Whether or not you've seen any of the Ring horror movies, I'll briefly remind you what they're all about â€” well if you've seen one, you probably still remember. There's a video going around that will kill you a few
(Reuters) - Trump-branded consumer products have suffered new blows, with U.S. retailers Sears Holdings Corp and Kmart Corp discontinuing online sales of 31 Trump Home items, while new details emerged showing sales of Ivanka Trump's brand fell in the weeks before Nordstrom Inc stopped carrying her products. Sears and its wholly owned subsidiary, Kmart, disclosed their decision on Saturday, saying it was part of a push to focus their online business on the most profitable items. Separately, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that Nordstrom sales of Ivanka Trump's brand had dropped sharply before the retailer discontinued sales this week.
CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AP) â€” Communist guerrillas abducted three villagers, including a policeman, and burned construction equipment in new attacks in the Philippines on Thursday and condemned President Rodrigo Duterte as a "double-speaking thug" for terminating peace talks.
"I take this miserable and vile attack as recognition of my status as an anti-imperialist revolutionary," El Aissami, the heir apparent to Socialist President Nicolas Maduro, wrote on Twitter. The US Treasury Department on Monday accused El Aissami and an ally, businessman Samark Jose Lopez Bello, of being drug kingpins, freezing their US assets.
YouTube and Walt Disney Co have cut their ties with influential Swedish social media star PewDiePie after he posted a series of videos deemed anti-Semitic. YouTube said it had canceled the second season of the comedian's reality show, "Scare PewDiePie," and taken his channel, which has some 53 million followers, off its premium advertising service. "We've decided to cancel the release of 'Scare PewDiePie' season 2 and we're removing the PewDiePie channel from Google Preferred," a YouTube representative told Hollywood trade publication Variety on Tuesday.
Organizers of the Westminster Dog Show are making room for a potentially controversial addition to this year's festivities: Cats. About 40 feline breeds are set to appear at an event affiliated with Westminster the weekend before the dog show itself. The event, "Meet the Breeds," gives the public a chance to talk with purebred breeders and connect with the animals.
Organizers of the Westminster Dog Show are making room for a potentially controversial addition to this year's festivities: cats. About 40 feline breeds are set to appear at an event affiliated with Westminster the weekend before the dog show itself. The event, "Meet the Breeds," gives the public a chance to talk with purebred breeders and connect with the animals.
U.S. President Donald Trump's policies could lead to more violent stock market movements, something prominent hedge fund manager Lee Ainslie said could help his portfolio rebound after a lousy 2016. Ainslie's $11 billion Maverick Capital missed out on a rally sparked by Trump's unexpected election in November and ended the year with double digit losses in its biggest funds, underperforming the broader stock market and most hedge funds.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) â€” A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the signature baritone of country star Randy Travis, and dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers, used their voices and his songs to honor the legend.
By Ju-min Park and Joseph Sipalan SEOUL/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia, a South Korean government source told Reuters on Tuesday. Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of the North Korean leader, was known to spend a significant amount of his time outside the country and had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated state. Police in Malaysia told Reuters on Tuesday an unidentified North Korean man had died en route to hospital from Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday.
LG Electronics mobile boss Juno Cho has bought 2,000 company shares before the launch of the upcoming G6 smartphone as a vote of confidence.
The commercials and the event's Half Time show are the other huge draws. According to sources who spoke with CNN, this is the first time that drones have been incorporated into a Half Time show. The use of the drones had to be cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration, as it has established a â€œNo Drone Zoneâ€ in a 34.5 mile radius around the stadium starting today and ending on Midnight on Sunday.
Cocaine with a street value of more than Ã‚Â£50 million (59 million euros, $62 million) washed up on two beaches in England, British officials tasked with disrupting organised crime announced Friday. The drugs -- 360 kilos (794 pounds) -- were in holdalls found at Hopton-on-Sea on Thursday and Caister-on-Sea on Friday, villages on either side of Great Yarmouth, a major port, in Norfolk, the National Crime Agency said.
