Batwoman Season 2 Will Feature a New Lead Character
Two weeks ago, Ruby Rose made her shocking exit from Batwoman. Now, it looks like Kate Kane won’t be coming back to the series either. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that The CW won’t be recasting Rose’s character for season 2 as originally expected. Instead, the producers will introduce a new character to become the next Scarlet Knight.
Decider apparently discovered The CW’s new plans when a now-deleted casting notice for the series made the rounds on Reddit. The notice specifies that the new character’s name is Ryan Wilder, although it’s not clear if this name will stick or if it’s only a placeholder until the writers come up with something better. Ryan is described as “female, mid-late 20s, any ethnicity,” and, more importantly, “is about to become Batwoman.” The listing continues, “She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her.”
Technically, Kate Kane wasn’t the only character to adopt the Batwoman persona in DC’s comic book universe. Almost 50 years before Kate debuted in 2005, Kathy Kane became the first superhero to use this alias in 1956 during the Silver Age. But since her name is so similar to her modern successor, an appearance by this iteration of the hero was probably never in the cards.
Rose allegedly left Batwoman because she wasn’t adjusting well to her move to Vancouver, where the show is filmed. She also reportedly felt overwhelmed by the workload of headlining her own series. The CW initially announced that they would be casting another LGBTQ actress to replace her on the series. But now that their intentions for the character have changed, it’s not clear if this is still the plan.
Batwoman’s second season is still targeting a January 2021 premiere date.
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Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s June 2 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! We’ve highlighted this week’s releases in detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!
New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD
Debt collectors French and Sue get to work doing what they do best cracking skulls and breaking bones – as they chase down the various lowlifes who owe money to their boss, Tommy.
After leaving behind a painful past, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment only to discover that her surprisingly welcoming neighbors may harbor a dangerous secret.
One Cut of the Dead
Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.
The Blackout: Invasion Earth
Contact between most towns on Earth has been severed. A small ring-like area in Eastern Europe still has electricity. There are dead corpses everywhere. Who or what is destroying all life on Earth? How long will the last outpost of mankind survive?
1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
World War II: Resistance fighters accept a suicide mission to deliver a stolen Nazi submarine carrying atomic uranium. Hunted by Hitler’s army, the crew must outwit the German Navy to bring the cargo safely to America.
Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection
For the first time ever, experience the complete legacy of writer/producer/director Al Adamson, with 31 remastered films on 14 Blu-ray discs, plus the award-winning documentary BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON. This set is also filled with a huge collection of special features, including trailers, featurettes, commentaries, outtakes, and 126-page book!
Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry.
Glengarry Glen Ross
A group of Chicago real-estate salesmen-cum-con artists live on the edge. Life is good for the one on a roll. For the rest, life hangs in the balance. There is no room for losers. A-B-C: Always Be Closing, sell or go under, is the salesman’s mantra.
Let’s Kill Uncle
A 12-year-old orphan (Pat Cardi) who has just inherited a fortune is trapped on an island with his uncle, a former British intelligence commander who intends to kill him.
They Came from Beyond Space
Scientists go to a field in England to look at the strange formation from a meteor shower. They are taken over by an alien life force and fall ill with an ailment that causes drops of blood to appear all over their bodies.
TV on Blu-ray and DVD
Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series
Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, this limited series embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Reuniting executive producer Damon Lindelof with The Leftovers’ Regina King leading the cast which also includes Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson and more.
Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season (DVD)
Harley Quinn has ﬁnally broken things off once and for all with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City in this half-hour adult animated action-comedy series. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of Doom!
Creepshow: Season 1
The new anthology series based on the 1982 classic, is still the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! Twelve vignettes explore terrors from murder to the supernatural and unexplainable.
Star Trek: Short Treks
These 10-15 minute stand-alone short stories allow fans to dive deeper into the key themes and characters that fit into Star Trek: Discovery and the expanding Star Trek universe.
Blood Series 2
After a year away from home, disgraced physician Jim Hogan returns to make amends with his family. But when his daughter Fiona’s car veers off the road one night, it leads to a disturbing discovery.
