with

Invisible Universe Explores Connection Between Marginalized Voices and Real-World Oppression in Speculative Fiction

TMS’ Charline Jao reported on the crowdfund for an awesome-looking documentary called Invisible Universe: A History of Blackness in Speculative Fiction by filmmaker M. Asli Dukan. Now, the doc is finally almost ready for viewing eyes! In celebration, Dukan has released its first trailer, which you can see above.

The documentary seems to include some amazing interviews with black SFF luminaries like Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, and Sheree Renee Thomas, but what’s really interesting about the film are the connections that it seeks to make between speculative fiction by black writers and the current conditions of and advocacy for black lives. Dukan makes that very point about the entire history of blackness in speculative fiction, saying that “struggle and speculation historically [go] hand in hand.”

This documentary seems fascinating! I can’t wait until it’s available for screening. If you wanna keep up with the film, check out its official website.

(via Shadow and Act, image via screencap)

Want more stories like this? Become a subscriber and support the site!

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—

Follow The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google+.

Teresa Jusino

Where Is the Nintendo Switch’s Big Selling Point? – Aside from Nintendo’s software.

ujyaevr9sqg00_dzole4y3kiti8ashqa

Late last week, while the world was still reeling from the third U.S. presidential debate of this all-consuming election cycle, Nintendo quietly revealed the Switch, formerly codenamed the “NX.” The brief trailer for the company’s next console didn’t reveal much in the way of specific information—maybe even less than we thought—but instead opted to show the portable/console concept in action. That alone was a lot to take in, but it left out something important: The console’s selling point.

With the Wii, the must-have feature was clear, at least after Tokyo Game Show 2005, where Nintendo showed off the Wii Remote for the first time. The Wii had something—in the form of motion control—that no one else was really doing, and it was immediately clear what made it unique, even if anyone doubted its eventual, overwhelming success. The Wii U, on the other hand, was a little less clear. It had two screens, but the 3DS already had that, and the possibilities of asymmetrical multiplayer were a bit hard to explain, not to mention something you could already theoretically do with online play.

Now, the Switch sits in a similar position to the Wii U, though it’s thankfully unaffected by the naming scheme that led to plenty of consumers not knowing the Wii U was anything more than an expensive Wii peripheral. Still, those less-informed consumers could be a problem for Nintendo. Most of the response to the Switch reveal was positive, but the way Nintendo revealed it was specifically geared towards their longtime fans and gaming enthusiasts. Others have surely seen it by now, but even if it piqued their curiosity, that doesn’t necessarily translate into sales.

So what did the reveal trailer offer them? Effectively, it looked like an iPad with controllers on the sides to most people—in fact, there was already a gaming tablet that looked just like it in China. That’s not great news when a lot of people already own a similar device, and the Switch is unlikely to match up to the features of full-fledged mobile devices. Notably, no touchscreen capability or motion control was shown in the trailer—or anything else you’d expect from a modern mobile device. However, Nintendo could be hiding some compelling features up their sleeves, so keep in mind that we’re only talking about what they’ve shown so far.

But what they’ve shown so far isn’t quite the portable/console hybrid that we’ve all be theorizing about for months, which is not entirely Nintendo’s fault, since that was really the media’s term. In reality, the Switch is simply a high-end portable game machine. Sure, you can bring it home and plug it into your TV if you choose, and it’s a nice touch that the controllers slide off and even work individually for multiplayer, but it’s a portable system. The docking station doesn’t enhance any of the system’s capabilities (aside from maybe providing USB ports for for the GameCube controller adapter); it just allows for charging and video output to a TV.

For all of Nintendo’s insistence on going in a different direction from Sony and Microsoft, the Switch isn’t exactly striking out on its own. It’s a powerful portable system from Nintendo, where all their critically acclaimed first party games will be found for the next few years, and that should be enough for it to get by, but it seems more like Nintendo conceding the home console space to Sony and Microsoft than anything else. That’s fine, considering their dominance in the portable gaming arena, but the pressure from tablets and phones is continually mounting.

On the other hand, that selling point could be still to come, although the reveal trailer already felt a little late with the March 2017 release window looming. What could it be? GPS and compass functionality (along with gyroscope and touchscreen) aren’t out of the question according to patents, though it’s a little strange that Nintendo would hold off such big features in their reveal—not to mention that motion and touch control are basics at this point. There’s also the possibility that camera- and projection-based gameplay technology is included, but that also seems unlikely, though not impossible, to have been left out of the reveal.

The possibility that seems most likely is different controller attachments customized for different games, but even that seems like more of a gimmick than a must-have gaming innovation. It may seem unfair to put that expectation on every new Nintendo system, but they’re the ones who have repeatedly talked a big game about doing something different as opposed to directly competing at exactly what their competition is doing. That was very true of the Wii, but the Switch doesn’t seem to do anything considerably different—even if it does what it winds up doing better and with Nintendo software—than a lot of devices already on the market, and it may lack features present on competing mobile devices.

