Ryan Reynolds shares first image of Domino from Deadpool 2

Ryan Reynolds tweeted the first official image of Domino from Deadpool 2 today. The photo of Zazie Beetz, who will play the X-Force mutant in the sequel, is a callback to one of the first promo images of Reynolds as Deadpool, in which he lounges on a bear rug by a fire.

In the new image, Domino poses in the same room, near the same fire, except this time she’s lying on a Deadpool suit.

Some people just know how to work a red carpet. #Domino#DeadPool2pic.twitter.com/llCc8JfKT6

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 31, 2017

Deadpool 2 will also star Josh Brolin as Cable, T.J. Miller as Weasel, and Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead.

Deadpool 2 is currently set to premiere on June 1st, 2018.

On Game of Thrones’ latest episode, the dead still drive the choices of the living

On Game of Thrones, death has become a basic audience expectation. The showrunners have killed off audience favorites, heinous villains, and innocent bystanders alike. One reassuring thing to keep in mind while witnessing the constant murder throughout the show is that every character rolling in their grave still has a chance of pulling the strings of the living. In “The Queen’s Justice,” the third episode of Game of Thrones season 7, the dead kept coming up as influencers, which is particularly ironic, given the ongoing war against the dead throughout this show.

Spoilers for “The Queen’s Justice” and past Game of Thronesplotlines ahead

A long list of Westerosi ancestors laid the path for the fateful meeting between Daenerys and Jon Snow, including the Mad King, who fanned the flames of Jon and his Northern lords’ distrust, and Torrhen Stark, whose fealty to the Targaryens gives Daenerys an opening to demand loyalty from the North. Countless other dusty figures of the past are part of this oral history; their contribution to the Westeros of today is still remembered.

Shireen, the daughter of Stannis Baratheon, whom Melisandre burned at the stake in season 5 as a sacrifice to her god, is still a source of embarrassment for the Red Woman. She’s too ashamed to show her face to Jon Snow and Ser Davos, who cared for Shireen, and rejected her even after she resurrected Jon. When they arrive on Dragonstone, she chooses to hide on a cliff, talking to Varys about the terrible mistakes she’s made. It’s clear who she’s thinking about in that scene, and why she’s choosing to leave Westeros now.

Oberyn Martell’s reach similarly extends far beyond the grave. Oberyn died in a duel with Gregor Clegane all the way back in season 4, but to honor him, his lover Ellaria swore vengeance against the Lannisters, including Myrcella, Cersei’s daughter, whom Ellaria poisoned. Ellaria ended up in Westeros, allying with Dany, to honor his memory, and Cersei uses those memories against her in “The Queen’s Justice” to twist the knife once Ellaria is in her hands.

And Myrcella similarly motivates Cersei into having Ellaria chained, gagged, and forced to watch as Cersei poisons her daughter Tyene in return. The entire vicious cycle of revenge sounds like a Shakespearean play. If Ellaria manages to escape prison alive, it can be expected that she’ll return the favor for Cersei. Meanwhile, Gregor himself, resurrected as a zombie, is still hanging around as Cersei’s unblinking guard.

Two more dead Lannisters’ legacies continue in episode 3, for better or worse. Cersei’s father Tywin built the fortress of Casterly Rock, but his dismissive attitude toward his least favorite son, Tyrion, left holes in his defenses. Assigned to design and fund the building of Casterly Rock’s sewers, Tyrion added a secret entrance so he could smuggle in women, and it’s still there for Daenerys’ forces to exploit. Tywin, killed while on the toilet by that same son, can’t catch a break, even in death.

Then there’s Jamie’s son Joffrey, whose name is further besmirched by Olenna Tyrell in her final moments. “He really was a cunt, wasn’t he?” she says. Then he reveals to Jaime that she was the one who killed Joffrey back in season 4. It’s her final attack against the Lannisters, the only blow she can deliver with her forces destroyed. And Jaime, unlike Cersei, stumbles away with the knowledge that he failed to kill Olenna in the same way she assassinated Joffrey — with a painful poison.

Not all dead people are just revenge-enabling plot devices. In a more positive example of ancestral remembrance, Jeor Mormont, the good and decent Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch at the start of the series, is the motivation behind Sam Tarly’s laboring to save his son, Jorah Mormont. Out of genuine respect for Jeor, Sam risks his life to rip the greyscale-infected skin off Jorah, one inch at a time, in the most dangerous and disgusting manner possible. But it works, and for now, Jorah isn’t joining the ranks of the dead and influential. Still, there’s a lot of carnage left to come. At least if the viewers’ favorites die, it seems likely that someone will be left to honor them, either by healing or harming on their behalf.

