The author behind some of the most fascinating explorations of Darth Vader in years is turning his hand to Vader’s grandson...and a few of that grandson’s sinister best friends.Just announced at the Lucasfilm Publishing panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Darth Vader and Poe Dameron comics scribe Charles Soule will pen The Rise of Kylo Ren this December, a four-part Marvel Comics miniseries that will chart Ben Solo’s fall from the light and his ascendance as the leader of the mysterious Knights of Ren.As just announced, I am writing THE RISE OF KYLO REN - a limited series comic launching in December, just before Episode IX.You know the one story everyone’s dying to see, about Kylo and the Knights of Ren?You’re not ready (hell, I barely am.)“You know the one story everyone’s dying to see, about Kylo and the Knights of Ren?
What a waste of time and money that wasCreative Content UK, the organization that terrified British internet users by requiring ISPs to send out emails with accusations of copyright infringement, has decided to drop this questionable practice.The Get it Right campaign, part-funded by the UK government, will no longer engage suspected pirates directly; instead, it will focus on education, and is due to launch a new initiative in the coming months.“Having encouraged increased awareness of the value of genuine content and of its many legally available sources, in turn resulting in reduced infringing behaviour, the Get it Right campaign is now moving to its next phase,” a spokesperson for CCUK told El Reg.“The educational emails sent by ISPs upon detection of infringing file-sharing activity have served their purpose and are ceasing, with the focus instead increasing the broader engagement with fans based around their passion for music, TV, film and all other kinds of creative content.”The change of direction was spotted by TorrenFreak, a website which has chronicled activities of Get it Right since its inception.
Avengers fans enjoyed a double dose of Marvel goodness at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday.Plan your work, and work your planMarkus and McFeely brought props to their session, including two whiteboards sketching out the movie's plots.One board showed where the various Infinity Stones were at different times, and another one helped plan what exactly happened in the film's final act.(Those last two words, involving the fate of Iron Man, are just heartbreaking still.)The idea was cut, but CNET sister site ComicBook.com says that Christopher Markus joked that the scene was "awesome."
The Witcher, Netflix's new fantasy series, isn't even out yet, but one of the most persistent descriptions of the show is that it's the streaming service's answer to Game of Thrones.Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, The Witcher's showrunner, understands the comparison but said her series can "stand on its own two legs.""I don't think we need to be the answer to anything," Hissrich said during a press roundtable on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con.The show is based on the popular video games and novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, set in a fictional place known as The Continent.It follows the Monster Hunter Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill, as he navigates his way through the fantasy world.Hissrich, who previously produced Daredevil and The Defenders, did say The Witcher and future fantasy shows owe a debt to Game of Thrones for making the genre more accessible to people who avoided it in the past.
Hulu’s revival of Veronica Mars has launched on the streaming service a week ahead of schedule, giving fans a surprising early look at the show’s fourth season.The first episode was originally scheduled to premiere on July 26, but show star Kristen Bell announced during San Diego Comic Con that the full batch of season 4 episodes are now available to stream.Veronica Mars originally aired on UPN and The CW; the first episode premiered on September 22, 2004, and the last episode aired on May 22, 2007.Though it had a very short run on television, the show was a hit with fans who, more than a decade later, are finally getting that coveted fourth season.As the show’s launch trailer shows, the character of Veronica Mars (played by Kristen Bell) has returned to her hometown of Neptune Beach, California, where she once again works as a sleuth.The trailer introduces viewers to the season’s mystery, putting Mars on the case of a string of bombings that have occurred in Neptune.
The Facebook group urging people to storm Area 51 and "see them aliens" has earned lots of attention (Bud Light is even offering the aliens free beer).But messing with the US Air Force's super-secret military facility could get you killed.So here's a friendlier option: An Oklahoma City animal shelter is encouraging Americans to "come storm our shelter" instead.In a Facebook post put up Friday, OKC Animal Welfare in Oklahoma City writes, "We have great animals ready to protect you from the Area 51 aliens," adding, "adoption isn't that far out of this world!"But what really sells the shelter's post is that they have included photos of multiple adoptable dogs (and one cat) wearing the famed tin-foil hats associated with conspiracy theorists.The shelter has also decorated the animal photos with sparkling spacey sprinkles, and little cartoony aliens.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the wizard-themed augmented reality mobile app game, is holding its first fan festival next month and registration to go into the ticket draw now open.The fan fest will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and entering the draw will give you the chance to purchase a $30 ticket to attend on one of those days.The game was first announced in 2017 and comes from WB Games San Francisco and Niantic -- which also made Pokemon Go -- under the Portkey Games label.It launched in June, and involves using your phone's GPS to move around the physical world while interacting with AR objects, beasts, points of interest and other wizards and witches on the game map."Attendance is limited in order to maintain the best gameplay experience possible," The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite team announced Friday.The fan festival will go from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Netflix has dropped the first trailer for The Witcher, the streaming service’s long-awaited adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novels.The short video, which debuted at the 2019 edition of Comic-Con International, offers fans their first look at Henry Cavill as the title character, Geralt of Rivia, and quickly establishes the rules of The Witcher‘s monster-filled world.As the trailer describes, elves and humans used to live in harmony in The Witcher‘s fantasy realm, known as The Continent, until the elves decided to teach humanity how to use magic — a favor that men repaid by killing the elves off.Now, monsters roam the land, and monster hunters called Witchers must take them down to keep the people safe.In addition to Cavill’s Geralt, the trailer also features Anya Chalotra as Yennifer, a powerful sorceress and Geralt’s longtime girlfriend, and Freya Allan as Princess Ciri.From the look of things, The Witcher‘s first season will hew pretty closely to the plot summary leaked in casting notices, which claimed that the three characters will be “bound together by destiny, often against their will,” as Geralt and Yennifer realize that Ciri “might just destroy the world.”
