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Australian Scientists Figure Out How Zinc-Air Batteries Can Replace Lithium-Ion Batteries

/. - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 2:40pm
Researchers at the University of Sydney has figured out how to solve one of the biggest problems standing in the way for zinc-air batteries to replace lithium-ion batteries. The reason zinc batteries are so sought after is because they're powered by zinc metal -- the 24th most abundant element in Earth's crust. Not only are they cheaper to produce than lithium-ion batteries, they can theoretically store five times more energy, are much safer and environmentally friendly. The problem with zinc batteries stems around them being difficult to charge because of the lack of electrocatalysts needed to reduce and generate oxygen during the discharging and charging of a battery. labnet shares a report from Gizmodo: "Up until now, rechargeable zinc-air batteries have been made with expensive precious metal catalysts, such as platinum and iridium oxide. In contrast, our method produces a family of new high-performance and low-cost catalysts." These new catalysts are produced through the simultaneous control of the composition, size and crystallinity of metal oxides of earth-abundant elements like iron, cobalt and nickel. They can then be applied to build rechargeable zinc-air batteries. Researcher Dr Li Wei, also from the University's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, said trials of zinc-air batteries developed with the new catalysts had demonstrated "excellent rechargeability" -- including less than a 10 percent battery efficacy drop over 60 discharging/charging cycles of 120 hours. The research was published in the journal Advanced Materials.

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Cloudflare Stops Supporting Neo-Nazi Site The Daily Stormer

/. - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 2:03pm
Timothy B. Lee reports via Ars Technica: All week, the infamous hate site Daily Stormer has been battling to stay online in the face of a concerted social media campaign to shut it down. The site lost its "" domain on Monday after first GoDaddy and then Google Domains blacklisted it from their domain registration services. The site re-appeared online on Wednesday morning at a new domain name, But within hours, the site had gone offline again after it was dropped by Cloudflare, an intermediary that defends customers against denial-of-service attacks. Daily Stormer's Andrew Anglin reported Cloudflare's decision to drop the site in a post on the social media site Gab. His post was first spotted by journalist Matthew Sheffield.

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Strange Cameos In New “Thor” Japanese Trailer

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:44pm

A new Japanese trailer for Taika Waititi’s upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok” has arrived and teases the appearance of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in the film as he warns Thor (Chris Hemsworth) of dark events to come.

Otherwise, the trailer is a recut version of the Comic Con trailer with an action heavy focus and a solid remix of the music. Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Karl Urban and Jeff Goldblum also star in the film which opens early November. Check out several new photos from it below as well.

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YouTube Has An Illegal TV Streaming Problem

/. - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:20pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mashable: Most people turn to Netflix to binge watch full seasons of a single TV show, but there could be a much cheaper way: YouTube. You might be surprised to learn that you can watch full episodes of popular TV shows on YouTube for free, thanks to a large number of rogue accounts that are hosting illegal live streams of shows. Perhaps the most shocking thing about these free (and very illegal) TV live streams might even make their way into your suggested video queue, if you watch enough "random shit" and Bobby Hill quote compilations on the site, as Mashable business editor Jason Abbruzzese recently experienced. He first noticed the surprisingly high number of illegal TV streaming accounts on his YouTube homepage, which has tailored recommended videos based on his viewing habits. Personalized recommendations aren't exactly new -- but the number of illegal live streams broadcasting copyrighted material on a loop was a shocker. When we looked deeper into the livestreams, the number we found was mindblowing. Many of these accounts appear to exist solely to give watchers an endless loop of their favorite shows and only have a few other posts related to the live streamed content. "YouTube respects the rights of copyright holders and we've invested heavily in copyright and content management tools to give rights holders control of their content on YouTube," a YouTube spokesperson told Mashable in an email. "When copyright holders work with us to provide reference files for their content, we ensure all live broadcasts are scanned for third party content, and we either pause or terminate streams when we find matches to third party content."

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“Star Wars” Teases Lucas Ideas & Death Star?

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:14pm

Filming is continuing on the young “Han Solo” film at Disney and Lucasfilm with director Ron Howard using Twitter to reveal another photo from the set – this one a nod of the hat to the baddies with the tag ‘The Empire Looms Large’

What’s surprising is that the helmet pictured is very much like the ones originally worn by Death Star soldiers in the first “Star Wars” film. This has led to speculation on social media that the Death Star will, yet again, appear in a “Star Wars” movie. On the other hand it could be a clever bit of misdirection on Howard’s part.

The photo comes as producer Kathleen Kennedy said to EW this week that franchise creator George Lucas hasn’t entirely washed his hands of “Star Wars” just yet, reportedly offering advice every now and then:

“He’ll whisper in my ear every now and then. Usually, it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.”

The “Han Solo” movie is scheduled to be released on May 25th 2018.

The Empire Looms Large

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 16, 2017

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“Jeepers,” “Troopers” & “Pets” Sequels Set Dates

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:12pm

Several release dates have just been announced, and surprisingly all of them are sequels.

First up, Bloody Disgusting confirms that “Jeepers Creepers 3” is set to score a limited release next month. Clocking in at 100 minutes, the film will hit September 26th with an announcement (and likely trailer) imminent.

Next, co-founding member of Broken Lizard Steve Lemme tells Seven Days that the sequel to the comedy troupe’s cult hit “Super Troopers” has a release date set. While he can’t officially say it, he’s very obviously referring to April 20th 2018:

“I can’t tell you what it is. Here’s what I can tell you: It’s springtime and there’s a very obvious date, which happens to fall on a Friday this year. It’s going to be our widest release. And it’s testing better than any movie we’ve tested. It came out fantastic.”

Finally, Universal Pictures has locked down a new June 7th 2019 release date for the sequel to the animated family comedy “The Secret Life of Pets”.

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Email Provider ProtonMail Says It Hacked Back, Then Walks Claim Back

/. - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:40pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Wednesday, encrypted email provider ProtonMail claimed it had hacked someone who was impersonating its service in phishing emails, and the company then swiftly deleted the tweet. Early Wednesday morning, the security researcher known as x0rz tweeted out a series of screenshots allegedly showing someone sending emails that directed targets to a fake ProtonMail login screen. "You have an overdue invoice," the message read. In response, ProtonMail said it had taken action. "We also hacked the phishing site so the link is down now," ProtonMail tweeted. Depending on the context and what exactly the retaliating organization did, hacking back can be illegal. Hacking could violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or perhaps even wiretapping legislation. A recently proposed bill would attempt to legalize the practice. ProtonMail swiftly deleted its tweet, but not before x0rz could grab and subsequently tweet a screenshot. x0rz then deleted his own tweet at the request of ProtonMail.

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Shipping Company Maersk Says June Cyberattack Could Cost It Up To $300 Million

/. - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:03pm
An anonymous reader shares an article: Container shipping company A.P. Moller Maersk on Tuesday said it expects that computer issues triggered by the NotPetya cyberattack will cost the company as much as $300 million in lost revenue. "In the last week of the [second] quarter we were hit by a cyber-attack, which mainly impacted Maersk Line, APM Terminals and Damco," Maersk CEO Soren Skou said in a statement. "Business volumes were negatively affected for a couple of weeks in July and as a consequence, our Q3 results will be impacted. We expect that the cyber-attack will impact results negatively by USD 200-300m." Maersk Line was able to take bookings from existing customers two days after the attack, and things gradually got back to normal over the following week, the company said. It said it did not lose third-party data as a result of the attack.

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Chris McQuarrie Talks Cruise’s M:I-6 Injury

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:50am

Christopher McQuarrie, the director of the sixth “Mission: Impossible,” has spoken with Empire today about the film’s production delay and the stunt that led to its star Tom Cruise getting injured.