Lore of Thrones: Explaining the history behind Game of Thrones’ big face-off

HBO’s Game of Thrones is a dense series with a huge weight of history behind its story, so in practically every episode, something happens that could use a little explanation. So every week, The Verge will be diving into a scene or event from the latest installment of the series and explain how we got here. Whether you’re basically a Game of Thrones maester or you need a little reminder about previous events, we’ll try to help you keep your history straight.

Game of Thrones is a much a show about politics as it is about war, intrigue, and the occasionally gratuitous violence and nudity that the show is occasionally known for. So to truly explain the events of tonight’s episode, we’ll be looking back across centuries of Westerosi history to make sense of the long-awaited meeting in “The Queen’s Justice.”

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 7, episode 3

Daenerys and Jon Snow go head to head

It’s been one of the most anticipated moments in the seven seasons of the show: Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen — arguably the two closest things the ensemble cast of Game of Thrones have to actual protagonists — finally met in tonight’s episode. But the meeting was momentous more for what it signified (i.e., the joining of the titular “ice” and “fire” factions that lend George R.R. Martin’s book series its collective title) than any actual events that occurred. And that’s because, as Jon and Daenerys both pointed out, there’s some seriously bad blood between the Starks and the Targaryens, spanning centuries.

The king who knelt

It all goes back to the original Targaryen conquest of Westeros, when Daenerys’ many-greats-grandfather, Aegon the Conquerer, used his dragons to take over the Seven Kingdoms. One of those seven kingdoms was the north, ruled over by the last King in the North, Torrhen Stark. Faced with Aegon and his dragons, Torrhen chose to swear fealty to Aegon instead of fighting the Targaryen host, and was branded “the King Who Knelt” by his countrymen. In exchange for his loyalty, Torrhen was made Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, a position the Stark family continued to hold for centuries, until the era of the current series. While the Starks may not have liked the arrangement, loyalty to their word is sort of the family’s thing.

Daenerys’ argument to Jon Snow is simple — recognize her as the Targaryen queen of the Seven Kingdoms, like Torrhen did Aegon, and continue to serve as generations of Stark lords have served before.

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It was the dragons we bowed to…

Times have changed in the North since Aegon’s conquest. During the War of the Five Kings, the North rebelled against the Iron Throne — as Greatjon Umber phrases it during Robb’s coronation, “It was the dragons we bowed to, and now the dragons are dead.” After all, if Torrhen only knelt to Aegon’s dragons, the North has no obligation to serve a Lannister king who commands no dragons. And as Daenerys and Cersei are both finding out, once people have declared their kingdoms as independent again, it’s a bit of a tough sell to get them to come back peacefully.

Robert’s Rebellion and the Mad King

But beyond the fact that the North has already declared its own king (or two) and proclaimed itself a separate kingdom again, the Starks turned against the Targaryen dynasty before the show even started.

As Jon argues back, Ned Stark — loyal, faithful Ned, who is so honest and good that it literally gets him and almost his entire family killed — turned his back on the Targaryens that so many of his ancestors served as Warden of the North. And he made that decision because of the atrocities of Mad King Aerys II, Daenerys’ father. Aerys killed Ned’s father (Lord Rickard Stark) and older brother (Brandon Stark) after Brandon attempted to save his sister, Lyanna Stark, from Rhaegar Targaryen, who allegedly abducted Lyanna. More on that in a second. In response to Aerys murdering his family, Ned joined Robert Baratheon and Jon Arryn in rebelling against Targaryen rule, putting the events of Game of Thrones in motion.

Photo: HBO

R + L = J

That brings us back to the impasse in tonight’s episode — Daenerys demands that Jon fulfill the oaths Torrhen took, and Jon argues that Aeyrs’ betrayal of the Starks is a valid reason to stand independent. The irony is that, as long theorized by fans (and possibly revealed by Bran’s visions last season), the inciting incident of this whole conflict — Rhaegar’s “abduction” of Lyanna — was likely due to the pair actually being secretly in love, leading to the birth of Jon Snow. Jon would still be a bastard, though: Rhaegar didn’t produce Lyanna and smooth things over with the Starks because she was off giving birth to Jon in the Tower of Joy, and also because he was already married to Elia Martell, Oberyn’s sister. (Because everyone is related here.) She was later raped and killed by Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane during Robert’s Rebellion, leading to Oberyn’s quest for revenge, which resulted in his own untimely death. In any event, Jon’s parentage remains a secret for now, except perhaps to the new Three-Eyed Raven, Bran Stark, who seems to be hoping to talk with Jon…

For now, it seems things are largely at a standstill — Jon refuses to bow to Daenerys, and Daenerys seems content to leave Jon to his devices on the island mining dragonglass for the war she doesn’t believe is real. But while history shaped where they are, it doesn’t control where they go together from here.