None of this is to say that I won’t personally buy a Switch or that I think it won’t sell at least better than the Wii U. My 3DS gets a lot of play, so an HD Nintendo portable is right up my alley. However, that would still be true for me—and likely a lot of Nintendo fans—even without the TV compatibility and controller gimmicks, and it remains to be seen whether those features stand to meaningfully expand the system’s audience or end up as nothing more than a nice bonus for people who would’ve bought a Switch anyway.

(image via Nintendo)

Want more stories like this? Become a subscriber and support the site!

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—

Follow The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google+.

Dan Van Winkle

Lumigon T3 premium smartphone boasts of special Scandinavian design

lumigon-t3Not all smartphones are created equal, although there are some models out there which do seem to look a whole lot more appealing than the others. The recently introduced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are definitely beautiful devices in their own right, but does that mean that Apple has an exclusive claim to aesthetics in consumer electronics? Not quite, as Lumigon has proven with their T3 smartphone. The Lumigon T3 is a premium smartphone that boasts of a Scandinavian design that simply oozes with class.

Available in stores in Netherlands, Russia, Dubai and at airports around the world, it is certainly not the easiest handset to get hold of, although when you do, you would not be disappointed. The Lumigon T3 gets even more exclusive when you pick it up from Dubai in the form of the 24-karat gold edition, making this double up as a piece of jewellery.

What makes the Lumigon T3 smartphone so special? For starters, it will boast of minimalistic Scandinavian design with a durable steel exterior, while you also get to enjoy innovative features such as a night vision camera as well as the special BackTouch technology that has not debuted anywhere else. On the outside lies scratch and damage resistant glass, with both the front and back of the smartphone comprising of Corning Gorilla Glass. This helps make sure that the 4.8” HD Super AMOLED Diamond display will not end up spoiled by screen cracks.

Underneath the hood lies a speedy 2.2 GHz 64 bit 8-core processor, accompanied by 3GB of RAM with Android 6.0 Marshmallow in tow. There will be 128 GB of internal storage to help you get started right out of the box, with a dual SIM card slot to boot. At the back lies a 4K HD, while the front facing 2K HD camera will have an innovative FrontFlash for perfect selfies even when it is dark all around. The Lumigon T3 is not going to come cheap though, with an asking price of 645 Euros.

Press Release
[ Lumigon T3 premium smartphone boasts of special Scandinavian design copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]

Edwin

Batman: The Telltale Series Trailer Promises Even More Tough Choices – And you thought episode two was rough.

Spoilers for Batman: The Telltale Series within; proceed at your own risk.

Telltale Games’ latest Batman series is only two episodes into its five episode run, but that doesn’t mean the Dark Knight hasn’t had to make some tough calls already–and based on the newest trailer, the hard choices are far from over.

I’ve played my way through the first two available chapters of Batman: The Telltale Series, and the second episode ended with Batman having to make a difficult choice–save Harvey Dent, mayoral candidate and friend to Bruce Wayne, from Oswald Cobblepot; or save Selina Kyle, new thief in town and Harvey’s “friend”, from Cobblepot’s henchman. If you chose to save Harvey, Selina got shot but lived to see another day; if you picked Selina, Harvey suffered the traumatic injury that will eventually turn him into Two-Face.

I chose to save Selina (I can’t help it, I’m a Catwoman fan), and based on the newly released trailer from Telltale Games above, it looks like parts of the narrative play out based on that decision. It could also mean that Harvey Dent is going to become Two-Face either way. If that’s the case, the trailer could be a way of the game telling players that regardless of their choice at the end of episode two, some events just have a certain… inevitability.

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is going to have to come to terms with the fact that his memory of his father is not as positive as he’s been led to believe. Here’s what players can look forward to from the upcoming episode entitled “New World Order”, which will be available to play starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25:

Penguin’s brutal attack broadcast on live TV has left Gotham City reeling. As Bruce and Batman, you’ll dig deeper into the web of intrigue surrounding the newly revealed Children of Arkham.

Meanwhile, behind closed doors, the mysterious Selina Kyle reveals more of herself to Bruce. And in the aftermath of the attack, Bruce’s friend and Gotham’s new mayor, Harvey Dent, is a deeply changed man. Who can be trusted when the future of Bruce Wayne – and the Batman – could be determined by the flip of a coin?

Have you been playing Batman: The Telltale Game? How have you chosen to play Batman and Bruce Wayne so far? (My one goal is to make my Bruce as cheesy as humanly possible.)

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—

Follow The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google+.

Carly Lane

Screamer Radio 1.0 Internet Radio player

Screamer Radio 1.0 has been released a couple of days ago as a portable version and installer for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows.

We have reviewed Screamer Radio back in 2007 for the first time and again in 2013. Back then it shipped with functionality to record streams which is not supported anymore.

