Palm Is Trying to Make a Comeback, This Time With a Pair of Earbuds

Palm Is Trying to Make a Comeback, Again

However, it seems in its quest to make a comeback, Palm is taking a slightly more conservative approach by launching a simpler and cheaper device in its upcoming earbuds. This is a strategy we’ve seen recently with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new company Nothing, which similarly launched wireless earbuds earlier this summer as the company’s first product.

In choosing wireless earbuds, Palm can set its sights a little lower by making a somewhat simpler and less expensive product that doesn’t require Palm to worry about things like OSes or supporting specific 4G or 5G bands. And if Palm’s new earbuds are successful, Palm can take any revenue generated by sales of its earbuds to grow its device portfolio from there.

That said, I still have a couple of questions, as the Palm brand is currently owned by TCL, which makes me wonder if Palm’s new earbuds will be borrowing any tech from existing TCL earbuds. Additionally, back when the Palm Phone came out, NBA superstar Stephen Curry was listed as both an investor and an advisor to Palm, so it will be interesting to see if Curry has any input on Palm’s upcoming earbuds.

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However, the real challenge for Palm will be trying to penetrate the wireless earbud market, which is already completely saturated by multiple offerings from established brands like Apple, Samsung, Google, Sony, and others, not to mention smaller (but still influential) gadget makers like Nokia, Motorola, and more. It’s a crowded landscape, which means Palm’s earbuds will need to be really special, lest Palm risks the brand going on hiatus for another few years.

And while one of the teasers strongly suggests that Palm’s new earbuds will support built-in ANC, that alone doesn’t seem like it will be enough to make Palm’s earbuds really stand out. Regardless, with Palm’s announcement date set for October 26, we won’t have to wait too long to find out for real.

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Updates From Indiana Jones 5, Doctor Who, and More

Indiana Jones 5 Set Pictures—Harrison Ford Back in Indy Costume


Halloween Kills

Elsewhere, a Halloween Kills featurette goes behind-the-scenes of the film’s opening sequence.


Last Night in Soho

We also have a new new trailer for Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho.


Doctor Who

According to a new report from The Radio Times, Sony is “on the brink” of acquiring Bad Wolf–Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter’s production company, which itself is set to team with Russell T. Davies on the 2023 season of Doctor Who.

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La Brea

A “mysterious fort raises more questions than answers” in a refreshingly honest synopsis for “The Fort” — the fifth episode of La Brea.

Eve, Levi and the rest of the search party explore a mysterious fort that raises more questions than answers. With the help of a new ally, Gavin and Izzy embark on a dangerous and unauthorized mission to save their family despite government warnings that they could cause unprecedented disaster.

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Dexter

Dexter’s murder cabin hosts a search party in the synopsis for “Storm of Fuck” — the second episode of the upcoming revival season.

When a simple missing person case turns into a crime scene, Dexter’s cabin becomes home base for the search and rescue. Terrible timing for Dexter, who is trying to reunite with his long lost son, Harrison. As Angela and Harrison become acquainted, Dexter struggles to keep his old and new worlds separate.

Written by: Warren Hsu Leonard

Directed by: Marcos Siega

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Peacemaker

Finally, James Gunn, John Cena and Steve Agee discuss Peacemaker and the character’s introduction in The Suicide Squad in a new featurette.


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Updates From Halloween Kills, Dune, and More

Halloween Kills Clips Reunite Laurie Strode With Tommy Doyle


Dune

A new Dune featurette describes the film as both “a love letter” and “pure cinema.”


Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Amazon and Sony have formally announced a deal for Prime Video to debut the fourth Hotel Transylvania film, following a brief drama about the film’s delay from its original October 1 release date remaining unchanged. The film will now debut on Prime Video worldwide (aside from China) on January 14, 2022. [Variety]

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The Deep House

Paramount has released another trailer for its sunken haunted house movie, The Deep House.


