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There are plenty of awards that honor the best of the prior year’s films, from the Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards to the prestigious Academy Awards, but it’s the Golden Raspberry Awards that call out the worst projects to come out of Hollywood each year.The 38th Razzie Awards nominations were announced this week, and the list of films to receive the dubious honor is led by Michael Bay’s latest spin on the robots in disguise, Transformers: The Last Knight.Bay’s widely panned fifth installment of the live-action Transformers franchise led the pack with nine Razzie Award nominations, earning nods in every category except “Worst Actress” — due to the film not having a lead actress — and even earned two nominations in the “Worst Supporting Actor” category (for Josh Duhamel and Anthony Hopkins).In the awards’ typical, heckle-friendly tradition, the nomination for The Last Knight in the “Worst Screen Combo” category was assigned to “Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots, or Two Explosions.”Following in a close second place among the nominees was erotic drama Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey (which also received six nominations and won four categories at the 36th Razzie Awards).Fifty Shades Darker received eight nominations in various categories, including a nomination for “Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys or Two Sexual Positions” in the screen combo category.
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Aircraft carriers are known for their massive profile targeted at arming, deploying and recovering fighter jets.The humongous seagoing airbases can be really useful in war zones, but the special capability of these carriers – their agility – is something we all need to see.A video, shared by Warleaks on 12 January 2017, shows US Navy's fifth Nimitz-class aircraft supercarrier the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), taking sharp turns in the Atlantic Ocean.The carrier, which weighs around 100,000 tonnes and can carry around 70 jets on board at a time, creates a snake-like curved pattern – all while moving at a horrifically high-speed.The 1,000ft long aircraft carrier can be seen twisting, drifting, and turning.For a brief moment, it appears that the whole thing will flip into the water, but USS Abraham Lincoln nailed the manoeuvre perfectly.
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Whether being used for everyday trips to work out or for a casual game of pick-up with the boys, a gym bag is an essential element of any active man’s lifestyle.The ideal pack is durable, roomy, and odor-resistant while also being stylish enough to look good at the office or on a long commute home.Plus, it’s got to be comfortable without putting a strain on the wearer — or his budget.To get you started on your search, we’ve assembled some of the best gym bags for men.With its roomy interior, large zipper pocket, and sleek finish, the contemporary pack is guaranteed to seriously up any city dweller’s fashion game.Herschel Supply Novel Duffel – $85
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Screen as far as the eye can see… until you move your head and you're no longer looking at the screen.I climbed into the passenger seat of the all-electric Byton Concept car at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, and, as you may have gathered, there's a lot of screen in there.Byton is a new electric vehicle manufacturer from China, following in the footsteps of US companies such as Tesla and Faraday Future.The firm says the car will be available towards the end of 2019 for an "entry-level premium" price tag.What exactly does that mean?That's actually not a bad price tag when you consider that the Byton Concept is absolutely packed with technology, from face recognition cameras that unlock the car to gesture controls and slick smartphone integration.
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Bourge Design, the company behind the Arc Hub — one of the best USB-C hubs around — is back with its next device, a wireless charger named Venus.Much like the Arc Hub, Venus is a simple idea combined with high-end materials.It’s made from glass and aluminum, and features simple tweaks that should make charging your smartphone a bit easier.Spec-wise Venus hits all the marks.Its a 10W Qi charger powered by USB-C, which means it can fast-charge any current smartphone.It comes an additional USB-C port on the front and a USB 3.0 fast charging port to top off your other devices that may not support wireless charging.
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"Defendants sell illegal access to Plaintiffs' Copyrighted Works," the complaint says.When used as Defendants intend and instruct, Dragon Box gives Defendants' customers access to multiple sources that stream Plaintiffs' Copyrighted Works without authorization.The Dragon Box uses Kodi and Android software to help users access video, and the Dragon Box website says the device "acts merely as an index (or directory) of media posted by other enthusiasts on the Internet, which is completely outside of our control."Dragon software allegedly facilitates piracyBut the lawsuit alleges that Dragon Box takes a more direct role in giving users access to pirated content.After clicking through the guided "Media Setup," the device downloads and installs the latest version of Dragon Media.
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So, brew yourself a deep and refreshing organic peppermint infusion, settle down with a gluten-free biscuit and read on ....Endpoint backupping Code42 has announced new security-related stuff for its 47,000-plus customers:Security Center – Helps detect and mitigate insider threat incidents and data exfiltration events by setting data movement thresholds, tracking file activity patterns and sending alerts to IT or security administrators when data transfers to cloud storage or removable media exceed typical limits,External Key Store – Enables IT administrators to increase data security by storing encryption keys in the cloud and separate from data storage,Identity Management – Gives IT administrators the added flexibility to choose from a variety of identity management applications, including an integration with Okta, for multi-factor authentication in the cloud.It says its CrashPlan for Small Business offering for organizations with fewer than 200 employees easy, affordable, unlimited cloud data backup and recovery for laptop and desktop computers.
