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Bow Before the Epic Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con, Day 3

July 22, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

We might be entering the final day of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but its incredible cosplay feels like it’s only getting starting. io9 has got the best looks from Saturday, arguably Comic-Con’s biggest day, and we’re sharing them with you right now! Check out the video and photo slideshow, where you can catch X-Men Sentinels, multiple Landos, and yes, Pickle Rick. Have fun!

2000AD’s Judges are here to bust you.Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

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This Avatar Na’vi is forming his own blue man group.Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

Try not to cry at this Up cosplay. It’s too late for us!Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

The Addams family that comic-cons together, stays together.Image: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

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Fabulous dahlings, get a load of this Incredibles cosplay!Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

The Baron Administrator of Cloud City will see you now.Photo: Tom Caswell/Gizmodo

Dragon Ball Super’s Beerus, Whis, and the Zen-Ohs wanted to start up another tournament in San Diego.Photo: Tom Caswell/Gizmodo

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The Force is a powerful ally indeed, but a few more lightsaber-wielding Jedi are always handy.Photo: Tom Caswell/Gizmodo

Jack Nicholson Joker always puts a smile on our face.Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

Poe Dameron reporting in with his own AMAZING Black One X-Wing!Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

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Please note that this Lando has a can of Colt 45 holstered. Amazing.Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

The Bombshells arrive in the form of Black Canary, the Flash, and Mera!Photo: Tom Caswell/Gizmodo

Who wouldn’t accept a free hug from Baymax, honestly.Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

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The Avatar gang’s all here!Photo: Tom Caswell/Gizmodo

Steampunk Jedi: An elegant cosplay for a more civilized age.Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

Fallout 4’s Piper and the Wanderer traded vaults for the halls of Comic-Con.Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

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Ming the Merciless wants YOU.Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

Hawkgirl gets a feathery twist!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

Audrey II is on the hunt for some lunch. Run!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

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An uncanny team-up: X-Men’s Colossus and Contra’s Bill Rizer!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

Wally West returned in DC Rebirth,a nd now he’s returned to Comic-Con!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

The odds are in our favor with Domino on the case.Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

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I’m not gonna say it. I’m not not gonna say it. I’m not gonna say it. Oh, fine: IT’S PICKLE RIIIIIIIICCCCK!!!!Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

Aren’t Tusken Raiders meant to walk in file?Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

The Macho Man is here!Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

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Honestly, we can’t blame Kylo—putting cloths on in the San Diego heat? No thanks.Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

This Sentinel is amazing, right down to the lil’ X-Men all over it!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

Mantis and her little friend—puppet Rocket Raccoon!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

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Waluigi hit comic-con to protest his absence from the next Smash Bros.Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

Captain Marvel! Err, sort of. Sorry Shazam, we’re still not over the name change.Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

We couldn’t get a close up of these guys, but this lil’ X-Force at the Deadpool 2 panel was amazing!Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

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In awe at the size of this AT-AT. What an absolute unit.Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

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Beth Elderkin

Video Editor and Staff Writer at io9. My doppelganger is that rebelling greeting card from Futurama.

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Harvard's robot arm can grab squishy sea animals without hurting them

July 21, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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As you might imagine, you can’t just grab extra-soft sea creatures like jellyfish or octopuses when you want to study them. Not if you want them to remain intact, anyway. Thankfully, researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have a far more delicate solution. They’ve created a robot arm (the RAD sampler) whose petal-like fingers can quickly form a ball shape around an animal, capturing it without risking any harm. It’s simpler than it looks — it uses just a single motor to drive the entire jointed structure, so it’s easy to control and easier still to repair if something breaks.

To date, the arm has only been useful for catch-and-release experiments. In the future, though, biologists could outfit the machine with cameras and sensors to collect information about whatever’s inside the sphere, whether it’s the material composition, size or the genetic sequencing. If that happens, researchers could study fragile undersea critters in their native habitats and glean insights that wouldn’t be available above water or with dead specimens.

