James Cameron congratulates Marvel on beating Avatar at the box office

first_img Marvel Tags James Cameron congratulated Marvel for beating his movie, Avatar, in terms of box office sales. James Cameron This past weekend was a big one for Marvel Studios. Not only did the company reveal plenty of movies for its upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 at San Diego Comic-Con, but it also reached the top of the box office with Avengers: Endgame,  surpassing 2009’s Avatar. One person congratulating the studio was Avatar’s director, James Cameron. Cameron tweeted his congratulations Monday morning from the official Avatar Twitter account. The tweet consisted of Iron Man surrounded by woodsprites from the film with a caption reading “Oel ngati kameie,” which is Na’vi for “I see you.”  Now playing: Watch this: To @JimCameron- you’re a monumental reason why we fell in love with film in the first place. Thank you for always inspiring us and opening the world’s eyes to what’s possible. We can’t wait to see where you take us next… pic.twitter.com/nrOqKVjGFa— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) July 22, 2019 Previous examples of this box office baton that’s been passed since 1977, starting with Steven Spielberg himself. (Cameron is the only director to pass to himself, from Titanic to Avatar.) pic.twitter.com/RHQC6tSsiM— Fandango (@Fandango) July 22, 2019 TV and Movies Culture Congratulations, @MarvelStudios! pic.twitter.com/DWZDX0uDVi— Avatar (@officialavatar) July 22, 2019 Review • AVADirect Avatar VR desktop review: A big, powerful VR desktop 3:04center_img Saturday was when Avengers: Endgame took the top spot with $2.79 billion in ticket sales, putting Avatar in second place at $2.789 billion. This is the second congrats from the Avatar director. In May, Cameron gave kudos to the Marvel team when Avengers: Endgame grossed more than the director’s previous box office mega-hit, Titanic. Cameron is following a tradition of directors congratulating others for their box office smashes. Most notably, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas praised one another when their respective films, Star Wars, Jaws and Jurassic Park, out-earned one another. The Russo Brothers, who directed the record-breaking film, tweeted their appreciation for Cameron, saying he was a “monumental reason” they fell in love with film. Saturday was also the day Marvel Studios revealed its upcoming movies, including Thor 4: Love and Thunder, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Blade starring Marhersella Ali.  Marvel didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Originally published on July 22, 8 a.m. PT.Update, 1:03 p.m. PT: Adds Russo Brothers tweet. 0 Post a comment Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained AVADirect Avatar VR desktop Share your voicelast_img read more

Court wants Holey Artisan probe report 25 June

first_imgA Dhaka court on Thursday set 25 June for submission of the probe report in a case filed over the Holey Artisan cafe attack, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate, NurunnaharYasmin, fixed the date as the investigation officer of the case, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit inspector Humayun Kabir, failed to submit the probe report on Thursday.Earlier, on 10 April, the court fixed 17 may for submission of the probe report.In the evening of 1 July, 2016, five militants entered the Holey Artisan Cafe and Bakery with bombs, machetes and pistols, and took several dozen people, including 18 foreigners, hostage.Twenty hostages – nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladesh-born American and two Bangladeshis – were killed as the militants sprayed them with bullets indiscriminately or cut their throats to confirm their death inside the cafe.Besides, two senior police officers – Banani police station then officer-in-charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch assistant commissioner Robiul Islam – were shot dead when police tried to gain control of the bakery.A case was filed with Gulshan police station in connection with the terror attack.Later, the case was transferred to the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).last_img read more

New Research Reveals Undocumented Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime Rates

first_img X 00:00 /00:57 Listen Immigration and Customs EnforcementICE arrested hundreds of undocumented workers in the Dallas area in a rare crackdown on workers.New analysis of nationwide data reveals that undocumented immigrants do not bring more crime to their communities.  The study, by the Marshall Project and the New York Times, looked at whether shifts in the undocumented population are connected with rates of different types of crime.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The nationwide analysis, which included data from 17 Texas cities, showed that the share of undocumented immigrants in cities is not correlated with a shift in crime rates.Data journalist Anna Flagg headed up the project, which used Pew Research estimates of the undocumented population. “Since 2007, violent and property crimes have decreased across most areas and it has decreased at similar rates regardless of whether the undocumented population has gone up or gone down,” said Flagg. In Houston, the share of the population that was undocumented decreased slightly from 2007 to 2016. Though crime rates also decreased, Flagg said it’s important to look at the big picture.“We’re seeing that overall crime rates are decreasing everywhere and they’re decreasing similarly no matter what happened with the undocumented population in that area,” she said. Houston and Dallas have the third and fourth largest undocumented populations in the country, each city with some 500,000 people. Sharelast_img read more

