Stranger Things Season 3 Teaser Announced

Netflix subscribers love their Stranger Things show.  When they decided to tease the third season, it amassed over 1.4 million views within 20 hours.  The video below gives viewers some phrases that will probably relate to the new season somehow.  The video provides no footage or expected date except it will appear in 2019.

People will just have to wait for the 1985 summer adventure for a little bit longer.

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New DVD/Blu-Ray Releases For 12/10

A pretty mediocre week of films and shows coming out on DVD and Blu-ray this week.  The third season of The Last Kingdom is finally here and critics are loving it.  If you’re looking for a holiday binge, this might be a show worth looking into.  Movie-wise, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is sitting pretty high on the rating list. It looks like a film that children will enjoy as well.

Here are the movies and shows coming to the small screen this week:

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Songs Under The Radar: 12/7

Back again with another look at songs that deserve some plays. Each week many songs are tossed to the side due to lyrics or that they didn’t pay the radio stations enough to promote them.  Either way check out some of the following new songs.

“Hey Julie!” reunites a pair of rappers that we loved with “iSpy”. KYLE and Lil Yachty are back with this song. I’m still undecided if it is better than the previous one, but it is still a worthy contender. The lyrics are also pretty clean, so you may see this hit airwaves at some point.

RØMANS just made a new song for the bedroom. It has a very Marvin Gaye vibe to it with slow bpm and high pitch vocals throughout. Lyrically it is very sexual in nature as well. Now you can spice up your bedroom playlist with “Animals”

If you need a nice background song for any event, “Off Limits” is the song for you. It is a nice song to just mellow out with with no beat drops in it. Such a very smooth sound from BAYNK and Glades.

Let your inner anime come out with “GOKU”. Jaden Smith dropped this banger randomly along with a music video that provides us with a lot of Dragon Ball Z images. This is probably his best work yet and is looking like he is more serious about his rap career now.

OMI is back with a collab with CMC$. Once again he hits us with a love song, but this time it is less tropical and has more of a traditional Africaan tone to it. I can see a remixed version of this getting popular if it happens.

 

Burger King Steals McDonald’s Customers With Simple Trick

With the age of technology, we are constantly distracted with notifications from our phones.  Burger King decided to capitalize on this phenomenon.

 

From now until Dec. 12th, if you have the Burger King app on your phone and approach within 600 ft. of any McDonald’s, you will receive a coupon for a 1¢ Whopper sandwich.  This works similar to how apps like SnapChat handle GeoFilters.  Every phone has location services that you must enable to use the app.  Because you enabled location services, your phone gets put on a map.

This custom map has a cyber fence around certain locations that allow you to access features when you are within this fence.  For SnapChat, it allows you to use custom filters for that region.  With the Burger King app, they put fences around most McDonald’s instead. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, this offer isn’t valid unfortunately.  For only a penny, this deal is way too good to pass up.

 

Avengers 4: Endgame Trailer Dropped

At roughly 8:00 AM EST, Marvel Studios uploaded the trailer for the newest Avengers movie coming on April 26th.  This is our first look at the world after Thanos’s destruction.  It appears Hawkeye has taken on the Ronin title now as well.  We also see the other missing Infinity War member, Ant-Man, at the end.  Watch the events in the trailer below.

 

Songs of the Week: 12/7

XXXTENTACION is once again back with another hit after his death. It’s amazing how much he recorded before his death. Here are this week’s Top 10 new songs according to Spotify:

  1. Roses (with Juice WRLD feat. Brendon Urie) – benny blanco
  2. Project Dreams – Marshmello, Roddy Ricch
  3. whoa (mind in awe) – XXXTENTACION
  4. Grip – Seeb, Bastille
  5. REASONS – Cautious Clay
  6. Flight To Memphis (feat. Chris Brown, Juicy J & A$AP Rocky) – Smooky MarGielaa
  7. Spray (feat. Tyga & YG) – Sneakk
  8. Let You Know – Sody
  9. Shelter – Broken Bells
  10. Just a Little Longer – SHY Martin

 

Fortnite Season 7 Stays Frosty

Season 7 is finally here and winter has arrived. For the first time, we will see things such as flying vehicles, gun skins, and even a new creative mode to make your own structures.

