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Benedict Cumberbatch is a total jerk in 'Doctor Strange'

Sunday Jul 24th 2016

SAN DIEGO — "Teach me."

To stop being such an aggressive, know-it-all dickhead?

That's the challenge that The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) apparently has for Stephen Vincent Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) — this according to footage exclusively released Saturday night at Marvel Studios' panel for Comic-Con.

SEE ALSO: Brie Larson confirmed for 'Captain Marvel' - onstage at Comic-Con

Marvel showed a Hall-H-only extended scene in which Strange — a brilliant surgeon whose hands are crushed in an accident — first encounters The Ancient one in Tibet. After mistaking an Asian man for the venerated healer and teacher, he begins a conversation with the real deal ... that gets off on the wrong foot. Read more...

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Can't get enough Baby Groot? 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' is for you

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

SAN DIEGO — Baby Groot is out of his pot and running wild in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — and the world is gonna go nuts for him. The crowd at Comic-Con did, anyway.

Marvel Studios revealed a generous reel of footage from the Guardians sequel at their Saturday night Hall H panel, and now the plant is out of the bag: Groot is still just a lil' guy in the big galaxy. 

SEE ALSO: Warner Bros. pours on the DC Comics charm offensive at Comic-Con

Though he's only 6 or 8 inches tall, Groot is ambulatory, sentient and no wallflower. But he's still having a little trouble grasping language.

In one scene, Baby Groot is trying to bust Yondu and Rocket Raccoon out of a Ravagers' cell. As their captors sleep, Yondu and Rocket are trying to explain to Groot what it is that they need to get out — and he keeps bringing back the wrong things.  Read more...

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Kabul suicide bombing of peaceful protest

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 200, marking the first time the extremists have struck Kabul and raising fears of their growing strength and capability in Afghanistan.

The attack was the deadliest to hit Kabul in 15 years of civil war. It struck a demonstration by Afghanistan's Hazara ethnic community, who were marching for a major regional power line to be routed through their home province. The Hazaras are Shiite Muslims, most Afghans are Sunnis. Read more...

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Watch beautiful bursts of plasma shoot from the sun in new NASA video

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

A NASA spacecraft watching the sun has captured a new video of Earth's nearest star burping out plasma.

The video was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) from July 9 to 10 and shows the special machinations of the star's complicated magnetic fields.

SEE ALSO: The sun looks like it's doing a somersault in this dizzying GIF from NASA

In some ways, it looks like this is a video played in reverse, but it isn't.

"Each burst of plasma licks out from the surface only to withdraw back into the active region — a dance commanded by complex magnetic forces above the sun," NASA said in a statement. Read more...

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7 can't-miss apps: Candid, Swiftmoji, Tinycards and more

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

With Pokémon Go still setting records and new leaked images of what may be the next iPhone, you may have missed some of this week's best new apps.

Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week's list includes a new app for anonymous sharing, an emoji prediction app and an app to help you book the cheapest airfare.

SEE ALSO: A beginner's guide: How to play 'Pokémon Go'

Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you're looking for more items to fill up your phone, take a look at our last roundup of can't-miss apps.


Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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Brie Larson confirmed for 'Captain Marvel' - onstage at Comic-Con

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

SAN DIEGO — Brie Larson, suit up. The Oscar winner is, officially, one of the most powerful superheroes in the comicbook movie universe.

Larson was reportedly in talks for the role earlier this year, and Disney/Marvel was able to close her deal in time for a Comic-Con appearance. Larson, who won Best Actress for her role in Room, will be the first person to portray Carol Danvers onscreen.

SEE ALSO: Warner Bros. pours on the DC Comics charm offensive at Comic-Con

As Captain Marvel, Danvers is one of the most powerful individuals in Marvel Comics — the closest thing they have to Superman. 

The ace Air Force pilot has her DNA infused with a powerful Kree alien's in an incident that gives her enormous strength, speed and agility, the ability to fly and survive in outer space, and the power to shoot powerful proton blasts from her fists. She starts her superhero career as Ms. Marvel, but is encouraged by Captain America to take on the mantle of Captain Marvel, which once belonged to one of Marvel Comics' oldest characters. Read more...

More about Hall H, Marvel, Brie Larson, Comic Con, and Movies

'The Flash' cast talk Flashpoint and more at Comic-Con panel

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

In a new trailer for The Flash that screened Saturday evening at Comic-Con, Barry (Grant Gustin) narrates, "Some things happen by chance, and some things happen because we make them happen." 

There could be no better theme for Season 3 of The Flash, which — as has already been excitedly reported — will deal with Flashpoint aka a new world, thanks to the events of the Season 2 finale. If you need a reminder, Barry chose to go back in time, save his parents and live in a world where they survive. 

SEE ALSO: 'Snowden' at Comic-Con: 'He's still a mystery'

Needless to say, his choice is going to have some major consequences throughout the universe, many of which were teased during the panel Saturday.  Read more...

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Warner Bros. pours on the DC Comics charm offensive at Comic-Con

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

SAN DIEGO — Warner Bros. knew the stakes coming into Comic-Con: Batman v Superman, a crucial pivot in the construction of the DC Comics universe, was not beloved. It wasn’t even beliked

They needed this moment, in front of these fans, to restore the faith. And Great Hera, they seem to have done it!

SEE ALSO: Comic-Con: Why so few movies in Hall H? Blame the pirates, matey

The massive charm offensive began late Saturday morning in Hall H, where the home of DC Comics unfurled first-look footage from two flagship franchise films: Wonder Woman and Justice League.   

While both immediately appeared online  — that’s just the way they do it since pirates spooked studios out of revealing true Hall H “exclusives” — what the Comic-Con crowd got that the internet did not was a two-hour visit from every big name in the DC cinematic universe.  Read more...

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'Star Trek Discovery' will boldly launch with a new ship, new format

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

SAN DIEGO — So long, USS Enterprise.

We don't know a whole lot about the brand new Star Trek TV show coming to CBS in January 2017. But now we at least have a name, a ship, a format, and a basic philosophy. 

SEE ALSO: 'Star Trek Beyond’ stars boldly engage in a NASA trivia battle

The show will be called Star Trek Discovery, showrunner Bryan Fuller revealed at a star-studded panel at Comic-Con to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the space franchise. 

A video unveiled at the panel showed a brand new, golden, Enterprise-style spacecraft emblazoned with the name USS Discovery. 

What's more, the ship bears a strong resemblance to 1970s concept art by legendary Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie.  Read more...

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'Inhumans vs. X-Men' is the next major Marvel Comics battle

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

SAN DIEGO — Nobody likes to see loved ones fight, unless those loved ones are groups of superheroes. Because that is definitely a thing right now.

Next up in the history of Marvel's "versus" canon: Inhumans vs. X-Men, an all-new, standalone event series coming this winter, Mashable can exclusively report.

SEE ALSO: Comic-Con: Why so few movies in Hall H? Blame the pirates, matey

Charles Soule, whose Marvel writing credits have included Daredevil, Death of Wolverine and several Star Wars titles, will team with Jeff Lemire (All-New Hawkeye, Extraordinary X-Men, Moon Knight) for the six-book series. Read more...

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King Kong is bigger than ever in the first 'Kong Skull Island' trailer

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

SAN DIEGO — King Kong is back, and bigger than ever.

Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Kong: Skull Island on Saturday, following its panel presentation in Comic-Con Hall H with stars Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston. Suffice it to say, no King Kong, cinematic or otherwise, has ever been quite as large as this one, in a movie from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

The studio that brought you the biggest Godzilla in the history of giant radioactive lizards now presents the biggest ancient ape living on a remote island that the big screen has ever embiggened.

Check out the trailer:

Did you see the size of that thing? Read more...

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Report: Apple Watch sales have fallen 55% since launch, but don't panic

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

The Apple Watch is flopping big time, according to the latest report from market research and analysis firm IDC.

The firm's latest findings indicate Apple Watch sales were down 55 percent in Q2 of this year compared to the same period last year, when the smartwatch launched.

SEE ALSO: 'Final Fantasy' maker is developing a role-playing game just for Apple Watch

Meanwhile, smartwatch sales from competing companies like Samsung and Lenovo grew by 51 percent and 75 percent, respectively, during the same Q2 2015 to Q2 2016 year period. 

Though the report paints a dire picture for the Apple Watch, Apple still owns the lion's share of the smartwatch market, with 47 percent. Samsung is in second place with 16 percent and Lenovo in third place with 9 percent market share. Read more...

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First 'Wonder Woman' trailer will kick your ass, and you'll like it

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

Warner Bros. Pictures delivered a welcome surprise Saturday at Comic-Con by releasing the first trailer for Wonder Woman

Set during WWI, the trailer takes us to Wonder Woman's (Gal Gadot) home island of Themyscira where the first man she's ever seen (Chris Pine) is recovering from a plane crash. 

