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Blue's News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:43pm
Siege Hammer on Christ Centered Gamer. Wolfenstein 2's brilliant opening level sets the perfect tone ? Eurogamer.net.

Morning Consolidation

Blue's News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:43pm
EA SPORTS NHL 18 Reveals Edmonton Oilers Superstar Connor McDavid as Cover Athlete at 2017 NHL Awards. Nintendo Apologizes For Switch Shortages. EA SPORTS NHL 18 Is Now Available For Digital Pre-orde...

Morning Mobilization

Blue's News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:43pm
You'll Love This Very Smart Dumbphone - WIRED. Crusaders of Light Brings 40-Person Raids to the App Store on July 13 and Google Play on July 20.

Morning Metaverse

Blue's News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:43pm
You can now watch your smart home camera from an Amazon Echo Show. Brendan Fraser's Facebook Fan Page Is the Last Pure Place Online.

Morning Tech Bits

Blue's News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:43pm
LG?s latest ridiculous OLED screen is transparent, flexible, and taller than Tom Cruise. But then, so is an iPhone. Interactive Fit for Fan guide v3.1 ? will the cooler fit on the motherboard?

Morning Safety Dance

Blue's News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:43pm
Homeland Security: Putin?s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states. Facebook introduces profile picture protections to stop people from misusing images.

FCC Proposes $120 Million Fine On Florida Robocall Scammer

/. - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:40pm
The FCC on Thursday proposed a $120 million fine on a Florida resident alleged to have made almost 100 million spoofed robocalls to trick consumers with "exclusive" vacation deals from well-known travel and hospitality companies. Reuters reports: The man, identified as Adrian Abramovich, allegedly made 96 million robocalls during a three-month period by falsifying caller identification information that matched the local area code and the first three digits of recipient's phone number, the FCC said. The calls, which were in violation of the U.S. telecommunications laws, offered vacation deals from companies such as Marriott International Inc, Expedia Inc, Hilton Inc and TripAdvisor Inc. Consumers who answered the calls were transferred to foreign call centers that tried to sell vacation packages, often involving timeshares. These call centers were not related to the companies, the FCC said.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Submerged inside a 6ft Water Balloon - The Slow Mo Guys 4K

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:36pm

"Giant Balloon June continues with Gav and Dan. In this episode, Dan loses track of his balloons. Don't try this at home or you might be someone who drowned in a balloon. People would laugh at you. Probably not the people who knew you but the people reading about it on the internet..."


Alphabet Says Uber Knew About Stolen Self-Driving Car Files

/. - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:00pm
In a Wednesday filing with a California court, Alphabet said a former self-driving executive Anthony Levandowski hatched a plan with Uber to steal more than 14,000 proprietary documents, including designs for the sensors that help the car see its surroundings. CNET reports: Alphabet says Uber's former CEO, Travis Kalanick, knew about the files but told Levandowski to destroy them. Uber has argued that it did not encourage or condone Levandowski taking any files from Waymo or bringing them to Uber, and has noted that his employment agreement affirmed he wouldn't do that. The litigation between Alphabet and Uber has been reported as a primary reason Kalanick was forced to resign as Uber's CEO Tuesday.

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Lawsuit Accuses Comcast of Cutting Competitor's Wires To Put It Out of Business

/. - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 1:20pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A tiny Internet service provider has sued Comcast, alleging that the cable giant and its hired contractors cut the smaller company's wires in order to take over its customer base. Telecom Cable LLC had "229 satisfied customers" in Weston Lakes and Corrigan, Texas when Comcast and its contractors sabotaged its network, the lawsuit filed last week in Harris County District Court said. Comcast had tried to buy Telecom Cable's Weston Lakes operations in 2013 "but refused to pay what they were worth," the complaint says. Starting in June 2015, Comcast and two contractors it hired "systematically destroyed Telecom's business by cutting its lines and running off its customers," the lawsuit says. Comcast destroyed or damaged the lines serving all Telecom Cable customers in Weston Lakes and never repaired them, the lawsuit claims. Telecom Cable owner Anthony Luna estimated the value of his business at about $1.8 million, which he is seeking to recover. He is also seeking other damages from Comcast and its contractors, including exemplary damages that under state statute could "amount to a maximum of twice the amount of economic damages, plus up to $750,000 of non-economic damages," the complaint says. CourtHouse News Service has a story about the lawsuit, and it posted a copy of the complaint.

