten years were up, the pink bar here shows how close I was to that:

How Close I Was To Master

God damn it.

31 Aug 19:32

Algorithm turns any picture into the work of a famous artist

by Sean Buckley
A group of German researchers have created an algorithm that basically amounts to the most amazing Instagram filter ever conceived: a convolutional neural network that can convert any photograph into a work of fine art. The process takes an hour (s...
28 Aug 09:34

IRON MAIDEN Launches 'Speed Of Light' Video Game

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have released an 8-bit video game based on the promotional clip for their new single, "Speed Of Light". Fans can play the role of MAIDEN's mascot Eddie in the "Speed Of Light" browser-based video game, available at the band's web site. The "Speed Of Light" video was produced and directed by Llexi Leon with animation and visual effects by The Brewery Production Company. This is the first music video for Llexi Leon, who is said to be a huge IRON MAIDEN fan. Creator of the cult comic book series Eternal Descent — an IP that digitally animated a cast list of metal and hard rock luminaries — Leon has further expanded into the video gaming industry. He chose to collaborate with The Brewery whoss previous film credits include 2010's punk-rock inspired "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" with Andy Serkis, 2012's music festival-themed "Spike Island" with Emilia Clarke, and more recently were providing VFX for the Sky Atlantic biopic on Ian Fleming. The video is a "homage" to four decades of video gaming juxta-posed alongside IRON MAIDEN's 40 years of incredible visual canon centering on their talisman Eddie as he travels through space and time to complete his Herculean task. Leon told Metal Hammer: "It seemed a perfect fit — 40 years of metal explored alongside four decades of video games. "I pitched this idea to [IRON MAIDEN manager] Rod Smallwood and the guys in the band. They loved the concept and asked if I could pull it off. I figured it was IRON MAIDEN, so I had to pull it off — and it had to be the best thing I've ever done." He continued: "The video is littered with nods to IRON MAIDEN artwork — whether it's the poses of the characters at certain key moments, or imagery woven into the background art. There's a lot to look out for in the video." Due on September 4, through BMG in the U.S.A. (Parlophone Records in the rest of world), IRON MAIDEN's new album, "The Book Of Souls", was recorded in Paris, France with producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that singer Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from the tumor, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album's launch. ironmaidenspeedoflightvideogame_638
29 Aug 17:03

IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON On 'The Book Of Souls': 'I Really Hope That This Is Not The Last Album'

On August 26, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson flew 150 lucky fans out to Paris, France from Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom onboard a chartered Boeing 737-400 plane so they could attend a listening session for the band's new album, "The Book Of Souls", at the Guillaume Tell Studios. The aircraft was in an all-white livery with small IRON MAIDEN logos on the front of the aircraft and VVB Aviation markings to the rear. It is believed to be one of the aircraft that will operate with VVB Aviation on behalf of Air Djibouti. Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear after being diagnosed with a tumor on his tongue late last year, told the audience at Wednesday's event (see video report below courtesy of Metal XS): "Thanks to radiation and chemicals and great doctors and support of everybody on the planet, apparently [the tumor has] disappeared. I did ask where it's gone, and the doctor looked at me and went, 'Well, the body just sort of gets rid of it,' which tends to mean they probably don't know — they don't bloody know!" Asked by a fan if "The Book Of Souls" will turn out to IRON MAIDEN's final full-length release, Dickinson responded: "I really hope that this is not the last album. I've had way too much fun making this one. I'm gonna have way too much fun and enjoy the next tour for a variety of reasons. I'm happily chatting to you and running around and leaping around or flying airplanes. And the next stop is gonna be a tour and some singing." "The Book Of Souls" will be released on September 4, 2015 through BMG in the U.S.A. (Parlophone Records in the rest of world). The band announced in May that touring plans to support the album wouldn't happen until 2016 to allow Dickinson time to fully recuperate after his successful cancer treatment. "Whenever we do a new album, we always go out with a new stage show; that's exciting in itself," bassist Steve Harris said. "We always feel like every show is sacred these days anyway, and I suppose even more so now after the scare with what's happened with Bruce. It makes everything more important to us." He continued: "'The Book Of Souls' is a really powerful album, we're really proud of it and we can't wait to come out and play new songs on the tour. We're really looking forward to it." Video report below courtesy of Metal XS

VIDA! Cardiff >>>Paris>>>Cardiff #TheBookOfSouls #IronMaiden #BruceAir #Flight666 \m/

— Marcello (@marcelloamorim) August 28, 2015

Exciting day at Cardiff Airport for Iron Maiden fans - flown by Bruce to album launch in Paris. Flt - Maiden 666!!

— Deb Barber (@debbarber27) August 26, 2015