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By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Another Day, Another Dollar. Well actually… Another Quarter, Another Few Million Dollars. Hasbro held their 2014 1st Quarter Earnings Call moments ago and the Staff of TFW2005 attended online. Nothing major was told but here's the summary.

Quarter 2 Plans For Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers: Rescue Bots Revenue.

Transformers: Battle Masters

A look back at previous movie toy revenue.

Read a detailed report we transcribed, after the jump.

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By samzenpus from Slashdot's not-interested department:
jfruh (300774) writes "While Intel is going after low-end Android tablets in a big way chipmaking x86 rival AMD is taking a more judicious approach, looking to focus on the high end. 'This idea of contra revenue is foreign to us,' said AMD's CEO, referring to Intel's strategy of selling chips at a loss to boost market share. But will Intel's vast resources keep AMD in its niche?"

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By samzenpus from Slashdot's take-the-hard-road department:
theodp (442580) writes "In a NY Times interview on How to Get a Job at Google with Laszlo Bock, who is in charge of all hiring at Google, the subject of grit-based hiring came up. Bock explained: 'I was on campus speaking to a student who was a computer science and math double major, who was thinking of shifting to an economics major because the computer science courses were too difficult. I told that student they are much better off being a B student in computer science than an A+ student in English because it signals a rigor in your thinking and a more challenging course load. That student will be one of our interns this summer.' Bock also advised, 'You need to be very adaptable, so that you have a baseline skill set that allows you to be a call center operator today and tomorrow be able to interpret MRI scans.'"

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By Mechafire from TFW2005:
Transformers: Primacy artist Livio Ramondelli has uploaded to his Instagram an interlocking cover for the book, featuring various characters that will be appearing in the series.

Transformers: Primacy was revealed at WonderCon and is being written by Flint Dille and Chris Metzen, with artwork by Livio Ramondelli - and will be starting this August.

Check the cover out after the jump!

Update: Livio has posted a higher quality version of the cover on his Deviantart. Check it out!

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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1997
Posted by News Fetcher on April 21 '14 at 04:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
1997 arrived and the Beast Wars entered their second year. The toys developed and became more complex, dropping some elements such as battlemasks and flip-changers, but also bringing back limited triple changing and combiners. Transformers returned to Japan once again with “Beast Wars: Super Robot Lifeform Transformer”, both as a toyline and also for the first time in seven years, a cartoon (albeit a dub of Mainframe’s work heavy on adlibbing). Amid all of this, the first Botcon Japan was held, and Kenner experimented with bringing back vehicle Transformers with the Machine Wars…

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By timothy from Slashdot's withdrawing-the-earlier-dept-line department:
The Guardian carries Edward Snowden's detailed rebuttal to critics who say that his recent live-TV interaction with Vladimir Putin, in which Snowden asked whether the Russian government was engaged in spying on Russian citizens' communications, was a scripted moment intended to curry or maintain favor with Putin. After all, Snowden is currently living in Russia, where he has been granted only temporary harbor, goes this argument, so he is at the mercy of the Russian government, and has just gamely thrown Putin a softball. (Slashdot reader Rambo Tribble said the exchange had a "canned quality," a sentiment widely echoed.) Snowden writes that, far from being a whitewash of actual policies by the Russian government, his question ("Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals' communications?") "was intended to mirror the now infamous exchange in US Senate intelligence committee hearings between senator Ron Wyden and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, about whether the NSA collected records on millions of Americans, and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion"; he decribes Putin's answer as a combination of inconsistent denial and evasion. Snowden writes:

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By timothy from Slashdot's more-like-a-hole-in-zero department:
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "According to the National Golf Foundation, golf has lost five million players in the last decade with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. Now Bill Pennington writes that golf courses across the country are experimenting with 15 inch golf holes the size of pizzas to stop people from quitting the game. "We've got to stop scaring people away from golf by telling them that there is only one way to play the game and it includes these specific guidelines," says Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America. "We've got to offer more forms of golf for people to try. We have to do something to get them into the fold, and then maybe they'll have this idea it's supposed to be fun." A 15-inch-hole event was held at the Reynolds Plantation resort last week featuring top professional golfers Sergio García and Justin Rose, the defending United States Open champion. "A 15-inch hole could help junior golfers, beginning golfers and older golfers score better, play faster and like golf more," says García, who shot a six-under-par 30 for nine holes in the exhibition. Another alternative is foot golf, in which players kick a soccer ball from the tee to an oversize hole, counting their kicks. Still it is no surprise that not everyone agrees with the burgeoning alternative movement to make golf more user-friendly. "I don't want to rig the game and cheapen it," says Curtis Strange, a two-time United States Open champion and an analyst for ESPN. "I don't like any of that stuff. And it's not going to happen either. It's all talk.""

