Transcendence is directed by Wally Pfister (cinematographer on Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy) and written by Jack Paglen, with rewrites by Alex Paraskevas & Jordan Goldberg. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. When anti-technology extremists threaten his life, they inadvertently trigger a quick move towards his transcendence, and Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The cast includes Morgan Freeman who narrated one of the earlier teasers, as well as Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser and Paul Bettany. Warner Bros will be releasing Transcendence in theaters starting April 18th, 2014.
Another Air Jordan 5 “3Lab5″ colorway is on the way, and we now have official images of the new elephant print-covered retro. The Air Jordan 5 “3Lab5″ Black/Infrared takes the original concept of the Air Jordan 3Lab5 and paints it with the winning contrast of black and infrared, a color scheme that is nothing new for Jordan Brand fans. Will you be looking to pick up this boldly printed Air Jordan on Tuesday, December 31.
Sneaker: Air Jordan 5 “3Lab5″
Color: Black/Infrared Black/Infrared 23 599581-010
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Milan-based English fashion designer Neil Barrett has just revealed a premium leather jacket for the new season. Though the crop-collar bomber silhouette has surged in popularity since last season, this piece from Barrett’s eponymous label is a definite winner in its category. The jacket is executed with supple sheep’s leather around the chest and sleeves, accented with subtle biker hits at the zipper and ribbed trims. Completely made in Italy, the clean, simple jacket is cut true to size, allowing space for layers underneath on colder days. Price: $2,660 USD. (CLICK HERE FOR LINK)
Samsung recently unveiled the world’s largest and most curved UHD TV. Measuring 105 inches, the display features an 11 million pixel or 5120 x 2160 resolution with a 21:9 aspect ratio. It promises images that are two times as vivid when viewed from the side and optimal viewing from any angle thanks to its ‘Quadramatic Picture Engine’ which processes and outputs all content at UHD-level quality regardless of the source. The TV will be officially revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January of next year, so stay tuned for details on pricing and availability after that.
Fox has debuted the first teaser trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While James Franco is not back, we do get Andy Serkis returning (in motion-capture) as Caesar, the ape who is now leading a revolution. We also get a glimpse at newcomers Jason Clarke, Judy Greer, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee and of course Gary Oldman. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. 20th Century Fox has Dawn of the Planet of the Apes scheduled for 3D release on July 11th next summer.
As far as sneaker enthusiasts worldwide are concerned, Christmas has become synonymous with the Air Jordan 11, at least since 2008. 2013 is primed to follow suit with the release of the Air Jordan 11 “Gamma Blue” coming this weekend. Circulating in the rumor mill since the last 11 drop, the “Gamma Blue” has finally arrived in the flesh right on time. As arguably the biggest release of the year, we couldn’t wait to give you a closer look at the all-new colorway of possibly the most beloved signature sneaker in this week’s edition of the Nice Kicks Unboxing. The Air Jordan 11 “Gamma Blue” will be available at your local Jordan retailers. Good Luck!!!! (SOURCE)
Sneaker: AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO “GAMMA BLUE”
Color: Black/Gamma Blue-Black-Varsity Maize Release
Date: December 21, 2013 Style #: 378037-006
Last week, we heard reports that the Bimmer brass had given the thumbs-up to the BMW i8 Spyder, after having sold out the entire first run of the hardtop variant before production ceased.
According to Bimmerpost, BMW set the i8 Spyder for a 2015 debut powered by the exact same powertrain as its hardtop brother, the regular i8. This means a three-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a plug-in hybrid powertrain good for 362 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to push the i8’s carbon-reinforced plastic body to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 155.
This stands in stark contrast to the recent reports that BMW is planning an M8 supercar based on the bones of the eco-friendly i8 sports car.
Word has now come that BMW is not in fact ready to push the i8 Spyder onto the assembly floor. “The last architecture presented some fairly major challenges, to be able to produce a convertible in that format. The rigidity was hard to find with that particular architecture,” a BMW representative told Autocar.
