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Announcements

A couple of announcements from companies that have registered on the CHONG radar in the last couple of days:

  1. Apple
    • Copy & Paste text
    • Copy & Paste photos
    • New Spotlight – This will enable searching for anything in the phone, no matter where it sits
    • Search in Mail, Calendar, and iPod
    • 3G Tethering – Finally, and especially after the app was taken off the app store shortly after making an appearance
    • Landscape keyboard
    • Multimedia messaging AKA MMS. This may not actually make it to
      Australia, given that the visual voicemail feature never made it, I won’t be surprised if this feature won’t either.
    • Support for new calendar types – CalDAV (supported by Google and Yahoo) and .ics format (Apple iCal)
    • Improved stocks application
    • Stereo Bluetooth A2DP audio – An awesome addition, although battery life will need to greatly improve for this to be particularly useful and functional
    • Note synching with iTunes – I’m a big iPhone notes user, so this shall be very useful. It’ll be interesting to see how well it will integrate into iTunes
    • Automatic login in Safari
    • Shake to shuffle music
    • Wi-Fi auto-login
    • Anti-phising
    • Extended parental controls
    • NEW APPLE APPLICATIONS

    • Voice memo application – A great app addition, especially considering the 16GB iPhones with plenty of room to move. Voice memos will be a great time-saver, next thing will be some kind of dictation or conversion from voice to text.
    • Send and receive files
    • NEW THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS FEATURES IN iPHONE OS 3.0

    • Peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connectivity
    • Browse remote content
    • Use your iPhone/touch to control peripherals
    • Maps inside other applications
    • Turn-by-turn directions – Finally, the ability for developers to put the GPS to the uses I believe they were intended for.
    • Push notification
    • Voice communication in applications
    • Rumbling
    • Audio recording – Another great feature that hopefully developers will utilise to it’s full potential
    • Access your music from applications

    They held an event to showcase their upcoming iPhone OS (Operating System) 3.0 on the 17th in America which was about 6-something this morning in Australia. It was long awaited and anticipated that copy and paste functionality would finally arrive, since being left off the iPhone since it’s launch almost 3 years ago…
    The list of features and amendments is quite impressive and will utilise some great functions of the iPhone which were slated for a long time ago:

  2. Marvel
    • Spiderman 4
    • Released on May 6, 2011.

    • Iron Man 2
    • Released on May 7, 2010.

    • Thor
    • Released on May 20, 2011.

    • The First Avenger: Captain Marvel
    • Released on July 22, 2011.

    • The Avengers
    • Released on May 4, 2012.

    There was a few announcements for upcoming movies and revised release dates:

    On top of that they’ve agreed with a company to make a number of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMOs) games featuring their superheros. This was slated for a couple of years ago, but fell through, and now they’re in the works again for both PC and consoles. I’m excited about this, and it will be an interesting time to come with rival studio DC Comics soon to launch their MMO with Sony Online Entertainment.

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The Dark Knight

I went to see The Dark Knight; the second Batman movie as directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman with Geoff, Pete, Gareth and Nat last Saturday. It was really well done and very enjoyable, and definitely eligible to go down as Heath Ledger‘s legacy film. He’s potentially up for a Posthumas Oscar award, of which only 1 actor has ever been awarded to Peter Finch in 1976 for his performance in Network.

The film differs a fair bit from the first outing with a much darker tone and feel, and I suppose that there’s a little more emotional connections developed as the characters develop. There’s also plenty of action and explosions mixed into the 2 and 1/2 hour outing. Visually the effects are very well done, but alas, I cannot go into too much detail without revealing some surprises in the film which were very very well kept in the dark throughout the trailers; only hinted at once which I eluded to in an earlier post [The Dark Knight ].

As for sequels, there wasn’t a real open end to the movie, so nothing obvious, but a couple of threads to dangle on.

Next up on the DC comics movie list is the strangely interesting Watchmen a comic from 1986 about an alternate history where superheroes are a regular feature of everyday life. I’m looking into the comics and should be able to elaborate shortly, but for now, enjoy the trailer which looks visually sound, although I’m not sure how well the story will play out.

The Watchmen – Trailer

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MK vs DC

Time to geek up this blog (at least a little…) with video game news!!!

I’m sure plenty of you have heard of the ultra-violent video game called Mortal Kombat that was very popular back in the early 90s; a great arcade game that spawned numerous arcade sequels, a couple of movies, a television series and multiple games on the home consoles… Well the story continues with the announcement of Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe!!!

I’m pretty darned excited, being a fan of both Mortal Kombat and numerous DC Comics characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash etc etc… However I have heard rumors that since DC characters are involved, the standard Mortal Kombat Fatalities have been disallowed as DC didn’t want their characters being brutally taken apart for some strange reason or other….

So far they’ve released media at www.worldscollide.com including some nice looking artwork and also a trailer:

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Marvel Movies

On the back of Iron Man doing so well there’s been announcements of more Marvel based movies coming out!!! How Exciting!!!!!

This year we have The Incredible Hulk and Punisher: War Zone due to release: sequels to Hulk and Punisher from 2003 and 2004 respectively. Next year sees hopefully the first in a series of X-Men Origins films with X-Men Origins: Wolverine releasing, definitely a great and mysterious character to get a movie treatment.

2010 has been proclaimed as the year that Tony Stark will return in a second Iron Man movie as well as Thor the mythical God of Thunder to appear with his mighty hammer.

Then in 2011, Captain America will hit the big screen in the Red, White and Blue, followed by The Avengers around July!!

How exciting is all of this!!!  Marvel and DC getting involved with movies is definitely a good thing!!!  For more Marvel madness, be sure to check out their site: www.marvel.com