Amazon retailers sometimes go to extreme lengths to guarantee good reviews, as security developer Matthew Garrett recently discovered when he wrote a one-star review of an internet-connected electric socket.When Garrett politely pointed out that the socket in question was woefully insecure, he received emails from the manufacturer claiming that the review would get employees fired and that other reviewers were campaigning to get Garrett s review taken down.The AuYou Switch works whether or not you re home — so you can switch your lights on in your apartment while you re still in your office.But like so many Internet of Things devices, the AuYou switch seems to have a serious security flaw.The result is that the unique network ID of your socket is transported in an unencrypted form to the Chinese server — and anyone who gets their hands on the ID can then control the socket.The only way Garrett could prevent his socket from being compromised was to block the server, which would keep anyone, including him, from controlling the socket remotely.
Image: Star Trek Beyond poster, ParamountOr, at least, Star Trek Beyond is presenting it like it s not a big deal and praying fans follow suit.The news comes from the Australian paper the Herald Sun, which says that the movie—rightfully—treats Sulu s private life, in which he has a male partner and a child, as no big deal.This daughter had better be Demora, is all I m saying.Because Demora is awesome and deserves to exist in the alternate universe, too.According to John Cho, the decision was of course a nod to the original Sulu, everyone s favorite Facebooking dad, George Takei.
Image: Hikaru Sulu via Memory AlphaWhile the creative team—and the man currently playing Hikaru Sulu, John Cho—of Star Trek Beyond may have decided that including a scene of Sulu with his same sex partner wasn t a big deal,George Takei had a different response.The actor who originated the role told the Hollywood Reporter, I m delighted that there s a gay character.Unfortunately, it s a twisting of Gene s creation, to which he put in so much thought.Cho called Takei to tell him about the move, and Takei tried to explain his misgivings.While Takei s timeline doesn t work out—Beyond is in an alternate universe and a prequel—his point may be that Sulu s existed in the public consciousness so long that having him come out in this chronologically late movie seems like he was closeted before.
After five decades, Star Trek is finally introducing a canonical LGBT character - and it's a familiar one to fans of the sci-fi series.In the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted timeline established by director JJ Abrams in 2009, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu will be revealed as gay - and actor John Cho says it's not a big deal."I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicise one's personal orientations," Cho told Australian outlet Herald SunThe character will be seen in Star Trek Beyond, directed by Fast and Furious' Justin Lin, as being in a same-sex relationship.Sulu and his partner will reportedly have a daughter together too, a possible reference to Demora Sulu, Hikaru's adult daughter in the previous continuity, who appeared in 1994's Star Trek Generations.Having the modern Sulu as an out gay man is a nice nod to actor George Takei, who played the original version of the character in the television series and several movies.
The Star Trek franchise is known for bringing the first interracial kiss to U.S. television, and now it has taken another progressive step by adding its first openly gay character.In Star Trek Beyond, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu played by John Cho , will be out and raising a daughter with his partner, according to Australia s Herald Sun.I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one s personal orientations, Cho told the Herald Sun.Cho also revealed that writer Simon Pegg who also plays Scotty in the current series of films and director Justin Lin decided to make Sulu gay in honor of George Takei, the actor who played the lieutenant in the original TV series and films.With Star Trek airing in the 1960s, a time that wasn t exactly LGBT-friendly, Takei didn t publicly come out until decades later.He did, however, work with LGBT organizations even before revealing his sexuality, and he has continued his activism in the years since.
While the creative team — and the man currently playing Hikaru Sulu, John Cho — of Star Trek Beyond may have decided that including a scene of Sulu with his same sex partner wasn t a big deal, George Takei had a different response.The actor who originated the role told the Hollywood Reporter, I m delighted that there s a gay character.Unfortunately, it s a twisting of Gene s creation, to which he put in so much thought.Cho called Takei to tell him about the move, and Takei tried to explain his misgivings.While Takei s timeline doesn t work out — Beyond is in an alternate universe and a prequel — his point may be that Sulu s existed in the public consciousness so long that having him come out in this chronologically late movie seems like he was closeted before.Takei also told the Hollywood Reporter that he said a similar thing to director Justin Lin, arguing that the best way to honour the 50th anniversary year of Star Trek was to create a brand new character, rather than changing an existing one.
