first_imgThe Kitale, Kenya native posted a historic 2018 campaign, earning five victories and placing in the top 15 of all seven starts. At the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisc., Wasike placed 14th in the championship 6K with a time of 20:08.2, earning USTFCCCA All-American status for the second-consecutive season. Prior to the NCAA meet, she took first at both the NCAA Southeast Regional and ACC Championships, earning Louisville’s first championship as an ACC member. In the regional 6K, her time of 19:42.1 set both a personal and Winthrop University course record. In other ACC accolades, Virginia Tech’s Peter Seufer was named Men’s Runner of the Year, while Notre Dame’s Matt Sparks was named Men’s Coach of the Year and NC State’s Laurie Henes earned Women’s Coach of the Year. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Tuesday morning that University of Louisville junior Dorcas Wasike has been named the 2018 ACC Women’s Runner of the Year. She is the first Cardinals runner to earn the ACC’s top postseason performer accolade. “This award speaks for itself. We are proud of Dorcas, and she has earned the right to be called the top cross country runner in the ACC,” said head coach Dale Cowper. For more updates and information, follow Louisville cross country on Twitter at @UofLTrackXC and on Facebook.center_img Story Links  Print Friendly Version Earlier in the season, Wasike earned victories at the Tennessee Dual, Vanderbilt Commodore Classic and Louisville Cross Country Classic, setting a personal 5K record in the home meet. Additionally, she finished third overall at the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals in October. Tuesday’s announcement adds to a bevy of honors this season, including placement on the All-Region and All-ACC teams, four ACC Women’s Performer of the Week awards, and the program’s first USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Women’s Athlete of the Year.last_img read more

first_imgFor the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville lacrosse sophomore Caroline Blalock has been named preseason All-American honorable mention by Inside Lacrosse. A team captain for the second consecutive season, Blalock was named All-ACC Second Team, ILWomen All-Rookie Team and IWLCA All Region Second Team at the conclusion of her freshman season. She played in all 17 games with 14 starts, leading the team with 43 goals, 55 points, and 24 caused turnovers. Her 1.41 caused turnovers per game led the team and ranked fourth in the ACC, while her 2.41 ground balls per game ranked fifth in the ACC. She scored a career-high five goals vs. Robert Morris and six times scored four goals (Marquette, Butler, Coastal Caroline, Duke, Mercer, Virginia). She led the team with nine hat tricks. Story Links The Cardinals open the 2019 season at Northwestern on Friday, Feb. 8. After three road contests to start the year, they host Mercer on Sunday, Feb. 24.last_img read more

first_imgThe first stage of the Championship involves 144 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes. The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes will compete in the match play stage of the Championship. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes, including the Final. NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland – Five current or former University of Louisville women’s golfers will compete in the 116th Ladies British Open Amateur Championship, which runs from June 11-15 at the Royal County Down Golf Club. Live Scoring For the latest on Louisville women’s golf, visit, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLWGolf, Facebook /UofLWGolf, and Instagram @UofLWGolf. Print Friendly Version The list also includes three-time All-ACC honoree Lauren Hartlage, along with current teammates Margot Bechadergue and Delaney Shah, and recent UofL graduate Olivia Cason. Hartlage, Martin, Cason, and Linda Trockel also played in the event last summer.  Story Linkscenter_img Live scoring for the tournament will be available online here. Founded in 1893 by the Ladies’ Golf Union, the Women’s Amateur was first played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire. Along with the US Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, it is considered the highest honour in women’s amateur golf. “I am very excited to be able to play in the British Amateur again this year,” Hartlage said, who also competed in the 115th Women’s Amateur last June. “The course will be a great test and is a true links style. Being able to come down a week early and play courses around Ireland with the team along with playing in the event last year will help me a lot this week as the course is very different from what we are used to playing at home.” Among the five Cardinals entered in the Championship is Mairead Martin, who will be competing about four hours from her hometown of Kanturk, Ireland. “I’m really excited to start playing this week, especially on home turf,” Martin says. “It’s really fun to have all my family here and the team. It’s going to be a challenge on this high-level golf course, but I’m ready for the challenge and really confident in my game after all the links practice last week.”last_img read more

first_imgWhatsapp co-founder Jan Koum confirmed Monday that he is leaving the company. The confirmation came after the Washington Post reported earlier Monday that Koum was getting ready to leave over disagreements over the company’s direction and issues like encryption.Koum didn’t make any mention of those disagreements when announcing his departure, and instead simply said that it ws time to move on after having worked on Whatsapp for close to a decade. “I’m leaving at a time when people are using WhatsApp in more ways than I could have imagined,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “The team is stronger than ever and it’ll continue to do amazing things.”Zuckerberg thanked Koum in a comment to this post, writing: “I will miss working so closely with you. I’m grateful for everything you’d done to help connect the world, and for everything you’ve taught me, including about encryption and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people’s hands. Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp.” That emphasis on encryption is notable, and in stark contrast to the Washington Post’s report. The paper reported Monday that Koum had clashed with other Facebook executives over Whatsapp’s use of encryption as well as plans to monetize the messaging app. Whatsapp introduced strong end-to-end encryption in 2016, which makes it impossible for anyone, including Facebook itself, to eavesdrop on any messages exchanged on the platform.The Post also reported that Koum and other Facebook executives disagreed over ways to monetize Whatsapp. The messaging app has become one of Facebook’s most popular services ever since the company acquired it for $19 billion in 2014.Whatsapp had 1.5 billion monthly active users at the end of 2017, and users were sending 60 billion messages every single day. During last week’s earnings report, Zuckerberg highlighted the fact out of all Facebook apps, Stories have been the most popular on Whatsapp.Koum’s departure comes just a day before Facebook’s annual f8 developer conference, where the company is looking to move beyond the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the associated privacy backlash. This announcement might just make those efforts a bit harder — especially since it brings back memories of Whatsapp co-founder Brian Acton and his departure from the company.Acton left Facebook in September. In February, he invested $50 into the encrypted messaging app Signal, which in many ways directly competes with Whatsapp. And in March, Acton told his Twitter followers that they should delete their Facebook accounts. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgVRV is now the exclusive subscription VOD home for “Killjoys” catch-up seasons in the U.S., as the multichannel service from AT&T/Chernin Group-owned Ellation looks to put a new sci-fi shine to its content lineup and pull in new customers.VRV is launching all three seasons of the futuristic bounty-hunter series that have aired on Syfy on Tuesday (July 31), under a multiyear deal with NBCUniversal. “Killjoys” was renewed for two final seasons at Syfy, and season 4 premiered July 20 on the cabler. VRV will obtain access to season 4 and 5 of “Killjoys” after they finish their TV run.The full first season of “Killjoys” will be available free, with ads, on VRV — a sampling strategy aimed at enticing fans to buy a full subscription to VRV Premium, on which the subsequent seasons will be available. (Past seasons will continue to be available on-demand to pay-TV subscribers.) Meanwhile, VRV is expanding into a new content category: nostalgic animation. VRV has acquired exclusive streaming rights to two classic Warner Bros. Animation titles — “ThunderCats” and “SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron” — for the premium subscription tier. The 26 episodes of “ThunderCats,” which aired on Cartoon Network in 2011-12, became available July 26; 24 episodes of “SWAT Kats,” which aired on TBS in the ’90s, is launching Aug. 8.“Two of the biggest categories we’ve been working on sci-fi and animation, and they both pair nicely with anime,” said Berman.VRV is looking at debuting a full channel dedicated to nostalgic animation, according to Berman, in partnership with content owners that have large libraries of cult-favorite animated shows.In a similar vein, VRV is in talks with traditional media companies to bring “meaningful brands” from their TV or movie franchises to the SVOD platform. Those, according to Berman, should pass “The T-shirt test”: “You should be able to imagine somebody walking around a mall with the brand on their chest, because it really represents who they are.” Popular on Variety VRV Premium is a $9.99 monthly bundle that includes 11 different channels, spanning anime, animation, horror and other genres: Crunchyroll (owned by Ellation), Rooster Teeth, Funimation, Shudder, CuriostyStream, Cartoon Hangover, DramaFever, Nerdist, Mubi, and Mondo.“Killjoys” is available on the VRV Select channel, available only to paying subscribers. The show stars Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore and Luke MacFarlane as a trio of bounty hunters roaming the Quad, a conflict-torn corner of the galaxy, looking to land deadly warrants.The deal with NBCU for the sci-fi series marks the first time VRV has directly licensed a current TV series.“It’s definitely a pivotal deal for us at VRV,” said Eric Berman, head of business development and partnerships at VRV. Content the company acquires for the VRV Select channel is “super-quality content we know is going to hit directly with our audience — which ‘Killjoys’ is.”“Killjoys” is produced by Boat Rocker Studios’ Temple Street (the company behind “Orphan Black”) in association with Space and Syfy. It’s executive produced by creator Michelle Lovretta and showrunner Adam Barken, along with David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, Stephan Pleszczynski and Karen Troubetzkoy. Universal Cable Productions distributes the series worldwide.“VRV is a perfect home for ‘Killjoys’ and we’re excited for this opportunity to expand the show’s audience to VRV’s passionate sci-fi fans,” said Burns McNamee, VP of television and new media distribution for NBCUniversal.The “Killjoys” deal is part of VRV’s broader focus on sci-fi. It recently struck a deal with MGM to bring all the “Stargate” series and movies to VRV Select, as well as Gunpowder & Sky’s “Dust” anthology series of sci-fi shorts. Other content in VRV Select includes shows from NBCU’s now-defunct Seeso service including Dan Harmon’s “HarmonQuest” and “The Cyanide and Happiness Show,” and Warner Bros./Amblin Television’s “Freakazoid.”Also on the sci-fi track, Syfy’s “Channel Zero” horror anthology series is coming to AMC Networks’ Shudder SVOD service, with the first installment to be available on Aug. 9. That means VRV Premium will get access to “Channel Zero” through the Shudder channel on the service, Berman noted. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgABC, CBS, and NBC — preempting their usual daytime TV lineups — will air live reports as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The highly anticipated event, which is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 27, will also be covered by live cable news networks and live-streamed on the internet.Kavanaugh has now been accused by three women of sexual misconduct. Ford was the first to come forward, saying that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party in 1982. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusations, and told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum in an interview Monday that he was a virgin “in high school or for many years thereafter.”Some Republican senators including Susan Collins (R.-Maine) have remained undecided about whether to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, and Thursday’s hearing may determine the outcome of his nomination by President Donald Trump. Trump has defended Kavanaugh and questioned the motives of the female accusers. ×White House Correspondents talk being Press during the Trump eraVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next Up’Blanco en Blanco’ Trailer01:52 twitter facebook reddit Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0002:0602:06More Videos01:52’Blanco en Blanco’ Trailer02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses05:35The Best of Star Wars at D2314:13’It: Chapter Two’ Stars Jessica Chastain and Sophia Lillis Describe Swimming in Fake Blood01:48Kellyanne Conway Belittles Taylor Swift, Fans Over Equality Act Support09:50’It: Chapter Two’ Director Andy Muschietti Explains the Meaning Behind PennywiseClose As with former FBI director James Comey’s Senate testimony in 2017, the broadcast networks’ decision to break into daytime programming reflects the national attention Kavanaugh’s case has garnered. Critics have dismissed the claims by the women accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct and their timing, while activists have protested the GOP push to get Kavanaugh confirmed and have promoted hashtags like #WhyIDidntReport on social media.Here’s how to watch the Kavanaugh and Ford hearing on TV and online:ABC News: The network will air a live report as the two testify, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Chief anchor George Stephanopoulos will lead network coverage of the hearing, and “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir will anchor coverage from Capitol Hill, where ABC News senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce will provide live updates. Chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran will report from the Supreme Court with additional reporting. ABC News coverage of the testimony will be available on ABC TV,, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as ABC News Live (at, the network’s 24-hour breaking news and live events channel.CBS News: “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Evening News With Jeff Glor” will originate from Washington, D.C. Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson, and Jeff Glor will anchor coverage from Washington and lead the network’s special coverage beginning at 10 a.m. ET on the CBS Television Network with additional coverage on the CBSN streaming news service (at and its Facebook page. “CBS This Morning” will begin the day with coverage ahead of the hearings and will also offer an optional additional hour for select stations at 9 a.m. ET.NBC News: Coverage starts at 9:30 a.m. ET led by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, NBC News chief legal correspondent and “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, moderator of “Meet the Press” and NBC News political director Chuck Todd, Megyn Kelly, and NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell. On MSNBC, coverage begins at 9:50 a.m. ET with Stephanie Ruhle who will be joined by Brian Williams, host of “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams,” leading up to the hearings. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET, special coverage will stream live on,, the NBC News app, YouTube, and other platforms.Fox News Channel: Fox News will live-stream the hearing and related coverage for pay-TV subscribers on and on Fox News apps. “Special Report” host Bret Baier and “The Story” anchor Martha MacCallum will co-anchor, with additional contributions by Fox News contributors and analysts.CNN: The network will livestream the testimony on and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, with no log-in required. CNN’s coverage will start at 8:30 a.m. ET, anchored by Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper. The livestream can also be viewed on its Facebook page, CNNgo on desktop (at, and smartphone and iPad apps.PBS: “PBS NewsHour” will carry live coverage, led by anchor Judy Woodruff with correspondent Lisa Desjardins, on local member TV stations as well as at and on its on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts.Univision: “Univison Noticias” will stream live coverage of the hearing on its website (at this link), UnivisionNow apps for mobile and connected-TV devices, on its Facebook page, via Twitter’s Periscope and on its YouTube channel.Telemundo: Telemundo News coverage is scheduled to start at 9:50 a.m. ET and will stream in Spanish at and across social channels.C-SPAN: C-SPAN 3 will offer a free livestream of the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing on its website (at ON VARIETY: last_img read more

