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YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

Today Google activated 360-degree video on YouTube. This system works with a number of 360-degree or otherwise bubble-lens camera video media available to consumers now, and will be coming your way via SlashGear imminently. We've got a couple on hand, that is to say, and we'll be presenting large amounts of video from events, hands-on experiences, and much more in the near future. For now you're going to want to check out some of the most basic media uploaded to YouTube by a variety of artists.

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Friday the 13th 2015 in tech: Jason Voorhees hits MKX

Friday the 13th 2015 in tech: Jason Voorhees hits MKX

While we're sure there'll be more than a few appearances by this miscreant before the day is through, first Jason hits Mortal Kombat X. In just about the most appropriate place for him to be - other than in a horror game that never was - here Mr. Voorhees will be murdering his opponents in a side-scrolling person-vs-person fighter environment just like his hell-bound predecessor. What's that? There was another cult classic horror film appearance in Mortal Kombat before? Of course there was!

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Robert Downey Jr. brings a bionic Iron Man arm to a 7-year-old fan

Robert Downey Jr. brings a bionic Iron Man arm to a 7-year-old fan

Robert Downey Jr. plays the super hero Iron Man on film, but to 7-year-old Alex he's a real hero. In this video, Robert Downey Jr. delivers a real, 3D-printed bionic arm to Alex, who was born with a deficient right arm. Alex's new bionic arm lets him be just like his hero, Iron Man. He can grip with new fingers and an opposable thumb. His new arm even has a light built into the palm so he can blast away bad guys just like in the movies.

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Furious 7 featurette: Cars drop from a C-130 aircraft

Furious 7 featurette: Cars drop from a C-130 aircraft

We've been waiting long enough. Furious 7 is almost here! Of course, we're going to show it to you here. In the earlier movies, the Fast and Furious crew drove the hottest supercars across America, Toyko, and Europe. Now they're driving souped up cars out of an airplane! In anticipation of the film's release April 3rd, 2015, they released a stunt featurette on YouTube. There isn't any cheesy CGI in this stunt. They actually drop two cars out of a C-130 military transport plane at 12,000 feet.

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Frozen 2 announced by Disney

Frozen 2 announced by Disney

It's officially time to start preparing for Frozen 2. While Elsa hasn't confirmed her return to the role, Olaf and Anna have - Disney has confirmed that development is really, actually underway. This comes after denial from directors / writers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck suggesting that there's no sequel - none so far - now Disney has confirmed the inevitable. This bit of information came in the same Disney shareholders call that gave us information about Star Wars VIII and Star Wars Rogue One, two more full-powered Star Wars movies on the way.

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‘Rogue One’ revealed as first standalone Star Wars movie

‘Rogue One’ revealed as first standalone Star Wars movie

Disney CEO Bob Iger dropped details on the upcoming Star Wars movies today at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. We've known for a while now that standalone movies were part of the plan, and this morning we learned the title of the first standalone film: 'Rogue One'. Gareth Edwards will be directing this one and Chris Weitz will be writing it, though the idea itself hails from Industrial Light & Magic's John Knoll. The movie is set to premiere next December.

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Star Wars VIII release date and director revealed

Star Wars VIII release date and director revealed

Today the Star Wars PR spirits have been kind - they've revealed the title of the next Star Wars stand-alone film AND details on Star Wars VIII. This next Star Wars film will be continuing the events that end at the finale of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars VIII does not yet have a title, but it does have a writer and a director - both will be Rian Johnson. This fellow also directed some of the most awesome action and sci-fi movies of the past several years, including Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper.

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LEGO Simpsons wave 2 revealed with Kwik-E-Mart

LEGO Simpsons wave 2 revealed with Kwik-E-Mart

This week the second wave of LEGO Simpsons minifigures has been revealed alongside a new set: the Kwik-E-Mart. This second set of mini figures has Marge and Homer in their Sunday Best, Hans Moleman, Selma and Patty, Groundskeeper Willie, and a whole lot more. Sixteen figures will come in set 2 in all - and a couple more in the Quick-E-Mart set as well. Inside the Kwik-E-Mart set you'll find Apu, Bart, Homer, Marge, Chief Wiggum, and Snake Jailbird (the outlaw with the most straightforward name ever).

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“TRON 3″ production tipped to start October

“TRON 3″ production tipped to start October

Flynn Lives! Again! Or so we hope. Fans of the iconic sci-fi franchise who were left on the edge their seats for a sequal to 2010's hit TRON: Legacy will just have to wait for another year or so. But then again, they might be faced with an even bigger cliffhanger then. Industry buzz is claiming that the next TRON film will commence production this Fall and even have an exact October 5 date. And while the target premiere is still in 2016, don't bet on it giving you closure just yet.

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Ghostbusters universe expands: New movie to star Channing Tatum

Ghostbusters universe expands: New movie to star Channing Tatum

We told you about the all-female cast Ghostbusters movie coming out this summer. Now, Sony will be creating the new production company Ghost Corps to handle all of the films in the re-envisioned Ghostbusters universe. They will also look to continue the Ghostbusters legacy through television, merchandising, and toys. (Can I get excited about the toys for a minute?) Even without a series reboot, the toys have always done well 25 years after the last movie. First up for Ghost Corps is to create a second Ghostbusters movie that will begin production this June.

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