Image: Star Trek Beyond, ParamountIt s been a bit of a rollercoaster ever since the news that Hikaru Sulu, the character originally portrayed by George Takei in the original Star Trek show and played in the current movies by John Cho, would be gay in Star Trek Beyond.And now, the writer of the film, Simon Pegg, has his say.Takei further told the Hollywood Reporter that he argued for creating a new gay character, rather than change Sulu.Simon Pegg who not only plays Scotty in the movie, but wrote the script respectfully disagrees that they should have done that instead.The Guardian printed a response from Pegg, and here s everything of his it printed, in the order it presented it:
By presenting the character of Mr. Sulu as a gay man in the new "Star Trek" movie, the film's makers had intended their choice to be a tribute to George Takei, the actor who originated the role in the 1960s TV series.Takei came out in 2005 and has since become an icon in the LGBT community.Among other things, he talked about his years of hiding his sexual orientation in Hollywood for fear of losing TV and movie roles.But Takei doesn't regard the choice to make USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu gay as a tribute.And, his objections have put him at odds with the makers of "Star Trek Beyond," including star and co-screenwriter Simon Pegg.In an interview Thursday with the Hollywood Reporter, Takei called the choice "unfortunate."George Takei, who played the character Hikaru Sulu, on Star Trek, visited the Tech Museum of San Jose, for the promotion of "Star Trek The Exhibition," Tuesday October 20, 2009.The museum has dedicated 15,000 square feet of space for the exhibit which features original uniforms, spacecraft models, and other items.
It s been a bit of a rollercoaster ever since the news that Hikaru Sulu, the character originally portrayed by George Takei in the original Star Trek show and played in the current movies by John Cho, would be gay in Star Trek Beyond.And now, the writer of the film, Simon Pegg, has his say.Takei further told the Hollywood Reporter that he argued for creating a new gay character, rather than change Sulu.Simon Pegg who not only plays Scotty in the movie, but wrote the script respectfully disagrees that they should have done that instead.The Guardian printed a response from Pegg, and here s everything of his it printed, in the order it presented it:I have huge love and respect for George Takei, his heart, courage and humour are an inspiration.
It's spindly, that diagonal piece leading up to the saucer section, vulnerable.After making his name with the indie hit Better Luck Tomorrow, he supercharged the moribund Fast & Furious brand into cinema's most inclusive, multibillion-dollar global franchise.The sci-fi blockbuster would have to get from script to special effects at warp speed.Lin kept thinking of how, when he was a child, his father would come home from his 12-hour workdays and they would watch reruns of TV's most diverse show - one of the only to feature an Asian American actor George Takei .Instead of recycling old enemies as in the controversial yet wildly successful Star Trek Into Darkness , he wanted to take away every familiar comfort of Starfleet, the bridge and the recent films to "make the characters as raw as possible," Lin says, "and build them back up."He wanted to refocus the franchise on how the crew would react as underdogs, in an unfamiliar world, facing unknown enemies.
But here s something a bit different—tucked into a second response addressing George Takei s disappointment, co-writer Simon Pegg has shared his explanation for this change, given that the movie timeline only diverged from the original Trek universe upon Nero s arrival in the 2009 movie.Seeing as Nero went back in time and created the Kelvin timeline in 2233, it s hard to see how his arrival would have changed the sexual preference of young Hikaru Sulu, born on Earth in 2230.The implication is that since Sulu hadn t been shown as gay in the original Star Trek TV series and movies, this felt like saying he had been closeted, which is where Takei s major problem lay.Pegg has a different thought, one rooted in the alternate universe theory paragraph breaks added for clarity :With the Kelvin timeline, we are not entirely beholden to existing canon, this is an alternate reality and, as such is full of new and alternate possibilities.Well, the explanation comes down to something very Star Treky; theoretical, quantum physics and the less than simple fact that time is not linear.
