Technology (from Greek word means “art, skill, sunning of hand” and ) is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. It is machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge. Technology is the branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences. It is a body of knowledge used to create tools, develop skills, and extract or collect materials from vast sources.
The term “Technology” has an array of implications and all people have individual perspective in looking at it in the way that they can relate with or to it. We can therefore describe technology as products, processes or organizations that we use – more often than not – to accomplish various tasks in our daily lives. We use technology to extend our abilities, and that it makes people the most integral part of any technological system when it comes to the logical and command execution processes/ Even though the use of technology, regardless of the simple or the advanced, as an extra limb; in the end, the final decision-making process is controlled by human hands and not machines.
Marvel’s greatest movie block buster in ten years has sealed the company’s place in history as the most profitable movie studio in America and probably the entire world forever! With Joss Whedon once again taking the helm in directing the darker and grittier sequel to the 2012 hit, Avengers; Avengers: Age of Ultron pits the team of Earth’s mightiest heroes against the alien A.I. sentient, Ultron – and thousands of his copies. It’s all about Marvel’s elaborate and ambitious plan for its Phase 2 movies and they have indeed played their cards well, because Marvel has not slipped yet in making movies since 2008.
In the 1980s and 1990s the superhero genre’ didn’t do well due to technology constraints and very few writers, movie directors and movie studios would want to spend over $40 million just to make a Spider-Man movie. DC Comics’ Batman; however, was sold out due to a large fan base but after Joel Schumacher’s redundant and offensive take on the franchise, Warner Bros. shut down any future projects for the cape crusader. It wasn’t until they saw how Marvel sow the seeds that would make the superhero genre’ profitable again did they hire Christopher Nolan to reboot the Batman movies. The Avengers being one of the most popular ensemble in the Marvel Universe was welcomed with arms wide open by fans and regular movie goers worldwide.
Avengers: Age of Ultron was taken from the comic book series “Ultron Imperative,” but retold differently with the creative vision of Joss Whedon, who is popular among geeks to say the least. Ultron’s hate for mankind arises from the fact that humans are irrational. They have the same biophysical structure, they share a common ancestor, whether knowingly or unknowingly they understand that they need each other to survive and yet they fight endlessly to the point of the threat of extinction with their weapons of mass destruction! Ultron sought to end mankind’s age old conflicts by doing away with pesky governments and organizations like the Avengers, Hydra and others that constantly intervene half way through the problem but never resolves it.
Of course the Avengers couldn’t let him have his way no matter how politically correct he is, plus mass murder is a huge moral issue that robots – no matter how smart they are – are unable to comprehend. Much like in the comics, Ultron fashioned himself a vibranium alloy body which is the same metal that Captain America’s shield is made of. It’s practically indestructible! But a combined energy blast from Thor, Iron – Man and Vision seemingly melted it. Wait, what??? Isn’t it supposed to be, you know, un-destroyable? If Hulk pounded on Ultron, then that would be a more believable scenario, it’s not right, vibranium should be able to withstand the surface temperature of the Sun. Even Human Torch’s supernova blast couldn’t damage Cap’s shield, so why did it worked on Ultron? Plot holes! Plot Holes!
But we can just sweep that under the rug, the important thing is that the Avengers delivered what we all wanted to see…destruction, kicking @$$, awesome CGI effects, funny moments in the film and teaser end credits scenes! It will leave you craving for more Marvel movies even if you haven’t finished digesting the one currently playing in theaters.
The narrative, dialogue, special effects and action sequences made Avengers: Age of Ultron an epic live-action adaptation of the comic books! You will love the film from start to finish and even during the end credits scene of course. So much has improved since the first movie and it’s not just them being comfortable with each other, trusting one another but also the other aspects of the story such as the Avengers Tower, new team members being welcomed, new plot twists, new villains or possible villains in other Marvel movies tie-in and more. It is quite cool and impressive!
The Quinjet is just as we all expected it to be and the best part is when the fuel enraged Hulk battles with Iron – Man’s Hulk Buster armor! Personally, I think nothing could top that, although I believe Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim fight scenes echoes it. The final battle in Sokovia is twice as exciting as the battle in New York with the Chitauris and overall I’d give this film a 9.4 rating out of 10 on my most favorite movies of all time. Yes, because it deserves it!
The film was shot in multiple locations across the globe which includes South Africa, South Korea, London, Bangladesh and Italy. Naturally, not counting the cost of CGI special effects, costumes, movie set props and others, it will already cost a lot; and that’s why Marvel guaranteed Whedon $279.9 million for production budget. Avengers: Age of Ultron has surpassed Avatar and Titanic in production cost and it could well be the most expensive movie ever made; however, the hype and positive reviews for the movie overshadowed this. Go back a decade and this kind of budget would have raised a lot of eyebrows, but not anymore as it’s becoming more and more of a trend. Who knows? The third sequel called Avengers Infinity War 1 & 2 might cost even more!
Six months before the film was set to be released, Marvel teased their trailers in cinemas, TV, print media and the web; so this movie was promoted very well for a target audience. It has already doubled its budget in box office returns amounting to $695.1 million and rising; and it still has a week or two more in cinemas worldwide, so it may reel in more money for the studio. Recently, Fast & Furious 7 made over $1 billion in box office sales, so Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to do the same or gross even more. Furious 7 success is much credited to Paul Walker’s death as it got the sympathy vote of most people – including me. But that’s just my opinion…even so; no one can argue that the movie was super cool to watch!
The movie opened to more than 4,000 theaters on April 22, 2015 and millions lined up to see the most anticipated movie sequel in recent memory! It garnered a lot of praise from film critics and fans alike and before it even played in theaters people are already clamoring for the third and fourth installment. Marvel’s 60+ years of entertainment both in print media, digital media and now the movies has created a large fan base globally. This proves that consistent publication of great stories – even in comic books – will essentially create a cult. The importance of which is more than just making millions or billions of dollars, but giving people a chance to experience something magical…something beyond our, sometimes, boring reality.
Come May and we will witness Nvidia’s first foray into the TV console gaming market. The graphics giant, more known for its cutting edge GPUs, has been for the last couple of years trying to branch into a market dominated by the other three big players: Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.
The Shield “Microconsole” which was recently announced by Nvidia, happens to be the company’s third offering in the Shield lineup (the other two are the Shield tablet and the Shield handheld gaming console.)
The console which Nvidia calls the “Android TV console” is to come with a very powerful Tegra K1 processor, a Maxwell-generation GPU and 3 gigs of ram, running a version of Android.
The Shield’s hardware specs are weaker than both the PlayStation 4 and the XBox One, with Nvidia claiming performance figures to be twice that of the previous generation PS3 and the Xbox 360. However, what sets the Shield apart from its competitors is its advertised ability to stream 1080p resolution 60 fps gaming into your TV (where all the computing is done by Nvidia’s server farms via Nvidia’s grid service).
Needless to say, stable, high-speed internet connectivity is a must-have for this feature, with Nvidia recommending 15 Mbps.
Not only that, some of the year’s most anticipated games which include the latest iterations of the Witcher and Metal Gear Solid saga, will be available on launch for the Shield. Although the initial library will be small, this will likely be expanded rapidly in the future and with both AAA and Android games made available. So, if there’s one thing that you can be certain of about the forthcoming Shield console, it’s the obvious fact that running out of good games is unlikely to be an issue – ever!
Nvidia’s approach certainly throws a new insight into the gaming industry. As today’s state-of-the-art hardware becomes average and then obsolete within a span of not more than 2-3 years, Nvidia’s champion with its cloud computing prowess could save a lot in expensive and regular hardware updates. Also, with its versatility and ability to stream 4k video output, Shield definitely has the potential to entice a lot of PC gamers who are looking to play their games on bigger screens and also want the accessibility of a console.
However, while the Tegra K1 processor is very capable, it will no doubt be surpassed by something more powerful sooner rather than later – especially if we choose to take the pace set in the Smartphone market as an indicator. This implies that Nvidia may be banking more on a strategy of much faster console upgrades, compared to current industry practice of following usually ten year cycles.
