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The new Star Wars novel goes deep into the past and future of Han Solo

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Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in just over a month. The standalone Star Wars film follows in the footsteps of Rogue One: a story that stands apart from the “saga” backbone of the franchise, ie, the story of the Skywalkers and their fight against the forces of evil in the galaxy. But unlike Rogue One, which featured a cast of brand-new characters to the franchise, Solo will focus on one of the franchise’s best-known characters: Han Solo. As we come closer to the film’s release date, one thing that has stood out about Solo is how unenthused everyone seems to be for it. Unlike The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi, Solo is... Read More
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Pelicans and Warriors take commanding 3-0 leads

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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick discusses how the Pelicans and Warriors are in the drivers' seat, but Golden State is holding its breath after Kevin Durant rolled his ankle late in the fourth quarter.Read more: https://usat.ly/2F1K8phSubscribe: ... Read More
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NYC blasts broadband competition shortage as it pursues suit against Verizon

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Enlarge / New York, USA - January 14, 2016: A Verizon worker on Worth street in Lower Manhattan.Getty Images | 400tmax More than two thirds of New York City's 3.1 million households have just one or two broadband providers offering service to their homes, according to a new "Truth in Broadband" report issued by the city government. The report comes as NYC pur... Read More
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The Big Boom

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Paul Grosser founded P.W. Grosser in his home in 1990 and grew the Bohemia-based engineering firm to about 70 employees. It’s a success story and, as with many entrepreneurs, his business is, well, like his baby. But at age 63, Grosser has begun preparing the firm for a future, eventually, without its namesake. The business has grown up.Grosser remains CEO, but Paul Boyce has been named president and, as of next year, is slated to become CEO, while Grosser remains chairman. He is not, though, looking for a buyer: the employees are buying the company through an employee stock ownership plan using their 401(K) to help fund the deal. ... Read More
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NBA Playoffs: Jazz even series, Rockets continue dominance

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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick breaks down the Game 2 performance by Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz vs. the Thunder and whether the Timberwolves have any hope of coming back from 2-0 against the Rockets. Read more: https://usat.ly/2qLOBYTSubscribe: ... Read More
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V-50 … Vengo! In a Blink, next-gen vendor expands

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island vending machine company with an innovative hook and a multimillion-dollar pedigree has expanded its dealings with a thriving multistate customer – and deployed its next-gen retail tech across one of the Island’s busiest campuses. Bethpage-based Vengo Labs LLC announced Thursday an “expanded partnership” with New York City-based Blink Holdings Inc., a 2010 startup dba Blink Fitness, with more than 90 health-and-fitness clubs open or in development in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California. According to the new deal, the NY... Read More
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Tax reform impact: 1M Californians to pay $12B more in taxes

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Published on Apr 19, 2018Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist on the California Franchise Tax Board's analysis of the tax reform legislation and Republican efforts to sell the tax reform package. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass loads up a new entry for the FPS series

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Devolver Digital announced Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass today for PC. You can watch the teaser trailer above, which promises a larger reveal at E3 2018. The Electronic Entertainment Expo takes place from June 12 to June 14 in Los Angeles. Devolver Digital held its own, offbeat event last E3 to highlight upcoming games, so we could be in store for another interesting show. The first Serious Sam came out in 2001. It was a throwback to simpler shooters, focusing on action and featuri... Read More
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Amazon has picked up an adaptation of Channel 4 conspiracy thriller Utopia

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Amazon Studios has picked up Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s adaptation of Utopia, an adaptation of the cult TV show from the UK’s Channel 4. Variety reports that the studio has ordered a nine-episode first season in a direct-to-series order, and it has signed Flynn to an overall deal for additional projects. The two-season show, which originally aired from 2013–2014, garnered critical acclaim and a devoted fan base before its abrupt ... Read More
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Alien: Descent puts the Xenomorphs into a wireless VR arcade experience

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FoxNext Destinations and Pure Imagination Studios are bringing the horror of the Xenomorphs to the malls of Orange County, California. Alien: Descent is a new location-based virtual reality experience based on the hit movie franchise — and unlike other VR arcades, this one won’t weigh down players with a PC backpack. It opens on April 26, and folks can sign up for tickets now on its webpage. Up to four players can investigate a beleaguered Weyland-Yutani mining station in Alien: Descent. Each person will don a head-mounted display (HMD) along with motion-tracking sensors on their arms and legs, and they’ll be armed with a “weapon” t... Read More
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Aaron Rodgers’ contract and his future in Green Bay

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Published on Apr 18, 2018SportsPulse: Green Bay Packers beat reporter Aaron Nagler says that although Aaron Rodgers may be frustrated in Green Bay, everyone will forget about this episode once the season starts. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Hanover Bancorp reports record earnings

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Hanover Bancorp reported first-quarter income jumped 157.2 percent to $1.4 million from $554,000 a year ago as it gears up to open a branch in Queens and looks for a location in Brooklyn. The Mineola-based firm said it ended the quarter on March 31 with $566.1 million in assets, up $153.4 million or 37.2 percent from a year ago. The bank in a written statement attributed the improved earnings largely to an increase in net interest income. Hanover’s loan portfolio grew $159.3 million or 46.8 percent to $499.8 million, while quarterly net interest income reached $4.3 million, up $1.3 million or 43.9 percent from a year ago. “We continue to invest in the company’s future through talent acquisition, franchis... Read More
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Konami ends partnership with EUFA as Pro Evolution Soccer’s future becomes unclear

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UEFA (Union of European Football Association) announced today that Konami is ending its 10-year partnership with the organization. Konami publishes the yearly Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. The UEFA license was one of the few in the soccer world that Konami’s series had over Electronic Arts’ Fifa games, which outsell Pro Evolution Soccer every year. UEFA, which represents the national football associations of Europe, holds the UEFA Champions League, one of soccer’s most prestigious tournaments. The competition has been a part of the Pro Evolution Socc... Read More
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Dragon Quest XI producer’s dilemma: How to work on a series he grew up with

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Art in the 21st century is weird because the past that informs it is, for the first time in human history, preserved to an exhaustive degree and with pristine clarity. George Lucas made Star Wars to mimic and revel in Golden Age Hollywood serial films because those serials weren’t just in fashion anymore. You couldn’t run down to Blockbuster and rent the 1936 Flash Gordon. Both audience and artist were experiencing the work free of the originals; even if they remember the old stuff, it’s not like they can compare it to the new.  But in 2018, anyone who wants to make a new Dragon Quest also has access to the entire history of the series, whether through legal rereleases, remasters, and remakes or through legally g... Read More
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I don’t want to damn Starbucks for 2 misguided employees: Pastor Scott

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Published on Apr 17, 2018Urban Revitalization Coalition CEO Pastor Darrell Scott on the outrage over the arrest of two black men at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captioning: MISGUIDED EMP... Read More

Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls brings the vampire-hunting series back to iOS

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Konami announced Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, a new iOS entry for the series of whip-slinging side-scrollers, via Gematsu (a Western blog that covers games from Japan). This will be the first new Castlevania game since 2014’s Lord of Shadows 2 for PC and consoles. In recent years, Konami has focused less on g... Read More
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Why Infinity War part 2 shouldn’t have a post-credits scene

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Marvel didn’t invent the post-credits stinger, but from the moment Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury showed up at the end of Iron Man a decade ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has absorbed it as its signature calling card. Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder even said he didn’t include one at the end the film “because Marvel... Read More
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Why Brady, Gronkowski no-shows in Foxboro are a big deal

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Published on Apr 16, 2018SportsPulse: NFL reporter Lorenzo Reyes details why Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski's absences at Patriots' offseason program shows there is still tension between the team and Brady's trainer Alex Guerrero. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Cousins Maine Lobster’s path from food truck to multi-million dollar business

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Published on Apr 16, 2018Cousins Maine Lobster co-owner Jim Tselikis on how the brand grew from one food truck in Los Angeles to an expanding multi-million dollar family business. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captio... Read More
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Actor R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

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R. Lee Ermey passed away from complications of pneumonia on Sunday.Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/78784/Find more videos like this at www.newsy.comFollow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideosDetected Closed Captioning: Actor R Lee Ermey Has Died He Was 74 Actor R Lee Ermey Has Died He Was 74 Actor R Lee Ermey Has Died He Was 74 Years Old According To His Manager Urmi Years Old According To His Manager Urmi Years Old According To His Manager Urmi Died From Complications Of Pneumonia On Died From Complications Of Pneumonia On Died From Complications Of Pneumonia On Sunday Urmi Was Probab... Read More
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🇺🇸 Two black men arrested while waiting at Starbucks | Al Jazeera English

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The CEO of Starbucks has apologised after two black men were arrested as they waited for a friend in a Philadelphia franchise of the coffee company.Protesters have taken to the streets and the city's mayor says he is heartbroken over the arrests. But the police commissioner is defending his officers. Al Jazeera's Hannah Hoexter reports.- Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: ... Read More
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What Are The Biggest Movies Coming This Summer?

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Nintendo’s mobile Animal Crossing keeps getting better

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When Nintendo first released Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on mobile last November, I was into it. The game felt somewhat slight by Animal Crossing standards, however. It lacked the open-ended nature of past games, and it didn’t really offer a whole lot to do. But there’s something about the laid-back, leisurely nature of the series that makes it a great fit for smartphones. It’s a mini escape that you can pull out whenever you need it. For me, these kinds of mobile games have historically turned into a short-lived habit, something I play daily for a few weeks before burni... Read More
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Riot Games moves to establish League of Legends as a lasting esport

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The owners of League of Legends professional esports teams met in Miami recently, where they contemplated the future of esports based on Riot Games’ popular League of Legends franchises. Each team invested a reported $10 million to get a franchise slot in the North American League Championship Series. In return, they get better alignment of financial interests so that the teams can continue to invest for the long term in the esports league. Team Liquid took the first-place prize in the North American LCS Spring Finals after a final match against 100 Thieves. The match took place at the Fillmore theater in Miami amid a crowd of fans and cosplayers. Bu... Read More

EA Mobile senior vice president Mike Verdu resigns

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Electronic Arts senior vice president Mike Verdu has resigned from the company, GamesBeat has learned. That’s a significant departure for one of the world’s biggest makers of mobile games. We received a tip that Verdu has resigned and both Verdu and a spokesman for EA have confirmed it. Verdu said that he will leave EA effective the first week in May. Verdu joined EA Mobile in February 2017, after he left Kabam in the wake of its sale to Netmarble and FoxNext Games. Verdu previously served as chief creative officer ... Read More
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Reem Daffa on the role of women in Saudi Arabia

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The DeanBeat: What we learned about the future of games this week

