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Tommy Wirkola on directing Netflix’s latest dystopia thriller

  • Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola’s best known films are Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner as Hansel, a witch hunter, and Dead Snow, starring an assortment of people as Nazi zombies. His latest work, What Happened to Monday, a dystopian sci-fi movie picked up by Netflix at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, has very little to do with either.

    What Happened to Monday stars Noomi Rapace, the “girl with the dragon tattoo” in the original, Swedish adaptation of the Millennium series, as seven identical sisters. They’re forced to live in hiding in a near-future with a one-child policy — enforced by Glenn Close as the terrifying tech-CEO-turned-dictator who presides over the Child Allocation Bureau. So their...

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Namecheap has taken down Neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer

Social media didn’t kill email — but it did change it

  • Too much digital ink has been spilled over the apparent demise of email. “What’s to replace email,” and “why email is dead,” are all well-worn topics musing over a thin premise: social media will replace the well-worn 45-year-old medium. Yes, social media and collaboration platforms are now established, critical work tools. But these tools work alongside email, each channel complementing the other’s strengths. Still, over the past two decades, social networks have guided email’s continued development and vice versa and it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. User-design, personalized communications and other elements bleed across the social-email…

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Game of Thrones Hope Chest: what’s going to be the main cause of Cersei’s downfall?

  • Game of Thrones has never been about giving readers or viewers what they most want. Its author and screenwriters prefer to build fan expectations, then overturn them for narrative impact — and sometimes for pure shock value. And yet fans maintain hope that at least a few of the characters will reach a satisfying, well-deserved ending. That’s why there’s Game of Thrones Hope Chest, a new weekly poll where we put all our hopes together in one place. We aren’t asking what you think is going to happen on Game of Thrones, we’re asking: what do you most hope to see happen?

    This week, we’re considering some astonishing news from season 7, episode 5, “Eastwatch.” Cersei Lannister, the current occupant of the Iron Throne, has informed her brother...

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    14 hours 32 min ago

Become a white hat hacker for fun and profit – pay only what you want

Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop launched in India at Rs 2,99,990

  • Asus today launched its latest gaming laptop in India. The Asus ROG Zephyrus (Republic of Gamers) was launched earlier this year at Computex 2017. The Taiwan-based company launched the ROG Zephyrus on the sidelines of ROG Masters 2017 South Asia finale being held in India. The ROG Zephyrus is aimed at gaming enthusiasts with top-end specifications and the latest version of Windows 10 pre-installed. Asus has priced the ROG Zephyrus in India at Rs 2,99,990.

    One of the points Asus has been trying to drive home with the ROG Zephyrus is its thinness. The company goes on to elaborate how NVIDIA’s design philosophies have helped companies to make thinner gaming laptops with better performance compared to the previous generation. Termed Max-Q, laptops designed with this philosophy in mind include support for the all the latest gaming technologies – NVIDIA G-Sync, VR, 4K gaming and other features.

    Coming back to the ROG Zephyrus, Asus says that it is the thinnest gaming laptop with GTX 1080. Built using the latest high-end gaming hardware, the ROG Zephyrus features a seventh generation Kaby Lake Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor that is coupled with 24GB DDR4 2400MHz SDRAM. The graphics duties are handled by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 that comes with 8GB DDR5 VRAM and Max-Q design. To keep the system working at optimum temperatures, Asus has included its cooling solution exclusive to the ROG line-up called ‘Active Aerodynamic System’.

    The ROG Zephyrus features a 15.6-inch Full HD display with a refresh rate of 120Hz for smooth gaming. The notebook also comes with NVIDIA G-Sync that should help minimize stutters and input lag.

    The gaming laptop also comes with a 1TB PCIe Gen3 SSD. Interface options include a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port, four USB 3.1 Type-A ports, one HDMI 2.0 port and a 3.5mm audio jack. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    Asus has also added its ROG Aura feature that lets you customize the lighting effects over the keyboard. With gamers requirements in mind, there are separate effects for WASD and QWER key sets.

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AI-powered filter app Prisma wants to sell its tech to other companies

  • Prisma, the Russian company best known for its AI-powered photo filters, is shifting to B2B. The company won’t retire its popular app, but says in the future, it will focus on selling machine vision tools to other tech firms.

    “We see big opportunities in deep learning and communication,” Prisma CEO and co-founder Alexey Moiseenkov told The Verge. “We feel that a lot of companies need expertise in this area. Even Google is buying companies for computer vision. We can help companies put machine vision in their app because we understand how to implement the technology.” The firm has launched a new website — — in order to promote these services.

    Prisma will offer a number of off-the-shelf vision tools, including segmentation...

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Microsoft’s custom Minecraft Xbox One looks like it came out of the game

  • Microsoft appears to be about to unveil a special edition Xbox One S. While the software giant has previous bundled Minecraft with a white Xbox One S, a video posted to Facebook reveals that the company is introducing a limited edition console with Minecraft blocks etched into the device. It’s a mixture of the brown and green you’d expect to see on a Minecraft console, and even the controller is a blocky mix of green and black.

    Minecraft fans will love it, and it’s an impressive limited edition if you like custom consoles. An Italian blog first spotted a video promo for the new console on an official Minecraft Facebook page, and Microsoft is expected to unveil it later today at the company’s Gamescom event in Germany. There’s no...

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