At UN Climate Summit, a lot of talk about action

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The United Nations Climate summit today was unforgettably disappointing to climate activists, who hoped that today might mark a new era in climate action.

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you,” teen climate activist Greta Thunberg told the UN delegates in an opening statement at the summit.

Researchers have said that to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the world needs to cut their greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, a goal that is far beyond most countries’ current commitments. “There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures today,” Thunberg said. “Because these numbers are too uncomfortable. And you are still not…

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Author: Justine Calma

The Batman Cast Could Include Westworld Actor As Commissioner Gordon

Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne has found himself a brand-new partner in the Gotham City Police Department in Jeffery Wright (Westworld, Marvel’s What If…?), who is currently in talks to play Commissioner Jim Gordon according to THR. Wright is the first confirmed citizen of The Batman’s Gotham City, though THR has reported that the casting process for a “who’s who” of Batman villains and rogues is underway.

Commissioner Gordon has served as a staple of Batman’s war on crime from the very beginning as one of Bruce Wayne’s most important points of contact within the GCPD and the sole person responsible for the activation of the Bat-Signal.

Very little is known about The Batman aside from a few details shared by writer/director Matt Reeves, who called the film “a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” that will focus on Batman in his role as a detective rather than an action hero. Also, it will not cross over with the upcoming Joker solo film, according to Joker director Todd Philips–so don’t expect Wright to be going head to head with Joaquin Phoenix any time soon.

The Batman is set for release on June 25, 2021.

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Author: Meg Downey

The Batman Has Found Its Commissioner Gordon

Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne has found himself a brand-new partner in the Gotham City Police Department in Jeffery Wright (Westworld, Marvel’s What If…?), who is currently in talks to play Commissioner Jim Gordon according to THR. Wright is the first confirmed citizen of The Batman’s Gotham City, though THR has reported that the casting process for a “who’s who” of Batman villains and rogues is underway.

Commissioner Gordon has served as a staple of Batman’s war on crime from the very beginning as one of Bruce Wayne’s most important points of contact within the GCPD and the sole person responsible for the activation of the Bat-Signal.

Very little is known about The Batman aside from a few details shared by writer/director Matt Reeves, who called the film “a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” that will focus on Batman in his role as a detective rather than an action hero. Also, it will not cross over with the upcoming Joker solo film, according to Joker director Todd Philips–so don’t expect Wright to be going head to head with Joaquin Phoenix any time soon.

The Batman is set for release on June 25, 2021.

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Author: Meg Downey

Google’s Pixelbook sequel reportedly has a 13-inch 4K display and a clamshell design

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Google’s big hardware event in October will likely focus a lot on the excessively leaked Pixel 4. But the company apparently has some other products to announce, too, including its newest Chromebook: a 13.3-inch, 4K new Pixelbook, according to 9to5Google.

The Chromebook, officially to be called the Pixelbook Go, is said to harken closer to Google’s original Chromebook Pixel from 2013, with a simple clamshell design, as opposed to the transforming 2-in-1 design of the Pixelbook or the tablet-style Pixel Slate.

The Pixelbook Go has apparently been in development for a while, with Google confirming that it had future Chromebooks in the works back in April, along with FCC filings for the product hitting in…

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Author: Chaim Gartenberg

Pokemon Go Giratina – Counters, Shiny Altered Forme Giratina, And How To Catch Tips

Altered Forme Giratina has returned once again in Pokemon Go. Following Mewtwo’s departure from the game, the Legendary Renegade Pokemon is making an encore appearance around the world in five-star Raid Battles, giving you another opportunity to add one to your collection. That’s not all; this time around, you’ll also have a chance of encountering a Shiny Giratina for the first time.

As is generally the case with Legendaries, Giratina will only be around in Pokemon Go for a few weeks, so you’ll need to make the most of your time if you’re hoping to catch one. To help you out, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know to challenge Giratina below, from battle tips to how to catch a Shiny one and more.

What’s The Difference Between Altered Forme And Origin Forme Giratina?

In the mainline Pokemon games, Giratina is able to assume two different forms. When players first encounter the Legendary in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, it is in its Altered Forme–the variant returning to Raid Battles right now. This form has six legends, black wings, and emphasizes defensive stats.

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Giratina’s Origin Forme, meanwhile, is the appearance it takes when in the Distortion World–the parallel realm from which the Legendary monster hails in Pokemon lore. Origin Forme Giratina has a serpentine body and more offense-oriented stats. In the mainline series, players are able to manually change Giratina’s form by equipping it with an item called the Griseous Orb; in Pokemon Go, however, Altered and Origin Forme Giratina are treated as two distinct Pokemon, so you’ll need to catch them separately.

