"Star Wars" has seen some interesting video game permutations, everything from Angry Birds to Pit Droids. But until now, the franchise has never gone small.Yesterday, Disney Interactive announced Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, a new game that's coming soon to mobile devices."Tiny" and "Death Star" aren't words you'd normally put together ("That's no moon -- it's a space station"), but there's a method to this tiny madness: The game is being developed by NimbleBit, creators of the venerated Tiny Tower. Does that mean Tiny Death Star will feature the same 8-bit style of building management, but in a "Star Wars" setting? Based on Disney's fairly terse announcement, that's exactly what it means:Live life on the dark side and join Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader on a mission to attract Galactic bitizens, run intergalactic businesses, and build an all-new Death Star. … [Read more...] about Disney Interactive announces Star Wars: Tiny Death Star
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World of Warcraft rival Star Wars: The Old Republic will become free to play this autumn, as EA attempts to combat dwindling numbers of players engaged in the lightsaber-swinging online roleplaying game.Initially the long-anticipated open-world game attracted 1.7 million monthly subscribers, but just eight months later, the figures are looking more glum than Han Solo frozen in carbonite, with the BBC reporting that numbers have dropped below 1 million subscribers.EA says the game will break even if it can hold onto 500,000 paying subscribers, and that its research suggests 40 per cent of people "were turned off by the monthly subscription".EA hopes to win those gamers back by making the game free, though I'm not convinced the idea will work -- to me the above stat suggests 60 per cent of people were put off the game by something more significant than forking over £9 a month, which isn't a good sign. … [Read more...] about Star Wars: The Old Republic turning free as players dwindle
Warp-drive engines may still be a long way off, but science-fiction films have gotten many high-tech predictions right. We look at six advanced technologies, from artificial intelligence to virtual reality, to see how close we've come to filmmakers' visions.With today's theatrical release of Star Trek, the starship Enterprise launches on its mission to seek out new life and new civilizations. Gene Roddenberry's vision for the future was founded on hope for humanity -- but what powers his crew's ongoing trek across the stars is incredibly advanced technology.In 2009, we're still a long way off from warp-drive engines, having not yet solved simple problems such as avoiding space debris or sending astronauts to nearby Mars. Yet despite this slow progress, the silver screen is consistently portraying less fiction and more prediction.Starting with Georges Méliès' Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) in 1902, science-fiction films have a tradition of taking contemporary … [Read more...] about Opinion: Do sci-fi films get advanced tech right?
When you have a discussion about management, leadership, succession planning, or career planning, someone usually brings up mentoring. Usually at this point people nod their heads and automatically think that they understand what a mentor is. However, the idea of a mentor probably conjures up different images for different people. Some may picture Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid, or Obi-Wan from Star Wars. Others may picture their boss, their moms or dads, or perhaps a favorite teacher. The point is, mentoring means different things to different people, which is okay, because in fact, there are different kinds of mentors. Below is a list of the kinds of mentors you might find out in the world.The wise experienced leader: The title gives this one away. This is a person who has reached the peak of his or her career and wants to share his or her wisdom with others. Often this is done within the organization, but sometimes it can be with someone outside the company. Depending on the age of … [Read more...] about Seven species of mentors
SPOILER ALERT: This review contains minor plot details about Star Trek: Discovery. All hope is nearly lost. Violent clouds bellow from a massive sand storm and threaten to envelope Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham as they trudge across a vast desert planet in search of water. The Star Fleet commanders have precious few moments to inspect a terraformed well controlled by animatronic artificial intelligence before the sky is obscured by clouds, preventing them from beaming back to the starship."We come in peace," says Georgiou. Fortunately, she also comes loaded with incredible technology. And of course, technology saves the day in Star Trek: Discovery. Georgiou and Burnham beam to safety at the last minute, before their ship zips away at warp speed. SEE: How we learned to talk to computers, and how they learned to answer back (PDF download) (TechRepublic)Two major themes are present in every Star Trek story: humanity and technology. Both are key pillars of … [Read more...] about How today’s smart tech inspired Star Trek: Discovery
