Gotta fix fast, but not that fast.Director Jeff Fowler has announced that Paramount had delayed the release of Sonic the Hedgehog by three months, to allow the visual effects team some more time to work on a character redesign.Earlier this month, following criticism of Sonic’s design in the first Sonic the Hedgehog trailer, Fowler promised they would work on a new design for the character.This prompted some criticism about whether this would put undue pressure on the visual effects artists, giving them less time to finish the movie.Now, the director has announced on Twitter that the movie will be released on 14 February 2020 instead.Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.
“I had a couple seeds, I made a forest; I put in the work and take the profit…”EE says it will live stream a special Stormzy gig to mark the launch of its 5G network across six UK sites on Thursday May 30.The gig by the platinum-selling UK grime artist will be hosted in a “top secret” central London location, the company said, and streamed via the new bandwidth, which the BT-owned firm said could see some customers “break the one gigabit-per-second milestone on their 5G smartphones”.(That’s some way off the speeds estimated in Ofcom’s “Enabling 5G in the UK”, report, which sees peak 5G speeds of 10-20 gigabits-per- second…)China’s Huawei was keen to make hay of the news, sending Computer Business Review a release noting its role in the new network.EE acknowledged that the network specialist, under sustained pressure from US policy makers over espionage fears, was involved.
Last year, Telltale games closed its doors for good.It was a sad end to a studio that had persisted in the games industry for 14 years, building a name for itself with episodic adventure games based on big-name licenses.Now, nearly eight months after the company went defunct, GOG has announced that it will soon be removing all remaining Telltale games from its catalog.Most of us probably knew that such an announcement was coming.Shortly after Telltale folded, a number of its games disappeared from various digital distribution platforms, with only a portion of the company’s portfolio remaining listed.GOG has now put a date on when the remaining Telltale games will vanish from its storefront: May 27th, 2019.
The ride-hailing company said Friday that it's hired two new executives to help head the department, while also saying goodbye to its recently hired chief marketing officer, Joy Howard.And Heather Freeland is coming over from Facebook to be Lyft's vice president of marketing operations."Jabari and Heather are world-class leaders with proven track records of growing iconic brands," John Zimmer, Lyft's co-founder and president, said in an email.The move comes as Lyft has experienced a rocky couple of months on the stock market.When the ride-hailing company issued its initial public offering at the end of March, its first day of trading was strong with its share prices up nearly 9% to $78.29.But things quickly took a turn and it's pretty much been a continual downhill slide ever since.
Instead of a November 2019 release date, the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie will be moved to 2020.Because of the less-than-great response given to the first full trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, it’s headed back to the shop for repairs and upgrades.If you’ve not seen the first trailer for the Sonic: The Hedgehog movie – maybe you should consider yourself lucky?If you’re all about that early fix, though – here we go again.What follows is the original major Sonic: The Hedgehog movie trailer as released in late April, 2019.Above is the official Paramount Pictures listing of the Sonic The Hedgehog (2019) movie, in its original form.
Occasionally, when a battery "dies" in an EV, it's still plenty capable of holding charge, just not as much as a car owner would like or need.The question of what to do with those batteries is at the front of Nissan's collective mind.Nissan's data shows that its EV batteries will outlive its EVs by a decade or more, Automotive News Europe reports, citing comments from Francisco Carranza, the managing director of Renault-Nissan's energy division."We are going to have to recover those batteries," Carranza said during an ANE conference this week, and the company is currently investigating how to best use those batteries.If the battery itself is viable for about 20 years, they should be put to use in a way that can benefit.Last July, Nissan announced that it was using 148 Leaf batteries to create 3 megawatts of storage for Amsterdam's Johan Crujiff ArenA (yes, that's how they capitalize it), allowing it to generate solar power and save it for later use.
I would happily argue that Alien is a perfect movie.On paper, it sounds kinda schlocky: a creature feature in which a guy in a monster suit gorily dismembers a crew of thinly written characters.And yet this peerless blend of sci-fi and horror still grips the emotions and imagination to this day.Released 40 years ago, on May 25, 1979, Alien began life as a script by Dan O'Bannon with help from Ron Shusett.O'Bannon and Shusett laid the groundwork with their script, including the horrifying details of how the alien reproduced.The cast of veteran actors -- John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm, Veronica Cartwright and Tom Skerritt gave the film life and texture, while the young Sigourney Weaver combined strength and vulnerability to embody a heroine for the ages.
