The movie Her has gotten rave reviews, and it’s also caused a bit of Oscar controversy because Scarlett Johansson wasn’t nominated. It’s certainly raised real issues about what constitutes an Academy Award winning performance, especially when you can’t see the actor in the film, or when an actor is doing a motion control performance, a la Andy Serkis.
Howard Stern is 60? It’s not that we thought he wouldn’t hit this milestone one day, it’s just another thing that makes us feel much older. Seemed like only yesterday he broke into L.A. after ruling N.Y., and he soon became a phenomenon everywhere.
Game of Thrones is heading back to cable on April 6, and the show’s sure to be a ratings bonanza when it returns. It’s also going to steer clear of the return of The Walking Dead, which is coming on February 9. (It would be highly foolish for both shows to go head to head in the ratings.)
Several years back on TGD, we wrote about the return of Rambo…not on the silver screen, but to gaming. And frankly we were surprised at the response the story got. Apparently there’s a lot of people who want a Rambo video game, and he’s a great choice for a first person shooter.
Nvidia has reportedly kicked off an initiative with open source devs to support its upcoming K1 chip.
As computers enter ever more areas of our daily lives, the amount of data they produce has grown enormously. But for this “big data” to be useful it must first be analyzed, meaning it needs to be stored in such a way that it can be accessed quickly when required.
Can naturally occurring processes selectively buffer the full brunt of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activities? Yes, find researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Johns Hopkins University in the US and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Gasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The process could open up new markets for plant-based fuels, beyond existing diesel substitutes.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reached the edge of a dune on Jan. 30 and photographed the valley on the other side, to aid assessment of whether to cross the dune.
Here on TGD, we’ve reported a lot on the high frame rate controversy with The Hobbit. While a lot of filmmakers have been claiming it’s the way of the future, a lot of people feel it makes a movie look too hi-def and unrealistic, and it makes the 3D even more headache inducing. But what about high frame rates for gaming?
While the origin of life remains mysterious, scientists are finding more and more evidence that material created in space and delivered to Earth by comet and meteor impacts could have given a boost to the start of life. Some meteorites supply molecules that can be used as building blocks to make certain kinds of larger molecules that are critical for life.
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter module consisting of the spacecraft structure, thermal control and propulsion systems was handed over by OHB System to Thales Alenia Space France at a ceremony held in Bremen, Germany, today.
Toyota, ahead of the forthcoming 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season, has announced plans to enter a new car this year to take part in events like the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Honda, which unveiled in Japan this past November a micro electric car undergoing urban field trials, has now added an option to allow the MC-β to be powered via solar energy. Rather then directly sporting its own solar panels, like this Ford plug-in hybrid concept, however, it will instead get charged cleanly at a special solar panel equipped recharging station.
GoPro is the wild, crazy surfer dude of the consumer electronics world that has made its founder into the most fun billionaire in billionaire-dom. Shimano is a precision engineering company that serves the divas of the cycling and fishing worlds. Now, the two worlds of these companies are about to collide as Shimano gets into the compact sports camera market.
It’s not easy to step into the shoes of an original Star Trek member, but Zachary Quinto has done a great job as the new model Spock, and now he’s up to star in a big screen video game adaptation, Agent 47.
There’s a new era of video game movies coming, and we’re hoping they will turn the genre around, much like X-Men turned around the comic book film. We think there could be a great video game movie down the road, but we’re not sure Need For Speed’s going to be it.
We just reported here on TGD that the first commercial for Transformers: Age of Extinction would debut during the Superbowl, which is always a prime time for the major studios to buy ad space for their upcoming blockbusters. In fact, according to polls, Extinction was the most anticipated movie commercial for the Bowl broadcast.
A report in the Portland Press Herald says that an eighth-grade girl from Kennebunk received burns on her thigh and back and was taken to hospital for treatment, all because her iPhone caught fire in her pants pocket before her class at school.
If your worst nightmare includes driverless military machines roaming the landscape then you are either John Connor or just beginning to learn about Lockheed Martin's robotic tactical vehicles.
Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, I checked out the trailer for Monkey King, and it is some really wild sh*t. While one early review considered it a mixed bag, it’s already doing gangbuster business in China, where the myth of the story takes place.
Many times I’ll learn of a celebrity’s passing on Facebook, because a lot of my Facebook friends are film buffs, and they’ll post about it there first. When a good friend posted, “No, not Philip Seymour Hoffman,” it took a while for the news to sink in, just like any death, and cliché as it is to say it, it is truly a terrible loss.
Asus has rolled out a new mini-desktop powered by Intel's Celeron J1900 Bay Trail 2 GHz quad-core processor with a TDP of 10 watts.
A comet-bound spacecraft that spent more than two years in a deep sleep mode woke up on Jan. 20 to begin the home stretch of its decade-long journey to a mile-wide ball of rock, dust and ice. Rosetta—a European Space Agency-led mission that involves University of Michigan engineers and scientists—is on track to be the first craft to actually land on a comet as well as track it for an extended period of time.
Traditionally, 3-D scanning has required expensive laser scanner equipment, complicated software, and technological expertise.
