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Interview with Boba Fett from ANHSE, an animation mastermind

By: Jeff Williams | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 5 days, 3 hours ago

The movie industry is rife with a tremendous amount of talent,both on-screen and off-screen. Actors and actresses are challenged with having to get fully into their roles to convince us of whatever might be happening on screen. And surely they're the stars of the big-screen, but what about the people behind the scenes that make things go smoothly? The individuals who work diligently to make the experience a the experience truly cinematic, engaging and, ultimately, enjoyable.

 

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The attention is on the actors on screen, but behind the scenes is where the magic happens.

 

And we had the opportunity to interview one of the industries most talented animators, turned pre-visualization artists, Mark Anthony Austin. Throughout his career he's worked on 20 hit blockbuster movies that include Star Trek Beyond, Goosebumps, The Jungle Book (2016), Avengers, Oblivion, War Horse, X-Men Days of Future Past and even Star Wars - A New Hope - Special Edition, where he had the honor of playing the legendary Boba Fett. The one character in Star Wars that has had the least amount of on-screen time, yet has become one of the most popular characters of all time.

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Michael Fassbender compares Assassin's Creed movie with The Matrix

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 4 hours ago

When The Matrix came out in 1999, it was totally fresh - with a unique take on Hollywood, and it birthed the start of Bullet Time, and so much more - it became one my favorite movies of all time. So when a stale franchise like Assassin's Creed gets made into a movie, and its star, Michael Fassbender, comes out comparing it to the Keanu Reeves hit (let's forget about the sequels) - it has my attention, and not in a good way.

 

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Well, Assassin's Creed has wrapped principal photography, and while speaking with Empire, Fassbender compared Assassin's Creed to The Matrix. Yeah, he went there, and said: "I've always thought about The Matrix when we've approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you're on board in a different way".

 

I don't know how you compare the 15th century to The Matrix, which is a world within a world - in a computer program, controlled by AI, with people learning Kung Fu and Jujitsu from a computer that can probably still run Assassin's Creed at more than 24FPS. Ugh.

 

Anyway, what do you all think about this?

The best-paid CEO in the US is Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

The best-paid CEO in the United States is Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, which comes as a surprise.

 

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Pichai received the equivalent of $199 million in stock earlier this month, which increased his stake in Alphabet to $650 million. Pichai won't be able to cash in all of his Alphabet chips in for a while, with his shares vesting in quarterly phases through to 2019.

 

If we compare Apple CEO Tim Cook to Pichai, Cook pulled in $376.2 million when he sat int the CEO throne at Apple. While a $650 million stake in Alphabet would seem like lifetimes of money to mere mortals like you and I, it pales in comparison to the founders of Google. Larry Page and Sergey Brin are worth $34 billion, while ex-CEO Eric Schmidt has around $3 billion in stock. Guys, can I have a loan? I need to buy lots of cans of alphabet soup.

1Password updated, features Material Design UI and fingerprint unlock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 5 days, 8 hours ago

If you've been using 1Password on Android, you might have noticed an update arrived that delivers some rather large changes to the password manager.

 

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1Password now sports a Material Design makeover, which makes the password manager look awesome in all areas, and provides more room within the UI. Not only that, but we have new toolbars all over the place, and a floating button that provides an easy way to add new URL-password combinations.

 

But, for those that own smartphones with fingerprint sensors like the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, you can use your fingerprint scanner to quickly unlock 1Password. All you need to do is launch the app and scan your finger, which will bypass the required master password. 1Password v6 also includes the beta of 1Password for Teams, which is a grat feature if you share log-ins with family or co-workers, so you can have a single account for all of your password-saving needs.

Ubisoft says The Division being held back on PC 'simply not true'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 10 hours ago

It was only a few hours ago that we reported that the PC version of The Division was being held back, because it would be "unfair" to consoles if the PC version of the game stood head and shoulders above its console counterparts.

 

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Well, now Ubisoft has come out of the darkness, releasing a statement to PCGamesN: "It has come to our attention that a comment from one of our team members has been perceived by some members of the community to imply the PC version of The Division was 'held back' and this is simply not true. From the beginning, the PC version of The Division was developed from the ground up and we're confident players will enjoy the game and the features this version has to offer. And the feedback from PC players who participated in the recent closed beta supports this".