Investors flocked to disconnect from Drax on Thursday as annual profits, the dividend and shares at the FTSE 250 power giant sank in the wake of tax changes. The cuts revealed just how speedily Britain's biggest power station has to move on from coal. Underlying pre-tax profits tumbled from Â£46 million to Â£21 million as the government removed the climate-change levy exemption for renewably sourced electricity.
Qualcomm weighed on both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq as the chipmaker fell 5.0 percent to $54.05 after posting a lower-than-expected rise in quarterly revenue. The post-election rally reignited this week following a solid start to earnings season and optimism over U.S. President Donald Trump's pro-growth initiatives, giving the benchmark S&P 500 its best two-day performance in seven weeks and catapulting the Dow above 20,000 for the first time. Early fourth-quarter earnings have also boosted sentiment and are now expected to show growth of 7 percent, their biggest increase in two years, according to Thomson Reuters data.
In what has become one of the more riveting narratives in Hollywood, Ben Affleck has once again made headlines by announcing that he will not be directing The Batman solo film for DC after all. Variety broke the news on Monday, citing sources who say Affleck made the decision based on what he thought would be best for the film, as opposed to a reaction to the disappointing box office returns of Live By Night . â€œThere are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,â€ Affleck said in a statement regarding the decision. â€œPerforming this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.â€ Warner Bros. chimed in with a statement of its own, adding that it "fully supports Ben Affleck's decision" and will work with him to find a new director to "bring a standalone Batman picture to life." For the time being, sources say that
Tippet Rise, an ambitious music center in the rolling hills of Montana, on Tuesday announced a second season that will include a premiere by leading composer Aaron Jay Kernis. The Tippet Rise Art Center opened last year on a sweeping ranch in the western US state, aiming to bring world-class classical musicians to a venue in nature with concerts attended by no more than 150 people at a time. The estate -- which features original sculptures, communal dinners and, this year, a new 5.5 kilometers (three and a half miles) of hiking and bicycle trails -- is funded by free-spirited philanthropists Peter and Cathy Halstead who sell tickets for just $10.
Lighting my home is something I only ever think about fleetingly â€” usually while replacing a blown-out halogen bulb â€” but this past week I discovered LED light bulbs and, well, I'm sorry I'm so late to this cool party. Flexibility: You can choose how wide a beam of light your LEDs will produce.
South Africa's rand raced to its firmest in more than 15 months against the dollar on Tuesday, helped by improved risk appetite and jobs data suggesting the economy is improving. Stocks were weaker, with the main bourse dragged lower by miner Kumba Iron Ore after the company said it was still not in a position to pay shareholders a dividend despite seeing a doubling in earnings. By 1140 GMT the rand had gained 1.63 percent to 13.1225 per dollar, its strongest since Oct. 23, 2015 according to Thomson Reuters data, after closing at 13.3400 overnight in New York.
