Joss Whedon is developing a ‘richly diverse’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot

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Joss Whedon’s TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended its original run back in 2003, but 15 years later, a new iteration of the show is in development. Deadline reports that Whedon and Midnight, Texas creator Monica Owusu-Breen are developing the series at Fox 21 TV Studios. There is no home yet for the new Buffy, but the plan is for the series to be pitched to cable networks and streaming services later this summer.

The original show followed Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a “Slayer” destined to fight evil forces in her new hometown of Sunnydale. Inspired by Whedon’s feature film of the same name, the series ran for seven seasons, inspiring a spin-off series (Angel), a larger expanded universe of comics and novels, and a…

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The next Star Wars novels will flesh out the prequel era

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Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Lucasfilm assembled a panel of its authors to preview the next crop of Star Wars books and comics. With Episode IX yet to begin production, the next couple of novels will focus on the prequel era.

Ever since Timothy Zahn wrote Heir to the Empire in 1991, books have been a major part of the larger Star Wars franchise, expanding the story beyond the films and introducing new characters. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the past books and comics — the Star Wars Expanded Universe — were rendered non-canon. But ever since, publisher Del Rey has worked with the Star Wars Story Group to coordinate all the franchise’s new stories across its various media to ensure that everything fits together and…

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Watch the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass

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A year ago, M. Night Shyamalan scored a surprise hit with his film Split, about a teenager named Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) being kidnapped and held hostage by Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a man suffering from dissociative identity disorder. The end of the film had a surprise: a direct tie-in to Shyamalan’s comic-book superhero homage Unbreakable, which led to an announcement that his followup film Glass would further connect the two films. At its Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con today, Universal Pictures released a full trailer for the film.

The trailer introduces Dr. Ellie Staple (played by Sarah Paulson), a psychiatrist who specializes in “those individuals who believe they are superheroes,” addressing Bruce Willis’ U…

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Failed 3D Print Saved with Manual Coding

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Toast falls face down. Your car always breaks after the warranty period. A 3D print only fails after it is has been printing for 12 hours. Those things might not always be true, but they are true often enough. Another pessimistic adage is “no good deed goes unpunished.” [Shippey123] did a good deed. He agreed to make a 3D printed mask for his friend to give as a gift. It was his first print he attempted for someone else after about four months’ experience printing at all. After 20 hours of printing, he noticed the head was moving around in …read more

Star Trek: Discovery’s season 2 trailer teases Spock, Christopher Pike, and Tig Notaro

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CBS held a big panel Friday for the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek Discovery, offering the first look at the upcoming season of the show on CBS All Access.

Star Trek Discovery launched last year on the channel’s much-maligned digital platform, and was a new look for the Trek franchise: it broke a number of the series’ traditional conventions, and ended up being a much darker show than previous series installments, a move that has divided the fandom. The show, set about a decade before the original 1966 Star Trek aboard the eponymous USS Discovery, follows the disgraced Starfleet officer Michael Burnham after she’s found guilty of mutiny, stripped of her rank, and sent to space jail. When her services are…

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Star Trek is getting a series of standalone mini ‘Short Treks’ episodes

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When Star Trek: Discovery’s original showrunner, Bryan Fuller, first met with CBS executives about bringing a new Star Trek series to the small screen, he proposed the new property as an anthology series, similar to the format and style of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story. That would allow a much wider lens on the larger Trek universe than any of the previous series or films had been able to accomplish. CBS was reportedly interested, but suggested he start with a serialized story first to test the waters.

With his exit from the show in October 2016 went any chance of a more eclectic take on Discovery — until now. This afternoon at the Discovery panel at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, co-creator and current showrunner Alex Kurtzman…

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The Walking Dead gets a season 9 trailer and October 7th release date

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The Walking Dead is preparing for a life after Rick Grimes, as both actor Andrew Lincoln and comic creator Robert Kirkman confirmed this week at San Diego Comic-Con that the show’s season 9 will be Lincoln’s last. Now, at The Walking Dead’s official Comic-Con panel today, AMC has released the first trailer for season 9 and confirmed an October 7th, 2018 premiere date.