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Amazon’s interest in high-definition audio isn’t entirely surprising: The company has been moving upmarket with its audio hardware in recent months, and recently released an Echo Link Amp product for audiophile consumers interested in Alexa voice control. Amazon is working on a high-definition tier for its paid music service, according to a new Music Business Worldwide report. The e-commerce giant has been talking to multiple rights holders about launching a high-definition service, which is likely going be priced around $15 per month, according to the report.Amazon could potentially launch the new tier before the end of the year; a company spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The new service tier would compete with a number of other high-resolution streaming services in the marketplace. Deezer first launched in the U.S. with a high-resolution tier, which offers access to lossless audio for $19.99 per month. Tidal also offers lossless audio streaming for $19.99 per month.Amazon’s current music service is priced $9.99 per month, with a $2 discount for Prime subscribers. The company is also offering a $3.99 tier for consumers who want unlimited music listening on one single Echo speaker or Fire TV, and has a separate free plan for Prime subscribers that is based on personalized playlists, but doesn’t offer full on-demand access to its entire catalog.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

first_img Popular on Variety Netflix has for years touted its algorithm-driven TV and movie recommendations. Now HBO is taking a subtle swipe at the streaming rival and other services that push computer-generated content suggestions with the launch of “Recommended by Humans.”HBO’s new marketing site is stocked with paid fan testimonials for around 50 shows, movies and documentaries that lets users sample them for free. “[T]he best recommendations come from real people,” HBO said Tuesday in announcing the site, available at site lets users scroll through a canvas on a desktop or mobile browser to watch 36 video testimonials and more than 150 Twitter recommendations from HBO fans. Featured titles range from recent series like “Game of Thrones,” “Succession,” and “Chernobyl” to older shows like “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” “The Wire” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” How HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Recreated the Horrific Radiation Burns ‘His Dark Materials’ HBO Series Rounds Out Voice Cast ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 For the campaign, HBO issued a casting call for viewers “who were so excited about their favorite shows they were willing to go on camera to recommend them,” according to a rep. The participants were free to choose which program to recommend and what they wanted to say about it. On the site, the premium programmer says, “We paid them for their time because we’re not monsters.” Related It’s the first HBO brand campaign to exclusively feature fans, developed by the programmer’s marketing team alongside agencies Engine and Resn. HBO is encouraging others to share their own recommendations on social media using the hashtag #HumanReco and says it will add more programs to “Recommended by Humans” in the future.Each fan recommendation on the site is accompanied by the trailer — along with the series premiere episode or full film, available to stream for free. HBO has offered free sampling of select content in the past, but the new site is the first time it’s pairing that with testimonials.Here’s the full list of programs available on the “Recommended by Humans” site: “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” “Animals.,” “Ballers,” “Big Little Lies,” “Bored to Death,” “Carnivale,” “Chernobyl,” “Crashing,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Deadwood,” “Divorce,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Enlightened,” “Euphoria,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Game of Thrones,” “Gentleman Jack,” “Girls,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “Los Espookys,” “Mommy Dead and Dearest,” “My Brilliant Friend,” “Random Acts of Flyness,” “Sally4Ever,” “Sex and the City,” “Sharp Objects,” “Silicon Valley,” “Six Feet Under,” “Succession,” “The Comeback,” “The Deuce,” “The Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The Leftovers,” “The Night Of,” “The Normal Heart,” “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “The Young Pope,” “There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane,” “True Blood,” “True Detective,” “Veep,” “Vice Principals” and “Westworld.”last_img read more

first_imgAll date are subject to change. But there are plenty of Marvel movies to stay on top of too. And the DCEU has some interesting projects for the rest of the year and next. We are sure MovieBob will have a lot to say about Iron Fist again. Stop on top of all comics news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Comic movies get all the attention, but there are tons of great TV shows based on comics out there. When you think about it, TV is actually a better medium for comics adaptation than feature films. Both tell stories in an episodic format, both spend all year building to some big finale or event, and both have a long tradition of crossovers and cameos. It’s no wonder some of our favorite TV shows are based on comics.The networks and streaming services have caught on too. There are so many new and returning comics-based TV series ahead, it’s hard to keep track of when all the premieres are. Thankfully, you have us to do it for you. Let Geek tell you when your favorite comic book TV shows are happening and never miss a moment of your favorite superhero. (The Flash! It’s The Flash, Right? Yeah, it’s The Flash.)Iron Fist – September 7Marvel’s most critically-maligned first season (until The Inhumans) returns with a new showrunner. All episodes premiere Friday, September 7 on Netflix.Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – September 17The wacky 2D animated avengers of four genetically modified adolescent reptiles come to a new generation of kids. The new series premieres Monday, September 17 on Nickelodeon.Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest – September 23T’Challa must once again team up with his sister Shuri and his fellow Avengers to protect Wakanda in this animated series. Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest premieres Sunday, September 23 at 9 p.m. on Disney XD.The Gifted – September 25The Strucker family is divided and on the run in this second season of the X-Men-based series. Season Two premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 8 p.m. on FOX.The Walking Dead – October 7The ninth season of AMC’s zombie drama based on Robert Kirkman’s comic will be the last to star Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. The Walking Dead returns from the grave Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. on AMC.The Flash – October 9Barry Allen, the fastest man alive, returns for a fifth season and he’s bringing Elongated Man Ralph Dibny back with him. What new foe awaits Team Flash. We’ll find out when The Flash Season Five premieres Tuesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. on The CW.Black Lightning – October 9The newest DC superhero show to appear on the CW quickly became one of the best. The Pierce family will continue to balance family life with superhero work in a complicated world. Season Two premieres October 9 at 9 p.m. on The CW.Riverdale – October 10The Black Hood mystery is solved, but things are far from normal in Riverdale. Especially with Archie arrested for a murder he didn’t commit. Just when you think Riverdale can’t get any wilder, it tops itself. Season Three premieres October 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.Titans – October 12The first original series to premiere on DC Universe, Warner Bros.’ new standalone streaming service. We’ll finally know why Robin has such harsh words about Batman. The first season premieres October 12 on DC Universe. New episodes will become available every Friday.Supergirl – October 14Who needs Superman? Supergirl is the empathetic, optimistic and still action-packed show you expect from this hero. And it’s not afraid to dive deep into the stranger parts of DC Comics canon. Supergirl Season Four premieres Sunday, October 14 at 8 p.m. on The CW. Arrow – October 15The series that started The CW’s massive interconnected DC universe returns for its seventh season. Oliver and his team try to keep Star City safe in a show that now feels oddly dark compared to everything else in the Arrowverse. Arrow Season Seven premieres Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m. on The CW.Constantine: The Legend Continues – October 15The Arrowverse-connected Constantine only ran for one season on NBC. That wasn’t the end of the character, though. The story continued in this animated web series on CW Seed. Now, it’s airing all at once on The CW proper. See what happened between Constantine and the character’s debut on Legends of Tomorrow when Constantine: The Legend Continues airs on Monday, October 15 at 9 p.m. on The CW.DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – October 22The most fun, joyously silly Arrowverse series returns at the end of October. A collection of heroes and villains from the other Arrowverse shows travel through time to fix errors in history, and usually screw things up worse. Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 premieres on Monday, October, 22 at 9 p.m. on The CW.The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – October 26Just in time for Halloween, this supernatural spinoff of Riverdale stars Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman. Like Riverdale before it, this is a darker version of the character than fans of the ’90s sitcom may remember, based on the also-darker comics with which it shares a name. All episodes of Season One premiere on Friday, October 26 on Netflix.Marvel’s Runaways – December 21The first season of Marvel’s Runaways was a fantastic adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s 2003 comic. It expanded on the source material in smart ways, mixing teen drama with a superhero story, and fleshed out the parents to be more than a cabal of evil supervillains. Season Two will continue that trajectory and bring in more fan-favorite moments from the comics. Runaways Season Two premieres Friday, December 21 on Hulu, with new episodes released every week.Daredevil – Late Fall 2018The world thinks Matt Murdock is dead after the events of The Defenders, but they’re obviously mistaken. The third season of Marvel’s first Netflix series is set to stream later this year, though no official release date has been given. If it follows the pattern of 2017’s The Punisher, we may not get one until a couple of weeks before its release. Expect to see Daredevil Season Three drop sometime in late 2018 on Netflix.Christopher Meloni, Patton Oswalt (Photo via Syfy)Happy! – Late 2018Syfy’s manic, violent, creepy, hilarious series starring Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt got renewed right before last January’s Season One finale. No official release date yet, but Syfy expects Season Two to premiere sometime in 2018.Cannon Busters – April 1, 2019Based on the comic by LeSean Thomas, Canon Busters follows friendship robot S.A.M., repair robot Casey Turnbuckle, and fugitive Philly the Kid traveling the world and searching for the heir to a kingdom under siege. This animated series is set to premiere April 1, 2019 on Netflix.Gotham – Early 2019The final season of Fox’s Batman prequel got a last minute order at the end of spring. Season Five will introduce yet more Batman villains and get us to the point where Bruce Wayne donning the cowl. There’s no firm premiere date yet, but expect to see Gotham in January or February of 2019 on Fox.iZombie – Early 2019A late renewal by the CW ensured that Liv would keep eating brains and solving crimes for another season. This darkly comedic zombified take on a police procedural usually premieres at midseason. Expect new episodes in early 2019 on The CW.Dan Stevens (Photo via FX)Legion – Mid 2019David Haller went full on supervillain at the end of Legion’s second season. It’s entirely unclear how, or if, they’re going to pull him back from this one. We’ll see when this mind-altering X-Men series returns for Season Three in late winter/early spring of 2019 on FX.Krypton – Mid 2019Syfy’s Superman prequel got a Season Two renewal, but no premiere date yet. All we know for sure is that this one introduces Lobo to the series. We can probably expect to see Krypton Season Two sometime in late winter/early spring of 2019 on Syfy.Cloak and Dagger – Spring 2019Marvel really knocked it out of the park with their first series on Freeform. Tyrone and Tandy were irresistible on screen together, and we’ll see a lot more of them in Season Two. This one sees Detective O’Reilly’s transformation into Mayhem. Expect to see Season Two of Cloak and Dagger in Spring 2019 on Freeform.Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Summer 2019Instead of premiering this fall or at midseason, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is sidestepping Avengers: Infinity War altogether by waiting until after Avengers 4 comes out. No premiere date is set yet, but we’ll catch up with Coulson and the gang in the summer of 2019.Wynona Earp – Summer 2019The fourth season of this demon-hunting show was announced right after the premiere of the third. Based on the comic by Beau Smith, Wynona Earp follows the great-great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp as she hunts down the spirits of outlaws her ancestor killed. Going by past season premiere dates, Season Four of Wynona Earp should arrive in the summer of 2019 on Syfy.Fear the Walking Dead – Spring/Summer 2019This spinoff of The Walking Dead was already renewed for another season. If the past few are anything to go by, this one should be split up into two parts, one premiering in the spring and one in the summer of 2019 on AMC.The Umbrella Academy – 2019This animated series about a dysfunctional family of superheroes is based on a comic by My Chemical Romance lead singer, Gerard Way. It’s set to hit Netflix sometime in 2019.Watchmen – 2019Very little is known about Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic comic for HBO. We don’t even know how closely it will stick to the source material. We certainly don’t know when we’ll see it. Watchmen is set to premiere sometime in 2019 on HBO.Deadly Class – 2019Based on the comic book by Rick Remender, Deadly Class follows a kid in 1987 drawn into a school of assassins. The Russo Brothers-produced series will premiere in 2019 on Syfy.The Boys – 2019Based on the comic by Garth Ennis, The Boys is about a group of ordinary vigilantes who make it their mission to take down corrupt superheroes. The series will premiere on Amazon sometime in 2019.The Tick – 2019Season One of The Tick on Amazon Prime may be the most faithful adaptation of Ben Edlund’s superhero satire yet. This iteration of The Tick takes itself as seriously as any other superhero show and is all the better for it. The second season premieres on Amazon sometime in 2019.Young Justice: Outsiders – 2019Season Three of this beloved animated series is long overdue. We finally get to continue the story thanks to DC Universe. With no official release date yet, all we know is Young Justice: Outsiders will be out sometime in 2019 on DC Universe.Swamp Thing – 2019Executive produced by James Wan (Aquaman) and Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow) this is one of the more exciting shows coming to DC Universe in 2019.Harley Quinn – 2019Unrelated to the series of movies starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, this animated TV series is set to premiere on DC Universe in 2019.Doom PatrolDC Universe is making sure there’ll be plenty of original content to keep you subscribed. Get ready for some Grade-A superhero strangeness when Doom Patrol comes to DC Universe in 2019.last_img read more

