With studios grasping to secure the rights to every potentially bankable comic book character, its no surprise that Twentieth Century Fox have greenlight the production of Marvel's Deadpool character, a spin off of the X-Men franchise. What is more of a surprise is how long the studio has taken to do so.
Back in 2012, a 2 minute short directed by Tim Miller and motion captured and voiced by Ryan Reynolds was created to energise Fox, however the plan evidently failed and the project stalled until earlier this year when the footage was leaked online. While the HD footage was promptly removed by the studio, it seems the positive word has won the studio over.
Ryan Reynolds has apparently not yet signed on, but is expected to. Reynolds played the role of Deadpool in the X-Men spinoff 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' but that take on the character is apparently unrelated to this new version.
The film will hit on February 12, 2016.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has stepped down as company CEO, and will appoint Mark Hurd and Safra Catz to lead to the company moving ahead. Both Hurd and Catz are co-presidents of the company that Hurd founded in 1977 - Hurd will operate marketing, sales and strategy, with Catz serving as financial officer.
"The three of us have been working well together for the last several years, and we plan to continue working together for the foreseeable future," Ellison recently noted. "Keeping this management team in place has always been a top priority of mine."
Oracle remains one of the largest and most powerful tech companies today, but some analysts wondered how much longer Hurd would be able to lead. Oracle's dominance has been tested by cloud-based solutions that the company has struggled to keep up with - and now it will be up to new executives to make a difference.
PMC-Sierra has announced a new line of embedded I/O controllers that offer double the density and a 40% power consumption reduction compared to competing solutions. These new controllers differentiate themselves by offering the only 16-port 12Gb/s SAS and 6Gb/s SATA option for OEM and ODM applications. These controllers address expanding Open Compute, Windows Cloud Server, OpenStack and Project Scorpio designs. The emergence of easy-to-use cluster-in-a-box solutions and the enhanced functionality of Windows Storage Spaces also provide exciting new possibilities for I/O controllers, which do not provide RAID functionality.
The controllers offer the choice of either SAS or SATA, and are fully compatible with Adaptec's burgeoning product stack, which includes RAID adapters and HBA's, SAS Expanders, and the emerging Flashtec NVMe solutions. Two 16-port controllers, the 12Gb/s SAS PM8076 and 6Gb/s SATA PM8006, offer 16 ports of connectivity; and the 12Gb/s SAS PM8074 offers a scaled back 8-port design. All three controllers are pin-compatible, allowing OEM's and ODM's to offer purpose-built solutions based upon similar designs.
Reducing the number of components required to manage ever-growing numbers of storage devices is an important consideration. The PMC controllers can remove the requirement for plug-in RAID controllers, HBA's, and expanders. This delivers the lasting advantage of lower power consumption and reduced design complexity. Bringing these features onto the motherboard enables the ultra-dense designs becoming more commonplace in hyperscale deployments.
The new family of products offers impressive performance up to a million IOPS and a blistering 6GB/s of throughput via a x8 PCIe 3.0 connection. PMC has developed robust operating system drivers and also offers open source Linux code for custom applications. PMC also provides reference firmware and software to ease integration into a wide variety of platforms. Look for these new controllers to begin shipping in October of 2014.
Apple has just finished launching its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, as well as announcing its first wearable: Watch. But now that is all out of the way and iPhones begin shipping to consumers around the world, the rumors of the new iPad begin.
The latest rumor is that the Cupertino-based iGiant will announce its new iPad on October 21, as well as the official release date of OS X Yosemite. The successor to the iPad would be the sixth-generation full-sized iPad, while a new iPad mini would be a third-generation slate. It would make sense to announce them next month, for two reasons.
First, Apple probably didn't want to take the hoopla away from the iPhone launch, as the iPhone is obviously very important to them. And second, the fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini were announced in October 2013, launching them on November 1.
Samsung has been supplying Apple with quite a number of parts for its devices over the years, but it looks like it won't be involved with the AMOLED displays for Apple's upcoming Watch, according to DigiTimes.
The site is reporting that LG Display has won the contract, with around five million displays a month being shipped to Apple for its Watch. Over the course of 2015, Apple expects to sell a mammoth 50 million Watches, meaning Samsung has lost out on a considerable chunk of manufacturing profits for the AMOLED panels, with LG picking up some big business.
Logitech has just unveiled something it is calling the 'most advanced mechanical gaming keyboard in the world' with its new G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard. This new keyboard features Logitech's exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches, something that offers "25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent Illumination".
The new Orion Spark features the Romer-G mechanical switches, something that can't be found on any other keyboard, with an actuation point of 1.5mm, the "Romer-G switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches". Logitech has improved the durability of these keys, too, which are capable of up to 70 million keystrokes, which is around 40% longer than competing keyboards. This allows gamers to bash down on those keys millions of times, without worrying about wearing them down quick.