But here s something a bit different: tucked into a second response addressing George Takei s disappointment, co-writer Simon Pegg has shared his explanation for this change, given that the movie timeline only diverged from the original Trek universe upon Nero s arrival in the 2009 movie.Seeing as Nero went back in time and created the Kelvin timeline in 2233, it s hard to see how his arrival would have changed the sexual preference of young Hikaru Sulu, born on Earth in 2230.The implication is that since Sulu hadn t been shown as gay in the original Star Trek TV series and movies, this felt like saying he had been closeted, which is where Takei s major problem lay.Pegg has a different thought, one rooted in the alternate universe theory paragraph breaks added for clarity :With the Kelvin timeline, we are not entirely beholden to existing canon, this is an alternate reality and, as such is full of new and alternate possibilities.Well, the explanation comes down to something very Star Treky; theoretical, quantum physics and the less than simple fact that time is not linear.
The news that popular Star Trek character Sulu will be gay in the latest instalment of the film has largely been met by praise – except from George Takei, who starred as Sulu in the original series.Now the cast of Star Trek Beyond, which has just been released in the UK, have said they support the decision."It is high time for an LGBT character to be included in the Star Trek universe," Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, told the BBC.Takei, who is gay, earlier told the Hollywood Reporter that while he was "delighted" to see a gay character in the film it was "twisting of Gene Roddenbury's creation, to which he put in so much thought."British star Simon Pegg reiterated that the current iteration of the character "doesn't change George's Sulu in any way", and claimed that Takei's vision of his own character would remain the same, despite the reboot.This is the first time a Star Trek film or show has had an LGBT character, and it may not be the last – showrunner Bryan Fuller suggested the new TV series may have a similar character.
Netflix is boldly going where no streaming service has gone before — it s becoming Star Trek central.The Silicon Valley entertainment provider has struck a deal with CBS to stream the new Star Trek TV show, which is set to air starting in January 2017, in 188 countries.On top of that, all former episodes of the various Star Trek TV series are coming to Netflix worldwide by the end of this year, the Los Gatos company announced Monday.That means those of us who want to take a stroll down memory lane and watch Captain Kirk command the crew of the Starship Enterprise — way before actors William Shatner and George Takei Sulu started feuding on social media — or witness Patrick Stewart work his magic and ponder once again whether Captain Jean-Luc Picard was better than James T. Kirk, can soon get out the popcorn and fire up Netflix.But there s a bit of a catch regarding the upcoming CBS series, which is the first to bring back the famous franchise to television since 2005.The launch of the new Star Trek will truly be a global television event, said Armando Nuñez, president and CEO, CBS Studios International, in the press release announcing the deal.Thanks to our world-class partners at Netflix, the new Star Trek will definitely be hailing on all frequencies throughout the planet.However, the streaming deal will bring the new show to Netflix customers in plenty of countries but not in the U.S. and Canada, where the show will premiere on CBS, then move over to CBS All Access, the network s own streaming-subscription service.The new series is the first to be developed for CBS All Access, which costs $5.99 a month.
