Just 8 years on from the release of 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer', which starred a pre-'Captain America' Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd, Twentieth Century Fox have completely reset the franchise, with the release of this years 'The Fantastic Four' from 'Chronicle' director John Trank.
The studio have now released their first look at the film, with a rather generous 2 minute trailer that I gotta admit doesn't really make me excited in the same way as, say 'Jurassic World' or 'Terminator: Genisys'. Still, take a look and see for yourself.
'The Fantastic Four' hits screens worldwide in August, and also in 3D if you're that way inclined.
With $1.428 billion net revenue posted for the reported period, EA blew their $1.275 billion expectation out of the water - claimed by CEO Andrew Wilson as due to "great execution with our leading IP, new mobile hits and continued strength in our catalogue of top games and services."
Proud of their results, Wilson went on to state that "Electronic Arts delivered amazing experiences to our players in Q3, from the award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition to SimCity BuildIt to our live services for FIFA, Madden NFL and more," as seen in their recent press release. The results achieved this quarter mark a record for Electronic Arts, seeing it ranked as the best "cash flow for a calendar year period."
Further results include EA being listed as the #1 publisher on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - due to their releases of Dragon Age: Inquisition, FIFA 15, NHL 15, Madden NFL 15, UFC, Titanfall, Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14. They also pushed through 22 million downloads on SimCity Buildit and saw their titles hit the top 5 iOS downloads in more than 100 countries.
The 'Ghostbusters' sequel/ remake/ reboot has been a long time in the making, but the project took a huge leap forward this morning, with the full cast revealed for the all-female reboot.
A reversal of the original cast which featured Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed the full cast, which includes comedians Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy.
The 'Ghostbusters' reboot will shoot in New York mid this year and is aiming for a 2016 release.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a 55-page study focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), admitting that there are "numerous" and "potentially revolutionary" benefits to consumers - but at major privacy and security risks that must be addressed.
For companies making connected devices, the FTC hopes to see security built directly into devices immediately, instead of waiting to add it in later. Furthermore, it's important to train employees regarding security, so they can take it more seriously while designing - or using - connected technologies.
"The only way for the Internet of Things to reach its full potential for innovation is with the trust of American consumers," said Edith Ramirez, FTC Chairwoman, in a press statement. "We believe that by adopting the best practices we've laid out, businesses will be better able to provide consumers the protections they want and allow the benefits of the Internet of Things to be fully realized."
A day after a small quad-copter drone crashed on White House property, President Barack Obama discussed the lack of drone regulation by his government. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working on guidelines and is creating future restrictions, while Obama also has tasked other government regulators to help streamline creating rules for drone flights.
"You know that there are companies like Amazon that are talking about using small drones to deliver packages... there are incredibly useful functions that these drones can play in terms of farmers who are managing crops and conservationists who want to take stock of wildlife," Obama recently told CNN. "But we don't really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it."
Several US agencies are engaging with "stakeholders" to ensure a new drone infrastructure is created, preventing the violation of people's privacy, according to Obama.
Well, the Lizard Squad tried to take credit for the short Facebook and Instagram downtime Monday night, but Facebook admitted that the incident was its fault. The outage hit users in the United States, with members in Asia, Australia and New Zealand briefly losing access, with the problem beginning just after 12:10 a.m. ET last night.
"This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said in a statement following the short down time Monday evening. "Both services are back to 100 percent for everyone."
Kudos to the Lizard Squad for trying to get itself some glory for something that it had absolutely nothing to do with. Not surprisingly, users logged onto Twitter and other websites to complain about the sudden and unexpected Facebook downtime.
The FCC is attempting to expand the definition of broadband internet, but the usual suspects are lining up to oppose the move. The FCC wants broadband to be defined as 25Mbps down, and 3Mbps up, to match the reality of current generation internet connections. Unfortunately the entrenched ISP's want to leave the definition at a paltry 4Mbps download speed.
The map above illustrates just how depressingly slow the internet is at most locations in the US. The areas in blue all have access to speeds above 25Mbps, but the remainder of the map does not even have access to services that reach that speed.
The FCC has opened the floor for debate on the issue, and several cable companies have come forward to decry the new definition. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) is one of the most vocal opponents to the new classification system. This isn't surprising in light of the fact that current regulations stifle competition in many markets, a system that President Obama is trying to change through executive actions that remove much of the red tape for new telecom companies.
There are 19 states that have very restrictive policies that discourage open competition. This results in only 25% of US household actually having a choice between two providers who offer the base speed of 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up. Chattanooga, Tennessee, took the step of providing their own internet service with amazing results. For only $70 a month their residents enjoy gigabit speeds, and other providers in the area have been forced to lower their price-gouging rates in response.
Launching cyberattacks against targets once was a time intensive, difficult and costly effort, but it has become easier and inexpensive to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
Groups such as Anonymous and Lizard Squad are able to launch devastating attacks against large corporations and major targets using botnets of hijacked computers and routers. However, companies are becoming better at identifying these types of cyberattacks, but prove to be hugely inconvenient when the attacks succeed.
"There's been a massive jump in the number of very large attacks going on out there," said Darren Anstee, senior analyst at Arbor, while speaking to BBC. "In 2014 we saw more volumetric attacks, with attackers trying to knock people offline by saturating their access to the Internet."
The US government is no stranger to casting a large net in hopes of catching a few fish, so news of a new vehicle tracking database isn't entirely surprising. The Justice Department has a sophisticated database to track vehicle movements, and several other agencies are already using the data.
Several US law enforcement agencies already use automated license plate scanners mounted to police vehicles, and there also stationary systems that monitor highways and also take pictures of the vehicles. Some of these systems can actually be used to identify individuals inside of the vehicles.
The Justice Department has noted that there are already 343 million records in the database. This data includes the vehicle, time, and direction of travel. The primary intention is to find trafficking offenders for the DEA, but the Justice Department plans to expand the system to search for vehicles involved in rapes and murders. There is no word if the system will be expanded to encompass even more types of crime.
Google is announcing four new cities they are adding to the ultra-fast Google Fiber network. According to the Wall Street Journal the blazing-fast one gigabit connections will soon be added in Atlanta and Nashville. Lucky North Carolinians will get two cities added to the list, with Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte joining the ranks of those blessed with fast connections for as low as $80 per month.
The rollouts will not be offered to the entire city in each area, but instead will be deployed based upon customer interest. This expansion more than doubles the number of cities benefitting from Google Fiber connections, which are currently offered in Kansas City, MO, Austin, TX, and Provo, UT.
Google Fiber is challenging the status quo of normal ISP's, which charge prices well in excess of global averages for a fraction of the speed. The US lags woefully behind other developed countries in terms of speed and price, and much of that has to do with rules and regulations governing telecommunication firms. President Obama recently took to the airwaves to announce executive actions targeting these restrictive regulations, so there are some hopeful developments along that front.