Oculus Go Review The Best Mobile Headset And You Wont Even Need

first_imgFacebook-owned Oculus officially launched its Oculus Go virtual reality (VR) headset at the company’s F8 developer conference Tuesday. The headset is an attempt to kickstart mass VR adoption with a $199 price point and an all-in-one form factor. A weeklong test of a review unit supplied by Oculus showed that the company may be onto something here.First things first: The Oculus Go is a mobile all-in-one headset, so you won’t need to your phone or your computer to run VR games and experiences on it. It runs the same software as Samsung’s Gear VR headset, which means that over 1,000 apps developed over the past three years already work on it out of the box.This includes games like the new multiplayer space shooter Anshar Online and the VR puzzler favorite Land’s End, entertainment apps like Netflix and Hulu as well as everything from guided meditation apps to VR roller coasters. In addition, Oculus is launching a new version of its Rooms app on the device, which allows users to meet up with friends and listen to music, play games or simply chat and hang out together. The performance of the Oculus Go seemed to be roughly equal to mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR, and adequate for most of the content available on the Oculus store. However, there were instances when the Go seemed to get a bit out of breath. Oculus allows users to stream their VR sessions live to Facebook, but turning it on at times significantly impacted the performance of the headset, making browsing through menus a bit painful, and causing the audio in one of the apps to stutter. Other apps, however, seemed to perform fine while being live streamed.Go wireless, one way or anotherSpeaking of comparing the Go and Gear VR: The biggest difference between the two devices, other than the absence of a phone on the Go, is input. Samsung launched the Gear VR without any external controller back in 2015, and instead integrated a touch pad on the right temple.Fast forward to 2018, and the Gear VR has a controller very similar to the one that’s shipping with the Go — but the touchpad is still there. That’s useful if you ever misplace the controller, but it can also be annoying when you accidentally launch apps, or misfire during a game, just because you try to adjust the headset. All of that won’t happen with the Go, which only has a volume rocker and power button on top of the display area.Not using a phone for mobile VR also comes with a few minor downsides. For one, there is currently no way to get phone notifications on the device. When you are in VR, you are in VR, and you might miss any incoming calls. Then again, you also won’t be bothered with any app notifications that you don’t want to be bothered by anyway, so there’s always a silver lining.Not using your phone also means that you won’t be able to access some of your phone’s unique other features. Gear VR owners can cast their gameplay to any Chromecast-equipped TV. This makes it much easier to show off a VR game, and can make the experience of wearing a headset in the presence of others a bit more social. Oculus Go is not a Google-sanctioned Android device, which is why casting is not supported. Go try it onThe Go is a headset that offers what VR insiders call three degrees of freedom. The action of VR games will happen all around you, but you can’t truly lean in, or walk within a game, as you could with higher-end VR devices like the Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR. Similarly, the controller can be used to point at objects, and swipe through menus with a built-in trackpad, but you won’t be able to reach out, or bring your virtual hand up to your face.The headset comes with integrated speakers that pipe stereo sound straight to your ears. That works surprisingly well if you use it at home, or anywhere else where it is quiet enough — there isn’t really any isolation to mute outside noises. Likewise, the speakers aren’t all that private, and instead just blast any audio loud enough for everyone nearby to hear. Luckily, there’s also a headphone jack to add your own earbuds.Wearing the Go is reasonably comfortable. It’s not super light, and weighs about the same as other phone-based VR headsets. But the straps hold it well in place, and it still feels okay on your face even after extended wearing. There was some light creeping in from the nose area, which doesn’t have a whole lot of padding, but the effect wasn’t too distracting.Go ahead, read the specsFacebook has done a lot to get you the most bang for your buck. The Go uses a 2560 x 1440 pixel LCD screen that’s capable of a frame rate of up to 72Hz, and it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor — all optimized for VR usage.The result is that the picture quality is truly remarkable, especially if you