first_img “Hey everybody! What’s the MOST relevant possible use of our time and resources in terms of a political message-movie for 2019? Y’know, since nobody really goes to SEE movies like that in numbers that would make them profitable or part of the actual zeitgeist to any degree; so the ONLY reason to do one is if we’ve got something super relevant and pressing we just NEED to get on record about?”“How about… ‘Dick Cheney was NOT a very good person!”?“…BOLD.”At one point, I honestly thought that the one bright side to the current horror show in Washington was that I might, at long last, be done watching otherwise-talented, liberal movie stars throw themselves into earnest and well-intentioned but eye-rollingly bad projects built around re-litigating the Bush Administration. But yeah, this is what we got: Adam McKay got really good notices for the ambitious and uneven but overall (at least I thought so) pretty interesting and solid comedy/drama/biography/history-lesson/polemic hybrid The Big Short a few years back; so now he’s apparently decided “90s Oliver Stone doing 2000s Chuck Lorre sitcom jokes” is his new wheelhouse.Now in Vice, McKay aims to go both go big and go home with the definitive docu-come-dramedy takedown of the major political scandals of three whole Spider-Man reboots ago; pivoting around a janky biography of eventual Vice President Dick Cheney as embodied by Christian Bale under 40 pounds of makeup (and 40 TONS of “Christian Bale-ness”) that spends an exhaustive amount of time meticulously recreating the man’s life in exacting detail all to say not much more than “Dick Cheney: That Person Definitely Existed.”The film does admittedly get off exactly one extremely well-aimed structural joke; playing its entire first two-thirds of running time as a rigidly-structured conventional three-act “Complicated Life Well-Lived” politician biopic of Cheney’s original run through the American political gauntlet, beginning with his ne’er-do-well college schmuck origins up through his education and self-advancement as an increasingly-ruthless player in the Nixon and Ford administrations under the tutelage of Steve Carrell’s unctuous Donald Rumsfeld; up to and including the humanizing touches of his frail heart condition, ahead-of-his-time unquestioning embrace of his daughter’s coming out as a lesbian, and a general sense of non-ideological monotone self-interest; ultimately ending with a Hallmark-hazy sunset retirement complete with ending credits crawl… only to (of course) cut it short with the surprise phone call from George W. Bush asking him to be Vice President for the 2000 campaign that begins the story we actually came to see and signals an abrupt shift in tone.It’s an admittedly terrific joke from one of our best modern comedy filmmakers… but it’s also the sort of one-off “gotcha!” that better befits a surface-level comedy sketch without much else to offer other than “Yeah, that happened!” and without much deeper meaning underpinning any of the subsequent meta-textual gimmickry: Guantanamo torture techniques being presented by Alfred Molina as a sommelier with a literal wine list? QUIRKY! What does it mean? …quirky? The one main overriding idea — that the affectless head-down businesslike approach to every issue and seemingly lack of a broader ideological slant outside self-protection/advancement that initially made Cheney a “powerful but unremarkable” Washington player were actually the red flags of a dangerous psychopath who never should’ve been near power — is certainly argued to the hilt, but also to a resounding:“…And?”Most of the performances are pitched at that same “Solid, but what’s the point of this?” level: Bale is definitely intense, but by now isn’t everyone onto the fact that “super intense and kind of smug about it” is about the only note this particular actor seems interested in hitting anymore? Even under all the makeup, it wouldn’t seem out of character for his take on Cheney to throw on the Bat-suit or bust out some gun-kata — Bale is to glowers and seething in a guttural register as Tom Cruise is to “running.”Carrel is occasionally a lot of fun as Rumsfeld, but only in the moments where Vice is otherwise at its most self-indulgently comedic, and you remember how perfect he was at playing the obvious-caricature versions of this sort of guy on The Daily Show or as Brick in Anchorman — when he’s meant to be legitimately “sinister” here you almost wish you were watching Welcome to Marwen again instead (I said almost.) In a similar vein, sure — it’s “amusing” to see Sam Rockwell play George W. Bush, but it was actually funny when he did it as an affect for Zaphod Beeblebrox in the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie. At least they fare better than most of the others, who’re so underwritten that you feel like their dialogue might as well have been: “Hey! I’m Tyler Perry playing Colin Powell! Isn’t that funny!?” “Hey guys! I’m Amy Adams! Don’t you think it’s hilarious I’m Lynne Cheney!!??”Again and again, minute after minute, obvious characters turn up to walk us through painfully earnest, miserably unfunny takes (which, to be clear, are mostly meant to be either funny or “darkly humorous”) on events that no one old enough to even think about watching this kind of dreary sub-Newsroom pablum actually needs any reminder of. Part of what made this schtick work in The Big Short is that McKay’s didactic “You peasants are too stupid to understand what happened here, let me walk you through it with celebrities and funny graphics” gimmickry is that the 2008 financial crash actually was pretty wonky and hard for most people to get their heads around. Everything here, on the other hand, is both extremely well-documented and was already being lambasted in exactly this tone weekly by every political comedian on the planet for a decade; and Vice‘s idea of going “higher brow” on that front is to do a fourth-wall-break about how it’s too bad biopics aren’t as free to engage in historical conjecture as Shakespeare’s history plays were… before cutting to an imaginary scene of Bale and Adams having a Macbeth-esque exchange in iambic pentameter. Zounds!As such, all this condescending (if sincerely-felt) rage comes off as less as righteous fury and more like a petulant tantrum that while people might be angry they aren’t angry enough about what THIS movie thinks they should be angry about. It’s the feature film version of being lectured about political pop-culture by an oozing hipster who’s very proud of himself for recognizing that Aaron Sorkin and The West Wing probably had a net-negative effect on how a generation of would-be progressives views U.S. politics… but then sighs wistfully about how HE, on the other hand, knows everything he needs to because he never misses an episode of Chapo.Nevermind the fact that the rest of it is never once as clever or insightful as it clearly thinks it is — unless you sincerely think that calling the movie about a guy famous for being Vice President “VICE” (as in “bad things”) qualifies as a clever gag, or that punctuating Cheney’s various lapses in moral conviction with his recurring episodes of heart failure (he has failings of heart… during his failings to act with HEART — get it!!!???) are an insightful metaphor (and just wait until you see what the bizarre narration gimmick is building up to — yeesh!)There isn’t a joke being told or a point being made you won’t see a better version of by just pulling the identical corresponding SNL sketches from the same era, save for the smattering of gestures toward the present day in which Vice insists that we can’t understand the Trump Era until we understand everything McKay is trying to reveal about Dick Cheney. I’m not entirely convinced of that thesis, but it does go a long way to understanding why the film turned out like it did: It feels like nothing so much as the end result of McKay and his collaborators feeling frustrated at spending A LOT of time putting together a really swell Power Point presentation about how bad the last Republican Presidency