If there’s not a fancy, over-tuned car in your driveway, there’s a good chance there’s a fancy, over-tuned gaming PC sitting on your desk.The beige PC boxes of the ‘80s are long gone, now replaced with cases adorned with blinking lights, LCD screens, and exotic shapes—including one now shaped like the ultimate power that once wreaked havoc a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.CherryTree’s Death Star PC is an officially licensed Star Wars product so if you pre-order one today, there’s no risk of Lucasfilm getting litigious and shutting this one down before your fancy PC case arrives sometime in late November—Vader’s already given it his thumbs up.The current pictures of the case on CherryTree’s website are still just the original prototype, so there might be some design and feature changes between now and when this miniaturised space station is fully operational and shippable.But as it stands, the case will support Mini-ITX motherboards, USB ports in the front and back, two quick-swap drive bays, and even a liquid cooling system given the unique design of the case and the limits said design creates for cooling its various components.CherryTree also warns that given the peculiar shape of the case—basically a big sphere—it can be challenging to assemble and swap out parts, so if you haven’t built your own PC before, don’t make this one your first.
Every San Diego Comic-Con, Hasbro lifts the lid on what fans can expect from its line of toys and collectibles from the galaxy far, far away as well as the comics and movie universes of Marvel.The excellent series of Star Wars animated shorts technically has a toy line already – but, disappointingly, it’s actually just been a series of repacks from Hasbro’s line of 3.75" limited-articulation action figures with new packaging featuring art from the series.That’s finally changing, with Galaxy of Adventures not only getting a unique line, but moving to an entirely new scale in the process.On top of increased articulation, they’ll also include bonus action features, like a blaster quickdraw for Han, or lightsaber swinging action for Vader.Being released next year to coincide with Empire Strikes Back’s 40th anniversary, the helmet is not only wearable, but features light up sections and an articulated viewfinder attachment, which itself has a lightup rangefinder.Luke was only shown off in CG render rather than in final figurine form, but he’ll come in specially tailored clothing based on his jumpsuit worn for the duel on Bespin in ESB, and with a host of matching accessories like his lightsaber and blaster, and a Bespin-themed base.
Today we’re running through the newest Star Trek: Picard trailer, as Sir Patrick Stewart returns to his most well-known role as now-former captain of the USS Enterprise.Here in the latest trailer we learn of the appearance of several major players and returning faces – stuff that we were SHOCKED did not leak before reveals here in this trailer.Before this trailer, we knew this show would include the following actors: Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones.We now know that it also includes Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Marina Sirtis, and Jonathan Frakes.If we remember our Nemesis history, we also know there’s at least another one Soong-type android in the universe, other than Data and Lore – this one’s called B-4, and it MIGHT appear later in the trailer.Like he’s being featured on a news program, or a documentary.
Our home galaxy is a cannibal.Recent evidence strongly suggests the Milky Way swallowed up a smaller galaxy, known as Gaia-Enceladus, during its early years, incorporating the galaxy's stars, gases and dust into its orbit.New research, from a collaboration of scientists in Europe, examined the ages of the stars across the Milky Way to more accurately determine how the galaxy formed.The research, published in journal Nature Astronomy on July 22, utilized a huge data set accumulated by the European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft, which provides accurate measurements of the position, brightness and movement of stars.The research team, led by Carme Gallart of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias in Spain, was particularly interested in the Milky Way's "halo", a huge, spherical region of space surrounding the galaxy, and its "thick disk", a region full of stars that contains most of a spiral galaxy's mass.Previous research, published in Nature in 2018, found evidence that a huge population of stars within the halo region of the Milky Way were moving in a different direction to the rest of the galaxy's billions of stars.
This past weekend was a big one for Marvel Studios.Not only did the company reveal plenty of movies for it's upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 at the San Diego Comic-Con, but it also reached the top of the box office with Avengers: Endgame surpassing 2009's Avatar.One person congratulating the studio was the film's director, James Cameron.Cameron tweeted his congratulations Monday morning from the official Avatar Twitter account.The tweet consisted of Iron Man surrounded by woodsprites from the film with a caption reading "Oel ngati kameie," which is Na'vi for "I see you."Saturday was when Avengers: Endgame took the top spot with $2.79 billion in ticket sales putting Avatar in second place at $2.789 billion.
So if you want to stay up-to-date on storylines destined for theaters, you'll need to add a Disney Plus subscription to your diet -- and vice versa.Still, Disney's biggest reveal yet about the new streaming streaming service was its price: Disney Plus will cost $7 a month, half the price of HBO Now and a big discount compared with Netflix.The rivalry with Netflix is already heated: Disney has begun holding back its new movie releases this year from Netflix, which had been the go-to place to stream them for the previous three years.The Disney Plus streaming service will be a competitor to video streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Now and -- later this year -- Apple TV Plus.Disney wants its other streaming services -- Hulu and sports-focused ESPN Plus -- to run on the same tech platform so you can subscribe to them with the same password and credit card info.FX Plus, however, apparently doesn't fit into Disney's streaming equation -- the service will shut down Aug. 21.
