Rainbow Facebook Profile Tool an Experiement?

MarkZuckerberg-640x352-640x352Well, I think you know about the marriage equality thing, and you might have been on Facebook and seen many of your friends’ profiles being all Rainbow Dashed (that isn’t a My Little Pony reference).

I suppose that since this is technically a Christian blog, and that was kind of a pun there. This could be the point where I talk about the seriousness of the Supreme Court’s decision, but I’m not going to do that.

It is quite possible that the whole application to change your profile could be a way for Facebook to keep tabs on users. I’m not certain whether or not that is true because there is some serious conspiracy theory stuff that I have to swallow for that. After all, there was a that equals signs that were being used on profiles a while ago.

I have this to say about this: if you don’t want Facebook to know your views about LGBT orientation, don’t post about it? I mean, isn’t the whole point of Facebook and social networking to get your self out there? If you don’t want someone to know something about you, don’t put it on a social network!


Urban Armor Gear UAG Maverick for the Samsung Galaxy S6

UAG MaverickI have reviewed a lot of UAG products in the past, I recently reviewed the Scout for the Surface 3 and the Rogue Folio and Outland for the iPhone 6. I finally got a chance to review something for the Samsung Galaxy S6 with the Maverick.

The Maverick prides itself with being feather-light, and the one I had was very hard and clear. It has an “impact resistant and armor shell”, and I’m not certain how much I can really say about a case.

Oh, it also has those tactile buttons and a non-slip ruggedized grip. So not only will it stay in your hand well, and it has skid pads and a glare-free flash.

If you want this, head on over to the Urban Armor Gear site for about $34.95.

Speculative Fiction Saturday: The Cobbler

The CobblerOkay, I think this might be the first Adam Sandler film that I have reviewed here. I’m guessing it won’t be the last because I want to see Pixels, even though I might wait to rent it.

So, I realize that Adam Sandler has a reputation for using dumb humor. Films like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and more established that he has done a lot of films that aren’t really intellectually challenging, but are funny. Personally, I think his 2002 film Mr. Deeds is one of the funniest films ever made. Even though it is said that he is talentless, it actually takes a lot of talent to do what he does, and I respect that. I saw his dramatic film Punch Drunk Love, and he was quite good, but I get the feeling that people want him to do comedic roles, like Jim Carrey and Robin Williams. He also had a chance to really play some drama in Click, which isn’t really speculative fiction, and is more about life than a lot of movies.

I have to admit that I didn’t hear about The Cobbler when it came out. Normally, Sandler puts out at least one movie a year, and it is usually promoted well. Generally, his films have a lot of cheap laughs but often a lot of heart, but his most recent offerings like That’s My Boy, Grown-Ups 2, as well as Jack and Jill are starting to become infamous in how bad they are. I get the feeling that The Cobbler was an experimental film to see if he can do drama, but he already has, so I’m not really certain what the point of this film is as far as Sandler’s normal Hollywood agenda.

The film is about a cobbler who lives in a New York shop in a neighborhood that is going downhill. He can barely keep business, and his traditional shoe-mending machine breaks down, forcing him to use an older machine that has special powers. Sandler’s character, Max Simkin, can put on the shoes of other people, and he becomes that person.

This magic realism concept is downplayed, as there is not any special effects for it. He just puts on the shoes, and there is a cut to the other actor. It is very simple, and without spoiling too much, he uses his supernatural ability to help out the people around him.

If you think that this is film is like a superhero movie from my description, you would be right. I don’t think that this is the intention of this film, though. Without revealing too much, the film has an ending that could easily be a set up for a sequel, a TV series, or an entire franchise full of possibilities. I would recommend watching it as a stand-alone film, and seeing if you can enjoy it, because I will admit that I did.

Personally, I think that The Cobbler is one of those films that has a point to it, but I just don’t see it. I think that years later I will realize what the film is truly trying to say, and I hope that I will be able to put it into words.

Edge of Nowhere by Insomniac Games for the Oculus Rift

Edge of NowhereI believe that we are going to see a lot of Oculus Rift games, as the device is going to go to the typical consumer. One such game would be Edge of Nowhere, and it is a virtual reality game for a new generation.

The game is about the main character who is searching for a missing expedition team, which is a sign that you are about to enter a world of horror. The game takes place in the scary Arctic, which is supposed to be reminiscent of John Carpenter’s The Thing.

My source talks about a demo where it begins when a giant tentacle monster walks over you, and I am assuming that you get a good look at it from the Oculus Rift. After that, there is a voice saying “you shouldn’t be here”, and then you get taken by tentacles.

It looks like there might be a lot of games like this. I can’t help think that console games are numbered with stuff like this


Polaroid Announces WiFi-Enabled Cube+ Action Camera

PolaroidIt seems like Polaroid is always finding new ways to keep their brand alive, even in a world where everyone has a camera on their phone. They did that Polaroid Socialmatic Instant Camera, which looked like the Instagram logo. A while ago they introduced a device called the Cube, to compete with GoPro products.

Now there is a Cube + which is able to boost the Megapixels of the first iteration of the camera from 6 to 8. There is also WiFi inside the camera to connect through an accompanying application, which means that you can control the camera remotely, using the smartphone as a viewfinder. This allows the user to receive photos taken by the camera which they can proceed to edit on their mobile devices.

Now it should be known that the updated Cube + won’t be available until August, for a price of $149.99.


IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio

iRig Mic StudioI have reviewed a lot of microphones in the past, like the Nessie from Blue Microphones, and I have reviewed a lot of IK Multimedia products, and they just announced an iRig Mic Studio.

