What's on your HDTV: 'Rainbow Six: Seige,' Bill Murray

What's on your HDTV: 'Rainbow Six: Seige,' Bill Murray

The holiday season is upon us. While college football’s regular season wraps up, we’re looking forward to the newest Tom Clancy game, Rainbow Six: Siege, and the season finale of Doctor Who. NBC is planning to air The Wiz Live and Netflix’s big holiday special features Bill Murray. Hulu has treats too, with the season finale of Casual and the premiere of its new RocketJump series. On Blu-ray, there’s a new Amy Winehouse documentary and Zoolander. Look after the break to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

Blu-ray & Games & Streaming

  • Amy
  • Roger Waters: The Wall
  • Zoolander (Wal-Mart exclusive)
  • The Naked Gun 2 1/2
  • The Naked Gun 33 1/3
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (25th Anniversary)
  • The Fall of Reach
  • Some Kind of Beautiful
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Seige (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Just Cause 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Tuesday

  • The Mindy Project, Hulu. 3AM
  • Brent Morin, Netflix, 3AM
  • Real Rob (S1), Netflix, 3AM
  • The Flash, CW, 8PM
  • Grandfathered (fall finale), Fox, 8PM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • The Muppets, ABC, 8PM
  • 60 Minutes Sports (season finale), Showtime, 8PM
  • Unsung: Top Ten That Changed The Game, TV One, 8PM
  • The Grinder (fall finale), Fox, 8:30PM
  • Fresh Off the Boat, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Chicago Med, NBC, 9PM
  • Inside the NFL, Showtime, 9PM
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC, 9PM
  • Scream Queens, Fox, 9PM
  • iZombie, CW, 9PM
  • Scream Queens, Fox, 9PM
  • Limitless, CBS, 10PM
  • Tosh.0 (season finale), Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Chicago Fire, NBC, 10PM
  • Finding Carter, MTV, 10PM
  • Being Mary Jane, BET, 10PM
  • The Profit, CNBC, 10PM
  • A Season with Notre Dame Football (season finale), Showtime, 10PM

Wednesday

  • Casual (season finale), Hulu, 3AM
  • Rocketjump: The Show (series premiere), Hulu, 3AM
  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM
  • Rosewood (fall finale), Fox, 8PM
  • Christmas in Rockefeller Center, NBC, 8PM
  • Arrow, CW, 8PM
  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM
  • The Goldbergs, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Empire (fall finale), Fox, 9PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9PM
  • Kingdom, DirecTV, 9PM
  • Jay Leno’s Garage (season finale), CNBC, 10PM
  • The Real World/Road rules Challenge (season premiere), MTV, 10PM
  • Code Black, CBS, 10PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter, Fox Sports 1, 10PM
  • The League, FXX, 10PM
  • You’re The Worst, FXX, 10:30PM
  • NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network, 11PM

Thursday

  • The Wiz Live, NBC, 8PM
  • WWE Smackdown, Syfy, 8PM
  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • Packers/Lions football, CBS, 8:30PM
  • CMA Country Christmas, ABC, 9PM
  • The Originals, CW, 10PM
  • Nathan for You, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Haven, Syfy, 10PM
  • Comedy Bang! Bang!, IFC, 11PM

Friday

  • A Very Murray Christmas, Netflix, 3AM
  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 8PM
  • Reign (fall finale), CW, 8PM
  • Last Man Standing, ABC, 8PM
  • Undateable, NBC, 8PM
  • Dr. Ken, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Grimm, NBC, 9PM
  • World’s Funniest, Fox, 9PM
  • Marc Maron: More Later, Epix, 10PM
  • The Knick, Cinemax, 10PM
  • Z Nation, Syfy, 10PM

Saturday

  • Big Ten Championship Game, Fox, 7PM
  • Da Vinci’s Demons, Starz, 8PM
  • The Flight Before Christmas, Lifetime, 8PM
  • Just in Time for Christmas, hallmark, 8PM
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead, Starz, 9PM
  • Doctor Who (season finale), BBC America, 9PM
  • Saturday Night Live: Ryan Gosling/Leon Bridges, NBC, 11:30PM

Sunday

  • Sunday Night Football: Colts/Steelers, NBC, 8:20PM
  • Flesh and Bone, Starz, 8PM
  • Once Upon A Time (fall finale), ABC, 8PM
  • The Librarians, TNT, 8PM
  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM
  • Brooklyn Nine-nine, fox, 8:30PM
  • Agent X, TNT, 9PM
  • Homeland, Showtime, 9PM
  • Sinatra 100 – An All-Star Grammy concert, CBS, 9PM
  • The Leftovers (season finale), HBO, 9PM
  • Family Guy, Fox, 9PM
  • The Last Man on Earth, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Into the Badlands, AMC, 10PM
  • Quantico, ABC, 10PM
  • The Affair, Showtime, 10PM
  • Getting On, HBO, 10PM
  • StarTalk, National Geographic, 11PM

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Samsung made a web browser for the Gear VR

Samsung made a web browser for the Gear VR

Yes, there are already plenty of great games for Gear VR, but Samsung wants to keep enriching the platform with content. That’s why it is introducing Internet for Gear VR, a web browser for people who own its smartphone-powered virtual reality headset. The company says you can use this new app, which is currently in beta, to enjoy the internet in a more immersive way. Along with offering support for 360-degree and 3D video streaming, Internet for Gear VR also handles HTML5 media playback. Naturally, you’ll need to type web addresses along the way, so Samsung has added voice recognition to the application.

