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Netflix is making a Witcher TV series
A Netflix TV series based on the Witcher franchise is currently in development. The announcement came from Platige Image, a Polish production and visual effects studio that has previously worked on cinematics...
Meet Phoebe Robinson, the podcast queen who just scored her first Twitter show
Phoebe Robinson started out podcasting out of her one bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. Soon she's hoping she'll be a household name with a live streaming show on Twitter. Robinson was announced as the host...
Invader Zim will return to TV “soon-ish” with creator, original cast
reader comments 6 Share this story Invader Zim teaser for a new animated TV movieInvader Zim, the Nickelodeon animated series that ran for two seasons in the early '00s, will end its longtime television...
Racecar vs Robocar: why Formula 1 is revving up for a fight against driverless racecars
Formula 1 is a testbed for new technologies that eventually filter down to mass market production cars. That’s always been the way.From more powerful and fuel efficient combustion engines to the kinetic...
Power Rangers film would’ve been better as a CW series
Enlarge reader comments 1 Share this story If you think Marvel and DC superheroes receive too many reboots, you clearly haven't kept tabs on the Power Rangers TV series. What began as an excuse to reuse...
Hisense 4K TV does Quantum Dot tech for way less
Following on from its impressive 4K ULED Series 7 TVs from last year, Hisense has kicked things up a notch in 2017 by announcing two new series in its 4K ULED range with more to come later in the year.The...
Netflix original series and movies may be getting mobile-friendly cuts
Speaking at a media briefing in San Francisco today, Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt told attending journalists that the streaming service is considering creating mobile-specific versions of its...
Samsung’s picture-perfect Frame TV might really pull your room together
OK, Samsung might be taking this whole ‘TVs are works of art’ thing a little too far. Need some evidence? Check out the Samsung Frame, a TV that hangs on the wall and actually turns into a picture display...
AMD Ryzen release date, news and features: everything you need to know
Ryzen has risen – sorry not sorry – at long last. AMD’s latest multi-core desktop processors were revealed recently during an event in San Francisco, and the first of many will soon be available to purchase.The...
Spotify enters the realm of original podcasts with three music-based series
It’s been a while since Spotify introduced the ability to stream podcasts through its app, but it’s now taking the next logical step and producing its own content, with the introduction of three music-themed...
The Expanse: Warm hearts in the cold of space
Enlarge / Detective Joe Miller and the nuke he has to babysit. reader comments 1 Share this story The clip is taken from the episode that airs on Wednesday evening on Syfy, so consider this a warning...
Fuji announces new Cine lenses and updates X Series lens roadmap
Not content with its X Series mirrorless lenses and its recently announced medium-format GF range of lenses, Fujifilm is also announcing a new line of the Super 35mm cinema lenses, which will be known...
Disney's big start-up bet that could revolutionize film
Jaunt already has more than 200 pieces of contact in its library, including sports and concert programming, including one it made with former Beatle Paul McCartney. Other films include a 360-degree look...
Stranger Things 2 teaser promises Eggos and giant monsters this Halloween
As per tradition, a number of huge TV spots and trailers for Hollywood blockbusters appeared during this year’s Super Bowl broadcast, but in a somewhat surprising twist, one of the most exciting trailers...
BMW’s all-new 2017 5 series stirs up a technology tsunami
reader comments 1 Share this story BMW will sell more 5 Series in the US than any other market. Jim Resnick Typical BMW driver-focused ergonomics inside. Jim Resnick There are a range of engines on offer,...
Resident Evil ranked: Revisiting the series from best to worst
Original release: Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 (2005)Play it now on: PS4/Xbox One (2016) for the graphics, or Wii (2007) for the superior controlsAsserting that Resident Evil 4 is the best game of...
Need a new TV? Check out these super Samsung TV deals at Walmart
With Super Bowl LI just a few weeks away, there's no better time to up your TV game. Not only will you impress your friends with a shiny new set, but you'll also get even more kudos when you tell them...
Star Trek: Discovery gets delayed again, this time until “question mark”
Enlarge / This CG model of the USS Discovery is pretty much all there is to see about CBS's newest Trek.CBS reader comments 12 Share this story If you've been waiting patiently for CBS to release it's...
Fire Emblems Heroes brings Nintendo's strategy series to your smartphone
Hot off of Mario's smartphone debut, the next step in Nintendo's venture into mobile gaming has just been revealed.Nintendo announced Fire Emblem Heroes is coming to Android and iOS during a Direct stream...
The best of the 2017 North American International Auto Show
reader comments 0 Share this story A look at some of the highlights of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Video shot and edited by Jennifer Hahn.Jennifer HahnDETROIT—Once the...
Hisense is making an 86-inch 4K TV and a 100-inch laser projector in 2017
More and bigger TVs is what to expect from Hisense in 2017, with a 75-inch Roku 4K TV, and a 100-inch laser projection system the clear highlights. In what looks to be an increased focus on high-end...
