Recommended Reading: Netflix’s heroes return in ‘The Defenders’

‘The Defenders’ Is
Thrilling Superhero
Team-Up Entertainment

Mark Hughes,
Forbes

Netflix’s last Marvel series, Iron Fist, didn’t quite offer the same thrills as its previous three original series. Its fourth installment that unites all four heroes debuted today, and so far, the reviews are mostly positive. Forbes details how the streaming service returns to form with The Defenders miniseries. Even though the latest show may not be the best of the Marvel options on Netflix thus far, it’s an improvement after the disappointment of Iron Fist and shows potential for future team-ups with the foursome.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/19/recommended-reading-netflix-marvel-the-defenders/

USA Today teams with Instagram to livestream the solar eclipse

Along with the Instagram livestream, USA Today will also broadcast eclipse coverage through Facebook Live across all 110 of its news sites. And its eclipse-dedicated web page will feature the rotating livestream, a real-time map of the eclipse’s path and eclipse FAQs. Coverage will begin at 9:00AM Pacific time.

We’ve put together a guide on how to watch the eclipse including tips on seeing it in person and where you can watch online. Along with USA Today, CNN and of course NASA are offering live coverage of the event.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/18/usa-today-instagram-livestream-solar-eclipse/

YouTube music head says company pays higher royalties than Spotify

The former road manager for Run DMC has been at YouTube for eight months now. He was instrumental in getting Google’s Doodle for the 44th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop up on the search engine’s main page, too; Cohen says that he is a music lover and artist supporter. He believes that YouTube music got to the subscription party late, which allowed companies like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music to take an early lead. He also says that ads in music videos aren’t the “death of the music industry,” but rather a second supplement to bring in the money. Cohen claims that YouTube’s ads brought in more than a billion dollars in the past 12 months. That should help soothe the music industry itself, but what about artists?

Cohen rebuts the common belief that YouTube pays less than Spotify or Pandora, saying that his service pays more than $3 per thousand streams in the US, “more than other ad supported services.” Cohen, who has been trying to patch things up between YouTube and the music industry, believes that songwriters and artists need to know what they’re making. “It’s not enough for YouTube to say that it’s paid over $1 billion to the industry from ads,” he writes. “We (the labels, publishers and YouTube) must shine a light on artist royalties, show them how much they make from ads compared to subscriptions by geography and see how high their revenue is in the U.S. and compared to other services.”

Cohen’s push into making things better at YouTube music for artists and industry veterans alike has been a while coming. Last December, the service struck a deal with the National Music Publishers Association over unpaid royalties that some speculate could have paid out at $30 million. Just this past June, YouTube and ASCAP, another national music royalties organization, created a deal for more transparency between the two companies so that YouTube could better pay its artists. “YouTube is dedicated to ensuring artists, publishers and songwriters are fairly compensated,” Cohen told Billboard at the time.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/17/youtube-music-pays-higher-royalties-spotify/

‘Collegiate Rocket League’ is invading campuses this fall

“Collegiate Rocket League” (CRL) will see students battle it out in a 3v3 tournament for a share of $50,000 in scholarships. The qualifiers in September will decide the eight teams from each regional conference (Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western) that will make it to the playoffs. From there, the top two teams from each conference will advance to the national championship in December. One team will then be crowned the CRL champions.

Broadcasts will begin during the group stage, and will continue through to the final rounds. Of course, the competition will be fierce. But, even if you don’t qualify, your team will still have the chance to carry on gaming with other also-rans. This part of the CRL, known as the Open Ladder competition, will even give one team the chance to gain entry into the main tournament as a wildcard. After all, who doesn’t want to be the dark horse, right?

The TeSPA and Psyonix websites have all the details for interested parties. Keep in mind, you have until September 22 to register for the first qualifier, and September 29 for the second. Better start practising those shooting skills right away, then.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/17/rocket-league-esports-college/

Twitch starts its retro ‘Starcade’ marathon on August 28th

The marathon is running in part to fuel demand for Shout! Factory’s upcoming Starcade reboot, but the original series stands on its own merits. The show earned its warm and fuzzy reputation because it treated video games with respect and kindness at a time when many thought they were strictly diversions for kids. That even extended to the second host, Geoff Edwards, who was almost as interested in the games as the contestants. Think of Starcade as one big celebration of early video gaming — it only makes sense to stream it on a service that’s (mostly) devoted to watching gameplay.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/17/twitch-starcade-marathon-august-28/

Google’s new museum tours bring dinosaurs to life

Google has teamed up with over 50 of the world’s most notable natural history institutions to add more than 150 interactive stories, 300,000 new photos and videos and over 30 virtual tours. At London’s Natural History Museum, the Rhomaleosaurus — a giant ferocious predator known as the “T-Rex of the ocean” — can be explored in 360 degrees, as can Berlin’s 13-meter tall Giraffatitan.

Also available are virtual tours that explain the history of evolution, starting with the origins of the solar system and taking you through the “rise and the fall of prehistoric worlds.” Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde is also home to a four meter by twelve meter “Biodiversity Wall,” which hosts 3,000 animals and explains why peacocks have such vibrant feathers, but aren’t really able to fly, and how zebras got their stripes.

All you need is a computer or an iOS or Android smartphone, although Google Cardboard would certainly help you fully immerse yourself in the exhibits.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2016/09/13/google-natural-history-art-culture-app/

Infiniti prototype melds a 1940s race car with EV power

The machine includes a 140HP equivalent motor that’s powerful enough to get the vehicle to 62MPH in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 105.6MPH. It’s not the fastest EV by any means, but it does beat a standard Tesla Model 3 to the 62MPH mark despite its vintage chassis. There is one major drawback (besides the car’s single-seater nature), though: range. The Prototype 9 only lasts for 20 minutes under “heavy track use,” and we wouldn’t expect it to drive much further at roadway speeds… not that you’d take it off the track.

Is this a hint of Infiniti (or Nissan) EVs to come? Not really. This is ultimately a demonstration of the company’s design chops for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. However, it does show that electric cars don’t have to hew to cutting-edge (or even semi-recent) bodies to be eye-catching. Don’t be surprised if elements of the Prototype 9 find their way into more straight-laced EVs, whether it’s the internal layout or visual cues.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/12/infiniti-prototype-9/

‘GLOW’ is body slamming its way to Netflix for a second season

Here we #GLOW again… Season 2 is coming. pic.twitter.com/LXF8OIxcNG

— GLOW (@GlowNetflix) August 10, 2017

That’s all the info available, thus far. No word yet on returning cast members, a release date, or even when production begins. But, seeing as Netflix isn’t afraid to give its properties the chop, fans will be pleased to know that GLOW has performed well enough to survive. It probably helped that the show comes from the creative team behind Orange is the New Black. The crescendo of critical acclaim that greeted it — including praise for its period detail and sharp writing — can’t have hurt either. Inspired by the real-life wrestling league, GLOW follows the lives of a group of women who join its ranks during the mid-’80S.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/11/glow-netflix-season-2/

Nintendo faces lawsuit over the Switch’s detachable controllers

Gamevice declined to comment on the lawsuit. We’ve reached out to Nintendo as well, and will let you know if it has a response.

In some ways, the lawsuit is an epilogue to a long-running story. The Wikipad team started out with grand plans for tablet gaming in 2012, when it promised elaborate features as glasses-free 3D and game streaming. However, it didn’t work out that way: delays and a rethink prompted a change in design, and while the Wikipad did receive some acclaim, Gamevice eventually dropped it in favor of its add-ons for phones and tablets. Although Nintendo’s Switch clearly has some differences (it’s intended more as a hybrid TV and portable console, for one thing), it’s effectively showing what could have been if the Wikipad had taken off.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/11/nintendo-faces-lawsuit-over-switch-controllers/

ASOS adds visual search to ease your fashion hunt

I used the feature to look for a pair of brown booties and for a simple black dress like JLaw’s, and it worked pretty well both times:

ASOS adds visual search to ease your fashion hunt

ASOS adds visual search to ease your fashion hunt

The move is a no-brainer for ASOS when 80 percent of its traffic in the UK comes from mobile devices. Its mobile users are only bound to grow in number now that it’s investing $40 million to expand its presence in the US. Andy Berks, its digital product director, said in a statement: “We know this (mobile devices) is where our customers are and it’s how they interact with us everyday, so we are always looking for ways that are mobile native to make their experience even better.”

As you probably noticed, ASOS’ new feature works just like Pinterest’s and eBay’s own visual search tools. Pinterest rolled out Lens earlier this year as a way to boost its status as a shopping platform. eBay announced its own take on the feature last month, though you won’t be able to search for the best deals on the website until the company rolls out its visual search capabilities this fall.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/10/asos-ios-app-visual-search/