The next iPhone’s screen design and face unlock apparently confirmed by HomePod firmware

Trying to pin down the precise features of the next iPhone has been difficult of late. We’re all expecting a standard “S” model iPhone 7 and & 7 Plus that won’t be radically different from last year’s, but we’re also expecting a high-end model. It appears, based on a tweet from developer Steve Troughton-Smith, that at least one of those models will have face unlock. And the high-end model (alternately referred to as the “iPhone Pro,” “iPhone 8,” or even “iPhone X”) will have a bezel-less screen that wraps around the speaker and cameras at the top.

Troughton-Smith and other developers have been spending the past day examining the code inside the Apple HomePod, which pretty much contains most of the codebase for iPhones inside it. Apple accidentally pushed the firmware for the HomePod out yesterday, and a bunch of developers grabbed it. From that code, we’ve learned a bit about how the LED lights on the top may work, but it also is giving us an opportunity to learn about what might be coming to the next iPhones. To wit:

I can confirm reports that HomePod’s firmware reveals the existence of upcoming iPhone’s infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhere pic.twitter.com/yLsgCx7OTZ

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) July 31, 2017

There are a bunch of lines of code for “BKFaceDetect” here, where the “BK” probably refers to “Biometric Kit.” Apple loves using the word “Kit” for its developer tools, you see. There’s also references to an infrared camera, which would be used to to detect your face, even in the dark. Bloomberg reported that Apple would use an infrared camera for 3D face scanning earlier this month — but we don’t know whether it will come to all of upcoming iPhones.

Additionally, the code also apparently contains this image:

Me too. New bezel-less form factor as well pic.twitter.com/Y0RrSOk2OO

— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) July 31, 2017

We’ve seen similar images before, but they were photos of a paper insert that shows how to remove the SIM card tray, and thus easily faked. But this image appears right in the HomePod’s code, which makes it much more likely to be real.

What we’re looking at here is a screen that very likely goes almost edge-to-edge. Interestingly, it also appears to extend to the top around the speaker and sensors that sit at the top of the iPhone.

Both the face unlock and the screen that wraps around the sensor are features we’ve already seen appear on Android phones — Samsung’s Galaxy and the (as-yet-unreleased) Essential Phone, respectively. So Apple isn’t the first to implement these features.

Much of the speculation and rumormongering for the next iPhone has centered around TouchID: would it appear under the screen, appear on the back of the phone, land on the power button on the side, or go away entirely. We don’t yet fully know the answer to that question, but it does look like we now know the basic look of it and that it will support unlocking by scanning your face.

Hans Zimmer has joined Blade Runner 2049 to help compose the score

Last year, Arrival composer Jóhann Jóhannsson joined Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 to create the score for the upcoming sequel. Now, as the film comes closer to its October release date, two more composers are joining the project to assist him: Benjamin Wallfisch (Hidden Figures, It), and Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Dark Knight).

According to Studio Ciné Live (via Entertainment,ie), Villeneuve says that Jóhannsson isn’t leaving the project, but that the two composers are coming on to help. “It’s hard to get to Vangelis’ angle. We have Johann’s breathtaking atmospheric sounds, but I needed other things, and Hans helped us.” Both Zimmer and Wallfisch both coming off of their latest collaboration with Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk.

Jóhannsson has collaborated with Villeneuve on projects such as Sicario and Arrival, and it’ll be interesting to see just what he wasn’t bringing to the project that required the other two to be brought in. In a recent interview with Collider, Villeneuve spoke about the importance of Blade Runner’s original score, and as he’s taken lengths to stay faithful to the original film’s visuals, the he’s done the same with its sequel. “It’s a very specific sound, and it’s very important that the music of [Blade Runner] 2049 be directly inspired by Vangelis’ work.”

We’ll find out just how close he gets when the film hits theaters on October 6th.

How to make a $7 cellphone sniffer

Tracking cellphone signals is much, much easier than you think. This demo from Danish IT pro Keld Normal uses a $7 USB device to snoop in on cell signals, essentially sniffing out any cellphones connected to a tower nearby.

There’s a lot of Ubuntu and Python stuff going on under the hood, but it’s not as complicated as it looks. The USB doohickey is basically an antenna, picking up signals as they pass between phones and cell towers. This won’t get everything, but it’ll get more data the closer you are to a tower (here’s a good database), and the programs mentioned in the video are pretty good at sorting through the incoming data.