While the entire country has been struggling with the coronavirus-led lockdown and businesses have been staring at a steep downward trend, the wearable market in the country has shown a sliver of hope.
According to IDC’s latest report, wearables in India registered an 80% year on year growth with a shipment of over 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2020.
IDC notes that this growth is mainly driven by the ear wear category that includes true wireless stereo earbuds which grew at a staggering 289.2% rate compared to the same time last year. The urge to go wire-free, an increasing number of video calls, an increase in media consumption are the few key reasons behind this growth. While remote working and remote education during lockdown also drove the numbers up.
Out of over 3 million units sold in the ear wear category, boAt leads the segment with a 23.9% market share followed closely by Samsung. Together with JBL and Infinity, Samsung accounts for 23.6% market share. However, when it comes to the truly wireless stereo or earbuds category, Samsung aced Apple with a comfortable 29.8% share while Apple had over 15.9% market share.
It is worth noting that an ear wear to be considered in this category, it has to offer smart features like a smart assistant, health and fitness tracking, audio experience enhancement, or language translation etc.
However, the impact of lockdown was rather severe on the wristband category which, as per IDC, witnessed a 28% dip in the year on year numbers. Xiaomi and GOQii remained the top two brands in this category with a market share of 41.9% and 13.6% share. While Xiaomi did experience a major dip in its numbers, it is still way ahead from its competitors when it comes to smart bands.
While the watches segment saw 209.4 thousand shipments in the Q1 this year and grew at 43.3% year on year, further breaking down the numbers reveal that Huami’s Amazfit accounted for 22.4% market share followed by Fossil and Apple with 17.9% And 17.7% market share. Though Apple leads the Smartwatches pack that allows the installation of third-party applications.
Experts at IDC feel that though Covid-19 has had a major impact on the industry as a whole and it experienced a first sequential decline of 17.9% in 1Q20 after growing for the last eight quarters straight. While keeping a positive outlook, the experts feel that the demand is expected to increase in the second quarter, even though the spill-over effect of lockdown is expected to remain for a few quarters.
The Motorola Razr is now available in a striking Gold colourway starting today on Flipkart. Motorola debuted the Razr with just the single Black colour option in India. The Gold colour option was available in other regions including the US.
The Motorola Razr is a competitor to the Galaxy Z Flip and even though it doesn’t offer the high-end internals available in the former, it has the oomph factor with a more exquisite design and also the nostalgia factor associated with it that makes it stand out. The Gold colour will only make it more attractive. It’s a matte finish and it covers the back with a dotted texture and the chin. The camera also has a nice Gold ring which adds a nice touch to it. The rest of the phone including the front is still Black.
Another thing that stands out is the price. The Razr, with its mid-range specifications, isn’t exactly cheap. It costs Rs 1,24,999. It’s available in only a single variant - 6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM. The Galaxy Z Flip, on the other hand, costs Rs 1,15,999 with 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM and has better internals. Current offers on the handset include a Rs 10,000 cash back with Citibank Cards as well as 5% off on Flipkart Axis Bank Credit Card.
The Motorola Razr has a flexible 6.2-inch OLED display and a hinge mechanism that has been the talking point of the phone ever since its launch. Thanks to it the crease, which is very obvious on most foldables, is almost non-existent to the eye. Another area where the Razr trumps the Z Flip is its big 2.6-inch Quick View outer display.
With the new Android 10 update, that outer display got much more useful. It can now be used text people, make calls, access shortcuts, or just work as a viewfinder. It is powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC and a modest 2,510mAh battery.
Oppo’s X2 series will make its India debut this month. The company will unveil its Find X2 series smartphones, the X2 and X2 Pro in India on June 17.
The company has announced the launch date of the new smartphones on Twitter and the Amazon teaser page for the same is also now live. The teaser page on the e-commerce site also revealed several details of the upcoming devices.
The Oppo Find X2 and Find X2 Pro were announced globally in March and is finally making its way to India in a couple of weeks. The Oppo Find X2 is the second generation all-screen lineup of premium flagship smartphones from the company.
