Twitch will stream the '80s arcade gaming show 'Starcade'
Jul23

Twitch will stream the '80s arcade gaming show 'Starcade'

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Starcade, the ’80s TV show that had participants compete in arcade video games, will be back by the end of August. No, not as a reboot, which is in the works, but as a Twitch marathon. The video gaming platform has teamed up with Shout! Factory, the studio that acquired the rights to create the reboot, to stream all 123 episodes of the original show. Starcade ran from 1982 to 1984 on TBS and featured arcade classics like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga and Centipede. If you want to get an idea of what the show is all about, keep an eye out for the exact date when the stream will begin on Shout! Factory’s Twitch channel. That’s where all the episodes will be shown and where the platform streamed its Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon in late June. While you can easily watch some of the episodes on YouTube, the partners promise better copies than any of the blurry recordings you can find. They digitized episodes from the original master tapes to “ensure the best quality possible.” Source: Twitch Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Yes, Microsoft is still working on a 'Halo' TV series
Jul22

Yes, Microsoft is still working on a 'Halo' TV series

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Remember the Halo live action TV show Microsoft announced way back in 2013? Unlike Spartans that never die, it sure felt like the project’s been dead for quite a while. The tech titan told AR12Gaming in an interview, though, that it has never stopped developing the series and that it’s still working with Steven Spielberg and Showtime like it said years ago. 343 Industries, the Microsoft Studios subsidiary in charge of the franchise, said it’s merely taking its time to ensure that the final product can meet fans’ expectations. AR12Gaming reached out to Microsoft to check on the project’s status, considering it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about it. Not to mention, Microsoft has cancelled a bunch of projects within the past few years, including Xbox Entertainment Studios and Xbox Fitness. Unfortunately, the company remains as secretive as ever and has yet to reveal any juicy info about the show, such as when we’ll finally be able to watch it. Here’s the Microsoft spokesperson’s full statement: “Progress on the Halo Television Series continues. We want to ensure we’re doing this the right way together with a team of creative partners (Steven Spielberg and Showtime) that can help us build the best Halo series that fans expect and deserve. We have no further details to share at this time.” Via: Windows Central Source: AR12Gaming Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Wells Fargo accidentally leaks 50,000 clients' records
Jul22

Wells Fargo accidentally leaks 50,000 clients' records

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Wells Fargo accidentally leaked thousands of sensitive documents, but not in the way you think. The bank wasn’t hacked, and its computers didn’t go on the fritz: it just inadvertently sent 1.4 gigabytes of files to a former financial adviser who subpoenaed the company as part of a lawsuit against one of its current employees. While 1.4GB of files doesn’t seem that big, the collection includes at least 50,000 customers’ names, Social Security numbers and sensitive financial info. According to The New York Times, which confirmed the contents of the documents, the affected clients are some of Wells Fargo’s wealthiest, with investment portfolios worth tens of billions of dollars. The copious amounts of spreadsheets in the collection were apparently handed over to Gary Sinderbrand, the former financial adviser, with no confidentiality agreement. Angela A. Turiano, the lawyer who sent him the files on a CD, explained that what happened was a mistake caused by working with an outside vendor. That vendor was supposed to vet the documents as part of the court’s discovery process and ensure Sinderbrand only received a handful of emails and files related to the case. The plaintiff was also supposed to receive a protective order issued by a judge with the files, but he didn’t get one, as well. Turiano said she asked Sinderbrand and his lawyer to return the CD. The lack of confidentiality agreement means the former adviser can legally release all the information he got, after all. If he does, it’s Wells Fargo that will be in even more trouble. According to NYT, the vendor error can be classified as a data breach that “potentially violates a bevy of state and federal consumer data privacy laws that limit the release of personally identifiable customer information to outside parties.” Considering the affected clients aren’t your Average Joes, they can more than afford to hit the bank where it hurts. It’s unclear if Sinderbrand will comply with Turiano’s request. His lawyer said the plaintiff plans to keep the CD secure and confidential for now as they “evaluate his legal rights and responsibilities.” Either way, it was Wells Fargo’s job to keep those clients’ data under lock and key. If it can fail to protect its top customers, then what hope is there for the rest of us? Source: The New York Times Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Westworld' season 2 trailer reveals a park gone horribly wrong
Jul22

'Westworld' season 2 trailer reveals a park gone horribly wrong

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Westworld won’t return to TV until 2018, but we’re getting a peek at what that return will entail… and things have clearly gone downhill. A new trailer for the second season reveals that the robots are rebelling against the humans who’ve treated them so harshly (really, the core of the movie that inspired the show), and there are plenty of casualties among the guests and Delos employees. Dolores, William and other bots are clearly relishing the opportunity to get back at their tormentors. While it’s going to be a frustratingly long wait for the rest of season two, HBO is at least giving us something to look forward to. Source: HBO (YouTube) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Latest 'Star Trek: Discovery' trailer shows more of the crew
Jul22

