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Surface Laptop Studio shows off Windows 11 with a trick no other laptop can do

MICROSOFT has taken the wraps off an all-new Surface laptop with a never-before-seen trick. The Surface Laptop Studio was designed to show-off Windows 11 and will launch worldwide next month. Here’s everything you need to know, including the best features and that all-important price.

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New Beats Studio Buds win over Apple AirPods on features and price

After weeks of rumours, Beats has finally revealed their all-new Studio Buds earbuds. These wireless ‘buds, which will go on sale this summer, offer an abundance of features for an incredibly reasonable price. At just £129.99, the latest from Beats are £30 cheaper than the standard Apple AirPods and Google Pixel Buds, to name a few rivals.

Thankfully, that comparatively low cost does not means that Beats has cut back on features. Instead, the Apple-owned audio firm is boasting that its Studio Buds will “deliver a high-quality audio experience.”

That’s mainly due to the 8.2mm dual-element diaphragm driver, which should help boom sound into your ears with the usual bass we’ve come to expect from Beats. And that’s not all as, unlike the basic AirPods, the Studio Buds feature Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) which will block out all background sound around you for an uninterrupted music experience.

For those times when you need to hear some ambient audio, there’s a Transparency mode, which should mean you don’t miss your train or plane when announcements are made over the Tannoy system. With a tap, you’ll be able to block everything out again and get back to your song or podcast.

To boost things further, you’ll get Apple’s clever Spatial Audio technology which makes the sound appear to hit your ears from all directions for a far more immersive experience.

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Of course, like all wireless buds, you get a neat pocket-sized charging case that boosts the battery when things run flat. Beats says that you’ll get around 8 hours of playback before they’ll need refilling with the case offering a total of 24-hours of battery life.

There’s also a nice Fast Fuel charge option with a quick 5-minutes in the case offering an hour of music. If you happen to lose them then don’t panic as Beats Studio Buds are the first Beats product to support both Find My in iOS and Find My Device on Android.

Finally, the design should mean they survive the British weather and your trips to the gym with an IPX4 water-resistant rating and, for the first time ever, convenient one-touch pairing comes to both iOS and Android users.

“In building a product this small, every minute detail was considered, analysed and selected to optimise for sound quality, comfort and durability,” said Oliver Schusser, vice president of Beats and Apple Music. “Studio Buds are our tiniest, most subtle form factor to date, yet keep Beats’ promise of delivering an immersive sound experience in a beautiful design.”

Beats Studio Buds will be available in the UK beginning this summer for £129.99 and will be available in three colours, White, Black and Red.

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Amazon to buy MGM, studio behind James Bond and 'Shark Tank'

Amazon is paying $ 8.45 billion for MGM, making it the company’s second-largest acquisition after buying grocer Whole Foods for nearly $ 14 billion in 2017.