Both X2 and X2 Pro come with 6.7-inch AMOLED screens with a 120Hz refresh rate. They feature a QHD+ resolution (1,440 x 3,168 pixel), a peak brightness of 1,200 nits, and HDR10+ certification. The devices also come with a 10-bit colour rendering capability. With its O1 Ultra Vision Engine processor, the phones can upscale regular content to 60fps or 120fps. Under the hood, they are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
Both the smartphones feature 48MP Sony IMX689 primary camera. The Find X2 packs in a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 13MP telephoto lens. On the other hand, the Find X2 Pro features a 48MP IMX586 ultra-wide-angle lens and a 13MP telephoto lens. The Find X2 Pro is packed with a 4,260mAh battery and the Find X2 is packed with a 4,200mAh battery. Both of them support 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging via Type-C port.
In global markets, the Oppo Find X2 starts at £899, which converts to about Rs 83,000. So, we can expect a premium price from the company in India as well.
Of course we would be happier if they can follow the OnePlus 8 model and spring a surprise in India.
Sega is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Japan by releasing a Game Gear Micro on October 6, a console so small that it barely looks like it will be functional.
The palm-sized Game Gear Micro will cost 4,980 yen (around $45 / £35 / AU$65) and comes with a minuscule 1.15 inch screen. It will also be available in a variety of colors, including blue, yellow, red and the standard black. Each color has different games included, so Sega’s probably hoping that fans will buy more than one version the teeny weeny console.
If you do opt to buy all four colors of the Game Gear Micro, which can be bought as part of one convenient package for 27,255 yen (about $250), you’ll get a Big Window Micro lens that mounts on the console to make its screen usable to human beings.
The Game Gear Micro is powered by two AAA batteries or a USB connection, and even includes a headphone jack (shame on you, Apple). It also provides save states for your games, which means you can cheese even the most difficult sections of your favorite retro titles.
Here's what you get depending on which model you buy:
The Black model comes with Sonic The Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo 2, Out Run and Royal Stone.
The Blue model includes Sonic Chaos, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale and Baku Baku Animal.
The Yellow model lets you play Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei - Jashin no Kuni he, Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict and Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru.
Finally, the Red model features Revelations: The Demon Slayer, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special, The GG Shinobi and Columns.
What is this, a Game Gear for ants?
Sega’s Genesis Mini, which was released last year, was incredibly well-received by retro fans and did a great job of shrinking the iconic 16-Bit console. Clearly that wasn’t small enough, though, as the this latest retro console reimagining is easily the smallest remake yet, and makes the Game Boy Micro look a bit chunky in comparison.
Despite the Game Gear Micro making a mockery of players’ eyesight, there’s something incredibly tempting about owning such a petite piece of Sega’s history. Not only is it a cool collector’s item, but the Sega Game Gear marked Sega’s first and last foray into the handheld market.
Sadly there’s no indication that Sega is bringing the hand-cramp inducing console to other territories yet, but if it proves popular in Japan and the demand is there, we could all be squinting at a tiny, barely visible version of Sonic the Hedgehog soon.
There are over 280 million Facebook users in India alone, making it the leading country in terms of Facebook audience size.
No wonder then, Facebook views Indian market with a lot of seriousness and sincerity.
Facebook recently committed $5.5 billion for a deal with Jio Platforms. And last year, Facebook had inked deals with three of India's top music labels --- T-Series, Zee Music Company, and Yash Raj Films. Facebook also rolled out new music products in India, with the aim to enabling users to express themselves through music on its platform and Instagram.
And today, the social media giant announced a global deal with Saregama, one of India’s oldest music labels, to licence its music for video and other social experiences across its platform and Instagram.
This partnership will allow users to choose from a wide variety of music to add to their social experiences such as videos, stories via music stickers and other creative content. People will also be able to add songs to their Facebook Profile.