Latest 'Star Trek: Discovery' trailer shows more of the crew

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. No, CBS’ much-delayed Star Trek: Discovery still isn’t out yet, but you’re at least getting a better look at how the streaming-focused series will play out. The broadcaster has released a hefty second trailer for the show that gives a better look at the USS Discovery’s crew and the Klingons. It revolves around first officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green, above), and for good reason — a San Diego Comic Con panel revealed that she’s Spock’s adoptive sister. She’s clearly struggling with the contrast between Vulcan logic and the chaos she sees throughout the galaxy. The clip also provides a better look at Jason Isaacs’ Captain Lorca, who’s far from a squeaky-clean role model. You catch more of Michelle Yeoh, and everyone’s ‘favorite’ conman, Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) gets his due. The Klingons, meanwhile, appear to be itching for a fight and have some suffering of their own. Still, there are plenty of questions left. Just what has Burnham done to get humanity into trouble? What’s Lorca really up to? And of course, how is Mudd going to throw a monkey wrench into things? You’ll have to wait until September 24th to start getting answers, but the trailer might help tide you over until then. Source: CBS Press Express Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Watch the full 'Stranger Things' season 2 trailer
Jul22

Watch the full 'Stranger Things' season 2 trailer

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. At last, Netflix is offering more than minuscule teasers for Stranger Things‘ second season. The service just premiered a full-length trailer for season 2, and it sheds much more light on what to expect. It reveals just how much Will is affected by the events of the first season (hint: a lot), the spread of the Upside Down in Hawkins and a peek at Eleven’s long-expected return. And naturally, it ramps up the nostalgia factor: there’s plenty of Ghostbusters references, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to set the mood and even a smattering of Dragon’s Lair. It’s still too soon to say if the Stranger Things follow-up can come anywhere close to matching expectations by this point, but it’s at least promising. Source: Netflix (YouTube) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Here's what happened when that security robot drowned
Jul22

Here's what happened when that security robot drowned

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. By now you’ve probably heard of that security robot that fell into a fountain in Washington, DC– it’s practically the stuff of legend as far as the internet is concerned. But what really happened on that tragic day? We’re starting to get a clearer picture. Bisnow has learned that the robot, a Knightscope K5 nicknamed Steve, was neither the victim of a pushy human nor showing signs of trouble before it took its fateful plunge. It was supposed to follow a prescribed route that kept it out of harm’s way, so the robot had to have made a decision to veer off the beaten path. Management and security staff had trained with the robot days before, too. But what was the cause? That’s still unknown, although it’s safe to say Steve wasn’t bemoaning the state of politics or suffering from existential dread. It’s possible that a software glitch led to the deadly change in course, or that weather threw it off. The dive isn’t deterring anyone involved. The property is using a replacement robot at the moment, and Steve is expected to make a recovery once he gets repairs. He may have “died,” but he’s not gone forever. MRP Realty, which deployed Steve, clearly isn’t deterred — it wants to implement more of Knightscope’s robots at other properties within 3 to 6 months. However, it’s safe to say that both MRP and Knightscope will be combing over the data from this incident to reduce the chances of another tumble. Source: Bisnow Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Watch the nostalgic trailer for Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'
Jul22

Watch the nostalgic trailer for Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. After no shortage of hype, Warner Bros. is finally ready to show what Steven Spielberg’s take on Ready Player One is all about. The studio has released the first trailer for the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel, and it’s clear that the flick is playing up not just the book’s disjunction between a dystopic real world and VR, but the endless references to pop culture of decades gone by. Some of them are patently obvious in the clip — you’ll see a famous time-traveling car and a certain giant robot — but some are of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it variety. Take Duke Nukem in the epic battle above, for example. The preview is a whirlwind tour that focuses more on the spectacle of the OASIS’ virtual world than the story, which isn’t surprising when the movie isn’t slated to premiere until March 2018. It’s big on slam-bang action scenes (such as a gigantic virtual race) more than anything else. As such, we have some unanswered questions: how closely does it hew to the tale of Wade Watts and his quest to win James Halliday’s final game? How much will it lean on spectacle versus tackling the broader concepts of the novel? It could take months before we have a better sense of that, but it’s apparent that the visual style is at least on point — it’s easy to see why people would flock to the spectacle of the OASIS given a real world devoid of adventure. Source: Comicbook.com (YouTube) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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UK drone rules will require you to take safety tests
Jul22

UK drone rules will require you to take safety tests

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. US officials might be easing up on drone regulations, but their UK counterparts are pushing forward. The British government has instituted rules that require you to not only register any robotic aircraft weighing over 250g (0.55lbs), but to take a “safety awareness” test to prove you understand the drone code. Regulators hope that this will lead to fewer drones flying over airports and otherwise causing havoc in British skies. Not that they’re taking any chances — the UK is also planning wider use of geofencing to prevent drones from flying into dangerous airspace. The new rules come following a study highlighting the dangers of wayward drones. A smaller drone isn’t necessarily safer than its larger alternatives, for example — many of those more compact models have exposed rotors that can do a lot of damage. A drone weighing around 400 g (0.88lbs) can crack the windscreen of a helicopter, while all but the heaviest drones will have trouble cracking the windscreen of an airliner (and then only at speeds you’d expect beyond the airport). While you might not cause as much chaos as some have feared, you could still create a disaster using a compact drone. It’s nothing new to register drones, of course, and it doesn’t appear to have dampened enthusiasm in the US. The test adds a wrinkle, though: how willing are you to buy a drone if you know you’ll have to take a quiz? The test likely won’t slow sales too much, if at all, but it could give people one more reason to pause before buying a drone on impulse. Manufacturers appear to be in favor of the new rulebook, at any rate — DJI tells the BBC that the UK is striving for a “reasonable” solution that balances safety with a recognition of the advantages that drones can bring to public life. Source: Gov.uk (1), (2) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Recommended Reading: Instagram's influence on restaurants
Jul22

