The “end” of XP has been pushed back multiple times from Microsoft over the years, but it looks like they are committing this time. After 12 years, Microsoft will drop support for XP.
What does that actually mean? They will no longer provide software updates, but XP can still be used as normal for those of you who are still clinging onto their compatible machines. It’s truly the end of an era.
Calendar apps are quickly becoming like weather apps to me. So many good and innovative choices and only one is really necessary. Peek Calendar is the newest option with a style that is very similar to the Clear app. Super gesture based and some unique features.
Once we wrapped up his session, Tika walked off set and John came to me and whispered in my ear “Hey can you sneak a few more portraits of me?” and I said “sure of course”. He said “there’s something going on and I just need a photo.”
So I grabbed my camera again and John walked back on set.
The Podcasting Handbook covers all aspects of podcasting including topics like gear, software, tools, the recording process, tips and techniques, creating content, production and distribution, promotion, iTunes integration, live streaming, and making money with podcasting, due for release in Q2 of 2014.
If you want to be successful at podcasting, then you will want to take every word of Dan Benjamin seriously. If you’d like a taste of just how seasoned Dan is, just take a look at his Podcasting Equipment Guide which is extensive and shockingly available for free to read.
If you are as big into the awards season as I am, then you’ll know that the nominations for the Academy Awards (Oscars) are sometimes just as exciting as the big night itself. Tomorrow, 8:30 a.m. ET / 5:30 a.m. PT, you can watch it live online or on TV. I look forward to seeing some surprise nominations and I also am excited to try and watch all of the Best Picture nominations before the awards are given out (Something that I attempt each year).
I’m sad to find out about ‘The Newsroom’ news from HBO. Its first season was something magical and after changes in the writers room, the second season fell short — big time. The second season’s lackluster and confusing plot is what most likely put the nail in the coffin for the series.
I was under the impression that Ultra HD was the marketing term the industry would use for 4K, but it appears that the two are different. The difference may not phase your everyday consumer, but for the nerds this is a great condensed explanation of why they differ.
Fascinating stuff coming from Netflix. I’ve jumped on the Netflix bandwagon late, but now I can’t live without it. Their chief product officer makes some great points about 4K adoption, but my concern is mostly with how they are going to push 4K resolution over the internet. ISP’s are so frugal with their bandwidth and even hardwired right now, Netflix drops quality just trying to stream standard 1080p HD. I’m hoping for the best, but I’m skeptical.
Speaking of Yahoo, David Pogue and team launched Yahoo Tech yesterday. After reading the introductory post, at first glance, the site seems nicely designed and the layout seems to mimic the current trend of text over a semi transparent layer with a picture behind it. Time will tell if it will keep up with the heavy hitters, but Pogue does make it clear that he’s taking the ‘everyman’ approach and is going to skip the low level tech details and tell you what’s the best, fastest, and why.
This seems like a “too good to be true” price, but according to The Verge, Vizio’s panels seem really nice. To reiterate, 4K content is still going to be hard to get, but if a 50” panel is a thousand now, it seems like when 4K content is more ubiquitous, we can see a lot of sub-one thousand models to choose from.
A fascinating look into how Brian and the Betaworks team took on the initial challenge many have faced when downloading the Instapaper app and wanting to get started with it.
Being the geek that I am, this issue was irrelevant. But for the many who aren’t living and breathing technology, when it is put into perspective like Brian shows, they’ve done a great job improving the onboarding experience of one of my favorite apps.
The first thing that caught my eye (and also shocked me a bit) when watching the Lone Survivor was the amount of great actors that I was seeing displayed on screen in its opening credits. I have only seen the trailer once and all of the subway Ads on my commute have been of just Mark Wahlberg’s face close-up and his name alone written on the poster. I was surprised no other actor was touted in promotion, but who knows what kind of contracts were signed. According to the IMDB trivia (which could be inaccurate so take this with a grain…), this project was tough to get off the ground and actors took pay cuts and contracts were re-written to get this film released, but I digress. The other actors that I’m speaking of are Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana. These gentlemen aren’t strangers to the screen. I won’t go into their filmography, but look up what they’ve done and you will see why I thought this was strange. As a quick aside, I will say that Ben Foster is one of the most underrated actors in the business. I can’t think of a role he’s been in that hasn’t blown me away.
Minus Eric Bana, the other four consist of the SEAL team that was stranded in Afghanistan with poor communication to camp who must try to fight there way back to higher ground after a compromised mission. The film has your attention from start to finish. You are holding your breath watching some scenes because of their intensity. Based on a true story, it’s tough to take it all in after you finish the Lone Survivor. As entertaining as this film was and with the outstanding performances from these actors taken into account, the title of the movie should indicate how sad the story is. As an action movie, it is up there with last years Zero Dark Thirty. I recommend you see it in theaters. Its wide release will be on January 10th in the U.S.
Out of the Furnace is a gritty, sometimes unsettling film starring a fantastic cast including Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and Willem Dafoe.
Say what you want about Christina Bale when he’s off the screen, but he’s proven time and again that he’s one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. His role in this movie has already taken a place as one of my favorites. Casey Affleck seems to pick his roles very wisely and as his usual track record shows, he doesn’t disappoint.
Bale and Affleck play brothers. Bale’s character, Russell, is your everyday working man just trying to make a living and start a family. Affleck plays the younger brother, Rodney, who’s done four tours in the military and isn’t getting any support back home. He doesn’t want to follow the family footsteps working at the mill and he gets mixed up with some bad company. Specifically with Woody Harrelson’s character, Harlan, a down right dirty bad guy. He plays a character so evil, you can’t like any part of him. It’s another nod, like Bale, to Woody and his adaptability as an actor. His character is a drug dealing user who hosts bare knuckle fights on the side. Harlan kills whoever gets in his way and doesn’t care who knows about it. When Rodney gets caught up in something bigger than he expected, Russell must do everything to settle his debts and protect the little family he has.
There are outstanding performances and a great story. I hope to see some Oscar nominations come out of this. I recommend giving Out of the Furnace a watch.
I didn’t want to link to this until I finished the whole thing. AnandTech’s thorough review of the Mac Pro is, arguably, the only thing you need to read to know everything about Apple’s new generation pro desktop.
Currently out in theaters is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig. The film is based on a short story of the same name by James Thurber, first published in the New Yorker in 1939 and available to read for free on their website.
American Psycho (2000)
Raging Bull (1980)
Thelma And Louise (1991)
West Side Story (1961)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
Bull Durham (1988)
Red Dawn (1984)
Mouse Hunte (1997)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
The Chinese Connection (1972)
Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
Planes, Trains, And Automobiles (1987)
Children Of A Lesser God (1986)
Days Of Thunder (1990)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Good Burger (1997)
Play It Again, Sam (1972)