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Halloween-themed WWE SuperCards

2K has announced Halloween-themed “Trick or Treat” fun for WWE SuperCard, the action-packed collectible card-battling game. Beginning on October 24 and running through to 7 November, players can unlock zombie-themed versions of some of the WWE Superstars, including Paige, The Rock, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Asuka and Shinsuke Nakamura. In addition, players may land themselves spooky SummerSlam ‘18 cards.
WWE SuperCard is available as a free download on the App Store and the Google Play Store.

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Homecoming: A film by Beyoncé – Netflix Exclusive

Netflix has released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which presents an intense and intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). She was the first black woman to headline Coachella.

Click here to watch the trailer, and to read about the film.

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Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional and physical sacrifices it took to conceptualise and execute a performance that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally.

Homecoming recognises the African American visionaries who inspired Beyoncé, including HBCU alums Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, in addition to cultural luminaries like Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Audre Lorde. Beyoncé’s personal knowledge of the relevance and celebration of HBCUs started with her father, Mathew Knowles, an alumnus of Fisk University.

Shot over eight months, the film follows the global entertainer as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins. it highlights the comprehensive preparation involved in creating her groundbreaking performance, including four months of band rehearsals followed by four months of dance rehearsals. More than 150 musicians, dancers and other creatives were hand-picked by the artist herself.

In juggling dual roles as director of both her live performance and the film that captured the process of making it, Beyoncé said: “It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary. We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was a homage to an important part of African American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”

Many in the cast, from band and singers to dancers and steppers are former HBCU students, immersed in the HBCU marching band tradition.  They joined Beyoncé’s own group of performers, some of whom have toured with her for years. Viewers not only get to see the intense dance rehearsals and talent of these amazing artists, but hear their personal journey from HBCU student to artist and the lifelong impact that comes from performing alongside Beyoncé in this historic concert.

“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Longtime collaborator Ed Burke served as co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.

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Microsoft Surface Hub 2 – 85″ panel for workspaces

Microsoft has unveiled an 85-inch model of its Surface Hub 2 interactive wall display, much larger than the original model. The product is aimed at businesses that want a smarter collaborative board.

Click here to read about the business smartboard.

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Microsoft’s Chief of Surface, Panos Panay, introduced the new 85-inch model at Microsoft’s Surface Event in New York this week, and briefly showed it between two of the Surface 2S 50-inch panels. 

The panel is likely to include features of the 2S, including a removable cartridge that will be upgraded next year. This will allow businesses to upgrade their computers with a new CPU, RAM, and GPU, and won’t have to replace the expensive display panel.

Pricing and regional availability has not yet been announced, but the company says it’ll be available in 2020.

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