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17 Apr 2015 | Leave a Comment

Small bits of the Batman v Superman popped up online earlier, before getting pulled down quickly, however it does seemed to have speeded up Mr. Snyder’s decision to post the official trailer online, and here it is in all it’s Bat-supery glory!

I’m so looking forward to this. Roll on 2016!

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17 Apr 2015 | Leave a Comment

Last night, the 2nd trailer for the J.J. Abrams highly anticipated debut into the Star Wars universe, and it’s as awesome as seeing 2 Jawas on each other shoulders dressed as a Tusken Raider riding a Bantha whilst juggling thermal detonators! Watch above. Break down below (obviously, there maybe some spoilers!)

Not Tatooine

Not Tatooine

I LOVE this opening shot! Crashed Star Destroyer & X-Wing. Remnants of past battles scatter a desert plain, whilst a speeder (possibly Daisy Ridley’s Rey as seen in trailer 1?)… speeds… across the backdrop. The planet may look tike Tatooine, but apparently isn’t. It’s a new sand-filled dust bowl called Jaku (or Jakoo… or some other random spelling we’ve not thought of yet), and it’s Rey’s home world.

Your face looks familiar...

Your face looks familiar…

Don’t think I need to explain who’s mask that is… This is accompanied by the voice of Mark Hamill as Luke – “The force is strong in my family… My father has it…” Interesting choice of tense there with ‘has’… And is that asthmatic breathing I hear?…

R2 and Luke?

R2 and Luke?

“I have it…” Yay, R2! And… Luke I guess… There are only 2 people of note we know of that have had their hands chopped off… And both did know R2… Didn’t Luke have ‘skin’ covering his hand though?

Lightsaber

Lightsaber

“My sister has it… You have that power too…” You’d assume the person being handed the lightsaber here is Rey… But that’s not Leia if you look at that arm and the slight profile of the face in the shot above. Lightsaber appears to be Anakin’s. The same one passed to Luke in A New Hope.

Poe Dameron

Poe Dameron

Oscar Isaac’s as ace pilot Poe Dameron

Run away!

Run away!

This is Rey, John Boyega’s Finn and BB-8 running from a strafing TIE Fighter, apparently on Jaku. Finn, as we saw in trailer 1, appears to be a Stormtrooper on the run from the Empire.

Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren

Adam Driver (not that you’d know given the mask!) as Kylo Ren, the cross-shaped lightsaber wielding bad guy from trailer 1 surrounded by fire and stormtroopers. Sith? Dark Jedi? Is he controlling the remains of the Empire?

Lots of Stormtroopers!

Lots of Stormtroopers!

Another powerful shot. Lots and lots of smoothed out stormtroopers gearing up for battle in front of a re-vamped Imperial logo… But who’s that guy at the back in the middle? And where are they? Hoth?

Fight Fight Fight

Fight Fight Fight

Appears to be a shootout on a ship’s or base’s docking bay. The interesting thing for me is, look a the lasers… Red (bad) and green (good) as usual… But, the green lasers are coming from a TIE Fighter? And that looks to be Stormtroopers fighting other Stormtroopers?

Captain Phasma

Captain Phasma?

Captain Phasma we presume? Looks imperial to us.

Yay, Falcon!

Yay, Falcon!

The Millennium Falcon showing up in this beautiful chase shot through theexhaust/engine of a crashed ship.

OMGOMGOMG

OMG OMG OMG!!

I believe this is referred to as the money shot… The first proper view of the original cast returning. Han & Chewbacca – “Chewie, we’re home”. Assuming that’s the Falcon, that implies they’ve been separated from the craft for a while. I can only assume it’s the Falcon they’re talking about, as that’s the only ‘home’ they have.

The more I see of this, the more excited I get! Looks awesome & beautiful, and the story seems to have some great twists in it.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in UK cinemas on the 18th December 2015, and I can’t wait!!

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Geektown Radio : UK Film, TV News & Air Date Info!

Geektown Radio : UK Film, TV News & Air Date Info!

Another week, another show, and this time I have Adam with me (because Chris is off getting drunk on Guinness), as we have your weekly update about tv shows, films and other geeky news! In this weeks show:

  • We take a look back at shows, movies and other things we’ve been doing and watching recently, including visiting The Gadget Show Live, whether your canoe should have a TV, and watching a lot of Daredevil!
  • Bring you the latest TV & Film news – including a round up of the new spin-off shows from DC & Marvel, the launch of Spike TV in the UKNina Dobrev Quitting The Vampire Diaries, and new shows from the people behind Stargate and Supernatural!
  • Answer your questions in the Q&A (if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!)
  • As always, we bring you all the latest UK TV air date info, and a look forward to tv in the next 7 days

Show Notes

If you want to know more about Spike TV click here.