A Boy Called Christmas

We also have a new trailer for Netflix’s A Boy Called Christmas that makes the odd claim “the universe is made of strawberries.”


She-Hulk

According to Comic Book, Spider-Man and Robot Chicken writer Zeb Wells has joined the writing staff of the She-Hulk TV series at Disney+.

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Treehouse of Horror XXXII

Images from The Simpsons annual Halloween special—which we recently celebratedinclude a seance for Milhouse, a tribute to Parasite, and a gigantic Tree Rollins. Head over to Bloody-Disgusting for more.

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Riverdale

Finally, Riverdale does Midsommar in a new trailer for its upcoming “five-episode event” kicking off season six premiering November 15.


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Venom 2 Has a Shocking Post-Credit Sequence, and Sony Wants You to Know It

Venom 2 Post-Credit Scene Confirmed by Sony as Big Shock

Here’s the weird thing about all of this: Press interviews for Venom: Let There Be Carnage have been happening all week and a screening attended by io9 did not have a post-credits scene. In fact, journalists are still under embargo to not share their thoughts on the film at all, either in review or via social media. So somehow this particular sentiment—from an actor—not only gets around any studio embargoes but does the one thing (most) users on social media are trying not to do: discuss spoilers.

And yet, this obviously builds a ton of hype and interest for the film. Fans are already excited to see the return of Tom Hardy’s Venom and the full-scale debut of Woody Harrelson’s Carnage, a long-awaited fan-favorite from Marvel Comics. Now though, there’s this added layer. What exactly happens in the end credit scene? If you look at the replies to that tweet a few people claim to know, and there are many other tweets and Reddit threads about it. If you’re curious, you can read on past our spoiler warning, but do note this is an unconfirmed rumor. io9 has reached out to Sony to see if there’s any additional comment.

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According to the rumors, the scene sees Eddie Brock and Venom watching TV. On that TV is none other than…Tom Holland as Spider-Man, confirming that Venom exists in the same universe as the Marvel/Sony Spider-Man films and, by extension, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This isn’t exactly the most surprising post-credit scene since director Andy Serkis has acknowledged fan anticipation for a showdown. But, if true, this could be the start of some very exciting things.

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We’ll have more on Venom: Let There Be Carnage in the coming weeks. The film opens in theaters only on October 1.


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Insomniac’s Next Spider-Man Game Will Bring Venom to the Party

Playstation Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 to Feature Kraven, Venom

In a press release that dropped following the teaser’s debut, Sony announced that Candyman’s Tony Todd is set to voice Spider-Man 2‘s Venom alongside Yuri Lowenthal and Nadji Jeter, who will reprise their respective roles as Peter and Miles. Spider-Man: Miles creative director Bryan Intihar and game director Ryan Smith both returned to oversee the new game.

According to the press release, Spider-Man 2 will see both series develop new skills and abilities, as well as acquire a variety of new suits as part of a story that pits them against at least one of Spider-Man’s most iconic foes who’s yet to make the jump to Insomniac’s games. Though the teaser only provides but so much in terms of the game’s story, both Peter and Miles’ being featured together as Spider-Man strongly implies that you’ll be able (or perhaps have to) play as both characters in order to fully complete the game. Whether this means that Miles and Peter will have alternate paths meant to enhance the game replayability or whether Spider-Man 2 will incorporate some interesting two-player game mechanics remains to be seen.

Currently, there is no scheduled release date for Spider-Man 2, but more information about the game is sure to be released in the coming months.


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This Obscene Motorhome Includes a Slide Out Garage for a $3 Million Bugatti Chiron

Obscene Motorhome Includes a Garage for a $3 Million Bugatti

The built-in garage isn’t the only budget-breaking feature on the Performance S. Inside the RV, travelers will find a well-appointed master suite with a raised island bed and a full-sized bathroom with separate showering facilities. (All facilitated with a slide-out extension on one side of the vehicle.) When parked, the Performance S draws power from a battery bank which can be recharged using a 2,000-watt solar array on the roof, or a gas generator. Other optional upgrades include an espresso machine that retracts into the kitchen counter, a wine cabinet, and even a dedicated office workstation so travelers can prolong their adventures.