 

Now of course a company like Ubisoft isn't going to come out and admit that they are holding back the PC version of one of their biggest games of the year - but it would be nice to see them admit that the consoles are underpowered, which are holding back a huge leap in graphics, game size, AI, and so much more - including The Division being watered down from its E3 2013/2014 footage. There's simply no denying that, Ubisoft.

Telstra outage in Australia caused by 'embarrassing human error'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 5 days, 10 hours ago

For most of Tuesday, Australians were angry at the biggest telco in the country over a nationwide outage that affected up to 16.7 million mobile services attempting to make phone calls or use data.

 

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Well, a Telstra spokeswoman has explained: "This is an embarrassing human error. It's not OK. We do not like causing that level of inconvenience to our customers". Yes, all of that outrage over the outage, from a single person making a mistake. The Telstra spokeswoman added that there would be a full investigation and that some customers would be offered free data as compensation.

 

As for the issue, it all began when one of the nodes used for managing voice calls and data traffic between devices, and Telstra's network started malfunctioning. The Telstra spokeswoman explained: "We took that node down, unfortunately the individual that was managing that issue did not follow the correct procedure, and he reconnected the customers to the malfunctioning node, rather than transferring them to the nine other redundant nodes that he should have transferred people to".

 

She continued: "We are working very quickly right now to figure out how we can provide some free data to our customers to make up for the inconvenience that has been caused today".

Explosive new 'Independence Day' TV spot, poster go live

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 10 hours ago

It was twenty years ago at Superbowl XXXI that the world was first introduced to 'Independence Day', via the unforgettable explosive image of the White House being blown to smithereens and which helped propel it to one of the highest grossing films of all time. For the eagerly awaited sequel 'Independence Day: Resurgence', Twentieth Century Fox aired a gob-smacking new spot, which truly highlights the advancements of visual effects during the last two decades.

 

 

To coincide with the spot, the studio also unveiled the films theatrical poster, which harkens back to the iconic image from the original.

 

 

With returning starts Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox joined by newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and Jessie Usher, expect explosions and general mayhem in true Roland Emmerich style as the future of the planet is decided. 'Independence Day: Resurgence' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide in June 2016.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider could soon receive DX12 abilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 11 hours ago

Rise of the Tomb Raider launched onto the PC last week without any signs of DX12, but it looks like Nixxes (the studio that worked on the PC port) are working on a DX12 update.

 

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There was a DX12.dll file found with the PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider, and while it doesn't support DX12 at this moment, a DX12 option has been revealed in the launcher for the game. DX12 currently doesn't work, but with the option being there, we should expect a patch to arrive in the near future with DX12 support.

 

What would DX12 add? We could see performance improvements and improved multi-GPU support, but without comments from NVIDIA and Nixxes, we don't yet know what to expect.

The Division will require 32GB of HDD space on the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 13 hours ago

The closed beta of The Division used 25.82GB of HDD space on the Xbox One, while it looks like the full version of the game will require 32.29GB of free HDD space on your Xbox One.

 

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The news is coming from a listing of The Division on the official Xbox One store. As for The Division, the last we heard is that the closed beta of the game was only teasing 22% of the full game's map, while the Dark Zone (where the PvP and better loot is found) represents 18% of the full game's size - slightly less than the entire playable area in the closed beta.

Australia's biggest mobile telco Telstra hit by nation-wide outages

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 5 days, 13 hours ago

Maybe it's a first world problem, but when you pay through the neck for mobile internet and calls here in Australia - you expect a level of service. Today, the country's biggest network Telstra, which services 16 million customers has dropped the ball in a pretty big way by announcing huge network outages.

 

 

According to News.com.au, huge swathes of Telstra's network in capital cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane went down just after midday, with many customers reporting they're still unable to make phone calls over two hours later.

 

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The company has not issued an ETA on a network fix (which the company call an 'interruption'), but stay tuned to their site here.

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