NEW YORK — Online shopping giant Amazon is buying MGM, the movie and TV studio behind James Bond, “Legally Blonde” and “Shark Tank,” with the hopes of filling its video streaming service with more stuff to watch.
Amazon is paying $ 8.45 billion for MGM, making it the company’s second-largest acquisition after it bought grocer Whole Foods for nearly $ 14 billion in 2017.
The deal is the latest in the media industry that’s aimed at boosting streaming services to compete against Netflix and Disney+. AT&T and Discovery announced last week that they would combine media companies, creating a powerhouse that includes HGTV, CNN, Food Network and HBO.
Amazon doesn’t say how many people watch its Prime Video streaming service, but more than 200 million people have access to it because they pay for Prime membership, which gives them faster shipping and other perks.
Amazon said Wednesday that it would use MGM’s vast library, which includes famous characters such as Rocky, RoboCop and Pink Panther, to create new movies and shows.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun work,” said Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, during the company’s shareholder meeting on Wednesday. “People who love stories are going to be the big beneficiaries.”
Sucharita Kodali, an eCommerce analyst at Forrester Research Inc., said streaming companies need shows people can’t watch elsewhere in order to standout and be competitive.
“There is an arms race to get what you can while the window is open,” she said. Plus, the price tag is just a tiny fraction of Amazon’s valuation, which is nearing $ 2 trillion.
Known for its roaring lion logo, MGM is one of the oldest studios in Hollywood, founded in 1924 when films were still silent. But its shine has faded considerably over the years. In the mid-1980s, it sold much of its pre-1948 catalog, including “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind,” which is now owned by Warner Bros. And its sprawling California lot was bought by Sony.
For much of the past decade, MGM juggled bankruptcy and a revolving door of owners while its new releases dwindled. Long up for sale, MGM’s desirability was lessened, not just because of its partially auctioned-off library, but because its prized property — James Bond — isn’t owned outright. MGM splits ownership of it with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who have ultimate control over the franchise. The release of the latest James Bond entry, “No Time to Die,” has been on hold through the pandemic, with a fall release now planned.
Its other upcoming movies include Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, “Soggy Bottom,” starring Bradley Cooper; Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci,” with Lady Gaga and Adam Driver; and the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect,” with Jennifer Hudson. Its library still includes more than 4,000 movies, including “Silence of the Lambs” and “Thelma & Louise,” and 17,000 TV shows, such as reality TV staples “Shark Tank” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Amazon will also get cable channel Epix out of the deal.
Amazon already has its own studio, but has had mixed results. Two of its shows, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Fleabag,” won best comedy series Emmys. Although it has won several Oscars, including most recently for “Sound of Metal,” many of its films have failed to click with audiences at the box office. Recently, Amazon has been spending on sports and splashy shows. It will stream “Thursday Night Football” next year and is producing a “Lord of the Rings” show, which reportedly cost $ 450 million for its first season alone.
Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. declined to say when it expects the deal to be finalized. But when it does, it will make Amazon, already one of the most powerful and valuable companies in the world, even bigger. Regulators around the world are scrutinizing Amazon’s business practices, specifically the way it looks at information from businesses that sell goods on its site and uses it to create its own Amazon-branded products.
A report by the House Judiciary Committee in October called for a possible breakup of Amazon and others, making it harder for them to buy other businesses and imposing new rules to safeguard competition.
Amazon, founded in 1995 as an online bookstore, has become a $ 1.6 trillion behemoth that does a little bit of everything. It has a delivery business network that gets orders to people in two days or sooner; sells inhalers and insulin; has a cloud-computing business that powers the apps of Netflix and McDonald’s; and has plans to send more than 3,200 satellites into space to beam internet service to Earth.
AP Film Writer Jake Coyle in New York also contributed to this story.

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James Bond studio MGM bought for $8.45 billion: Top 20 films set to land on Amazon Prime

Following reports of recent talks, James Bond studio MGM has been purchased by Amazon in a deal worth $ 8.45 billion. The Hollywood studio is almost 100 years old with Amazon saying it will help “preserve MGMs’ heritage and catalogue of films” following the acquisition. Here are the Top 20 MGM movies that will likely be heading to Amazon Prime, in no particular order:
1. The James Bond franchise
2. The Silence of the Lambs
3. Tomb Raider
4. Raging Bull
5. The Pink Panther franchise
6. Rocky franchise
7. Creed franchise
8. Legally Blonde franchise
9. Rain Man
10. Stargate
11. Basic Instinct
12. RoboCop franchise
13. The Birdcage
14. Moonstruck
15. Twelve Angry Men
16. The Magnificent Seven
17. The Thomas Crown Affair
18. Doctor Zhivago
19. Poltergeist
20. Thelma and Louise

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MGM’s merger under Amazon means that the tech giant will own 50 per cent of the rights of the Bond franchise.

The other half is under Danjaq, which is co-owned by EON productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.

According to Bond news site MI6 HQ, the acquisition will not affect the theatrical release of No Time To Die.

Daniel Craig’s fifth and final Bond movie will be distributed internationally by Universal Pictures with a UK release date of September 30 in cinemas.

Of course, the question is whether post-Craig Amazon will want to create a shared Bond universe across film and TV.

This model has been working very well on Disney+ across that studio’s Marvel and Star Wars properties.

However, it remains to be seen if such a modern move would be viable for a more traditional franchise like Bond, which has far fewer characters than others.

While any such plans would have to be signed off with the Bond producers at EON productions.

Whatever the case, Barbara Broccoli has promised that the next reboot of Bond will be something pretty different to what we’ve seen before. 

The producer told Total Film last year: “It will have to be reimagined, in the way each actor has reimagined the role.

“That’s what is so exciting and fun about this franchise; the character evolves.

“Eventually, when we have to think about it, we’ll find the right person.”

