Soheil Kavak, William Moe, Ellie Moran, and Tommy Khazeni talk about some of the Nerd News that happened the week of 01/11/2018. This Season we started Nerd News a little differently. We will be launching a weekly video with the news as a separate video.

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0:28 – Bright Draws 11M U.S. Viewers

3:41 – Netflix’s unique Bright 2 Teaser

7:54 – Slender Man Trailer and Analysis

12:46 – Nintendo Switch Sales

19:20 – Intel Backdoor

24:58 – Analyst thinks Amazon will buy Target.

Story and Sources: 

We don’t have Ebola but we know the way!! Come follow me on this nerd news story journey. This season we are changing up the formula for how we deliver the news. The real world news is depressing these news topics are amazing!  I – Soheil will be now hosting this part of the show and we’re gonna have a great time. Let’s get into some of the Nerd News Topics!!!

Netflix’s ‘Bright’ Draws 11M Viewers In First Three Days, Nielsen Says. It has also been ‘Bright’ Sequel Announced by Netflix.

So with Season 2’s final podcast episode, we talked about Bright the Netflix original movie. So we have some news for that: The movie had a large initial viewership of 11M people in the USA in the first 3 Days. So let’s do some extrapolation to see what that would mean in Box Office sales. So 11 M people watched it then let’s equate it to some math: 11 million x 10 for a movie ticket 110 million dollars? This is just some speculation but that’s some big money if you put that against theater released movies we would see it sitting right above Toy Story 3 for weekend box office gross. That’s 38th place which is pretty good. We cannot say that people would have paid to see it but it’s still pretty good. According to Nielsen “The movie is skewing younger so far. On the demo side, Bright‘s first three days drew an average minute crowd of 3.9 million viewers ages 18-34 and 7 million in 18-49. The gender split was 56% male.”

Because of the high viewership of the movie Netflix has confirmed a sequel. They have a unique way of teasing the sequel they got some people in orc costumes:

What do you all think the sequel is going to be about guys and are you surprised with the numbers of people that watched bright?

They are making a scary movie about the scariest freaking video game thing I have ever played. It’s a tall thin person in a suit. Slender man!

If you’ve been living under a video game rock here is Who/What slenderman is: The Slender Man (also known as Slenderman) is a fictional supernatural character that originated as a creepypasta Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen (also known as “Victor Surge”) in 2009. It is depicted as a thin, unnaturally tall man with a featureless head and face, wearing a black suit.Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducting or traumatizing people, particularly children.

Do you think it will be scary? Let’s watch the clip:

Nintendo Switch Becomes the Fastest-Selling Home Video Game System of All Time in the U.S.

The Switch has become the fastest-selling home video game system in U.S. history. The home console that players can take wherever they go launched March 3, 2017, and in 10 months has sold more than 4.8 million units in the United States, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures. That’s the highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game system in U.S. history, surpassing Nintendo’s own Wii system, which was the previous record holder with more than 4 million units sold during the same timeframe. Williams favorite Nintendo employee Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO says “Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,”. We all bought switches here. Did you think this would be the best selling system when you got it?

What do you hope to see in 2018?

 Intel was aware of the chip vulnerability when its CEO sold off $24 million in company stock.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich sold off a large portion of his stake in the company months after Google had informed the chipmaker of a significant security vulnerability in its flagship PC processors – but before the problem was publicly known. The vulnerability, which affects processors from Intel, AMD, and ARM and could allow malicious actors to steal passwords and other secret data, became public this week. The disclosure has left processor makers and operating-system vendors including Intel and Microsoft scrambling to get on top of the story and patch their products.But while the public is just being informed about the security problem, tech companies have known about it for months. In fact, Google informed Intel of the vulnerability in June. Intel says the sale was preplanned – but that plan was put in place months after it learned of the chip vulnerability. Do you think this is true? What would you do in that position?

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