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Joker Origin Movie Script Might Be Finished Soon

Adnan Farooqui September 21, 2017


It was reported recently that DC is developing two Joker-focused movies. One of the new movies is a film that involves both the Joker and Harley Quinn. Jared Leto and Margot Robbie who portrayed the two characters respectively in Suicide Squad will be returning for this movie. It’s the new standalone origin movie that’s getting a lot of interest from fans these days. Word on the street is that the Joker origin movie script will soon be turned in.

Variety reporter Justin Kroll reports that the Joker origin movie project is moving forward quickly and that the script is likely going to be turned in by next week. The film is yet to be officially announced by DC but this is a good sign that shooting could begin next year.

There are some big names attached to this project. Reports suggest that the iconic filmmaker Martin Scorsese is going to produce this movie with Todd Phillips likely to be in the director’s chair.

Some reports even suggest that Leonardo DiCaprio might get the lead role. Given his history of working with Scorsese, this certainly can’t be ruled out.

More information about this project will likely be confirmed down the line. This is one that fans will anxiously be waiting for.

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Microsoft’s First London Retail Store Is Now A Possibility

Adnan Farooqui September 21, 2017


Microsoft is reportedly thinking about expanding its retail presence to London. According to a new report, the company is mulling the idea of opening its first retail store in London. It’s reportedly close to securing a prime piece of real estate on London’s Oxford Circus, a popular shopping venue in the busy shopping district of the city.

The building that Microsoft is reportedly close to securing is currently occupied by United Colours of Benetton. Microsoft is said to be ready to sign a 10 year lease on the property in the coming weeks.

The report from RetailWeek does mention that nothing has been set in stone just yet and there’s a possibility that the deal might fall through.

Previous reports have suggested that Microsoft has been toying with the idea of opening a retail store in London’s prime shopping district. It was reported as far back as 2013 that it was planning to open a store after it registered its own limited company.

It was later reported that Microsoft couldn’t secure the building that it originally wanted so it decided to pass on a retail store in London. If the intention is there and a building that Microsoft likes becomes available, who’s to say it won’t go ahead and secure it.

If Microsoft does go ahead with this plan, the London store will be its first Microsoft store in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Google To HTC’s Smartphone Team For $1.1 Billion

Tyler Lee September 21, 2017

It is no secret that HTC is definitely not the company it once was, and over the years they have been slowly ceding market share to bigger smartphone makers, and more recently OEMs from China who are quickly rising to the top of the ranks. This is why when there were rumors that Google could be considering acquiring HTC, it did not really come as a surprise.

It turns out that the rumors were true, or at least part of it because HTC and Google have recently announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement with each other. This will see Google more or less acquire the team behind HTC’s smartphones, or to be more specific those who have been working on the Pixel handsets, as well as a non-exclusive licensing agreement of HTC’s IP, and in exchange Google will be paying the company a whopping $1.1 billion in the process.

In a post on Google’s blog, Rick Osterloh, the SVP of Hardware wrote, “With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.”

It will be interesting to see what Google plans on doing with this recent investment, and if the rumors are true, HTC could also be one of the companies behind this year’s Pixel handsets.

Google To HTC’s Smartphone Team For $1.1 Billion , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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YouTube Gaming Sponsorships Now Open To All Creators

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

It is clear that with the launch of YouTube Gaming, the company is hoping to take on the likes of Twitch where they’re hoping that viewers will tune into their site and use their platform to watch and stream video games. Now it looks like YouTube is trying to sweeten the deal by opening up sponsorships to all of its creators.

Prior to this, YouTube was testing out sponsorships where its availability was limited to those who were chosen to be part of its beta program, but the recent announcement has indicated that YouTube will open up sponsorships to all of its YouTube Gaming creators (assuming they are eligible and meet certain requirements).

According to YouTube, “With sponsorships, fans can purchase digital goods directly from your channel and support you via monthly recurring payments of $4.99 USD (local pricing applies). Sponsors get cool insider perks, such as a custom badge for live chat that will help them stand out from the crowd and custom emoji. These badges and emoji are designed by you for your fans.”

YouTube is claiming that they have seen some successes with the sponsorship feature but it remains to be seen how well it will do now that it has been opened up to more. There have been some recent criticism about how it is harder to make money on YouTube these days, so maybe this sponsorship feature could be a new way to go about it.

YouTube Gaming Sponsorships Now Open To All Creators , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook To Crackdown On Hate-Driven Targeted Ads

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

Due to the nature of Facebook in which anyone can post pretty much anything they want and say whatever they want, more often than not it’s more about dealing with the aftermath of such incidents rather than actually preventing them, like in the case of the spreading of fake news in which it is only in more recent times that Facebook is trying to clamp down on it.

The same can be said for hate speech on the social network where recently it was discovered that due to a flaw in Facebook’s ad system, it allowed users to purchase ads that targeted “Jew Haters” or anti-Semites. Apparently this was allowed as Facebook’s ad network allowed users to choose anti-Semitic sentiments as valid ad categories, and obviously this did not go down well as Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has since come forward and announced that they’ll be clamping down on such ads in the future.

According to Sandberg, this will come in the form of clarifying Facebook’s advertising policies to ensure that content that goes against their community standards can be used to target ads. “This includes anything that directly attacks people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or disabilities or diseases.”

She also adds that they’ll be adding more human review and oversight to their automated processes to ensure that nothing slips past them anymore. Last but not least, Sandberg says that, “we are working to create a program to encourage people on Facebook to report potential abuses of our ads system to us directly. We have had success with such programs for our technical systems and we believe we can do something similar with ads.”

Facebook To Crackdown On Hate-Driven Targeted Ads , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facial Recognition Startups Claim Renewed Interest After iPhone X

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

With the iPhone X introducing facial recognition technology in the form of Face ID, many are curious to see if the feature will indeed live up to the hype, or whether it will end up falling flat. However it seems that the introduction of Face ID has also had an impact for others, such as facial recognition startups who are claiming renewed interest in their technology.

We have seen similar effects in the past, like when Apple introduced Touch ID, it definitely created a boom in the industry and saw many other companies introduce fingerprint scanning tech in their phones, which is why it isn’t surprising to see the same happening with facial recognition systems.

According to George Brostoff, chief executive officer of SensibleVision Inc., “We now have a leader like Apple acknowledging that this makes sense. This makes companies like Motorola, like LG come knocking on the doors of companies like ours.” That being said, we suppose we’ll have to wait and see how Face ID performs before we see other phones start incorporating similar features.

After all while Touch ID might have been a success at introducing fingerprint scanning tech to phones, 3D Touch did not have the same success with pressure-sensitive displays. There was a lot of hype but the feature never did quite become as mainstream as Apple would have liked.

Facial Recognition Startups Claim Renewed Interest After iPhone X , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Official Trailer For Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ Released

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

We’ve known for a while that Netflix was working on new Marvel TV series based around Frank Castle, better known as The Punisher. The character made its debut in the second season of Daredevil and it seems that the character was so well-received that Netflix decided to give it its own series.

For those who can’t wait to check out what the series has in store for them, you’ll be pleased to learn that Netflix has since released the official trailer for the upcoming show. The Punisher TV series on Netflix will see actor Jon Bernthal reprise his role as Frank Castle as well as Ebon Moss-Bachrach who has been cast as Microchip, an ally of Frank Castle.

It also appears that based on the trailer that Deborah Ann Woll will be making an appearance in the series, who for those unfamiliar plays the role of Karen Page in the Daredevil series. Unfortunately there is no mention of a release date yet, but Netflix does state that they plan to release the series this year, and given that we’re almost in October, we reckon it shouldn’t be too far off.

That being said, if you recall Disney recently confirmed that Marvel and Star Wars related shows are expected to eventually be an exclusive to Disney’s own streaming service, so we wonder if the partnership with Netflix is expected to continue through some kind of some special deal or exemption.

Official Trailer For Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ Released , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Get A Free iPhone 8 In Verizon’s AR Snapchat Scavenger Hunt

Adnan Farooqui September 20, 2017


The iPhone 8 was finally unveiled earlier this month and countless people are waiting to get their hands on it. While they’ll pay good money for their new iPhone, Verizon is giving you the chance to get your hands on a new iPhone 8. All you have to do is participate in its augmented reality Snapchat scavenger hunt. That’s easier said than done, though.

