The first trailer for Zoolander 2 was briefly posted to YouTube before being pulled (update)

Forget Star Wars — the world’s most anticipated sequel is unquestionably Zoolander 2. And the first trailer is here. Sure, most of the trailer is some weird science-themed graphics with a narration by Stephen Hawking (we assume), but before long Ben Stiller’s making the Blue Steel face and everything is all good. Check out the trailer above — Zoolander 2 will arrive in February of 2016.

Update, 8:50PM ET: Well, that didn’t last long. The trailer was apparently not ready for public consumption, because the hosting YouTube page has already pulled it down. We’ll be keeping our eyes out for an official version — usually after such a leak, the real thing get published pretty quickly.

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Author: Nathan Ingraham

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GTA 5 Mod Turns Your Character Into Iron Man

A new mod for Grand Theft Auto V turns your character into Iron Man, complete with the iconic armor and the superhero’s arsenal of high-powered weaponry.

GTA 5 fan JulioNIB created the mod, which overhauls the game’s HUD in addition to adding armor and weapons. It’s a very impressive mod; the armor looks great and the animations seem to be both accurate and fluid. You can check out a video of the mod in action below.

This mod clearly gives you massive destructive power. It makes your character a functional superhero, able to take on an army of police officers and vehicles alone. Iron Man’s arsenal of repulsor beams, missiles, and extremely powerful punches are usable in the mod, as well, letting you wreak havoc in Los Santos. My favorite moment in the video is when the modder flies into the sky, then shoulder-charges straight through a helicopter.

But even if you don’t want to destroy everything in sight, the mod lets you soar around using Iron Man’s hand and foot rocket boosts. The mod is still in development and isn’t yet available for download, but it’s shaping up to be a pretty awesome change to the GTA formula.

GTA 5 modders have changed the game in other cool ways recently. For example, one user is turning GTA 5 into an RPG, complete with skill trees and loot. Another added a grappling hook to the game. You can also watch GameSpot play with a whole bunch of different mods here.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Augmented Reality Could Be a Huge Technological Revolution, Epic Games Founder Says

Most of the buzz in the gaming industry is about virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift or Sony’s Project Morpheus, but some companies are expanding into augmented reality. Microsoft, for example, is making an AR headset called the Hololens that’ll be used by doctors and astronauts in addition to games. Founder of Epic Games Tim Sweeney believes that it’ll be AR, and not VR, that will dramatically change our lifestyles.

In a presentation at the Chinajoy trade show which took place this week in Shanghai (reported by VentureBeat), Sweeney discussed how AR might come to affect many different parts of our lives. His basis for this belief comes from the nature of AR headsets, which let users move freely while still presenting information to them. “I believe that augmented reality will be the biggest technological revolution that happens in our lifetimes,” he said. “Once you have an augmented reality display, you don’t need any other form of display. Your smart phone does not need a screen. You don’t need a tablet. You don’t need a TV. You just take the screen with you on your glasses wherever you go.”

Sweeney went on to argue that AR will come to dominate the technological landscape because of its mobility and potential applications. “With AR, you have a large field of view,” he explained. “Combined with [the] convenience of mobile, and the display is with you everywhere you go and you don’t need anything else. Augmented reality will drive all things like chat, social networking, photos, videos, organizing data, modeling, painting, motion capture, and visual programming.”

At E3 in June, we were able to go hands-on with Microsoft’s Hololens headset, and we were impressed. Microsoft showed off a demo of an AR Halo experience, and it shared some more information and videos about Minecraft for Hololens. However, the headset is limited: recently, a video showed Hololens’ field of view, which is currently very small.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Trevor O’Brien, the product lead running all Twitter apps, is leaving the company

Trevor O’Brien, who joined Twitter a year and a half ago from YouTube and oversees product for Twitter’s iOS and Android apps, is departing the company, according to multiple sources. O’Brien also oversaw Twitter’s timeline product at one point, and worked on the efforts to put tweet and follower recommendations into users’ timelines.

A company spokesperson confirmed O’Brien’s departure.

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Engineers create world's first white laser beam

Researchers at Arizona State University have created the world’s first white laser beam, according to a new study published in Nature. More work needs to be done to perfect this technology, but white lasers could serve as a potential alternative light source — both in people’s homes and in the screens of their electronics. Lasers are more energy efficient than LEDs, and the ASU researchers claim that their white lasers can cover 70 percent more colors than current standard displays.

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Author: Loren Grush

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PS4 Owners Can Vote for Future Free PS Plus Games, Sony Confirms

Following the apparent leak of a new initiative that will allow fans to vote on games they want to see released for free through PlayStation Plus, Sony has officially announced the Vote to Play program.

While some of the details on how this will work are still to be announced, Sony did confirm the basics on the PlayStation Blog today. Plus members can cast a vote for one of several PlayStation 4 games to be included in the coming month’s Instant Game Collection. The top game will be released for free, and–at least for the first month’s vote–the games that don’t win will be sold at a discount.

Sony hasn’t yet said how or when you’ll be able to vote, nor did it announce which games will be included. As August’s free Plus games have already been announced, September looks as if it’ll be the first month where fans get to vote.

The leak listed Zombie Vikings, Armello, and Grow Home (which had yet to be officially confirmed for consoles) as the games to choose from. However, as the NeoGAF member who discovered this is located in the UK, the included games could end up being different in the United States.

July’s free Plus games, which include Rocket League, are available for a few more days.

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Microsoft reportedly investing in Uber at a $50 billion valuation

If it seems like Uber is working on another new round of funding, that is because Uber is always working on another new round of funding. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that the company has closed a new investment which values it at $50 million, and also includes Microsoft as a backer. The round gave Uber another $1 billion, putting its total funding at $5 billion.

Uber’s endless appetite for cash is driven by its equally ambitious plans for expansion. It is currently active in over 50 countries and 300 cities around the globe. It is hiring drivers and adding cars at a rapid pace in all these territories, while also spending considerable amounts on political lobbying and legal battles with regulators.

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Author: Ben Popper

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