Google des voitures sans chauffeur en cours délaboration

first_imgGoogle : des voitures sans chauffeur en cours d’élaborationÉtats-Unis – Alors que le mondial de l’automobile parisien bat son plein, Google vient de rendre publiques les recherches qu’il mène secrètement depuis des mois. Leur objet : des voitures automatisées, déjà testées sur plusieurs centaines de milliers de kilomètres outre-Atlantique. 220.000 kilomètres. Telle est la distance parcourue en Californie par les six Toyota Prius et l’Audi TT équipées par Google pour rouler sans chauffeur. La firme de Mountain View testait en toute discrétion, depuis plusieurs mois déjà, ses sept voitures intelligentes. Généralement prises pour des Google cars du service Street View, ces véhicules autonomes sont pourtant beaucoup plus développés que ceux utilisés pour collecter des images de nos rues. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Capables de suivre un itinéraire programmé par GPS grâce aux multiples capteurs et caméras dont elles sont équipées, ces voitures peuvent effectuer un trajet sans intervention humaine. Accélération et décélération, limites de vitesse, signalisation et notamment feux rouges : les Google cars maîtrisent leur propre conduite, même si un “conducteur” se tient prêt à prendre le relais de la machine derrière le volant. Pour faciliter encore la tâche de celui-ci, un éventuel dysfonctionnement de l’un des nombreux capteurs serait signalé par un message d’alerte. Alors, les voitures sans chauffeur : science ou fiction ? Si elles continuent à prouver leurs talents, elles pourraient bien envahir nos routes plus rapidement qu’on ne le pensait. D’autant plus qu’à l’heure actuelle, un seul accident a été enregistré durant les tests, dû à la percussion de l’une de ces voitures à un feu rouge, par un autre véhicule.  Le 11 octobre 2010 à 10:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Déchets les collectivités écrivent une lettre ouverte à JeanLouis Borloo

first_imgDéchets : les collectivités écrivent une lettre ouverte à Jean-Louis BorlooFrance – Vendredi dernier, à quelques heures d’un vote sur le financement de la filière Emballages, l’Association des collectivités locales et des professionnels pour la gestion des déchets (Amorce) et le Cercle national du recyclage envoyaient une lettre ouverte au ministre de l’Environnement Jean-Louis Borloo. Un courrier dans lequel ils lui rappelaient le coût d’une gestion optimisée des déchets.”A quelques heures du vote définitif de l’enveloppe financière de la filière Emballages pour les 6 prochaines années (…) nous tenons à vous assurer de la totale détermination des collectivités pour obtenir une juste application de la loi Grenelle qui a été votée à l’unanimité des parlementaires” lit-on dans cette lettre.À lire aussiUn geyser de Yellowstone jaillit et éjecte des déchets jetés par des touristes il y a plus de 80 ansLa loi Grenelle prévoit que la couverture des services de collecte et de tri optimisé via l’écocontribution des producteurs d’emballages soit portée à 80%. Une mesure visant à financer l’objectif de 75% de recyclage fixé pour 2012, mais qui est loin de faire l’unanimité, opposant depuis plusieurs mois les producteurs d’emballages et les collectivités. Ces dernières s’inquiètent de la faiblesse du montant retenu par l’État pour le financement de cet engagement. Le gouvernement a proposé la somme de 630 à 640 millions d’euros quand les collectivités estiment qu’une fourchette comprise entre 742 millions et un milliard d’euros est nécessaire.Avec “un coût actuel de la gestion des emballages évalué à plus d’un milliard d’euros, qu’il faudra certes optimiser, mais qui devra également être augmenté de nouveaux investissements afin d’atteindre l’objectif du grenelle de 75% de recyclage des emballages”, la proposition du gouvernement ne peut “décemment pas correspondre à l’engagement du Grenelle” déplore l’Amorce. Pour l’association, ce trop faible financement aurait “pour conséquence de laisser à la charge des collectivités et des contribuables locaux le coût de la gestion de ces déchets d’emballages qui remplissent nos poubelles quotidiennement”.Le 25 octobre 2010 à 09:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Face au froid la chasse de certains oiseaux est suspendue dans le

first_imgFace au froid, la chasse de certains oiseaux est suspendue dans le Pas-de-CalaisLa préfecture du Pas-de-Calais a décidé lundi d’interdire la chasse de certains oiseaux fragilisés par la période de grand froid que traverse la région. Un arrêté pour l’instant en vigueur jusqu’au 5 janvier prochain.Cette mesure concerne les limicoles, de petits échassiers tels que la barge rousse, la bécasse des bois, le chevalier aboyeur ou le vanneau huppé. Du 27 décembre au 5 janvier, il est également interdit de chasser les turdidés, et notamment le merle noir, de même que les alaudidés et plus particulièrement l’alouette des champs. Dans un communiqué, la préfecture explique avoir pis cette décision face aux “conditions climatiques actuelles, nécessitant pour les limicoles, les turdidés et les alaulidés la mise en place de dispositions particulières de protection”.L’interdiction de chasser ces oiseaux fragilisés par la neige et le froid, fait suite à une mise en garde émise par la Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) en fin de semaine dernière. L’association avait appelé vendredi à “suspendre immédiatement la chasse” de plusieurs espèces, dénonçant “un véritable massacre” se déroulant dans le nord de la France vers lequel des dizaines de milliers d’oies, canards et limicoles qui hivernent généralement en Belgique et aux Pays-Bas ont migré depuis le mois de novembre. “Les oiseaux, déjà affaiblis par la difficulté à trouver les ressources alimentaires, sont chassés et dérangés nuit et jour”, déplorait alors la LPO.Le 29 décembre 2010 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Linspection dEndeavour a eu lieu

