Bloody Hell: Wayne Rooney in X-Men: Apocalypse plug.Pic: Manchester UnitedIt's Friday, and if you need a solid excuse to run screaming from your PC in search of a pint, look no further than this direful Manchester United plug for X-Men: Apocalypse:Anything for the team you say, @WayneRooney?Good luck!XMenApocalypse— Manchester United @ManUtd May 20, 2016Reaction across the interwebs to Wayne Rooney's acting talents is predictable enough.Expect him to lift a Razzie in due course, which will at least give United something to stick in their trophy cabinet, should they fail to beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup tomorrow.
Yes, Apple is going back to glass, implied by one of its key suppliers, but it is glass enveloping a metal frame.CEO Allen Horng told reporters that he knows only one iPhone model will adopt glass casings in 2017.That pretty much corroborates speculation by media as early as last month that Apple will indeed be switching to glass.He says that such smartphones will still require a sturdy metal frame to support it, which is why the company will still be in Apple's good graces.Analysts believe that Catcher Technology's loss will prove to be beneficial to Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology, a Chinese company that already provides Apple with glass covers for iPhones.As to why Apple will make such a switch, it is commonly held belief that Tim Cook is under pressure to revive the iPhone's hold on the smartphone market.
View shot 2016-05-20 at 11.46.52 amOf course, the "future" in the title refers to a possible future; we don't have a magical crystal ball yet.But even though we can't know what the future holds, if the current trends are any indication, Keiichi Matsuda's video might be a very good showcase of what lies ahead, and it's not pleasant.Titled Hyper-Reality, the six-minute video unearthed by The Verge plunges the viewer into a world where virtual reality covers nearly all facets of actual reality.Unnerving from the get go, the video gets even scarier as the protagonist Juliana, whose life we get to experience in first person view, suffers some sort of hacking attack, threatening to steal her identity.Matsuda, a London-based designer and film-maker, also has several older videos that dwell on the ugly aspects of augmented reality.Amazingly, this one, posted six years ago, is just as prophetic and technically accomplished as the new one.
Fruit juice makes for a great cocktail mixer, but pulp and other impurities won t make your drinks too appealing.A little dash of pectinase will make your juice look amazing without sacrificing any flavor.In this video from the ChefSteps YouTube channel, chef Grant Crilly reveals a mixology secret.By adding a little pectinase to your juice, you ll remove any cloudiness and slightly improve the flavor.Just dump around 10 drops in a big bottle of orange juice, apple juice, or even lemonade, and it will start looking crystal clear in no time.Pour the juice through a really fine filter like a coffee filter and you ll be ready to mix some great-looking cocktails.
Seiko launched its Astron collection of GPS Solar watches back in 2012, and the timepieces have become known for their energy-efficient design and practicality.According to Susumu Kawanishi, the president and CEO of Seiko Corp. of America, the company created the collection to meet the needs of business travelers who often find themselves switching through time zones several times a month.The watches can absorb various light forms, not just sunlight, and they work even when the wearer is walking or in a vehicle.Once GPS signals are received, you'll see the second hand on the watch start moving before it displays the current time.The GPS solar module stores the absorbed energy into a self-recharging battery, and a charge level is indicated on the dial.It's accurate to one second every 100,000 years.Wearers have the ability to show both their local and home times on the display.Other design elements include a titanium case with black coating, a ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal with clear coating, and a titanium bracelet with super-hard coating.
They re great phones and if you have the money to spend, they re both highly recommended.But if you want a pure Android experience or if you want a great phone with a nice big screen that doesn t cost an arm and a leg, the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition is still one of the best options out there — and right now it s on sale starting at just $299 unlocked on Amazon.Here s what you need to know:Carrier freedom: Moto X Pure Edition is unlocked and works on all major networks5.7″ Quad HD display stereo sound: Immerse yourself in entertainment with a vivid, edge-to-edge display that s enhanced by rich stereo sound.21 MP camera: Take crystal-clear pictures and get great results in any light.Advanced water protection: Never let spills, splashes, or rain stand in the way of using your phone.All-day battery: Stay powered up for a day, and then someTurboPower charging: Get up to 10 hours of extra battery life in just 15 minutesPure Android experience and helpful Moto Enhancements: Boost performance, receive upgrades faster, and teach your phone how to work best for youMoto X Pure Edition Unlocked Smartphone, 16GB Black U.S. Warranty – XT1575 : $299.00 with free Prime shippingFollow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the webThanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.