The partnership comes weeks after Swedish music giant Spotify also signed a deal with Saregama, which has a catalogue of over 100,000 songs across many different genres including film songs, devotional music, ghazals & indipop in more than 25 languages.
According to a press release from Saregama, people will be able to use classics from legends likes Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Gulzar, Jagjit Singh, R D Burman, Kalyanji Anandji, Geeta Dutt and Laxmikant Pyarelal, making their experience on the platform more vibrant, personal and engaging.
Commenting on the partnership, Vikram Mehra, Managing Director of Saregama India said “We are pleased with this partnership as now millions of Facebook users will be able to add music from our vast catalogue to stories and videos they create and share.”
Facebook and its musical gambit
Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, Facebook India added, “At Facebook, we believe music is an integral part of self-expression and bringing people closer together and creating memories that last. We are very proud to partner with Saregama that will allow people on our platforms, globally, to use their favourite retro Indian music to further enrich their content on our platforms.”
Since last year, Facebook has launched new products that include music stickers on Stories, the ability to add songs to their Facebook Profiles and creative tools such as Lyrics on Instagram and Lip Sync Live.
Slowly but surely, Facebook is preparing to mount a real challenge to YouTube, on which music enjoys huge popularity.
Facebook by signing deals with music labels is making them its ally. For, music companies have long complained that YouTube doesn’t pay them enough, considering the amount of music consumed on the site, and they also argue YouTube has been too loose with copyright protections.
It is this market that Facebook is now apparently focused on.
Facebook's new enterprise virtual reality platform is here
Riding on the initial success of its 32-inch and 43-inch smart LED TVs, Realme has announced that the company will introduce another TV in the Indian market. The company now aims at the premium LED TV category and is getting ready to launch a 55-inch LED TV.
Realme’s CEO, Madhav Sheth, in an interview with IANS, announced the plans of expanding the company’s smart TV portfolio without revealing details about the launch date. He mentioned that “our exploration to offer smarter TVs has just started, and we won't settle at these two sizes. The 55-inch TV is considered as premium and flagship size for TVs, so Realme is preparing to launch a brand new 55-inch TV to give users more ground-breaking experiences."
Earlier, he took to Twitter to announce that both the variants of Realme TVs went on sale through Flipkart and realme.com and claimed that the company sold over 15,000 TV sets in their maiden sale.
The Smartphone maker announced Smart LED TVs in two different variants on 25th May. The 32-inch variant comes with HD resolution while the 43-inch version comes with a full HD resolution. These TVs offer brightness of up to 400 nits and come with a Chroma Boost technology for better image reproduction.
Both the TVs are powered by MSD6683 processor which supports HDR10 encoding and come with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Realme TVs come with a quad-speaker setup that offers 24W audio output.
Aside, the TVs also come with built-in streaming media platforms like Netflix, YouTube and Prime Video. Since these TVs are android-certified they have access to the Play Store and allows users to download thousands of other apps designed specifically for smart TVs. In terms of connectivity, the Realme Smart TV’s supports 2.4GHz WiFi and Infrared, Bluetooth 5.0 that allows multiple wireless connections.
The price of Realme TV 32-inch in India is set at Rs 12,999 while the Realme TV 43-inch retails at Rs 21,999.
As consumers, we’re always chasing the latest tech trends, gadgets and innovations. From new tablets and hardware to social media and the latest apps, many of us jump at the chance to adopt the latest technology. Half of worldwide tech growth can be attributed to the demand for emerging innovation, whether that’s IoT-powered gadgets, digital assistants, or new immersive technologies, such as AR and VR.
So why is it that when it comes to the tech we use in our working lives, it’s a very different kettle of fish?
The emotional disconnect
Compared with smartphones, tablets, and gaming devices they use at home, employees typically don’t share the same enthusiasm for the tech they rely on for their work, day in, day out. This applies as much to the gadgets they depend on while working remotely as to the devices they use in the office.
But research also shows that staff are reluctant to embrace new innovations at work, and managers are noticing. A study by MIT and Capgemini found more than six in ten managers surveyed feel the pace of technological change at work is too slow, primarily due to a “lack of urgency” and an inability to communicate the strategic benefits of new tools. This is a problem for organisations trying stay ahead of the curve and achieve the benefits of digitization.
If employees aren’t comfortable with the technology they’re given, or aren’t aware of the value it brings, they’re likely to reject it.
Change, no matter how small or large, can lead to dissatisfaction, potentially damaging staff morale. A feeling of reluctance can be a major obstacle to achieving digitization goals. And, in the worst-case scenario, employees shunning plans for digitization could seriously stall business growth.
How can businesses overcome the emotional disconnect between personal and office technology? The answers lie empowering staff to take ownership of their technology, helping them to use it fluently, having more open communication and ensuring the foundations that support new innovation are strong and scalable.
Empowering staff decision making and ownership
With many employees feeling disconnected from the technology they use at work, some companies are already taking steps to address this by devolving decisions about the technology they need to individual staff members.. This is particularly important when staff are working remotely and may not have access to the same tools they would do normally.
Facebook and Shopify have given 5,000 of their global staff members the equivalent of $1,000 to help them set up home offices, with staff able to use the budget to buy technology that will make the biggest difference to them as an individual. This includes budget to purchase new laptops and hardware devices to adapt to the ‘new normal’. This is giving employees a degree of tech freedom, keeping them personally engaged with the devices they choose to buy and then use when working - much like with their own personal technology.
Businesses can take this a step further by facilitating BYOD (bring your own device) policies. Rather than providing staff with costly company issue mobile phones and data packages, businesses can empower staff to use their own devices. One study shows that allowing employees to bring their own portable devices to work can save an average of 58 minutes per day, while increasing productivity by 34%, as well as potentially delivering cost savings for the business.
Capitalizing on the BYOD trend can give staff greater freedom in their technology choices. Rather than battling to get them enthusiastic about office equipment, it allows them to make use of devices they are fluent and comfortable using – boosting wider business productivity.
This won’t work for every device, business and employee, which is why it’s also vital that businesses also invest properly in staff training so they can fluently use their devices and the technology they need to do their job. As well as needing the right tools to do their job – staff also need to feel confident using them.
By creating a training-positive culture and ensuring employees feel equipped to use new innovations, the true power of workplace technology can be unlocked. It will help to enrich working lives, streamline tasks and boost overall collaboration – ultimately increasing productivity and enhancing the end product or service.
Communication and the path to progress
At home, you probably wouldn’t purchase a new communal tablet or computer without input from your family or the other people using it. The same principle should apply in the workplace.
Conversations need to be had on what staff want and need; how current systems are performing; and how they can be improved. This not only helps organisations to plan ahead, but also makes it easier for employees to get on board and feel connected to new upgrades and additions when they are delivered.
87 per cent of workers think leaders should reconsider the way they think about technology. This means ensuring employees are included when it comes to decision-making. Another study illustrates that more collaborative decision-making boosts employee satisfaction, helping to identify wants and needs and ensuring they’re addressed.
For employers to make positive changes and adopt the right technology, they must consult those who use it most. If management is transparent with staff surrounding their digitization plans, then employees will be more likely to buy into their office technology and use it in the most beneficial way possible.
If employees have a say in decisions surrounding the day-to-day systems they use, it will prevent leaders from forcing potentially unwanted tech on staff. This also contributes towards a more fluent understanding of the relationship with IT departments – helping technology meet the requirements of employees and giving them unparalleled support when needed. It ultimately fosters more of a positive connection between employees and their technology.
A change in mindset
Business leaders can’t simply purchase the newest, flashiest technology and think the job is done. Employees need to feel bought into the tech they use to make digitization a success.
Innovation can have a positive impact, but only if employees are empowered to use new digital tools. That means having meaningful dialogue about how technology can support staff, empowering employees to take ownership of this, providing proper training and investing in the right foundations.
Digital change doesn’t have to be difficult. So long as a business has the appropriate resilient and flexible foundational networks in place, and is willing to work collaboratively with staff to roll out technological improvements, new technology can deliver meaningful change.