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From: BGR - 23 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

Last week, we only had a handful of new trailers to show you. That’s probably because Comic-Con was right around the corner, or the place movie studios target with new trailer releases for upcoming attractions. So go grab your popcorn, coffee, or whatever else you fancy, as we have no less than 23 new trailers and movie clips to see.

A Wrinkle in Time

A few days ago, Disney released the first trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, a fantasy that’ll remind you of the Narnia world and premise. Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Pena, Oprah, and Zach Galifianakis star in this one, set to premiere on March 9th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4U3TeY2wtM

Alpha

This movie is about surviving the Ice Age from the human perspective. So yes, there’s no Manny and the gang in Alpha, and it’s not even an animation. But the story is set 20,000 years ago. Alpha opens on March 2nd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIxnTi4GmCo

Bright

Due on December 22nd, Netflix’s biggest motion picture to date stars Will Smith and has David Ayer at the helm. Here’s the first trailer for this fantasy epic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EZCBSsBxko

Blade Runner 2049

It’s time for Harrison Ford to pass the Blade Runner baton to someone younger, but that’s only happening because it took so many years for someone to make a sequel. Enjoy the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer knowing that we’re getting closer and closer to its launch — October 6th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZOaI_Fn5o4

Boo2! A Madea Halloween

Yeah, there’s Boo sequel, and its full name is Boo2! A Madea Halloween. Nobody will blame you if you don’t see this one in cinemas come October 20th, but you might want to watch the comedy on streaming services once it’s available.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA5MHLL5dwk

Bushwick

It’s some sort of civil war on the streets of New York in Bushwick, as a Texas military force apparently attacks the city. It’s up to Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow’s characters to team up and survive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGIrOxM9Vbk

Ingrid Goes West

We talked about Ingrid Goes West before, a movie about social stalking. And emoji. Aubrey Plaza will be doing the stalking, in this comedy/drama that hits theaters on August 11th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVT2S5eYP6w

Jigsaw

Jigsaw has been dead for years. Unless, of course, he wasn’t. In which case, he’s up to no good — and yes, that involves plenty of strange killing scenarios. The horror unleashes on October 27th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl6CiuR-jkE

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The next installment in the Kingsman universe launches on September 22nd and promises to be one of the spy movies to see this year. Time to check out an acton-packed new trailer. And plenty of high-tech tricks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fvqnGmr9S8

Only the Brave

Based on the real story of a group of tenacious firefighters who fought a huge blaze in Arizona in June 2013 no matter the cost, Only the Brave hits cinemas on October 20th:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSHk_BHQxp0

Pacific Rim: Uprising

The original Pacific Rim is getting a sequel next year, and we have a brand new clip, showing us what to expect from the next robots-and-monsters movie. The film opens on February 23rd, starring Scott Eastwood and John Boyega.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwQLIkHHD6g

Planetarium

Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp star Planetarium, a movie about two sisters who can communicate with ghosts. The film launches on August 11th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcfBbJQKaEw

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

The creator of Wonder Woman was a Harvard psychologist who contributed to the invention of the lie detector test. He also lead an unconventional life, and Professor Marston & the Wonder Women will tell that story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r991pr4Fohk

Proud Mary

Ready for some John Wick-style action? Proud Mary promises to deliver that come January 12th. Well, at least a part of that. You see, Mary is indeed an assassin, but she meets a young boy who might change her. The trailer, however, mostly shows the action side of the story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ1Zcv54USA

Rebel in the Rye

It’s not just the story of Wonder Woman’s creator that’s getting a movie. As you might have guessed, Rebel in the Rye is the biographical tale of J.D. Salinger, who wrote The Catcher in the Rye.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWRhXMMb7CY

The Disaster Artist

This isn’t even a full trailer for the film, and it already seems to be hilarious. Then again, trailers do make some movies look a lot better than they really are, especially comedies. The Disaster Artist hits theaters on December 8th, which gives us plenty of time to see more trailers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rir1WzZqwxE

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The premise of this comedy/action movie is one of the reasons you’ll want to see it. A professional assassin needs the services of a bodyguard. The second reason is the Ryan Reynolds-Samuel L. Jackson duo. August 18th, that’s all you need to know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6SvOIbaulA

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Yes, more Lego movies are coming, and The Lego Ninjago Movie happens to be the next one. It premieres on September 22nd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fctSxHQsXSA

The Shape of Water

We have one more fantasy story for you, this time one that’s set in the Cold War America. It’s called The Shape of Water and tells the story of an unusual bond between a creature part of a secret experiment, and some of the humans around it. The Shape of Water arrives on December 8th.