Recommended Reading: Instagram's influence on restaurants

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Instagram Is Pushing Restaurants to Be Kitschy, Colorful and Irresistible to Photographers Casey Newton, The Verge It’s no secret that Instagram is full of brunch pics and food porn, but restaurants have noticed the trend. The Verge details how food spots are catering to photo-happy eaters with interior design details, eye-catching spaces and the proper amount of light. A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality James Vlahos, Wired A fascinating look at one man’s quest to build a chatbot so he can converse with his father after he passes away from lung cancer. ‘Ozark:’ Netflix’s Grim Foray Into Flyover Country Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic I’ve seen comparisons to Breaking Bad, but The Atlantic details why Netflix’s latest drama fails to deliver on a potentially compelling premise. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Hobbyist developers will make $30 million via 'Roblox' this year
Jul22

Hobbyist developers will make $30 million via 'Roblox' this year

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Roblox has exploded over the past two years. It’s not quite a game and not quite a development platform, allowing players to boot up millions of user-made projects, or create their own games and immediately publish them across all supported platforms. In September 2015, Roblox Corporation was happy to report it had 6 million monthly players, most of them between the ages of 15 and 22, across PC, Mac iOS and Android. Hundreds of developers were bringing in at least $250 a month selling items and upgrades in their Roblox games, and the ecosystem overall generated $2.5 million for creators. Yes, that’s real-life money. Today, Roblox has 56 million monthly players, an increase of 50 million over 2015, and it’s available on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Oculus Rift. The top echelon of Roblox developers are pulling in more than $100,000 a month, and two creators are poised to make more than $2 million this year. As a whole, Roblox is on track to pay out $30 million to its developers in 2017. That’s still real-life money. Here’s how Roblox works, when it comes to cash: Any player can dive in and create their own game in the Roblox ecosystem. They can then publish their projects across all supported platforms — a huge boon when it comes to indie development — and monetize them by selling things in-game. Players pay in the community’s currency, Robux, which Roblox then converts to real cash via the Developer Exchange program. Of the 56 million total Roblox players, 1.7 million are creators. Each of them can technically earn up to $1.05 million per month. “Not every game is monetized and some games are monetized in ways different than others, so there are many games and many creators who don’t make a lot of money with their games,” spokesperson Brian Jaquet says. But, he continues, “some of our top developers are on track to make close to $3 million dollars in 2017.” There are two main reasons for Roblox‘s growth since 2015, Jaquet says. First, the Xbox One launch was a huge help. Second, he says, “We’ve also improved our mobile experience, where we’ve been seeing the most aggressive growth on the platform. This has allowed players to jump on, create and share with friends easily, causing a network effect of growth.” Jaquet also mentions the recent viral assistance of YouTube influencers, some of whom have created Roblox-specific channels over the past few years. There’s also the $92 million investment the company secured in March, bringing its lifetime fundraising efforts to $102 million....

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Strava's new Premium perks will insure your phone while you ride
Jul22

Strava's new Premium perks will insure your phone while you ride

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Strava makes a popular tracking app for workout warriors, however many cyclists have questions about whether its $60 per year (or $8 per month) Premium package is worth the cost. Features already include personalized feedback, analysis and more, but if that’s not enough it’s adding new Perks. Those include discounts on things like shoes from New Balance, body wipes, energy gels, coaching services and so on. The most interesting perk, however, is from Sundays Insurance, which will reimburse the cost of your device — up to $600 — if it’s damaged in an accident while you’re recording data with Strava. Introducing Premium Perks: Get exclusive deals on gear, training and more from some of our favorite partners. https://t.co/kwVSoAJwlY pic.twitter.com/bxfD8eKwh8 — Strava (@Strava) July 21, 2017 It covers other things too, like $50 for a taxi in case of an accident or breakdown, and you’ll want to read the terms & conditions (PDF) carefully to see exactly what it covers, but it’s an unusual benefit for an app subscription. Add-ons like bike or travel insurance can be purchased separately, and as Bicycling.com points out, there are other insurers available for your ride like USA Cycling, which charges $50 per year. Source: Strava Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Minecraft' novel by 'World War Z' author is now available
Jul21

'Minecraft' novel by 'World War Z' author is now available

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. As strange as it sounds, Minecraft got the novelization treatment, and the final product is now out for purchase. The good news is that the Mojang team put Microsoft’s millions to good use by commissioning Max Brooks, author of the apocalyptic zombie novel World War Z. Minecraft: The Island apparently tells the story of a hero who got stranded on a mysterious island and ends up unraveling its secrets. When the book was first announced, Mojang’s Marsh Davies described it as a “cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds.” In the book, the cuboid hero will face hunger, the elements and, yes, zombies that roam the island at night. Del Rey, the publishing house in charge of the project, called the book the launch of a series when the partnership with Brooks was revealed, so this might be the first of many. If you’re curious and looking for something to read for the weekend, you can get a copy right now from Microsoft’s Books store. Source: Microsoft Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'The Defenders' Comic-Con trailer features punching, heroes
Jul21

