Thursday, September 8, 2011

Movie’s Future Sneakers might become Reality

Frank Marshall, producer of the movie "Back to The Future", tweeted, "Going to need a lot of hoverboards." and linked to a YouTube video posted by Nike called McFly's Closet.

Shelves upon shelves of unreleased Nike Air Mags, which bear a striking resemblance to Marty McFly's famed shoes: the cool sneakers that laced up automatically, is shown in the video.

Nike added to the excitement late last night by handing out gift bags of metal shield glasses, a Pepsi bottle from 1985, and a copy of "Back to The Future" at an invite-only event in Los Angeles. Social media are now in a tizzy over the rumored shoes. On Twitter, "Back to The Future" started trending worldwide overnight.


Movie Review: Contagion

The film was produced by Warner Bros. and Participant Media. Overseas, the movie is opening this weekend in a few small foreign markets, including Italy.

Less a thriller than a fascinating study of a global health crisis, the film tracks a mysterious, aggressive virus that infects corporate exec Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) during a Hong Kong business trip. (Paltrow haters, rejoice: She's among the first to succumb and doesn't belt a country song before croaking.)

The contagion quickly spreads across all borders, fueled by countless human interactions, and explodes into a full-blown pandemic. As the death toll escalates, researchers scramble to decode the mutating biological pathogen, develop a vaccine, and administer it to the freaked-out populace.

Thankfully, Contagion avoids the silliness and literal monkey business of that '90s Ebola movie Outbreak. Working with cool, muted tones and a driving techno score, Soderbergh credibly, soberly details the world government's response and public's widespread panic: the quarantines, the protests, the looting, the ghostly empty airports, etc. There's even an activist vlogger (a snaggletoothed Jude Law) who develops a huge, um, viral following by disseminating conspiracy theories.

Still, after exiting the theater, you'll vow to never touch anyone—or your own face—ever again.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Android vs. iPhone

Android and the iPhone are no doubt two of the biggest forces to be reckoned in the smartphone world. Although they're head-to-head competitors in many respects, the two mobile leaders might have more differences than similarities.
Operating System
The iPhone: The one and only
When people say "iPhone" they might be referring to the actual phone or the OS the iPhone runs, called iOS. Unlike other smartphones, there's really just one flavor of iPhone. Apple's current iPhone is the 4th version to date and is referred to as the iPhone 4.

The many faces of Android
The term Android refers to both Google's mobile OS as well as any device running Android. This gets tricky too: some Verizon Android phones are branded as "Droids" but Android owners also occasionally refer to any Android device as a "Droid," regardless of carrier.

Android advantages
Android is a more flexible OS. If there's something that bugs you about your phone or some setting you'd like to tweak, odds are an app on the Android market does just that — or even a simple setting on the phone itself may control what you need. Developers can even create apps that modify the look and feel of Android entirely.

Which is right for me?
Ultimately, making the choice between Android and the iPhone comes down to personal taste. For those who value a high level of customization, an Android device is the way to go for an impressively flexible, though potentially less cohesive, experience. And for those seeking an undeniably smooth smartphone experience at the cost of flexibility, the iPhone will certainly not disappoint.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Android Phones

New Android devices seem to come out every day and with so many of them around, it's hard to get very excited about the launch of the latest phones. But there's a new mobile lineup that's definitely worth a look: The Samsung Galaxy S II series.

The original model of Galaxy S II has been available abroad for some time now, but three new variations of the phone — one on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — are about make a splashy U.S. debut.

AT&T: Samsung Galaxy S II
If you had fallen head-over-heels for the international version of the Galaxy S II, you'll find a lot to love in AT&T's variant. The phones share their good looks and slender, squared-off design in common. Unlike its two brethren, the AT&T Galaxy S II sports a 4.3" screen — a more reasonable size if you've got hands on the small side, or if a 4.5" phone seems a bit too beastly for your liking.

Sprint: Epic Touch 4G
Sprint is opting to stick with a familiar naming scheme, dubbing its Galaxy S II the "Epic Touch 4G." The Epic Touch 4G's 4.5" Super AMOLED Plus screen is a step up from its 4.3" AT&T cousin, which is either a blessing or a curse depending on how sold you are on megaphones.

T-Mobile: Samsung Galaxy S II
T-Mobile's variant shares most of the same DNA as its relatives, but is a bit closer to Sprint's version on the family tree. Like Sprint's epically-named Epic Touch 4G, the T-Mobile version boasts a massive 4.5" Super AMOLED Plus screen.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Celebrities in the ‘I Will’ 9/11 Commemoration

Americans will be taking time out all this week, to reflect and remember the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. MTV parent company Viacom has teamed with artists including Lady Gaga, Nas, DJ Pauly D, Julianne Hough and Drake Bell as part of that commemoration to launch a national day of service campaign that asks, "What will you do to remember?"

