Everyone knew The Fate of the Furious was going to have a big opening weekend, but exactly how big was the real question.And the answer? Well, if the weekend estimates hold true, there isn’t any movie ever made that had a bigger premiere than this one.Over the course of the film’s three-day premiere in the U.S., China, Mexico, the U.K., and 60 other international markets around the world, The Fate of the Furious raked in a massive $532.4 million. That debut eclipses the previous worldwide, opening weekend record of $529 million set by Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in 2015.As box-office pundits have pointed out, however, The Force Awakens didn’t open in China — the second largest movie market in the world — until nearly a month after its U.S. debut.Still, that was far from the only record set by the eighth installment of the blockbuster action franchise. #TitleWeekendU.S. TotalWorldwide Total1.The Fate of the … [Read more...] about ‘The Fate of the Furious’ is the new record-holder for worldwide opening weekends
Small is the new big
Hands up if you want a smartwatch that’s water resistant, able to resist forces felt most often by fighter pilots, connects to a smartphone, and looks super-cool on the wrist? We’re confident it’s not just our arm waving about in the air right now. While all these aspects don’t often come together in a single device, watchmaker Casio may have the answer.Casio recently opened a G Shock store in London’s famous Carnaby Street, and Digital Trends made the trek to meet with Alex Owen, trade marketing executive at Casio, to talk about the company’s future plans. Having already released Android Wear watches, Casio is putting more emphasis on hybrid smartwatches, and will launch the first smart, connected G Shock model in the coming months. What’s more, it turns out a G Shock is pretty packed with cool tech already.“Casio has always been at the forefront of technology,” Owen said, explaining why it embraced Android Wear early on. … [Read more...] about Casio’s G Shock is the new definition of a ‘hybrid’ smartwatch
Windows 10 has been released. Kind of, at least.Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed and launched the Windows 10 Technical Preview. It boasts a small handful of new features, including a refreshed Start menu, the ability to run Metro apps in windowed mode, and virtual desktops. There’s little doubt that the return of the Start menu is the biggest reason to use the Windows 10 Technical Preview, especially for people who use Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Both of those operating systems are Start menu-less. Plus, the Technical Preview is free.Microsoft has noted that this is an early build of Windows 10, and that it will receive more consumer-oriented features (including Cortana, it looks like) down the line. However, we can’t help but wonder whether the inclusion of a new Start menu, which arguably never should have been removed in the first place, is enough of a reason to make a big chunk of users grab the Technical Preview in its current form. For some, that answer is a clear … [Read more...] about Windows 10 Poll: Is the new Start menu enough of a reason for you to upgrade?
For such a low-key event, Apple managed to pull something very special out of its bag of tricks on March 21. No, it wasn’t the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, or the new Apple Watch bands, but the iPhone SE. A phone that’s so different from all the other high performance smartphones out there, it may as well be made from solid gold and powered by sea horses.The iPhone SE is the cheapest new iPhone you’d actually want to buy.I’m joking about the sea horses, but name the last time you saw a notable phone with a 4-inch screen. It was probably the iPhone 5S, which went on sale in September 2013. It looked tiny against its Android brethren then, with Samsung launching the 5-inch Galaxy S4 in the same year. Samsung hasn’t messed around with a 4-inch screen on its Galaxy S phones since the original in 2010. And yes, that was six years ago.Now we’ve got the iPhone SE, a brand-new 4-inch phone that’s not a feeble follow-up to the kid-friendly iPhone 5C, but an … [Read more...] about Small is the new big: The iPhone SE is going to make compact cool again
The Corvair was General Motors’ answer to new competition from Volkswagen and Porsche back in the day, which was building air-cooled, rear-engine cars with independent rear suspensions. It wasn’t as popular as the iPad is today, but it sold well early on. That is, of course, until Ralph Nader published a report called Unsafe at Any Speedwhich criticized the safety record of the vehicle, eventually forcing GM to kill it. (Sadly, at the end of its run after heavy modification by GM it was actually substantially safer than many contemporaries.) I used to drive one and it actually was a lot of fun, when it wasn’t burning excessive oil.As I write this, the “new” iPad has been measured at close to 120 degrees in use by Consumer Reports. This is considered burn territory, and it actually exceeds what we now allow in laptop computers. Apple’s response reminds me a lot of GM’s initial response to the Ralph Nader report: The company claims the product is … [Read more...] about Opinion: Unsafe at any speed: Is the new iPad Apple’s Corvair?