'The Defenders' Comic-Con trailer features punching, heroes

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a threat facing New York, and a few of Marvel’s punch-happy heroes need to clean it up. Based on the new trailer shown tonight at Comic-Con, the plot of every Netflix Marvel series so far will remain consistent with this eight episode The Defenders mini-series that arrives August 18th. Of course, fans have quickly devoured most episodes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist so far, so putting them all together should flow beautifully. Speaking of Iron Fist, Netflix also announced there will be a season two of the Finn Jones project, which will also feature Misty Knight from the first season of Luke Cage. This plan has been more than four years in the making, and similar to the movie MCU, a grand meetup should close a chapter in overall book — at least until The Punisher debuts. Source: Netflix (YouTube) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Spider-Man and Frank West join latest ‘Marvel vs. Capcom’ roster
Jul21

Spider-Man and Frank West join latest ‘Marvel vs. Capcom’ roster

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Like comic books, fighting games are ripe for the crossover treatment. Nintendo has done it with good success in the Super Smash Bros. series, bringing characters from disparate franchises like Street Fighter and Fire Emblem together to brawl on the Wii U and 3DS. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe mixed up heroes from video games and comic books into its arenas, as well. Really, any announcement of new playable characters in upcoming fighting games are sure to please fans across the board. Now we’re seeing a couple of big-name reveals at Comic-Con for two upcoming games, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Frank West of Dead Rising fame is headed to the former, along with Spider-Man, Mike Haggar (from Final Fight) and Nemesis (from Resident Evil). Dragon Ball Fighter Z fans will be able to play both Piccolo and Krillin, longstanding characters in the anime universe. Capcom released a trailer showing off the latest additions to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, with cameos from the new folks as well as other characters, like Gamora, that were revealed at E3 this year. Frank West appears as his thirty-something photojournalist self from the earlier Dead Rising titles, while Haggar, Spider-Man and Nemesis each bring their familiar forms to a new arena, which appears to take place in giant-headed M.O.D.O.K.’s lair. The fighter is slated to appear on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC this coming September 19th. Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball FighterZ has two new characters of its own. Both characters originally appeared in the anime as antagonists for series star, Goku, but each became a trusted ally. Each has his own fighting style, according to the company, with stylish and devastating moves to master. There should be more exciting reveals for the title in the near future, with the game set to launch in early 2018 on Microsoft’s and Sony’s consoles as well as PC. Via: Polygon Source: Bandai Namco, Capcom/YouTube Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Aphex Twin is the latest artist to open an online record store
Jul21

Aphex Twin is the latest artist to open an online record store

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Aphex Twin is opening an online record store. For his own music, of course. The Vinyl Factory reports that Richard D. James has started his direct-to-fans store with reissues of his back catalog including … I Care Because You Do and newer stuff like Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2. More than that, there’s a ton of digital-only and unreleased music on offer as well. What’s available today isn’t the half of it, though. “ALL Rephlex material will be going up here in due course+xtras,” a note at the bottom of the site reads. Of course, James isn’t the first to sell direct to fans (Talib Kweli, Nine Inch Nails and Run the Jewels, for example, have been doing so for awhile), but with someone as enigmatic — not to mention prolific — as he is, this is pretty rad. Via: The Vinyl Factory Source: Aphex Twin Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Australia's first vinyl factory in 30 years will open next year
Jul21

Australia's first vinyl factory in 30 years will open next year

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Thanks to new production technology and the support of big companies like Sony, vinyl is hot these days. Trent Reznor is releasing his Quake score for LP, the Contra soundtrack is available as a record at Comic-Con this year, and Blu-ray versions of Deadpool and Logan come with their own vinyl counterparts. Now there’s a new pressing plant set to open in Melbourne, making it the first modern record press in Australia in 30 years. Program Records plans to open in early 2018 with “state of the art WarmTone presses made by Viryltech in Toronto, along with a new plating / stamper making system and experienced mastering and lacquer cutting.” Basically, that’s all the latest pressing technology to make vinyl records faster and more accurately than before. According to Mixdown, the Australian plant will start with 12-inch releases in both 140gm and 180gm weights, with plans to produce 7- and 10-inch discs later in 2018. Via: Mixdown Source: Program Records Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Missing Malaysia Airlines flight search yields valuable seafloor data
Jul21

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight search yields valuable seafloor data

