Gordon McAlpin - creator of the webcomic Multiplex - fills in for Bean this week to discuss tech and movies: Xbox drops an update to convert Microsoft points to standard currency; Steve Balmer “retires” as CEO of Microsoft; Kickstarter announces that it’s launching in Australia and New Zealand in the not too distant future; Ben Affleck gets cast as Batman in the upcoming Batman/Superman flick, but is that really going to be the biggest issue with that movie?; and we take a look at Jobs the biopic of Steve Jobs’ life that doesn’t necessarily live up to real life.
Everybody loves a crossover, so Katie Molloy, co-host of Silver Screen Queens visits to talk about all the things: videos that help breakdown the NBN plans; rumours surface that Bradley Cooper is up for Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy; and Kick-Ass 2 hits Australian cinemas, but is it as good as the first movie?
What if Star Wars episodes I and II were actually good; the role Vin Diesel will be playing in the Marvel movies gets revealed; some details surface about the upcoming original Pixar movies: The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out; Microsoft decides to include a headset with the Xbox console, and also makes some changes to their policy to allow sharing of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions;
Saints Row IV finally passes classification, but in the worst possible way; a new Ender’s Game trailer drops, and it’s not really selling it very well; the BBC announces that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor; Disney and ABC are looking at creating a live action Star Wars TV show, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. holds the keys to its success; a new technology aims to improve the speed of data transferred across copper lines; and more TV shows coming up in the next few months: The Tomorrow People, Helix, Dads, The Michael J. Fox Show and Mind Games.
Grand Theft Auto V makes it through the Australian classification board with an R18+ rating; the Australian government releases 10 recommendations from the Australian Tax inquiry; we look as some of the new TV shows coming in the next few months: Axe Cop, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Almost Human and Intelligence; and The Wolverine hits Australian cinemas.
San Diego Comic Con is over for another year and it seems that the new thing is for celebrities to cosplay so they can roam the exhibition floor; Marvel confirms what we know about Guardians of the Galaxy; Warner Bros announces the sequel to Man of Steel, which is going to feature Batman, but not as we’ve seen him before; new details are announced about Avengers 2, including the title, Avengers: Age of Ultron; X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out mid-2014; and Disney shows of Aireal, a really cool new haptic feedback technology.
Microsoft confuses everyone by backtracking on Xbox policies… again; Dreamworks releases the teaser trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2; Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s big budget sci-fi flick, hits Australian cinemas; one of the co-founders of Pirate Bay teams up to start Heml.is, a truly secure messaging app for iPhone and Android; and the boys present some tips to help you make the best of your convention experience, just in time for San Diego Comic Con!
We get “confirmations” on who the villains that Benecio del Toro, Lee Pace and Karen Gillan are playing in Guardians of the Galaxy; Entertainment Weekly reveals what the villain Electro is going to look like in Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Andrew Garfield talks about his dream casting of the MJ character; a recent Russian rocket launch goes awry thanks to an upside-down part; and Google decides to shut down more services in favour of Google+.
Google Reader shuts down, with multiple services popping up to fill the void; the Xbox One is going to be able to read QR codes; a “Low Violence Version” of Saints Row surfaces on Steam; Neil Gaiman is returning to his popular Sandman comic series; a 15-year-old participant in Google’s science fair invents a torch powered by human body heat; and Ars Technica takes a look at the true worth of consoles when their costs are adjusted for inflation.
Microsoft reverses some of their controversial Xbox One policies and reveals that the console will be region free; Saints Row IV gets refused classification in Australia; rumours surface that Vin Diesel is in talks with Marvel for an upcoming movie role; Sydney plays host to the annual popular culture convention, Supernova; and Jelly gives his thoughts and ratings on Monsters University and Man of Steel.