Steven Spielberg, Stranger Things Creators, Join Forces For Stephen King’s Talisman

Sometimes it takes a long time for a movie to get made. James Cameron worked on Alita: Battle Angel for nearly 20 years. But Steven Spielberg has him beat by a country mile with his latest project. Spielberg is finally bringing Stephen King and Peter Straub’s The Talisman to life with some help from Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story behind The Talisman is pretty unusual. Often times, directors, actors, or producers will find a story that grabs them and ‘option’ it so that they can make a film or show out of it. Sometimes the project happens, and other times it peters out and the rights default back to the creator. Spielberg bought the rights to The Talisman right when the book came out in 1984–nearly 40 years ago. Not only that, he also bought the rights in perpetuity, meaning that if someone was going to make The Talisman, it would either be Spielberg himself or someone he hand picked.

Now, it’s finally happening. Spielberg is going to make a television show out of The Talisman for Netflix. In an especially small-world-snake-eating-its-tail moment, Spielberg has tapped the Duffer Brothers to executive produce the series. The Duffer Brothers are the minds behind one of Netflix’s most popular original series, Stranger Things, a story heavily inspired by Stephen King, from the red-outline text on the title card to the super-powered kid fighting otherworldly monsters.

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Author: Eric Frederiksen

The SEC is dragging AT&T to court for illegally duping analysts into lowering expectations

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing AT&T for providing nonpublic information to 20 different analyst firms so they would lower revenue estimates ahead of earnings, according to a press release. That let AT&T “beat” expectations for the quarter when the information-sharing took place, turning what could have been some nasty headlines in the financial press into a win instead.

According to the SEC’s complaint (PDF), AT&T learned in March 2016 that its quarterly results would fall short of estimates due in part to “a steeper-than-expected decline in smartphone sales.” As you might recall, we used to live in a world where carriers like AT&T subsidized part of the cost of your smartphone, but by then AT&T had passed that…

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Author: Jay Peters

iiRcade Review — An In-Home Arcade With An Ever-Growing Library

It’s no secret that arcade cabinets take up considerable space, and many of us don’t have the room required to create our own home arcades. That’s where the iiRcade, a new multicade positioning itself as a jack of all trades, comes in. Rather than focusing on a single arcade classic or publisher, iiRcade has a steadily expanding library of titles that you can purchase and download to the cabinet. It’s an intriguing premise to say the least. With a premium feel and great look, the iiRcade has a ton of potential. Its long-term success will largely depend on its library of games, and while the preloaded games are underwhelming, the storefront is steadily growing to include a wide variety of arcade and console games. If you’re having trouble deciding on an arcade cabinet for your game room, the iiRcade could very well be the right choice for you.

Background and price

Last year, the iiRcade was successfully backed on Kickstarter to the tune of roughly $660,000, with multiple editions promised and more than 200 licensed games on the horizon. I received the 64GB countertop machine and matching stand for this review, but there are 128GB versions with artwork from Dragon’s Lair, Double Dragon, or RetroMania Wrestling available as well.

The bartop easily connects to the optional stand
The bartop easily connects to the optional stand

If you’re used to the prices of Arcade1Up cabinets, iiRcade will perhaps cause a bit of sticker shock. The 64GB countertop machine costs $599, and adding the stand tacks on an additional $149. The 128GB editions range from $799 to $819; they come with matching stands and are fitted with official Sanwa joysticks. To be fair, all of these prices were halved for backers as an “early bird” special, but there’s no denying that the iiRcade is an investment. At this time, you can only purchase the iiRcade through the official website and b8ta, though it will eventually be available at Amazon and a few other retailers like Touch of Modern.

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Author: Steven Petite

How to run a battery life report on your Windows laptop

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When my editor told me about Window’s built-in battery report, my first thought was: “How have I never heard of this before? Also, that sounds pretty useful!” So I looked at the guide he sent (from Laptop Magazine) and tried it out. It ended up being just as interesting as it sounded, so I figured I’d share, in case you also haven’t come across this handy built-in tool.

Windows has been keeping track of how your laptop’s battery is doing since it was installed. The report, which you can run using just two command prompt commands, will show how many cycles you’ve used on your battery and how it’s been used in the past three days. It will also give you a picture of what Windows estimates your battery life should be versus what it actually…

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Author: Mitchell Clark

Bungie Says It’s Expanding Destiny 2 Into Other Media

There’s more Destiny 2 on the horizon, it seems. Bungie is making moves with its huge MMO game, and while we know Bungie intends to continue to support and expand Destiny 2 for at least another two years, the company also says it’s looking for ways to expand Destiny 2 into other media.

Bungie put out a press release discussing its plans for 2021, which include expanding its headquarters, pursuing new intellectual property, and more Destiny. The release states that Bungie is nearly doubling the size of its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, and means to use the space to develop new games, as well as to continue to support Destiny 2.

“In addition to building state-of-the-art facilities to support the growth and development of their talented employees, one of the primary drivers of Bungie’s expansion is to increase the commitment to the long-term development of Destiny 2, tell new stories in the Destiny Universe, and create entirely new worlds in to-be-announced IPs,” the release reads.

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Author: Phil Hornshaw

Ford recalls some of the first Mustang Mach-E SUVs due to loose bolts

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Ford is recalling dozens of the first Mustang Mach-E deliveries after it discovered loose bolts during the quality checks that are holding up shipments.

“[S]ome vehicles may have subframe bolts that the supplier did not tighten to specification,” Ford wrote Friday afternoon. “While the issue in affected vehicles is not to Ford’s standards, the company is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.”

Ford says 1,258 Mustang Mach-Es are affected in the US, as well as 90 in Canada, but that the overwhelming majority of those have not been shipped to customers yet. “Fewer than 75 customers who have already taken delivery” will have to bring their Mustang Mach-E in to get fixed, according to the company. Ford says it…

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Author: Sean O’Kane

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier: Episode 1 Release Date, How To Watch, And More

Disney+ has already delivered its first MCU original series with WandaVision, and now, it’s time for something completely different. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier debuts on March 19 and will follow the two superheroes who were friends with Steve Rogers, the former Captain America.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson and Sebastian Stan is Bucky Barnes, reprising their roles from previous Marvel movies. Additionally, they’ll be joined by Daniel Brühl as the villainous Helmut Zemo, Emily VanCamp as SHIELD agent Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker–an infamous character from the comic books.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier won’t run as long as WandaVision, as Kevin Feige recently said that six hours in total is where they landed for the MCU shows, and that Falcon and Winter Soldier will be six, hour long episodes. The episodes won’t all be released at once. They’ll arrive each Friday at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET. You can find all the air dates for the upcoming show below.

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Author: Mat Elfring

YouTube has terminated five Myanmar military-run channels as political unrest continues

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YouTube terminated five Myanmar military channels from its platform on Friday, Reuters reports. The removals include YouTube channels for the government-run Myanma Radio and Television (MRTV) network and the military-owned Myawaddy Media used to spread military propaganda in Myanmar.

YouTube’s action is the platform’s first major intervention following the military coup that was staged in February and the subsequent military crackdowns against protesters that have left at least 38 dead. “We have terminated a number of channels and removed several videos from YouTube in accordance with our community guidelines and applicable laws,” a YouTube spokesperson tells The Verge. Prior to the coup, the company also terminated 34 channels used as…

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Author: Ian Carlos Campbell