Logitech has built-in some nifty lighting into each and every key on the G910 Orion Spark, with every key capable of being individually customized from a palette of 16.8 million colors. The lighting "is centrally located within each switch and is directed by precision optics, to ensure that the lettering on each key is evenly illuminated". There's a new application available from Logitech G, something that works with LGS to "enable delivery of a wide range of information on your mobile device including anything from in-game intelligence, to vital system performance stats, to media controls". Not only that, but there are also nine programmable buttons, which can be used for anything from easy access to certain applications, or complex commands.
NVIDIA is kicking off its massive GAME24 event in less than 20 hours, with an entire 24 hours of celebrating that awesome thing we all love: PC gaming. NVIDIA will be giving out $50,000 in prizes during the event, as well as much, much more.
GAME24 will see NVIDIA showing off never-before-seen PC gaming technologies, exclusive partner interviews with some of the biggest names in gaming, including: Epic, Ubisoft, Boss Key, NCSoft, Blizzard, Wargaming, SOE, Deep Silver, 2K Games, Warner Brothers, Respawn, Red Bull. There will be two gaming World Records broken during GAME24, some of the best modders in the US competing in the world's first 24-hour livestreamed system building and modding competition, called Mod24.
There will be some seriously great prizes on offer, with NVIDIA giving out "4K G-SYNC monitors, SHIELD tablets, a Falcon Northwest Tiki, and the three PCs built by famous modders during Mod24. Each one-of-a-kind system includes three GeForce GTX GPUs in 3-Way SLI, and are VR-Ready".
I don't think anyone saw this coming, but Breitbart has written a piece "Exposed: The Secret Mailing List of the Gaming Journalism Elite" which exposes some of the biggest editors, reporters and reviewers of gaming news sites. This expose accuses these editors and sites from shaping industry-wide attitudes to events, and much more.
These editors and sites using a private Google Groups mailing list, which is called Gaming Journalism Professionals, or GameJournoPros. This group revolves around developer Zoe Quinn, who had "a sexual relationship with at least one prominent games journalist -- a journalist who had mentioned her and her products in his reporting" reports Breitbart.
The report is quite damning, but getting to the point, it looks like GameJournoPros is one giant voice, with one even larger, single opinion. They collectively collude on major issues, to "distort coverage of ethics violations and to support figures to whom they are politically sympathetic". We should expect this to either be blown up, or brushed under the rug, as game developers and publishers have invested tens of billions of dollars into the gaming industry, but if this is the result, do we need a big change? Can these editors ever be trusted with their obviously skewed opinions, if these reports and leaks are indeed true? What do you think?
Alien: Isolation is closer to release, ready to strike you and make you wet your pants with fear, so what better time to talk about its Season Pass? Alien: Isolation has something called Survivor Mode, which pits you against the xenomorph in the game and simply needs you to beat the clock, surviving the alien with limited resources.
There will be a Season Pass made available for Alien: Isolation when it launches on October 7, which will include all five of the Survivor Mode map packs. The first launches on October 28, with each pack including three maps. The first map pack will feature its "own set objective and challenges, a new playable character and a variety of enemy types between you and your escape" according to SEGA.
All of the Survivor Mode maps will be released before March 2014, but there's no information on the individual pricing of the DLC, but the pass does provide a 25% discount, or so, versus buying them individually.
Despite the fact that the last 'Ghostbusters' film was released over 25 years ago, the franchise has continued to grow and reach a more mythical status, with fans gobbling up licensed goods including action figures, a video game, comic books, TV shows and even gaming machines.
With Sony Pictures this month releasing a 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition, which includes for the first time a release of 'Ghostbusters 2' for the first time in high definition, attention once again moves to the long-mooted second sequel, or franchise reboot. So, what exactly is the hold up?
In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, franchise co-creator and star Dan Aykroyd reveals that the plans for the series extend far beyond just one more movie - likening the series to the Marvel and Star Wars universes.
"My whole thinking on Ghostbusters now is it's beyond just a sequel, a prequel, another movie, another TV show. I'm thinking now, what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What's Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?Everybody, all of us on the team there now, the executives, the creatives, myself, [Director] Ivan [Reitman], we're thinking more in terms of what do we build this thing into in the next ten years? Just not another movie or another TV show, but what's the totality of it? What's the whole mythology from the beginning of their lives to the end of their lives?"
Whilst long term fans might be frustrated by delays, its seems Sony have some very grand vision for the franchise, with a real desire to get the franchise alive again. For now, the 30th Anniversary 'Ghostbusters' Blu-ray boxset is available in the United States and in Australia from October 23rd.