Episode 104 - PewDiePie Spawn Unboxing

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Welcome to episode 104 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgardo Acosta

 

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.


 

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about PewDiePie Nazi rumors, Nintendo Switch unboxing, the Spawn TV show, Disney casting  and much more.

 

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Disney’s Maker Studios has dropped YouTube celebrity Felix Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie because of videos with anti-semitic content. The Wall Street Journal found nine videos posted since August with anti-semitic messages or Nazi imagery. Kjellberg said the content was meant to be joking, and that he was not "supporting any kind of hateful attitudes", admitting the videos in question were "ultimately offensive". YouTube also canceled the second season of YouTube Red series “Scare PewDiePie and removed Kjellberg from the Google Preferred advertising program. https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/14/maker-studios-parts-ways-with-pewdiepie-after-anti-semitic-jokes/

 

 

The Nintendo Switch doesn’t come out for another couple of weeks, but one person has already managed to get his hands on it ahead of time. Neogaf user ‘hiphoptherobot’ received his Nintendo Switch prior to the release date after the retailer he ordered it from accidentally shipped it to him two weeks early. After posting the photos to Neogaf, the YouTube channel FloKO asked him to make an unboxing video to show off the Nintendo Switch.

 

After the unboxing video went viral Nintendo released a statement that this console was actually part of a shipment that was stolen from a warehouse in the U.S.

 

The guy who made the unboxing video told Kotaku that he returned the stolen console to Nintendo after they contacted him.

http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/nintendo-switch-early-arrival-unboxing-video/  

https://kotaku.com/leaked-switch-was-stolen-nintendo-says-1792521813

 

 

This Week Pokemon Go added more than 80 new Johto Pokemon from the 1990s Pokemon Gold and Silver games. They will all be discoverable in the wild. There will also be new evolution items, two new types of berries, new avatar items, and something called “encounter gameplay.” https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/15/pokemon-go-gen-ii-update/?ncid=rss



 

 

Twenty years after it showed on our movie screens,  the universe of Todd McFarlane's Spawn will get a new lease on life - this time through BBC America. The tortured soul from hell, though, will not be front and center this time.The heroes of this show are the titular Sam and Twitch, two very human, but tough NYPD cops who tangle with the worst side of the supernatural. Blame that on their run-ins with Spawn. Kevin Smith has been tasked to write, direct, and produce.

http://epicstream.com/news/Spawn-Spin-off-In-Development-in-BBC-America-with-Kevin-Smith-Directing

 

 

The hunt for a new director for The Batman continues as Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes) has reportedly exited negotiations with Warner Bros. a week after they began.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/02/17/the-batman-director-matt-reeves-exits-negotiations-after-talks-break-down

 

 

Apparently Warner Brothers is shopping around for a director for their sequel for their hit film Suicide Squad and they are in negotiation with Mel Gibson for the job. The director confirmed during a recent Q&A that he is indeed in negotiations for the project.

http://nerdist.com/mel-gibson-suicide-squad-2/

 

 

Angela Lansbury, who has starred in a number of Disney films over her long career, has just joined the cast of Rob Marshall’s sequel Mary Poppins Returns, which is filming at Shepperton Studios. She will portray the Balloon Lady. The film is scheduled for release Christmas Day 2018.

https://deadline.com/2017/02/angela-lansbury-mary-poppins-disney-1201915222/

 

 

You know that reboot Disney is doing for the Lion King? The film’s director, Jon Favreau, announced the week that they’ve cast Donald Glover (Community, Han Solo movie, Spiderman Homecoming) as Simba and that James Earl Jones will be returning as the voice of Mufasa.

http://nerdist.com/donald-glover-james-earl-jones-lion-king-reboot-disney/  


 

 

A new rumor, from what has previously been a reliable source, indicates that Marvel may finally be moving forward with a live-action adaptation of one of their oldest properties: Namor, the Sub-Mariner.

 

The rumor comes from the Reel News Hawaii Twitter feed, which was the source of the news that Marvel Television would film The Inhumans on a newly purchased Naval base in Kalaeloa, Hawaii. According to the feed, Marvel may also be looking to use the location, which he is referring to as Marvel Studios Oahu, for an as yet unannounced “Submariner” film:

http://mcuexchange.com/rumor-marvel-moving-ahead-sub-mariner/



 

 

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Jar Jar Binks after Star Wars Episode 3, the final Star Wars novel in the Aftermath trilogy by Chuck Wendig, ‘Empire’s End’, reveals Jar Jar’s fate.

 

Set in the years after Return of the Jedi, the Aftermath trilogy has shown the state of the New Republic and the Empire in its main arc and in interludes that take place throughout the galaxy. One of the interludes in Empire’s End goes to Naboo.

 

On the streets of Naboo, a kid encounters a clown. That clown identifies himself as Jar Jar: “Meesa Jar Jar,” he tells an orphan. He talks about not being wanted either and references that “Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens.”

 

Remember that it was Jar Jar, as a member of the senate, that gave Senator Palpatine the emergency war powers that lead to him becoming the Emperor. Mistakes were made, indeed.

http://nerdist.com/jar-jar-binks-star-wars/

 

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 103 - Iron Fist, Guardians 2

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Welcome to episode 103 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgardo Acosta

 

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

 

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In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  the latest Android Watch, E3 for regular people, Firefly reboot, Castlevania TV show,  the unreleased Harry Potter Music, Movie Trailer showdown and much more.

 

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The E3 video game trade show will open its doors to the public this year. 15,000 public tickets will go on sale February 13th starting at $150 http://mashable.com/2017/02/08/e3-2017-open-to-public-tickets/

 

 

Google officially launched Android Wear 2.0 Wednesday. The LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style are the flagship devices launching February 10. Several existing watches will get the update in the coming weeks. New features include standalone apps, Android Pay, and Google Assistant. Android Wear also features a keyboard that uses predictive text.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/08/android-wear-2-0/

 

Captain America Versus Marvel Heros  

 

In Marvel Comics’ next major event series, Marvel’s superheroes will take on Captain America himself. According to ABC News, the nine-issue miniseries — titled Secret Empire — comes in the aftermath of last year’s Civil War II event, and will pick up with the larger Marvel Universe learning that Captain America is secretly an agent of Hydra.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/10/14579348/marvel-secret-empire-comics-miniseries-release-date-announced

 

New Jay and Silent Bob movie announced

 

In a post on Facebook this week director Kevin Smith showed the cover page for a new script he’s writing for a new Jay and Silent Bob film. In the post he talks about Clerks III getting canceled because one of the key actors not signing on and Mallrats 2 not getting to be made because it’s being turned into a TV show. So instead he’ll be making a new Jay and Silent Bob movie, because he owns those characters and no one can stop him from making it.

https://www.facebook.com/YesThatKevinSmith/photos/a.77596326929.88348.6985046929/10154103461971930/?type=3

 

New Firefly interest by Fox

 

Ever since Joss Whedon's Firefly was prematurely canceled there's been a lot of talk regarding a revival or Serenity sequel. At least a couple times a year there's some kind of report about Whedon, Nathan Fillion, and the other actors being asked if it could ever happen.

 

No one has ever said it won't happen. It's just one of these things where there would have to be a perfect storm of things to happen before there was any kind of movement. Most everyone involved with the original series are keeping busy doing other projects.

 

Fox Broadcasting President of Entertainment David Madden recently talked about it in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes. He told them that he would consider doing it if Joss Whedon wants to do it.

http://geektyrant.com/news/fox-is-interested-in-a-firefly-revival-if-joss-whedon-wants-to-do-it

 

Netflix announces Castlevania series

 

The hit video game franchise Castlevania is being developed as a TV series by Netflix! The news was tucked away in a press release from Netflix that simply said: Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 Coming to Netflix in 2017.

There are no details beyond that. This might be the same animated Castlevania project that was reportedly going into development about a month ago.

http://geektyrant.com/news/netflix-announces-a-castlevania-tv-series-coming-in-2017

 

Powerless and Legion Premier

 

Two new superhero TV shows premiered this week. Powerless, a workplace comedy set in the DC universe where a Wayne affiliate company makes products to protect the average citizen from the fallout of superhero battles. Legion, an FX tv show, is the story of a young man that thinks he has multiple personality disorder only to find out he’s a mutant with a legion of super powers.

Powerless-Funny. Best part of the show is Ron Funches.

Legion - 70s period piece.

 

Uptown Funk w/Family Guy voices

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Mikey Bolts has made a name for himself with his Family Guy impressions (particularly Peter and Stewie Griffin) for a few years. Now he’s taking on “Uptown Funk,”  and it’s rather brilliant. Stewie and Peter are at the forefront, but he manages to bring in some other characters from Family Guy, American Dad, and even King of the Hill. The catchphrases aren’t a hindrance here; they’re essential.

https://youtu.be/-eLHYChsfI4

http://www.dailydot.com/unclick/mikey-bolts-family-guy-uptown-funk-cover/?fb=gk+eg

 

Movie Trailer Showdown

 

  • 6 trailers enter, only 1 leaves

 

Samurai Jack -full trailer

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The limited new series got its full trailer this week and it looks dark. Jack doesn’t have his mystical sword and apparently can’t age so he’s just stuck in a future ruled by Aku.

https://youtu.be/VSrv_n4tw7w

 

Iron Fist trailer

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Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist. Marvel's Iron Fist premieres March 17, 2017

https://youtu.be/f9OKL5no-S0

 

Stranger Things - Season 2 trailer

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A year after Will’s return, everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins. Stranger Things 2 is coming. Halloween 2017.

https://youtu.be/9Egf5U8xLo8

 

Teen Titans- Judas Contract

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The Teen Titans get a new member to the team, Terra who seems to have an ulterior motive as they take on the mercenary Deathstroke.

https://youtu.be/TmpUh7U7Sqk

 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 -Super Bowl teaser

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https://youtu.be/CaLNiC-bKHQ  

 

Infinity Wars Teaser

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from the Atlanta set of Avengers: Infinity War, Robert Downey Jr. took to Facebook to reveal a very early look at May 2018's highly anticipated Marvel crossover. In it, he, Tom Holland, and Chris Pratt talk briefly about the film, while the writers and directors also tease the grand culmination of what will be 10 years of Marvel movies.

https://youtu.be/sAOzrChqmd0


 

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 102 - Super Geek Sunday

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Welcome to episode 102 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgardo Acosta

 

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

 

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  Robots to make you coffee and carry your stuff, The Batman loses it’s director, Doctor Who loses a Doctor, some great superhero TV news, and much more.

 

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A Jury has decided Facebook subsidiary Oculus must pay Zenimax $500 million for the violation of a non-disclosure agreement by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. Luckey had worked as a contractor for Zenimax before launching his Kickstarter to start Oculus. The jury found that Oculus was not guilty of misappropriating trade secrets.

  • Zenimax was seeking $4 billion. Instead the fine breaks down with Oculus owing $200 million for breaking the NDA and $50 million for copyright infringement. Oculus and Luckey must pay $50 million each for false designation, and Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe must pay $150 million for the same charge. Facebook plans to appeal the ruling.

  • Keep in mind that last year Facebook reported $8.81 billion in revenue.

http://www.polygon.com/2017/2/1/14474198/oculus-lawsuit-verdict


 

Cafe X opens in San Francisco, bringing robots to the coffee shop

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Founder Henry Hu noticed that baristas spent a majority of their time moving cups around while making espresso drinks. So, much like anyone’s natural reaction to that epiphany, Hu decided to build a fully mechanized coffee shop. At scale, Cafe X should be able to increase margins within the industry while reducing wait times for hurried patrons.Customers visiting Cafe X’s first US location at the AMC Metreon in San Francisco will be able to order espresso drinks involving milk and flavorings from on-site kiosks and a dedicated app.

https://youtu.be/t42XCAChUN8

https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/30/cafe-x-opens-in-san-francisco-bringing-robots-to-the-coffee-shop/  


 

Boston Dynamics Wheeled Robot

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Scared by those Boston Dynamics robots that walk like people? Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson shared footage from a recent Boston Dynamics presentation of a robot that uses a pair of Segway-like wheel. The robot called Handle can balance its own weight according to speed, movement and terrain, though it does seem designed for smoother areas. Boston Dynamics also teased a new creepy robot with legs called Harmony.    

  • That’s right Boston Dynamics, make the faster than people for the robot apocalypse.

https://youtu.be/giS41utjlbU

https://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2017/02/01/boston-dynamics-robot-segway-wheel-legs/

 

The Robot Cart

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Gita was developed by Piaggio, an Italian automotive company that makes various lightweight vehicles but is most famous for making the iconic Vespa scooter. The robot is an experimental new way of transporting stuff. The top of the robot opens up, allowing it to store up to 40 pounds of whatever you might otherwise lug around yourself. The company is about to begin testing Gita in a number of industrial settings, including factories and theme parks. But the hope is that the robot may also appeal to consumers who might want a robot assistant as they walk, run, or ride a bike (it has a top speed of 22 mph).

https://youtu.be/hKdYAGQVb-k

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603558/this-robot-will-carry-your-stuff-and-follow-you-around/

 

PETER CAPALDI ANNOUNCES HE’S LEAVING DOCTOR WHO

 

Already the final series for longtime lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, it’s long been speculated that Capaldi would leave the series following the upcoming tenth. And during a radio appearance on BBC Radio 2, Capaldi dropped the bomb that, yes, he will indeed leave the show after Series 10 bows, slated to premiere on April 15th.

http://nerdist.com/peter-capaldi-doctor-who-leaving/

 

 

Chris Terrio, screenwriter on "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and "Justice League", has rewritten Ben Affleck's THE BATMAN! Then Ben Affleck left the project as the director.

http://bit.ly/2kWi50R

 

 

Director Denis Villeneuve, of Arrival and Sicario fame, is officially signed up to direct the upcoming Dune reboot. The news was confirmed by Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, who wrote the original 1965 Dune novel.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/1/14468876/dune-reboot-denis-villeneuve-director-official

 

 

Kevin Sorbo and Teri Hatcher have both been revealed to have recurring villain roles on Supergirl. While details of their characters aren’t known, but it’s described by the CW as “a mysterious new role that will become the new Big Bad of Season 2.”

https://deadline.com/2017/02/kevin-sorbo-supergirl-villain-the-cw-1201901590/

https://deadline.com/2017/01/supergirl-teri-hatcher-season-2-cast-recurring-1201898430/

 

 

Director Michael B. Bay has announced that Transformers: The Last Knight will be his last Transformers movie. Then again he’s also said that after every one of the the Transformer films.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/02/03/michael-bay-announces-the-last-knight-is-his-last-transformers-movie

 

 

Hulu has announced that they have picked up RUNAWAYS for a full series as opposed to an introductory episode order. Hulu also announced the cast for the series but I don’t know who any of these teen actors are.

http://mcuexchange.com/hulu-ordered-runaways-straight-series-show/

 

 

Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph have been officially cast in the star roles of Freeform's CLOAK AND DAGGER series.

  • The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.

http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/01/26/marvels-cloak-dagger-character-descriptions-released/

 

J.J. Abrams is Producing a World War II Supernatural Thriller

 

J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot company are producing a World War II supernatural thrilled called Overlord. The film follows "two paratroopers who are caught behind enemy lines after their plane crashes on a mission to destroy a German Radio Tower in a small town outside of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. After reaching their target, the two paratroopers come to realize that besides fighting off Nazi soldiers, they also must combat against supernatural forces that are a result of a secret Nazi experiment."

 

  • Zombie Nazis folks. There are going to be zombie nazis.

http://epicstream.com/news/JJ-Abrams-is-Producing-a-World-War-II-Supernatural-Thriller

 

Sony adds PlayStation 4 hard drive support

The Playstation Blog announced this week that the latest PS4 update supports USB 3.0 hard drives up to 8 TB in size, and you will be given the option to install and download games directly to the external hard drive. “Also, all the applications saved in the external HDD will appear in the Content Launcher of the Home Screen so it’s easy to keep track of what apps you launched recently,

http://www.polygon.com/2017/2/3/14496778/playstation-4-external-hard-drives-finally-supported

 

The Nintendo Switch may get VR functionality

 

In an interview with Nikkei, current Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima stated that the company was “studying” ways to add VR features to the console.

“If we are able to resolve the issues with playing [VR] comfortably for long hours, we will support it in one form or another,” said Kimishima.

http://www.ign.com/videos/2017/02/03/switch-will-support-vr-on-one-condition-ign-daily-fix

 

PILLARS OF ETERNITY 2: DEADFIRE HITS 1M IN 24 HOURS

 

Getting funding for unusual games can be challenging. So, Obsidian Entertainment opted to go with video game funding platform Fig for help with the sequel to their Pillars of Eternity RPG.

Fig not only allows the usual backer rewards for folks who want to play the game, it allows people with enough money to invest in the game and reap financial rewards from later sales. Trying out something new is always a bit of a risk but this is one that seems to be working so far.

The crowdfunding campaign for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire was so successful that it raised a millions dollars within 24 hours of opening and as of today, they’ve raised over $2 Million dollars.

http://geekandsundry.com/pillars-of-eternity-2-deadfire-hits-1m-in-24-hours/

 

Final Beauty and the Beast Trailer

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This final trailer for Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is pretty much a tour straight through the movie — but here, where you probably already know the story, it actually works pretty well. It’s the animated feature with fleshy people, mostly. It comes out March 17th.

https://youtu.be/e3Nl_TCQXuw

 

THE HANDMAID'S TALE

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The Handmaid's Tale looks gorgeous, tense, and deeply creepy – The story follow Offred as she is forced to abandon a life of freedom and become a type of concubine/surrogate/servant in a dystopian future where the U.S. has broken up into smaller radicalized states. It’s a story about subjugation, identity, gender roles, how culture shapes people, and ultimately rebellion. The show premieres April 26th on Hulu.

https://youtu.be/jMrDTDEmS4c

 

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(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 101 - Intro to Geek

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Welcome to episode 101 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgardo Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Jetpack Firefighters, Netflix, Star Wars novels, Video Game news, and much more.

 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

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Geek News  

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Firefighters in Dubai Tackle Flames Using Water-Propelled Jetpacks

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What happens when a fire breaks out on a busy bridge near the shoreline? You send a firefighter over on a jet ski and then strap him to a jetpack-like hose containing a pump that lifts him right over the flames to extinguish them, of course.

 

A water-powered system to achieve this was recently demonstrated by emergency responders in Dubai as part of a new initiative appropriately called Dolphin. The YouTube video posted by the city's emergency response unit, Dubai Civil Defence, describes the system in Arabic as a futuristic way to shorten the time to respond to fires aboard ships or on the shore.

https://youtu.be/E5Rt-NkxKJc

http://www.seeker.com/firefighters-in-dubai-tackle-flames-using-water-propelled-jetpacks-2216224425.html


 

 

In the latest version of Netflix's Android app, users can now download movies onto microSD cards. Previously the download feature was limited to internal storage. Content stored on the medium would still expire over time, and Netflix notes that support for microSD downloads varies by device.

-    http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/24/14374180/netflix-offline-downloads-android-sd-card


 

New Netflix shows in February

 

Netflix has number of new movies coming in February. The ones (Ramon) is looking forward to: Corpse Bride, Disney's Finding Dory, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 2, and Elvira I Will Give You My Life but I'm Using It

http://epicstream.com/news/All-the-Movies-and-Shows-Coming-to-Netflix-in-February-2017

 

'Rogue One' spinoff novels

Three of Rogue One's main characters are getting their own tie-in novels this summer, exploring how they fought back against the Empire before the events of the movie.

 

Star Wars has revealed the cover art and plot summaries for a young adult (YA) novel about rebel hero Jyn Erso and a middle-grade book about Jedha's badass team Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe.

http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/rogue-one-books-jyn-baze-chirrut/?fb=gk


 

 

Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Ulysses Klaw in BLACK PANTHER.

http://tinyurl.com/gptdww4


 

 

This week Lucasfilm has announced the title of the next Star Wars movie. Episode VIII will be called, The Last Jedi.

 

Directed by Rian Johnson, the film is said to take up immediately after the final shot of J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, when Daisy Ridley’s Rey was handing Luke Skywalker his old lightsaber. Skywalker, it would seem, is the last Jedi of the title, and while it’s not clear what the plot of the film is in any sense, the title alone could indicate the film will be largely centered around Mark Hamill’s character.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/23/14357700/star-wars-episode-8-the-last-jedi-title-announced


 

Square Enix and Marvel

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Square Enix and Marvel announce a multi-game partnership leading with The Avengers project.

 

The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise. Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come.

 

Does Square Enix have what it takes to make a successful superhero game?

https://youtu.be/rq_V6WHSmQs


 

New Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer

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Two Mass Effect: Andromeda trailers dropped today, revealing new teammates, aliens, backstory and—gasp—a kissing scene. The game will be released on March 21st.

https://youtu.be/NNG_szaXNNU

 

Dark Justice League extended clip

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The first 6 minutes of the new Dark Justice League movie was released this week and boy is it dark.

 

Justice League to reach out to turn to the supernaturally-inclined heroes like Deadman and Constantine. And it’s kinda messed up a lot. The curse makes people think they’re seeing vile demonic monsters everywhere, which leads to cheery moments like a woman plowing her car through a sea of pedestrians, a man in the grim aftermath of butchering his neighbors, and a woman throwing her own newborn off the side off a church. Cheery stuff!

https://youtu.be/dWOw5vSJZpU

https://io9.gizmodo.com/jeez-this-justice-league-dark-clip-is-grim-1791563381

 

Celebrity Deaths

 

 

This week John Hurt lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 77. He was diagnosed two years ago but continued to work and has four films that will come out in the next couple years.

 

He has over 200 acting credits to his name but found fame in his 40s, playing Kane in the movie Alien. Then landing the leading role in the Elephant Man, Heaven’s Gate, and History of the World Part I. He’s also been in the Disney‘s The Black Cauldron, Spaceballs, Hellboy, V for Vendetta, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who.

http://nerdist.com/were-all-hurt-tonight-as-john-hurt-has-died/


 

 

Actress Mary Tyler Moore, whose eponymous 1970s series helped usher in a new era for women on television, died Wednesday at the age of 80, her longtime representative Mara Buxbaum said.

 

"Today beloved icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine," she said. "A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile."


 

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(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 100 - Celebrate!

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(music one)

Welcome to episode 100 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgardo Acosta

 

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

 

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Kingdom Hearts III, Nintendo, Infinity Wars, possible Cable casting, the Movie Trailer showdown and much more.

 

Before we begin we want to give a quick shout out to Jeff Hayes, our newest Patreon Supporter, who’s pledged $10/month to support our podcast. Thanks Jeff. If you want to support us on Patreon you can find us at https://www.patreon.com/geekbytespodcast

 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

 

We begin with…

 

Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake update

 

Via Gematsu, the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu featured an interview with Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III. While he hinted that one or both of them may be given a progress spotlight at a press event later this year, he also indicated that both titles are far from finished.

 

“We’re steadily progressing on production,” he said. “While we are making them, I apologize that the wait will be be a bit longer for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake. I am very sorry, but to that degree I will make a game that will meet your expectations…The release of the titles themselves have still have a way to go.”

http://geekandsundry.com/square-enix-offers-an-update-on-kingdom-hearts-iii-and-the-final-fantasy-vii-remake/

 

 

Nintendo has provided some new details on its next mobile game, a smartphone take on the long-running strategy series Fire Emblem. The game — dubbed Fire Emblem: Heroes — is described as a tactical role playing game. According to Nintendo, the game will feature a brand new story about two warring kingdoms, and it features the same anime fantasy style as the rest of the series along with characters pulled from past games. The free-to-play game will be out  available February 2nd on iOS and Android.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/18/14300356/fire-emblem-heroes-nintendo-release-date-android

 

 

In a Twitter post, Nintendo confirmed that Super Mario Run will launch on Android in March 2017.    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nintendo-supermario-idUSKBN153033


 

 

Christopher Reeve’s iconic Superman costume and Michael Keaton’s batsuit are both currently listed at Nate D. Sanders Auctions, with the starting bids placed at $40,000 and $35,000, respectively. The auction for both pieces will end Jan. 26

http://ew.com/movies/2017/01/16/christopher-reeve-superman-michael-keaton-batman-costume-auction/

 

 

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and it's untitled sequel will start filming on Monday!  Avengers Infinity War, marks the end of a major arc in the Marvel Universe and has a cast of over 30 major marvel characters.

http://tinyurl.com/hdzdmv5

https://moviepilot.com/p/avengers-infinity-war-cast-news-rumors-confirmed/4107769

 

Black Adam Standalone movie

 

DC’s proposed Shazam movie doesn’t have a director, star, or even a finished script. What it does have is a villain, Black Adam, played by Dwayne Johnson, and he’s getting his own movie.

 

Deadline reports, and io9 confirmed, that the idea for Shazam has now been split in two. First, Johnson will play Black Adam in a solo movie. Then there would be a Shazam movie, without Black Adam—and then, maybe, a third having the two face off.

 

Also, Dwayne Johnson has tweeted that Black Adam could make an appearance in AQUAMAN. http://bit.ly/2iPcDez

https://io9.gizmodo.com/dwayne-johnson-is-getting-his-own-dc-solo-film-1791392844

 

 

Marvel’s other Spider-Man, the one that isn’t Peter Parker—is finally swinging his way onto the big screen. Sony Pictures Animation confirmed today that Miles Morales will be the web-slinger at the heart of the studio’s upcoming Spider-Man animated movie. The as-yet-untitled Spider-Man animated movie is scheduled to hit theaters December 21, 2018.

https://www.wired.com/2017/01/miles-morales-big-screen-spider-man/


 

 

The Nerdist reports on a potential casting rumor for Cable in Deadpool 2. Thanks to this pic from Ryan Reynolds‘ Instagram account, the current speculation is that four-time Bond, Pierce Brosnan could be playing Cable.Could James Bond suit up to play Cable in Deadpool 2?

http://nerdi.st/2iKe26m

 

Peter Dinklage in Infinity Wars

 

Peter Dinklage was recently spotted leaving a NYC salon sporting a very red hairdo. Many have speculated that this in preparation for his role in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.

 

If the new very red 'do is in prep for that movie, who do you think Dinklage is playing? It narrows it down to possibly Pip the Troll or Eitri the Asgardian weapons forger.

 

Ramon: My personal theory is that he’ll be playing Modoc.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4138470/Peter-Dinklage-emerges-salon-flaming-red-hair.html

 

 

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the show, being produced by Sony Pictures Television for NBC, will be written by Caroline Dries, who will executive produce the show alongside her fellow Vampire Diaries producer and writer, Brian Young, and the co-creator of the original comic series.

 

Like the initial incarnation of the comic, the show will follow cop Sara Pezzini as she comes into contact with the mysterious Witchblade amulet, a sentient bracelet passed down through female hosts with tremendous supernatural power... which she then proceeds to use to help her solve crime. So it’ll be a procedural with supernatural elements, basically.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/a-new-witchblade-tv-show-is-in-the-works-at-nbc-1791443858

 

 

He’ll be back! James Cameron, who regains certain rights to his prized creation The Terminator in 2019, is godfathering a new iteration of the film that might finally get it right in drawing a close in the battle between humans and Skynet. Sources say that Cameron, whose copyright reversion happens 35 years after the release of the 1984 classic, is in early talks with Deadpool director and Tim Miller to direct a reboot and conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.

https://deadline.com/2017/01/terminator-james-cameron-deadpool-tim-miller-david-ellison-skydance-1201890848/


 

Movie Trailer Showdown

 

Logan (Play Video 1)

Shows off killer X-23 moves and some of the banter between Logan and his clone. Also, really cool X-Men comic.

https://youtu.be/RH3OxVFvTeg

 

Colossal (Play Video 2)

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) drinks too hard and parties too much. Her boyfriend has enough of it and throws her out. Gloria returns to her hometown, dreaming of making a new start, but instead revives her childhood friendship with Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), who runs a bar. After drinking a night away with Oscar and his friends, he wakes up to discover a gigantic monster rampaging through Seoul and realizes that somehow the monster is connected to her.

https://youtu.be/RT2khohvjLE

 

Power Rangers (Play Video 3 )

Latest trailer finally shows off the full power rangers suits and their zords, Goldar, and we get our first look at Bryan Cranston as Zordon.

https://youtu.be/5kIe6UZHSXw

 

Santa Clarita Diet (Play Video 4)

It stars Drew Barrymore as a real estate agent who dies, but not really. She’s undead, a zombie, and must survive on human flesh. However, she also wants to maintain her nice, suburban life with her kids and husband (Timothy Olyphant). Which means they’re all going to have to team up. Think The Walking Dead meets Desperate Housewives by way of Dexter. Ten episodes of Santa Clarita Diet premiere February 3.

https://youtu.be/xjRnbOgoAUQ

 

Powerless (Play Video 5)

Meet the team that protects us from super battles! Powerless premieres Thursday, February 2

https://youtu.be/PaIHAlsc6no


 

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(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 99 - Nintendo Switcheroo

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(music one)

Welcome to episode 99 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgardo Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Han Solo film, Green Lantern Corps movie, all the Nintendo Switch announcements and and much more.

 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

 

We begin with…

 

Woody Harrelson Joins Han Solo film

StarWars.com has confirmed a report from earlier this month. Woody Harrelson is joining the Star Wars universe with a role in the 2018 Han Solo film.

The official release doesn’t announce who the actor is playing, but since the initial report was right about him being cast, it seems likely he’ll indeed be some kind of mentor to Han, played by Alden Ehrenreich. Donald Glover is also in the film as Lando Calrissian, and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke will play an as-yet-unnamed leading role.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/as-expected-woody-harrelson-has-joined-the-han-solo-fi-1791071539

 

Green Lantern Corps script

Warner Bros and DC are moving aggressively on a new screen version of Green Lantern. They’ve set David Goyer to write the script with Justin Rhodes for Green Lantern Corps, with Goyer producing and with DC heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg exec producing. The new version is described as Lethal Weapon in space, and it’s based on a comic book origin story. The focus will be on two characters: Hal Jordan and John Stewart. The latter is an African American Marine sniper before he joined the Lantern Corps and the story very much focuses on his relationship with Jordan and the Corps.

 

Rumor - Jeff Bridges May play Darkseid

There's already a fair amount of promotion for Zack Snyder's upcoming Justice League, but details about the film's villains are still being kept under wraps. Now, there's a new rumor claiming that Jeff Bridges will play Darkseid. Fans began discussing the rumor on Reddit about Jeff Bridges playing Darkseid yesterday mentioning the rumor that emerged on Facebook.

http://epicstream.com/news/Jeff-Bridges-Rumored-to-Play-Darkseid-in-Justice-League

 

Netflix Original iBoy -Techno Superpowers

(Play Video 1)

Tom is an average teenager whose world is turned on its head when a violent encounter with local thugs leaves fragments of his shattered smartphone embedded in his brain. He wakes from a coma to discover that returning to normal teenage life is impossible because he has developed a strange set of superpowers. With these new powers he sets out to seek revenge on the gang, who also assaulted his best friend Lucy (Maisie Williams - Game of Thrones).

https://youtu.be/FbEWtpSmJXg


 

Logan Synopsis

Logan is premiering in the Berlin Film Festival in a few weeks time, and as fans wait to see Hugh Jackman’s third and final Wolverine solo, a newly released synopsis for the film reveals where exactly Old Man Logan will be at the start of the movie.

Taking to twitter early this morning, Jackman went ahead and brought out the official synopsis for Logan.

“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But [his] attempt to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces”

http://epicstream.com/news/Logans-New-Synopsis-Reveals-that-Wolverine-Isnt-a-Lone-Wolf

 

Amazon launches Anime Subscription Service

The online retail giant announced today that it's launching Anime Strike, an new on-demand subscription channel. Amazon says it'll offer classic anime, exclusives, and rare content, like "new episodes from Japan's famed late-night anime blocks."

The subscription will cost Amazon Prime members an additional $4.99 per month, but fans can try it with a seven-day free trial. While there are lots of places to stream anime for free online, Amazon hopes to woo patrons to the service with a deep catalog of more than 1,000 new and classic episodes and movies served up ad-free. This includes anime that will be broadcast the same day they air in Japan.

https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=atv_hm_hom_5_c_h_1_hkzcast1?_encoding=UTF8&benefitId=saikindo&node=2858778011&pf_rd_i=home&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=2781300222&pf_rd_r=1NRWQ7PB5QN1536Y2XBW&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=12401

 

Nintendo Switch Event

(Play Video 2  https://youtu.be/f5uik5fgIaI )

Nintendo announced it’s Switch console will arrive March 3rd (or March 2nd in the western hemisphere) for $299.

  • For $299, you’ll get a console with 32 GB of memory on board with an SD slot for expanded memory.

  • One bundle includes two gray Joy-Con controllers; the other comes with one red and one blue controller. That set is referred to as “neon.”

 

The Switch can be played in 3 modes:

  • TV mode, which means it’s seated in the dock and games are played while looking at the TV.

  • Handheld mode where you play it like a standard portable system.

  • Tabletop mode, where players can throw back the tablet’s kickstand and rest it on a table, detaching the controllers for some solo or even multiplayer action.

 

The Switch features a 6.2-inch 720p 1280x720 multitouch display that when docked outputs at 1080p. It runs on a custom Nvidia Tegra processor.

 

Nintendo claims between 2.5 and 6 hours of battery life for the console when undocked which charges over USB-C.

 

It can connected up to 8 Switches for LAN play over 802.11ac WiFi.

 

It can also connect by ethernet with an adaptor.

 

The Switch will be region free. Meaning everyone plays the same games around the world, so no Japan only games.

 

Nintendo also announced an online service for the switch that launches for free but will become a paid service in the fall and include a free NES/SNES game each month.

 

Games will ship on GameCards.

 

Games listed for Nintendo Switch:

3rd Party Games: (Video 12)

The video includes clips from Minecraft: Story Mode, Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition, Has Been Heroes, Project Sonic 2017, I Am Setsuna, Skylanders Imaginators, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence with Power Up Kit, Puyopuyo Tetris S, Disgaea 5, Minna de Waiwai! Spelunker, Sangokushi 13 with Power Up Kit, Dragonball Xenoverse 2 (temp title), Bomberman, and Farming Simulator.

https://youtu.be/1CdGg8DjguQ

 

http://www.polygon.com/nintendo-switch     https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/12/the-nintendo-switch-will-cost-300-and-release-worldwide-on-march-3/?ncid=rss                                                                     http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/1/13/14261876/nintendo-switch-specs-32gb-720p-screen-battery-life


 

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(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 98 - Hello CES 2017

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(music one)

Welcome to episode 98 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgardo Acosta

 

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

 

Quick shoutout to Patreon supporters Jay Taylor and Gregg Horlock. Jay has raised his pledge from $3 to $5 a month, and Gregg has pledged $15 a month as a new supporter.

 

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Drew Barrymore’s Zombie show, Carrie Fisher’s Episode IX role, the best and weirdest tech out of CES, and what we’re looking forward to in 2017.

 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

 

We begin with…

 

Drew Barrymore Zombie TV series

 

Drew Barrymore, star of film and stage, has an upcoming Netflix comedy series, Santa Clarita Diet.

 

Sheila (Barrymore) and Joel Hammond (played by Timothy Olyphant), are married realtors in the Los Angeles suburb community of Santa Clarita.

 

In the series premiere, we learn that Sheila goes a “dramatic change” as she dies and comes back as a flesh-eating zombie. It's explained that "while they tend to their open houses and teenage daughter, the couple must sate Sheila’s unbridled id and undead hunger, first with raw meat and, eventually, the human kind."

http://geektyrant.com/news/drew-barrymores-new-netflix-comedy-is-a-zombie-series

 

Charmed Reboot

 

The CW is looking to bring back one of the signature drama on predecessor the WB. The network has ordered a script for Charmed, a reimagining of the original Aaron Spelling series. The new show will be set in 1976 and feature a new trio of witches.

https://deadline.com/2017/01/charmed-reboot-series-the-cw-jane-the-virgin-team-1201879231/

 

Carrie Fisher role in Star Wars VIII and IX

 

(Spoilers Ahead)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fisher was originally supposed to have an even larger role in Episode IX than she will in Episode VIII. The report noted that scenes featuring Leia’s reunion with her brother Luke Skywalker, and her confrontation with her son Kylo Ren were planned to take place in the franchise, though we have no indication just yet of which film will feature either or both of these sequences. It’s possible that the Skywalker reunion was already set for Episode VIII, but that could still mean that we won’t see Leia take on her fallen son.

http://nerdist.com/report-lucasfilm-weighs-leias-star-wars-episode-ix-role/

 

Thor- Ragnorok plot synopsis leaked

 

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/01/06/thor-ragnarok-plot-synopsis-released


 

Best Tech of CES

 

There are the usual suspects at CES this year.