The end result is a database of every phone that connected in the area, along with the unique phone ID, called an IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) number.

To be clear, this isn’t quite as powerful as the Stingray devices that police and other agencies use, but it also won’t get you in quite as much trouble. Those devices are actively sending out signals to nearby phones, masquerading as cell towers. That lets you get more data (along with more privacy concerns), but it also disrupts cell traffic and could get you in trouble with the FCC.

This is a simpler, safer version: it receives signals, but it doesn’t send them out. In a practical sense, that means the device can track which phones connect to a given tower, as long as it’s active and within range when the connection is made. If you manage to log a specific person’s IMSI number, you could even set an alert when that person connected to a given cell tower — although it would take a permanent setup near the cell tower and a little more programming work. And since you’re not disrupting any signals, I don’t think any of that would actually be illegal, although I am very much not a lawyer.

Anyway, this is just one more weird thing you can do with the omnipresent tracking system that is cellphone infrastructure.

They Will All Die In Space is a short film that channels the suspense of Alien

In a new short film called They Will All Die In Space, a technician is awoken from cryo-sleep and is told that his starship has gotten lost in the cosmos. He’s needed to help repair the communications system to call for help, but quickly realizes that something has gone horrifyingly wrong.

The film channels the claustrophobic tension of Alien and the desperate situation of Passengers, and ends with a neat twist that pays off exceptionally well. Spanish director Javier Chillon told The Verge in an e-mail that after directing two other short films Die Schneider Krankheitand Decapoda Shock, he wanted to do something a bit more conventional, a science fiction film that was straight up science fiction with no supernatural elements.

What’s most striking about They Will All Die In Space is that it’s shot in black and white. Chillon says that throughout production, he and his director of photography, Luis Fuentes, thought of the film as a crime thriller, and went with the monotone look to inject a sense of noir in to the story. The effect really works, driving up the tension all the way to the end.

Image: Kacho Cano

Chillon says that he worked on the film for four years, borrowing a sound stage and camera to keep costs down. The biggest part of the project was the sets, which Chillon and his crew built from scratch in an effort to minimize the amount of CGI that they would need. The result is a short film set in a gritty, claustrophobic space that helps fuel the sense of dread that builds over the course of the film.

Chillon explained that while classic science fiction films like Alien and Outland were a huge inspiration for They Will All Die In Space, he was mainly influenced by what helped inspire those films in the first place: “the whole French new wave of science fiction comic books in the 60s and 70s,” such as Métal Hurlant, Valérian, and artists such asMoebius and Enki Bilal.

The film has already gone through the festival circuit, where it’s received quite a bit of praise. Now that it’s online, Chillon explained that he’s now hard at work writing his next project.

Your natural running stride is the most efficient one for your body

Beginning runners worry about having the perfect stride, but a new study suggests that sticking with the way you naturally run — even if you’re inexperienced — is the most efficient option.

Scientists recruited 33 runners — some experienced and some beginner — to do a 20-minute treadmill run. The participants tried out five different stride rates while wearing masks that measured how much oxygen their bodies were using. By this measure, the body used oxygen most effectively when people were running naturally. The results were published in the International Journal of Exercise Science by scientists, professors at Brigham Young University, who are runners themselves. Jared Ward finished sixth in the marathon in the 2016 Olympics, while Iain Hunter is a consultant for USA Track and Field.

These results held true, regardless of running experience. The participants included 19 experienced runners who averaged at least 20 miles a week, and 14 inexperienced runners who never ran more than five miles a week. They tested out five different strides using a metronome that beeped whenever they should be hitting the ground. One of them was their natural stride, as well as strides that were 8 percent or 16 percent faster and slower.

It’s important to emphasize that the researchers are measuring how “efficient” a certain stride — that is, which stride uses oxygen most effectively — and not necessarily how fast a certain stride it. Serious runners often go to gait coaches to help them learn to run in a way that makes them perform better. These different gaits might ultimately make them faster, even if their bodies aren’t expending energy as economically as possible. Still, it’s good to know that there’s at least one advantage to sticking to what comes easily.

Game of Thrones Hope Chest: what romantic pairing are you rooting for?

Game of Throneshas never been about giving readers or viewers what they most want. Its author and screenwriters prefer to build fan expectations, then overturn them for narrative impact — and sometimes for pure shock value. And yet we fans maintain hope that at least a few of the characters will reach a satisfying, well-deserved ending. That’s why there’s Game of Thrones Hope Chest, a new weekly poll where we put all our hopes together in one place. We aren’t asking what you think is going to happen on Game of Thrones, we’re asking: what do you most hope to see happen?