Probably the biggest change introduced in Screamer Radio 1.0 is that Windows XP is no longer supported.

Users who use machines with Windows XP may use the previous version of Screamer Radio to continue using the program.

The author revealed several reasons for dropping support for XP. For one, XP was holding back development because some components would not work at all, or not without fixing issues. Another reason given was that Microsoft dropped support for XP two years ago, and that users should not really be using the operating system anymore.

Screamer Radio 1.0

screamer radio

The only other changes are options to export favorite radio stations. This can be useful for backup purposes, or for importing those stations on another system.

Screamer Radio 1.0 ships with a new installer. The program used Microsoft’s ClickOnce solution, but it was complicated and caused all kinds of issues. The new installer is called Squirrel and is simpler and better according to the author.

Users can still download the portable version to use it without any form of installation.

The program itself is an Internet Radio player that is easy to use and ships with a truckload of stations that you can tune in right away, and support for custom radio stations on top of that.

While you get support for that in several popular media players as well, say AIMP with its library, it is Screamer Radio’s simplicity that may be its most appealing feature.

Start the program, click on a station, and start listening right away.

The “stations” listing is tag based which means that you can type tags to find stations of interest. The search tag:”classic rock” finds all classic rock stations for instance. While you may use the tag parameter for that, you can also simply enter “classic rock” to find those stations as well.

Screamer Radio 1.0 supports the playback of Internet Radio but does not ship with recording options. While you may not need those, users who require them need to look elsewhere for a solution. The excellent program StreamWriter is an option. Consult our Internet Radio recorders overview for other solutions.

Closing Words

Screamer Radio is one of those programs that you either like a lot, or cannot understand why anyone would use it. Considering that you can tune in to Internet Radio stations using most media players, it is understandable that some users prefer that solution.

Users who want a simple, unobtrusive and easy to use program to play Internet Radio may find Screamer Radio useful for that purpose.

Now You: Do you listen to Internet Radio?

Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader.

The post Screamer Radio 1.0 Internet Radio player appeared first on gHacks Technology News.

Martin Brinkmann

IKEA hack: The Persian Lounge

FAQXE6PIUIYUR2C.SMALL.jpgWith a need to create a chill out area, we asked the talented Danish design duo Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen to give us their finest spin on a cosy area using only IKEA products.The result is a cosy ‘Persian lounge with Scandinavian bones’ that you’ll find hard to leave again. Watch the hack come together b…
By: Space10

Continue Reading » Space10

Games With Gold: ecco i titoli gratuiti di Novembre 2016

Games with Gold di Novembre 2016 annunciati ufficialmente. Games with Gold: svelati i titoli di Novembre. Microsoft svela i Games with Gold di Novembre

id317457_1

Arriva la nuova lista di titoli che saranno scaricabili gratuitamente su Xbox One e Xbox 360 durante il mese di Novembre.

Games with Gold di Novembre 2016

Poco fa, come di consueto, i responsabili di casa Microsoft hanno rilasciato nuove informazioni riguardanti il programma Games with Gold, progetto incentrato sulla distribuzione di due titoli completamente gratuiti al mese, scaricabili classicamente dal negozio virtuale presente su Xbox Live.

Sul blog di Major Nelson sono stati pubblicati i nomi dei videogiochi Xbox Live Gold di Novembre.(…)
Leggi l’articolo completo Games With Gold: ecco i titoli gratuiti di Novembre 2016 (194 words)


© Riccardo Conti for YourLifeUpdated | News dal mondo hi-tech, 2016. |

Permalink |

No comment |

Add to

del.icio.us

Post tags: Giochi, Microsoft, News, Xbox

Riccardo Conti

Games With Gold: ecco i titoli gratuiti di Novembre 2016

Games with Gold di Novembre 2016 annunciati ufficialmente. Games with Gold: svelati i titoli di Novembre. Microsoft svela i Games with Gold di Novembre

id317457_1

Arriva la nuova lista di titoli che saranno scaricabili gratuitamente su Xbox One e Xbox 360 durante il mese di Novembre.

Games with Gold di Novembre 2016

Poco fa, come di consueto, i responsabili di casa Microsoft hanno rilasciato nuove informazioni riguardanti il programma Games with Gold, progetto incentrato sulla distribuzione di due titoli completamente gratuiti al mese, scaricabili classicamente dal negozio virtuale presente su Xbox Live.

Sul blog di Major Nelson sono stati pubblicati i nomi dei videogiochi Xbox Live Gold di Novembre.(…)
Leggi l’articolo completo Games With Gold: ecco i titoli gratuiti di Novembre 2016 (194 words)


© Riccardo Conti for YourLifeUpdated | News dal mondo hi-tech, 2016. |

Permalink |

No comment |

Add to

del.icio.us

Post tags: Giochi, Microsoft, News, Xbox

Riccardo Conti