first_imgL’inspection d’Endeavour a eu lieuLa Nasa a indiqué que les astronautes de la navette Endeavour ont bien inspecté ce matin le bouclier thermique du vaisseau qui avait été endommagé lors de son décollage. Les astronautes d’Endeavour ont pu inspecter le bouclier thermique de la navette qui avait été endommagée lors de son décollage lundi dernier, grâce à une caméra et à un laser. Le bras robotique de l’ISS a retiré de la soute du vaisseau l'”Orbiter Boom Sensor System” (OBSS), une perche de 15 mètres au bout de laquelle se trouvait la caméra HD et le laser. L’OBSS a alors été relié au bras robotisé d’Endeavour, mesurant lui aussi 15 mètres de long, qui a pu se placer sous le côté droit de la navette afin d’examiner, de photographier et de procéder à des mesures laser des dégâts.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’inspection, débutée à 4h GMT, a duré deux heures. La Nasa a indiqué qu’il s’agissait d’une simple précaution, le responsable LeRoy Cain se disant “très confiant dans le fait que ce dommage sur une tuile thermique s’avérera bénin une fois obtenues les données de cette inspection”. Comme le rappelle Le Figaro, la tuile a été touchée par un débris de mousse isolante ou de glace dans les premières minutes de son vol, lundi. D’après les images prises depuis l’ISS mercredi, à l’arrivée d’Endeavour, l’impact mesurerait 8,2 centimètres sur 6,3.Les données et les images recueillies ont été envoyées à Houston, au centre de contrôle de la mission, pour être étudiées. La Nasa indique que les experts donneront les résultats de leur étude dans les 24 heures tout au plus, rapporte l’AFP. Il s’agit de s’assurer que la navette pourra retraverser l’atmosphère sans faire courir le moindre risque à ses occupants. En effet, certaines zones du bouclier thermique devront être capables de supporter les 1.500°C causés par le frottement de l’air sur la navette se déplaçant à très grande vitesse. Le 23 mai 2011 à 17:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Blackberry retour à la normale

first_imgBlackberry : retour à la normale Les millions d’utilisateurs de terminaux Blacberry ont souffert hier. Ce matin, tous les services sont revenus comme par miracle, car Research in Motion (RIM) tente toujours de découvrir ce qu’il s’est passé.Après plusieurs heures de black out au niveau européen, africain et asiatique, lundi, l’ensemble des services liés au RIM Datacenter sont progressivement revenus à la normale.En France, les applications ont de nouveau tourné hier, en fin de soirée vers 22h.À lire aussiBlackBerry 10 : le smartphone de développement en image ?”Tous les services fonctionnent normalement. Nous nous excusons auprès de nos clients pour tous désagréments”, a déclaré la branche britannique de RIM aux Etats-Unis.Le problème ne proviendrait pas du serveur du Datacenter en lui, même, mais à la manière dont les applications échangent leurs données avec les serveurs centraux.Cette panne géante tombe mal pour RIM, car elle est intervenue la semaine de lancement de l’Iphone 4S d’Apple et des annonces de Samsung concernant le Nexus Prime. Le 11 octobre 2011 à 10:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dijit bientôt sur iPad

first_imgDijit bientôt sur iPadL’application Dijit de contrôle à distance de vos appareils domestiques (TV, lecteurs DVD…), fonctionnant comme une télécommande, sera bientôt disponible sur l’iPad.Actuellement, un iPhone ou un smartphone Android conviennent pour utiliser Dijit comme télécommande universelle (Dijit serait compatible avec 200 000 appareils). Apple aurait reçula version iPad, en attendant de la valider. En effet, la surface de la tablette, plus large et sur mesure, correspondrait mieux à une telle utilisation. À lire aussiUn Français de 17 ans crée une appli pour aider les malvoyants à lire les étiquettes des produitsL’équipe du projet, qui travaille main dans la main avec Griffin Technology’s Beacon (spécialiste des dispositifs Bluetooth et infrarouge), a montré quelques possibilités de leur bébé, à savoir un programme TV en direct (pour les USA et le Canada), une option de partage sur Netfix avec les applications Facebook et Twitter. La surface de l’iPad serait optimisé avec, dans les coins, un tutoriel, un guide, des offres, des images ou des infos pour aider l’utilisateur. Un emplacement pour le pouce serait également présent, histoire de pouvoir tenir correctement votre tablette.Pour utiliser Dijit sur vos anciens modèles de télévision, cela nécessite une balise “add-on” (pour 70 dollars – 52 euros). Les Smart TV, elles, s’en passent. Quant à l’application Dijit elle-même, elle est gratuite sur l’Apple Store et l’Android Market. La sortie de la version iPad n’a cependant pas été définie.Le 3 décembre 2011 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

France la commission dexperts se prononce pour une poursuite du nucléaire

first_imgFrance : la commission d’experts se prononce pour une poursuite du nucléaireLa commission d’experts missionnée par le ministre de l’Energie, Eric Besson, pour examiner différents scénarios énergétiques à l’horizon 2050, plaide pour une prolongation de la durée de vie des centrales nucléaires. C’est tout du moins ce que révèle la “synthèse” provisoire.En septembre, le gouvernement avait annoncé la création d’une commission “pluraliste” composée d’experts chargée d’évaluer différents scénarios existants concernant les sources énergétiques possible d’ici à 2050, et notamment ceux prévoyant une sortie du nucléaire. Les ONG avaient refusé d’y participer, estimant la composition de la commission trop pro-nucléaire et refusant d’être associées à un rapport publié juste avant l’élection présidentielle. Si le rapport définitif de la commission, présidée par le professeur d’université Jacques Percebois, sera rendu public le 13 février, une “synthèse” provisoire a déjà vu le jour. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSelon celle-ci, rapportée par l’AFP, “l’analyse des scénarios énergétiques à 2050” montre “en particulier que la trajectoire optimale pour notre pays consiste à prolonger la durée de vie des centrales existantes aussi longtemps que l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire le permettra”. La conclusion des experts s’oriente aussi vers la nécessité de “prévoir un petit nombre d’EPR pour lisser la production au moment de la fermeture des centrales les plus anciennes, et à préparer l’avenir en poursuivant activement le développement de la génération 4” des réacteurs.Toutefois, aucune précision n’est encore donnée concernant la part que devrait représenter le nucléaire dans la production électrique française en 2050 (75% aujourd’hui). Sur la question du prix de l’énergie, les experts constatent que “tous les scénarios s’accordent sur une perspective de hausse durable des coûts énergétiques” et appellent à “s’engager courageusement dans une politique de vérité (c’est-à-dire de hausse) des prix de l’énergie”. En commentaire de ces premiers éléments de réponse, deux experts “indépendants”, l’économiste Benjamin Dessus et le physicien Bernard Laponche, membres de l’association Global Chance, qualifient ce document d'”exercice médiocre, biaisé par des erreurs factuelles”.Le 31 janvier 2012 à 12:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un projet immobilier menace une plage dAndalousie