Even with its purported versatility, Nvidia’s offering may not get enough time to build its fan base before being eclipsed by the next upgraded model. Consumers may also shy away from the fact that while they will have upgrade their more traditional consoles once every ten years, going with the Shield might entail a more frequent and hence expensive upgrade cycle.
However, with the Shield being priced at $ 199 in the US, it is also cheaper than its competitors. This might assuage some of the upgrade fears. If the Shield can achieve its potential, very soon we might have a device that is not only capable of streaming 4k resolution output; but is also a dedicated gaming console to boot.
So, do you think Nvidia’s Shield has the potential to make it big in the worldwide gaming console market? Feel free to share your thoughts using the comment box below.
Are you one of those people who simply love gadgets? Those people who wants the latest and the best? Well there are so many brands of phone to choose from like Blackberry, Apple, Nokia, Toshiba, Acer, Samsung, etc. Above all these for me, I think the most developed brand is Samsung. Why you say? I mean every year they have like so many brand new phones and tablets released. And it is known to be great too.
So the latest… the “in” phones these days are usually the big ones. Touch screen and with a big screen, the bigger the better though the downside is that you can’t simply put it in your pocket. Samsung just released the A and E series and now they have a new one… the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.
When you look at the Galaxy S6 edge, you will notice that the edges are somewhat of a combination of glass and metal. That is because this phone is inspired with the work of glassblowers and artisan metalsmith. It is absolutely stunning with its beautiful curves and radiant glass surface, that when reflected to the sun, shows all sort of fantastic colors. It also comes in four colors: Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Emerald Green.
It is a 5.1 QUAD HD Super AMOLED 2560 X 1440, 577 PPI, Dual edge. No need to worry about taking a picture as it has a 16MP IOS resolution at the rear and a 5MP resolution at the front camera. It also has a F1.9 aperture which means clearer photos and it’s a fast camera too. It is also has a built-in wireless charging capabilities and it charging speed it about 1.5 times faster than previous models and its 10 minutes charging is equivalent to 4 hours of battery life.
Another fun fact about Galaxy S6 edge is that you can color code the contacts on your phone. All you have to do is simply tap the contacts color on the Edge display and voila, you can text, call, and email them. It’s fun to do and what’s more is that it helps you a lot because now you have no problem identifying the person that is contacting you, even if you phone is upside down or a little too far away for you to read the name.
Worried about securities? Well some have passwords and patterns but with Galaxy S6 edge, it has an enhanced security, now with features of KNOX and fingerprint scanner. It can also be paired with a Samsung Smart TV via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) with just a simple touch. Now you can watch movies from your Galaxy to your TV screen or share a TV show currently showing to your phone. The con about this is that its only available when paired with a Samsung H5500 series Smart TV or subsequent model. It also has s Smart Manager application which lets you check some useful information such as storage, RAM, battery status, security and more with just a glance away.
What are you waiting for? Go get yourself this Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with a price of £760.00. A little pricy? Well its worth every penny!
It isn’t often that a film reboot is actually made by the same writer and director, but Australian born filmmaker George Miller decided it was time to go back to the film series that put Mel Gibson on the map. The first Mad Max came out in 1979, in a not too distant apocalyptic future where society is on the brink of complete collapse. Gibson plays the role of police officer Max, who loses his best friend, wife and son to a murderous gang of criminals, in his journey of vengeance and inevitable insanity as a man with nothing to lose. Miller went on to write and direct a further two films in the Mad Max universe; The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome (1981 and 1985 respectively). But it has taken almost 30 years for another film in the series.
Back in 1998, George Miller was crossing the road in Los Angeles when he had an idea for a fourth film set in the Australian outback. By the time he reached the other side of the road, he thought to abandon the idea. At this point, Miller had said all he had to say about a post-apocalyptic world where the last remaining humans fought over gasoline. But a year later the idea grew, and instead of fuel, this time the gangs fought over control of human beings. Just as things started to come together, shooting was scheduled to take place in 2001 but 9/11 happened, the resulting collapse of the American dollar to the Australian dollar led to incredible hikes in production costs, to the point where it was no longer a viable project. With Mad Max on the back burner, Miller turned his attention to Happy Feet instead, a little more family friendly film.
