Every Halloween, The Simpsons honors all things horror with an anthology of short segments called "Treehouse of Horror," featuring the citizens of Springfield in scary situations.This year's "Treehouse of Horror XXX" will parody all three seasons of Netflix's Stranger Things in a segment called "Danger Things."At The Simpsons panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, fans got a peek at the Stranger Things parody, which is set in the '80s version of Springfield.Milhouse Van Houten is dragged into another dimension called The Over Under instead of The Upside Down.A bald Lisa Simpson plays Eleven, who tries to save Milhouse.There's also a scene set in the mall just like in season 3 of Stranger Things.
When I decided to buy a four-year-old MacBook Pro rather than a new one, one of the things I deliberately gave up on was the Touch Bar.The functions Apple showed on stage, from quick-access palettes in Adobe Photoshop to scrubbing through a video in QuickTime, looked useful and well thought out.In the years since its debut, the Touch Bar has been stuck in a kind of development hell, never really taking off in the way we hoped it would.Instead of spreading its wings, it just kind of half-heartedly flapped them a bit, then gave up.But Apple needs to lead by example to show people how it should be done.Perhaps F10, AKA the mute key, when your neighbors start banging on the walls and telling you to stop playing the Spice Girls so loud.
After all, we’re dumping loads of cash into the hardware so we can get the most immersive experience possible.But there’s always some type of hiccup, whether it’s a fault in the game itself, issues stemming from hardware, and so on.You’ve seen a game setting called “Vsync” that supposedly fixes this issue.First, we will cover your monitor’s refresh rate followed by the output of your PC.Movies, TV shows, and games are nothing more than a sequence of images.James Cameron initially targeted 60Hz with Avatar 2 but dropped the rate down to 48Hz.
Batwoman's pilot screened to fans during the show's San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel Saturday, with executive producers Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries revealing details about the cameos and characters set up for the Ruby Rose-starring show.The upcoming season will feature an origin story for the Batman villain Hush."The character of Tommy Elliot who ultimately becomes the supervillain Hush but we're seeing his origins of why he hates Batman so much," Dries said after the pilot screening.Also to come for classic TV fans, actor Burt Ward who played Robin in the 1960s Batman series will be making a cameo at some point during the show's first season.The pilot episode, which we will dive into in a separate story, heavily features Rose's Kate Kane in many fight scenes without her costume -- a decision that was very influenced by how the character is military-trained."She's actually getting thrown against the wall and punched in the face," Dries said, noting that Rose's character attended the fictional military academy of Point Rock Academy.
Damon Lindelof beefed up HBO with The Leftovers, and now he's making it smile with Watchmen.The new trailer for the writer's TV series sequel of sorts to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel snuck up on San Diego Comic-Con, despite the absence of a panel.The masks, the vigilantes, Ozymandias -- they're all familiar to fans of the graphic novel, but Lindelof is not exactly adapting it.Well, at least that's what he implied in an open letter to fans: instead of retreading "sacred ground" he's going to remix it.That means whatever happened in the Watchmen graphic novel really did happen.The Comedian and Rorschach are dead.
The Gale Crater, the dried up lake bed on Mars on which the Curiosity rover landed, could once have supported life according to scientists.Using data from Curiosity and working alongside NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) and sedimentology and stratigraphy teams, Christopher House, professor of geosciences and director of the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, was tasked with determining if life could ever have existed in the now barren Gale Crater.Curiosity detected lots of mudstone with fine layers in the locale, suggesting there was once water there.“Gale Crater appears to have been a lake environment,” House confirmed in a statement.“The water would have persisted for a million years or more.”Eventually, the lake became filled with sediment and turned into stone.
CBS television channels won't be showing up on the DirecTV service in cities from Boston to Los Angeles, as a deadline passed for CBS Corporation and AT to work out their differences.CBS said Saturday that the blackout is hitting customers of DirecTV, DirecTV Now and AT U-Verse in 17 cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore -- as well as more than 100 CBS stations and affiliates on DirecTV Now.In addition, customers of DirecTV and DirecTV Now across the country have lost access to the CBS Sports Network.Meanwhile, the Smithsonian Channel has been removed from DirecTV.The blackout stems from the expiration late Friday of a CBS-DirecTV deal signed in 2012, after the broadcaster and DirecTV owner AT failed to come to terms on a new carriage contract.(Disclosure: CBS Corporation is the parent of CNET.)