2017 is going to be another banner year for virtual reality, with a continued torrent of new content flowing into the mainstream and a steady setting of the table for a â€œbreakoutâ€ year for the industry in 2018. That's according to Robert Nashak, COO of LA-based VR game developer Survios, which in recent weeks announced it's raised $50 million in new financing. As a testament to its commercial potential, as well as a hint about what's to come, that new funding included an investment from a major film studio, MGM. Nashak's assessment about the industry is based in part on what his own company plans to do. As companies likes Google and Samsung continue to pour money into building VR-capable hardware, there's an increasing need for content to consume on those devices -- which is where Survios wants to step in. Among other things, Nashak said the company plans to use its new funding to expand an in-house game publishing platform, in addition to adding thirty party titles to its slate of games and expanding distribution internationally. And he expects other companies to increasingly step up in a similar way. â€œIn 2017, you're going to see a lot more content, and a lot better content,â€ said Nashak, Survios employee number 6. â€œI think 2018 is probably the breakout year, where we start to see a huge expansion in the installed base.â€ He's not alone. The Game Developers Conference released its â€œState of the Game Industryâ€ report in recent days, and according to its poll of more than 4,500 developers who've attended the conference sometime in the last three years, developers are increasingly hot on VR. So much so that, at least according to the poll, more of them are apparently currently developing titles for VR headsets than for the Xbox One. Since many people still don't have access to the advanced hardware they'll need to enjoy a VR experience, arcades could be the way to go -- for now -- for some of those gamers to have that experience. Sort of like the early days of gaming, before home consoles proliferated and became affordable. Nashak in an interview with BGR acknowledged that reality. Then days later Survios announced, well, an international VR arcade experience. The company unveiled an arcade-optimized version of Survios' best-selling sci-fi combat game â€œRaw Data,â€ which will be able to be played in VR arcade entertainment venues around the globe. A Survios spokesman said the arcade build is available for interested operators after being in beta at select arcades up to this point. McKay Christensen, co-founder and CEO of arcade network VR Junkies, praised â€œRaw Dataâ€ as a â€œfantastic titleâ€ with the latest news proving that Survios is a â€œsophisticated publisher with respect to arcade operators' needs.â€ â€œUntil the price points come down to a more reasonable level, I think most people will be experiencing VR in arcades for now,â€ Nashak said. â€œIt's like if you look at the ways, like, Atari marketed itself in the early days -- it was like, we're bringing the arcade into your house.â€ The â€œRaw Dataâ€ game itself was a quick smash hit for the company. It told Fast Company that a month after it went on sale in July last year, it had already hit $1 million in sales. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8phhKZn4DuM The secret? Story and immersion. â€œWhat's special about Survios is I think, honestly, we really double down on the culture,â€ Nashak said. â€œA singularity of vision and purpose. We're not all over the map. We have a very clear idea of what VR should do and can do.â€ MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber is joining Survios' board as a result of the recent funding announcement. That's all a preface to what comes next -- making and supporting great games and great game-makers, Nashak says, along with working to build up Survios as a premier VR company. Really, the ambitions are right there in the name. Survios comes from the English prefix â€œsurâ€ -- implying â€œabove and beyondâ€ -- and the Greek word for life and reality. So, beyond reality. â€œIn the short term, we continue doubling down on â€˜Raw Data' and making it greater and greater and expanding our portfolio,â€ Nashak said. â€œLong-term growth is around publishing and doing our own stuff. Becoming a dominant player in VR. That's our goal.â€
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By Saikat Chatterjee HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian stocks inched to new 19-month highs on Thursday with thanks to an ongoing rally on Wall Street and bolstered by gains in Chinese stocks while the dollar came in for a bout of profit-taking after a recent bounce. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent to its highest since July 2015. European stock markets are set to open steady to slightly higher according to index futures Wall Street pushed relentlessly into record-high territory on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 notching a seven-session winning streak.
The estate of Prince, who long battled the music industry, announced a deal Thursday with the world's largest label group Universal to release much of the pop icon's vast catalog. Under the deal, Universal gained rights to the fabled vault of unreleased music that Prince kept in his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota where he died in April. Universal is also taking control of 25 albums that Prince released on his own NPG Records imprint from the mid-1990s, when he wrote "slave" on his cheek and changed his name to the unpronounceable "love symbol" to fight his contract with Warner Brothers.
By Makiko Yamazaki and Taro Fuse TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will on Tuesday detail a writedown of close to $6 billion after bruising cost overruns at its U.S. nuclear arm, turning investor attention to the Japanese group's efforts to fix that and other balance sheet headaches. Sources familiar with the matter say the final charge, to be detailed alongside quarterly earnings, will be as high as 700 billion yen ($6.2 billion), a sum which alone would wipe out the company's shareholder equity. Toshiba, which has seen its market value almost halve since the prospect of a writedown emerged in December, is also expected to outline the prospects for its nuclear arm and update investors on efforts to raise capital, including through the sale of a stake in its flagship memory chips business.
Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog came out 26 years ago today, and you should mark the occasion by reading this classic interview with co-creator (and veteran game designer) Hirokazu Yasuhara! ...