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Microsoft has pushed out a new preview build of Windows 10 to fast ring testers containing quite a number of changes, including work on the operating system’s do-not-disturb feature, and further tinkering with the Edge browser.Build 17074 beefs up the Quiet Hours feature which, when turned on, prevents the user from being interrupted because they’re busy working hard (or perhaps gaming hard), only allowing notifications to come through from ‘important’ contacts or apps (and blocking the rest).With the new preview build, you can set your own schedule for when Quiet Hours kicks in – and customize the relevant priority list to make sure notifications from important sources always get through.Quiet Hours also engages automatically when you are playing a full-screen game, or when you’re duplicating your display (so that you won’t be interrupted during a presentation).These are certainly nifty added touches.Microsoft has made another bunch of improvements to the Edge browser, including an overhauled Hub view that displays more content, and is more intuitive to use.
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Toyota has embraced drag culture to pin its new Aygo as the ultimate car of self expression.The 'Go Your Own Way' campaign brings aboard UK drag artists Liquorice Black, Stella Meltdown, Le Fil and Alfie Ordinary to tell their story and project their attitude onto the nippy hatchback.Delivered by The, each drag queen has her own overstated personality that is also shared by the Aygo in the ads.Ben Addelman helped direct the work that will now be targeted towards a core audience of 18-34 women.The out of home campaign will cluster in city centres and shopping areas.The campaign will be activated on social media, digital display and VOD and will feature documentary style films of the performers and their creative processes.
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Asus has more Zenbooks than anyone can keep track of, but it’s newest is a standout.The Zenbook 13, is an ultra-thin clamshell that just might be one of the lightest laptop you’ve ever held.However, there’s more to a laptop than just it’s dimensions — here’s how the rest of it stacks up.It’s often a little bland, and the company rarely attempts to change the formula.That’s fine when you’re talking about a budget laptop like the Zenbook UX330UA, but when you’re spending over a thousand dollars, you should expect more from the look of your laptop.It’s still brushed metal, but the non-reflective surface makes it more subtle this time around.
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Tighter government regulations and GoPro's failures notwithstanding, drones continue to prove popular with users, and at this week's Consumer Electronics Show we've seen a host of flying machines being demoed in Las Vegas.Some are brand new, some are upgraded, and some are ones we've had glimpses of before, but here are the best drones from CES 2018 that you need to know about – especially if you're thinking about making a purchase this year.The AirSelfie originally began life as a Kickstarter project in 2016, and now at CES 2018, its successor has emerged.If the kids have been pestering you for a drone then you can do a lot worse than the Tello, a drone from Chinese firm Ryze Tech featuring tech made by Intel and DJI.You get a 360-degree camera, live streaming capabilities, flight stabilization and a simple-to-use control system aimed at younger people – the youngsters can even test their Scratch coding chops to configure flight patterns for Tello.The drone offers 13 minutes of flight time between charges, takes 5MP snaps and videos, and weighs in at just 80 grams or 2.8 ounces.
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The choice might be simple for anyone who’s faithful to their phonemaker and could care less about the make and model of their car.But, anyone who wants to have the best experience based on their needs should weigh the differences between the two.Effectively, Apple CarPlay takes over the display and creates a second home for a limited selection of iPhone capabilities so you have access to them without using the phone itself.CarPlay offers simple features like navigation through Apple Maps, music through iTunes and hands-free calling.Beyond that, it has a number of supported apps, most of which are focused on audio entertainment, such as Audible, Pandora, Spotify and more.Apple CarPlay boasts availability on over 200 models of cars from a comprehensive list of manufacturers.
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That’s the sound of evil shaking in its stylishly sinister boots, because The Tick will officially return with more adventures February 23.Amazon Studios released a trailer for the second half of the first season of The Tick, and accompanied it with the official announcement of the show’s return date.Fans of the big, blue hero — and his diminutive, winged partner, Arthur — need only wait until the end of February for more of the popular series, which will return with six more episodes to close out the season.The Tick is set in a world where superheroes are a fact of life, and so are the supervillains that make life difficult for them and the rest of the working world.When mild-mannered accountant Arthur Everest has a chance encounter with a mysterious, blue superhero of questionable intelligence calling himself “The Tick,” his life is upended and he becomes The Tick’s reluctant partner with some help from a high-tech suit that he doesn’t quite understand how to operate.Arthur and The Tick soon find themselves in the crosshairs of The Terror, a legendary supervillain who was presumed dead, and must navigate a confusing world populated by superpowered heroes and villains — neither of which always have humanity’s best interests in mind.
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Microwear just launched a brand new smartwatch created for outdoor people who love to explorer the world as light as possible, we’re talking about the Microwear H5 4G.If you’re part of this category or you just want a watch 4G connectivity, then stick around as we learn more about this device!The Microwear H5 is a multi-functional smartwatch that is able to support 4G LTE networks and calls, so you can potentially use it to chat, watch movies or listen to music over the internet.In addition to that, it also features a GPS module, which combined with your favorite map app can allow you to keep track of your position wherever you are.Microwear’s smartwatch comes with a stainless steel watch case and a TPU wrist band.Other specs include a 1.54-inch 240×240 display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 5MP (2MP interpolated) camera to take selfies or make video calls, a heart rate monitor, a pedometer and finally, a relatively large 650mAh battery for 2 days of autonomy while running Android 6.0.
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If you use Google’s products, there’s a good chance the company already has a copy of your credit card details stored somewhere—in your Chrome browser’s autofill settings, gathering dust in a Google Wallet, or inside Android Pay.But soon, “over the coming weeks,” Google says it will merge the various ways it gobbles up this information under a new umbrella called Google Pay.The rebrand is coming a little late in the game.Google has explored various ways of enabling digital payments since 2011, when it first released Google Wallet.Then in 2015, Google came out with Android Pay.But in 2017, Google’s service trailed seriously behind its competitors—Samsung Pay and Apple Pay, according to Juniper Research and payments industry site PYMNTs.
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The Inside series is a column where the Tech in Asia Jobs team gives an insider’s glimpse into interesting companies and professions.The mid-morning chatter trailed off as Airfrov CEO and co-founder Cai Li walked into the room and reached for a bell perched on a cabinet.After a brief round of introductions, Cai turns to me and asks, “So, what do you not like about Airfrov, and how can it be improved?”Airfrov is a C2C marketplace that connects travelers with buyers seeking goods from their destinations.Founded in 2015 by Cai and Robi Ng, the concept was born from an opportunity that Cai spotted while working in a job that required frequent traveling.Every time he traveled, his friends and girlfriend would request for items exclusive to these countries.
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Mark Hamill sent a congratulatory tweet to his "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" co-star Laura Dern Sunday night, and revealed a little something about the film.At Sunday night's Golden Globes, Dern won a best supporting actress award for her role in HBO's "Big Little Lies."She then delivered an eloquent acceptance speech calling for support of and justice for the victims of sexual abuse and harassment.When Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, sent his tweet, he mentioned that he and Dern's Admiral Holdo shared a deleted scene in "Last Jedi" and he has hopes it'll be included on the film's DVD release.Wait, Holdo and Luke share a scene?"Star Wars" fans leapt on that news like a hungry Chewie on a plate of roasted porg.
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God of War is one of the most-anticipated games of 2018, and the blockbuster sequel has fans’ expectations sky-high based on the little bit of gameplay we’ve seen thus far.For the first time, protagonist Kratos will be battling against Norse gods rather than the Greek gods from which he descended, and director Cory Barlog isn’t sure the series will stop there.Speaking to Game Informer (via GameSpot) for this month’s cover story, Barlog described Norse mythology as, “the next mythological belief system [Kratos] interacts with,” but stressed that the franchise could move to the “Egyptian era and the Mayan era.”This globetrotting bears some resemblance to the Assassin’s Creed series, which has explored several different time periods and regions over its lifespan.Most recently, Assassin’s Creed Origins took the series to ancient Egypt, though its take on the era was significantly less fantastical than any of the God of War games.“I want this to reach a lot of people.
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Today is a day for doubling up.Earlier, both Volkswagen and Hyundai simultaneously announced separate partnerships with Aurora, and now we have something similar from Continental and Bosch.Bosch and Continental, two major automotive suppliers, each announced an acquisition of 5 percent of Here Technologies.Here's original owner, Nokia, sold the company to the German Big Three -- BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen -- in 2015.Since then, Intel's thrown some skin into the game by purchasing a 15-percent stake of its own.Here's goal is pretty simple: create incredibly detailed, high-definition maps for use in autonomous vehicles.
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Both hardware and software can suffer, which is why a complete reset won’t necessarily solve all your speed issues.Every time Apple, Microsoft, or Google push out a new OS update, it typically includes more powerful features and more powerful apps.At the same time, older and less efficient code can get overlooked and left behind.The cumulative effect is that your phone or laptop is having to work harder to get the same results, as more demands get placed on it.It’s the same story with third-party apps too, as developers update their code to take advantage of newer hardware and tack on additional features—an extra instant messaging component here, a new AR filter there—while your hardware remains unchanged.If the latest and greatest smartphones and laptops have better hardware capabilities, then developers are inevitably going to take advantage of them by introducing more advanced features or by optimising their code.
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