A COMPANY is creating artificial shooting stars to wow the world's mega-rich with dazzling light displays that are out of this world. Calling itself a “space entertainment” company, Tokyo-based Astro Live Experiences (ALE) has spent the last seven years perfecting the satellite technology needed for the heavenly man-made shows. Its website says: “Sky Canvas, the world’s first artificial shooting star project, aims to bring people all over the world together to witness an unprecedented, collective experience. “Using space as our stage, we will constantly strive to bring to life new levels of entertainment.” On Thursday, the Epsilon-4 rocket — a project that allows students and businesses to try out experiments in space — launched from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center in Japan to test ALE’s small-scale version of the project. To create the meteor show, a satellite is filled with up to 400 “particles.” Using space as our … [Read more...] about Mega-rich will soon be able to pay for SHOOTING STARS on demand with world’s first artificial meteor showers
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APPLE has unveiled the new iPad Pro, confirming months of rumours that its latest tablet would feature an all-screen display and get rid of the Home button. The tech company has also announced an updated MacBook Air, and a new Mac Mini desktop computer that's five times faster than its predecessor Held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City, today's event saw Apple reveal the third-generation iPad Pro. The previous generation had been launched in June 2017, and in the 14 months between then and now Apple has worked out how to improve what was arguably the best tablet on the market. The new iPad Pro will come with either an 11-inch or 12.9-inch touchscreen, yet unlike its predecessor there will be no physical Home button below its screen. Instead, Apple's (VP of Hardware Engineering) John Ternus revealed that the new iPad Pro will be unlocked using Face ID. But unlike the iPhone X and XS, the iPad Pro's Face ID system will work from vertical and horizontal orientations, … [Read more...] about Apple LAUNCHES new iPad Pro, Mac Mini and MacBook Air – here’s everything you need to know
First Reformed is a disaster movie where the dread of Earth’s slow-drip destruction weighs on the protagonist’s, and the audience’s, shoulders. It’s a fantasy film in the sense that a spiritual mind is capable of transcendence (or in this case, astral projection). One could call it a horror movie, too: Toller (Ethan Hawke), the minister of a Revolution-era chapel in upstate New York, finds himself haunted by the death of his son, the capitalistic tendencies of a nearby megachurch and the plight of Mary (Amanda Seyfried), who recently lost her conservationist husband. The scares, bleeding out of his unraveling, are psychological, yet supernatural — not unlike The Bible. Watching the film, out now in theaters, is like witnessing an accomplished mathematician scribble down the solution to a chalkboard-sprawled equation. The scholar at work is Paul Schrader, who wrote the screenplays for four timeless Martin Scorsese films (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last … [Read more...] about Paul Schrader, the writer of Taxi Driver, is back with First Reformed. We talked to him about God and horror, and his thoughts might change the way you watch movies.
Eons ago, in the dark ages of video stores, adventurers navigated labyrinthine aisles and palavered with part-time archmaesters to find treasured artifacts of the fantasy film genre. Now, thanks to Netflix, one can simply walk into Mordor and sweep over hundreds of options with the click of a button. Which is magical ... if you know what you’re looking for. Most of us don’t possess an Eye of Sauron to sift through Netflix’s fantasy movie programming, making it nearly impossible to find the quality picks buried beneath the Swamp of Direct-to-Video Sadness. Thankfully, we’ve gone there and back again to pick a few of the streaming service’s brightest gems. Assuming you’ve embarked on a few of Netflix’s bigger-name titles — Kubo and the Two Strings, Stardust, Netflix’s surprisingly fulfilling Fullmetal Alchemist movie, or Marvel’s Doctor Strange — here are 10 movies that will serve you well on ... a knight in. Tale of … [Read more...] about 10 fantasy films now on Netflix that you need to see
This week, we’re running a big list of what we — and a group of trusted friends — recently voted as the 500 best video games of all time. For the backstory, criteria, explanation of why Breath of the Wild isn’t on the list, etc., head to the beginning here: The 500 best games of all time. For numbers 400-301, scroll down. 400. Mirror's Edge (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) Keep moving. That's the main objective of Mirror's Edge. Releasing alongside dozens of first-person shooters, Mirror's Edge stood for daring to be different. Putting an emphasis on using first-person parkour to outsmart enemies, rather than just shooting through them, Mirror's Edge was a flawed beauty stuck in the memory of those who just kept running through its clean, white city. 399. Braid (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) In many ways, the modern indie explosion started with Braid. Unlike anything people had seen at the time, Braid and its time-bending puzzles … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 400-301