You probably know a few Criterion cultists. They’re a curious breed of obsessive collector and media citizen who just can’t get enough of these video products, with their extensive special features and thoughtful booklets of deep-dive essays and lovely packaging. Or maybe it’s the cultured, urbane air that enthusiasts believe owning such a collection imparts. — Read the rest
In this over 30 minute installment of Star Wars Explained, host Alex runs through a dizzying array of Easter eggs, fan service, and explanations of how characters and scenes from season 2 of The Mandalorian relate to season 1, the Star Wars movies, the animated series, comic books, and novels. — Read the rest
YOU can buy the two new Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader! Information here.
Memberships are now open for Tom the Dancing Bug’s INNER HIVE. Join the team that makes Tom the Dancing Bug a reality, and get exclusive access to comics before they are published, sneak peeks, insider scoops, and lots of other stuff. — Read the rest
Telegram is adding a new group voice chats feature thatâs similar to an always-on Discord room. Voice chats are now part of existing text chats, and operate as a persistent option to speak live with friends or family. As theyâre always available, you can dip in and out of voice chats just like you would in a Discord room or call.
Telegram is supporting âa few thousand participants,â so even bigger groups for things like live events will include voice chats. The feature appears at the top of an existing group chat, if enabled, allowing anyone to join the conversation freely. On the desktop versions of Telegram for Windows and Mac, you can also use a push-to-talk key for voice chats to control your microphone input.
An FCC listing confirms that Samsungâs S Pen stylus can be used with the companyâs upcoming flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra phone. The confirmation, first discovered by Android Authority, comes in a test report for model number SMG998B. The discovery lends clarity to recent statements from Samsung mobile president TM Roh, who said that some of the âmost well-loved featuresâ of the Galaxy Note will be coming to other Samsung devices in 2021.
The FCC test report explicitly describes an EUT (Equipment Under Test) device that can be used with an S Pen in both hover and click modes. âThe EUT can also used with a stylus device (S Pen). The EUT operates with the S Pen in two different inductive coupling modes of S Pen motion detection (Hover and…
This year has been the year of home video conferencing. If you are really on the ball, you’ve managed to put some kind of green screen up so you can hide your mess and look as though you are in your posh upper east side office space. However, most of …read more
Ian Cole has been at the helm of Maker Faire Orlando, and its parent organization The Maker Effect Foundation, since its inception. While this spectacular, volunteer run event did not take place in November as usual, Ian has been no less busy manifesting maker experiences for others. Florida has more […]
You may have heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule, popularized by noted journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell. It supposes that it takes 10,000 hours of active, intense focus on a talent or skill to attain expert-level mastery.
Sony Pictures saw a âbit of a boomâ in interest from Hollywood creatives who want to work with a studio committed to theatrical releases, according to the companyâs CEO.
The uptick in interest comes just after WarnerMedia announced its 17 movies planned for 2021 will premiere on HBO Max the same day they hit theaters. For WarnerMedia executives trying to figure out how to bolster subscribers for its new streaming service and release films in an era when the return to theaters is uncertain, the move makes sense. Plus, WarnerMedia executives will tell you theyâre still committed to theatrical releases, pointing to Tenetâs release. Others in the industry will point to Tenet as a reason for the HBO Max move.
Steamâs annual winter sale is live. If youâve been meaning to buy some games, either for yourself or as a gift for upcoming holidays, nowâs the time to take a look around. There are thousands of games up for sale in the Steam Store (and you can vote for the 2020 Steam Awards while youâre there).
While youâre browsing, the Epic Games store is also in the midst of its holiday sale. In addition to discounts of up to 75 percent, the sale provides endless $10 coupons â that is, you can apply one to a purchase (on âeligible gamesâ priced at $14.99 and up), apply another to your next purchase, and so on. And the store will be giving away games for free until December 31st. As of this writing, the current freebie is Metro: 2033 Redux(usually…
Nickelback has created a parody version of its own song âPhotographâ for a new Google Photos ad, and itâs a lot more entertaining than you might suspect. In the ad, Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger mercilessly makes fun of himself, fully leaning into the âPhotographâ meme and its usefulness in explaining all sorts of graphs and in illustrating framed copies of other memes, as Kroeger instructs viewers to âlook at themâ in his unmistakable, raspy voice.
The adâs lyrics and photos touch on Kroegerâs ânoodle hairâ and his passion for photographing dessert. That it manages to both be a nice example of Google Photosâ features and a cute use of the old meme makes it worth a watch.
âPhotographâ is 15 years old, and the meme connected to it…
OnePlus will finally be making a smartwatch in 2021, CEO Pete Lau has announced on Twitter, marking the first foray into wearable devices for the smartphone company. Thereâs not many details yet on the upcoming device, including what smartwatch OS itâll run, a price, or even a firm release date â Lau only notes that itâll be âreleased early next year.â
The idea of a OnePlus smartwatch isnât a new one; the company had reportedly designed a Wear OS (then still called Android Wear) smartwatch a few years ago. OnePlus ultimately nixed that product, thoughâ âWe had completed the design but we still decided to scrap it,â Lau said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. âWe have to be focused.â
A miniature New York Times crossword can now float above your couch, courtesy of an augmented reality effect available on the Timesâ Instagram page. Pull up the effect on your phone, and a prompt will appear saying, âThe crossword has shattered into pieces!â A small crossword sits on whatever surface youâve picked, while a cloud of letter shards hovers above it. As you move your camera around, the change in perspective will reveal the words that solve the puzzle.
It uses the same principle of perspective, anamorphosis, that some artists play with to make work that creates an optical illusion when viewed from a specific vantage point. Itâs a neat concept, but itâs not exactly the same as actually solving a crossword. Fiddling with your…
[Will Cogley]’s mechanized gauntlet concept sure has a hypnotizing look to it, and it uses only a single motor. Underneath the scales is a rod with several cams, each of which moves a lever up and down in a rippling wave as it rotates. Add a painted scale to each, …read more