There is “no set timeframe” for the i8 Spyder, the rep added.
So there we have it. Although BMW created an open-air concept variant of the i8 for the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, it apparently can’t get the body rigid enough for the open road. That’s a shame, though. Although the i8 isn’t crazy fast, when you drop the top, it almost wouldn’t matter.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time BMW has struggled with the i8. Originally, it aimed for the i8 to be V8 powered … then V6 powered … then it settled on the three-cylinder due to cooling issues. Now it apparently can’t keep it from being too floppy when it chops the top. It’s a shame. This platformed seemed promising. (SOURCE)
Twitter is working on a new feature that would allow users to edit tweets once they are published, three sources close to the project have confirmed to The Desk.
Those sources, who asked to be identified only as Twitter employees, say the feature has been a top priority at the company for months as Twitter pushes to expand partnerships among media organizations and original content producers. “Larry,” the Twitter bird.
According to sources and documents reviewed by The Desk, the new Twitter feature would look something like the picture above.
Once a user publishes a tweet, an “edit” feature will be present for a limited amount of time (Twitter is still currently working out the length of time the feature would be available). The feature would allow a user to make “slight changes” to the contents of a tweet, such a removing a word, correcting a typo or adding one or two additional words.
An edit could only be performed once per tweet. Once the edit is made, it would be immediately visible on that user’s Twitter feed. The edit would also show up on the feed of anyone who re-published the tweet using Twitter’s built-in “re-tweet” feature.
Twitter wants to enable users to immediately debunk incorrect information, especially erroneous tweets that go viral. However, Twitter wants users to be able to edit a tweet without changing the overall purpose — in other words, Twitter doesn’t want a user to post a news story, accumulate a large amount of re-tweets, and then change the tweet to display a promotion or advertisement.
To solve this problem, Twitter is looking at a few things, including limitations on how many characters or words a user would be allowed to insert or delete. According to sources, Twitter is also developing an “editorial algorithm” that, if it works correctly, would be able to “detect” whether or not a user is attempting to change the overall intention of the tweet instead of fixing a minor mistake or retracting an erroneous report.
Sources say Twitter’s editorial algorithm, still being developed, is projected to be finished in a matter of “weeks, or months at the most.”
Once Twitter feels it has a solid “edit” feature, it will begin making it available to a select few — likely verified news organizations, celebrities and public officials — for testing. In the past, Twitter has reached out to select “partners” to help test secret features that have yet to be made public, such as expedited Twitter support and fast account switching from a single login.
Sources acknowledge that an “edit” feature would not be a perfect fix. As it is designed now, the feature wouldn’t benefit those who “manually re-tweet” a message. It also would not display whether or not a tweet has been “edited,” although that may be built in later. And even advanced algorithms — sources say its algorithm will be “one of the most-advanced in the industry” — are still prone to error.
But the feature, if it is ever rolled out, would almost certainly be a welcome addition by news organizations and power users. Conversations about how misinformation can spread on Twitter started in early 2011 when National Public Radio erroneously reported on Twitter that former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords had died from a gunshot wound to the head. The report, which NPR cited to law enforcement sources, was repeated by other news organizations, including television stations that had been reporting from the scene of the crime in Tucson, Arizona that day.
The incident, which was corrected and profusely apologized for, was something of a case study at the time at how quickly bad information can spread on social media platforms. Despite the conversation, there have been more instances of erroneous reports going viral — and a good amount of it can be attributed to Twitter’s users.
In April, Wired’s Mat Honan called the absence of an edit feature the “one function that Twitter desperately needs,” drawing upon his own experience of having contributed to the spread of misinformation during this year’s Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the suspects. Right after Honan published his article, the Syrian Electronic Army compromised the main Twitter account used by the Associated Press to publish a tweet that caused the Dow Jones index to drop by 100 points.
The company isn’t blind to the fact that its platform contributes to misinformation. Though the company has not publicly addressed any chance of rolling out a “correction” feature, sources at Twitter say its been a top priority internally — and even moreso since the company went public last month. (SOURCE)