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Samsung Launches Galaxy S8 Smartphone

/. - 9 hours 23 min ago
Samsung on Wednesday unveiled the Galaxy S8, its latest flagship smartphone boasting a new voice assistant and larger display as the technology titan looks to steal a march on Apple and regain ground after the embarrassing Note 7 saga. The phone comes in two models with different screen sizes -- the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus. From a report: Some of the key features of the device include a so-called "infinity display", giving the device a bezel-less curved edge and a 12 megapixel back camera. [...] Samsung also revealed Bixby, a smart voice assistant to rival Apple's Siri. It will be able to answer questions you ask, but Samsung highlighted how it's different. One use case involved taking a picture of a monument and Bixby being able to tell you information about this as well as recommendations of restaurants nearby. The display has a resolution of 2960 x 1440. The Galaxy S8 (both variants) comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC (in international markets, Exynos octa-core). Other features include 12MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, 3,000 mAh battery (3,500 mAh battery on Plus model), USB-C charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, IP68 water and dust resistance capability, support for wireless charging, Bluetooth 5.0, and support for LTE Cat 16. It runs Android 7.0. Prices are yet to be announced.

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What Killed Adobe Flash?

/. - 10 hours 8 min ago
An employee, who claims to have worked on the development of Flash, writes: Apparently, the world settled on the "One True Cause" for why Flash "died". Take for example this blogpost by John Gruber about FedEx... it ends with this consideration on Steve Jobs' "Thoughts on Flash": "If it had been an angry rant, it would have been easily dismissed without needing to be factually refuted -- "That's just Jobs being a prick again." The fact that it wasn't angry, and because it was all true, made it impossible to refute." Impossible to refute. There's no doubt that this was the beginning of the end for Flash, right? Except that this is utterly wrong. I worked on Flash, and I worked on the thing that actually killed Flash. It is my strong belief, based on what I observed, that Steve Jobs' letter had little impact in the final decision -- it was really Adobe who decided to "kill" Flash. Yes, Flash was a bad rap for Adobe, and Steve's letter didn't help. But ultimately, what was probably decisive was the fact that developing Flash cost Adobe a ton of money. John Gruber, responding to the blogpost: To be clear, I don't think Jobs's letter killed Flash. But I don't think Adobe did either. Eventually Adobe accepted Flash's demise. What killed Flash was Apple's decision not to support it on iOS, combined with iOS's immense popularity and the lucrative demographics of iOS users. If Jobs had never published "Thoughts on Flash", Flash would still be dead. The letter explained the decision, but the decision that mattered was never to support it on iOS in the first place. It's possible that Flash would have died even if Apple had decided to allow it on iOS. Android tried that, and the results were abysmal. Web page scrolling stuttered, and video playback through Flash Player halved battery life compared to non-Flash playback.

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“Santa Clarita Diet” Gets A Second Season

Dark Horizons - 10 hours 24 min ago

Netflix has renewed its darkly humored zombie comedy “Santa Clarita Diet” for a second season.

Stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant will return for a new batch of episodes in early 2018 following the thirteen episode first season hitting on February 3rd.

The story follows Sheila (Barrymore), a once happily married wife to Joel (Olyphant) and mother to Abby (Liv Hewson), as she and her suburban family adjust to her new life as an overnight zombie.

Watch the second season video announcement:

Source: The Live Feed

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Second Trailer: Luc Besson’s “Valerian”

Dark Horizons - 10 hours 44 min ago

The second trailer for Luc Besson’s epic science fiction adventure “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” has arrived.

Based on the classic European graphic novel series, “Valerian and Laureline,” Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne star are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.

They embark on a new mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe – one under threat from within. The $180 million budgeted film opens July 21st.

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Slashdot Asks: Windows 10 Creators Update Goes Live On April 11, Will You Upgrade?

