Wednesday, 25th January 2012
In the face of internet activism and anti-SOPA protests, perhaps there is no better time than now for Julian Assange to launch his own TV program. Assange is best known for creating wikileaks in 2006, and went on to make headlines as the cyberactivist who blew down the doors of “internet regulation” by openly publishing leaked stories regarding the U.S. War in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and practices of the Church of Scientology, among others.
Despite court ordered blocks of Pirate Bay and ongoing threats from just about every anti-piracy group there is, the site is launching a brand new category allowing users to download files that can be used to create physical objects using 3D printers.
That’s right, for a mere $300 to $800 dollars, an actual BPRD training facility has opened in Portland. In case you’re not a Hellboy aficionado, BPRD stands for Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and is essentially comprised of Hellboy’s buddies — Johann Kraus, Liz Sherman, Kate Corrigan, Roger the Homunculus, Abe Sapien, and Captain Ben Daimo. Dark Horse Comics themselves have teamed up with and outdoor education and training company to create the camp, which trains you in skills of survival (duh), martial arts, weaponry, forensics, folklore and mythology, potions, charms, telepathy, physiology of monsters and gadgets of the occult.
How bad-ass is that?
When we brought you the story of potentially shady file sharing community MegaUpload being shutdown by the feds, accusations the site lead to over $500 million in lost revenue from pirated content was enough to land the execs on trial for various piracy related charges, racketeering, and money laundering.
While the company’s plans to launch a new music service known as “MegaBox” in 2012 are more than likely on hold, some are claiming it, and not piracy, lead to the ultimate demise of the site under the watch of Universal Music Group. Keep Reading
According to a new poll on Fox News.com, the fastest growing demographic of the video game-playing public happens to have a habit of pooping their pants and belching uncontrollably. While that may sounds like most male gamers in general, we’re actually referring to toddlers.
Based on our past coverage, it may seem like the last news outlet you want covering video games and their impact on youth is FOX News, but in a poll conducted by the NPD Group — a well-respected market research and polling group — the number of toddler video game players has jumped to nearly 20%. making it officially the fastest growing video game-playing demo in the country. Keep Reading
Who is the most hated band in the world? It sounds like quite a general topic, one that could set off a sprawling debate lasting for weeks. But judging by the petition signed by 55,000 haters to stop Nickelback from playing a Detroit Lions halftime show last year, the Canadian quartet is probably one of them.
Following the State of the Union address tonight at 9PM EST (which will be live streamed on YouTube), President Obama will be taking questions in a live Google+ Hangout on January 30. A few select users will even be chosen to speak live with President Obama during the interview.
Here’s how to get involved.
Questions can be submitted starting right now through the White House YouTube channel and you can continue submitting both text and video questions submissions through January 28. Users can then vote on questions across a slew of categories including Jobs & Economy, Foreign Policy, Education, Govt. Reform, Financial Reform, etc. As of this writing, users had submitted 63,236 questions and cast 828,539 votes. Keep Reading
We’ve seen a number of different tributes from Steve Jobs mourners following the legendary Apple CEO’s death in October. Among the the tributes we’ve seen so far– a technical Grammy award from the Recording Academy, a silent audio tribute to fight pancreatic cancer, and even some impressive Minecraft tributes. The latest episode of Geek Therapy featuring American Young, Casey McKinnon and the crew at Comediva takes a bit more of a comedic approach to remembering Steve.
Set in a therapist office, the latest installment of Geek Therapy appears to feature a Steve Jobs mourner unable to talk until verbally assaulted about how much Bill Gates is more worthy of credit. America Young is appearing in her normal role as Geek Therapist, but Casey McKinnon is doing the counselling while playing ” The Best Steve Jobs Grief Counselor in Town”. Keep Reading
Want to get a jump-start on some exclusive content from IGN? Subscribe to their new YouTube channel, START, featuring exclusive content you won’t find anywhere but YouTube.
The channel will launch on January 31st and will include content featuring Naomi Kyle, Jessica Chobot, and Greg Miller along with shows developed with help from top-notch talent like Revillie/Shine, the producers of The Office and The Biggest Loser.
We can also announce that the Jace Hall Show Keep Reading
Excuse us if this story is a little late to the party, but we couldn’t skip over what might be the most ridiculous cake (not involving a wedding and/or reality TV show) ever created. Amanda Oakleaf created the cake for the Arisia Sci-Fi Convention in Boston this past week. The final result weighed 300 pounds, stood over 6 feet tall…and was enough to feed 600 fans. Oakleaf, who reportedly is not Canadian, said that the cake might be the greatest sculpted cake ever created — something many critics aren’t even bothering to respond to.
