Exclusive: Google plans ‘Nest Wifi’ w/ new design, Assistant speakers built-in – 9to5Google

September 17th, 2019

Samsung’s Android 10 beta program may start in October w/ Galaxy S10, Note 10 – 9to5Google

September 17th, 2019

Samsung’s Android 10 beta program may start in October w/ Galaxy S10, Note 10  9to5Google

Samsung’s work with Android 10 may come to fruition this October with a beta program for Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 owners.

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Get this 256GB USB-C drive for $45 ($12 off) on Amazon’s Deal of the Day – Android Police

September 17th, 2019

Get this 256GB USB-C drive for $45 ($12 off) on Amazon’s Deal of the Day  Android Police

Another day on the Amazon Deals of the Day carousel and this go-around, we’re hitting up the storage device manufacturer PNY. If you want a 512GB SD card.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader rules out talks with U.S. as tensions rise in wake of attacks on Saudi oil facilities – The Globe and Mail

September 17th, 2019

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran will not negotiate with the United States until the Trump administration reverses course and rejoins the multiparty nuclear agreement that U.S. President Donald Trump walked away from in 2018.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader has ruled out any negotiations with the United States, further escalating tensions in the wake of a stunning weekend attack that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that Iran will not negotiate with the United States until the Trump administration reverses course and rejoins the multiparty nuclear agreement that U.S. President Donald Trump walked away from in 2018. The statement seemed intended to quash talk that Mr. Trump would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of next week’s United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. It also dimmed hopes that diplomacy could help avert a conflict between Iran and the U.S. and its allies.

Also in motion Tuesday was a crucial election in Israel, where the next prime minister could quickly find themselves dealing with conflict on one or more fronts should Tehran decide to activate allies such as the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon or the Islamic Jihad group in the Gaza Strip. With the vote expected to produce a virtual dead heat between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and the centrist Blue and White, it could be weeks before a new Israeli government is formed.

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Tensions have spiked across the Middle East since Saturday, when a series of explosions rocked Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing plant – the largest in the world, accounting for more than 5 per cent of global production – as well as the nearby Khurais oil field. World oil prices climbed almost 20 per cent Monday – the sharpest spike since the 1991 Gulf War – before declining almost 5 per cent Tuesday.

While Yemen’s Houthi rebels were quick to claim responsibility for the attack, there is widespread skepticism that the Iranian-backed insurgents have the technological capability to hit well-defended oil facilities more than 1,200 kilometres from the areas of Yemen under Houthi control.

Several U.S. media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and CNN, quoted unnamed U.S. government officials saying there was a growing consensus in the intelligence community that the attack – which involved a mix of cruise missiles and explosives-laden drones – was carried out directly by Iran from Iranian soil.

If that consensus solidifies into a conclusion – and is backed by evidence that Western capitals can agree on – the question will quickly become what Mr. Trump and Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, decide to do about it. Both men have reputations for tough talk and unpredictable actions.

On Tuesday, Riyadh struck a distinctly multilateral note – calling on the international community to “shoulder its responsibility” and confront Iran, even as some in Washington are taking a more hawkish stance.

“The target list I would put on the table if there is a military strike would be the Iranian oil refineries,” Lindsey Graham, a prominent Republican senator seen as close to Mr. Trump, told CNN. “Nobody’s talking about invading Iran, but we want to make them pay a price for trying to disrupt world order. Hitting their refineries would make them pay that price.”

Mr. Trump himself has vacillated between implied threats of war and musing about a possible diplomatic resolution. He declared Sunday via his Twitter account that the U.S. was “locked and loaded” and waiting only for the Saudis to say who was responsible for the attack. A day later, he told reporters in the White House that the diplomatic route was “never exhausted,” adding that he “would certainly like to avoid” a war with Iran.

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The shifting line from the White House is nothing new. Mr. Trump’s policy of trying to escalate pressure on the Iranian regime while also saying he wants to avoid getting tangled in a Middle Eastern war has created a situation where Iran feels both cornered and emboldened.

Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks made clear that Tehran sees the current round of hostilities as rooted in Mr. Trump’s May, 2018, decision to withdraw from the multinational agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. That deal, which was signed in 2015 by the Obama administration, saw Iran suspend its nuclear ambitions in exchange for the lifting of some economic sanctions.

Mr. Trump came to office vowing to tear up the deal, saying that even if Iran was complying with the JCPOA’s caps on uranium enrichment, the deal was defective because it did not require Iran to give up its missile-building program or cease supporting armed groups around the Middle East.

To Tehran, Mr. Trump’s move to leave the pact and reimpose sanctions marked the beginning of renewed U.S. economic warfare. Iran’s gross domestic product contracted 3.9 per cent in 2018 – after two years of impressive growth following the signing of the JCPOA – and is expected to shrink a further 6 per cent this year.

“If U.S. repents and returns to JCPOA … then it can join and talk with Iran,” Mr. Khamenei said in a statement. “Otherwise no negotiation will take place between Islamic Republic and U.S. officials at any level.”

As the economic pressure has escalated, Iran has been blamed for a series of increasingly brazen strikes targeting global energy supply. First came a series of mysterious attacks on oil tankers, and now the air strikes on Abqaiq and Khurais.

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The curtains are also being pulled back on a regionwide shadow war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the two would-be leaders of the Muslim world. For 15 years they have battled each other via proxy forces – most recently in Syria and Yemen and before that in Lebanon and Iraq. Now, if U.S. intelligence is correct, Iran has decided to start hitting its enemies directly.

Iran has also threatened to target U.S. military forces in the region should Mr. Trump order them to get involved. “Everybody should know that all American bases and their aircraft carriers in a distance of up to 2,000 kilometres around Iran are within the range of our missiles,” Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force, said Monday.

Israel could quickly become another front if hostilities escalate. Tuesday’s election came less than three weeks after a tit-for-tat exchange of fire across the Israel-Lebanon border that was the biggest since the Israeli military and Hezbollah fought a devastating month-long war in 2006.

Mr. Netanyahu reportedly considered asking for the election to be postponed so he could order a military operation in the Gaza Strip after rockets fired by Islamic Jihad forced him to stop speaking and seek cover in the middle of a campaign event in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

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Two labs in the world keep a live smallpox sample. The one in Russia just had an explosion – USA TODAY

September 17th, 2019
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An explosion sparked a fire Monday at a Russian biological research center known for being one of two places in the world that holds live samples of the smallpox virus.

A gas cylinder exploded on the fifth floor of a six story laboratory building at the Russian State Centre for Research on Virology and Biotechnology in the city of Koltsovo, the center said in a statement Monday. A sanitary inspection room was being repaired when the blast hit the center, also known as VECTOR, causing a fire that spread 30 square meters. 

No biohazard material was held in the room where the explosion occurred and only one person was injured, according to the statement. Russia’s news agency TASS reported that an employee of a construction contracting organization was taken to the burn center in the city of Novosibirsk with burns to the lower extremities and is in intensive care.

Glass was shattered in the building according to TASS, but the center said there was no damage to the concrete reinforced structure.Nikolai Krasnikov, the town’s mayor, stressed to TASS that the incident posed no threat, biological or otherwise, to the population.

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VECTOR was founded in 1974 to study deadly diseases like anthrax and develop biological weapons during the Cold War era, but the center now focuses on diagnosing and treating infectious diseases like swine flu, HIV and Ebola, according to TASS.

The lab is one of two places in the world that houses the live smallpox virus; the other is a lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. The site was inspected by the World Health Organization in 2016 and was found to meet international levels of biosafety and biosecurity for its smallpox research and storage but inspectors “requested further work on some issues.”

A VECTOR researched died in 2004 after pricking herself with a needle carrying the Ebola virus, the Moscow Times reported, which raised concerns about the lab’s safety and secrecy. 