What follows is an amazing collage of imagery of Wonder Woman kicking ass, wending her way through WWI-era culture (keep your eyes peeled for the amazing sword dinner dress!) and delivering a few awesome lines that hit all the right female empowerment notes.

Marvel succeeded by taking us way back in time with Captain America. And if this trailer is any indication, Wonder Woman might be another winning dive into the past on the shoulders of a fascinating superhero character.  Read more...

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Original 'All That' cast share silly memories at Comic-Con panel

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

Here’s a great ‘90s Nickelodeon survival tip: If you’re going to get slimed, lean back, because you do not want that green stuff sliding down your butt – there’s no traction.

That nugget of knowledge comes from All That original cast member Lori Beth Denberg during an All That reunion panel at Comic-Con Saturday afternoon. Denberg was joined by fellow cast members Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, and Kel Mitchell – not to mention The Big Ear of Corn — for a chat about memories from their time on the show, as well as their thoughts on the sketch comedy’s incredible enduring legacy for those that have only the fondest memories for characters like Detective Dan, Loud Librarian, and, of course, Ed from Good Burger. Read more...

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First 'Justice League' footage delivers Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman action

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

Director Zack Snyder sent shockwaves through the comic book geek universe on Saturday by dropping the first trailer for the Justice League movie on his Twitter account. 

SEE ALSO: Comic-Con hosts unveiling of car that looks like Star Wars fighter ship

The trailer shows off every member of the Justice League in action, including Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Most of the action focuses on Batman in Bruce Wayne mode recruiting the various members of the team, which leads to a few very cool demonstrations of superpowers, most notably from The Flash.  Read more...

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Hacked emails show Democratic party hostility to Sanders

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton's nomination at the party's convention next week in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's former rival, SenBernie Sanders.

Several emails posted by Wikileaks on its document disclosure website show DNC officials scoffing at Sanders and his supporters and in one instance, questioning his commitment to his Jewish religion. Some emails also show DNC and White House officials mulling whether to invite guests with controversial backgrounds to Democratic party events. Read more...

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Leaked video reveals lightning fast Samsung Galaxy Note 7 eye scanner

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

So much for secrets.

Ahead of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 announcement event on Aug. 2, we now have our first look at how the smartphone's iris scanner will work.

In a video posted to YouTube (and originally published on China's Weibo), we can see the phone detect a person's eyes and then instantly unlock the screen.

SEE ALSO: See the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in all its glory

I had to rewatch it a couple of times because the eye detection happened so quickly. 

As you can see in the video above, the lock screen will be split into two halves: the top for the iris scanner and the bottom for the regular pattern/PIN unlock half. Read more...

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'American Gods' trailer offers first look at Neil Gaiman TV series

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

We first heard that Neil Gaiman's epic novel America Gods was being made into a TV series last year, and now we finally have a look at what the adaptation looks like. 

The trailer for the series about a war between old and new gods and the struggle of an ex-con (Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle) caught in the crossfire, was revealed during this week's Comic-Con.

However, the brief trailer doesn't reveal much other than a glimpse of the show's visual style and overall tone. But we do get appearances from heavyweight character actors like Ian McShane (Deadwood), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Crispin Glover (Bartleby, Charlie's Angels, Back to the Future).  Read more...

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U.S. Olympic athletes use puppy power to prepare for Rio games

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

The upcoming Rio Olympics have been plagued by the specter of possible trouble in the city, from pollution, to Zika virus, to security concerns, but none of that matters because, as usual, puppies fix everything. 

At least that's the message the NBC Olympics social media team transmitted this week when it posted a series of photos to Instagram and Facebook featuring your favorite Olympic athletes snuggling with the cutest puppies on the planet. 

SEE ALSO: Researchers will conduct Zika study on U.S. Olympians in Brazil

Included in the furry fun are swimmers Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin, runner Allyson Felix, gymnasts Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, soccer player Carli Lloyd, tennis player Venus Williams and many others.  Read more...

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3D printers are never going to be a thing

Saturday Jul 23rd 2016

I blame Pokémon Go for the frustration that took a good chunk of my work week. Well, Pokémon Go and 3D printers. 

Let me back up. 

On Monday, my colleague Raymond Wong posted a story about a 3D-printed Pokédex. It’s awesome. Maybe one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen. Because Mashable HQ has a 3D printer, Ray and I thought it would be fun to print one for ourselves. 

SEE ALSO: A 3D-printed finger might unlock a phone and solve a murder mystery

How wrong we were. Instead of getting a cool case for our iPhones, all we got was a lot of headache. So much headache, in fact, that I’m now more convinced than ever that 3D printers for regular people will never become a thing.  Read more...

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