The building of the Stormtrooper cake was an epic event in and of itself. It took our entire wonderful crew of ten people two full weeks of to put this guy together (although the cake wasn’t added until 2 days before it was to be served). Along the way we even had to invent completely new cake making methods so it could be put together modularly onsite Keep Reading
Dedicated Star Wars fan Casey Pugh took it upon himself to re-make all of Episode IV: A New Hope back in 2009 — an epic undertaking if there ever was one. What exactly possessed him to do so, we may never know — but instead of trying to compete with the likes of Lucasfilm and ILM, Pugh had a different idea — assemble an entire 2 hours’ worth of 15 second clips, all sweded (“The summarized recreation of popular pop-culture films using limited budgets and a camcorder”) versions of the 1977 classic submitted by fans.
The result is a faithful and gleefully no-budget re-envisioning, and it doesn’t sound like it was easy Keep Reading
For your own benefit up until now we haven’t brought you the endless “Shit gamers say” videos that have inevitably littered the internet over the past weeks. We couldn’t, however, help ourselves from getting in on the conversation for the “Shit Gamer Girls Say” video posted by Machinima.
If you’ve seen any of the Shit __ say videos, there aren’t a ton of surprises here. Although, this particular video seems to, for no good reason, be getting a lot of hate from the gaming community. The comments attached to the YouTube video are a clear indication of just how welcomed female gamers are within the community online, and it certainly isn’t any better in-game on Xbox Live or elsewhere. Keep Reading
A new campaign called We Can Be Heroes announced today by DC Entertainment alongside Time Warner and three NGOs will see Superman, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman working together to fight famine in the Horn of Africa.
Throughout the two year long campaign, DC Comics will be using its legendary superheroes to raise awareness and match donations up to $1 million made to Save the Children, MercyCorps, and the International Rescue Committee through WeCanBeHeroes.org. Time Warner and DC will also be matching employee donations. Keep Reading
With a band moniker like IS TROPICAL, perhaps it’s only fitting that the quirky English synth pop band inspired a couple of loyal fans named Pablo and Josh to make an equally strange video for the single, ‘Land of The Nod.’
Somewhere between a digital painting slathered on your screen, and a youtube video suffering from what feels like standard Firefox stutter (on acid), ‘LOTN’ is as infectious as the erratic and quirky melody of Is Tropical’s beat.
Jackie Chan’s acrobatic stunts are swallowed and spit out by a congestion of thick pixellated paint, and it’s as smooth as water cascading through a river of oil. Keep Reading
One of the biggest mobile game publishers on the market, Gameloft, is getting set to introduce a new gaming feature on smartphones that was previously unavailable — in-game voice chat over 4G on Android devices.
Gameloft made things official at the Qualcomm booth during CES 2012 this month by announcing that they would initially be partnering with Verizon to roll the service out across devices on its 4G LTE network.
We now know the first game to get in-game chat will be Ashphalt 6: Adrenaline and the feature will be rolling out to users across various Gameloft titles later this year. Keep Reading
Normally when we come across an Apple product concept it’s a re-imagined version of an iDevice that is currently in existence or rumored to be on its way. For instance, we’ve seen the iCam peripheral concept for iPhone that would essentially turn your iPhone into a full-fledged point-and-shoot, and also a concept for the rumored Apple HDTV. The iDesk, on the other hand, is a tabletop display concept that takes Microsoft’s Surface computers to the next level.
The illustrations above and below are the work of Adam Benton (via MacLife), who imagines an “adaptable workspace that doesn’t just hold your equipment, but enhances and interacts with it”. Keep Reading
You see a lot of bullshit fashion items on the market today that cost four times as much than they probably should (here’s looking at you Ed Hardy fans), but here’s a fashion item that tries to correct all that.
For those of you not familiar with cufflinks, congratulations, you haven’t wasted 30 minutes to an hour of your time (per sleeve) trying to link your cuffs together, all because a button made too much sense.
But for those of you who are all too familiar Keep Reading
In a recent speech at the TED conference in Brussels, renowned and outspoken British diplomat and politician Paddy Ashdown (who most famously helped negotiate the 1970s nuclear disarmament treaties in Geneva) gave a lengthy list of reasons as to why he thinks the United States’ power is fading fast.
According to Ashdown, specifically, the ‘empire’ that is America will likely last only a mere 10-15 more years. Here’s a list of reasons why.
THOSE WHO IGNORE THE PAST… Keep Reading
Fanboys erupted in rage when, on Ain’t it Cool News, Stallone confirmed the rumors:
Harry, the film is fantastic with Van Damme turning in an inspired performance…our final battle is one for the ages. The PG13 rumor is true, but before your readers pass judgement, trust me when I say Keep Reading
According to a statement this week from the New York City Police Foundation, it is currently developing and testing new technology designed to detect secured weapons from a distance in conjunction with the Defense Department.
A report from the The New York Times said the technology works as a “reverse infrared mapping tool by reading the energy people emit and pinpointing where that flow is blocked by some object, like a gun”. Physics professor John Federici who talked to Huffington Post said the technology is known as terahertz imaging detection. Keep Reading