With Mad Max Fury Road hitting the cinemas, a title has never been more fitting to how difficult the road has been to get this film made. Having taken over 17 years before production even began, there were plenty more obstacles for Miller to navigate. When the fourth Mad Max was ready to move into production, problems developed in Mel Gibson’s personal life; arrested for drink driving, altercation with a police officer, as well as anti-Semitic rants, Max went a little too Mad. Miller then turned his attention to a new lead, as his vision of Mad Max was still young, so Heath Ledger was considered before his untimely death in 2008.
The lead role eventually went to Tom Hardy, the English actor who first graced the big screen in 2001’s Black Hawk Down, before starring in a string of hugely successful roles such as Bronson (2008), Inception (2010) and then as Batman’s nemesis Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. With everything in place to start filming in 2010, Miller wanted to return to his native Australian outback but found that the once arid, desolate desert was now a lush and fertile land due to the first flood in years. Switching location to the Namibia desert in Africa, a 1200 mile stretch of barren land which is mostly uninhabited, proved to be a challenging task for the 1700 strong cast and crew. Five months later and the film was finally wrapped, and being the traditional action film director he is, George Miller insisted on using very little CGI and green screen, instead opting for practical stunts in a hostile Namibian desert.
After a 30 year hiatus from the Mad Max universe, and having taken a slight family-friendly detour on the way on projects Babe: Pig in the City and Happy Feet, George Miller is finally ready to return to the gritty, violent post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max. This time with Tom Hardy as Max and Charlize Theron as truck driver Furiosa in an attempt to save human slaves captured by gang leader Immorten Joe played by Hugh Keays-Byrne.
Mad Max Fury Road hit the cinema the 15th of May this year.
Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director behind 2011’s Drive and Only God Forgives in 2013, both starring Ryan Gosling, has announced he is shooting his latest project. Refn’s production company Space Rocket Nation has announced that The Neon Demon will see Refn venture into the horror genre as it follows a young model moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career. Starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves, the film has started shooting and is planned for a 2016 release date. Set in Los Angeles again, some loose details of the plot have been revealed, including a predominately female cast set in LA.
Refn has been reluctant in revealing too much details about the plot, but after shooting Drive in Los Angeles, he felt compelled to film their again after falling in love with the city. Elle Fanning joins the cast as the lead actress, the aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles in the hope of making it but is faced by a group of beauty obsessed women who covet her youth and vitality. Reeves and Hendricks roles in the film are unclear at the moment but what is rumoured there will be elements of voodoo and cannibalism, no doubt spliced with social commentary and satire on the world of supermodels.
The Neon Demon returns Refn to Los Angeles after his last outing took him to Bangkok, Thailand for Only God Forgives. The film reunited the writer/director with Ryan Gosling after Drive, but wasn’t as successful with both critics and audiences alike. The revenge film set in the criminal underworld of Bangkok, follows Gosling as drug-smuggling Julian who is compelled by his mother to find and kill the murderer of his brother. The making of the film was documented in Refn’s wife Liv Corfixen in 2014’s My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, as it followed the director during production as well as release.
Bronson’s earlier successful film, Bronson, starred Tom Hardy and was based on the real life criminal Michael Peterson and his alter-ego, Charles Bronson. Set in England during the 1970s through to present day, it follows the transformation of a petty criminal sentenced to seven years who became consumed with his Charles Bronson character, resulting in a further 34 years in prison.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1970 to a director and cinematographer, Nicolas Winding Refn moved to New York when he was young and subsequently moved into the film industry. His first film, Pusher, was released in 1996 and made in his native country, where it focussed on a drug pusher who grows desperate after a failed drug deal lands him with a large debt to a drug lord. Refn went on to film two further sequels titled With Blood on my Hands and I’m the Angel of Death released in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Nicolas Winding Refn has made a name for himself with his unique visual style of neon, vibrant colours and saturated visuals.