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Politics Briefing: Plane trouble strikes again – The Globe and Mail

September 17th, 2019

Hello. We begin today with a file from the road. Janice Dickson, who is with the Conservative tour this week, reports that the Liberals aren’t the only ones facing transport troubles:

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and his campaign had to switch to a different plane last night after a mechanical issue was discovered on the Conservative-branded plane.

Shortly after landing in Calgary Monday afternoon, the plane sat on the tarmac for an hour before being towed to the disembarking area. Mechanics determined the plane had a hydraulics issue with the ground steering, a spokesman for the party said, and that the party is expecting the plane to be back in commission soon.

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This is the second time a federal party has faced a flying issue. On the first day of the election campaign, the Liberals’ plane was damaged after a coach bus drove under one of its wings.

Despite the similar setback faced by the Conservatives, they were eager to to embrace the replacement Airbus, which took the entourage to Winnipeg.

Speaking into the plane’s intercom, a Conservative campaign member said “Air Conservative will be back soon. See you on Scheer Force One tomorrow,” and played Mr. Scheer’s campaign song.

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DAILY TRACKING OF PUBLIC OPINION

  • Conservatives: 36 per cent
  • Liberals: 35 per cent
  • NDP: 15 per cent
  • Green: 7 per cent
  • Bloc: 5 per cent
  • People’s Party: 2 per cent

Analysis from Nik Nanos: “Conservative support trends upward and the two-way race between the Conservatives and Liberals continues. Support for Greens shows noticeable negative pressure.”

The survey was conducted by Nanos Research and was sponsored by The Globe and Mail and CTV. 1,200 Canadians were surveyed between Sept. 14 and 16, 2019. The margin of error is 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Respondents were asked: “If a federal election were held today, could you please rank your top two current local voting preferences?” A report on the results, questions and methodology for this and all surveys can be found at https://tgam.ca/election-polls.

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TODAY’S HEADLINES

ICYMI on Day 6 of the campaign: It was all about families for two of the main parties. The Liberals promised funding for more before- and after-school care for children. The Conservatives said they would revive child fitness and arts-program tax credits, part of a suite of broad-based and targeted tax cuts that the party is promising. The NDP announced a former Quebec Green leader would run for them in the province. The federal Green Party announced their platform. And People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier was invited to take part in the official leaders’ debate.

Today on the campaign trail: Still all about families. The Conservatives said they would boost government contributions to Registered Education Savings Plans while the Liberals promised to make parental benefits tax-free – a different spin on a similar proposal made by the Conservatives earlier in the campaign. The NDP, meanwhile, pledged to build more affordable housing.

A central focus of the campaigns is on affordability, in an age when household debt continues to climb. The Globe and Mail did an analysis to find the most financially stressed neighbourhoods in the country. The results? They are almost exclusively in the suburbs of the Greater Toronto Area and Vancouver – the so-called “vote-rich” ridings that the parties keep targeting.

The federal government has reported its year-end fiscal numbers for the 2018-19 year that ended March 31. The deficit ended up at $14-billion, a slight improvement on the $14.9-billion that the Liberals had budgeted – though nowhere near the budgetary balance Mr. Trudeau had promised in the 2015 election.

The Liberals have pledged to eliminate all the boil-water advisories in First Nations by March, 2021. Neskantaga in Northern Ontario has the longest advisory in the country, lasting 25 years. Nearly a hundred residents were evacuated to Thunder Bay this week as homes lost what little water supply they had.

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A senior RCMP intelligence officer who was arrested last week for breaching official secrets law was found out because of a separate organized-crime investigation. Police seized a laptop owned by Vincent Ramos, a Vancouver businessman linked to organized crime, in March and discovered an internal document that they realized had been leaked. Over the ensuing months, a source told The Globe, RCMP investigators worked to trace the alleged leak and ended up charged Cameron Ortis, the head of the police force’s intelligence unit. The federal government is currently doing damage control with its international allies who may be concerned that information shared with Canada could have been leaked, too.