This spring it became clear that Kjell Ahlzén should leave the CEO role in HPE to become Sweden-CEO of Salesforce on 1 June. She has been at HP since 2011, and has previously worked for two other IT giants, and as a senior consultant at Microsoft and previously at IBM. Anna Grano wants to wait to give an interview until she is on site at the new job, but leave some comments about his future assignments via email. When asked what changes she will enforce it becomes crystal clear no answer. - I'm going to give myself time to listen to our employees, customers and partners ideas and needs before I along with my management team decide how we will implement HPE's global strategy in the Swedish market, she says, and it seems anyway rhyme well with how she describes her leadership style. I believe in continuous learning and a focus on results.
At least one company in Apple Inc. s supply chain is already reaping the benefit from plans to outfit next year s version of the iPhone with a brighter, higher-definition screen.The first evidence came last week when Applied Materials Inc. reported an almost fourfold leap in orders for equipment to make displays, an early sign producers are retooling their manufacturing to meet Apple s demand for a new kind of organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, screen.Investors are divided over whether the decline shows that smartphone sales have peaked, or whether current customers are waiting for the new iPhone model before they buy.A new screen may help Apple foster future growth.Emphasizing that the new displays will make their way into the iPhone in 2017, rather than in the new device expected to be introduced in September, Applied said it takes as long as three quarters to build, deliver and install their large machines.OLED screens are thinner because they don t require a back light.They also represent colors more vividly and are more energy efficient, which may help extend the iPhone s battery life.Samsung Electronics Co., LG Display Co. and Foxconn Technology Group-owned Sharp Corp., all of whom are Apple suppliers, have announced increased spending on the new display technology in the past two months.Apple is the biggest customer for all three companies, with Sharp getting about 20 percent of its revenue from the Cupertino, California-based company, LG Display receiving more than 30 percent and Samsung deriving 4.8 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.After being acquired by Foxconn in March, Sharp said earlier this month it plans to pour 200 billion yen into the production of screens based on the technology.Unlike liquid crystal displays, which Apple currently uses, OLED doesn t need a back light to provide illumination.
One of the biggest names in cable television is getting into esports, and it think it can do a better job than current leagues.Turner s Eleague, which will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, will air matches and coverage on both TBS and Twitch starting on May 24.More than a billion people will know about the concept of esports before the end of 2016, according to industry intelligence firm Newzoo.He discussed Eleague s goal and explained why Turner is bullish on esports for cable TV.GamesBeat: Why is Turner getting into esports?Craig Barry: In all honesty, it was pitched by our partners in the talent agency WME-IMG.It was an easy decision to partner with Twitch?GamesBeat: Why the focus on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as the first game for the league?Barry: When you talk about accessibility — as a point of entry to esports, we have an obligation to the community to create the most authentic experience possible.We re interested in the entire ecosystem of esports, not just Counter-Strike.We re focesed on that community right now, but we look to ultimately be involved in a much larger ecosystem and provide a larger degree of support to that ecosystem with whatever we choose.I don t watch downhill skiing.
We've enlisted the help of Dr Kevin Curran, Ulster University Reader in Computer Science and group leader for the Ambient Intelligence Research Group, IEEE Technical Expert and Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow, to find out what the iPhone of 2020 could really offer.As we've already seen with the Apple Watch and CarPlay, the iPhone can be the brains of other systems: it does the work and they show the results.Apple has so many solar-related patents that Patently Apple has an entire section dedicated to the subject, and photovoltaic smartphone screens aren't sci-fi: Kyocera demonstrated a prototype smartphone with Sunpartner Technologies' Crystal solar glass at MWC 2015.Apple has a track record of letting other firms make the mistakes with new tech, so we wouldn't expect any VR/AR product until Sony, Steam, Samsung and Oculus have battled it out, but the 2020 iPhone should certainly have enough grunt to deliver a decent VR/AR experience."The AR supporting tools are growing and the price of the AR camera rigs are coming down month upon month."The 2020 iPhone will also likely have the indoor equivalent of GPS, partly thanks to Apple's acquisition of indoor mapping firm WiFiSlam: you'll be able to ask Siri how to get to a particular point in a mall, stadium or train station just as you currently ask for directions to addresses.
Croydon is to receive a major facelift in a bid to turn the borough into the new ShoreditchCroydon High Street looks like most other run-down suburban ones.Thoughts of Croydon conjure images of smouldering furniture shops and looting hoodlums rampaging in the 2011 riots and while its local football team, Premier League side Crystal Palace, made it to the FA Cup this season, they eventually lost to Manchester United.Croydon will benefit from a sprawling new Westfield shopping centreSpeaking at a launch event on Wednesday 25 May , CEO and founder Francois Mazoudier said Croydon was bursting with potential.There is the sheer size of the regeneration programme that covers a much broader developments than I was expecting.Maintaining its connections with the local area, desks were cut by local tradesmen, food will be cooked by Croydon's pop-up restaurateurs and 3D printers in the office will be available for free to anyone in the community with an innovative idea."London has the fastest growing tech sector and within 12 to 24 months there will be a huge amount of investment here in Croydon.
