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Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ season 5 delayed due to ‘Bandersnatch’

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  • “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” producer Annabel Jones confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that “Black Mirror” season five was delayed because the interactive movie took so long to make.
  • Netflix confirmed to Business Insider that season five is coming in 2019.

Last week, Netflix gave fans what they’ve come to expect in late December: more “Black Mirror.” But it wasn’t a new season of the sci-fi anthology series. Instead, it was the first “Black Mirror” standalone movie — with a few twists.

“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” is an interactive film with at least five different endings and a trillion different permutations. It was two years in the making, and that creative complexity is why Netflix still hasn’t released a fifth season of the show.

READ MORE: All 19 episodes of ‘Black Mirror,’ ranked from worst to best

Producer Annabel Jones confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the “enormous” amount of time it took to create “Bandersnatch” is why “Black Mirror” season five was delayed.

Since Netflix acquired “Black Mirror,” which originated on the UK’s Channel 4, in 2015, it has released season three in October 2016, season four in December 2017, and “Bandersnatch” last week (the first two seasons are also streaming).

However, Netflix confirmed to Business Insider last week that the fifth season is expected to arrive in 2019, we just don’t know when.

“While Bandersnatch is a standalone film, it is not the sole film in Season 5,” a Netflix representative said. “Season 5 will still return in 2019.”

“Bandersnatch” has received mixed reviews from critics and has a 71% Rotten Tomatoes critic score.

Slate’s Willa Paskin called it “perfect” for Netflix and Indiewire’s Liz Shannon Miller wrote that it is “a hard-to-define, but impossible to forget, experience.”

Others didn’t praise “Bandersnatch.” Brian Tallerico wrote for RogerEbert.com that he’d rather see another season of “Black Mirror” than another interactive movie.

CNN’s Brian Lowry said that “Bandersnatch” “proves to be more of an interesting experiment than a creatively successful one.”

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More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton

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OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.

The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.

The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.

The program is officially set to launch this September.

It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.  

The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

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Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.

The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.

Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.

The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.

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Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.

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