Ford, Toyota, BMW and most other car manufacturers had concepts cars that were self driving and electric.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Thin, Curvy, High Definition TVs

 

 

 

 



 

 

Acer’s 17.6-pound 21-inch Predator 21X laptop will cost $8,999 when it ships in February, among the highlight specs at that price are 64 GB of RAM, dual GTX 1080 video cards, Tobii eye tracking4 512 GB solid state drives in a RAID stripe. The company also introduced the $2599 Predator 17X with only one GTX 1080, and a refresh of the Aspire V Nitro laptops.    http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/3/14126754/acer-predator-21-x-gaming-laptop-announced-price-release-date-ces-2017         https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/03/acers-new-gaming-notebooks-wont-break-the-bank/

 

                                                    

 

Nvidia also announced GeForce Now cloud gaming service for Windows and Mac machines. Users will pay by the hour starting at $25 for 20 hours coming in March.    http://www.pcmag.com/news/350812/nvidia-puts-ai-in-cars-gaming-rigs-in-the-cloud

 

Check out Razer's Project Ariana projector

(Play Video 1)

Project Ariana is a prototype video projector meant to provide ambience through Razer’s Chroma system, which also powers those color-shifting lights in Razer’s keyboards and mice. It’s a concept with no price or release date, but we’ll be able to check it out at this year’s CES.

 

Razer confirmed to us that Project Ariana can be used as an ordinary 4K projector, but that’s not its primary purpose. Instead, it’s supposed to give the impression of extending your monitor across an entire room. It uses a 155-degree fisheye lens and two depth-sensing cameras, which let Ariana detect things like furniture and tweak the image to avoid distortion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDAfxOFnhZM

 

Razer’s Project Valarie

(Play Video 2)

Why would you want to buy a laptop that weighs more than 11 pounds? Well, because those are the sacrifices you’ve gotta make for a laptop with three 17-inch screens. Once you open the laptop, you can slide two full-size peripheral screens out from the sides of the main monitor and lock them into place.

 

These aren’t rinky-dink additional displays, either. Each of the laptop’s three monitors is a 4K IGZO display,

https://youtu.be/S1Bvhkf8ivo

 

Blink Home Security Camera lasts 2 years on two AA batteries

 

XT looks fairly similar to its predecessor, maintaining the same square form factor, but sporting a new black coat of paint. The camera also maintains the stated two-year battery life of the earlier version, (using two AAs) quite possibly the simple camera’s strongest selling point.

 

The new version bring an IP-65 waterproof rating – a necessity for any outdoor product, along with infrared shooting to catch activity at night. The camera shoots in 1080p and uses the same cloud-based software solution as its predecessor, so those who own an indoor Blink can add this to their existing home system.

$119

https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/05/blink-xt/

 


 

Weirdest Tech of CES

 

Kuri Robot Nanny and Security Guard

(Play Video 3)

Mayfield Robotics began taking preorders for its $700 Kuri robot for shipping later in the year. It roams the house with a 1080p camera, dual speakers, 4 mics, WiFi and Bluetooth as well as support for IFTT.    

https://youtu.be/INLa6JPR70o

http://fortune.com/2017/01/03/kuri-robot/

 

Fridge Cam

 

Tracks expiration dates, and suggests recipes based on food in your fridge.

http://smarter.am/fridgecam/


 

VR Chanclas

(Play Video 4)

Japanese firm Cerevo is looking to take VR peripherals one step further. The company has revealed a set of VR shoes that let the wearer feel the world through their feet. The idea behind the footwear is to provide more of an immersive experience for those exploring digital worlds by generating the sense of stepping on the ground in virtual spaces (desert, grassland, water etc.)

https://youtu.be/zVG4-xM9oEw

 

A.I. Toothbrush

 

Kolibree announced the Ara toothbrush with embedded AI that analyzes how long you brush and what teeth you hit and sends you an analysis once a week. Preorder for $80, $130 at retail in March.    

https://youtu.be/f7zycDq7Xx4

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/1/4/14164206/smart-toothbrush-ara-ai-kolibree                                                                     

 

Withings and L’Oreal have a WiFi and bluetooth hairbrush with accelerometer and gyroscope to track how much you brush your hair, how hard, and how much hair breakage you inflict. It’s around $200 shipping mid-2017.    http://www.theverge.com/ces/2017/1/3/14128510/withings-loreal-smart-wifi-hair-brush-announcedces-2017

 

Willow's smart breast pumps

(Play Video 5 )

Willow's smart breast pumps are two individual, motorized cups that mothers can slip into their nursing bras and go about other tasks instead of sitting down and waiting till they're done. Wireless, Hands free, On the Go

https://youtu.be/GHvD6kv73GQ

 

Smart Underwear- Spartan's radiation-blocking boxers

 

They claim to keep your manly bits safe from cell phones by incorporating silver fibers that create an electromagnetic shield.

https://youtu.be/DQS-ZtvkuIc


 

GeniCan makes it easier to build your grocery list through a scanner on your trashcan

(Play Video 6)

Through a partnership with Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service, GeniCan can also automatically order popular items, like diapers, paper towels, and snacks, once they have been thrown away or recycled. When you run out of a product, you can scan the item before throwing it away to quickly add it to a grocery list. Items without a bar code can also be effortlessly added by holding the item in front of GeniCan for a couple of seconds and using voice recognition technology to instruct the device.

https://youtu.be/TPLf6IaD1kQ


 

Things most looking forward to in 2017

 

Most anticipated Games of 2017

http://www.gamesradar.com/new-games-2017/

 

Ramon:

  • Mass Effect Andromeda (March 21st)

  • Horizon Zero Dawn (February 28th)

  • Persona 5 (April)

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (TBA 2017)

  • Prey (TBA 2017) - Sci Fi Space Shooter, hunt aliens

  • Days Gone (TBA 2017) - Zombie survival shooter2

  • Detroit: Become Human (TBA 2017) - Detective Rewind

  • Vampyr (TBA 2017) - Vampire shooter (like vampire masquerade bloodlines??)

  • Marvel V Capcom Infinity

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (TBA 2017)


 

Movies of 2017 - Pick 2 most looking forward to

https://io9.gizmodo.com/io9s-guide-to-all-the-movies-you-give-a-damn-about-in-2-1790731612

 

Ramon

 

  • Wonder Woman

  • Justice League

  • Thor: Ragnarok

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • Logan

  • Ghost in the Shell

  • The Dark Tower

  •  

    • Jake, who is still reeling over the death of his hero dad, a first responder on 9/11 who succumbed to toxic exposure, has a series of terrifying and apocalyptic visions that have made him doubt his own sanity. But when Jake narrowly avoids being abducted by terrifying creatures in human form, he escapes into another world. In this strange new reality, Jake teams with weary and disillusioned hero, Roland Deschain (Elba) roams an Old West-like landscape in search of the dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world and avenge himself against his age-old nemesis the Man in Black (McConaughey).

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

 

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(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 97 - Goodbye 2016

 

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(music one)

Welcome to episode 97 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgardo Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.
 

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Tesla Auto Pilot saves lives, the Amazon Echo Murder Witness, the Live Action Futurama, movie rumors and much much more.
 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

 

We begin with…

 

Tesla Autopilot Predicts Crash

 

Incredible dashcam footage out of the Netherlands shows Tesla’s Autopilot feature quickly predicting and responding to a violent crash that occurred just meters ahead it.

In the video posted on Twitter by Hans Noordsij, beeping from the Tesla can be heard warning its driver of a potential crash. The semi-autonomous vehicle used its radar and sensors to detect a vehicle braking on the highway up ahead, it then determined the potential for an accident and automatically applied its own brakes.

https://youtu.be/c3--HIB-ODo

http://www.dailydot.com/debug/tesla-autopilot-accident-video/?fb=gk

 

 

Authorities in Arkansas are investigating the death of a man whose body was recently found in a hot tub, and they think the suspect’s Amazon Echo speaker – and the voice-activated software that controls it – might have been a witness to what happened.

 

Now, the prosecutors are trying to obtain the data from Bates’ Amazon Echo smart speaker to see if there are any clues as to what happened that night. Specifically, they are trying to find any evidence to support their hypothesis that Bates strangled Collins and left him in the hot tub.

http://www.sciencealert.com/amazon-s-alexa-might-have-been-a-witness-to-a-murder-and-prosecutors-are-seeking-its-data


 

Hulu Gets Disney Classics

 

Disney’s new releases go to Netflix. But Disney’s a co-owner of Hulu and already supplies kids programs and — in a deal unveiled earlier this year — more than 20 Disney Channel Original Movies.

 

Not all of the theatrical titles will be exclusive to Hulu for SVOD. The ones that are include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mulan, Pocahontas, Hercules, Sister Act and Air Bud. Other films that will be made available for streaming include Lilo & Stitch, Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Muppet Treasure Island and The Princess and the Frog.

https://deadline.com/2016/12/hulu-show-50-disney-theatrical-movies-1201875948/

 

Live Action Futurama released

(Play Trailer 1)

In what is perhaps the most ambitious Futurama fan project ever undertaken, Cinema Relics has produced a thirty-minute live-action Futurama film. It clocks in at just over 30 minutes long but it’s the best you're going to get to Futurama getting renewed anytime soon.

https://youtu.be/cfNRPKKF4qU (Trailer)

https://youtu.be/f-1RMKdWz8M (Full 30 minute film)

http://www.bingeclock.com/n/cinema-relics-releases-full-version-of-live-action-futurama-fan-film/

 

Deadpool rumored to appear in Logan

 

Early this week The Wrap reported that that Ryan Reynolds shot a cameo for the newest X-Men series installment, Logan. However, the Deadpool actor himself denied the claim on Twitter, stating. “Sadly, not true. Prisoner 24601 is on a solo mission”

 

Whether or not the rumor is true, it’s something we’d love to see.

http://www.dailydot.com/upstream/ryan-reynolds-in-logan-as-deadpool/?fb=gk

 

New Doctor Who trailer highlights Goofy Companion

(Play Video 2)

 

The season 10 trailer for Doctor Who is out and it highlights the different relationship between the Doctor and his latest companion.

 

Bill (Pearl Mackie) is goofy, loud, over the top...and more importantly, the completely opposite personality that may be just what The Doctor needs. It's no secret Doctor Who has been in a slump ever since the departure of Matt Smith, but very few are putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of current doctor Peter Capaldi. After watching this new trailer and seeing brief glimpses of the two interacting, I think they can bring the magic back.

https://youtu.be/vWkxwN6wiAE

 

Avatar Land Teaser Video

(Play Video 3)

 

2017 will start to ease the franchise back into popular culture. Most significantly, Pandora: The World of Avatar will be opening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. A new video takes fans behind the scenes.

 

It’s our best look yet at some of the actual, physical structures that’ll make up the majority of the theme park. You get a taste of how things were created, what the rides will feel like, and how real it’ll feel at every turn. Check it out.

https://youtu.be/URSOqWtLix4

https://io9.gizmodo.com/a-new-video-teases-the-natural-beauty-of-disneys-upcomi-1790499647

 

Rick and Morty Season 3

(Play Video 4)

io9, posted a new preview of Rick and Morty‘s third season debuted on a live stream broadcast by Adult Swim. The footage is far from finished, but it does feature Justin Roiland‘s voice as the title duo in a sequence that apparently takes place after last season’s cliffhanger was resolved. It highlights the change in tone of the cartoon, Rich isn’t all knowing and has some serious issues to deal with.

https://youtu.be/YZY-X6exJNg

http://nerdist.com/rick-and-morty-season-3-preview-shows-rick-finally-losing-it/


 

Princess Leia Organa Solo becomes One with the Force

 

The accomplished actress, writer and activist is best known for her work in Star Wars. Her involvement in the series spans her entire life; she joined A New Hope when she was just 19, and she will appear in the forthcoming Episode VIII, which hits theaters in 2017.

 

The entire cast of Star Wars posted their thoughts on Twitter, each essentially remembering the amazing woman, actress, and activist that Carrie Fisher was. The flood of unique pictures is stunning.

Fans around the world have posted their thoughts, prayers, and condolences for the world’s loss.

Star Wars Old Republic players

https://kotaku.com/star-wars-video-game-players-honor-carrie-fisher-1790559001


 

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(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 96 - Holographic Girlfriends

 

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(music one)

Welcome to episode 96 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia

 

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.


 

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  Ubers latest move in CA, Japan’s Siri like girlfriend, Power Rangers speculation, and we’ll decide which trailer we liked more Alien Covenant or Blade Runner 2049.


 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

 

We begin with…

 

 

Uber announced Wednesday it stopped its autonomous car pilot program in Califronia, after the state DMV revoked registration for 16 test vehicles. Uber said it will redeploy the modified Volvo XC90s elsewhere, but remains "100 percent committed to California" and will work "to develop workable statewide rules.” Meanwhile San Jose Mercury News reporter Marisa Kendall wrote on Twitter that Uber is "moving its self-driving cars to Arizona, will begin testing there in next few weeks."

*Uber used it’s autonomous Truck Otto to move its autonomous cars.    https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/21/uber-stops-san-francisco-self-driving-pilot-as-dmv-revoked-registrations/

 

Japan Challenges Siri with Azuma

(Play Video 1)

Azuma Hikari, the holographic character who lives inside the Gatebox.

 

Instead of a simple, cylindrical speaker design, Gatebox has a screen and a projector, which brings Hikari — her name, appropriately, means “light” — to life inside the gadget. On the outside are microphones, cameras, and sensors to detect temperature and motion, so she can interact with you on a more personal level, rather than being a voice on your phone.

 

The result is a fully interactive virtual girl, who at her most basic can control your smart home equipment. The sensors mean she can recognize your face and your voice, and is designed to be a companion who can wake you up in the morning, fill you in on your day’s activities, remind you of things to remember, and even welcome you back when you return home from work.

https://youtu.be/6ySeiSIaAyw


 

Kiss and Vid

 

Japan’s done it again with this truly odd peripheral for your phone. The Kissenger, a new smartphone add-on that allows anyone to send a smooch live via video chat.15/

 

It’s a little larger than a protective case and has an oval silicon “lip” at the bottom. High precision force sensors register a user’s lip movements and miniature linear actuators replicate those movements on the device of the person being kissed.

https://gizmodo.com/robot-phone-device-transmits-kisses-to-your-loved-ones-1790482894


 

 

Lex Luthor has officially joined the cast of Justice League, according to Warner Bros.' press kit for 2017.

 

Batman v Superman actor Jesse Eisenberg is listed among the cast for Zack Snyder's Justice League, which is scheduled for release in November 2017.

http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/lex-luthor-justice-league-jesse-eisenberg/?fb=gk

 

 

Carrie Fisher suffered from a “cardiac episode” while flying from London to Los Angeles, according to emergency officials.

 

A Los Angeles Fire Department source says Fisher is on “assisted breathing” at a local hospital.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/carrie-fisher-in-critical-condition-after-heart-attack-1790454414

 

The 12 Doctors of Christmas

(Play Video 2)

Doctor Puppet creator Alisa Stern teamed up with Scott Ampleford for “The 12 Doctors of Christmas,” with lead vocals by Rebecca Ampleford. In the accompanying video, each incarnation of the most famous Time Lord (except the War Doctor!) is briefly revisited in this Christmas countdown with their most cherished objects. Although we think the fans on YouTube are correct. The Ninth Doctor should have have some fantastic bananas! As an added bonus, the newest companion, Bill, makes her Doctor Puppet debut near the end of the clip as the Twelfth Doctor gives her a gift that’s undoubtedly bigger on the inside.

https://youtu.be/ozhapjDZfgM

http://nerdist.com/doctor-who-gets-in-the-holiday-spirit-with-the-12-doctors-of-christmas/

 

Jason David Frank Will Reportedly Appear in the New Power Rangers Movie

 

This week the internet was ablaze with rumors that Jason David Frank, who was introduced as Tony, the Green Rangers in the Mighty Morphin series, would be making an appearance in the upcoming Power Rangers movie.

 

Jason David Frank later denied these rumors as just being internet speculation but it might just be a red herring. We’ll have to wait and see when the film comes out March 24th, 2017.

http://epicstream.com/news/Jason-David-Frank-Will-Reportedly-Appear-in-the-New-Power-Rangers-Movie



 

Naruto Live!

 

Over the weekend, it was announced that Hollywood is moving forward with its live-action Naruto. Lionsgate secured the film rights to Naruto back in 2015.

https://kotaku.com/the-internet-reacts-to-the-hollywood-naruto-movie-annou-1790266160

 

Movie Trailer Showdown - 4 trailers enter, 1 trailer leaves

 

BladeRunner 2049 teaser trailer (Video 3)

Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years.

https://youtu.be/haXvp8M9Cog

http://nerdist.com/blade-runner-2049-trailer-puts-ryan-gosling-and-harrison-ford-in-a-mysterious-haze/

 

Alien: Covenant trailer (Video 4)

Headed toward a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew members of the colony ship Covenant discover what they believe to be an uncharted paradise, but it is actually a dark, menacing world in which the only inhabitant is the synthetic David (Michael Fassbender), a survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

https://youtu.be/H0VW6sg50Pk

 

Attack on Titan Season 2 trailer (Video 5)

It’s been a long wait between seasons for Attack on Titan fans, but FUNimation and Kodansha have an early Christmas present for fans: the first trailer for Attack on Titan season 2!

 

According to the new Attack on Titan video, the animated adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s best-selling manga series will resume in Japan in April 2017. And if the footage is any indication, things won’t be getting any easier for the men and women of the Scout Regiment, as they continue their newly impossible quest to defeat the man-eating giants. If anything, it looks like there are even more Titans than ever before, including the newly revealed Beast Titan and a horde of other misshapen giants who are gathering to renew their war on humanity. The Colossal Titan also makes his return with a particularly impressive display of power.

https://youtu.be/vmWAEQ8qIc4

http://nerdist.com/first-attack-on-titan-season-2-video-reveals-new-titans-and-disturbing-conclusions/


 

Ducktails Reboot Trailer (Video 6)

Disney announced the ridiculously strong voice cast for the reboot (the original cartoon went off the air in 1990) by releasing a video of the actors singing the show’s earworm theme song. The Duck family is a murderers’ row of delightful TV weirdos—Danny Pudi (Abed from Community), Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Rec), and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) will play the ducklings Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Meanwhile, David Tennant (Doctor Who and Jessica Jones) will play the richest duck on earth, Scrooge McDuck. And SNL-er Beck Bennett and Kate Micucci from Raising Hope also will voice cartoon lake birds when the show premiers in summer 2017.

https://youtu.be/zZek9PFMYOw

 

That’s it for the show

 

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(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 95 - Solo Mission II

 

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(music one)

Welcome to episode 95 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Yahoo Data Breach, Uber and Google Self Driving Cars, Facebook tries to kill Fake News, casting news for Aquaman, Star Trek Discovery, and more
 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

Yahoo announced Wednesday that data provided by law enforcement in November indicates a security breach compromised more than one billion accounts in August 2013. Information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using the easily crackable MD5 hash) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. This is separate from the breach disclosed September 22nd. Yahoo is notifying affected users and invalidating security questions. Yahoo is still in the process of being acquired by Verizon.    http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/12/yahoo-reveals-1-billion-more-accounts-exposed-and-some-code-may-have-been-stolen/


 

(Play Video 1)

Alphabet announced Tuesday it will move its autonomous car project from Google X into a new company under Alphabet called Waymo. FiatChrysler has been partnered with the Google X project since May and will continue to partner with Waymo. Waymo CEO John Krafcik said the technology could be used in ridesharing, in transportation, trucking, logistics even personal use vehicles and licensing with automakers, public transport. Krafcik expects the first modified Chrysler Pacifica using Waymo technology to be on the road in the near future. Bloomberg and the Information reported that sources said Alphabet hoped to have a ride-sharing service available for passengers by the end of 2017.

https://youtu.be/uHbMt6WDhQ8     https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/13/googles-self-driving-car-unit-spins-out-as-waymo/

 

 

Facebook partners with fact-checking organizations to begin flagging fake news - The Verge

IDENTIFYING

- Facebook will identify fake news stories and populate a dashboard to review them.

 

CHECKING

- Facebook employees will separate personal posts from links that present themselves as news. Basically checking the domain only.

- Cross check the flagged stories against fact checking sites like: Snopes, Politifact, FactCheck.org and ABCNews

 

ALERT

- If at least two of those sources mark the link as disputed it will receive alerts

- A banner under the article in the news feed will read “Disputed by 3rd Party Fact Checkers.” with links to debunking

- Disputed articles will show up lower in news feed

- Attempts to share a disputed article will trigger a pop-up informing the user.

- Disputed articles will not be eligible to be promoted through Facebook advertising

 

PREVENTION

- Publishers who use spoof domains like abcnewscom.co will buying ads    http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/15/13960062/facebook-fact-check-partnerships-fake-news

 

 

This week rolled out a limited test for their automated car service. The vehicle won’t just show up empty though, two Uber employees will be on board monitoring the vehicle and ready to take over if needed.

 

As soon as Uber started its test, the California Department of Motor Vehicles sent a letter to Uber telling it to stop its illegal autonomous car tests in San Francisco until it receives a permit. The DMV said it will pursue legal action if Uber does not comply.

 

Uber says its cars are compliant because they cannot be driven without a human present and will not file for the permit.

 

Examiner reported dashboard camera video of an Uber autonomous car running a red light. http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/14/13962180/uber-california-self-driving-dmv-permit

http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/14/13921514/uber-self-driving-car-san-francisco-launch-volvo-xc90

 

(Play Video 2)

Amazon launched a private U-A-V delivery trial December 7 in the UK-- delivering an Amazon Fire TV and a bag of popcorn.

There are plans to eventually expand to all shoppers who live near the Prime Air fulfillment center near Cambridge.

The first trial took 13 minutes from order to delivery. Amazon’s goal is to keep the process less than 30 minutes.

https://youtu.be/98BIu9dpwHU     https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/14/amazons-prime-air-delivery-uk/

 

 

Instagram started rolling out live broadcasting in the US to its Stories function. So now it’s just like Facebook and Periscope.

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2016/12/12/instagram-live-video-rolling-everyone-us/

 

 

Apple started selling its bluetooth headphones Tuesday morning.

 

The AirPods have no connecting wire and sell for $159. Delivery dates were listed for December 21st but quickly slipped into January.    

https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/13/airpods/?ncid=rss

 

(Play Video 3)

Super Mario Run launched on iOS Thursday. The app is free to download which gives you the first three World Tour levels. Players can unlock the rest of the World Tour levels, Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder by paying a one time $9.99 fee.

https://youtu.be/E39ychZKnDI

https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/15/super-mario-run-available/?ncid=rss

 

 

Power Ranger movie spoilers Alert!!

 

According to The Wrap, Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks, isn’t just set up to create the Green Ranger, she is the Green Ranger! Or rather, she was the original Green Ranger around 65 million years ago. And everyone’s favorite giant energy head, Zordon was the Red Ranger! Considering that Bryan Cranston voiced monsters on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show and he’s actually playing Zordon in this film, we can’t help but wonder if he’ll actually wear the Red Ranger suit in the new movie as well!

http://nerdist.com/rita-repulsas-big-power-rangers-reveal-is-crazier-than-we-thought/

 

 

Patrick Wilson has been set by Warner Bros and director James Wan to costar in Aquaman. Jason Momoa plays the title character, and Wilson will play the fish whisperer’s super-villain half brother ORM, also known as Ocean Master, in the DC film that Warner Bros will release October 5, 2018

https://www.facebook.com/dcextendeduniverse/photos/a.526909314035886.1073741826.526882994038518/1279803698746440/?type=3

 

 

In news that's sure to excite Star Trek fans, The Walking Dead's Sonequa Martin-Green has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming Star Trek Discovery.

 

Though CBS hasn't confirmed the casting, sources for Entertainment Weekly say Martin-Green will play a lieutenant commander in the series, set to air in May. The casting marks the first time a black woman has led a Star Trek show, though The Original Series is famous for breaking early barriers with TV's first interracial kiss back in 1968.

http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/star-trek-discovery-casts-sonequa-martin-green/?fb=gk  

 

 

The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday revealed that Margot Robbie will be re-teaming with her Suicide Squad director David Ayer for another DC Comics adaptation, Gotham City Sirens. Robbie will be reprising her role as the Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn, which went down as many people’s favorite (or only redeeming) element of this summer’s Suicide Squad. Ayer will direct and produce the movie, with Robbie also serving as executive producer.

http://nerdist.com/margot-robbie-and-david-ayer-re-teaming-for-gotham-city-sirens-harley-quinn/



 

ALAN THICKE DEAD AT 69

 

Alan Thicke, best remembered for his 7 year role on Growing Pains, passed this week at the age of 69. TMZ reports that Alan Thicke had a heart attack while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. He was transported to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center around noon Tuesday, and pronounced dead there.

https://www.tmz.com/2016/12/13/alan-thicke-dead/

 

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(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 94 - Shortest Episode Ever

 

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(music one)

Welcome to episode 94 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Amazon Go, Samsung Bricks, Pokemon Goes to Starbucks, and the movie trailer showdown.

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

 

(Play Video)

Amazon has opened a test location for a convenience store called Amazon Go using what it calls “Just Walk Out” technology to charge customers. Customers gain entrance by using the Go app and then a combination of sensors, computer vision and deep learning track you. When you walk out your Amazon account is charged for what you carry with you. Amazon Go is in an 1800 square foot location at 2131 7th Ave. Seattle with mostly meals and snacks. It is open to Amazon employees though non-employees will get to shop there early next year.

https://youtu.be/NrmMk1Myrxc     https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/05/amazon-go/

 

Samsung will push an update to remaining US Galaxy Note 7s on December 19th to prevent charging and eliminate the ability to work as mobile devices. Samsung estimates 133,000 Note 7s are unaccounted for in the US. Note 7 owners can still return their phones or exchange them for other Samsung devices. Verizon announced it will not push the update to its customers. IN Europe an update on December 15th will reduce Note 7’s charge ability to 30%. In Canada Note 7s will have all wireless network functions disabled.    http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/12/9/13897794/samsung-galaxy-note-7-update-shut-down-inoperable

 

Pokémon GO’s next big sponsor partner in the U.S. is Starbucks, which is going to host new gyms and PokéStops at 7,800 company-run Starbucks stores in the U.S. In addition to the new in-game locales, Starbucks is also making a Pokémon GO edition Frappuccino to celebrate the tie-up. What does Pokémon GO taste like in sugared coffee drink form? I have no idea, but I will definitely find out.

https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/08/pokemon-go-is-officially-teaming-with-starbucks-for-7800-new-gyms-and-pokestops/

 

Movie Trailer Showdown

Spiderman Homecoming

(Play video)

Based on the success of the global trailer launch yesterday for Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Culver City studio has announced that its sequel Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will open on Friday, July 5, 2019.

https://youtu.be/rk-dF1lIbIg

https://deadline.com/2016/12/spider-man-homecoming-2-bad-boys-4-1201867983/  

 

Fast and Furious 8

https://youtu.be/T7g07TO1rJU

 

War for the Planet of the Apes

https://youtu.be/UEP1Mk6Un98

 

Baywatch

https://youtu.be/GvVY0AfrOiw

 

Transformers: The Last Knight

https://youtu.be/AntcyqJ6brc   

 

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(Music 4)

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Episode 93 - Download Netflix with a side of fries

 

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(music one)

 

Welcome to episode 93 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

 

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

 

 

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  Changes to Netflix, a new streaming contender, ordering McDonalds from your phone,  a funky looking Alpha 5, video game announcements, this week’s trailer showdown  and much much more..

 

 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

 

We begin with…

 

 

 

 

AT&T announced this week that it is starting it’s own Internet TV service called DirecTV Now. It won’t count the service against your data cap.  No 4k, Up to 2 Streams, Doesn’t have Premium Sports. At&t is also offering HBO and Cinemax for an additional $5/month each.

 

$35/a month for 60 channels  (Little a Little)

$50/a month for 80 channels  (Just Right)

$60/a month for 100 channels (Go Big)

$70/a month for 120 channels (Gotta Have it)

 

Available now.

    http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/28/13766274/att-directv-now-streaming-tv-service-announced-release-date

 

 

Netflix updated its Android and iOS apps Wednesday to allow downloading of some movies and shows for offline viewing. If a show is available for download it will have a down arrow next to its episode listing. A Netflix rep told Recode’s Peter Kafka that Disney-owned video will not be available including movies like Zootopia. Neither will Netflix/Marvel originals like Jessica Jones and Daredevil.    http://www.recode.net/2016/11/30/13793166/netflix-disney-download-video-movies

 

 

McDonald's is finally gearing up to launch mobile order-and-pay technology, meaning customers will be able to order and pay for their food from their smartphones, the company told Business Insider.

 

The technology will start rolling out next year in the US and international lead markets, which include Australia, Canada, France, and the UK, McDonald's spokeswoman Becca Hary said.

http://www.businessinsider.com/mcdonalds-mobile-ordering-is-coming-2016-11  

 

 

(Play Video 1)

Three months after a rough launch, No Man’s Sky is getting new modes and a ton of gameplay tweaks thanks to update 1.1.

 

With this patch, No Man’s Sky is now broken up into three modes: Normal (the original No Man’s Sky), Creative (base-building mode), and Survival (which the developers describe as “a much more challenging endurance experience”). The folks behind No Man’s Sky say that patch 1.1, which they’re calling the Foundation Update, is “the first of many free updates.”

https://youtu.be/hI9PvjJJijY

https://kotaku.com/no-mans-sky-gets-big-update-including-survival-mode-ba-1789397748

 

 

 

(Play Video 2)

Everyone suspected that a Crash Bandicoot revival might be in the works, but when the N. Sane Trilogy was announced at this past E3, people weren’t sure what to make of it.

 

According to the latest info to come out about the game from today’s PlayStation Experience Keynote and a follow-up post at the PlayStation Blog, the developer, Vicarious Visions, is calling it a “remaster plus.” They released a beautiful video describing the changes but essentially three Crash Bandicoot games are getting visual and audio upgrades while maintaining the game play you loved.

 

https://youtu.be/4fbO2-egZ3U

http://kotaku.com/new-details-on-the-crash-bandicoot-trilogy-remaster-1789644491

 

 

(Play Video 3)

Despite being a fan favorite, Chloe Frazer was completely absent during Uncharted 4. What happened to Chloe after Drake’s Deception? Looks like we’re finally getting an answer that exact question. Announced today during the Playstation Experience event, here’s your first look at a new, standalone adventure with the women of Uncharted, Chloe and Nadine. The game will be called Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

https://youtu.be/V32k4ZtEsAw

http://kotaku.com/uncharted-the-last-legacy-will-star-chloe-1789642217

 

 

 

(Play Video 4)

While it has been rumored for awhile now, today we got official confirmation that The Last of Us is getting a sequel that follows an older Ellie and Joel. Creative director Neil Druckmann confirmed that Ellie will be the playable character in The Last of Us 2. “Joel was the star in the first, Ellie is the star in this one,” said Druckmann. “Ellie plays differently from Joel.”

https://youtu.be/W2Wnvvj33Wo

http://kotaku.com/the-last-of-us-sequel-announced-1789643544

 

 

 

 

(Play Video 5)

It’s been just over five years since the last Marvel vs. Capcom game was released. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 came out in 2011 for Xbox 360 and PS3. It’s been announced that it’s out now as an Ultimate edition for the PS4.

 

Additionally, we’re getting Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, the eighth game in the series. It will feature multiple play modes including a single player story mode, 2v2 partner battles, Arcade mode, online multiplayer, and more. Additionally, characters can be customized by changing which infinity stone they use to create different power sets.

 

https://youtu.be/aAOgJ9y0Ots

http://kotaku.com/marvel-vs-capcom-infinite-is-coming-in-2017-1789642305

 

POWER RANGERS: ALPHA 5 - FIRST LOOK CONCEPT ART

 

ING got an exclusive first look at Alpha 5 from the new Power Rangers film. The new version of Zordon and the Power Rangers robot assistant, Alpha 5 has a more modern and organic look that uses darker hues of the familiar red and blue colors of the original design.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/11/30/power-rangers-alpha-5-first-look-concept-art

 

 

Set photos leaked on twitter from the Flash set which show off John Wesley Shipp‘s Jay Garrick of Earth-3… with a returning Mark Hamill as a very different looking Trickster! He actually looks more like The Joker, who Hamill famously voiced on Batman: The Animated Series

 

 

Deadline reports that Auquaman’s solo movie has gotten a release date of October 5, 2018 in both 3D and Imax.

http://deadline.com/2016/12/warner-bros-aquaman-hits-theaters-october-5-2018-1201863845/

 

 

Lionsgate has announced that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will be the creative producer for a series of screen adaptations of Patrick Rothfuss’ best-selling Kingkiller Chronicle novels. Lionsgate is planning a feature-film adaptation of the first book, along with a tie-in TV series that will further explore Rothfuss’ setting.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/29/13779242/lin-manuel-miranda-lionsgate-kingkiller-chronicle-patrick-rothfuss

 

Trailer Showdown

 

(Video 6)

Death Stranding - Hideo Kojima Game (The Game Awards 2016)

https://youtu.be/Ca56Xm0Bk10

 

(Video 7)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Official Trailer #2

https://youtu.be/3AYQDq9efdk

 

(Video 8)

The Mummy - Tom Cruise

https://youtu.be/YROTBt1sae8

 

(Video 9)

Rogue One - last trailer

https://youtu.be/F7Op9q9BxDs

 

 

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 92 -  Instagram Live, Ditto

 

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Welcome to episode 92 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

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In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Instagram Live, Ditto, Star Trek Discovery, Black Panther Casting, the death of a TV legend and much much more..

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

 

We begin with…

Instagram launched two new features Monday for Android and iOS. First you can now send a direct video or photo message that disappears after the second viewing. And second, Instagram Live now lets you broadcast live video to anyone who follows you. The stream goes away when it ends too, no watching streams later. Instagram will only send notifications that you’re live to some friends while everyone else needs to notice the live tag on your Instagram Stories bubble. Instagram will also highlight the most interesting live streams in the Explore tab Stories section.

The features will arrive for users over the next few weeks.  

 https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/21/instagram-live/

 

An update to the Oculus Rift PC app coming December 12 will allow Xbox One owners to stream their games to the PC and view them in the Rift headset. The games will not be converted to VR but show up on a virtual display which has three modes, "Citadel," "Retreat," and "Dome."

-    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/11/xbox-one-streaming-oculus-rift-release-date/

 

Pokémon Go launched its new tracking system Tuesday alongside a Thanksgiving event double experience points and a new monster called Ditto. The tracker not only shows nearby Pokémon but a picture of which Pokéstop they are near. And to add to the incentive to pick up the game again, some Ratatta and Pidgeys may turn out to be Ditto in disguise. If that last sentence makes sense to you, you really should be playing the game if you’re not.

-    https://www.cnet.com/news/pokemon-go-tracking-finally-goes-live-and-actually-works/#ftag=CAD590a51e

 

Deadpool 2 already has a new director! Following the recent departure of Tim Miller, who helmed the first installment, David Leitch is now the new man in charge. Leitch is one of the two directors of John Wick, a movie heavy on the action sequences.

https://www.wired.com/2016/11/cape-watch-114/?mbid=social_fb

 

The premiere of Justice League Action will debut on Cartoon Network on December 16, with subsequent episodes airing on Saturdays beginning on December 24.

http://nerdist.com/justice-league-action-scores-premiere-date-and-more-tv-news/

 

We haven’t heard much news about the upcoming new Star Trek series set to hit CBS All Access next summer, Star Trek: Discovery, since it was announced that Bryan Fuller had sadly stepped down as series showrunner. Well, turn that frown upside-down because this time the news is amazing: actress Michelle Yeoh, known best for her roles in films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Netflix series Marco Polo.

According to a new report from Deadline, Yeoh is actually set to play a different captain in the Starfleet. She has been cast as Han Bo, leader of a ship called Shenzou. Shenzou will supposedly play “a big role” in the show’s first season.” This means that Discovery’s lead character, a female Lieutenant Commander who simply goes by the title “Number One,” is still a mystery.

http://nerdist.com/michelle-yeoh-star-trek-discovery-report-nicholas-meyer/   

 

Chad Stahelski has lined up a new film franchise as well. Stahelski has officially joined the cinematic reboot of the Highlander films.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story about Stahelski’s Highlander, which may be his next movie after John Wick Chapter 2. “I’ve been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school,” said Stahelski in a statement to THR. “Such great themes of immortality, love, and identity are all wrapped up in such colorful mythology. I can’t think of a better property that gives the opportunity to create interesting characters, mythic themes and action set pieces.”

http://nerdist.com/john-wick-co-director-chad-stahelski-joins-highlander-reboot-film/

 

Angela Bassett has been cast as Ramonda, mother of T'Challa in the upcoming Black Panther film.

http://tinyurl.com/j22t4ap

 

Legendary Entertainment, the team behind The Dark Knight, Godzilla, Interstellar, Pacific Rim, and many others, just picked up the rights to Frank Herbert’s equally legendary scifi novel, Dune.