He had a big incentive: Facebook Inc. is paying Mr. Piques up to $119,000 to use its new Facebook Live streaming service at least five times a month through September.Mr. Piques, who is 30 years old and lives in Los Angeles, is among nearly two dozen YouTube creators, Vine stars and internet personalities Facebook is paying to create live broadcasts, according to a document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.Last month, the Journal reported that Facebook agreed to pay nearly 140 media companies, celebrities—including Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown $244,000 , Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps $224,000 and Star Trek actor George Takei $114,000 —and others more than $50 million to create videos for Facebook Live.The bulk of the money is going to media companies such as BuzzFeed and New York Times Co. NYT -0.19 %However, about 15% of the recipients named in the document are internet celebrities more typically seen on Alphabet Inc. GOOGL 0.00 % s YouTube, Twitter Inc. TWTR -1.55 % s video-sharing platform Vine, disappearing photo app Snapchat or Facebook s Instagram.Of the $50 million, Facebook has committed to paying about $2.2 million during several months to these internet-video creators, who have broadcast everything from the dancing fountains in Dubai to dance parties in the south of France.
View photosMore"Star Trek" actor George Takei left and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin participated in a special salute to Apollo 11's 47th anniversary July 23 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – A convergence of reality and science fiction took center stage here July 23 during a salute to the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the 50th anniversary of the iconic "Star Trek" television show and follow-on franchise.An audience of some 250 people took part in the evening event, which was dominated by a huge Saturn 5 moon rocket perched overhead.The occasion raised funds for Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children to be passionate about science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.The Evolution of 'Star Trek' Infographic The famous Apollo 11 moon landing occurred on July 20, 1969, and the first "Star Trek" TV episode aired on Sept. 8, 1966.
Microsoft has shown up a bit now the software by the name of Actiongram to its Mixed Reality-headset Hololens.Actiongram is a filmapplikation that allows the user to place the various holograms that can move and do other fun things in order to make your movie a bit more enjoyable.Above you can see the video where George Takei plays with herself in the Actiongram.
What does one do after a career spanning more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television roles; earning a star on the Hollywood Boulevard s Walk of Fame; and, as Hikaru Sulu, piloting the USS Enterprise to regions of the universe where no man has gone before?Browsing is dead; get what you want to hear delivered to you.Available on Messenger 4.Converse.aiConverse.ai is the ultimate platform for building, training, and launching chatbots quickly and easily.Using the Chatflow system, automated conversations can be easily built through drag and drop modules in a matter of minutes.Headquartered in San Francisco, California with offices in London, England and a development center in Edinburgh, Scotland, the platform has been designed to increase productivity, efficiency, and brand loyalty through responsive, intelligent customer conversations.Available on Messenger, Slack, and Twitter 3.George TakeiThe Messenger chatbot features Takei-branded content, such as jokes, horoscopes, cartoons and memes that are meant to capture the personality of the actor-turned-social media star.
One day, we ll have an entire Tumblr account for hilarious VR accidents, but until then, George Takei s Facebook account will have to do.Takei, the Star Trek alum and current boss of sharing things on Facebook, recently shared a video of a man attempting to conquer a virtual cliff while inside an Oculus headset; it didn t go well.While climbing up a virtual mountain, the unnamed user had an unexpected fall — both in-game and in real life.The fall was a minor one, and it seems nothing is hurt but his pride.The spill does outline a significant danger for virtual reality in that it might sometimes be too immersive.An immersive experience is what it s all about, so it s hard to suggest companies dial it back.
Over its five decades, no science-fiction property has had more of an effect on the genre than Star Trek.We re sure this will cause a lot of discussion, but if you really want to go where no sci-fi adventure has gone before, here are the 20 episodes you ll want on your watch list.Star Trek: The Original SeriesSet in the 23rd century, Star Trek: TOS follows the five-year mission of the USS Enterprise, with Captain James T. Kirk William Shatner , first officer and half-Vulcan Spock, the ever cantankerous ship s Doctor Leonard McCoy DeForest Kelly , Uhuru Nichelle Nichols , Sulu George Takei , and the rest of the gang, alongside a host of alien species.Some of the episodes of TOS seemed to suffer from gimmicky — if not corny — plots, but Roddenberry and his team thread the needle well in this one.In this episode, Kirk and Spock must travel back in time to go after McCoy, who, in a fit of delusion following an accidental overdose of Cordrazine, transports down to the nearest planet.