The Snowman

The Snowman is a crime story that also happens to be a pretty horrific. A woman disappears, leaving behind a pink scarf. Michael Fassbender plays the detective tasked with solving the case and find the serial killer. Oh yes, and there are plenty of snowmen. The movie launches on October 20th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF2Ksrxu_QY

Unlocked

A top CIA operative is summoned to London for a special operation, but it appears to be just a ruse that would allow terrorists to hit the capital. Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich star in Unlocked — see it in cinemas on September 1st.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biY0G-x8rcI

Wind River

Wind River is also a crime story that has plenty of snow in it. However, this one is about a single murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. Elizabeth Olsen plays the FBI agent, while Jeremy Renner plays the skilled tracker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCuzMG3enK4

Wonderstruck

A boy in the Midwest and a girl in New York are both looking for the same mysterious connection. Only they’re living 50 years apart. Wonderstruck launches on October 20th, check out the first teaser for this mystery movie below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDaSo8q7F64

From: BGR - Apple is beating Android where it hurts the most

Ever since iOS and Android first started going to war in the smartphone world, there’s been a clear division in the market. Apple and Samsung make money on expensive flagship smartphones, and everyone else scrapes along the bottom with $200-400 phones making up the bulk of sales (and profit).

But a new report shows that while Apple has continued to eat the lion’s share of the high-end profits, it’s also starting to scoop up an increasingly large portion of the low-end phone market, which could challenge the very existence of smaller Android brands.

Fierce Wireless notes that Apple became increasingly aggressive about pursuing the prepaid phone market in 2016. Prepaid almost always means cheaper mid-level phones, which makes sense: Apple launched the iPhone SE partly to shut people like me up about the size of the iPhone 6, but also to target the mid-level phone market.

According to Fierce, Apple secured a prepaid distribution deal with Costco and started major retail placement buys with AT&T and Best Buy. It also worked with prepaid phone carriers like Boost and MetroPCS on deals for the iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S.

It looks like the strategy worked: the iPhone SE made up a huge 5% of all smartphone sales in the US in the first quarter after release, and up to 10% of market share in the UK. Data showed that a big portion of those buying the SE were new to Apple, which implies that the SE was successful in dragging in users who were previously using cheaper Android devices, or no smartphone at all.

The iPhone SE’s success also tells us a little about how Apple might play things out over the next 18 months. Traditionally, Apple’s only cheaper phone offering has been older iPhone models, which can slip to around $300 new two years after launch. But with the success of the iPhone SE, Apple might continue offering a cheaper new iPhone, especially since it sounds like there will be congestion at the top end of the iPhone market.

Some Apple pundits are claiming the iPhone 8 will cost upwards of $1,000, way in excess of the base price of any current smartphone on the market. The price is plausible, given the anticipated cost of the components to make Apple’s fancy new industrial design a reality.

But Apple’s also expected to release a new iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus later this year. We’re all currently assuming that Apple will give the internals a spec bump and keep the price more or less the same. But what if it tries something different? The pricing for a mid-range smartphone is a moving target, and it’s plausible that Apple could sell a smaller iPhone 7S — or even a barely-changed iPhone 7 — for around $500. That would undercut competition like the Galaxy S8, and leave enough room between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7S that they wouldn’t cannibalize each others’ sales.

From: BGR - How to downgrade from the iOS 11 public beta to iOS 10.3.3 the easy way

Ok, so you jumped on the iOS 11 public beta earlier this week to try some of the brand new features coming to iPhones and iPads this fall for yourself. But in the process, you’ve discovered that the beta has various bugs that you can’t live with. What do you do? The answer is simple: Downgrade to iOS 10.3.3.