first_imgUn projet immobilier menace une plage d’AndalousieAlors que l’Andalousie affiche un taux de chômage record, un projet de construction immobilier de grande envergure a été adopté. Il s’agit de construire 84.000 mètres carrés d’habitations sur une plage paradisiaque connue pour sa quiétude et son côté naturel.Les écologistes et les baigneurs ne décolèrent pas après le vote de la mairie de Tarifa, en Andalousie. Les élus, exception faite des écolo-communistes d’Izquierda Unida, ont en effet approuvé le projet de construction de 350 maisons et d’hôtels offrant 1.400 places. En tout, 84.000 mètres carrés devraient être construits sur un terrain de 70 hectares. Toutefois, les détails du plan qui a été voté ne sont pas connus.”C’est une folie : ils vont détruire un paradis”, s’exclame Noelia Jurado, 37 ans, membre de la plate-forme citoyenne qui s’est créée lundi, “Sauvons Valdevaqueros”. La mairie argue du fait qu’un tel projet soulagerait l’économie tandis que cette région du sud de l’Espagne connait un taux de chômage de 33%, un bien triste record. Les écologistes ne sont ainsi pas les seuls a être en colère : la page Facebook de la plate-forme compte déjà 11.000 membres. De même, des dizaines d’internautes ont posté les photos souvenir de vacances idylliques sur le site du quotidien El Pais, qui a ouvert un espace dédié. “Ne la détruisez pas, s’il vous plaît”, s’exclame une lectrice qui a envoyé l’image de trois jeunes filles assises sur la dune dominant la plage. Mais ce ne serait pas la première fois que l’immobilier cause des ravages en Espagne. Greenpeace indique en effet que, ces 20 dernières années, l’Espagne aurait perdu chaque jour l’équivalent de huit terrains de football de côte vierge, soit plus de 50 000 hectares. “Il est incompréhensible que les responsables publics lancent encore ce type de projets alors que ce modèle économique est obsolète”, affirme Pilar Marcos, responsable de la protection des côtes de l’organisation.Des futurs hôtels et maisons qui resteront vides ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La mairie se défend sur son site en précisant qu’”il s’agit d’un urbanisme moderne, très éloigné de la construction à outrance qui a peuplé nos côtes il y a des décennies”. La municipalité rappelle également que le projet n’autoriserait que des maisons d’un étage et des hôtels sur trois niveaux. Bien entendu, et surtout, il permettrait de créer de l’emploi. S’y opposer est donc contraire aux intérêts des habitants, assure le maire de Tarifa. “C’est la pire chose qu’ils peuvent nous faire”, estime-t-il.Les défenseurs de la plage ne sont pas convaincus pour autant. Pilar Marcos souligne d’ailleurs que ces hôtels et maisons resteront certainement vides “car la meilleure publicité pour Tarifa, c’est justement sa plage vierge”. En outre, remarque Noelia Jurado, “il reste encore à Tarifa énormément de logements neufs qui sont vides depuis quatre ans”.Le 1 juin 2012 à 19:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une formule mathématique pour obtenir le sapin de noël idéal

first_imgUne formule mathématique pour obtenir le sapin de noël idéalA la demande d’un réseau de grands magasins, deux étudiants de l’Université de Sheffield, Nicole Wrightham et Alex Craig, ont inventé une formule mathématique nécessaire à la décoration harmonieuse d’un sapin de noël.Vous avez trouvé le sapin idéal mais vous hésitez encore sur la décoration ? Nicole Wrightham et Alex Craig, deux étudiants de 20 ans à l’Université anglaise de Sheffield, ont mis au point une formule mathématique pour simplifier vos dilemmes d’ornement. Grâce à leurs calculs, il est désormais possible de savoir, combien de boules et quelles longueurs de guirlandes sont nécessaires pour obtenir l’arbre de noël idéal.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Quatre formules ont ainsi été imaginées par les étudiants et permettent de déterminer le nombre de boules à accrocher, la longueur des guirlandes simples, celle des guirlandes lumineuses et enfin la taille de l’objet à mettre au sommet de son sapin. De quoi obtenir le plus beau des arbres de noël sans le surcharger ni le faire paraitre trop dénudé ! Heureusement, pour limiter les prises de têtes et les opérations fastidieuses, un petit programme de calcul a été développé sur le site de l’Université. Les consommateurs doivent seulement rentrer la hauteur de leur sapin pour récupérer les données nécessaires à leur attirail de décoration. 37 boules pour un sapin d’1m80 Il permet ainsi par exemple de déterminer qu’un arbre d’1 mètre 80 a besoin de 37 boules, 9 mètres 19 de guirlandes simples et 5 mètres 65 de guirlandes clignotantes. Ajouté à cela, le sapin doit également présenter une étoile ou un ange à son sommet d’une hauteur de 18 centimètres. Avec le programme qu’il ont imaginé, les étudiants espèrent que ces résultats pourront aider les personnes à choisir et acheter de la juste manière leur décoration pour orner leur sapin. “Il nous a fallu environ deux heures pour développer ces formules. Nous espérons qu’elles faciliteront pour tous les préparatifs de noël” explique Nicole Wrightham. “La formule est tellement polyvalente qu’elle marchera pour un arbre assez grand pour la famille royale au château de Balmoral mais aussi sur les arbres assez petits pour les maisons les plus modestes”, a commenté Sarah Theobold au magasin Debenhams. Le 4 décembre 2012 à 14:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Seagates Xbox One SSD Stores 15 Games For 200

first_imgOwning a PS4 and Xbox One gives gamers access to the latest games, but it also forms a bit of a management headache. That’s because the hard drive these consoles ship with is quite limited in terms of size. When digital copies of games regularly hit 50GB and your hard drive is 500GB or 1TB, it doesn’t take long before you’re forced to decide what to delete.Seagate thinks it has a solution for Xbox One owners, but it also thinks gamers will be willing to pay $200 for some extra storage and the promise of faster load times. I’m not so sure.Seagate is set to start shipping the Game Drive for Xbox SSD this month. It’s an external drive that plugs into the front or back of your Xbox One and unlocks an extra 512GB of storage. Seagate claims that’s enough to store 15 games including all their DLC. Apparently the drive also cuts down on load times with transfer speeds of up to 440MB/s. That may be true because it’s an SSD, but surely it won’t bring load times down that much seeing as the drive is connected over USB.If you’re concerned about storage then Seagate has a better option in my opinion in the form of the HDD version of this Game Drive. It’s pretty much the same offering, but with a hard drive inside and for less money. The 2TB version costs $86.99 and the 4TB version is $149.99. That larger drive is still $50 cheaper than the SSD Game Drive and offers 8x the storage. It is going to be slower, but no more so than the internal drive.last_img read more

Is Missy a Cyberman Michelle Gomez Teases Alternate Doctor Who Plot

first_imgMichelle Gomez’s Mistress is one of the finest Doctor Who characters of the revival series.But is the enigmatic Time Lord hiding an important secret?“Wherever there’s a Cyberman; Missy’s not far behind. She might be one,” Gomez teased during a recent chat with “The Fan Show”‘s Christel Dee.The original Mondasian Cybermen are set to return for the last two episodes of season 10, though Gomez declined to confirm her character’s association with the “less streamlined” robots.Missy teamed up with the murderous cyborgs at the end of series eight, when she released an army of the modernized androids to deploy particles that convert compatible organic matter—living or dead—into a new Cyberman.Now, after more than 50 years off the air, the original version of the deadly enemies return for a two-part finale written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay.“Does she [Missy] have something to do with the Mondasian Cybermen coming back?” Dee asked Gomez, who slyly shuts down the question.“I can’t tell you that!” she responds, adding that, “I think they’re great. I think they’re really super.”Gomez last week announced plans to leave Doctor Who at the end of season 10, joining exiting “pals” Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi.“I wouldn’t want to be the Master to anybody else. Because I’ve really, really enjoyed disturbing Peter/the Doctor,” she told Dee. “I just don’t know who I’m gonna get to annoy like that again, quite as much. Apart from my husband, obviously, and my close family and friends.”The Scottish actor, who has appeared in only a handful of episodes since her debut as the gender-bending Master in 2014, consistently brings style, charisma, levity, and a chilling brilliance to the show.Michelle Gomez as Missy (via BBC)And it’s not over yet. In Saturday’s episode “Extremis,” Missy—now a prisoner on Carnathon, facing her death at the hands of the Doctor—promises to be good.“I promise. I’ll turn good, please. Teach me how to be good,” the self-proclaimed queen of evil begged for mercy.“If you’re just playing one thing all of the time, it gets a bit dull, and a bit tiresome,” Gomez explained, when asked if it’s been fun to explore that alternate side of her character. “So it has been wonderful to be able to explore what Missy’s reactions might be if she were ever to have a conscience.”For more insight into the production side of Doctor Who, check out Dee’s interview with script editor Nick Lambon in the video above.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

Money to Burn Should You Buy a Predator PEZ Dispenser

first_img Money to Burn: Should You Buy Mac Tonight Merch?Money to Burn Poll: Should You Buy a Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller? Stay on target Conspicuous consumption. It’s a way of life, especially if you’re a nerd. While it’s easy enough to be a complete person not defined by your interests or #brand allegiances, that’s boring! These days there are countless toys and props and plastic for geeks to spend their hard-earned(?) cash on. In fact, there’s so much, it can be hard to decide what’s actually worth buying.Any true fan will know the rarer the nerd swag the cooler it is, and you won’t find too many authentic rare loot drops at your local department store. For that, you’ll need to head to auction sites like eBay. But again, with so many choices, how can you figure out the best nerd items to snag when you have Money to Burn?PEZ dispensers are basically the grandfather of Funko pops. And trust us, we know our Funko pops. Sure they’re a fine tool for eating individual pieces of mediocre candy. But the real point is to gather a collection of your favorite brands in unified toy form. Whether it’s Darth Vader or Batman or a Minion or Santa Claus, if they’re even remotely famous, their head exists as a PEZ dispenser.But famous brands come and go. Today’s hottest brand is tomorrow’s faded memory. So there are probably tons of forgotten PEZ dispenser out there. Even if the franchises they represent are still relevant, they’re not relevant enough for hot new Pez dispenser tie-ins. But that just makes the old PEZ dispenser even cooler, if you can find them.We’ve already talked about our love of Predator around here, so we were thrilled to see a listing for a Predator PEZ dispenser on eBay. This model is actually custom-built, since I imagine not too many people wanted to eat candy that popped out of a recreation of a gross alien mandible. But it’s the PEZ dispenser Predator deserved to get back in the 1980s, and now it can be yours.Should you buy this Predator PEZ dispenser on eBay if you have Money to Burn? Let us know! Should You Buy This Predator PEZ Dispenser?Yes (Money!)No (Burn!)VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comShould You Buy This Predator PEZ Dispenser?Money to Burn is Geek.com’s ongoing series of polls. We put up a geeky eBay listing, talk about it, and leave it up to you whether or not the physical item is worth buying (Money) or is just cheap trash (Burn). And of course you should leave a comment explaining your rationale. Then be sure to keep coming back to Geek.com to vote in the latest poll. Dispose of that income, you dorks!last_img read more

Archies Got a Gun and Betty Saves Everyone on Riverdale

first_img ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 Stay on target Cole Sprouse may hate that people keep referring to Riverdale’s second season as “dark,” but so far, that’s what it is. Two episodes in, we have a serial killer, obsessive behavior, and evil parents. Well, more evil parents. That darkness begins to hinder the second episode as it tries to reestablish normalcy. The season premiere spent almost the entire hour in the hospital. It briefly reintroduced the rest of the cast, but for the most part, it was all about Archie. This one took him back to school, and tried to bring everyone back to the status quo of season one. Of course, you can’t really go back at this point. For some scenes, the show appeared to be aware of that, but that didn’t stop it from trying. With widely varying degrees of success.Archie’s story was the weakest here. Towards the end of season one, and even in this season’s premiere, you got the sense that the writers had figured out his place on the show. The story doesn’t have to revolve around him, but he works best as a moral anchor. Jughead called him “Pureheart the Powerful” last week, which is a great comics reference, but it also describes what we like about Archie. Even when everyone else in town is dealing with absolute insanity, Archie should be the one trying to do the right thing. That’s part of the reason audiences hated the Grundy arc so much. Up to a point, subverting the popular image of Archie Comics characters is fun. Seeing Archie defend a serial sexual abuser was a step too far. Especially because the show didn’t seem to realize why people found their relationship so icky. It still doesn’t. When Archie asks about her death, the show almost sounds sympathetic. Like it’s asking us if she was really that bad. Yes. She was. Stop trying to give her a posthumous redemption arc.KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle (Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW)That’s why it feels so out of character when Archie starts trying to buy drugs. First of all, when did Reggie go from jock rival to the school drug dealer? Second, naming an aphrodisiac stimulant after an Archies song is probably the weirdest pull yet.  I get that Archie is trying to stay up all night, and the whole point of this episode is that that’s wearing on his sanity. They really could have chosen a less very-special-episode way to show that. Especially since it doesn’t really go anywhere. Archie spends the rest of the episode insisting that he’s not crazy, but nobody seems to think he is. The show clearly wants us to, but it’s not really sure how to convey that. Instead, we just get a half-written drug story, a PTSD flashback, and an ending where he buys a gun. Maybe they can take this somewhere interesting, but right now if feels like a huge misstep.Thankfully, Betty is here to pick up Archie’s slack. She drives the entire episode with her joyful “Save the Diner” plot. Ever since the attempted murder, Pop’s Chock’lit Shop has been in trouble. Nobody wants to eat there anymore, and someone even spray-painted “Death Diner” on the place. God, this town sucks. They can’t even do graffiti right. Also, really? Some crazy dude in a mask shoots someone in a diner, and you all decide it must be the diner’s fault? There’s a strange glee among the non-main characters in seeing a small business and local institution meet its demise. Enough great east coast diners are closing down already, there’s no need to accelerate the process. Betty does eventually convince the town to rally in support of Pop’s, though it doesn’t come without a little bit of blackmail.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper (Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW)That’s going to be the really fun arc of this season: Watching Betty embrace her darker side. Even as Jughead is drawn deeper into the Southside Serpents, he’s still the same lovable weirdo he always was. He voices serious concerns with the idea of blackmailing a widow and an orphan into helping his father. Betty has no such qualms. She corners Cheryl in the locker room and uses the video of her brother’s murder to get her to do what she wants. Damn Betty, that’s cold. It works, though. Cheryl testifies on FP’s behalf and gets the River Vixens to perform at Pop’s. Cheryl even joins the Pussycats for a fantastic, cheesy cover of “Milkshake.” That instantly became my favorite part of the episode, though it didn’t quite erase the fact that Betty BLACKMAILED A CLASSMATE WITH HER BROTHER’S MURDER to get there. She really is her mother’s daughter. That’s made even more clear after Pop’s diner is apparently saved. While writing her story, Alice claims to have witnessed a bunch of drug deals and a whole bunch of other unsavory activity. Rather than doing anything about it, she uses it to get one up on her daughter. Riverdale parents continue to be the worst.No one at this point is quite as bad as Hiram and Hermione Lodge, though. If Betty’s arc this season is about taking control and embracing her darker side, veronica’s is going to be about getting in over her head. In this episode and the premiere, her confident New York rich girl facade has begun to melt away. She’s a scared teenager desperately trying to prove otherwise. As a unit, her parents are scary. They’re manipulative and hungry for power. Last season, Hermione seemed like the one sane parent in town. Now that Hiram’s back, it’s like she’s in the mafia. It’s still unclear who exactly is pulling strings. Hermione tells Veronica that she fabricated the threatening letter from Hiram, but we find out later in the episode that’s not true. Whether she was behind that lie or not, she seems completely on board with whatever Hiram’s plans are. Now the question is, what does he want with Pop’s diner? Is it just a ploy to keep his daughter happy and out of the way? Or does he have larger plans in mind? In either case, Pop’s remains open, but it’s compromised now. Anything Veronica plans in Pop’s is almost sure to make its way back to Hiram. That’s my bet, anyway.Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge and Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)The very end of the episode reminds us that we shouldn’t presume anything, though. The show had us, along with Archie, convinced that the serial killer had some sort of ax to grind with Archie. The two people he had killed so far were connected to him. The end of last night’s episode is forcing us to question that assumption, though. As “Season of the Witch” plays (because Riverdale loves to tease us with the possibility of Sabrina), two students are murdered by the man in the ski mask. Right after they take some jingle jangle, which looks like pixie sticks. The two students aren’t necessarily connected to Archie, so that certainly complicates the mystery. If nothing else, it pulls our focus back in just as the episode ends. That’s something it sorely needed, because this episode was kind of all over the place. It indulged in some of the series worst teen drama cliche tendencies without the usual self-awareness that makes those elements enjoyable. If it wasn’t for Betty, it could have been much worse. But that’s the part of Riverdale that’s consistently amazing. Even when it’s not on its A-game, it’s still too much fun to stop watching.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Apple Sued for Throttling iPhones Without User Consent

