SDCC 2014

This is Hot Wheels' life-size 'Darth Vader Car'

A visit to the Hot Wheels booth at Comic Con's exhibition floor will give visitors a look at a life-size car that looks just like Darth Vader's iconic helmet. And is it ever strange. Hot Wheels went all out with the car, giving it all the Star Wars touches you could think of: Sith...

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Wil Wheaton shows why Hollywood's nostalgia obsession is killing movies

Do you remember the past? Hollywood is really hoping that you do — it's much too difficult to appeal to human beings on a shared emotional level. Much easier to simply make reference to a toy popular when the largest movie-consuming demographic was young and hope that draws in the millions. This obsession with nostalgia has been particularly pronounced in recent years, neatly emphasized by the...

Major League Baseball takes a swing at the FCC's fast lane internet proposal

Do you know who's not a fan of the Federal Communication Commission's proposal to let internet service providers offer different speeds to online services? Major League Baseball. In a letter to the FCC last week, the league's digital group argued that the most recent open internet proposal could do more harm than good to consumers and upstart businesses, and likened the move to "rolling the dice."

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SDCC 2014

Christopher Nolan talks up the science of 'Interstellar' in surprise Comic-Con appearance

Details on the plot of Christopher Nolan's upcoming Interstellar are still scarce, but the film may be his most ambitious to date. In a surprise appearance at Comic-Con, the director of The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception says that his latest film is his grandest in scope. One of the film's executive producers is the theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who gave Nolan extensive guidance on how wormholes could work — a hint at how the film's characters will accomplish their interstellar travel. But the film's emotional core lies deeper, the director said. "It's about what it is to be human,...

HP and musician Chubby Checker settle lawsuit over penis-measurement app

A lawsuit filed against Hewlett-Packard and Palm over a webOS app that would estimate the size of male genitals has been settled. Last February, rock-and-roll legend Chubby Checker sued the companies, asking for $500,000 while claiming the third-party app called the Chubby Checker "adversely affects Chubby Checker's brand and value." The app itself, which was first released in 2006, would estimate penis length from whatever shoe size was inputted.

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HPV vaccination rates in the US are still 'unacceptably low,' says CDC

The number of teenagers who were vaccinated for HPV last year was still "unacceptably low," according to a report released today by the CDC. Despite a slight increase in vaccination rates over previous years, only 35 percent of adolescent boys and 57 percent of adolescent girls received one or more doses of the HPV vaccine by their 13th birthday...

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SDCC 2014

We piloted a giant robot from 'Pacific Rim' using Oculus Rift

Last night, Legendary Pictures gave us a brief look at how it wants to bring the worlds of Pacific Rim and Guillermo del Toro's upcoming gothic horror film Crimson Peak closer to real life. For Pacific Rim, the company teamed up with Oculus to put fans inside a virtual Jaeger. For Peak, del Toro...



SDCC 2014

'Final Fantasy' designer creates the wildest take on Batman yet

If nothing else, Square Enix artist Tetsuya Nomura has built up a distinctive style over the years — his androgynous, zipper-heavy designs for characters in games like Kingdom Hearts and the Final Fantasy series are recognizable anywhere. But none of that will have prepared you for his surreal take on Batman, revealed in action figure form at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

The "DC Comics Variant Play Arts Action Figure" looks more like something from Soul Calibur than the Caped Crusader,...




Twitter releases first diversity report on its primarily white and male staff

Twitter is joining the growing ranks of major tech companies that are publishing data on diversity within their workforce. It released the gender and ethnicity breakdown of its employees today, and, unsurprisingly, they're predominantly white and male. Overall, men make up 70 percent of roles at the company; 59 percent of Twitter's employees are white, and the bulk of the others (29 percent) are Asian. "Like our peers," Twitter notes, "we have a lot of work to do."



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