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Stargate is coming back as a digital-only prequel series

The long-running science fiction franchise Stargate will be returning later this fall with a new digital show from MGM called Stargate Origins. The announcement was made today at San Diego Comic-Con, during a 20th anniversary retrospective on the series Stargate SG-1.

Each episode of Origins will run 10 minutes in length, with the first season of 10 episodes available exclusively on a new website called Stargate Command. According to MGM’s announcement, Command will also be an official destination for all things Stargate, including a “variety of Stargate assets and content from the franchise’s nearly 25-year history.”

“We’ve been eager to revisit the Stargate franchise and create an all-new story that honors the founding mythos,” MGM’s…

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The latest trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans shows a royal coup d’etat

Marvel fans got a better glimpse of what’s ahead for the Inhuman Royal Family during today’s Inhumans panel at San Diego Comic-Con. In the series’ latest trailer, we see more of the conflict between Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and his brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon), and some of the royals’ special abilities.

Inhumans, created by Iron Fist showrunner Scott Buck, is Marvel’s latest series for ABC. The show will take viewers to Attilan, the Royal Family’s home on the moon, and seemingly focus on politics in the Inhumans’ world. Maximus, otherwise known as Maximus the Mad, is being depicted as both the catalyst and core antagonist in the series. He loves his people, but still wants the throne, and is willing to…

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Legion creator Noah Hawley is working on a Doctor Doom movie

Legion creator Noah Hawley announced at San Diego Comic-Con that he’s working on a film involving Fantastic Four nemesis (and the greatest supervillain ever created) Doctor Doom.

Hawley wouldn’t offer any details about the Fox project, according to Variety, only saying, “I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom.” The announcement creates a whole host of questions about what direction the writer-producer will take the character in, and how the movie will fit into 20th Century Fox’s own Marvel film universe.

Doctor Doom, otherwise known as Victor Von Doom, is a sorcerer and scientist who rules the fictional nation of Latveria with an…

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Facebook’s secretive hardware division is exploring modular smartphones

Facebook’s Building 8, the secretive skunkworks division led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, is looking into developing modular smartphones, according to a report from Business Insider.

The company filed for a patent, published today, that details a “modular electromagnetic device” that would alleviate the issue of “expensive and wasteful” conventional electronics that consumers purchase and then dispose of when they’re inevitably outdated in a couple of years. The patent describes both a phone and a smart speaker as potential product categories.

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It’s unclear to what extent Facebook is working on a concrete hardware project that will see the light of day, but there are a number of signs that…

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Google brings Motion Stills to Android, where it’s all motion and no stills

A full year after launching on iOS, Google’s Motion Stills app has arrived on Android — but in pretty much a completely different form.

Motion Stills on iOS is meant to be a really easy way to turn the iPhone’s Live Photos into shareable GIFs — and it’s pretty great at that. But Android doesn’t have Live Photos, so the new Motion Stills is basically just a camera app that exports GIFs.

The app can take two different types of shots. The first, which Google calls a “motion still,” is just a three second video loop. It’s kind of puzzling, because it seems like this is meant to be an alternative to Live Photos — it even records the same length of footage. But there’s not actually a photo involved. Which is weird, because the feature is…

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For $2,185, you can travel Game of Thrones’ Seven Kingdoms

HBO’s hit Game of Thrones is mainly shot in Europe, around world heritage sites, major tourist attractions, and small towns. That sounds like a European PR travel company’s fever dream. Travel comparison site liligo.com has assembled an itinerary for fans of the show to fly to sites from all seven kingdoms of Westeros (Calgary, where showrunners shot some minor scenes with dire wolves; and Los Angeles, the site of the season 3 scene with Brienne and the bear, were excluded from the itinerary). The whole trip will take three days and nine hours in the air, excluding day-trip car rides to get to more obscure filming locations. Local lodging isn’t included, just travel costs, which come to about $2,185, assuming people nab tickets in…

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BJP councillor ‘connects’ on bad roads, voters like

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On another occasion, BJP councillor from Vejalpur ward Dilip Bagaria would have attracted some appreciation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for connecting with the people through social media sites. However, what Bagaria chose to post on Facebook was not a eulogy for the pro-digital PM or the party, but the apathetic system that has resulted in the bad condition of roads in his constituency. It is to be seen how his party will take that.

On Thursday, Bagaria uploaded the copies of two letters of communication-cum-complaint on Facebook, after angry voters asked him what kind of work and action he was taking to address the poor condition of roads. The letters, about the poor quality of road work in his area, were the ones he had emailed to officials concerned

“People have voted for me and I am answerable to them. But there are certain things I have to explain to them and this is the best way I could think of. Many of the roads in Vejalpur area were not in good condition and needed repair,” said Bagaria. His post has received 502 likes and 185 comments, besides getting shared 19 times.​

“When road repair was going on in May, I found …read more