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. In 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 disappeared from radar and a massive search for the missing aircraft ensued. For two years, scientists used sonar to map the seafloor where the plane was thought to have crashed, and then search for any remnants. Nothing was found and the search was officially called off this past January, but the data collected during the search has now been released. Existing maps of the Indian Ocean floor didn’t have enough detail to allow for safe navigation during the search, so researchers first mapped the floor with much more detail than before. The researchers collected 278,000 square kilometers of seafloor topography data within the search area and 710,000 square kilometers in total, which included data collected while ships traveled from Australia to the search region. The maps they generated have at least 15 times greater resolution than the ones that existed prior to the search and provide valuable data about the topography of the ocean floor. The images included detailed looks at structures like underwater landslides and volcanoes as well as areas of the seafloor, like the Broken Ridge, that were 40 million years old (follow the links to see videos). The data from the mapping phase of the search effort are available now as well as an interactive story map. The data collected from the second phase, which actually searched for the wreckage after the maps were generated, produced detailed black and white images, one of which, showing a shipwreck, you can see below. Those data are still being processed but are expected to be released sometime next year. Anyone can download the topography data from Geoscience Australia and you can watch an explanatory video of the project below. [Image: Geoscience Australia] Via: Gizmodo Source: Geoscience Australia Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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First Amendment suit halts anti-'Pokémon Go' law
Jul21

First Amendment suit halts anti-'Pokémon Go' law

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. A legal battle against AR games like Pokémon Go has been brewing in Wisconsin and this week, the games scored a win. In February, Milwaukee County introduced a new law that required AR game makers to get a permit before their games could be designed for use in the county’s parks. The move came after the parks saw large increases in traffic after the release of Pokémon Go last year. But Candy Lab, maker of the AR game Texas Rope ‘Em, sued the county and claimed that the ordinance was a First Amendment violation. They also asked the courts for an injunction of the rule before the lawsuit goes to trial next April, which a district judge granted on Thursday. In the ruling, the judge said, “Greater injury will be inflicted upon [Candy Labs] by the denial of injunctive relief than will be inflicted upon [Milwaukee County] by the granting of such relief.” Milwaukee County has argued that this isn’t a First Amendment violation because the game and its makers don’t have First Amendment rights. “Texas Rope ‘Em is not entitled to First Amendment protection because it does not convey any messages or ideas. Unlike books, movies, music, plays and video games – mediums of expression that typically enjoy First Amendment protection – Texas Rope ‘Em has no plot, no storylines, no characters and no dialogue,” said Milwaukee County in its motion to dismiss the case. It also claims that the game isn’t protected by the amendment because it constitutes illegal gambling. The permit Milwaukee County began demanding treats AR gaming like a special event, requiring start and end times, expected numbers of participants, portable restroom supply and fees for things like garbage collection. All of which seem rather ridiculous to ask of a game developer. In response to the judge’s injunction approval, Candy Lab’s attorney told Ars Technica, “I think it’s a huge win for the medium of augmented reality as a whole. It’s a strong affirmation that AR is a medium for creative expression.” Source: Ars Technica Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google tests VR as a replacement for dull training videos
Jul21

Google tests VR as a replacement for dull training videos

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. We’ve heard about medical professionals using VR to augment their suites for years, but Google is testing its fit in the broader workplace, starting with employment’s least fun experience: Training. The company’s Daydream Labs hosted an experiment to see if hypothetical new hires learned better by watching training videos or donning a VR headset and walking through simulations — and it turns out, immersive education does a better job. For this single trial, anyway. The experiment pit two groups against each other in the time-honored competition of brewing better coffee. One watched barista training videos on YouTube, while the other went through a course in VR with a simulated espresso machine (think Job Simulator without the jokes). Ultimately, the VR crew took less time and made fewer mistakes — though Google was quick to point out that neither group made impressive java. A single trial isn’t enough proof to definitively give VR the work training crown, but it’s certainly promising for anyone making educational tools in virtual reality. It also pointed out the medium’s drawbacks: The VR group might have learned how to twist the right dials on the 3D-modeled espresso machine, but the simulated training didn’t teach the pressure-sensitive art of tamping down grounds into the espresso scoop — something that haptic vibration in controllers doesn’t sell. Plus, hot steam nozzles in VR didn’t carry the same danger as those in real life, and chaperones had to yank the workers’ hands away. Gloves with better tracking and haptics could make up the difference, but there might just be jobs that can’t be simulated well in VR — at least with our current technology, Google’s Daydream team wrote in a blog post. There were other hurdles with training in virtual reality: Namely, people don’t follow instructions, rush ahead and ignore hints. They also didn’t perform steps in order, so the team had to redesign the training like a video game wherein folks could fulfill tasks in any sequence (steaming the milk before grinding the coffee instead of after, for example). While this VR session won’t be ported into a Starbucks training course tomorrow, it was still a successful experiment, the Daydream team asserted in the post — and it has promising lessons for learning experiences beyond occupational skill-building. Via: Road To VR Source: Google Daydream Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Mini's new plug-in hybrid packs thrills into a compact cruiser
Jul21