Hopefully you backed up your data before installing iOS 11 (which you always should!), as you will need that backup to restore your iPhone or iPad once the downgrade is complete.

What you need to do first in order to downgrade the iPhone or iPad in question is download the iOS 10.3.3 install file on your computer. Each device has a different install file, so you’ll have to choose the one that corresponds to your iPhone or iPad. To do so, go to Apple’s beta program at this link.

After the download is complete, connect your iOS device to a computer running the latest version of iTunes. Put the phone into recovery mode by holding down the Power button and the Home button on any model other than the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 has a different combination: Power and volume down.

Keep holding them until iTunes tells you the phone is in Recovery Mode. Choose the Restore option by holding down the Option key (on Mac) or Shift key (on Windows) when clicking it. Choose the installation file you downloaded before, and let iTunes do its thing.

Once that’s complete, you’ll have to configure your device and restore the most recent backup. If you need more help, check out 9to5Mac’s video that shows the entire procedure in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E6pVH_Yhiw

Now, if you didn’t save a backup before installing iOS 11 public beta, you can try going for a downgrade that keeps the data on your phone. The procedure is similar, but slightly different — check out this link.

From: BGR - Video: This iOS 11 mockup running on the iPhone 8 is blowing my mind

A few months ago, designer Vianney le Masne put together an absolutely stunning concept video depicting what Dark Mode on iOS 11 might look like. While iOS 11 mockups are certainly a dime a dozen these days, Masne’s effort was so elegant and thoughtfully designed that it easily stood out from the rest of the pack.

Of course, Apple at WWDC did not introduce an official Dark Mode option for iOS 11, though a “Smart Invert Colors” toggle is certainly a step in the right direction. That notwithstanding, Masne recently put together an intriguing collection of photos which help illustrate what iOS 11 may look like on Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 8. Though we already have a clear idea as to how iOS 11 will look and feel on existing devices, it remains unclear how Apple plans to tweak iOS 11 as to take advantage of the iPhone 8’s larger screen real estate and edgeless display.

As evidenced by a number of credible leaks, the iPhone 8 display will likely feature two flaps which will flank the earpiece along with a number of forward facing cameras. The rumored iPhone 8 design currently making the rounds is illustrated below in the center.

From what we can gather, though, the two flaps will not be used to display an image (as pictured above) but will instead be used as an area for Apple to display pertinent information such as signal strength and battery life.

Nonetheless, Masne points out that Apple has a few implementation options it can consider. Specifically, Apple can simply utilize the top area of the phone as a straight forward black bar. Or, Apple could amp things up a notch by minimizing “visual breaking points,” as evidenced by the photo below.

The design on the right is serviceable, but the Fade to Black mockup looks incredibly sleek and helps showcase how the iOS 11 design we saw at WWDC might be tweaked to take advantage of the iPhone 8’s edgeless display.

Masne writes:

Even though most mockups tend to show iOS 11 using maximum screen real estate (left), I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple defaulted to subtle ways to blend the screen into the edges using fade-outs or simply making the top bar black. As mentioned previously in my post about the iPhone without borders, every classic layout reminding the users that they are interacting with a rectangle will be an unnecessary way of taking them out of the experience, even for a microsecond.

In a similar vein, the following concepts depicting what iOS 11 could might look like on the iPhone 8 are incredibly engaging and immersive.

Masne is clearly a talented designer, and this video he put together showcases a number of other interesting ideas that we can only hope will be similar to what Apple ultimately unveils later this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVrFghIsM4

From: BGR - This might be our first look at an official Galaxy Note 8 image

It’s apparently Galaxy Note 8 leak season, as Samsung is rumored to unveil its next flagship by early September at the latest. We’ve already seen a few images that allegedly show the Galaxy Note 8, but the following render might be our first look at an official marketing render of the Galaxy Note 8.

