For anyone still following me, I commend you. I’m posting this as an update to let people know that I will will be very shortly be making a few youtube channels as a personal hobb
y. One for gaming and commentary, one for vlogs, and one for skits. I can’t wait to get things started. I feel that this will be a fun experience and hope that people will take notice. Cheers! – Anthony
The time has come where your watch can finally do more than just tell time. The Pebble smart watch is no exception, and I think it’s about time (no pun intended) that we have something so extraordinary. With watch you can read messages, control you music, use applications like a timer, stop-watch, and even a distance tracker. Utilizing an application for your android and ios devices, Pebble’s Smart Watch connects to your device via blue-tooth and can then take full advantage of the features I listed. The Watch is even said to water-proof!
Although not available to the public yet, Pebble hopes to have these bad boys out on the market very soon. Hopefully they stay true to their word and push these into production so I can get my hands on one right away. This looks very promising and a very interesting new piece of technology, hopefully one that will be able to last and hold it’s own place in the technological community. As well as include itself in our already expanding collection of personal gadgets and gizmos.
Have you ever wanted your friend’s opinion on your search entries? Well now you can have just that with Facebook’s Graph search. Graph search aims to rival google’s search in that it uses recommendations from friends you’ve acquired on facebook. “The company’s algorithms will filter search results for each person, ranking the friends and brands that it thinks a user would trust the most. At first, it will mine users’ interests, photos, check-ins and “likes,” but later it will search through other information, including status updates.” (nytimes.com)
With this, I think that it could be very useful for finding a good restaurant or a movie. This has the potential to be very helpful in finding things fast and on the go. As for now though, search results are sparse and don’t bring up much. Creators of the tool say that with more likes and statuses, as well as pictures and tags.
The most ironic thing that I think has come out of this is the fact that Facebook aims to out do google search, and this tool was developed former google developers.
In 1985, Robert Redford created a festival that would celebrate the works of indie movie makers, and give them a few tips from the professionals. “That first year, the festival showed a couple of dozen films. This year, Sundance is playing 119 feature films from 32 countries, culled from about 4,000 that were submitted.” (cbsnews.com) Starting off this year, as with every year, in Park city, Utah, the festival turns the tiny little ski town into a central movie hub for the entire country, and even some parts of the world. The festival has led to various film super-stars such as; Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino just to name a few.
Until recently, Sundance has always started off with a major film to set the tone of the festival and get things rolling. Three years ago, founder Robert Redford and festival director John Cooper decided to get rid of that idea and go with a multiple showing of films at different venues. This allowed for a sense of true competition within the festival and not a star-studded premier showing to steal the show right away. It also allowed them to really show the diversity of what everyone was bringing to the table each year, which is mainly what the festival is about.
Not only are the likes of indie filmmakers there and unknown actors and actresses waiting to show off their talent to the world. But a few stars have managed to make it this year into the festivals line-up of films. These include; Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs, Shia Lebouf in a romance, Daniel Radcliffe, and Ethan Hawke. All of these very popular actors and very successful at what they do. What I think is cool is that they are supporting the indie film community by being a part of it.
The Sundance Film Festival is a great time, and fun way to experience the beauty of film making as an art form, and not just a form of entertainment. It is also a great way for future successful actors, actresses, directors, producers, e.t.c all to get noticed and possibly make it big in the film business and do what they love to do on a major scale. As a person who has personally experienced this wonderful showing of art, I highly recommend anyone who loves the art of film making and some of the raw talent behind it all to experience this once a year festival for themselves.
Once again the hyper-links on wordpress are acting up, so my links will be in the comment section below.
Another year brings us another Consumer Electronics Show (CES for short). This convention is made to show consumers the best and latest in today’s technology. A lot of cool things are shown each year at CES, and this year was no exception. Such things included a gaming PC designed for the living room called “Steam-Box” and made by big time game developer, and creator of the online gaming web service “Steam”, Valve. There was also a sensor that can be placed on your monitor that tracks you eye-movements so that you can control your computer cursor with just your eyes! Samsung even got Bill Clinton to speak about technology and it’s advantages to our life.
