Episode 47 – New Planet, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman

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Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the New Planet on the block, GM Car Sharing, Apple Music Memos, the Pakistan YouTube, Steven Moffat Leaving Doctor Who, Star Wars: Episode VIII, Netflix News, Deadpool Banned in China, Justice League and Wonder Woman Sneak Peak, the Suicide Squad Trailer and More…

In our Discussion section we talk about

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

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Geek News

Researchers Are Pretty Sure They've Found A New Planet In Our Solar System

Researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, two CalTech scientists, say the new planet is about 10 times the mass of Earth and has an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium. Science magazine reports that the mysterious "Planet X" moves in a distant orbit beyond Neptune.

The researchers haven't observed Planet X itself, but believe it exists because of the unique configuration of six objects when they come closest to the sun, according to Science.

The scientists say that there's a 0.007 percent probability that the configuration is due to chance, and instead are confident it's a ninth planet. They believe they will observe the planet with a telescope within five years, according to The Associated Press.


GM launches car sharing service

GM launched a car sharing service this week called Maven. GM president Dan Amman said the service will cost as low as $6/hour. Maven will include a car-sharing trial in Michigan, New York City, and Chicago.


IBM buys Ustream

IBM confirmed reports that it has bought live streaming service Ustream. Tech Crunch reports that IBM will create a new cloud streaming video unit combining UStream, ClearLeap, Cleversafe, and Aspera. Braxton Jarrat of ClearLeap will head the new unit.

The new streaming service will focus on enterprise cloud services.


Apple Music Memos

Apple also released a new app Wednesday called, Music Memos aimed at musicians. Features include uncompressed audio recording, instrument tuning, and the ability to add in a drums or bass line after analyzing the rhythm of a track. It also integrates with GarageBand and Logic. Recorded songs can be tagged by sound, location, or rating, and shared over Apple Music’s Connect.


Power Cord REcall

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports Microsoft will conduct a worldwide recall of power cords from Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3 sold before March 15, 2015 due to concerns on over-heating. Microsoft will replace cords free of charge in the US.


Pakistan Lifts Ban on YouTube

Pakistan said Monday it has removed a ban on YouTube after Google launched a localized homepage for the site. The new site allows the government to ask for offending material to be blocked. Pakistan banned access to YouTube in September 2012 over an anti-Islam film.


Steven Moffat Leaving Doctor Who After Season 10, Broadchurch Creator Steps In

Steven Moffat will be stepping down as showrunner of the Doctor Who series. His last season will be the yet-to-air season 10, which BBC has also decided to hold back until Spring 2017.

This will mean that 2016 only sees one Who episode at all, the Christmas Special.

Starting with 2018's season 11, Chris Chibnall, creator of Broadchurch, will step into the showrunner role.


Star Wars: Episode VIII Release Pushed to December 2017

Citing the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a record-setting December debut, Walt Disney Studios announced today that Star Wars: Episode VIII, the direct sequel to the film and second part of a planned trilogy, will release on December 15, 2017.


Variety Reports that Netflix has ordered a 2nd season of its hit show Jessica Jones.


Netflix is making a cyberpunk detective series

Netflix is working on a new TV series about a gruff detective, a troubling femme-fatale, and a mysterious murder — a pretty stock noir setup, if it weren't also set 500 years in the future. The series is based on Altered Carbon, a cyberpunk detective novel from author Richard K. Morgan. It's set in a world where human consciousness is regularly transferred from one body to the next; this particular story focuses on a former soldier whose newest body gets him wrapped up in big conspiracy and someone else's love life.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2nd season gets release date

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the story of a woman rescued from an underground bunker who moves to New York City, will return for a second season on April 15th.


Martha Wayne Casting Confirmed

Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead, The Boy) seemingly confirms that she is playing Bruce Wayne's ill-fated mother, Martha, in Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Cohan's name was added to IMDB's cast list for the film and the 34-year old actress retweeted the news via her official Twitter account.


Deadpool Banned in China

Citing graphic violence, nudity, and language, China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has banned Deadpool from screening in the country, which is the world's second-largest movie market.

THR reports that sources close to the 20th Century Fox/Marvel Studios co-production say they can't tone down Deadpool for the Chinese market, since the areas China has objected to would cause story problems if cut.


That’s it for Geek New

We’ll move on to trailers of the week.

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Trailers of the Week

Every week we bring you the best trailers that came out this week. This week we begin with

Suicide Squad

A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.


Bad Neighbors 2

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.



Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele star in this comedy where Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen cat by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.


Sing Street

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London.


Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Werner Herzog dives into the world of robotics in his new documentary, Lo and Behold. This first trailer makes it seem like a joy to watch, with people deep in the field discussing their wildest ideas about the future. The documentary premieres at Sundance this month, so it'll likely be out wide later this year.


That’s it for Trailers of the Week

Now onto our Discussion section

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In our discussion section we talk about anything we’re interested in this week, and this week we’ll begin our discussion with…


Justice League and Wonder Woman

During the Flash premiere there this week, DC released a bit of new information regarding their upcoming movies Batman V. Superman, Justice League, and Wonder Woman.

·       A small piece of new footage from Batman V. Superman

·       A poster for Justice League and release date Nov. 17, 2017.

·       Footage/Behind the scenes look at Wonder Woman and release date June 23, 2017. https://youtu.be/i9Ur4De7yT8



That’s it for us this week. Thanks for listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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