was… and now nobody really cares because the current one feels SO MUCH WORSE — but they’re gonna SHOW YOU how it’s all connected so you’re gonna sit there and listen, mister!Not that that’s a terrible idea either for a political polemic or just a movie, but at a certain point “righteous indignation” just turns into “pissy” and Vice gets from zero-to-”pissy” extremely quick and never quite decelerates. I’m not one to say that a movie should never operate from a place of contempt for its audience (I mean, one of my favorite movies is Starship Troopers) but the level of smug, self-satisfied rage on display here is something to behold; with a pair of ending “stingers” that not only go for the most pretentious version possible of the “villain talks to the audience” setup but also shockingly tone-deaf beat that effectively accuses the audience of “letting things get this bad” specifically by going to see the wrong kinds of movies — i.e. big stupid blockbusters instead of (one must assume) important and informative works like Vice.Even if you do find a sliver of validity in that notion (I’d offer regardless, at least, that the specific choice of movie name-checked as the opiate of the masses and the audience made to vocalize its praises raise some… interesting questions, at least, about who McKay thinks is most responsible for the epidemic of ignorance) I’m not really sure it’s a point that sits all that well coming from the writer/director of Anchorman and The Nice Guys — especially since (ironically!) both of those movies had more interesting things to say about American society, culture and politics and in funnier ways than Vice does.More MovieBob Reviews on Reviews: ‘Aquaman’MovieBob Reviews: ‘Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse’MovieBob’s Top 10 Movies of 2018 MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgThe first Fallout was a cult hit, and its fans demanded more. Fallout 2 met that demand just one year later, with a few refinements to the mechanics, and a drastically expanded world, history, and story. Some of those elements continued on in the games that followed and have helped define the Fallout franchise. Here are a few important things about Fallout 2 that players should know before grabbing Fallout 4, and don’t forget to check out our 50 little-known facts about the franchise too!Instead of picking up where the first game left off, Fallout 2 leapt forward 80 years to 2241, and had players control a direct descendant of The Vault Dweller, the hero of the first game. This new protagonist was raised in a tribal village, and was chosen to embark on a quest to locate wondrous technology from their ancestral home of Vault 13.“The Chosen One” was seeking a device called the Garden of Eden Creation Kit. The GECK was mentioned in the instruction manual that came with Fallout 1, however, it was not actually seen in-game until Fallout 2, and then later appeared in Fallout 3. It is an undying part of the Fallout franchise, not just because of its in-game appearances, but also because Bethesda’s mod-making tool is called the GECK With mods being available on the console versions of Fallout 4, players will be hearing a lot about the GECK in one form or another.Super mutants were the bad guys in Fallout 1, but Fallout 2 took place several generations later. Most humans had been born and raised with the Super Mutants as a part of their world. However, the Super mutants were still the same group of mutants from the first game. Fallout 1 established that the Super mutants couldn’t breed, but Fallout 2 revealed that they had a very long lifespan too. Long enough to still be alive and well for the sequel and beyond.Most people shunned the mutants, but later parts of the game had towns where mutants worked and lived alongside humans. Players who put in the effort could even recruit a friendly mutant, named Marcus, as part of their party. Although Marcus was an upstanding citizen, nice mutants are still extremely rare. Even well-intended ones can be unpredictable and dangerous. The East Coast breed of Super mutants are particularly hostile to humans.Friendly ghouls are much more common than friendly Super mutants, but the ghouls in the first game had — at best — a reluctant tolerance for “Normies.” Players who behaved diplomatically were allowed to explore the ghoul city of Necropolis, although the ghouls frequently threatened to make players take a “dirt nap” if they got out of line.None of the ghouls would actually join players on their quest in the first game. However, Fallout 2 introduced players to Lenny, a ghoul doctor who could join the team alongside Marcus the mutant and several other unusual companions. Players have been able to recruit ghouls, mutants, cyborgs, and robot followers in every game since. These non-human creatures add variety to the party, with mutants providing brute force while the ghouls often bring specialized skills.The first Fallout introduced several forms of fictional drugs, collectively called chems. They could be addictive if the player used them too much, but they would also boost the player’s abilities temporarily, and the risk of getting hooked was usually worth it. It was a mixed message that suited the moral ambiguity of the Fallout world: “Drugs are bad, and you should always keep some handy.”In Fallout 2, chems took a more important role in the story. Most chems were made before the Great War but, by the 2240s, a new chem was invented by the denizens of the wasteland. Jet was far more powerful than the chems from the first game, but it also much more addictive. A major subplot involved finding the creator of Jet, and possibly making a cure. Or players could roam the wasteland as jet junkies, alternating between strung out, and supercharged.Although it was invented in Nevada, Jet made its way to the East Coast at some point between Fallout 2 and 3. The Jet seen in the more recent games is not as addictive as the original version, though, and there are designer variants of it and other chems made by pushers all over the wasteland.The first little town that players visited in Fallout was called Shady Sands. In the 80 years that passed between the games, Shady Sands had grown into the heart of the New California Republic. In 2241, the NCR had united most of the towns in the first game, and was hard at work trying to assimilate the areas introduced in Fallout 2. The player could help or hinder the NCR’s effort to seize new territory but, no matter what the player did, the NCR would still conquer new territory in the years that followed, and its slow spread Eastwards played a pivotal role in Fallout New Vegas. Despite Fallout’s apocalyptic origins, theNew California Republic was bringing civilization back to the wasteland.The Brotherhood of Steel was the apex of technological advancement in the first Fallout game. Yet, they were having a rough time when the events of Fallout 2 rolled around. The player only meets a few members of the Brotherhood, and these are just guards stationed at small outposts. One of these guards believes that the Brotherhood’s xenophobia and reclusiveness have caused them to lag behind other wasteland groups. Both in terms of numbers, and in technological innovation.The decline of the Brotherhood was only a small part of Fallout 2, but that idea became important later on. After the events of Fallout 2, the Brotherhood sent several expeditions East, and this was integral to the stories of Fallout 3, New Vegas, and even the non-canonical Fallout: Tactics. Political schisms occurred in some of these far-off chapters of the Brotherhood, and somewhere East of California there may yet be more Brotherhood chapters.The faction that posed the greatest danger to the Brotherhood was a new group of enemies created for Fallout 2, The Enclave. In Fallout’s alternate timeline, the Cold War extended well into the 21st Century, and the American government knew that even if they defeated the Commies, the world was still doomed, if not from nuclear war, then from the plundering of Earth’s resources.The Enclave was a group of America’s self-proclaimed elite. The government, military, and wealthy. They saw the end coming, and hid themselves away in a secret offshore base. While most people in the wasteland were simply trying to survive, the Enclave thrived and plotted. They developed power armor that was superior to the Brotherhood’s, and they built “Vertibird” helicopters that gave them a distinct tactical advantage in a world where few vehicles still worked.During the events of Fallout 2, the descendants of the original Enclave were planing to kill off everyone in the wasteland, and rebuild America all for themselves. The player managed to stop the Enclave at the end of the game, but this organization proved to be Fallout 2‘s most enduring contribution to the franchise. The Enclave returned in Fallout 3, and made an appearance in New Vegas. Hints throughout the games implied that there are other Enclave bases hidden throughout the will explore the Enclave’s return in Fallout 3 and New Vegas in the weeks ahead, and look at how how those games helped expand the Fallout universe.last_img read more

