Netflix has announced a new deal it has struck with Adam Sandler, the star of The Wedding Singer and Happy Gilmore, with his next four feature films as an exclusive. With Sandler's movies grossing over $3 billion at the global box office, this could be an interesting move.
Sandler's movies also rank as the most-viewed by Netflix members in the US, Brazil, the UK and more. Netflix's Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos said: "People love Adam's films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages -- everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line -- not just in the US but all over the world".
Sandler had something a little different to say: "When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only... Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks. Let the streaming begin!!!!" The deal sees Sandler's Happy Madison Productions working with Netflix to develop the four movies that will see Adam Sandler starring and producing in, to premiere exclusively to member's in over close to 50 countries that Netflix operates in.
With Netflix's direction and influence, maybe we could see something different from Sandler, at least that's what I hope, especially with the last movies he's made.
NVIDIA's new second-generation, Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 has been out for a couple of weeks, with the 3DMark FireStrike Extreme world record now broken thanks to an insane new overclock.
Elmor, an overclocker with the SweClockers.com team has used the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Direct CU II card, clocking up the GPU Clock to 2208MHz, an increase of 81.58%. The GDDR5 on the card was also overclocked, by 19.27% to 8392MHz. Elmor used LN2, with the core voltage cranked up to 1.2120V.
SteelSeries has just unveiled its new v3 line up of Siberia headsets, with v2 coming out in 2009, it has been a long time coming. SteelSeries has introduced a slew of new Siberia headsets, starting at $59.
The $99 Siberia v3 has SteelSeries' next generation drivers, and ditches the glowing ear cups.
Next up, we have the Siberia v3 Prism, which is priced at $139. The Prism can store unlimited sound profiles through the SteelSeries Engine, and sports a microphone with noise suppression and auto compression.
And finally, for $199, we have the Siberia Elite Prism, which is an upgrade on the popular Siberia Elite. The Elite Prism is available in white or black, with customizable color all over its ear cups. It features an improved USB sound card, fine-tuned ear pad comfort, and an all-new microphone.
Star Citizen has raked in over $55 million in crowdfunding since it went live last year, which has seen the game enter the Guinness Book of World Records "not as the largest crowdfunded game of all time, but as the largest crowdfunded anything of all time", according to Roberts Space Industries' founder and Wing Commander's father, Chris Roberts.
Funding for the space simulation game began last November, with a $6 million Kickstarter project. When Star Citizen reached $50 million in funding, Roberts said: "Ship sales and new members of our community are the two main fund raising sources". Roberts talked about the success of Star Citizen, and its seemingly endless campaign which just isn't running out of steam, he reiterated to fans that "there is no venture capitalist wanting a massive return in three years".
This is great news for gamers and fans of the game, as well as backers and funders of the game, as the profits aren't all for RSI, but Roberts said that his "intention is for all the money we bring in before launch to be spent on development". RSI now has a team of over 280 people, with Roberts adding: "It is the community, from the existing backers who continue to support the game, to new members who join every day who are setting the level of ambition and budget for Star Citizen".
Now that Sony has dived out of the PC business, it is pushing right into its successful range of mobile devices, but now news is surfacing that the Japanese giant could unleash stock Android ROMs for its devices.
Sony has a tight relationship with the custom ROM community, but offering up stock Android ROMs for its major devices could be big business for the company. Just a few months ago, Alin Jerpelea from CyanogenMod's FreeXperia team joined Sony's Developer Program, with Jerpelea giving a talk during the week about Sony playing with the idea of ROM support in the future.
This means we could see Sony providing stock Android ROMs for its devices in the future, with Sony's flagship devices seeing stock Android ROMs available to consumers. If Sony was to do this, it really could be something quite big, as even the likes of Samsung, LG and HTC don't offer this as well as they should.
Qualcomm has just teased the next generation of wireless technology with its new LTE Direct technology, something the company has been working on for close to a decade. LTE Direct is built upon the foundations of the LTE protocol, which allows LTE Direct-powered devices to communicate with one another without requiring a cell tower.
LTE Direct will also work at distances greater than 500 yards, which means we have signal ranges that far exceed that of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Better yet, LTE Direct uses very little energy, meaning a device can be on the look out for another LTE Direct signal without draining the battery. Then there's the other side of the LTE Direct coin: it's not just limited to handsets, as beacons can be set up to communicate directly with anything nearby.
Mahesh Makhijani from Qualcomm has said that this is somewhat of a sixth sense, which is constantly aware of the environment around you. With the world filled with information, LTE Direct can help people use their phones to better their lives. But, with retailers jumping on board, and you being blasted directly in places where you'd normally not get cell signal, it could get annoying, fast.
Yesterday we reported on the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, and today's news is perhaps even more worrying.
According to Reuters news agency, the patient, said to be Thomas Eric Duncan, is in a critical condition in an isolation ward in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and had significant public contact before he was diagnosed, including 18 "close family members", a number of which are school age children from four different schools.
Despite this, Texas Governor Rick Perry has told reporters he is confident that the threat will be contained.
It has also been revealed that the man checked himself into the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital two days before his diagnosis, before being released shortly after, only to report back to the hospital when his symptoms worsened. Witnesses claim the man vomited on the sidewalk near an apartment complex as he entered an ambulance for the return journey.
Twitter has given the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a $10 million grant to help study social networks and how they help users achieve goals with one another. The Laboratory for Social Machines will analyze Twitter, Reddit and other online social forums to help build tools for researchers and journalists over the next five years.
The lure of social media has evolved from regular users sharing personal thoughts into a long-term effective business tool - and MIT's access to Gnip, the Twitter-owned website that also stores older tweets, will give MIT researchers a large library of data to analyze.
"Social feedback loops based on analysis on public media and data can be an effective catalyst for increasing accountability and transparency," said Deb Roy, MIT Laboratory for Social Machines associated professor and chief media scientist at Twitter.
Children and teenagers are a bit more naïve and lackadaisical when handing out information online, which could pose a risk, according to former head of the British MI6 intelligence agency. The technology world is changing at a rapid pace and the environment has caught some parents off-guard in keeping their children protected, according to Sir John Scarlett.
Sir John is most concerned of tracking technology and devices, with teenagers susceptible of apps and online conversations potentially giving up their location - and other personal information.
"You've got to know what your children are doing," Scarlett recently noted. "It's very difficult to know exactly what they're doing in particular when they're on a tablet or something they've got and you've got to have some kind of idea. They are extremely vulnerable, everybody is, to a whole range of things. Clearly when they're young children they're particularly vulnerable to predators."
Russian president Vladimir Putin will not restrict Russian Internet access following an increase in cyberattacks against the country. Following a rise in organized cyberattacks - which began after the Russia-Ukraine crisis - privacy and free speech experts were concerned Moscow would tighten Internet use in Russia.
"We do not intend to limit access to the Internet, to put it under total control, to nationalize the Internet," Putin recently said in front of a Security Council meeting. "We are not even considering this. Media freedoms, the right of people to receive and disseminate information - these are basic principles of any democratic state and society. They must be strictly adhered to."
Security Council secretary general Nikolai Patrushev said the Russian infrastructure has encountered 57 million cyberattacks during the first six months of 2014 - with many blamed on foreign governments and anti-Russian government extremists.