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May 20, 2019

Captain Marvel’s Suit Was Entirely CGI in AVENGERS: ENDGAME

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As you saw in Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel not only sported a new haircut, she was also sporting a new suit. It wasn’t always like that, though. Since Endgame was shot before Captain Marvel, the suit she originally wore while shooting the film, was the same suit that she wore in the solo Captain Marvel movie.

After her scenes were shot, the creative team decided that they needed to give her suit a different look since so much time had passed since the 90s. Weta Digital’s Matt Aitken, who was a VFX supervisor on Endgame, explained when they changed up the suit design it was all done digitally, so the final suit design that was shown on screen was 100% CGI.

Aitken talked to CB about the new suit design, explaining:

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May 20, 2019

The Boy Who Died Wolf

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The Boy Who Died Wolf, an album by Highly Suspect on Spotify.

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May 19, 2019

MIT Prof: If We Live in a Simulation, Are We Players or NPCs?

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Are you a background character or a protagonist in the game of life?

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May 17, 2019

New “Minecraft” Game Will Let You Build Stuff in the Real World

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, entertainment, mobile phones

“Minecraft Earth,” announced today, will allow users to collect items, blocks, and creatures while roaming around in the real world with other real-world friends — think of it as a “Minecraft”-themed “Pokémon Go” experience, but with more fishing, building and resource management.

While the extremely popular smartphone game “Pokémon Go” relied on augmented reality only minimally, the new “Minecraft” title will double down on the technology. A new feature called Azure Spatial Anchors will allow users to plop down objects in augmented reality — and persist indefinitely. Other users will also be able to interact with those same objects.

The goal is to eventually have players build their own “Minecraft” worlds for others to experience in augmented reality through their phones.

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May 17, 2019

XPS 15 2-in-1’s maglev keyboard may find its way into other Dell laptops — Frank Azor

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Much ado has been made of Dell’s new maglev keyboard, currently exclusive to the XPS 15 9575 2-in-1. Utilizing rare-earth magnets to repulse the keys back up once depressed, the keyboard still provides a decent amount of feedback despite its meager 0.7mm of travel.

In a late March webcast for Dell’s new products, the company’s Vice President & General Manager Alienware, Gaming and XPS, Frank Azor, mentioned that the keyboard could be adopted in more of Dell’s laptops — if it proves popular.

The major advantage of design is that it allows the laptop to be thinner, but not everyone is a fan. Though it provides more travel and feedback than Apple’s much-maligned “butterfly” keyboard, initial reviews suggest that the keyboard is basically tolerable, but it isn’t going to replace a ThinkPad’s keyboard anytime soon.

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May 17, 2019

Drone Could Help Firefighters

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Latvian company Aerones created the machine, which — according to the company — can fly up to 984 feet, compared to 100-foot-height that firefighter ladders can reach. The drone is fitted with a water hose from a fire truck, and is controlled by a pilot on the ground remotely. However, the drone does suffer from low battery life, providing only 30 minutes flight time from a 90-minute charge. It’s still in development, but Aerones hopes to use the machine for real-life operations soon.

See more from Aerones: https://www.aerones.com/eng/

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May 15, 2019

INVADER ZIM and ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE Films Coming This Summer to Netflix

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The Nickelodeon films for Invader Zim and Rocko’s Modern Life are both coming to Netflix this summer.

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May 14, 2019

Artificial intelligence is helping old video games look like new

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Modders are taking advantage of AI tools to update old graphics.

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May 13, 2019

US Army to test radical ‘Iron Man’ bullet-proof liquid armour

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Circa 2016


U.Scientists are working on next-generation combat wear for soldiers inspired by the nano suit worn in the Iron Man films — and say it could be just two years away.

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May 12, 2019

Dream-recording tech is set to begin human test trials next year

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Scientists want to capture your dreams like a movie — and human trials of the technology will start next year…


Recording and watching people’s dreams has been the subject of mind-bending films like ‘Until the End of the World,’ ‘Total Recall,’ ‘Strange Days’, ‘Minority Report’ and more recent hits like ‘Inception’ and ‘Captain Marvel’.

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