If you ve looked around online, you know there s no shortage of wireless speakers to peruse these days.But the Turcom AcoustoShock 30 watt serves up a whole lot of speaker for your money — both in terms of size and ability.The speaker also tacks on a convenient handle, which pops out when you need it, and clips right back in when you don t.The rugged construction makes this a great speaker for down and dirty locales or those with butterfingers, but this speaker isn t just about durability.In fact, the speaker is able to get impressively loud and still sound crystal clear.You will discover a little distortion at maximum volume, but that s true for a lot of wireless speakers at the Acoustoshock 30 watt s price point, which currently sits just north of $100 online.Turcom claims the AcoustoShock 30 watt will play for 7 hours continuously, and we were able to achieve this time while also topping off a phone.
Shing Chow, founder & CEO, EasyVan.Photo: SCMPHong Kong on-demand van rental start-up Lalamove, known as EasyVan, has raised US$10 million in funding to aid its expansion in China and Southeast Asia.Existing investors, including Chinese venture capital fund Crystal Stream, Taiwan s AppWorks and Hong Kong family office Aria Group, were joined by Thai securities investment service firm Asia Plus Group.Photo: SCMP There is so much potential in making delivery more efficient as mobile internet is changing the way mobile assets are utilised, said Lalamove founder and chief executive officer Shing Chow.Founded in 2013, Lalamove now claims to have the largest footprint in Asia with operations in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei and 15 mainland Chinese cities.This is the third consecutive funding round for the company to raise US$10 million, following funding announcements in September and January last year.
The round was led by existing investor MindWorks with other existing investors, including China s Crystal Stream China , AppWorks Taiwan , Aria Group Hong Kong , taking part.Interestingly, founder and CEO Shing Chow said this money will help the two-year-old company reach profitability by the end of this year thanks to a planned series of city expansions.The startup said it is on track to expand its presence to 49 cities this year, with a particularly aggressive slate of launches planned inside China, where Lalamove has focused much of its expansion efforts to date.Lalamove operates a consumer-facing app, but much of its customer base is business — and particularly those in the e-commerce or delivery spaces.When we began, we targeted lots of small businesses, but since then we have developed enterprise solutions to allow companies like Google, IKEA, and now LINE to make their delivery much faster and simpler, Chow said in a statement.Initially named Uber Cargo, it is focused more on consumers than GoGoVan or Lalamove.
Image Source: Paramount PicturesMarvel s ever-expanding cinematic universe might be the most ambitious shared universe ever attempted, but it s certainly not the first.In fact, there are dozens of movies throughout the history of cinema with unexpected connections some more tenuous than others that you might never have noticed.SEE ALSO: No Man s Sky creator receives death threats after delaying gameIn a new video, Screen Rant has rounded up ten pairs of movies that might exist in the same universe as one another.A fan theory even suggests that the aliens in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull shared the legend of Luke Skywalker with the people of Earth.Speaking of ridiculous but incredibly entertaining fan theories, there are those who believe that Sean Connery s character in The Rock is actually an aged James Bond.Although neither of the two properties will ever refer to one another as long as they are under the control of different studios, Daredevil and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were actually created as a result of the same traffic accident.
Startup Sirin Labs evidently thinks it's quite a lot – close to £10k in fact.The company, which raised $72 million £49m in venture funding, has just revealed its new £9,500 luxury smartphone – the Solarin.The phone has been in development for more that two years, and features something the company is calling 'Zimperium state-of-the-art mobile threat protection', which is capable of thwarting a range of cyber attacks.The 'shielded mode' supposedly enables fully encrypted calls and messages, and Sirin Labs has partnered with KoolSpan to integrate chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption.The Solarin can also reach three times the bandwidth of a standard smartphone with support for 801.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO.If you take digital security seriously enough to drop the exorbitant amount on the Solarin, you'll get a choice between four different finishes: Fire Black Carbon Leather with Titanium, Fire Black Carbon Leather with Yellow Gold, FIre Black Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon, and Crystal White Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon.