For our review of The Gadget Show Live, and more on the RIUTBag click here.

Here’s the new trailer for Empire, coming to E4 in the Spring:

Geektown Radio : Episode 13

If you want to take a listen to the latest episode, just click the link below, and if you like it, you can click here to subscribe to Geektown Radio on iTunes or click here for the RSS feed.

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Game Of Thrones Labels

Game Of Thrones Labels

I know this is a somewhat obvious promo, but I thought it was such a wonderfully silly idea, and with Game Of Thrones due back on Monday, it seemed appropriate to post it! Viking has moved to end office conversations spoiling Game of Thrones ahead of the launch of the new series this weekend, with the creation of the anti-spoiler label.

The downloadable labels (pictured above) are designed to help protect fans of the hit show that aren’t quite up to date yet from being subjected to spoiler-filled conversations in the office.

By printing and wearing the labels viewers can display exactly where they are in the show, and colleagues will know what they can and more importantly what they can’t discuss with them – keeping storylines fresh and Red Wedding twists confined to the TV screen.

Broken down into each of the four seasons on the Viking website, the labels vaguely refer to the latest major event that particular viewer will have seen, without giving away the plot for viewers not up to this stage.

From ‘Jon has a Wildling time in a cave’ to ‘Daario just headhunted the Second Sons for Daenerys’ to ‘Oberyn needs an optician and a dentist’, Viking’s labels ensure that people can talk about their favourite show in the office without the fear of hearing any premature information.

No longer will Shelly from Accounts announce the death of your favourite character or Dan from Sales be the one who tells you of an alliance you shouldn’t know of for another dozen episodes.

The Game of Thrones anti-spoiler can be downloaded from the Viking website free of charge, here.

Ruud Linders, SEO Marketing Manager Europe, Viking, explains: “We’ve all been there, you’re the only the one in the office who isn’t up to date with the latest hit TV show and you spend your evenings binge watching to catch up. You then spend your days in a state of irrational angst – worrying that any second now the office loudmouth is about to ruin the storyline for you.

“With on-demand and catch-up television the norm now, gone are the days when everyone was at the same stage in a show. We thought it’s about time we helped the naïve souls that are just starting out on their Game of Thrones journey and that’s how the anti-spoilers were born.

“Half the fun of watching a programme like Game of Thrones is being able to join in the traditional next-day office conversations. No longer will GoT ‘newbies’ have to live in fear of these – our labels provide safe haven from the overheard spoiler.”

 

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8 Apr 2015 | Leave a Comment

This week sees the return of The Gadget Show Live to Birmingham’s NEC, so yesterday I took a look around to see what interesting and new innovations I could find that you should be looking out for in the next 12 months.

Personal Transport Vehicles

Personal transport vehicles

Personal transport vehicles

Personal transport vehicles were out in force at the show this year. The biggest and most well know is obviously Segway, but there are lots of variations out there now, including 2 wheeled ‘base board’ versions that don’t have the arm in the middle to hold on to, and even unicycle versions, that just have one big wheel in the centre! I had a go on a couple of these and the standard ‘Segway type’ is definitely the easiest to control, however, the base board versions aren’t as hard as you may think. It takes around 5 mins for your body to get used to the idea that you’re balancing on wheels, but once you have it, they feel like a natural extension of yourself. It’s a very odd experience!

The biggest issue with all these PTVs though is price… The Segway’s are still around 5k, and even though the other Segway types are close to half that, two and a half grand could buy you a reasonable 2nd hand car, so it’s a lot of money to throw at something which for most people would be an expensive toy. The base board and unicycle types are much cheaper at £600-£800, but until they can get them down to the £300-£400 range, I don’t think you’re going to see mass take up of them yet! Find more info at airwheel.direct and smartrax-shop.com.

Touch Surgery

Touch Surgery

Medical Gadgets

There were a number of impressive medical devices at the show this year, ranges from apps to dedicated units. First up is Touch Surgery, an app described as ‘the Operating Room in your pocket’ that allows medical students to practice performing surgeries from any phone or tablet. Developed by medical professionals to help improve and advance surgical skills outside of the limited time students have in real OR’s, they’ve been getting great feedback from the users about how they’ve helped improve their surgical techniques before setting foot into a live theatre. It’s one of those apps that’s so obvious, it’s surprising it’s taken someone this long to put it into development!

