Archives for March, 2010
Director James Cameron has been speaking about the upcoming April Blu-ray release of Avatar, where he explained his dislike of watching movies on a small screen.
At the Avatar Blu-ray press conference, he announced that the best way to watch the movie was in 3D, despite the film not being available on the Blu-ray 3D format until November.
He doesn't, however, recommend watching the movie on the Apple iPhone.
"I don't feel that I'm making movies for iPhones," he explained. "If someone wants to watch it on an iPhone, I'm not going to stop them, especially if they're paying for it, but I don't recommend it.
"I think it's dumb, when you have characters that are so small in the frame that they're not visible."
And it's not only phones he has problems with, but laptops too.
"To me, there's a limit that you wouldn't want to go below," Cameron noted.
"I don't know. I've never watched Avatar on a laptop. I guess it probably works, but I don't recommend it.
"What I recommend is getting the coffee table out of the way and sticking your couch about four feet from your TV."
Shame to hold back
Cameron and co are hoping that the non-3D release of Avatar will plug a hole until the 3D Blu-ray version hits the shelves this winter.
To make it more appealing, there will an 'interactive' Avatar programme that consumers can join – a code will be given with purchases.
This will bring first-look bonus materials, special content and money off the 3D version of the movie.
Cameron explained the reasoning behind the lack of 3D Blu-ray, saying: "There just aren't that many players and screens yet. We have more of a long-term strategy, in that area.
"But, I think it would be a shame to hold back the Blu-ray when people want it now, and I love it. I think it's a great format."
He also gave some sage advice of how you should watch 3D in the home, telling the journalist-filled audience: "If you're going to go 3D, go big. Get the biggest set you can, and then sit as close as you can stand.
"That's my advice. Get the coffee table out of the way and slide the couch over, right in front of the TV."
Virgin Media has confirmed that it will be launching a rival to both the BBC's iPlayer and Sky Player by the end of 2010, with subscribers accessing content both online and through their mobile devices.
Speaking at the IPTV World Forum, Virgin Media's Alex Green – the Executive Director, Commercial, of TV and Online – twice stated that the Virgin Media Player would arrive this year and would offer the 'highest quality experience'.
"We'll be launching this year our player," said Green.
"This will deliver a super high quality click to watch experience for our subscribers to see their favourite on demand shows online and on their mobile.
"We're determined to get the experience right in terms of viewing quality and usability and we're taking advantage of the way technology has developed in the past couple of years to do that."
The announcement by Green suggested that HD could well be a feature of the Virgin Media Player.
"It…allows us to build on our recent slew of HD TV announcements like ITV Eurosport, Discovery, E4, Film 4 and others," he added.
"We have a strong HD line-up and our onus is to offer the highest quality experience on demand on TV, online and on mobile."
Full steam ahead
Although a Virgin Media Player was always likely, it seems that the company is going full steam ahead to get it out and available by the end of 2010.
This is also the time-line being given for the launch of Virgin Media's TiVo-enabled new set top boxes – which would suggest that the two services will tie together.
In the mobile realm, Virgin Media appears to be putting much greater onus on getting top quality phones – like the HTC Desire for instance – rather than simply offering cheap handsets that can be bolted on to the company's other offerings in broadband and television.
A French Hacker has been arrested for infiltrating the Twitter accounts of high-profile users, including Barack Obama and Britney Spears.
The hack took place in April of last year and was taken pretty seriously by the authorities – so much that the FBI got involved as did the French police.
This has lead to the arrest of an unnamed 25-year-old, who goes by the alias Hacker Croll.
No exploits used
The security breach was so severe it prompted Biz Stone to blog about the incident. The fact that the hacker also boasted about the incident won't exactly help his case, explaining on the WarezScene forum: "I've used social engineering only, no exploit, no xss vulnerability, no backdoor, np [sic] sql injection."
He then went on to post 13 screenshots on another forum showing how he hacked into the Director of Product Management at Twitter Jason Goldman's account.
The hacker has already been released on bail and is set to go to court 24 June. If convicted, then he could face up to two years in prison.