Watch the first trailer for Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time
Disney has released the first trailer for Selma director Ava DuVernay’s upcoming science fiction film, A Wrinkle in Time at its D23 expo, showing off fantastic worlds and a diverse cast.
Best and worst gaming laptop brands 2017
Our friends at Laptop Mag did their annual gaming laptop brand showdown, with Alienware taking the top spot among nine contenders.
The first shiver-inducing trailer for A Wrinkle in Time is here
The dark, weird novel gets an adaptation that looks stunning and smart.
How Landline’s creators built a family drama around pay phones, floppy disks, and an Apple IIGS
Director Gillian Robespierre is back. Her 2014 debut, Obvious Child, surprised critics by bringing something fresh to the romantic-comedy genre and the never-ending glut of young-in-New-York-City...
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gets official streams on Facebook Live
Facebook is one of the new homes for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds live video content from the Bluehole game studio. It announced today that it is planning four broadcasts a month on its Facebook page, and that starts at 7 Pacific (10 p.m. Eastern) tonight. Battlegrounds will still have a presence on other sites, like Twitch, through community streamers and certain other official videos, but Bluehole is bringing some of its official content to the world's largest social media platform.
Marvel Powers United VR: Disney unveils its first Marvel virtual reality game
Disney unveiled the first Marvel virtual reality game: Marvel Powers United VR.
Star Wars Battlefront II: EA/Disney reveal more details about single-player campaign
Electronic Arts and Disney revealed more details about the single-player campaign for Star Wars Battlefront II, the next game in EA's Star Wars video game series.
Sketchfab adds 3D sound to its its 3D model sharing platform
Sketchfab wants to become a sort of YouTube for 3D models and scenes. While the service started as a way to show off static 3D objects, the company has added a ton of interactive tools over time, making it a solid platform to preview virtual reality content.
New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Character Posters Revealed - IGN
The posters join new behind-the-scenes footage of Star Wars: The Last Jedi shown off during the Walt Disney Studios Live Action Films panel at D23 Expo, revealing more new looks at characters, creatures, and locations in the film.
Kingdom Hearts 3: Toy Story Announced as New World - IGN
Toy Story joins the returning world of Hercules, albeit in a much different form than seen in previous Kingdom Hearts games, as well as the already announced new worlds for Tangled and Big Hero 6 .
Disney finds its Aladdin and Jasmine, casts Will Smith as Genie
Disney has finally cast its Aladdin — newcomer Mena Massoud will play our favorite scrappy street rat, Power Rangers star Naomi Scott has been cast as Jasmine, and Will Smith will portray the Genie in the production, which is directed by Guy Ritchie.
Sony Android TVs have a new Alexa skill
Hybrid technology can be applied to any type of car, and the best show the most significant fuel economy improvements over a similar gasoline-only car.
Ask HN: What is your password management solution? | Hacker News
I'm a huge fan of Enpass, simple and does exactly what it says on the tin. I've convinced friends and coworkers to switch over to it and they're all very happy with it from what I've heard. What I don't like, and one of the reasons I'm looking at moving away from it, is that the code isn't open source. It also conveniently enables the sending of analytics/data usage by default and hides the option to turn it off at the very bottom of the Preferences / Advanced tab. The only reason I even noticed this was from Little Snitch popping up to tell me. Maybe not a massive problem, but I'd rather a password manager didn't phone home every time I open the damn thing up.
Disney's immersive 'Star Wars' hotel is a Jedi dream come true
Both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida will be getting the "Galaxy's Edge" lands in 2019, but at this point it sounds like the immersive hotel is only headed to Orlando. We'll be following the hotel's progress closely, if only to keep an eye on those suspicious Droids.
The Kenmore 13002 cuts the frills, keeps the cleaning power
You won't get any features to speak of on this entry level model, but the Kenmore 13002 helps you clean up your kitchen on a budget.
5 things IT departments can do to get organized during the summer break - TechRepublic
IT teams with summer downtime should take the opportunity to get organized and prepare for the coming months. Here are five things your team can do now to ensure future success.
