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HBO picks up Watchmen live-action TV series, will debut in 2019

Ars Technica - 15 min 25 sec ago

Enlarge / HBO offered this teaser image with its Watchmen announcement today. (credit: HBO)

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' groundbreaking comic series Watchmen is set to emerge once more on the pop-culture stage—this time as a live-action series on HBO.

The channel's announcement pegs the series' launch for "2019," with no news of a narrower window nor any hint as to how many episodes to expect. It rounds up the series' massive cast, as has been teased in various reports over the past year: heavy-hitters Jeremy Irons and Regina King will headline the series and the likes of Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Frances Fisher (Unforgiven), and Louis Gossett Jr. (Roots) round out the cast. Those actors' characters have not yet been confirmed.

Today's news is careful to describe the show as "Damon Lindelof's new series," as the co-creator of Lost and The Leftovers has helmed this HBO version since its pilot episode was officially greenlit by HBO last September. Earlier this year, Lindelof posted a five-page essay on how this series will (and won't) stray from the source material:

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The one thing nobody understands about MoviePass - CNET - News - 1 hour 30 min ago
Commentary: This is why MoviePass died. At least, the MoviePass we loved.

Apple is rethinking the hearing aid -- and now Android is, too - CNET - News - 1 hour 37 min ago
Hearing aids could get way smarter with official Android support from Google.

PUBG on mobile hits 100 million downloads as Fortnite rolls to Android - CNET - News - 1 hour 57 min ago
The original battle royale hit makes a milestone.

Star Wars Resistance trailer shows Poe Dameron and a new spy - CNET - News - 2 hours 34 sec ago
The animated show premieres Oct. 7 on the Disney Channel.

Disney just dropped a trailer for its new Star Wars Resistance show

Ars Technica - 2 hours 6 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Disney)

Another month, another new Star Wars TV show. On Friday morning, Disney released a trailer for Star Wars Resistance, a new animated series that debuts on the Disney Channel on October 7. Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the show will follow the adventures of Kazuda Xiono (voiced by Christopher Sean), a young pilot in the resistance tasked with gathering intelligence on the First Order.

Xiono gets his orders from the Poe Dameron—played by Oscar Isaac—and will be helped in his mission by everyone's new favorite astromech droid, BB-8. Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma will also appear in the animated series. The first episode takes place on the Colossus, a giant fighter base floating above the surface on an ocean planet in the outer rim, and the show looks set to feature plenty of aerial combat.

Star Wars Resistance is the brainchild of Dave Filoni, who was also responsible for The Clone Wars animated series. As we detailed in July, that show is being resurrected for a new season that will appear in 2019 on Disney's planned over-the-top streaming service. Luckily we don't have to wait as long to see this new show, which uses a distinctive anime-inspired style that—like almost everything else Star Wars other than Rogue One and maybe Solo—is obviously meant to appeal to children.

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Gmail Confidential Mode lets you send top-secret emails on your phone - CNET - News - 2 hours 15 min ago
This email will self-destruct in 3...2...1

Senators ask Facebook, Twitter, Google to block 3D-printed gun blueprints - CNET - News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Facebook has already said it'll ban sites that share and host the designs. Will others follow suit?

Audi ditches manual transmissions in US because nobody bought them - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 32 min ago
The A4 and the A5 were the last holdouts, but the take rate for the stick shift was hilariously low.

After employee revolt, Google says it is “not close” to launching search in China

Ars Technica - 2 hours 39 min ago

Google's employees and Google's management are clashing over ethical issues again. Just two months after Google's "Project Maven" military drone project was seemingly resolved, Google's employees are now up in arms over company plans to create censored products for China. The internal protests resulted in the issue being addressed at an all-hands meeting, and we got to learn a bit more about Google's China plans.

Reports from earlier this month claimed Google was working on products for the Chinese market, detailing plans for a search engine and news app that complied with the Chinese government's censorship and surveillance demands. The news was a surprise to many Googlers, and yesterday an article from The New York Times detailed a Maven-style internal revolt at the company. Fourteen hundred employees signed a letter demanding more transparency from Google's leadership on ethical issues, saying, "Google employees need to know what we’re building." The letter says many employees only learned about the project through news reports and that "currently we do not have the information required to make ethically informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment."

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Google addressed the issue of China at this week's all-hands meeting. The report says CEO Sundar Pichai told employees the company was “not close to launching a search product” in China but that Pichai thinks Google can do good by engaging with China. “I genuinely do believe we have a positive impact when we engage around the world," The Journal quotes Pichai as saying, "and I don’t see any reason why that would be different in China.”

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Are your live local channels on a streaming TV service yet? - CNET - News - 2 hours 47 min ago
Six nationwide live TV streamers -- DirecTV Now, Fubo TV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and YouTube TV -- all offer some combination of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Find out how they compare in your city.

Chrome game invites you to yell 'Enhance!' at your computer screen - CNET - News - 2 hours 50 min ago
Zoom in. Zoom in. Enhance. Enhance! Now you're Harrison Ford in Blade Runner.

HTC U12 Plus fires up in 'flame red' - CNET - News - 2 hours 58 min ago
If you've been waiting for a brilliant reason to buy the phone, the new autumnal-hued model may qualify.

African palm oil expansion is bad news for the continent’s primates

Ars Technica - 3 hours 5 min ago

Enlarge / The palm nuts satiating the world's hunger for vegetable oil and fueling habitat loss. (credit: flickr user: Carsten ten Brink)

Palm oil is ubiquitous and is set to become more so over the next few decades. The oil is used in food, cleaning, and beauty products and as biofuel, so demand is set to grow rapidly. With this skyrocketing demand comes a need for the land on which to grow more oil palms—and a threat to the ecosystems currently using that land.

Currently, Southeast Asia is the oil palm hotspot, and the deforestation and ensuing damage in the region have been well publicized. But much of the future expansion may happen in Africa, introducing the likelihood of new conservation problems. A paper published in this week’s PNAS argues that there's a huge overlap between the land where oil palms could be grown and the land that houses the continent’s primates. “Large-scale expansion of oil palm cultivation in Africa will have unavoidable, negative effects on primates,” write Giovanni Strona and his colleagues.

Growth in demand, loss in habitat

The tree that provides us with palm oil (which is pressed from its fruit) is a tropical species. Currently, palm oil agriculture uses approximately 20 million hectares. One million hectares (or 10,000 km2) is about half the area of New Jersey; 20 million is about the area of Nebraska. Most of these plantations are in Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Porsche teases Taycan EV, promises 60 mph in 3.5 seconds - Roadshow - News - 3 hours 7 min ago
Porsche's first battery-electric vehicle promises to be quite the athlete.

Google 'not close' to launching search engine in China, Pichai says - CNET - News - 3 hours 8 min ago
About 1,000 employees protested the alleged development of a search engine that would give censorship powers to the Chinese government.

Web cache poisoning just got real: How to fling evil code at victims

The Register - 3 hours 19 min ago
Cache me outside, how 'bout dah?

BSides Manchester Websites can be hijacked to turn their caches into exploit delivery systems.…

First Samsung 8K TV may launch this month - CNET - News - 3 hours 47 min ago
One really big sign to points to Samsung unveiling a real 8K TV at IFA 2018.

Google is reportedly working on an Echo Show rival - CNET - News - 3 hours 55 min ago
The smart speaker with a display will be out for the holiday season, the report says.

OnePlus 6T will launch with T-Mobile, the first US carrier partner - CNET - News - 4 hours 4 min ago
Don't worry, there's still a global version that will launch at the same time in October.

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