“The agreement calls for the development and production of possible film and television projects for a global audience,” according to a press release.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/dune-is-about-to-make-a-major-comeback-1789227586

 

Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke has just landed another great movie role! Lucasfilm has cast her in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's highly anticipated Han Solo standalone film

http://geektyrant.com/news/emilia-clarke-joins-lucasfilms-han-solo-film

 

Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful mom residing over “The Brady Bunch,” has died. She was 82. She died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement late Thursday.

http://www.pe.com/articles/florence-819412-angeles-wholesome.html

 

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 91 -  Adult ‘Not Your Friend’ Finder

 

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Welcome to episode 91 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

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In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Adult Friend Finder hack, the Nintendo Switch price, Ghost in the Shell and much much more..

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(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

 

Your Friend Finder got Hacked

Attackers accessed more than 412 million user accounts at Friend Finder Network, including 339 million accounts at AdultFriendFinder.com and 15 million deleted accounts. 62 million accounts from Cams.com and 7 million from Penthouse.com were also accessed. The attack occurred near the time a local inclusion flaw on AdultFriendFinder was disclosed. The company was attacked last year exposing more than 4 million accounts, although that breach exposed sexual preference choices, while this latest one does not. However. passwords were exposed in plaintext or scrambled with the weak SHA-1 hash function.    http://www.zdnet.com/article/adultfriendfinder-network-hack-exposes-secrets-of-412-million-users/

 

Google Earth adds VR

(Play Video 1)

This week, Google announced on its blog that it’s bringing Google Earth to virtual reality by way of the HTC Vive. “With Earth VR, you can fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space,” the post detailed.

Google detailed that specific experiences will bring you to the Amazon River, the Manhattan skyline, the Grand Canyon, the Swiss Alps and other locations.

Earth VR will first be launching first for HTC Vive through the Steam store and will be available for free.

https://youtu.be/SCrkZOx5Q1M

 

Possible Nintendo Switch Price

Nintendo won’t be giving us more details about the upcoming Nintendo Switch console until January, but we’re already getting leaks of the expected launch pricing. It almost seems too good to be true.

According to a (now deleted) webpage from Toys ‘R Us in Canada, the Nintendo Switch base model will be $330 in Canada. That’s the equivalent of about $250 US dollars.

https://gizmodo.com/nintendo-switch-will-reportedly-be-cheap-but-whats-the-1788965815

 

Nintendo’s first Mario Phone Game

SuperMario Run will arrive for iOS devices December 15 for $10.

It's a one-time fee with no in-app purchases. Users can download a free demo to try before paying for the full game. People with iOS8 or later will be able to buy the game in 151 countries.

An Android version will come at some point in the future, according to Nintendo.    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/11/super-mario-run-hits-ios-on-dec-15-for-10/

 

Carrie Fisher reveals affair with Harrison Ford

In her upcoming memoir, The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher reveals what many fans suspected: She and Harrison Ford had an affair.

Radar Online published a handful of brief quotes from the book, detailing how the two actors hooked up while filming the first Star Wars movie.

Ford was 34 years old and married at the time, while Fisher was 19. According to her memoir, Fisher remembers being a "bad kisser" due to inexperience, and they first hooked up after she got drunk and he had to drive her home. The story doesn't reflect very well on Ford, who Fisher also implied was rather disappointing in bed—but he got away with it because "he really was handsome." They ended up having a three-month affair.

“It was so intense,” the actress told People. “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.”  

http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/carrie-fisher-harrison-ford-affair/?fb=gk

 

Marvel’s Inhumans now a TV show

It looks like the Inhumans movie is no more. Marvel has just announced that, seemingly instead of seeing the adventures of Black Bolt, Medusa, and the Inhuman royal family as a movie, they will now appear in their own TV show on ABC.

The series will be co-produced between Marvel, ABC, and IMAX—and in a strange move, will sort of still be a movie event for Marvel next year. The first two episodes of the show will premiere worldwide across IMAX-compatible theaters with a two week exclusivity window, before airing on ABC in the fall of 2017 as a weekly series. According to sources speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, The Inhumans show’s first season will run for eight episodes, and the series is not considered a direct spinoff of the events of Agents of SHIELD.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-inhumans-movie-is-now-an-inhumans-tv-show-coming-s-1788974721

 

Movie Trailer Showdown - Which is best

 

Justice League Dark Trailer

(Video 2)

I liked it better than Doctor Strange. Rated R Batman and Constantine is always a win.

https://youtu.be/MbA8TKIeJ7g

 

Beauty and Beast - live action Trailer

(Video 3)

Is it me or does beast look like a Satyr?

 

https://youtu.be/OvW_L8sTu5E

 

Ghost in Shell Comparison

New Trailer versus Original Anime

https://youtu.be/m-mpH6kDYYI

 

Fullmetal Alchemist - live action trailer

Meh.

https://youtu.be/PcUVtC-f8RY

 

That’s it for the show

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(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 90 -  Dude, where’s my NES?

 

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(music one)

 

Welcome to episode 90 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

Before we begin I want to give a big shoutout to our newest Patreon supporters: Justin Johanson $3 level, and Blaise Corvin and Edward Castle who are amazingly supporting the podcast at the $6 a month level.

Because they’ve all pledged at least $3 a month, they get an original funny/weird video of their choice. So if anyone in the audience wants to suggest anything interesting I and my friend Edgar can do, drop a suggestion in the comments section. Then Justin, Blaise, and Edwards can decide what they want to see.

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In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Tesla, Snapchat, NES Classic, Justice League, Star Wars, and much much more..

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

 

Tesla to charge for Super Charge

Tesla will limit free supercharging to buyers of all models of its cars for purchases after January 1st. After that date Tesla buyers will get 400 killowatt hours of free credit each year and each charge after that will carry a small fee. Tesla asserted it does not see the superchargers as profit centers and will keep the price below what you would pay fill a similar gasoline-powered car.  

 https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/07/tesla-asks-new-buyers-to-pay-for-superchargers/

 

Snapchat Vending Machines

Snap has started putting out vending machines to sell its $129 Spectacles product, a pair of sunglasses with a video camera designed to be used with Snapchat. Using a credit or debit card you can use the vending machine to choose Black, Coral or Teal Spectacles. The first vending machine appeared in the Abbott-Kinney area near Snap's headquarters in Venice Beach. The vending machines, called Snapbots, will move to a new location each day.    https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/10/snapchats-spectacles-will-be-sold-through-minion-like-vending-machines/?ncid=rss

 

Classic NES out now, oops and it’s gone.

Nintendo’s retro re-release of the Nintendo Entertainment System, a pint-sized recreation called the NES Classic Edition, hits stores today in the United States. The mini NES, which comes with 30 pre-installed games as part of the $59.99 package, is already sold out at most major retailers. It sold out in seconds on Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. Other brick and mortar stores had their entire stock of mini consoles run out hours after their doors opened. Some people are even re-selling the items on Ebay for $150 - over $4,000.

http://www.polygon.com/2016/11/10/13590270/buy-nes-classic-edition-mini-nintendo-online    

 

Ciaran Hinds To Play Steppenwolf In ‘Justice League’

After it was revealed that Steppenwolf was indeed the villain of 2017’s Justice League, many wondered who would play the New God of Apokolips and now we finally have the answer. The Wrap reports that Steppenwolf is none other than Game of Thrones star Ciaran Hinds.

Hinds is known for his very unlikeable Game of Thrones character, Mance Rayder a.k.a. the King-Beyond-the-Wall,

http://heroichollywood.com/justice-league-ciaran-hinds-steppenwolf/   

 

Young Justice Season 3 Confirmed

Deadline has confirmed that a third season of the teen superhero team, Young Justice, will get a third season. While no network has been attached to the project, the director and writer, have hinted that Netflix would be the perfect home for the series.

http://geektyrant.com/news/young-justice-officially-renewed-for-season-3

 

Ghost Rider Spin-off possible

Ghost Rider is one of the best things that could have happened to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I really like what they are doing with the character and fans seem to like Gabriel Luna in the role of Robbie Reyes a.k.a. Ghost Rider.

It turns out Marvel actually has bigger plans for the character. It seems Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have been a way to test the waters for something bigger for the character. During a recent interview with CB, Luna revealed that Ghost Rider could be going solo in a possible Netflix series or movie.

http://geektyrant.com/news/marvel-has-deals-in-place-for-a-possible-ghost-rider-spinoff-series-or-film

 

Trailer ThrowDown -Which is the best?

 

Luc Besson's Valerian Looks Like All Your Scifi Dreams Come True

(Video 1)

The first trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is finally here and it’s got everything you could want in a big science-fiction movie.

It’s got spaceships. It’s got spacesuits. It’s got cool looking cities. There are monsters, aliens, weapons, portals and so much more. The trailer feels as if Besson took every sci fi trope in the book and threw them all into a single movie.

https://youtu.be/NNrK7xVG3PM

https://io9.gizmodo.com/luc-bessons-valerian-looks-like-all-your-scifi-dreams-c-1788781880

 

New Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer

(Video 2)

https://youtu.be/pyZw_oqk7Q8

https://kotaku.com/watch-mass-effect-andromedas-sleek-new-trailer-1788660393   

 

New Ghost in Shell teaser shows Invisibility Suit

(Video 3)

The latest teaser trailer for Ghost in the Shell, shows off Scarlett Johansson’s invisibility mode. One of the more famous scenes from the animated version. No, she’s not naked. Sorry.

https://youtu.be/5uR2BA3MFQE

http://www.businessinsider.com/scarlett-johansson-terminator-like-cyborg-ghost-in-the-shell-teaser-trailer-2016-11

 

Rouge One international Trailer #2

(Video 4)

https://youtu.be/CTl_Tt3dhPw

 

That’s it for the show

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(Music 4)

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"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 89 -  A Doctor Strange Strange World

 

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Welcome to episode 89 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

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Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Project Tango, The Furby Movie, Workaholics Ends, Predator Casting, Doctor Strange,  and much much more..

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

 

Geek News  

We begin with…

Project Tango now live

(Play Video 1)

Google launched its augmented reality system Tango for smartphones Tuesday with the arrival of the Lenovo Phab2 Pro for $499 in the US. Tango uses depth-sensing cameras and inside out position tracking. 35 apps are available at launch from games, to staging furniture in your home.

https://youtu.be/yBzDQWyFE6o   

  https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/01/google-finally-launches-tango/?ncid=rss

 

FilmStruck lands Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection, pulled its classic movies out of Hulu as of November 11, in order to team up with Turner Classic Movies on a service called FilmStruck. FilmStruck launched Tuesday in the US for $6.99 a month without the Criterion movies or $10.99 a month or $99 a year with the Criterion Collection. FilmStruck will pull its movies from indie studios like Janus and Zeitgeist along with major studios. 70 curated programming themes will be refreshed regularly along with bonus commentaries, outtakes, interviews and introductions. Its available on Web Apple TV, Fire TV, Android and iOS.    http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/turner-launches-filmstruck-classic-indie-movies-1201906180/

 

The Furby Movie?!?

Remember those creepy eyes alien looking toys from your youth? Ferbys? Well, The Weinstein Company is developing a Furby movie!

Bob Weinstein made the announcement at the American Film Market in which he said, “I’m rolling the dice and playing for hits.” It was also revealed that it will be a live-action and CGI hybrid film.

http://geektyrant.com/news/theres-a-furby-movie-coming-from-the-weinstein-company

 

Starship Troopers Remake in works

(Play Video 2)

The Hollywood Reporter says writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, who penned the upcoming Baywatch movie and the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot, have been hired by producer Neal H. Moritz to write a new adaptation of the original Robert A. Heinlein novel. That means, while it’s easiest to describe the film as a remake of the 1997 Paul Verhoeven film, it really isn’t.

Both the novel and the movie were about a future where humans travel into space to fight alien bugs.

https://youtu.be/Y07I_KER5fE

https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-starship-troopers-remake-just-got-new-life-1788546615

 

Workaholics ending

It’s retirement time for Workaholics. Or at least it will be after season 7 wraps up.

Variety reports that the Comedy Central series is ending its run after 2017’s stockpile of episodes runs dry.

http://uproxx.com/tv/workaholics-season-7-exit/

 

Olivia Munn cast in Predator movie

According to THR, Munn will be playing a scientist opposite Holbrook’s special forces commando. They also offered a brief plot description for the film, saying that the story, which takes place 30 years after the events of the original film, "plunks the deadly alien hunter, who audiences have seen fight in jungles, concrete jungles, frozen wastelands and alien planets, in the harsh environment of … suburbia."

http://geektyrant.com/news/olivia-munn-cast-in-shane-blacks-the-predator-and-new-plot-details

 

Johnny Depp to appear in Fantastic Beasts movie

The internet is a buzz with news that Johnny Depp will be playing a major role in the upcoming Fantastic Beast and Where to Find them franchise. Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard whom Dumbledore beat in a duel to win the Elder Wand, and though he only has a small role in the first film, he'll be a major force in the franchise. The first movie reportedly mentions Grindelwald's attacks in Europe via newspaper headlines, so it checks out that the sequel would head over there and continue telling that story.

And yes, according to Hypable, Johnny Depp will be playing Grindelwald. They say we'll only see the back of his head in the first Fantastic Beasts (a shot we've already seen at 3:23 in this featurette), but he'll presumably have a much bigger part to play in future films. No word yet on who's playing young Dumbledore, but that ought to be a particularly interesting bit of casting news for fans.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives in theaters on November 18, 2016.

http://geektyrant.com/news/heres-who-johnny-depp-is-playing-in-the-fantastic-beasts-movies

 

New Wonder Woman Trailer

(Play Video 3)

Diana Prince goes to war in the new official trailer for Wonder Woman.

 

The film, which takes place during World War I, begins around the time of Batman v Superman, with Prince looking at an old photo of her and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). “I used to want to save the world. This beautiful place,” Prince, played by Gal Gadot, says in the trailer. “But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within. I learned this the hard way, a long, long time ago.”

 

What follows is a trip back in time and a glimpse at the action-heavy DC Extended Universe film from Patty Jenkins. In the trailer, Wonder Woman fights to help Trevor and his comrades defeat a greater evil.

https://youtu.be/1Q8fG0TtVAY

 

Doctor Strange out now

  • Our hopes and dreams for the movie.

  • Predictions.

 

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Episode 88 - Apple Rises, Vine Falls

 

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Welcome to episode 88 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

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Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  Apple and Microsoft product announcements, the death of Vine, Automated Beer Delivery, the new Lando Calrissian  and much much more..

 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

Apple Announcements

Apple announces new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and A New Apple TV App.

  • Touch Bar (Play Video 1)

    • Replaces the function keys and changes based on software surfacing certain menu items and controls.

    • - The TouchBar is a Retina display with multitouch, responds to gestures and taps.

    • - Apple also added touchID fingerprint sensing to the right of the touch bar. In place of the power button

    • https://youtu.be/4BkskUE8_hA

 

  • New MacBook Pros

It’s been 4 years since the last MacBook Pro and some things have improved.

  • It has a new T1 secure chip, intel Core i5 and i7, and a 67% brighter display with 67% better contrast, 25% more colors. The trackpad is twice as big as the last gen of MacBooks and it has second gen butterfly-mechanism keyboard (found on 12-inch MacBook) Battery life up to 10 hours.

  •  
  • The 15-inch has core i7 Radeon Pro GPU with Polaris and up to 2 TB SSD, 16 GB RAM. the 15-inch is 15.5 mm thick and weighs 4 pounds. Speakers claimed twice dynamic range. Starts at $2399

  •  
  • The 13-inch has i5 or i7 Intel iris graphics 8 GB RAM. The 13-inch model is 14.9 mm thick and weighs 3 pounds. Starts at $1799

  •  
  • Both have four thunderbolt 3 ports that support USB-C, HDMI, DisplayPort and more and all can charge the laptop. Headphone jack. No SD card slot. The new MacBook Pros come in silver and space gray.     

 

Apple TV

  • Apple added a TV app to Apple TV. The new app accesses TV shows and movies from across installed apps including on demand and live streams. Partners at launch include CBS, HBO NOW, Hulu, Starz, Showtime and several apps from cable channels.

  • Significantly Netflix was not announced. The TV apps is also coming to iOS. Siri now supports launching live channels as well including schedules. The TV app is coming to Apple TV, and iOS in December in the US.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/27/13436750/apple-macbook-pro-announced-laptop-price-release-date-specs

 

R.I.P. Vine

To help make the company more profitable, Twitter said it will discontinue the Vine app in the coming months A source told the Verge some of the Vine staff was laid off Thursday. Twitter will keep the vine postings and vine website online after the service is shut down.    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-results-idUSKCN12R1GW?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

 

 

Self Driving Beer Delivery

(Play Video 2)

Uber-owned Otto has completed its first self-driving truck shipment.

An 18-wheel Volvo semi carried a shipment of Budweiser beer 100 miles from a weigh station in Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs without human intervention.

A human driver had taken it from the Anhueser-Busch plant in Loveland to the weigh station and remained on board during the autonomous leg of the journey.

A Colorado state patrol vehicle followed the truck to monitor the journey.    http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/25/13381246/otto-self-driving-truck-budweiser-first-shipment-uber

https://youtu.be/Qb0Kzb3haK8

 

Microsoft VR and stuff

Microsoft had some great announcements this week

  •  

  • Microsoft also showed viewing Remix3D objects in HoloLens Windows VR headsets coming from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer that require no external sensors, starting at $299.

  •  

  • Microsoft also announced the SurfaceBook i7. As the name implies it has an Intel i7 processor, double the graphics performance of the previous Surface Book and promises 16 hour battery life. The Surface Book is up for preorder from Microsoft.com and ships in November for $2,399.

  • (Play Video 3)Microsoft announced the Surface Studio an all-in-one desktop. It has a 28-inch 192 ppi PixelSense touchscreen that is 12.5 mm thick and capable of 13.5 million pixels. It also has an Intel Core Processor, 32GB of RAM, a 2 TB hybrid hard drive and an Nvidia GTX 980M GPU. A hinge on the back allows it to be repositioned and lay almost flat. You can preorder the Studio today for $2,999 though it will only be available in limited quantities. Preorders get the Surface Dial haptic feedback input device for free. Others can buy it November 10th for $99.

  • https://youtu.be/BzMLA8YIgG0     http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/10/26/13380462/microsoft-surface-studio-pc-computer-announced-features-price-release-date                                                                 http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/26/13417028/microsoft-surface-dial-announced-surface-event

    http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/10/windows-10-creators-update-will-be-coming-for-free-this-spring/                                                                 http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2016/10/26/windows-10-creators-edition-brings-game-streaming-custom-tournaments-dolby-atmos-support/     

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/10/26/13418678/microsoft-upgraded-surface-book-16-hour-battery-life                                                                      http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/26/13418440/microsoft-alcatel-idol-4s-vr-headset-t-mobile-leak     

 

Pokemon Scare

Starting Wednesday October 26th through November 1st, Pokémon Go will run its first in-game event. Halloween related monsters like Haunter and Zubat will show up more often and players will earn candy at a faster rate with double rewards for transferring pokémon.    http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/24/13380560/pokemon-go-halloween-event-candy-ghosts

 

Sherlock back in Jan

BBC has announced new episodes of Sherlock are coming to both the United States and United Kingdom on January 1, 2017–barely two months from now.

http://nerdist.com/sherlock-season-4-premiere-date-revealed-in-new-trailer/

 

Saved By the Bell Dinner

(Play Video 4)

There's a Saved By the Bell-themed Diner in Chicago made to look exactly like The Max diner in the show. It's called Saved By The Max, and it's hilariously awesome. The detail that went into to making this a reality is crazy. It looks exactly like it looked in the classic '90s series.

The menu for the diner was created by Michelin-starred chef Brian Fisher so the food here also tastes great! The restaurant serves dinner every night and brunch on the weekends. The characters from the series even have their own themed dishes on the menu, which you can check out in the menu that I posted below.

Mario Lopez and Mr. Belding even showed up for the opening night.

http://geektyrant.com/news/theres-a-saved-by-the-bell-themed-diner-in-chicago-see-mario-lopez-give-a-tour

https://youtu.be/OSKa_tz6KKk  

 

Donald Glover will play a young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo movie

According to Lucasfilm, the movie, helmed by The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will depict Lando in his "formative years" as a young scoundrel in the galaxy's underworld.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/21/13362626/star-wars-donald-glover-lando-calrissian-han-solo-movie

 

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"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 87 - Logan and Guardians Vol. 2

 

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Welcome to episode 87 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Robotic Sensations, Ordering Pizza on Facebook, The New Nintendo Console, the Logan movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and much much more..

Before we start the show I wanted to give a big shout out to Heath Prather and Jay Taylor for supporting the podcast on Patreon. Thanks guys. If anyone else wants to support the podcast on patreon and get exclusive rewards you can find us at www.patreon.com/geekbytespodcast

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

 

Man Feels Robotic Sensations

(Play Video 1)

Geek.com reports that a group at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have implanted quadraplegic Nathan Copeland with a series of chips that can let him "feel" with a robotic arm. Two arrays of electrodes were implanted and connected to a receiver attached to his skull. One set lets him send signals from his motor cortex to a computer which can then move a robotic hand. The other set sends signals from the robotic fingers into his sensory cortex.

https://youtu.be/L1bO-29FhMU

http://www.geek.com/tech/brain-implants-allow-quadriplegic-man-to-feel-touch-again-1675275/

 

Can you Hear me Now?

The Microsoft Research Team announced its speech recognition technology has reached a word error rate of 5.9% putting it on par with human transcribers, an important milestone in speech recognition.    https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/18/microsoft-hits-a-speech-recognition-milestone-with-a-system-just-as-good-as-human-ears/?ncid=rss

 

Order Pizza while surfing Facebook

Facebook is testing new features for US users starting Wednesday. Facebook Pages will now let you order food from Delivery.com or Slice.com, set an appointment using MyTime, get a professional services quote, and buy tickets through Ticketmaster and EventBrite, all without leaving Facebook.

https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/19/facebook-utility/

 

Apple Rumors

Apple has sent out media invites to an event at its Cupertino campus on Thursday October 27 at 10 AM Pacific. The invite says “hello again” and features the top half of the Apple logo filled with reddish smoke. Many speculate that this will be the event Apple announces the new MacBook Pro at.    http://www.macrumors.com/2016/10/19/apple-announces-october-27th-mac-centric-event/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeed

 

Let your Car drive you

(Play Video 2)

Elon Musk Promises Full Self Driving Cars by 2017

Musk announced this week that every new Tesla will be fully capable of driving itself. After being upgraded with a suite of cameras and sensors, Musk says this means his cars will have level 5 autonomy—the highest level, which requires zero interaction from the driver.

The upgrade will cost around $8000 extra and hardware upgrades will come standard.

https://youtu.be/NLfmu-IAfNs

https://www.wired.com/2016/10/elon-musk-says-every-new-tesla-can-drive/?mbid=social_fb

 

Nintendo’s New Console

(Play Video 3)

Nintendo revealed its new game console, previously referred to as the NX will officially be called the Nintendo Switch and arrive in March 2017. The console consists of a tablet that sits in a dock that connects to a TV for home playing. The sides can slide off the controller, Nintendo calls these "joy-cons" and connect to the tablet which when removed from the dock can be taken away for mobile game play. The joy-cons can also be used with the tablet when unattached. A standalone controller will also be made available. Multiplayer is supported in all scenarios. Games will be distributed on small SD-card like cartridges called GameCards. A custom Nvidia Tegra processors powers the graphics. Nintendo also announced a list of 48 3rd-party game devs and publishers developing titles for the Switch.

https://youtu.be/f5uik5fgIaI   

 http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/10/nintendos-next-console-switch-is-a-consoletablet-hybrid/


 

Red Dead Redemption 2

(Play Video 4)

After a week of teasing, Rock Star Games has finally revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be third game in the series arriving Fall 2017 for Xbox One and PS4.

https://youtu.be/gmA6MrX81z4   

 https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/18/red-dead-redemption-2-release-date/

 

Leonardo DiCaprio in talks to Direct Captain Planet Movie

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount and Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, are in talks to bring everyone’s favorite green-mulleted superhero to the big screen. The studio is currently angling for the rights to the classic 1990s animated series, and is eyeing the writing duo of Scream Queens and Everybody Wants Some!! star Glen Powell and Jono Matt to the script.

 

The most fascinating aspect about this news is what could be done with the story. As cited by The Hollywood Reporter article, “the story takes place years after the adventures of the show, with the Captain now a washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him.”

http://nerdist.com/captain-planet-movie-leonardo-dicaprio-paramount-appian-way/

 

Deadpool 2 Casting Domino

The sequel to this year’s unexpected mega-hit Deadpool is expected to start production fairly soon, and along with fan favorite character Cable already announced to make an appearance, it seems that so too will his deadly albino ally, the female mercenary named Domino.

According to a report over at Collider, director Tim Miller and the film’s producers are now looking toward casting a key female role. The actresses in consideration include Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), Sienna Miller (American Sniper)  Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire), Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black), Eve Hewson (The Knick), and Kelly Rohrbach (Baywatch).

http://nerdist.com/deadpool-2-reveals-potential-domino-actresses/

 

Old Man Logan revealed

(Play Video 5)

Quite a few new images have been released for the March 2017 film Logan. Villains (Pierce and Reavers), allies (Caliban and Old Professor Xavier) , and now Old Man Logan himself. Oh, and there’s an awesome new trailer for the movie. Did we forget to mention that?

https://youtu.be/G0HRx_0fimc

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 teaser trailer

(Video 6)

The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 was released this week, and it looks like the whole gang is back: Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and even Tiny Groot (Vin Diesel).

Gamora is seen running and jumping through the air with one of her deadly blades, while her half-sister Nebula (Karen Gillan) is sporting some new headwear. Yondu (Michael Rooker) is finally sporting a badass red mohawk, much like his comic-book counterpart. And lots of blue-faced aliens are flying through the air, and looking none too pleased about it.

What is clear is that the first movie’s wry sense of humor is front and center. Drax advises Quill that he needs to find a woman "as pathetic" as he is, rather than pining after Gamora. And the Guardians have spacesuits stored away for both emergencies and "fun."

Also returning: the film’s distinctive soundtrack. The teaser is set to Blue Suede’s "Hooked on a Feeling," which was one of many 1970s hits on Peter Quill’s mix-tape, received from his dying mother before being kidnapped by that passing spaceship.

Awwww. Did you see little toddler Groot?

https://youtu.be/2WhQcK-Zaok


 

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 86 - Note 7 destroys the Death Star

 

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Welcome to episode 86 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Samsung recall, the Motorcycle of the Future, New York Comic Con news, and much much more..

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

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Geek News  

We begin with…

 

Note 7 is Dead

Samsung announced it will halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7. The move comes after at least five reports of overheating and fires caused by new supposedly-fixed Note 7 replacement devices. Both the Korea Agency for Technology and Standards and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued warnings not to use the new Note 7s due to safety concerns. Owners are urged to turn the phones of and return them to the place of purchase. In a related announcement, Oculus updated its Gear VR app to prevent it from being used on Note 7 models.

XDA-Developers says Samsung sent them a Return Kit for the Galaxy Note 7. The kit includes gloves, a static shielding bag. and three boxes, the outermost box is lined with ceramic fiber paper.

Additionally, in an attempt to keep people in the Samsung family, they’re offering customers an additional $100 if they trade in their Note 7 for another Samsung phone.    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-11/samsung-ends-production-of-note-7-after-global-recall-new-fires

 

Motorcycle of the Future

(Play Video 1)

BMW has released a video of its latest concept motorcycle, the 'Motorrad Vision Next 100'.

  • So Safe that drivers won’t need a helmet

  • Self Righting- Won’t ever fall over

  • Uses Augmented Reality Goggles

  • Carbon Fiber Body

  • All Electric with Zero Carbon Emissions

  • Available in only 30 years.

  • https://youtu.be/ZxWZRP2oKyg

 

First Look at Atlantean Queen Mera

IGN has unveiled Amber Heard in costume for her role as the Atlantean ruler, who will first appear in Justice League next year as a supporting character before having a more prominent role in the solo Aquaman movie.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/our-first-look-at-justice-leagues-mera-queen-of-atlant-1787709305

 

Logan Villain Revealed

This week the Logan movie got its own instagram account wponx, and the first pictures posted there revealed that Narcos star Boyd Holbrook had been cast as villain Donald Pierce. Pierce is a cyborg who has ties to The Hellfire Club, a shadowy group of wealthy and powerful individuals who seek to gain power and influence across the world. Pierce also has ties to the Reavers, a band of cyborg criminals.

http://geektyrant.com/news/logan-villain-revealed-heres-who-will-be-going-up-against-wolverine

 

Iron Fist Trailer

(Play Video 2)

At a NYCC panel Jeph Loeb announced that his crew had finished pre production work on the Netflix Marvel show Iron Fist. Also on the panel for the show was surprise guest Rosario Dawson who revealed that she’d also be in Iron First. Lastly they premiered a teaser trailer for the the 2017 show.

https://youtu.be/0sEJeWB3RA8

 

Defenders Villain reveal

Also at the Marvel panel at NYCC it was revealed that actress, Sigourney Weaver will play the villain in Netflix and Marvel's upcoming superhero series The Defenders, another 2017 show.

http://go.ign.com/moSL6PS

 

First Power Rangers Trailer

NYCC was definitely the place to be for reveals. At the con, Lionsgate premiered the very first trailer for their upcoming morphing movie, Power Rangers. Many have criticized the trailer as being more Breakfast Club than Power Ranger.

https://youtu.be/Q-C4qqsgs8w

 

Rogue One trailer #2

(Play Video 3)

A new Rogue One has been released and there is already tons of speculation about the new scenes and what they mean.

We get our first glimpse of Galen Erso, a brilliant weapons designer who is apparently instrumental in bringing the Death Star online. This is likely a flashback to when Krennic recruited Erso for the job.

Erso tells his daughter Jyn that he’s doing this to protect her, and in subsequent shots, she’s hiding in the bushes.

Jyn wakes up from this apparent flashback in an Imperial prison, judging by the trooper stationed outside. We know she’s been living on her own since her teens, and it’s likely that she’s gotten into trouble with the law. There she’s recruited for the Rebellion.

We get to see a bit more of Darth Vader as he talks to an imperial official and an older Galen Erso as the Death Star nears completion.

Another new scene reveals Jyn Erso’s rallying cry when the rebels learn about the Death Star. "We have hope," Jyn Erso says to a group of Rebels. "Rebellions are built on hope." Maybe this is in the aftermath of another battle that didn’t go well? It certainly seems like a "rally the troops" sort of moment, as though someone asked what they had left.

There there is another new battle scene montague with blasters, AT ATs and space fighters.

https://youtu.be/sC9abcLLQpI

 

That’s it for the show

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 85 - Google Pixels Oculus

 

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Welcome to episode 85 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

 

In Geek News this week, we'll talk about Google’s Phone, Oculus announcements, Wolverine 3 and Blade Runner titles  and much much more..

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Geek News  

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Google Announced new Phone and stuff

  • 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL OLED phones have Google Assistant (A.I.) built in accessible by long pressing the home button or speaking a keyword.

    • -Played up camera as best ever rated by DxOMark

    • - 32 or 128 GB, USB-C, 3.5 mm headphone jack, 4GB RAM

    • - Free unlimited photo and video storage, 24/7 live customer support

    • - Quite Black, Very Silver, Really Blue

    • - Exclusive to Verizon or unlocked Project Fi

    • - $649 or $27.04 a month up to $869 $36.21 a month- Preorder today in US, Australia, Canada, UK.

 

  • Daydream View (Like Gear VR)

    • - Fabric headset with wireless remote

    • - NFC connection to Pixel phone

    • - slate at launch, snow and crimson later

    • - Daydream View and the controller will go on sale in November for $79.    

 

  • Google Home - Built in Google Assistant which plays music, control devices, find info

 

  • Google WiFi

    • - Modular wifi coverage

    • - Network assist automatically adjusts signal

    • - App lets you manage wifi access of users

    • - Preorder in November ship early December $129 and 3 pack for $299

 

  • Chromecast Ultra

    • - 4k, HDR and Dolby Vision

    • - Google Play Movies adding 4K in November

    • - ethernet port in the power adapter

    • - $69 in November

 

Oculus Connect Announcements

This week Oculus had their yearly press event and they had some interesting announcements.

                                                                    

 

Robot Baby on Board                    

This week Toyota showed off a new companion robot.

  • The Kirobo Mini robot mimics a baby by wobbling while seated and speaking with a high-pitched voice.

    • The robot has a built-in camera that allows it to track people’s faces, as well as their emotions, apparently adjusting the way that it talks to you depending on its mood.

    • It will be able to grow with its user, learning what they like and dislike.

    • It will sell for 39,800 yen (US$392) in Japan next year.

https://youtu.be/68p2-KK7WKw

http://fortune.com/2016/10/03/toyota-robot-baby-kirobo-mini/                                                             

 

Blade Runner Title

The producers of the Blade Runner sequel announced this week that they’ve finally come up with a title for the movie: Blade Runner 2049 and it is scheduled to arrive in theaters on October 6th, 2017.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/6/13187950/blade-runner-2049-title-harrison-ford-ryan-gosling

 

Wolverine 3 release date

Hugh Jackman has revealed his supposedly final outing as Wolverine will have a bit of an unusual title, Logan and a release date of March 3, 2017. Jackman announced the film’s title on social media, posting a grainy image of a new poster for the film, revealing the Logan name as well as the image of Wolverine holding the hand of a small child.

Jackman also released the 2nd page of the script detailing the first fight scene in the movie. The page definitely shows that the producers want to take the action up a notch now that they’re making a rated R Wolverine movie.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/wolverine-3-solemnly-swears-it-wont-be-a-city-block-des-1787439545

 

Thor Ragnarok Spoilers

Schmoes Know had the scoop that Ragnarok isn’t a cataclysmic event in this film, it’s the name of the planet that Thor and Hulk find themselves stranded on. Remember those Planet Hulk hints at San Diego Comic-Con? It looks like Thor: Ragnarok is borrowing several plot elements from that classic storyline, as Thor and Hulk have to fight their way out of the space gladiator pits hosted by Jeff Goldblum‘s Grandmaster. That’s also where we’ll meet the new heroine, Valkyrie, and Skurge the Executioner, who may be more sympathetic in this incarnation.

http://nerdist.com/huge-thor-3-spoilers-reveal-details-on-planet-hulk-and-more/

 

Harry Potter films back in Theaters

Imax and Warner Bros. are teaming up to screen all eight “Harry Potter” films for one week, starting on Oct. 13.

The showings come a month before the Nov. 18 release of the “Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The event also marks the first time both “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” — the first two movies in the series — will be shown in Imax theaters.

https://variety.com/2016/film/news/harry-potter-movies-back-in-theaters-imax-1201876273/

 

Netflix Marvel News

 

Netflix has announced that Iron Fist will premiere on March 17, 2017.

The Netflix series for Punisher has also started filming, with set shots leaked by JustJared.

Additionally, THE PUNISHER has cast two new roles:

 

  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach will star as Micro – a former NSA analyst who builds weapons and tech for Frank Castle.

  • Amber Rose Revah joins the cast as Dinah Madani, a “highly-trained sophisticated Homeland Security agent who is vexed by the Punisher.”

http://screenrant.com/the-punisher-netflix-filming-set-photos/

 

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Episode 84 - The one Time forgot

 

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Welcome to episode 84 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Snapchat Glasses, Colonizing Mars,  the end of Adventure Time, the new Black Panther Villain, our impressions of Luke Cage, and much much more..

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

 

We begin with…

Snapchat Glasses

Snapchat renamed itself Snap Inc, and released its first hardware product over the weekend. CEO Evan Spiegel unveiled Spectacles, a $129 pair of sunglasses with an embedded 115-degree lens. Users can record up to 10-seconds of rounded video, which is transferred via Bluetooth or Wi-fi to the Snapchat app. Spectacles will be available this fall in black, teal or coral on a limited basis.    http://www.wsj.com/articles/snapchat-releases-first-hardware-product-spectacles-1474682719

 

Mars or Bust

Elon Musk announced plans to send a ship to Mars. Part of the plan involves launching the ship to orbit and separating the booster rocket which would return to Earth for refilling and reuse. The booster then relaunches and refuels the ship for its trip to Mars. The ship would also use solar energy as well. Flights are hoped to begin in 2023.

  • Lower cost of Mars trip from $10 Billion to $200,00

  • Colonize Mars in 80 to 100 years.    

http://fortune.com/2016/09/27/elon-musk-humans-mars/

 

One Baby born - Three Parent

A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a controversial new 'three-parent' technique.

That means this baby contains DNA from three parents - something which in this case allowed him to avoid having a deadly genetic condition passed down by his mother.