Mini's new plug-in hybrid packs thrills into a compact cruiser

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. From the moment it appeared at the LA Auto Show, the new Mini Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid seemed to run in a different pack than other affordable EVs. That’s due in large part to the Mini’s heritage. Driving a Mini always meant having a good time, and the argument for strapping into a Countryman is as much about whipping around in a grown-up go-kart as it is about conserving fossil fuels. For those keeping track, this technically isn’t the first-ever Mini EV — it’s just the first widely available one. BMW built the purely electric Mini E between 2009 and 2010, and it was really more of a rolling tech demo than anything else. To make things trickier, even if you were lucky enough to live in one of the two markets where it was available, you could only get it on a lease. Not so this time: You can snag a Mini Countryman ALL4 hybrid for about $37,000 at your local dealership. Chris Velazco/Engadget That’s not bad for a hybrid that’s this fun to drive. In case you’re unfamiliar, here’s the thing about Minis: They’re fast, agile things, and this hybrid is thankfully no exception. An electric motor works in tandem with a 3-cylinder Turbo engine to produce 221 horsepower, enough to push the Countryman from zero to 60 in about 6.7 seconds. In my experience, that has made it a perfectly snappy city ride: This plug-in hybrid has enough oomph to beat others off the line, which helps tremendously with jostling for position in crowded lanes. The Countryman obviously isn’t as insane as a Model S or a BMW i8, but it feels like a far cry from other, more practical hybrids. That effortlessly quick feel is aided by the Countryman’s all-wheel drivetrain. Mini says this is the most affordable hybrid with AWD. For me, having spent my entire life fighting lousy Northeast winters, this is a big deal. Snow obviously isn’t a problem now, though, so the Countryman hybrid’s AWD mostly shined when taking swooping curves a little too fast on the Jersey Turnpike. It’s on those sorts of flat stretches where the Countryman really comes into its own. With sport mode enabled, it tears across asphalt with utter confidence — just make sure to have your power settings correctly configured. Since the EV charging infrastructure in my corner of Jersey kind of sucks, I left the Countryman in “save battery mode” most of the time. That setting lets the conventional engine do most of the work, and switching into the Green driving mode helps...

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Razer is reportedly working on a phone just for gamers
Jul21

Razer is reportedly working on a phone just for gamers

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Razer is known for its high-end gaming devices. The company has desktops and laptops, keyboards and mice, power banks and even projection systems aimed at core gamers. This past January, however, Razer acquired Nextbit and its “cloud phone” called the Robin. According to Bloomberg, that acquisition may pay off soon, as sources close to Razer say that the company plans to make a mobile phone targeted at gamers. Bloomberg‘s sources say that Razer aims to make initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong this coming October, with a valuation between $3 and $5 billion. This could help the hardware company develop its own phone. Razer’s been quietly expanding its foothold in the gaming market beyond hardware, as well. The company also has its own eSports platform as well as its own virtual currency system, zVault. The company also owns Android-based gaming console Ouya, which could also play a part in a new mobile device. Whether Razer’s rumored new “gamer phone” will be based on Nexbit’s Robin or turn out to be a whole new animal is anyone’s guess. We’ve reached out to Razer for more details and will update this post when we hear back. Via: 9to5Google Source: Bloomberg Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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NASA doesn't want you to go blind during the solar eclipse
Jul21

NASA doesn't want you to go blind during the solar eclipse

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The much-celebrated full solar eclipse is just one month away for those in the continental United States, and NASA really does not want you to go blind when it finally happens. To that end, the organization has released some important tips to ensure that you preserve your eyesight. First, don’t look directly at the sun without proper eyewear. This should be common sense. A third grader knows this; you should too. But you may not have been aware of the fact that sunglasses are not considered proper eyewear for eclipse purposes. You need to have a special set of eclipse glasses or a solar viewer to look directly at a sun, even if it’s already partially eclipsed. And please, for the love of god (and your eyesight), do not cheap out and try to make your own eclipse glasses. Buy a pair, and make sure they’re less than three years old and the lenses are in good shape. To confirm that they’re a quality product, the manufacturer’s name and address should appear somewhere on the glasses and they should have ISO 12312-2 certification. Look, NASA isn’t trying to ruin your fun. “While NASA isn’t trying to be the eclipse safety glasses ‘police,’ it’s our duty to inform the public about safe ways to view what should be a spectacular sky show for the entire continental United States,” said Alex Young, associate director for science in NASA’s Heliophysics department. They just want you to plan ahead and, you know, not go blind. NASA’s really going all out for this eclipse. They’re planning on livestreaming totality and they are even enlisting all of you as citizen scientists to gather temperature data during the event. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event (that’s happening again in 2024, but we won’t talk about that right now) that you definitely should not miss, and also should definitely secure proper eyewear for. Source: NASA Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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LG's friendly robots will help travelers at Seoul airport
Jul21

LG's friendly robots will help travelers at Seoul airport

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The rise of robots hasn’t exactly gone smoothly, but companies are determined to get it right. Today, LG announced that it’s deploying a fleet of robots at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of these adorable robot friends. LG announced them earlier this year, and they’ve been hanging out in the Seoul airport for the last five months as part of a beta test. During that time, LG engineers have been testing and improving their performance, while the robots presumably loitered and caused trouble. But now that they’re out of their rebellious teenage years, they’re ready to be pressed into service. This is still considered a trial — after all, LG doesn’t want the robots becoming suicidal and launching themselves into a fountain to end it all. There are two robots that are in service: an Airport Guide Robot and an Airport Cleaning Robot. The Airport Guide Robot is in place to interact with passengers. It can understand four languages — Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese — thanks to LG’s voice recognition software. It can tell you where a restaurant is located or escort late passengers straight to their gate with a quick boarding pass scan. The Cleaning Robot is in place to make sure the airport stays tidy by monitoring the areas that need the most frequent cleaning — so in other words, you’ll probably see this little guy in the bathroom the next time you’re at the Seoul airport. Service robots have become increasingly common — Dubai is hoping to hire (purchase?) enough police robots to man (robot?) an entire police station by 2030. While we’re wary of the hastening approach of the robot revolution, they certainly are pretty adorable to look at. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Mobile customers claim Verizon capped Netflix and YouTube speeds
Jul21

