Apple orders documentary show from ‘Rock of Ages’ producer

Apple has been ordering original shows at a breakneck pace, and now it's branching out beyond big-name dramas. Deadline has learned that the tech giant has ordered a 10-episode documentary from Time Inc. and Matthew Weaver (shown at left), the produ…
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NASA goes back to the middle ages for its rover tire design

The Mars Curiosity rover has been a big success, but NASA's modern tech couldn't save its tires from breaking down in the harsh conditions of Mars. For future missions, the agency has gone back to the age of knights. Based on the principals of chainm…
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Elon Musk Says We Must Switch to Renewables or Plunge Into “the Dark Ages”

Replacing the Batteries

Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have a hand in the future of Australia’s energy grid. Back in June, the company signed a deal with Transgrid to supply New South Wales homes with their Powerpacks; in July, Tesla landed a second contract to build a 100-Megawatt battery system in South Australia, which Musk proposed to have finished within 100 days.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Musk believes renewable energy will be a key factor not just in Australia’s future, but in humanity’s as well. During a 60 Minutes interview with presenter Liz Hayes, Musk made this belief abundantly clear, saying if energy isn’t renewable, it’s not going to last.

“It’s a definition that if it’s not renewable, it’s going to run out at some point,” Musk explained. “And we will have the choice of the collapse of civilization—and into the Dark Ages we go—or we find something renewable.”

While renewable energy is important for the benefit of our planet, Musk was speaking specifically about Australia. There’s currently a sizable fight occurring between Australia’s six states and the Commonwealth over Australia’s future energy sources, and how much energy will cost—a conflict Musk and Tesla are now caught in the middle of. Electricity has become so expensive that some people have decided to live without it in order to save money.

“I didn’t realize there was this big battle going on,” said Musk on 60 Minutes. “I just didn’t know.” In an attempt to belittle Tesla’s endeavors, Liberal Party of Australia member and Treasurer Scott Morrison has taken to comparing Tesla’s 100-Megawatt battery to a tourist attraction, a statement Musk is familiar with.

“We get that (criticism) all the time,” said Musk. “It can be a little disheartening.”

Positive Change

Despite the complicated situation for Australia’s energy grid, Musk thinks residents “should be proud of the fact that Australia has the world’s biggest battery.” Beyond that, he also suggested that people should be happy Australia is leading the charge in the search for better energy sources; it can be an example that shows other countries that the switch from fossil fuels to renewables is possible and in everyone’s best interest.

“It is an inspiration and it will serve to say to the whole world that this is possible,” said Musk.

In recent months alone, we’ve seen what Tesla’s battery packs are doing in other parts of the world. Notably, in Puerto Rico, Tesla has started restoring power to local hospitals following the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

For proof of what Tesla and renewable energy can do for Australia, look no further than Logan City in southeastern Australia, which managed to save $ 1.5 million after installing one of Tesla’s power packs. The financial benefits wouldn’t stop there, either. According to Musk, Australia has an abundance of natural resources, meaning “electricity should be cheap.”

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Out Now Part 2: ‘Through the Ages’, ‘Warbands: Bushido’, ‘Freeways’, ‘Crown Throwdown’, ‘Football Strike’, ‘ReCharge RC’ and More

If you somehow didn’t get your fill of new iOS games with our big Out Now list posted a couple of nights ago, then have I got some good news for you: New games are still trickling into the App Store! It’s like it never ends! Somebody please help me! Actually new games are always trickling out, or firehosing out I should say, and ever once in a while there’s enough noteworthy stuff that misses our weekly list that we’ll do a second list just as a way to keep everyone up to date and cap off the week. So without further ado check out the stragglers below and let us know if there’s any games on this second list that you’ll be picking up!


Crown Throwdown

iTunes Description

Whoever holds the crown, holds the power… Be the last man, woman, or blob standing in this silly arcade fighter!

Collect the crown and jump on your enemies heads to defeat them. If an enemy already has the crown, jump on their head to knock it off and scramble to see who can collect the crown first!

Battle your way to the throne in Throwdown mode or hone your skills against 1-3 AI opponents in Arcade mode.

Earn gold by winning matches and use that gold to unlock new characters and levels.