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Tesla's Model 3 Performance has an experimental 'Track Mode'

July 21, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Tesla’s Model 3 is very quick, especially if you spring for the dual-motor Performance variant, but it’s still tame for safety’s sake. What if you want to launch an all-out assault on a race course? You might have that option soon. YouTuber Marques Brownlee recently had an opportunity to drive the Model 3 Performance on a track, and he pointed out an experimental “Track Mode” that takes the gloves off. The in-testing feature switches on “stability control and powertrain settings configured for track driving,” and it’s no secret what that means: you can drift, understeer and otherwise push the electric car past its usual limits.

It’s not certain when this will reach customers, or even what the final name will be. And as enthusiasts will tell you, it’s not a novel concept — many sports cars have the option to turn off handholding features. It’s still relatively rare among street-going electric vehicles, though, and serves as another signal that Tesla is interested in EV performance beyond straight-line acceleration. The greater challenge may be the “Augmented Mode” for the upcoming Roadster. It’s one thing to turn features off in the name of courting experienced drivers, it’s another to use them to improve a driver’s abilities.

Taking @Tesla’s brand new car to a track and getting some power slides in. Not a bad day.

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All the Fantastic Cosplay We Saw at San Diego Comic-Con, Day 2

July 21, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

Things just keep getting better at San Diego Comic-Con—especially with the cosplay! io9 is on the con floor and scouting all of San Diego in search of the coolest cosplay we can find, and the Friday crowd definitely raised the bar. We’ve got Black Panther, Star Trek: Discovery, Disco Darth Vader, and many, many, many more. Check it out!

Wakanda cosplay is this? The best Black Panther cosplay around, with Okoye, T’Challa, Ramonda, and M’Baku representing!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

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This gender-swapped take on X-Men’s Dazzler and Storm are ready to start their own disco duo.Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

Never underestimate the power of the funky side of the Force when Disco Darth is around.Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

Spirited Away’s Chihiro and No Face look decidedly chipper.Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

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Trogdor is here to burninate us all!Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

This Samurai Clone Trooper is here to bring honor to the Republic.Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

The Force is strong with Hufflepuff in this Harry Potter x Star Wars cosplay.Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

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LOOK AT ALL THIS HARRY POTTER COSPLAY!Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

An unlikely Game of Thrones mashup in the form of Cersei, Melisandre, and a House Stark bannerman.Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

The Disney Princesses are here to hit the beach in this very seasonal cosplay.Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

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Han Solo has a sweet ride and an even sweeter co-pilot!Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

When Judge Death beckons you, it’s maybe best to listen to him.Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

It’s Pennywise get’s a female twist. Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

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Oh my, look at the legs on this gigantic Megatron!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

Melissa Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Woman!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

Beetlejuice is ready for the pool.Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

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What hot Comic-Con exclusives do you think Labyrinth’s Junk Lady has to peddle?Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

The Little Mermaid’s Ursula gets a glam ballgown update.Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

The Silver Surfer has been working out a lot lately. Lots of cosmic pushups.Photo: Cheryl Eddy/Gizmodo

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Star Trek: Discovery’s Mirror Universe represents with a fierce-looking Michael Burnham and Philipa Georgiou, joined by a Starfleet Science officer from the Trek movie reboots.Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

Moana’s Te Fiti, complete with lil’ Moana for scale!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

Back to the Future’s Doc Brown has another crazy scheme.Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

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This retro take on Two-Face is spectacular!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

The Daily Bugle sponsoring an entire basketball team’s worth of Spider-Men would probably make J. Jonah Jameson’s heart explode.Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

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'Ghost Recon Wildlands' adds a hardcore permadeath mode

July 20, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Ubisoft isn’t just relying on cameos from aliens and iconic game characters to inject extra life into Ghost Recon Wildlands. When the Special Operation 2 pack arrives on July 24th, it’ll include a Ghost Mode that adds some high-stakes realism. For one, death is permanent — if your character falls in battle and isn’t revived in time, all your hard work will amount to nothing. Friendly fire is also a real risk. And you’ll want to be conservative with your shots, since you’ll only have one primary weapon (you have to swap at ammo boxes or when looting) and will lose any unspent ammo in a given clip when you reload. If regular Wildlands seemed too soft, you won’t have that problem from now on.