The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to resemble the Galaxy S8 when it comes to overall design, although it’ll have a few key differences. The device will feature a dual lens camera on the back, and it’ll have an S Pen stylus inside.

https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/875635781364203521

However, the image above only shows the Infinity Display, so we can’t really tell you whether or not it’s genuine. The source of the leak is a person who goes by the handle “Ice Universe” on Weibo and Twitter, and he has posted many similar leaks in the past covering a wide range of devices. As for that “great” quote, that’s reportedly the internal codename of the Galaxy Note 8.

Just a few hours ago, he also posted this image that shows an alleged Galaxy Note 8 screen protector:

https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/875313414838468608

Getting back to the Galaxy Note 8 render, the device doesn’t seem to have any physical buttons on the sides, which certainly won’t be the case. Samsung fan site SamMobile believes it’s not a real press render. Instead, it could be a fan-made creation.

Whether this render is fake or not, the Galaxy Note 8 won’t really surprise us when it launches in a few months. The most exciting feature it could have delivered has already been denied by an official a few days ago: The Galaxy Note 8 may have a home button under the display like the Galaxy S8, but it won’t incorporate a fingerprint sensor, as previously rumored.

From: BGR - Netflix has a hidden limit on downloading shows

One of the best things about the Netflix mobile app is that it lets you download movies and TV shows so you can watch them later, even if there’s no internet connection available. However, you should think twice before downloading all your favorite shows on your devices. Not only do they expire after a period of time, but some of them have a download limit.

This strange “feature” has been recently discovered Android Police reports, as some users were greeted with prompts like the one below that say certain content can only be downloaded a specific number of times.

So if you downloaded a show on your smartphone or tablet, but haven’t seen it before it expired, you can download it again. Do that enough times, and you may receive the same warning.

That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to stream the show as you’d normally do on Netflix. It’s just that you won’t be able to download a copy of it on your devices once the limit is reached. Thankfully, there’s plenty of content on Netflix, which means you’ll likely find other shows to download if you ever hit those limits.

It’s unclear why Netflix added a limit to the number of times content can be downloaded, and the rule seems kind of silly. It’s likely something that came from content creators to prevent some sort of abuse. Rather than buying a digital copy of one of your favorite movies you could download it in perpetuity from Netflix, or for as long as Netflix has a license to offer it.

From: BGR - Video: Richard Hammond miraculously survives a harrowing accident involving a $1 million supercar

In a harrowing incident that thankfully resulted in no fatalities, former Top Gear host Richard Hammond recently lost control of a $1 million Rimac Concept One supercar and crashed into a house while driving in Switzerland. Hammond was driving the car for a segment that was set to air on The Grand Tour, a car-enthusiast show on Amazon Video. Jeremy Clarkson, a co-host on the show who you might also recognize from Top Gear, took to Twitter this weekend and said that the incident was the “biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening.”

Incredibly, Hammond didn’t appear to suffer any serious injuries during the accident, save for a fractured knee, though he was swiftly taken to a nearby hospital for observation. Even more incredible is the fact that Hammond managed to climb out of the car wreckage on his own accord. Ultimately, the pricey Rimac Concept One burst into flames.

A spokesperson for the show issued the following statement in the wake of the crash.

Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury.

The Grand Tour Twitter account posted two photos of the aftermath.

Video of the crash was even posted to YouTube yesterday afternoon. As evidenced below, the crash could have easily been much worse. Incidentally, the root cause of the accident remains unknown at the moment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCwBBaZ7UAE

From: BGR - Why Paris Agreement supporters should rally behind Tim Cook, and not Elon Musk

Climate change is real, and an overwhelming majority of scientists and researchers in various fields have put the blame for the gradual warming of the Earth squarely on mankind. At this point, there’s really no denying it unless you’re willing to ignore countless studies from every developed nation. That’s why, when Donald Trump announced that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, it was met with backlash from democrats, republicans, and countless US allies. Tim Cook and Elon Musk are leading the charge against the decision from Silicon Valley, but not everyone believes they’re both in it for the right reasons.

Elon Musk, who was chosen to be on Trump’s advisory council, was steadfast in his support of the climate act, and announced that he would be leaving the council entirely if the United States indeed pulled out. Yesterday, after Trump’s announcement, Musk did exactly that, following through on his word and becoming the de facto symbol of resistance in the tech sphere. But Musk is a businessman, and that is ultimately his biggest flaw — at least for some observers.