/. - 10 hours 48 min ago
Microsoft said today it will start rolling out Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest major update to its current desktop operating system, starting April 11. The company says Windows 10 Creators Update brings with it a range of new features. Some of the chief ones are: 1. Visual previews of tabs in Microsoft Edge. 2. Edge now has built-in support for ebooks. 3. Microsoft Paint now lets people create models in 3D. 4. Picture-in-Picture mode for videos. Essentially you can now have a small window with video playing on it placed on top of any other application. 5. Night Light: A baked in feature in Windows that will allow you to change the color and tone of display so that it doesn't pain your eyes to look at the screen at night. 6. Dynamic Lock: The feature first requires you to pair your phone or tablet with the computer. Once done, it will automatically log you out everytime you're away from desk (or technically speaking, the device is out of the computer's proximity). 7. Native support for surround sound. 8. Ability to scribble and make notes on Microsoft's Maps app. 9. Game mode: It "ensures" your computer is always maximizing its resources for an optimal gaming experience. 10. Built-in support for mixed reality handsets. Over the past two years, we have seen numerous instances where Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 update to customers who have Windows 7 or 8 running on their machines. There are still hundreds of millions of customers who're yet to upgrade from Windows 7, arguing that they either prefer how Windows 7 looks and functions, or (in some cases, and) why fix something when nothing is broken. That said, would you consider upgrading your system to Windows 10 Creators Update?

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International Trailer: “Message from the King”

Dark Horizons - 11 hours 2 min ago

A first look international trailer is out for Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz’s “Message from the King,” the new revenge thriller starring “Black Panther” himself Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman plays a mysterious outsider named Jacob King from South Africa who arrives in Los Angeles to avenge his younger sister’s death.

Teresa Palmer, Luke Evans, Alfred Molina and Tom Felton also star in the hard R-rated film which premiered at Toronto last year and has yet to set a release date outside of one in France on May 10th.

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Oracle Hires Global Specialists To Explore Feasibility of Buying Accenture

/. - 11 hours 48 min ago
Paul Kunert writes in an exclusive report via The Register: Oracle has hired global specialists to explore the feasibility of buying multi-billion dollar consultancy Accenture, sources have told us. The database giant has engaged a team of consultants to conduct due diligence to "explore the synergies that could be created if they [Oracle] bought Accenture lock stock and barrel," one source claimed. On top of the financial considerations, the consultants are evaluating the pros and cons including the potential impact on Oracle's wider channel. "While these things have a habit of fizzling out there are some fairly serious players around the table," a contact added. Another claimed the process was at an early stage. "If buying Accenture was a 100 meter race, Oracle is at the 10 to 15 meter stage now." [T]his buy would be an immensely bold, complicated and pricey move: NYSE-listed Accenture has a market cap of $77.5 billion, and shareholders will expect a premium offer. A deal would dwarf Oracle's $10 billion buy of PeopleSoft, its $7.4 billion deal for Sun Microsystems, and more recently, the $9.3 billion splashed on Netsuite. In buying Accenture, Oracle would be taking a leaf out of the mid-noughties handbook - when HP fatefully bought EDS and IBM acquired PWC to carve out a brighter future.

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Delightful Memories Your Children Won't Forget, Part 3

We have been thinking a lot these days about the home, the family, and especially our children. We went back to our roots and thought about how God formed each person in the womb. We discovered that there are both “good bents” and “evil bents” deep within each one of us. This discovery caused us to realize that part of a parent’s duty is to cultivate those God-given interests and capabilities—but not to the exclusion of dealing with disobedience, rebellion, and defiance. What huge responsibilities, especially the task of shaping each child’s strong will with wisdom. But rearing children is so much more than discipline! Previously, we turned our attention to delighting in our children (and grandchildren). That subject was so extensive we weren’t able to wrap our arms around it all in one message, so we’re returning to it now. Since we’ve learned some of the key words in the Bible that pertain to delighting in our offspring, we now need to think about some practical ways we can do that. One thing we can be sure of: our children won’t forget these occasions. Delightful memories last forever.

Disney Screens Fifth “Pirates” For Exhibitors

Dark Horizons - 13 hours 41 min ago

Two months out from opening, Disney screened “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” in full on Tuesday for exhibitors, and the response has been quite upbeat.