first_imgApple faces litigation over the recent confession that it deliberately slows older iPhones to prevent battery damage.The tech titan last week admitted to reducing the function of iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and SE models when the battery is old, cold, or low on power.Now, three separate class-action suits—filed in New York, California, and Illinois—claim Apple did not obtain user consent before interfering.“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices,” Cupertino said in a statement published by TechCrunch.“Last year, we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during [specific] conditions,” the company line continued. “We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”The news broke after a Reddit post sparked discussion about the long-standing problem, addressed via benchmark tests by Primate Labs’ John Poole.Conspiracy theorists believe this is Cupertino’s way of encouraging folks to upgrade their handset to the latest and greatest version. Apple blames the lithium-ion batteries.“We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize,” the company said in an overdue attempt to make amends. “There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.“First and foremost, we have never—and would never—do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” the statement continued. “Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”To “address customer concerns,” Cupertino is reducing the price of out-of-warranty iPhone 6 and higher battery replacements by $50—from $79 to $29. It also promised an iOS software update “early in 2018” with new features “that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery.”“As always, our team is working to make the user experience even better, including improving how we manage performance and void unexpected shutdowns as batteries age,” Apple’s message said.But for some iOwners, this is too little too late.Plaintiffs from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina are in agreement: The global firm is “fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model” (in this case, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X).“Apple’s software updates purposefully slowed or ‘throttled down’ the performance speeds of [certain iPhones] because operating system software updates wreaked havoc on batteries within these model devices,” the complainants said in an Illinois filing.This move reportedly violates a number of state acts protecting consumers from deceptive business practices.“Corporations have to realize that people are sophisticated and that when people spend their hard-earned dollars on a product, they expect it to perform as expected,” the plaintiff’s attorney, James Vlahakis, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Instead, Apple appears to have obscured and concealed why older phones were slowing down.”A New Yorker, New Jerseyan, and three Floridians are leading a claim in the Eastern District of New York, boasting more than 100 putative class members hoping to collect $5 million in compensation.Two Los Angeles-based litigants, meanwhile, seek damages for all U.S. owners of Apple smartphones preceding the iPhone 8.Users with older iDevices have reported that replacing the battery increases their phone’s performance. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Geek Extended Presidents Day Deals 100 off PSVR Skyrim Bundle iPad Mini

first_imgDid you miss out on the incredible sales over the Presidents’ Day weekend? Worry not, there are still plenty of solid discounts available if you’re doing your shopping online. 4K TVs, gaming laptops, tablets, and even gaming consoles are still on sale, so don’t hesitate!Featured DealsDell Inspiron 3650 Intel Core i7-6700 Quad-Core Win7 Pro Desktop (16GB RAM, 2TB HDD, AMD R9 360 2GB GPU) for $599 at Dell (Coupon code: INS599 – List price: $1212.19).Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Core i7-7500U 15.6-inch Win10 Pro Laptop with 512GB SSD for $579.99 at Dell (Coupon code: INS579 – List price: $909.99).Alienware 15 Intel Core i7-7700HQ 15.6-inch 4K UHD IGZO IPS Gaming Laptop with 6GB GTX 1060, 16GB RAM and 180GB SSD for $1299.99 at Dell (Coupon code: AW400 – List price: $1949.99).PlayStation VR Skyrim Game and Move Controllers Bundle for $349 at Amazon (List price: $449.99).49-inch LG 49UJ6300 4K Ultra HD Smart HDTV and $100 Dell Gift Card for $399.99 at Dell (List price: $699.99).49-inch TCL 49S405 4K HDR Roku Smart LED HDTV for $329.99 at Amazon (List price: $479.99).Xbox 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State Drive (SSD) for $249.99 at Amazon (List price: $399.99).Samsung 960 EVO 500GB NVMe m.2 Internal SSD for $199.99 at Amazon (List price: $249.99).Yosoo Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Alexa and Timers for $15.99 at Amazon (Coupon code: L4DVFPMA – List price: $26.99).More Electronics and Tech Deals here.Tools and Home Improvement, Kitchen Gadgets, and moreDeik Smart Self-Charging Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Mopping for $152.99 at Amazon (Coupon code: GEAPBE5D – List price: $259.99).T-fal FR8000 Ultimate EZ Clean 2.6lb/3.5L Immersion Deep Fryer for $70.99 at Amazon (List price: $85.35).Sengled Element BR30 Smart Flood Light Bulbs (4-Pack) for $34.19 at Amazon (Coupon code: SQWG663G – List price: $56.99).Today Only: Waste King Legend 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal for $48.61 at Amazon (List price: $75.14).Today Only: Dewalt DCD771C2 20V 1/2-inch Compact Drill Driver Kit and Circular Saw for $137.99 at Amazon (List price: $198).LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket Model (1969 Pieces) for $119.95 at Amazon.Work Sharp WSKTS Knife and Tool Sharpener for $52.46 at Amazon (List price: $89.95).Tacklife Premium Knife Sharpening Stone with Angle Guide for $20.98 at Amazon (Coupon code: 3P2525Y2 – List price: $29.97).Tacklife 3-Piece Universal Socket Set for $8.23 at Amazon (Coupon code: C2TGFPHX – List price: $10.97).For more great deals go to TechBargains.last_img read more