Gaze Mode, meanwhile, will let you select menus by gazing at them — hopefully that feature works as described, because it definitely sounds neat. If you have a Gear VR, the app’s going to be available tomorrow, December 2nd, through the Oculus Store and works on Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note 5.

Samsung made a web browser for the Gear VR

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Shyp will now deliver your eBay packages, with no fee

Shyp will now deliver your eBay packages, with no fee

Delivery startup Shyp has teamed up with eBay to deliver items, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The process seems fairly straightforward: Sellers simply need to connect their eBay account to the Shyp app, select the sold items that need to be delivered and a Shyp worker will be around in 20 minutes to “take care of the rest.” The best part is, the delivery service will be waiving the standard $5 fee up until January 31st. As TechCrunch notes, eBay users tend to rate sellers based on the timeliness of package delivery, so the incorporation of such a quick and convenient service would help in maintaining seller statistics and customer satisfaction. Shyp will be available to eBay merchants well after the holiday season, but post-January 31st, the promotional period will end and you’ll have to pay the standard fee.

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'Dead or Alive' maker denies restricting game launch due to sexism

'Dead or Alive' maker denies restricting game launch due to sexism

You know that Koei Tecmo staffer who claimed that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 wasn’t shipping to Europe or the US due to concerns about sexism? Apparently, he was speaking out of line. The developer has posted a statement saying that the rep doesn’t reflect its “opinion or business strategy.” In other words, it wants you to take those sexism claims with a grain of salt.

If you’re looking for an official reason why the game isn’t shipping outside of Asia and Japan, though, you’re out of luck. Koei Tecmo will only say that it builds its fighting games while “consciously respecting” audiences worldwide. It sounds like the company is aware of worries about Xtreme 3‘s pandering, then, but it’s stopping short of saying that these worries prompted the restricted launch. As such, it’s entirely possible that there are far less dramatic factors at work, such as sales expectations. Unless there’s a formal explanation, you’re unlikely to get the full scoop.

Official statement from Koei Tecmo Games regarding DEAD OR ALIVE Xtreme 3. #DOAX3 #KTfamily pic.twitter.com/5CVfsHYEgy

— KOEI TECMO EUROPE (@koeitecmoeurope) December 1, 2015

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Mark Zuckerberg will donate 99 percent of his Facebook shares

Mark Zuckerberg will donate 99 percent of his Facebook shares

While birth announcements are common on Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg’s post is a little different than most of the new parent pics in your newsfeed. That’s because along with welcoming daughter Maxima to the family, he and his wife Priscilla Chan announced their commitment to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares — currently worth about $45 billion — to fund the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative that will try to “advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.” The two joined the Giving Pledge in 2010, promising to use most of their wealth for philanthropic efforts, and today’s announcement sheds more detail on how that will happen.

They will give away the shares gradually, and an SEC filing says the CEO will not sell or gift more than $1 billion in shares per year for the next three years, and that he plans to maintain his majority voting position. The initiative is kicking off its efforts by focusing on “personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.”

A few weeks before Max’s birth, Priscilla and Mark took a morning to reflect and record their hopes for their daughter and all children of her generation.

Posted by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Researchers confirm Humpty Dumpty really can't be put together again

Researchers confirm Humpty Dumpty really can't be put together again

Researchers at the Federal University of ABC, in Brazil, have made a major breakthrough: they’ve confirmed that thermodynamic processes cannot be reversed, even in a quantum system. This revelation not only explains a fundamental aspect of our universe but could also influence how quantum computing systems are designed.

Researchers confirm Humpty Dumpty really can't be put together again

The microscopic and macroscopic worlds currently operate using two different standards — general relativity governs the macroscopic world while quantum physics rules the microscopic. In our macro world view, thermodynamic (entropic) processes only move in one direction. That is, using an egg analogy, you can’t uncook an egg much less get it to hop back into its shell and seal the crack. But in the subatomic world, many of these processes are “time-symmetric” — essentially, they’re reversible.

However, what Tiago Batalhão and his team at the UFABC discovered actually runs counter to our expectations. Their experiment sought to measure the entropy change within a closed system of carbon-13 atoms submerged in liquid chloroform while they’re subjected to an oscillating magnetic field. The idea is that polarizing the field should cause the atoms’ nuclear spins to all rotate one direction, while reversing the field’s polarity would make their spins flip and rotate the opposite direction.

