Things of note for the week ending Friday 13th February, 2015.
1. THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Guy Ritchie is back with his latest: a movie update of the 60s spy TV show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E..
Yes, it’s textbook Guy Ritchie territory BUT I DON’T CARE; this looks excellent.
2. SAMSUNG ARE BEING DICKS*
This bit of ‘news’ has gone around the world three times already buuuuut just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the Samsung televisions that use speech recognition actually listen to what you say.
So yeah, that’s hilarious. But hey, if you’re comfortable enough to own one of said fancy TVs, you can switch off the 1984-esque ‘feature’ quite easily.
Oh and if that wasn’t enough. Samsung is dicking about with your average movie watching too. Ain’t that sweet? Welcome to the future, kids.
*Yes, I know this should read ‘Samsung is being a dick’ but it just doesn’t work as well as a headline. Sorry.
3. WARREN ELLIS ON WEARABLES
“And here we are today. Visit any technology news service and scroll down briefly. You’ll hit a story about “the war for our wrists.” The digital watch is back, as the “wearable,” the wrist-based Internet terminal, frothed over by writers so buried in that world and its jargon that I’ve seen tech journalists refer to net-connected clothing as “wearable shirts.” Breathless commentaries on the as-yet-unmarketed Apple Watch and its crown-button that makes things happen, with a battery life that will reportedly last within seconds per month. I, personally, want to put a gold chain on my phone, pop it into a waistcoat pocket, and refer to it as my “digital fob watch” whenever I check the time on it. Just to make the point in as snotty and high-handed a way as possible: This is the decadent end of the current innovation cycle, the part where people stop having new ideas and start adding filigree and extra orifices to the stuff we’ve got and call it the future.”
Read the rest on Esquire (it’s worth it).
4. MOLESKINE ART
Some of the stuff on myMoleskine is just gorgeous.
If you haven’t checked it out before, then you really should.
On a related note…
5. PAPER BY FIFTYTHREE IS NOW FREE
Got an iPad? There is now NO REASON for you to own what is quite possibly the best iPad app ever made – Paper, by FiftyThree.
That’s right, Paper is now FREEEEEEEEEEEE.
If you have an iPad, you should download it immediately. If you don’t have an iPad, go out and buy one and then download it immediately.
Bonuses this week are made up of old stuff that went viral a while back that you really should’ve seen by now and a bit about a new bit of shiny in my life:
- Creepy things to do on Facebook (some of this stuff happened to me this week – true story)
- Use Twitter? Play with Promoted Tweets? Here are some fun things you can do.
- I got a new phone. I smashed the back of my Sony Xperia Z2 (possibly the best Android phone I’ve ever owned) and the lovely people at Sony Mobile have sent me a Z3 as a replacement. The phone is extremely pretty and I feel lucky to have it in my hand. If it was crap, I’d tell you so. So that’s interesting.
â€” James Whatley (@Whatleydude) February 7, 2015