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Pixar giving away RenderMan CGI software for free

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 24, 2015 4:30 am

Most studio's don't give their proprietary IP away for free, not least Disney - the owner of the Pixar CG studio that bought us 'Toy Story' and 'Finding Nemo' but the studio has moved to make the RenderMan 3D rendering software, which previously sold for $495 USD, free from today for non-commercial use, available to download in 64 bit versions for PC, Mac and Linux.

 

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The RenderMan software was first developed in the 1980's, when Pixar was owned by George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic company and used to create the studio's animated films and also utilised to create visual effects for blockbusters such as 'Titanic', 'The Phantom Menace' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. The software package was honoured by the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and awarded the Academy Award of Merit "for significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering" in 2001.

Rocksteady delays Batman: Arkham Knight from June 2 to June 23

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 24, 2015 12:10 am

One of the games that is right around the corner is Batman: Arkham Knight, but Rocksteady Studios has announced that they've delayed the game by three weeks. It had an original release date of June 2, but there's a new release date of June 23.

 

 

The studio has explained the delay, with Game Director Sefton Hill saying: "We're a developer that hates to make any compromises, so we are sorry to say this means it's going to be just a little bit longer until you can play the epic conclusion to the Arkham trilogy. As a reward for your patience and understanding, and to make the wait even more unbearable, we are pleased to whet your appetite with a new gameplay video of Batman: Arkham Knight. Thanks so much from everyone at Rocksteady for your continued support. We are working as hard as we can to make you proud".

 

In the meantime, the studio has released a seven-minute gameplay video captured from the PS4 version of the game. We are also told to expect that there will be a Batman: Arkham Collection remastered version of the game due for the PS4 and Xbox One that will be made available sometime later this year, cranking at 1080p.

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Extended 'Mission Impossible 5' trailer if you choose to accept it

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 23, 2015 10:48 pm

Yesterday, Paramount Pictures launched their first look at footage from the fifth installment in the long-running Tom Cruise 'Mission Impossible' franchise and today they've launched an expanded teaser trailer which sheds more light on the film's plot, along with even more action shots to get fans excited for the July release.

 

 

Hitting cinemas 20 years and 8 weeks from the release of the first 'Mission Impossible' film in 1995, the latest film in THE franchise features Tom Cruise reprising his role as IMF agent Ethan Hunt once again, along with co-stars Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg. Despite now being 52 years of age, Cruise is definitely not showing any signs of letting up, with the trailer keen to point out he's still in great shape and keen to do as many of his stunts as possible.

 

'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' hits cinemas worldwide on July 31.

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Neflix Australia offers free one month trial to subscribers

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 23, 2015 10:30 pm

Established in 1997 as a DVD mailing service before becoming the streaming behemoth it is today, Netflix has finally launched it's Australian offering at prices starting at $8.99 AUD monthly, up to the $14.99 AUD for the top tier package with 4K content.

 

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For those new to the service who want to dip their toe before committing completely, the company is today offering a free 30 day trial of the platform after signing up with your credit card. However, users not wanting to continue after this period will be charged if they don't cancel before the 30 days is up.

 

Early impressions have been mixed for the Australian service, with many fans disappointed by the lack of content, with little more than 15% of the content featured in the US version, although others have been pleased with the reasonable pricing structure.

Battle it out for a 'Hobbit: Battle Of the Five Armies' BD gift pack

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 23, 2015 4:57 am

To celebrate this week's release of the last film in 'The Hobbit' trilogy 'The Battle of the Five Armies' on Blu-ray HD, 3D Blu-ray, DVD and digital, we have three awesome Blu-ray prize packs to give away to readers - consisting of a Blu-ray, T-shirt, Notepad, Cap, Mug, Bag and keyring - all thanks to our awesome friends at Warner Bros Entertainment Australia.

 

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Netflix launches in Australia tomorrow, with good pricing and content

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 23, 2015 4:00 am

Netflix finally, finally launches in Australia tomorrow and after a pricing leak yesterday, we have an official breakdown on pricing. A single-stream standard definition plan will cost Australians $8.99 AUD per month. The two-stream HD plan will cost AUD $11.99, while the four-stream 4K "family" plan will cost AUD $14.99.

 

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Once the price is out of the way, the biggest question is: what content will Netflix blast out to Australians? Well, Netflix has confirmed that both seasons of Orange is the New Black, as well as all three seasons of House of Cards will be included. Foxtel, Australia's leading cable/satellite TV service, was previously thought to have had first-play rights of Orange is the New Black season three, but Netflix has confirmed with Gizmodo that the new season has a global release date of June 12.

 

A brand new interface will be splashing across TVs and monitors across Australia tomorrow when Netflix unleashes Down Under.

Be the hero in our 'Big Hero 6' Blu-ray giveaway, thanks to Disney

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 23, 2015 3:16 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Big Hero 6' on Blu-ray HD, 3D Blu-ray, DVD and digital, we have four copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Studios Australia.

 

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind 'Frozen' and 'Wreck-It Ralph', comes 'Big Hero 6', an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called 'Big Hero 6'.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Project Cars supports 12K, VR and everything in between

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 23, 2015 2:53 am

After a few delays, Project Cars is nearly here and it is shaping up beautifully. During an interview with Daily Star, the studio talked about the crowdfunded game being one of the best car simulators ever created.

 

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Andy Tudor from Slightly Mad Studios said that the game is pretty much already a success, as it's "the first AAA title to ever be crowd-funded, a racing game that's being considered a contender in the same sentence as Forza and Gran Turismo, one of the first titles to be publicly shown running at 4K resolution, the premium racing experience on Oculus Rift, the most beautiful and technically-advanced racing game on the planet, and one that's captured the imaginations of gamers, media, real drivers, and motorsports fans around the world".

 

He continued, adding: "The concept of releasing a game and moving on are long gone. Project CARS both from a technology and design standpoint are built for the future, so expect to see A LOT of content coming out for the game on a regular basis long after launch. We'll have more info on this soon but looking at what Destiny is doing is a good starting point ;-)".

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'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' first look trailer goes nuclear

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 22, 2015 11:52 pm

In January, we reported that Paramount had moved up the release date of the next-installment of the long-running 'Mission Impossible' franchise by a whole five months, which has also meant that the studio has had to move up their promotional schedule. Today, they've released the first look at the film in a stunt-filled one minute taster which confirms the inclusion of all the elements we've come to love, ahead of a longer teaser trailer to be released tomorrow.

 

 

Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg, the trailer also gives the first look at the film's signature stunt which had Cruise hanging precariously from the side of an Airbus A400M which flew over the UK at 5000 feet. The latest outing is directed by Christopher McQuarrie who directed Cruise in the 2012 action sleeper 'Jack Reacher'.

 

'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' hits cinemas worldwide on July 31.

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Mobile payments designed to generate interest for tech companies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 22, 2015 7:33 pm

Apple, Facebook, Samsung, Google, and more tech companies want to cater to consumers interested in making mobile wireless payments - even if that means they won't end up generating large revenue directly from mobile pay.

 

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Traditional credit cards, banks and other processing companies take a small percentage, typically up to three percent per transaction, and rely on a large volume of daily transactions. Tech companies, however, want to get mobile users to become loyal to their respective services - though Apple Pay offers a fraction of each processed sale to banks.

 

"I've been surprised it's taken this long," said James Wester, research director at IDC, in a statement published by TIME. "Now consumers are seeing the mobile device as part of their financial lives. We've reached the point where paying with your phone is completely normal, or normal to enough people."

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