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RIP Robin Williams – Thank You for Touching Our Lives :-)

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 8.09.37 PMIf you were a child of the eighties, you will likely remember many great onscreen performances by the late Robin Williams. And not just good films but great films that made your heart laugh, films that were just plain fun and filled with so much wholly goodness, anyone could watch and most would fall head over heals for Robin Williams characters in no time flat. Films that are Timeless classics that any parent would jump at the chance to show to their kids like Aladdin, where Robin plays the hilarious and oh so unforgettable Magic Genie and Hook where he plays the super courageous, kind, loving and adventurous Peter Pan, facing Neverland’s arch nemesis Hook. Thinking back on those films, there is something special in each one of them that just warms the heart and makes you feel like a kid again. These are just a few of the many amazing works William did in all his time with us. We here at UsenetGeekBlog say thank you Robin Williams for bringing a nice dose of awesomeness into our lives, our favorite comedian will forever live on in our hearts :-) RIP Robin Williams.

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A Cool New Take on Batman VS. Superman: Dawn of Justice

The Verge gives us a cool new take on Batman VS. Superman and what a dual between the two staunch superheroes might actually look like. No one knows why the hell the two of these guys would actually fight each other instead of just getting a beer together, but whatever the deal is, we are going to have to wait until 2016 to find out. Watch this entertaining piece by The Verge attempting to answer the big question, who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? It’s A Cool New Take on Batman VS. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Henry Cavil will be returning as Superman with the same badass look and Ben Affleck looks to be darker than dark in first time role as Batman, this is no doubt going to be a good film.

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1980′s Classic ‘Ghostbusters’ Hitting Theaters Again for 30th Anniversary

ghostbusters-30th-anniversaryIf you were a child of the 80′s, you enjoyed some great flicks that include the likes of Weird Science, Masters of the Universe, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2. If you are old enough to remember these films, you have no doubt seen them – But did you see them in the theater? If you were to young in the 80′s you might not have seen these movies in the theater. Thanks to Sony Pictures, you can bring back a piece of your childhood in a new and awesome way – The 1980′s Classic, Ghostbusters, is hitting the theaters again in August 2014 for its 30th anniversary, now is your time to see it again in all its glory. Can you imagine seeing the glorious StatePuff Marshmallow Man on the big screen! The movie is said to be released in over 700 theater nationwide  According to Entertainment Weekly. To further celebrate Ghostbusters, Sony Pictures is releasing a 30th anniversary edition of Ghostbusters and a 25th anniversary edition of Ghostbusters 2, marking the first time Ghostbusters 2 has ever been released on Blu-Ray. The new Blu-Ray edition will feature deleted scenes that haven’t been seen before. Both movies will also include newly recorded conversations with Dan Aykroyd and director Ivan Reitman. Grab your proton pack and prepare yourself, it’s going to be an awesomely thrilling ride! – And remember, never cross the streams…

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Apple Ends Location Tracking As We Know it in iOS 8

With hero whistleblower Edward Snowden’s many revelations about the National Security Agency’s international and domestic spying programs, including the massive collections of millions of Americans’ phone records and a Keyscore program that allows the NSA to search through emails of major providers Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, millions of people all around the world and at home are concerned and more aware than ever about the need to protect online privacy. Now more than ever, the tech giants including Apple have become very sensitive to their users privacy concerns – Apple especially, since it had to answer to its user base for previously openly complying with NSA secret court orders. Now, Apple is taking aim at location tracking services and apps privacy intrusions by ending location tracking as we know it in iOS 8. Currently marketers use a mobile device’s unique MAC address to keep track of it as a person travels from store to store in the mall by detecting their change in location as they pass through neighboring wifi networks. In fact, whole companies exist to install these complex tracking systems to help retailers and the like to track the locations of its shoppers. iOS 8 will make the location tracking of current systems completely useless because iOS 8 randomizes the device’s MAC address which the system uses to keep track of individual devices as they moved through the wifi networks. Ending location tracking by retailers and the like is a clear and absolute win for we fans of privacy – Apple is clearly listening to its hundreds of millions of users. Watch this neat video by the Verge highlighting the evolutions of iOS, we have come a long way since 2007:

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iOS 8 and OSX Yosemite – Apple Raises the Bar

Apple’s WWDC is always an exciting ordeal and event with Apple unveiling its newest and coolest stuff and this year was no different. Apple raised the bar at this year’s WWDC with the announcement of iOS 8 and OSX Yosemite. In fact this year was down right awesome and definitely brought back feelings reminiscent of the Steve Jobs era. Tim Cook and team seemed to have a hell of a lot of fun on stage and cracked many jokes that were really and truly very funny, all while demoing some of the coolest features we have seen from Apple in many years. The most notable of the new features was something Apple has dubbed Continuity. Continuity is a technology built into the new OSX Yosemite and iOS 8 that allows Apple devices to be aware of each other which opens a whole host of new fun possibilities. One that Apple showed off, was the ability to make and receive a call coming into your iPhone right from the comfort of your Mac using the computer’s microphone and speakers. Let me reiterate, you can take a call and you can make a call right from your desktop, how many times have we wanted to do that. Also your Apple devices are now application aware so you can start typing an email on your iPhone and pick up right where you left off on your Mac. OSX Yosemite has a stunning new look that looks much like iOS – it’s very cool and refreshing and looks to be a very welcomed change. Apple also opened up iOS a bit to offer support for third party keyboards finally! Swipe to type here we come! Apple also created all new dev tools for Apple developers including an entirely new programming language. With all of these awesome new features it becomes clear that innovation at Apple is absolutely alive and well and indeed thriving! The Apple we all know and love is back and she’s got lots of creative mojo working! Check out the round up segment from the Verge for all the hottest new features covered at WWDC 2014:

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