Buy This Comic DEATH ORB 1

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target “Rider, an ax-wielding wasteland survivor, carves a bloody path across a war-torn North America ruled over by the Lords, the mysterious Father, and their cult followers as he searches for his abducted wife and child. Information from one of Father’s hired mercenaries could lead Rider to his family–if the Lords don’t take him out first.”DEATH ORB #1(W): Ryan Ferrier (A): Alejandro Aragon (C): Chris O’HalloranI love when a comic surprises you. The sheer brilliance of what a comic can start and how it can end is always so exciting, especially when the context of the comic is so exhilarating. Death Orb #1 is a comic that guarantees every page will shock and surprise you. With a mix of Blade Runner, Mad Max, Road Warrior, and religion as the cherry on top, it kicks your ass and wakes you up. Death Orb #1 makes you feel alive within its fast-paced pages and brilliantly driven narrative.via Dark Horse ComicsRyan Ferrier can do no wrong when it comes to telling the stories he desires to tell. Something spectacular about his writing is that he can create a series or graphic novel in any genre. It always becomes an incredibly detailed and deeply intellectual and personal story underneath. Ferrier brings that same level of creativity to Death Orb #1. He provides a narrative that never slows down, but still has a deeply personal story that grips your you. You feel as if you’re tagging along Rider, searching for his something or someones with him.That’s one thing that this comic does perfectly. It takes you for a ride that you want to dip and dodge, never live in, but need to find out how it ends. Ferrier produces a story that utter grips you and keeps you there. One thing about this story that took me by surprise was the epic amount of world building with phenomenal characters laced in just its one issue.Ferrier is such a craftsman at world-building and characters. He creates these incredible foundations and develops them in a way that makes you feel like it can easily happen but not exactly. However, in that, you never know what you’re gonna get or if he’ll pull the rug from underneath you. With Death Orb #1, getting that rug pulled from under you is a testament to how good this story really is. He produces some incredible worldbuilding and laces these characters in their own personal journeys that only seem to build makes the story feel so much bigger than what you see. For example, Rider seems like there’s so much going on with him. He’s looking for something and he won’t stop until he finds it, but there are people looking for him as well. However, there’s something else that might stop that entire thing in its tracks.Death Orb #1 feels like an onion. You literally need to peel back the layers to know what you’re going and the journey may be long, but dammit is it ever worth it. With Alejandro Aragon’s art, they build this cyberpunk-meets-post-apocalypse type of narrative and effectively make it a suit their character and their world. This, while giving you a heartbreaking surprise and anticipating what comes next.via Dark Horse ComicsAlejandro Aragon builds upon Ferrier’s narrative, making every piece of his art matter in these pages and panels. Aragon’s art moves in a chaotic, action-packed, fluid way that leaves nothing to the imagination. However, within the story, it’s laid out in panels that amp Ferrier script and continues to make you wonder even more. It’s so rare to find an artist and a writer that are 100% in synch with each other. The chemistry between them blends on the pages something beautiful. You find yourself widening your eyes within panels, wondering where both of these creators will take you. Aragon’s art feels like action movie storyboards that would be a perfect layout if this becomes a film in the future. (It really should.)Aragon’s art is only enhanced by Chris O’Halloran’s neon vibe high-octane art. I don’t think anyone could have colored this issue as O’Halloran can. He creates such an energetic and high-powered mood throughout that keeps you on alert almost every page. The palette that he uses feels SO much like Blade Runner. O’Halloran carries some of the hardest reds that make you freeze and take everything in, almost showing you THIS is the danger ahead and low-energy moody blues against Rider that makes you feel for him. He also gives you bright yellows and oranges mixed to create The Outskirts that look like something from Mad Max.O’Halloran is a masterful colorist that gives you such an ominous yet exhilarating feeling within the issue. The marriage between these three creators is something breathtaking to see in these pages because you can tell how much they enjoyed making this.via Dark Horse ComicsDo yourself a favor and take the road trip with Death Orb #1. This issue has everything you need in it. Cute biker dude, slaughter, religion, action, an immersive world and an unexpected ending that will leave you legit shocked. Death Orb #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.10/03/2018 Releases – In addition to DEATH ORB #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Analog: A Cyborg-Dystopian Noir Vol.1: Death By Algorithm by Gerry Duggan (W), David O’ Sullivan (A) Image ComicsThe Dead Hand Vol. 1 by Kyle Higgins (W), Jordie Bellaire, Stephan Mooney (A) Image ComicsSparrowhawk #1 by Delilah Dawson (W) Matias Basia (A) Miguel Mercado (CA)What If: X-Men #1 by Bryan Edward Hill (W), Neil Edwards, Giannis Milonogiannis (A), Rahzzah (CA) Marvel ComicsShatterstar #1 by Tim Seeley (W), Gerardo Sandoval, Carlos Villa (A) Yasmine Putri (CA) Marvel ComicsEuthanauts #3 by Tini Howard (W), Nick Robles (A) Black Crown/IDWDead Rabbit #1 by Gerry Duggan (W), John McCrea (A) Image ComicsHouse Amok #2 by Christopher Sebela (W), Shawn McManus (A) Black Crown/IDWUmbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1 by Gerard Way (W), Gabriel Ba (A), Nick Filardi (C) Dark Horse Comicscenter_img Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: CRIMINY last_img read more