Mobile customers claim Verizon capped Netflix and YouTube speeds

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. A week after millions of Americans contacted the FCC to preserve net neutrality, Verizon Wireless customers have reported lower speeds than expected when using Netflix. Some users in a Reddit thread noted their connections were capped at 10Mbps, as well as those who checked using Netflix’s speed-testing tool Fast.com. Verizon mobile customers have also reported reduced speeds on YouTube resulting in lower-quality video; In response, the telecom admitted it has been temporarily testing a new video optimization system, which it claims shouldn’t affect viewing quality. “We’ve been doing network testing over the past few days to optimize the performance of video applications on our network,” a Verizon spokesperson told Ars Technica. “The testing should be completed shortly. The customer video experience was not affected.” But Verizon mobile customers on Howard Forums reported similar problems on YouTube, with some seeing their connections cap around the 10Mbps mark, Ars pointed out. Some users speeds’ tripled when they used a VPN to get around the alleged Verizon cap. Netflix claimed that the problems weren’t on its end. “We don’t cap data and don’t cap for any mobile network. We offer settings inside the Netflix app to empower our members to control their own quality preferences and data usage,” a Netflix spokesperson told Engadget. While multiple users corroborating low-quality service is something to pay attention to, anecdotes don’t represent a necessarily concrete problem. Plenty of variables affect mobile speed. But if the apparent caps linger past Verizon’s optimization trials and exceed a reasonable window for “testing,” it could flaunt Title II protections that, for now, ensure net neutrality. Engadget reached out to Verizon and will update when we hear back; In the meantime, The Verge got a response from the telecom, which confirmed that some users were experiencing a cap but that it shouldn’t affect their video access. “The consumer video experience should have been unaffected by the test,” the representative wrote to The Verge, “since 1080p video is HD quality and looks great at 10 [Mpbs].” Source: The Verge Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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How hateful alt-right trolls hijacked your timeline
Jul21

How hateful alt-right trolls hijacked your timeline

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. You don’t need to get attacked by a pro-Trump troll-bot horde to know that social media is a battleground for propaganda farms. It’s pretty obvious, and miles of speculative digital ink has been spilled saying as much. An Oxford study this week is getting more of that ink spilled, confirming what we already knew, but no one’s spelled out what it actually means. The Computational Propaganda Research Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, certainly tried. That’s the paper everyone’s talking about this week by the way. It looked at case studies from researchers in nine countries, interviewed 65 experts, and analyzed tens of millions of posts across seven different social media platforms during moments of heightened government propaganda activity: Elections, political crises, and national security incidents. Not surprisingly, the paper found that “Computational propaganda flourished during the 2016 US Presidential Election.” Tell us Americans that and we’ll remind you that bears make fecal deposits in the woods. We know, we knew, we saw it coming a mile away (but had no idea how to stop it). The same was true during the 2016 UK Brexit referendum, where political bots played a strategic role in shaping Twitter conversations and keeping pro-Brexit hashtags dominant. The paper noted these incidents, and a few more. It found that automated posting accounts, combined with fake news and troll armies and harassment campaigns, have re-imagined the art and practice of authoritarian soft power in the 21st century. Our “Facebook president” The researchers wrote that Facebook plays a critical role in grooming young minds with political ideology because companies “such as Facebook, are effectively monopoly platforms for public life.” Add Facebook advertising to the computational propaganda mix, and you’ve got a mind-blowing toolset for emotionally manipulating people — without their knowledge — into believing, saying, and fighting for whatever you want. The Oxford paper concluded that “Computational propaganda is now one of the most powerful tools against democracy.” One thing we’ve learned in the past few years is that the core messages of political propaganda on social media are driven by humans. Their job is to cover up for people in power, motivate and empower harassment, and make us too discouraged to do anything about their wrongdoings. In case you’re wondering, the people at the bottom of the propaganda chain know exactly what they’re doing. Some love their jobs, others do not. In 2015, one of Russia’s professional trolls went to press detailing her role in making people think the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was at the hands of...

