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New 'Star Trek' series 'Discovery' delayed by 4 months

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 15, 2016 6:11 am

'Star Trek' fans looking to boldly go once again after the release of this year's 'Star Trek Beyond' need to be patient for just a little while longer.




According to Variety, CBS has confirmed that the hugely anticipated return of 'Star Trek' to the small screen will now premiere in May 2017, delayed from the originally announced January premiere. Speaking on the delay, executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller said that "Bringing 'Star Trek' back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood. 'Star Trek' deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of." The delay comes as no surprise considering that filming isn't set to kick off until November in Toronto, Canada.


The new series will be set 10 years before the events of the original 1960's 'Star Trek' series, in the original timeline as opposed to the Kelvin timeline of the newly rebooted feature film series.

'Mad Max' goes low-def in 'Black & Chrome' edition

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 15, 2016 5:27 am

While last year's Blu-ray version of the multi-award winning thrill ride 'Mad Max: Fury Road' didn't come with the promised black and white version of the film advocated by director George Miller, Warner Bros have made good on their promise and will release the experimental 'Black and Chrome' version of the movie to Blu-ray later this year.




Coming to Blu-ray in the U.S. on December 6th, the "surreal" version of the film comes on a two disc set accompanied by the previously released theatrical version of the film. Miller has previously called this version of the film as his preferred vision, describing it as "something about it seemed more authentic and elemental". Detailing how it came to pass, Miller continued "I asked Eric Whipp, the colorist, 'can I see some scenes in black and white with quite a bit of contrast?' They looked great. So I said to the guys at Warners, 'can we put a black-and-white version on the DVD?' There wasn't enough room... on another version with commentary and other features."


The Blu-ray also comes with a new introduction recorded by Miller.

All Battlefield 4 DLC is free for one week

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 14, 2016 11:16 pm

EA and DICE have been steadily handing out free Battlefield 4 DLC for months now. If you missed any of the offers, now's your chance to catch up: all of the game's post-release content is now available to claim permanently, although you have only until September 19 to act.



Though not all of the content is stellar from top to bottom, each expansion pack offers some good, wholesome fun, as well as some sweet extra guns to play with.


As a bonus, new community missions mean playing on the DLC maps between now and September 19 will net you battlepacks when you complete certain challenges (hit the source for details).

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Spotify hits 40 million subscribers

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 14, 2016 10:00 pm

Earlier this year, Spotify's subscriber base sat at an impressive 30 million (out of 100 million total users).



Now, the company's CEO and founder Daniel Ek has indicated on Twitter that subscriber number has drastically increased to 40 million. Given the rapid ascent, it appears then this is the point at which the service truly begins to take off.

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Amazon's second-gen Echo Dot is nearly half the price

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 14, 2016 9:06 pm

Amazon's second-generation version of the Echo Dot is out now and features a much lower $49.99 price point (versus the previous $89.99), despite the product selling out recently.




A puck-like device, it adds the Alexa voice assistance to any speakers you have around the home, allowing you to control your media with just the sound of your voice.


The new version features a redesigned voice processor, and spatial perception tech that detects multiple uses of the Dot, so that if you like, you can have different Dots for different devices, and control them all independently, with no extra effort on your part. The technology is also being rolled out for first generation devices.

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GameRoom launcher rolls your PC library into one program

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 14, 2016 8:03 pm

One of the issues with PC gaming these days is having multiple game libraries across multiple services. While many attempts have been made at creating all-in-one frontend solutions, you might say they've all fallen short. The newly launched GameRoom, however, looks to be the best of the bunch so far with a sleek interface similar to Origin prior to its recent overhaul.




Feature-wise, it includes automatic import, sorting, support for command line arguments, a power saving mode, a play time tracker, and more.


The downside: it requires Java, which has been swiftly going the way of the dodo. If that doesn't dissuade you, download GameRoom here.

This guy got a Xbox One months before it was announced

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 14, 2016 6:55 pm

Microsoft made a pretty big shipping error back in 2013: it accidentally shipped out a prototype Xbox One console months before the system was revealed.




Back in March 2013, Jia Li ordered a laptop from the Microsoft Store. Instead of receiving the notebook, Li received a working prototype of an early Xbox One console codenamed "Kryptos".


"The box had a lot of security tape over it," Li told Business Insider. "So I was wondering, 'What is that?' I opened it, and it's something I've never seen before."

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Top Blizzard devs break away to form new studio

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 14, 2016 6:01 pm

Some of the main creative forces behind World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and have jumped Blizzard's ship to form their own games development studio with League of Legends' Riot Games picking up the check.




Blizzard is losing a lot of their talent lately: legendary Warcraft and Diablo co-creator Chris Metzen has retired, and now three more devs have left: Blizzard's cinematics expert Nick Carpenter, Diablo III's game director Josh Mosqueira, 16-year vet and director Matthew Versluys, and Nexon's ex-CEO Min Kim have joined ex-World of Warcarft lead director Rob Pardo as the "original five" to form the new Bonfire Studios.


In an announcement blog post, Rob Pardo says that the original five left their cushy jobs at Blizzard so they could have more freedom and creative control over their projects. "Often developers must compromise and decide - do I work on a blockbuster game where I have less personal impact or the gutsy indie studio that struggles to get noticed? Our vision is to create a studio that doesn't require them to choose."

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Samsung could remove the headphone jack from Galaxy S8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 14, 2016 5:00 pm

When Apple revealed the new iPhone 7 without the headphone jack, the world stopped - finally asking if Apple had gone too far with its courage. Now there are rumors that Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S8 smartphone will also not have a headphone jack, and that's not good.




Digital Music News says it has a source in South Korea that is in "the broader supply chain of Samsung's smartphones" that the new Galaxy S8 smartphone could have its own proprietary connector, just like the iPhone, moving away from microUSB and USB Type-C connectors on the Galaxy S7, and Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.


Samsung's new connector would be incompatible with the Lightning ports on the iPhone, so there would be a proprietary connector that will annoy countless people. The stretch for profits goes wide and far, it is the courage that drives these companies to release some of the most popular products in the world without the standard we have on millions of devices - all without a clear benefit of what a proprietary connector provides, over the convenience of a 3.5mm jack.

League of Legends pulls in 100 million gamers a month

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 14, 2016 4:08 pm

To no one's surprise, Riot Games' MOBA League of Legends has hit astronomical popularity.




Everyone knows that League of Legends is a celebrated PC game--over the past seven years, the MOBA has risen to become one of the most renown titles in history of the platform (and gaming in general), surpassing Valve's own mega-famous DOTA 2. Riot has become a juggernaut in the industry with an estimated worth of $1 billion. But up until now, we didn't really know just how popular the game was.


Riot Games' co-founders Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck now reveals that League of Legends pulls in roughly over 100 million players each month. "It's hard to parse, but at the end of the day, those things don't even feel real. The coolest thing is actually when we're at the live events and get to meet fans face to face. Only then does it start to feel real. Otherwise, they're just numbers on a screen all over the world,"Beck told Polygon in a recent interview.

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