The mode is available for every difficulty setting and will be available to everyone for free, although Year 2 Pass holders will get first crack. You’ll have to wait until July 31st if you don’t want to pay extra.

There’s more than just a no-forgiveness option, of course. Ubisoft is adding two player-versus-player maps, and it’s revamping its Prestige economy to both let you earn credits in the regular campaign (not just Ghost War) and spend it on Prestige Packs that include customization. You’ll also find an eSports- and stream-friendly Observer Mode for watching custom matches, a new victory screen to let you celebrate your triumphs and a True Solo mode that turns off AI teammates.

Ubisoft is still keeping some details close to the vest (such as player-versus-environment missions, new themes and new classes). However, it’s evident that the developer is following a strategy like the one that keeps Rainbow Six: Siege thriving: it’s treating Wildlands as a continually growing service, rather than a one-and-done release.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' mini episodes arrive this fall

July 20, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

CBS All Access won’t have the next season of Star Trek: Discovery ready for streaming until early 2019, but fans won’t have to wait until then for new content. Today at Comic-Con executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman revealed four “Short Treks” will arrive throughout the fall, as 10 – 15 minute standalone episodes. Rainn Wilson’s character Harry Mudd will be featured in one, Aldis Hodge as Craft in another, while the other two follow characters Saru and Tilly. Naturally CBS also dropped off a trailer for season two, which you can check out after the break.

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That Uncharted Fan Film Is So Beefy It's More Like Nathan Filetmignon

July 20, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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It’s Kotaku XP, our weekly discussion of hot game topics! This week we talk about the Game Developers of Color Expo in New York, the film Sorry to Bother You, Chance The Rapper’s opinions on Fortnite dances, the wild Sailor Moon story Kotaku did this week, and Nathan Fillion’s fan-made Uncharted movie.

In this episode, I mention that I haven’t seen the Uncharted fan film yet, because I want to watch it on my TV at some point this weekend. After taping this episode, I sat, stared at a wall, and pondered the ramifications of this. I have accepted the idea of setting aside time to watch a YouTube video on my television, in the dark, probably while enjoying a beverage. YouTube has become television.

It feels like just yesterday that YouTube videos were something to watch exclusively while wearing headphones and inhaling a protein bar at my desk while waiting for my computer to finish a complex automated task. Oh, wait, that was yesterday.

I guess what I’m saying is, wow, each of us humans sure engages in a wide variety of multimedia consumption patterns!

At the very end of last week’s episode, when Kotaku XP co-host Gita Jackson and I were talking about Scottie Pippen, you’ll notice I started to say “I have a Scottie Pippen shirt.” Well, this week, I wore that Scottie Pippen shirt. I did it for you, the viewer who heard my barely audible declaration and became fascinated with the very idea of seeing my Scottie Pippen shirt. I could have teased it for longer. I could have dropped hints about it in multiple other episodes. I could have master-crafted a suspenseful narrative arc over several weeks or months. Then I remembered you, and I thought, heck, I’ll do it right now.

You could subscribe to our YouTube channel, by the way. All our videos are on there, just for you!

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All the Greatest Cosplay We Spotted at San Diego Comic-Con, Day One

July 20, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

San Diego Comic-Con is now in full swing, and cosplayers are bringing their A-game in celebration of their favorite shows, films, and comics. Check out io9’s video and photo collection showing off some of our favorite finds from Wednesday and Thursday. We’ve got My Hero Academia villains, Ms. Marvel, and of course… Iron Spider-Dog? Enjoy!