This week, we’re looking back at an episode filled with boat murder, alliance-building, secret messages, and callbacks to season one — and ignoring all of it in order to focus on the romantic sequence between Grey Worm and Missandei. It was an extremely rare case where Game of Thrones depicted sex as a consensual, pleasurable connection between people who actually like each other, as opposed to something transactional, violent, or both. (It was also a ridiculously rare case where the show’s non-white cast got a little screen time that wasn’t about violence or servitude. They didn’t even get interrupted by boat murder!)

So of course the cynics are sure the only reason they finally got together is to set up the big knife-twist when Grey Worm dies, possibly immediately, because this is Game of Thrones and we can’t have nice things, at least not for more than five minutes at a time. But human nature being what it is (which is to say, pretty close to animal nature), Game of Thrones fans have been theorizing about and rooting for specific romantic pairings between characters literally since the first book came out.

For instance, a very early but common fan theory was that an eventual romance between Jon Snow and Daenerys would be the real “ice and fire” of the series title, given their respective backgrounds, homelands, and affiliations. While Brienne of Tarth has never been a romantic, fans have been hoping to see her end up with one of the gruff warriors who’ve earned her respect. There was apparently a sizable subgroup of fans pulling for Sansa and Margaery to get together, after bonding over Joffrey’s awfulness, though season six of the show quashed that hope. Granted, half the cast may end up dead before it’s all over, and any relationship comforts are likely to be pretty fleeting. But still, Grey Worm and Missandei’s moment together should give anyone hope that Game of Thrones isn’t entirely devoid of tenderness.

Poll

Who would be the most satisfying couple to see get together on Game of Thrones?

  • 1%
    Ellaria Sand and Yara Greyjoy (if either survives the next episode)

    (3 votes)

  • 2%
    Daenerys and Jorah (you know Jorah would vote for this one)

    (5 votes)

  • 30%
    Daenerys and Jon (brings a new meaning to “bend the knee”)

    (54 votes)

  • 22%
    Brienne and Tormund (those are gonna be some homely, beardy babies)

    (40 votes)

  • 15%
    Brienne and Jamie (the bear is not invited)

    (27 votes)

  • 2%
    Cersei and Euron (she’s been adopting his Hot Topic look since the season six finale)

    (4 votes)

  • 5%
    Sansa and literally anyone but Littlefinger (c’mon, he only wants her ‘cause her mom’s dead)

    (10 votes)

  • 7%
    Tyrion and literally anyone at all (if anyone deserves a happy domestic ending, it’s probably him)

    (14 votes)

  • 2%
    Drogon and Rhaegal (bring on the army of baby dragons!)

    (4 votes)

  • 8%
    I don’t care about romance on the show, I’m only in it for the murder (or the dragons or whatever)

    (16 votes)

  • 1%
    Other (fess up about your favorite pairing in the comments)

    (3 votes)

180 votes total Vote Now

And here’s a bonus poll:

Poll

Did the writers only let Grey Worm and Missandei get together so one of them can die tragically?

  • 46%
    Yeah, he’s doomed

    (58 votes)

  • 7%
    Yeah, she’s doomed

    (9 votes)

  • 32%
    Yeah, they’re both doomed

    (40 votes)

  • 13%
    No, they’ll make it through this together and dance on everyone else’s corpses

    (17 votes)

124 votes total Vote Now

In October, texting at a crosswalk in Honolulu will get you fined

Honolulu pedestrians will need to start putting their phones away when they’re crossing the street later this year. Earlier this week, the city passed Bill 6, an ordinance that enacts fines against anyone crossing “a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device.”

On Thursday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell held a news conference at one of the city’s busiest intersections, where he said the measure was a reminder for “people to use common sense as they walk around this beautiful city, [and] so they don’t become another statistic.” According to Reuters, there were more than 11,000 injuries stemming from distracted pedestrians between 2000 and 2011.

Posted by Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Thursday, July 27, 2017

The city becomes the largest in the US to adopt such a measure, which bans pedestrians from crossing a road while looking at a cell phone, text messaging device, pager, PDA, laptop computer, video game, or camera, although audio devices are exempt. The bill also provides exemptions for first responders on the job and anyone making an emergency call to 911. Hawaii already bans the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving.

The bill, which goes into effect on October 25th, levies a fine of $15 to $35 for a first offense, $35 to $75 for a second in the span of a year, and $75 to $99 for a third time.

The bill has earned pushback from residents, who complained about government overreach. An editorial in The Star described lawmakers as an “exasperated parent telling foolish children to not do stupid things that tempt death,” and that people already do stupid things that are against the law.