McQuarrie says Cruise falling short of the building’s roof edge was always what was supposed to happen in the scene and explains in detail how the accident happened and how Cruise powered through finishing the take despite his injury:

“The speculation was that Tom had somehow missed or fell short. The truth is that the stunt was never designed for Tom to jump from rooftop to rooftop which a) would have been pretty boring and b) when you see the actual shot you’ll understand how it was designed.

Also, when you look at what was posted on the internet, you can see Tom do the same stunt multiple times. He was always supposed to slam into the side of the building. That’s what gives the stunt its energy. He was completely safe the entire time he was doing that. He was padded.

What happened is a matter of coordinating what Tom is doing with what the camera is doing, which means you have to do it a number of times. And on the fourth try, he hit the building at a slightly different angle and he broke his ankle. He knew the instant that he hit the building that his ankle was broken. You can see it on his face.

We had four cameras rolling on it, and you can see it on the video that’s on the internet. He knew in that instant, ‘well, we’re not coming back here. We’re not doing this again today’. So he got up and powered through the shot, and then he got off-camera and as soon as he knew he was off-camera he went down. He knew that was the only way to preserve the shot. I don’t know that I would have the wherewithal to do that.

When we all watched it, none of us immediately realised what was happening on the monitor. Tom got up and hobbled off-camera and we looked at it and went, wow, he really sold that one. It looks like that hurt. It turns out him breaking an ankle is almost indistinguishable from him pretending to break an ankle.

My immediate concern was, how is Tom? What is the extent of his injury? Today, we got the full prognosis and found out that it was actually fine, could have been much worse. And everything was ok. I’m not at all concerned about what this is going to do to our release date. The good news is, Tom is going to make a full recovery.”

McQuarrie says despite Cruise being out of action for a bit, he’s not worried about production and there are still plenty of things they can still get done:

“You never stop working. I’m on the backlot at Leavesden right now, getting ready to shoot an insert out in the field. You simply rearrange the order in which you were going to do certain things on the movie. This in fact gives us an opportunity to go into editorial and look at what we’ve shot and reassess the movie, which is a luxury you don’t normally have because you’re on a train that just doesn’t stop.

We’ll assess what there is to be shot. And what we can shoot, and then what we’ll do is once we’ve shot through that we’ll go on a hiatus and then I’ll shift my attention over to editorial. We’ve already shot a huge chunk of the movie so you’re just taking a big chunk of post-production and moving it up sooner.

Then we go back to shooting when the hiatus is over, which is to the full benefit of the movie. It’s similar to situations I’ve had on other movies where, for whatever reason, you go on hiatus and you’re able to look at the movie in a way you normally couldn’t and reevaluate… we always used to say ‘disaster is an opportunity to excel’.”

McQuarrie also says he now plans to “move heaven and earth” to make sure that the shot Cruise injured himself on is in the movie after all that effort they put in to get it.

“Mission: Impossible 6” is still slated to arrive on July 27th 2018.

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Batman Is More Heroic In “Justice League”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:31am

Whatever happens with Ben Affleck’s future as Batman, we’re getting him in the role at least one more time in this November’s “Justice League”.

Speaking with EW this week, he says his version of the Caped Crusader is going to be a lot less angry and slightly more heroic for the new outing. This follows suit with efforts by Geoff Johns and DC Films to offer a more upbeat take on the DC Comics properties – especially in the wake of the success of “Wonder Woman”:

“[‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’] departed a little bit from the traditional Batman. He started out with all this rage directed at Superman, because of his coworkers who had died in the fight Superman had with Zod. He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way.

Whereas [‘Justice League; has] a much more traditional Batman. He’s heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people.

This is more in keeping with the canon of how Batman’s usually been portrayed, and how he’s portrayed vis a vis the Justice League in the comics. This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book.”

Reshoots under the helm of Joss Whedon are still underway in the UK ahead of the films opening on November 17th.

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Sixth “Mission” Production Delay Confirmed

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:22am

Following rumors yesterday, it is now confirmed that production on the sixth “Mission: Impossible” film is being halted to give Tom Cruise time to recover from an on-set injury.

