Capitalizing on the success of viral videos, the marketing department at Twentieth Century Fox who are behind the new Ridley Scott film Prometheus have released two videos that they expect will make their way around the internet. The two videos set up the film quite nicely and definitely make me want to see it even more than an awesome IMAX trailer that was attached to The Hunger Games.
In Weyland TED Talk 2023, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) follows a timeline of technological advancements. Beginning with Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods, and following the trajectory that takes civilization to the year 2023, Weyland outlines the way technology has evolved over the course of human history. By 2023, technology has advanced to the creation of cybernetic individuals. To Weyland, only one conclusion can be drawn from this. Humans are now the gods.
Happy Birthday David features the cybernetic individuals that Weyland referenced in his TED Talk. The beginning of the video asks “What is it about robots that make them so robotic?” Effectively a commercial for Weyland Industries, Happy Birthday David introduces the world to David, portrayed by Michael Fassbender. In the video, David explains his capabilities to understand human emotion and says that “war, poverty, cruelty, and unnecessary violence” make him sad. He is unable to feel emotion, but is capable of understanding it. David explains that he can do almost anything that can possibly be asked of him, and because he is incapable of feeling human emotion, he is able to perform tasks that human workers may feel are unethical. Take a look at the video, if nothing more than it is an amazing example of Fassbender’s acting chops.
We get a glimpse of the origins of life when Prometheus premieres on June 8, 2012. What do you think of these new videos?
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Hey Nerdites! Less than a week after Instagram finally made it to my Android phone, my Twitter and Facebook just blew up with the announcement that it is being purchased by Facebook. The photo altering/sharing service has been an Apple favorite for years and last week make its way to Android phones, with an update this morning that provided Android tablet support. That being said, this news trumps all of that. The number being floated about is 1 Billion dollars for the social media powerhouse to buy the camera app company, but details are still unknown. As for now this is what Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg had to say on his Facebook page:
I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.
For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.
We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.
That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.
We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.
These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.
This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.
We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.
I only recently started using Instagram, but I already know that I love it. I am not a fan of monopolies and you can’t help but feel that Facebook is becoming the Walmart of the internet. I am curious to see if the number really is 1 billion. That seems like a lot for Facebook to pay for basically a photo sharing service, but then again maybe all it is really paying for is the brand. What makes me sad is that I liked that Instagram was separate allowing me to post to Twitter if I wanted, or to leave it in Instagramland. Having it connected to Facebook only further ties me to the juggernaut, unless I give up the app. Zuckerberg has wanted Instagram for a long time and I am not surprised he did not give up. Everyone has a price and until we hear otherwise I guess Instagram’s was 1 billion. For the record my price would be significantly lower.
Does this ruin your favorite app or only marry it to your favorite social media network? Let us know about what you think!
News has come in that Rebellion Developments, the parent company of 2000 AD is unleashing its smash hit Judge Dredd vs. Zombies iOS game upon Android devices worldwide! There’s an epidemic of awesomeness coming your way!
This comes after the success of game on Apple’s iPad and iPhone, as well as calls from Judge Dredd fans across the world, wanting to see their hero on devices using the Android operating system.
Rebellion has started work on bringing the over-the-top futuristic undead mayhem to Android devices, so you can hope to see this awesomely addictive Dredd game some time in the near future…
Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion commented by saying,
“Judge Dredd vs. Zombies has been a runaway hit on the iPad and iPhone and we’ve been delighted with the response from both Dredd fans and casual gamers. We’ve had a lot of calls for the game on other platforms, particularly Android, so we’ve decided to adapt it. It’s a very addictive game and one that we’re very pleased to now be able to bring to millions of other devices around the world.”
Chris Kingsley, CTO of Rebellion, added:
“By having Judge Dredd vs. Zombies as an iOS title first it gave us the chance to develop and upgrade the game before taking it out to other platforms. As we branch out into the mobile gaming market, we’re learning a lot about what makes a great game. We’re now in a much better position to take those lessons and deliver a fantastic title to Android.”
For those of you who haven’t come across this game on apple products, here’s some information on the title…
The game is set in the dystopian sci-fi nightmare of Mega-City One. You play as Judge Dredd, fending off invading zombies. The game uses a simple, “single-stick” control system, and players can shoot-up zombies and earn credits to unlock weapons as well as upgrade their equipment.
There was a massive update released in February which incorporated a new arena game mode with leader boards, as well as new weapons upgrades and ‘Psi Division’ support in which psychic Judges predict future crimes so that players can earn extra credits. (As I was writing this I remembered I had a future crime pending in the Psi division!)
I love the new features in the game and the free credit option really helps when it comes to slaying the undead!
A release date has yet to be announced for the Android version of the game, but I’m sure Rebellion will get the game out as soon as possible. Until then, you’ll just have to wait, creeps!
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