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Mortal Kombat reboot now a reality via viral YouTube video

If you’re a fan of one of the most famous fighting-based video games of all time, Mortal Kombat, certainly you’ve heard of the YouTube fan series “Rebirth.” Oh you haven’t? You’re in for a treat. Not only is the story at hand a rebirth of the film series based on the video game, its a rebirth of the career of the filmmaker whose only other notable work is an unsuccessful remake of “Fame”. The short film that started it all was created out of love for the series – and a desire to reboot the series. Turns out his gamble (and the good timing with the newest installment of the video game series) payed off because Warner Bros. is giving the creators the green light.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, the original greatest fan-film for Mortal Kombat in the short, short history of fan films for said video game is going to be a major motion picture. It’s the two Warner Bros. units that are coming together on this one, New Line Cinema for the film portion and Burbank studios’ video game unit Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. For those of you that do not know, Warner Bros attained the rights to the Mortal Kombat series by buying Midway Games out of bankruptcy in 2009 to the tune of $49 million. Since then they’ve created one of the most wildly successful installments in the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat 9. The new film installment, though having a little bit to do with the game, will follow a more true-to-life storyline with special effects kept somewhat to a minimum.

Kevin Tancharoen and Oren Uziel present Mortal Kombat: Rebirth

It’s the original viral video above that inspired the folks at Warner to allow the duo to create an extended series of the short, complete with the full cast: Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, Michael Jai White as Jax, Matt Mullins as Johnny Cage, Lateef Crowder as Baraka, and Ian Anthony Dale as Scorpion. These same actors (and more) then move on to work on the rest of the viral video series made alongside the video game release (relatively, that is.)

The series that Warner eventually agreed on at first was a 9-part mini released by Machinima, a site centered around gaming and media video streaming, it called Mortal Kombat: Legacy. You can view the whole series through this first episode – once you get to the end, you can move on to the next, then to the next, etc. It is unclear at this point whether or not this series will be the jumping off point for the movie, or if the movie will simply be a complete reboot:

Either way, we’re pretty pumped up about this. Mortal Kombat is already a film series from the 1990s, one that only lasted two films and, though they did not age well AT ALL, remains a part of the kitsch-pop culture your humble narrator constantly feels the need to preserve. One thing is certain, this newest film will have nothing to do with the first two other than coming from the same greater lore.

Look like a good film to you? We’ll see inside 2012 if all goes well!

[via LA Times]


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Mortal Kombat reboot now a reality via viral YouTube video is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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iPhone 5 iDSLR prank revealed

If you ever wondered if your iPhone photos could possibly get more professional looking and perfect, here’s your answer: the iPhone 5 iDSLR. It’s the newest fake item to come out of the internet-based ranks of awesomely impossible devices branded with nothing less than a gigantic Apple logo over the lens and completely the wrong font used for the word “Apple” on the front of the flash area. Will this be your window into the new high-class Hipstamatic-laden iPhone photo future? I think so.

What you’ll find here is “Senior Vice President of Design” mister Jony Ive speaking about the ideal nature of this device, one where you can not only use the camera to take the best photos ever, you can use the iPhone on the back to make calls and work with apps. That’s right, there’s an iPhone on the back that does not detach. This completely fake product takes absurdity to the next level by saying they’ve got an iPhone literally fused to a DSLR and that this is the way of the future.

“What’s great is that you can take your 21 megapixel photos of you, your friends, of your duck face, or whatever you’re eating, edit it in Instagram or Hipstamatic, upload it, and then share it with your friends and family.”

Clearly this is exactly what will be coming out later this week, “Let’s Talk iPhone” leading us directly into the understanding that there’s going to be a gigantic camera attached to it. Sound like the device for you? I’m in. Let’s do it.

[via YouTube]


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iPhone 5 iDSLR prank revealed is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Apple Rejects Samsung’s Settlement Offer Over Patent Dispute In Australia

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In a five finger slap to the face, Apple has shot down Samsung’s attempt at settling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 dispute in Australia. Samsung made an offer to Apple last week in which they promised an expedited court hearing as long as Samsung was able to launch the long delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Nice try, Samsung but Apple wasn’t having it. Apple’s lawyer Steven Burley hissed,

“It is one we don’t accept and there is no surprise. The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch (of the Galaxy 10.1) and maintain the status[ssssss] quo,”

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been a success in just about every part of the world the tablet has been allowed to launch in. Well, aside from Germany who has blocked the tablet from sale in their country. Likewise, Samsung wont be able to launch the Galaxy Tab in The-Land-Down-Unda’ until the court makes a ruling. Samsung has already agreed to remove two features from the Galaxy Tab for their Aussie release which brings the number of alleged infringed Apple patents down to 1 — touch screen display technology. Best of luck to ya, Sammy.

[Via Reuters]


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Net10 Prepares The LG Optimus Q and Optimus Net on their $50 Contract Free Unlimited Voice, Text and Data Plan

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If contract free is the only way you like to roll, wireless provider Net10 is offering up a pair of LG Android devices for their $50 unlimited service. The LG Optimus Q and LG Optimus Net will be hitting Net10 in the coming days and if you’re interested, you can sign up to be notified as soon as these devices are released. Both devices feature 3.2-inch HVGA displays, 800MHz processors, 3MP cameras and running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

In case you’re not too familiar with Net10, they are a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and a brand of TracFone offering both pay-as-you-go and prepaid monthly options. For only $50 you can get unlimited text, data and voice piggy backing on either AT&T or T-Mobile’s towers. Couple this with the MVNO’s first Android powered smartphones and you can save yourself a pretty penny if staying up to date with bleeding edge tech isn’t really “your thang.”

[Net10 via Engadget]


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2D Boy Announces Hit Game “World of Goo” Coming Soon to Android

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The hit indie game World of Goo will soon be making its way onto Android courtesy of the game’s developer, 2D Boy. The game will be redubbed “GooDroid” and the developer let the world know via their blog today that the title will be available for both Android smartphones and tablets alike.

If you aren’t too familiar with World Goo, it’s a physics based puzzle game akin to Lemmings where you must guide the Goo Balls to safety using various structures you make within the game. To say the game is anything less than addicting would be an understatement. This will make a huge splash once released onto the Android Market and we’ll let you guys know as soon as it does! Check out the trailer in the meantime.

[2DBoy via DroidGamers]


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StumbleUpon Now Available For Honeycomb Tablets – Newly Revamped UI And Explorer Box

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Social web-discovery tool, StumbleUpon, has been updated in the Android Market today. With the usual set of goodies comes a a fresh new UI and also — full Honeycomb support for Android tablets. With the revamped UI comes a new way of stumbling through the web. Users can now swipe from left and right to bring up new content from around the web and the SU team has even optimized the app for faster page loading.

Another new feature for the StumbleUpon Android app is the Explore Box (previously only available through their web version) which allows users to browse popular content according to interest categories.

I haven’t used StumbleUpon in ages but I think with the latest update, I may become active again. Wanna Stumble around the web with me? Follow me here! See you guys on the other side!

[Market Link]


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Adobe Introduces 6 Full Featured Apps For Honeycomb Tablets

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Adobe has introduced a full suite of some of their best programs for Android Honeycomb tablets they’re calling Adobe Touch Apps. Essentially Adobe’s Touch Apps are more like touch-based desktop programs than a simple app and will allow you to take your creative work with you on-the-go. You may recall Adobe has already released a Photoshop Express app in the Android Market and where that app was great for a small touch ups and edits, it was nowhere near as full featured as these Touch Apps. Here’s the full list of what will be made available for Honeycomb users from Adobe:

Adobe Photoshop Touch: Transform images freely using core Photoshop features in an app custom-built for tablets.

Adobe Proto: Create interactive wireframes and prototypes of websites and mobile apps.
Adobe Ideas: Design virtually anywhere using vectors, layers, and color themes.
Adobe Debut: Present Creative Suite designs anywhere with confidence, convenience, and complete control.
Adobe Collage: Capture ideas and concepts by combining images, drawings, and text into conceptual moodboards.
Adobe Kuler: Create, explore, download, and share color themes that can inspire any design project.

All 6 apps will debut in November at the introductory cost of $10 each and are compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud for easy transitioning of your project between tablet and the traditional desktop. For all you iPad toting Android users out there, Adobe has also announced these apps will be making their way to the iPad in 2012 as well. I would imagine these apps would only interest a small group of users. Any of our readers interested in picking some (or all) of these up?

[Via Adobe]


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Android, iOS 5 to get native Hotmail app

For many of us, Hotmail may sound like something from the distant past that haunted us with spam, but Microsoft is aiming to bring it back to life with a slew of new improvements and the release of an official Android app today for the free email service. The company also revealed that Hotmail will get native support in the upcoming iOS 5.