The actor hurt himself doing stunt work on rooftops for the film last weekend and one source close to production says Cruise may have broken his ankle in two places and hurt his hip.

In a statement, the studio has now said: “During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27th 2018. Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.”

Variety adds the stoppage is expected to run between six weeks to three months according to four people with knowledge of the situation. They say production could still wrap in a timely manner if scenes with Cruise are left for the end of the shoot and the focus is put on post-production elements during the hiatus.

The main issue will be scheduling issues for cast members such as Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, and Rebecca Ferguson who are slated to start filming other projects as soon as “Mission: Impossible 6” wraps.

Paramount is also concerned filming of Cruise’s “Top Gun” sequel could be delayed.

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HBO Itself Leaks The Next “Thrones” Episode

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:21am

The unaired sixth episode of the seventh season of HBO’s fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” has been leaked online, but it wasn’t at the hands of the hackers that have been trolling the network – it was the network itself.

The episode, “Death is the Enemy,” was accidentally aired by HBO Nordic in Spain for an hour before it was removed. That was enough time for the episode to make its way to both file-sharing sites and Reddit where it has since spread fast.

This takes place just two weeks after the fourth episode, “The Spoils of War,” was leaked by a distribution partner in India. Four people were arrested in Mumbai over connections to the leak.

An HBO spokesperson confirmed in a statement to The Verge that the cable company had accidentally prematurely released this week’s episode on its own platforms:

“We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms. The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized. This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the US.”

A sixth season episode was also released early by an HBO subsidiary last year, and the show remains the most pirated TV series in the world. Check out photos from the upcoming episode below:

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After Losing Support, Trump's Business and Manufacturing Councils Are Shutting Down

/. - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:20am
Over a dozen anonymous readers share a similar report: Two White House advisory councils that once included tech leaders like Elon Musk and Travis Kalanick have dissolved, after several members resigned over President Donald Trump's weak condemnation of white supremacists. A member of the Strategic and Policy Forum told CNBC that it wanted to make a "more significant impact" by disbanding the entire group: "It makes a central point that it's not going to go forward. It's done." Soon after, Trump took credit for shutting down both that group and a separate Manufacturing Council, "rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople." The councils' members came from a range of industries, including several major Silicon Valley companies. Besides Musk and Kalanick, executives from Intel, IBM, and Dell had joined. It's been controversial from the start -- Musk and Kalanick both left months ago -- but a major exodus started this week, after Trump issued a vague statement blaming "many sides" for violence at a white supremacist rally that left one woman dead. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned on Monday, saying that politics had "sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America's manufacturing base." Axios has more details.

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Trailer: “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:17am

Following its screening at Cannes and other festivals, the new trailer has arrived for “The Lobster” and “Dogtooth” director Yorgos Lanthimos’ new and decidedly darker effort “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”.

Colin Farrell plays a charismatic surgeon whose life is starting to fall apart, and is forced to make a sacrifice when the behavior of a teen protege becomes sinister. Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Bill Camp, and Alicia Silverstone co-star.

Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the screenplay. Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe are producing. A24 releases the film States-side on November 3rd.

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“Suits” Finale Sets Up Torres-Led Spin-Off

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:13am

USA Network and Universal Cable Productions have confirmed that the seventh season finale of “Suits” will serve as the backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off that would center around Gina Torres’ lawyer character Jessica Pearson.

The episode, to air in the first quarter of 2018, sees the “Suits” gang reunite with their old friend Pearson as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, Pearson must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships to navigate this unknown territory.

The pilot will be executive produced and written by creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin, and will be directed by Anton Cropper. The first half of “Suits” Season 7 currently airs Wednesdays.

Source: USA

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Trailer: Netflix’s Anime “Godzilla” Film

Dark Horizons - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:11am

Toho Pictures has premiered the full first trailer for their feature length “Godzilla” anime film which is slated to hit cinemas locally in Japan on November 17th ahead of going on Netflix for the rest of the world later this year.