In more uplifting news, security researchers made an app designed to kill, to prove a point about the intense risks of internet-connect health devices, and the need for the companies who make them to stop ignoring them.(Wait, sorry, murder apps are not uplifting.)Oh, and we—like everyone else—took note of this week’s viral app, FaceApp, which shows you how you’ll look when you’re old.Though people were quick to point out its security risks, we reminded you that if you’re worried about FaceApp, you’re going to panic when you learn about a little old app called Facebook.Every Saturday we round up the security and privacy stories that we didn’t break or report on in depth but which we think you should know about nonetheless.Click on the headlines to read them, and stay safe out there.
Many businesses have been sunk by Google's algorithm updates.Ever since Google started up in 1998, its core mission has been to deliver the most relevant search results tousers.This started with checking a user’s search query against several criteria, key among them being the frequency with which the search query appeared on any given web page.Owners wanted all the extra business and exposure that could come from ranking on the front page of Google, so they began stuffing their sites with stock phrases they thought would win them traffic.Google’s solution to this fundamental problem has been to periodically release updates to its algorithm.As part of this, Google now takes more serious account of writing quality, looking at everything from sentence length to the level of good grammar.
Sleep plays a key role in both quality of life and long-term health, but many adults struggle with insomnia and poor sleep quality, suffering brain fog, exhaustion, and other issues as a result.Many sleep improvement studies revolve around avoiding coffee after noon and artificial blue light after dinner, but a new study offers a different, and quite simple, alternative: taking a long hot bath before bed.According to a study out of the University of Texas at Austin, taking a bath an hour or two before bed was found to greatly improve one’s sleep quality at night, though the bath water had to be around 104 to 109 degrees Fahrenheit.The conclusion comes from an analysis of data from 5,322 studies.The team looked at the impact bathing in warm water has on a number of sleep conditions, such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how long the sleep lasts, the subjective quality of the sleep, and the sleep efficiency.Bathing in water that was between 104F and 109F was found to improve one’s overall sleep quality.
Driving for the Chinese team Techeetah, Vergne and his race car offered a potent, if silent, testimony to the tech that before long could power the next electric car you put in your driveway.Now five seasons old, Formula E is meant to utilize racing—long a rolling laboratory for automotive development, yielding advancements like antilock brakes, traction control, and dual-clutch transmissions—to help EV manufacturers and suppliers like BMW, Nissan, Audi, Panasonic, Mahindra, and Jaguar move their battery-powered products forward.“One key reason is telling the world about the benefits of electric vehicles—not only the benefits from an environmental point of view, with emissions, but also showcasing the technology and the performance,” says James Barclay, who runs Jaguar’s Formula E team.“The reality is there are real translations in the technology from Formula E to our future production cars.”Now, teams can’t mess with the battery itself, at least not yet.Every car must carry the same 52-kWh pack.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.To celebrate the occasion, we're revisiting the accomplishments of that mission—one of the most significant moments in science, engineering, and American history.This, however, wasn’t just a powerful and moving event for America—the entire world was watching.Sure, our motivations for going to the moon were partly political.But to have humans, so delicate and fragile, travel more than 200,000 miles from Earth and safely touch down on the lunar surface would fundamentally change what we thought was possible as a species.And when humankind gathered in unison to bear witness to Neil Armstrong’s small step/giant leap five decades ago, it created a palpable and global sense of wonder.
The English rock band Joy Division released their debut studio album “Unknown Pleasures” 40 years ago.To mark the anniversary of the album, we recorded a signal from the same pulsar with a radio telescope in Jodrell Bank Observatory, only 14 miles (23 km) away from Strawberry Studios where the album was recorded.Peter Saville – graphic designer and co-founder of Factory Records – designed the album cover based on a picture spotted by band member Bernard Sumner in an encyclopedia.The picture itself can be traced to the work of the postgraduate student Harold Craft, who published the image in his PhD thesis in 1970.What we see in this enigmatic image is the signal produced by a pulsar known as B1919+21, the first pulsar ever discovered.A pulsar is formed during the violent death of a star several times more massive than our sun.