How To Catch Giratina

As is the case with most other Legendary Pokemon, before you can catch Giratina, you’ll first need to defeat it in a Raid Battle. If you’re near a Gym where a Giratina Raid is taking place, you’ll need to physically head to that location and team up with several other players to battle it–Legendary Pokemon have too high a CP for you to challenge them solo. You’ll also need to have a Raid Pass to challenge Giratina, but you can receive one for free by spinning the Photo Disc at a Gym.

Once you’ve joined a Raid, you and your teammates will have a limited amount of time to defeat Giratina. It’s the only Pokemon so far that’s a Dragon- and Ghost-type, both of which are susceptible to their own types. Giratina is also weak to Ice, Dark, and Fairy Pokemon, so you should considering bringing along monsters like Mamoswine, Weavile, Tyranitar, Gardevoir, and Granbull to have the best chance.

If you can successfully beat Giratina, everyone who participated in the Raid will receive a handful of Premier Balls, along with several other prizes. You can only use the Premier Balls to capture the Legendary, so you’ll need to make every throw count. Feeding it a Golden Razz Berry before each throw will make Giratina a little easier to catch. Study its movement pattern before throwing and with a little luck, Giratina will be yours.

How To Find Shiny Giratina

Shiny Pokemon are rare in Pokemon Go, and unfortunately, there’s no sure-fire way to ensure you encounter a Shiny Giratina. You won’t be able to tell whether the Legendary is Shiny or not until you get to the catching phase, so your best chance to find one is to participate in as many Giratina Raids as you can. Fortunately, you’ll be able to tell right away if you’ve encountered a Shiny one; it’ll have silver horns, blue tips on its wings, and a peach-colored body.

How Long Will Giratina Be Available?

Altered Forme Giratina will appear in Raids for just under a month, from September 23 – October 17. You’ll have until 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST on that day to encounter it. Your best chance of finding a Giratina Raid, however, will be on September 25, when Niantic holds a Legendary Raid Hour featuring the Renegade Pokemon from 6-7 PM local time. During that hour, there will be more Giratina Raids occurring at Gyms.

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Author: Kevin Knezevic

Joker Movie Tickets Are On Sale Now

It’s just over a week before you’ll be able to see for yourself whether Joker lives up to the hype. Joaquin Phoenix takes on the role of the iconic Batman villain, and thus far, the movie has been met with nearly unanimous critical praise–and a score of 70 at Metacritic. Now you can secure your seats for opening weekend to make sure you don’t miss out on what will surely be an interesting moment for comic book movie fans.

Tickets for the Joker movie, which releases October 4, are on sale now. Certain theaters will be offering screenings as early as the afternoon of October 3, for those that simply can’t wait any longer to see exactly how this film plays out.

In his Joker review, GameSpot’s Michael Rougeau said of the film, “Joker succeeds, without equivocation, because it transforms the villain into the populist antihero we need him to be now. Joker wears its influences on its maroon sleeves, but it also carves its own gashes through the blood-soaked landscape of contemporary comic book movies, offering something that, despite teetering on the shoulders of 80 years of history, is wonderfully fresh, dangerously exciting, undeniably entertaining, and rock-solid in its artistry.”

As you prepare to finally see Joker on October 4, make sure to check out GameSpot’s coverage of the movie, from talking about the leaked script with director Todd Phillips to our look at the real origin of the most infamous villain in comics history.

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Author: Chris E. Hayner

Twitter just turned lists into multiple timelines you can swipe between

Twitter is now letting users add up to five lists as alternative timelines in the main Twitter app, allowing you to quickly swipe between different groups of accounts directly from your home screen.

The company tested the feature back in June, but it’s rolling it out to everyone on iOS starting today. Check the tweet here for a better look at how the multiple lists actually work in practice.

Customizable timelines that are easy to access? We’re thinking about ways to do this! One idea we had is for you to be able to swipe to your lists from home. If you’re in the test tell us what you think! pic.twitter.com/g5WMaNZ57N

— Twitter (@Twitter) June 25, 2019

The idea, though, is that you’ll be able to use lists as either a filter for…

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Author: Chaim Gartenberg

Fortnite is adding skill-based matchmaking and bots

Fortnite World CupPhoto: Epic Games

Epic is making a big change to the way matchmaking works in Fortnite. With the game’s next major update, v10.40, the developer will be introducing skill-based matchmaking to the battle royale. “Since battle royale launched, the matchmaking strategy for our core modes has remained mostly unchanged,” Epic explained in a blog post published today. “Over the past two years, however, the range of player skill has grown considerably.”

It’s not clear exactly how this will work, but Epic says it is “introducing improved matchmaking logic to battle royale core modes to create fairer matches.” According to the developer, this means that “you will be more likely to match with players of similar skill, and as you get better, so should your…

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Author: Andrew Webster