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'Terminator 2' entirely recreated in 'Grand Theft Auto'

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:51:06 +0000


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There are Terminator movie fans and then there are beautiful maniacs like this guy who recreated the entire Terminator 2 movie using Grand Theft Auto V

We already know that the GTA modding community is incredibly creative, but the dedication and attention to detail required by this project is mind blowing. Just about everything is there: the motorcycle chase, the flashback scenes to the robot resistance led by John Connor, the Terminator's nude time travel arrival, and even the liquid metal effects of the new, improved T-1000 Terminator. 

Put together by a Moscow, Russia-based YouTube user calling himself Kramer's Media, the film lasts about an hour, so it's not an exact, minute-by-minute duplicate of the original. Nevertheless, with all the major plot points intact, this may rank as the greatest GTA mod ever made. Give this guy a movie script and some real humans, I think he's ready for Hollywood.  Read more...

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The original 'Alien' gets a trailer recut as a comedy

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

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The spacecraft Nostromo has an unwanted guest wreaking havoc on the crew. No, it's not a bloodthirsty Alien... but an adorable kitten? Watch what happens in this re-imagined trailer. Read more...

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Rare footage of Tesla Model 3 prototypes driving in public

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:54:37 +0000


Tesla's Model 3 has been spotted in the wild. 

The sedan, which Tesla is priming to reveal before production starts in July, could make the company — and fully electric cars in general — much more palatable to the mass market with a $35,000 starting price and more modest specs. Right now, cars like the premium Model S make Tesla more of a luxury brand for people living in cities filled with charging stations. 

Recently, a white Model 3 prototype was seen on the highway crossing the San Mateo Bridge by YouTuber Northern California Dashcam, who was able to keep up with the test car to capture nearly a full minute of video. The footage itself isn't spectacular, but we get a good look at the release candidate as the Model 3 edges closer to production.  Read more...

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This new animation technique might actually make selfies interesting

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:37:40 +0000


Let's face it: Selfie filters have gotten boring. 

No one cares anymore that thanks to the miracle of modern technology you can vomit rainbows or stick a dog's nose on your face. It's just, well, played out.  Whether that's in spite of or because of Facebook's recent push into the filter game is anyone's guess, but all the Zuckerberg money in the world can't make something cool. 

But hey, all you filter lovers out there, there's hope yet. Say hello to the definitely sexy sounding technique known as "example-based synthesis of stylized facial animations" that is to be presented at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference scheduled for later this summer in Los Angeles.  Read more...

More about Facebook, Video, Apps, Instagram, and Smartphones

'Sgt Pepper' at 50: Every song on the album, ranked

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:01:14 +0000


With characteristic swagger, the Beatles warned us ahead of time it was going to be the greatest album ever made. We believed them, and they didn't disappoint. 

Fifty years ago today, on May 26, 1967, we began to listen to it; half an hour later, we began the endless debate over whether it had surpassed the Fab Four's previous greatest album ever made, Revolver

It isn't that Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has aged well; it's that it hasn't aged at all. It's a fixed point in time, a constant in musical history. So since there's no argument about its greatness, and the Revolver vSgt Pepper debate will never be settled, what is left to determine?  Read more...

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Future iPhones and iPads might have a special chip just for processing AI

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:58:52 +0000


Apple's reportedly working on a new kind of chip — potentially for future iOS devices — that'll be used just for processing AI, Bloomberg reports

Bloomberg says the chip's called the Apple Neural Engine internally, and could be used for "offloading facial recognition in the photos application, some parts of speech recognition, and the iPhone’s predictive keyboard to the chip."

By moving AI processing to a dedicated chip, battery life in devices could also see a boost since the main CPU and GPU wouldn't be crunching as much data and gobbling as much power. Read more...

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Theater expertly trolls men angry over women-only 'Wonder Woman' screenings

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:43:42 +0000

Men didn't like being excluded from Alamo Drafthouse's women-only screening for the upcoming superhero film Wonder Woman. SEE ALSO: Wonder Woman has taken over the world (wide web) and it’s about damn time So naturally the film house went ahead and added more screenings — pointedly sans men. And they announced the new showings with a killer GIF and spot-on tweet. We heard your complaints have taken swift & decisive action. Another women-only #WonderWoman show on sale now! — Alamo Drafthouse NYC (@AlamoNYC) May 26, 2017 Men had been quick to voice their complaints after the Austin theater posted this week about the women-only event that quickly sold out, along with a second screening.  Read more...More about Movies, Action, Reactions, Superheroes, and Alamo Drafthouse [...]

These giant snakes hunt in packs, says study from your darkest nightmares

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:32:48 +0000


Nope. No. Noooooooooooo.

A researcher witnessed boas in Cuba hanging from the ceiling of a cave to snag flying bats out of the air. That's terrifying enough. 

But he also saw them form a wall of snakes so the bats couldn't escape without getting within striking distance of a hanging boa.

So yeah, just a group of snakes hunting together in a pack, nothing scary about that. (The Cuban boa, by the way, averages anywhere from eight to nearly 10 feet long.)

The three snakes observed didn't always hunt together, according to the study, published recently in Animal Behavior and Cognition. But when they did, they almost always caught a bat — unlike when they hunted alone, when they'd leave hungry two-thirds of the time. Teamwork, yay! Read more...

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White House staff wants to vet Trump's tweets —good luck with that

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:28:05 +0000


President Donald Trump's tweets cause crises so often we're all just like, "Oh hey, there goes Donny T again, haha," as some company he doesn't like takes a stock hit or he suggests that maybe he records people who come to the Oval Office. The White House knows this is a problem. Next week, some staffers are going to try to put a stop to it. 

The world wishes them the best of luck. 

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a host of operational changes that may take effect soon after the president gets back from his first overseas jaunt. One of those is reportedly having his tweets vetted by a team of lawyers.  Read more...

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Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron should just get matching jackets already

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:54:57 +0000


The seemingly already robust friendship between Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron is the toast of the internet after the two shared a nice moment in an Italian garden this week. But honestly? It's time for these two to take their friendship to the next level.

Matching jackets. 

You know, there's nothing like a light coat to stave off the wind as you stand on a terrace and discuss how great it is to be the politicians who are hotter than the other politicians. And decorative jackets can be fashionable, too! Just think of all the potential pins and patches.

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