Season 9 takes place after the “All Out War” saga of Kirkman’s comic, and it will be the first season in more than four years that showrunner Scott Gimple will not be in charge. Long-time writer and story editor Angela Kang will be taking over as Gimple assumes the chief content officer role of the expanding franchise, which includes Fear the Walking Dead and a number of…

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Creating a Custom Element Decorator Using TypeScript

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It’s a known fact that I’m betting on Web Components. The last time that I delivered a session about Web Components, someone in the audience asked me how he can remove some of the boilerplate he needs to write in order to create a custom element. I answered that you can probably use a compiler such as Stencil or a library such as Polymer or even write your own TypeScript decorator to do that.

So… a few days ago I had some spare time to sit and play with both Custom Elements and TypeScript decorators. As a result, I wrote a small code snippet that can help you to get started and build your own custom element decorator.

Arduino Powered Arcade Button Lighting Effects

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As if you already weren’t agonizing over whether or not you should build your own arcade cabinet, add this one to the list of compelling reasons why you should dedicate an unreasonable amount of physical space to playing games you’ve probably already got emulated on your phone. [Rodrigo] writes in to show off his project to add some flair to the lighted buttons on his arcade controller. (Google Translate)

The wiring for this project is about as easy as you’d expect: the buttons connect to the digital inputs on the Arduino, and the LEDs on the digital outputs. When the …read more

Cargo is teaming up with Uber to satiate your mid-trip munchies

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Cargo, the company that sought to make ride-share vehicles a bit more like drive-by convenience stores replete with snacks and tech accessories for sale, has announced that it’s officially joining forces with Uber.

Cargo, which first launched in 2017, gives ride-share drivers boxes filled with free samples and purchasable snacks, along with tech gear like spare phone chargers and headphones. Drivers are promised that they can keep 25 percent of the sales, and $1 per item — even if the rider is just grabbing a free sample.

Right now, riders pay for these items through Cargo’s app, but Uber might bake these features…

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How to add iPhone X gestures to your Android phone

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The best feature of Apple’s iPhone X isn’t its hardware or design; it’s the extremely fun, easy-to-use, and efficient gesture-based navigation system that replaces the old home button. Apple’s use of gestures in the iPhone X has spurred a renaissance in gesture UIs, and many companies are now developing their own takes on them. OnePlus has added a gesture-based control option to its popular enthusiast-focused phones, while Motorola and Huawei have developed systems that work with the fingerprint scanner on the front of their respective devices. Even Google will get into the game with its version of gesture controls when Android P officially launches in a few months.

While many phones are coming with their own gesture systems, if you want…

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Bucky Glow: Have a Ball While You Practice Coding

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About a year ago, [Jonathan Bumstead] built a giant, touch-sensitive, interactive RGB LED geodesic dome that somehow escaped our attention entirely. For this year’s Hackaday Prize, he’s designed a smaller version that’s just as awesome, but a lot faster and easier to build.

The Bucky Glow is great way for hackers of all ages to expand their coding and problem solving skills. This interactive dodecahedron consists of 11 RGB LEDs and a Nano inside 12-sided laser-cut MDF sculpture. The breakout header means you’re free to add interactive bits like a DIY capacitive touch keyboard, IR sensor/emitter pairs, motors, or whatever …read more

Wilson is like Longreads for podcasts

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Meet Wilson, a new iPhone app that plans to change the way you discover and listen to podcasts. The company describes the app as a podcast magazine. It has the same vibe as Longreads, the curated selection of longform articles. With its minimalistic design and opinionated typography, Wilson looks like no other podcasting app. On […]

Oscar and Lemonade founders will join us at Disrupt SF to strategize about the future of insurance innovation

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Insurance premiums total more than a trillion dollars in the U.S., and yet, where that money goes is something of a mystery. It certainly doesn’t seem to get invested in the consumer experience, where ancient incumbent companies still process paperwork as if it is the 1800s, and consumers are left wanting for new insurance options […]

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