The Best Virtualization Software of 2017
Also consider the depth of integration that you want between the virtual guest system and the actual host system. All virtualization apps offer varying degrees of cross-system integration. The champ in the integration sweepstakes is Parallels Desktop, which can optionally make all the files and folders that you have on your actual Mac desktop also appear on a virtual Windows desktop running under Parallels. You may or may not want this level of integration—I always turn it off because it adds to clutter and distraction—but you'll almost certainly want the ability to drag and drop files between the host and guest system and to copy text in the host and paste it in the guest, or the reverse. All the full-scale virtualization apps offer these features. WINE-based software like Wineskin Winery lets you share text via the clipboard, and lets you share folders between the OS X or Linux host and the guest Windows app. But setup can be tricky, and it uses an interface that looks like something out of Windows 95.
A vast oasis of aircraft lies deep in the Arizona desert
You need to go outside to get to the other hangars, and to see the really big aircraft. I made a beeline to one of my favorite airplanes, one I've never seen before in person: the B-36. Built in that transition period between props and jets, the "Peacemaker" has both. With six propellers (rear facing!) and four jet engines, the B-36 is one strange-looking aircraft. It's smaller than I pictured, though part of that could be because it's sitting next to a B-52, the aircraft that essentially superseded it, give or take a B-47 or several (there's one of those here, too).
Trump voter commission releases voter complaints — and some personal information
Another person we spoke to confirmed they had sent an email, but they were not aware that their information would be made public. "These days your expectation of privacy are very minimal," said the person, who has also posted similar comments to other government websites, like the Federal Communications Commission. "The difference is, they tend to tell you when you post personal information," the person said.
SR-71, B-52, B-36, MiG-29 and more at the incredible Pima Air and Space Museum
It wasn't until I was checking the tags that I noticed this wasn't a B-29. It's a KB-50J , the post-war major update to the B-29 design. It has different wings, engines, tail and more. Oh, and I probably should have noticed that in addition to the fuel pods (it's a tanker) are two jet engines. So it's like the B-36, though it served the Air Force for twice as long.
5 effective and smart ways to do VR marketing today
As a major VR platform serving VR marketing campaigns for top brands, we’ve come up with a simple guide to best practices for marketers from our extensive experience.
The First Footage From Avengers: Infinity War Blows Away Even Your Wildest Expectations
Peter Parker is on the ground very hurt. “I’m sorry Tony,” he says behind tears with Iron Man holding his head. Thanos grabs Thor’s head and squeezes. Then Thanos, in the heat of battle with the Infinity Gauntlet on his hand, uses the power of the two stones he has (Purple and Blue, I think) to grab a moon. He starts to drag it toward whatever planet everyone is standing on. The debris starts to fly and... cut to title card.
An AI researcher explains what scares him the most about robots
While neuroevolution might reduce the likelihood of unintended
consequences, it doesn’t prevent misuse. But that is a moral
question, not a scientific one. As a scientist, I must follow my
obligation to the truth, reporting what I find in my experiments,
whether I like the results or not. My focus is not on determining
whether I like or approve of something; it matters only that I
can unveil it.
The laws of Australia will trump the laws of mathematics: Turnbull | ZDNet
Despite calling the laws of mathematics 'commendable', the prime minister of Australia told ZDNet the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia when it comes to legislating decryption.
Why cell service still stinks in the year 2017
about dangerous radiation exposure near cell towers. It states that the exposure limit is "many times greater than...levels typically found near the base of...cell site towers." To even get near the exposure limit, the FCC says someone would have to "remain in the main transmitting beam and within a few feet of the antenna for several minutes or longer," and that the chance of being harmed by exposure is "extremely remote." Still, the presence of this information doesn't always stop protesters.
Sprint Tips New Flex, Deals Plans for Phone Upgrades
Meanwhile, Sprint also today announced a new Flex Deals program, which offers savings on a "value menu" of affordable smartphones. Yes, Sprint is now borrowing marketing verbiage from the fast food industry. This option is aimed at people trying to build their credit. With Flex Deals, you'll get a new smartphone for a down payment of $25 or more and monthly payment of either $5 or $15, depending on the device. After 12 months, you can get a free upgrade to a new device.
Unstructured data: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
The difference between an unstructured object of Jim Smith and a structured record of him is that the unstructured data object would be Jim's photo, which would require quite a bit of storage; the structured record of Jim Smith would be information about him, such as his address or his phone number. There is much more data in a full photo of Jim than in a small, fixed string of data elements like an address, phone number, etc. that you would find in a structured data record; for this reason, unstructured data, with the large objects that are assigned to its keys, requires more processing and more storage.
Nokia 5 product photos
Nokia 5 product photos
Will Cersei Lannister Survive Game of Thrones?