Kito

Kito

Next is Kito, a health case for you iPhone. It looks pretty much like any other iPhone sleeve case, however Kito has a set of sensors on the back and sides that you can hold and use to check your heart rate, ECG, Temperature, Blood Oxygen and Respiration. What I loved about this gadget was the fact it’s so unobtrusive. It’s not some bulky add-on, it really looks like a nice, solid phone case. It just happens to have some amazing additional functions! Find more at azoi.com

The 3rd medical device I saw was ArcEvo, a non-invasive tissue repair system. All the cells in your body communicate with each other using electrical current, and when your ill, or there is damage to those cells, the current can drop or go out of whack. ArcEvo is a small external device designed to re-introduce the current to kick start and accelerate the metabolic processes to speed up healing. Originally it was designed to help race horses, where they had huge success healing animals which would otherwise have been put down. They then discovered some of the owners who has been injured riding had used the device on themselves! So they developed a new unit specifically for human use. They’re also launching a unit for smaller animals such as dogs and cats. For more info visit arc-evo.com

Eyejusters

Eyejusters

Lastly in the medical category, there’s Eyejusters, the adjustable focus reading glasses. For people out there who need different glasses for reading and computer work, it can be a real pain having to switch glasses all the time. Eyejusters get around that by having subtle dials on each lens to allow the wearer to change the focus to whatever they need. This is something that’s been attempted before using various techniques, but the Eyejuster guys seems to have cracked it with a simple elegant solution. The internal moving lens is sealed within the unit, so there’s no chance of moisture or dirt getting in there, and they look like any other pair of glasses. Really simple and easy to use. Find out more at eyejusters.com

Camping

There were a number of interesting camping related gadgets at the show this year. The first one is not really a gadget, but was personally so nostalgic for me that I had to add it. The OPUS Folder Camper is somewhat reminiscent of the old Dandy folding camper I spent many a holiday in during my youth. The OPUS however, is incredibly spacious with large skylights in the roof making it a lovely space to be in. It’s well fitted with all mod-cons and has full double beds at either end, so can comfortably sleep 4 adults. A really great update on a classic idea.

Next is the Tegstove. Still in development, they’ve come up with an ingenious way of using a stove that holds the conventional, cheaper, butane gas cylinders, to not only cook in a more effective way than the common Butane, Propane and Isobutane mix, but also to power a thermoelectric generator which can charge your phone or tablet. They’re currently refining the design to make it even lighter and more efficient, so i look forward to seeing the final model.

Finally in this category, the Aquaforno Portable Outdoor Oven. A really easy to set up system that works as a BBQ, grill, water heater and oven, all which packs down into a handy carrying case. You can set it up in just 2 mins by pulling up the sections of it’s telescopic body, adding fuel to the bottom, and you’re good to go! You can even use the hooks on the outside to dry out your socks. :D

Aquaforno Portable Outdoor Oven

Aquaforno Portable Outdoor Oven

Entertainment

Spectrum

Spectrum

There were obviously a million speakers, TV’s and other entertainment bits at the show, but these were the few that stood out for me. Firstly the Philips Screeneo – a short distance home projector. And by that, I mean it only needs to be 10cm away from the wall to project a 50 inch screen. So you don’t have to have it halfway across the room, and have the annoyance of people walking in front of it for it to work. You can just stack it on top of you Sky box and Blu-ray, and it’ll project a huge screen from a short distance. Despite it not being very dark in the show hall, it gave really good colour and picture quality, has a decent speaker system built in, and runs Android OS, so you can install apps on it.

Next was some more youthful nostalgia for me. Elite System’s full size recreation of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum! It looks and feels like the old Speccy we knew and loved, and it allows you to play Spectrum games via your phone or tablet. In essence it’s a glorified bluetooth keyboard which uses an emulator app on your Android or iOS device to allow you to play games. You can then use Apple TV or Chromecast (or the native Android screen sharing) to throw the screen to your TV. You can also use it as a standard bluetooth keyboard on other apps too. More info here.

Analogue Amp

Analogue Amp

Thirdly, there’s the Analogue Amp. So low tech it’s basically no-tech! There’s no wires, power, wifi, bluetooth or set-up. It’s a hand crafted stoneware funnel which can amplify sound from your phone up to 40Db by just slotting it in the top. Essentially working like an old gramophone speaker. Lovely looking and beautifully crafted. Their website is here.