Patrick Stewart is going where no Starfleet captain has gone before: into his very own series, decades after wrapping up his original Star Trek run.In an interview published by Deadline early Saturday the weekend of SDCC, showrunner Alex Kurtzman said of the event: "You can expect multiple surprises, and I'll leave it at that."One of those surprises included news that Star Trek icons Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco will all appear in the new series.A teaser trailer beamed in on May 23 showed that Jean-Luc Picard, who was promoted to admiral, led a rescue armada on a mysterious mission 15 years prior to the show's events.Stewart is known for his work fostering rescue dogs.Fans will be able to catch him in theaters as Bosley in a 2019 version of Charlie's Angels.
Besides the VIVO Z5 launching in China on July 31, the Chinese phone maker VIVO is also gearing up for the launch of a new VIVO S series launch in India.The brand has been actively teasing the imminent launch of the VIVO S series in India, and only this morning, a member of the S series surfaced in a TVC AD.The TV ad featured Bollywood actress Sara Ali Khan flaunting a VIVO S1 smartphone.Now, Vivo India has reportedly sent out media invites for the launch of a new ‘S series’ phone in the country.Set to hold on August 7th, the invite doesn’t confirm or reveal anything.But the TV ad featuring Sara Ali Khan already confirm the VIVO S1 could be the star of the show.
Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.Thing is, there are plenty of situations where neither headphones nor regular speakers are quite right.This bizarre wearable speaker is on offer?A full fifty percent discount?The most pressing questions about Bose‘s SoundWear Companion are simple: what is it?You whack it on your shoulders and can listen to whatever you want, while still hearing the world.
Billed as China‘s version of Nasdaq, it’s overseen by the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE).Previously called the Science and Technology Innovation Board, the STAR Market mainly targets homegrown technology firms, and is modeled after a US-like IPO system.The move marks the first step towards major capital reforms in the country, and aims to boost domestic investment.It also comes amid a prolonged trade war between the US and China that has put companies like Huawei in the crosshairs.This has been followed by steady preparations, including framing supervisory rules, formation of listing committees, application reviews and approvals.The rules — which went into effect on March 1 — go into detail about the requirements for listing on the STAR Market.
Nio Capital, the technology fund co-founded by Chinese electric-vehicle manufacturer Nio, is shrugging aside the US-China trade war to pursue investments in leading technologies in the new-energy vehicles sector.Ian Zhu, the company’s managing partner, said in an interview that Nio Capital was pursuing investments with a “global perspective and open attitude,” and was eyeing only top technologies with the potential of reshaping the transport and energy sectors globally.“We are not short-sighted, assessing only the impact from geopolitical issues before making investment decisions,” he said.“Best technologies will eventually stand out as market forces play a decisive role in commercializing them.”He said Nio Capital will source deals worldwide, including in the United States, regardless of the trade war between the world’s two largest economies.Co-founded with investment companies Sequoia and Hillhouse Capital two years ago, Nio Capital manages a yuan-denominated fund valued at US$1.5 billion.
Trading on Star Market, the new Nasdaq-like tech board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, has begun today, with the 25 stocks listed gaining 160% on average by midday, CNN reported.Shares in Anji Microelectronics Technology, which makes materials for semiconductors, has soared to as much as 520% before declining a little.Analysts attributed the gains to China’s desire for a strong market debut and unrealistic expectations among investors, which is fueled by bullish propaganda.
Between Thor 4, Black Widow, a new Doctor Strange movie, there's plenty to be excited about in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend.And while Phase 4 includes many new and old faces, noticeable absent are the Guardians of the Galaxy.Fear not, Guardians fans, as director James Gunn confirmed via Twitter that a third Guardians of the Galaxy film is still happening.On Sunday, Gunn tweeted in celebration of Avengers: Endgame besting Avatar to become the highest grossing film ever.A fan asked him why Phase 4 didn't include the Guardians, and Gunn responded: "Sorry to disappoint.3 IS happening, but I am finishing The Suicide Squad first."
China’s STAR Market technology board opened trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange Monday morning, with its first batch of 25 companies offering shares in the long-awaited debut.Why it matters: Previously known as the science and technology innovation board, STAR Market represents one of China’s most significant capital market reforms.The bourse is a strategic asset in Beijing’s push for technological self-reliance amid the US-China trade war, which has caused several Chinese tech companies to delay or cancel their US initial public offerings (IPO).The registration-based tech board was designed to lure high-potential tech companies to list domestically.Currently, top Chinese tech companies, including Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, and JD.com, are all listed on exchanges overseas because of the strict listing criteria of domestic stock markets.The new market is expected to draw listings from among China’s rich reserve of unicorns, privately held companies valued at $1 billion or more, including Bytedance, the highest-valued startup in the world, and ride-hailing giant Didi.