Sirin Labs' co-founders Kenes Rakishev, Moshe Hogeg and Tal Cohen launch the Solarin smartphone in London.Sirin Labs, co-founded in 2013 by Kenes Rakishev chairman , Moshe Hogeg president and Tal Cohen CEO , is funded to the tune of $72 million £49.6m and launched its first product, Solarin -- which Hogeg confidently described as "the best phone ever made, and for sure the most secure phone ever made" -- in central London today.It packs a decent, if not always cutting-edge, specification, including:A 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core SoC with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage;A 5.5-inch Gorilla Glass 4-protected IPS LCD with 2,560 by 1,440 resolution 538ppi , delivering 120 percent of the sRGB colour gamut, 1,500:1 typical contrast ratio and 600cd/m2 typical brightness;A 24-megapixel main camera with laser autofocus, quad-tone flash, optical image stabilisation and 4k video recording at 30fps, plus an 8-megapixel front camera with flash, electrical image stabilisation and HD video recording at 60fps;An audio subsystem comprising three bass-boosted speakers and four microphones, plus a smart amplifier designed to maximise volume while minimising distortion;Support for 24 LTE bands, 802.11ac wi-fi with 2x2 MU-MIMO and 60GHz WiGig; andA 4,040mAh li-ion battery with claimed talk time of 31 hours UMTS , standby time of 'over 2 weeks' and Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 support"Whenever you see something in our spec that isn't the latest, there's a very good reason for that," said CEO Tal Cohen at the launch, citing the 2k screen's combination of brightness, colour gamut and power consumption as an advantage over a 4k screen as an example.The Solarin measures 78mm wide by 159.8mm deep by 11.1mm thick, weighs 243g, is water/dust resistant to IP54 level and comes in Fibre Black Carbon Titanium, Fibre Black Carbon DLC, Fibre Black Carbon Yellow Gold and Crystal White Carbon DLC variants.Security is Sirin Labs' main focus, and its solution for the Solarin phone comprises three main elements:Mobile threat protection from Zimperium, offering continuous protection against network, host-based and physical attacks;Encrypted email powered by ProtonMail, which combines public-key cryptography with symmetric encryption protocols to offer end-to-end encryption via a 2-password system; andSecurity Shield from KoolSpan, which enables hardware-based, end-to-end encrypted VoIP calls and messages using military-grade AES-256, FIPS 140-2 encryption.If that ten grand is burning a hole in your pocket, the Solarin is available online now, at Sirin Labs' store in London's Mayfair 34 Bruton Place from 1 June, and from Harrods in Knightsbridge from 30 June.
The competition for attention and ever-valuable shelf space is a harsher battle than ever, and as the originators of the genre, Activision and Toys for Bob are constantly looking for ways to innovate and keep the Skylanders game and toyline fresh.In previous years, they ve accomplished this by adding new gimmicks to the various collectible toys: swappable parts, vehicles, and even special traps players could buy and use to capture and assume control of enemy characters.As you work on your character, they ll make cute little quips and give feedback about your selections, as well as look at their new appendages.Color customization can be done be using either pre-selected color themes like a bright-colored red-orange-yellow fiery palette for each body part — or, if the player really wants to get detailed, they can choose to custom edit every bit of color on the character s body to their liking.They can also unlock a special technique that can be used by created characters of the same battle class.The Senseis are also playable in-game, and come with a variety of over-the-top special attacks.As one goes through the game, they will discover Sensei Shrines that require particular Sensei characters to open and bestow these unique Sky Chi powers.So why the focus on user creation this year?The starter pack, which contains two Sensei toys, a Creation Crystal, a Portal of Power, and the game, will retail for $74.99.Finally, a special Dark Edition starter pack will retail for $99.99.
However, the G5 s entirely empty battery refused to charge with the Hi-Fi Plus module in place, so we had to stick the original part back in before it returned to life.The module contains a 32bit Sabre ES9028C2M DAC digital to analog converter and the Sabre 9602c amplifier, enabling it to play hi-res 24bit/192kHz music files.However, I was really making an effort to listen for the detail, which is all very well at home or in a quiet environment, but if I was listening on the train, or in the gym — which is where phones often get used for audio — then I m not sure the nuances would be noticeable.He listened using Westone W40 balanced armature in-ear headphones, saying: The bass rich and full, while drums had a smooth, textured thump that really grabbed hold.The dynamic expression wasn t mind blowing, but the system offered a crystal clear exposure of the instrumentation, and sparkling details in the vocals that exposed subtle nuances like the soft puff of lip movements in the mic.We tried it out on a MacBook Pro with Denon s MM400 Music Maniac over-ear headphones, and the results were considerably better than using the G5.
Move over Vertu, there s an even more absurd smartphone company on the block.So yeah, it essentially sounds like a souped-up BlackBerry.As you can imagine, it s a physical switch that turns on a bunch of security features, like encrypted calls and messages.We do not accept that price drives what s available in technology, said Moshe Hogeg, the company s president, co-founder and japester-in-chief.Away from the security stuff, the Solarin features a 5.5-inch 2K IPS display, a 23.8-megapixel camera with laser autofocus and four-tone flash for those moments when two-tone just isn t enough , a Snapdragon 810 processor and Qualcomm Quick Charge.It has a rather cool-sounding metal matrix composite chassis, with titanium panels and a leather rear panel, and is available in four fancy-as colour schemes: Fire Black Carbon Leather with Titanium, Fire Black Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon, Fire Black Carbon Leather with Yellow Gold and Crystal White Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon.