Daily Archives: January 15, 2015

Ex Machina Review

The definition of the Turing Test is to “challenge a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligence comparable to, or indistinguishable from, a human.” And that investigation is at the heart of Ex Machina, a film in which a character is invited to participate in such an experiment, and as a marvellously inventive by-product, so too is the audience.

The character in question is Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a brilliant coder working for Bluebook, the world’s most popular search engine. Caleb wins a competition to spend a week with the company’s reclusive CEO Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a genius who retreated to an Alaskan estate some years previous and has barely been heard from since.

Because when the eccentric billionaire hasn’t been exercising or drinking – which seem to be his twin passions when Caleb arrives at the impressive abode – Nathan’s busy working on his true obsession, which is creating the world’s first true artificial intelligence.

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Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1 Review

Back in 2013, Telltale Games kicked off The Wolf Among Us, an adventure game series that served as a prequel to Vertigo’s long-running comic book series Fables. In another case of art imitating life imitating art, those games are now being adapted back into comic form. Fables: The Wold Among Us #1 collects the first three chapters of this digital-first series. This comic serves both as an easy gateway into the franchise and a way for Fables veterans to return to a simpler time in the franchise’s history.

The Wolf Among Us #1 opens much in the same way the original Fables #1 did way back in 2002. The series flashes back to a time when the Fables still hid out their secret New York enclave and Bigby Wolf was the sheriff. Once again, Bigby has a mystery to investigate, though one slightly less dramatic than the murder mystery that drove the first arc of Fables.

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Mortal Kombat X #1 Review

Fighting games, enjoyable that they may be, aren’t especially known for their deep and insightful narratives. Gamers don’t care WHY Character X ripped out Character Y’s spine, they just care that he CAN, often and repeatedly. As such, crafting a story that supports that lust for senseless smack-downs while also giving it genuine reason is no small feat. In fact, most would argue that said marriage only recently came into fruition with the somewhat surprising success of Injustice: Gods Among Us. DC’s latest game-to-comic venture, Mortal Kombat X, tries to ape Injustice’s proven formula, but it unfortunately proves a kombo that’s tough to land twice.

Serving as a prelude to the upcoming game of the same name, Mortal Kombat X #1 is far from an easy read. Writer Shawn Kittelsen wastes no time setting the stage, the book’s action and intrigue coming fast and furious. That in itself isn’t bad, but much of the script seems to be based on the assumption that you’re in-the-know, already well versed in the book’s characters and mythologies. Such structure is admirable in its goal to avoid exposition, but anyone less than a diehard fan will almost assuredly have trouble placing allegiances and motivations sans any prodding. It also doesn’t help that the issue unfolds in a less than sequential manner, bouncing often from different places and time periods. The only hint to these changes comes via time prompts – many years ago, years ago, later, now, many nows ago – which is of course totally not confusing.

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Poster Debut: Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Here’s your first look at the poster for Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, a fact-based crime flick starring Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten and Anthony Hopkins.

Based on the book “The Kidnapping of Alfred Heineken” by Peter De Vries, the film is set in 1983 and follows a group of childhood friends who pulled off the crime of the century: kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the heir of the Heineken beer empire (Anthony Hopkins).

The shocking capture — by gunpoint in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam — resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual. It was truly the perfect crime…until they got away with it.


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Nearly 1-in-5 iPhone 6 owners plans to buy Apple Watch, survey finds

Apple Watch (Ariel Adams 003)

A new survey finds that nearly 1-in-5 iPhone 6 owners are planning to buy the Apple Watch when it launches later this year. ZDNet points to the data, published by marketing research firm Credit Suisse, which shows 18% of iPhone 6 or 6 Plus owners polled said they would “definitely” be buying Apple’s new wearable.

Additionally, 11% of those queried said that they would “probably” be purchasing the Apple Watch when it’s released, and another 27% described the likelihood that they would be getting one as “maybe.” Out of those in the “no” category, 27% said they would “probably not” be getting it, and 18% answered “definitely not.”… Read the rest of this post here

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Baby Driver Is Edgar Wright’s Next Film

After Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man, the obvious question was — aside from who would replace him — what would be next for the Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim filmmaker. And now we know.

Variety reports that Wright will direct Baby Driver, a project which he has been talking about for years. The film is described by Variety as being about “a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.” Wright is penning the script as well as directing.

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How to quickly scan a business card and save contact info

Scanning business card

We recently published a post about the best apps to scan business cards, highlighting several applications that take advantage of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to read the information of a business card, and save that information to the Contacts app. There are many options available, paid or free, but a new one recently got on my radar. Its simplicity and efficiency deserves its own post…. Read the rest of this post here

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Xbox Live Service is Limited

The Xbox Live service is currently down, with “Limited” functionality for social and gaming.

The Xbox service status page lists the limitation for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. It notes that users may have trouble accessing cloud storage, unlocking and viewing achievements, or posting game performance.

“We’re aware that some users are currently experiencing issues with Leaderboards and Achievements,” the page states. “Additionally we are aware that users are unable to upload Worlds in Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. Our team is engaged and working hard to get these issues fixed ASAP. Thanks for staying patient while we work! We’ll let you know as soon as we have more information.”

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