With ship captains as protagonists, the Star Trek franchise has always been a great platform for showcasing the high stakes pressures and exhilarating triumphs of leadership. That also makes it a fun showcase for leaders to take away some valuable lessons and tips.With the new Star Trek: Discovery series setting sail on CBS All Access, there's a new set of leaders to learn from. And for technologists and business leaders who are fans of the Star Trek captains of the past, here are four big leadership lessons that never get old. SEE: The viewer's guide to Star Trek: DiscoveryMy favorite moment in the Star Trek franchise occurs in the final episode of season five of Deep Space Nine. The Cardassians capture the space station and Captain Benjamin Sisko and his Starfleet personnel are forced to flee.However, when Cardassian leader Gul Dukat goes into Sisko's office, he finds that Sisko has removed everything of value—except for Sisko's most treasured item, his souvenir baseball. One … [Read more...] about Star Trek captains offer 4 leadership lessons that could save your career
We've shown you the worst that The Original Series has to offer. Now it's time to reverse polarity on the snark nacelles and lay out the five best entries from arguably the greatest sci-fi TV show of all time. Note: The new series Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access premieres Sept. 24, 2017. For more details, check out our Star Trek: Discovery viewer's guide. 5. Arena Remembered fondly (and occasionally mockingly) as the episode where Captain Kirk built a homemade diamond cannon out of rocks and sticks, "Arena" almost perfectly encapsulates the Star Trek ethos. Kirk must outwit a stronger conventional foe — in this case, a rather ridiculously sluggish lizard-man — to save his ship from destruction. After he wins by cobbling together gunpowder from available minerals — proving brains over brawn — Kirk refuses to kill his enemy, thereby earning the moralizing approval of the godlike race that set up the allegorical contest in the first place. In the … [Read more...] about The five best Star Trek episodes EVER!
Star Trek: Discovery is the first Trek series on TV (or, in this case, streaming on CBS All Access) in 12 years, making it a huge deal to Trekkies everywhere. CBS has been keeping Discovery tightly under wraps, so until its premiere on September 24 all the information we have is what's publicly available. But that doesn't mean there isn't enough information to get a good idea of what's coming, and it looks exciting. Not only are we finally getting a new Star Trek series, but it's going to be full of Trek firsts: Discovery is the first series not to focus on a captain, the first series with a minority woman as the main character, the first truly serialized Trek production, and it's the first series with an openly gay central character. Firsts aside, there's a lot of Star Trek: Discovery details to learn before watching. Keep on reading to get all the info.Disclaimer: Both Star Trek: Discovery and TechRepublic are properties of CBS. Set some time in the 2250s, around … [Read more...] about The viewer’s guide to Star Trek: Discovery
Shopping for Holiday toys can be a nightmare when done too close to Christmas and faced with sold-out shelves. This is why retailers have published their toy catalogs already last month. So far we see several toys that are already selling out, while some other hot new toys are still easy to find. More stock of the hot-selling Lovabella, Hatchimals Surprise, LOL Big Suprise is still arriving.The list is no ranking. We put the porg plush toy from the Star Wars: The Last Jedi first as its a hot topic today.The funniest scene in the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer released this morning is the little create next to Chewbacca screaming like the wookiee. The little fellow is a so-called porg, living on planet Ahch-To, were Luke Skywalker lived in the years after the battle of endor.Porgs are cliff bird-like creatures inspired by real-life puffins that live on Skellig Michael. Disney anticipated that porgs would be popular. There is already a Star Wars licensed porg plush toy available … [Read more...] about Hot Holiday 2017 Toys To Buy Now
A new species of gibbon has been identified and named after the popular character from epic sci-fi Star Wars. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock The gibbon, now formally called Skywalker hoolock gibbon or Gaoligong hoolock gibbon, has been found in the remote forests of southwest China. This is the new member of genus hoolock which is native to Bangladesh, Myanmar, India and China. Only two species were recognized in the genus before. The Chinese characters for its scientific name translate to “heaven’s movement.” Hoolocks are the second-largest of the gibbons, after the black furred siamang gibbons. They can grow up to 35 inches and weighs around 13 pounds.The newly-identified gibbon species has been studied by scientists for almost 10 years. Initially, it confused with other species of hoolock genus but eventually identified as a separate species. Skywalker hoolock gibbon can be distinguished from other gibbons by its overall color, … [Read more...] about New Gibbon Species Is Named After Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker