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Spider-Man Is Coming Home And We Know When You’ll Get To See Him

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Spider ManWell this is big news, especially comic book fans, and more specifically than that, Marvel fans and those out there who have been underwhelmed by the last two Amazing Spider-Man movies. Marvel and Sony, who owns the rights to the fan-favorite web-slinger, have reached a deal that will allow Spidey to show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And there are even reports about where he’ll take his first bow.

Word of negotiations between the to studios leaked out late last year, giving fans hope, but last night Marvel officially announced that they’ve reached an agreement that will see maybe their most popular comic book character finally appear on screen opposite the likes of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and others.

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Take That, Kim Jong-Un, You Don’t Get To Be Star-Lord’s Dad

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interviewYou may have noticed that over the last two days, the world seems to have lost its damn mind. The Sony hack that has been a hot topic of debate lately got all kinds of crazy, as that Guardians of the Peace group—the government has now confirmed that North Korea is in fact behind the hack—threatened terrorist attacks on theaters screening the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. First, all of the major theater chains decided they weren’t going to screen the film, and then Sony scrapped the entire release (I was supposed to see a screening tonight dammit). As it stands now, there are no plans to release it in any format, ever. Some places, like the Alamo Drafthouse, planned to show Team America: World Police in lieu of The Interview, but even those screenings are being cancelled now (Paramount is forbidding screenings because North Korea is in charge of Hollywood and a ten-year-old puppet movie is way too dangerous to show—it was on Netflix last time I checked), as have plans for a Steve Carell-fronted North Korean thriller.

If this all sounds like a dystopian novel to you, you’re not alone, as this feels like the start to one of those Hunger Games-esque young adult trilogies that are so damn popular. This situation raises all kinds of questions about censorship, international politics, and basically letting the bad guys win. (Seriously, if you were on Twitter or any social media last night or today, you saw things like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich making the exact same points as people like Michael Moore. This is what Peter Venkman yelled about in Ghostbusters: “Dogs and cats, living together.” It’s nuts out there.)

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‘Sony-pocalypse’ Hack One Of The Worst Hacks Ever

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the interviewWe’ve reported a lot of hacks over the past few years, and while the NSA takes the cake in terms of sheer evilness, especially towards American citizens and citizens abroad, the recent hack of Sony may prove to be the costliest hack ever. Yeah, this one’s a doozy.

Over the last week or so, hackers have virtually crippled Sony in multiple ways, including disabling computer systems and email. Beyond that, movies such as the remake of Annie and the Brad Pitt World War II drama Fury got leaked, and reports indicate that five thus far unreleased films have also appeared on various illicit sites online. If that weren’t enough, internal documents and memos have been leaked, as well as the personal information of some of Sony’s movie stars — everything from salaries to Social Security numbers. The malware used in the attack is so potent that the FBI has been warning other businesses to be careful about their own vulnerabilities. The cost of fixing the computers and trying to safeguard against future attacks would be substantial by itself, but the leaked movies also hit Sony’s bottom line, as they’ll likely result in reduced ticket sales. Potential lawsuits could cost Sony even more.

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Sony Patents “Smart” Wig, Because Why Not

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SmartWigAt some point in the near future, we’ll have “smart” everything. We may as well embrace it now. If you thought the trend was going to end with smartwatches or Google Glass, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Sony has just patented a “wearable computing device,” which sounds like all those other gizmos, but isn’t—this one is actually for a “SmartWig.” That’s right, a hairpiece with electronics that can process the same kind of information as every other high-tech device.

The wig covers part, if not all of the users head. A processing unit connected to sensors provides input data, as well as a communication interface that connects to an external computing device. This apparatus will provide feedback in the form of a vibration or a slight shock each time the wearer gets a text, call, or email. A vibration, sure. Or better yet, have the wig scratch my head when a call comes in. A shock is just a bad, bad idea, and makes me think of my mom’s dog who had to wear a shock collar to prevent excessive barking. It didn’t work (the dog wasn’t the brightest)—I’d hear a bark and then a yelp, bark then yelp. I can only imagine what even slight shocks would feel like for people who text or call a lot, and I can’t help envisioning these people yelping each time like poor, stupid Opus.