That IS Cristina Milizia cosplaying as Jessica Cruz’s Green Lantern, who she voices in the DC’s Super Hero Girls animated series.Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

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There’s multiple good cosplays in this picture, but there is also THE IRON SPIDER-DOG.Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Predator wants you to know he really doesn’t like chickens.Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

Grand Admiral Thrawn beats the heat.Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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Nice gender-swapped cosplay from The Nightmare Before Christmas.Photo: Charles Pulliam-Moore/Gizmodo

Even the Iron Patriot has to check Twitter sometimes.Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Domino is here, so we all just got a little bit luckier. Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

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Poison Ivy’s plants are loving the summer rays in San Diego.Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Dude Vader abides.Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

To beat you? It only takes One Punch, Man.Image: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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These Disney princesses have embraced their inner warriors.Photo: Beth Elderkin/Gizmodo

To me, my X-Men! Cyclops is on the prowl.Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Shining twins are here to freak out every SDCC attendee, especially ones named Danny.Photo: Christy Radecic/Invision/AP

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No villain is beyond Elastigirl’s reach!Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

Gamora, Black Widow, and the Scarlet Witch are here to save the day in the Mighty Marvel fashion!Photo: Christy Radecic/Invision/AP

Galactus is here for business. Presumably world-consuming business.Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

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A most dynamic duo indeed, in the form of Wonder Woman and Batman. Batman’s definitely the Robin in this duo.Photo: Christy Radecic/Invision/AP

Are we SURE that’s not the real Jon Snow?Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

Summer Handmaid’s Tale cosplay, because, 2018 y’all.Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

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Nightcrawler has become a daycrawler.Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

Killer Croc is on the hunt.Photo: Christy Radecic/Invision/AP

Ms. Marvel is here to save all of our days! Photo: Evan Narcisse/Gizmodo

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That’s a lot of Marge Simpsons right there.Photo: Germain Lussier/Gizmodo

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Porsche’s Panamera hybrid brings sports car fun to a station wagon

July 20, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

The Porsche brand has never really been synonymous with family. The legendary 911 just doesn’t lend itself to playdates, Target runs and road trips with the kids. Then the German automaker introduced its SUV line in 2003 and suddenly the offspring had a place to sit. But an SUV is not a sports car. The Panamera line, on the other hand, has the potential to be a bit of both.

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The 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, starting at $104,000, checks off a lot of boxes for potential Porsche owners that also have family obligations. There’s room for more than two people, for starters. There’s also an honest to goodness cargo area for shopping runs. It’s a hybrid, too, so the more judgy parents you know won’t get on your case and finally (and really more importantly) it’s a sports car. Also, it looks 100 percent better than the first iteration of the Panamera and it does all this in a way that makes you realize that station wagons can be cool. Very cool.

When I received Panamera, Porsche made sure I was aware that the hybrid system wasn’t an efficiency play. The automaker is known for sports cars after all. Still, the vehicle has four modes: E-Power (pure EV mode), Hybrid, Sport and Sport plus. During startup, it defaults to E-Power mode and when fully charged Porsche says it has a range of up to 30 miles at speeds up to 90 miles per hour. That seems pretty efficient to me. If you plug in the car at night and the majority of your trips per day are less than 25 miles, it could be weeks before you hit the gas station.

In hybrid mode (which includes options for saving and charging up the battery), the Panamera is ready for longer drives on the freeway and surface streets. The switch between the gas engine and electric motors is seamless during regular driving. But going slow (below 10 miles an hour) does feel like you’re holding back an excited puppy. Sometimes it jerked a bit more than expected.

It’s that excited puppy that’s at the heart of the vehicle and once you drop off the kids or finish picking up your organic quinoa at Whole Foods, you can put the Panamera E-Hybrid into Sport or Sport plus mode and really understand what the automaker was talking about when it said that the hybrid wasn’t an efficiency play.

Driving in either of the two sport modes, the car aggressively recharges the battery so it can use that power and electric torque to deliver outstanding acceleration. With a zero to 60 of 4.4 seconds, it’s one