Verizon has a total of 256 iPhone 8 units to give away as prizes in this scavenger hunt that’s live in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Denver, and Atlanta. Right off the bat, if you’re not based in these locations and can’t travel to them, you’re out of luck.

Those who want to participate in this scavenger hunt have to scan a Snapcode that provides them with the instructions before revealing the first clue. The app then taps into the user’s location to tell them how far away they are from the prize and what they need to do in order to get there.

Those who participate in this scavenger hunt will have to follow clues throughout the city and once they get done with the final clue, they will unlock a Snapchat iPhone 8 lens.

They have to take a selfie with that lens and send it to Verizon. The company will sort through the selfies and pick the winners. “The more creative you get, the better your chances,” it says.

The scavenger hunt is live until September 22nd.

Get A Free iPhone 8 In Verizon’s AR Snapchat Scavenger Hunt , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New Terminator Movie With Linda Hamilton Confirmed

Adnan Farooqui September 20, 2017


Arnold Schwarzenegger has starred in many movies but Terminator will likely be considered his most iconic role. Years after leaving the franchise, it has been confirmed that he will be returning as the robot from the future. That’s not all. It has also been confirmed that Linda Hamilton is returning to the Terminator franchise after bidding farewell more than 25 years ago.

James Cameron is producing the new Terminator movie. It’s the first time he’s been involved in a Terminator movie since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Tim Miller of Deadpool fame will be in the director’s chair for this one.

Cameron confirmed at a private event that Linda Hamilton is returning to the Terminator franchise. She will be starring in the sixth movie. The movie itself is based on a story created by Cameron.

The original creative team is back for the sixth iteration in the Terminator franchise and fans will certainly be excited to see what they will come up with. No major details about the story have been revealed as yet but Cameron and Miller are reportedly treating it as a direct sequel to Cameron’s Judgment Day.

“We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it,” Cameron said.

So Schwarzenegger’s back as the Terminator then. Well, he did say he’ll be back.

New Terminator Movie With Linda Hamilton Confirmed , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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HTC Will Halt Stock Trading Tomorrow As Google Acquisition Rumors Persist

Adnan Farooqui September 20, 2017


There have been rumors recently that Google and HTC have been in talks for a potential acquisition. HTC hasn’t confirmed anything as yet but it has given a big indication that a “major announcement’ will be made tomorrow. HTC today announced that it will halt the trading of its shares tomorrow in anticipation of a major announcement.

It’s uncommon for a notice of halting trading to be sent out in advance. Trading is normally halted immediately after unfavorable news breaks and is used in situations where it’s considered prudent to prevent shareholders from being scared by the unfavorable news and tripping over themselves to dump the stock.

It was reported earlier this month that HTC was in advanced stages of negotiations with Google. The internet search giant is reportedly interested in an acquisition. Google hasn’t confirmed anything at this point in time and HTC official response about the negotiations with Google is that it “does not comment on market rumor or speculation.”

It wouldn’t be surprising if HTC does decide to sell itself. Its fortunes in the smartphone market have not turned and recent devices haven’t done much to steady the ship. There’s already a close relationship between Google and HTC. The two companies collaborated on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones as well.

Google has made no secret of the fact that it wants to build up its hardware division again. It tried this once before when it owned Motorola but that didn’t work. Motorola was sold to Lenovo a couple of years back and now it seems like Google might be willing to try its luck with hardware by acquiring HTC.

It’s unclear if Google will just be acquiring HTC’s smartphone business or if it will buy the Vive VR division as well. The VR division has the most potential for growth and if HTC decides to sell it, its shareholders will predictably react negatively.

It’s all speculation at this point in time as far as the outcome of all of this is concerned. We shall know for sure come tomorrow.

JUST IN:
HTC just announced it’s shares will halt trading tomorrow (Thur) pending a major announcement.

— Tim Culpan (@tculpan) September 20, 2017

HTC Will Halt Stock Trading Tomorrow As Google Acquisition Rumors Persist , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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