March 15, 2019

Danai Gurira Gets The Credit She Deserves On Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame Poster

Marvel had previously omitted Danai Gurira's name from the "Avengers: Endgame" movie poster, prompting swift backlash from fans.
March 15, 2019

Newspaper headlines: ‘Massacre’ at New Zealand mosques

Saturday's front pages are dominated by the mosque shootings in New Zealand that killed 49 people.
March 15, 2019

Samsung’s newest Notebook 9 laptops arrive on March 17th

Following up on the Samsung announcement we told you about back in January, related to the pair of new notebook PCs the company unveiled at CES this year, we've now got release dates for both the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, as well as the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen.

Samsung announced today that both laptops will be available to buy starting March 17. The Notebook 9 Pen will is priced at $1,399.99 and will be available for purchase at Amazon and Samsung.com, while the Notebook 9 Pro will start at $1,099.99 at Best Buy and Samsung.com. Through March 31, customers who buy a Notebook 9 Pen at Samsung.com will also get a $100 eCertificate towards the purchase of a PC or PC accessories.

As far as some of the highlights of both laptops, the Notebook 9 Pen sports a built-in S-Pen along with an either 13.3-inch or 15-inch display. The Notebook 9 Pro is more stylish, including diamond-cut edges and an ultra-slim body, along with a 13.3-inch display.

With the Notebook 9 Pen, the design includes an all-metal aluminum frame, a premium metal finish and Ocean Blue coloring. Under the hood, it's got an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor and promises 15 hours of battery life, in addition to offering face and fingerprint log-in along with expandable storage, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and next-gen Gigabit Wi-Fi support.

The included S-Pen is pretty customizable and is stored in the computer, never needing to be charged. It's got reduced latency up to 2x from the previous model, and you've got a few different pen tips to choose from to suit your drawing preference.

As far as the Notebook 9 Pro, its design includes a cool metal exterior, reduced bezels and a redesigned keyboard. Performance-wise, it too is powered by the i7 processor and runs Windows 10 Home, in addition to coming with the Active Pen in the box that features more than 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. The device also features dual 1.5W stereo speakers and promises more than 14 hours of battery life.

Samsung's website has a deeper look at the internals of both computers, both of which are portable and sleek.

March 15, 2019

‘No Man’s Sky’ makes multiplayer a priority with its ‘Beyond’ update

Few games have engendered as much discussion and debate for such an extended period of time as No Man's Sky has since its release in 2016. With seemingly impossible expectations placed on the space exploration game, the final product fell short for many fans. But Hello Games never stopped working. Countless features and systems have been added over past 2+ years, culminating in the enormous NEXT update that dropped last summer. The developer made it clear at the time that more several updates were in the works, but months passed without any substantial news. That is, until this week, when Hello Games announced its next major update: Beyond. We still don't know much about the update, but we do know that it won't be ready until this coming summer. What Hello Games was willing to share was that Beyond will be three major updates rolled into one mega-release (and, as always, it will be free for everyone who owns No Man's Sky). The first component of the update is No Man's Sky Online, which the studio describes as "a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together." 16-player online multiplayer was added in the NEXT update, and while the name of this component seems to imply that multiplayer will take another step forward this summer, Hello Games still doesn't consider No Man's Sky to be an MMO. I'm assuming this means that everyone won't exist on servers, where you could potentially run into hundreds or thousands of players all flying around the same instance, but it's not clear yet. "These changes are an answer to how we have seen people playing since the release of NEXT, and is something we’ve dreamed of for a long time." added founder Sean Murray. "We will talk more about each component when we know we can be precise, and look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks."
March 15, 2019

Christchurch mosque killings are a tragic consequence of the mainstreaming of racist ideas

The purported manifesto of the man who killed 49 people at a pair of Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques on Thursday is laced throughout with trolling and diversions. But look past these booby traps and you’ll find one earnestly stated idea that may sound familiar — because conservative media and political operatives have worked hard in […]
March 15, 2019

Ralph Fiennes: ‘I’d like to see a black actor in a Bond-like persona’

The actor, who has played 'M' in James Bond films since 2012, spoke to Newsnight about diversity and political correctness.
March 15, 2019

How To Help Survivors And Those Affected By The New Zealand Mosque Attack

Looking to share your support and help those affected by the recent mass shooting in New Zealand? These suggestions can point you in the right direction.
March 15, 2019

Will Senate Republicans’ rebuke of Trump’s emergency declaration be a turning point?

On Thursday, 12 Republican senators joined all 47 Democrats to overturn the national emergency declaration issued last month by President Donald Trump to wrangle the necessary taxpayer dollars to build his vanity wall along the southern U.S. border. The immediate ramifications of the bill’s passage were rendered moot, however, because Trump vetoed the bill Friday, […]
March 15, 2019

Watch the U.S. Air Force launch a new satellite live right here

It's been an eventful week for spaceflight, with the biggest news being the hotly anticipated launch of the Soyuz rocket carrying a pair of NASA astronauts going smoothly on Thursday, but we're not done yet. The U.S. Air Force is about to close out the week with the launch of a shiny new Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite, and it's using a Delta IV rocket from United Launch Alliance to make it happen. The launch, which will be the second Delta IV launch from ULA this year, will take place from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and you can watch it happen live right here. The launch window will open at 6:56 p.m. EDT and will extend to 9:05 p.m., allowing plenty of time for ideal launch conditions and for ULA to address any last-second minor issues that might pop up. The stream window below will go live at around 6:30 p.m. EDT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNU46m8Hi6Q ULA provides the following launch summary:
WGS-10 will be the eighth flight of the Delta IV in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration; all launches in this configuration have delivered WGS missions to orbit. This mission also will be the 39th launch of the Delta IV since its inaugural launch in 2002.
As you've probably already gathered by the fact that the satellite is a piece of Air Force hardware, the new equipment will become a part of an advanced network that is used by the military. The WGS is used by the United States and Australia, as well as Canada. The launch should be a relatively smooth affair, and the ULA has completed several such launches over the past few years. Nevertheless, it's still always fun to watch a rocket take off, and these live streams are typically pretty high quality, so kick back, relax, and watch it fly.
March 15, 2019

Reports: Cops Investigating Tyreek Hill For Allegedly Breaking Three-Year-Old Son’s Arm

According to multiple reports, Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery by the Overland Park police and the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office after Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, filed multiple police reports listing the...