And Saudi Arabia is asking the international community to condemn the perpetrators of an attack on the country’s oil facilities on the weekend. The Saudi government blames Iranian weapons for the attack. The price of oil surged on Monday on worries about how the attack could affect the supply of Saudi oil, but the price has gone back down on word that the Saudis expect to be back up and running within weeks.

Jessica Davis (The Globe and Mail) on the RCMP intelligence officer charged with breaching the secrets law: “The allegations he faces – betraying his country, as Mr. Ortis is alleged to have done by stealing and attempting to convey (or sell) this information – are not something that is done lightly. At the outset, this case looks like a classic insider threat – which is, in the spy world, the holy grail of espionage. But, if complicit, this does not necessarily mean that it was directed by a foreign country; insider threats can also emanate from people motivated by a wide variety of factors including grievance, ideology, compromise, extortion or ego.”

Bessma Momani (The Globe and Mail) on tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: “Expect lots of Trump machismo on this issue for months, if not longer. But with Iran hawk John Bolton out of the White House, the chance of outright military confrontation with Iran is less than ever. Iran knows Mr. Bolton’s departure as national security adviser takes out the loudest champion for Iranian regime change and war. Tehran takes comfort in this White House staffing change, and the Republican base’s desire to avoid getting entangled in yet another Middle East war. Iran will take advantage of these circumstances until either sanctions are relieved or Mr. Trump is out of office.”

Daphne Bramham (Vancouver Sun) on expat voters and an unofficial gathering of Conservatives in Hong Kong: “Potentially, the Hong Kong votes could be decisive in Metro Vancouver, Toronto and even Calgary ridings because overseas Canadians vote in the riding where they last lived. But, so far, only 865 have registered as of this week, according to Elections Canada. Globally, fewer than 20,000 have registered with nearly half of those living in the United States and most of the others living in Britain, Australia and Germany.”

Sarah Boesveld (Flare) on Trudeau’s promised feminism: “This has not been a perfect past four years for women, but having a feminist government that has (mostly) put substance behind the branding and has shown that it cares about women through policy, has mattered to progressive women voters.”

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John Ibbitson (The Globe and Mail) on the Green Party platform as a list of asks in a hung parliament: “None of those priorities would be acceptable to Conservatives. So, does that mean the Liberals can count on the Greens? Not quite. Another Green priority is electoral reform, which means moving away from first-past-the-post and toward some form of proportional representation. Justin Trudeau promised electoral reform, then broke that promise. Would Andrew Scheer agree to PR to get the Greens to support his throne speech?”

Christie Blatchford (National Post) on campaign promises: “And the few biggish ideas – the various parties’ child-care or climate change policies, for instance – are not as such debated, but rather presented as quid pro quos: You give me your vote, I with your own money, will return X dollars to your pocket. It all has the greasy transactional feel that is so very Ottawa.”

Just 35 days of the campaign to go…

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NBC Peacock is Comcast’s dive into the crazy streaming-video fray – Ars Technica

September 17th, 2019
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The streaming fragmentation war continues apace, and today’s new contender comes from Comcast—specifically, its NBCUniversal subsidiary, which finally took the wraps off its NBC Peacock service on Tuesday after months of rumors.

The official site is currently scarce on details, but NBCUniversal has begun distributing a massive list of expected new and legacy series coming to Peacock when it launches in “April 2020.” In all, NBCUniversal estimates “15,000 hours” of content on that day-one launch. No pricing information is yet attached.

To review: Peacock is just the latest to join the likes of existing “mainstream” services Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube TV, and CBS All Access, as well as this November’s Disney+ and Apple TV+ and next year’s HBO Max. That doesn’t even count the proliferation of “niche” streaming services ranging from the anime-focused Crunchyroll to the proudly pretentious Criterion.