The technique - which was legalised in the UK last year - allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies, by replacing a mother's faulty mitochondrial DNA with another woman's during the IVF process.

Seeing as mitochondrial DNA is only ever passed down by women, for most females with mitochondrial disease, this is the only way they'll be able to have healthy children.

But with a ban still in place in the US - one that experts are encouraging the government to overturn, we should add - the procedure is still controversial.

http://www.sciencealert.com/the-first-baby-has-been-born-using-new-3-parent-technique

 

Adventure Time Ends

This The Cartoon Network network announced that Adventure Time—a free-wheeling cartoon starring boy-hero Finn and his ultra-flexible dog Jake—will conclude after its ninth season. Fortunately new episodes and specials will continue airing through 2018.

http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/adventure-time-final-season-announced/?fb=gk

 

Black Panther Villain Cast

Winston Duke ("Person of Interest") tapped to play the villainous M'Baku the Man-Ape in BLACK PANTHER. http://bit.ly/2dfV0Eu

 

OFFICIAL: Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto has been confirmed to hold an Infinity Stone!

http://tinyurl.com/hmj5vev

https://youtu.be/QNpNwIJtpIs

 

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them Trailer

(Play Video 1)

Warner Bros. has released a new full trailer for director David Yates' Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. It features a ton of wonderful new footage showing off the wizarding world in the U.S. and even shows off a lot more magical creatures.

https://youtu.be/sGNnv_g9h4k

http://geektyrant.com/news/exciting-full-trailer-for-fantastic-beasts-brings-on-the-magic-and-creatures

 

Lion King Remake

Jon Favreau's live action/CGI Jungle Book movie was a huge hit this year ($965,813,939 World Wide), and it looks like his next job is rebooting another Disney classic: The Lion King. The "reimagined" Lion King will include songs from the original animated movie, and is expected to be filmed in a similarly realistic style to The Jungle Book—although presumably without any human characters.

http://www.dailydot.com/upstream/live-action-lion-king-jon-favreau/?fb=gk

 

THE TICK, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON GET FULL SEASON ORDERS AT AMAZON

Amazon announced this week, based on their popularity, that they are ordering full seasons of their recently piloted shows: The Tick, I Love Dick, and  Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

http://nerdist.com/the-tick-jean-claude-van-johnson-given-full-seasons-at-amazon/

 

Luke Cage Season 1 Starts

A full season of the new Netflix Marvel collaboration, Luke Cage is now available. After the events in Jessica Jones, Luke Cage has moved to Harlem. He tries to keep his head down and avoid attention but trouble soon finds him.

It’s Gritty, Urban, Sexual

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Episode 83 - Facebook Cures, Jumani Outbreak

 

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Welcome to episode 83 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Yahoo data breach, the Zuckerberg plan to cure diseases, the first Jumanji sequel photos, and much much more..

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…
 

Yahoo Data Hack

Yahoo reported Thursday that data on 500 million user accounts was accessed without authorization in 2014. Yahoo believes it was a state-sponsored actor. Yahoo says the data accessed may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and hashed passwords but may not have included unprotected passwords, payment card data or bank account information. Yahoo began sending affected users an email starting at 11:30 AM Pacific this morning. It also will ask those who haven't updated passwords since 2014 to do so.    https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/22/yahoo-confirms-state-sponsored-attacker-stole-personal-data-of-at-least-500-million-users/?ncid=rss
 

Facebook Cures What Ails You

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This week on Facebook Live, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Chan announced a new initiative “cure, prevent, or manage all diseases”.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will work in three ways: bring scientists and engineers together; build tools to “empower” people around the world; and promote a “movement” to fund science globally. The new venture will receive $3 billion in funds over the next decade.

The first major project is a $600 million investment in something called the Biohub, a new research center at UC San Francisco. Scientists from Stanford and UC Berkeley will also work on the Biohub, which will initially focus on two projects: the Cell Atlas, which will examine the cells that make up our major organs, and the Infectious Disease Initiative, which will delve into treatments for conditions like HIV and Zika.

https://youtu.be/I0TMrFQS3cI

https://gizmodo.com/facebook-royalty-reveal-master-plan-to-cure-all-diseas-1786907780

 

GoPro Karma

(Play Video 2)

GoPro announced it's new Karma drone with fold-up wings a backup and three-axis camera stabilization for $799 or $999 with the new Hero5 Session and $1099 with the new Hero 5 Black. GoPro is selling this as an all in one adventure capturing solution by allowing the user to remove the stabilizer from the drone and use it as a handheld camera stabilizer.

https://youtu.be/CjNjcrQZtd8     

https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/19/gopro-karma/

 

CW App Lets You Stream Anywhere

Starting next week, The CW is introducing a new app that will allow viewers to watch their favorite CW shows anywhere, no log-in, and no cable verification required. Also, it’s free.

http://cwtv.com/notify-me

 

New Spawn Film in Works

In an interview with Tiffany Smith on AMC’s Geeking Out (via ComicBook.com), McFarlane himself revealed that he is almost done writing the new film. “I’ve finished the script, and I’m in the process of editing. It’s 183 pages, and [producers] usually like 120. I still think it’s going to end up being about 140 because I’m putting in details for myself,” he said. Considering that most superhero movies run well over two hours nowadays, I am not surprised.

http://nerdist.com/todd-mcfarlane-confirms-a-new-spawn-movie-is-in-the-works/

 

First look at the cast of Jumanji sequel

This week on Instagram, Kevin Hart put the first photo of the cast of the Jumanji sequel. The photo shows Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart looking like “jungle explorers”. There has been some controversy over the sexualized appearance of Gillan but overall the photo has left many wondering what direction the film is taking.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-first-jumanji-photo-is-here-and-everyone-looks-like-1786843194

 

Punisher Vs Ghost Rider?

 

At the red carpet event for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere, Marvel Television Producer Jeph Loeb hinted at the possibility of The Punisher showing up later this season to face off against Ghost Rider.

http://tinyurl.com/jlt33q6

 

Dark Tower TV adaptation

Ever since Ron Howard started pushing for an adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, there was a plan to include a companion TV series. MRC and Sony Pictures have already committed to financing a full season of between 10 and 13 episodes. The series will be based on King's Wizard and Glass, which provides an epic backstory that focuses on a younger version of gunslinger Roland Deschain and his early tribulations. Idris Elba is set reprise his role as an older Roland. The Dark Tower series will start shooting in 2017 and it will most likely premiere it in 2018.

http://geektyrant.com/news/the-dark-tower-tv-series-will-be-an-adaption-of-stephen-kings-wizard-and-glass

 

Power Rangers Casting

This summer Power Rangers director Dean Israelite confirmed that the Power Rangers’ original robot helper, Alpha 5, will be in the big screen reboot of the ’90s TV series. This week, the film’s producers revealed that Saturday Night Live veteran Bill Hader is lending his voice to Alpha 5.

http://nerdist.com/power-rangers-reboot-casts-bill-hader-as-alpha-5/

 

Ghost in the Shell Mini Trailers released

(Play Video 3)

Paramount Pictures has released 5 mini trailers that give fans their first look at the live action Ghost in the Shell movie. Even though eat mini trailer is only 5-10 seconds long, it’s still interesting to see Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi.

https://youtu.be/vWDBpTB6T0Q?list=PLVjwdZylAT2m2nfBKVXeCupsbV3PGmRVU

https://kotaku.com/first-trailers-for-the-ghost-in-the-shell-movie-1786929996
 

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Episode 82 - Eagles Versus Burrito Drones

 

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Welcome to episode 82 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Uber Automated Cars, Chipotle Drone Delivery, Tokyo Game Show news, the Villain for Wolverine 3 and much much more..

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

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Geek News  

We begin with…

Uber starts Autonomous Cab tests

Uber gave reporters rides in its autonomous Ford Fusion cars earlier this week in advance of announcing today the beginning of its research program. A subset of riders will be emailed an opportunity to opt-in to the program. If they hail a ride within the test area they may, at random, be picked up by an autonomous car. An engineer will sit in the driver’s seat and occasionally take over to do things like change lanes to pass a stopped vehicle. The are begins in a few neighborhoods and within a few weeks will expand to the airport and a northern suburb.    https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/14/1386711/?ncid=rss
 

Eagle official Dutch Drone killer

(Play video 1)

After a seven-month trial Dutch police believe trained Eagles will be a reliable way to take down illegal UAVs. The Dutch National Police has started buying eagle chicks to train becoming the first national police force in the world to do so.

https://youtu.be/dc_ovddVRKE   

 http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2016/09/14/eagles-takedown-drones/

 

Chipotle Drone Delivery

Alphabet and Chipotle have started testing a service at Virginia Tech that delivers burritos by drone. However, receiving those airborne burritos doesn’t come cheap. According to reporters on site, there is a $5.99 service fee for drone delivery.

https://gizmodo.com/chipotle-is-charging-a-6-fee-for-burritos-delivered-by-1786672185

 

Playstation Update

Sony's PS4 update version 4.00 codename Shingen released this Tuesday.

Menu screens get a tweak, users can organize things into folders and the PS4 can now play games in HDR and stream games to YouTube and Twitch in 1080p.

The new slimmer PS4 came out Thursday the 15th and the 4K-game capable PS4 Pro arrives November 10.    http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/13/12899654/sony-ps4-update-4-shingen-out-now

 

Pokemon Go Update adds Buddy System

Pokémon Go’s anticipated new buddy system rolled out over the last few days. Now, when you walk around and collect Pokémon, you can choose a “buddy” Pokémon that acquires candy of its Pokémon type after you hit certain distance benchmarks. This will allow players to power up those rare pokemon without having to find dozens of the same kind.

https://kotaku.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-pokemon-go-s-new-buddy-syst-1786619692

 

Resident Evil Is Getting A New Full-CG Animated Movie

It was announced this week at the Tokyo Game Show, that there is going to be a full CG movie based on Resident Evil called Resident Evil: Vendetta or (Biohazard: Vendetta in Japan) will be executive produced by Takashi Shimizu (who is best known for creating The Grudge). It will be out spring 2017 in Japan.

The full CG movie will feature an original storyline, but, according to Kobayashi (via Natalie), will be like Resident Evil 1. No word yet on an international release.

https://kotaku.com/resident-evil-is-getting-a-new-full-cg-animated-movie-1786658105

 

Monster Hunter Movie

At the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom producer Ryozo Tsujimoto announced on stage that Hollywood is making a live-action Monster Hunter movie.

https://kotaku.com/hollywood-is-making-a-monster-hunter-movie-1786655656

 

First Look at Batmansuit in Justice League

Director Zack Snyder jumped on Twitter today to give fans an update about the progress of Justice League, revealing that he's in the home stretch and showing off what I believe is the first look at Batman's tactical Batsuit in the movie.

@ZackSnyder

http://geektyrant.com/news/first-look-photo-of-batmans-tactical-batsuit-from-justice-league
 

Mr. Sinister Coming to the Big Screen

At the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, I'm sure you all remember the post-credits scene that teased the appearance of Mister Sinister in a future X-Men film. Director Bryan Singer has confirmed that that film is Wolverine 3. The confirmation was found by CinemaBlend in the commentary that came with the recent digital release of X-Men: Apocalypse.

In that scene, we see a man wearing glasses taking the blood of Weapon X, a.k.a. Wolverine, from the Alkali Lake facility. The man puts the blood in a briefcase with the name Essex Corp. on it. Essex Corp. is the company owned by Nathaniel Essex, a.k.a. Mister Sinister. It has also been rumored that X-23 could also appear in Wolverine 3, which would fit in with Mr. Sinister's appearance.

Mr. Sinister is one of the most infamous super villains in the X-Men universe. He is a former scientist who, after an alteration by Apocalypse, ends up possessing "enhanced durability and an extended lifespan. Over the years, Sinister has used the genetic material of other mutants to grant himself a vast array of powers including telepathy, telekinesis, superhuman strength, the ability to project concussive energy from his hands, and total control of his body at the molecular level."

http://geektyrant.com/news/mr-sinister-confirmed-to-appear-in-wolverine-3-and-film-footage-is-coming-soon

 

Ghost Rider comes to Agents of Shield

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In the latest promo video from Marvel’s Agents of Shield, we finally get our first look at the Ghost Rider that will appear on the show.

Remember this is the Robbie Reyes version of Ghost Rider and we’ll get to see if he lives up to the hype when Agents of Shield  premieres on September 20.

https://youtu.be/gSkkI3OaOAY

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Episode 81 - iPhone 7 and PS4 Pro

 

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Welcome to episode 81 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

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Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

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Geek News  

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Apple

This week Apple announced a number of new products. While we’ve been expecting this for months, here is what they announced.

  • iPhone 7

    • The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have a redesigned home button that is now Force Touch sensitive, which will give people a little bit more control of the home screen. The new iPhone is also waterproof and includes a brand new camera that takes DSLR-quality photos. The iPhone 7 Plus model comes with a new dual-camera that gives the phone better zooming capabilities and depth of field settings.

    •  

    • The new dual-camera system also uses machine learning to automate settings like focus, exposure, white balance, tone mapping, noise reduction, and even takes multiple photos and fuses them into one photo. The camera basically ensures you take a great photo every single time.

 

  • In a surprising design choice, Apple did not include a headphone jack on the phone. “The reason to move on comes down to one word: courage,” Apple SVP Phil Schiller explained.

 

  • Apple Watch series 2

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    • The Apple Watch Series 2 is completely “swimproof” with water resistance up to fifty meters. Apple redesigned the speaker system to help eject water from the watch after you take a plunge.

  • On the more geeky specs side of things, Apple introduced a 50-percent faster processor along with better graphics. It also comes with the brightest display Apple has ever made.

  • But Apple Watch: 2’s big feature is GPS, which helps make the Apple Watch somewhat less dependent on your iPhone—at least for maps and fitness apps.

  • The new Watch comes with a 35 percent bigger battery

  • Next up was app developer Niantic, which announced that its hit game Pokémon Go would be coming to the Apple Watch. However, this isn’t just a port of the mobile game to the watch, which would suck horribly. Instead, the watch works with your iPhone to incorporate the step counter seamlessly, so you don’t have to keep the app open.

 

  • New Headphones Airpods

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    • The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will ship with a pair of Lightning EarPods (i.e. ones that connect to the charging port on the bottom of the iPhone). The phoens will also ship with a Lightning-to-headphone jack dongle in the box, making it easier for your to retrofit any 3.5mm headphones you’re currently using.

 

  • Apple’s AirPods will have five hours of charge and the carrying case with have 25 hours of charge. You can pair the AirPods to your iPhone by simply opening the carrying case. The AirPods cost $159

  • Super Mario Coming to iPhone

 

Sony

The same day Apple made its big announcements, Sony also held a huge press conference and announced a few things too.

  • Playstation 4 Pro

    • The Playstation Neo, aka Playstation 4.5, is officially on its way. Renamed the Playstation 4 Pro, it has a whopping 1TB hard drive, and both the CPU and GPU have been upgraded. This console is the first from Sony to allow you to play games in 4K HDR.The PS4 Pro will be available November 10 for $399.

    • Can’t Play 4K Blu-Rays.

  • Playstation Slim

    • Also announced is a slimmer Playstation 4, which begins shipping September 15. Inside, the console is virtually identical to the current PS4, with the same ports, capabilities, and 500GB hard drive. It’s just much much smaller than the PS4, The PS4 Slim, officially just called the PS4, is available September 15 and will retail for $299.

http://gizmodo.com/the-playstation-slim-and-4k-capable-ps4-are-here-1786314376  

 

First Look at new Mass Effect Game on PS4 Pro

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During Sony’s PlayStation Pro reveal event, EA showed off the first proper gameplay footage of the new Mass Effect: Andromeda game. According to developers it’s best played on a 4K television.

The footage shows a character (presumably player character Ryder) exploring a not-of-this-world cyberpunk ruin also known as a cave. The character uses a jetpack to aid mobility and scans objects like plants for information. They also encounter some air squids that look kind of like miniature versions of Sovereign from the end of Mass Effect 1. Which is to say, like squids.

At the end, there’s a cut-scene in which the main characters find a holographic map revealing “vaults” spread across multiple planets. Then the place’s security system gets mad.

https://youtu.be/t1hBNALUk4w

http://kotaku.com/ea-shows-mass-effect-andromeda-on-ps4-pro-1786339076

 

Pokemon Go Accessory available Sept 16th

Pokémon Go Plus is a Bluetooth enabled device that lets you enjoy Pokémon Go, doing basic in-game activities like collect Poké Balls and capture Pokémon, without having to get out your phone.

The accessory was supposed to be out in July, but was delayed until September 16th.

http://kotaku.com/the-pokemon-go-plus-accessory-will-be-out-september-16-1786364730

 

Doctor Who reappears in April 2017

We’ve known for a while now that filming of Series 10 of fan favorite Doctor Who was in full swing. This week, while on set, Peter Capaldi himself confirmed that we’ll get a new Christmas special this December and that the new season would start in April.

http://geektyrant.com/news/new-season-of-doctor-who-will-officially-begin-in-april

 

Shocker appears on set of Spider Man: Homecoming

This week photos of the electricity wielding villain Shocker on the set of the movie Spider Man: Homecoming have leaked. It had already been confirmed that villains The Vulture and The Tinkerer were already going to be in the film. Does this mean that there is going to be a Sinister Six type of villain gang that our friendly neighborhood spider is going to have to fight in the film? Or is this the case of the movie curse of more villains = worse movie?

 

Super Troopers sequel has begun filming

The comedy troupe behind the Super Troopers movie, Broken Lizard posted this week the first teaser photo confirming that filming has begun on Super Troopers 2. The comedy troupe raised over 4.5 million dollars on crowd funding platform, IndieGoGo, in April 2015 to make the movie themselves after fans demanded a sequel.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/super-troopers-2#/

https://www.facebook.com/therealbrokenlizard/

 

Joe Manganiello confirmed to play Deathstroke

Last week Ben Affleck released footage showing off the villain Deathstroke. Ever since there has been rampant speculation about where we’ll see the character and who’ll play him.

This week the Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Joe Manganiello will indeed play the classic villain!

DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns confirmed the casting in his first interview discussing his new role overseeing Warner Bros.’ movies based on DC Comics characters.

Johns is currently co-writing the script of the film with Affleck. He didn't say if Deathstroke will appear in Justice League, and he didn't reveal when exactly the new solo Batman film will be released, but it's expected to hit sometime in 2018.

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2016/09/08/joe-manganiello-will-play-deathstroke-in-ben-afflecks-batman-movie/

 

Production on The Crow starts Jan 2017

Three weeks ago it was reported that Jason Momoa was in talks to star in the Crow, which is being directed by Corin Hardy.

According to The Wrap not only is Momoa confirmed to star in the movie but and will start work on it as soon as he's finished shooting Justice League in January 2017.

http://www.thewrap.com/relativity-the-crow-reboot-production-begin/

 

That’s it for the show

If you like the podcast and want to help support us you can find out all the ways to do so at geekbytespodcast.com/support
 

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

 

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Music Credits

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Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 80 - Exploding Rockets, Exploding Phones

 

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Welcome to episode 80 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the SpaceX rocket Explosion, 3DS game announcements, Deathstroke in DC movies, the Squirrel Girl TV show, the Death of a comedy legend and much much more..

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

SpaceX blows up Facebook Satellite at launch

(Play Video 1)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded in Cape Canaveral Thursday morning. On board was Facebook’s Internet.org satellite, which experts estimated cost $95 million.

In a post on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was “deeply disappointed.”

https://youtu.be/_BgJEXQkjNQ

https://gizmodo.com/mark-zuckerberg-is-deeply-disappointed-spacex-destroy-1786054764

 

Exploding Phone Recall

Samsung has confirmed that it is recalling the Galaxy Note 7, its newest smartphone, following reports that some devices exploded.

The device was launched less than a month ago to very positive reviews, but concerns about the battery in some units — which reportedly combusted while charging — have forced the company’s hand.

Samsung said it has sold 2.5 million devices so far, and it plans to replace them all in “the coming weeks.”

https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/02/samsung-confirms-it-is-recalling-the-galaxy-note-7-after-reports-of-explosions/?sr_share=facebook

 

EU says Apple got illegal Tax breaks

This week the European Commission has ruled that Ireland granted illegal Apple tax breaks and the company owes 13 Billion euros ($14.5 Billion) in back taxes.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said “Member states cannot give tax benefits to selected companies - this is illegal under EU state aid rules”.

Ireland and Apple disagreed with verdict and would appeal the decision.

CEO TIm Cook’s response to the ruling: "It's total political crap,"

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2923_en.htm

 

Nintendo 3DS Direct

This week Nintendo had a special event that focused exclusively on their 2016-2017 titles for the 3DS. Yes, it’s still around.

  • Pokemon Sun and Moon- More footage, release date  November 18, 2016

  • Super Mario Maker Heads to 3DS in December 2, 2016

  • Mario Party Star Rush

  • The 3DS version of the relationship-destroying Mario Party is coming

  • Mario Party Star Rush is compatible with all Mario-series Amiibo (the red bases), including the seven new Amiibo coming this Fall. The new figures include Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong, Boo, Wario, Rosalina, Daisy, and the almighty Waluigi.

  • The Legend of Zelda - 30th Anniversary

  • For the 30th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda, Nintendo is offering up a bunch of new goodies!

    • First up are new Amiibo, including 8-Bit Link, Ocarina of Time Link, and Link and Zelda from Wind Waker. All four will be available on December 2.

    • As a surprise, Nintendo is also releasing the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Wii U. The game is available on the Nintendo eShop today.

  • PYoshi's Woolly World for 3DS

  • Pikmin 3DS in 2017

  • New Nintendo 3DS XL - Galaxy Style

 

Deathstroke villain of Batman movie?

This week Ben Affleck shared a video of some live-action footage featuring the villainous assassin Deathstroke on his Twitter page. The majority of the speculation online pointed toward this footage being from Justice League. But Justice League may not be the only appearance in the DC Extended Universe from the one-eyed badass: The Wrap reports that "Deathstroke will, in fact, be the main antagonist of the Batman standalone movie [Affleck is] directing."

http://geektyrant.com/news/deathstroke-will-reportedly-be-the-main-villain-in-ben-afflecks-solo-batman-film

 

Netflix Finally Renews Stranger Things

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This week Netflix announced that they’ve renewed their hit show Stranger Things for a second season and they released a teaser telling you the episode titles of the first nine episodes: Madmax,

The Boy Who Came Back to Life, The Pumpkin Patch, The Palace, The Storm, The Pollywog, The Secret Cabin, The Brain

, The Lost Brother

https://youtu.be/aXWG_kKDZlY

https://io9.gizmodo.com/heres-the-first-teaser-for-stranger-things-season-two-1785990550

 

Bill Nye lands a Netflix show

Bill Nye, the world famous ‘Science Guy’ is getting his very own Netflix show called “Bill Nye Saves the World”. The show will feature Nye tackling specific topics from a scientific point of view. The show is set to debut in Spring, 2017.    https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/31/bill-nye-lands-a-netflix-show

 

Squirrel Girl and New Warriors TV Show

Marvel and ABC Studios are developing their first half-hour comedy based on the New Warriors. The new television show will reportedly be centered around Squirrel Girl. The New Warriors are described as a teenage group of super-heroes.

 

‘Step Up All In’ Helmer Trish Sie To Direct Universal’s ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

Step Up All In‘s Trish Sie has signed on to direct Pitch Perfect 3, set to hit theaters December 22, 2017. Sie takes over from Elizabeth Banks, who directed 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2 that saw the highest grossing opening weekend ever for a movie musical. Pitch Perfect 3 will be headlined by returning stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson

https://deadline.com/2016/09/trish-sie-pitch-perfect-3-universal-1201812386/

 

KAREN GILLAN JOINS THE NEW JUMANJI MOVIE

After lining up an impressive cast that includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, the new Jumanji film finally has its female lead: former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan

http://nerdist.com/karen-gillan-joins-the-new-jumanji-movie/

 

MMA LEAGUE ADDS DUELING ARMORED KNIGHTS TO CARD

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The organizers of Russia’s M-1 Global league are applying that very conceit with a new class of fights. M-1 Medieval operates a bit like the knightly contests at the games King Robert loved to stage in Game of Thrones. Two fighters square off in an octagon, each one clad in full-armor and armed with a shield and blunted sword. From there, they have at: crossing blades, trading steel-gloved punches, and doing their best to bash each other’s heads in.

https://youtu.be/QvNzQ1fWURE

http://geekandsundry.com/mma-league-adds-dueling-armored-knights-to-card/

 

Tower of Terror to Close

The immensely popular Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disney’s California Adventure will close for good on Jan. 2, 2017.

Previously, Disney had announced the ride would come back as a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed attraction.

But before then, fans will be treated to a “special celebration” of the ride during Halloween Time. Starting Sept. 9, and running through Oct. 31, guests will be treated to a “Late Check-Out,” where they will experience the ride in total darkness,

http://ktla.com/2016/08/30/disney-california-adventures-tower-of-terror-ride-to-close-jan-2-theme-park-announces/

 

Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83

Legendary actor and comedian Gene Wilder died this week. According to Variety, the actor died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 83. He will be missed.

To honor the actor AMC Theaters says they will be showing Willy Wonka and Blazing Saddles this weekend only at 55 locations, with tickets for each at only five dollars.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000698/

http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/29/12698232/gene-wilder-dead-willy-wonka

That’s it for Geek News

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Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 79 - New Playstation Pics Leak

 

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Welcome to episode 79 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about all the Sony announcements, Android Nougat, Pizza Delivery by Drone,  the Flash movie Villains and much much more..

In our discussion section we’ll talk about ...Our interview with Travis Bagwell, author of Awaken Online: Catharsis

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

Sony News

 

Android Nougat is out                                                                     

Android Nougat is out of beta and available for Google's Nexus devices, the Pixel C tablet and the General Mobile 4G Android One phone. It should roll out over the next couple of weeks. https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/22/android-nougat-comes-out-of-beta/
 

Pokemon Go Numbers down

Bloomberg reports numbers reported by Sensor Tower, SurveyMonkey, and Apptopia show Pokémon Go has declined from 45 million daily users in July to around 30 million in August.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-22/these-charts-show-that-pokemon-go-is-already-in-decline
 

Pizza Delivery by Drone

This Week, startup Flirtey and Domino’s Pizza debuted the first commercial model for pizza delivery by drone.

A Domino's location in New Zealand will begin delivering pizzas using drones later this year, with plans to begin using the technology at more of Domino's Pizza Enterprises' 2,000 locations in the future.

http://www.businessinsider.com/dominos-drone-will-be-delivering-pizza-this-year-2016-8

 

Flash movie Announces Villains

Ezra Miller will enter the speed force in 2017’s Justice League and then in his own solo adventure. Not much is known about The Flash’s first featured film, but Umberto Gonzalez revealed that the villains of The Flash will be The Rogues. The Rogues are a team of Flash villains that join together to try to stop the Fastest Man Alive. In the comics, the team is currently led by Captain Cold and includes Mirror Master, Heat Wave, Weather Wizard, the Trickster, Pied Piper, the Top, and Captain Boomerang.

http://heroichollywood.com/rogues-villains-flash-movie/

 

Gambit Director leaves to direct Justice League Dark

 

Warner Bros. has hired its Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman to helm the DC title Justice League Dark, and producer Scott Rudin, after Guillermo del Toro dropped off to pursue his many other projects.

https://deadline.com/2016/08/doug-liman-dc-title-justice-league-dark-warner-bros-1201808262/

 

Thor and Loki to visit Doctor Strange

Thor and Loki are travelling to DOCTOR STRANGE's Sanctum Sanctorum in THOR: RAGNAROK! A new set photo shows Thor holding a card with the address "177A Bleecker St" - this address belongs to none other than Doctor Strange himself!

 

New Iron Man is called Iron Heart

LAST MONTH WE learned that Tony Stark would be stepping down as Iron Man, and bequeathing his role to Riri Williams, a young science prodigy who had fashioned her own version of Starks’s Iron Man suit. Now, Marvel has revealed that when Williams officially steps into the role this November, she’ll be known as Ironheart and instead of Jeeves as the suit’s AI, it will sound like Tony Stark.

http://www.wired.com/2016/08/marvel-iron-man-new-identity-ironheart?mbid=social_fb

 

That’s it for Geek News

If you like the podcast and want to help support us you can find out all the ways to do so at geekbytespodcast.com/support

Now onto our Discussion section

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In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

Our interview with Travis Bagwell, author of Awaken Online: Catharsis. The main character in the story is not your average goodie two shoes. He travels a rather dark path. If you like zombies and VR game worlds you’ll enjoy this book. Available as an e-book, paperback, and soon as an audiobook. http://amzn.to/2bEyBOK

https://youtu.be/-Y2MtkBVjmo

Hope you enjoyed that clip from the interview. The full interview is over an hour long and you can see it at geekbytespodcast.com

That’s it for the show.

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 78 -Interview Special: Aleron Kong 1

 

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This is a special fan requested episode. We’ve been teasing the author interviews we’ve been recording and people who download the podcast have requested the full interview. So, if you enjoy listening to these as full bonus episodes of the podcast let us know at feedback@geekbytespodcast.com and we’ll put the other ones up too. If there’s enough interest we might even starts a new podcast.


So go enjoy the first interview we recorded with the amazing author Aleron Kong, author of the LitRPG series, The Chaos Seeds. Originally recorded April 2016.

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Episode 77 - The Golden Tatoo

 

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Welcome to episode 77 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the temporary tattoo that control your computer, Uber’s Self Driving Car test, the new Mary Jane Watson, the New Harry Potter books and much much more..

In our discussion section we’ll talk about ...Our interview with Vasily Mahanenko, author of the Way of the Shaman series.

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

Gold tatoos control computer

(Play Video 1 )

Microsoft Research and researchers at MIT's Media Lab have made gold-leaf temporary tattoos that can act as a user interface for mobile devices through an NFC chip. DuoSkin uses the gold leaf design that resembles jewelry to detect touch and communicate with an Arduino hidden in a sleeve. The team has demonstrated touch input, display output and wireless communication.                                        

http://duoskin.media.mit.edu/

https://youtu.be/ONvfMUwj22I

 

Intel’s Wireless VR helmet

Intel announced an all-in-one VR headset along with the Intel Merged Reality platform at the Intel Developers Forum Tuesday. Project Alloy is wireless with cameras, sensors and input controls built in. It promises six degrees of freedom, meaning you can move in any direction you wish. Input comes from hand-tracking done by RealSense cameras using 1080p, infrared and lasers.    https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/16/intel-shows-off-all-in-one-project-alloy-virtual-reality-headset/?ncid=rss

 

Uber tests Self Driving Taxis

Bloomberg reports that later this month, Uber plans to allow customers to ride in self-driving cars in Pittsburgh. The rides will be free and assigned at random. However, human drivers will still be at the wheel. The cars will be modified Volvo XC90 SUVs. Uber also agreed to buy Otto in July, a driverless truck startup founded by Anthony Levandowski who spearheaded the creation of Google's self-driving car and Lior Ron, former head of Google Maps. Levandowski is now leading the company's self-driving technology project.    

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-18/uber-s-first-self-driving-fleet-arrives-in-pittsburgh-this-month-is06r7on

 

Guardians of the Galaxy in Infinity Wars movie

This week during a Facebook Live broadcast, actor Vin Diesel confirmed that the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy would appear in the movie Avengers: Infinity Wars. He didn’t give anymore details, likely because the the script for the movie isn’t even finished, but we look forward to seeing Starlord try to charm his way into Blackwidows tights.

http://geektyrant.com/news/vin-diesel-confirms-the-guardians-of-the-galaxy-will-be-in-avengers-infinity-war
 

Zendaya’s Spider-Man Role

Since she was first cast in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, fans have wondered just who Disney Channel actress Zendaya is going to play. Although initial reports had her labeled as a new character from Peter Parker’s high school named Michelle, the folks at the Wrap have revealed that she’s actually playing Mary Jane Watson instead.

http://nerdist.com/zendayas-spider-man-homecoming-role-revealed/

 

Bleach - Live Action Movie

Just as the manga is ending, there is apparently a live-action Bleach film in the works.

The news was revealed via leak from next week’s upcoming Weekly Shonen Jump (via 2ch).

Bleach creator Tite Kubo is quoted as saying he, as the original creator, will assist with the production as much as he can so that the movie is not only enjoyable for new fans but satisfy long-time ones, too.

http://kotaku.com/report-bleach-is-getting-a-live-action-film-1785437238
 

Runaway TV series

Hulu is getting into the Marvel business with an order to produce the Runaways, a drama series based on the fan-favorite Marvel Comics books. It comes from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage, Marvel Television and ABC Signature. The order is for a pilot plus additional scripts with an eye toward a full-season greenlight.

Created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, the Runaways comics feature a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are part of an evil crime organization.

https://deadline.com/2016/08/hulu-marvels-runaways-series-josh-schwartz-stephanie-savage-marvel-comics-1201799746/
 

The Cast of Batman '66 Returns for a New Animated Movie

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It’s been over a year since Adam West revealed that he and Burt Ward would reprise their roles as Batman and Robin for a new animated feature—but now we have the first look at it in action.

This week the trailer for the animated movie was released, featuring the vocal talents of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available digitally on October 11th, and on Blu-Ray November 1st.

https://youtu.be/a6xvuhn7pc8

http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-cast-of-batman-66-returns-for-a-new-animated-movie-1785400516

 

3 New Harry Potter Books

J.K. Rowling said recently that she was done writing Harry Potter stories. Turns out she was just kidding. In a few months a new set of books will be released called Pottermore Presents.

Pottermore Presents is a series of bite-sized eBooks that dig deep into the Harry Potter stories, with titbits taken from Pottermore’s archives and original writing from J.K. Rowling. The series offers Harry Potter fans added insights into the stories, settings and characters and were all lovingly curated by Pottermore.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, and Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies will be released on Sept. 6th.

https://www.pottermore.com/news/pottermore-presents-ebook-series-published-september

 

Final Fantasy XV delayed till November

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Fantasy XV has been delayed to November 29, 2016 worldwide, confirming rumors that emerged over the weekend.

According to Square Enix, the new date “will allow the development teams time to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams.”

In a statement, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata said the team hopes “to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series" and that they need “a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this.”

To help sooth the fans, Square Enix has released a new hour of gameplay footage of the game.

https://youtu.be/IiI7SMQA59Q

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/08/15/gamescom-2016-final-fantasy-xv-delay-officially-confirmed

 

HARLEY QUINN AND DEADSHOT JOIN INJUSTICE 2 ROSTER

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At Gamescon, it was announced by the team behind Injustice 2, the DC beat'em up, that both Harley Quinn and Deadshot would be playable characters in the game.

https://youtu.be/RH6oZ2J5daw

 

Konami’s new Metal Gear Game

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Konami is making a new title called Metal Gear Survive. Taking place in an alternative universe, it’s a co-op survival game that’s set after Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. This is the first Metal Gear Solid console game that Konami has announced since series creator Hideo Kojima left.

https://youtu.be/uhwPALoc_Is

http://kotaku.com/the-internet-reacts-to-konamis-new-metal-gear-game-1785388163

 

Fallout 4 last DLC-Nuka World

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Bethesda announced at Gamescon this week that their last DLC for Fallout 4 will be called Nuka World and allow players to become raiders and create Nuka Cola themed rides and attractions. The DLC will be released Aug. 30th.

https://youtu.be/DIneiOpuS2M

http://kotaku.com/your-first-look-at-fallout-4s-last-big-dlc-nuka-world-1785294334

 

That’s it for Geek News

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Now onto our Discussion section

(Music 3)

 

In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

Our interview with Vasily Mahanenko, author of the Way of the Shaman series. He helped popularize the genre in both Russia and the US. In hiscc story a hacker is put in virtual reality based prison and has a bunch of game changing adventures.

 

(Play Video 7) https://youtu.be/2knw1Z0_YaA

Hope you enjoyed that clip from the interview. The full interview is over an hour long and you can see it at geekbytespodcast.com

That’s it for the show

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 76 - Superhero Beatdown

 

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Welcome to episode 76 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

 

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

 

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about some Apple rumors, Superwoman, the Supergirl/Flash musical, The Crow remake, the new Rogue One trailer and much much more..

 

In our discussion section we’ll talk about ...Our interview with Stephan Morse, author of the Continue Online series.

 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

 

Geek News  

 

We begin with…

 

Apple Rumors

 

  • Bloomberg's Mark Gurman's sources say the next iPhone will feature a pressure-sensitive home button with haptic feedback to replace the current physical button.

    • It will also lack a headphone jack.

    • The larger iPhone will come with a dual-camera system.

  • Two new versions of the Apple Watch by the end of the year.

    • One model will be a minor update to the existing Watch with an improved processor and better waterproofing.

    • The Apple Watch 2 however will feature GPS, a barometer and a higher capacity battery.

  • New MacBook Pro models coming in Q4 will have USB-C, a strip of OLED touch-sensitive function keys and a Touch ID power button.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-08/new-iphone-said-to-have-dual-camera-pressure-sensitive-button

 

PS4.5?

 

Sony sent out invitations for a September 7th event at 3 PM EST called "Playstation Meeting", promising to "share details about the PlayStation Business". It is expected that Sony will unveil the Playstation 4 Neo, a midcycle refresh of the console with improved hardware and performance.  

 http://www.businessinsider.com/sony-announces-september-event-for-playstation-4-successor-neo-2016-8?op=1

 

No Man’s Sky stellar Reviews

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After months of delay the long anticipated No Man’s Sky is finally out and it’s getting stellar review. Even after dozens of hours people are still finding new things to do and discover. The game boasts over 15 Quintillion planets for players to explore, pirates to fight, animals and plants to discover, and crafting galore.

https://youtu.be/aozqa_7PLhE

http://nerdist.com/no-mans-sky-continues-to-impress-after-20-hours-of-intergalactic-gameplay/

 

Superman Dies Superwoman Born

 

Recently, the New 52 Superman died, and as he was dying Lois Lane was bombarded with Kryptonian energy. Turns out this gave her Superman’s powers. Here’s the twist. Lois isn’t the only Superwoman. Sharp eyed DC fans noticed that both Lana Lang and Lois were zapped by the energies of the dying New 52 Superman. And while Lois received the bulk of Superman’s powers, Lana has essentially gained Electro-Superman powers. She’s the other Superwoman!

http://nerdist.com/superwoman-1-goes-for-the-big-twists-review/

 

Kevin Smith to direct SuperGirl episode

 

Kevin Smith tweeted that he’d be directing an episode of the show now that it’s on the CW.

 

SuperGirl Flash Musical Crossover Episode

 

The CW superhero shows The Flash and Supergirl have finally confirmed that the two characters will appear in a musical crossover episode in the back half of next season. It makes sense, considering stars Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist both appeared on the high school singing dramedy Glee and both are talented singers.

  • Also, it’s rumored Joss Whedon may direct the episode.

http://geektyrant.com/news/supergirl-and-the-flash-are-getting-a-musical-crossover-on-the-cw-a-significant-hero-will-also-come-out-as-gay

 

Star Trek: Discovery Details

(Play Video 2)

Executive producer Bryan Fuller revealed details about his upcoming CBS All Access series, Star Trek: Discovery.

 

  • The show will have a female lead,

  • The lead character is not a Captain but is a Lieutenant Commander

  • the show will be set approximately 10 years before the original Star Trek

  • Set in original universe not the rebooted movie one

  • Will be a robot on the show

  • There will "absolutely" be a gay character on the show.

 

https://youtu.be/bqm9HSYbf0o

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/08/11/star-trek-discovery-will-have-a-female-lead-is-set-10-years-before-kirk-took-command-of-enterprise


 

Captain Marvel Origin Story Change

 

It’s already been announced that Brie Larson will be playing Captain Marvel in the 2019 Marvel film.

 

This week screenwriter Nicole Perlman that Marvel is changing Captain Marvel's origin story because it too similar to Green Lantern's story. They don’t say how they’re changing it but we can assume Carol Danvers won’t be getting her powers from her Kree lover anymore.

http://geektyrant.com/news/marvel-is-changing-captain-marvels-origin-story-because-its-too-similar-to-green-lantern

 

Aquaman villain Predictable

 

The Wrap is reporting that Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry will square off against Black Manta—one of his oldest and most regular rivals in the comics—when Aquaman hits theaters in 2018.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/black-manta-will-be-the-villain-in-the-aquaman-movie-b-1785102267

 

Jason Momoa, The Crow?

 

Jason Momoa. He’s Khal Drogo. He’s Aquaman. But will he also be The Crow?

 

Mashable broke the news that Momoa is in talks to take on the lead role in The Crow remake based on James O’Barr’s graphic novel, which will be directed by Corin Hardy, director of the indie horror hit The Hallow, following an Instagram photo of the two together with the hashtags “#sealthedeal,” “#greatnewstocome,” and “#dreamjob.”

http://nerdist.com/jason-momoa-in-talks-for-remake-of-the-crow/

 

Rouge One Trailer breakdown

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The Verge did a breakdown of the trailer

  • The trailer opens with a shot of what appears to be Jedha, a so-called “holy land for those who follow the Force.

  • Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera saying, “The world is coming undone.” Gerrara is a character that we last saw in Star Wars : Clone Wars. He had fought in the Clone Wars, and now is taking a stand against the Empire.

  • Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, the hero of the film, is asked by an Alliance officer if she can be trusted without her shackles.

    • It’s also hypothesised she may be related to one of the scientists developing the death star.

  • See Jyn Erso flying the new alliance fighter the U-Wing

  • Donnie Yen’s character Chirrut Îmwe walking through a crowd, and past a Stormtrooper. “I fear nothing,” he says, “All is as the Force wills it.” It’s looking like he saves Erso and Andor by beating up a squad of the troopers.

  • See K-2SO for the first time. He’s a reprogrammed security droid who is comically blunt with the people around him, as we see from his line, “The captain says that you’re a friend. I will not kill you.”

  • There is a battle on Scarif, a “secluded world” where the materials for the Death Star were mined.

  • Finally the Darth Vader cameo

https://youtu.be/frdj1zb9sMY

http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/12/12451668/star-wars-rogue-one-trailer-2-analysis-break-down


 

That’s it for Geek News

 

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Now onto our Discussion section

 

(Music 3)

 

In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

 

Our interview with Stephan Morse, author of the Continue Online series. He was a great guy to talk to and he writes some interesting stuff.

 

Here’s a clip of the interview.

 

(Play Video 4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I07olpO8K9w

 

Hope you enjoyed that clip of the interview. This week we also interviewed the russian author of the LitRPG series Mirror World, Alexey Osadchuk.

 

For the full interview visit us at geekbytespodcast.com

 

http://www.geekbytespodcast.com/reviews/2016/7/30/author-interview-stephan-morse

 

http://www.geekbytespodcast.com/reviews/2016/8/11/author-interview-alex-osadchuk

 

That’s it for the show.

 

Thanks for watching and listening.

 

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

 

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 75 - Suicide Squad and Star Wars TV

 

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Welcome to episode 75 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  the $72 million Bitcoin Hack, the Note 7, the new Splash movie, the Star Wars TV show  and much much more..

In our discussion section we’ll talk about ...Our review of the Suicide Squad.

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

 

Geek News  

We begin with

Hackers Steal $72 Million in Bitcoin From Hong Kong Exchange

Hong Kong bitcoin exchange Bitfinex reported this week that hackers had stolen 119,756 bitcoin, which is worth as much as $72 million dollars (with some reports going even higher). News of the hack sent bitcoin tumbling 23 percent, with its current value hovering around $556. Bitfinex confirmed that no other digital currency except bitcoin was targeted in the hack. The hack represents the largest Bitcoin theft on record.

http://gizmodo.com/hackers-steal-72-million-in-bitcoin-from-honk-kong-exc-1784757592

 

New Note 7

(Play Video 1)

Samsung announced its new 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 7 phone Tuesday.

  • The internals are similar to the S7 Edge.

  • It is dust and water resistant and can be submerged up to 1 meter underwater.

  • The Note 7 uses USB-C, has a 3500mAh battery, and 64GB of internal storage but has expandable storage slot.

  • It also has an infrared iris scanner than can be used to unlock the phone.

  • There is also a GIF creator mode that lets the user take create a GIF from any video on the screen.

  • Pre-orders for the Note 7 begin August 3 in the US for shipping August 19. Pricing will vary by carrier but will be higher than $770.    

https://youtu.be/ncvtQSGbOR0

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/8/2/12344688/samsung-galaxy-note-7-announced-price-release-date-specs                                                            

 

Updated Gear VR              

An updated Samsung Gear VR was announced with a flattened touchpad, a dedicated menu button, an increase from 96 to 101-degree field of view and USB-C and microUSB connectors inside with a data-capable USB-C port on the bottom which can now be used for accessories as well as charging. It also changes color from white to dark blue. You can preorder for $99 and the product will August 19. Samsung also announced its Gear 360 VR camera will go on sale in the US August 19 for $349.    http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/2/12351122/samsung-gear-360-us-release-date-price-announced                                                     http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/2/12343650/samsung-gear-vr-usb-c-touchpad-update-price-announced                         

Instagram copies Snapchat                        

Instagram added a new feature called Stories this week that lets you post photos and 10-second videos that disappear after 24 hours. Since ideas and generic names can't be protected by law, Snapchat will likely not be able to sue. Instagram Stories will appear in a row at the top of your feed. It will roll out worldwide to iOS and Android over the next few weeks.    https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/02/instagram-stories/?ncid=rss

 

Chinese Elevated Bus real!

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Techcrunch passed along a story from China Xinhua (shoon-huwah) News about a test of an elevated bus that travels over traffic in a port city 200 miles east of Beijing. The Transit Elevated Bus tested braking and power consumption in a brief test. The electric powered bus is 72-feet long and 25-feet wide, and straddles multiple lanes of traffic. It can carry up to 300 passengers and travel up to 40mph.

https://youtu.be/lPdl3uxW3aI   

 https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/02/china-has-actually-built-that-elevated-bus-that-travels-above-car-traffic/

 

Rogue One’s new Spaceship

Revealed on The Star Wars Show. Rogue One will introduce a new class of ship to the Star Wars universe, the U-wing. Officially called the Incom UT-60D, the U-wing is both fighter and transport. Lucasfilm Story Group Executive Matt Martin explained that, “It’s a troop transport and gunship, so it’s there to bring in rebel troops to heavy fire zones and get out as quickly as possible,” he said. “The wings move depending on the situation, and it’s there to both drop off troops and provide air support.”

http://nerdist.com/new-rogue-one-vehicle-revealed-on-the-star-wars-show/


 

Pumpkinhead Returns

Saw franchise producer Peter Block has picked up the rights to the 1988 horror film Pumpkinhead, and he plans on rebooting the horror franchise. According to Entertainment Weekly, he’s currently on the hunt for a director to take on the project, which he is planning as a theatrical release.

The original film was directed by the great Stan Winston and starred Aliens actor Lance Henriksen. The story centers on a man who summons a terrifying demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who killed the man’s son in a tragic accident.

http://geektyrant.com/news/the-1988-horror-film-pumpkinshead-is-getting-a-remake

 

DEATH NOTE MOVIE ADDS WILLEM DAFOE AS RYUK THE SHINIGAMI

The upcoming adaptation of the mega-popular Japanese manga and anime series Death Note has cast Willem Dafoe as Ryuk the the Shinigami. The film, which co-stars Nat Wolff, Keith Stanfield, Shea Whigham, Margaret Qualley, and Paul Nakauchi, will debut on Netflix in 2017.

The critically acclaimed manga, follows Light Yagami, a high school student who comes across a mysterious notebook (the “Death Note”) with a terrible power: anyone whose name he writes in the notebook will die within 24 hours.

http://nerdist.com/death-note-movie-adds-willem-dafoe-as-ryuk-the-shinigami/

 

CHANNING TATUM WILL PLAY THE MERMAID IN A SPLASH REMAKE

Deadline reports,that Channing Tatum will soon take up the fins of the mermaid a remake of the classic movie Splash.

Playing opposite Tatum—the Tom Hanks to his Daryl Hannah, so to speak—will be comedian Jillian Bell (Idiotsitter, Workaholics), a fellow 22 Jump Street star and a major driving force behind the development of this new project.

http://nerdist.com/channing-tatum-will-play-the-mermaid-in-a-splash-remake/

 

No More Infinity Wars Part 2

According to a recent update from Walt Disney Studios release schedule, Avengers Infinity War: Part One and Part Two are going to change.

Avengers: Infinity War will be released as planned on May 4, 2018 and what was scheduled to be the second part in that story has now been changed to an “Untitled Avengers” film.

http://www.screengeek.net/2016/07/29/avengers-infinity-war-will-not-be-split-into-two-movies/

 

Star Wars TV

This week, ABC network's entertainment president Channing Dungey was asked about the possibility of a new primetime Star Wars television series. Dungey didn't just express interest in that idea, but also confirmed that negotiations are happening now with Lucasfilms regarding a new series.

http://epicstream.com/news/Lucasfilm--ABC-in-Talks-To-Produce-A-Primetime-Star-Wars-TV-Series

 

HBO CONFIRMS GAME OF THRONES WILL END WITH SEASON 8

Soon after announcing that Season 7 will only be seven episodes long, HBO's new president of programming, Casey Bloys, revealed that Season 8 will in fact be the show's final run. Enjoy the show for the next two seasons folks.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/30/hbo-confirms-game-of-thrones-will-end-with-season-8

 

That’s it for Geek News

If you like the podcast and want to help support us you can find out all the ways to do so at geekbytespodcast.com/support

 

Now onto our Discussion section

(Music 3)

In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

 

(Play Video 3)

Our Review of the Suicide Squad

Rate it 7.5-8.0

Better than Batman V Superman, Not as fun as Deadpool.

Takes a little while to get going but that’s expected of any origin story film.

Highlights:

  • Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

  • Music Score - Sweet

  • Will Smith was the best actor in the movie

  • El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) touching story of attempted redemption. Reformed cholo gangster.

  • Enchantress looked cool as the movies villainess

  • Taking the Marvel approach. Referencing other events in DC movies. Superman arrival and death. Upcoming Justice League search.

 

Disappointments

  • Jared Leto as the Joker- Disappointing. Film better without him.

  • Croc - Only has one purpose

  • Katana - small backstory, not much else

  • Hoping for rated R violence

  • After watching the trailers, expected more fun.

 

Cameos

  • Batman and Bruce Wayne

  • Flash

https://youtu.be/mgmQ4Gmr95A

 

That’s it for the show.

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 74 - New Rocketeer and SDCC Roundup

 

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Welcome to episode 74 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Microsoft want to Pix your new photo, Xbox One S deals, Nintendo NX rumors, the New Rocketeer, SD Comic News roundup  and much much more..

In our discussion section we’ll talk about ...Our review of the Killing Joke.

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with

Pix photo app picks your best photo

Microsoft has a free photo app for iOS called Pix in the app store now. The app continuously takes pictures and uses an algorithm to select the best one from among 10 images taking before and after the camera button is pressed. It also does live images that mix still and live imagery to create a short video clip. It also reduces noise, adjusts contrast and white balance. Recode's Ina Fried notes the app is one of several recent efforts to go directly from Microsoft Research to the market.    http://www.recode.net/2016/7/27/12278592/microsoft-pix-challenges-iphone-camera
 

Nintendo NX rumors

Eurogamer reports sources tell it the Nintendo NX will be a “high-powered” portable device running on a successor to Nvidia’s Tegra X1 mobile chip, with its own built-in display and two detachable controller sections. A dock will allow it to be used with a TV and it will supposedly use cartridges for games to supplement downloads.    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-07-26-nx-is-a-portable-console-with-detachable-controllers

 

Rocketeer Sequel in Works

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s Rocketeer reboot will be called The Rocketeers, and it will introduce an African-American female character who will step up to become the new Rocketeer after the original hero, Cliff Secord, disappears during World War II. The new Disney Hero is also a pilot, and becomes the Rocketeer to protect the jetpack technology from “an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist” at a potential “turning point in the Cold War.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/rocketeer-disney-movie-reboot-works-915037?  

 

Netflix announces Gilmore Girls release date

Netflix has finally announced the release date for their four-episode renewal of the Gilmore Girls. There’s an adorable trailer that goes along with the announcement. Each of the 90-minute episodes will be available globally on November 25.

http://nerdist.com/netflixs-gilmore-girls-revival-gets-release-date-and-trailer/

 

Matt Damon stars in the most expensive Chinese Movie Ever

(Play video 1)

This week the producers of the film, The Great Wall, released photos in Entertainment Weekly showing off the upcoming film. The movie stars Matt Damon fighting monsters on the Great Wall of China and is directed by the same guy that directed Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The film is already the most expensive Chinese movie ever filmed and Matt seems to be the only white guy in the movie.

https://youtu.be/LVw9YdP1O-0

http://io9.gizmodo.com/first-look-at-the-great-wall-a-movie-about-matt-damon-1784447895
 

Comic Con Announcements and Trailers

  • Brie Larson officially cast as Captain Marvel

  • The new Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming to Netflix

    • Kickstarted by Joel Hodgson. The 14 new episodes will star Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt as the two new mad scientists, with comedian Jonah Ray serving as the hapless schmuck stuck in the Satellite of Love.

  • ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Disney Theme Park Ride Set For Summer 2017

  • The Villain for Black Panther movie was announced to be Erik Killmonger, the genius insurgent who’s destabilized Wakanda multiple times in the comics. He’ll be played by Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four, Creed).

  • The villains for SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING will be The Vulture, Shocker, and the Tinkerer

  • WB Animation Announces Batman and Harley Quinn Movie for 2017

  • GHOST RIDER IS COMING TO AGENTS OF SHIELD

    • Robbie Reyes, All-New Ghost Rider

  • Movie Trailers:

 

That’s it for Geek News

If you like the podcast and want to help support us you can find out all the ways to do so at geekbytespodcast.com/support

Now onto our Discussion section

(Music 3)

In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

Our Review of the Killing Joke
 

That’s it for the show.

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 73 - ComicCon and Pokemon Romance

 

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Welcome to episode 73 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……I’m Edgar Acosta

 Before we begin, I want to congratulate Edgar on the birth of his first daughter.

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about WhatsApp Banned, Kick Ass Torrent Owner Arrested, Twitter Abuse, Pokemon News, SDCC news and much much more..

In our discussion section we’ll talk about ...Our interview with Ryan ‘Viken’ Henning, the author of Universe Online.

 

 

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with

WhatsApp banned in Brazil...again

Tuesday a judge in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state ordered WhatsApp blocked for failing to turn over data in a criminal case. WhatsApp insists it does not have the data because of how its encryption works.

Hours later the chief justice of Brazil's supreme court Ricardo Lewandowski overturned the decision saying the ban “apparently violates the fundamental right of freedom of expression and communication."

This is the third time WhatsApp has been banned and had the ban overturned on appeal. Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said the government is drafting a bill regulating judicial access to digital data in criminal investigations.  

 http://fortune.com/2016/07/20/whatsapp-brazil-unblocked/

 

Kickass Torrents Down for good?

This week Federal authorities announced the arrest of the alleged founder and operator of Kickass Torrents Ukrainian Artem Vaulin in Poland. Vaulin is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement and awaits extradition. Vaulin is accused of not responding to DMCA takedown requests. Agents posed as ad buyers to discover a bank account in Estonia. Those records were used to discover that the site was hosted out of Chicago for 3 and a half years, ending in January 2016, which is why it is being pursed by the US Department of Justice.   

 http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/07/kickasstorrents-alleged-founder-artem-vaulin-arrested-in-poland/  

 

Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones quits Twitter over racists abuse

This week Leslie Jones, star of the rebooted Ghostbusters film, quit Twitter after receiving a flood of abusive tweets from people that were not pleased that women were the main characters in the new Ghostbusters movie.

The 48-year-old says she has been sent tweets blaming her for Aids and comparing her to a gorilla.

The actress has accused the site of not doing enough to deal with online trolls and is taking a "break" from it.

Twitter has admitted "a lot of work" is needed to improve how it handles the problem.    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36832275/ghostbusters-star-leslie-jones-hits-back-at-crazy-and-sick-racist-abuse
 

Pokedates will help you catch The One

There is now a Pokémon GO-focused dating service called Pokédates. It works like this: You enter some basic info about yourself, and you tell the site what times are your prime Pokémon hunting hours. Then the site pairs you up with another player, giving you a time and place (near a PokéStop or a gym, obviously).

Sign-up is free and so is your first PokéDate (using promo code “POKEDATES2016”), but subsequent meetings will run you $20 each.

http://nerdist.com/there-is-now-a-pokemon-go-dating-service/

 

Detective Pikachu Movie coming soon

Legendary Pictures has announced that it has acquired the film rights to Pokemon and will begin production on a Live Action Detective Pikachu film next year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, plot details and character details haven't been revealed quite yet, but Legendary hopes to start production in 2017  Universal Pictures will distribute the film internationally except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Pictures. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix was also interested in the rights.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/pokemon-movie-rights-land-at-912400

 

Live Action Futurama Fan Film

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The good folks at Fan O Rama have produced one of the creepiest and coolest fan films ever. Based on the popular animated show Futurama, these folks have recreated in erie detail the cast of the show using prosthetics, makeup, costumes, and a little CGI. Since the show’s been canceled for a while now this may be the last new story we get to see these beloved characters in.

https://youtu.be/cfNRPKKF4qU

http://fan-o-rama.com/

 

SDCC 2016 news

That’s it for Geek News

If you like the podcast and want to help support us you can find out all the ways to do so at geekbytespodcast.com/support

Now onto our Discussion section

(Music 3)

In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

Our interview with Ryan ‘Viken’ Henning, the author of Universe Online.

(Play Video 4)

https://youtu.be/sil5dogx37M

 

Twitter: @VikenHenning

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ryan-Viken-Henning/e/B00WYEUSCU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1468852721&sr=8-1

Book Links: Universe Online- Enter the Game: Part 1,  Universe Online- Enter the Game: Part 2;  Universe Online- Rise of the Rex: Part 1

Royal Road: http://royalroadl.com/forum/member.php?action=profile&uid=4235

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13890035.Ryan_Viken_Henning

 

That’s it for the show.

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 72 - Marvel Kills Major Character, NES relaunch, Pokemon Go! News

 

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Welcome to episode 72 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia……Edgar is off preparing for his first child so I’m flying solo today.

 

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Pokemon Go! News, Nintendo’s NES relaunch, the major character Marvel killed off, and much much more..

In our discussion section, I’ll be giving you my brief review of the Ghostbusters reboot

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

 

We begin with…

Pokemon Go! News

(Video 3)

 

Nintendo Relaunches NES

The NES Classic Edition is a pint-sized recreation of the original NES, complete with HDMI outputs and a healthy offering of 30 built-in games that appeared on the original system. The games list is full of hits, and obviously favors Nintendo properties heavily:

The system bundle comes with a single NES-style controller and will be priced at $59.99 when it hits retailers on Nov. 11. Additional controllers will be priced at $9.99 each.

Balloon Fight

Bubble Bobble

Castlevania

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Jr.

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Dr. Mario

Excitebike

Final Fantasy

Galaga

Ghosts' N Ghoblins

Gradius

Ice Climber

Kid Icarus

Kirby's Adventure

Mario Bros.

Mega Man 2

Metroid

Ninja Gaiden

Pac-Man

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream

StarTropics

SUPER C

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 2

Super Mario Bros. 3

Tecmo Bowl

The Legend of Zelda

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

http://www.dailydot.com/debug/nintendo-nes-classic-relaunch-date/?fbv=gk

 

Wally West /Kid Flash pictures

In anticipation of The Flash's third season debut on October 4th, The CW has given us our first look at Keiynan Lonsdale suited up as Kid Flash.

The Aussie actor made his debut as Wally West in Season 2, however this is the first time we've seen him in costume. While Wally's never had any superpowers on the show, his abilities and new persona might have something to do with Barry's manipulation of time in The Flash's Season 2 finale.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/12/the-flash-first-look-at-keiynan-lonsdale-as-kid-flash

 

Universal looks to cast Frankenstein

Starting next year, Universal Studios is rebooting their classic Monsters movies into one cinematic universe. The Mummy with Tom Cruise is filming, Russell Crowe is Dr. Jekyll, and Johnny Depp is rumored to be the Invisible Man. Now we may also have Frankenstein’s monster.

Variety reports that Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem, best known for his terrifying turn as Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men, is in talks to play the non-titular role.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/universal-may-have-just-cast-a-truly-frightening-franke-1783470899

 

Marvel Kills of Your Favorite Super Heroes

  • Bruce Banner Murdered by Hawkeye

    • The latest Marvel story arc, ‘Civil War 2’, has killed off some fan favorite characters like, Rhodey/War Machine. Now you can add former Hulk alter ego Bruce Banner to that list.

    •  

    • Some inhuman gets the power to predict the future and he tells everyone Bruce is going to Hulk out and kill everyone. Superheroes are split and they confront him at his lab. While they’re discussing whether to arrest Bruce for what he may do, he’s killed by an arrow shot by Hawkeye. The story is told from the perspective of an incarcerated Hawkeye.

    • http://io9.gizmodo.com/marvel-is-killing-off-one-of-its-oldest-superheroes-tod-1783580623

  • X-Men fade away

    • Marvel has been phasing out ‘mutants’ and the X-Men over the last year and replacing them with ‘inhuman’ superheroes. Now someone has leaked the new Marvel lineup of comics and with the exception of a small 6 run series Death of X, there are no X titles.  

    • http://nerdist.com/did-marvel-comics-just-silently-kill-the-x-men/

 

Marvel X-Men TV show

Marvel TV and 20th Century Fox will team up for a new X-Men based pilot on FOX. The series, untitled and without any specific characters mentioned in the announcement, will be an "action-adventure" with two human parents whose child develops mutant powers. "Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive," the press release reads.

The series is a joint production between the two companies, with Fox's Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Matt Nix joining Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory as the production staff. Nix (Burn Notice, APB) will lead creative production.

http://comicbook.com/2016/07/12/fox-orders-pilot-of-marvel-x-men-based-tv-series/

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(Music 3)

In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

The Ghostbusters Reboot
 

That’s it for the show.

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 70 - J.K. Rowling’s New Story and Wreck it Ralph 2

 

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Welcome to episode 71 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Pokemon Go!, Evolve Free To Play, the permanent Snapchat, the new Iron Man, and much much more..

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

Pokemon Go!

(Video 1)

After a beta period starting in May, Pokemon Go!, the augmented-reality mobile game has arrived on the Android and iOS app stores. The initial rollout began in New Zealand, and will continue to different markets over the next few days. The game was developed by Niantic Labs, a company spun off of by Google in 2015.

  • Police have posted signs outside their stations advising citizens that they don’t have to come inside to catch the pokemon found there.

https://youtu.be/uXXwHsgqk9s

https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/06/pokemon-go-is-launching-on-ios-and-android-today/

 

Evolve goes Free to PLay

Evolve, the 4v1 multiplayer game that launched last year is now free-to-play on PC. It’s also getting some major gameplay changes and an entirely new progression system.

Evolve is a 4v1 multiplayer game where four people play as hunters and one as the monster. The hunters' goal is to eliminate the monster, while the monster's goal is to consume wildlife and evolve to make themselves stronger. The game can be played alone or with multiple players.

https://youtu.be/zllUWn8veZA

http://kotaku.com/evolve-goes-free-to-play-on-pc-1783274885
 

Snapchat no longer snappy

(video 2)

Snapchat has a new feature called Memories that will let you save personal moments to Snapchat's servers, rather than your camera roll. If you choose to save a picture or video to memories you can find it later by swiping up from below the camera screen. You can search in memories by keyword. Saved memories can be re-shared in My Stories and will show up with a Frame and timestamp to indicate it's an older pic or video. You can also create a new story to send to friends in a message. You can also move snaps and stories to My Eyes Only protected by a PIN. Memories will roll out over the next month or so.

https://youtu.be/nm1RfWn0tQ8

http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/6/12102294/snapchat-memories-private-snap-archive

 

RoboGlove or First stage, Ironman suit?

(Video 3 )

A motor-assisted glove designed to let astronauts carry out mechanical repairs without suffering muscle fatigue is making its way to Earth. The technology behind the RoboGlove, which was originally developed by NASA and General Motors in 2012, has been licensed to Bioservo Technologies, a Swedish medical technology firm.

The glove uses actuators and artificial tendons to mimic the muscles of the human hand, and is a example of "soft exoskeleton" technology — lightweight devices that augment the wearer's strength and endurance. Bioservo Technologies will combine the RoboGlove with its own grip-assisting SEM (Soft Extra Muscle) technology. The end product could be useful in a number of markets, from medical rehabilitation to manufacturing. GM says it intends to try out the product in its US plants, where it'll give extra grip strength to factory workers.

https://youtu.be/bs2zTC0FoS8

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/7/6/12105074/nasa-gm-power-glove-tech

 

Breathalyzer Cancer Detector

(Video 4)

Owlstone, a british company, has developed a breathalyzer like device that they believe can help detect lung cancer. It analyzes  a person’s exhales and looks for the chemical markers that indicate lung cancer. Owlstone says their device is 100 times cheaper and smaller than existing detection systems. The device is currently being tested in 17 hospitals in England.

https://youtu.be/VC0zQCkJsqc

http://www.owlstonenanotech.com/lucid

 

New Iron Man, young black woman

Later this year, there’s a new Iron Man coming to the Marvel Universe.

Marvel has revealed that it is relaunching Invincible Iron Man as part of the newest Marvel NOW! initiative, which will cast Tony Stark out of his familiar role as the Armored Avenger. In his place will be Riri Williams, a recently introduced black 15-year-old girl and M.I.T. student whom fans assumed would become the new War Machine. Instead, she’s taking the spotlight position.

http://nerdist.com/invincible-iron-man-introduces-black-teenage-girl-as-new-iron-man/

 

Star Trek Beyond's Mr. Sulu is gay

Star Trek Beyond writer Simon Pegg is paying homage to one of the series' most beloved actors, George Takei, by introducing the character as gay, according to The Herald Sun.

In an interview with the Australian newspaper, John Cho, who will reprise his role as Sulu in Star Trek Beyond, said that it was writer Simon Pegg's decision to make the character gay as a nod to Takei. Cho said he appreciated that they weren't making a big deal out of it, even though it was a momentous occasion. Cho added that he hopes, as even more progress is made with LGBT issues, that people won't "politicize one's personal orientations."

http://www.polygon.com/2016/7/7/12117884/star-trek-beyond-mr-sulu

 

Double Dare to return for One Night

(Video 5)

Nickelodeon will be bringing back their most famous game show ever at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. That’s right—a one-night-only return of Double Dare.

Entertainment Weekly reported that the show’s host, Marc Summers, will be back leading the special event on the night of July 22 as part of the celebration of the show’s 30th anniversary

https://youtu.be/Z85TF10StNU

http://nerdist.com/double-dare-to-return-for-one-night-at-san-diego-comic-con/

 

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For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 70 - J.K. Rowling’s New Story and Wreck it Ralph 2

 

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Welcome to episode 70 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  the Windows 10 lawsuit, the Wall-E look alike, J.K. Rowling's new Ilvermorny story, Wreck It Ralph 2, the J Pop Ghostbusters’ song and much much more..

In our Discussion section we’re giving you a sneak peek at our 2nd interview with the author of the LitRPG series, Chaos Seeds, Aleron Kong.

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

California Woman wins lawsuit against Microsoft

The Seattle Times reports that Teri Goldstein of Sausalito, California successfully sued Microsoft for $10,000 after a failed Windows 10 upgrade left her system unusable for several days. Goldstein says she never authorized the upgrade. The $10,000 reflected estimated lost compensation and the cost of a new system. Microsoft denied any wrongdoing but dropped the appeal to avoid further expense of litigation. Free upgrades to Windows 10 ends July 29.

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/microsoft/microsoft-draws-flak-for-pushing-windows-10-on-pc-users/

 

Cozmo, Wall-E like real life robot

(Video 1)

Toy race car maker Anki has a new car called Cozmo with a body similar to the Pixar character Wall-E, face like Eve and a mechanical arm that can move things around. Anki worked with Pixar to design the robot. The toy has built-in computer vision software to help recognize people and get better at games. An AI SDK will come at launch for developers to create more activities. Cozmo launches in October for $179.

https://youtu.be/xVLFyTTdTPk

http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2016/06/27/anki-2/

 

Android N becomes Android Nougat

Remember a couple weeks ago when Android was taking N word suggestions for their new operating system? Well they announced this week that they’ve decided on title of Nougat. Sweet!

https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/30/its-official-android-n-is-now-android-nougat/

 

Your Camera is now your personal Shopper

If you've ever spotted someone wearing a fun shirt or cool pair of boots and wanted to know where to get that great swag, you'd be interested in a new feature coming from Pinterest.

The company has just given a sneak preview of a new camera search technology that can let you search for related products on Pinterest simply by snapping a picture of something in the real world.

So now you can take a photo of something you like and through a combination of computer vision and deep learning, the app will then bring up a list of results of items that look similar.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/28/pinterest-camera-search/
 

Nintendo VR    

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto told investors this week that qNintendo has the core technology for VR but wants to release, "something that can be played for long periods, carries value, and is affordable." Engadget notes that in a slide presentation, wNintendo said it is shifting focus from expanding the gaming population to increasing exposure of Nintendo's characters and game titles.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/29/nintendo-nx-no-show-e3/

 

RAPTURE GETS REMASTERED

(Video 2)

2K Games has announced that they are remastering BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Bioshock Collection will be released September 13th and retail for $59.99. The new title will be a collecting of the core games, the single-player DLC for all three titles, and a brand new behind-the-scenes video series entitled “Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock,” featuring series creator Ken Levine.

https://youtu.be/-UaeVy-tutU

http://nerdist.com/rapture-gets-remastered-in-bioshock-the-collection-this-fall/

 

J.K. Rowlings new short story

(Video 3)

This week Pottermore, the official Harry Potter site from J.K. Rowling, revealed a new short story of how Ilvermorny, the American Hogwarts, was founded. The story also reveals more about its four houses: Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, Thunderbird and Wampus.

https://youtu.be/OkBPwEmakEc

https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/ilvermorny

 

Disney announces Wreck It Ralph 2

Disney announced this week that they are making a sequel to their hit 2012 movie, Wreck it Ralph. The movie will be directed by Wreck it Ralph alumni, Rich Moore and Phil Johnston and is slated for a March 2018 release. Wreck it Ralph 2 will find Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz wreaking havoc on the internet.

http://nerdist.com/disney-announces-wreck-it-ralph-2-for-2018/

 

Netflix reboots Lost in Space

The streaming media company announced yesterday that it has picked up the show for a 10-episode first season, which is expected to stream worldwide starting in 2018. The reboot will be run by Zack Estrin, one of the executive producers for Prison Break, and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Power Rangers). Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall is also attached the project. The new show will be produced by Legendary Pictures

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/30/12064988/lost-in-space-tv-reboot-netflix-announced

 

Draco Malfoy Joins Flash Season 3

TV Line confirmed this week that the actor who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, Tom Felton, will join the Flash as a series regular and play a character named Julian Dorn, “a fellow CSI at the Central City Police Department who suspects there’s more to Barry Allen than just his good guy reputation.” That will be interesting to see Barry have to hide his secret identity from someone presumably smart enough to figure it out, and in the same field as him.

http://nerdist.com/tom-felton-joining-the-flash-for-season-3/

 

Transformers: Combiner Wars

(Video 4)

To help get everyone ready for the August release their Transformer series, Machinima has released a four-episode, motion graphic called “Prelude to the TRANSFORMERS: Combiner Wars”. Each motion comic prequel will be shot in a slightly different style, told from the perspective of an individual character. The first motion comic is told from the point of view of Optimus Prime.

https://youtu.be/v4i9u_HALwQ

 

Captain America hails Hydra?

A few weeks ago we reported that Marvel comics was turning Captain America, Steve Rogers, into a secret Hydra agent. (Hail Hydra!)

In Captain America issue #2, it’s finally revealed why Cap has made this sudden shift. It turns out that Steve Roger’s memories have been completely altered by Kobik, the Cosmic Cube that evolved into a sentient four-year-old girl.

Kobik has altered Steve’s memories to make him believe he was recruited as a boy into Hydra and that every action he’s taken since has been part of his role as a double agent working for the Red Skull.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/why-captain-america-is-saying-hail-hydra-1782809869

 

A much better J-Pop Ghostbusters Theme song

(video 5 w/sound)

Last week we brought you the The Fall Out Boy/Missy Elliott re-do of the Ray Parker Jr. hit song from the original 1984 Ghostbuster  movie.

This week J-pop artists Tomochika, Oniyakko Tsubaki, Shizuyo Tamasaki, and Naomi Watanabe released their own version covering the original song in a new video from Sony Pictures Japan, which makes this the other official cover of the original song.

https://youtu.be/is31GGfhz8o

http://nerdist.com/new-j-pop-ghostbusters-theme-song-is-cheesy-in-the-best-way/

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Now onto our Discussion section

(Music 3)

In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

Our 2nd interview with Aleron Kong.

This week I was lucky enough to talk to friend of the podcast and author of the Chaos Seeds series, Aleron Kong.  He recently released his fourth book The Land: Catacombs. It was a great interview and we talked about his plans for the LitRPG genre, creating and supporting a community, and his plans for the first LitRPG meetup party in Atlanta in September around the same time as DragonCon.

We’re going to play you a clip of the interview but you can watch the full interview on our YouTube page or at

http://www.geekbytespodcast.com/reviews/2016/6/29/author-interview-aleron-kong-part-2

 

That’s it for the show.