Titled just “Godzilla,” this first in a new trilogy of animated films is set on a future Earth dominated by Godzilla for the past 20,000 years. Mankind, which left the Earth millennia before, returns to take it back.

Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Shshita helm the film from a script by Gen Urobuchi. Polygon Pictures is producing.

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The Docx Games: Three Days At the Microsoft Office World Championship

/. - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:40am
An anonymous reader shares a report: On a Sunday night two weeks back, in the Rose Court Garden of the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, 150 antsy competitors between the ages of 13 and 22 milled around eating miniature whoopie pies by the light of the Moon, sizing up their global rivals in the efficient use of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. It was as if the Olympics opening ceremony was replaced by a networking event: teens were decked out in national T-shirts, while others handed out business cards specially made for the event. At one table off by the bar, two chaperones nudged their folding chairs closer together and taught each other how to say hello ("Yassas," "Ciao") in their respective mother tongues. In the distance, through the palms, the tiki torches of Trader Sam's, the hotel's poolside lounge, were flickering into the black sky. This marked the first night of the 16th Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship, in which teens and young 20-somethings compete for the title of World Champion in their chosen professional application. It's an event put on annually by Certiport, a Utah-based subsidiary of standardized testing giant Pearson VUE. It's also a marketing stunt, pure and simple, devised to promote Certiport's line of Microsoft Office certifications. This allows the certified to confirm the line on their resume that claims "proficiency in MS Office" is backed up by some solid knowledge of deep formatting and presentation design.

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Tiny Robots Crawl Through Mouse's Stomach To Release Antibiotics

/. - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:02am
Tiny robotic drug deliveries could soon be treating diseases inside your body. For the first time, micromotors -- autonomous vehicles the width of a human hair -- have cured bacterial infections in the stomachs of mice, using bubbles to power the transport of antibiotics. From a report: "The movement itself improves the retention of antibiotics on the stomach lining where the bacteria are concentrated," says Joseph Wang at the University of California San Diego, who led the research with Liangfang Zhang. In mice with bacterial stomach infections, the team used the micromotors to administer a dose of antibiotics daily for five days. At the end of the treatment, they found their approach was more effective than regular doses of medicine. The tiny vehicles consist of a spherical magnesium core coated with several different layers that offer protection, treatment, and the ability to stick to stomach walls. After they are swallowed, the magnesium cores react with gastric acid to produce a stream of hydrogen bubbles that propel the motors around. This process briefly reduces acidity in the stomach. The antibiotic layer of the micromotor is sensitive to the surrounding acidity, and when this is lowered, the antibiotics are released.

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Google Updates Docs, Sheets and Slides With New Collaboration Features

/. - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 9:22am
An anonymous reader writes: G Suite, Google's set of online productivity tools, is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Most of these updates focus around collaboration, but the service is also getting support for Google Cloud Search and the company is adding new templates and add-ons from partners like LegalZoom, DocuSign, LucidChart and others. [...] Google Docs Sheets and Slides now lets you track changes by saving multiple versions of a document with different names. The new integration with Google Cloud Search in Docs and Slides means that G Suite Business and Enterprise users will now be able to quickly find the right information from their internal documents without having to leave the editor.

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Amazon Will Pay Developers With the Most Engaging Alexa Skills

/. - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 8:41am
Amazon today announced a new program to bring revenue to developers of Alexa skills based on how much engagement their voice app is able to generate among users of Alexa-enabled devices. From a report: Amazon appears to be the first of the major tech companies with AI assistants and third-party integrations -- like Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft -- with a program to compensate developers based on engagement created by their voice app. Metrics used to measure engagement of an Alexa skill include minutes of usage, new customers, customer ratings, and return visitors, an Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat. Developers of Alexa skills in the U.S., U.K., and Germany are eligible to join. Developers with a skill active in all three countries will receive separate payments based on engagement in each country.

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