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New Apple TV Exclusive First Look - Unboxing

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Is it just me, or does it seem to you like Apple TV is the step-child of Apple products, including the various makes of the iPad,  the iPhone and Apple watch.  During the Apple Event held on September 9, 2015, I think  the Apple TV did not get its just due.  In my opinion, Apple TV is probably one of the most reasonably priced of the Apple product line, but appears to be pushed aside behind the other products.

Well, that is about to change in one aspect, any way.  Unlike some of the upcoming Apple products discussed during the event, such as the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, the Apple Pencil,  the iPad Mini and the iPad Pro -- which have not been officially released yet--apparently, the new Apple TV has been unboxed. Of course this unboxing could be a marketing ploy from Apple, but at least you get to have the first look at the actual 2015 model of the Apple TV.  Check out the video below.

 

Apple TV

Remember, you cannot purchase the Apple TV just yet since the Apple TV discussed during the Apple Event has not hit the shelves.  The release date for the latest rendition of the Apple TV is October, 2015 with a starting price of $150.00

Check out this link from http://www.allgames.com for more details about the Apple Event as well as the Apple TV.  http://www.allgames.com/data-blog/item/11308-was-apple-event-serious-about-video-games

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 September 2015 07:52

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New Spiderman Announced Amidst Sony Marvel Partnership

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"With great power, comes great responsibility", a famous quote from Spiderman movies and comic books may be heard once again when the latest Spiderman movie is released.  Sony has partnered with Marvel Studios on the next Spiderman movie to bring it to theaters as a reboot.   To refresh you on Spiderman's "acquisition"  -- Marvel sold Spiderman to Sony at a cost of about $7 million back in 1999.  Spiderman will be going back to his roots, so to speak, when Marvel Studios (owned by Disney) and Sony join creative forces.

Spiderman

Sony/Marvel's partnership goes beyond the new upcoming Spiderman movie.  The partnership will open avenues to weave and include Spiderman in Marvel's other popular renderings such as the Avengers and other Marvel based comic book superhero franchises.

Tom Holland to play Spiderman

 

One such inclusion is Spiderman's possible appearance  in the Captain America movie, before his own movie comes out in 2017.  Tom Holland, an English actor, will play as Spiderman, replacing Andrew Garfield who was Spiderman in the movie's two previous renditions.

Will the upcoming Spiderman movie be a blockbuster success?  It may be too early to tell.  However,  given the lukewarm reception of the new Spiderman movie, looks like Sony and Marvel may have to rely on the overwhelming popularity of the Spiderman character himself to help revitalize excitement in a movie featuring yet another actor playing the role of  the Amazing Spiderman. Hopefully Sony and Marvel are up to the challenge.  

The new Spiderman movie releases in theaters on July 28, 2017.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 June 2015 15:01

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Remembering 9/11 - 14 Years Later

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There are moments when time seems to stand still, then there are other instances where time seems to fly by.  It may be difficult to believe that it has been 14 years since the most deadly act of terrorism was inflicted upon the United States.  Since that time, the United States has been avenged in a way by the capture and destruction of the terrorist who sought to do us harm.  However, even though the thought that someone would inflict such an atrocious act against innocent people is simply beyond comprehension -- it did in fact happen.  It happened on September 11, 2001, when 2,753 people gave their lives for the freedom of us all. 

They made the ultimate sacrifice, and in so doing, should not fade away from our memory, but remain there, reminding us that it is because of them, that we, in the United States continue to enjoy and experience the freedoms afforded to us by our great nation.

 

Remembering 9/11

This morning on television I watched a  9/11 observance televised from the Nation's Capital in honor of this tragic, yet historic day.  I stood up, bowed my head and shared the moment of silence with the President of the United States, the First Lady and others during this sad moment.  Bugle horns sounded afterwards as they made their way back into the White House. This was indeed a solemn occasion.

You, including myself, can probably recall exactly where you were when this tragic event happened.  However, I think that even more important than remembering where we were, is remembering those who perished and to help keep their memories alive.  

If you look hard enough, you will find a silver lining in a cloud.  in my opinion, it is important to remember the advances and progress that were made since 9/11.   The United States showed the world that its spirit is resilient, strong and unwaivering, during and after the terrible events of 9/11.  Since that time, the terrorist perpetrator or should I say monster responsible for this horrendous act was captured and lost his life, after having alluded capture for more than ten years after 9/11 happened.  In the place of the majestic twin towers of the World Trade Center which were destroyed during the terrorist attacks, is the One World Trade Center, which is the tallest skyscraper in New York as well as the Western Hemisphere. 

 Remembering 9/11

Of course, buildings can be replaced.  What is not replaceable are the lives that were lost senselessly in what has gone down in history as the greatest terrorist act against the United States.  Courageous fallen heroes of 9/11 and all that they stood for should continue to live on in our hearts and in our minds -- on this day, September 11, 2015 -- Fourteen years later.  Never forget.

God bless America.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2015 18:45

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Video Games: Mass Effect Andromeda Announced at E3 2015

 

Mass Effect Andromeda

EA was mum regarding the Mass Effect video game during its E3 2015 press conference on June 15, 2015 choosing instead to concentrate on news for eSports type games as well as Tom Clancy's Division and others.  The next video game in the Mass Effect franchise was announced during E3 which was held June 16-18, 2015 at Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.  Maybe this game was going to be the surprise hit for EA; however, looks like the reception so far has been luke warm at best.

Mass Effect Andromeda

 

You may recall the massive negative publicity EA as well as BioWare suffered with the ending of the previous Mass Effect video game.  The company went so far as to give refunds for the game because of the disappointment and total letdown gamers experienced after finishing this video game.   There had been talk from EA of another video game forthcoming in the Mass Effect series, with EA being emphatic, in my opinion, the name of the game would not be Mass Effect 4. Well, now we know the name of the video game will be Mass Effect Andromeda, set in a whole different galaxy and environment.

Based on the Mass Effect Andromeda trailer, the world will be set in part on a mountainous type terrain, with the characters transversing across it, which probably includes explorations as well.  As with most action adventure games, Mass Effect Andromeda will most likely have its share of battles, explosions and other cinematography likes effects, which have become customary with these types games. Of course, more information will become avalable as the video game gets closer to its release date.

 

Mass Effect Andromeda's World

It's early yet.  The developers have some time to differentiate Mass Effect Andromeda from its predecessors which will hopefully culminate in an enjoyable, exciting video game to play and not just more of the same.

For now, I guess we will have to just wait and see.  Mass Effect Andromeda video game is expected to be rated M for Mature and currently has a release date of Holiday, 2016.


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Last Updated on Saturday, 20 June 2015 15:02

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Blindspot: Jaimie Alexander as TV Female Action Star

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Looks like female actors as action stars are moving from big screen movies to the small screen -- television.  I'm referring to the prevalence of females starring in action-based television shows. 

One such television show may be Blindspot. However, it remains to be seen just how much action the female star will be afforded in this show.

Previoiusly, I was  interested in watching a similar type action-oriented television show,  Blacklist, which initially appeared  to have a strong leading female character, but seemed to evolve to be just the opposite.  James Spader as Raymond Reddington stood out in Blacklist more-so than the female actor Megan Boone who played Elizabeth Keen.  Another television show I was looking forward to due to what I thought would feature a strong female character was Marvel's Agent Carter.  However, I lost interest not because of the lack of action scenes, but for the storylines, which in my opinion, were not as exciting as I expected.

Blindspot

Enter Blindspot.  I saw the preview of Blindspot on television and at first thought the commerical was for a movie due to the quality level of the action scenes shown.  I noticed that a female was performing lots of the physical actions in the commercial clip.  However, the question is when Blindspot airs, will the female action character stay true to form or will she ease back in the background and become only a backdrop for the stories in this television series.

Blindspot

The storyline of Blindspot -- in my opinion is not unique.  The character Jane Doe is played by Jaimie Alexander who has amnesia and does not know who she is or much about her past.  She has tatoos which may or may not help the FBI solve mysterious crimes.   If Jaimie Alexander stays true to the action scenes shown in the trailer,  and the writers keeps giving her major action scenes, the Blindspot television show may be worth watching.  For now, I guess we will just have to wait and see.  

Blindspot debuts September 21, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Standard time on NBC.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2015 00:45

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