10 games you should get excited for in 2017
2016 is said and done from a gaming perspective, but don’t fret - there are enough great titles coming out in 2017 to put your New Year’s resolution of getting outside more or spending less on games...
You can pick up a Series 1 Apple Watch for under £200 right now
If you’ve been thinking about picking up a smartwatch to match your new iPhone 7 but you’ve been hesitant to pay the significant Apple price tag, you might be interested in Argos’ current Apple Watch...
The Expanse is back with this kickass trailer for season two
reader comments 1 Share this story The new trailer for season two of The Expanse, from Syfy. We were blown away by the first season of Syfy's series The Expanse, based on the rip-roaringly great novels...
‘28 Days later meets Walking Dead’
Frank West is back to kill zombies. THERE is something disconcerting about the possibility of a zombie outbreak consuming our planet in the near future. While The Walking Dead is the most notable exploration...
Spotify to ramp up its original content with new weekly series
Spotify appears to be following Netflix in the direction of original content with a weekly series of programming consisting of two programs.The first, Singles, will feature big name acts recording a pair...
“Mars”: How humans may explore the Red Planet
“Mars,” a new series on the National Geographic Channel, marries the documentary form (incorporating interviews with people on how travel to Mars may become a reality) with a fictionalized account of a...
Nerd parade: MST3K takes on Thanksgiving with six-hour YouTube stream
Enlarge / Gobble gobble, Tom Servo!MST3K.com reader comments 6 Share this story Need an alternative to the usual parade and sports TV-binging on Thanksgiving day? Let us at Ars suggest six hours of Mystery...
All the science fiction novels you need to make it through winter
Enlarge / Detail from Christopher Doll's cover art for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.Christopher Doll reader comments 0 Share this story Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the time of year...
Marvel TV series to premiere in Imax theaters
Imax Corp., Marvel and the ABC broadcast network announced a partnership this week to introduce — and finance — a lavish new television series that will focus on the Inhuman royal family. Shortly thereafter,...
Live out your world domination fantasy
2K Games and Firaxis offer one final look at Sid Meier's Civilization VI Sid Meier’s Civilization VI game AS the Zeus in the pantheon of deities making up the Four-X genre, the Sid Meier’s Civilization...
Giddyup! Every episode of Seinfeld coming to Stan this week
In news that would make Stan the Caddy nod in approval, Stan has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Television to bring all 180 episodes of the classic ‘90s sitcom Seinfeld to the streaming service on November...
Netflix’s first Aussie series causes hysteria
A town has brought them together. Why them? Why here? Why now? Glitch is an epic paranormal saga about love, loss and what it means to be human. Starts Thursday July 9 on ABC. Netflix and the ABC will...
New Star Trek series is delayed, going through changes
Enlarge / She's ready for launch, maybe.CBS reader comments 14 Share this story The most exciting news in years for Trek fans was the announcement that Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) was taking...
How you can watch Sherlock season four
Teaser for series 4 of Sherlock. Courtesy: BBC Look! A clue! TIME really does fly. Before you know it, a new season of Sherlock is almost upon us. The popular series known for its long breaks between instalments...
The Rock is cooking up something that may make YouTube Red worth paying for
It's easy to forget that between the ad-free viewing and bonus subscription to Google Play Music, YouTube Red actually has its own Netflix-style original programming.To fix our forgetfulness, the video...
The 25 best shows on Stan
The CW has done a terrific job with its DC Comics properties, kicking off its own small screen DC Universe with the popular series Arrow. In the five years since that series came to be, the North American...
Studio Ghibli’s first TV series getting English dub courtesy of Amazon
Enlarge / Expect Ronja to rob... your heart.Studio Ghibli reader comments 19 Share this story Famed animation studio Studio Ghibli launched its first TV series, Ronja the Robber's Daughter, in 2014, and...
You can get the Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+ edition on October 28
reader comments 0 Share this story We now know the official release date for the Nike+ version of the Apple Watch Series 2. The product of Apple's wearable collaboration with the athletic company will...
Seriously good new TV shows to watch out for
If Jack Bauer was President. Nah, jokes. AROUND this time every year, American TV networks debut a whole slate of new programs. Most of them will eventually make it to Australia, although it’s increasingly...
Decrypted: Westworld pulls us deeper into its violent mystery
Enlarge / Elsie the lead engineer debugs Maeve the madame robot.HBO reader comments 1 Share this story The second episode of Westworld, "Chestnut," took us deeper into the mysteries of robot consciousness...
The Expanse at New York Comic Con: What to look forward to in season two
reader comments 9 Share this story A talk with the core cast, executive producer, and authors of The Expanse at New York Comic Con. Further ReadingThe Expanse is the best new science fiction series in...