When Game of Thrones returns this Sunday, Cersei Lannister will be ruling Westeros from her ill-gotten place on the Iron Throne. But with well-armed enemies closing in, and that damn prophecy hanging over her head, Cersei’s chances of survival—much less a long reign—aren’t looking too good.
The Next iPhone May Not Start At $1,200, But It Will Be Very Expensive
“It is not out of the realm of possibility that a new iPhone with an OLED screen could be around $1,000 to $1,200 at first, even though they would be in limited supply,” Bajarin says. “If they did this at this price, the goal would be to help spur more manufacturing of OLED with the intention of bringing OLED to all iPhones over the next two to three years.”
'Game of Thrones' Season 6: Where our characters left off
With Season 7 premiering this weekend, we decided it was time for a refresher on our favorite — erm, most popular — characters and where they left off...you know, in case you aren't mid-binge right at this moment.
SoundCloud says it’s ‘here to stay’ amid rumors it’s running out of cash
After an apparent conversation with Ljung, Chance tweeted, “Just had a very fruitful call with Alex Ljung. @SoundCloud is here to stay.” It’s unclear if Chance offered the company investment or some other kind of support. “As an active member of the SoundCloud community, Chance connected with co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alex Ljung, to inquire about the rumors and speculation circulating,” a company spokesperson told TechCrunch in a statement today. “Chance’s takeaway is reflected in his tweet. SoundCloud is here to stay.” On Friday, Chance released a new track, “Big B’s,” with Young Thug exclusively on SoundCloud to hammer home his commitment to the platform.
Disney is making a Star Wars holochess game with augmented reality
The product uses two pieces to work its magic. The first is a new augmented reality headset, made in conjunction with Lenovo. The device then pairs with a user’s smartphone to do the rest of the heavy lifting. A number of different applications were teased, including the holochess game — which put the animated, holographic monsters on top of a table or other surface — as well as a battle where tiny augmented reality Rebel cartoon characters faced off against an AT-AT.
Samsung Game Live app will let you live stream from your S8 to Twitch, Facebook, or YouTube
The app itself looks like it does exactly what it says on the label: users can launch a game, log into their streaming service of choice, and start streaming. Game Live allows streams up to 4GB in size, which Samsung says should get you "around 200 minutes at high quality,” with longer times available with lower resolutions.
Calamity Brandon on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
How to see past your own perspective and find truth
The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake. It's as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps to burst our filter bubbles and participate in the common reality that actually underpins everything.
Disney California Adventure Park Will Open an 'Immersive Super Hero Universe'
Here’s one more nugget of theme park news from the D23 Expo. Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim will build off the success of the new Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout ride with an immersive Marvel superhero universe at the park, including the Avengers and Spider-Man.
Here's why you'll want to squeeze the Google Pixel 2
With a squeezable frame, you can literally grip the sides of your phone tightly to activate a shortcut to a certain feature or to launch a specific app. Think of it as an extra button that's built into the borders of your phone.
Star Wars 'The Last Jedi' posters have fans seeing red
Dazzling images of some of the film's stars, including the late Carrie Fisher, are released.
Onkyo’s new stereo receiver offers unique HDMI switching
With the sub in play the TX-8270's sound was more muscular and potent with Jay-Z's new "4:44" album. The music's pulse was visceral and more dynamically alive. Alternatively, I warmed up the sound without the sub by using the TX-8270's tone controls and boosting the bass. The TX-8270 sounds fine, but it's just not up to audiophile standards. Adding the Alpha SubZero i put the sound over the top, but that sub is long out of production. No worries, I know for a fact the Hsu Research VTF-1 MK3 subwoofer is an even better match with the MMGi speakers.
This Jailbreak Tweak Brings the iOS 11 Control Center to iOS 10
iOS 11 comes with tons of exciting new features , but one of the changes that stands out is the redesigned Control Center that looks completely different than previous iterations of iOS. The new design turns Control Center into a tile-based view with all the controls placed on a single page rather than multiple pages.
Mary Poppins Returns Footage Screened and Emily Blunt Explains How Her Version Differs From Julie Andrews - IGN
The footage showcased the daily lives of Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer), the children in the original film who are now all grown up. The magic they had encountered in their youth has clearly left them as adults living through the Great Depression. Michael, a widower, is raising his three children (played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson) on his own in the family home he inherited on Cherry Tree Lane. They're teetering on a crisis thanks to the ruthless manager of Fidelity Fiduciary, William Weatherall Wilkin (Colin Firth).