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Each year, we hold our GamesBeat Summit event to gather the best thinking about where gaming is going. This week, at our fourth annual summit and 10th year of GamesBeat events, we heard dozens of intellectually stimulating talks from 82 speakers at our GamesBeat Summit 2018 event in Mill Valley. It was interesting to see so many different paths about gaming’s future recommended by the veterans of the industry. Robot Cache’s Brian Fargo believes that setting up alternative distribution to today’s app stores is possible with the disruptive technology of blockchain and cr... Read More
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Watch the star-studded cast of Ocean’s 8 rob the Met Gala

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The Ocean’s Eleven series has historically focused on the achievements of its male characters — groups of men coming together to throw caution to the wind — but the sort-of sequel Ocean’s 8 reenvisions the series as an all-female job. As detailed in the film’s latest trailer, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the “estranged sister” to George Clooney’s Danny Ocean from the trilogy, begins drafting her all-star lineup to pull off a jewelry heist at the Met Gala in New York. Their target: a $150 million necklace worn by a character played by Anne Hathaway. ... Read More
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Facebook quitting advice from a professional internet quitter

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Back in 2012, I quit the internet for a year. Between May 2012 and May 2013, I didn’t use the internet or ask people to use the internet for me. To make it extra hard, I didn’t use text messaging either. In a nutshell, I wanted to discover how many of my problems in life (lack of productivity, constant distraction, a sense running as fast as I could just to keep up) were the internet’s fault, and how many of those problems were just my own inherent faults. Spoiler: it was mostly just me. But if you’ve been following ... Read More
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Cute cats and spaceships: How Stardrop’s creator conquered burnout

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Presented by Intel Two years into making Stardrop, Joure Visser hit an impasse. He wanted to crank out the next chapter of the game’s story, but he was having trouble trying to stay focused. Even though the Singapore-based indie developer rarely took breaks, he knew that it was time to take a step back. Stardrop is a first-person sci-fi adventure game that follows Aryn Vance, a salvage and rescue operator who strips down abandoned spaceships for resources. One day, she and her partner decide to investigate a strange distress signal, and they soon get caught up in trying to solve the mystery behind it. The first three chapters of Stardrop are available now via Steam’s early access program, and Visser and hi... Read More
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Dauntless takes its monster-hunting action to open beta on May 24

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Phoenix Labs announced today that its multiplayer cooperative game Dauntless will enter open beta on PC on May 24. Dauntless is the studio’s first game, and it has been in a closed beta, which Phoenix Labs says hosted over 100,000 players. More than 700,000 have signed up for the open beta. This new testing will help the studio find faws with Dauntless’s servers or gameplay while taking in feedback from players to improve gameplay before it hits a launch state. Dauntless takes inspiration from Capcom’s Monster Hunter, also having playe... Read More
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What is The Best Window Company on Long Island?

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Window World won Best Window Company in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest. A draft sneaking in from antiquated windows is a regular occurrence for owners of older homes, but for one local homeowner, Jim Ferraro, enough was enough. With the help of Window World of Long Island, Ferraro has replaced eight windows so far — and he plans on doing more. “The quality is second to none,” he says. “Top-notch windows. The difference was night and day regarding loss of cold and heat from the original windows they replaced.” Whether it’s helping out homeowners like Ferraro with drafty windows to save on their utility bills or remodeling the entire exterior of a ho... Read More
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Jam City president thinks every developer should think about branded content

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Not every developer is willing to commit to creating an entire game based on licensed IP, but Jam City president and chief operating officer Josh Yguado thinks every developer should at least consider incorporating branded events. “As a game developer, it’s something everyone should think about,” he said onstage at today at the GamesBeat Summit in Mill Valley, California, “because I think there’s really interesting ways that are pretty untapped right now to just do great two-week, three-week, month-long events that fans really like.” Yguado sat down with Creative Artists Agency head of mobile Michael Blank for a fireside chat about how shorter in-game promotional opportunities can give developers a chance to experime... Read More
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US Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills Islamic State Commander

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Published on Apr 10, 2018U.S. Forces-Afghanistan announced on April 9 that Qari Hikmatullah and his bodyguard were killed Thursday in Faryab province near the Turkmenistan border. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captio... Read More
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LEGO’s new TIE Fighter for Solo: A Star Wars Story shows how sophisticated the toys have become

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In 1999, Danish toy company Lego made a huge announcement: it had signed a license with Lucasfilm Ltd. to produce a series of toys based on the Star Wars films, the first time in the company’s history that it made such a deal. The move wasn’t without major qualms within the company; for decades, it had eschewed such deals, but competition from other toy brands loomed, and company officials worried about being overtaken. The decision would ultimately propel Lego to become one of the largest toy companies in the world. In the intervening two decades, Star Wars Lego kits... Read More
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Esports investment is booming because its fans have more money to spend

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If you’re a fan of a traditional sports team, you know that those franchises have no shortage of ways to get you to spend your money to express your fandom. You can buy tickets, merchandise such as jerseys and inflatable thumbs, and other kinds of licensed stuff, and all of that adds up to a lot of money. And KSV eSports cofounder Kent Wakeford expects the competitive-gaming space to replicate that kind of consumer experience and the revenues that go with it. “With traditional sports, an average fan spends about $50 per year,” Wakeford said during a fireside chat at the GamesBeat Summit in Mill Valley, California, today. “With esports, it... Read More
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Let’s break down the new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story

