Job Simulator is a new immersive virtual reality experience set in an arguably utopian future from developer Owlchemy Labs and one of the first games revealed for Valve’s SteamVR project.
Set in a future where automated society has made human occupations obsolete, the simulation challenges players with following instructions from the sentient “keeper of human history,” Job Bot, to learn how "to job."
“Robots cook, clean, service, and rule organize the world with precision and speed. Human occupations are now memories of the past; long gone are the blue collar jobs that ran the old world,” the game’s description reads. “Humans raised in our perfect automated society must not forget their useless ancient ancestors and history. This is why Job Bot was born. Job Bot created Job Simulator to teach humans what it is 'to job'. All praise to Job Bot, for he is the keeper of human history.”
Netflix may not feature traditional advertising, but that doesn't mean it's exempt from a little product placement.
Advertising Age has confirmed that global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev signed a deal to be the exclusive beer brand for the third season of House of Cards. The company will not be paying for the placement, Ad Age reports, but will supply the production with a healthy stash of Stella Artois, Budweiser and its Shock Top brands as part of a relationship that began back in Season One.
The publication also reports that Samsung has struck a deal with Netflix, which secured its devices as the tech-of-choice in House of Cards. Although there was no official confirmation of the deal, it's a rumour strengthened by a promotion earlier this year that saw Samsung offering Netflix subscriptions to consumers buying selected Samsung products.
Tesla Model S owners have discovered a secret setting that will change the car pictured on the on-screen display into the Lotus Esprit submarine from the 1977 Roger Moore Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.
Owners need only hold down on the “T” logo at the top centre of the screen (which brings up the technician login) and enter “007” as the access code.
The Easter egg is reportedly part of a Model S software update released almost a year ago.
Tesla founder Elon Musk purchased the real custom-built Lotus Espirit submersible at auction back in 2013 for £550,000 and, at the time, expressed his intention of adding a Tesla powerplant and rebuilding the vehicle so it can actually transform from a car to a sub in the way the movie depicted.
In Arthurian legend it’s written that King Arthur created a giant round table so that his knights could come around to the castle and chill out, drink mead, and shoot the breeze. Being round in shape meant that there was no official head; everyone who chose to sit down had an equal voice. And without having to worry about order or stature or hierarchy, he would famously say, “Dudes, it’s just Arthur here. Or Art. Even Arty will do. Actually, no. Don’t call me Arty.”
Anyone who was anyone in Camelot would come and enjoy the freewheeling conversations that took place at the Round Table – as it was cleverly known, and it was here that everything from sedimentary sword extraction to how to properly groom a horse were discussed openly. Except for Merlin, who by this point had heard the Sword in the Stone story a few too many times and took to protest by staying in his tower working on new potions.
According to Deadline, the gritty Power Rangers fan film is back online with the following disclaimer from Shankar: “Deboot of the Power Rangers. My take on the FAN FILM. Not a pilot, not a series, not for profit, strictly for exhibition. This is a bootleg experiment not affiliated or endorsed by Saban Entertainment or Lionsgate nor is it selling any product. I claim no rights to any of the characters (don’t send me any money, not kickstarted, this film is free). This is the NSFW version. An alternate safe version is on youtube.”
Fantastic Four director Josh Trank has opened up on his decision-making behind his seemingly contentious casting, and the grittier tone he's taking with his reboot.
Speaking with Empire (via JoBlo), Trank was candid about the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka Human Torch, a white character in the comic books, and a black character in the reboot. While some of the film's detractors are quick to call "political correctness", Trank's reasoning is much more simple: it's the 21st century, and Jordan was the right guy for the role.
Today HTC unveiled its HTC One M9 at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. The new phone "melds the best" design features of the HTC One M7 and M8, according to the company.
The metal edges of its new phone "combine perfectly with graceful curves for a jewellery-grade look," HTC said. It features an all-metal unibody design and is accented with a silver and rose-gold finish.
Aesthetically, it's definitely a nice looking phone, and it faces stiff competition in the looks-department from Samsung's newly announced Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, which also feature updated, sleek designs that blend glass and metal together.
Samsung announced the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, its wearable VR headset for use with its newly revealed Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones.
"Gear VR Innovator Edition lets users engage with high resolution movies, TV shows," video on demand services and photos, according to Samsung. The headset also supports VR gaming, so long as you provide the Android-compatible controller.
Samsung first revealed its Gear VR headset in September of 2014. The Gear VR went on sale in December for $200 USD and the previous version of the Innovator was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4. The updated version is optimized for "both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and its 5.1- inch Super AMOLED display," Samsung said.
Note: Spoilers for Arrow up through the February 25th episode "Nanda Parbat" follow.
The latest episode of Arrow found Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) return to Starling City, where she fought and defeated Malcolm Merlyn, only to be captured herself by Oliver Queen. Thea Queen then confessed she was the killer of Nyssa’s love, Sara Lance, and freed her from her cell, with Nyssa's next move yet to be seen. But meanwhile, over in Nanda Parbat, Nyssa’a father Ra’s al Ghul was asking Oliver to take over as his successor…
So how will Nyssa, previously referred to as the Heir to the Demon, react to her father passing her over like this? Katrina Law and Arrow's executive producers gave us some ideas at a recent press Q&A.
Korean electronics maker Samsung announced its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge today in Barcelona. The phones are set to launch in tandem with Samsung's new mobile payment service, Samsung Pay.
According to Samsung, the new design required "first-of-its-kind glass crafting technology," with screens made of Corning's newest Gorilla Glass 4. Today's announcement verifies a leak earlier in the month which said Samsung would release two new versions of the S6.
The all metal and glass phones will come in 32, 64, and 128GB models and have a 577ppi display, which puts it just above the Galaxy S5 as far as pixel density is concerned. Powering the phone is a 14nm Octacore application processor running Android Lollipop. The phone features a 16MP rear and 5MP front-facing camera at f/1.9, which means it's wide-open for low light capabilities.
Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie as con artists, debuted atop the North American box office this weekend with an estimated $19.1 million.
Although that opening was slightly below industry expectations, it was still enough to dethrone reigning champ Fifty Shades of Grey, which dropped to fourth place with roughly $10.9 million.
Weep not for Fifty Shades of Grey, though. With $486.2 million worldwide in its play room, the erotic drama is now Universal's highest-grossing R-rated international release of all time, surpassing its raunchy comedy Ted.
The weekend's other major new release, horror flick The Lazarus Effect, opened in fifth place with an estimated $10.6 million.
Well known and beloved thanks to his decades of memorable roles in the likes of Laverne and Shirley, This is Spinal Tap, Clue, The Brady Bunch Movie, Best in Show and oh-so many more films and TV series, Michael McKean can be seen these days on Better Call Saul, the buzzed about Breaking Bad spinoff/prequel.
McKean plays Chuck McGill, brother to Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill, who was a highly successful lawyer who’s now a shut in. While we still don’t know all the details about what happened, Chuck has become ill, perhaps only mentally - deathly afraid of the effects of anything electronic.
I sat down with McKean for an conversation about the long road to him joining Better Call Saul, which began during the Breaking Bad days, and what he makes of Jimmy and his issues. We also talked about working with Saul co-creator Vince Gilligan, who McKean has known since they collaborated on The X-Files, and more.
At the 2015 Mobile World Conference today, Chinese mobile tech manufacturer Huawei showed off its Android Wear watch.
The device was designed to ride the line between luxury styling and functionality. Unlike, say, the Apple watch, which leaves no question as to its purpose as a wearable smart device, Huawei's watch looks like more traditional, round-faced watch.
The watch, which features a sapphire crystal face, is cased in stainless steel and will be available in silver, black, and gold. Information is processed by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8026, and is output via its 400 x 400 286dpi display. It runs Android Wear, so it handles operations like Facebook and instant messaging.
Today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, smartphone manufacturer HTC announced they were working in partnership with Valve on a VR headset called Vive.
The Vive uses Valve's SteamVR tracking technology and pairs with two SteamVR base stations, which track your physical movement in virtual space without having to use a controller.
You can, of course, use a controller while wearing the headset. In addition to standard inputs, HTC also announced their own wireless controller that work through hand tracking.
There was a spot of sunshine for Rick Grimes and company at the end of last week's episode - finally. They were overdue. The group reached the gate to the Alexandria Safe-Zone. "Remember" will see them entering the community, but will they find a better and safer life? They've spent a long time following their own path and conforming to a new lifestyle could prove challenging. See a couple of photos of the group just outside the gates below.
The Walking Dead: "Remember" Photos:
Watch "Remember" on Sunday, March 1st, at 9:00pm ET/PT on AMC.
Sentient robots and invading overlords rub shoulders with bent coppers and globe-trotting military men in our list of the biggest and best movies hitting UK screens in March and elsewhere in the not-too-distant future.
Neill Blomkamp – the writer-director behind District 9 and Elysium – delivers a third sci-fi flick in the shape of Chappie, set in the near future when a mechanised police force patrols the streets of Johannesburg. Dev Patel plays a robotics genius who turns one such droid sentient, while Hugh Jackman is a former soldier who believes playing God is a dangerous game, and does everything in his power to bring the robot down.
Release Date: UK & US March 6, AU March 12
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
With last week's excellent reveal about Flint now backlighting the proceedings, two deals were negotiated this week. One leading to an amazing character moment and the other, well, stalling things a bit.
In fact, even Silver was worried about the beached Urca gold and how long it was taking everything regarding Vane and the fort to get sorted out. Speaking on behalf of the viewer, in some respects. Plus, the actual value Flint was placing on Abigail Ashe was called into question when Vane was not only unwilling to accept "the future" as a commodity to be traded, but also feared that Eleanor and Flint pleading for legitimacy would make New Providence look week and actually bring about the invasion they're trying to avoid. But Eleanor and Flint are back in full agreement over their shared-dream pirate paradise, so she used her "in" with Vane to sneak off and set Abigail free.
Suicide Squad director David Ayer is active on social media, and he took to Twitter today to answer some fan questions about his upcoming DC Comics movie adaptation.
One question in particular concerned what Oscar winner Jared Leto's Joker will be like in the movie. Here's how Ayer described him:
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) February 28, 2015
While Tweeting about his departure for studio Media Molecule, Head of Audio Kenneth Young may have teased when the PS4 game Tearaway Unfolded will release.
"I'll be working with my friends here
until we ship Tearaway Unfolded this summer. Then I'm going to have a rest!" Young said on his personal Twitter account.
Previously announced during Gamescom 2014, Tearaway Unfolded is the PlayStation 4 version of the original Vita exclusive Tearaway. It's not exactly the same game, however; rather than being a straight port from the handheld to the console, Tearaway Unfolded will feature a number of tweaks and enhancements, including a higher resolution, better frame rate, and a new control scheme.
A number of internet sleuths have spotted and cracked the secret codes hidden within the Batman: Arkham Knight "Gotham is Mine" trailer.
The first, hidden at the 0:07 mark in the trailer, contains a very hard to read code saying 7HLEE2zQl2e.
The second code, discovered at the 0:25 mark, reads pPL2a3Mn Ppi3mAMpyL2.