10 Incredible Smart Home Gadgets That Makes Your Home Comfortable

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort,” by Jane Austen.

I’m quite sure that Miss Austen meant this phrase as a metaphor, rather than physical comfort; however, today’s home appliances become more and more intelligent that it makes you appreciate your life and truly get comfortable in your home. In the past you would have to adjust the knobs in order to tinker with the settings and set the timer for your washing machine or microwave oven, but now you can leave them unattended and they’ll do everything by themselves! Still in 2015 things just got even better…

And here are some of these household appliances that caught our attention:

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Video Games that Should Be Made into Films

Historically, Hollywood has a pretty terrible losing record when it comes to turning video games into films. No one knows how film makers have made such a mess of turning (mostly) good stories into complete garbage that is so far removed from their source material. From Super Mario Brothers to Street Fighter, Bloodrayne to Max Payne, the majority have been just plain bad and nothing more than cheap, cash tie-ins. The level of writing within games has long rivalled that of film standards, the character development and plot has become as important as visuals and how realistic explosions are. So with good writing in place, characters already visually realised, and pretty much most of the hard work done, why is it so hard to translate a game to a film?

Half Life 2 in-play art The fundamental problem that can ruin any project is laziness. If a director or anyone involved doesn’t have a good knowledge of the source material then it will never work. Now, not all films that have come from games have been bad. There has been quite a few that have done the source material proud, So what games have yet to make it to the big screen, and which ones would work well if handled correctly.

Half Life 2

The original Half Life was released back in 1998 to critical acclaim, a first person shooter than no doubt forever changed the shape of the genre. The follow up Half Life 2 was released in 2004 to yet more universal acclaim, winning even further game of the year awards. With such an undeniably great game with an immersive story, it is only right for a film to come from it.

But as with all game to film conversions, can an intense and immersive game experience translate into a 2 hour motion picture? First problem, and a crucial one, is that the protagonist Gordon Freeman doesn’t actually utter a single word throughout the entire game series. Quite difficult to convey in a film. Drive handled the silent type well in Ryan Gosling, but he at least had a few lines. After rumours about JJ Abrams possibly taking the reigns of the adaptation, there hasn’t been any further word. Not to mention he picked up the reigns of a franchise far bigger than Half Life; Star Wars. Maybe in the near future, Abrams could dedicate himself to making a Half Life movie a reality.

For the role of Gordon Freeman, three actors instantly spring to mind. Bryan Cranston, who already has the scientist persona down, Edward Norton or even House MD Hugh Laurie would make a great main character. The film itself would be pretty action-packed, and trying to cram over several hours of gameplay into a film would be tough to do, but surely a game series that is so critically acclaimed like Half Life deserves a well made film.

 Max Payne

Something needs to be done to erase the terrible Mark Wahlberg film from existence. When the trailer first hit the internet back in 2008, it showed relative promise, it looked the part, the tone was spot on and of course the bullet time was on display. But when Max Payne was released, it turned out to just be another lazy film makeover, with very little relevance to the source material. Mark Wahlberg even admitted that he didn’t play the game himself, and by the looks of things, no one else did either.Max Payne poster

Max Payne has everything needed for a genuinely good modern film noir; the pessimistic protagonist, the bleak world, revenge and femme fatales. Out of all the games on this list, Max Payne should have been the easiest to replicate on the big screen. The game has the look and feel of a movie, down to the noir-esque monologue from Max throughout the game, and has enough engaging characters and moving plot line that the film can work without the need of constant action.

A big part of all Max Payne games is the bullet time heavily borrowed from The Matrix, which came out just before the first Max Payne game. Since then, the slow motion, bullet trailing sequence has been replicated so many times that it will be difficult to pull it off without looking a cheap imitation. But if Max Payne can be done right, it would be a modern film noir masterpiece.

Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid charactersThe definitive stealth game, probably one of the greatest games of the Playstation era, Metal Gear Solid. Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece debuted on the original Playstation back in 1998, and is still held as one of the greatest games of all time. What was even more groundbreaking than the tactical gameplay was the engaging cinematic storyline, score and voice acting. The stage seems to be set for a film version, but as with all great things in the video game world, such a film would have to overcome numerous obstacles.

Kojima even admitted back in 2006 that a film version was in development, but without the original voice actor of Solid Snake, David Hayter onboard. Then in August 2012, Konami announced that Columbia Pictures will be producing a live-action film, but no further news has surfaced since then.

Since the first game in 1998, numerous sequels have been released, all covering the immense back story and multi-layered world of Metal Gear, there is almost too much choice in making a film. It isn’t hard to imagine that a series of films could cover a large number of storylines and easily be as successful as the Bourne trilogy. With Metal Gear Solid, most of the important elements are in place, as Hideo Kojima not only created Metal Gear Solid, but also directed, produced and co-wrote the game. All that is missing is the studio to back it correctly and involving the right people, those who care deeply for the franchise.

Independence Day 2 – Release Date Confirmed

It has been almost 20 years since Independence Day shocked the world when aliens destroyed The White House and mankind’s only hope was Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, well the sequel has now been given a release date and some of the details have now been revealed. Unfortunately Will Smith turned down the opportunity to return as Captain Steven Hiller, supposedly due to demanding too much money to reprise his role and Fox not bowing to his wishes. What is known is that Goldblum will return as David Levinson, and Chris Hemsworth’s brother Liam will be replacing Smith’s role. Hemsworth, who started out on Australian television with Neighbours, found fame with the Hunger Games as Gale Hawthorne, friend of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen.

INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel is comingJeff Goldblum, whose film career started in the 1970s and found huge box office success in The Fly (1978) and as Dr Ian Malcolm in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993), is set to return in Independence Day 2 as David Levinson. Reprising his role as the ex-scientist turned cable technician, who is the first to discover the alien’s plans to destroy key landmarks across Earth. Independence Day 2 will be Goldblum’s first film role since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, where he played Deputy Kovacs.

Principal photography has begun on Independence Day 2 but no word of plot or synopsis has yet to be revealed, but will no doubt involve aliens coming back to Earth to avenge the repelled invasion from last time. Roland Emmerich will be returning as director, who since he last took the reigns 19 years ago, has gone on to make a name for himself in the disaster movie genre. Godzilla, Day After Tomorrow and 2012 all followed the success of Independence Day. Carter Blanchard has been bought onboard to write the script, taking over from Dean Devlin who has now taken the role up of producer for Independence Day 2 and the subsequent planned sequel.

Independence Day 2 is scheduled for release on June 26 2016, surely missing a trick of not releasing it on fourth of July. But it will come almost exactly 20 years since the original was released on June 25 1996. The original went on to smash box office records, making over $50,000,000 on opening weekend, going on to gross over $800,000,000 worldwide. With such a huge success, it has come as a surprise to many why a sequel has taken this long to materialise.

According to producer Dean Devlin, the US military had agreed to support the film, allowing the use of military bases and consultations to any actors who played military roles. But after learning about the references to Area 51 in the script, all help was pulled. Independence Day also still holds the record for most miniature model work to appear in a film. Michael Joyce, who was a supervisor for all models on set claimed that the film featured more miniatures than any other two films combined. Due to the advancement of special effects, the need for practical affects lessens, so this record will more than likely stand forever.

Independence Day 2 is due for release next year on June 26 2016, with another sequel has been confirmed but with no date as of yet.

DC Comics Universe Set to Rival Marvel’s Dominance

With Marvel Studios running rampant in the box office with every film released being a sure-fire hit, it seems that comic book movies are hot property at the moment, a far cry from how Hollywood thought of them a couple of decades ago. DC Comics are responsible for some of the most classic comic book characters in history. With superheroes such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Green Lantern in DC’s vast back catalogue, the film crossover possibilities are endless. With the Suicide Squad film now in production, the future looks bright for DC as they attempt to overthrow Marvel as film’s biggest comic book studio.

DC Comic Villain The Joker Marvel Studios has been churning out box office smashing films for a while now, starting with Blade back in 1998. Starring Wesley Snipes as the vampire hunter, the film was a huge success and showed that comic book films can be a success without the need for a well known character. X-Men was the next film to be released from Marvel, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and directed by Bryan Singer. The film made almost $300,000,000 worldwide and subsequently paved the way for sequels and the eventual prequel origin stories.

With the release and success of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel Studios decided on linking all further films within the same universe, resulting in the phenomenally successful Avengers in 2012, which combined a number of main characters all teaming up in one film. Captain America (2011) and Thor (2011) were both films released to set up the story for The Avengers, joining Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as a team of superheroes bought together by Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson).

With Marvel Studios running away with such success, DC Comics have now entered the game with their own connecting film universe, with an equally impressive roll call of superheroes. Man of Steel (2013) is the first film in the shared universe, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead) and starring Henry Cavill as Superman, a reboot of the Superman films. Cavill will reprise his role as the man of steel in the second shared universe film, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the introduction of Ben Affleck taking up the role of Batman after Christian Bale’s hugely successful Dark Knight trilogy from Christopher Nolan. There are plans for 11 more films to fit in with the shared universe, including a stand alone film starring Affleck’s Batman.

The DC Comics universeThe films to be released for the DC shared universe by Warner Bros. scheduled for release over the next five years include Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League and part two in 2019, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg and a reboot of the critically panned Green Lantern will all follow. In addition, a sequel to Man of Steel is also in the pipeline. The shared universe idea started back in 1998 when Kevin Smith and Tim Burton were to team up and reboot Superman with Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel. Michael Keaton was also set to reprise his role of Batman from Burton’s earlier Batman films but the project was cancelled before production began.

With Suicide Squad being the first major film to incorporate multiple characters from the DC shared universe, it was announced that David Ayer (Fury and The Fast and the Furious) will both direct and write. An all-star cast was revealed with Will Smith leading as Deadshot, Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jesse Eisenberg rumoured to be playing Lex Luthor. The film follows the anti-hero organisation that first appeared in DC Comics back in 1959, where a secret government organisation recruits dangerous criminals and super villains in order to carry out black ops missions in exchange for reduced sentences. Jared Leto released a picture of himself in the Joker makeup, following on from Jack Nicholson’s 1989 iteration and Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning portrayal in 2008’s The Dark Knight.

The Suicide Squad seems to be DC’s answer to the hugely successful Avengers series, but only time will tell if DC can stand toe to toe against the might of Marvel in the world of cinema.  But with two of the most iconic superheroes of all time in Superman and Batman in their corner, the next five years looks promising for DC Comics.

Ant-Man – What Could Have Been

Marvel are preparing for another massive year in the box office with the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to 2012’s box office hit The Avengers, which raked in over $600,000,000 worldwide. But another Marvel film is being primed for release, one that may not be as a big a franchise as The Avengers but one that has taken quite some time in development. Ant-Man, the alter-ego of scientist Hank Pym who invented a substance that enabled him to change his size, first debuted in 1962 in a Marvel comic. Two further characters have adopted the superhero persona of Ant-Man, the first being Scott Lang after Pym pursued other superhero identities.

Marvel Ant-man posterThe film began development in early 2006, even before Iron Man, when Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright was bought onto the project as director and co-writer, alongside comedian Joe Cornish. The English born comedian directed his first feature film Attack the Block, a sci-fi comedy horror in 2011, starring John Boyega, which led him to land a leading role in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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The Digital World VS The Real World – Are we forgetting to live our lives outside?

It’s true that technology was meant to help man to make work efficient. In fact, I strongly believe that it was prophetic ever since primitive man started making stone tools hundreds of thousands of years ago, technology would eventually catch up to him and probably even overtake him. According to physicist, Michio Kaku, man will soon advance his own evolution and would build synthetic hardened metallic-carbon physical bodies and become immortal – along with it are tons of advanced refinements that will make people superhuman on every level possible.

Is technology making us lazy?Today there is talk of biological and mecha type of fusion that will boost our learning abilities to unparalleled levels and enable us to connect to the internet and communicate worldwide without ever picking up our phones from our pockets. But at what price?

If you were to look for evidence on how technology has seemingly changed our society, then you need not look so far. Simply go to public places and observe how people behave with all their laptops, smartphones, tablets and other hand-held gadgets. They are physically present in the place where they loiter but are completely oblivious to their surroundings. Where once there existed hundreds of opportunities for small talk and making friends now are just empty space filled with something like biological creatures that acts like lifeless zombies. Is it really a big deal to be connected to the internet at all times while you suffer friendships and wonderful conversations without the smileys and emoticons, but people expressing real emotions and showing real smiles? Perhaps we need to take a second look at things and ourselves most especially and rethink about out social behaviors and interactions.

Tiffany Shlain who is an avid smartphone and gadget user once noted that during a minor surgery she had just a few months ago, she was more concerned about her phone than her surgery and that the phone’s screen was far more important to her than her well-being. Former NBA superstar turned basketball analyst, Shaquille O’Neal, said that not seven minutes would go by without him checking his phone. Recently a not-so-well-known news about a research on gadget addiction was published in a peer review journal, and it was stated that using smartphones and gadgets all the time can be equated to certain mental disorder and that taking selfies a lot is classified as a narcissistic behavior with the extremes of which are deemed similar to psychotic behavior. These findings has yet to be proven though as no one was ever killed over a selfie or a smartphone or a gadget. “You feel like the world ends when you don’t have connectivity,” according tRemember to relax and not drown in the digital worldo “SKEE Live” show host on AXS TV.

Consequently there are vast numbers of people who are suffering from FOMO (fear of missing out) since smartphones and gadgets got more advanced and these findings can be cross referenced to the years between 2005 – 2014. It is such a tragedy that as our technology advances our moral values and ethics diminish, but the technology itself isn’t the problem here; rather it is how people are taught to be attached to their smartphones, computers and gadgets is. We can fix this problem and all we need are people who are willing to start the “old fashion” trend again, and when I say “old fashion,” I don’t mean trading the new technology for the old one. I’m talking about people talking directly to each other and making eye contact, I’m saying that we need to enjoy the outdoors without taking tons of selfies. I’m saying that we take time for our gadgets, for our rest and relaxation, for self-reflection and quiet time for family bonding time and not focus on technology all of the time. I hope this article will be meaningful to you today. Thanks for reading and enjoy life minus the long hours on your phone or computer.