Archives for: June 2013
The Terminator is Back in a Big Way

terminatorWhen Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “I’ll be back,” in the original Terminator, he wasn’t joking. Paramount Pictures is bringing the Terminator back to the big screen in a big way. Paramount Pictures will release the first instalment on June 26th, 2015. The first installment of the new trilogy series is going to start shooting in January 2014. The new trilogy came to light when Schwarzenegger told fan site ArnoldFans.com: “I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator.” As yet the studios have not confirmed Arnold will be in the new flicks, but if he is, they could be really good.
Stay tuned for future Terminator mayhem :-)

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Self Driving Cars May be Just Around the Corner

If you are a spoiled child of the 80′s, you know what I am talking about when I say the words, “Turbo Boost,” or “KITT I need you buddy!” – that’s right, I’m talking about and critically acclaimed and all to fabulously awesome (at least in our strange geek brains) 1980′s television gem – Knight Rider. Knight Rider was great because its story lines were all about the little guy taking down the big crooked guys and bringing them swiftly to justice. In Knight Rider’s case, the little guy was a former police officer gone loner after his death was staged to protect him coupled with his oh so stylish black pontiac Trans-Am, which also happened to be his partner and of all things, a talking, self driving car named KITT or Knight industries Two Thousand. KITT may not sound that impressive today, but 30 years ago a hot car that could drive itself and talk to its driver was truly groundbreaking. As with most things we humans can imagine, we often bring them to life with science and technology, KITT is no different :-) With the advent of laser and radar based collision avoidance and guidance systems, self driving cars are just around the corner. The info-graphic below shows us the likely evolution of car tech in the next few years. If Google’s self driving Pryis is any indication, it appears that we are indeed close to braving the open roads entirely hands free :-)

Self-driving cars

 

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Google Sends Internet to the Skies with Project Loon

Google being the awesomely incredible company that it is, it has been home to some incredible projects and products from gmail to google voice. With google glass breaking new ground in what it means to be connected to each other and self driving cars on the horizon, google is doing big things. Of course google glass and self driving cars are among the bleeding edge of the coolest possibilities of tech, all projects of the cutting edge research arm of google – aptly named google X. The sole mission of the people at google X is to test the limits crazy ideas and new technologies. In one of its latest wild projects, google X is looking to send the internet to the skies using hot air balloons in project Loon. Project Loon got its name because the google X team thought the idea was beyond loony. Project Loon’s goal is to provide internet access to extremely rural areas using volleyball shaped antenna rigs to communicate with solar powered internet hubs connected to hot air balloons 60,000 feet above sea level. Leave it to google to come up with something that awesome :-) Google just officially unveiled project Loon in Christchurch New Zealand, one of the quietest and most remote corners of the globe. It took project Loon a few years to get the official X project stamp of approval, but it is well on its way to being the answer in getting the rest of the world connected to the web. Here is a short video showing a test flight with a balloon hub.



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Windows 8.1 First Look [Video]

Jensen Harris from the Microsoft user experience team takes a few minutes to show us a quick glimpse inside the much anticipated Windows 8.1 preview. By the looks of things Microsoft has a few aces up their sleeves, one thing is for sure, Windows 8.1 is optimized for touch and that doesn’t appear that it is going to change anytime soon…

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Movie Minute: Star Trek Into Darkness

J.J. Abrams and crew have graced us with yet another multimillion dollar installment to the newly revived Star Trek franchise just four years after the hugely successful block buster predecessor Star Trek. We had our reservations about the first installment “Star Trek,” but it was action packed and very entertaining, it was even sprinkled with a brawl between Kirk and some hot head Starfleet cadets original series style reminiscent  of the time Scotty, Sulu and Chekov laid the smack down on the klingons after calling the Enterprise “a garbage scow” right to Scotty’s face. As an action packed fast entertainer, “Star Trek” delivered as promised, Star Trek into the Darkness is no different. The new film is loaded with explosions,plenty of phaser fire and of course, near death situations that Kirk and Spock just happen to find themselves in :-) If your looking for true originality however, this may not be the film for you. Star Trek Into Darkness takes its queues from the critically acclaimed and bodaciously epic “Star Trek: Wrath of Kann.” How so, well, Kann is back. If you loved Kann and his genetically superior comrades, you will likely enjoy this film. Although the plot is similar to the original eighties film, there are still a few good plot twists to keep this interesting. Bottom line, if you like the characters of the original Star Trek series and an adrenaline rush, this film is for you :-)

 

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