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Doctor Who’s K9 robot dog gets its own movie

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Although there are no plans including a big budget Doctor Who movie, by 2017 we will see Doctor Who’s famous robot dog, K9 in cinemas. The script of the movie was written by Bob Baker, one of the original creators of K9. As a Doctor Who fan you most definitely know something about this famous robot dog that can travel through dimensions and space.

K9 firstly appeared on an 1977 episode called ‘The Invisible Enemy’ and popped up from time to time alongside Doctor Who’s travels. Of course it is a shame that there won’t be a movie revolving around our beloved Doctor but fans are excited to see K9 as the star of the movie.

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According to the original press release: “The film will be full of dashing heroes and heroines, Androids, monstrous Aliens and an ultimate foe who will also be familiar to Doctor Who fans everywhere; the megalomaniac OMEGA.” Apparently the Time Lords hero Omega, also one of the founders of Time Lords and Galifrey, will feature in the movie.

This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the movie seems to be about past series of Doctor Who, allowing fans to learn more about Doctor Who’s Universe before Galifrey has been lost in space and time.

Fan’s are stoked to see this new improved, high-tech looking K9 on screens and maybe we will get a glimpse of Doctor Who portrayed by Peter Capaldi. It would make sense that ‘K9-TIMEQUAKE’ movie will be released in 2017 when K9 celebrates its 40th birthday.

Who doesn’t enjoy listening to a good story. Personally I love reading about the people who inspire me and what it took for them to achieve their success. As I am a bit of a self confessed tech geek I think there is no better way to discover these stories than by reading every day some articles or the newspaper . My bookcases are filled with good tech biographies, they remind me that anyone can be a success. So even if you come from an underprivileged part of society or you aren’t the smartest person in the room we all have a chance to reach the top. The same message shines in my beliefs. All it takes to succeed is a good idea, a little risk and a lot of hard work and any geek can become a success. VENI VIDI VICI .

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Not everyone knows the difference between FM and AM radio yet

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With cell phones and easy access to digital broadcasts, you no longer have to fiddle with your radio and scare yourself when you switch from FM to AM by accident. Rest in peace to anyone who did this with their portable radio while wearing headphones. But what’s the real difference between them?

How does the radio work?
Before you can understand the difference between AM and FM, you need to know how radio stations receive signals. They still use old-fashioned ways to send signals to our stereos.

A station starts with a carrier signal, which is an electromagnetic wave (in this case, a radio wave) with a steady frequency and amplitude. These variables are changed when they play a song or when the host reads the weather report, for example. This adds the new information to the carrier wave.

The big transmitters that are attached to radio stations then send out this newly mixed signal. The receiver on a radio picks it up, uses a demodulator to decode the information, and turns it into sound waves.

What’s the difference?
Knowing what AM stands for gives you a clue about how it works. The amplitude of a wave is its height. To send information, AM stations change the amplitude of the carrier wave.

FM, on the other hand, stands for frequency modulation. As you might have guessed, this means that stations change the frequency of the carrier wave.

FM vs. AM
But is one better than the other? AM and FM are still used today.

People may not want to use AM because of one pretty big problem. Radio waves like those from AM come from many other places, such as power lines, lightning, and even the Sun. Waves can interfere with each other. In this case, the other sources can mess up the carrier signal and change its amplitude.

Because of this, our radios send out a lot of static, which scares the living daylights out of you when you switch to AM just to see what’s going on.

When you listen to an FM radio station, on the other hand, the sound is usually much clearer. This is because the information is stored in changes in frequency, so a little amplitude-changing interference doesn’t really affect the end result. It also helps to have more bandwidth options.

That being said, why do people still use AM radio?

It has a much wider broadcast range than FM because its wavelengths are longer. It can even get through areas with a lot of buildings. Radio is more than just music. AM’s ability to send messages to a large area can be very useful for alerting people to an emergency.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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