↝ Marvel’s Civil Wars Teams Revealed

August 28th, 2015

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Spoilers Ahead. Be Warned.


YouTuber MrSundayMovies may have completely ruined the surprise1 of who’s going to fight against who in the upcoming Captain America’s chapter: Civil War.

 

It looks like suddenly this movie has become interesting for real. One sure thing is that once again it’s going to be packed with many different heroes from the Marvel Universe. To be honest, I was kind of surprised by the team-up.

 

Iron Man

 

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In the Red corner, from left to right we find: War Machine, Black Widow, Iron Man, Black Panther and The Vision.

 

This team will see the debut of Black Panther ahead of his solo movie. But the real surprise is to see the Black Widow on Stark’s side. At the end of the latest Avengers movie she seemed to be a good friend of the Cap, helping him re-building the New Avengers from the ashes of the Old Avengers. Looks like things will get nasty in between the two.

 

Captain America

 

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In the Blue corner, the team will be composed of the following: Hawkeye, Sharon Carter, Captain America, Falcon and Bucky Barners (The Winter Soldier).

 

Few new faces and surprises here as well. The newbie will be Sharon Carter, the descendant of Peggy Carter (Cap’s life-long love). We already saw her in action as the “nurse” and good neighbour of Cap during the Winter Soldier movie, we were not expecting a more leading role here (welcome to the party). Then I guess Steve & Bucky are back being pals like the good old times. Finally in the background you can spot Falcon’s bird-robot, joining the fight (who doesn’t love a cool autonomous drone shaped like a bird?!).

 

Finally, there’s also a picture of the two teams showing off their cards.

 

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Who’s going to win? We’ll have to wait May 2016 for an answer2.

 


  1. Not really. The first teaser for the teaser-trailer, before the trailer would have probably spoiled it anyway. 
  2. My money is on Iron Man’s team. Come on, he has The Vision. And guns. A lot of them. 

↝ Hosting A Party For 1 Billion Friends

August 28th, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg wrote yesterday:

We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day.

On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.

I’m not even sure I can completely understand these numbers anymore. They are way to big for a single person.

 

The sure thing is that now Facebook is everywhere. It is all around us.

↝ M Is For Moneypenny

August 26th, 2015

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Taking a page from 007, Facebook today introduced M.

Today we’re beginning to test a new service called M. M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It’s powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people.

Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.

The most interesting part to me is the human supervision1 on top of the software.

 

The world of AI driven personal assistants is definitely the new Holy Grail for any software companies nowadays. So far probably the best and most successful example is Amazon’s Alexa by means of Echo. Despite everything, that system is still quite limited in functionalities and cannot make decisions on itself.

 

The Facebook approach instead seems to have a much broader scope in principle and looks like a real-life personal assistant. On top of that consider the amount of information that Facebook already holds on us. M probably will know you better than you mum.

 


  1. Cue the screams of horror from the privacy advocates. 

↝ Comedy Actor Roundtable

August 25th, 2015

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Comedy acting Emmy nominees Ricky Gervais (Derek), Don Cheadle (House of Lies) and Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) join Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Jordan Peele (Key & Peele), who write and produce their Emmy nominated shows, and actor Thomas Middleditch who stars in the Emmy nominated Silicon Valley for The Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy Actor Emmy Roundtable where the actors share how and when they discovered they were funny.

An absolute must watch. Actually, while you are there, you should check the entire new season of the THR’s Roundtables.

A Movie Review

August 24th, 2015

I’ve just seen an amazing movie.

 

A movie that I wouldn’t have probably seen if it was left by my choice. You can call it an accident if you wish. And sometimes life you give you the gift on an happy accident. This was one of those.

 

I will tell you the name of the movie, but not now. If I do you’ll probably stop reading here and go over to Google.

 

The movie itself is about many different things. It involves the lives and struggles of two American teenagers, struggling to find their place in their high school. For one it’s a life choice; for the other, it’s a choice made for her by her own life.

 

Of all the many things, to me the big takeaway is how two people are obliged to react to the impossible. How they are faced with choices and emotions too big for them. Emotions and feelings that no one should ever have to experience, let alone while being of their age.

 

The maturity and the reactions shown on screen by the actors were astoundingly good. You could actually feel those emotions transferring from them to you. Feeling part of the movie, of the story. All the crowd as one, reacting together to the inevitable, with hopes and fears and yes, maybe even a tear.

 

A big component of this movie, was its music. During every scene, from the most simple to the most dramatic, the music was always there underlying every single emotion, amplifying it to perfection. I caught myself many time during the movie asking how was it possible that those melodies were always 100% right. The closing credits gave me the answers: all the music (except for few commercial pieces) was written specifically for this movie by Brian Eno. That piece of credit made it all clear.

 

With his music you can feel an extra dimension. It’s not the gimmick of 3D computers. It’s an higher dimension, a real 4D experience if you wish. Characters on screen didn’t have to talk. Their faces, their looks were brought alive by the melody, sometimes sweet and sometimes bitter.

 

I could probably going on about this movie for a long while, but I may end up ruining the experience of seeing it and experience it first hand, which in this case is the only real way to really enjoying it.

 

So please, do yourself a favor and go see Me and Earl and the Dying Girl as soon as you can.

 

You will thank me later.

Introducing Native Resolution

August 21st, 2015

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Here we go again! It’s time today to introduce my new weekly podcast: Native Resolution.

 

The format is very simple and straightforward: every week I’ll find the best 5 piece of news published on the net and I’ll report them over to you. I’ll be talking into my microphone to bring you my very personal point of view on the world. At the end of day if this is ‘my small window on the world’, Native Resolution will be like shouting from that window into the wild.

 

What about the topics? I’m glad you asked. The answer is: many. As with this blog, Native Resolution will be driven first by my personal interests. If you find that my writing is appealing to you, then I’m sure you’ll like the podcast as well.

 

It’s going to be fun, I promise!

 

The first episode will be out Tuesday the 1st of September and then every Tuesday after that. Subscribe today on iTunes or with your favourite podcast app.

 

Finally, here is the intro music, a small taste of what’s coming!

 

↝ The Martian In Real Life

August 21st, 2015

“The Martian” merges the fictional and factual narratives about Mars, building upon the work NASA and others have done exploring Mars and moving it forward into the 2030s, when NASA astronauts are regularly traveling to Mars and living on the surface to explore. Although the action takes place 20 years in the future, NASA is already developing many of the technologies that appear in the film.

Absolutely fascinating.

 

↝ Whatsapp Web Finally Comes To iOS

August 20th, 2015

The long wait is finally over! Since last night Whatsapp on web is finally compatible with the iPhone and iOS in general.

 

The feature is slowly rolling out to all users with a server side update, so you won’t see any update in the AppStore. Once you get it, you’ll see a new menu item in the settings: Whatsapp Web. From there you can scan the QR code displayed online and sync the devices together. From that menu you can also review all the open sessions and find out with which device you are connected.

 

But the news don’t stop here. It actually gets better. With this new functionality you can now use Whatsapp from your iPad. Simply go to http://web.whatsapp.com from Safari and then use the sharing menu to Request Desktop Site. The page will reload and voila’, the QR will appear in all its glory and you can start using the service.

 

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On a laptop you can enable notifications from within the browser, on the iPad you lose that ability, so you’ll see new message as long as your browser is open. It’s a baby step, but still is better than nothing.