Well, hello there, the worst-kept secret in tech. Apple’s iPad mini is the company’s newest device, a 7.9-inch tablet that’s designed to go toe-to-toe with Google’s Nexus 7. For now, it’ll sit alongside the iPad 2and fourth-generation iPad, and as it packs the same 1,024 x 768 display as the second-generation slate, apps will carry across without any resizing. While Phil Schiller didn’t mention Google or the Nexus 7 by name, the rival slate (and Google’s app library) was compared to the newest iOS device. On stage, he claimed that the screen, which is .9-inch larger than the Nexus 7, gives the iPad mini 35 percent more display area than Google and ASUS’ collaboration.
On the hardware size, the 7.2mm thick, .68 pounds device has been manufactured with an “all new” process that gives it the same anodized edges as you’ll find on the iPhone 5. If you were hoping for equal specifications to the big-daddy iPad, you may be mildly disappointed. While it will pack a 5-megapixel camera and an LTE modem (if you opt to buy a cellular model), it’s running the last-generation A5 CPU. However, the slower internals and less potent display may account for how the company has been able to squeeze out a claimed 10 hours of use despite the constrained space for a battery. Pre-orders for the $329, 16GB WiFi-only model begin on Friday (October 26th) and will begin shipping on November 2nd. The cellular-equipped models will begin shipping a few weeks afterward on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, with the 16GB base model costing $459, running all the way to $659 for the 64GB unit.
Here’s a fun short film that jumps off from a goofy, simple genre concept: what if a group of sushi chefs was all that stood between humanity and destruction at the hands (teeth? tentacles?) of giant monsters from the sea? Monster Roll is a great little sushi Kaiju blast that packs humor, action, some legendary backstory and just enough character into six minutes that I imagine many viewers might want to see a full-length version.
Proof-of-concept for a feature about sushi chefs fighting sea monsters. It’s a crazy idea, but one we just really wanted to see made. So, we made it.
When big studios are snapping up short film creators here and there based on their low-budget short work, I hope this generates some heat from Blank. He’s clearly got good ideas about how to put together a story and keep an audience cheering.
We’ve featured several pieces of Popeye art over the years, but this is one of the coolest freakin’ character designs I think I’ve ever seen for him! There’s a CG animated film in the works over at Sony right now, and if it doesn’t look as badass as this then, I don’t care to see it. The art was wonderfully created by Lee Romao, and in my opinion he just set the standard for what the movie should be going for. Check out the photos and let us know what you think of this Popeye design.
After the positive reception from last year’s “Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011“, the Sifter promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012.
It’s hard to believe we’re already into the final quarter of 2012. With that, here are the Sifter’s Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ for this year. If any image really intrigues you, be sure to click the title link or picture itself. That will take you to the individual post page where you can find out more information.
*Please note the photographs themselves were not necessarily taken in 2012, they just happened to be featured as a ‘Picture of the Day’ this year. The pictures are also listed in reverse chronological order. There is no ranking between the photos themselves
Enjoy! And stay Sifty my friends
Those in the market for a megayacht are already familiar with the 70-meter (229-foot) Numptia. There isn’t a luxury yachting magazine on the planet that hasn’t noticed it. Some at the upper end allocated as much as 25 pages of opulence-oozing imagery and painstaking scrutiny of every minute fact to this steel-hulled, aluminum-structured floating residence.
If mysterious illustrator Uno Moralez had created video games a few decades back, they would have simply blown our minds. The bizarre creations have a look unlike anything else, often mixing themes from film noir to gothic, anime to Indian religious iconography – all made with a distinctly pixilated 8-bit style. Not only are these intricate scenes highly entertaining… they’re often seriously creepy too.
Uno Moralez (if that even is someones name), often creates equally mysterious stories, stacking images to form comic like progressions in plot. In one example, two girls go wandering in the night, find a frightening creature in the woods and slay it with a sword. Out of the creatures belly crawls a nude boy who they take home and fall asleep with. It is the kind of story reserved for the pages historic mythology or even our more mind-bending dreams.
The Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection is a 10-disc Blu-ray box set being released by Lionsgate and Miramax that will feature 8 movies chosen by director Quentin Tarantino to best show off his first 20 years of filmmaking. Everything fromReservoir Dogs to the most recent film Inglourious Basterds will be featured, plus five hours of new never-before-seen special features on the two extra discs. The Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection will be available in stores on November 20, 2012 but is now available to pre-order on Amazon. You can check out the trailer below to learn more.
Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction,Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. To complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective on Tarantino’s groundbreaking catalog of films and “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema.
He’s the wizard responsible for this intricate and detailed design of Gandhi, Buddha & even the elephant-headed deity Ganesha. He’s clearly influenced by and has a keen interest in eastern philosophy – so much so that he’s released a book featuring his personal tributes to the cultural characters & their stories.
What’s equally impressive is his desire to have his work seen not by the rich and affluent who frequent major art galleries, but made accessible to everyone. That goes a long way into explaining why many of his works are featured and posted in some of the most wayward & neglected areas on the island.
It’s all summed up rather nicely in his bio which simply states
“My purpose is to facilitate the development of a deeper, more meaningful philosophy of life. To challenge people to think of other possibilities and to see a different reality; one that encompasses many ideologies, philosophies, and belief systems in order to help us better understand our place in the universe. “
We reckon he’s onto a great start – don’t you?
In this incredible photo by Ben Cooper, we see the highly sophisticated flight deck (cockpit) of the NASA space shuttle,Endeavour. This is just one of the amazing photos from Ben’s photo tour of the now decommissioned shuttle. Be sure to check out the rest of the series at Launch Photography where you can also see the thousands of signatures in the white room entrance of the Orbiter Processing Facility.
Endeavour was the fifth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built, constructed as a replacement for Challenger, which was destroyed 73 seconds after its launch on January 28, 1986. Endeavour first flew in May 1992 on mission STS-49 and its last mission STS-134 was in May 2011.
Endeavour completed 25 total missions by 154 different crew members. It spent 296 days in space and made 4,671 orbits. It deployed 3 satellites and docked on Mir stations once and the ISS 12 times. It travelled a total distance of 122,883,141 miles (197,761,262 km). [Source: Wikipedia]
The orbiter is named after the British HMS Endeavour, the ship which took Captain James Cook on his first voyage of discovery (1768–1771).