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The pilot has been available for some time now, but a full season is upon us.
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“Spooooon!”So cheered parts of the audience in Room 6A at the San Diego Convention Center as the panel for “The Tick” kicked off. After a brief welcome from moderator Ralph Garman, attendees were treated to the world premiere of the second episode of the show (the pilot premiered on Amazon Video last year) ahead of the show’s streaming premiere date of August 25.For the uninitiated, the Tick is a blue-clad superhero who, sure, may not seem like he’s quite all there and may have an unconventional battle cry (i.e. “Spooooon!”), but he really just wants to help everyone and protect people from evildoers, with the help of his reluctant sidekick, Arthur. The Tick started out as a comic book hero in the late 1980s but crossed over to animation (cult favorite “The Tick: The Animated Series” on Fox) and then to a previous live-action series in 2001.On the panel were Tick creator Ben Edlund and a large chunk of the cast, including Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick), Griffin Newman (Arthur), Jackie Earle Haley (The Terror), Valorie Curry (Dot), Yara Martinez (Miss Lint), Brendan Hines (Superion), Scott …read more

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Daenerys is on a mission”I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will.” – Daenerys Targaryen Take a closer look at the new trailer for “Stormborn” and “The Queen’s Justice,” the next two episodes of the season 7 of “Game of Thrones” on HBO.Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETBehold the beautyEven in gorgeous landscapes, there will be war waged in season 7.Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETBring on the dragons!You can’t have “Game of Thrones” without a majestic dragon soaring through the sky.Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETCersei Lannister on the throneCersei Lannister won’t give up her Iron Throne without a fight, and she’s enlisting help from House Tarly. Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETAn army to beholdWhere there is war, there are intimidating, marching soldiers. And the size of Lannister’s army does not disappoint.Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETWinter is coming… againJon Snow seeks counsel at Winterfell and suggests dragon fire might be the key. Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETTime to unite”If we don’t band together we will die.” But which alliances will prove to be the most challenging to make?Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETSansa Stark is speechlessSansa Stark doesn’t seem to be on board with an alliance with the Targaryens.Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETDaenerys at DragonstoneWhen your castle is built by magic, expect decor like this.Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETBlood begins to spill…Casterly Rock — stronghold of House Lannister — is under attack! Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETEnter Euron…Here we see Euron Greyjoy riding into King’s Landing, happily greeting its citizens. Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNETOut in the light of day…Daenerys often spends her time in the dark spaces of Dragonstone. But in the new trailer, she is seen …read more

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When Jessica, Iron Fist, Daredevil and Luke Cage walk into an elevator, will anyone leave unscathed?
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Four of the biggest heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are about to blow your mind. No, not any of the Avengers, the Defenders. All hailing from their own corners of New York City, the four Netflix-Marvel shows are about to collide in a major way. “The Defenders” will focus on Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). The Netflix-Marvel show is massive; not only is it bringing together four larger-than-life characters, the release is the culmination of 5 years of prep and planning.Showrunner Marco Ramirez said that all roads led here: “Along the way there have been things we’ve seen but not investigated until this show.”I was there the first day the writers’ room was meeting (on ‘Daredevil’) and I remember we were just spit-balling a bunch of big ideas, and one of them was particularly big and Jeph Loeb was in the room and said, ‘Things like that, that’s probably “The Defenders”.'”
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[embedded content]Spoiler warning: Do not read if you’d rather not know anything about the new TV series “The Gifted.”Having superpowers isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially if you have to go into hiding because your government is hunting down all mutants. In the new X-men spin-off TV series “The Gifted,” the show follows the Strucker family as they go on the run from the government after discovering that their children have mutant powers. The family will seek help from a network of mutants during the series.Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, “The Gifted” stars Jamie Chung as the mutant Blink, Emma Dumont as the mutant Polaris, Blair Redford as the mutant Thunderbird and Sean Teale as the mutant Eclipse. Familiar actors Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker play the parents — Reed and Caitlin Strucker — while Percy Hynes White plays the son Andy, and Natalie Alyn Lind plays the sister Lauren.The pilot episode is directed by four-time X-Men film director Bryan Singer. At San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday, “The Gifted” showrunner Matt Nix was joined by executive producers Jeph Loeb, Lauren Schuler Donner and the cast, who revealed what they have in store for fans in the new series — as well as debuting a new trailer for the show.In the opening scenes of the new trailer, we see Andy being bullied at a school dance… until his mutant powers kick in. Andy’s sister Lauren uses her powers to help her brother cover up the damage and keep his mutant powers a secret, for now. When they “come out” to mother Caitlin as mutants, that only complicates matters more considering that their father Reed’s job is to put mutants just like them in prison. Reed makes a choice to help his family and join …read more

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All men must die. All men must wait in line.Hope you dressed warmly, because HBO set up a “Winter Is Here” environment for “Game of Thrones” fans at San Diego Comic-Con. It’s open to anyone with an SDCC badge, but be prepared for a line that stretches a few blocks.Photo by: Christine Cain/CNET’Dragonglass’ slap braceletUpon entry, you’ll be assigned an RFID wristband so all your photos and videos from each activation will get emailed to you. Brace yourself, new profile pics are coming.Photo by: Christine Cain/CNETThe Great Hall, WinterfellNext, you’ll find yourself in Winterfell. Take a seat at the head table in the Great Hall, and the Northern Lords proclaim you the King in the North. Photo by: Christine Cain/CNETTyrion and Daenerys’ costumesPhoto by: Christine Cain/CNETThree dragonsPhoto by: Christine Cain/CNETHand of the QueenPhoto by: Christine Cain/CNETDragonstone throne roomDaenerys may have wanted to get straight to business (spoilers!), but you can seat yourself on the throne at Dragonstone castle.Photo by: Christine Cain/CNETDragonstone map roomShall we begin?Photo by: Christine Cain/CNETPhoto by: Christine Cain/CNETHeart TreePhoto by: Christine Cain/CNETThe Iron ThroneNo introduction needed.Photo by: Christine Cain/CNETIf you saw the Dragonstone throne and thought, “I don’t want to be a queen. I want to be THE queen,” luckily you can sit at the Iron Throne for another photo op.Photo by: Christine Cain/CNETAll around me are familiar faces…Photo by: Christine Cain/CNETNot into ruling and politics? Venture over to the north of the Wall, where you can dress up as Jon Snow or a wildling and fight White Walkers in a 360-degree video.Photo by: Christine Cain/CNETI took the Black……but without sleeves, I just look like the drummer in a teenage metal band.Photo by: Christine Cain/CNETFruit’s Watch? Night’s Ninja?Planning on going north to defend The Wall? Hope you played a lot of Fruit Ninja. The last activation …read more

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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.Woz believes iPhones are worth it.
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In the end, it comes down to love.That’s seems to be Steve Wozniak’s view about buying high-priced Apple products.Speaking to journalists in Dongguan, China, earlier this week, the Apple co-founder explained why he thinks people buy iPhones, despite their elevated prices.As the South China Morning Post reports, he said: “Apple products are safe. And Apple’s pricing is high in the extreme. It’s a safe bet for a lot of people.”I always thought Apple products were supposed to be exciting, revolutionary even. The mere thought that the iPhone represents merely a safe bet borders on the depressing.People used to buy iPhones so that they could show them off, not think of them as Linus does a blanket. For Woz, though, this safety is coupled with something more. “When you love Apple, you are willing to pay for it,” he said. This much is true. Apple has managed to maintain brand loyalty while its competitors have sometimes foundered, often through their own doing. For example, Samsung launching phones (twice) that, well, exploded.As Woz was talking about the iPhone’s value, …read more

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Latest ‘Game of Thrones’ trailer shown at Comic-ConCan’t wait for Sunday’s new episode? New “Game of Thrones” teaser appears at SDCC 2017.1:00 CloseDragAutoplay: ONAutoplay: OFFSpoiler warning: If you don’t want clues as to what will happen in season 7 of “Game of Thrones,” stop reading now.”I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will.” – Daenerys TargaryenAnd so begins the new trailer for “Game of Thrones” season 7, stealthily released by HBO during San Diego Comic-Con International on Friday. Footage from the next two episodes of the season 7 — “Stormborn” and “The Queen’s Justice” — is featured in the new trailer.Enlarge Image
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We see the current ruler Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) ready to fight to keep her throne, with all the characters who haven’t been killed off yet choosing sides. “Everyone is your enemy. Everyone is your friend,” Petyr Baelish “Littlefinger” (Aidan Gillen) says in the trailer. “Every possible series of events is happening all at once.”Enlarge Image
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[embedded content]This doesn’t really require a lot of explanation. If you want to feel what it might be like to launch into space, watch this video. Just click and drag around with your mouse.Or better yet, strap on a Google Daydream View headset, fire up YouTube VR, and watch it there instead. I just did, and it was glorious. It’s a shame they cut it short at one point — I’d have gladly watched the entire journey.(What you’re seeing is the Maxus 9 rocket, which actually made this trip in April from the Esrange Space Center in Sweden. The Maxus program is a European venture to send research rockets up to space to perform science experiments in microgravity conditions. You can read more about this particular mission right here.)Via Digg.Share your voice0TagsSci-TechInternetCultureSpaceYouTubeLet’s block ads! (Why?) …read more

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The source of weird signals from space was probably something like this.
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When scientists at Arecibo, the world’s largest operating radio telescope, picked up unexplained and peculiar signals from nearby star Ross 128 earlier this year, they asked experts at the SETI Institute and the SETI Berkeley Research Center at the University of California to join them in taking a second listen. That happened this week, and analysis of all the data is now complete. On Friday, Abel Mendez, a professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo’s Planetary Habitability Laboratory, announced that his team is confident about the source of the “Weird! Signal.” Spoiler alert: They’re not saying it’s aliens.”The best explanation is that the signals are transmissions from one or more geostationary satellites,” Mendez wrote in a release. “This explains why the signals were within the satellite’s frequencies and only appeared and persisted in Ross 128; the star is close to the celestial equator where many geostationary satellites are placed.”Mendez added that the satellite explanation doesn’t fully account for the weirdness of the signal (which shows up in the figure below as diagonal lines).”It is possible that multiple reflections caused these distortions, but we will need …read more

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YouTube is cleaning out its toolbox.
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Do you use YouTube’s own web-based video editor to cut together your YouTube videos? Statistically, you probably don’t. Google has noticed that less than 0.1 percent of all YouTube creators are using that particular feature, and so it — and YouTube’s Photo Slideshows feature, which I can’t say I’ve ever heard of — are officially going away on September 20. You’ll have until then to wrap up anything you’re working on. But do note that YouTube’s “Enhancements” feature, which let you trim, add subtitles, cards and filters, etc, will still work.YouTube first added the cloud-based video editing feature seven years ago, in 2010. Share your voice0TagsInternetGoogleYouTubeAlphabet Inc.Let’s block ads! (Why?) …read more

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