The campaign is designed to inspire Americans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks by committing to good deeds, charity or volunteer service. The "I Will" campaign asks participants, "Ten years later, what will you do to remember?"

Beginning on September 6 through September 9, Viacom's networks will air specially produced "I Will" public service announcements featuring artists and actors, including Gaga, Fran Drescher, Pauly D, Nas, Hough and Bell, along with Viacom employees.

In addition to airing a series of PSAs across its Viacom networks, the company's digital properties will also support "I Will" with a widget that allows visitors to upload their personal response to the question, "What will you do on 9/11 in tribute?"


Rule 48 called up by NYSE

The New York Stock Exchange and NYSE Amex Cash Markets invoked Rule 48 on Tuesday, after a selloff in Europe raised fears of rocky trading at the open of U.S. markets.

Rule 48 is invoked to speed up and smooth trading at the market open when exceptionally high volatility is expected.

NYSE invoked the rule on multiple occasions last month amid unstable market conditions, a time when the Dow Jones Industrial Average notched four consecutive 400-point swings for the first time in its 115-year history.

On Tuesday, U.S. stocks are poised to open sharply lower as steep drops in European markets and fears of a global recession are spurring investors to move out of assets perceived as risky.

Dow futures were recently down 226 points, while Standard & Poor's 500-stock index futures fell 27 points


Monday, September 5, 2011

Tips for Buying a Tablet

Thinking a little harder about your tablet choice before you leap in to the shops? Here’ a simple guideline that helps you in choosing the perfect tablet for you.

Which Operating System?

Your choice of OS inform the other important decisions you need to make when differentiating between the growing numbers of tablets on offer, is probably the most important and it will likely dominate how you use your tablet once you've bought it. The choice is really between three systems: Apple's iOS, Google's Android and the BlackBerry Tablet OS. You can also buy tablets running Windows 7, but we're yet to see an example of this that has really impressed us.

Size and weight

Screen size is the main factor that determines the weight of a device, as a large portion of this heft comes from the glass used to cover the LCD panel.


Connectivity checklist: does the tablet you're looking at have the following?

• 3G or Wi-Fi only
• HDMI, and does it come with a cable?
• Micro or mini USB
• Full-size USB host port
• MicroSD memory expansion
• SD card reader slot


US Postal Service Facing Serious Problems

The US Postal Service will be unable to make payment worth US$5.5 billion this month and a possible shut down of deliveries this winter is expected if the government does not step in, The New York Times reported on Monday.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said 'our situation is extremely serious,' in an interview. 'If Congress doesn't act, we will default.' The service has been piling up losses since early 2008 due to rising costs and a decline in volumes caused by rising Internet use and e-commerce.

The service unveiled a plan to close more than 10 per cent of its post offices throughout the United States. The US Postal Service had already slashed 110,000 jobs which is 16 per cent of its workforce in the past four years to cut its wage bill.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Libyan Fighter outside Gadhaffi’s Stronghold

Fighters pushed to the outskirts of one of Moammar Gadhafi's last strongholds of support, setting the stage for possible clashes ahead of this week's deadline for loyalists of the ousted leader to surrender.

Saadi Gadhafi, one of Gadhafi's sons, told CNN's Nic Robertson in a phone dialogue that negotiations aimed at a truce had been going well, but that an "aggressive" speech broadcast by his brother, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, a few days ago caused talks to break down. He said he saw no further point in negotiating and believes the NTC is ready to go into Bani Walid.

Abdallah Kinshel, the NTC negotiator, said the planned talks fell apart after local leaders refused to come to the chosen meeting spot -- a mosque outside of town -- and required the NTC fighters come into the town unarmed which the anti-Gadhafi forces refused.


Freddie Mercury in Google Doodle

Google doodles have been produced for the birthdays of several noted artists and and are also used to depict major events at Google, such as the company's own anniversary.
The latest Google Doodle pays tribute to Freddie Mercury, who would have celebrated his 65th birthday on September 5.
Mercury is referred to as "Britain's first Asian rock star". In 2006, Time Asia named him as one of the most influential Asian heroes of the past 60 years and was voted as greatest male singer in different polls.
Honoring the rock band Queen's lead vocalist, who battled HIV for years before dying on November 24th, 1991 at the age of 45, a video, which appears over the Google logo, features an animated tribute to Mercury, highlighting Queen's 1978 hit "Don't Stop Me Now."