But now, it’s finally time for us to properly introduce ourselves to Henry Cavill’s take on Geralt of Rivia, best known to fans of the CD Projekt Red RPG series and Andrzej Sapkowski novels as the Witcher.After months of concerns, primarily fuelled by Cavill’s questionable wig, the trailer showcases a world that looks pretty damn entertaining.Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has previously said the show would be heavily based on the books, not the games familiar to American audiences.What we see in the trailer appears to confirm that fact.The complex origins of Ciri and Yennifer are both central to the action.But don’t worry, the physical action is mainly reserved for Geralt, who takes on a whole host of men, monsters and giant spiders.
Up until a few years ago, if you wanted to invest in a startup, you had to be an Accredited Investor (an actual SEC definition).This was mostly good but completely unregulated with a lot of opportunity for malicious companies to do predatory things.So after a couple of years (13 or so), the SEC put out some regulations on how to do crowdfunding “properly” (or at least with a little more oversight and a little less chance for folks to swindle others) — first through the JOBS act and then through Reg CF.With the introduction of Reg CF in 2016, crowdfunding exploded — there are now almost 50 exchanges in the US where non-accredited investors can find and invest in legitimate companies.The stability of this ecosystem over the last couple of years is finally starting to attract experienced and longtime investors and even mutual funds and other big enterprises to the crowdfunding space.Back over in the “accredited investor world”, when an investor or a group (an angel group, a VC fund, etc) consider a company, they perform something called a Due Diligence.
The newest Star Wars Luke Skywalker action figure, unveiled during San Diego Comic-Con 2019, promises to look super Skywalker-ey with its realistic rubber exterior skin and internal skeletal structure that makes for poses that can be held.Hasbro's Skywalker joins the toy maker's Star Wars: The Black Series Hyperreal line, which so far includes an 8-inch Darth Vader.The figures are higher end than the standard figures in the Black Series line, with seamless joints and 28 points of hyper-articulation that allow for a variety of poses.The Hyperreal line was inspired by the growing popularity of toy photographs on Instagram and the desire to make those pictures look more realistic, the designers have said."Stop-motion maquettes were definitely part of what spawned the internal structure," Patrick Schneider, Star Wars senior brand manager, told StarWars.com."We wanted something was going to not only be posable, but would also hold that pose.
When Game of Thrones ended its eighth season in May, not everyone was happy with how things turned out.In fact, internet unrest even manifest itself in a petition to redo the entire final season.At San Diego Comic-Con on Friday members of the cast talked about the backlash during a panel in Hall H."It's going to piss you off no matter what because it's the end," said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister.He also noted that over the course of the show, plenty of other events made fans swear off the show, from Ned Stark's fate to the Red Wedding.Along those lines, Conleth Hill, who played Varys, said he didn't think the backlash was as drastic as what it seemed.
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.
If you were a fan of the show, you probably do.And there's a good chance it still stings.Daenerys Targaryen turned into a totalitarian dictator (if that can, indeed, be a thing).His sister Sansa became Queen in the North.A murderer's row of fan favorites from Game of Thrones—Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Jacob Anderson (Greyworm), Liam Cunningham (Davos), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister)—showed up at Comic-Con International to both take a victory lap and go on a quick apology tour.But, he added, "for the record I loved all my 10 years on Game of Thrones."
Most people enjoy a good documentary.You learn interesting things you can use to impress your friends, and increasingly you’re treated to stunning camera work.If you have a curious mind, CuriosityStream is the ideal streaming service for you.It’s the Netflix of documentaries, specializing in award-winning programming about science, nature, history, technology, society, and more.Right now you can enjoy it for just $1.25 per month.Launched by the founder of the Discovery Channel, CuriosityStream has an unparalleled library of over 2,000 documentaries from which you can choose.