But why stop there? If the thought of your RV is generating absurd levels of pollution with the added weight of a 4,000+ pound vehicle onboard doesn’t bother you, you’re probably also okay with lots of noise pollution too. Volkner will also upgrade the Performance S with a $350,000+ Burmester sound system that’s completely customized for the unique size and shape of the RV’s cabin. Will anyone actually buy the Performance S with every one of these options? It’s hard to imagine anyone with enough money to spend over $7 million on a motorhome has any actual interest in spending time in a motorhome over an upscale hotel, but clearly, there’s still a market for these monstrosities given Volkner rolls out new models year after year.

I Miss the Sega Dreamcast My Brother and I Put on Layaway but Never Got (Because He Stole the Money)

My family had just relocated from Winter Park, Fla., bringing with us memories of heavy air, fire ants, and moss-draped trees. When I imagine my first home now, I see myself stretching a controller from the SNES into the gap beneath our living room couch. I laid there on the cool concrete floor, hiding from my mom to max out the time I could spend playing Donkey Kong before she’d send me outside for fresh air.

Other times, when we weren’t fighting or scrimmaging, Wes and I would wash down a jumbo box of Goldfish with tall glasses of orange juice and race to finish the map in Super Mario Bros.

As we wore down the family console, my brother plotted an upgrade. A bike ride to Orlando’s Fashion Square Mall led him to the arcade edition of Crazy Taxi, where he’d rack up points picking up irate passengers and doing tricks, slamming into passing cars and dodging pedestrians along the way. Around this time Sega’s $100 million marketing machine whispered into my 13-year-old brother’s ear that he could soon play the game at home. “9/9/99 for $199,” the Dreamcast sales pitch went.

I didn’t need much convincing by the time Wes brought it up in a late-night chat before bed. I don’t remember exactly how it went, but I was persuaded to contribute my birthday money and do a bunch of chores, all so we could eventually buy a sixth-gen console of our very own and share it. I struck a deal to weed the garden in exchange for some of the spare change that gathered atop my grandmother’s bed.

I remember climbing an escalator, checking my shoes were tied along the way, and walking into a KB Toys to learn more. I knew early on that we were unlikely to get the money together in time for the Dreamcast’s North American release, thanks to warnings from my mom, but a salesperson convinced my brother and I to lock down a unit on layaway anyways before supplies ran out. As Sega pinned its hopes on the upcoming console, aiming to make up for the Saturn’s poor sales, my brother and I waited in the wings. Little did I know our mission would soon crumble to pieces, just like Sega’s.

An off-kilter taxi driver simulator was just about all it took to win us over, but Sega had more tricks up its sleeve in the run-up to the Dreamcast’s U.S. release. An unprecedented campaign meant the console was briefly unavoidable, from a 1999 MTV Video Music Awards sponsorship to tie-ins with an upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger flick. An E3 press release republished by the Verge captured Sega’s appetite to put it in front of basically everyone: “Sega Dreamcast will have 950 television spots on MTV alone from July through March 2000, buys on ESPN and Monday Night Wrestling. […] Sega Dreamcast will be everywhere, as consumers watch television come this summer.”

Under the hood, the Dreamcast ran circles around fifth-generation consoles like Sony’s PlayStation. It boasted 16 MB of RAM, proprietary “GD-ROM” discs with an entire gigabyte of storage capacity, and a modular 56 kbit/s modem that made it the first dedicated console to feature online gameplay. The modem was a glimmer of the future. It powered transformative games that went over my head at the time, most notably Phantasy Star Online.

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You could even swap in a broadband adapter later on for speeds as fast as 100 Mbit/s. Among hardcore fans, these adapters are still in demand and sometimes top $200 a pop on eBay.