With all that is added we must also pay our respects to Greasy Grove and Flush Factory, which got wiped away by the iceberg. Many items also got vaulted, so we will remember them well. See the full list of changes on Epic’s site. Or read below for the Battle Royale notes:

Battle Royale

Weapons + Items

  • X-4 Stormwing Plane
    • 5 total seats.
      • Seats 4 passengers (on the wings) and a pilot.
    • Has a mounted machine gun. Be careful, it can overheat.
    • Players will go into the skydiving state when exiting the X-4 Stormwing.
    • Use the roll buttons for sharp turns.
      • Pressing both will fly upside down.
      • Double tapping roll buttons will do a barrel roll.
    • Can boost and airbrake for extra mobility.
  • Balloons
    • Balloons have been reworked so that while they are equipped, it is possible to use weapons and items.
    • Players can attach up to 3 Balloons to their back, lifting off the ground when the 3rd Balloon is attached.
    • Press jump while in the air to release Balloons one at a time.
    • Reduced stack size from 20 to 10.
  • Updated scope crosshair on Scoped AR and Thermal AR.
  • Vaulted Items
    • Note: Each new season gives us an opportunity to evaluate the current item rotation. Our goal is to have a reasonable number of items to learn, while avoiding duplicates or overlapping functionality. Based on recent (and upcoming) item additions, we’ve selected the following for vaulting.
    • Shadow Stones
    • Port-a-Fort
    • Chiller
    • Clinger
    • Double Barrel Shotgun
    • Shockwave Grenade

Gameplay

  • Map Updated
    • New Biome: Iceberg
    • New Location: Frosty Flights
    • New Location: Polar Peak
    • New Location: Happy Hamlet
    • Other unnamed Points of Interest (POIs) have also appeared across the island.
    • Icy Surfaces can be found in snowy areas.
      • Players will slide on certain frozen surfaces.
    • Ziplines can be found around the Iceberg and near Expedition Outposts.
      • Latch on and zip from one end to the other.
      • Aim, fire, or use items all while conveniently traveling on Ziplines.
    • Minimap updated.
  • Increased the chance of final circles ending on the outer edges of the map.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug causing weapon impact effects to play when shooting friendly players, even though no damage was being dealt.

Events

  • New Tournament: Explorer Pop-Up Cup
    • Material cap set to 700/500/300 for Wood/Stone/Metal.
    • Players receive 100/50/50 Wood/Stone/Metal on elimination.
    • Resource rate increased by 40%
    • +50 effective health on elimination.
    • Safezone Changes
      • Increased chances of Supply Drops in later circles.
      • Circle 9 now travels twice as far but takes twice as long to close.
  • Some tournaments will now feature a limit on the number of matches that can be played during an event session.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which prevented players from receiving elimination rewards if a player they downed was eliminated by the Down-But-Not-Out timer ending or if their team was fully eliminated.

Performance

  • Optimized spawning pickups when a player is eliminated.
  • Optimized the performance of the Dynamite fuse.
  • Switch audio performance improvements – falling sounds no longer hitch.
  • Minor Switch rendering optimizations to help general framerate.

Audio

  • Reduced the volume of bullet and pickaxe impact audio on the starting island.
  • Added a hit notification audio cue when a vehicle you’re riding in recieves damage.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that would cause in-air glider audio to continue playing when eliminating a gliding player.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause vehicle audio loops to get stuck on.
  • Fixed “crackling” audio heard on Mobile/Switch when shooting weapons or emoting.

UI

  • The Calamity, Dire, Ragnarok, and Drift Challenges have been moved to a new section at the bottom of the Challenges tab.
  • Added filtering and updated the layout of the Locker.
  • Vehicle Damage Numbers have been added!
    • Vehicles now have a unique damage number pop color and show damage numbers.
  • Polished the Store layout to support a larger number of tiles without needing to scroll.
  • Minor update to the player feedback UI to add reporting categories and a list of other players in the current or last-played match.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed Battle Pass information from being displayed in the Lobby tab for players that have not purchased a Battle Pass.
  • Fixed the header entry in the daily Challenges screen to work correctly when clicked.
  • Moved the Nvidia Highlights button to the top right of the Battle Royale lobby to avoid conflicts with chat click zone.
  • Fixed an issue where the Two Factor Authentication screen could sometimes cause input to become unresponsive.

Replay

Bug Fixes

  • Nameplates will no longer sit above other HUD elements, such as the map.

 

Mobile

  • 60 FPS enabled on the iPad Pro 2018.
  • 4x MSAA Anti-Aliasing turned back on for iOS.
  • Improved performance on all Galaxy Note 9 devices as well as the North American variant of the Galaxy S9 Plus.
  • Added support for the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018).

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the black border on the iPad Pro 2018.
  • Fixed graphics settings on previous supported iPad Pro models.
  • Fixed incorrect quality settings for iPad 6th Generation.
  • Fixed occasional shadow flickerings in the game lobby.

Creative

This is an early release so you may experience client crashes, loss of progress, or other unexpected errors.

Overview

  • Creative Hub provides access to your own island, the islands of other friends who have joined on the server, or featured islands selected from the community.
  • Player Islands are your creative space that automatically saves.
  • Players will be able to keep a server active for up to 4 hours at a time.
  • Battle Pass owners will start with 4 islands to allow for different creations. On December 13, all players will receive 4 islands.
  • Friends can visit your island and island owners can set permissions to determine if your friends can edit/build while visiting.
    • The My Island menu is accessible through the Main Menu in-game while on your island.

Gameplay

  • Phone
    • This is the in-game tool your character holds that’s used to edit, copy, and manipulate props in the world. Experiment with its features to discover all the things it can do.
  • Fly mode allows players to quickly travel around their island and create in mid-air.
    • Double jump to start flying.
  • My Island menu
    • The “Game” tab starts and stops player-created games. When a game is stopped your island reverts to its pre-game state.
      • You may experience functionality issues with this feature as we continue to make improvements.
    • The “Game Settings” tab sets health, fall damage, spawn location, etc and can be changed at any time through the My Island menu.
    • The “Island Tools” tab resets your island back to its original state and sets who can build on your island.

Creative Inventory

  • Accessed from the inventory menu.
  • Inventory allows you to spawn prefabs, devices, weapons, or consumables.
  • Use Inventory to create your own chests or llamas for your island filled with items you select.
  • Prefabs are pre-made structures the player can place on their island with throwables.
  • Devices are placeable items that allow you to create games.

Prefabs

  • 8 obstacle courses
  • 25 buildings from Battle Royale
  • 34 galleries of building tiles and props

Devices

  • New Devices
    • Ice Block
    • Damage Rails
    • Speed Boost
    • Timer
    • Scoreboard
    • Player Spawn
  • From Battle Royale:
    • Spikes
    • Chiller
    • Bouncer
    • Launch Pad
    • Mounted Turret
    • Cozy Campfire

Performance

  • The memory bar at the bottom of the HUD provides feedback on how much you can build on your island.
    • This will change as we gather more data on performance and memory usage.

Social

  • Players will have the ability to join in progress games with any of their Epic friends, even if they are not in a party together. Find your friend in the social panel and select Join Creative Server. Your friend must have their Privacy option set to Friends or Public to allow those who aren’t in a party to join.

Replay

  • Replays will record the entire 4-hour play session, however, these will be saved in 30-minute individual files.
    • Replays are off by default and can be enabled in the settings.

Mobile

  • Creative buttons added as well as a new “Creative” visibility setting. Buttons with extra functionality are in the HUD Layout Tool.
    • The “Creative” visibility is off in the tool by default, so buttons will be hidden until they are turned on.

