Good news for audiophiles: Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will support FLAC audio files, enabling live music junkies by giving one-click support to the bootlegger's choice recording format.
Microsoft announced the news via Twitter, sharing a picture of the new audio codec in action playing Led Zeppelin IV on the Windows 10 Media Player.
The Free Lossless Audio Codec, FLAC for short, is primarily used by fans who record live concert sets and premium music vendors like HDTracks.
Reckon you could eat a waffle the same size as your keyboard?
A Kickstarter campaign is raising funds to manufacture waffle irons that produce delicious desserts in the shape of computer keyboards. The idea was first dreamed up by designer Chris Dimino, who turned to crowdfunding to bring "the internet's dream" to life.
You'll be able to own a keyboard waffle iron of your own with a pledge as low as $60. Lower tiers reward you with waffle recipes. If you have real money to burn, however, you can buy waffle-cooking lessons with a celebrity chef or a catered waffle breakfast for you and your workmates.
As one of the oldest and most iconic tales in Western civilization, it should come as no surprise that Homer's The Odyssey has been reinterpreted and re-imagined many times over the years. That's resulted in everything from the James Joyce novel Ulysses to the Coen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou? The comics industry is certainly no stranger to this story either, as we've seen straightforward re-tellings (Marvel Illustrated: The Odyssey) and more unusual interpretations (The Infinite Horizon). But even if retelling this epic saga in this particular medium is nothing new, writer Matt Fraction and and artist Christian Ward certainly leave their own mark in ODY-C #1.
ODY-C makes two fundamental changes to a familiar tale. First, it shifts the setting from ancient Greece to the far future and the distant, war-ravaged planet of Troija. Second, it gender-swaps the story so that the principle male characters are now female. The latter change is more a superficial one. Odysseus may have lost a few body parts in his transition to Odyssia, but otherwise the character is very similar - renowned for her prowess in battle, commanding the loyalty of her soldiers, and profoundly weary and ready to return home after a decade of battle. Even gods like Zeus have morphed from male to female.
Community/The Soup's Joel McHale is transferring his trademark snark from trashy TV to trashy web comments as E! has given a greenlight to Comments Section, a pilot executive produced by McHale.
According to Deadline, the show will star comedian Michael Kosta and "focus on deconstructing the often snarky comments on popular websites."
There are far too many Spider-Men and Women running around in Spider-verse for Dan Slott to do each character justice. That's where the various Spider-Verse tie-ins come in. The selling point of Scarlet Spiders is that it deals heavily with clones. The three lead characters - Ultimate Jessica Drew, Kaine, and Ben Reilly - are all clones themselves. The conflict sees them trying to sabotage a cloning operation run by the Inheritors - one that could make this army of unstoppable vampires that much more unstoppable. It's a fun concept and a fun team, though at times the overzealous narration gets in the way of those elements.
Writer Mike Costa takes a slow, straightforward approach with this first issue, despite Scarlet Spiders only being a three-issue series. Its clear this story will remain focused on the core mission from stat to finish. While the script is a bit lacking in terms of twists or unexpected developments, the approach does allow Costa to focus on his three heroes and their unlikely team-up. Considering how long and how loudly Ben Reilly fans have been clamoring for the character's return, it's probably better to go the character-first route.
Even though DC hit the primetime TV landscape hard this fall season, some of the soft critiques were that not only were the TV shows not connected to the current DC movie universe (like Marvel's Agent of SHIELD is to the MCU) but they mostly weren't connected to each other. The Flash and Arrow were able to share a universe, but Gotham and Constantine remained separate.
Then a Supergirl series was announced for CBS and it seemed like DC was fragmenting its TV-verse even more.
But there's a catch: Even though Supergirl is on a separate network, it's being produced by Greg Berlanti, who also produces The Flash and Arrow. Plus, The CW is co-owned by CBS, so it wouldn't be as much of an issue to have Supergirl fly across the dial. So there was a possibility. So much so that IGN's Eric and Roth even had a discussion about it a few months back...
And it’s a go for the long-discussed Independence Day sequel, with Twentieth Century Fox giving a green light to the film this week. Production will start in May on the follow-up to the 1996 alien-invasion hit.
Deadline reports that the next step for the studio is to close the directing deal for Roland Emmerich, who of course also helmed ID4. Emmerich’s former producing partner Dean Devlin is also back, but Will Smith will not return for the film, which is slated for a June 24, 2016, release.
Once Emmerich makes his deal, casting will kick in. Additionally, the site reports that there will be just one sequel for now, despite previous talk about shooting a second and third film back to back. Carter Blanchard rewrote Emmerich and Devlin’s script, which also received some work from James Vanderbilt.
Avatar director James Cameron says his planned trilogy of sequels will have a very, um, specific effect on the viewer.
"They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will s**t yourself with your mouth wide open,” the Oscar-winning filmmaker told Empire.
Cameron also said that he has decided against shooting the film in the 60 frames-per-second frame rate, opting to shoot it at 48 fps instead.
He also revealed the curious process of working with four screenwriters Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno on writing Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4.
Looking forward to having a couple of extra days off over the Thanksgiving break? And to cramming your cramhole full of yams and watching a little pigskin on the ol' boob box? Well, it's also the perfect time to deflect both your feelings and your family by catching up on some great TV. Yes, if you're going to binge on turkey and stuffing, you may as well binge-watch one or two quality shows.
And look, we know this isn't a long break (if you're lucky enough to get one). We know you don't have time for the likes of The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, or Breaking Bad. So we've compiled nine shows that each currently come in at two seasons or less. And most of the seasons aren't even a full broadcast network, 22-episode length.
If you've been wondering what XCOM would be like with anime sensibilities and an alternate-reality World War II conceit, well, you have a pretty active imagination. You probably also haven't played Valkyria Chronicles, but don't feel too bad — lots of people haven't, even though this vibrant tactical RPG has amassed a cult following since it debuted on PlayStation 3 six years ago. If you missed it the first time, the long-overdue PC port is a great way to correct that mistake: it's just as beautiful, challenging, and involving as the original.
Re-imagining World War II as a fantasy-tinged clash between a sinister, vaguely German empire and the scrappy little country of Gallia, Valkyria focuses on a single militia squad fighting small-scale battles in a much bigger war. It shares a few similarities with XCOM – turn-based combat, distinct heroes divided into classes, and a base where you can research new equipment and level up troops between missions, to name a few – but it infuses its battles with shooter elements, letting you freely move individual soldiers and aim their shots. You're limited only by their Action Points – actually a meter that shrinks as you move – and their ability to snap off just one attack per move. And while enemies can't move during your turn, they'll open fire if your active soldier is in range (unless he or she is aiming, which is weird), making quick reflexes almost as vital as strategic thinking to keeping your troops alive. Quickly aiming or exiting a move to keep a soldier from being shot at feels strange and artificial at first, but eventually Valkyria's unusual combat rhythms become second nature.
We now definitively know that the DC Comics-based films won’t exist in the same universe as the DC TV shows – including the ever-expanding world that the popular Arrow and The Flash TV series take place in. And with the announcement of an upcoming Flash movie, starring Ezra Miller (as opposed to the TV show’s Grant Gustin), it does beg the question of just how much Warner Bros. and DC are wiling to allow multiple live-action versions of their characters to exist at the same time, in different mediums and what characters there might be limitations on.
At a recent screening of the next week’s Arrow and The Flash crossover event, the shows producers were asked by a fan if they might actually be delving into Batman himself or if the nods to his world we've seen so far were there more as Easter eggs and teases – a question especially notable since The Flash’s newspaper headline mentioning “Wayne Tech” is the most notable direct reference semi-related to Batman himself that we’ve seen so far in the Arrow/Flash-verse.
It's that time again. No, not Thanksgiving. What follows is the list of movies set to expire from Netflix streaming this Monday, December 1st. So better watch them over the holiday weekend before they're gone (well, until Netflix and the respective studios renegotiate a new licensing agreement and they return).
Here are the titles expiring December 1 (via Vulture):
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
oh my giraffe – ($1.99)
A wild-necked giraffe is on the run from approaching predators, using his verticality to knock hanging fruit out of trees. (This is the wackiness you need for your Wednesday.)
Strategy publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Amplitude Studios has announced free add-on content for its 4X games Endless Space and follow-up Endless Legend.
Endless Legend players will receive the free add-on "Visions of the Unseen," which includes a new minor faction, 10 new sidequests, balancing fixes, UI and AI improvements, and visual enhancement to Quest Weapons and Minor Villages.
Endless Space Disharmony's add-on "Chronicles of the Lost," meanwhile, includes eight Exploration random events, 24 Colonisation random events, an introduction video to The Vaulters, 20 Hero Illustrations, and the ability to mod in-game graphics such as loading screens. It also has minor upgrades to its AI and German translation.
Spanish football club Valencia has decided not to use a new version of their logo after it drew comparisons to DC Comics' famous Batman icon.
(Image via Eurosport)
According to The Guardian, the club applied for copyright for the new symbol but ditched it after DC Comics “presented its opposition to the request." Last week, DC filed a complaint with the European Union's Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market, but Valencia insists "there does not exist a lawsuit by DC Comics.”
The latest Steam Sale has begun, offering thousands of games at cut-rate prices.
Valve is calling it the Exploration Sale, as there's a special emphasis on survival and and exploration games like The Long Dark, Don't Starve, and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
The deals will run until December 2, 10am PST/1pm EST in the US (6pm in the UK, and 5am on December 3 in Australia).
There are over 5600 games on sale, including the newly released Tales from the Borderlands, Warhammer 40,000 Armageddon, Day Z, and Goat Simulator, so see what you can knock off your Christmas list.
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Today Activision revealed that the first chapter of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's "Exo Zombies" mode will be included in next year's Havoc DLC pack.
"Some of you may have already noticed something curious if you made it to the end of Riot playing in Exo Survival mode," Activision said in a press release today. If you haven't seen it, you can check out the Exo Zombie mode easter egg in the video below.
Exo Zombies mode will be delivered in chapters, and we'll see the first one in the Havoc DLC pack. At the end of the trailer, we're told the "season" will begin in January 2015 on Xbox Live. Remember, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC is coming to Xbox platforms first, so you'll have to wait a bit if you're playing on PC or a Sony console.
Bohemia Interactive has announced that DayZ standalone won't see a full release until early 2016.
Following the survival shooter's first year of Early Access, DayZ's development team has shared a "development roadmap" for 2015 and beyond. According to the press release, game features such as basic stealth, diseases, and dynamic events should be in place by the end of Q2 2015.
By the end of the year the studio aims to have a console prototype ready, as well as Steam community integration and a beta release.
Bohemia also shared its plans for DayZ's evolving price point, stating that "We would like to avoid a sudden increase in price once we hit the final release version." Its current alpha release Steam sale price of $30 USD / €24 will rise to $35 after the sale. The beta version, due Q4 2015, will cost $44 / €35, and the final 2016 release will be around $50 / €40.