Elon Musk runs companies that directly benefit from a decreased reliance on fossil fuels. The electric car company Tesla, which absorbed Musk’s other green venture, SolarCity, is at the forefront of the green energy movement. A 2015 report by the LA Times pegged Elon Musk’s total haul from government subsidies at nearly $5 billion, spread across his companies. The Paris Agreement was absolutely in the best interest of the world and climate, but it was also in the best interest of Musk’s businesses, and that automatically makes him an extremely flawed representative of the movement.

Tim Cook, who just came out with a statement slamming the decision to withdraw from the pact and declaring his unwavering support of green technologies, renewable energy, and a decreased reliance on any and all materials which are harvested at the expense of the planet, has long been the tech industry’s conscience.

Cook has not only stood firmly in favor of green energy and pro-planet thinking, he’s also been extremely bold at times when the topic of profit-over-corporate-responsibility reared its ugly head. Cook, you might remember, even famously told investors who demand profit at the expense of all else to “get out” out Apple stock, noting that the company’s responsibility to the future of the Earth and mankind was top of mind, and profit would follow that. If you’re looking for someone who exemplifies the priorities of the Paris Agreement, look no further.

From: BGR - Latest iPhone 8 parts leak points to exciting new feature

Amidst a slew of iPhone 8 leaks coming down the pipeline, the latest leak involves a purported photo of the top portion of the iPhone 8’s front glass. The photo (via Slashleaks) seemingly corroborates previous reports suggesting that Apple with the iPhone 8 will introduce a brand new facial recognition feature that can be used to unlock a device and perhaps to even authenticate secure transactions. Indeed, Apple earlier this year acquired an Israeli start-up called Realface with incredibly advanced and secure facial recognition software.

The leaked photo is below and, as you can tell, there are three additional circular cutouts that are not present on the iPhone 7. While admittedly speculative, it stands to reason that these cutouts are for additional camera modules Apple plans to incorporate to support a new facial recognition feature.

It’s also worth mentioning that Apple’s plans for facial recognition may extend far beyond user identification. Specifically, there has been speculation that the front-facing cameras on the iPhone 8 may be used for gaming purposes insofar that users will be able to superimpose photos of their own head onto playable characters. To this point, recall that Apple in 2015 acquired Faceshift, a company with expertise in real-time motion capture. In fact, Faceshift’s technology was used during the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

A video showcasing Faceshift’s capabilities can be seen below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=46&v=uiMnAmoIK9s

Incidentally, the leaked iPhone 8 part above seems to jibe with other leaks we’ve seen, as evidenced by the rendering below. The two flaps in the upper left and right-hand corners will seemingly be used to display status icons like signal strength and Wi-Fi and, thanks to the deep blacks offered by OLED, will simply go dark when a user is playing a game or watching a movie.

From: BGR - Science says porn is making men impotent

Before the days of the internet, porn was actually pretty tough to find. You had to visit a shady adult toy shop or, if you had absolutely no shame, buy explicit magazines from a bookstore or news stand. Today, every type of fetish is no more than a few clicks away, and new research is drawing a troubling connection between young men with erectile dysfunction and the increasing prevalence of internet porn. 

A study of over 300 men between the ages of 20 and 40 who visited a San Diego urology clinic for treatment of impotence were surveyed about their sexual habits, including their consumption of internet porn. When the researchers crunch the numbers, they found a link between excessive porn watching and erectile dysfunction, suggesting that regular viewers of web porn are more likely to experience performance issues when having sex with an actual human partner.

“Tolerance could explain the sexual dysfunction, and can explain our finding that associated preferences for pornography over partnered sex with statistically significantly higher sexual dysfunction in men,” says Dr. Matthew Christman, urologist and lead researcher on the study.

The science behind why excessive porn watching can potentially cause impotence is very similar to other types of addiction. Essentially, the viewer builds up a “tolerance” to the mental stimulation in the same way a drug addict needs more and more of their vice to achieve the same feeling over time, men who binge on porn might find an actual sexual encounter to be far less exciting than they would normally.