The studio didn’t have to show much at its CinemaCon presentation. The studio’s record year of $7.6 billion worldwide and the $700 million so far that the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” has taken means exhibitors are frankly on bended knee ready to take whatever the Mouse House feeds them.

Even so, screening ‘Pirates’ was a risk considering the first film remains the only beloved one of the franchise. With this serving as the fifth, and given plenty of time to percolate, the hope was the series would get try and recapture the fun adventure tone (with heart) of the original – especially after the creatively bankrupt fourth film.

It looks like they may have succeeded. Here’s some of the reactions:

“Pirates 5 is definitely the best one since the first. Admittedly, that isn’t saying much but it does occasionally capture that magic.” – Germain Lussier

“Thing I liked most about #PiratesoftheCaribbean is it felt the most like the first movie, which is my personal favorite. Strong finale.” – Erik Davis

“You might be surprised to hear me say this but I really dug the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Action set pieces are a lot of fun… Also the action scenes are really well staged and easy to follow. So much better than the last one. #PiratesoftheCaribbean.” – Steve Weintraub

“The new Pirates of the Caribbean is a big step up from the lifeless 4. Back to the fun myth building, still miss Verbinski’s imprint.” – Eric Vespe

“Fans of #PiratesoftheCaribbean will not be disappointed. Pirates 5 is a very fun, action packed adventure w subtle nods to the ride itself.” – Yolanda Machado

“New “Pirates of the Caribbean” has good pacing, solid action and a menacing villain in Javier Bardem.” – Sean P. Means

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a pleasant surprise. Continues the legacy, focuses on the characters and the world..” – Peter Sciretta

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is slated to open in cinemas May 26th.

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Spider-Man Exits MCU After ‘Homecoming 2’?

Dark Horizons - 13 hours 42 min ago

Sony Pictures has been tub thumping their collaboration with Marvel Studios, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” all week at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. A big part of that push has been Amy Pascal, the film’s producer and the former chief of Sony Pictures.

We also know that Sony is pursuing its own “Spider-Man” related projects with “Venom” and “Black Cat & Silver Sable” both in the works, films that will have no connection to the MCU or ‘Homecoming’

Now, in a surprising comment given during an interview with Cosmic Book News (via Gizmodo), Pascal revealed that the Marvel and Sony collaboration may be over after the already-planned sequel to ‘Homecoming’ is done. She tells the outlet:

“One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often. In fact, it may never happen again – after we do the sequel.

Because Sony and Disney and Marvel all decided that the right thing to do was to allow Peter Parker and Spider-Man to be in the MCU, and to work with the Marvel guys and have them produce this film, and I think that was a very rare thing for three companies to do and a very brilliant thing for them to decide to do, because there are only so many stories that you know you can tell again and again and again about Spidey, and this is something that we would never been able to do in any other way. So, it was a very selfless thing that was very smart on the part of all the companies.”

Though Pascal is a producer on ‘Homecoming’, she doesn’t speak officially for Sony even as her production studio has an ongoing deal with them. She also could be simply negotiating in the press for the inevitable contract renegotiations that will likely have to be locked down before ‘Homecoming 2’ opens.

There’ll be no shortage of Marvel-approved Spider-Man in the near future though with the character to appear in ‘Homecoming,’ at least one of the two new “Avengers” films on the way, and a ‘Homecoming’ sequel.

That’s not the only strange thing regarding the film today as Lainey Gossip adds that Gwyneth Paltrow could make a cameo in ‘Homecoming’ and apparently did a one-off deal to reprise her Pepper Potts role for a brief appearance – a deal which they indicate Sony picked up the tab for.

There were of course reports that Paltrow would also appear in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War,” reports which didn’t pan out.

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Henry Golding Cast In “Crazy Rich Asians”

Dark Horizons - 13 hours 44 min ago

Henry Golding is set to make his feature film acting debut as the male lead character of Nick Young in “Crazy Rich Asians” at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Jon M. Chu (“Step Up,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) helms the film based on Kevin Kwan’s hit book which follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding.

Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.

