Marvel releases an Ant-Man teaser that’s too tiny for you to actually see

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How badly do you want to see Ant-Man? Because if you want to know what’s going to happen in it before everyone else, you have a few days to search out details in the ridiculously small, 100-or-so-pixel-wide preview that Marvel just posted online. This type of video is basically a “teaser teaser,” since it’s teasing a soon-to-be-released movie teaser (which will eventually be followed by an even longer movie trailer). It’s actually the second teaser teaser that Marvel has released in the past 24 hours. Yesterday, we saw one for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Today, it’s pulling the same stunt for Ant-Man. This is how you build hype, and while it’s more than a little ridiculous to be staring into an “ant-sized” preview of the Ant-Man teaser,…

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Play the demo of Kriophobia, a survival horror game with a comic book aesthetic

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Survival horror, these days, can mean a lot of things. Maybe it’s blasting away monsters in Dead Space, or running from them endlessly in Amnesia: The Dark DescentKriophobia is something both weirder and more traditional. It’s a point-and-click horror game with the old-school fixed cameras of Resident Evil or Alone in the Dark, set in a mysterious Cold War military facility… of some sort. But instead of trying for a cinematic look, the team behind it — Brazilian mobile studio Fira Soft — is drawing straight from the world of comics. “Those gritty, gritty graphic novels and comic books that we would have in the ‘90s, like Frank Miller — those really dark Batman comics,” Fira Soft creative director Felipe Modesto told me. “That…

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13 products from last year’s Consumer Electronics Show that went nowhere

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The Consumer Electronics Show is an entire week dedicated to the not-too-distant future. Companies are taking the covers off remarkable feats of technology that they’ve been working on for months or years with the promise that you’ll actually be able to buy them at some point in the course of the year.

But it’s hard to predict the future. A lot can change in the span of 12 months, not just for a company, but for an entire product category. Things that once showed promise are often killed off before they even hit store shelves. Something can be on track, but a part isn’t quite right, or a better idea springs along mid-development. Other times, companies simply realize they’ve bitten off more than they can chew and decide to kill off a…

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Alcatel looks to undercut everyone with cheap new smartwatch

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Alcatel has announced its first ever smartwatch, a device that it claims will create “a new market segment: the affordable smart watch.” The budget phone maker says that its imaginatively named Watch will be available “at a fraction of the cost of competitors” — although the company has yet to specify any prices or, indeed, any hardware specs.

Watch will offer standard features: notifications, activity tracker, music controls

With its conventional round face, the Watch looks similar to the Moto 360 and Alcatel claims it has the “same look and feel as a traditional watch.” But while Alcatel has avoided the 360’s problem of a display with a small divot cut out the bottom, the Watch’s screen doesn’t appear to fill the entire watch face….

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Google publishes Windows vulnerability despite no fix from Microsoft

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Google has openly published a Windows 8.1 vulnerability that allows low-level users to gain administrator privileges. The security flaw was revealed earlier this week despite one big problem: there’s still no fix from Microsoft. As such, the elevated privileges vulnerability remains a legitimate threat to some Windows customers. Google says it gave Redmond plenty of time to address the problem before the code went public on December 29th. It’s been 90 days since the security hole was filed as part of Google’s Project Zero initiative, which is dedicated to uncovering weaknesses in software before hackers can exploit them. Microsoft was told about the issue on September 30th, but so far hasn’t managed to resolve it with a Windows software…

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The MacGyver intro is so much funnier without the theme song

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I’m packing for next week’s CES. I have a toothbrush, some toothpaste, a stack of button-up shirts, and a few pairs of pants. But if I were MacGyver I wouldn’t need any of this. All I need are my wits and what’s on my back. Hell, I wouldn’t even need to attend CES. The new technology of billion dollar corporations would have nothing on my clump of lent, used razor, and half pound of chewed bubble gum.

This version of the MacGyver intro, which replaces the All-American theme song with goofy sound effects, makes me love the character even more. He’s like a cross between Indiana Jones, an IT manager, and Dad.

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The Photos App On iCloud.com Has Disappeared

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Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 10.35.38 AM The beta version of the Photos app on iCloud.com has disappeared, several sites are reporting this morning, and we’ve also confirmed through tests. Previously, the app allowed Apple users signed in via the web to access their iCloud Photo Library on their PC or Mac. The app isn’t just missing from the iCloud.com homepage, either – visiting the URL directly also displays… Read More

District 9 director reveals concept images of the Alien movie he was secretly working on

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The Alien series may have taken a sharp turn downhill after its second film, but District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is — at least somewhat — interested in stepping in to save it. Blomkamp posted over a half-dozen pieces of concept art to Instagram yesterday depicting an Alien movie that he was working on, without any studio’s knowledge or approval. Blomkamp’s film seems to take place after Aliens, but in a world where the series’ third film was never made, allowing Ripley and Hicks to work together again. The film also would have gone inside the mysterious and manipulative Weyland Corporation and put Ripley in what looks like a semi-organic Xenomorph flight suit.

It doesn’t sound like Blomkamp’s vision will be leaving the page anytime…

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Here’s what to expect from CES 2015

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With 2014 now firmly in the rearview mirror, the tech industry is gearing up to start 2015 off with a bang as it gathers for the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This grand-scale exhibition of the near future attracts thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of attendees every January, setting the tone for the year ahead. CES amplifies the trends that are coming and exposes the ones that are fading. Last year, it was the stage for a spectacular deluge of new wearable devices, spanning the full gamut from a basketball shooting coach to a wrist-worn speaker. There were also bendable TVs, self-driving cars, and Sony’s ultra-ambitious PlayStation Now cloud gaming initiative.

Director Michael Bay also etched into our…

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Scribd Raises $22M For Its Subscription E-Book Service

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scribd Scribd, a startup offering unlimited access to half a million e-books for $8.99 a month, is announcing that it has Raised $22 million in additional funding. The round was led by Khosla Ventures, with Khosla partner Keith Rabois (previously an executive at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square) joining the company’s board as an observer. In an email, Rabois compared Scribd’s… Read More

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