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“WHO IS ORACLE” Chapter One: Batgirl and Black Canary are together again, working a case that strikes right at the heart of their partnership! Someone’s uncovered the greatest secret Barbara Gordon ever kept: her time as Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet. And not only do they know her secret, they’re using her name to sell dangerous information to criminals! Now one of those deals has brought some major heat to Gotham City…Helena Bertinelli is out of Spyral, wearing the hood of the Huntress, and making mafia blood run in the streets! Everything you thought was hidden will be revealed if the Oracle has their way…
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During the final episodes of “The Flash’s” second season, Wally and Jesse Wells were both affected by a second particle accelerator explosion after Harrison Wells attempted to get Barry’s speed back. Both were knocked out by the force of the explosion, but neither showed any speedster abilities before the season ended. However, it seems that will change when the show returns this fall.
The major DC Comics event from 2011 of the same name saw Barry Allen trying to navigate a totally altered world — one wherein his mother Nora was alive. As such, it’s unclear if Lonsdale’s Kid Flash will be a fixture of the world as Barry Allen knows it, or a byproduct of this alternate timeline. Kid Flash will definitely appear in Season 3’s debut episode, but it’s another question entirely if he’ll continue to play the speedster for the rest of the season.
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes and more, “The Flash” returns to The CW on October 4 at 8 pm EST.
The Original God of Thunder Is Back and Ready to Prove Himself in The Unworthy Thor
Coming this Fall, The Unworthy Thor, by Mighty Thor writer Jason Aaron and artist Olivier Coipel, will follow the god’s escape and captivity—revealed to be at the hands of none other than cosmic archiver the Collector—and his journey to becoming a hero once more. But he’s not taking Jane’s place: Unworthy Thor is expressly a companion series to Mighty Thor. The Odinson is forging his own path, and will even wield his own hammer… one that actually has some pretty huge connections to the Pre-Secret Wars Marvel universe.
We sat down with Jason Aaron to discuss why now is the right time to give Thor Odinson his own series, what his re-appearance means for the Marvel universe, and just how the hell he’ll figure out referring to double the Thors in his work on Unworthy and Mighty Thor. (io9)
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Blackberry says ‘change is only natural’ as it announces plans to discontinue the Blackberry Classic
Fans of physical smartphone keyboards everywhere will be tapping out their sorrow as Blackberry has announced that it’s planning to discontinue its Classic model, the last Blackberry handset to feature the traditional keyboard and trackpad dominating the face of the phone.
The death of the BlackBerry smartphone as it once was has been a long time coming, but Pini’s blog post sounds the death knell for a formidable form factor dragged down by sluggish software and poor executive foresight from BlackBerry’s leadership. A market for phones with great QWERTY keyboards like the ones BlackBerry used to manufacturer still exists — Samsung makes a “keyboard case” for its flagship Galaxy S7 phones — and it may prove ill-advised for the company to move away from the one unique hardware component it ever made.
BlackBerry will probably continue to make Android phones with physical QWERTY keypads, with actual buttons, like the Passport and PRIV. However, these phones feel like novelties, throwbacks to a bygone era when keyboards ruled.
Sure, BlackBerry could eventually release an Android-powered, candy-bar style phone with a “real” BlackBerry keyboard. But that seems unlikely. The consumer masses flocked to all-touch devices, typing accuracy be damned, and BlackBerry’s just trying to lift itself out of the red, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for bold departures from the norm.
Carryover data and throttling also debut for Verizon customers
Verizon is today announcing a suite of new data plans for smartphones. The new plans increase the data allotment at each tier, but also come with higher price tags. In addition, Verizon is introducing a feature that lets customers carry their unused data to the next month’s billing cycle and a way for customers to choose throttled connection speeds instead of overages when they go over their limits. Both features are similar to those already offered by other carriers.
Verizon notes that the new plans offer at least 30 percent more data than before, but the prices of each tier have gone up between 10 and 17 percent. The cheapest plan now runs $35 per month (up from $30) and offers 2GB of data. The most expensive option provides 24GB of data for $110 per month. Each plan includes unlimited talk and text, but requires an additional $20 per month access fee for each line of service in addition to any device payments. (Tablets and mobile hotspots carry a $10 per month access fee, while connected devices, such as smartwatches, have a $5 per month access fee.)
The new Carryover Data feature lets customers carry their unused data to the next month’s billing cycle. It’s very similar to AT&T’s Rollover Data and expires at the end of the next cycle, unlike T-Mobile’s plan, which lets you rollover data for up to 12 months.
Warriors, David West agree to 1-year, $1.55 million deal
The Golden State Warriors have reached an agreement on a one-year, $1.55 million contract with free agent forward David West, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge. West was reported to have interest in signing with the Warriors this time last year after opting out of the final season of his contract with the Indiana Pacers, but decided to join the San Antonio Spurs.
West played for the Spurs last season, sacrificing a significant amount of money with the Pacers to play for a title contender. West seems to be making a similar move now, as the Warriors are Finals favorites after agreeing to a deal with former MVP Kevin Durant.
But Clinton and her State Department colleagues were “extremely careless” in handling classified information in a personal email system, says FBI Director James Comey.
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said Tuesday that the bureau would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information while she was secretary of state, lifting an enormous legal cloud from her presidential campaign less than two hours before she boarded Air Force One for her first joint campaign appearance with President Obama.
“In looking back at our investigation into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges in these facts,” FBI Director James Comey said in a press conference Tuesday.
Microsoft is allowing all users of its Skype VoIP service to share files, photos and videos of up to 300MB each with friends and groups.
In a blog post, Microsoft stated files that are shared on Skype can be accessed later if the person that is receiving the file is offline. They can also download the same file multiple times on different devices. Microsoft added:
Over the last few weeks we’ve tested a number of different file size limits for file sharing. Based on the results of these tests, we are setting a limit of 300MB per file as this accommodates almost all the file sizes shared over Skype, and has been working well for our millions of users since it started rolling out several weeks ago.
Microsoft recommends using its OneDrive cloud file storage service for users who want to share files that are larger than 300MB.
Activision has announced a new bundle full of Ghostbusters goodness. For $64.99, players will be able to get the new standalone Ghostbusters game, DLC with classic suits and trap art from the original film, a code for a digital copy of the Ghostbusters reboot, and two new dashboard themes. Those wanting to just get the base game can do so for $44.99 on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC when it launches on July 12. The DLC will be available for standalone game owners if they pre-order the game, but the other bonus content is console-only as it stands. Everything ties into the new Ghostbusters film coming out on July 15 in theaters.
Ghostbusters (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) — Brought to you by California-based FireForge Games, Ghostbusters will feature an all-new cast, but not the cast from the new movie premiering on July 15.
The Moto G4 has a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, a 5 MP selfie shooter, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 SoC at the helm, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
The G4 Plus only differs from the G4 in a few things. For one, it’s got a fingerprint scanner. It also comes with a 16 MP rear camera, and either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal space (in both cases with added microSD expansion).