Brave old reboots

What makes up so many hours of NBCUniversal content? A brand-new Battlestar Galactica reboot is the obvious excitement point around these parts, of course. The other major sci-fi offering in today’s news is an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel Brave New World, but its unproven cast and showrunner (David Wiener, who’s worked on a Walking Dead TV spinoff) don’t currently inspire a ton of confidence.

Two other Peacock-exclusive reboots headline today’s news: Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster. Both promise to bring back those series’ original child stars. In Punky‘s case, actor Soleil Moon Frye returns to the titular role as a “single mom of three.” Meanwhile, Saved by the Bell promises to bring back at least two original actors, and… well, let’s just read the exact series pitch, because you wouldn’t believe me if I paraphrased it:

When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest-performing schools in the state—including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.

(Maybe they should call it Saved by the DeVos?) Weirdly, that series’ description doesn’t mention original Zack actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, but rather cameo roles from Mario Lopez (Slater) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie). Simply for chaos’ sake, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that they somehow cast Dustin Diamond (Screech) in the new Zack-as-governator role.

The rest of today’s list includes a mix of scripted, talk-show, and “reality” fare, with existing network series AP Bio getting shuffled to the Peacock side of things. Some new shows are simply listed as “pilot,” perhaps indicating that they’ll only get an April 2020 tease before having a fuller slate of episodes revealed later. We also don’t know if the service will dump entire series at launch for the sake of stream-binging or whether Peacock will operate more like a traditional TV network with a once-a-week drop for its comedy and drama series. Really, we have no idea how the service will work—or how parent company Comcast will get Comcastic in terms of required hardware, cable-TV subscriptions, or Comcast member discounts.

Classic series—and a few will have to wait

In terms of legacy series, we have the following list of English-language content expected to launch on Peacock in April. While many of these are NBC classics, a few of these series were made famous on networks like CBS and Fox, but NBCUniversal likely owns the distribution rights.

  • Bates Motel
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Cheers
  • Chrisley Knows Best
  • Covert Affairs
  • Downton Abbey
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Frasier
  • Friday Night Lights
  • House
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • The King of Queens
  • Married… with Children
  • Monk
  • Parenthood
  • Psych
  • The Real Housewives
  • Royal Pains
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Superstore
  • 30 Rock
  • Top Chef
  • Will & Grace

We already knew NBCUniversal was planning its own streaming service, as the company had announced in June that it had secured rights to airing The Office online—taking the series away from its current domestic streaming home of Netflix. Since that deal doesn’t expire until January 2021, today’s announcement confirms that Peacock will have to wait before stomping into Scranton. A similar exclusivity deal will prevent Parks & Recreation from launching on Peacock until October 2020.

One interesting tidbit buried in the news: three film studios are lined up to create “original movies” exclusive to the service. Those are all Comcast subsidiaries: Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and DreamWorks Animation. We can’t imagine Universal will relegate its upcoming Super Mario film to streaming-exclusive status, but we’ll have to wait to hear exactly what films they relegate to the Peacock bin.

All of this comes at almost the perfect corporate timing in terms of Disney acquiring a majority stake in Hulu this May, where series like Brooklyn 99 have resided for some time. Clearly, Comcast took its Hulu stake buyout as an opportunity to build its own rival paid service, and an 11-month period between series development and launch is standard for network television.

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RCMP head says allies concerned, but supportive in wake of spy charges – CBC News

September 17th, 2019

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said today the national police force is working to limit security risks among Canada’s intelligence allies and assess potential operational damage in the wake of charges laid against one of its top intelligence officers.

“I would definitely imagine that there is concern among our Five Eyes community, as well as within Canada,” Lucki told a news conference at RCMP national headquarters in Ottawa.

“Right now there is great support from those communities, both in Canada and abroad, and of course we are concerned as well. But until we know what we’re dealing with specifically, our risk assessment is fluid and the measure of severity of such an event is fluid as well, depending on what we find as the investigation furthers.”