Lastly, TVPlayer. An app and website that lets you watch all the the live streams from UK free TV channels in one place online or on your mobile device. There have been a number of apps that have tried to do this, but usually they don’t have the official agreement of the channels they’re streaming, and they can be very spammy with ads. TVPlayer isn’t. It’s smart, elegant, and well put together. Sure, you can get all this content from native apps, but the live tv can be tricky to find. TVPlayer puts it all in one place. Currently they only have live TV on there, but they’re working on adding all the catchup content too, so it’ll be a one stop location for all your free tv! You can find TVPlayer here.

Geektown’s Gadget of the Show

RIUTBag Backpack

RIUTBag Backpack

I love it when you come across an idea that’s so brilliant, obvious and simple, you think – “Why hasn’t this been done already?..”And that’s what I love about this next product.

When you’re wearing a rucksack… why are the zips on the outside? “So they’re accessible” you might say… But accessible to who? Not you. Unless you have double jointed arms and can spin your head like an owl to see whay you’re doing, you aren’t getting anything out of there without taking it off. This was the thought that struck Sarah Giblin as she was standing in a tight, squashed up, queue one day, with most people wearing backpacks, and the guy in front of her was getting annoyed she was so close behind him… Then someone stands close behind her and she thinks “did he touch my bag, is my stuff still there?..” And it hits her… The only person that has access to my pack is everyone else BUT me… So she thinks “what if the pack is the other way around, with the zips on the inside?”… And so the idea for the RIUTBag was born!

Moving all the zips to the inside of the pack which is against your back means there are no pockets on the outside that can be left open or pilfered through by come nefarious bystander. It’s totally secure against your back. It’s such a stupidly simple idea, but 95% of backpacks are still made with the zips on the outside where anyone can get at them. Sarah wanted to change that, so she started a Kickstarter which got double it’s funding, allowing her to make the first run of the backpacks.

The RIUTBag backpack isn’t only secure, it’s nicely designed and put together, and can easily hold a 15 inch laptop securely. You still have easy access to drink bottles from the outer slots, but all the important stuff is safe and secure against your back. A simple idea, extremely well executed. You can find out more about RIUTBag here.

 

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Alien

Alien

Three years after esteemed director Ridley Scott produced Prometheus, District 9 writer Neill Blomkamp is now in talks to direct Alien 5, which could be coming to our screens as early as 2017.

Blomkamp has certainly been a busy guy: he has recently released Chappie, portraying a dystopian future in which local police forces are run by robots. Now, with Chappie in cinemas and receiving critical acclaim, Blomkamp has his sights set on something all the more ambitious: the fifth installment in the Alien series.

Though to keen Alien fans 2017 may seem far away, Blomkamp has already been discussing his plans openly through podcasts, and one thing which he was keen to stress was that he would not tread on the toes of Scott’s forthcoming sequel to Prometheus, set to hit theatres next year.

It turns out that Blomkamp has already been having extensive talks with Scott in preparation for producing the new film, which will of course star the inimitable Sigourney Weaver, who will reprise her role as Ellen Ripley. Speaking with his wife Terri Tatchell on a podcast for Empire, Blomkamp said: “I changed the one thing that he [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make.”

There is still very little than can be revealed about the upcoming movie, though it’s rumoured that there will be new plot twists to the original story created by Scott. Another potentially controversial issue is the film’s title, which we can confirm will not be Alien 5.

Blomkamp said: “I sent the title I wanted to Ridley. It’s kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title. But in the event that it doesn’t work, I’m dead in the water.”

The Alien franchise has been a cultural phenomenon ever since we first saw the creature popping out of John Hurt’s stomach back in 1979. Today, almost three decades later, the movie is still cropping up in fan paraphernalia, and it’s more than just keyrings and t-shirts. In 2013, it was announced that developers at 20th Century Fox were in talks to create an Alien-themed amusement park.

Moreover, in the modern day, Alien has even had its effect on the online gaming world. Nothing could be more thrilling than avoiding certain death at the hands of the movie’s main protagonist, and some games developers at Mr Smith Casino have even gone the extra mile with an Alien-themed online slots game. Without a doubt, this ensures that the Alien brand reaches a plethora of different audiences, but will said audiences be happy with Blomkamp’s contribution to the series however?

Certainly, with contributions from Mr Scott himself, the fifth installment in the series is not doomed to fail, but will it triumph over the 1979 original? Watch this space.

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