first_imgI’ve been saying for most of the life of the Wii U now that the only way Nintendo is going to turn the platform around is with great games. They are doing that for the most part, albeit a little slowly. However, for the forthcoming (and instantly popular) release of the Pokemon fighting game Pokken Tournament, there’s an extra thing to purchase: a new controller.For now, the special controller is only confirmed for release in Japan and the design is based on the arcade machine (released in Japan back in July). You can see the arcade controller in this video review of the machine:It has a D-pad and four main face buttons, but no analog sticks. The ZL and ZR triggers are buttons next to Select and Start, and there’s a couple of shoulder buttons to finish off the design. It’s wired, too, so no batteries to charge and therefore a cheaper peripheral to make and therefore buy.It reminds me of the Wii Pro Controller, and hopefully Nintendo doesn’t restrict its use to Pokken Tournament. There’s a number of games that do not require analog sticks or the Wii U standard controller’s display to play, and not having to worry about charging is great. More specifically, it could prove popular for playing Virtual Console games if the D-pad is well designed.I suspect Nintendo will do a bundle of the game with the controller, but must also sell the controller separately for two-player gaming. That should allow gamers in Western markets to import the controller without having to purchase the region-restricted game as well. It all depends on how many controllers Nintendo decides to have made, though.Play-Asia is already advertising the controller, which is made by Hori, with a $34.99 price tag. That’s not too bad.Pokken Tournament arrives in Japan on March 18 next year, with European and North American launches following in the second quarter.last_img read more

first_img Kickstart This Sleep Box Inspired by Mark Zuckerberg’Legend of the White Dragon’ Reunites Original Power Rangers Stay on target Green is the new black: A battery-free powered toothbrush has more than doubled its crowdfunding goal in one week.The unlikely product—a wildly popular dental hygiene tool—runs on kinetic energy.Simply apply toothpaste, give Be (Beyond Electric) two full twists, and press the power button, and you’re off to the teeth-cleaning races.AdChoices广告Made from 90 percent post-consumer material, Be is 100 percent recyclable, biodegradable, and portable. Free from cables and batteries, the device comes with a travel case and brush refills; take it on business trips and camping adventures, or just to the office, for a “diamond-clean smile.”It even comes with recyclable packaging (via Goodwell Co.)Be uses Binchotan (a.k.a. activated charcoal) in its bristles, to help with Ph balance, odor absorption, and anti-microbial purification. The toothbrush automatically shuts down after a dentist-recommended two minutes (and 80,000 oscillating brush strokes).“Every year, 15 billion batteries are discarded worldwide, and only 1 percent of them are recycled,” according to the Kickstarter campaign, led by Goodwell Co. “We know it’s bad but let’s face it, it’s hard to feel like one person can actually make a difference … until now.”On a mission to create 100 percent natural technologies that raise environmental awareness and help preserve the planet, Goodwell manufactures affordable and eco-friendly toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste.It’s latest project Be has already collected more than $151,300 from nearly 2,000 backers.Do you part to save the environment (via Goodwell Co.)There are still 37 days to snag your own Be battery-free toothbrush, on sale with a snap-on travel case, and three biodegradable brush head refills for an early-bird price of $49 (comparable to a low-end Oral-B electric tooth sweeper).Customers can also save $60 off the retail price of an entire Clean Kit—toothbrush, case, toothpaste, floss, refills—by pledging $89.Every purchase comes with a one-year supply of replacement heads “to minimize the energy and carbon of bi-monthly refill shipping,” the project page said.“Don’t forget recyclable packaging, too!”The electric-free toothbrush is estimated to ship in December 2018.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target They say a man’s home is his castle. Castles frequently cost a lot of money and take a long time to build. Neither of those applies, however, to this amazing little abode.This pointy-roofed number is called M.A.Di — or “modulo abitativo dispiegabile” which I’m trusting Google to translate roughly as “deployable modular housing” and it costs as little as $33,000. Homes really don’t get much easier to deploy than this thing.It goes from a pile of panels to a finished home in just six hours. No massive construction crew is required, either. M.A.Di can be pieced together by just three workers thanks to its ingenious design. Watching the process in real time could be a bit boring, so here it is crammed into a one-minute-plus time lapse (with a much larger crew):How can a M.A.Di unit go up so quickly? Because it’s shipped to the construction site as a pile of pre-assembled panels. The main volumes feature hinged roof sections. Once they’ve been plunked onto the pad in the correct location by a crane, the same crane just needs to hook on the roof and give a good tug to stand it up. Workers can then go about fastening the rest of the sections.M.A.Di’s modern (and very white) interiorThe A-frame house is available in five different sizes. M.A.Di starts out as a 27 cubic meter unit with one bedroom and one bath. Upgrade to the luxury version with higher-end finishes and the volume expands to 46 cubic meters.Need even more room? There’s a 56 cubic meter version with two bedrooms and three beds, but the sleeping quarters are a little on the tight side. Vidal has designed two larger models — a 70 cubic meter two-bedroom cottage and a maxed-out 84 cubic meter, three-bedroom. The top-end unit costs around $74,000. Modular 3D Printer Builds Sustainable HousesPrefab House Can Be Erected In Just 5 Hours center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target SCUF Prestige Falls Short of Being a Must-Have Premium ControllerOrigin PC Ends Console Wars With PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Combo Case This generation hasn’t exactly been great for the Xbox One. Right from the start, it has waged a losing battle against its direct competitor: Sony’s PlayStation 4. Now, Microsoft’s console faces a war on two fronts thanks to the Nintendo Switch. With the PS4’s dominance and Switch’s rising popularity, the Xbox One is in true danger of losing its #2 position. In fact, if things continue along their current trajectory, the Xbox One will undoubtedly end up in third place by generation’s end.I realize hearing this isn’t something Xbox fans (and especially fanboys) will take lightly. However, given all of the evidence available, it’s the only logical outcome. Anything can happen in the next few years. However, with the way things are going, there is no scenario where Xbox One can manage to get ahead. This is due to several important factors I’ll outline below.Thanks to a reveal event focusing more on media than games, a draconian DRM policy, and a $500 price tag, Xbox One failed to meet the initial success of its predecessor, the Xbox 360. Things improved for Xbox One over time when Microsoft (wisely) dropped the Kinect peripheral, ditched the DRM, lowered the price, and brought Phil Spencer in to run the Xbox division. Still, this wasn’t enough for Xbox One to close the sizeable gap between it and PlayStation 4. The Xbox One isn’t a bad system. Far from it. Unfortunately, it has never been able to overcome its early blunders. A current lack of big-name first-party titles has only exacerbated the problem.A few weeks ago, it was reported that Xbox One has sold roughly 35 million systems worldwide. This number is an estimate. Unlike Sony or Nintendo, Microsoft doesn’t disclose sales numbers for its console. While 35 million sounds like a large number, it actually isn’t, at least compared to PlayStation 4’s 76 million. Sony sells two PS4s for every Xbox One sold by Microsoft. This 2-to-1 gap has remained consistent throughout the generation and it’s only getting wider. PS4 is absolutely destroying Xbox One. There is no conceivable way it will ever catch up, let alone overcome it.Then there’s Switch. Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid sold 14 million units in less than a year. If Switch continues selling like this, it will surely move 25 million units (or more) by the end of 2018. New installments of Pokemon and Metroid, and Super Smash Bros., will certainly send units flying off store shelves. Going by current sales, it’s easy to see Switch selling 40, 45, maybe even 50 million units by the end of 2019. It’s possible these projections are actually conservative. If we’ve learned anything, it’s to never underestimate the demand for Switch.It’s also important to keep in mind that Switch is the newer of the two consoles. It certainly doesn’t have the horsepower of PS4 and Xbox One, but those systems are seeing their twilight years. Conversely, the Switch still has many good years in front of it. As amazing as 2017 was for Switch, it has yet to truly hit its stride. Like I said, even stating the system will sell 50 million by next year is playing it safe. Unless Nintendo runs into manufacturing problems like last year, there’s nothing stopping the momentum of the console. It’s off to a nice sprint now, but expect it to transition to a full gallop sooner rather than later.Projecting Xbox One’s numbers is trickier. We know it has sold 35 million units since November 2013. If we round that number out to 36 million, that’s nine million consoles sold per year. Xbox One may sell another nine million in 2018, bringing it up to around 45 million. Console exclusives like Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and the annual Forza installment could help bolster this number in 2018. Again, it is hard to say since Microsoft doesn’t give out sales numbers for the system.Discussion when a generation “ends” isn’t exactly easy either. Based on current reports/rumors, Sony will launch PlayStation 5 in late 2019. This would signal the official start of the ninth generation of consoles. However, it would not mean the end of the eight. After all, both Sony and Microsoft continued to produce the PS3 and Xbox 360 well into this generation. Going off how long it took Sony and Microsoft to end production of their last-gen systems, it’s likely we’ll see the end of this gen around 2022-2023.As reported by GamesIndustryBiz, analysis from IHS Markit predicts consumers will spend more on Nintendo services than Microsoft (Xbox One) this year. Consumers spent $10 billion on Xbox services in 2018. They spent $8 billion on Nintendo. Nintendo’s sales include Switch, SNES Classic Edition, 3DS, and games (both physical and digital). IHS Markit predicts spending on Nintendo products and services to go over $11 billion this year, while spending on Xbox’s services will dip to $9 billion. The analysts believe Switch will detract consumers from spending on Xbox One and PS4 since those consoles are nearing their end. Switch’s eventual online service should help bolster money spent on Nintendo. Consumers spent over $20 billion on PlayStation products in 2017. Analysts expect this number to drop in 2018, but not significantly.Given everything I’ve outlined, it’s hard to see Xbox One beating Switch or PS4 in the next four/five years. The PS4 is now the name most think of when it comes to gaming. Its #1 place is all but secure, even after the PlayStation 5 gets announced. Switch will continue selling well. It may not catch up to PS4, which will doubtless sell over 100 million by generation’s end. With that said, Switch could pull off an upset and eventually arrive in first place. Microsoft has the Xbox One X, but by the time the more powerful PlayStation 5 hits, the system’s power advantage will instantly evaporate. With a string of must-have exclusives, Xbox One could make a miraculous resurrection. Unfortunately, it would be too little to late for the system. For better or worse, the system has simply lost the console war.Though Xbox One won’t “win” this generation, it isn’t a complete failure of a system. It certainly pleases its core audience. Those who only play on Xbox One still have access to most of the games found on PS4, in addition to Xbox exclusives. On top of that, there are the upcoming Xbox One exclusives we talked about earlier. Let’s also not forget other great exclusives like Ori and the Blind Forest, Sunset Overdrive, Gears of War 4, Halo 5, and Forza Horizon 3 which are still available. If you’re happy with your Xbox One, then having it “beat” PS4 or Switch is unnecessary for your enjoyment. Don’t worry about sales numbers or what PlayStation fanboys say on Twitter. Just have fun with your console.Xbox One lost this generation, but there’s still hope for the brand during the next generation. With PS5 (possibly) dropping in 2019, it’s a safe bet the Xbox Two (or whatever confusing moniker they’ll give it) won’t be far behind. Microsoft will likely correct the mistakes made with Xbox One and build a system focused primarily on gaming and with a plethora of exclusives. It’s probably best for Microsoft to focus on their next system and let Sony and Nintendo duke it out. If they play their cards right, Microsoft’s next system could very well be as dominant as the Xbox 360. That’s a story for another day, however.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Growing up, my family ate out a lot: We frequented the same handful of restaurants, where I ordered the same handful of meals.As an adult, I’ve become more culinarily adventurous—though I still tend toward the my tried-and-true favorites.So I am looking forward to testing Google Maps’ new “dish-covery” feature, which highlights eateries’ most popular menu items, and provides inspiration to try something new.AdChoices广告The function is powered by a machine-learning algorithm that matches dish names—provided by Google Maps users—with relevant photos and reviews.“This creates a handy arrangement of a restaurant’s most popular meals right at your fingertips in Google Maps,” product manager Ronnie Falcon wrote in a blog announcement.Whether you’re sampling a new bakery around the corner or paralyzed by choice in the Chinese restaurant, simply swipe up to find popular dishes.Still not convinced? Dive into the menu tab to scroll through all the most-talked-about meals; tap on a tasty-looking dish to explore reviews and photos.The feature also works abroad, where Maps automatically translates reviews into your preferred language.“At the end of the day, this feature is made possible because of contributions from people around the world who want to help others using Google Maps,” Falcon said.“So if you want to pay it forward to the next diner,” she continued, “simply take a photo of your meal (before you’ve scarfed it down) and add a dish name so others can know what’s good on the menu.”Popular dishes is now live on Google Maps for Android devices worldwide, and will roll out to iOS users in the coming months.This is the latest attempt to make Google your one-stop-shop for travel, dining, and everyday life.Last week, the tech titan introduced food delivery to its branded services: Users can now open Google Search or Maps to order food from third parties like DoorDash, Postmates,, Slice, and ChowNow.Make your selections with just a few taps, view delivery or pickup times, and check out with Google Pay. Or, using Assistant on your phone, simply say, “Hey Google, order food from [restaurant].”More on Maps Shows Speed Limits, Camera Traps in 40+ CountriesDon’t Get Hangry, Get Google ‘Wait Times’Impossible Foods Debuts Meatless Sausage For Little Caesars Google Maps’ AR Navigation Rolls Out to More DevicesGoogle Maps Highlights Bike-Sharing Stations, Availability last_img read more