HandsOn Links Awakening Switch Remake Is a Gorgeous Dream

first_img With so many video game “remakes” these days just being HD remasters of the original games, it’s nice to see more developers going back to their old classics and totally reimagining them from the ground up with the best of what modern technology can offer. The Resident Evil 2 remake provides stunning visuals. The Final Fantasy VII remake has more expressive storytelling. And after playing The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Nintendo Switch, I can tell you it has both.First off, how great is it that this game even exists on the Switch? As Nintendo’s next home console, it’s cool but expected for the system to have a huge 3D adventure like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But the Switch is also a portable, and as a continuation of that legacy I love that a remake of a Game Boy game can stand on that same pedestal. What I’m saying is, I’m glad this isn’t a 3DS game. I hope it’s a Switch Mini game, too.However, I am thankful for A Link Between Worlds on 3DS for creating this template for a modern top-down Zelda game. Link moves fluidity across the open world without pausing to swap between screens. The deceptively simple combat has you slashing with your sword, blocking with your shield, and monitoring enemy patterns for openings. Enemies even have new techniques like backing up while preparing to toss spears. I’ll admit it took me a beat to get used to this traditional combat after the rhythmic stylings of Cadence of Hyrule.More important than the action though is the sense of adventure. And while I’ve already played Link’s Awakening before (it’s my favorite 2D Zelda because of how cozy and bonkers it is) seeing it in this new form felt like the first steps of something grand. I walked across the beach for my weapons, ventured into some spooky woods, and of course pushed some blocks around to find my way home. This was just the beginning of the game, before collecting clever puzzle-solving key items for charging and jumping and conjuring magic. And as the world opens up, you have more options for actively customizing your map, which feels very much like Breath of the Wild.Link’s Awakening on Switch promises to be faithful to the original, remixing the already wacky content where it makes sense and offering bonus features like a dungeon editor. But obviously the biggest improvement over the monochrome sprite-based Game Boy version is the absolutely gorgeous graphical style. Watching the adorable new Link we must protect trot his way through this tilt-shift toy diorama version of Koholint Island and its surrounding nature is arresting in person. Everything is so alluringly tangible and pleasingly soft and well-lit. The only reminder that this is a video game is an unstable framerate we hope gets fixed before the September 20 release date.The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening isn’t the only cool Switch game to look forward to. Here are some great Nintendo Switch games you can play right now. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

Elizabeth Warren Reveals 85 Billion Public Broadband Plan

first_img President Signs Executive Order Promoting Rural Broadband AccessComcast says privacy is a premium feature you should pay for As if debt, climate change, and poor healthcare weren’t enough, rural communities are often excluded from access to high-speed Internet.Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to change that.In a lengthy Medium post, the Massachusetts senator laid out plans to invest in rural America—including a public option for broadband.“In the 21st century, every home should have access to [reliable, high-speed Internet]—but we’re not even close to that today,” Warren lamented.In 2017, 26.4 percent of people in provincial areas (and 32.1 percent of those occupying tribal lands) did not have access to minimum-speed broadband (25 Mbps/3 Mbps), compared to 1.7 percent in metropolitan areas, the FCC reported.And while urban areas are more likely to have access to fiber broadband, many residents still can’t afford to connect to it.“This ends when I’m president,” Warren promised. “I will make sure every home in America has a fiber broadband connection at a price families can afford. That means publicly owned and operated networks—and no giant ISPs running away with taxpayer dollars.”Her complex proposal features various moving parts. But perhaps most ambitious of all is an $85 billion federal grant program to expand broadband access across the country.The federal government will pay 90 cents on the dollar for construction; in exchange, applicants must offer high-speed public broadband directly to every home in their area.Claimants are obliged to offer at least one plan with 100 Mbps/100 Mbps speeds and one discount Internet plan for low-income customers, with a prepaid feature or low monthly rate.Of the total funds, $5 billion will be earmarked for 100 percent federal grants to tribal nations, in an effort to expand broadband access on Native American lands.Warren also pledged to return broadband rights to local governments, appoint net neutrality advocates to the FCC, improve the accuracy of broadband maps, and invest $2.5 billion over 10 years to ensure everyone has the skills to participate in our digital economy.The candidate’s proposal comes a day after Comcast announced the largest-ever expansion of its Internet Essentials program.The comprehensive broadband adoption program now includes all qualified low-income households in its service area—an estimated 3 million additional units across America.Applicants simply need to show they are participating in one of more than a dozen government assistance programs (Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP], Supplemental Security Income [SSI], etc.).Comcast already accepts folks who have a student eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, live in public housing or receive HUD Housing Assistance (including Section 8 vouchers), or participate in the Veterans Pension Program, as well as low-income seniors and community college students in select pilot markets.More on Geek.com:Amazon Will Launch 3,236 Satellites to Offer Broadband Internet From SpacePresident Signs Executive Order Promoting Rural Broadband AccessNASA Brings Broadband to the Moon Stay on targetlast_img read more

Final 127 WWE RAW rating overall number sees a drop

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles 12/7 NXT Live Results: Green Bay, Wisconsin (Tag Team Main Event, Dream vs. Gargano) Pinterest Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Impact Ratings: Viewers see another drop on June 28 featuring Rayne vs. Blanchard main eventcenter_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Is WWE Losing Its Audience? This week’s 12/7 WWE RAW drew a final 2.15 cable rating with an average audience of 3.05 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.27 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.04 million viewers and the third hour closed the night with 2.85 million viewers.This is down from last week’s 2.21 cable rating with an average of 3.17 million viewers.RAW averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night.Source: Prowrestling.net, Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Zack Ryder gives an update on his knee following surgery last week

first_img Now Playing Up Next Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 Twitter WhatsApp Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Google+ Harry und Meghan: Stars eilen zur Hilfe Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Black Panther Tops Poll For Audiences Pick For Best Picture Oscar Now Playing Up Next Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipHarry und Meghan: Stars eilen zur HilfeVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteDuration 0:00/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE star Zack Ryder took to Twitter early Monday morning giving an update on his knee after undergoing surgery last week in Birmingham, Alabama.Ryder revealed he could be out of action anywhere from four to nine months.I was told 4-6 months. I was also told 6-9 months. Time will tell. https://t.co/ziy4t8DPte— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) December 19, 2016 WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPVlast_img read more