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 69 – Star Trek Fans Sad; Star Wars Fans Happy

 

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We begin with…

Olli the 3D printed Automated Bus

(Video 1)

Local Motors has introduced the Olli, a self-driving, electric 12-seat bus at its new National Harbor location in Oxon Hill, Maryland, outside of Washington, DC. Not only is Olli built from 3D-printed components, it's also the first vehicle to use IBM Watson’s cognitive learning platform — it'll actually learn about its passengers. The shuttle was designed by crowdsourced contest winner Edgar Sarmiento, and will be offering rides to curious passersby all summer in DC. Pilot programs in other cities are in the works, too

https://youtu.be/Ymz4SYVr_EE

https://youtu.be/K564rXrlZbc

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/17/11962776/local-motors-olli-3d-printed-autonomous-bus-photos

 

Can your robot wash dishes?

(Video 2)

Boston Dynamics released a video of it’s latest robot, the SpotMini. The SpotMini is a sort of tiny robot giraffe capable of an impressive battery of skills, like putting dishes in the dishwasher and (somewhat begrudgingly) delivering a can of soda.

The non-hydraulic mini version of the company’s Spot robot runs for 90 minutes on a charge and sports a slew of different sensors including depth cameras and a a solid state gyro to help it move around and interact with its environment. The bot also features a level of autonomy for certain tasks – though some human guidance is also required to get the job done.

https://youtu.be/tf7IEVTDjng

https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/23/spotmini/

 

Playstation Neo 2016?

While Microsoft has announced that they’re introducing a new Xbox code named Scorpio in 2017, Eurogamer’s reporting sources say a 4K PlayStation Neo will launch before the end of the year. Is this Sony’s play to upstage Microsoft?    http://www.gamespot.com/articles/more-powerful-ps4-neo-will-launch-this-year-report/1100-6441018/                            

 

CW Shows no longer on HULU

The Mary Sue reports that negotiations between the CW and Hulu for next day streaming rights have broken down. That means you won’t be able to watch your favorite CW shows like the Flash and Arrow on Hulu anymore. However, the CW Netflix agreement still stands so you’ll be able to watch full seasons of CW shows there.

http://www.themarysue.com/the-cw-ends-deal-with-hulu/

 

Star Trek Fan film guidelines released

CBS has released their guidelines for Star Trek fan films and they’re pretty bad. Reading the guidelines, it’s pretty clear that a lot of these rules are informed by the ongoing litigation about Axanar, a Star Trek fan film that raised over $1.2 Million from crowdfunding.

  • The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.

  • The title of the fan production or any parts cannot include the name “Star Trek.” However, the title must contain a subtitle with the phrase: “A STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTION” in plain typeface. The fan production cannot use the term “official” in either its title or subtitle or in any marketing, promotions or social media for the fan production.

  • The fan production must be a real “fan” production, i.e., creators, actors and all other participants must be amateurs, cannot be compensated for their services, and cannot be currently or previously employed on any Star Trek series, films, production of DVDs or with any of CBS or Paramount Pictures’ licensees.

  • The fan production must be non-commercial:

  • – CBS and Paramount Pictures do not object to limited fundraising for the creation of a fan production, whether 1 or 2 segments and consistent with these guidelines, so long as the total amount does not exceed $50,000, including all platform fees, and when the $50,000 goal is reached, all fundraising must cease.

  • The fan production must only be exhibited or distributed on a no-charge basis and/or shared via streaming services without generating revenue.

http://geekandsundry.com/paramount-cbs-release-guidelines-for-star-trek-fan-films/

 

Ghostbuster Theme song Redone

(Video 3)

Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott have released their updated version of Ray Parker Jr.‘s Ghostbusters theme for the upcoming, female-led reboot of the franchise.

While the song does keep many of Parker’s lyrics, it is a very different type of song. It’s a faster, more upbeat rock interpretation with a hip hop breakdown.

https://youtu.be/2AQ44nPrRTM

http://nerdist.com/new-ghostbusters-theme-by-fall-out-boy-and-missy-elliott-released/

 

Darth Vader Confirmed for Rogue One

  • io9 has confirmed that Darth Vader will play a major part in the upcoming Star Wars movie Rogue One. It has also been confirmed that he will be voiced by James Earl Jones.

  • Also released this week are images of a new type of TIE fighter, the TIE striker

  • Storm Trooper in Black Armor holding a storm trooper doll.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/weve-finally-got-some-solid-details-on-rogue-one-a-sta-1782419027

 

Zordon Cast in Power Rangers Movie

Bryan Cranston announced this week on Twitter he will be playing Zordon in the franchise reboot. Known on the show as a giant and slightly opaque floating head, Zordon is a galactic sage, the creator and mentor of the Power Rangers, and the adversary of villain Rita Repulsa, who will be played by Elizabeth Banks.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/21/11997314/bryan-cranston-zordon-power-rangers-movie-2017

 

Defenders Villain Rumor

Even though we still have two more Marvel Netflix shows that are going to be released before the superhero team up show, the Defenders, is filmed there are already rumors about who the main villain is going to be.

The Real Stan Lee reports that insiders at Marvel are talking about making the main villain Mephisto, a demon who likes to steal the souls of the heroes. It is supposedly part of a plan to introduce more supernatural elements into the MCU, with plans to have Moon Knight, Blade, and Ghost Rider make the jump to streaming at some point.

http://therealstanlee.com/mephisto-defenders-villain/

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(Music 3)

In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

Our interview with  Luke Chmilenko, author of Ascend Online. One of my favorite stories set in a game world.

Luke not only writes one of my favorite stories but he has also entered his novel in a contest on Inkshare sponsored by The Nerdist and Geek & Sundry.

Inkshares is crowdfunded publishing. Any author can submit their story and as long as they reach their pre-order goals, Inkshare will provide all the services of a publisher. Editing, design, digital and paper distribution, marketing, and sales of movie and TV rights.

However, for this contest, the top three novels with the most unique reader pre-orders on July 15th will be published even if they haven’t reached their pre-order goal, and at least one novel will also be included in the Nerdist collection of Inkshare books.

If you’ve read Ascend Online and you love it as much as I do, support Luke by pre-ordering his book on Inkshares now. Pause this, go pre-order and come back.

If you’ve never read Ascent Online, I can’t recommend it enough. You can check it out for free on the royal road. We’ll have the links to Luke’s Inkshare page and his royal road page in the notes.

(Play Video 4)

Royal Roadl: http://royalroadl.com/fiction/6519

Inkshare: https://www.inkshares.com/books/ascend-online?referral_code=bff9dbf0

Also, check out our LitRPG recommendation page at http://www.geekbytespodcast.com/reviews/2016/1/8/why-i-love-litrpg-novels

That’s it for the show.

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 68 – WWDC, New Disneyland, E3 wrapup

 

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We begin with…

WWDC

Apple had their developer conference this week and announced great new features and products including:

  • Apple is upgrading the operating system for the Apple watch to WatchOS 3-Can now keep apps in memory for instant launch.

  • OS X is now macOS and the news version will be called Sierra.

 

  • iCloud will have the ability to manage files for you to keep the desktop universal across devices and make sure you don’t run out of room.                                                                                 

  • Emojis are 3X bigger and you can auto-highlight words to replace with emojis with one tap.    

 

Facebook is stalking you

Facebook has reached partnerships with point-of-sale systems like Square and Marketo to link purchases to viewers of Facebook ads. Facebook also can now match GPS, beacons, WiFi, radio signals, and cell towers with real-world locations to show when you visit a store. Facebook aggregates and anonymizes the data, but there is no way to opt out of it, without turning off location services entirely for the Facebook app. Data from the new system will show up in the Store Visits metric in Facebook’s ad performance dashboard.    http://techcrunch.com/2016/06/14/facebook-knows/

 

Star Wars AR

(video 1)

Magic Leap, the augmented reality company that hasn’t shown more than a glimpse of a working prototype to the public, is partnering with Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic on a semi secret lab. Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz told the Wired Business conference the lab will be based in San Francisco. To celebrate this partnership they released a AR video of CP30 and R2-D2 chatting in some guys living room.

https://youtu.be/lP5ZZI05A3g

http://www.cnet.com/news/lucasfilm-plans-secret-lab-with-magic-leap-to-put-a-star-wars-filter-over-your-world/

 

Disney Shanghai Opens

The latest Disney theme park and resort in Shanghai, China opened this week in a gala spectacular. The new Shanghai Disneyland becomes the sixth Disney theme park and resort overall, and the second one in Asia after Hong Kong Disney. It took over five years, $5.5 billion dollars, and an until now unheard of cooperation between the Chinese and American governments for it to happen.

https://youtu.be/x94NGWXVFnA

http://nerdist.com/shanghai-disneyland-opens-with-spectacular-3-day-gala-event/

 

Supergirl casts Superman

Last week, word broke that Supergirl would be featuring the title character’s famous cousin, Superman, in the second season premiere. Today, The CW confirmed casting on TV’s new Man of Steel: one Tyler Hoechlin! Best known for his role as Derek Hale on the Teen Wolf Tv series.

http://nerdist.com/supergirl-casts-its-superman-in-teen-wolfs-tyler-hoechlin/

 

New Cast added to American Gods

Deadline reports that Orlando Jones (Madiba, Sleepy Hollow) has been cast in American Gods, Starz’s upcoming straight-to-series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods.

Jones will play Mr. Nancy, the old African trickster god more commonly known as Anansi, and one of Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) oldest confidantes.

Other big names attached to the cast include Crispin Glover (Mr. World), Gillian Anderson (Media), and Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya).

https://deadline.com/2016/06/american-gods-orlando-jones-cast-starz-adaptation-1201773359/

 

Glover to join Spiderman Homecoming

Donald Glover has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures' upcoming reboot for the webslinger set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While his exact role in the film is still under wraps Glover has had a history with the franchise. Fans campaigned for Glover to be Spider Man in the 2010 reboot and he’s even voiced Miles Morales for Disney’s Ultimate Spider Man.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/14/11934388/donald-glover-spider-man-homecoming-casting

 

Netflix Picks Up Ricky Gervais’ ‘The Office’ Spinoff Movie

Ricky Gervais revealed that his latest film, David Brent: Life On The Road, a spinoff of the original The Office, has been picked up by Netflix.

Set 15 years after the events portrayed on the original series, the film sees Brent still continuing his quest to fulfill his dreams of being a rock star. Thinking he’s going to be featured in a concert tour documentary, he’s actually being recorded for a “Where Are They Now?” style production.

https://deadline.com/2016/06/the-office-spinoff-david-brent-life-on-the-road-netflix-acquires-1201772548/

 

Curb Your Enthusiasm Returns

HBO announced this week that they are bringing back Larry David’s brilliant, award-winning comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, for a ninth season.

Curb Your Enthusiasm follows Seinfeld creator Larry David about his life as a genuinely horrible person. From his fictional turn in The Producers on Broadway with Mel Brooks, Ben Stiller, and David Schwimmer to a fake Seinfeld revival with Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards, David can and will ruin everything he touches… in the most beautifully comedic way possible.

http://nerdist.com/stop-everything-curb-your-enthusiasm-is-coming-back/

 

Warcraft conquers box office overseas

Warcraft premiered this weekend in the U.S. only making $24.1 million. However, the movie made $156 million this weekend in China. Do U.S. numbers matter that much any more?

https://deadline.com/2016/06/warcraft-box-office-analysis-china-future-1201772400/
 

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Now onto our Discussion section

(Music 3)

In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016

First, I want to acknowledge that most of our predictions about what we’d see at E3 came true!

EA

(video 2)

Bethesda

(video 3)

Microsoft

(video 4)

Ubisoft

(video 5)

Sony Playstation

(video 6)

Square Enix

(video 7)

PC Gaming Show

(video 8)

Nintendo

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 67 –Suicide Squad Impressions and  E3 rumors

 

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I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

Today is June 9th, 2016 and this is episode 67 of the podcast.

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  Samsung’s Bendable Screens, Facebook Vs Twitch, Final Fantasy 12 HD, Sega’s VR arcade, early impressions of Suicide Squad, trailers of the week and much much more..

In our Discussion section  we’re going to talk about all the  E3 rumors

Before we begin though, we want to give a shout out to friend of the show Marcos Bravo and his podcast “Stop Being Marcs!” The podcast where a couple of guys named Marc shoot the shit about wrestling, music, and whatever else is crawling around in their freaky minds. Listen to their podcast on soundcloud, and follow them on twitter and instagram @StopBeingMarcs

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

Samsung Bendable Screens

(video One)

Bloomberg reports it sources say Samsung is considering introducing two new smartphone models with bendable OLED screens.

One model would fold in half like a cosmetic compact. The other would have a five inch screen that could unfurl into a display as large as 8 inches.

https://youtu.be/MKG7XRsG9KQ

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-07/samsung-said-to-consider-phones-with-bendable-screens-for-2017-ip4tgwz9

 

Facebook to challenge Twitch

Blizzard and Facebook announced a partnership to integrate Facebook Live into all Blizzard games. A Facebook login option is also being added for all Blizzard’s PC titles.The Facebook integration should be in place later this month.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/6/11854622/blizzard-facebook-live-streaming-games

 

Final Fantasy XII re-release

(Video 2)

FFXII was originally released for the PS2 in 2006. Square Enix has confirmed this week that they are releasing Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, the HD version of the game. Besides revamped character models and cutscenes, the game will feature auto-save, shorter load times, and an improved turbo mode. The score has been re-recorded, but The Zodiac Age will also feature the original soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age is slated for a 2017 release in Japan and the US for the PS4.

https://youtu.be/D2-bWotLKqo

http://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-xii-remastered-for-ps4-1780732751

 

Sega's Warehouse-Sized VR Shooter

(Video 3)

Sega has partnered with with Australian company Zero Latency to create a warehouse sized VR shooter the people can run around in. The virtual reality centre will be created in the middle of Tokyo and will use Zero Latency’s top of the line technology.

https://youtu.be/lBMUoFiNg6Y

http://kotaku.com/segas-warehouse-sized-vr-shooter-looks-neat-1781166640

 

Batman: The Killing Joke to play in theaters for one night only

Fathom Events is teaming up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment to bring the acclaimed graphic novel-turned-film, Batman: The Killing Joke, to select cinemas nationwide for one night only on Monday, July 25, 2016.

The film will make it’s debut at San Diego ComicCon on July 21st and be available for digital download July 26th.

http://www.superherohype.com/news/376023-batman-the-killing-joke-to-play-in-theaters-for-one-night-only#/slide/1

 

Pacific Rim 2 gets new star

The Force Awakens and Attack the Block star John Boyega will lead the cast of Pacific Rim 2. While we don’t know much else about the film we do know that Boyega will be playing the lead role, currently unnamed but definitely the son of Stacker Pentecost, Idris Elba’s character from the first film.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/john-boyega-will-star-in-pacific-rim-2-1780801324

 

Superman to guest star on CW Supergirl

Executive producer Andrew Kriesberg announced this week that Superman himself will be introduced in Season 2 of the Supergirl. Clark Kent/Superman will appear in the first two episodes of Supergirl: Season 2, as the show moves to the CW in the fall.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/06/06/superman-will-be-introduced-in-supergirl-season-2

 

‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Wows

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, began two months of sold-out previews Tuesday night at London’s Palace Theatre and the reviews are great. No details about the storyline from the play have leaked yet. This may be due to Rowling implored theatergoers to keep the play’s secrets: “Let audiences enjoy Cursed Child with all the surprises that we’ve built into the story.”

https://deadline.com/2016/06/harry-potter-cursed-child-first-preview-report-1201768519/

 

Suicide Squad Screening A Hit

The Suicide Squad is slated for a official release date of August 5th. However some fans have gotten a chance to see early screenings of the movie and they were impressed.

After the disappointing reviews of Batman V Superman the producers of Suicide Squad have gone as far as reshooting some  scenes to make sure they’re as fun and entertaining as the trailers have promised.

http://epicstream.com/news/Suicide-Squad-Early-Screenings-Received-Some-Wildly-Positive-Reactions

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Now We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

 

(Music 5)

In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

Yoga Hosers

(video 5)

We finally get a trailer for Kevin Smith’s second film in his True North trilogy. Lilly Rose and Harley Quinn Smith rock the screen in their battle with the Bratzis. While there are special screenings of the movie now you can get the movie digitally July 29th.

https://youtu.be/k_8lRhB-kjo

That’s it for Trailers of the week. Now onto our Discussion section

(Music 3)

In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016

E3 begins this Sunday 6/12/16 and while the press schedule has been announced there are very few official details. However we have plenty of rumors to salivate over

Electronic Arts

(Video 6)

Mass Effect: Andromeda, Battlefield One, and a new Star Wars game.

https://youtu.be/uG8V9dRqSsw  https://youtu.be/c7nRTF2SowQ  https://youtu.be/bkgzXpKbVGE

Bethesda-

the post show will be hosted by Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb.

(Video 7)

Dishonored 2, Doom DLC, Fallout 4 DLC, Prey 2

https://youtu.be/l1jyUAtxh-8

https://youtu.be/Z8ghgV_aEYc  https://youtu.be/B0wSCFBJcSs https://youtu.be/ufikwk7_AD0

Microsoft

(Video 8)

Slimmer Xbox One

New Xbox Console for 2017- Code Named Scorpio

Make every Windows 10 a XboxOne

Video Games: Gears of War 4, Halo Wars, Forza, and Crackdown 3

https://youtu.be/o3f8VgQ_dqk  https://youtu.be/NMiiffLQcvE https://youtu.be/0CXqEHMgiFg https://youtu.be/Ge3PQ2nQM4Q

VR and AR- More Hololens and Oculus VR integration on XboxOne and Windows 10

https://youtu.be/aThCr0PsyuA https://youtu.be/USaINZicXZs

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/8/11876692/microsoft-xbox-e3-2016-press-conference-new-console-preview

 

Ubisoft

(Video 9)

New Watch Dogs, Ghost Recon Wildlands and South Park

https://youtu.be/hh9x4NqW0Dw   

https://youtu.be/Jmzo4KvRmsM

https://youtu.be/pLVXOnSoOqw

Sony

(Video Cntr+1)

Horizon, Detroit, God of War 4, FFXII remake, FFXV

The PS4.5 Neo and Playstation VR.

https://youtu.be/sJadjqvA6GE https://youtu.be/sGP6PZJMHvc https://youtu.be/D2-bWotLKqo https://youtu.be/ec-U-kBeBgQ https://youtu.be/x4O_jyed60o

 

Nintendo Treehouse Live

Zelda and new Nintendo system

https://youtu.be/XZmxvig1dXE

 

Injustice 2-(video Cntr+2)

There is much speculation that we’re going to get gameplay footage and playable demos for next DC fighting game Injustice 2.

https://youtu.be/hX0WA6yIZ7I

That’s it for the show.

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Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 66 – New beginnings for Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker

 

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I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

Today is June 3rd, 2016 and this is episode 66 of the podcast.

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Elon Musk, AMD’s new graphics card, the new Harry Potter photos, Luke Skywalker's new show, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, and much much more..

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

 

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

Elon Musk..futurist or Crackpot?

During an interview at The Code Conference, Elon Musk made some interesting statements that some have labeled as kinda crazy.

  • Musk predicts the first humans will travel to Mars eight years from now, arriving on the red planet by 2025.

Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, with a goal of "enabling people to live on other planets," according to a description on the space tech company's website. In April, SpaceX announced the first unmanned mission to Mars would launch in two years using the company's Falcon Heavy rocket.

  • Is life a video game played by a more advanced civilization? Elon thinks it may be.

  • Musk thinks A.I. could turn us into house cats.

Elon’s solution is to make us part computer. Specifically, Neural lace. It's a mesh that fits on your brain to gives it digital computing capabilities. It also can be injected by syringe, which means a person wouldn't need surgery to implant a neural lace. According to Gizmodo, a prototype was revealed last year.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/06/02/3-most-interesting-things-elon-musk-said-code-conference/85285470/

 

Snapchat overtakes Twitter

Bloomberg reports that Snapchat has reached 150 million daily active users, overtaking Twitter’s estimated daily active uses of 140 million.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-02/snapchat-passes-twitter-in-daily-usage

 

AMD reveals VR card

AMD revealed their latest GPU this week, the RX 480. Priced at $199, the company says they designed the card to help make the first 100 million PCs ready for VR.

AMD claims that users can install 2 of their cards and get better graphic rendering than NVIDIA’s $699 GT1080.

AMD is trying to compete with NVIDIA in the VR space by creating a less expensive graphics card that can handle VR.

http://www.roadtovr.com/amd-rx-480-gpu-price-specs-release-date-virtual-reality/

 

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Cast Photos

(Play video 1)

J.K. Rowling’s The Cursed Child will officially hit the stage on July 31st, and will follow Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger along with their children, as they manage the ups and downs of the post-Voldemort wizarding world.

This week the production released the first photos of the cast in costume. We see the Harry and Ginny with their son Albus, Hermione and Ron with their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley, and Draco Malfoy and his son Scorpius.

https://youtu.be/oCQr-oEk0vM

http://geekandsundry.com/what-we-learned-from-these-cursed-child-cast-photos/

 

Mark Hamill- Pop Culture Quest

(Play video 2)

Comic-Con HQ, an upcoming streaming service, is giving Mark Hamill a new show. Pop Culture Quest, which will feature Hamill talking to memorabilia collectors while they show off their impressive treasure troves of action figures, comic books, and other pop culture items.

Comic-Con HQ is currently in beta and plans to launch in July for $5 a month.

https://youtu.be/KFbK0VSUUPg

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/2/11841386/mark-hamill-new-series-announced-comic-con-hq

 

Marry Poppins sequel gets release date

Disney has officially announced that Mary Poppins Returns is coming to theaters on December 25, 2018 with Emily Blunt in the title role along with Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as a street lamplighter named Jack. Into the Woods director Rob Marshall will be the man behind-the-camera for the sequel.

Since the Young Han Solo movie has been rescheduled for May 2018, it looks like Disney is shifting their Star Wars movies back to the summer in 2018 to make room for other features.

http://nerdist.com/disney-sets-a-date-for-mary-poppins-returns/

 

Netflix orders Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

Netflix has given a 10-episode order to G.L.O.W., a comedy-series executive produced by Orange Is the New Black creator/executive producer Jenji Kohan and Orange co-executive producer Tara Herrmann.

G.L.O.W. was inspired by the real story of the 1980s female wrestling league. Set in Los Angeles and showcasing big hair and body slams, the series tells the fictionalized story of an out-of-work actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers.

https://deadline.com/2016/05/glow-netflix-comedy-series-1980s-female-wrestling-jenji-kohan-1201764622/

 

The Division, the movie

(Play video 3)

Variety reported this week that Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star in and produce a movie based on The Division, a third-person, cover-based shooter that has become a massive hit for publisher Ubisoft, making an estimated $330 million.

The story behind The Division has all the makings of an action thriller. A virus with a 95 percent mortality rate is introduced into the middle of New York City on Black Friday via infected money.

Players take the role of Division operatives, badass sleeper agents, sent in to save New York.

https://youtu.be/ais1yAtVS2A

http://variety.com/2016/film/news/jake-gyllenhaal-the-division-movie-1201742202/

 

Legion finds a home

FX Networks has given an eight-episode order to Legion, its X-Men-themed pilot starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens.

In the Marvel Comic universe David Charles Haller, Legion, takes the role of an antihero and has a severe mental illness, including a form of dissociative identity disorder, with each of his personas controlling one of his many superpowers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legion_(Marvel_Comics)

https://deadline.com/2016/05/legion-fx-series-dan-stevens-marvel-x-men-1201765024/

 

Hellboy Ends

Mike Mignola has said goodbye to his most famous creation this week. The final issue of Hellboy in Hell was released, and there’s no last triumph among its pages, no final gruelling battle. It simply ends. IO9 has written a touching article on the beauty of the final issue of Hellboy in Hell, the short series that tells of Hellboy’s journey after he died in the comics in 2011.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/hellboy-just-ended-in-the-most-beautiful-way-1779906631


 

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(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 65 – India’s Spaceship and the Evil Captain America

 

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I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

Today is May 27th, 2016 and this is episode 65 of the podcast.

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about India’s Shuttle Launch, The Pizza Hut Robot, Rumors of New Xbox Ones and Macbooks, The Captain America Controversy, trailers of the week and much much more..

In our Discussion section  we’re going to be talking a bit about our interview D. Wolfin, author of the End Online and Chronicles of the Eternal series.

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

We begin with…

India launches reusable shuttle

The Verge reports that this week India's space agency has successfully launched a reusable mini shuttle model into space, marking an important development in its low-cost space program. An unmanned prototype of the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV-TD) launched Monday morning reaching an altitude of 43 miles before returning to Earth. The project has been in development for more than 10 years, on a reported budget of just $14 million. Compare that to the US space shuttle, which cost about $450 million per launch (NASA)

Creating a reusable low cost space shuttle is a huge step in any space progam. India is competing with space agencies in Europe, Japan, and Russia as well as private companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/23/11743096/india-reusable-space-shuttle-launch

 

New MacBooks coming soon

9to5 Mac reports it has corroborated a research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo about new 13 and 15-inch MacBook pros coming in Q4 from Apple. Kuo says the new MBPs will be thinner and lighter, include Touch ID, and OLED touch bar above the keyboard for the function keys. There will also be metal injection molded hinges USB-C and Thunderbolt. A 13-inch version of the new 12-inch MacBook is also expected.

http://9to5mac.com/2016/05/23/apple-prepping-thinner-macbook-pros-with-oled-screen-above-keyboard-touch-id-for-q4/     

 

Pebble 2 announced

Pebble announced not one, but three products this week: the Pebble 2, the Pebble Time 2, and the Pebble Core. A software update include with new products adds an actions list for faster access to certain app features.

The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are both smart watches that focus on health and fitness with built-in heart rate monitors. The Pebble 2 is very similar to the original Pebble with slightly beefed up hardware, a 7 day battery life, and a thinner look. The Pebble Time 2 has a color e-paper display, boasts a 10-day battery life and boasts a screen that is 50 percent bigger than the original.

The Core is a small device that clips onto your clothing and is geared towards runners. It has built-in GPS so you can track your distance and pace, as well as step tracking. The Core also acts as a music player with 4GB of storage for up to 1,000 songs.

At retail the Pebble Core will cost $99, the Pebble 2 is $129, and the Time 2 is $199.  

All the devices are available for a discount on Kickstarter with the watches shipping in September and the clip-on Core shipping in January.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/24/pebble-2-pebble-time-2/

 

Pepper the Robot works at Pizza Hut

SoftBank's Pepper robot has been employed in the past at hotel desks. Now though Pizza Hut Asia is partnering with MasterCard on a trial that will use Pepper in their restaurants. By the end of 2016, Pepper will be able to interact with customers, take orders, and even take payment information. Once customers pair their MasterPass account, they can do everything from paying for your meal to asking about the calorie count.

Looks like Pepper may be putting some Pizza Hut employees out of work soon.

https://youtu.be/6iJId6Lo1LQ

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/24/pepper-robot-at-pizza-hut/

 

Xbox Spinoff rumors

Rumors from Arstechnica report that Microsoft will announce two Xbox spinoffs soon. One will be a $100 streaming stick that can stream games from an Xbox console. Another would be a lunchbox sized device that could stream but also natively play lightweight Windows Store games. Sams and Kotaku both have sources on an Xbox upgrade for next year that would support the Oculus Rift and a GPU that could do 4K and run up to 6 times faster than the current XboxOne.

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/05/reports-microsoft-preparing-multiple-xbox-upgrades-over-next-two-years/

 

E3 free

Polygon reports that E3 2016 will host a free 3-day gaming event open to the general public called E3 Live 2016. The event will take place from June 14 to the 16th at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, in Los Angeles and not the LA Convention Center where E3 2016 will be held. The event will have games, live music, dance competitions, demos, exclusive merchandise, and interactive demos. The free tickets are first come first serve. You can register at e3livela.com.

http://www.polygon.com/2016/5/23/11744712/e3-live-2016-event-free-tickets

 

CBS to drop fan film lawsuit

JJ Abrams has confirmed that Star Trek: Into Darkness director Justin Lin was outraged that Paramount and CBS were suing the makers of the fan-film Axanar. Lin pushed the studio and according to Abrams the lawsuit will be stopped “within the next few weeks.” CBS and Paramount told Buzzfeed reporter Adam Vary that the studios were in settlement talks. Axanar’s executive producer Alec Peters said new fan film guidelines will be handed down in the next few days.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/05/in-off-the-cuff-anecdote-j-j-abrams-reveals-axanar-suit-will-be-dropped/

 

Angry Birds Soars at Theaters

Deadline reports that movie The Angry Birds Movie topped the charts domestically this weekend. The movie based on the mobile game made $38.1 million this weekend.

https://deadline.com/2016/05/angry-birds-neighbors-2-the-nice-guys-weekend-box-office-1201760146/

 

Netflix gets exclusive Disney deal

Starting this September, Netflix will get exclusive access the Disney catalog including the right to stream hit movies like the Jungle Book, Captain America:Civil War, Finding Dory, and Rouge One. That means you won’t see those movies on  Amazon or Hulu. Even though Netflix is paying millions of dollars for this deal, this definitely gives Netflix the edge in the streaming wars.

http://nerdist.com/netflixs-exclusive-disney-deal-takes-effect-in-september/

 

Captain America twist

With the release of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 this week, Marvel has revealed that Cap has operated as sleeper agent for Hydra, the fictional terrorist organization closely associated with the Nazis.

In an interview with Time, Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort said that the plan to make Cap a villain has been in development since 2014, and aims to capture some of what's happening in politics today — particularly when it comes to discovering the ugly sides of our beloved public figures.

The author of the new Captain America comic, Nick Spencer, is getting death threats on Twitter over making Captain America a villain.

http://time.com/4347224/captain-america-hydra-agent-marvel-tom-brevoort/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook

 

Fullmetal Alchemist--Live!

Warner Brothers has officially announced that a live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga is in the works and is slated to premiere in Japan in winter 2017. Filming is scheduled to begin in Italy at the beginning of June, and wrap up in Japan in the second half of August.

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https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-05-23/fullmetal-alchemist-manga-gets-live-action-film-in-winter-2017/.102420

 

Pokémon Go Beta tests in US

Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that let’s you live out your Pokemon dreams, is finally available for beta testers in the US as of today.

  • There will be more than a hundred different Pokémon to capture out in the real world and players will get a notification when a Pokemon is detected near them.

  • Pokeballs can may be purchased at PokéStops, or found in locations like monuments, historical locales, or public art installations.

  • Players can capture Gyms by battling then leave their own pokemon to defend the gym from others.

  • There is still time to sign up as a beta tester.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/25/pokemon-go-beta-arrives-on-mobile-devices/

 

No Man's Sky Delayed

Kotaku reports that the highly anticipated video game No Man’s Sky is not going to make their June 2016 release date. GameStop has confirmed that they have yet to receive any promotional material for the game with the June release date and have instead been told to tell people that it’s “coming soon”. This isn’t the first time the game has reported delays but it’s still disappointing.

http://kotaku.com/sources-no-mans-sky-delayed-1778797365

That’s it for Geek New.

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Now We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

Trailers of the Week

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In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

Finding Dory

The second trailer for Finding Dory just touches us in our special place. The friendly-but-forgetful blue Dory is trying to find her long lost family in this sequel to Finding Nemo. We get to see old characters and new characters help Dory. June 17th this movie will be swimming its way into your heart.

https://youtu.be/0tkLUap7oGQ

Don't Think Twice

When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets a huge break, the rest of the group - all best friends - start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all.  

Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, and Kate Micucci. In theaters July 22.

https://youtu.be/iPwIBBuJps0

That’s it for Trailers of the week. Now onto our

Discussion section

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In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

Our interview with D. Wolfin author of the End Online series and Chronicle of the Eternal. We had a great interview and I enjoyed talking to immensely. Be sure to check out all his books on Amazon.

http://www.geekbytespodcast.com/reviews/2016/5/26/author-interview-d-wolfin

Book Links:

End Online: Volume 1

End Online: Volume 2

End Online: Volume 3

End Online: Volume 4

End Online: Volume 5

Chronicle of the Eternal: Volume 1

Website: https://endonline.wordpress.com/  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/drunkenwolfin  

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/D.-Wolfin/e/B00TYY49QY/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1464112928&sr=8-2-ent   

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13266643.D_Wolfin

 

That was just a clip  but you can enjoy the full interview in our review section at geekbytespodcast.com

That’s it for the show.

Remember to check out our website, geekbytespodcast.com, for all the links from the podcast and our original content like author interview, reviews, and recommendations.

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 64 –  Google VR and TV trailers Galore

 

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I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

Today is May 20th, 2016 and this is episode 64 of the podcast.

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  Google I/O announcements, self driving semis, the Harley Quinn spinn off movie, trailers of the week and much much more..

In our Discussion section  we’ll talk about the 32 new TV shows coming out later this year. Which we liked and which we’ll skip.

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

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Geek News  

We begin with…

Google I/O news

Google made a slew of announcements this week on new projects, updated plans, and what’s next for Google. Here are the most interesting announcements of the week.

  • Google’s next operating system, code named Android N, is apparently far enough along that Google thinks it's ready for more people to try it out. This third beta release is out now. If you want to opt in, you'll be able to do so at Android's website. You can also submit what you think the “N” in Android N should be since Google is taking name submissions.

 

  • Google announced a voice-activated device called Home that has a speaker in the base and integrates with other cast devices like Chromecast Video and audio, and supports home networking systems for Home Control. Google Home won't arrive until later this year so Amazon’s Echo doesn’t have to worry until then.

 

  • Google also announced a messaging app called Allo.  It includes a the voice-activated smart assistant and an incognito mode that offers, end-to-end encryption, discreet notifications and permanent deletion of messages. It's coming to iOS and Android this summer. https://youtu.be/QJ3WV8N92Hs

 

  • Google also announced VR Mode in Android N and the Daydream platform for VR development which gives VR apps exclusive access to the device’s processor cores. Looks like Google’s recognized the success of the GearVR and wants all devices running android to be able to get VR now. https://youtu.be/KNR4j1DJ4Cc

 

  • Google’s VR Head Clay Bavor confirmed Google will sell its own version of DayDream VR gear saying on stage at I/O, “And, by the way, it’s not just going to be partners building from the reference design, we, Google, are also going to build a controller and a headset and make it available.” Google is partnering with Epic Games and the Unity on the motion-sensing controller.

Self Driving Semi Trucks

Backchannel reports on Otto a startup founded by Anthony Levandowski, the man who built Google’s first self-driving car, and three other ex-Google engineers. The company has bought and retrofitted three Volvo truck cabs with lidar, radar and cameras and driven them sometimes with no human occupant, on highways in Nevada. Otto plans to sell after-market self-driving kits at a fraction of the cost of a new cab. Initially the tech will only work on highways, exit to exit.

https://backchannel.com/the-man-who-built-googles-first-self-driving-car-is-now-a-trucker-aa1726d3a36f#.9bsrfil7l         

Gesture Control for Gear VR                                            

Eyesight Technologies has developed gesture control that uses a phone’s rear camera allowing touch-free input for Things like GearVR and Cardboard.

No mention on when it will come to phones-- though Engadget says Eyesight is bringing its control scheme to phones with built-in 3D sensors.

https://youtu.be/70Cnd2WdAMU     

http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/17/gesture-control-for-phone-vr/

 

Touchscreen Arm

PC Magazine reports that Samsung has received a patent for a small projector that can display UI elements on skin and read behaviors to translate into mobile or virtual actions. PC Mag notes Carnegie Mellon researchers introduced SkinTrack last month, a similar system for turning your arm or hand into a touch screen. That system uses a high-frequency AC-signal-emitting ring to communicate with electrodes in a wristband.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/344485/samsung-patent-tips-wearable-projector

 

Samsung Galaxy Surfboard

Samsung Brazil has created a commercial featuring Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina and a wild Samsung Galaxy Surfboard concept.

It looks like any regular sleek surfboard, except it has an LED display that's powered by a Samsung Galaxy S7 that slots into the base of the board.

The surfboard can feed live conditions of the sea straight onto the display, alongside wind direction and the frequency / height of waves. Trainers can even send surfers messages to help improve their technique.

https://youtu.be/Y8yrfnT-PtI

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/5/11/11657666/samsung-galaxy-surfboard

 

Tetris Movie in development

According to Deadline the Tetris movie project is eyed as an $80 million China-U.S. co-production under Threshold Global Studios,Threshold Global Studios, a new banner formed by Bruno Wu and producer Larry Kasanoff. Threshold has been working with The Tetris Company for over a year, presumably to flesh out story details and really make sure they were nailing the deep, rich mythology of blocks falling into rows.

https://youtu.be/CvUK-YWYcaE

https://deadline.com/2016/05/tetris-the-movie-bruno-wu-larry-kasanoff-threshold-global-china-cannes-1201758000/

 

Transformers 5 gets Title

Paramount Pictures has announced that the official title for the fifth installment of director Michael Bay's Transformers film franchise will be titled Transformers: The Last Knight

Production on the new Transformers movie is scheduled to start on June 6th in Detroit and will be followed by a Bumblebee spin-off film set to come out in 2018 and then Transformers 6 arrives in 2019.

http://geektyrant.com/news/the-official-title-for-transformers-5-is-transformers-the-last-knight

 

Harley Quinn Spin Off Movie in Works

Everyone is already in love with with Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. So much so that there are reports that Margot Robbie and Warner Brothers are already working on a Harley Quinn spin off movie. Some other characters that might be apart of the film include Batgirl and the all female superhero team Birds of Prey.

http://geektyrant.com/news/margot-robbie-and-warner-bros-are-developing-a-harley-quinn-spinoff-movie

 

Save Agent Carter

Last week we reported that ABC canceled the Marvel tv show Agent Carter after less than stellar ratings this season. However, fans have started a petition on Change.Org to save the show and bring it to Netflix. They already have over 90,000 signatures and a goal of 150,000. Netflix has done amazing things with the Marvel titles they’ve made and we hope they can save the amazing show Agent Carter.

https://www.change.org/p/netflix-save-agent-carter-bring-her-to-netflix

 

Buckaroo Banzai TV

On episode 246 of the Kevin Smith’s podcast Hollywood Babble On, he confirmed that he’s in talks with MGM to create a TV version of the cult movie Buckaroo Banzai. Apparently, the episode of the Flash he directed aired MGM approached him with the opportunity. Kevin Smith accepted citing the project as a dream writing project.

https://youtu.be/ii9n8CMpLMk

 

That’s it for Geek New.

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Now We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

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In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

The BFG

A Big Friendly Giant brings Sophie, a 10 year old girl, to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome.

https://youtu.be/y1fZg0hhBX8

 

Ghostbusters

This is the 2nd international trailer for the movie and I like it better than the ‘made for the USA’ versions. There are still great jokes but it doesn’t give away most of the movie. You also get to see more of the larger cast of the film including some SNL alumni. Looking forward to seeing these ladies kick some ghost butt on July 15th.

https://youtu.be/qH5rgRXkgAk

 

Mr. Robot Season 2.0

MR. ROBOT follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.

https://youtu.be/YibylhkLwGo

 

Outcast

Based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead, this Cinemax show is a supernatural horror that chronicles the story of Kyle Barnes, a man whose loved ones are involved in demonic possession since his childhood. As an adult, with the help of a reverend, he tries to unveil what lies behind the supernatural manifestations and why he seems to carry special peculiarities.

https://youtu.be/GKJMlq7Xh8I  

That’s it for Trailers of the week. Now onto our Discussion section

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In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

The New Summer and Fall shows

We’ve collected 36 trailers for new TV shows coming out. Which are you looking forward to seeing?

  • Vice Principals --Danny McBride fights for a chance to be vice principal.

  • Shooter

  • Good Behavior

  • Will

Fox

  • Lethal Weapon

  • The Exorcist

  • Son of Zorn-- Live action + animation, workplace humor

  • 24: Legacy

  • Pitch -- My wife liked pitch. The 1st female MLB pitcher.

  • Making History --Time travelers start the American Revolution. Need I say more?

  • The Mick --Two bit hustler must be an aunt to her rich sisters kids while she’s in jail. Hilarity!

  • Shots Fired

  • Star-- Foster kids become Girl Group

  • APB-- Cops get Biliaire sponsor

 

NBC

  • The Good Place--Kristen Bell goes to Heaven, comedy

  • This is Us

  • Timeless--History teacher Timecop,action suspense

ABC

  • Uncle Buck

  • Designated Survivor--Kiefer Sutherland is the Prez

  • Notorious

  • Speechless -- Minnie Driver is a mom fighting for her disabled kid, in a funny way.

  • Downward Dog--Talking Dog

  • Still Star Crossed

  • Conviction--Agent Carter overturns convictions

  • Time After Time--H.G Well and Jack the Ripper Time travel

  • Imaginary Mary--Jenna Elfman has an imaginary friend, rom-com

  • American Housewife--Molly’s sister gets big and married

 

The CW

  • No Tomorrow--Rom-Com. Hot girl falls for guy who thinks world is ending soon.

  • Frequency--Based on the movie. Time Travel! At least sound.

  • The Great Indoors--What Jeff Winger does after Community ends

  • Pure Genius

  • MacGyver

  • Bull--Anthony Dinozzo is a trial consultant

  • Training Day

  • Kevin Can Wait--Retired Kevin James comedy

  • Man with a Plan--Retired Matt LeBlanc comedy

http://www.geekbytespodcast.com/news/2016/5/19/e4fu3jd1fl16qk8zkhflmu2avwvq90

That’s it for the show.

Remember to check out our website, geekbytespodcast.com, for all the links from the podcast and our original content like author interview, reviews, and recommendations.

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 63 – Hyperloop Renewed and TV Show Cancellations

 

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I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

Today is May 13th, 2016 and this is episode 63 of the podcast.

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  trailers of the week and much much more..

In our Discussion section we’ll talk about our review of Captain America: Civil War

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

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Geek News  

We begin with…

Hyperloop One

Hyperloop Technologies has changed its name to Hyperloop One and showed off a test of its linear-electric motor on a test track in the desert north of Las Vegas. A 10-foot sled was accelerated to 400 mph along a test track into a pile of sand at a force of 2.5Gs. CTO Brogan BamBrogan hopes to have a quarter-mile track with tubes by the end of the year.

https://youtu.be/1e-Po9C8Kj8

http://gizmodo.com/watch-the-first-full-scale-demo-of-the-hyperloop-1776048315

Amazon takes on YouTube

TechCrunch reports that this week Amazon launched Amazon Video Direct. This service allows creators to upload their own videos to Amazon’s Prime Video and generate royalties based on the hours streamed. Creators must fill out tax information and link a bank account, plus create pages for their series and provide artwork for display. They can choose to include shows in Amazon Prime, streamed free with ads, rented, sold or any combination.

Amazon video is available in Japan, the UK, Austria, Germany and the US. Variety reports Amazon will pay creators 50% of retail, 55% of ad-supported free streaming and 15 cents per hour streamed in on Prime in the US, 6 cents per hours streamed elsewhere, capped at $75,000. The top 100 titles get paid a monthly bonus.

It seems like Amazon is looking to take on the big players in the user generated content services like YouTube.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/10/amazon-takes-on-youtube-with-launch-of-amazon-video-direct/

 

Google Translate in Any App

Google is making it way easier to translate text on Android: just highlight it.

The new feature is called Tap to Translate, and it arrives in an update to Google Translate for Android. The feature allows Translate to automatically pop up inside of other apps after you've highlighted text in a foreign language, all without copy and pasting. The pop up will also allow you to translate text from your first language back into the foreign language you're reading.

https://youtu.be/4xtEp55MKRE

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/11/11656900/tap-to-translate-google-translate-inside-any-android-app

 

The Four Houses of the American Hogwarts

The Daily Mail reports that they were able to get a sneak peek at the four houses of the American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Ilvermorny, featured in the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Federico Ian Cervantez accidentally discovered the four houses on the Pottermore site. The houses of Ilvermorny are Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird and Pukwudgie. Furthermore they are described as:

The Horned Serpent is described as 'dragon-like serpents with horns and long teeth. They are often associated with or said to control the weather, particularly rain, lightning, and thunder. Magical abilities ascribed to them include shape-shifting, invisibility, and hypnotic powers'

The Wampus is a cat-like creature 'described as some kind of fearsome variation of a cougar'.

The Thunderbird is a legendary creature 'often described as a very large bird, capable of generating storms and thunder as it flies'.

The Pukwudgie is:  'two-to-three-feet tall and human-shaped, but with a larger nose, ears, and fingers and smooth, grey skin that sometimes glows. Its magical abilities include disappearing and reappearing, partial or complete transformation into a porcupine or cougar, and creating fire'.

What house do you think the American sorting hat would place you in? Is the American sorting hat a pilgrim hat?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3582151/Harry-Potter-hacker-discovers-names-four-houses-America-s-Hogwarts-ahead-Fantastic-Beasts-Them.html

 

Disney Infinity not Infinite after all

Disney announced Tuesday it is shutting down its Disney Infinity line of games and collectible toys and ending its self-published console game business. Two last playsets will be released in the next two months. Disney did say they were open to third party game makers using their intellectual property but internal game making will be shutting down.

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/05/disney-infinity-shuts-down-as-disney-drops-out-of-game-publishing/

 

Justice League movie Villain revealed

According to a report from BirthMoviesDeath's Devin Faraci, that isn't the only person it was teasing. The villain at the center of Justice League is, in fact, Steppenwolf, who didn't even appear in the theatrical cut of the film. Instead, he was featured in a deleted scene involving Lex in the Kryptonian ship.

As one of the New Gods, Steppenwolf is the uncle of Darkseid. He is also a member of Darkseid's Elite. He leads the military of Apokolips and also rides a hoverbike which may be at the same level of technology as Orion's.

According to Faraci, in Justice League Steppenwolf will have a contentious history with Darkseid, and while Darkseid will be in the film in some form or another, it might not be until the end, setting up the second part of Justice League.

https://youtu.be/s-MUzvASr8s

http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/05/11/we-know-the-villain-of-justice-league

 

TV Renewals and Cancellations

It’s that time of year folks. Is your favorite show getting canceled? Or is it safe for another year? Here’s the list so far according to Deadline.

Renewals

Dr. Ken -- ABC

American Crime -- ABC

The Catch -- ABC

The Real O’Neals -- ABC

Supergirl -- CW

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend -- CW

Reign -- CW

Jane the Virgin -- CW

The Vampire Diaries -- CW

iZombie -- CW

The 100 -- CW

Legends of Tomorrow -- CW

Supernatural -- CW

Arrow -- CW

Flash -- CW

Cancellations

Grinder -- Fox

Grandfathered -- Fox

Bordertown -- Fox

Cooper Barrett -- Fox

Galavant -- ABC

The Muppets -- ABC

Agent Carter -- ABC

Castle -- ABC

The Family -- ABC

Nashville -- ABC

Containment -- CW

CSI Cyber -- CBS

www.deadline.com

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Now We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

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In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

Assasin’s Creed

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. In theaters next year.

https://youtu.be/mcTtP1JnJ_E

Nerve

Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico (played by Emma Roberts), has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger (played by Dave Franco), the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.

Starring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco. https://youtu.be/2PR9MOPTI7g

Voltron: Legendary Defender

This netflix original remake of the classic 1980s cartoon looks promising. It has action, adventure, and giant monster fighting action of the original. The series is being developed by executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender). The series is set to premiere on June 10th.

Five unsuspecting teenagers, transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war, become pilots for five robotic lions in the battle to protect the universe from evil. Only through the true power of teamwork can they unite to form the mighty warrior known as Voltron.

https://youtu.be/DdqoQjaOGeU

That’s it for Trailers of the week. Now onto our Discussion section

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In our discussion section we talk about anything we find interesting that doesn’t fit in with the News section. This week we’re talking about…

Captain America: Civil War

We saw Captain America: Civil War this past weekend and here’s what we thought about it.

Basic Plot: Avenger’s are split on the new law, Sokovia Accords. Superheros work for the UN or they go to Super Max Prison. The Winter Soldier is on the loose and being framed for an attack on the UN.

Surprise show stealers:

The Black Panther

Ant-Man

Spiderman

Helmut (Baron) Zemo

https://youtu.be/nYbOGor7Wk4

That’s it for the show.

Remember to check out our website, geekbytespodcast.com, for all the links from the podcast and our original content like author interview, reviews, and recommendations.

Thanks for watching and listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

(Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 62 – Save your Periscope New Han Solo

 

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Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

Today is May 6th, 2016 and this is episode 62 of the podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about  Lyft’s Automated Cab Test, Saving your Periscopes, the 10 Year Old Security expert, YouTube Unplugged, the New Han Solo, the New Power Ranger Suits and much much more..

In our Trailers of the Week section we’ll talk about the trailers for: Captain Fantastic, Bad Moms, and The Flash - The Runaway Dinosaur

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News 

We begin with...

Lyft’s Automated Cab Test

Only a few months after GM invested $500 million in Lyft,

The Wall Street Journal reports GM and Lyft plan to test self-driving Chevy Bolt cabs in 2017, picking up actual Lyft passengers. The plan will use technology from Cruise Automation which GM acquired in March. GM will also begin renting out Chevy Bolts to Lyft drivers. Currently it rents only the Chevy Equinox. GM and Lyft announced a partnership in January. No word on what city they plan to roll out the test in.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/gm-lyft-to-test-self-driving-electric-taxis-1462460094?tesla=y 

 

Save your Periscopes

PC Magazine reports that Periscope’s latest update lets beta testers permanently save their broadcasts by adding #save to the title. Saved broadcasts will remain online “forever.” Saved videos will also appear in user profiles. There is no limit on the number of videos you can save. Android and iOS users can ask for an invite to try the feature by visiting bit.ly/betascope.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/344245/save-your-periscope-broadcasts-forever

 

10 Year Old Security expert

A 10-year-old Finnish security researcher discovered a flaw in Instagram that allowed him to delete any comments. He disclosed the flaw to Facebook and received a $10,000 bug bounty. He plans to use the money to buy a new bike, football equipment and computers for his brothers.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36200012

 

Would you Pay for No Ads on the Internet?

 

Adblock Plus blocks ads in your browser. Flattr is a software company that lets you make micro transactions.

 

These two companies have teamed up to bring you Flattr Plus.

You set a monthly budget and Flattr’s algorithm divides it up based on which websites you engaged with most.

Publishers have to register to get the money and Flattr keeps 10%.

You can sign up now for an early summer beta and end of year stable release.

The whole thing will eventually be integrated into Adblock Plus.

http://venturebeat.com/2016/05/03/adblock-plus-and-flattrs-new-project-will-let-users-automatically-donate-money-to-websites/

 

YouTube Unplugged

Bloomberg reports YouTube is planning another subscription based streaming service called Unplugged that would include network and cable channels. YouTube has supposedly been working on the product since 2012 and plans to launch in 2017 at around $35 a month with add-ons available. YouTube is in talks with such companies as: Comcast, NBC-Universal, Viacom, Twenty-First Century Fox, and CBS, although it has yet to strike any deals.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-04/youtube-said-to-plan-unplugged-online-tv-service-for-2017

 

Dish will Repair Your iPhone

US Satellite TV company, Dish announced Tuesday that it has begun an on-site iPhone repair service in the US.

Technicians can be sent to fix screens and replace batteries for iPhone 5 through 6 Plus.

Dish will add more devices over the coming weeks and months.

Prices range from $75 for a battery to $225 for battery and display in a 6 Plus and have a 60-day warranty.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/3/11576284/dish-iphone-smart-phone-repairs-announced-pricing

 

Try Oculus Rift at Best Buy

An extremely limited number of Oculus Rift headsets will go on sale in 48 Best Buy stores in the US this week. Oculus also plans to set up demo stations in the stores. Those who have not yet received their pre-ordered Rifts can buy one in store and retain their pre-order perks. Additionally, the Rift will go on sale on the Amazon and Microsoft online stores starting May 7.

http://www.geekbytespodcast.com/news/2016/5/2/try-oculus-at-best-buy

 

GeoOrbital adds power to any Bicycle

In as little as 60 seconds, GeoOrbital says they can add motorized power to just about any bicycle.

 

You just snap off your front wheel and replace it with GeoOrbital's electric wheel. The wheel uses a 500W motor and 36V battery to propel the bicycle up to 20 miles per hour. The battery — which is removable— will last at least 20 miles on its own, or about 50 miles if you mix in some pedaling.

 

The GeoOrbital wheel will eventually retail for about $900 — which is cheap by electric bike standards — and the company is offering it for as low as $500 to early backers on Kickstarter.

https://youtu.be/9BMcks55vfE

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/2/11553850/geoorbital-wheel-electric-bike-ebike

 

Hulu On-Demand

The Wall Street Journal reports that Hulu is planning a new web subscription service that would sell live and on-demand programming from the likes of ESPN, ABC, Fox and FX, for about $40 a month, starting early next year.

https://cdn.ampproject.org/c/recode.net/2016/05/01/disney-fox-hulu-comcast/amp/

 

New Han Solo Confirmed

Breaking Last night, Deadline confirmed that Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures, Hail Caesar!, Blue Jasmine) has scored the role of Han Solo in Disney’s stand-alone Star Wars movie. The Han Solo film, is expected to be called Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. The movie is currently in preproduction under directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

https://deadline.com/2016/05/star-wars-han-solo-movie-alden-ehrenreich-frontrunner-cast-1201737425/

 

New Power Ranger Suits

Entertainment Weekly reports that when the Power Rangers revival morphs into theaters, the five teenagers with attitude won’t be wearing the original series’ costumes to battle Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). Instead, the new cast will don translucent extraterrestrial armor that crystallizes around their bodies. New Rangers, new suits. That’s the rule.

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/05/power-rangers-reboot-new-suits-first-look

 

Chris Pratt Surprises Kids from the Set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Chris Pratt recently launched an Omaze campaign to raise money to build a teen center in his hometown of Lake Stevens, WA. Inspired by the campaign and their hometown hero, the kids of the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club came together to build a rocket ship. The Guardians of the Galaxy star surprised them on their maiden voyage with a live special greeting and some yummy ice cream.

https://youtu.be/aUt_KPHMRug

http://bit.ly/GOTG2-ChrisPratt

 

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In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

Captain Fantastic

A father who is determined to raise his children in the forest and away from society is forced to bring his family into the real world. Removed from his self-created paradise, he finds his ideas of freedom and family challenged.

Release date: July 8, 2016 (USA)

https://youtu.be/DHJuC8U8CHU

 

Bad Moms

Young Amy (Mila Kunis) has a great husband, overachieving children, beautiful home and successful career. Unfortunately, she's also overworked, exhausted and ready to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other stressed-out mothers (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn) to get away from daily life and conventional responsibilities. As the gals go wild with their newfound freedom, they set themselves up for the ultimate showdown with queen bee Gewndolyn and her clique of seemingly perfect moms.

Release date: July 29, 2016 (USA)

https://youtu.be/P0FNjPsANGk

 

The Flash | The Runaway Dinosaur

Director Kevin Smith has been gushing about the episode of the Flash he directed for weeks. You finally get to see the trailer for the episode.

 

With Barry gone, the team must figure out a way to handle the return of an old enemy – Girder. Realizing Girder is retracing his steps from his last attack, Iris volunteers to act as bait to trap him in S.T.A.R. Labs. Meanwhile, Barry fights to return to his old life. Kevin Smith directed the episode written by Zack Stentz .

 

On the CW Tues night 5/10/16

https://youtu.be/IyTi8qkw7rY

 

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

 

Episode 61 – Nintendo NX and Punisher Return

 

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(music one)

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Apple Stock drop, Plants that charge your Cellphone, Nintendo’s New Console, the Punisher series, Doctor Who’s New Companion, Trailers of the Week and More…

In Our Discussion Section we’ll talk about

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

 Apple sales down Stock drops

This week Apple reported their quarterly earnings. They posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share.

These results compare to last year’s numbers of revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share.

Many point to the loss of income from the drop in iPhone sales. Sales were down for the first time. They were 51.2 million, down 16%.

Apple stock dropped over 8.3% after the announcement.

http://techcrunch.com/gallery/everything-you-need-to-know-about-apples-second-quarter-results/

Bioo Lite markets PHONE-OSYNTHES

 

A Barcelona-based company, Arkyne Technologies, wants to use a single plant to charge your phone.

The company’s product, a pot called the Bioo Lite, uses the energy generated by photosynthesis to charge smartphones. Bacteria in the pot breaks up the compounds, releasing electrons that travel along nanowires. The resulting electricity powers a typical USB port, where you can plug in your phone or tablet cable.

Arkyne Technologies claims the pot allows up to three charges per day at about the same speed the USB port on your computer would charge your phone. Bioo Lite will only work while the plant is alive, so taking care of the plant is crucial. If you kill your little green friend, you’ll have to replace it with a new one.

The pot is available for an early bird special of roughly $112 on Indiegogo. The company already surpassed its goal of raising nearly $17,000 and is estimated to begin shipping as early as December 2016. Like other Indiegogo campaigns, back at your own risk.

http://www.bioo.tech/

https://youtu.be/QO1p32B-pqk  

Sign Language Translation Gloves

 

Two students from the University of Washington, Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor, have created lightweight gloves that can translate sign language instantly.

The SignAloud glove prototype recognizes hand gesture and placements matching them to the correct American Sign Language word or phrase. Sensors throughout the glove pick up the placement and motion data of the hands which is sent to a computer via Bluetooth. The computer analyzes the data, searching for a correlation in its database, and if it recognizes a gesture, then the ASL translation is played through a speaker. This student project has since won the Lemelson-MIT Undergraduate Student Prize and $10,000.

https://youtu.be/l01sdzJHCCM

http://www.bustle.com/articles/157062-these-gloves-translate-sign-language-into-text-speech-in-real-time

Nintendo pushes new Console to 2017

 

With flagging WiiU sales everyone suspected that Nintendo was working on a new console. Turns out everyone is correct, just not for this year.

In the company’s latest financial forecasts, Nintendo formally announced that it “is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed ‘NX’ with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.”

Along with that announcement came word that the next Legend of Zelda game will be a launch title for the NX while simultaneously being released for the Wii U in March 2017. No other details about the NX or its launch titles have been officially released.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/27/the-nintendo-nx-will-be-available-in-march-2017/?ncid=rss  

Netflix ordered Punisher series

 

Entertainment Weekly has reported that Marvel has ordered a spin-off starring vigilante character introduced in Daredevil season 2.

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as vengeful military veteran Frank Castle, who brings his own lethal form of justice to Hell’s Kitchen.

Writer and executive producer Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner.

Marvel’s The Punisher marks the sixth series ordered as part of the collaboration between Netflix and Marvel Television

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/04/29/punisher-marvel-netflix?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter  

Nathan Fillion Joins Guardians Of The Galaxy As Wonder Man w

 

While it’s been known for quite some time that the legendary Nathan Fillion will be make at least a small cameo on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, recent photos from the set give some direct insight into just who he’ll be playing.

Several posters and a marquee reference Simon Williams, a character also known as Wonder Man within the Marvel canon. In the comics Wonder Man is a chemically altered superhuman rival to Tony Stark, due to his similar heritage as the child of a munitions industrialist. He’s been an Avenger and was involved in the Civil War plotline of the comics as well.

http://geekandsundry.com/nathan-fillion-joins-guardians-of-the-galaxy-as-wonder-man/

Newt Returns in Alien 5qw

 

The Nerdist reports that Director Neill Blomkamp dropped some new concept art from Alien 5, featuring a badass, grown-up version of Newt, the young girl who survived the events of Aliens alongside Ripley. Newt and Corporal Hicks were revealed to have died when Alien 3 started. However, it looks like Blomkamp is going to ignore the story lines from Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.

http://nerdist.com/newt-return-alien-franchise-nerdist-news/

Doctor Who’s New Companionq

 

The BBC announced this week that Pearl Mackie has been named as the new Doctor Who companion alongside Peter Capaldi's Time Lord.

Mackie, 28, replaces Jenna Coleman, whose character Clara Oswald left the show in 2015.

Filming for the next series of the long-running science fiction show will start this year but air in 2017.

https://youtu.be/YaLficIRInM

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36111598

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 (Music 5)

In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

The Killing Joke

Based on the 1988 story created by Alan Moore as his own take on Joker's source and psychology, the story became famous for its origin of the Joker as a tragic character; a family man and failed comedian who suffered "one bad day" that finally drove him insane.

To be released July 2016.

https://youtu.be/SnTSqgJPVl8

X-Men: Apocalypse

The latest trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse has hit the internet. See all the mutant on mutant action and get your first glimpse at Wolverine in the movie.

Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.

Release date: May 27, 2016

https://youtu.be/C0Jz0oYBzBU

Cell

Cellphone Zombies! What else do you need to know.

When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.

In theaters July 8, 2016.

https://youtu.be/BCns4w3GA9A

Snowden

CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

In theaters Sept. 16, 2016

Who knew there was so many explosions and shushing motions in the Edward Snowden story?

https://youtu.be/9KyltHXrxVk

That’s it for Trailers of the Week

Thanks for listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

 (Music 4)

Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 60 – Rita Repulsa and Magic Leap Peek

 

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 (music one)

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Apple Transparency Report, the Magic Leap Peek, the Cheater Detecting Mattress, the Krypton Pilot, our first look at Rita Repulsa, Trailers of the Week and More…

In Our Discussion Section we’ll talk about our interview with Aleron Kong author of the Chaos Seeds novels.

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

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Geek News  

 Apple Transparency Report

This week Apple released a Transparency Report on requests from law enforcement. National Security Requests jumped from the 750-999 category to the up to the 1250 - 1,499 category. China requested the most number of accounts at 6,724, 53% of which were disclosed. The US was second with requests for 5,192 accounts 82% of which were disclosed. The most requests for help with devices came from Germany at 11,989, 52% where some data was disclosed.

The report is one of the few ways Apple is allowed to report on government requests for customer data.

http://thenextweb.com/apple/2016/04/19/apple-transparency-report-reveals-four-fold-increase-secret-us-government-orders/

Magic Leap sneak peek

Wired got an amazing sneak peek at what’s been happening at Magic Leap, the augmented reality company. While most of their work has been kept under wraps, we do know that the company has already secured over a billion dollars in funding from people like Peter Jackson and Andreessen Horowitz.

Along with the article in Wired, Magic Leap released a video showing off some of what their product can do. The company says the new video was "shot directly through Magic Leap technology," and contains no special effects or compositing. In it, you can see Minority Report-style notifications and graphics floating in mid-air, a 3D view of Mount Everest and a school of jellyfish swimming through the room.

https://youtu.be/GmdXJy_IdNw

http://www.wired.com/?p=1999666

Nanotubes..Transform!

You may already be familiar with the idea of robots putting themselves together if you’ve seen Transformers or the T-1000. However, researchers at Rice University have taken steps to make that a reality.

Recently, Rice University released a video that shows carbon nanotubes in a dish assemble themselves into a nanowire in seconds under the influence of a custom-built Tesla coil created by scientists at Rice University.

It’s a phenomenon called “Teslaphoresis” and it may pave the way for fascinating applications of nanotechnology.

The team led by Rice research scientist Paul Cherukuri sees its invention as setting a path toward the assembly of matter from the bottom up on nano and macro scales.

https://youtu.be/w1d0Lg6wuvc    

Amazon Monthly

Endgadget reports that Amazon introduced a $10.99/month payment option for Prime and a separate $8.99/month plan for just Prime Video in the US. Amazon UK already offers Prime Video separately for £5.99/month

but no monthly Prime option. The Verge notes Amazon started offering Sprint customers a monthly Prime option last month.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/18/amazon-prime-video-is-now-a-standalone-monthly-service/

Cheater Detecting Mattress

Sleep tracking is nothing new, but one company wants to track when your mattress is being used, especially if you're not home.

A Spanish-based mattress company Durmet is touting its new Smarttress mattress with what it calls a Lover Detection System, which sends alerts to your smartphone if a partner may be cheating. Considering the mattress costs over $1000 (US), the money may be better spent on a couple’s therapist.

https://youtu.be/CWP4n4BfAYo

http://www.smarttress.com/  

PS4.5?

GiantBomb says it has multiple sources that tell it Sony is making a new version of the PS4 codenamed Neo.

The Neo would supposedly have a 2.1GHz CPU up from 1.6. -- A GPU that jumps from 18 to 36 CUs and from 800 to 911 MHz.

Memory would stay at 8GB but speed would increase from 176 GB/s to 218.

All games must work on all versions of the PS4, no exclusives, including VR games.

http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/sources-the-upgraded-playstation-4-is-codenamed-ne/1100-5437/

The end of the Xbox 360

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer announced in a blog post today that Microsoft has ceased production of the Xbox 360. Existing inventory will be sold out and availability will vary by country. Xbox Live servers for the 360 will remain live. Xbox 360 launched November 22, 2005.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/20/11468704/microsoft-xbox-360-production-ceased

Spider-Man Loses Keaton gains Downey

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures’ reboot of Spider-Man will include Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., as it ramps up ahead of production ahead of a July 2017 release date. But the news today comes as Michael Keaton, who was being courted to play the villain in the pic, has fallen out of early talks and won’t be a part of the project. Keaton was previously thought to play the villain in the movie, hypothetically as the Vulture.

https://deadline.com/2016/04/spider-man-michael-keaton-out-iron-man-robert-downey-jr-1201741663/

Syfy orders Superman Prequel show

David S. Goyer’s long-gestating Superman prequel Krypton is a go at Syfy. After developing the project for more than a year Syfy has ordered a pilot episode.

Based on DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. It follows Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

https://deadline.com/2016/04/superman-prequel-krypton-syfy-pilot-order-david-goyer-showrunner-director-1201741635/

HBO renews popular shows

After months of negotiations, HBO’s flagship drama series Game Of Thrones has been renewed for a seventh season ahead of its Season 6 premiere this Sunday. The size of the order has not been announced amid speculation that the series was considering shorter Season 7 and 8 final seasons.

Also picked up are comedies Veep for a sixth season and Silicon Valley for fourth.

https://deadline.com/2016/04/game-of-thrones-renewed-season-6-veep-silicon-valley-hbo-1201741600/

Rita Repulsa First Look

 

Entertainment Weekly brings us our first look at Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in the new Power Rangers movie!

http://www.people.com/article/elizabeth-banks-power-rangers-movie-rita-repulsa-first-look

Celebrity Deaths

WWE Legend and Reality Star ‘Chyna’ Joan Laurer was found dead in her apartment this week. She passed at the age of 46.

Prince, who pioneered "the Minneapolis sound" and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom, died Thursday at age 57.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/21/entertainment/prince-estate-death/

That’s it for Geek New

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 (Music 5)

In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

Lady Dynamite

Netflix has a new comedy series starring Maria Bamford and executive produced by Bamford, Mitch Hurwitz and Pam Brady. Lady Dynamite is based on what Bamford has accepted to be “her life.” The occasionally surreal episodes, refracted across multiple periods inspired by the actor/comedian’s life, tell the story of a woman who loses – and then finds – her s**t. All episodes premiere May 20 on Netflix.

https://youtu.be/1gSxKR0Cirs

 No Men Beyond This Point

In this mockumentary, women rule the world and are no longer giving birth to males. A quiet, unassuming housekeeper named Andrew Myers finds himself at the center of a battle to keep men from going extinct.

https://youtu.be/cH2LvXVx7uI

The Magnificent Seven

Desperate townspeople hire seven mercenaries (Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke) to battle a ruthless industrialist in the Old West.

I loved the original 1960 version with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson. This trailer seems to inject more humor but also more explosions and action.

Release date: September 23, 2016

https://youtu.be/p9A1WKABIbk

Jason Bourne

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, and Julia Stiles. w

While little is known about the plot of the movie we do know that it has been 9 years since the Bourne Ultimatum. What has Jason Bourne been up to now that he remembers everything?

Find out July 29th, 2016.

https://youtu.be/F4gJsKZvqE4

That’s it for Trailers of the Week

Now onto our Discussion section

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In our discussion section we talk about anything we’re interested in this week, and this week we’ll begin our discussion with…

 Our interview with Aleron Kong, author of the Chaos Seeds series of bestselling LitRPG novels. We’ll have a link to the interview in our show notes.

That was a sweet clip from the interview. The full interview is 45 min. long and is available exclusively for download for our Patreon backers.

Be sure to check out Aleron’s books: The Land: Founding, The Land: Forging, and The Land: Alliances on Amazon.

http://www.geekbytespodcast.com/reviews/2016/4/18/author-interview-aleron-kong

Thanks for listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 59 – Microsoft Sues and CinemaCon

 

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(music one)

Welcome to Episode 59 of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia and this week I’m flying solo.

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Microsoft Sues Washington, New Amazon Kindle released, Singapore Gigabit LTE, the entertainment news from CinemaCon, the best Trailers of the Week and More…

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

Microsoft Sues Washington

Microsoft filed suit in US federal court in the Western District of Washington for the right to inform customers of government requests for email and other documents. Microsoft says in the past 18 months it has received 5,264 legal orders under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 2,576 of which prevented disclosure and 68% of those had no end date to the secrecy. The US House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved legislation requiring that authorities get a court warrant to obtain e-mail stored in the cloud, though without a provision regarding notification.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-microsoft-privacy-idUSKCN0XB22U          

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/04/us-house-committee-approves-bill-requiring-warrants-for-e-mail/

 

 New Amazon Kindle released

 

The Verge reports that an accidentally published page on T-Mall gave an early look at Amazon’s Kindle Oasis. It has a large bezel on one side, a 300ppi screen weighs 131 grams, 3.4 to 8.5 mm thick. The translated page described a rechargeable battery case that attaches with magnets and comes in three colors, providing 20 months of standby time. It’s available now in red, brown and black covers for $289 and begins shipping April 27th.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/11/11407696/amazon-new-kindle-oasis-leak-details-features

Singapore Gigabit LTE

CNET reports that Singapore’s carrier, StarHub is partnering with Huawei to bring gigabit LTE to Singapore in the spring of 2017. The 4.5G service which promises will roll out in the central business district. The improved speeds from the new small cell network will easily surpass this, however such service will only be achieved indoors, as the technology uses mini cellular towers to blanket an area, such as a mall or office building, with coverage. Devices that can take advantage of the speed have yet to hit the market. StarHub is currently rated as the world’s fastest LTE operator with average speeds of 38 Mbps.

http://www.cnet.com/news/singapore-will-get-super-fast-1gbps-lte-next-year/

Facebook Chatbots and VR camera

Further proving this is the year of bots and VR, Facebook announced some interesting new products.

·       Facebook announced “Agents on Messenger” a program for business to create chatbots for customer service, ecommerce and more. Customers can send a text to the chat and the Chatbots can respond with texts, custom links, and buttons that would allow users ask questions, to pay for items, or book rooms.

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·       Facebook also launched a Live video API that lets you broadcast to Facebook from any device.

·       The company also revealed an open source VR camera called Surround 360. The 17-lens camera require almost no post-production work. Rather than selling it Facebook will open source the designs and video stitching-algorithms and post to Github. Parts are estimated to cost $30,000.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/12/agents-on-messenger/

Facebook Ends Freebooting

Freebooting is the practice of using someone else’s videos without permission on Facebook. Tuesday Facebook launched Rights Manager, its own version of YouTube’s Content ID. Facebook Pages admins can upload video they wish to claim as their own. If a video matches, a notification can be sent to the offender it can be automatically reported as a violation. Whitelists can be made for pages allowed to republish. For now, content owners must apply through Facebook to get access to the dashboard and API.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/12/content-fb/

Instagram adds Video Channel

Instagram made a change to its explore page adding new video channels, including one called “Videos You Might Like”. Other channels are curated around topics like Coachella or particular people. The update comes to Android and iOS in the US today with other countries to follow.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/13/11420422/vine-watch-button-plays-through-entire-channel-without-scrolling

Avatar gets 4 sequels

This week at CinemaCon, film maker David Cameron announced that his hit movie Avatar is getting not one but four sequels. Avatar 2 will be released at Christmas 2018 with sequels following at Christmastime in 2020 and 2022 and 2023.

https://deadline.com/2016/04/james-cameron-gives-update-on-avatar-sequels-expanding-to-four-sequels-slams-screening-room-gets-cheers-from-exhibs-cinemacon-1201737814/

Batfleck to Direct Batman Solo film

Kevin Smith, said it first but this week Warner Bros. chairman and confirmed that the studio is moving forward with a standalone Batman movie, which Ben Affleck will both star, write, and direct.

http://nerdist.com/ben-affleck-will-go-full-batfleck-and-direct-the-batman-movie-too/

Men In Black/21 Jump Street Crossover

While the movie cross over between 21 Jump Street and Men in Black seems like one of the weirder proposals it finally got an official title. This week at Las Vegas at CinemaCon 2016, Sony announced the name of the movie will be MIB 23. Not the most creative title but maybe seeing Jonah Hill shooting Aliens in the near future will make up for that.

http://nerdist.com/men-in-black21-jump-street-crossover-gets-a-very-obvious-title/

Channing Tatum Enlists In ‘Kingsman 2’

Kingsman: The Golden Circle just beefed up its cast with a beefy American. Channing Tatum has announced on twitter that he’s joined the cast of the upcoming sequel to the 2014 (released stateside in 2015) hit comedy spy-thriller The Kingsman.

https://deadline.com/2016/04/channing-tatum-joins-kingsman-2-1201737447/

Cumberbatch to Voice The Grinch

Illumination Entertainment took the stage at Cinema-Con to wow exhibitors with new footage and project revelations that included setting Benedict Cumberbatch to voice the title character in How The Grinch Stole Christmas set for a release date of November 10, 2017.

https://deadline.com/2016/04/benedict-cumberbatch-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-illumniation-despicable-me-3-chris-meledandri-1201736891/

That’s it for Geek New

We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

 (Music 5)

In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

 Suicide Squad

First Bohemian Rhapsody, now Ballroom Blitz. The Suicide Squad seems to have the most fun music from the 1970’s.

In theaters Aug. 5th, 2016.

https://youtu.be/BKMgB01MU-w

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The trailer is the briefest glimpse into the American magical society of the 1920’s. From the fiction released on the Pottermore site we’re sure to see issues of magical segregation and secrecy in the film.

In theaters Nov. 18th, 2016.

https://youtu.be/yA7HyhOpC-k

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

The more we see of this movie the more we like it. In addition to the battle with Shredder and the aliens led by Krang there is a subplot of the turtles wanting to be human.

In theaters May 15th, 2016.

https://youtu.be/NzaSDRk_kCg

Doctor Strange Official Teaser Trailer

Our first look at footage from the Marvel film Doctor Strange. It’s 1:56 of magical goodness. We see Stephen Vincent Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) go from broken surgeon to sorcerer supreme with the help of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). The visuals remind us of the reality altering effects found in Inception.

In theaters Nov. 4th, 2016.

https://youtu.be/8E6suI1YMHk

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 58 – Twitter Scores with NFL and HTC Vive

 

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(music one)

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Tesla 3, Twitter and the NFL, the HTC Vive, New Doctor Strange Photos, Sherlock Season 4, the best Trailers of the Week and More…

In Our Discussion Section we’ll talk about Wrestlemania 32

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

Tesla 3 announced

This past weekend Tesla Motors revealed the latest edition of their all electric vehicle, the Model 3. Tesla fans have gone wild for the latest Tesla vehicle.

The Model 3 will get at least 215 miles of range beginning at just $35,000. All Model 3 cars will include support for Tesla's auto drive feature and the high-speed Supercharging network.

Before the announcement was even over fans were lining up outside Tesla centers waiting to put their $1,000 pre-order deposit. Within 72 hours after the first US dealerships began taking deposits, Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla has taken 276,000 preorders. That's $276 million in deposits, and, according to Musk's estimates, $11.5 billion worth of cars at a predicted average selling price of $42,000.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/2/11353146/tesla-model-3-preorder-update-elon-musk-tweet  

WhatsApp Upgrades

WhatsApp announced Tuesday that end-to-end encryption has been applied to all communications.

Messages already received such encryption but now photos, videos, files, voice messages, and group chats do too.

Take that FBI!

https://blog.whatsapp.com/10000618/end-to-end-encryption

Twitter to stream NFL

Twitter will stream 10 Thursday Night Football games “to a global audience” in 2016 for free without authentication. That’s Huge for the NFL.

-      Twitter paid around $10 million according to Bloomberg’s source (beating out Verizon, Yahoo, Amazon)

-      CBS and NBC paid $225mm for 5 Thursday games each — Verizon has rights to stream to wireless phones

-      Twitter video will be embeddable. Include pregame Periscope streams from players and teams

-      Available on the Twitter PC, phone, and Xbox app

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-05/twitter-said-to-win-nfl-deal-for-thursday-night-streaming-rights

Facebook adds Periscope like features

Facebook is adding a live streaming button to the middle of its iOS and Android apps leading to a dedicated page and a map of live streams. You can choose to stream to groups or events now and viewers can use all Facebook reactions. Comments and reactions will replay when viewed later. Facebook is paying some publishers to stream on the platform. The new button and features should roll out to users over the next few weeks.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/06/facebook-video-tab/

HTC Vive ships

This week the HTC Vive, the main Oculus VR competitor, has begun shipping this week. While the fervor in the media has not been quiet as high as Oculus’ release last week, the reviews have been good. Most reviews admit the Oculus Rift is more comfortable and the screen is slightly better, the Vive’s hand controls and the ability to move around a room are more immersive.

However, Endgadget reports that both Oculus and HTC are shipping their new VR headsets slower than expected. Oculus told Rift pre-order customers that the delay is due to a component shortage. Oculus will update preoders on April 12th and give free shipping. Some HTC Vive orders were declined by credit card companies causing some folks to lose their order or be bumped to the end of the waiting list. HTC says it is working to put everyone back in the right order.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/02/oculus-rift-and-htc-vive-order-trouble/

PS4 now streams to PC and Mac

Sony will released System Software 3.5 for PlayStation 4 Wednesday according that allowed users to install Remote Play apps on PCs and Macs. Remote Play allows PS4 owners to stream gameplay to their computer at resolutions of 360p, 540p or 720p with frame rates of 30fps or 60fps. You'll need to connect a DualShock 4 controller to the PC or Mac as well.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/5/11368312/sony-playstation-4-game-streaming-pc-mac-update

New Doctor Strange Photos

 

 

This week while filming Doctor Strange in NYC, Benedict Cumberbatch stopped by a local comic book store to pick up the latest issue of the Doctor Strange comic book, in full costume. He tweeted some photos of his time there and the shop owner was understandably excited. Additionally, we get a look at Cumberbatch posing for Coming Soon! Magazine in full Doctor Strange regalia.

http://www.slashfilm.com/new-doctor-strange-photo/

Dave Batista Joins Blade Runner Sequel

As he gears up for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Dave Bautista is taking on another high-profile sequel. He is joining for the untitled follow-up to Blade Runner, which stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright. As was the case with Wright’s casting last week, there are no details on Bautista’s character.

https://deadline.com/2016/04/dave-bautista-blade-runner-sequel-guardians-of-the-galaxy-drax-1201731615/

Freeform Orders ‘Marvel’s Cloak And Dagger’ Series

 

Disney is expanding its Marvel TV. Production company Freeform has ordered a new series with Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, a straight-to-series live-action drama based on the Marvel characters, which is aimed at young adults.

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger follows the interracial romance between Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness.

https://deadline.com/2016/04/marvels-cloak-and-dagger-series-issues-pilot-joanna-coles-freeform-1201733690/

Sherlock Season 4 starts filming

Filming has begun in the UK on the much anticipated Season 4 of the BBC One/Masterpiece drama Sherlock. Three new episodes are afoot promising “laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases,” the networks said today. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the high-functioning sociopath alongside Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Amanda Abbington as his wife Mary. The latter two will be preparing for the arrival of their first child.

Cumberbatch said he’s “genuinely thrilled to be back filming Sherlock with all the cast and crew. I can’t wait for everyone to see season four.

https://deadline.com/2016/04/sherlock-season-four-starts-filming-climax-cumberbatch-1201732842/

That’s it for Geek New

We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

 

 (Music 5)

In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

 Rogue One

Rogue One is a Star Wars prequel set right before Episode 4. It is the story of the Rebel team sent to steal the plans for the first Death Star. The latest trailer shows a dirty dozen style team infiltrating and battling the Empire. Jinn Asa, a rebel among rebels, leads the team. We also see a bounty hunter, a samurai, a pilot, and Forest Whitaker as a veteran fighter.

https://youtu.be/Wji-BZ0oCwg

The BFG

Finally, a full trailer has been released for The BFG. It was worth the wait. The mostly CG film has tons of heart and has me wanting to be swept away by a kind giant.

Synopsis: A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.

In theaters July 1st.

https://youtu.be/frGSzFj10p4

Swiss Army Man

This is a weird, charming mash up of Castaway and Weekend at Bernie’s. We love it! Harry Potter, aka Daniel Radcliff, is a corpse found by a lost traveler that he uses to survive. While this sounds kina gross, the trailer shows that corpse Daniel Radcliff starts talking, gaining abilities, and even a fart based rocket power.

Release date: June 17, 2016 (USA)

https://youtu.be/VYVTeuLaZH4

Blackway

An ex-logger comes to the aid of a woman who returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest and finds herself harassed and stalked by a former cop turned crime lord.

The trailer is surprisingly suspenseful. It’s Ray Liotta versus Anthony Hopkins and Julia Stiles on June 10th, 2016.

https://youtu.be/-MUUX8y0LHw

That’s it for Trailers of the Week

Now onto our Discussion section

(Music 3)

In our discussion section we talk about anything we’re interested in this week, and this week we’ll begin our discussion with…

 Wrestlemania 32 – The Superbowl of wrestling

AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas with over 100,000. Best social media presence of any Wrestlemania in my memory. I saw reports from the Verge, ESPN, the AV club, and of course comments all across Twitter and Facebook.

Highlights

-      Shaquille O’Neal versus the Big show – 7’1” versus 7’

-      Return of The Rock and John Cena

-      The League met its match with the legendary trio of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Mick Foley and Shawn Michaels

Thanks for listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

Episode 57 – Oculus Rift VR and Holoportation

 

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(music one)

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about The FBI drops Apple Lawsuit, Oculus Rift Delivery, Microsoft BUILD announcements, Instagram video expansion, Final Fantasy XV new, the best Trailers of the Week and More…

In Our Discussion Section we’ll talk about Our Reviews of Batman V Superman, Daredevil Season 2, and Supergirl and Flash

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

The FBI says they don’t need Apple

This week the FBI put the final nail in their court case with Apple over the San Bernardino phone. They asked the judge presiding on the case to vacate the order that tried to compel Apple to help them break into the phone. The FBI acknowledged that they were able to access the phone with the help of a 3rd party security company after all.

The fight over security and national security is not over though. PC World reports the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has identified 64 cases where the US Department of Justice has requested cooperation from Apple or Google under the All Writs Order to unlock mobile devices. 7 of the 9 cases involving Google asked for a password reset. 30 of the cases are from 2015 or later. This is in addition to 12 cases identified by Apple’s lawyer Marc Zwillinger in February.

https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/6255515/apple-order2.0.pdf

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3049714/us-has-asked-apple-google-to-help-unlock-devices-in-more-than-70-cases.html#tk.rss_news

Oculus Rift Week

The first consumer versions of the Oculus rift arrived this week and the internets have been going crazy. The very first rift was hand delivered in Alaska by founder Palmer Luckey to the 1st person who preorder it. Luckey live streamed the event on Facebook Live. Overall the reviews of the rift, with its included games Lucky’s Tale and Eve Valkyrie, have been very positive. However, take into account that there’s not anything else to compare it to right now since it’s the only consumer VR headset available. The HTC Vive ships in April.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/26/oculus-founder-palmer-luckey-hand-delivers-first-rift-vr-headset-to-customer/?ncid=rss

Microsoft BUILD announcements

This week Microsoft had several interesting announcements at this year’s BUILD conference keynote.

1.  All retail Xbox One consoles can become development kits free of charge.

a.  Xbox Dev Mode is available starting today as a preview and will be finalized as a full release this summer.

2.  The Hololens development kits started shipping this week, still cost $3,000 though.

a.  Showed off Holoportation- Full 3D Holographic video capture and transition. Princess Leia Star Wars scene.

b.  https://youtu.be/tIl7UMUxKJo

3.  The cornerstone of the keynote was the Microsoft Bot Framework.

a.  This tool in preview lets developers build their own chatbots into apps.

b.  Chatbot- Programs that chat-based conversations between a user and an automated response system. Can be so realistic some users don’t realize they’re talking/texting with a chatbots.

c.   Skype will get chatbots built in for desktop, iOS and Android and its own Skype Bot platform. Examples included booking a hotel room and arranging delivery of cupcakes.

http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-microsoft-future-ai-chatbots/

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/30/11332494/microsoft-bot-framework-build

http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/30/everything-microsoft-announced-at-build-2016/

Instagram video

Instagram announced in a blog post, it has increased video posts to be up to a minute. The feature will roll out to all users over the next few months.

 

iOS users also got back the ability to make videos from clips on the camera roll starting with today's app update.


http://blog.instagram.com/post/141905496242/160329-video

Final Fantasy XV, finally!

This week the release date for Final Fantasy XV was leaked ahead of the official Square Enix press release but they also had a ton of other news about the game too.

·       Release Date September 30th, 2016.

o   Game trailer: https://youtu.be/C05PC_dGjsw

·       Final Fantasy XV is getting its own anime series. Dubbed Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV, the series is somewhat of a prequel, telling the story of main character Noctis and how he came to be friends with the three characters that he'll be traveling with in the game.

o   Episode 1 https://youtu.be/fsVhwsUFaDE

·       CGI Final Fantasy Movie Coming This Year, Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV

o   Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/otB3zq6ppwc

 

That’s it for Geek New

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We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

 (Music 5)

In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. The psychedelic trailer shows off some new CGI scenes and some of the early story where Alice is in a mental institute. 

https://youtu.be/x3IWwnNe5mc

Warcraft

Based on the popular Blizzard video games of the same name. The movie tells the story of how the Orc race fled their dying home to colonize to invade the peaceful realm of Azeroth.

https://youtu.be/V6c5YmnXchU

The Lego Batman Movie

If you liked the Lego Movie you’ll probably like this stop motions animation version of Batman. It’s fun, goofy, and appeals to all ages.

https://youtu.be/ndSMLTwvlis

That’s it for Trailers of the Week

Now onto our Discussion section

(Music 3)

In our discussion section we talk about anything we’re interested in this week, and this week we’ll begin our discussion with…

 Our Reviews of Batman V Superman, Daredevil Season 2, and Supergirl and Flash

Supergirl Flash cross over- Ep. 101 World Finest

Daredevil Season 2

Batman V Superman

Spoiler Free- In one sentence, the best thing about Batman V. Superman is Wonder Woman. She lends grace and interest to an otherwise mediocre movie. On a scale of 1 to 10 the movie rates a 5 at best. How much you enjoy Batman V. Superman depends on your expectations. If you’re expecting it to be as good as Frank Miller’s Batman Returns then you’ll be sorely disappointed. If you go into the film expecting what was promised in the trailers, a fight fest between super friends, well it does deliver there. As a standalone film it’s mediocre. However, if you think of it as a launch platform for an entire series of new movie franchises it hold potential.

 

Thanks for listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 56 –The Canceled FBI fight and the Nazi Tweetbot

 

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 (music one)

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Apple’s canceled fight with the FBI, the new iPhone, Microsoft’s Nazi Tweetbot, the new MacGyver, the best Trailers of the Week and More…

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

(Music 2)

Geek News  

Apple Vs FBI canceled due to Hacker

Remember that court case where the FBI was trying to force Apple to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter? Well, that’s on hold for now. This Monday, the FBI filed a motion to vacate Tuesday’s hearing and issue a stay for Apple to assist the FBI. On Sunday a third party demonstrated to the FBI a method for unlocking the phone without Apple’s assistance. US Magistrate Sheri Pym canceled Tuesday’s hearing and issued a stay. The FBI asked for two weeks to test the new method. The FBI must give the judge a status report by April 5.

There are rumors that Israeli security firm, Cellebrite who specializes in recovering data from cellphones, is the company helping the FBI.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/03/apple-gets-short-term-win-but-new-mysterious-fbi-unlocking-method-looms/

http://www.cnet.com/news/fbis-iphone-hack-help-may-come-from-israeli-security-firm/

Apple Announcements

The Verge put together a list of the most exciting Apple announcements this week. Including:

The 4-inch iPhone SE- A smaller version of the iPhone 6S. It has A9 processor and 12-megapixel rear camera for the $399 16GB model, which is alarmingly little space for a modern phone, but $499 for the more spacious 64GB one. The company will start taking pre-orders this Thursday, and the device will be available March 31st.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro- The latest iPad has shrunk from 12.9-inch to a smaller 9.7-inch version. The specs for the machine are about the same though it does weigh under one pound now. The new iPad comes in silver, gold, space grey, and rose gold. Pricing starts at $599 for the 32GB version, but is also offered at $749 for 128GB and a 256GB model for $899

Apple Watch price cut – The $349 Apple Watch will now start at $299. Along with it, Apple announced a new lineup of watch bands with new colors.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/21/11255472/apple-iphone-se-ipad-pro-event-recap-highlights

Microsoft Teen Tweetbot Goes Wild

 

The Telegraph reported that Developers at Microsoft created 'Tay', an AI modelled to speak 'like a teen girl', in order to improve the customer service on their voice recognition software. The idea was to teach the AI about culture by having it tweet with people online. Within 24 hours however the internet taught Tay to be a Hitler-loving, sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot. Microsoft has since shut down Tay.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/03/24/microsofts-teen-girl-ai-turns-into-a-hitler-loving-sex-robot-wit/

Hulu VR

Hulu launched an app designed for the Samsung Gear VR headset available in the Gear VR Oculus Store. It includes normal content as well as 25 exclusive original VR shows and films. Those are available even if you’re not subscribed to Hulu. Hulu says it’s the first of several VR apps for different platforms.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/24/hulu-steps-into-virtual-reality-with-a-new-app-for-samsung-gear-vr/

VR Porn

The video site PornHub is partnering with BaDoinkVR to launch a new VR section of the PornHub website. The site is offering free cardboard VR goggle’s to its users.

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/03/23/pornhub-goes-long-vr-new-virtual-reality-section/

Unleash the CRACAN

John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab released a video this week showing off its latest unmanned aerial vehicle. The Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System, or CRACUNS, is a submersible UAV that can be launched from a fixed position underwater. It can stay under seawater for up to two months and still launch into the air.

https://youtu.be/o17x3XTA-DM

http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pressreleases/2016/160317.asp

Marvel Internship competition for STEM girls

Marvel is inviting girls between ages 15-18 to submit creative STEM-based projects that have the potential to make the world a better place.  Five finalists will be flown to California, where they will present their project to a panel of experts and they’ll also get to walk the red carpet at the Captain America: Civil War world premiere, take a tour of the Walt Disney Studios and Dolby Laboratories, participate in a live global Broadcom Masters webinar and discuss their STEM skills, and receive a $500 Savings account from Synchrony Bank.

A grand prize winner will be selected from the five, and she will win an internship with Marvel. The deadline for entry is March 26.

https://youtu.be/3vY9GhjGq8o --Scarlet Witch and Agent 13 (Elizabeth Olsen and Emily VanCamp) Promo for Marvel STEM internship

http://geekandsundry.com/young-girls-in-stem-can-compete-to-win-an-internship-with-marvel/

HP Lovecraft Casting

Deadline reports that Ron Perlman and Christopher Plummer have been cast in the upcoming animated film Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom.

The story follows a young Howard Lovecraft who visits his estranged father in a mental institute. In the meeting, his father gives him one piece of advice, do not read the Necronomicon. Thanks to his loving mother who gives him the book as a gift, he reads it. In doing so, it sends him to a different world that he must try to survive in. During his journey, he befriends a creature that he dubs Spot and adventures ensue.

https://deadline.com/2016/03/christopher-plummer-ron-perlman-animated-h-p-lovecraft-movie-cast-arcana-shout-factory-1201724296/

MacGyver cast in CBS Pilot

CBS has found its young MacGyver in X-Men co-star Lucas Till. The 25-year-old actor will play the title role in the CBS drama pilot MacGyver, a reimagining of the 1985 series about a resourceful and ingenious agent who improvises his way out of sticky situations using everyday items like rubber bands, chewing gum and a Swiss Army knife.

https://deadline.com/2016/03/lucas-till-cast-macgyver-cbs-pilot-x-men-1201723767/

Cartoon Network orders new FLCL episodes

This week Cartoon Network announced that they are partnering with Legendary Pictures to produce 12 new episodes for the 2001 hit anime FLCL (pronounced “Fooly Cooly") the story of how A boy's humdrum life is turned upside-down with the arrival of an alien investigator.

https://youtu.be/5tYLzFxoW2Y - Trailer for FLCL

http://renewcanceltv.com/flcl-renewed-for-seasons-2-3-by-adult-swim/

That’s it for Geek New

We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

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In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

 War Dogs

The true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. Starring: Miles Teller and Jonah Hill

Release date: August 19, 2016 (USA)

https://youtu.be/wdFIkMY1SUI

Bridget Jones’ Baby

With two men (Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey) in her life, a now 40 year old pregnant Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) must figure out who's the father of her baby.

Release date: September 16, 2016 (USA)

https://youtu.be/0nhGGQ_PYyE

Special Correspondents

Eric Bana is teaming up with Ricky Gervais for a Netflix original movie called Special Correspondents, in which the duo play NYC radio broadcasters who pretend to be reporting from Ecuador. When their cover is almost blown, they end up having to actually go there and really get into the action they've tried so hard to avoid.

https://youtu.be/3kKTFAEQgSY

Flash Supergirl Crossover

CBS has released the trailer for “World’s Finest,” which finds Barry Allen trapped on Supergirl’s world. The video glosses over how Barry got there and how he came to be on a first name basis with Melissa Benoist’s Kara. Instead, it jumps to instant camaraderie between the two heroes as they team up to take down Silver Banshee and Livewire. The episode airs Monday March 28th.

https://youtu.be/oTtk0pJ07cc

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 55 – GDC VR and Self Lacing Shoes

 

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 (music one)

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the A.I. Go winner, Nike’s Self Lacing shoes, the Uber family Plan, Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix Show, Indiana Jones 2019, the best Trailers of the Week and More…

In our Discussion section we talk about… the great game and VR news that came out of the Game Developer Conference that happened this week.

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

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Geek News  

AlphaGo for the Win!

This week AlphaGo beat Lee Se-dol in game five of the DeepMind Challenge to win the series with 4 victories and 1 loss. Lee said the games were psychological difficult for him and that he felt sorry the series had come to an end. Before the match reigning Go champion Ke Jie told China Central television he believed he could beat AlphaGo.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/15/11213518/alphago-deepmind-go-match-5-result

Nike’s Self Lacing Shoes

 

This week Nike announced a new line of self lacing shoes. Finally fulling the promise of Back to the Future 2. The shoes are called HyperAdapt 1.0, and use a series of sensors in the heel and sole of the shoe to tell how you walk and will adjust the tightness of the laces to match your walking style. Nike says the shoes operate on a battery that will last for two weeks on a single charge. No price or release date was announced.

https://youtu.be/z7Cyv3cvIxY

http://news.nike.com/news/hyperadapt-adaptive-lacing

Uber family Plan

Uber, the ride sharing service, announced Wednesday that it would be testing a new payment system that would allow one person, or business, to pay for the rides of up to 10 other people. The test will take place in Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix. The person who wants to be responsible for paying for all those rides sends invites through the app to everyone he or she wants to add to their plan. Once that invitation is accepted, all future Uber rides will be billed directly to the organizer, who will receive a receipt for every ride.

The idea came from feedback from riders who wanted a way to consolidate trip payments under one account, Uber says.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/16/11242544/ubers-family-profiles-one-person-pay-10-riders

Express Drive

General Motors and Lyft announced a service called Express Drive. GM will provide Lyft drivers with rental cars for $99 a week plus mileage if you give fewer than 40 rides. Give 65 rides and you don’t pay anything. Drivers pay for nothing else except gas. The service will launch in Chicago with 500 Chevy Equinoxes. Boston, Washington, DC and Baltimore will follow.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/14/lyft-gm-express-drive/?ncid=rss  

The Microsoft-Sony Crossover

Microsoft announced it is opening up network gaming to allow players of games on Windows and Xbox to compete against players on other platforms. Rocket League will take advantage of the feature with Xbox One/PC network play allowed later this spring. This means that PlayStation players could in the future face off against Xbox One players online.

Sony responded that they’d be open to a conversation ‘with anyone’ about cross platform online play. Please note that Sony has allowed online play between PC and PlayStation since it first came out.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/14/microsoft-will-let-xbox-pc-gamers-play-online-with-other-platfo/

Disney Subscription Service

 

The Nerdist reports that Disney is getting into the box subscription service game with a Haunted Mansion-themed subscription box, called The Ghost Post. The Ghost Post will start shipping at the end of March. Along with collectibles, you’ll receive what sounds like a scavenger hunt of sorts. The items in the box will interact with iPhones, particularly through the Phantom Radio iPhone app, to supply you with information and clues.

You can subscribe to the mystery shipments through Disney’s Ghost Relations Department . It’s $199 for three eerie boxes.

http://nerdist.com/disneys-haunted-mansion-subscription-box-will-send-you-on-a-scavenger-hunt/

Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix Show

Netflix's first talk show is almost here. Chelsea Handler announced this week that her half hour show, titled Chelsea, will premiere on May 11th, 2016. It will be filmed in front of a live studio audience and air on Netflix only 12 hours after filming. The show will run three days a week and remain up on Netflix permanently.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/16/11246290/netflix-chelsea-handler-talk-show-premiere-date-announced

Indiana Jones 2019

Disney announced this week that Harrison Ford will return once again as Indiana Jones in a new film. The movie will be directed by Steven Spielberg, and is slated for release on July 19th, 2019.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/15/11238178/harrison-ford-indiana-jones-2019-spielberg

Power Man release date

This week during the NYC premiere of Daredevil’s second season, Power Man himself, Mike Colter, finally revealed when fans can expect to see a whole lot more of Luke Cage.

Colter revealed that as of now, Luke Cage is set to release in its entirety on Sept. 30, 2016.

According to Colter, fans of Marvel’s other Netflix series have a lot to look forward to as the new series is going to be action packed from beginning to end.

http://therealstanleeworld.com/luke-cage-premiere/

That’s it for Geek New

We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

 (Music 5)

In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

X-Men: Apocalypse

The second trailer for this amazing X-Men movie hit the internet this week. We get to see the scale of destruction that Apocalypse will unleash on the world and the mutant forces that oppose him from Xavier’s School for gifted children.

In theaters May 27th

https://youtu.be/2oVht1Y8Meg

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

When a teen visits a magical place known as Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children, he learns that his new friends have special powers and powerful enemies. Directed by Tim Burton.

Release date: September 30, 2016 (USA)

https://youtu.be/mAdpJw-MM-M

Central Intelligence

A lethal CIA agent (played by Dwayne Johnson) and his former schoolmate (Kevin Hart) encounter shootouts, double-crosses and espionage while on a top-secret case.

Release date: June 17, 2016 (USA)

https://youtu.be/0FKctBraQj0

Sausage Party

What happens when the food you buy from the grocery store realizes their fate? When the script is written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, something very funny and NSFW.

Release date: August 12, 2016 (USA)

https://youtu.be/2rf1uro1vXI

 That’s it for Trailers of the Week

Now onto our Discussion section

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In our discussion section we talk about anything we’re interested in this week, and this week we’ll begin our discussion with…

GDC VR

VR was a big theme at the Game Developer Conference this week. The big three each made announcements:

·       Sony announced the PlayStation VR headset will arrive in October for $399. It will not come with PlayStation Camera which sells for $60 or less. Move controllers are optional and sell separately for less than $50. It will launch with at least 5 games and promises 50 by December. - 100-degree FoV- 120Hz refresh, 5.7-inch OLED screen 1920 x1080

·       Oculus announced 30 games will be available on its March 28th launch day. $599.

o   https://youtu.be/pN6YCFlS8nU

·       And Valve’s Chet Faliszek says 50 developers have VR games ready for the HTC Vive. $799, ships 4/5/16.

VR Games shown off at GDC

Job Simulator – Pretend you have a job. Targeted to Millennials. https://youtu.be/bpoCQJPCP8w

Playroom VR – Sony exclusive. A place to explore VR games and interact with objects. https://youtu.be/kAUZ1H2_fn8

Golem – Fantasy combat with a golem. https://youtu.be/UIFSt0YSDls

Eagle Flight – Fly as an eagle https://youtu.be/PoxTdZ0AO34

Star Wars Battlefront – PlayStation VR exclusive. https://youtu.be/77CMcPbLeKs

Star Wars - Trials of Tatooine - https://youtu.be/ZDDr6KjSpAY

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/03/15/playstation-vr-launching-october-for-399/

Listener E-Mail: Writer Charles Dean, author of the Bathrobe Knight e-mailed us about that LitRPG article we wrote. He noted we spelled the name of his novel incorrectly as the Bathroom Knight. We corrected it but it was nice to e-mail with him for a little bit and kinda cool to hear from an author I like. Go read the The Bathrobe Knight!

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That’s it for us this week. Thanks for listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Episode 54 – Poop Biofuel, J.K. Rowling’s North American Magic, Darth Maul Fan film

 

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 (music one)

Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about Poop based Biofuel, A.I. Go Challenger, the Venom movie, the Darth Maul Fan film sweeping the internet, the best Trailers of the Week and More…

In our Discussion section we talk about… J.K Rowling’s Magical History of North America

Before we begin I wanted to give a shout out to some new listeners who I met this weekend: Mike Marquez and Donna M.

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

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Geek News  

Will Poop power your Car?

This week UCLA scientists posted a video of their poop based biofuel project. By altering microscopic bacteria, the UCLA scientists can feed waste polypeptides to the germs, which then produce biofuels and ammonia. Unlike traditional biofuels, the end product isn’t corrosive to metal. Which, in theory, means you could just fill up your tank with the poop fuel without any special car modifications.

This might be a great way to use up the over 1 billion tons of agricultural waste produced in the U.S. every year.

https://youtu.be/syj_TNogOs4

http://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/will-cars-future-run-poop

A.I. versus Go Champion

In the first 2 of 5 games of Go, DeepMind’s AlphaGo machine intelligence defeated 18-time Go champion Lee See-dol. Lee was surprised how well AlphaGo played but said, “If I do a better job on the opening aspect I think I will be able to increase my probability of winning.” The next three games are at 4AM GMT Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/9/11184362/google-alphago-go-deepmind-result  

The SkyWall 100 bazooka captures drones with a giant net

 

The SkyWall 100 is one of the latest device promising to protect the world from the impending drone takeover. It’s essentially a smart bazooka that fires a canister filled with a net at drones 100 meters away. Boom headshot.

An operator targets the drone and fires a canister that contains a large net that gets tangled in the drone’s rotors. A parachute then delivers the drone back to earth in a civilized manner.

https://youtu.be/6uu4yoi0TqY

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/04/the-skywall-100-bazooka-captures-drones-with-a-giant-net/

Bionic fingertip lets amputee feel texture

 

The scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have succeeded in designing a bionic fingertip that can make amputees feel textures and even differentiate between rough and smooth surfaces. The team asked Dennis Aabo Sørensen, who lost his left hand in an accident, to test it out. He said the sensations it gave him were almost like what you'd feel with your own hand.

https://youtu.be/Ebd_Yc0oDZI

http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/08/bionic-finger-textures/

Amazon's live shopping show

The online retail giant launches its first live show, and it's just to talk about fashion and beauty items you can buy on Amazon. The  daily, live show, is called Style Code Live.

The series, which streams on weeknights began Tuesday, is "dedicated to fashion and beauty, featuring useful tips from style experts and viewers, looks the audience can easily shop, and an interactive viewing experience that includes live chat."

http://mashable.com/2016/03/08/amazon-style-code-live/#NuFNYuGjbkqQ

Fable Legends Canceled

In a press statement this week Microsoft announced that is has cancelled the latest Fable game ‘Fable Legends’ and has announced plans to close Lionhead. Founded in 1996 by Peter Molyneux and bought by Microsoft in 2006, the game studio has produced such iconic game franchises as Fable, Black & White, and The Movies. However, in recent years the studio has struggled with overhyped products and poor game sales.

http://kotaku.com/sounds-like-microsoft-is-shutting-down-iconic-game-stud-1763272488

Venom movie in development

 

Sony Pictures will develop a film based on Spider-Man villain Venom, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The spinoff is not connected to the upcoming Spider-Man film that the studio is co-producing with Marvel.

Dante Harper, who wrote a draft of Edge of Tomorrow, will serve as screenwriter. There is no director attached to the project yet, but longtime Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are involved with the Venom film.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/spider-man-spinoff-venom-revived-872844?utm_source=twitter

TV Show Renewals

It’s that time of the year folks. TV networks star deciding which current shows will get renewals and which will get the axe. Shows that are getting renewed this week are: Supergirl and Into the Badlands

http://comicbook.com/2016/03/08/into-the-badlands-renewed-for-second-season-at-amc/

http://comicbook.com/2016/03/08/cbs-plans-to-renew-supergirl-for-second-season/

Matt Nable Returns as Ra's al Ghul in DC's Legends of Tomorrow "Left Behind" Episode

In an episode to be released March 31st, Sara, Ray and Kendra find themselves stranded in the 1950s, and Sara goes to meet Ra's al Ghul at the League of Assassins again (for the first time).

Ra’s al Ghul is likely best known as a Batman villain but has made an appearance as a recurring villain on the CWs Arrow.

http://comicbook.com/2016/03/10/matt-nable-returns-as-ras-al-ghul-in-dcs-legends-of-tomorrow-lef/

Eddie Thawne and Pied Piper Return To The Flash in "Flash Back" Episode

In an episode titled "Flash Back”, Barry heads back in time and finds himself pitted against both the Pied Piper and Eddie Thawne. The official synopsis of the episode:

Desperate to find a way to increase his speed, Barry decides to travel back in time and masquerade as his earlier self in order to get his arch-nemesis, Dr. Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh), to teach him how to run faster. However, things don’t go as planned and Barry is stunned to face familiar foe Hartley Rathaway (guest star Andy Mientus), as well as old friend Eddie Thawne (guest star Rick Cosnett).

http://comicbook.com/2016/03/10/eddie-thawne-and-pied-piper-return-to-the-flash-in-flash-back-sy/

Darth Maul: Apprentice better than the Star Wars Prequels

To a lot of fans, Darth Maul is the coolest character in the Star Wars prequels. This fan film, which took the crew two years to make, you get a great new Darth Maul story with all the bad ass fight moves you’d expect from the character. Darth Maul: Apprentice focuses on Darth Maul fighting a group of Jedi, and it features an amazing lightsaber choreography, stellar visual effects, and a story that actually adds complexity to Maul's character.

https://youtu.be/Djo_91jN3Pk

http://epicstream.com/videos/Darth-Maul-Apprentice-is-One-of-The-Best-Star-Wars-Fan-Films-Ever-Made

BEETLEJUICE 2

Fans of Beetlejuice have been awaiting a sequel for decades and they just may get one soon. It’s been reported by many outlets that Tim Burton has confirmed rumors that Beetlejuice 2 is going to be made.

Tim Burton reportedly told ShowbizSpy.com, “The film is a go and has been approved by the Warner Bros. team, we have talked with the cast members we wanted for the film and they are all on board, this includes both Winona and Michael [Keaton]. We have the script in hand everything is in place all we need to do now is get ready to start filming.”

http://nerdist.com/beetlejuice-2-confirmed-by-tim-burton/

That’s it for Geek New

We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

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In our Trailers of the Week section we bring you the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

Captain America: Civil War

The last trailer before the movie release for Civil War has been released. Giving you more details on the cause of the rift between Cap and Iron Man. Also, the first appearance of Spider Man. May 6th 2016.

https://youtu.be/QGfhS1hfTWw

Kubo and the Two Strings

The second trailer for this animated film shows a bit more of the story of Kubo, the monsters he faces, and the powers he uses. In theaters Aug. 19th, 2016.

https://youtu.be/FfApAsZKKcg

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Based on the hit kids novel by James Patterson. The story follows Rafe Khatchadorian as he begins middle school and “copes with the awkwardness of adolescence: crushes, bullying, and family issues as he attempts to break every school rule and collect the most points any student's ever been given. Release date: October 7, 2016

https://youtu.be/IKm7y_oIcSo

The Ranch

Set in the present day on a Colorado ranch, the Netflix Original comedy THE RANCH, stars Ashton Kutcher as Colt, a failed semi-pro football player who returns home to run the family ranching business with his older brother Jameson “Rooster” (Danny Masterson) and father Beau (Sam Elliott), whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years. Debra Winger stars as Colt’s and Rooster’s mother, Maggie, who runs the local town bar. On Netflix April 1st.

https://youtu.be/epCvKyjH7g8

 That’s it for Trailers of the Week

Now onto our Discussion section

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In our discussion section we talk about anything we’re interested in this week, and this week we’ll begin our discussion with…

 J.K Rowling’s North American history of Magic stories

This week Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling released 4 new short story detailing the history of magic in North America. The released stories are part of the world building preparation being done for the Harry Potter Prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in theaters this November, which is set in a 1920s New York.

 

·       14th-17th centuries

o   While muggle Europeans where just discovering the ‘New World’ the magical community had been traveling there by broom or apparition for centuries.

o   Americans call non-magic folk ‘No-Maj’ short for “No Magic” and not Muggles as do the Europeans.

o   Native American communities sometimes accepted and sometimes shunned their magical members.

§  Native American magicians didn’t use wands but where adept at the advanced hands free magic.

§  The Skin Walker legend was a corruption of stories of Animagi by jealous No-Maj shaman.

·       Story 2 covers 17th Century and beyond.

o    Salem Witch Trials killed many immigrant witches/wizards and di