These are just a few of the amazing things to come out of CES every year. This is an absolutely perfect way to show off your stuff, and make yourself know. Much to everyone’s surprise gaming was no longer a side show at CES with Valve’s Steam-Box Premier. It’s a step in the right direction, I think, for the gaming community. Being able to bring the quality of a PC gaming experience with the comfort of console gaming in the living room was something to behold. This is a great demonstration of just how much the way we experience games is changing, and it’s for the better. Many other gaming companies like Razer and Nvidia are going the Mobile route and making high-quality gaming on the go with their devices. A big step forward for gaming and the gaming community alike.
Did you know that your eyes can now replace your computer mouse? Well, with a company called “Tobii” you can do just that. Tobii has made a sensor that tracks you eye-movements and lets yo9u control you computer cursor around your screen. I think that this is probably one of the coolest things to come out of CES this year! This is yet another step forward forward for technology that is ever changing the way we experience it.
Also something awesome to come out of CES was that electronics company, Samsung, hired Bill Clinton to be a spokesman for their main showing. Clinton talked about the advantages of our growing world of technology. Bringing up examples like “Banking by cell phone in Haiti, social media and the Arab spring and bracing for global warming”. (techradar.com) Clinton was finally met with applause at the end of his closer for Samsung when he talked about his support for the assault weapons ban.
All in all, I think this was a good year for major and growing electronics companies. Showing a lot of innovation and confidence at this year’s convention. This year’s CES, in my opinion, will be one to remember for a few years to come.
Links to the two articles I read will be in the comments section.
Recently, a man who has been responsible for a lot of internet innovations and was the co-creator of reddit committed suicide. Many people are in outrage towards the U.S. government and how their laws on hacking stand. Originally, Aaron Swartz was charged with the illegal downloading of millions of MIT and JSTOR scientific journals. If these charges were sought through, Aaron would have faced decades in prison and millions of dollars worth of fines. After the incident, JSTOR made it’s own documents free to download. MIT, however, has not, being that they initially went forward with pressing the charges against Aaron.
As I stated before, the internet, and millions of people are in outrage with the government. Stating that they need to refine their definition on laws regarding hacking. Aaron’s own father even said that government killed him, not suicide. The fact of the matter is that our laws state we cannot access any unauthorized content without proper permission. This has led prosecutors to make a lot of questionable charges towards these types of crimes. In my opinion, these laws are probably not going to change for some years. The government trusts in itself to make the “right” decision on these cases. In the case of Aaron Swartz, pressure from these types of charges can be deadly.
After reading and viewing dozens of reviews on the upcoming game DmC: Devil May Cry. I can say with certainty that I will be purchasing this game to try it for myself. Of the reviews I watched and read, a lot of them seemed to gloss over many of the negative points in the game. It was almost as if the reviewers didn’t want to get down and dirty and really evaluate and look at this game analytically. Instead it appeared as if they just sat there worshiping the ground it walks on. This felt like something was missing from a lot of the reviews. I thought to myself that this game can’t actually be this good, especially with a new developer taking the reigns for the first time. Only a select few reviews captured what I was looking for, and really took the evaluation and analytical sense into account. Coincidentally, these also seemed to be the least biased reviews from what I saw, and I saw a lot!
I think that, when it really came down to processing all of the info. I had acquired, a lot of these reviews seems over-confident and over-hyped. Save one that I really enjoyed from a man who knows what he is talking about. Adam Sessler has revolved his life around video-games and technology, getting his start on the channel “G4”, being the host of video-game show “X-Play”, Adam Sessler has developed a very good reputation in the gaming community. That being said, he has a strong influence towards gamers in his reviews, with them being very accurate, informative and very non-biased. This is what I look for in a review, and what I hope others look for as well. The game lacks a certain pop to it that makes the past Devil May Cry games what they are. This ,by no means however, makes it a bad game. On the contrary, it’s a very good game with lovely visuals and smooth combat mechanics from what I’ve played in the demo, and that was just work in progress. Where it really falls short in my opinion would be the writing. It seems kind of static, with not enough room to let the actors shine. But when it’s good, IT’S GOOD. You really have a feeling of connection to the characters that makes you care about them.
All in all, I think DmC: Devil May Cry will be a good first game to hit the shelves this year and start off the new collection. I can’t wait to get my hands on it and further evaluate it.
Hopefully the year’s line-up of games won’t fail to impress.
IGN Review: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/386326/dmc-devil-may-cry-review-round-up-series-reboot-hits-the-high-notes/
Adam Sessler Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRyN6qUZ9Mc
Time review: http://techland.time.com/2013/01/14/dmc-devil-may-cry-review-not-so-divine-dramedy/