NES Classic Is Budget-Priced NES-talgia…With a Catch

NES Classic Is Budget-Priced NES-talgia…With a Catch

Nintendo’s new mini-console, called the NES Classic, is an ‘80s-themed throwback for anyone who wants to play 30 of the best video games made for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. It packs in truckloads of mostly-excellent classic games, including hits like Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and Castlevania. Overall, it’s an impressively lightweight system that outputs significantly better software emulation compared to Nintendo’s current offerings. And it’s available at a budget-friendly $59.99 USD, but there is one catch: The decision to use wired controllers, and not modify the iconic look of the NES, makes the user-end experience slightly clunky. Continue reading…
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Laurene Powell Jobs Goes Hollywood, Buys Minority Stake in 'Spotlight' Producer Anonymous Content

Laurene Powell Jobs Goes Hollywood, Buys Minority Stake in 'Spotlight' Producer Anonymous Content

Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective has teamed with the producer of ‘The Revenant’ and ‘Mr. Robot.’read more
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7 Things Resident Evil 7 Needs to Do to Win Me Over

7 Things Resident Evil 7 Needs to Do to Win Me Over

Resident Evil 7 is just a few months away, and we still don’t know what it actually looks like. Capcom says the Beginning Hour demo is a “tone piece” designed to match the final “feel” of Resident Evil 7, and not an actual gameplay preview. The recent Lantern demo, available exclusively at conventions and private press appointments, is a section straight out of the game, but rather than give us a look at the “core” gameplay of Resident Evil 7, it pulls from one of the found footage sequences that Capcom has confirmed will be a recurring element. Continue reading…
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IoT pHAT review

IoT pHAT review

One of the best new features of the Raspberry Pi 3 is its built-in wireless LAN and Bluetooth. Wouldn’t it be great to have the same convenience on a Pi Zero (and other Pi models)? That’s the thinking behind Red Bear’s IoT pHAT. When mounted on the GPIO pins, this Zero-size board provides WiFi (802.11bgn / 2.4GHz) and Bluetooth (4.1 and BLE) connectivity. So you don’t need to use a dongle plugged into the Pi Zero’s solitary data micro-USB port via a USB OTG adapter. The full article can be found in The MagPi 50 and was written by Phil King. The IoT pHAT is pretty much plug-and-play, coming pre-soldered with a 40-pin female header. Upon booting up, the Linux kernel reads the configuration from the on-board EEPROM and turns on the WiFi driver. You can then connect to your wireless router as usual, via the desktop panel icon or command line. While on our early model we needed to update the pHAT’s firmware via several terminal commands to get more stable WiFi and functional Bluetooth, any new boards shipped should already have this pre-installed and so work perfectly from the start. One caveat is that, at the time of writing, you’ll still need to add a line to the /boot/config.txt file to set the UART clock to 48MHz to activate Bluetooth, but this is due to be added to the next official Raspbian image. Once Bluetooth is working, you can pair devices – such as a keyboard, mouse, and gamepad – via the desktop panel icon or command line, as usual. In our tests, the IoT pHAT provided reliable and fast connections for both WiFi and Bluetooth, which is hardly surprising since it uses the same Broadcom 43438 wireless radio chip used in the Pi 3. The signal strength and quality from the on-board antenna were fine, but can be improved by adding an optional external antenna kit ($9/£7) if needed. As the pHAT only uses 15 GPIO pins and leaves 11 free, including the I2C and SPI pins (see the handy guide for details), it’s possible to stack it on top of most other add-on boards, such as the Enviro pHAT or Analog Zero, equipped with an extra-long stacking header. Last word 4/5 The IoT pHAT is a neat and convenient way to add WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity to your Pi Zero, while freeing up the data port.…
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Filmmakers Accuse YouTube of Anti-Christian Bias After Trailer is Blocked

Filmmakers Accuse YouTube of Anti-Christian Bias After Trailer is Blocked

For 11 months, the producers of ‘I’m Not Ashamed,’ a movie about the Columbine massacre, tried to convince the Google-owned company to reinstate their video and explain why it was offensive.read more
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Lionsgate's Fraught Fall: 'Deepwater Horizon' and 12 Risky Releases Follow Studio Chief's Exit

Lionsgate's Fraught Fall: 'Deepwater Horizon' and 12 Risky Releases Follow Studio Chief's Exit

As movie chief Rob Friedman departs during an especially active period, analysts want the next ‘Hunger Games’ or ‘Twilight’: “They’ve had a series of misfires.”read more
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Hollywood Celebs Cashing in on the Pot Business Despite Legal Risks

Hollywood Celebs Cashing in on the Pot Business Despite Legal Risks

A growing number of stars — from Whoopi Goldberg to Melissa Etheridge — are investing big money in the “green rush” as legalization initiatives hit nine state ballots in the fall and California’s industry is projected to be worth $6.6 billion by 2020.read more
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Lorne Michaels Talks 'SNL' Cast Changes and Alec Baldwin's Trump

Lorne Michaels Talks 'SNL' Cast Changes and Alec Baldwin's Trump

Ahead of the Season 42 premiere, Michaels opens up about Baldwin’s high-profile addition (it was Tina Fey’s idea!) and the “intuitive decisions” that led him to part ways with Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah.read more
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Luke Cage Talks Future Marvel Netflix Storylines

Luke Cage Talks Future Marvel Netflix Storylines

Mike Colter, star of Marvel’s Luke Cage, has tabled possible storylines that could be explored in future Marvel Netflix shows, once The Defenders miniseries has aired. “I think that anything is possible down the road,” Colter told IGN. “We need to develop the characters. I think there’s a big-picture plan that includes everyone doing their own series, which we’ve done, culminating to make The Defenders. I think after that anything goes. “We have the Heroes for Hire thing that could possibly happen. And we have Jessica and Luke in the Alias comics hooking up, having a child, and changing their life style. That could happen. You have a multitude of things that could happen.” Continue reading…
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