Microsoft Reduces Azure VM Prices
The company lowered the cost of spinning up Azure virtual machines and announced the general availability of encryption at rest for its cloud disaster recovery solution. Further enticing its customers...
Amazon Prime gives us a first look at The Grand Tour in a new trailer
reader comments 21 Share this story With just six weeks to go before its debut on Amazon Prime, we've gotten our first proper look at the new car-centric TV series The Grand Tour. Last night, a trailer...
Gears of War 4 review
Gears of War 4 reviewDespite a new platform, a new development team and a new-ish set of muscled heroes on its box art, Gears of War 4 isn't some grand reimagining of the series that helped Xbox 360 go...
Westworld is the most promising new science fiction series of the season
Enlarge / Ed Harris is the Man in Black, a gamer who has discovered a hidden game within the immersive game of the wild west theme park Westworld. reader comments 6 Share this story Westworld is unlike...
Luke Cage's take on black power in America makes it must-see TV
If Netflix's Luke Cage is about anything, it's about power — and no word is imbued with as much unique power in black life as "nigga." Luke Cage himself makes that much clear. Early on in the new series,...
Ars TV Guide: All the new shows you’ll want to check out this fall
Enlarge / Luke Cage is coming, and your bullets mean nothing to him. reader comments 17 Share this story Fall TV season is in full swing, but there's still time to figure out what's worth watching from...
Heading into its second year, the Apple Watch finds its focus
Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 2 running watchOS 3. Andrew CunninghamFurther ReadingReview: The still optional but pleasantly refined Apple Watch Series 2 reader comments 0 Share this story One of my...
Review: The still optional but pleasantly refined Apple Watch Series 2
Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn. reader comments 3 Share this story Whether you wanted to or not, you knew about the Apple Watch as soon as it came out last year. And even if you heard "wearble" and...
Amazon Prime's The Grand Tour to launch into top gear November 18
Amazon has announced that its brand new car series starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will be launching on Amazon Prime video on November 18.Called The Grand Tour, the series will...
Review: Apple Watch 2 sport-fit
Rod Chester reviews the second series of the Apple Watch, focussing on it's two major new features of fitness tracking and water resistance. Gone is the luxury gold watch. In its place is a much greater...
Sky to air drone racing events in $1m deal
Broadcast as 10 one-hour episodes starting in October, the series will feature five races from the 2016 DRL season and a winner-takes-all World Championship which will crown the year's best drone pilot.The...
This electric bus can travel 350 miles on a single charge
American electric vehicle manufacturer, Proterra, has announced a new fleet of zero-emission buses that it claims can travel up to 350 miles on a single charge. Called the Catalyst E2 series, the buses...
The 50-Year Mission reveals the egomania and idealism that built Star Trek
Enlarge / The two-book set, full of interviews with cast, writers, and crew, will give you a glimpse of the good, the bad, and the ugly behind the scenes on Star Trek.Star Trek 50th Anniversary Three...
Spectra Adds to Its Line BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateways
The V Series serves as the new entry-level option, with the ability to store 300 million objects and transfer data at up to 300 MBps. Deep storage specialist Spectra announced that it has expanded its...
I watched Star Trek: The Original Series in order; you can too
CBSOn this, the 50th anniversary of Ars' favorite (well, almost favorite) TV show, we've decided to resurface this Star Trek retrospective from a writer who only ever watched the show as an adult. Whether...
8 things Apple announced today that aren't the iPhone 7
Apple just announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but you knew that already, didn't you?What you may have missed - or were too distracted by Apple unveiling two shades of black for the new iPhone to...
D-Link Rolls Out Next-Gen Managed Gigabit Switches
The series supports up to nine physical switches in a stack, simplifying network management by providing fault tolerance and increasing network reliability. D-Link announced its next-generation Layer...
Updated: Best shows on Netflix: 40 great Netflix TV series
Best Netflix shows: Best TV shows on NetflixUPDATE: The second season of Narcos is out now on Netflix, continuing the downward spiral of one the world's most infamous drug lords, Pablo Escobar.Welcome...
All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked
Google IO is the company’s chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users.What’s more, seven...
Android at the Wheel: Google Aims for One Vehicle Ecosystem
Google showcased the next phase of its automotive strategy at its I/O conference earlier this week, and announced partnerships with Volvo and Audi, which unveiled concept vehicles running its new automotive...
Fuchsia OS isn't replacing Android yet, Google says
Last August we got wind of a brand new operating system in development at Google, codenamed Fuchsia. At this year's Google I/O event in Mountain View, Android's Dave Burke shed a little bit more light...
Android in the car: This is Google's phone-free vision for connected driving
When you sit inside the bright orange Audi Q8 concept car, you're greeted with a minimalist interior with no knobs or physical buttons. Screens, instead, dominate the aesthetic, with the main dash acting...
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