May 7, 2019

Mourinho slams Barcelona’s mentality and heaps praise on Klopp – The42

Mourinho slams Barcelona's mentality and heaps praise on Klopp  The42Miracle at Anfield as Liverpool stun Barcelona  RTE.ieThis was the greatest night Anfield has ever witnessed  Irish ExaminerLiverpool answer Klopp's pray...
May 7, 2019

Falklands veteran ‘forced out over sexuality’ plans to sue MoD

Veteran Joe Ousalice wants a medal back which he says was cut from his uniform because of his sexuality.
May 7, 2019

Falklands veteran ‘forced out over sexuality’ plans to sue MoD

Veteran Joe Ousalice wants a medal back which he says was cut from his uniform because of his sexuality.
May 7, 2019

Missing part of Stonehenge returned 60 years on

No one knew where it was until an Englishman now living in Florida decided to return it 60 years on.
May 7, 2019

Newspaper headlines: May ‘defiant’ in face of Tory ‘meltdown’

The front pages speculate over the prime minister's future, as pressure grows on her to resign.
May 7, 2019

EA Access is finally coming to PS4 after years of Xbox exclusivity

PlayStation 4 players will soon be able to grab their DualShock controllers and sign up for Electronic Arts' game subscription service that lets subscribers do everything from play new titles early, play as much as you want from a big library of games and earn special bonuses for being a member. After debuting on the Xbox One almost five years ago, EA Access is coming to the PS4 starting in July. The video game giant announced today that players will soon be able to sign up for a monthly membership that costs $4.99 (or $29.99 for the annual membership) through the PlayStation Store. Among other benefits of the subscription offering, membership in EA Access lets players experience features like Play First Trials, where they can play up to 10 hours of most new EA games. EA also declared today that its expansion of EA Access to the PS4 means that, along with the existing membership services on Xbox One and PC via Origin, EA now offers its subscription services on the most platforms compared to its game publishing peers. https://twitter.com/EA/status/1125787614919790592 “As we continue to invest in digital and subscription services, bringing great games to even more players across more platforms is an exciting opportunity for everyone,” said Matt Bilbey, EA's Executive Vice President of Strategic Growth. “Our goal is to give players more choice to try and play our games wherever and however they choose, and we’re happy to bring EA Access to PlayStation 4.” In terms of what else subscribers can expect as part of EA Access, they'll be able to score a 10% discount on full game purchases, expansions, in-game items and more. And the library of EA games they'll be able to play includes titles that are of course part of major EA franchises, like Battlefield, EA Sports FIFA, Star Wars and Battlefront, among others. One important thing to point out as part of this deal: If you happen to own both an Xbox One and a PS4, and you're already paying for EA Access for the former, you'll still need to pay the monthly fee to play the EA Access games on your PS4. Something to think about if you already have access for one console.
May 7, 2019

CEO Secrets: ‘Buying a beer gave me my big break’

MediaCom boss Stephen Allan tells how an unusual tactic gave him his big break in the ad industry.
May 7, 2019

Tesco and Argos caught selling knives to teenager

Some branches of Tesco and Argos tested did not stop a 16-year-old's purchase, a BBC investigation finds.
May 7, 2019

Yes, Google is working on foldable phone prototypes too

In interviews leading up to this week's Google I/O event, the head of Google's Pixel division faced questions about foldable devices. Talking to CNET, Mario Quieroz acknowledged "We're definitely prototyping the technology. We've been doing it for a...
May 7, 2019

Netflix is now streaming one of the biggest movies in the world

One of the top-grossing movies in the world right now is a sci-fi blockbuster that's racked up an impressive global box office haul on par with some of Marvel's big 2019 hits, like Captain Marvel. An achievement that's seriously impressive when you stop to consider that this Chinese-made film in question, Wandering Earth, hasn't really been available to US audiences at all up to this point, other than via very quick, limited screening. And yet, it's currently the third highest-grossing film worldwide, even with the insane response to Avengers: Endgame. It likely won't be as under-the-radar among American audiences for much longer, however. Thanks to Netflix's acquisition of the rights to the film back in February and its debut on the streamer with pretty much no fanfare in recent days, that means the biggest non-Marvel movie released in 2019 thus far is now available to stream in the US. The movie is China's second-highest grossing film of all time and tells the story of people trying to save earth from being destroyed by the sun. Netflix -- which has been trying to appeal more to Chinese audiences -- quickly snatched it up, promising to translate it into 28 languages. Again, an impressive achievement for a non-Hollywood production, for that and many other reasons. As we've previously reported, the film was given a production scale rarely seen in Chinese films and included post-production and special effects work that took two years. All of that included more than 10,000 specifically-built props and the employment of some 2,000 special effects shots, in addition to a “substantial amount of computer graphics shots.” Samir Ansari, a visual effects supervisor with VFX company Pixomondo, said he and his colleagues put a significant amount of work into the movie, working on more than 200 shots and creating over 180 different assets that were used in the film in some capacity. It's a movie about the potential destruction of the earth, so it involves elaborate sets of massive scale to give the movie a sweep and epic look and feel along the lines of sci-fi hits that American audiences are definitely used to seeing. Samir told BGR that Wandering Earth was among the most challenging movies he's worked on, partly because the VFX market in China for a sci-fi blockbuster like this is still quite new. There haven't really been any cinematic hits along these lines to come out of the country before, so there also wasn't much in the way of earlier movies that the Pixomondo could use for a visual reference. The movie itself is based on the book of the same name by Liu Cixin, the first Asian novelist to win the Hugo Award for Science Fiction. "One of the reasons I think the movie has been such a success is just that it’s actually a good movie," Ansari said. "It sounds silly to say. But it can be appreciated not on a national level - this is based on book that’s internationally acclaimed. The production value is quite apparent, and you can see that quite a lot of money was spent on the filming of the movie. "The costume design, the set quality that the heroes are found in, it’s all quite well-polished. I think all those things come together, and you don't really look at this film and think, at least initially, that this is a Chinese movie. You could assume that it's come out of Hollywood. We’ve not had movies come from China on this scale before. And on top of that, it’s just a really enjoyable movie to watch."