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Amazon aims for TV domination with £6bn bid to buy James Bond studio

The sale would meanAmazon’s own Prime streaming service could tap into a vast back catalogue of iconic movies and television. Investment analyst Dan Ives, from Wedbush Securities, said: “This is a streaming arms race.” MGM, with its Leo the Lion logo and roar, is one of Hollywood’s most famous studios with an almost century-long history.
MGM Holdings, the parent company, is said to have been exploring a sale since the end of last year. Analysts said Amazon’s prospective purchase of MGM Studios would mark a major step for its Prime streaming service.

MGM Studios has the rights to films and television shows covering the past 10 decades, through the Golden Age of Hollywood to the present day.

It is home to some of the biggest movies of all time, including The Wizard Of Oz from 1939, 1959’s Ben-Hur and the Rocky franchise.

In more recent times it has produced Bond movies starring Daniel Craig and The Handmaid’s Tale television series.

Yesterday’s talks come just hours after telecoms giant AT&T agreed to combine its Warner Media unit with Discovery in a £30billion deal to create another new streaming giant.

On Monday an agreement was reached to put together movie giant Warner Bros Entertainment, which owns the Harry Potter and Batman franchises, with Discovery’s home, cooking, nature and science shows.

Warner Media-owned HBO and HBO Max now have around 64 million subscribers worldwide, with hits such as Game Of Thrones and Succession.

But it is currently dwarfed by larger rivals like Netflix, which has 208 million subscribers, and Disney+, which has more than 100 million.

Discovery, whose portfolio includes Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, reaches more than 88 million US homes. Its Discovery+ streaming service, which launched in January, has 15million subscribers.

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Star Trek: Tom Hardy ‘wanted by studio to return as Jean-Luc Picard clone Shinzon’

Back in 2002, an unknown Tom Hardy played an imperfect clone of Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard. The rising star bagged the role of Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis after auditioning for the role by tape, which he filmed partly nude. Now, almost 20 years later, a new report is claiming that Paramount Pictures are seeking for Tom Hardy to reprise Shinzon in a future Star Trek project.
Giant Freakin Robot’s trusted source claims Hardy’s Shinzon is just one of a number of previous villains from Star Trek: The Next Generation and other series that the studio is interested in reviving.

Star Trek fans will know that Shinzon was a clone created by the Romulans to replace Picard and spy from inside the Federation.

However, this plan was abandoned and Shinzon was exiled to Remus where he led soldiers during the Dominion War.

At the start of Nemesis, Hardy’s villain then led a coup of the Romulan senate and installed himself as Praetor.

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And after his clash with the real Picard throughout the rest of the story, Shinzon ended up dead by the time Nemesis’ credits rolled and the movie was a box office flop.

In the end, plans for a fifth and final Next Generation film were scrapped and Paramount rebooted the franchise in 2009 with JJ Abrams’ Star Trek.

The question then is, if Hardy could be persuaded to return as Shinzon where in the franchise would he fit in?

Paramount announced yesterday that a new Star Trek movie will hit cinemas on June 9, 2023, although what it entails remains a mystery for now.

And let’s not forget he’s long been one of the bookies’ favourites to be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig.

Although only most recently has former Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page overtaken him at the top spot, with Hardy now on 3-1.

Last month, Express.co.uk caught up with his Capone co-star Tilda Del Toro, who backed the 43-year-old to play 007.

She said: “Absolutely yes! I’m rooting for him to be the next James Bond for sure, I would love that. He’s also a bit of a jokester. I think he’d be really good with his charm. He likes to joke, he’s got quite a sense of humour.”

Tilda said that Hardy would bring his cheeky chap personality to Bond, but without giving up the grit of the Craig era.

She added: “It’s very Quentin Tarantino in some ways where I could see him interrogating someone and not taking himself too seriously.

“And maybe that’s the thing that would be really great to see James Bond do. I know he does it, but Tom does it in a very playful way.

“He’s willing to laugh at things and so I’d love to see him interrogating someone while eating nuts, like in that interview [with Leonard DiCaprio for The Revenant].”

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Naga Munchetty dislocates knee outside BBC studio before popping it back in

“I think that’s fair enough. Panache and finesse are not really my strengths. When I play tennis, I hit the ball so it goes over three courts. 

“I have no control, whereas squash, I fly into walls, hit the ball hard. You know, stop, start, little whirlwind, but no finesse. 

“So tennis I’m not bothered about missing but I’m pleased for everyone who gets back out there. Not for me, not for me. Golf, we could have a long conversation about that Rachel, as you know. “

Today in the UK, outdoors sports and leisure activities such as football and cricket pitches, tennis and basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools have reopened.