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Asked during an interview if he could imagine making another James Bond movie, the actor told Time Out London: “ I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists … I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
 
He later clarified: “For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it … If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”

It definitely sounds like he’s having the time of his life playing James Bond.

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Sherlock – The Christmas Special

October 8th, 2015

Suggesting that viewers are in for something creepier than previous installments of Sherlock, Moffat said: “Ghost stories work better in a Victorian setting. This strand of Doyle original stories that are creepy and scary, and the chillers, we haven’t done much with in the modern show. But putting it back into Victorian times, you think it’s a chance to do a ghost story, really – a creepy, scary one.”

The stage is set. The curtain rises. We are ready to begin.

iPad Pro In The Wild #2

October 7th, 2015

Apple is doing the round with the new iPad Pro. After a stop at Pixar, they moved to their good friends at Disney.

The testing seemingly went well for Disney. “Let’s order a bunch,” product manager Paul Hildebrandt said at the end of a Periscope stream showcasing the device. In a separate Periscope steam, Disney animators Jeff Ranjo and Jeremy Spears used the iPad Pro to draw caricatures of each other. You can view the replay of that process at the links below.
 
Disney’s team of designers tested the iPad Pro with illustration apps like Pro Create and FiftyThree’s popular Paper, both of which have already been optimized for the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

The results once again was extremely positive. Be sure to check out the Periscope session where you can see the device in actual operation, with a specific focus on the Pencil and its good responsiveness.

One fun aspect of the Periscope video: the Disney artist being surprised by the fact that the Pencil is not bundled with the iPad Pro, but it’s a separate $99 purchase.

Apple Watch Hermès Unboxing

October 6th, 2015

. A special orange cardboard box outside the standard white plastic Apple Watch box, with a matching orange post-purchase carrying bag.
. A Hermès embossing on the microfiber lining of the plastic Apple Watch inner box.
. Hermès-branded papers, including both instructions and their cardboard sheathe.
. The Watch itself, with the premium leather Single Tour band attached.
. An orange-accented pairing pattern for the iPhone’s Apple Watch app.
. Customizable Hermès watch faces, including optional complications and the ability to reduce the hour numbers on the display.

Typical attention to details. I like the single loop shown in the video, but I definitely prefer the double tour much more.

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When Pepsi managed to get its brand of sugar water in 1985’s classic Back to the Future II, it surely wasn’t anticipating being able to cash in on that product placement 30 years later. But that’s exactly what’s happening this month, as the company featured in Marty McFly’s fictional 2015 is releasing a real product based on the movie: the Pepsi Perfect bottle. Limited to a release of 6,500 and set to go on sale on October 21st, 2015 — the date to which Marty and Doc Brown traveled forward in time — the Perfect bottles will cost $20.15 each.

This is so great. Now all we need are the self-lacing Nike. Oh wait.

Another iPad Pro Real Life Test

October 6th, 2015

Jackie Dove at TheNextWeb was lucky enough to have a go with the iPad Pro at the AdobeMax conference.

While the 12.9-inch iPad is much larger than the latest iPad Air 2, it’s first and foremost a creation device1. Most people in the room were trying it out as it lay flat on a table, rather than attempting to pick it up and hold it. For creating comps and sketches and editing photos, I suspect that will continue to be the case.

The best news coming from this article is once again a remark on how the Pencil works great in conjunction with the new iPad Pro, seemingly making it an essential accessory.

November can’t come soon enough.


  1. Emphasis here is mine. Finally a clear shift in the mindset of some press about the role of an iPad. 

The VFX Of The Martian

October 6th, 2015

Ian Failes, reporting for fxguide

In this article, brought together from interviews by Mike Seymour and Ian Failes, fxguide delves into the effects work with the key players, including Stammers who was the overall visual effects supervisor and aided on the production by VFX shoot supervisor Matt Sloan. MPC handled Mars surface shots, Framestore worked on the space sequences and The Senate was responsible for NASA scenes and earth-bound shots. Previs was delivered by Argon, with The Third Floor contributing techvis and simulcam solutions. Territory Studio produced hundreds of on-set monitor animations for playback. ILM, Atomic Arts and Milk VFX also came on board to complete the film’s visual effects.

An incredible in-depth analysis of the wizardry behind the spectacular effects of The Martian. Combine this article with the video I posted the other day, and you now know more about The Martian that you probably wish you had.

Where’s My Revolution?

October 5th, 2015

Jason Snell over at Sixcolors.com

So, iOS 9 scorecard. I’m not using Split View and Slide Over enough, and I need to figure out ways to use it to my advantage. And I keep using 3D Touch in third-party apps on the iPhone 6S to no avail.

Good analysis of the current status of third-party apps after the release of iOS9 and 3D Touch. I found myself agreeing with Jason on every point. I was waiting for a much bigger wave in term of adoptions of these new feature (both software and hardware).

 

From a consumer point of view, it seems like the roll-out is taking a bit longer than one would think. Also, you could extend the same analysis to watchOS 2 apps and complications, which are nowhere as overwhelmingly there as I was expecting.

 

Luckily, not all is lost.

In some ways the release of new Apple hardware and OS versions is the start of the story, not the end of it.