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BBC Technical Glitch Leaves TV Presenter In Silence

/. - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:40pm
Viewers of BBC's News at Ten were entranced last night when a glitch in its system produced over four minutes of surreal beauty. Two readers share a report: Huw Edwards was left sitting in silence for four minutes at the start of BBC News at Ten on Tuesday night after a technical fault delayed the start of the programme and bemused viewers. Viewers on some devices and channels were left watching the presenter sitting in silence as he waited for his cue to start. The BBC News Channel showed Edwards sitting mute for the entirety of the delay, while BBC1 put up a message apologising for the fault and played saxophone music. On BBC iPlayer an announcer apologised for the glitch and breaking news alerts also appeared during the delay. When the programme started at 22:04, Edwards apologised for what he described as a "few technical problems." The presenter said on Wednesday that nobody had told him he was on air until two minutes into the delay. However, Edwards told Radio 4's The Media Show that he "sensed I might be on" so took "the most conservative approach possible" and sat at his desk reading his notes before the bulletin started. BBC hasn't shared more about those "technical glitches." You can watch the clip here.

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Reeves: Hitchcock To Influence “The Batman”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:20pm

The reaction to the hiring of Matt Reeves to direct “The Batman” may have been a little tepid despite Reeves’ excellent track record so far – especially for both large scale action and intimate character-driven stories.

Excitement should increase when “War for the Planet of the Apes” opens in a few weeks and is already garnering talk of it being not just the best Summer blockbuster but one of the year’s best films in any genre.

Doing early press for the movie, Reeves has spoken about his approach to “The Batman” in this early stage and says he’s drawing inspiration from the legendary Alfred Hitchcock for the film which will sport the strongest point-of-view approach to the character since the first half of 2005’s “Batman Begins”. He tells CNET:

“For me, point of view is really important. I want to make sure you are experiencing something from the perspective of the main character in the story. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan — I like the idea of being immersed in that perspective. Movies for me are about empathy. The idea is to make you, the audience, feel what the character feels.”

The comments followed on from some last month about the similar journey taken by both Batman and Caesar the ape:

“What I find so interesting about him as a character is that, as far a superhero goes, he’s not superhuman, he is a person. And he is a tortured soul who is grappling with his past and trying to find a way to be in a world that has a lot that’s wrong with it and trying to find a way to reconcile all of that. That is a really powerful character, in the same way that Caesar is such a powerful character.”

Production on “The Batman” doesn’t begin until next year and there’s presently no release date set.

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“Suspiria” Uncut Print Found & Will Be Screened

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:03pm

The Chicago Cinema Society has announced they have discovered an uncut 35mm print of Dario Argento’s iconic horror classic “Suspiria”.

The print was found in the storage room of a closed Italian movie theater and, having not been screened since at least 1978 and in such good condition, will be toured around the country this summer and fall. Here’s the statement on their website as to its condition:

“The print is in excellent physical condition with no substantial wear, uncut heads and tails, minimal fading and no vinegar syndrome. Once we had the print in our film archive, we then made a very careful inspection to determine which version of ‘Suspiria’ we had obtained. We were stunned to find that the print is a completely uncut 6 reel print with a run time of 98 minutes in Italian language.”

Several clips from the print are up on their Youtube Channel. The discovery comes ahead of director Luca Guadagnino’s remake starring Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Source: Indiewire

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Fireball Browser Hijack Impact Revised After Microsoft Analysis

/. - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:01pm
Sean Michael Kerner, writing for eWeek: A browser hijacking operation initially reported to have 250 million victims by security firm Check Point isn't quite that large, according to a new analysis by Microsoft. On June 1, security firm Check Point reported that a browser hijacking operation called "Fireball" had already claimed 250 million victims. According to a Microsoft analysis published June 22, Check Point's estimate of the number of victims was "overblown" and the attack is not nearly as widespread as initially reported. The Fireball attack is a browser hijacking that is potentially able to download malware onto victims' systems, as well as manipulate pageviews and redirect search requests. Check Point's initial analysis claimed that Fireball was being bundled as part of free software downloads to unsuspecting users. "Indeed, we have been working with Microsoft on their analysis, feeding them with some additional data," Maya Horowitz, group manager of threat intelligence at Check Point, said in a statement sent to eWEEK. "We tried to reassess the number of infections, and from recent data we know for sure that numbers are at least 40 million, but could be much more."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Coens’ Western Series Begins Filming In July

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:53am

A casting notice has revealed that filming is slated to begin next month on the Coen Brothers new western TV miniseries “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” reports Backstage.com (via The Playlist).