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The latest trailer for Solo: A Star Wars story has hit the web, and it’s our best look at the film yet. As with any new trailer for a Star Wars film, there’s a lot to see and unpack for fans of the franchise, so as we did with the first teaser, let’s break down what we saw. Warning: there are spoilers and plenty of speculation for Solo ahead. ... Read More
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Watch the latest trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Disney has released a new trailer for its upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, giving us our best look yet at the next standalone installment of the Star Wars franchise. The trailer gives us our best look at what the film is about. The trailer opens with Qi’Ra (played by Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke) asking Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) if he’s after revenge, money, or something else. Before long, Han is recruited for a job: telling Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett, that he’s a driver and that he’s waited a long time for “a shot like this.” The film certainly has the feel of a heist story: we see Han, Qi’Ra and Tobias recruit a very suave Lando Calrissian (“Everyt... Read More
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Quirks and Gossip in a Corporate Cellphone Branch

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Michael Carr, a 65-year-old handyman, wandered in and sat on a stool near the service desk. He was there only to talk. “Ari’s got respect for the older heads,” he said in an accent part Dutch and part West Indian. “He’ll tell them: ‘This phone is not for you. You can’t handle it at this age.’”The store phone rang. “AT&T,” said Mr. Kirtchuk. “Yes, yes, you can bring it over. The SIM card is $10. But do you need internet? For an additional $10 you get 1G of data.”... Read More
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The DeanBeat: The Oasis is here, just on the wrong screen

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It’s a good time for us to get inspired about games. I was delighted to see Ernest Cline’s vision for Ready Player One to come to fruition in a blockbuster Steve Spielberg film as it debuted last week. But it only made me more anxious about when the world of the Oasis, which is the spiritual successor to Neal Stephenson’s vision for the Metaverse from his 1990s book Snowcrash, will finally come to games. I want to interact with the Oasis, not just watch it. We’ve been promised the virtual world of worlds for decades. It’s ou... Read More
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What’s the secret title of Avengers: Infinity War 2?

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We’re a few weeks out from the release of Avengers: Infinity War, perhaps the biggest superhero movie ever made. It’s a back-to-back two-parter, with the second half coming in 2019. And yet we still don’t know what the sequel is going to be called. Why the mystery? For context: Infinity War was first announced back in 201... Read More
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GamesBeat 2018: The eSports explosion

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GamesBeat Summit 2018 is around the corner on April 9 & 10 in Mill Valley, CA — and we couldn’t have this event without covering the esports explosion. Our latest speakers are Peter Levin and Yvette Martinez-Rea, who will talk about how esports is evolving into the hottest new gaming business. And they know what they’re talking about: Peter serves as chairman of the Immortals and invests on behalf of Lionsgate in esports and game-related deals, while Yvette runs tournament company ESL in North America. GamesBeat Summit is now sold out, and we’re looking forward to an amazing two days with many of the brightest in the biz. In the meantim... Read More
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Indiana Joan Jones is the female lady heroine that women need

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The next time Indiana Jones appears in film could mark a major change for the franchise. In an interview with The Sun, filmmaker Steven Spielberg told the publication that it may be time for the roguish, Nazi-punching archaeology professor to take “a different form.” Graciously, Spielberg means a woman, not a snakeperson. According to Spielberg, however, this would mean changing more than the gender of the character. “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that.” Spielberg’s assertion that there’s not... Read More
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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings show may incorporate Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth

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Last November, Amazon announced that it had acquired the rights to produce a multiseason show set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The Hollywood Reporter now says that Amazon’s show might include material from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies and that it must go into production “within two years.” As the race for high-quality television content has heated up among streaming services, Amazon ... Read More
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Deckard Cain will soon stay awhile and put enemies to sleep in Heroes of the Storm

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Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Diablo’s iconic storyteller and master rapper Deckard Cain is joining Heroes of the Storm’s roster. The character will soon be playable on the Public Test Realm at a to-be-announced date. Along with the addition of the Horadric lore master, Blizzard is also releasing a comic book, Rise of the Raven Lord, that explores Heroes of the Storm’s world. Deckard is a recurring character from the Diablo franchise, though... Read More
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Jay and Silent Bob are coming to virtual reality, whether you’re ready or not

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith first broke into the film industry thanks to his no-budget, 1994 indie comedy Clerks, and now that movie’s two most memorable characters will be coming to virtual reality. Jay and Silent Bob VR will be a live-action comedy series that will be written and directed by Smith, shot from the point of view of his Silent Bob character as Jason Mewes’ Jay “leads the way through a string of idiotic adventures.” It’s just one of several VR projects in development that were announced today by STX Entertainment’s Surreal division, which handles VR and immersive entertainment production for the company. Among the other titles are an untitled live-action series from ... Read More
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Far Cry 5 is the series’ fastest-selling installment

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Ubisoft announced today that Far Cry 5 has become the fastest-selling game in the franchise, more than doubling the first week sales for Far Cry 4. It has earned $310 million in its first week. Far Cry 5 came out on March 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. While past games have been set in more exotic locations, like Far Cry 4’s fictional Himalayan country or Far Cry Primal’s prehistoric setting, Far Cry 5 takes place in Mo... Read More
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The new Spider-Man game on PS4 is coming in September

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The webslinger finally has a release date: today, Sony announced that the highly anticipated Spider-Man game on PlayStation 4 will be out on September 7th. We haven’t seen much of the PS4-exclusive since E3 last year when Sony showed off a lengthy gameplay demo — and it also confirmed that ... Read More
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🇱🇧 Time Out: Lebanon’s Golden Age of Basketball | Al Jazeera World