have seen other mobile headsets in the past. Sure, if you pay close attention, you’ll still see those pixels, but everything is rendered very smoothly, and the image quality generally felt on par, if not even better, than those of a Gear VR with a Samsung Galaxy S8. Except for one thing: Samsung’s phones use OLED screens, and the Go’s LCD simply can’t match those blacks, with dark sequences instead looking a bit more grey and washed out. The awkward moment when you realize that not all Gear VR apps are optimized for the Oculus Go yet.Android users may miss a few other essentials they are used to from their phone. There is no file manager for the Go for instance, and the device also doesn’t offer a way to quickly see how much storage you have used. The Go will however warn users when they only have 2GB of storage left, and repeat that warning at the 500 MB mark. Oculus is also selling a 64 GB version for VR pack rats for $249 — but it would have been nice if the company had included an SD card slot for users to manually add storage.Finally, the two headsets are binary compatible on paper, which means that apps for the Go will run on the Gear VR, and vice versa. But in practice, it will take some time for developers to really embrace the new headset.Until then, you’ll likely see a virtual representation of the Gear VR controller in many Go apps and games. That’s admittedly only a visual oddity, which doesn’t affect the actual usage. It’s more confusing when you find out that some inventive developers figured out ways to incorporate the heart rate monitor of a Samsung phone into their meditation app — and now ask you to use that non-existent heart rate monitor on your Go.Go check out these shiny new thingsCoinciding with the launch of the Go, Oculus is also launching a new version of its social Rooms app — and the relaunch is actually really well done. There is a new avatar creation process, and users get to get together in their own customized rooms with up to four friends to watch videos, listen to music together, play Hasbro tabletop games and simply chat with each other.Users can also meet up in rooms, and then enter other social VR apps together, and the entire experience feels very well-designed and natural. Oculus clearly has big plans for social VR, and this seems like a great starting point. CREDIT: Courtesy of Facebook Playing Games in Oculus Rooms.Oculus is also promising to launch a new venues app as well as a TV app in the near future, both of which is supposed to make it easier to find things to do when you put on your headset. Neither app was ready during the test period though. The TV app is supposed to launch with support for Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, Pluto TV and others later in May. Popular on Variety However, Oculus did line up a number of games and other titles in time for the launch of  the Go, and some of them really make the headset shine. Anshar Online, the aforementioned space shooter, just looks gorgeous, and makes you forget that you only have a $200 device strapped to your head. Virtual Virtual Reality, which has been a hit on Daydream, is finally making its way to Oculus. And Coaster Combat, a VR roller coaster slash shooter, is, pardon the pun, quite a ride.Go ahead, buy it if you don’t already have a headsetAt $199, the Oculus Go is almost a no brainer. If you don’t have a VR headset yet but want to explore the medium without spending an arm and a leg, the Go is the right device for you. If you are already a VR convert, and want to convince others, $199 is also a very giftable price point. And if you have an iPhone, the Go is really the first viable and affordable way to explore mobile VR.Granted, the Go doesn’t offer advanced tracking, which means that a lot of truly immersive VR remains out of reach with this device. But taking the plunge to high-end VR still requires a significant commitment. Gaming PCs required to run high-end VR cost $800 to $1000, and high-end VR headsets start at $400. Only PlayStation VR is significantly cheaper, especially if you already have a PlayStation 4. But even then, high-end VR requires a lot more setup work, whereas the Go works out of the box.That being said, there is no real reason to switch if you already have a Gear VR, or even a Daydream for that matter. Mobile VR is what it is — a stepping stone that promises to be a lot of fun until a better version comes around. The iPod that came before the iPhone, if you will.Virtual reality will truly unleash its potential once high-end all-in-one devices with positional tracking, which combine the ease-of-use of the Go with the immersion of a Rift or HTC Vive, become available to consumers — but that likely won’t happen until next year at the earliest. Until then, the Go is a great entry-level VR device. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more