For professional laptop users, the ThinkPad has been known as one of the best and most reliable brands for decades.To help you pick the right Thinkpad for your needs, here’s a guide to the various options available and why they might make a great choice for your next laptop upgrade.These are the best of the lightweight ThinkPad laptops, offering long battery life, robust security features, as well as the classic ThinkPad TrackPoint nub in the keyboard.They’re also designed to be sturdy, with Lenovo proudly claiming that X-Series Thinkpads have been taken all over the world (and crucially, survived), including to the top of Mount Everest, to the bottom of the ocean, and even into outer space on the International and Mir Space Stations.Yoga versions of X series ThinkPads feature a touchscreen and are fully convertible thanks to a 360-degree hinge.That means it can be switched to four modes of use — laptop, stand, tablet, or tent mode.
£1.4 million contract to last over 2 yearsMilitary surgeons will soon be getting augmented reality (AR) support in the field, with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) today launching a new contract for the cutting edge tech.The “digital platform” sought will let military medical teams “visualise annotations or directions overlaid onto the real-time surgical field by the advising surgeon”.The MoD has some particular requirements for the platform, but a limited budget: it is setting aside between £1 million-£1.4 million, a notice published today shows.The kit’s network needs to be encrypted, easily replaceable, and supporting hardware needs to be commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), the MoD said.The two-year contract notice does not detail the number of anticipated end-users.
But to help it stand out from the crowd, BT has gone big with its newest venture, offering vouchers and free gifts worth up to £200 in value.Go with the likes of its Superfast Fibre 1or BT's Starter TV deal and you'll be rewarded with both a pre-paid Mastercard and a £70 M voucher.If you choose an offer with the M card you can claim it here within 3 months of your internet installation.But upgrade to BT's Superfast Fibre 2 package (for incredible speeds at a tenner more a month) and you can choose a free tech reward worth up to £140.This could be an Amazon Echo, JBL Bar Studio sound bar or even a Hive smart lights pack.Whichever deal you end up getting from BT is so stocked up on incentives that these are easily some of the best value fibre broadband deals around.
A more “disciplined” Chinese food delivery and services platform Meituan is seeing the effects of its belt-tightening pay off as shown in its first quarter earnings results released Thursday.Meituan’s adjusted net loss narrowed to RMB 1.04 billion (around $150.5 million) in Q1 compared with RMB 1.86 billion in the quarter ended December 31, 2018.Improvement in the operating margin of core businesses and ongoing efforts to streamline new initiative operations were primary drivers for the smaller loss, the company said.The company’s Q1 revenue surged 70.1% year over year to RMB 19.2 billion from RMB 11.3 billion the same period a year earlier, benefiting from strong revenue growth in major business segments like food delivery and hotel and travel services.In an aggressive expansion initiative, Meituan entered multiple crowded industries like new retail, ride-hailing, and bike rentals last year.But new businesses weighted on profits, most notably the Mobike acquisition which contributed RMB 4.6 billion in losses for 2018 from the April transaction.
We love our Lego here at Giz UK, as many regular readers will be aware, and we definitely love not having to pay full price for our sets.So We're pretty happy that Hamleys has announced the start of its half term sale, which includes 20% off our favourite Danish construction toy.The press release promises that its 20% off all Lego, and other unspecified toy brands.The sale is also running online, so you don't have to drag yourself down to that one big shop in London or one of the smaller shops scattered around random parts of the UK.But if you can go down to the London store, and you have kids who are off school, you can take part in a bunch of free activities to stop them moaning about being bored.The one we like the sound of is a treasure hunt on the fifth floor (aka the Lego floor) that'll involve kids running around looking for Toy Story 4 minifigures.
Gambling persists as a primary use case for “the blockchain” into 2019, with almost half of the top 100 decentralized apps (dapps) still betting-related.Blockchains EOS and TRON have also solidified themselves as competitors to Ethereum ETH this year.Together, they make up 74 percent of the top 100 dapps ranked by daily user count, according to DappRadar data reviewed by Hard Fork on May 21.While most of the top dapps indeed run on EOS and TRON, a majority of those platforms are online casinos that offer blackjack, roulette, and other games of chance powered by cryptocurrency.Indeed, 64 percent of TRON dapps featured in the top 100 were for gambling.Similarly, 51 percent of top EOS dapps allow users to bet cryptocurrency.
If you’ve lived long enough to remember the early days of digital photography, you may well have hundreds of thousands of pictures squirrelled away on your computer, from various cameras and phones and the web, all terribly organised and almost beyond hope as far as sorting and cataloguing goes.You’ve no doubt heard of Google Photos, but you might not realise just how smart it is behind its deceptively plain exterior, or how it can help people like me who weren’t born into a world where Google Photos and iCloud Photo Library and Dropbox already exist.For me using Google’s AI-driven photo tool finally fixed years of frustration, so I don’t mind.Photos stayed on your camera, or your phone, unless you took the time and trouble to take out a USB cable or a memory card reader; and once you had them on your computer, getting them organised wasn’t particularly intuitive.Flickr was one of the first sites to really understand digital photo management properly, even if it has since lost its way somewhat.Here was my situation: Masses of photos (we’re talking tens of thousands) on my hard drive, collected from all the phones I’d ever owned, and all the pictures my friends had ever sent me and shared on the web, mixed in with all the cool artwork and photos of my favourite bands I’d collected over the years.