Recipe Of The Day: Taco Seasoning

This multi-ingredient recipe may be the quickest one of all time. It is only estimated to take 1 minute.  Impress your friends this Christmas with personalized taco seasoning.  Encourage your friends to add seasoning to their bland foods and enlighten them with all it’s glory. See the recipe below:

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Throw all ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly

Facebook Title Dethroned By Consulting Group

Glassdoor has put out their annual “Best Places to Work” list for 2019. Last year’s winner was Facebook, but they’ve faced many issues this year.

Earlier this year Mark Zuckerberg went before congress to testify how Facebook handled it’s data sharing with companies. Followed by that, the faced internal struggles with Trump politics which resulted in Oculus VR co-founder, Palmer Luckey, being fired for his support of Trump.

With all that happened this past year, Facebook has dropped down to 7th overall best place to work. They are also the second best tech company behind Zoom Video Communications. The top dog this year goes to Bain & Company, a management consulting group. Ironically enough, William Bain Jr., co-founder of Bain & Company, previously worked at the Boston Consulting Group, which placed 5th overall.

See the top ten ranked companies below:

  1. Bain & Company
  2. Zoom Video Communications
  3. In-N-Out Burger
  4. Procore Technologies
  5. Boston Consulting Group
  6. LinkedIn
  7. Facebook
  8. Google
  9. lululemon
  10. Southwest Airlines

New To Netflix: December 2018

With everybody complaining about Friends leaving and then staying, here’s the full list of new stuff you can watch instead of watching repeat episodes over and over. Check out the new Sabrina series or catch-up with the Nailed It! series, both have new holiday episodes coming out as well. See the full list below:

December 1st

8 Mile (2002)
Astro Boy (2009)
Battle — NETFLIX FILM
Bride of Chucky (1998)
Christine (1983)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Crossroads: One Two Jaga — NETFLIX FILM
Friday (1995)
Friday After Next (2002)
Hellboy (2004)
Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone: Season 1
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Memories of the Alhambra (Streaming Every Saturday) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
My Bloody Valentine (2009)
Next Friday (2000)
Reindeer Games (2000)
Seven Pounds (2008)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass – Season 5
The Last Dragon (1985)
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

December 2nd

The Lobster (2015)

December 3rd

Blue Planet II: Season 1
Hero Mask– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 4th

District 9 (2009)

December 6th

Happy!: Season 1

December 7th

5 Star Christmas — NETFLIX FILM
Bad Blood — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dogs of Berlin — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dumplin’ — NETFLIX FILM
Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle — NETFLIX FILM
Nailed It! Holiday! — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Pine Gap — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Super Monsters and the Wish Star — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The American Meme — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Ranch: Part 6 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 9th

Sin senos sí hay paraíso: Season 3

December 10th

Michael Jackson’s This Is It (2009)

December 11th

Vir Das: Losing It — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 12th

Back Street Girls: Gokudols — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Out of Many, One — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 13th

Wanted: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 14th

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cuckoo: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dance & Sing with True: Songs — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fuller House: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Inside the Real Narcos — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Roma — NETFLIX FILM
Sunderland Til I Die — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Fix — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Innocent Man — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Protector — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tidelands — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Travelers: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 8 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 16th

Baby Mama (2008)
Kill the Messenger (2014)
One Day (2011)
Springsteen on Broadway — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Theory of Everything (2014)

December 18th

Baki — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 21st

3Below: Tales of Arcadia — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
7 Days Out — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Back With the Ex — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bad Seeds — NETFLIX FILM
Bird Box — NETFLIX FILM
Derry Girls — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Diablero — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Greenleaf: Season 3
Last Hope: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Perfume — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Sirius the Jaeger — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski — NETFLIX FILM
Tales by Light: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Casketeers — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Wolf (BÖRÜ) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 23rd

Watership Down: Limited Series — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 24th

Hi Score Girl — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Magicians: Season 3

December 25th

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 11
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

December 26th

Alexa & Katie: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Instant Hotel — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
La noche de 12 años — NETFLIX FILM
Selection Day — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
When Angels Sleep — NETFLIX FILM
Yummy Mummies — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 30th

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

December 31st

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man (2018)