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Filmmaker: Ahmad GhosseinAfter the end of Lebanon's civil war, basketball grew in popularity, and from the mid-1990s to 2004, two clubs, Al Riyadi and Al Hekmeh, fought out an unsporting sectarian battle - attracting enormous support and achieving unprecedented playing success.Media and advertising mogul Antoine Choueiri, known as the grandfather of Lebanese basketball, created the basketball franchise in Lebanon as a way of trying to raise morale in a country coming out of war."He [Antoine] had a keen sense for how to create a product and he saw sport as an opportunity. The Lebanese love sports. They love new things ... so he turned to basketball and a club called Al Hekmeh. The reasons... Read More
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Highly anticipated Spotify IPO makes Wall Street debut

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Spotify is about to find out whether investors view its music streaming service as a budding superstar or a flash in the pan. The Swedish company will make its stock market debut Tuesday, casting a spotlight on its early lead in music streaming — a still-evolving field trying to hook people on the idea that it’s better to subscribe for online access to millions of tunes than to buy individual albums and singles. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek sought to manage expectations, saying he expects a bumpy road. “I have no doubt that there will be ups and downs as we continue to innovate and establish new capabilities,” Ek said in a blog post Monday evening. “Nothing ever happens in a straight line — the past ten y... Read More
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Netflix’s Lost in Space undermines a strong premise with dumb characters

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Ever since the Sci-Fi channel scored a hit with its re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica back in 2003, reboots of classic science fiction stories have been everywhere. Paramount and CBS breathed new life into the Star Trek franchise with a trio of new movies and a streaming show. MGM is seeing if there’s life left in Stargate, via a dedicated streaming platform and original series. ABC is bringing back The Jetsons, Warner... Read More
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Highly anticipated Spotify IPO makes Wall Street debut

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Spotify is about to find out whether investors view its music streaming service as a budding superstar or a flash in the pan. The Swedish company will make its stock market debut Tuesday, casting a spotlight on its early lead in music streaming — a still-evolving field trying to hook people on the idea that it’s better to subscribe for online access to millions of tunes than to buy individual albums and singles. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek sought to manage expectations, saying he expects a bumpy road. “I have no doubt that there will be ups and downs as we continue to innovate and establish new capabilities,” Ek said in a blog post Monday evening. “Nothing ever happens in a straight line — the past ten y... Read More
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Google’s machine learning software can now categorize ramen by shop

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Looks like it’s humans: 0, computers: 1 again. If you’re a big enough fan of ramen, maybe you can look at a photo of a tonkotsu bowl on Instagram and immediately recognize which restaurant it’s from. But computers have us beat, as they can now identify the exact shop a menu item came from, out of 41 seemingly identical bowls of ramen from the same restaurant franchise. Data scientist Kenji Doi did the delicious research, using Google’s AutoML Vision to classify every menu item from Ramen Jiro, a Tokyo-based chain of ramen shops. He gathered about 1,170 photos from each of the 41 shops, and fed the dataset of 48,000 ramen photos to the software. It took AutoML about 24 hours (18 minutes, in a less ac... Read More
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Nier: Automata’s Yoko Taro and Takahisa Taura on sentencing characters and turning 2B into a bug

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Nier: Automata was one of the most-talked about games of 2017. The action role-playing game sold over 2.5 million copies after its February 2017 debut and has attracted a following that’s fallen in love with its unique, postapocalyptic world (and, to be honest, sexy androids). This is a surprising feat for a sequel for a 2010 game, Nier, that only sold about 500,000 copies. At the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco earlier this month, I interviewed Nier: Automata’s director, Yoko Taro, and designer, Takahisa Taura. Taro has been the series’ shepherd. The franchise started ... Read More
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Web Extra: What’s Next For King Henrik?

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Published on Mar 31, 2018What does the future hold for the backbone of the Rangers franchise, Henrik Lundqvist? CBS2’s Steve Overmyer sits down with hockey writer Brian Compton to discuss the off-season for the king. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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What’s driving Hollywood’s unoriginality?

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Stuck in a loop: reboots, remakes and nostalgia television have always been part of filmmaking history.Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/78213/Find more videos like this at www.newsy.comFollow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideosDetected Closed Captioning: [Music] [Music] [Music] roseann Is Back After 21 Years The ABC roseann Is Back After 21 Years The ABC roseann Is Back After 21 Years The ABC Revival About A Working-class Family Revival About A Working-class Family Revival About A Working-class Family drew More Than Eighteen Million Viewers drew More Than Eighteen Million Viewers drew ... Read More
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Jam City moves to consolidate mobile games, rather than be consolidated

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Jam City has grown to more than 500 people in Los Angeles and San Francisco, rising to become one of the most successful mobile game companies. It scored big with titles like Cookie Jam, and it is working on a highly anticipated Harry Potter game. But it made a big move a little while ago by acquiring the assets of Brainz, a Bogota, Colombia-based mobile game developer and maker of the upcoming action strategy game, World War Doh. Josh Yguado, president and chief operating officer, t... Read More
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Mets Fans Had A Ball On Opening Day

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Detected Closed Captioning: CLOUDS DIDN'T STOP FANS FROM SEEING THEIR FAVORITE TEAM PLAY BALL. STEVE OVERMYER IS LIVE AT CITI FIELD AS WELL WITH MORE. Reporter: NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. I THINK THE ONE THING THAT REALLY RESONATED WITH ME WAS WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE CLUBHOUSE, YOU HEAR EVERY PLAYER WAX POETIC ABOUT HOW SPECIAL OPENING DAY IS FOR THEM. BUT FOR SOME FANS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS DAY IS EVEN MORE MEANINGFUL. LET'S GO, METS! METS, METS, METS! LET'S GO, METS! Reporter: METS GAMES ARE KNOWN FOR BEING PARTIES INSIDE AND OUT. THIS IS 18 YEARS IN A ROW. I BEEN COMING HERE WITH MY BROTHERS, WE DO IT ALL, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, TRADITION. Reporter: IN SOME, OPENING DAY BRINGS OUT THE CRAZY. ALL METS FANS ARE DIEHARDS. I'M A LIT... Read More
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Islanders Fans Excited for Return of ‘Wild Men’ Atmosphere at Coliseum

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by Ian Budding and Matthew Leong Fans of the New York Islanders are looking forward to the return of the “wild men” atmosphere as the professional hockey franchise makes its return to its traditional home at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island. The team makes its return from a short sitting at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the team arrived in 2015. Islanders fan Brent Scher, a writer for the Washington Free Beacon and NYC native, described the move as ill-fated, saying, “Even if all the same fans were coming to games in Brooklyn... Read More
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Islanders Fans Excited for Return of ‘Wild Men’ Atmosphere at Coliseum

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by Ian Budding and Matthew Leong Fans of the New York Islanders are looking forward to the return of the “wild men” atmosphere as the professional hockey franchise makes its return to its traditional home at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island. The team makes its return from a short sitting at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the team arrived in 2015. Islanders fan Brent Scher, a writer for the Washington Free Beacon and NYC native, described the move as ill-fated, saying, “Even if all the same fans were coming to games in Brooklyn... Read More
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Microsoft Reorganizes to Fuel Cloud and A.I. Businesses

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The Windows era at Microsoft, long in eclipse, is officially history.Microsoft said on Tuesday that it was splitting up its Windows engineering team and that the leader of its Windows business was leaving.The moves, analysts said, were part of a reorganization intended to accelerate Microsoft’s emphasis on newer, faster-growing businesses like cloud computing and data-fueled artificial intelligence. That shift, they noted, has been underway since ... Read More
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FoxNext Games debuts Marvel Strike Force mobile squad battle game

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FoxNext Games is cashing in on the popularity of the Marvel Universe with the launch today of the free-to-play squad role-playing game Marvel Strike Force. The division of 21st Century Fox was formed a year ago as Kabam dismantled and sold off its various mobile game studios. And FoxNext Games is starting to pump out the content, in this case under license from Disney’s Marvel division. “Marvel Strike Force is our first major release for an internally produced game,” said Amir Rahimi, vice president and general manager of FoxNext Games, in an interview with GamesBeat. “We are lucky, as this year is likely to be biggest of all time for Marvel. The timing couldn’t be better.” (Aaron Loeb, head of FoxNext Ga... Read More

Shroud of the Avatar — Richard Garriott’s Ultima successor — releases after four years of Early Access

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Richard Garriott‘s Portalarium studio today officially released Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues for PC. Shroud of the Avatar is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and a spiritual successor to Garriott’s landmark Ultima series. Garriott also goes by Lord British, his in-game persona from the Ultima series. Shroud of the Avatar received nearly $2 million in crowdfunding from Kicks... Read More
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‘Black Panther’ becomes top-grossing superhero film of all time

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Dimple Star Transport Owner Turns Himself Into Police After Bus Crash

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Owning A Furry Friend Can Improve Your Health

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PlayerUnknown Brendan Greene points to PUBG’s future after its smashing first year

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In exactly one year since launching on Steam in Early Access, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has shipped more than 40 million units. That’s an astounding record, and no one is more than PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene. Greene recounted his journey from an ARMA modder who was in love with a new “last man standing” mode of playing called Battle Royale, where one player survives in a match of a hundred. He went through multiple attempts to bring that mode to the mainstream, and he finally succeeded working with the team at Bluehole (later k... Read More
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Nintendo’s WiiWare dies this weekend, so download these games while you can

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You wouldn’t know it from the Switch’s ever-growing library of indie games, but there was a time when Nintendo really didn’t know how to run a digital store. WiiWare, the company’s first venture into online game publishing, never made a major impact — the prohibitive 40MB download limit, lack of advertising, and developer-hostile sales requirements all played a part. There probably won’t be too many people devastated at its loss. But at its best, WiiWare played host to some truly unique games that you can’t play anywhere else, which is reason enough to give the service another look. An... Read More
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Here’s what Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS looks like in 4K

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Konami is still releasing video games, and it is going to keep that trend up at least through September when it launches the updated Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – Mars for PC and PlayStation 4. This reworked version will introduce support for resolutions up to 4K along with a general overhaul to its visuals. The publisher released a new video of how the game is coming along today. The 145-second clip shows a series... Read More
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Pacific Rim: Uprising is only interested in the giant-robot fights

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The downside of sequels is that they so rarely have anything new to offer. Unless they’re part of a planned, ongoing storyline, like the Star Wars or Harry Potter movies, sequels are usually about mechanically reproducing the most popular parts of the original film, and making them bigger, louder, and faster. But the “faster” part can be one of the upsides of sequels. Once a franchise-launching film gets all the roadblocks of world-building, exposition, and character development out of the way, sequels have a clear road to the action, and they can rev the motor and speed along without impediment. That certainly holds true for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the slick, upbeat sequel to Guiller... Read More
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Ubisoft announces new studios in Mumbai and Odesa

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In what’s beginning to become a tradition, Ubisoft is using the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to announce more studios are joining its sizable crop of global offices. Today, the French game publisher unveils Ubisoft Mumbai and Ubisoft Odesa. Mumbai is Ubisoft’s second outpost in India — it opened its Pune studio 10 years ago in 2008. Odesa is the publisher’s second outpost in Ukraine — Kiev opened in 2008 — and they join the studios in Bucharest and Sofia to form a new Eastern European development hub. Ubisoft’s global network of studios help it in creating and maintain... Read More
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Faraday Future starts construction at its California factory while paying back some debts

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Struggling EV startup Faraday Future has started demolition and construction at its Hanford, California factory and is gearing up to start production of its luxury electric SUV, according to a new video being published today. It’s one of the clearest (and only) public signs the company has given in recent months about where it stands as it continues to head toward its goal of rolling the first production versions of its car, the FF91, off the line by the end of this year. The startup carmaker ... Read More
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Cuomo, Westchester Officials Midday Storm Update

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Published on Mar 21, 2018Gov. Andrew Cuomo is joined by Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Westchester County Executive George Latimer for a midday news conference on Wednesday's nor'easter. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected ... Read More
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NY says Charter lied about new broadband, threatens to revoke its franchise

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Cole MarshallNew York government officials have threatened to terminate Charter Communications' franchise agreements with New York City, saying the cable company failed to meet broadband construction requirements and may not have paid all of its required franchise fees. The NY Public Service Commission said Charter should pay a $1 million fine for missing a deadline to expand its broadband network statewide and is questioning Charter over declines in franchise fees paid to New York City. "It is critically important that regulated companie... Read More
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The 2018 Tomb Raider film could have learned so much more from the games

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Warning: spoilers ahead for the 2018 Tomb Raider film and the 2013 Tomb Raider video game. In one particularly brutal scene in the new Tomb Raider film, protagonist Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) wrestles with a mercenary in the jungle. Doing everything she can to avoid capture and the strong threat of sexual violence, Lara breaks his grasp by biting him, then grapples with him in the mud, finally killing him by drowning him in a puddle. It’s a tense scene even for people... Read More
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Toxic management cost an award-winning game studio its best developers

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In 2012, on a light-drenched stage amid screams and cheers, Star Trek actress Zoe Saldana announced Spike Video Game Awards’ game of the year: The Walking Dead. The win was a huge coup for its relatively small developer, Telltale Games. Its emotional, storytelling-focused take on the popular zombie franchise beat out hugely popular games like Dishonored and Mass Effect 3 that required hundreds of developers and co... Read More
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California regulations make it tougher to succeed: Fatburger CEO

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Published on Mar 19, 2018Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn says doing business in California has boosted the company’s sales despite the state making it difficult for the fast-food chain to do business. Category License Standard YouTube License D... Read More
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God of War’s first two hours show a more mature game

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Kratos has gotten old. That’s the first thing you’ll notice in the new God of War. The upcoming PS4 reboot of the series starts with the angriest Greek in gaming glowering down at a tree that you chop down with Kratos’ new weapon of choice: the Leviathan Axe. As he swings the axe, you can see more scars crossing his arms and chest since we last saw him, and his perpetually scowling face is hidden behind a beard that’s sporting a touch of gray. While much has been made about Kratos’ reinvention into an older, bearded dad, it’s not just Kratos who’s aged. It’s been almost eight years since the last God of War game was released on the PlayStation 3, and in that time, the serie... Read More
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LeVar Burton wants to read you his favorite short stories

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There are a ton of podcasts out there, but finding the right one can be difficult. In our new column Pod Hunters, we cover what we’ve been listening to that we can’t stop thinking about. LeVar Burton made his name as an actor on shows like Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but many remember him best as the host of PBS’s Reading Rainbow, where he spent 21 seasons recommending books to children. After the show ended, he launched an iPad app and ... Read More
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Sharkmob is the new studio from ex-Division and Hitman devs

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Sharkmob is the latest indie studio to spring forth from the deep talent pool of triple-A developers. Its founders have racked up more than a decade each at Ubisoft Massive, working on the likes of Tom Clancy’s The Division and IO Interactive’s Hitman. Today the new studio announced that it’s working on a multiplayer game that will debut on PC and likely Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well. The Malmö-based studio is keeping details about the game and release date under wraps. However, Sharkmob CEO Fredrik Rundqvist has revealed that the team has licensed intellectual property (IP) that he’s calling a “cult classic.” The plan is to tur... Read More
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Nnedi Okorafor is writing a comic series about Black Panther’s Dora Milaje warriors

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One of the major highlights of Marvel’s Black Panther was the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces team that protects the secretive African country Wakanda. This week, Marvel announced that the characters will get their own arc in a three-part comic series, Wakanda Forever, which will be written by Black Panther: Long Live the King and ... Read More
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Immortals launches mobile esports team for Tencent’s Arena of Valor

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Mobile esports is getting a big endorsement today as the esports franchise Immortals is announcing it has created a new division, Immortals Mobile, and acquired a team to compete in esports competitions for Tencent’s popular Arena of Valor game. Arena of Valor is a mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that has rocketed to the top of the mobile charts, particularly in Chian. “Mobile games represent the fastest growing segment of the gaming industry, and mobile esports are poised to benefit from that explosive growth,” said Immortals CEO Noah Whinston sai... Read More
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The final trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is here

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We’re just a few weeks away from the release of Avengers: Infinity War — its release date was recently bumped up a week to April 27th — and now, Marvel has released new trailer to stir up some more excitement for the upcoming superhero showdown. Infinity War promises to be one of the biggest films Marvel has ever made, combining almost every single superhero from across the 18-film franchise that began 10 years ago with the release of Iron Man in 2008. As the star-studded trailer shows, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, Chris... Read More
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Will March Madness hurt the weekend box office?

