Call ‘The Avengers’ in this arcade-style, animated retelling

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If they have an army, but you have a Hulk, can you save the world from Loki? Find out in this 8-bit (and 16-bit) reimagining of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers as an old video game, inspired by classic action games like Megaman

Our CineFix series, 8-bit Cinema, “gamifies” your favorite Hollywood blockbusters into ’80s arcade- and NES-inspired animations. 

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If they have an army, but you have a Hulk, can you save the world from Loki? Find out in this 8-bit (and 16-bit) reimagining of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers as an old video game, inspired by classic action games like Megaman

Our CineFix series, 8-bit Cinema, “gamifies” your favorite Hollywood blockbusters into ’80s arcade- and NES-inspired animations. 

Subscribe to CineFix for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/cinefix Read more…

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5 VR safety tips to stop you from destroying your home

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The new year may be upon us, but many of you are probably still playing with your holiday gifts, one of the most popular of which appears to be VR headsets

But if you take a look around social media, you’ll notice a surprisingly common story popping up: People are getting so into virtual reality, they’re destroying their real-world homes. 

Whether it’s playing shooter titles like Superhot or athletic titles like The Climb, stories of people smashing their hands into their expensive televisions or computer monitors are becoming the new normal.  Read more…

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The new year may be upon us, but many of you are probably still playing with your holiday gifts, one of the most popular of which appears to be VR headsets

But if you take a look around social media, you’ll notice a surprisingly common story popping up: People are getting so into virtual reality, they’re destroying their real-world homes. 

Whether it’s playing shooter titles like Superhot or athletic titles like The Climb, stories of people smashing their hands into their expensive televisions or computer monitors are becoming the new normal.  Read more…

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No, the power grid in Vermont was not infiltrated by Russian hackers

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You may have read or seen on social media a Washington Post story published Friday which claimed that Russian hackers had hacked the U.S. power system via an electrical grid in Vermont.

That’s not what happened and the incident is not necessarily connected to the alleged Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee.

The Washington Post has since amended its story:

What actually happened is that a single laptop belonging to the Burlington Electric utility was found to be infected with malware—software intended to damage or disable computer systems— that originated in Russia. Read more…

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You may have read or seen on social media a Washington Post story published Friday which claimed that Russian hackers had hacked the U.S. power system via an electrical grid in Vermont.

That’s not what happened and the incident is not necessarily connected to the alleged Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee.

The Washington Post has since amended its story:

What actually happened is that a single laptop belonging to the Burlington Electric utility was found to be infected with malware—software intended to damage or disable computer systems— that originated in Russia. Read more…

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From Bowie to Solange: Here are the top 10 albums of 2016

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If you released an album this year and thought you could slide by without bringing your A-Game, well, as Chance the Rapper would put it, “Uhahua!”

2016 was stacked with great music. Many of the world’s biggest artist’s put out the best work of their careers, legends blessing us with swan-songs that make saying goodbye even rougher and fresh acts achieving household name status in record speed. 

Here are 10 albums that got us through the rough times, stopped the world and reminded us that joy still exists. 

10. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

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If you released an album this year and thought you could slide by without bringing your A-Game, well, as Chance the Rapper would put it, “Uhahua!”

2016 was stacked with great music. Many of the world’s biggest artist’s put out the best work of their careers, legends blessing us with swan-songs that make saying goodbye even rougher and fresh acts achieving household name status in record speed. 

Here are 10 albums that got us through the rough times, stopped the world and reminded us that joy still exists. 

10. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

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Reverse-engineering the universal translator

View of the 'Warp Core,' the engine of the USS Enterprise, in a scene from an episode of the television series 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' entitled 'Force of Nature,' California, November 15, 1993. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images) Cinema critics keep raving about Arrival, a sci-fi drama focusing on one linguist’s attempts to decipher an alien language. Star Trek recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As a language geek and a sci-fi fan, I felt it only logical to look into the feasibility of the universal translator, the device used by the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Read More

View of the 'Warp Core,' the engine of the USS Enterprise, in a scene from an episode of the television series 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' entitled 'Force of Nature,' California, November 15, 1993. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images) Cinema critics keep raving about Arrival, a sci-fi drama focusing on one linguist’s attempts to decipher an alien language. Star Trek recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As a language geek and a sci-fi fan, I felt it only logical to look into the feasibility of the universal translator, the device used by the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Read More

Stroy Moyd’s dating show in an Uber goes from meme to mainstream

Rideshare the Love, the dating show in an Uber. For years, Oakland based standup Stroy Moyd has been driving for Uber and Lyft part-time to generate supplemental income.
It’s a familiar story to anyone in a creative industry— even though Moyd was headlining at top San Francisco clubs like the Punch Line and Cobbs, and opening for icons like Dave Chappelle at Fox Theater in Oakland, comedy didn’t always pay his… Read More

Rideshare the Love, the dating show in an Uber. For years, Oakland based standup Stroy Moyd has been driving for Uber and Lyft part-time to generate supplemental income.
It’s a familiar story to anyone in a creative industry— even though Moyd was headlining at top San Francisco clubs like the Punch Line and Cobbs, and opening for icons like Dave Chappelle at Fox Theater in Oakland, comedy didn’t always pay his… Read More

‘Halloweentown’ actors pay tribute to the great Debbie Reynolds

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Debbie Reynolds, who died Dec. 28 at the age of 84, will forever be remembered for her role in the 1952 classic film, “Singing in the Rain.” But for younger viewers today, she is known as Aggie Cromwell, the wise and magic-loving grandmother in the Disney Halloweentown films. 

The first of this series premiered on television 1998, with the fourth in 2006. 

Reynolds’ Halloweentown costars responded to her death on social media and in media interviews this week. 

Kimberly J. Brown, who played Reynolds’ granddaughter in the films, paid tribute to her TV mom on Facebook: Read more…

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Debbie Reynolds, who died Dec. 28 at the age of 84, will forever be remembered for her role in the 1952 classic film, “Singing in the Rain.” But for younger viewers today, she is known as Aggie Cromwell, the wise and magic-loving grandmother in the Disney Halloweentown films. 

The first of this series premiered on television 1998, with the fourth in 2006. 

Reynolds’ Halloweentown costars responded to her death on social media and in media interviews this week. 

Kimberly J. Brown, who played Reynolds’ granddaughter in the films, paid tribute to her TV mom on Facebook: Read more…

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16 incredible quotes from 16 incredible books that got us through 2016

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If there is one thing to celebrate from 2016, a year that has been very objectively and very scientifically determined to be a large, blazing garbage fire, it’s all of the great books that have been published.

With moving fiction, experimental short stories, heartfelt poetry collections and insightful memoirs, 2016 introduced us all to a bevy of great authors and literature.

It’s these authors and words that inspired us, lifted us, commiserated with us, and helped us better understand the world throughout 2016. Which we are thankful for. Because we needed some support to get through this surreal nightmare of a year. Read more…

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If there is one thing to celebrate from 2016, a year that has been very objectively and very scientifically determined to be a large, blazing garbage fire, it’s all of the great books that have been published.

With moving fiction, experimental short stories, heartfelt poetry collections and insightful memoirs, 2016 introduced us all to a bevy of great authors and literature.

It’s these authors and words that inspired us, lifted us, commiserated with us, and helped us better understand the world throughout 2016. Which we are thankful for. Because we needed some support to get through this surreal nightmare of a year. Read more…

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