Category: Media

A few days ago, I posted about the first trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. Well now Warner Brothers has released a second trailer, as part of a Lego Harry Potter promotion. The first film, directed by David Yates, is due in theaters Nov. 19. Enjoy!

source: SciFi Wire

Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, directed by David Yates, is due in theaters Nov. 19

source: SciFi Wire

Apple World Wide Developer Conference BadgeUnless you live under a rock, then you probably heard that Apple Inc. announced the details of it’s next iPhone product, the iPhone 3Gs. Those details and others were announced today at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address. In addition to the iPhone news, Apple also talked about the new features in it’s next operating system release, dubbed “Snow Leopard,” the details of the new iPhone operating system and the benefits to iPhone application developers, and finally some new news of laptop upgrades and price cuts.

While I sadly wasn’t at the event live in person, like many people I watched several live streaming feds on popular sites like I posted the highlights of the keynote speeches to my Twitter account. Below is a list of those highlights, dubbed the Keynote Key Notes:

  • Apple updates MacBook Air and drops price. MacBook Air is available in two models starting with the new entry price of $1,499 for a 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 120GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, and a 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 128GB solid state drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics for $1,799. The $1499 entry level price represents a $300 drop from before, while the $1799 model represents a $700 drop in price for the high end model. Meanwhile, the clock speeds have increased from 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz to 1.86GHz and 2.13GHz respectively.
  • Apple updated the 13″ Aluminum MacBook and rebrands it a MacBook Pro. the new model specs are: 13″ MacBook Pro. 2.26GHz. 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400. 160GB HD. Firewire for $1199 and 13″ MacBook Pro. 2.53GHz. 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400. 250GB HD. Firewire for $1499
  • Safari is 7.8X faster at JavaScript than IE8 (Chrome is only 5X faster). Passes Acid3 test
  • Built Expose into the Dock
  • Stacks handle lots of content better
  • Quicktime X player has a brand new interface (although a scary new Icon)
  • Snow Leopard adds full Exchange support to Mail, iCal, etc.
  • Snow Leopard will be a $29 upgrade for Leopard users
  • Snow Leopard FAMILY PACK will be a $49 upgrade for Leopard users
  • iPhone OS 3.0 is a major update with over 100 new features
  • Phone OS 3 has integrated copy paste between applications, undo support
  • Phone OS 3 has Cocoa Touch support for Text
  • Phone OS 3 adds MMS support from all carriers and soon from AT&T (personally I bet they are trying to negotiate it to be included in the plan)
  • iPhone OS 3 offers landscape mode in Mail/Notes/Messages
  • the new iPhone OS will include full Spotlight search across applications
  • iPhone applications now offer full parental controls. Application developers are encouraged to push out application updates with these controls enabled as needed.
  • iTunes users can now purchase movies, video, and iTunes U materials from the iPhone directly
  • The new iPhone will offer seamless tethering although it is not yet super clear how AT&T will implement / charge for those services
  • The iPhone’s version of Safari has better and faster Javascript support and HTML 5 support
  • The iPhone OS 3 offers tons of new languages support (Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Korean, Thai, etc)
  • MobileMe users can find their lost iPhone on a Google Map if they need to
  • If your iphone is lost or stolen, you can send it a remote wipe command that will delete all of your data w/ MobileMe
  • in-app purchases can now be made directly from the iPhone. An example app shown was a book store where you could order books all from the application
  • Peer to Peer connectivity via Bluetooth will enable things like head to head game play and many other new application ideas
  • The new iPhone OS opens up support for external hardware accessories. This was demonstrated with an application that allowed school students to scan images into the phone.
  • iPhone application developers can now include Google Maps technology directly within their applications
  • Apple Push messages will allow you to push alerts out to your users via their installed applications. You know how your mail app tells you how many messages it has with the little red dot? With the push messaging you will be able to add that to your own iPhone developed applications.
  • The iPhone OS 3.0 will be free to all iPhone users (3G and original). $9.99 for iTouch users. Available worldwide on June 17th.
  • The new iPhone has been branded iPhone 3Gs, the “s” being for Speed. It has a lot of speed enhancements for activities like downloading email, etc.
  • The new iPhone has entirely new insides; it sadly does not yet include a front facing camera
  • iPhone3G[s] supports OpenGL|ES 2.0 and 7.2Mbps HSPDA
  • iPhone3G[s] now has a 3 MP camera and can capture video as well as images
  • The new camera offers touch to focus technology so you can touch an area to have it focus better
  • The video captured can be edited right on the phone, with simple cut and paste and timeline controls (think a mini iMovie light. I emphasize “mini” and “light”)
  • Video captured by the iPhone can be uploaded to YouTube, Viemo, and many other video sites; images can be sent directly to Flickr, and other popular photo sites
  • Application developers will have access to a new video API so their applications will be able to use captured video (and I assume actually capture it using the camera)
  • The iPhone3G[s] adds voice controls – just hold down the home button for 2 secs and speak something like “Call Scott Jones” or “what song is playing”.
  • The voice controls will be available to application developers via an SDK from YAP, makes of this technology for all sorts of smart phone devices:
  • The new iPhone finally offers data encryption
  • The new iPhone will include the Nike+ software out of the box
  • The new iPhone has better battery life, offering a 9hr surfing time or 5hr talk time
  • Apple has made the new iPhone GREEN. By that I mean it sports GREEN an arsenic-free glass, is BRF-free, and a mercury-free LCD
  • The ne iPhone 3Gs will be offered in White or Black at a price of $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and will be on sale JUNE 19
  • The existing 8GB iPhone 3G will remain on sale for $99 starting June 19

The Love Guru

Not that I was planning to rush out to see it anyway, but for any who are, it seems Mike Meyer’s latest film, “The Love Guru“, is no Shrek! According to :

“…Myers puts a shotgun in the mouth of comedy and kills it. This isn’t merely a bad film, but a painful experience that you keep telling yourself to leave. … It is a pregnant woman smoking a cigarette and drinking a Coors Light.”

I have to say, I’m actually not that surprised. When I saw Meyers on American Idol and the 2008 MTV Movies Awards, each time dressed as the “Guru,” I totally didn’t get the joke. I was hoping that the scripting for those spots was just rushed and that the film might actually have some merit. Guess not. Read the review for yourself, but as for me, I think I’ll pass. Oh yeah, and if you were thinking of seeing “The Happening“, seems like it isn’t much better (also panned in this review).

On a related note, to see an awesome super hero movie, go see “Iron Man” (and hopefully “The Dark Night”). To pretty good super hero movie, go see “The Incredible Hulk.”