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What Keeps You Alive shows the importance of art in horror films

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Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 SXSW Interactive Festival. It’s often better to go into films completely blind, without watching trailers, reading lead-up features, or engaging in the internet’s seemingly bottomless appetite for baseless speculation. Letting a movie exist on its own terms, rather than the terms anticipation and spoilers have set up for it, is usually the best way to experience it. But the one exception to the rule may be horror movies, given that the genre runs such a wide and unpredictable gamut. People who are game for a tense, socially provocative horro... Read More
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Lara Croft returns in Shadow of the Tomb Raider on September 14th

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The next Tomb Raider game is coming out this year. Square Enix has just announced Shadow of the Tomb Raider — the third game in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise that began in 2013 — for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, set to release on September 14th. There’s not much here in terms of information yet, just a cinematic trailer with a few quick shots of the upcoming game and what looks to be an Aztec-inspired jungle setting. But Square Enix is promising a full reveal next month on April 27th, and with E3 right around the c... Read More

Survios and MGM unveil Creed: Rise to Glory VR boxing game

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Flush with $50 million in funding from MGM, Survios is moving full-speed ahead with virtual reality games. The two companies are announcing today that they will make Creed: Rise to Glory, a VR boxing game based on the Creed film. Los Angeles-based Survios is known for pushing the tech edge with games l... Read More
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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life review — mafia brawls, minigames, and melodrama

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Sega’s Yakuza 6: The Song of Life on the PlayStation 4 is the final time we’ll be able to run around as lovable gangster Kazuma Kiryu. It has all the hallmarks of previous titles: a clever and sometimes goofy sense of humor, a peek into the criminal underworld and nightlife of modern-day Japan, and lots and lots of punching. Just as before, it’s an open-world game centered around a gangster plotline. Yakuza 6 is only the ... Read More
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Duolingo targets Trekkies with new Klingon language course

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Duolingo is boldly going where few online language learning platforms have gone before: It now officially lets you learn Klingon. The company said it worked with broadcaster CBS and “some of the world’s leading Klingon experts” to launch the course, and though it has been a work in progress for a while, Klingon today graduates to public beta for anyone to access. Founded in 2011, Duolingo uses gamification to help people gain speaking, reading, and listening skills in around 30 languages. The company ... Read More

The RetroBeat: 1996’s Kirby Super Star remains the pink hero’s best outing

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Kirby Star Allies is not very good. The pink puff ball’s debut on the Switch is a boring and safe experience that brings few new ideas to a franchise that really could use them. But I still love Kirby. And while Star Allies is a disappointment, it has me thinking about my favorite game in the series: Kirby Super Star, which came out for the Super Nintendo in 1996. Kirby Super Star doesn’t get the same amount of love as other Nintendo heavy-hitters for the SNES, like Super Metroid, Super Mario World, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. But it’s one of my favori... Read More
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NASA could look to Star Wars for building better space-bound robots for repairs

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Beyond the general “space” conceit, NASA and Star Wars don’t have a ton of similarities. One is a very real government organization concerned with the complex realities of space exploration; the other is a science-fiction franchise about space wizards and with a very, very tenuous grasp of how physics work. But there are some useful scientific lessons we can still learn from Star Wars, at least according to one NASA robotics engineer. W. Kris Verdeyen, who spent years working on NASA’s humanoid robot Valkyrie, argues that NASA should strive to create its own Star Wars-inspired droids. In fact, robots like R2-D2 o... Read More
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The 2018 Tomb Raider movie dials down the franchise’s tackiness

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Released in summer 2001, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was an ungainly attempt to level up the art of cinematic Raiders of the Lost Ark knockoffs. It grafted the cutscene mythology of the popular video game onto an adventure that rappelled down the Uncanny Valley of early-2000s special effects. Director Simon West (Con Air) found a glimmer of possibility in the material by casting Angelina Jolie in the lead — not just because she fed the lust of male gamers and gazers, but because she brought in some of the sly unpredictability that won her an Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for Girl, Interrupted two years earlier. Under better circumstances, Jolie could have offered her version of Harrison ... Read More
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First Blink Fitness franchise location opens

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The Blink Fitness center opening Wednesday in Lindenhurst is a first for both the franchise owner and the corporation. Located at 600 N. Wellwood Ave., the new 16,000-square-foot gym is the first of six gyms that will be co-owned by franchisee Allen Pinero. It is also the very first franchised Blink Fitness location in the country. Pinero, Blink’s inaugural franchisee, formerly worked on investor relations and raised funds for private equity firms before getting into the fitness business. He has a six-store deal for Long Island, central New Jersey and Westchester County. He operates his franchise firm Eclipse Capital with a silent partner. ... Read More

Kirby Star Allies review — this trip to Dream Land is a snooze

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Mario and Zelda have made appearances on the Switch that have brought new vitality their franchises, with Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild being some of Nintendo’s most acclaimed games ever made in its decades-long legacy. Can Kirby’s Switch debut also shoot its franchise to new heights of creativity an... Read More

Valve sees Artifact’s mixed debut as a challenge to change minds

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Artifact had a rough reveal at The International 2017, Valve’s largest annual tournament for its MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) Dota 2. Fans in attendance saw its debut via a video. You can hear their excitement build as they understand Valve is about to unveil its first new game since Dota 2 came out in 2013 (not counting The Lab, which was more of a VR experiment). Then you can hear that excitement fade when they learn that the new game, Artifact, is a digital card game based on Dota 2 that’s coming out for PC later in 2018. [embedded cont... Read More