Geek Links of the Week

Scientists at UCLA now believe that the Earth is made up of two planets when another planet collided with the Earth some 4.5 billion years ago. [The Independent]

Twitch superstar Bob Ross created an estimated 30,000 paintings during his life. What happened to all of them? [Mental Floss]

Here’s something I should have done ages ago: Uninstalling the Facebook app from your Android phone saves around 20% of battery and processing power. [The Guardian]

Google is adding a new feature to its Safe Browsing tech to prevent you from clicking fake download links and play buttons. [Torrent Freak]

This search engine lets you search Simpsons screencaps, including by quote. Sadly, “pi is exactly 3” did not return any results when I tried despite the front page image being that exact scene. [Frinkiac]

eSports Weekend Calendar: February 5 – 7, 2016

I’m not sure I could have picked a worse week to get back into the eSports weekend calendar. LPL is taking a short break so it’s a light schedule on the League of Legends front. Dota 2 is mostly qualifiers and small regional events. SC2 is all qualifiers. At least CS:GO and Hearthstone have a couple of big tournaments this weekend.

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Doctor Who Leaves US Netflix, BBC Likely to Launch Streaming Service

doctor-who-thirteen-doctors-headerIf you woke up on Monday and noticed something missing from your Netflix queue, you’re probably not alone. On February 1st, Doctor Who left Netflix in the US and rumours suggest that the BBC will soon be announcing their own streaming service which will see Doctor Who as one of its featured exclusives.

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Movie Trailers Roundup for February 3, 2016

After a week off, the Movie Trailers Roundup is back. We have seven trailers this week and it’s a split between kids/family movies and horror movies. It’s a rather unusual contrast but seeing as family movies are more traumatizing than horror flicks, it’s oddly appropriate too.

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GOG Introduces “Games in Development” Early Access Program

gog-games-in-development-headerEver since Mojang used alpha funding to complete the development of Minecraft and turn into a multi-billion dollar company, the alpha funding business model has been a popular way for indie developers to do business. After Minecraft did it, we saw the rise of Early Access on Steam and Game Preview that launched on Xbox last year.

Now, the other big name in digital PC retail is launching their own version of alpha funding / Early Access. GOG announced that they were launching Games In Development to bring pre-release games to its customers.

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The Fine Brothers React to Backlash, Rescind Trademarks and Discontinue React World

react-world-bannerThe reaction was pretty entertaining to follow but the reaction to the reaction means that the internet will have a happy ending. After enormous public backlash and pressure following the announcement of React World and the discovery of numerous trademarks, The Fine Bros and Fine Bros Entertainment announced that they would be rescinding their trademarks and cancelling React World.

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Comic Book Pull List for February 3, 2016

uncle-scrooge-11I’m really bad at introducing these weekly features on the blog and not keeping up with them. That includes the weekly comic book releases posts. If you think I’m bad here, I’d hate to see how my local comic book shop thinks of my irregular visits to pick up my file… And reading the actual comics too.

This week, I noticed something unusual in the releases. IDW has three Disney comics in their list (Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge and Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories). Naturally, I had to look into how IDW is publishing these instead of Marvel. It turns out that back in October 2014, IDW announced that they would be publishing Disney comics in North America starting in March 2015. I didn’t see any reporting into how this deal came about or why Disney went with IDW over their in-house comic book publisher. Still, little business stories like that interest me so maybe someone else out there found that fascinating.

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Former StarCraft Champion, Life, Arrested for Match-Fixing

life-starcraft-wcs-2014One of the top stars in professional StarCraft has been arrested under suspicion for match-fixing. Life, who was the 2014 StarCraft World Champion, was formally arrested over the weekend by the Changwon District Prosecutor’s Office and certainly turned the StarCraft world on its head.

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Sony’s “Let’s Play” Trademark Application Rejected Again

playstation-4-share-buttonA couple of weeks ago, we brought you news that Sony Computer Entertainment of America tried and failed to trademark the term “let’s play” at the end of 2015. We noted that they had a year to appeal the ruling by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

It turns out that Sony didn’t waste any time in trying again to trademark “let’s play” but the USPTO once again refused the application.

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Game Trailers Roundup for February 1, 2016

Detective Picachu! That’s all you need to know about this week’s Game Trailers Roundup.

Okay… Fine… There are ten other trailers that you can watch too. There are launch trailers for American Truck Simulator and Defunct which are both on my Steam wishlist. We also have announcement trailers for Insomniac’s Song of the Deep and Platinum’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan. This is a good week for trailers.

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