The Lily - Autonomous Drone

The Lily, autonomous Drone will fly autonomously, maneuvering itself to constantly keep you in the sights of its onboard camera.

Audi R8 E-Tron Gets Self Driving Capabilities

Audi has announced a new concept version of its Audi R8 e-tron and this version comes with some self driving capabilities.

Turtle Beach Elite 800X now available for purchase

Gamers would hardly compromise when it comes to their passion, especially where hardware is concerned. In fact, whenever and wherever possible, this particular group of folks would not mind forking out large amounts of money for whatever they think is necessary, and is able to bring their gaming performance to a new high.

The 10 Most Infamous Band Feuds in Rock History

Being in a band can be tough. When you’re writing songs, recording albums, touring the world and doing it all with the same exact people everyday, relationships can become a little stressed.

The 10 Best World War II Videogames

World War II is one of the most horrifying events in human history. So naturally those long gruesome years of combat that nearly obliterated our world have been used as the setting for a lot of awfully fun videogames.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Switch launch causes big porn site traffic drops


The Nintendo Switch surely has brought great success to Nintendo and gained the hearts of gamers, but not everyone is happy about the new console release. There’s an unexpected loser in this situation – porn sites! According to YouPorn stats, on the weekend Nintendo Switch was launch, there was a significant traffic decline on the site.

As YouPorn tracks anonymized data from its visitors in order to get a clear idea what events have effect on their traffic, it’s not hard to draw conclusions. Normally, TV series finales, movie premieres and holidays have this effect, and now, they observed the same type of traffic decline and connected it to the release of Nintendo Switch.

On Friday March 3, traffic saw a 15% drop from normal, with a 17% drop on a following Saturday, and a 13% drop on the Sunday of the launch weekend, which, according to YouPorn, is the lowest numbers the site had in the past 30 days.

To drive the point home (and also add something funny to discuss), YouPorn reports that even the people who looked for porn during the Nintendo Switch release were searching for The Legend of Zelda porn: searches for Zelda were up 102% while searches for Link were up 164% during the weekend.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hidden secrets in Disney movies

Disney animated movies always had an abundance of inside jokes and Easter eggs. Some of these “secrets” were the material of fan theories for years. Here’s a few of them that you may have missed…

Aladdin


In 1992’s Aladdin, there’s a character at the beginning  whom you never see again after he introduces the story to the audience: it’s a short, wacky-looking peddler. For years, the fans have theorized that this peddler is actually the Genie (after he’s been set free), as the two characters share some features. But beside both of them having four fingers on their hands and same curly beard, perhaps the strongest evidence is that both characters are voiced by Robin Williams. This fan theory was confirmed in 2015 by the co-directors of Aladdin, Ron Clements and John Musker, so that’s one instance where a fan theory turned out to be true.

The Lion King


There’s an interesting trivia about 1994’s The Lion King. Two of its voice actors already worked together in similar roles before the Disney movie. Namely, James Earl Jones, who provided the voice for Simba’s father Mufasa, and Madge Sinclair, who voiced Simba’s mother, Sarabi. The two have played a royal couple in the 1988 movie starring Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, Coming to America – Jones played the role of King Jaffe Joffer, and Sinclair was his wife, Queen Aoleon. Obviously, Jones and Sinclair make a perfect royal match.

Hercules


One of the many Disney references that are easy to miss comes on in 1997’s Hercules. While Meg sings “I Won’t Say I’m In Love”, the singing Muses quintet at one point transform into five stone busts, arranged like Grim Grinning Ghosts – the five stone busts from Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride.
Also in Hercules, we’re treated to an unexpected cameo by another movie character. During “Zero to Hero”, we see Hercules overcoming some of his legendary tasks, among others, killing the Nemean lion, a fearsome beast that no man could slay. But if the Nemean lion looks familiar, he should – that’s Scar, the villain from The Lion King. Too bad Mufasa never hired Hercules.

Big Hero 6


A lot of Disney fans may be unaware of the fact that Big Hero 6, a movie made in 2014, featured Marvel Comics characters. The origins of Big Hero 6 are in a comic book that debuted back in 1998, but the most interesting thing about this is that there’s a cameo featuring Stan Lee in Big Hero 6, during the movie’s post-credits scene. For those who aren’t huge Marvel fans, Lee is the co-creator of Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four, among others, and has been in almost every Marvel movie since 2000 and X-Men.

Wreck-it Ralph


In 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, there’s an abundance of video game characters and references. Obviously, appearances of Sonic the Hedgehog, King Koopa and Zangief are hard to miss, but there are also references that are hidden better. During the scene where Sgt. Calhoun and Fix-It Felix are preparing to enter Sugar Rush, you can see the graffiti written on the walls have various inside-jokes from games. There’s a tag saying “Sheng Long was here”, which is a reference to Street Fighter II, then “Aeirth Lives”, which, of course, references Final Fantasy VII, and also, there’s the inevitable “All your base are belong to us.”

The reference that stands out the most in Wreck-It Ralph is certainly the one when King Candy wants to hack Sugar Rush’s code. Entering the vault, he looks at the napkin he pulled out that contains these instructions: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start. Anyone who played Nintendo games during the ‘80s will probably know what this is: the “Konami Code,” a sequence of commands that appeared first in 1986 in NES games Contra and Gradius, used to get extra lives and power-ups. The Konami Code later found its way into many games and earned almost a mythical status among fans.

Disney AND Pixar favorite


You might have noticed the appearance of a combination of letters and numbers, A113, in many Disney movies (and all of Pixar’s). To name a few: Meet the Robinsons, The Brave Little Toaster, Lilo and Stich, The Princess and the Frog. The reason is that A113 is the classroom number at the California Institute of Arts, a place where many of the Disney and Pixar animators started out. First-year graphic design and character animation class was held in the classroom A113, and the code also appears in some episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sex, drugs and music stimulate the same part of the brain


The old adage “sex, drugs and rock’n’roll” apparently has never been more true. Scientists have discovered a reason why these three things go so well (and so often) together.

The same part of our brain that produces feelings of pleasure after having sex, taking recreational drugs or eating nice food also produces the same feelings when we listen to music we like.

The theory was also tested – scientists have blocked the natural opioid substances that our brain produces when we’re enjoying ourselves, and the test subjects, seventeen of them, were played music afterwards to see the effects.

Dr Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Canada as well as a musician and record producer, said: “The impressions our participants shared with us after the experiment were fascinating.

“One said: ‘I know this is my favourite song but it doesn’t feel like it usually does’.

“Another admitted: ‘It sounds pretty, but it’s not doing anything for me’.”

He added that this was the first time it had been shown conclusively that opioids in the brain were “directly involved in musical pleasure”.

Activities that stimulate this chemical system in the brain, such as drinking alcohol, having sex, gambling and taking drugs can lead to damaging addictive behavior. Understanding the processes involved in this could possibly lead to new ways in treating addictions, which is why this research is very important.

The researchers found that music influenced the emotions of humans so strongly that it makes it probable humans have evolved to like music over a long period of time.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Eric Clapton Doc to Be Directed by Oscar-Winner Lili Fini Zanuck


The documentary feature “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars” is going to be directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer most well known for “Driving Miss Daisy.”
On this project Zanuck will work with producer John Battsek, who also won an Oscar, for “Searching for Sugar Man” and “One Day in September.”

U.K. rights have been taken by Altitude Film Distribution, while Altitude Film Sales will handle international sales. We can expect first footage to be unveiled at Berlin’s European Film Market.

The “emotional spine of the film” will be Clapton’s personal life, according to Zanuck. And that is quite a journey to go through, starting with Clapton’s traumatic childhood, dealing with his musical career and the burden of success, and also with the death of his son in 1991 and domestic happiness a decade later.

“It is indeed a melancholic victory lap, full of nostalgic myth, but always musically potent, always looking to the future,” Zanuck said. “Despite the fact that his path is strewn with tragedies, addiction and loss, he never fails to regain his bearings and continue to serve what he holds dearest: his music.”

Battsek said: “We have unique access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries — elements with the power to transport audiences to each era, from obsessive student, to peer, to transcendent figure in musical history and one of the greatest guitarists of all time.”

Chris King will be the editor on the project, most well known for winning a BAFTA for “Senna” and working on “Exit Through the Gift Shop” and “Amy”. Both of these won American Cinema Editors’ EDDIE awards.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Top 10 Strategy Games Of 2016

or those looking to tickle their grey matter, and fulfil their desire for digital world domination, here are the Top 10 Best Strategy Games Of 2016.
  1. Homeworld: Deserts Of Kharak

    Release Date: 20 January, 2016
    Platform: Windows PC, Mac
    Homeworld: Deserts Of Kharak is a ground-based RTS prequel to the classic Homeworld games. Assemble your fleet and lead them to victory on the shifting sands of Kharak in this compelling strategy game. Crafted by Blackbird Interactive, a studio founded by veterans of Homeworld and Company of Heroes, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak takes players to the deserts of Kharak where danger lurks over every dune.
  2. Battlefleet Gothic Armada

    Release Date: 21 April, 2016
    Platform: Windows PC
    Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is the RTS videogame adaptation of Games Workshop’s classic tabletop game, pitting the Chaos, Imperium, Eldar, and Orks against each other in visceral space-battles.Developed with Unreal Engine 4, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada offers deep management of every ship composing the player’s fleet, both during and between battles. From the fastest frigates to the gigantic, miles-long battleships, the player will customize all aspects of his ships: weaponry, defense and support sub-systems, but also crew, captains, and more.
  3. XCOM 2

    Release Date: 4 Feb, 2016
    Platform: Windows PC, PS4
    XCOM 2 is the sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the 2012 award-winning strategy game of the year. Earth has changed. Twenty years have passed since world leaders offered an unconditional surrender to alien forces. XCOM, the planet’s last line of defense, was left decimated and scattered. Now, in XCOM 2, the aliens rule Earth, building shining cities that promise a brilliant future for humanity on the surface, while concealing a sinister agenda and eliminating all who dissent from their new order.
    Only those who live at the edges of the world have a margin of freedom. Here, a force gathers once again to stand up for humanity. Always on the run, and facing impossible odds, the remnant XCOM forces must find a way to ignite a global resistance, and eliminate the alien threat once and for all.
  4. Ashes Of Singularity

    Release Date: 31 March, 2016
    Platform: Windows PC
    The year is 2178 and humanity has begun to expand to new worlds. Now, they are confronted by a new threat called “The Substrate” that seeks the annihilation of the entire human race. As a rising power of the Post-Human Coalition, it is up to you to save humanity’s future by beating back the Substrate menace.
    With the unparalleled power of the world’s first native 64-bit real-time strategy game engine, Ashes of the Singularity allows for maps of unprecedented size and detail. Over the course of your war, you will upgrade your technology, build orbitals, construct thousands of units and conquer the regions of the world in an effort to annihilate all opposition.
  5. Civilization VI

    Release Date: 20 October, 2016
    Platform: Windows PC
    Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, winner of 15 E3 awards including Best PC Game and Best Strategy Game, is the next entry in the popular Civilization franchise, which has sold in over 35 million units worldwide, including more than 8 million units of Civilization V.
    Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a turn-based strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.
    Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.
  6. Offworld Trading Company

    Release Date: 28 April, 2016
    Platform: Windows PC
    From the lead designer of Civilization IV comes a new kind of strategy game: Offworld Trading Company, an economic strategy game.
    Mars has been colonized and has invited you to lend a hand to make sure the new colony has a shot at success. But you’re not the only one that’s been invited, other business rivals are here as well and they have no qualms about playing dirty to gain the choicest territories on the Martian surface and driving their competitors out of business.
    With space travel becoming a reality and the easy-to-reach resources on Earth dwindling, hopeful people seeking their fortune are rushing to the next great frontier: Mars. Rekindle humanity’s adventurous spirit by leaving Earth behind and make a new name for yourself as a titan of industry on the red planet.
  7. Stellaris

    Release Date: 9 May, 2016
    Platform: Windows PC
    Explore a vast galaxy full of wonder! Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series presents Stellaris, an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core.
    Featuring deep strategic gameplay, a rich and enormously diverse selection of alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris has engaging challenging gameplay that rewards interstellar exploration as you traverse, discover, interact and learn more about the multitude of species you will encounter during your travels.
    Etch your name across the cosmos by forging a galactic empire; colonizing remote planets and integrating alien civilizations. Will you expand through war alone or walk the path of diplomacy to achieve your goals?
  8. Banner Saga 2

    Release Date: 19 April, 2016
    Platform: Windows PC, PS4, Android, iOS, Xbox One
    The award-winning adventure continues in Banner Saga 2! This epic, story-based, role-playing game continues its emotional journey across a breaking world. Bold leadership decisions, wise use of resources, and skillful battle tactics are vital to ensure your viking clans make it through alive. Experience what took the indie gaming world by storm in Banner Saga 2!
    The core of the game is a single-player campaign of turn-based combat engagements inspired by games such as Final Fantasy Tactics and Shining Force, with the player controlling and being able to build up a party of characters with complementing abilities.
    According to the developers, their aim was to create a “mature game for adults in the vein of Game of Thrones or The Black Company“. They intend to engage players emotionally by allowing them to build relationships with the game’s characters and shape the outcome of the story through an array of conversation choices.The game eschews certain conventions of action-oriented computer role-playing games such as the focus on a young lone hero’s story, looting and buying items, or reloading a saved game state after defeat. Instead, the developers intended to tell the story of the player’s caravan as a whole, and encourage players to accept and deal with the consequences of any defeats they may encounter.
  9. Hearts Of Iron 4

    Release Date: 6 June, 2016
    Platform: Windows PC
    Victory is at your fingertips! Your ability to lead your nation is your supreme weapon, the strategy game Hearts of Iron IV lets you take command of any nation in World War II; the most engaging conflict in world history.
    From the heart of the battlefield to the command center, you will guide your nation to glory and wage war, negotiate or invade. You hold the power to tip the very balance of WWII.
    It is time to show your ability as the greatest military leader in the world. Will you relive or change history? Will you change the fate of the world by achieving victory at all costs?
  10. Darkest Dungeon

    Release Date: 19 Jan, 2016
    Platform: Windows PC
    Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring.
    Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts, and beyond. You’ll battle not only unimaginable foes, but stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Uncover strange mysteries, and pit the heroes against an array of fearsome monsters with an innovative strategic turn-based combat system.