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Snap Spectacles hit retail in posh UK department store
Jul21

Snap Spectacles hit retail in posh UK department store

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. You can get a pair of Snapchat Spectacles at vending machines in London. You can also grab them from Amazon or Snap itself online. The $129 glasses may be the flavor of the moment, but you wouldn’t expect them to show up at any high-end fashion outlets, though. Until now, when you can grab a pair of Spectacles from a little kiosk set up in posh UK department store, Harrods. First noticed by Twitter user Blaire Bender and reported at TechCrunch, the bright yellow pop-up cart looks to have all three colors — teal, coral and black — of the camera-toting Spectacles on hand for shoppers to check out. Snapchat @Spectacles kiosk inside @Harrods in London. pic.twitter.com/Ruo8oQhLaJ — Blaire Bender (@blairebender) July 20, 2017 There’s nothing innovative about the retail stand, but that’s just the point. If Snapchat wants to make Spectacles ubiquitous, it’s going to need to get them to the everyday rank and file, many of whom might not know about the product, or might not think to head to Amazon to find it. While $129.00 isn’t exactly an impulse buy price-point for most of us, it’s a good assumption that those walking through Harrods can afford it without much thought. Via: TechCrunch Source: Blaire Bender/Twitter Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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NASA wants you to record solar eclipse data with an app
Jul21

NASA wants you to record solar eclipse data with an app

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Chances are that, by now, you’ve heard about the full solar eclipse that will cross the continental United States on August 21, 2017. And now, NASA is enlisting all of us as citizen scientists: The organization wants your help to record data during the eclipse. Temperatures and cloud conditions can change rapidly during an eclipse; animals will fall silent while it’s occurring. Scientists know that these events will happen, but they don’t know the hows of it. That’s why they’re calling on people all over the continent for help. Scientists want help in determining how much temperatures actually drop during an eclipse. You don’t have to be in the path of totality (where the sun is fully obscured) to participate in this experiment; if you’ll be anywhere in North America during the eclipse, NASA still wants to hear from you. To participate, you’ll need to download the GLOBE Observer app and to procure a thermometer that can measure the air’s temperature. Next, you need to sign up for a free GLOBE account, which you can do in the app or online. The app will walk you through the rest (though my iOS app doesn’t currently have the eclipse as an option. Better update that soon, NASA.) The video below has more information on the project. NASA’s Globe Observer program (and app) has been around for awhile; currently, you can submit observations of clouds and mosquito habitats. They’ve been planning on expanding its citizen science program, and the eclipse (which has captured national public attention) seems like the perfect opportunity to do that. Source: NASA Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Plastic-plucking robots are the future of recycling
Jul21

Plastic-plucking robots are the future of recycling

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. We are living in the Age of Plastic. In 2015, the world’s industries created 448 million tons of it — twice as much as it did in 1998. — and the rate of production is only accelerating. However, our recycling efforts have not matched pace. In fact, according to the EPA, barely 14 percent of plastic products are recycled globally. But a new generation of recycling technology is here to keep the world’s plastics in circulation and out of our landfills. The World Bank estimates that we generate 1.3 billion tons of solid municipal waste annually, with that figure expected to eclipse the 2 billion ton mark by the middle of the next decade. Out of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic produced since the industry’s boom began (around 1950), 7 billion tons of it is out of use — according to a study out of the University of California at Santa Barbara published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday. Barely 9 percent of it has ever been recycled, 12 percent of it was incinerated and the rest — some 5.5 billion tons of plastic — now resides in our waterways and landfills. “At the current rate, we are really heading toward a plastic planet,” the study’s lead author, UCSB industrial ecologist Roland Geyer, told the AP. “It is something we need to pay attention to.” Luckily, it’s something that a number of researchers are already paying attention to. Take AMP Robotics, for example. Working in collaboration with the Carton Council and Denver-based municipal waste facility Alpine Waste & Recycling, AMP has taken a two-decade old mechanical trash sorting system and given it something not even the Great and Powerful Oz could: robotic eyes and an AI brain. Say hello to Clarke. Clarke has been installed in the Alpine facility for about a year. It uses a visible-light camera to spot milk, juice and food cartons amidst a conveyor belt of recyclable waste, plucking them from the line using a robotic arm and twin suction cups. Clarke can pick a steady rate of 60 items per minute, 20 more than the average human worker does, with 90 percent accuracy. That leads to a 50 percent reduction in sorting costs, according to the company. “The fundamental platform that we’ve created was a system to sort pretty much all the commodities that are in a recycling facility today,” AMP Robotics founder, Mantanya Horowitz told Engadget, “whether it’s cardboard, #1 plastics, #2 plastics, or cartons — cartons just ended up being a great place for us to start.” Since this...

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Marvel legend Stan Lee is creating an original story for Audible
Jul21

Marvel legend Stan Lee is creating an original story for Audible

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Comic book fans (and comic book movie fans) are very familiar with Stan Lee, who has a cameo in pretty much every Marvel movie. Now, the legendary Marvel writer is creating yet another shared universe. Variety exclusively reports that Stan Lee will produce a brand new book for Audible described as “Mr. Robot set in John Hughes world.” Given that the agreement is with an audiobook company, the project will be (you guessed it) an audiobook. Stan Lee is signed on to narrate the introduction to the project. Lee, along with producers Ryan Silbert and Luke Liebermen, promise that this will be the beginning of an entirely new shared universe. Presumably, if this project does well, we’ll see more of it in the future. It’s unclear whether the long-form work will later release in print form. However, seeing as Audible is owned by Amazon, which has its own publishing arm, it’s certainly a possibility. Source: Variety Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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