If you’ve suffered the throes of chronic insomnia, you’ll do almost anything to fall asleep.Pills, guided meditation apps, vigorous exercise, melatonin, screen dimmers, aromatherapy diffusers, sleep tracking via fitness tracker, smart beds, bedtime calculators—at some point or another, I’ve tried them all and probably spent an absurd amount of money in the pursuit of a restful night.: A robot that mimics breathing to help you fall asleep faster.Like: Doesn't fart in your face as a pet would.I first encountered Somnox at a consumer electronics showcase about a year ago.To my sleep-deprived brain, Somnox’s in-and-out breathing was as creepy as it was intriguing, and I handed my card over to a Somnox rep with a beleaguered, “Let me know when this thing is ready for reviews.”
Chinese food delivery services giant Meituan Dianping plans to continue its foray into China’s grocery retail sector, despite closing a number of its Ella supermarkets in the first quarter of this year, as it ratchets up competition with Alibaba Group Holding.Beijing-based Meituan said it was “disciplined on capital allocation for our new initiatives,” according to a regulatory filing in Hong Kong on Thursday when it posted better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter of 2019.“With our clear scale and structural advantages in user base, merchant base, and delivery network through long-term investments, we have the capability and flexibility to both strengthen our market position and improve our financial performance,” said company cofounder, chairman, and chief executive Wang Xing in a statement released after the close of trading.Meituan narrowed its net loss in the first quarter to 1.4 billion yuan (US$203 million), compared with a 21 billion yuan (US$3 billion) loss in the same period a year ago, on the back of strong revenue growth across all its major business segments.Meituan’s shares, however, were down 5.75% to close at HK$58.15 (US$7.41) on Thursday.“For our food delivery business, our market share continued to increase while operating results continued to improve in the first quarter,” Wang said.
A version of this first appeared in our members-only newsletter on May 18, 2019.From new moves to lock Huawei out of the US to tightening visa regulations for Chinese nationals, from new tariffs to new Trump tweets, both China and the US are ramping up for another battle after the March cease-fire.Deal or no deal, the way the world works is changing, and a struggle over values and global preeminence means politics will shape who you can raise money from, market your product to, and sell your company to for a long time.According to the Rhodium Group:Foreign direct investment (FDI) from China into the US fell by 84% from 2017 to 2018Net Chinese FDI fell to negative $8 billion as Chinese investors sold off $13 billion worth of US assets
While instant messaging and chat is probably still the most popular way to communicate with a group of people, some find it more efficient and practical to actually say what they want face to face.Group video calls are definitely better when facial expressions and body language are just as important as the words being said or when you need to actually show things rather than fumble around with words to describe them.To that end, group calling is now being made available to Google Duo users but with one very important catch.When Apple announced its FaceTime group calling function, it almost sounded absurd that it could support more than two dozen people In comparison, Google Duo’s limits can sound pretty, well, limiting.You can only do group video calls with up to 8 people on the line.Perfect for families, not so much for a whole crowd.
At 13,620 kilograms, it's the heaviest payload yet for the Elon Musk-run bizHopefully, the launch will be successful this time round.The first attempt on May 15 was thwarted by “excess upper level winds”.Now, SpaceX will have another crack at it.It’s expected to blast a Falcon 9 projectile from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, from 2030 ET, 1930 PT, or 0230 UTC onwards.The flight is part of SpaceX’s mission of establishing a massive network of thousands of satellites to beam low-latency, high-bandwidth broadband down to us Earthlings.
We’ve already seen some solid discounts from Dell and HP during their Memorial Day sales, but if you’re looking for something a bit more portable than a laptop, a decent tablet is the way to go.Apple isn’t offering any price cuts directly, but there are quite a few iPad deals floating around from bigger retailers like Walmart and Amazon right now.If you’re in the market for one of these handy Apple devices, we’ve sniffed out the best deals from around the web.Apple iPad (Latest Model) — $249The classic 9.7-inch iPad is the most affordable option you’re going to find on the market right now — unless you’re okay with buying a refurbished model.It comes equipped with the powerful A10 fusion chip, which allows for more processing power than previous iterations of this Apple tech.