Facebook has kept busy with plenty of launches lately, the announcement of Facebook Home chief among them. But it’s only the latest in a long line of new features and tools that Facebook has been churning out lately.When you piece together all of these incremental changes, step back, and get a 1,000-foot view of what’s happening, it all becomes so suddenly clear: Facebook is turning into Twitter – or at least, it’s trying to.No, we’re not about to see a flood of spam accounts, and no the News Feed isn’t going to be replaced by a real-time stream – but take a look at some of the similarities in Facebook’s recent feature upgrades and beta tests.Bonjour, blue-bar update iconFacebook has begun testing a new icon that would sit by your name in the upper right hand corner, allowing you to update your status in one click. If you think this looks familiar, it’s because Twitter’s had nearly the exact same tool for quite a … [Read more...] about Facebook is the new Twitter (at least, it wants to be)
Supercomputers Today there is an on-going battle between man and machine. While genuine machine consciousness is still years into the future, we are beginning to see computers make choices that previously demanded a human’s input. Recently, the world held its breath as Google's algorithm AlphaGo beat a professional player in the game Go — an achievement demonstrating the explosive speed of development in machine capabilities.But we are not beaten yet — human skills are still superior in some areas. This is one of the conclusions of a recent study by Danish physicist Jacob Sherson, published in the prestigious science journal Nature.”It may sound dramatic, but we are currently in a race with technology — and steadily being overtaken in many areas. Features that used to be uniquely human are fully captured by contemporary algorithms. Our results are here to demonstrate that there is still a difference between the abilities of a man and a machine,” … [Read more...] about Are Humans the New Supercomputer?
Graphs are everywhere. You find them on websites adding social capabilities. Telecommunications companies use graphs to personalize customer services. Innovative bioinformatics researchers, and other organizations are adopting graph databases to model and query connected data.Neo Technology has pioneered graph databases since 2000 and has been instrumental in bringing the power of the social graph to customers such as Adobe, Cisco and Deutsche Telekom.Emil Eifrem, CEO of Neo Technology, cofounded the company and developed the software with cofounder and CTO Johan Svensson. Eifrem started working on graph database technology while serving as CTO at Windh, a small startup in Sweden.He and his team of engineers faced a constantly growing challenge building and maintaining a sophisticated enterprise customer management (ECM) system, which he describes as a huge file system that you make available right away. He built the first generation based on a relational database from off-the-shelf … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Neo Technology’s Emil Eifrem: ‘Cloud Is the New Open Source’
The only barrier to Apple introducing a smaller version of the iPad in the near future appears to be the objections of its deceased cofounder Steve Jobs.That seems to be the gathering consensus of opinion on the Net, as what was once an airy rumor has now become a virtual inevitability in the opinions of several market analysts.Apple's supply chain, which in recent times has become as leaky as a tissue tanker, has confirmed to news outlets like The Wall Street Journal and to stock analysts that components are being stockpiled for a smaller iPad to be shipped in time for the 2012 holiday season."From what I've gathered from a number of folks in the supply chain and a number of analysts I know who track those things, Apple is serious about coming to market with the product," Ben Bajarin, a principal with Creative Strategies, told MacNewsWorld."It's difficult to hide what's happening on the supply chain side," he added, "and the amount of information coming from the supply chain guys are … [Read more...] about The Whys, Wherefores and Whens of an iPad Mini
I've been playing with the new Apple TV, and as an old Apple TV owner, I've got mixed feelings about the sexy new black box.On the whole, it's an excellent new product with new features, a new operating system, as well as the foundation to let it be upgraded in November to offer the amazing ability to stream content from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch directly to your big-screen TV.And yet, there are a couple of pesky downsides.First, the FantasticAs always, the Apple TV looks great -- lithe and black, it's so small it can fit pretty much anywhere around your HDTV. In fact, if you want to slip it into a tight spot, you'll have more trouble with the stiff end of an HDMI cable than you will with the unit itself. The old Apple TV was large enough to be noticed, and guests would ask what it was, turning me into an instant Apple TV salesperson. The new one is downright unobtrusive.The functionality, however, remains sweet. The interface is slightly different than the older generation, and … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW The New Apple TV: Almost There