Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
When director James Wan released his simple, low-budget haunted house horror movie Insidious in 2011, a lot of people sat up and paid attention. By the time Insidious: Chapter 2 was released, there was a keen audience waiting for it and the $5 million horror movie pulled in over $148 million at the box office.
The nightmare is not yet over, however, and Focus Features has now revealed that Insidious: Chapter 3 will arrive in theaters on April 3rd, 2015. Screenwriter Leigh Whannell will once again return to pen the script, and filming will likely begin in early 2014.
April generally isn't a great month for movie releases in terms of box office success, falling too short of the summer boom, but this is probably a safe release date for Focus Features to go with. 2015 is set to be something of a crazy year for movie releases, with Star Wars Episode VII, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, and Jurassic World just a few of the major sequels being released over the course of the year. Currently, the only direct competition for Insidious: Chapter 3 on that April weekend is sci-fi drama Passengers, starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams.
Although release dates are not immutable, the fact that Focus Features has a plan for when Insidious: Chapter 3 will come out suggests that the gears of pre-production are moving along quite nicely. Since Wan announced that The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2 were to be his last forays into the horror genre (though he eventually walked that back on Twitter), it has been fairly clear that a new director will be assigned to Insidious: Chapter 3, but decidedly unclear who this successor might be.
One of the reasons that Wan's films have been such a success is their very unique aesthetics and the often brilliant camera tricks used to create scary moments. The use of practical effects and make-up, along with the fact that Wan isn't afraid to show his monsters in the daylight, have created a very recognizable signature among his current body of work in the horror genre. It's hard to imagine a new director successfully mimicking this style, and such imitation probably wouldn't even be desirable.
Here's hoping that Insidious: Chapter 3 will bring something fresh to the franchise, rather than simply coming across as a cash-in sequel. Let us know in the comments if you think the series can survive without Wan, and who should take over directing duties for this threequel.
Insidious: Chapter 3 is set for release on April 3rd, 2015.
Source: Focus Features
Samsung’s current flagship handset, the Samsung Galaxy S4 went on sale in April 2013. It came packed with a huge number of features and contributed to the opinion that Samsung, rather than Apple, is the main driver of innovation in the smartphone market today.
It also doesn’t hurt that Samsung sold an estimated 20 million Samsung Galaxy S4s within two months of it hitting shelves.
This is an article about the Samsung Galaxy S5. We’ll be rounding up all the latest news and rumours about the handset in the run up to its unveiling next year.
Samsung Galaxy S5 specsRelatively little is known about the Samsung Galaxy S5’s specs. However, one thing that we do know is that it will come with a 64-bit processor.
Speaking to Korea Times, Samsung’s co-CEO Shin Jong-Kyun has promised the company will match the processor found in Apple’s new iPhone 5s.
And recently Samsung confirmed that it is working on 64-bit processors for its 2014 handsets - although the company stopped short of actually announcing which handsets they were.
Stephen Woo, president of Systems SI at Samsung electronics told CNET that the company is taking a “two-step approach” to developing 64-bit chips.
According to Woo, the firm is planning on developing a 64-bit chip based on designs from ARM. Once it has mastered that technology, it will design its own chip. It is believed it will be the latter chip that ends up in both of Samsung’s 2014 flagships smartphones.
“We are marching on schedule,” Woo said Wednesday. “We will offer the first 64-bit [processor] based on ARM’s own core. After that, we will offer an even more optimised 64-bit [processor] based on our own optimisations.”
Samsung Galaxy S5 looksAt the end of August, a rumour broke that claimed Samsung is looking to move away from using polycarbonate back covers for its phones.
According to ET News, the company has sent engineers to Vietnam to investigate the feasibility of making smartphones with aluminium and magnesium backs.
The report claimed that some figures at the Korean manufacturer are concerned that the recent introduction of a plastic-backed ‘budget’ iPhone – the iPhone 5c – could make buyers think all plastic-backed smartphones are budget devices.
Perhaps we can find a clue in the recent Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - on that handset Samsung has replaced the traditional polycarbonate with a new faux-leather, stitched rear cover.
