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'Battle of the Five Armies' Extended Cut will be 30 mins longer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 min ago

The 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy set the precedent, which was picked up with the 'Hobbit' features 'An Unexpected Journey' and 'The Desolation of Smaug', so it's no surprise that 'The Battle of the Five Armies' will also feature a longer home video extended cut version.


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Speaking to press on the campaign trail for the final entry in the series, Director Peter Jackson confirmed that it's coming later in 2015 and will feature an additional 30 minutes of footage. Included in the additional footage will be "some additional Beorn stuff"; Beorn being a "skin-changer", capable of assuming the appearance of an imposing bear who made a cameo in 'The Desolation of Smaug'.


At 144 minutes, 'The Battle of the Five Armies' is the shortest of all 'The Hobbit' feature. As customary, the initial Blu-ray and DVD release is expected to release in March 2015, with the Extended Cut to follow sometime in the fourth quarter.

Walmart is offering the PlayStation 4 for just $329 right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 20 mins ago

Sony may be going through some trouble over its hacking scandal, but Walmart is here to the rescue offering the PlayStation 4 for just $329 - a decent $70 off the usual retail price.


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Walmart is offering the PS4 for $329 as an in-store pickup only deal, but you can still order it online, it just means you have to find a store where it's in stock, and then run down and pick it up. While it's cheap by itself, Amazon is offering a PS4 bundle that includes The Last of Us Remastered and the PlayStation Camera, for $439.

The first tease of Android 6.0 'M' starts, should arrive late 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 hour, 23 mins ago

We're starting to hear the first few rumbles on Android 6.0, or Android M. Before we see the next-gen version of Google's mobile OS, we'll see Android 5.1, which is something the Android team is already working on.


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When should we expect Android 6.0? According to the latest rumors, Android M should arrive in October-November 2015, which is normally when Google releases the next iteration of Android. This means we'll hear about it in June at Google's annual Google I/O event, but now we have to guess what the 'M' stands for. Milky Way? Milky Bar? Marshmallow? I'm going with Marshmallow.

Feeling sleepy? Virgin Media's DVR will auto-record when you pass out

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 hours, 5 mins ago

"I've got your back bro" exclaims Virgin Media. If you're prone to falling asleep on the couch or have had a long day at work, Virgin Media has developed a new device that will auto-record your show to a connected TiVo box when you slip off to sleep.


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This wristband is named be KipstR and works in conjunction with a TIVo box, designed by 15 year old Ryan Oliver and 14 year old Jonathan Kingsley - two youngsters who were commissioned by Virgin Media to develop this 3D-printed device in their Manchester Creative Studio.


We've seeing more 3D-printed devices hit the market which is awesome to see. The way this hot piece of tech works is to utilize a pulse-oximeter to closely monitor the wearers blood flow and content of oxygen located within. When your heart slows down due to you nodding off, the KipstR will sense this and start recording your session.

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The Samsung Gear S Spy Camp gave insight into their new release

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 55 mins ago

On the 18th of December 2014, Samsung held their Samsung Gear S Spy Camp. This promotion was designed as a vehicle to show off their new Samsung Gear S smartwatch among other new releases to media in a hands-on environment.


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The attendees were given a 'mission' designed to utilize Samsung's Galaxy Alpha smartphone, the Gear S smartwatch and the Gear Circle headset in unison - this was alongside product training and other hands-on experiences with all of Samsung's new devices.


Held in Lexis, Port Dickson, this 'camp' was designed as an alternative type of product training, seeing all involved be brandished as 'spies' - receiving their own personal Gear S and other devices. We've also seen a report that one Techarp writer was able to pair an Apple iPhone 6 to the Gear S device, something that Samsung has claimed is impossible.

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Japanese 'Godzilla' to live again in new feature film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 hours, 31 mins ago

Perhaps emboldened by the success of this summer's western reboot of the 'Godzilla' franchise, which itself will recieve a sequel, the original rights holder to the beast, Japanese studio Toho has its own plans to rejuvenate their franchise.


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According to The Guardian, Toho is forging ahead with production of the 29th movie in the franchise, the first since the disappointing reception in 2004's 'Godzilla: Final Wars', saying "We have received lots of sincere requests from fans for him to be revived". Toho hope to have the next film out in time for Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympic Games.

Sony attorney says 'The Interview' will be released, maybe via Crackle

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 4 hours, 4 mins ago

Sony Pictures originally pulled "The Interview" from theaters, bowing to terrorist threats issued by the Guardians of Peace, but is looking for different online methods to distribute the controversial movie. It's possible Sony could release the movie on the Crackle online streaming video service, as a way for interested fans to watch the movie.


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"Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed," said David Boies, Sony attorney. "How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed."


The entire Sony Pictures drama has taken many peculiar turns, and CEO Michael Lynton admitted the company has struggled to find streaming or video-on-demand distribution partners. However, BitTorrent is willing to help Sony Pictures share The Interview, though sharing it on Crackle could also be extremely effective - as social media will certainly help drive viewers to the movie.

Pres. Obama says United States not in cyberwar with North Korea

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 hours, 58 mins ago

President Obama has said the United States will respond "proportionately" against North Korea for its role in attacking Sony Pictures, but said the country is not engaged in a cyberwar against North Korea. Instead, the US may reintroduce North Korea to a list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, and will look for other methods to retaliate against the reclusive country.


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"I don't think it was an act of war," Obama recently said on CNN's State of the Union. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said. We've got very clear criteria as to what it means for a state to sponsor terrorism. And we don't make those judgments just based on the news of the day. We look systematically at what's been done and based on those facts, we'll make those determinations in the future."


There aren't many things the United States can do to attack North Korea with cyberattacks, as the US has much more to lose in an ongoing battle - and the US is more interested in trying to create generational change to help better the North Korean people, rather than directly fight with the government.

BMW interested in creating vehicle technology controlled by smartwatch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 5 hours ago

BMW and Tesla both want to create new in-vehicle technologies that can be controlled using smartwatches, with unique features available to auto buyers. The BMW i3 would allow drivers to essentially park a vehicle using a smartwatch, using a mobile app paired with the Remote Valet Parking Assistant feature in the BMW. The app is able to guide vehicles into a parking spot on its own.


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The BMW Remote Valet Parking Assistant uses active laser sensors that scan the immediate vicinity to verify the vehicle won't accidentally run into anything. However, there is a "possibility of entirely collision-free driving," indicating the system still isn't exactly full-proof.


Tesla's Model S already has built-in self-driving features so vehicles can park themselves, and incorporating these features in a smartwatch could prove extremely valuable.

BitTorrent more than happy to carry 'The Interview' for Sony Pictures

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 5 hours, 22 mins ago

If Sony Pictures truly doesn't want to release "The Interview" into theaters, BitTorrent would be more than happy to help the studio share its controversial movie. BitTorrent says its BitTorrent Bundle service would be a legal method for the movie to be distributed, instead of releasing the film to online video sites and via pirated torrenting.


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"Though we normally would not offer commentary during such a trying time for another company, the answer is yes," BitTorrent officials said in a statement. "BitTorrent Bundle is in fact the very best way for Sony to take back control of their film, to not acquiescence to terrorist threats, and to ensure a wide audience can view the film safely. It would also strike a strong note for free speech."


After Sony decided to pull the movie - a decision which it is second-guessing, while considering still releasing the movie - there has been a large amount of criticism. Pres. Obama said Sony made the wrong decision, while Hollywood actors also heavily criticized the decision.

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