Another week gone, another round of news and points of interest in the world of technology and beyond, so here’s all the news, updates, tidbits and anything else slightly interesting that happened in the tech/nerd world over the last week.
Robert Pattinsons Batman Revealed in new teaser video
Robert Pattinson is the new Batman, and thanks to a new teaser, we just got a first look at what he looks like in the famous batsuit.
Matt Reeves, who is directing the new Batman movie, shared a screen test of Pattinson in the new suit and I can definitely see this being a success.
I loved Christian Bale as Batman, and I never thought another actor would really replace him as the Batman in my mind. (Ben Affleck as Batman was okay, let down by awful films) But based just on this short video, I think Pattinson could have a real shot at becoming my favorite version of the caped crusader.
The teaser doesn’t reveal too many details about the upcoming season, but it seems like the promise that the series would be expanding its world beyond the town of Hawkins, Indiana, is correct: the trailer shows a group of workers building a railroad somewhere in Russia. But the big surprise comes at the end of the clip. As many fans have already guessed based on the post-credit sequence in the final episode of the third season, Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) is back, despite appearing to have perished in an extradimensional portal.Presumably, Hopper’s survival has to do with the latest supernatural meddling in the Upside Down, given that the Russians were previously shown to have a captive Demogorgon monster
Andy Rubin’s Essential Company is no more
Essential, the phone company launched by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has announced its closure.
Established in 2015, it had planned to release several phones, a smart home speaker and its own operating system. But it only ended up releasing one handset, the Essential Phone, and a few accessories for it.
It had been working on an unusual super-slim smartphone called Gem but said in a statement that it had “no clear path forward” to deliver it.
The closure of the company means the Essential Phone will no longer receive any software security updates.
However, the company has shared its software on coding site Github so developers can “keep hacking” the device.
Jailed Samsung Chairman steps down
Lee Sang-hoon is stepping down from his position as chairman of Samsung Electronics’ board. According to Reuters, the company will be appointing a successor soon. Lee Sang-hoon was found guilty of sabotaging legitimate union activities and sentenced to 18 months in prisonlast December. As ZDNet reports, he was using several tactics to disrupt and disarm unions, including delaying negotiations between management and laborers, closing subcontracting companies with active unions, and digging for information that could persuade key union members to leave. Twenty-five other people were convicted on similar charges, according to the BBC.
All of these actions took place in 2013, when Lee Sang-hoon was Samsung’s CFO. He was appointed chairman in March 2018, when Samsung split the chairman and CEO roles for the first time. The company thought that decision would increase transparency following a bribery scandal that involved Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, better known as Jay Y. Lee in the West. The fallout of that saga is still ongoing: Jay Y. Lee is facing a retrial after bribing Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of then-South Korea president Park Geun-hye. He was found guilty of perjury, embezzlement and bribery in August 2017 and sentenced to five years in jail. Jay Y. Lee was released after 12 months, however, and given a four-year probation period instead.
There was also the small tidbit of Samsung releasing all their new flagships for the year in the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra alongside the Galaxy Z flip. See here for more on that in the meantime, I’ll be back same time next week!