Adobe to pull plug on Flash, ending an era

Image result for adobeSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Adobe Systems Inc’s Flash, a once-ubiquitous technology used to power most of the media content found online, will be retired at the end of 2020, the software company announced Tuesday.

Adobe, along with partners Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc and Mozilla Corp, said support for Flash will ramp down across the internet in phases over the next three years.

After 2020, Adobe will stop releasing updates for Flash and web browsers will no longer support it. The companies are encouraging developers to migrate their software onto modern programming standards.

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Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Staged a Hilarious DODGEBALL Reunion For Charity

After over ten years, Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn reprised their roles of White Goodman and Peter La Fleur from the funny 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story for charity. They even brought Justin Long and Christine Taylor along for the ride as the Purple Cobras face off with the Average Joes again.

Omaze is the fundraising charity group that organized the event and they released a hilarious promo video giving us all the details. It’s pretty awesome to see all these characters come together again. Basically, the winner of the Omaze drawing will take part in a reenactment of the finale of the movie!

The winner will receive airfare and hotel accommodations to the event where they will have the opportunity to play dodgeball with the teams. They will also get a photograph with everybody, get a custom jersey, and have a pizza party after the game with Ben Stiller.

Proceeds from the drawing will benefit the Stiller Foundation, which the actor founded that helps children by providing them with educational opportunities, primarily in Haiti. If you’re a huge fan of the Dodgeball movie, you’ver got to try and get in on this!

Los Angeles to Pay Tribute to Adam West by Lighting the Bat Signal

The Bat-signal will be lit in Los Angeles to honor the late Adam West

The Bat signal will be lit in Los Angeles to honor the late Adam West

Los Angeles will pay tribute to the late Adam West by lighting the Bat signal tomorrow, June 15. West, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 88, played the role on the 1960s Batman TV series. DC Comics announced the tribute on their blog, letting the world know that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck will light up the Bat signal at City Hall starting at 9:00pm Thursday evening.

The official announcement reads as follows:

The legendary star of the classic Batman TV series, which aired from 1966-68, passed away on Friday, June 9 at the age of 88. In remembrance of West’s unforgettable portrayal of the celebrated “Bright Knight,” Mayor Garcetti and Chief Beck will light the iconic Bat signal, which will be projected onto the tower of Los Angeles City Hall at Spring Street. Attending Bat-fans are invited to don their Bat-suits and trusty utility belts in honor of West’s signature role as the true crimefighter.

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RIP Adam West, Batman Actor Dead at 88

RIP Adam West, Batman Actor Dead at 88

It is with great sadness that we report actor Adam West has passed away. The fan-favorite actor was 88 and died Friday night after a brief fight with leukemia. His family released the following statement:

“It’s with great sadness that we are sharing this news…Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him. We know you’ll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years. Hug your loved ones today.”

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Mystery Surrounds Death of Happy Days’ ‘Joanie’

Fans and former Happy Days co-stars are mourning Erin Moran, who was found dead in southern Indiana on Saturday. The AP reports that no cause of death has been determined for the 56-year-old former child star, and an autopsy is pending. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office says emergency workers found her around 4pm after receiving a call about an unresponsive female. The recent life of Moran, best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham, is as mysterious as her death, reports the Indianapolis Star. She moved to Indiana with husband Steve Fleischmann in 2011, but is believed to have struggled with homelessness after being kicked out of the trailer they shared with Fleischmann’s mother.

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Apple Buying Disney?

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Apple could potentially find the cash to pull off a $200 billion-plus takeover of Disney — creating a company worth $1 trillion with “almost limitless opportunities in content and technology.”

That’s according to a speculative analysis from RBC Capital Markets, which in a note to client Thursday said such a colossal tie-up would be contingent on Apple getting tax breaks to “repatriate” overseas cash.

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What do 4K and HDR actually mean?

Thanks to the latest generation of shiny new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, there’s two fancy new terms to try and get your head around – 4K and HDR (or high-dynamic-range). And, confusingly, the different consoles all do differing amounts of each, from the Pro to a normal PS4, Xbox One to the Xbox One S and the undeniably more powerful Scorpio.

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Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

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Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90.

Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

Though he appeared in films and on television, Rickles’ mainstay was always nightclub performances, appearing in Las Vegas and elsewhere into his late 80s. He also found late success as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” films, which were exceptional box office performers, and popped up frequently on latenight talkshows.

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‘Gong Show’ Creator Chuck Barris Dies At 87

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Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” has died. He was 87.

Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris’ family.

Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with “The Dating Game,” hosted by Jim Lange. The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date. Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females. But in all cases, the questions were designed by the show’s writers to elicit sexy answers.

Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-“Charlie’s Angels” Farrah Fawcett, introduced as “an accomplished artist and sculptress” with a dream to open her own gallery.

After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated. New products included “The Newlywed Game,” “The Parent Game,” “The Family Game” and even “The Game Game.”

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