The iRig Mic is a portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone that is good for anyone who sings or like doing anything on their computer like Internet radio or video or something. It has a large one-inch diameter back electret condenser capsule, which has a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter, which means that it is good for the best sound quality possible or any sound situation.

The release of the iRig Mic Studio comes with a new Mic Room microphone-modeling application for the iPhone and iPad. It is compatible with eery popular mobile and desktop platform. It has a lot of other great apps that work with it like VocaLive App, EZ Voice App, and iRig Recorder App.

If you want to get on the IK Multimedia train, head on over to the iRig Mic Studio site and pay $179.99 for it.

The ZAGG Pocket Keyboard

ZAGGI’ve said before that some people aren’t comfortable using the touchscreens on smartphone and tablets, and I am one of them. The problem is that this means the user must lug around a keyboard with them. However, the ZAGG Pocket Keyboard makes it easy.

It is called the Pocket Keyboard because it can fold up in three different sections, reminding me of the way you fold a letter to fit into a standard envelope. It is good enough for fitting into one’s breast pocket as its dimensions are 9″ x 2.5″ x .5″ rectangle.

ZAGG Pocket KeyboardAs you can see, the keyboard can unfold in such a way so that a smartphone or a small tablet can perfectly lean in place so you can just type away. By the way, the keyboard is 85 percent the size of a desktop keyboard, which will make it easier for typists to adapt to it.

As someone who has tried this out, I am going to really recommend this for those that want to type on their smartphones and smaller tablets with the clicky clickity of the keys. By the way, it uses Bluetooth to achieve its wireless capability. It is available on the ZAGG site for a price of $69.99.

Olloclip Active Lens for the iPhone 6/6 Plus

OlloclipSure, I have done a lot of reviews on Olloclip products, and I’m pretty certain that I have reviewed every product in the catalog. Today, it is the all-new Olloclip Active Lens for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

If you aren’t familiar with the Olloclip, where have you been? Seriously, they are like one of the leading producers of lenses for smartphones. It used to be that you had to clip the lenses on the corner of the smartphone, but this led to them changing models all the time because smartphone models change all the time. For the iPhone 6, there were two models out with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the Olloclip models are compatible with both.

The Active lens has a Telephoto on one side and an Ultra-Wide on the other. Now, the Ultra-Wide is to give your phone an “action camera” point-of-view for things like panoramic landscapes and even widescreen FaceTime shots. The Telephoto lens has 2x optical zoom for getting closer to the action with narrower depth-of-field.

What makes this Olloclip good is that it has these wearable pendants that come in three colors which are Black, Orange, and Red. It is available on the Olloclip site for about $99.99.

Speculative Fiction Friday: Sens8

Sens8All right, I’m going to say that I have no idea what to make of Sens8. I don’t even know how to pronounce the title. Is it Sense-eight? Or is it just “sense” and the 8 is silent like a, I don’t know, silent E?

For starters, the show comes from the Wachowskis, the same people that gave us The Matrix, Speed Racer, and Cloud Atlas, some good films. Oh, they also gave us the sequels to The Matrix, so yeah, it really is hard to produce a string of hits. The show is written by J. Michael Straczynski, who created one of my all time favorite shows, Babylon 5! So hey, this has to be good, right?

I would have to say this: I don’t know. In fact, I don’t even know how to describe what I saw in the episodes on this Netflix exclusive series. But hey, I usually put some description of a plot on my reviews, so here goes:

Eight people, who are located in various places around the world, are apparently psychically connected, I think. Seriously, I think this is about as good of an explanation as it gets. I think there is a more convoluted explanation of this, but I had a hard time keeping track of this, honestly.

I won’t go into detail about all of the eight characters, where they are, but each one has a storyline. Since these characters are linked via minds, these characters will encounter other characters by looking in the mirror. This is where it gets odd, as the characters are often shown being in the same room with each other even though they aren’t physically there. Sometimes, there is a character who fights for them, but I can’t figure out is she fighting with that one character’s body? Seriously, I don’t know.

I honestly don’t know what the heck links these people, and what they are fighting against, but there is a guy or group of guys trying to stop them. By the way, Naveen Andrews from Lost shows up, making it just as confusing as that show. Seriously, the show has eight characters, with their conflicts, interacting with each other, and there is occasionally flashbacks in that. So the show really is a bunch of confusing stuff, honestly.

However, here is the deal: I watched the whole thing. Maybe I was waiting for some character to show up and explain it all, but it didn’t happen. This is the problem that I had, as Sens8 has no sense of closure. I believe that the Wachkowskis did this with Cloud Atlas with more success, and I liked that movie. The issue is this didn’t work with the show, even though there is more time to do longer storylines.

DxO ONE is a good camera attachment for a smartphone

dxo-one-2-640x375This is an interesting accessory that will really improve a smartphone’s camera simply known as the DxO ONE. As you can see, it connects to the smartphone to give it some serious photographic power!

The DxO ONE has a 1-inch CMOS BSI sensor which is the same type used by the Nikon 1. The lens is a 32 mm equivalent terrific for outside photography and an aperture of f/1.8. With the DxO ONE comes an application for adjusting the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and much more, and this is almost good for DSLR quality.

So far, I’m told that the camera will only be compatible with only iOS devices, at least for now, and ones that have the Lightning connector. Oh, man, that is only good for the iPhone 4 and below. If you want to see if you can get in on this, it is available for $599 on preorder, and should be shipping in September.