2015’s Consumer Electronic Show is over, and to be perfectly honest, it was insane in the best possible way. Walking through the sprawling halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as dozens of expo halls scattered across the city, offered us countless signs of things to come. Sure, some of them probably won’t be the next iPhone – I don’t want to imagine a Terminator-esque future where these become ubiquitous.
But for every bizarre misstep, there’s an equally-incredible piece of technology that left us floored, and really made us wonder about what our lives are going to be like 5, 10, and 20 years from now. Here are the four things that really wowed us at CES 2015.
Apple blogger and Instapaper founder Marco Arment caused an earthquake in the Apple community when he released a blistering article on the current state of Apple’s hardware earlier this week. It’s not often you see Apple bloggers being critical of the company they’re usually so quick to praise.
“We don’t need major OS releases every year,” Arment wrote. “We don’t need each OS release to have a huge list of new features. We need our computers, phones, and tablets to work well first so we can enjoy new features released at a healthy, gradual, sustainable pace.”
Flickr has released its list of camera brands that were used the most to capture photos on the photography website in 2014. The top five were: Canon at 13.4 percent, Apple at 9.6 percent, Nikon at 9.3 percent, Samsung at 5.6 percent, and Sony at 4.2 percent.
Apple overtook Nikon for the second place spot in 2014. The iPhone 5, 4S and 4 were the top three for both 2013 and 2014, with the Canon EOS 7D and the Nikon D7000 unchanged in 4th and fifth place respectively…. Read the rest of this post here
SubtleLock has always been a good way to transform the iOS Lock screen with a minimal style, and the iOS 8 version of SubtleLock tries to live up to the legacy. This is a tweak that can customize the Lock screen font, color, size, and even simplify the look of the clock and date readout. If you’re using an impressive wallpaper that you’d like to showcase rather than hide behind Lock screen elements, then SubtleLock for iOS 8 may provide the options you need after an update or two…. Read the rest of this post here
Gary Whitta, the writer on the Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars standalone movie, has left the project after completing a first draft.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new writer will likely be hired to take over for Whitta, who is moving on to his next project, an adaptation of the Mark Millar comic Starlight.
“Gary has been a wonderful, inspired contributor and I enjoyed working with him tremendously,” said Edwards (Godzilla) in a statement. “I’m so grateful for all of his contributions.”
Whitta added, “The year I spent working with Lucasfilm on this Star Wars film has been by far the most rewarding period of my entire career. As a lifelong Star Wars fan I’m deeply grateful to have had the rare opportunity to contribute to a new chapter in its ongoing cinematic legacy. The film is going to be amazing.”
After months of negotiations, David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer series is officially a go at Netflix. Not only that, but it started filming this week, with basically the whole movie cast returning.
According to Deadline, the all-star ensemble includes Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman.
Establishing dwarven kingdoms, the primary endeavor before us in Craft the World, has become almost as much a time-honored tradition (or cliche, depending on your preference) in PC gaming as shooting zombies or looting dungeons. Though greeted by a charmingly-rendered, Terraria-style side-scrolling world with destructible terrain and open-ended objectives, my most pressing question for this subterranean kingdom-builder was what it could do for me that its predecessors and competitors can’t. The answer, I found after quite a lot of digging, was not much.
I began with one plucky dwarf wielding a sharpened rock. The only edifice I could call my own was an immobile stockpile, to which I would bring the various building materials and foodstuffs I harvested from the generally cheerful, cartoonish environment. Concise tutorial pop-ups and a helpful quest journal left me with suggestions of what I should be doing next at any given time, though after a while they began to feel a bit too hand-holdy. As I harvested, crafted, and built up my meager proto-empire, I gained experience points for my settlement. Reaching a new level rewarded me with an extra dwarf and a handful of other rewards in the form of gear, materials, and crafting recipes. The ever-expanding legion of dwarves under my command would pick up tasks I had set in no particular order, and go about their business when they had run out of things to do.
Let’s start with advising you to take the following rumor with a Fortress of Solitude-sized grain of salt until official word comes from Warner Bros. or director Zack Snyder, but in the meantime for the sake of conversation …
Rumor has it Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice might be split into two movies. The first installment, Batman v Superman: Enter the Knight, would open Oct. 23, 2015, while the second part, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, would still open on the previously announced date of March 25, 2016.
Ain’t It Cool News came across the image below today that was allegedly snapped from the end of the upcoming BvS teaser trailer, which is reportedly attached to the February 6th release of Warner Bros.’ Jupiter Ascending.
At the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today, Starz head Chris Albrecht spoke a bit about the upcoming TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
The series, reuniting executive producer/director Sam Raimi, executive producer Rob Tapert and executive producer/star Bruce Campbell, will have half hour long episodes, not an hour, which surprised some. Regarding how that came to be, Albrecht said, “The half hour idea was their idea. And I can tell you it’s a chock-full half hour.”
I asked Albrecht where Ash Vs. Evil Dead will film and he revealed, “We are shooting it in New Zealand. We’ll have to import some cars that drive left hand and import some signs because it kind of takes place in classic American towns or cities.”