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When it launched, Sega raked in $98 million from Dreamcast hardware and software sales in less than 24 hours. My brother and I heard all about the frenzy from the KB Toys staffer and congratulated ourselves for putting one on reserve. We dutifully handed over deposits towards the futuristic machine over the course of a few months.

And then suddenly our home was filled with boxes. A mental fog embraced us. When I emerged from that cloud a short while later, I charged out of a new bedroom and shouted to my mom about what I believed to be a horrible mistake. What about the Dreamcast? What about our money? Holy shit, what about my money? 

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It was all a thousand miles away and my Mom wasn’t sure what had happened to it.

I confronted Wes later that day, insisting we had to act, but then he deflected. At first, I recall him arguing I hadn’t really paid much of the deposit to begin with. I felt the sting of betrayal as I pieced together what had happened, and I kept on him until he eventually caved: “Oh, I got most of the money back. I spent it,” he said.

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I remember screaming and slamming my bedroom door, craving a tidy resolution that wouldn’t come. For all that grief, Sega’s fortune turned out worse.

Soon other sixth-generation gaming consoles arrived and stole the show. The PlayStation 2, Gamecube and Xbox abruptly eclipsed Sega’s chaotic lineup and ate its marketshare. Sony in particular hit a home run with its embrace of DVDs. Sony’s willingness to sell the PS 2 at a loss surely helped too.

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Sega leaned hard into its online gaming features to fend off the competition. In doing so, it built a foundation for later services like Microsoft’s Xbox Live.

Former Sega of America President Peter Moore mused in a retrospective on Sega’s early vision of online gaming: “In our heart of hearts, we worried that we would not be there for the entire journey, but it was with great pride that with our Sega Sports games in particular, that we ushered in the era of connected interactive entertainment. I don’t think it is an overstatement to say that the Dreamcast and its online network laid the ground for what we all take for granted today—online game play, linking innumerable gamers from around the world to play, compete and collaborate, as well as enabling new content to be delivered in addition to that which was delivered on the disc.”

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Sega may have launched gamers into the future, but those online features also now lock some aspects of Dreamcast’s legacy in the past. Sega’s regional online services (e.g.: Dricas in Japan and SegaNet in the U.S.) are long gone. In their place, Herculean efforts from super fans like Shuouma have resurrected some online features, breathing new life into the console for those dedicated enough to wander down a rabbit hole.

In a video featurette I discovered years later, IGN called the Dreamcast’s story bittersweet: “It’s a story of bright beginnings and tragic endings,” the video’s narrator mused—and my inner child nodded.

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“But what it’s not though is a story of blame,” the narrator continued. “No one group is responsible for the sad fate of the Dreamcast—not indifferent gamers, not publishers that withheld their support. Everybody has a little blood on their hands.”

With respect to IGN, I’ll absolve my 8-year-old self of the blame. But what about Wes? What about his bloody hands? Craving to resolve a childhood grudge about 20 years later, I called my brother without warning to ask: “What gives?”

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I did my best to jog his memory and let it sink in.

“You know what,” he replied, “I think that is exactly what happened. I wiggled myself to the mall and got the money before we moved, and here’s why: We were like halfway through the process, and so it was basically like—lose the money or get it back. And I think that I had gone to that mall with one of my friends on my bike, and I scooped that money up and probably bought a lot of orders of biscuits and gravy. Uh—yep.”

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This sort of thing isn’t exactly new for Wes and I. Still on the phone, Wes summed us up: “We fought a lot and I fucking did a bunch of mean shit to you. And there were also moments where we were inseparable and best friends, and we’d play soccer ‘til dark and watch cartoons. I remember though, you know like, feeling really bad about that one,” Wes said of our doomed Dreamcast. I burst into laughter. “There was like all the other shit and then there was that one. I feel like I carried the guilt with me on the airplane,” Wes added as we unpacked the family move.