The revamped Hotmail promises easier blocking and unsubscribing tools along with automated clean-up features and enhanced support for folders. The Hotmail for Android app will also include push email, calendar, and contact sync, send/receive images, send/receive attachments, multiple Hotmail account support, and folder and sub-folder support. The app is free and is available now to all devices running Android 2.1 through 2.3.3.

Hotmail will be native on iOS 5, which is expected to launch along with the rumored iPhone 5 during tomorrow’s major Apple event called “Let’s Talk iPhone.” (We’ll be covering that live, so be sure to follow along with our live blog at http://live.slashgear.com). In iOS 5, Hotmail will become a selectable account option under “Mail” and be easy to configure like any other email with push, calendar, and contacts features.

[via Pocket-lint]


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Android, iOS 5 to get native Hotmail app is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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HP pre-production 3D formed notebook models hands-on [Video]

When you’ve got a multi-million-dollar business on your hands, you don’t just crank out notebooks whenever you please. You’ve got to do all sorts of pre-illustration, testing, and bashing to bits of your product before it hits the sales floor. HP knows this, and they’ve let us come into their Houston home and take a look around their halls at everything from here to there in what was called the HP Making of Elite Tour – the first of its kind. What we’ve got here is one of the first things we got to see on the tour – a stack of notebook forms.

As you’ll see in the video here in this post, these are 3D-printed forms of future (and past) notebooks as created by the hardware conceptualizers at HP. Our tour consisted of a lot of HP’s Elite line of PCs, so we must assume that most of these were coming from those ranks, but the stack is high, and the stack is interesting. How would you like to be able to design notebooks like these, complete with the ability to see your concepts printed out in full form right before your eyes? Certainly cuts down on the amount of metal material you’d otherwise have to toss out.

HP Notebook Concept Forms Hands-on

This is one of many videos filmed over the past week during our tour of HP Houston. You’ve already seen some soon to be released and just-released computers ready to rock with Windows 8, as well as a bit of info on what this event has to do with the announcement earlier this year on the proposed “spinning off” of the PC business from HP altogether, and the future holds much smashing of laptops and the pushing of them through the testing steps to make sure your product is of the Elite caliber they promise.

Have a peek here at another video along these same invention lines, courtesy of Eric Chen of HP Notebook Design. Here he shows off several EliteBook iterations made in full metal – further down the line than these first plastic forms.

HP’s Eric Chen shows off EliteBook Concepts

Stick with us throughout this next week as we continue to bring the videos from all throughout the HP Making of Elite Tour. You can find all of the post associated with this tour by simply hitting the [HP Elite portal]


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HP pre-production 3D formed notebook models hands-on [Video] is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Battlefield 3 aims to push limits on PS3 hardware

Those of you waiting for the PlayStation 3 version of the next big bad war game Battlefield 3 will be glad to hear that its creators are not only bringing the game to the PS3 for certain (if you did not know, that is,) they’re also having to push the limits of the console to bring it. And bring it they shall, DICE developers letting the world know that both the PS3 and the the Xbox 360 versions will be competitively polished to keep up with the PC version, the PS3 version in particular getting a double dose of optimization.

It was in an interview with none other than the official PlayStation blog that DICE Producer Patrick Liu let loose some pointed factoids on the upcoming Battlefield game. There’s currently an open beta of the game going on inside the PlayStation Network, so questions came to Liu from real-live players of the game (through PSBlog, of course):

PSB:That level you showed on the PS3 was huge, but it was also highly detailed — I saw mirrored floors, reflective surfaces, tons of special effects and physics with a smooth frame rate. Are you confident that PS3 players are going to get a great experience?

Patrick Liu: Oh yeah. We’re very confident – we’re pushing the hardware big-time. Of course, we have a performance budget that we have to hit. Everything counts into that: the scale costs performance, destruction, animation, special effects…those are all the things we cram in there. I feel really good about where we ended up with on the PS3.

PSB: There are a lot of military shooters these days. What’s the biggest thing Battlefield 3 is bringing to the table?

Patrick Liu: It’s a number of things. For a very long time, the core pillars of Battlefield have been the destruction, the sandbox experience, the scale, and the vehicle gameplay. Those are all still pretty unique to Battlefield, I’d say. My first Battlefield game was Bad Company.

It’s time for war, PS3 fans, massacres before October 25th, the release date for the full game. THis look like the massive blast of war you’ve been looking for?


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