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Game of Thrones leaks, Old Spice on Twitch, Apple Watch sells out, Google avoids spoilers, IBM Watson writes a cookbook, and Star Wars takes revenge on Los Angeles.
Game of Thrones Leaks Online
In a blow to HBO, the first four episodes of Season 5 of Game of Thrones leaked online a day before the show premiered around the world. According to TorrentFreak, the leaked episodes were first spotted on private torrent tracker IPT before making their way to public torrent trackers.
The leak is thought to have come from review copies sent to the press, with HBO stating, “Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of Game of Thrones originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them. We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.”
The episodes leaked on torrent sites are only available in standard-definition, which may be the one saving grace, as dedicated fans will likely opt to watch in high-definition instead. Still, this is a mini disaster for HBO for obvious reasons, and for fans too, who now run the risk of seeing major spoilers posted online by people who have watched ahead.
While HBO failed to prevent Game of Thrones from leaking, the U.S. television network successfully streamed the first episode of the show through its new HBO Now service. HBO Go viewers weren’t so lucky, with many reporting problems lasting until several hours after the premiere had ended on cable.
Twitch Plays Old Spice From April 16
Old Spice is about to invade Twitch, as brands realize the power of the platform. Taking its cue from Twitch Plays Pokémon, which saw thousands of people collectively playing through Pokémon Red, Old Spice will be letting the Twitch audience control what one guy does for three whole days.
The guy in question will be roaming around a stage-managed portion of woods full of talking trees, actors in animal suits, and props aplenty. He’ll take instructions on what to do from a Twitch chatroom full of the people watching from the comfort of their own homes. And anything goes, apparently.
Old Spice suggests, “This man we have placed in the bounteous grandeur of nature is contractually obligated to do everything you, and millions of other Internet users, tell him to do.” However, it makes it perfectly clear that “this is a professional advertising stunt introducing the new Old Spice Fresher Collection.”
The stream is already in place and just waiting for the action to begin. Twitch Plays Old Spice will run for 10 hours each day between April 16 and April 18.
Apple Watch Sells Out In Six Hours
The Apple Watch is reported to have sold out in under six hours, with the availability of most models slipping to between four and six weeks. Apple began taking pre-orders for its latest hardware release on Friday night/Saturday morning, and there is now little chance of getting your hands on one until well after the product launches on April 24.
Whether this means millions of iPhone owners have snapped up Apple Watches or that Apple intentionally ensured demand outstripped supply isn’t clear. But it appears that Apple has another hit on its hands, despite the negative reviews of its first-time smartwatch. Loyalty really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Google Patents Spoiler-Free System
Should we all agree not to post Game of Thrones spoilers? pic.twitter.com/FD1pGx8YtK
— Imgur (@imgur) April 12, 2015
Google has patented a system designed to help Internet users avoid spoilers. Google filed the patent in 2012, and it was published last week after being awarded in 2014. With the Game of Thrones leak, as reported above, such a system couldn’t come at a better time.
The system works by users tracking their progress through film series, TV shows, and books on social networking sites. This would then be compared to other’s progress, and any potential spoilers would be blurred out by default.
There is no indication Google is actually working on implementing the system, but it seems ready-made for Google+. However, we suspect that by the time this actually becomes a thing, Google+ will be no more, despite Google’s promises.
IBM Produces A Watson Cookbook
The Chef Watson cookbook has arrived. Anyone for Belgian Bacon Pudding? pic.twitter.com/yG6YoQXAyz
— Duncan Anderson (@duncsand) February 25, 2015
IBM has produced a cookbook, using its supercomputer Watson to concoct 65 original recipes. The title of the book won’t win any awards for being catchy, as Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson: Recipes for Innovation from IBM & the Institute of Culinary Education is a bit of a mouthful. But the recipes included within will hopefully prove to be a lot more appetizing.
Watson came up with every recipe in the book, with IBM stating, “The collection of recipes was crafted based on the system’s understanding of flavor compounds, food pairing theories and the psychology of people’s likes and dislikes.” However, human chefs then refined the recipes based on extensive taste testing. Which is probably just as well.
The Empire Invades Los Angeles
And finally, we no longer have to wonder what it would be look like were Imperial forces to invade Earth. This is thanks to Kaipo Jones, a filmmaker and digital artist who spent several months creating the video embedded above.
It shows the two sides of the major Star Wars conflict battling for control of the skies above Los Angeles. A fight which leaves the indigenous population with nowhere to hide. Still, at least the Death Star wasn’t called into action. [H/T Los Angeles Magazine]
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