Keanu Reeves came out to a cheering crowd at Microsoft's E3 Press Conference, told us all we were breathtaking and then dropped some knowledge about CyberPunk 2077.As it happens though, Keanu Reeves have ended up on Sony's stage talking about Death Stranding.We found out at San Diego Comic-Con that Reeves was originally suggested to play a key character in Death Stranding, but director Hideo Kojima opted for Mads Mikkelsen instead."I originally was recommended Keanu Reeves but I wanted Mads," Kojima said during a panel on storytelling at Comic-Con, according to Twitter user Kalai Chik, a writer for Asia Pacific Arts.Mikkelsen is known for his roles in Casino Royale, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the Hannibal TV series.Later, Kojima brought out a model of a baby in a little preservation tube, because Kojima.
Trading on China’s new Nasdaq-style stock market began today, with 25 tech companies listed on the Science and Technology Innovation Board, operated by the Shanghai Stock Market.Called the STAR Market, the board is an initiative by the government to encourage more Chinese tech companies to list domestically by addressing concerns about governance.Traders cautioned that initial trading may be volatile as investors buy and trade stocks, however, and that warning was borne out today with trading by several companies paused after a surge of buying triggered their circuit breakers, or measures put into place that temporarily halt buying and selling to prevent stock crashes.Plans for the STAR Market were announced in November as part of the Chinese government’s efforts to launch capital market reforms and make listing in mainland China more appealing to tech companies by easing profitability requirements.Some of the highest-profile Chinese tech IPOs, including Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi, JD.com and Pinduoduo, have taken place in New York City or Hong Kong, and the STAR Market may encourage more local stock debuts and investment—a goal that holds especially high stakes as China’s trade war with the U.S. continues.But CNBC notes that the success of the STAR Market is far from a sure thing, since China has launched two other equity markets (the ChiNext in 009 and the New Third Board in 2013) that still receive far less attention than its two primary stock exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
For western startups looking to enter Asia and Asian startups expanding globally, more funding has become available as investors are increasingly looking to export local tech solutions to overseas markets.Globally based venture capital firm White Star Capital has set up a new office in Hong Kong this month to capture entrepreneurs in the budding region as well as help its portfolio companies go to Asia.Founded by Eric Martineau-Fortin, who spent years conducting mergers and acquisitions at Merrill Lynch, and Jean-Francois Marcoux, who sold his gaming startup Ludia to FermantleMedia, White Star has over the last decade backed a spectrum of early-stage companies across several continents.Currently investing with eight partners spread across seven cities, White Star’s portfolio spans from New York-based healthy meal startup Freshly, rewards app Drop out of Toronto, on-demand photo platform Meero from Paris and dog food startup Butternut Box in London.Whilst certain Asian companies specializing in artificial intelligence, fintech, enterprise software and micro-mobility share some commonalities with Western counterparts, others such as e-commerce businesses remain, still, quite distinct in Asia.“Having said this, there is also a number of fabulously interesting ecosystems and countries outside of Hong Kong and China that are sometimes forgotten by North American and European-based investors, such as Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taipei.
Marvel Studios went wild and revealed its Phase 4 movie lineup at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 this Saturday, but still managed to come up with one big surprise: a new version of Blade, starring Mahershala Ali, is also on the way.At this point we have little info other than Ali's casting.Most likely Blade will be a cinematic release but it could appear on Disney Plus.It's been awhile since Blade has had any screen time.The last time we saw him he was being played by Wesley Snipes.Blade's return is a timely one.
Simu Liu, the star of Marvel's newly announced film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, proves there's truth to the adage "Ask and you shall receive."The Disney-owned movie studio revealed Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con that Liu would be one of its newest leading men, but turns out Liu asked for the job months ago on Twitter."OK @Marvel, are we gonna talk or what ShangChi," Liu tweeted in December.On Saturday after the announcement, he quoted the tweet and jokingly added, "Thanks for getting back to me."For good measure, he also replied to the tweet, "Well shit."Marvel on Saturday made a big splash at Comic-Con with a slew of announcements for upcoming projects, including new films for Thor and Dr.
After the shocking finale earlier this year, executive producer Alex Kurtzman was quick to explain that despite the series now being set further in the future than any other Trek series ever (1000 years!After all, they did choose to leave everything and everyone else behind.However, Kurtzman would not definitively say if the left-behind Spock, Pike and Number One would get their own spinoff show or who the new Captain of the Discovery is.After Discovery the panel pivoted to Lower Decks, a half-hour animated show from Mike McMahan about a group of four ensigns on what he described as “a not important ship in Starfleet”.The main characters are Ensign Beckett Mariner (voiced by Tawny Newsome), Ensign Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), Ensign Tendi (Noël Wells), and Ensign Rutherford (Eugene Cordero).And Rutherford was compared to Geordi La Forge... except that he can never get anything done or solved.