Now, if this process were time-symmetric as our current understanding of physics dictates, the atoms’ spins should flip back and forth without issue and return to their initial states once the magnet was turned off. But the UFABC team found that the atoms’ spins couldn’t keep up with the magnet’s oscillation rate and some would eventually fall out of sync with their neighbors. This means that entropy within the closed system was actually increasing — precisely the opposite effect from what should be happening. It effectively proves that thermodynamic processes are not reversible at the quantum level. What’s more, it reveals a disconnect between the current laws of physics and what we’re actually observing.

The team has much more research to conduct into why, exactly, this dissonance exists and what physical aspects at the quantum level prevent these entropic reactions from reversing. Eventually, they hope to leverage this discovery into practical (and powerful) quantum computing systems.

“Any progress towards the management of finite-time thermodynamic processes at the quantum level is a step forward towards the realization of a fully fledged thermo-machine that can exploit the laws of quantum mechanics to overcome the performance limitations of classical devices,” study co-author Mauro Paternostro at Queen’s University told Phys.org. “This work shows the implications for reversibility (or lack thereof) of non-equilibrium quantum dynamics. Once we characterize it, we can harness it at the technological level.” Their research was recently published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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Playdate: Exploring a new world in 'Xenoblade Chronicles X'

Playdate: Exploring a new world in 'Xenoblade Chronicles X'

So you want a big, open-world adventure with stunningly huge maps and a plot that revolves around the extinction of the human race, but Fallout 4 isn’t available for the Wii U? Monolith Soft has you covered. Sort of. Xenoblade Chronicles X takes those same themes and applies them in a wildly different manner — putting the last of humanity on a gorgeous, lush planet somewhere in the depths of space. Join Tim Sepala and me as we look at Nintendo’s take on open world gaming and, quite honestly, marvel at how gorgeous this game is despite the Wii U’s less powerful hardware. The fun starts at 6PM Eastern / 3PM Pacific right here in this post, on the Engadget Gaming homepage and, if you want to join us in chat, at Twitch.tv/Joystiq.

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VTech's data breach includes children's photos and chat logs

VTech's data breach includes children's photos and chat logs

News of VTech’s data breach affecting nearly 5 million customers first broke last week, and now it appears other kinds of info were easily accessible to hackers. Motherboard reports that the company kept photos of parents and children alongside “a year’s worth” of chat logs on its servers where prying eyes could easily find them. The same hacker that alerted Motherboard to the initial vulnerability late last week found that VTech left the images and conversations from its Kids Connect service exposed as well. The company says that while images and sound clips are encrypted with AES128, the chat logs were not.

While the hacker shared images with Motherboard, he said he doesn’t plan to publish or sell the data, but wants to inform parents of the risks of using the devices. The initial report indicated that customer names, addresses, encrypted passwords and both birthdays and genders for kids weren’t properly secured, so the addition of images and chat logs makes the issue much worse.

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DirecTV will begin live 4K broadcasts early next year

DirecTV will begin live 4K broadcasts early next year

4K is the way of the future, but until now, the selection of ultra-high-def content has been limited. Enter DirecTV. In an announcement made at New York’s TranSPORT conference, the company noted that it will start broadcasting live 4K content in early 2016. The firm stated that it already has the technology in place and wants to start streaming UHD shows before its competitors. However, DirecTV wants to make sure that it has an impressive arsenal of broadcasts ready before launch, as “content is king,” (that’s a direct quote). Services like Roku and TiVo have both released 4K-capable set-top boxes but don’t have a lot of UHD content to offer, which makes the technology somewhat moot.

As Ars Technica reminds us, the company last year premiered a 4K service, though it came with a lot of restrictions. You needed to own the company’s Genie HD DVR and the set-top box only worked with a select few Samsung 4K/UHD TVs. DirecTV has hopefully learned from its past mistakes and will make sure its live 4K content is user-ready. There’s been no mention of a specific streaming date, so stay tuned for more information as we head into the new year.

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Instababies: People are naming kids after Instagram filters

Instababies: People are naming kids after Instagram filters

When it comes to deciding on a baby name, you could go with a family name. Or, like several couples did in 2015, you could look to your cellphone photography habit for inspiration. According to BabyCenter, some of the hottest trends in baby names shared monikers with Instagram filters. Yes, really. The site says that names of the photo-sharing apps presets were extremely popular this year for newborns, with Lux being the top choice. Additionally, Ludwig, Amaro, Reyes, Hudson and Kelvin all rose up the popularity rankings for boys while Juno, Valencia and Willow were routinely picked for girls. The site says it gathered its name popularity and trend data from 340,000 parents from around the world to compile the stats. Here’s to hoping the trend continues in 2016 with babies named Lo-Fi, Inkwell and Nashville, because the internet.

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