I pressed him for more and he offered other answers for what might have happened to the money, which we pegged around $100. “I feel like I spent it on blacklight posters at Spencers? I’m sure whatever it was, it was freaking ridiculous. Maybe I bought myself a copy of like, Sim City 2000.

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At some point years ago, my brother bought me Pokemon cards to make up for it all. “It was some kind of half-assed pay you to keep your mouth shut situation,” Wes said. “Harri, please accept my apology. Your Dreamcast is in the mail.” (It wasn’t.)

“I accept,” I said. “Thank you.”

“You both made my night and ruined it at the same time,” Wes added. “Maybe now the wounds can start to heal.”

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In the Offspring single “All I Want,” which takes center stage in Crazy Taxi, lead singer Dexter Holland tells it like it is:

You get no respect

(You get no relief)

You gotta speak up

And yell out your piece

[…]

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

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Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Trailer in Animation for Your Saturday Morning Cartoon Viewing Pleasure

Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer: Animated Saturday Morning Cartoon

The animated series, much like the X-Men cartoon, ran on the Fox Kids Network from 1994-1998. It was mainly the story of Peter Parker after he had been superheroing for a while but featured lots of cameos from the Marvel Comics universe: Captain America, Iron Man, Daredevil, Blade, and the Punisher to name a few but also classic Spidey-villains like the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, Rhino, and Venom. But honestly, this video puts everything to use so well. (To my mind, there’s really only one thing this version is missing and that’s Doctor Strange in sweats.) If you want to learn some more Spider-Man history, our own James Whitbrook put together a nice explainer about the comics storyline that inspired the new film earlier this week.

Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Zendaya as MJ, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Marisa Tomei as Peter’s Aunt May, Benedict Wong as Wong, and J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson once more. The first trailer also debuted Alfred Molina returning as Doctor Otto Octavius and making his MCU debut. Of course, while many other casting tidbits have been seemingly revealed along the way, most are still up in the air. Jamie Foxx is presumably coming back as Electro and several other returning faces from the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Spider-Man films are all good bets at this point. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently set to release in theaters December 17.


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Eavesdroppers Can Hear What Speakers Are Playing By Watching Their Power LEDs Flicker

Glowworm Attack Captures Audio From Power LED Light Flickers

Pairing the sensor with a telescope allowed the security researchers at Ben-Gurion University to successfully capture and decipher sounds being played by a speaker at distances of up to 35 meters, or close to 115 feet. The results aren’t crystal clear (you can hear the remote recordings the researchers made on Ben Nassi’s website), and the noise increases the farther away from the speaker the capture device is used, but with some intelligent audio processing, the results can undoubtedly be improved.

The researchers tested the Glowworm Attack on speakers from several different manufacturers, including the Google Home Mini and Google Nest Audio smart speakers, as well as offerings from brands like Logitech, Sony, Creative, and JBL (who have all been informed of the attack.) It’s not limited to just speaker hardware, however. The researchers were also able to successfully capture audio by remotely analyzing the LEDs on USB hubs that desktop speakers were plugged into, as well as connected devices like the Raspberry Pi.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to foil the Glowworm Attack, with the easiest being a strategically placed piece of opaque tape preventing the power status LED from being seen. On the manufacturer side, the solution might be a little harder, but as Hackaday suggests, introducing some randomized power noise to the LED while the speaker is operating should properly obfuscate what it’s revealing to eavesdroppers nearby.

Spider-Man: No Way Home’s First Trailer Spins a Whole New Adventure

Spider-Man No Way Home First Trailer Goes Into the Spider-Verse

…An entire multiverse’s worth more, it would seem!

Spider-Man: No Way Home directed by Jon Watts, stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Zendaya as Mary Jane Watson, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, and Marisa Tomei as Peter’s Aunt May. The cast also includes, as seen at the end of the trailer, Alfred Molina as Doctor Otto Octavius, as well as Jamie Foxx as Electro, and (purportedly) a whole host of returning faces from the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Spider-Man films. The film is currently set to release in theaters December 17.


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