News Hightech

Disney hires former Apple, Samsung exec for its streaming service

As Disney prepares for its streaming service that's launching next year, Variety reports it has snagged an executive to run operations. Kevin Swint (LinkedIn) worked at Apple for five years, eventually running its iTunes movies business worldwide, be...

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New Nova miniseries will explore puzzling science mysteries

The Boston public access station WGBH has partnered with PBS for another short series in its long-running Nova family of programs. Nova Wonder will follow three researchers exploring big scientific mysteries. The first of the miniseries' six episodes...

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Aereo-like NYC nonprofit Locast streams local TV for free

A nonprofit is bringing local broadcast television to the online masses for free, but who knows how long that will last. The organization, Sports Fans Coalition, launched the streaming site Locast.org on January 11th, letting anyone in New York City'...

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‘Skullgirls’ relaunches on mobile as developer ditches publisher

Stylized fighting game Skullgirls came out for mobile in May of last year. It was developed by Autumn Games and initially published by Line. Now, the developer has decided to part ways with the publisher and go back to being independent. As a result...

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Twitter is notifying anyone who followed a Russian spam account

Last week, Twitter missed the deadline Congress set to turn over information on Russia-backed meddling in the 2016 election. Today, the social media company posted a public update on their internal investigation. First, they found thousands of additi...

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Disney hires former Apple, Samsung exec for its streaming service

As Disney prepares for its streaming service that's launching next year, Variety reports it has snagged an executive to run operations. Kevin Swint (LinkedIn) worked at Apple for five years, eventually running its iTunes movies business worldwide, be...

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Video games

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana For PC Pushed Back To An "As-of-yet Indeterminate Date"

Ys VIII's PC port is proving to be continuously problematic, so NIS America has made the decision to delay the game further in order to take the time needed to improve its performance. On the game's Steam pre-order page, NIS has offered a thorough explanation of why it has chosen to delay the game writing, "This decision was not made lightly, and we understand that many of you will be upset about this news. For that, and most importantly, for the delay, we are very sorry." The game is having memory leak issues and framerate problems in its transition from PlayStation 4 to PC and NIS is going to bring the game to a new team writing, "We will be moving development to an entirely different developer who will primarily focus on frame rate improvements as well as other PC optimizations. Once that process begins, we will monitor the progress and determine the release schedule. We will also be sure to give regular updates to our progress." NIS is also offering refunds on pre-orders for those disappointed by the delay. NIS is quick to point out that this delay will not affect the planned localization patch which is coming to Vita and PlayStation 4 on January 30. It's unclear if this delay will affect the Switch version of the game, which is planned for a vague 2018 release date. For our review of the PlayStation 4 version of the game, head here. [Source: Steam, via Resetera]   Our TakeThis is a bummer for those looking forward to the game on PC, but I appreciate NIS America's transparency in saying the game is not working as well as it wants, it's bringing on a whole new team to get it fixed, and it will happily refund your pre-order. It certainly lessens the sting.

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Replay – Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith

Feelings on Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi are mixed, but we all agree the prequels rocked. So did the games. In this episode of the internet's worst show, we take a look at a game based on the prequel's final chapter, Revenge of the Sith. We play through four entire stages (all on one HUGE ship) and end our look with a great battle against Count Dooku. As we play as Obi-Wan and Anakin, we discuss our feelings on Star Wars as a whole, and tell a bunch of super funny jokes. Our second segment is also based on something George Lucas made, but it isn't Star Wars. We'll give you a hint: The name starts with Willo_. Stumped? Watch the episode to find out what it is! (Please visit the site to view this media)

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Report: Ken Watanabe Joins Detective Pikachu Movie

The cast of the Detective Pikachu movie continues to expand in surprising ways. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Detective Pikachu's cast now includes Ken Watanabe who will play Detective Yoshida, a new character exclusive to the film. Watanabe joins Ryan Reynolds, who will be playing the titular role, alongside Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). The movie is being directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) and is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch, known for creating Gravity Falls. The film will follow Pikachu as he helps Smith's character track down his kidnapped father. The Detective Pikachu video game was recently confirmed for a release in North America alongside a Detective Pikachu amiibo. You can read more about the game here. [Source: Hollywood Reporter, via Resetera]

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Weekend Warrior – We're "Diving" Into Subnautica

This weekend all the video editors are swimming around underwater, Dan Tack lies about a fancy meal he plans on eating, and I lie to myself about planning to clean the house. It sounds like a perfectly average weekend. What about you? Hopefully you're doing something more exciting than the rest of us. Let us know in the comments. Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – I haven’t had a chance to start learning Sakura and Menat in Street Fighter V now that Arcade Edition is out, so I’m hopefully going to rectify that this weekend. I’m also going to play a lot of Destiny 2 for the first time in a while, since the ornaments for the New Monarchy outfit look real pretty! Javy Gwaltney (@HurdyIV) – I'll be reading a bunch of books, playing Pyre, and maybe finally going to see Jumanji and not being able to get out of the theater until a coworker rolls a 5 or 8. Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – This weekend, I’m continuing my playthroughs of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Final Fantasy X. Of course, I’ll always find time for Overwatch. Daniel Tack (@dantack) – Culatello prosciutto, sopressata, bufala mozzarella, burrata, stone ground course mustard, Carolina Reaper sauce, jalapenos (fresh),  and an ice-cold Cheerwine. Leo Vader (@leovader) – I’m eager to “dive in” to Subnautica. [Editor's note: I asked Leo to take Weekend Warrior seriously next time. I just wanted to apologize here for his clearly dismissive attitude.] Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I’m just focused on playing more Subnautica on Steam. I’m really enjoying the game, it has fully scratched that Minecraft itch I forgot I had previously scratched… does that make sense? It’s an underwater survival-crafty thing, but really satisfying and a top-notch game to play while listening to podcasts. Enjoy the weekend! Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – It's not unbearably cold outside, so you know what that means – time to clean the inside of my car and garage! Yeah! I also plan on having a spotless house full of clean laundry by Sunday night. It's definitely going to happen! In terms of video games, I want to check out the Metal Gear Survive beta and revisit Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on my Vita, as long as I can get them all to work properly.