Annapurna TV will produce the series which will be shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The same report indicates the series follows “the stories of six individuals weave together in the old West at the end of the Civil War.”

The project, which marks the first television project for the brothers, seemingly doesn’t have a network or streaming service home at this point.

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“Dredd” TV Series “At Least Two Years Away”

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:40am

Earlier this year came word that a “Judge Dredd” TV series is in the works titled “Judge Dredd: Mega City One” and based in part on the original 2000 AD comic strip of the same name.

Franchise producer Jason Kingsley was recently asked by SFX Magazine (via GamesRadar) how development on the project is going. He indicates that things are moving along, but it will take some time to get everything together considering the scope of the show:

“Long-form storytelling makes showing Mega-City One and its inhabitants much easier. Trying to fit all of that into a two-hour movie is very hard. My best guess is that it’s at least two years away. But we’re so early in the process that things could happen a bit faster, or much more slowly.”

Kingsley quickly followed up that remark with a comment about the tone of the series:

“Dark fantasy elements are one area that would be great to explore. The show will combine the macabre with the insane and the light-hearted. It’s a big place, after all, with 400 million stories to tell.”

The property was previously adapted to film in 1995 with Sylvester Stallone in the role, and more recently in 2012 with Karl Urban in the part. There’s already a push by fans to get Urban back in the part, but casting on the show remains a long way off from the sounds of it.

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“Avatar” Sequel Shoot Sets Sept 25th Start Date

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:32am

Speaking at CineEurope in Barcelona this week, producer Jon Landau has confirmed that the four “Avatar” sequels are officially set to start filming on September 25th this year.

Years in the planning, pre-production for the four film shoot got underway in New Zealand in April. The story takes place exclusively on the planet Pandora, no Earth scenes, and Landau says:

“At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family.

Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin star in the films which James Cameron will direct.

The four films open December 18th 2020, December 17th 2021, December 20th 2024 and December 19th 2025.

Source: Empire

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Denzel’s New Film Gets A Unique New Title

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:25am

“Nightcrawler” writer/director Dan Gilroy’s new legal thriller, previously titled “Inner City,” has scored an odd but more distinct new moniker. It will now be titled “Roman Israel, Esq.”.

Denzel Washington stars in the film about a Los Angeles attorney who is offered a job at a prestigious law firm after the death of his longtime partner. He takes on a case that has life-altering repercussions.

Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo also star in the Sony Pictures film which just wrapped filming and is aiming for a late 2017 release – opening up Washington for potential awards consideration.

Jennifer Fox and Todd Black are producing.

Source: THR

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Chrome and Firefox Headless Modes May Spur New Adware & Clickfraud Tactics

/. - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:20am
From a report: During the past month, both Google and Mozilla developers have added support in their respective browsers for "headless mode," a mechanism that allows browsers to run silently in the OS background and with no visible GUI. [...] While this feature sounds very useful for developers and very uninteresting for day-to-day users, it is excellent news for malware authors, and especially for the ones dabbling with adware. In the future, adware or clickfraud bots could boot-up Chrome or Firefox in headless mode (no visible GUI), load pages, and click on ads without the user's knowledge. The adware won't need to include or download any extra tools and could use locally installed software to perform most of its malicious actions. In the past, there have been quite a few adware families that used headless browsers to perform clickfraud. Martijn Grooten, an editor at Virus Bulletin, also pointed Bleeping Computer to a report where miscreants had abused PhantomJS, a headless browser, to post forum spam. The addition of headless mode in Chrome and Firefox will most likely provide adware devs with a new method of performing surreptitious ad clicks.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

“Wonder Woman” Breaks New Box-Office Record

Dark Horizons - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:47am

Later today or tomorrow, Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is reportedly set to pass the $609.8 million earned worldwide by “Mamma Mia!”.

As a result, the film will become the top-grossing live-action film of all time from a female director, not accounting for inflation.

The film also has a very good shot of passing the $665.7 million haul of Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” to become the top-grossing film of all time from a female helmer with solo directing duties.

The film won’t pass “Frozen” though which boasted a female and male co-director and earned a whopping $1.28 billion globally.

Source: Heat Vision

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