Let’s Throwdown!

Forum Thread: Crown Throwdown (By Jordan Overmyer)

Finnish Dart Game

iTunes Description

Traditional Finnish Dart Game, now on mobile! Looking for a fun challenge? Target Bulls-eye! Climb the global online leaderboards!

Thrilling dart throwing action – experience of a lifetime.

– Free, addictive and fun!
– Easy to learn, hard to master!
– Fresh Dart game with unique gameplay!
– Climb the global online leaderboards!
– No internet connection required – You can play offline!

Forum Thread: Finnish Dart Game (by Headfish Entertainment)

Football Strike

iTunes Description

Ultra-fast multiplayer free-kick action: this is Football Strike!

You’ve never played a football game like this before. Take on your friends in multiplayer free-kick face-offs, or make a name for yourself in the Career Mode! Challenge the world across different online game modes! Hit the targets in a fast-paced, time-limited battle for points in Shooting Race mode, or take turns as both striker and goalkeeper in the one-on-one Free Kick mode!

Customise your striker and goalkeeper with tons of unlockable items! Show off your style or represent your team’s colours! Take on Career mode, travelling through different stadiums around the globe and taking on unique soccer challenges to unlock medals! With simple, fast gameplay, Football Strike is easy to play and offers endless competitive football fun!

Forum Thread: Football Strike (by Miniclip)


iTunes Description

You are a freeway engineer.

Draw freeway interchanges with your finger.

Optimize for efficiency and avoid traffic jams.

Forum Thread: Freeways (by Blinkbat Games)

Hero C – Round and Round!

iTunes Description

Hey…! Here it is … Here!
You…!! You are the hero we were looking for!
The world is under threat from the forces of darkness!
You have to save the world with your avatars!
Only your control can save the world!
In line with the battle situation, Change the character, Click on the skill!
Then defeat the monster and win the boss battle!
Only your control leads your avatar to victory in combat!
Start your adventure with your knights!

Forum Thread: Hero C (by X’s Quest)

Hooked Inc: Fisher Tycoon

iTunes Description

Do you have what it takes to become the best fisherman? In this addictive clicker game you will travel the seas on an adventure to catch fish and grow your crew while earning cash to upgrade your boat and gear!

– Upgrade your boat and build your Fishing Empire.
– Recruit and upgrade your own Crew.
– Search the seas for Rare and Epic Fishes
– Brawl for Stars to increase your Value
– Try your Fishing Luck on the Wheel
– Join multiplayer fishing tournaments

Forum Thread: Hooked Inc: Fisher Tycoon (by A Creative Endeavor)

iTunes Description

The smash hit web .io game comes to iOS!

Stay alive and knock competitors off from all over the world in this real-time multiplayer thriller! How long can you stay on the map?!

Customizable skins coming out in next update!

Forum Thread: (by Jason Chitla)

Lost in the Pages

iTunes Description

Travel through different books in a quest to find your uncle! You will travel through a number of stories, seek to understand why they are falling apart, and trying to solve the mystery of your uncle’s bookshop.

“Lost in the Pages” is a 125,000 word interactive novel by a collection of authors, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

There are over a half a dozen stories to choose from, from fantasy and science fiction, to horror or mystery. Can you rescue your uncle and restore order to the stories, or will you be consumed by the menace hanging over him?

Forum Thread: Lost In The Pages (by Hosted Games LLC)

ReCharge RC

iTunes Description

Customize your vehicle, Create your very own race tracks, Share them online and Race your friends with asynchronous multiplayer and global leaderboards! Drift your way into ReCharge RC! Featuring limitless vehicle customization, online track sharing with an ever growing catalog, global online leaderboards for every track, even the ones you create, and asynchronous multiplayer allowing you to race the ghost of every leaderboard entry! Enjoy realistic physics that blur the lines between arcade and simulation and allow rookies and veterans alike to experience the joy that is RC racing!

Forum Thread: ReCharge RC (by Hondune)

Solitaire Till Dawn

iTunes Description

Solitaire Till Dawn offers over 100 different solitaire card games, from familiar favorites to obscure delights waiting for you to discover! Play Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, TriPeaks, and more.