Thanos' Black Order and Infinity Gauntlet Have Been Revealed
Soon after showing an incredible Avengers: Infinity War clip, Marvel unveiled who was lurking under those black sheets next to Thanos at their booth on the floor at the D23 Expo: it’s the Black Order. But first, as an added bonus, the Infinity Gauntlet itself also made an appearance.
Survey: What's on your company's tech budget for 2018? - TechRepublic
You'll be asked questions about how your company's budget for fiscal or calendar year 2018 compares to fiscal or calendar year 2017, how important IT spending is within your organization, what your company's top budget priorities are, and who makes recommendations for IT budget items.
AR iPhone App Rapidly Takes Photos and Leaves Them Hanging in the Air
It’s the beginning of much more, the demo is just the beginning of an iOS App that will do a whole bunch more. Currently, it’s just a tool for taking very weird photos. It’s smooth, running 60fps with 150 photo frustums sitting there easily. My first real “app” - and it actually does something, it’s a great feeling watching someone use it, some people are really engrossed in the visual experience, there is usually no stuttering or latency, which for camera tracking even in night conditions is great with the contrasty colors.
Oculus Rift and Touch bundle get a permanent price drop
Earlier this year, Oculus introduced a new headset plus controllers price of $598 / £598. Then just this week, the Facebook-owned company launched its Summer of Rift sale, bringing the Oculus Rift and Touch controllers price to $399 / £399.
Replace your dubious iPhone 7 headphone dongle with this $40 Lightning adapter
The FiiO i1's 32-inch (81mm) cable was too long, I'd be happier if it was half that length, but as it stands, the i1 is a viable alternative for iPhone owners who have a decent pair of wired headphones and want something a little better than Apple's less-than-stellar Lightning adapter. I'm hoping even better adapters will eventually show up, but for now, I'm sticking with my iPhone 6S that has a 3.5mm headphone jack and the Lightning connector.
Amazon Delivery Driver Drops Off a Bag of Poop on Family's Driveway
A man in east London was expecting a package from Amazon but the special delivery on his driveway was not what he’d ordered. After finding a bag filled with poop and Amazon calling cards, a quick check of CCTV cameras indicated that a delivery driver for the e-commerce giant was responsible.
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Which programming languages are most popular (and what does that even mean)? | ZDNet
Finally, if you're starting a project, you need to choose what language to build in. Your first criterion should always be to use a language that can get the job done. If one language is hugely popular but would take two years to code, and another is less popular but would take two months for your application, you clearly should choose the less popular language. But, all things being equal, choosing a more popular language generally means access to more programmers and resources, so that's an important consideration as well.
How to make Touch ID better at recognising your fingerprint on the iPhone and iPad | ZDNet
Another thing you can do is since dirty of damp fingers fail to pass muster with Touch ID because it sees them differently to clear, dry fingerprints, you can also register a finger when it's damp (not soggy or wet) and dirty.
5 iPhone and iPad charging myths debunked
We’ve all heard a lot of charging myths. “Don’t keep your iPhone plugged in throughout the night,” “Don’t talk on the phone while it’s charging,” “Let the phone completely discharge, and only then put it back on charging” and so on. But how many of these are valid points, and how many are just myths? Let’s find out.
Microsoft to use AI to assist the blind, fix bias, and rescue the planet - TechRepublic
At a Wednesday event in London, Harry Shum, executive vice president for Microsoft's AI and Research Group, explained the firm's plans to improve its research in artificial intelligence (AI), as well as to use the technology to help the blind and solve environmental issues.
Sprint customers who lease smartphones can now upgrade every year
If you’re not so eager that you need an annual upgrade, there are other options with Sprint Flex. After 18 months, you can choose to swap your phone and keep leasing something newer, or buy the device either outright or with six more monthly installments. You can also just keep on paying the lease fee every month or return the phone to Sprint after 18 months and be done with it. Those last two would strike me as the worst choices, but hey. As always, it’s worth reading through the FAQs to see if Sprint’s new options make financial sense or you. Sprint is also making a move for consumers who are price-sensitive or those with iffy credit through a new offer it’s calling Sprint Deals , where you can make a downpayment and get low monthly rates on older and pre-owned devices like the iPhone 6S and Galaxy S6.
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