HBO Has Tapped a Russian Indie Director for The Last of Us’s Pilot

From The Last of Us.Image: Sony/Naughty Dog Another director joins the crew. Considering the subject matter, it seems like he’ll fit right in. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Kantemir Balagov, a Russian filmmaker behind the lauded Beanpole, has been selected to direct the pilot for HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us. Based on…

Belkin recalls portable phone charging stand over fire risk

Belkin wants you stop using its Portable Wireless Charger + Stand Special Edition device if you have one. The accessory-maker has issued a voluntary recall for the power bank/charging stand due to a manufacturing defect in the power supply unit. Belkin says the defect can cause the charger to overheat and malfunction, which means the…

Watch NASA’s historic Moon mission rocket test at 5PM ET

This isn’t the most powerful heavy-duty rocket in the near term. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy generates slightly more thrust at 1.7 million pounds at sea level versus SLS’ 1.67 million, and both are well below the 7.89 million pounds of Saturn V’s first stage. It’s more expensive than some offerings, too, at $2 billion per launch…

ICYMI: More gadget highlights from CES 2021

Both of the new Dragonfly laptops also feature new tools like on-lap detection, Intrusion Detection, which will alert you if your device has been opened or compromised, and dynamic audio that optimizes sound depending on whether you’re listening to music or on a conference call. They can be configured with 4G or 5G connectivity and…

Hitting the Books: Smaller cameras and projectors helped the Allies win WWII

During the 1940s, the tools of photography and filmmaking were boldly militarized. Cameras became housed in military planes, attached to weapon mounts and outright shaped like guns. Film and photography equipment came finished in army green or navy blue. Projectors, like movie cameras, became standard operating equipment, encouraging a series of innovations involving materials that…

This software converts old CDs into digital tracks and more

Audio Toolbox offers additional features such as a recorder, cutter, joiner and converter. These allow you to capture streaming music, turn clips into sound bites, merge multiple audio files and add effects such as increased speed or altered pitch.  The program’s Transfer to iTunes feature lets you import your newly saved songs for easy media…

Recommended Reading: ‘WandaVision’ begins Marvel’s TV slate on Disney+

Stuart A. Thompson and Charlie Warzel, The New York Times After analyzing posts from dozens of active Facebook users that participate in election fraud and other conspiracy groups, The New York Times made some eye-opening discoveries. “Many, like Mr. McGee, transformed seemingly overnight,” Thompson and Warzel explain. David Fear, Rolling Stone The filmmaker discusses making…

Bloomberg: ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ full development didn’t start until 2016

In one of probably many dissections of CD Projekt Red’s missteps in making Cyberpunk 2077, Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier just published a piece investigating the game’s development. His reporting doesn’t back up forum thread rumors about Keanu Reeves, instead it’s the more run-of-the-mill issue of unrealistic development timelines and failing to account for console hardware limitations….