First released in 1991, Solitaire Till Dawn has been developed and improved for over 25 years. Macworld magazine said of an earlier version: “Solitaire Till Dawn is the best solitaire game I’ve seen on any platform”, and MacAddict magazine awarded its highest rating, “Freakin’ Awesome!” This new version has been carefully re-designed for the Apple iPad, and we think it’s even better than ever.

Forum Thread: Solitaire Till Dawn (by Semicolon Software)

Swap Space

iTunes Description

Swap turrets with your finger to defend Earth against asteroids!
Match the turrets against the asteroids with the same color.

Easy to play hard to master!

– Easy and simple swipe control
– Endless gameplay
– Collect stars and unlock new turrets
– Challenge your friends with the best high score
– Complete challenges to win more stars

Forum Thread: Swap Space (by Pixelgate Studios)

Through the Ages

iTunes Description

This is your chance to make history: You begin with a small tribe. As you expand your farms and mines, you lay the groundwork for technological advancements, better governments, and grand wonders. Your military might supports your political skill as you guide your civilization to greatness.

– One of the greatest board games of all time.
– Hundreds of cards to build a mighty civilization.
– Explore the many paths to victory.
– Manage your resources carefully.

Forum Thread: Through the Ages (by Czech Games Edition)

Warbands: Bushido

iTunes Description

Warbands:Bushido is a miniatures board game with cards, miniatures, dice and beautiful terrains to fight on, with both multiplayer battles boardgamers are used to, and challenging single-player scenarios.

Game has an isometric, tabletop-style look with miniature-style characters, cards, dice, pre-rendered battlefields and story-mode locations. There will be more than 50 various paintable units and heroes planned for a full-scale release and later additions. Single-player scenarios with their own characters and events, are highly influenced by classic tactical turn-based RPGs. While multiplayer skirmish will let you test your skills in best traditions of tabletop wargame classics like Warmachine or Mordheim with a fast-paced Hearthstone-like gameplay.

Forum Thread: Warbands: Bushido (By Red Unit)


The Internet of Things is sending us back to the Middle Ages

Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, and from there to other parts of the casino’s network. The intruders were able to copy 10 gigabytes of data to somewhere in Finland. By gazing into this fish tank, we can see the problem with “internet of things” devices: We don’t really control them. And it’s not always clear who does – though…

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‘Through the Ages’ First Trailer Shows the Game in Action

Board gamers are getting very excited as the release of the classic Through the Ages draws nearer. Now, we have the first trailer of the game, and it looks good. Through the Ages is a fantastic board game that has you building a civilization by drafting cards. As with every civilization game, you will research technological advancements, great wonders, but also use military might to ensure you make your civilization great. The game spans most of human history: you can start from the pyramids and go all the way to space flight. However, the game is challenging, and you’ll have to learn the ropes first before figuring out how to send your people to space. The good thing is that the mobile version of the game will come with an extensive tutorial, which I’m sure many will need.

The app will come with 3 AI levels, for those who like to play solo, but also online asynchronous multiplayer as well as hot-seat multiplayer. And there will also be different challenges for you to complete. The port looks quite good, and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this one. The game releases September 14th and will cost $ 9.99 with no IAPs.


Actors take IMDB to court for publishing their ages

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) recently filed a brief in which the organization decided the first amendment should take a back seat to protecting its talent. Taking issue with IMDb’s policy of revealing the ages of actors and actresses, SAG filed a brief in District Court last month to prevent the website from disseminating publicly-available information. Ageism is a real thing. In the tech world, for example, 30 was once considered over-the-hill. But as companies matured, their founders and CEOs did as well, decreasing some of the stigma. Now we have founders in their golden years and CEOs of Fortune…

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30 of the best Android games for kids between the ages of 2-8

I see this question asked quite a lot. While there are plenty of sites out there that have created similar listicles, most of them appear to be pretty old at this point. This is why I have taken it upon myself to try and answer the question in a way that lists first-rate games you may not have seen previously. Simply put, this article is intended to be a fresh take on what the best Android games for kids between the ages of 2-8 are on Android in 2017.

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30 of the best Android games for kids between the ages of 2-8 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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