Samsung Galaxy S5 operating systemWill Samsung do the unthinkable? Could it drop Android in favour of the Tizen mobile operating system – co-developed by itself and Intel?
A year ago, such a situation would have been unthinkable.
However, following a period of tension between Samsung and Android-developer Google earlier this year – including not a single mention of Android at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 – it isn’t as unfeasible as it once was.
Indeed, Samsung co-CEO Boo-Keun Yoon revealed that Samsung plans to connect all of its devices together with the new operating system. That includes its mobile phones.
While he stopped short of suggesting that the company will drop Android, it certainly won’t be easy reading for Google.
That said, we doubt Google would dump Android with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5. What is more likely is that you’ll see two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S5 on sale: an Android-powered version and a Tizen-powered version.
Samsung Galaxy S5 cameraAt the beginning of September, reports began emerging that Samsung is working on a slimline 16 megapixel smartphone camera with optical image stabiliser (OIS) technology.
At the time of writing, there is only one smartphone in Samsung’s range that comes with OIS, and that is the less-than-slimline Galaxy S4 Zoom.
According to GSMarena, who broke the story, the new lens has been designed to fit in its slimline range of smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S5 release dateThere has been no word – rumour or otherwise – about when we will be able to get our grubby little hands on the Samsung Galaxy S5.
However, Samsung is usually consistent when it comes to launching new models of its phones. As such, it is a pretty safe bet that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S5 in March 2014.
As for when you’ll be able to get your hands on it? If we were betting people, we’d say the last Friday of April – so Friday, April 25th.
Source : T3
Monday, November 18, 2013
The full specifications of the Google Nexus 5 have been posted online.Unlike in previous leaks where Google was the source, the latest leak is the result of a network jumping the gun on its marketing campaign for the new phone.
Canadian network WIND posted the details of the phone. The mistake was spotted by Mobile Syrup.
Despite a large number of leaks, Google has still not officially announced the device.
According to WIND’s Facebook page, the Google Nexus 5 has a 4.95-inch screen with a 1920 by 1080p display at a resolution of 445 ppi. The screen itself is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The rest of the device measures 69.17mm (w), 137.84mm (h), 8.59mm (d).
It is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of storage.
Camera wise, the Nexus 5 has an eight megapixel rear facing camera with optical image stabiliser. On the front, it comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera.
As expected, the device will be the first device to run Android 4.4 KitKat.
There is no word on when Google will officially unveil the device. However,r eports have suggested that the company will announce the phone on Thursday, with it launching the next day.
Source : T3
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Dating and dollars
Who should pay on a first date? We reveal the surprising answer. Plus, great cheap date ideas!
Dating and Dollars.
It used to be easy. Men paid and women said thank you. Men also wore hats, and women wore gloves and chiffon scarves. But the rules aren't so clear anymore, and men and women are often confused by the etiquette of dating and money. It's more than who pays and how much. The way you deal with money can reveal who you are and how you feel about the person you are with. Money represents another form of intimacy, and you have to be aware of that. And like that other, more popular form of intimacy -- S-E-X -- you need to know the rules for dating are not the same as those for a bona fide couple.
Don't forget your wallet. In the beginning, unless your date expressly asks to go Dutch (this does not mean wooden shoes and funny hats), assume that you are paying. It may seem old-fashioned, and maybe one day it will change, but at this point that's the rule.
Don't get carried away. Generosity is appealing, but don't overextend yourself. Stay within your comfort zone. If you keep spending beyond your means, she'll assume those are your means, then you'll resent her and she'll have no idea why.
Don't be chauvinist. If your girlfriend wants to take you out, be gracious. Don't insist on paying for cotton candy, tattoos, circus tickets, [insert expenditure here]. You want to be modern but chivalrous.
Don't be cheap. Never, ever itemize the bill. If it matters to you that her tofu fajitas cost two dollars more than your chicken parmesan, you should have stayed home.
Don't stiff the waiter. If you see your date giving the waiter an "I'm sorry" look, you're not tipping enough. A minimum of fifteen percent is standard, and you should factor that in to the price of the evening.
Don't use coupons. Honestly, do you really need that free beverage or complimentary entrée of greater or lesser value?