‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ reveals who is playing Star-Lord’s Father and 3 new members from the sequel at Comic-Con

"The Guardians of the Galaxy" director, James Gunn, and cast put on a great show in Hall H at Comic Con on Saturday. One of the highlights was the big reveal of who would be playing Star-Lord's dad. Three other new members of the Guardians were also released. We can't wait for it to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.

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The CEO behind Pokémon Go just dropped some big hints to the future of the game

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Niantic CEO John Hanke, the chief executive behind the smash-hit smartphone game Pokémon Go, stopped by San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday to drop some big hints as to the future of the game.

Here's what Hanke revealed, in a conversation with host and Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick, as reported by ComicBook.com:

  • Sorry about the servers: Hanke told the San Diego crowd that Niantic's servers "weren't provisioned for what happened" and the hit that it became, and that the company's engineers are working on keeping the servers up and reliable before they add new features. Similarly, Hanke also says they're working on fixing things like the busted Pokémon radar system.
  • Rare Pokémon are coming: "There are some rare ones that haven't showed up yet that will be showing up." That's important, given that only 145 out of the total 151 Pokémon have been accounted for by players worldwide.
  • Your team will be more important: Each Pokémon team — Team Instinct (Yellow), Team Valor (Red), and Team Mystic (Blue) — has one of the three Legendary Bird Pokémon associated with it, and that might play into which of those same birds players can catch. "They're kinda aligned with the teams, and we might have something to announce about the teams soon," says Hanke. Plus, the leaders of each time will start dispensing advice to players sooner rather than later, Hanke says.
  • Turning Pokéstops into Pokémon Centers: Hanke hints you'll be able to turn some Pokéstops in the game into Pokémon Centers, where you can heal your Pokémon, in accordance with the original video games that Pokémon Go is based on.
  • Players haven't found everything: Players of Pokémon Go have independently discovered that giving an Eevee the name of "Pyro," "Rainer," or "Sparky" will ensure that it evolves into Flareon, Vaporeon, or Jolteon, respectively. Hanke says there are plenty more little "easter eggs" like that which players haven't found.

Hanke confirmed that Pokémon trading is coming to the game, which he had previously told Business Insider. Meanwhile, players are starting to hit the limits of what the game currently has to offer, as Brooklyn-based Nick Johnson has caught all 142 Pokémon currently available in the United States.

In a tweet after the San Diego Comic-Con event, the game's official Twitter account revealed the characters who will be leading each of the three teams:

Read ComicBook.com's whole Pokémon Go live blog here>>

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The next ‘Thor’ movie had no official footage at Comic-Con, so it did something hilarious instead

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Because Thor: Ragnarok has just begun production down in Australia, Marvel Studios wasn't able to edit any footage from the film before their big Saturday panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. This was certainly disappointing for anyone sitting in Hall H hoping to see the God of Thunder face off with the Asgardian goddess of Death... but the good news was that the company brought something else instead. You see, writer/director Taika Waititi has a rather brilliant comedic mind, so he decided to put together Civil War: Team Thor: a short, hilarious documentary detailing what Thor has been up to since The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

As it turns out, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) really hasn't been up to much of anything. Following the events that happened in Sokovia, he decided to take some "me time" - which found him moving to Australia and finding a roommate in average dude Daryl Jacobson. He decided that he wanted to be around normal people for a bit -- though this seems to vex his roomy a bit, especially when Mjolnir is sitting on the floor and preventing Daryl from vacuuming.

During this free period, Thor has continued to do good deeds -- such as visiting schools to talk to children about his Avengers teammates -- but it seems that most of his time is spent bugging his new best friend. Visiting Daryl at work, he has him fire off some "electronic mail" to Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, checking in with them about their tiff and trying to find out if either one of them wants his help. Unfortunately, his tact is a bit less than graceful, as he asks Iron Man about the fun time he had building an artificially intelligent robot that nearly destroyed the world, and tells Captain America that he still hasn't told the Avengers about the time he goaded Cap into killing some prisoners.

Giving us some more insight into Thor's daily life on Midgard, the documentary also did a quick tour of the God of Thunder's bedroom -- which features runes on a sign outside that say "Keep Out, Daryl." In addition to having a special bed where Mjonir sleeps, he also has a giant board that he's using to investigate the Infinity Stones. At the center of it all is Thanos, who Thor describes thusly:

This fellow is somehow in the center of it all. He's the man in the chair. He's purple. He has a magic glove. He doesn't like standing up.

While Thor can't get any kind of response from Iron Man or Captain America, he does occasionally meet up with Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to discuss issues -- like the scientist's problem he has with wearing long pants, hulking out, and being left with cutoffs. What seriously bums the Asgardian out, however, is that Tony is still calling Bruce for help, and that Bruce is turning down money to "join [the] pissing contest." Certainly a problem is that Thor doesn't have a phone, but he has a simple solution for that: "Send a raven."

Sadly it doesn't look like the Civil War: Team Thor documentary will be getting posted online, but we definitely have our fingers crossed that it will be featured on the Thor: Ragnarok Blu-ray. It seems selfish given that we already got to see it in Hall H, but it was so hilarious that we want to watch it time and time again.

SEE ALSO: Marvel debuted the first teaser for "Guardians of the Galaxy 2' at Comic-Con

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There’s a new digital-only bank and its CEO says Brexit is the ‘perfect scenario’ to launch

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A new digital-only bank pitched at small businesses has raised $2 million (£1.5 million) from some of the UK's top entrepreneurs and investors after secretly building its product for over a year.

Tide is launching to the public today after bagging the funding in the last few weeks. It is an unusually large funding round for a startup that has yet to launch its product.

The startup's investor list reads like a who's who list of London tech. Backers include: LocalGlobe, the VC firm set up by renowned London investors the Klein brothers; well-known early stage fund Passion Capital, where TechCity UK chair and government advisor Eileen Burbidge is a partner; Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman; LoveFilm cofounder William Reeve; Greg Marsh, founder from One Fine Stay; Songkick’s cofounder Ian Hogarth; serial fintech investor and Wonga founder Errol Damelin; and Jason Goodman, founder of digital agency Albion.

Tide founder George Bevis says that although he supported the Remain campaign: "Brexit is a perfect scenario for us to launch. There's no question that at a time of insecurity, cost effective financial services for entrepreneurs are going to be more valuable at a time when entrepreneurs were experiencing a greater degree of comfort.

"It's an old cliche but the best startups launch in situations of adversity and we think that'll be true for us."

Tide is an app-focused bank pitched at small businesses, aiming to take the pain out of running the finances at a startup. There's no single killer feature but the startup tries to eliminate all the minor hassles that add up to a major headache for a business owner.

Founder and CEO George Bevis told BI: "What you end up with is an environment where people may well sign up for it thinking this is slightly a better current account but they're not going to feel like that after using it for a while because it ends up being a completely new experience of doing all the dull financial services things that you hate. You just get it done in seconds."

Passion Capital partner Eileen Burbidge, who is an investor and also chairs Tide, told BI: "What we see at Passion having invested in 50-plus businesses over the past few years is that the single biggest pain point is setting up your business banking account and getting reliable and efficient services."

As an example of what Tide can do, Bevis says: "If you've got a new business you can open an account with us in 3 minutes on our app. Normally it takes weeks and weeks and weeks with a traditional bank."

Other features including APIs that let you build Tide's services into your own apps, integration with other fintech businesses for things like credit, foreign exchange, and card payments, and the ability to set payment limits for team members on the app.

It's free for businesses to sign up to Tide and the company only charges a 20p fee for every payment that is processed through the account. Bevis says Tide plans to make most of its money by selling on third-party products to customers through the app.

He says: "We are currently in deep partnership discussions with a range of companies across access to credit, forex, taking card payments etc. etc."

The $2 million Tide has raised will go on building out the product and marketing, Bevis says.

Bevis has been working on Tide since early 2015. Prior to starting the business, he worked at peer-to-peer lender Zopa and Barclaycard, getting a taste for both traditional finance and the world of fintech startups.

Tide is one of a number of app-only banks being set up around Europe at the moment. Others include Mondo, Starling, and Atom in the UK, and Number26 in Germany.

Unlike all of the above, Tide is not an actual bank but in fact a layer that sits on top of a traditional bank. Customers of Tide will actually be dealing with FCA-licensed Prepaid Solutions, which holds the funds in a Barclays account. But it's Tide that acts as the translator, enabling a quick and easy transaction where you'd normally find a thorny, time-wasting problem. At least that's the idea.

Bevis says Tide has no plans to go for a banking licence itself, preferring a lean mean model: "We are lucky to be able to take quite substantial revenues without needing to manufacture and of the core banking products."

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Why Silicon Valley is so terrified of Donald Trump

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Donald Trump has mastered technology when it comes to running a viral campaign on both Twitter and Facebook.

But when it comes to policies related to technology, Silicon Valley leaders have criticized the candidate for not being clear on what his agenda for the industry would be in office. 

Trump has been endorsed by one tech luminary, Peter Thiel, but many others in the tech industry have called Trump a "danger to innovation." 

Here's why many in Silicon Valley feels so threatened by a Trump presidency:

More than 140 Silicon Valley leaders have signed an open letter against Trump, declaring him a "disaster for innovation".

In a scathing letter, many Silicon Valley CEOs, investors and well-known tech figures (like Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, pictured above) slammed the presidential candidate

"His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy — and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth," the leaders wrote.

 



PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has endorsed Trump, but it's tough to find many other open Trump supporters in Silicon Valley.

During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Thiel said that Trump was the only candidate being honest about the country's "economic decline."

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was supposed to host Trump for a dinner at his house but  cancelled at the last minute because it "turned into a fund-raiser." 

It's not easy to find any other well-known tech figures who are openly supporting Trump. Some techies may be keeping their support secret. 



Trump has never given the tech industry a bear hug, as other candidates trying to woo the wealthy tech donors have done.

Given the lack of a clear Trump tech agenda, the tech industry has been left to try read the tea leaves based on various comments Trump has made over the years. In many cases, the comments have left techies feeling uneasy.



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