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Overwatch League Dallas Fuel Player Deactivated For Negative Comments

The Overwatch League, a pro esports league devoted to its titular game, has had to deactivate a player due to comments made on their personal stream. According to ESPN, the Dallas Fuel's Felix "xQc" Lengyel has been "deactivated" from their match with the London Spitfire due to comments he made on his personal stream directed towards the Houston Outlaws' Austin "Muma" Wilmot. This news follows some more Overwatch League controversy involving a public apology from the Shanghai Dragons who offered assurances to their fans that they will improve after a rough start. For more on Overwatch League, head here. You can also read about the League's impressive surg eof early popularity here. [Via ESPN.com]

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana For PC Pushed Back To An "As-of-yet Indeterminate Date"

Ys VIII's PC port is proving to be continuously problematic, so NIS America has made the decision to delay the game further in order to take the time needed to improve its performance. On the game's Steam pre-order page, NIS has offered a thorough explanation of why it has chosen to delay the game writing, "This decision was not made lightly, and we understand that many of you will be upset about this news. For that, and most importantly, for the delay, we are very sorry." The game is having memory leak issues and framerate problems in its transition from PlayStation 4 to PC and NIS is going to bring the game to a new team writing, "We will be moving development to an entirely different developer who will primarily focus on frame rate improvements as well as other PC optimizations. Once that process begins, we will monitor the progress and determine the release schedule. We will also be sure to give regular updates to our progress." NIS is also offering refunds on pre-orders for those disappointed by the delay. NIS is quick to point out that this delay will not affect the planned localization patch which is coming to Vita and PlayStation 4 on January 30. It's unclear if this delay will affect the Switch version of the game, which is planned for a vague 2018 release date. For our review of the PlayStation 4 version of the game, head here. [Source: Steam, via Resetera]   Our TakeThis is a bummer for those looking forward to the game on PC, but I appreciate NIS America's transparency in saying the game is not working as well as it wants, it's bringing on a whole new team to get it fixed, and it will happily refund your pre-order. It certainly lessens the sting.

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News in brief

Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.

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Canadian jury clears railworkers in Lac-Mégantic runaway train disaster

A Canadian jury on Friday cleared three railway workers of criminal negligence in one of the nation’s worst train disasters, which killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec in 2013.

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A whole new world: Trump anniversary special

He promised to put America first. On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, FRANCE 24 takes you to Washington and around the world to gauge US might and influence, one year on. How far will Trump go on immigration, Jerusalem and Iran? What will the Russia investigation reveal? Join us and our panel of guests for a special edition of the FRANCE 24 Debate.

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Merkel-Macron meeting shows the 'Franco-German couple is still functioning'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the Élysée presidential palace on Friday is an effort to show that Paris and Berlin remain united and determined to forge ahead on Europe.

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Egypt's President Sisi says he will stand for re-election

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Friday that he will be a candidate in a presidential election due to take place in March.

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Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.

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Sport

Ex-U.S. athlete tells Speed Skating Canada of head coach's alleged sexual relationships with skaters

A former U.S. speed skater says she reported allegations to Speed Skating Canada in November that head coach Michael Crowe had sexual relationships with several of his athletes when he coached elite skaters south of the border in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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Red Fisher, legendary Canadiens sportswriter, dead at age 91

Red Fisher, who chronicled every Montreal Canadiens star from Maurice Richard to Carey Price, has died. He was 91.

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Roy Halladay autopsy reveals morphine, amphetamine in system at time of death: report

The autopsy on former Toronto Blue Jay Roy Halladay revealed that he had morphine and amphetamine in his system at the time of his fatal plane crash in November, according to the report obtained by TMZ.

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Elisabeth Vathje captures her 1st Crystal Globe in World Cup skeleton

Elisabeth Vathje captured her first career Crystal Globe for finishing third place in the overall World Cup skeleton standings following a ninth-place finish at the last race of the season in Konigssee, Germany on Friday.

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Canadian speed skating coach on leave following allegations of sexual relationships with athletes

A former U.S. speed skater has come forward, alleging Canadian speed skating coach Michael Crowe had sexual relationships with several of his athletes. Diana Swain reports.

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Ex-U.S. athlete tells Speed Skating Canada of head coach's alleged sexual relationships with skaters

A former U.S. speed skater says she reported allegations to Speed Skating Canada in November that head coach Michael Crowe had sexual relationships with several of his athletes when he coached elite skaters south of the border in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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