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By timothy from Slashdot's such-ungrateful-customers department:
Just a few days after General Mills changed its policies to declare that people who so much as "liked" their page on Facebook thereby waived their right to sue the company in favor of arbitration, the company has reversed itself:

"The announcement resulted in huge backlash on social media, as well as from consumer groups. Legal experts expressed doubts it could ever be enforced. Hamline Law Professor David Schultz appeared on WCCO Sunday Morning.
“When I first saw this earlier this week I said this is questionable at best from a legal point of view,” he said. “From a marketing point of view, it’s a dumb idea, too, but legally it didn’t rest on very sound grounds so it’s not a surprise that they are reversing it. The lawyers at General Mills should have known better.”

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By Ben Huber from Japanator:

Some really cool news came out of WonderCon 2014 for anime fans, in a place you might not expect: the Adventure Time panel. At the panel for the popular show, it was announced that Masaaki Yuasa would direct, write, and storyboard an Adventure Time episode, titled "Food Chain." Yes, that Yuasa (Ping Pong, Kaiba, Kick-Heart). According to reports from the panel, the episode was done with no outside supervision from the Adventure Time team, and was animated in Japan by Yuasa and (presumably) Tatsunoko Productions.

Vulture received an exclusive clip of the episode, which gives you a pretty good idea of where it's going to go, stylistically. It's already a little more loose and dynamic than typical Adventure Time episodes! I haven't kept up with Adventure Time recently, but I'll definitely be checking this out. Oh, and for all the purists out there: no, this episode isn't canon.

Anyone else excited?

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Posted by News Fetcher on April 20 '14 at 09:45 PM
From XKCD:

'DISPATCHING DRONE TO TARGET COORDINATES.' 'Wait, crap, wrong button. Oh jeez.'

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Drones On Demand
Posted by News Fetcher on April 20 '14 at 08:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's but-you-can't-demand-none department:
mikejuk (1801200) writes "Gofor is a new company that is promoting the idea of drones on demand. All you have to do is use the app to request a drone and it shows you were they are and how long before one reaches your location. You want to take the ultimate selfie? Scout ahead to see if the road is clear or just find a parking space? No problem just task a drone to do the job. For the photo you simply flash your phone camera at it and it pinpoints your location for an aerial selfie. If it is scouting ahead then it shows you what awaits you via a video link. See the promo video to see how it might work. Flight of fancy? Possibly but the company claims to be operational in five US cities." I wish my car had a drone for instant scouting of traffic-jam alternates.

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By ORIO from TFW2005:
Popular 3rd party group, Fanstoys, have updated with information on their next release as well as three more releases planned after that. You may know Fanstoys based off of their popular fan produced, unofficial Masterpiece Shockwave, Quakewave. Due for release soon is Scoria, their follow up, an unofficial Masterpiece Dinobot Slag. Tonight, the group has updated with two options for their third intended release named Soar, an unofficial Masterpiece Swoop. Their take on Dinobot Swoop will be available in two different color options. Red, for fans of the G1 toy, and Blue, for fans of his appearance in the original G1 cartoon.

On top of this exciting news, we have a picture revealing Fantoys next three releases after Scoria and Soar. The lineup of toys is called Iron Dibots, and unofficial Masterpiece versions of Snarl, Sludge and finally Grimlock will follow suit. Grimlock is surprising, as fans already have a well represented Masterpiece version of the character. But, fans unhappy that Scoria is going to be taller than the Hasbro/Takara release will be happy to hear a more scaled version is being planned.

Check out the new pics after the break!

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By LB Bryant from Japanator:
So SakuraCon has come and gone but we still have more news to share with you that came out of our weekend in Seattle. Yesterday, Crunchyroll held an industry panel at the con and despite getting through the bulk of their panel material in fifteen minutes before opening it up to Q&A, they did manage to sneak out two minor simulcast announcements.

The first new title which will be added to the site starting on April 24th is a new short titled World Fool News. The series will make its debut on Thursday at 7am Pacific though the leader of the panel didn't mention which regions the series would be available in.

The second announcement caught me off guard a little since it's for a new dubbed series. That's right, one of the leaders in subtitled anime is dipping their toes back into the dub pool with more episodes of Future Card Buddyfight. The new episodes will appear on the site on Friday, April 25th at 4:30pm Pacific. As with the previous announcement there were no regions announced for the title but we can safely assume that both titles will at least be available in the USA.

Sadly this was all that came out of this particular panel. Normally SakuraCon is a wealth of announcements but due to the con falling so late into the spring season this year there wasn't really much to share this time around.

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Shonen Showdown 4-20-2014
Posted by News Fetcher on April 20 '14 at 05:00 PM
By Josh Tolentino from Japanator:
Welcome to another weekly installment of Shonen Showdown, your everyday look at the latest in battle shows. This week we're catching up on the status of our favorite anime memes, and it appears that the evergreen "Moe Moe Kyun!" remains perennially popular, even among people who themselves could be described as "perennial". Truly, a meme for the ages.

Oh, and there's also some stuff here from the latest chapters in Bleach, Naruto, and Hunter x Hunter. Those are nice, as well.


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