By emitting photons from a quantum dot at the top of a micropyramid, researchers at Linköping University are creating a polarized light source for such things as energy-saving computer screens and wiretap-proof communications.
iezoelectrics—materials that can change mechanical stress to electricity and back again—are everywhere in modern life. Computer hard drives. Loud speakers. Medical ultrasound. Sonar.
With a mandate from the UN, ESA and other space agencies from around the world are about to establish a high-level group to help coordinate global response should a threatening asteroid ever be found heading towards Earth.
Fruit flies bred in space are offering scientists a clue as to how astronauts' immune systems may be damaged during prolonged space travel.
Wind power is pretty easy to do in the gusty Great Plains, and through passes and other breezy corridors in the mountainous West – and that’s where the fast-growing renewable energy source has made its greatest strides.
It was first released early last year, a reboot of a 90s classic given the next-gen treatment by Square Enix. Well, it wasn't quite next-gen enough because, by the end of last year we got the PS4 and Xbox One. Now, the new Lara Croft adventure is even newer. But is it worth another $60?
Okay, okay, we know…We were really hoping there wouldn’t be any news on Batman Vs Superman anytime soon, especially with the release date getting pushed back nearly a year. Still, the hits keep on comin’ with this one, and here’s the latest mist-step in what could end up being the next Batman and Robin…
Kurt Russell is one of the great icons in geek culture. He started out as a child star for Disney, and went on to play Elvis, as well as star in the John Carpenter classics The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. Now he’s recalling his days as a minor league baseball player in a new documentary, and it’s gotten rave notices at Sundance.
Even if you don’t know the name Rankin Bass, you’re certainly familiar with the stop motion puppets they pioneered, and how they told delightful holiday stories that generations of kids have grown to love. In addition, Rankin Bass made one of the coolest Halloween movies for kids, Mad Monster Party, not to mention they also produced the Jackson Five cartoon, an animated version of The Hobbit, as well as the Thundercats series.
Being a big punk fan from back in the eighties, I loved the music, and really got off on the insane energy of the live shows. But who ever thought it could crossover into the mainstream? Back in the day, punk was a very violent, dangerous genre, and it was tough to book gigs because the mosh pits and fights were too out of control.
We just reported here on TGD that Godzilla is currently the most watched coming attraction on YouTube, and it looks like the advance anticipation for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is very strong as well. On this front we’re not surprised, especially considering the Dino-Bots will be in the next installment.
It took him a long time to return, but it was great to see Guillermo Del Toro back in action after being off the big screen for four years. Whether you loved Pacific Rim or thought it was just okay, it was cool to see Del Toro deliver a big, fun sci-fi adventure that rekindled our love for giant robots battling giant monsters.
We all still have mad love for Back to the Future, not just because of the nostalgia for when we first saw it, but because it still holds up very well. Thankfully rumors of a remake are unfounded - the fans would revolt over that, big time - but there is a musical in the works, and it’s slated to debut in London in 2015.
While so many of us are probably sick and tired of 3D already, Gravity gave the technology another fifteen minutes of fame, along with being a big step forward for Imax. Metallica tried to break new ground with 3D Imax with their concert film, Through the Never, but it was a big loser at the box office.
Daniel Widrig is a London-based architect and designer who has created quite a following for his 3D printed designs. Using the kind of tools and techniques that are usually reserved for 3D character creation in f/x heavy movies, Widrig has 3D printed a chair from a mixture of sugar paste, Japanese rice wine, and plaster.
Senior Microsoft executive Satya Nadella would replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO, two media reports said today, citing sources familiar with the processes of selecting the new leader at the Redmond-based company.
A report from Gartner says that 3D printing will create debate on ethics and regulation. Furthermore, analysts expect that rapid development of 3D Bioprinters will spark calls to ban the technology for human and non-human use by 2016.
Sharknado was one of the funniest pop culture hiccups of 2013. A silly B movie that in normal cases would have been buried in the horror aisle of Blockbuster, it became one of the biggest jokes on television, and it got monster ratings.
We at TGD have high hopes for the next Godzilla movie because the 1998 American version really blew it, and we’re hoping an American version of the big green guy can finally get it right for once. While there’s no word yet on how good or bad the movie could be, there’s a promising sign that audiences are really looking forward to the famous firebreather’s return on May 16.
I’ve just finished spending some serious quality time with Qualcomm's flagship Toq Smartwatch. The verdict? For a product that is basically a hardware showcase, well, there really is a lot to love.
Lenovo recently debuted its ThinkPad 8 with 64GB of storage for $429. However, a $399 model with 32GB of storage is expected to hit the streets sometime in the near future.
An international research group led by the University of Bristol has made an important advance towards a quantum computer by shrinking down key components and integrating them onto a silicon microchip.
A Kansas State University engineer has made a breakthrough in rechargeable battery applications.
Our solar system seems like a neat and orderly place, with small, rocky worlds near the Sun and big, gaseous worlds farther out, all eight planets following orbital paths unchanged since they formed.
The team operating NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is considering a path across a small sand dune to reach a favorable route to science destinations. A favorable route would skirt some terrain with sharp rocks considered more likely to poke holes in the rover's aluminum wheels.