Late last week, Cameron Ortis, 47, was charged under a section of the Security of Information Act that applies to individuals “permanently bound to secrecy” as a condition of their work. The director general of the RCMP’s national intelligence co-ordination centre is accused of preparing to share sensitive information with a foreign entity or terrorist organization.

“Once the RCMP became aware of the alleged activities, we worked with partners to take immediate steps to safeguard the information. Together, we are working to assess the level of impact to operations, if any,” she said.

The commissioner said she could not comment on possible motives. She said Ortis has been employed in various roles by the RCMP since 2007.

Lucki also said no Canadian ally has made any moves to limit or suspend intelligence-sharing with Canada.

“We haven’t had any restrictions at this point, and again, it’s early on in the investigation,” she said.

Lucki said that at this point it appears Ortis allegedly acted alone, adding witnesses will be interviewed. 

In a written statement issued yesterday, Lucki confirmed that Ortis had access to domestic and foreign intelligence.

She called the allegations “extremely unsettling.”

Cameron Ortis makes his first court appearance in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The civilian employee with an RCMP intelligence team faces several charges under the Security of Information Act. (Sketch by Laurie Foster-MacLeod for CBC News)

Leak could cause ‘devastating’ damage: documents

According to documents viewed by CBC, the cache of classified intelligence material Ortis allegedly was preparing to share is so vital to Canada’s national security that the country’s intelligence agencies say its misuse would strike at the heart of Canada’s security.

“CSE’s preliminary assessment is that damage caused by the release of these reports and intelligence is HIGH and potentially devastating in that it would cause grave injury to Canada’s national interests,” say the documents.

The documents reveal that investigators covertly searched Ortis’s condo last month and found a number of handwritten notes providing instructions on how to share documents without leaving a paper trail.

They also reveal that Ortis was just over $90,000 in debt.

The documents allege the security services first got wind of Ortis through a separate investigation of Phantom Secure Communications, a B.C.-based company under investigation for providing encrypted communication devices to international criminals.

In March of last year, the FBI revealed that it had taken down an international criminal communications service based in Canada that had revenue of $80 million over the last decade.

The documents seen by CBC News say the FBI investigation discovered in 2018 that a person was sending emails to Vincent Ramos, CEO of Phantom Secure Communications, offering to provide valuable information.

The documents allege that person was Ortis.

“You don’t know me. I have information that I am confident you will find very valuable,” one email contained in the documents reads.

A subsequent email promised to provide “intel about your associates and individuals using their network internationally.”

Ortis is expected back in court later this week.

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Kuo: iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Have Accounted for Combined 55% of Pre-Orders – Mac Rumors

September 17th, 2019

Oh, frak: There’s another Battlestar Galactica reboot coming – Ars Technica

September 17th, 2019
The Battlestar Galactica cast as "The Last Supper" from 2007.
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Battlestar Galactica is coming back. Again.

The reboot of the series was announced today for Comcast’s upcoming NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock, The Hollywood Reporter reports today.

The original Battlestar Galactica was on the air for all of one season, running from fall 1978 to spring 1979. A 2003 miniseries revisiting the core concept⁠—robots called Cylons are coming to kill us all, and that’s Very Bad⁠—served as the backdoor pilot to an eventual four-season run on the SyFy basic cable network (then called Sci Fi). The reboot series, which ran from 2004 to 2008, proved divisive among fans, inspiring passionate responses to both undeniably strong and extremely questionable writing choices throughout its run.

The new show will be “an updated, more modern look at the world” based on the 2004 edition, THR says, not the 1978 original. The show will be helmed by Sam Esmail, who is best known as the creator of Mr. Robot. The final season of Mr. Robot will be airing this fall, freeing Esmail up for other projects. He will reportedly also be heading up two other series for the streaming service, including an adaptation of the classic 1927 film Metropolis.

In a tweet posted after this story was originally written, Esmail clarified that the show is not a straight remake but instead something of a spinoff, “because… why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!”

You may now feel free to relitigate the pros and cons of the 2004 series in the comments. (The cast was perfect. Fight me.)

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