It seems that Hollywood live action adaptations of cult anime classics 'Akira' and 'Ghost In The Shell' have been stuck in development hell for years now.. because they have. Well, at least for the latter, it seems the train is moving forward.
According to reports today, Dreamworks Pictures have offered the title role to Scarlett Johansson, who has proved her action skills in the 'The Avengers', 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Lucy'. Rupert Sanders, who helmed 2012's 'Snow White and the Huntsman' is on board for directorial duties. Marvel honcho Ari Arad is producing.
'Ghost In The Shell' currently doesn't have a release date, but would be expected to be 2017 at the earliest.
Google unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop yesterday, with NVIDIA already stepping forward promising the new delicious-sounding mobile OS for its gaming tablet, the Shield Tablet. Now, it's Sony's turn.
Sony has promised that it is in the beginning stages of its Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade plans, promising that the "entire Xperia Z series" will be upgraded to Android 5.0. This includes the following devices: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
The first Sony device to receive Android 5.0 will be the Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition, with most of the devices receiving their Lollipop updates early next year, starting with "the core Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series".
Google is still trying to sort itself out in the mobile advertising market, with cost per click advertising rates dropping 2 percent year-over-year, according to Google's financial results. Despite an increase in mobile advertising clicks, the average cost-per-click has declined, and it appears the Silicon Valley company is unsure what to do moving forward.
As more users head to smartphones and tablets, Google wants to try to win over advertisers about the future of mobile advertising - but marketers aren't willing to spend the same amount for both desktop ads and mobile ads - and this problem won't suddenly go away.
Google currently holds 83 percent mobile search market share, according to StatCounter, but must continue to develop new strategies.
U.S. FBI Director James Comey isn't a big fan of the encryption technologies used by Google Android and Apple iOS devices, saying they could interfere with police investigations. The FBI were able to use court orders to gain access to devices, but there is a growing number of law enforcement unable to crack into phones, tablets and laptops.
"If this becomes the norm, I suggest to you that homicide cases could be stalled, suspects walked free, child exploitation not discovered and prosecuted," Comey said.
Comey's comments are ill-timed, as American smartphone owners aren't impressed by government surveillance and snooping - revelations made public by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year.
Apple held its second media event in the space of a month today, unveiling the new iPad Air 2, iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite, and the new 27-inch iMac with Retina display.
Apple's latest desktop PC is something the company was excited about, as it features the Retina 5K display, boasting a resolution of 5120x2880. At 5120x2880, we have 14.7 million pixels, or 7x the resolution of 1080p, and even a big 67% more pixels than 4K. Apple now claims this is "the world's highest resolution display". Remember though, Dell has a 5K monitor it unveiled last month, too.
The company has said that it had to create new technologies in order to drive the display, which included a custom made timing controller, and specifically engineered oxide-based TFT. Apple is also pushing some of its tech from the Retina iPad, such as organic passivation to allow the sheer amount of pixels blasting onto the screen. Even though we have a 5K display, it uses 30% less energy than previous models thanks to high efficiency LEDs. Even at 5120x2880, it is just 5mm at the thinnest edge, which is the same as the previous generation iMac.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler apparently isn't a big fan of the Microsoft Surface tablet, and would rather choose an Apple iPad. Cutler referred to the Surface Pro 2 as "knockoff iPads," and then quickly clarified by saying they work great, but he just didn't know what they were called.
Unfortunately, the NFL and Microsoft have a brand partnership arrangement in which the Surface Pro 2 tablets are used on the sidelines and in the commentary booth - all for a reported $400 million. However, game announcers and players have gotten the name of the device wrong, and the headaches for the NFL must be continuing to pile up.
This is just another branding issue for the NFL, which has also warned players against wearing Beats headphones. Bose is the official audio sponsor of the league, so all non-Bose headphones are not supposed to be worn.
MSI refreshed its 27" All-in-One gaming PCs so they now utilize the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and GTX 980M video cards, powered by the Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB DDR3L RAM, MSI Super RAID technology, and the Killer E2200 Game Networking.
"Gamers crave performance and our new lineup of 27-inch gaming AIOs will leave them breathless," said Andy Tung, MSI Pan America CEO, in a press statement. "The outstanding combination of state-of-the-art components, including NVIDIA's latest GPU, deliver the most immersive gaming experience available and is guaranteed to outperform any other unit on the market."
The NVIDIA GeForce 900M series has received a large amount of attention from consumers, as OEMs roll out a new generation of mobile gaming products.
Apple today unveiled two new tablets, the iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2, hoping to jump back into an increasingly competitive tablet market. The iPad Air 2 is 6.1 millimeters thin and is being promoted as the "world's thinnest tablet," featuring a better screen and camera, and includes the Touch ID fingerprint technology.
iPad Air 2 pricing starts at $499, while the iPad Mini 3 will start at $399. The new iPad models will begin shipping next week, with pre-orders opening up on Friday.
The tablet market has faced pressure while consumers choose to purchase smartphones and phablets - and with each new generation of tablets, consumers seem ready to hang on to older models - and manufacturers are struggling to promote newer technologies.
Just one day after HBO announced it has launched a standalone online streaming service, it looks like CBS is ready to join the online subscription fun. The CBS All Access offering costs $5.99 per month and provides access to live television programming along with current and past on demand content - with no TV subscription required.
Content providers and broadcasters have found many users are interested in watching content online - whenever they want to - without paying for pricey cable or satellite subscriptions. CBS also plans to launch a standalone digital news content service on October 28.
"Everybody is talking about it," said Leslie Moonves, CBS Corporation CEO, in an interview. "It is an important part of our future. Our job is to do the best content we can and let people enjoy it in whatever way they want. The world is heading in that direction."
United Airlines recently announced it will modify 200 United Express regional jets, so they will provide Wi-Fi Internet access and better personal device entertainment. United passengers can expect these added perks starting prior to the end of 2014.
The personal device entertainment pairs allows passengers to watch TV shows and movies on their Apple iOS or Google Android device - and on laptops. The expansion of Wi-Fi and entertainment, even on shorter flights, gives passengers the ability to either relax and watch a movie, or get some work done without worrying about wireless connectivity.
"United is pleased to extend our growing Wi-Fi and personal device entertainment platform to our fleet of larger regional jets," said Jeff Foland, United EVP of marketing, technology and strategy, in a press statement. "These new elements will enhance the entire in-flight experience for our customers."