Michelle Yeoh is attached to play Nick’s controlling mother who disapproves of Rachel. Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and John Penotti are producing.

Source: THR

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World's Largest Dinosaur Footprints Discovered In Western Australia

/. - 14 hours 48 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The largest known dinosaur footprints have been discovered in Western Australia, including 1.7 meter prints left by gigantic herbivores. Until now, the biggest known dinosaur footprint was a 106cm track discovered in the Mongolian desert and reported last year. At the new site, along the Kimberley shoreline in a remote region of Western Australia, paleontologists discovered a rich collection of dinosaur footprints in the sandstone rock, many of which are only visible at low tide. The prints, belonging to about 21 different types of dinosaur, are also thought to be the most diverse collection of prints in the world. Steve Salisbury, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Queensland told ABC News: "We've got several tracks up in that area that are about 1.7 meters long. So most people would be able to fit inside tracks that big, and they indicate animals that are probably around 5.3 to 5.5 meters at the hip, which is enormous." "It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia's dinosaur fauna during the first half of the early Cretaceous period," he said. The findings were reported in the Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The largest tracks belonged to sauropods, huge Diplodocus-like herbivores with long necks and tails. The scientists also discovered tracks from about four different types of ornithopod dinosaurs (two-legged herbivores) and six types of armored dinosaurs, including Stegosaurs, which had not previously been seen in Australia. At the time the prints were left, 130m years ago, the area was a large river delta and dinosaurs would have traversed wet sandy areas between surrounding forests.

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NASA Launches Massive Digital Library For Space Video, Photos and Audio

/. - 17 hours 48 min ago
earlytime quotes a report from Space.com: NASA on Tuesday (March 28) unveiled a new online library that assembles the agency's amazing space photos, videos and audio files into a single searchable library. The NASA Image and Video Library, as the agency calls it, can be found at http://images.nasa.gov/ and consolidates space imagery from 60 different collections into one location. The new database allows users to embed NASA imagery in websites, includes image metadata like date, description and keywords, and offers multiple resolution sizes, NASA officials said. According to the NASA statement, other features include: Automatic scaling to suite the interface for mobile phones and tablets; EXIF/camera data that includes exposure, lens used and other information (when available from the original image); Easy public access to high resolution files; Downloadable caption files for all videos. The new NASA archive is not meant to be a complete archive of all of the space agency imagery. But it does aim to showcase what the space agency has to offer.

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Sixth “Mission” Sets Cast But Loses Renner

Dark Horizons - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:45pm

As part of Paramount’s CinemaCon presentation this week in Las Vegas, the studio offered some new details about Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible 6” with the main cast of the film now locked.

Joining Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt are Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, Alec Baldwin as Alan Hunley and suprisingly Sean Harris returning as ‘Rogue Nation’ villain Solomon Lane who was last seen being taken into IMF custody. They’re joined by new to the franchise cast members Henry Cavill, Sian Brooke and Vanessa Kirby.

One notable absentee from the group is Jeremy Renner as William Brandt. No reason was given for why Renner will not be involved, but his commitments throughout much of 2016 to the back-to-back “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4” shoot likely played a big part.

Shooting will take place in London, Paris, India and New Zealand. They will also shoot in IMAX 3D. Slated to begin production shortly, “Mission: Impossible 6” hits cinemas on July 27th 2018.

Source: CB

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Disney Announces “Wreck-It Ralph” Sequel

Dark Horizons - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:43pm

Dave Hollis, head of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios, has revealed that the “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel is on the way and has a title – “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”.

Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman are all returning to reprise their voice roles, as is much of the team behind the original film who are coming off the success of “Zootopia”.

Co-director Rich Moore confirms that the film has our characters entering the enormous world of the internet and the film’s production team has been hard at work designing the online world.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” hits U.S. theaters on March 9th 2018.

Source: Walt Disney Studios

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First Trailer: “An Inconvenient Sequel”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:41pm

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the environmental documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”. Bonni Cohen helms the film which follows former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his decades-long fight to build a more sustainable future for our planet.

He here travels around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher.

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power” opens in cinemas on July 28th 2017.

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