Rick and Morty fans have been waiting nearly two years for the arrival of the show’s fourth season and, unfortunately, there are more months of waiting ahead of us.Despite that, we’ve finally received a look at Season 4 via a clip recently published by Adult Swim after it first premiered at San Diego Comic Con.The clip, which is simply titled ‘Glootie,’ is 50 seconds long and features the three character Morty, his father Jerry, and an alien played by Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok.As we see in the clip, this alien has developed an app that Jerry and Morty want removed, but the alien is proving less than cooperative.The clip starts in the middle of a scene and ends the same way less than a minute later; in the absence of a proper season 4 trailer, however, it’s the most exciting content fans have received since season 3 wrapped up in October 2017.Presumably we’ll see a proper trail arrive in coming weeks ahead of the anticipated November season 4 release.
Move over, Doctor—there’s a new pilot at the TARDIS console room controls, and a lifetime’s temping in Chiswick has prepared her to be the universe’s greatest defender.Big Finish has announced that its latest Doctor Who audio drama will bring Catherine Tate back behind the microphone as one of the show’s finest companions, Donna Noble...except this time, Donna’s flying solo.Yes, there’s no Tenth Doctor around in Donna Noble: Kidnapped!, a four-story series from Jacqueline Rayner, John Dorney, James Goss, and Matt Fitton.Set shortly after the events of the season four two-parter “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead”—which saw Donna briefly sucked into a digital happily-ever-after-life where she lived in wedded bliss, only to lose it all when the titular library’s archival systems were restored—Kidnapped!sees Donna briefly return home for a little break between adventures in time and space...only to immediately get wrapped up in her own adventures.Tate will of course reprise her role as Donna, as she previously has for two seasons of Doctor/Donna adventures with David Tennant for Big Finish, and will be joined by Jacqueline King as Donna’s judgemental mother, Sylvia.
Following debate about whether a graphic depiction of death by suicide in the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why was suitable for young and potentially vulnerable audiences, the streaming giant has decided to re-edit the scene from the show’s first season.The decision comes ahead of its Season 3 premiere in the coming months.“We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help—often for the first time.As we prepare to launch Season 3 later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show,” Netflix said in a statement sent to Gizmodo on Tuesday.“So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers of 13 Reasons Why to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from Season 1.”The show, which premiered in 2017, is based on Jay Asher’s young adult novel by the same title and deals with sensitive depictions of sexual assault, bullying, and depression, among other topics.
Stadia, Google’s attempt to enter the gaming industry via the cloud, has been teased several times through the last few months.Yesterday, we learned more about the platform via a Reddit AMA — and while it’s not all good news, it’s not all bad either.The person answering the questions was Andrey Doronichev, Stadia’s Director of Product.Like anyone attempting to hype a new product, he was bright and enthusiastic, but overall the picture he painted of Stadia came across as fairly grounded.As we pointed out weeks ago, the only way to play Stadia at launch will be through the purchase of the expensive Founders Edition — meaning you’ll have to buy a controller to which you can’t connect Bluetooth headphones.You can still use wireless headphones if you game on a Pixel phone or a Chrome browser (the only other platforms to support Stadia at launch), but it’s still a little disappointing.
At Aspen, Colorado’s Brainstorm Tech 2019 conference this week, Intel CEO Bob Swan shed some light on the future of Intel’s fabrication process by remarking that Intel is planning on beginning production on a 7nm die for its processors in 2021.The revelation follows only two months after the company’s Computex 2019 announcement of its first 10nm processors, the Ice Lake line, left many observers wondering when the CPU giant would catch up to its nimbler rival AMD, which showed off 7nm processors the day before.Not only is Intel just reaching 10nm manufacturing as AMD rolls out 7nm chips, but the Ice Lake chips Intel showed off are not intended for desktops, but exclusively for mobile or versatile 2-in-1 devices.This admission of Intel’s shortcomings makes for a welcome sign for AMD, validating their aggressive strategy of die shrinks and price undercutting.Beyond AMD’s flashy Computex 2019 launch for its 7nm Ryzen 3000 CPUs, the manufacturer also has a threadripper waiting in the wings that Intel has no plans of contending with.Confidence is running so high over at AMD that they are also taking the GPU fight to Nvidia in a big way.
Our relationship with speeding and tickets is an odd one: We drive cars that are capable of top speeds that make no sense in the hands of average drivers and in common situations.Managing the temptation to speed is a hallowed cat-and-mouse game between you and the police that is ineffective.But that game is starting to change as new cars will soon prevent speeding -- or at least make you think about it every time.Volvo will electronically limit top speed to 112 mph in its 2021 and newer cars.That's not much of a speed limitation (the odd number is derived from the metric 180 kilometers per hour), but it's a big haircut from the 155 mph that many premium cars are currently limited to, and moves the goalposts from what a car can do to what a car should do.You can choose to ignore, push through or cancel the above interventions, respectively, but that puts you in a very different relationship with the act of speeding if something bad happens.
For a change, the big question the the country is dithering over this week isn't Brexit, but whether to allow mobile carriers to use Huawei equipment in their 5G network infrastructure.UK networks have long relied on Huawei equipment, but over the past year the country has come under considerable pressure from the US -- which has issued its own ban on the Chinese company -- to reconsider this reliance due to security concerns.Earlier this year, the head of UK security agency GCHQ publicly agreed with the US that using Huawei equipment does pose a threat to the country.Then there's the Parliament's Science and Technology Committee, which took the middle road by advising that Huawei kit shouldn't be used in a network's core, but could be used more generally.It's this final concern that was raised on Friday by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee.Members of the committee are worried that the UK's inability to decide definitively one way or the other is making it look bad, and causing "serious damage" to its relationships with other countries, particularly its allies.
BostonGlobe.com disables articles when your browser’s in private modeOver the past couple of years, you may have noticed some websites preventing you from reading articles while using a browser's private mode.Google explained the change yesterday in a blog post titled, "Protecting private browsing in Chrome."Chrome's FileSystem API is disabled in Incognito Mode to avoid leaving traces of activity on someone's device.Sites can check for the availability of the FileSystem API and, if they receive an error message, determine that a private session is occurring and give the user a different experience.Using the Chrome 76 beta today, I confirmed that the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times were unable to detect that my browser was in private mode.
The notorious alligator of the Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago has officially been captured — and is reportedly moving to Florida.The roughly 5-foot alligator, which evaded capture for a week, was apprehended Monday night, Chicago Animal Care and Control Director Kelley Gandurski confirmed.The reptile, a male, was removed from the lagoon after an alligator expert, Frank Robb, of Florida, was hired by city animal control officials.Speaking to Block Club on Wednesday, Robb said the gator — nicknamed "Chance the Snapper" — will "be living in luxury" at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.FLORIDA MAN, 75, FIGHTS ALLIGATOR TO RESCUE DOG, REPORTS SAY“It’s pretty much a five-star resort for crocodilians,” Robb told the publication of the farm.
In a move that is bound to piss off more than a couple of publishers, Google is readying to fix the “loophole” that allowed sites to see when you’re browsing in Incognito Mode.Google announced in a blog post on Thursday that the update will arrive with the release of Chrome 76 on July 30.The tip-off to sites that you’re browsing in private mode is an unintended result of Chrome’s FileSystem API, which is disabled in Incognito.If a site searches for the FileSystem API and determines it’s disabled, it can, as Google puts it, “give the user a different experience.”News of this kind of behaviour by websites has been cropping up for years, and it’s a huge pain in the ass if you’re, say, trying to get around a publisher’s paywall.But while it’s kind of a bummer for publishers if they can’t force you to log in, subscribe, or switch to a normal browsing mode, Google notes there are serious circumstances under which Incognito Mode users might need to protect their privacy, including political oppression or domestic abuse.
My first Android phone was the original Motorola Droid, which I purchased and loved using despite its abysmal anti-woman marketing campaign.I always kept an extra charged battery on hand, and simply swapped them out when needed.It was a lot more convenient and lightweight than dragging around a heavy battery pack, and kept the phone going strong over the course of the busiest workday.But as phone designs changed over the years, swappable batteries were abandoned by phone manufacturers to keep their phones sleeker and to accommodate wrap-around screens.You can buy a new phone (unless you still like your current phone, or if your budget is limited).(If you have an iPhone, it tends to be easier.)
The Nintendo Switch is the best-selling video game console of 2019, continuing a trend from last year.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Fresh off the announcement of its new Nintendo Switch Lite console, the Japanese video game maker's latest "Super Mario" game also managed to top the June sales charts, based on data from the NPD Group."Super Mario Maker 2" was released for the Nintendo Switch on June 28 and was the top-selling game of the month with just a few days on the sales charts.Few franchises can compare to the popularity of "Super Mario," and the latest game lets players build and share their own stages online with friends.The Nintendo Switch was also June's best-selling video game console, and the Switch has led the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in sales throughout the year.