Nov 20, 2017

With the release of the Series 3, Apple released a set of new Nylon/Velcro Sport Loops which are the most comfortable Apple Watch bands released to date. Unfortunately, these new Sport Loops are only bundled in with the Cellular Apple watch so that means if you get a normal Series 3, Series 2, or Series 1 you will have to shell out a little over $50 for one band which is insane.

[caption width="3671" align="aligncenter"] Apple Watch Sport Loop in Black, Fake[/caption]

I’d been waiting for a fake/copy to pop up on Amazon and it finally did! It’s called the Qifit New Nylon Sport Loop with Hook and Loop Fastener and it comes in all of Apple’s original colors which I couldn’t believe so I purchased a pink and a black one to see how close they come to Apple’s version. Basically, it’s the exact same thing but for $16. The colors are exactly the same but more importantly, the way the velcro is laid out and how the band feels is also exactly the same! This is the first band I’ve bought on Amazon that actually looks like an Apple product without branding.

[caption width="4031" align="aligncenter"] Fake Band, That redness is exactly like Apple's Color[/caption][caption width="4031" align="aligncenter"] Fake Apple Watch Sport Loop, Just Like The Real Thing[/caption]

If you have been wanting a sport loop then you can confidently buy these knowing you are getting the same thing as Apple but without the hefty price tag. It’s ideal for working out and sleeping but I bought mine mainly for sleeping since it makes the watch so much more comfortable than any other band. You can get one here on Amazon. Just as a tip, the black one is like the one I am wearing in the picture and isn’t completely black (just how Apple’s is), I believe dark olive is more of a darker gray/black.

Where Are The Best Theaters in The World?

If I asked you where you thought the best movie theaters in the world are you’d probably think Japan or somewhere in North America unless you thought South Korea in which case you’d be correct. In South Korea they have movie theaters that are on another level. Why? I don’t know but they look awesome. Here in Austin we got Alamo Drafthouse which is considered to be one of the best movie theater experiences in the world which I can attest to but I’d love to try one of the Korean movie theaters. I’ve been to many theaters across the United States but never to one that has everything in one place. Theaters will either have a huge screen, reclining seats, or a server whom you can order food from throughout the movie. Check out the Korean Theater video below!

The Jungle Book Movie Review, A Visual Spectacle

Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is now out in theaters and if you’ve been on the fence about watching it, I reccomend you buy a ticket and just watch it. I also reccomend not watching any of the clips that have been uploaded throughout the internet since you will enjoy the scenes more in the theater. Most of you are probably familiar with The Jungle Book thanks to the books or the 1967 animated movie by Disney.



It goes without saying that this movie looks amazing, it’s the most amazing use of CGI that I have seen to date. Everything looks like it was actually shot in a jungle and some animals are so well done that they just look like the real thing. There are a few things in the movie that are different from the animated movie which I find to be a good thing. There are only two songs in the movie and they aren’t even full songs. One is just Mowgli and Baloo kind of singing while the other does have some more instrumentals and a Disney song vibe but neither take you out of the movie. The songs did a great job of paying homage to the originals and provided some relief from the tension throughout the movie.



If you are unfamiliar with “The Jungle Book” then here is Disney’s description of the movie:

Directed by Jon Favreau, based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.

That is all you need to know going into this movie, if you know more then you will still enjoy the movie. The main animals in the movie are voice by Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken. I enjoyed all of the voice acting in the movie with the exception of Scarlett Johansson who does the voice of Kaa (the python), the problem is that her voice doesn’t blend into the tone of the scene. Kaa has always been voiced by a man and Kaa’s scene would have been much better if Johansson’s voice had been tweaked or if a guy would have voiced it. My parents, who aren’t good at recognizing voices, immediately noticed that it was Johansson’s voice which I don’t see as a good thing. Even Christopher Walken had a slightly different voice which gave King Louie a personality.

The movie is pretty much an animated movie but it’s so well done that at no moment did I say “that’s clearly a prop and that’s clearly a green screen”. Below is a video that will give you an idea of what went into creating “The Jungle Book” but I suggest you watch the movie before watching the video as it might ruin the effect of it all.



It would take 30-40 hours per frame, and since it’s stereo [or 3D], it requires two frames to produce one frame of the movie — at 2K, not even 4K,” Legato said. “So you can tell how much the computer has to figure out, exactly what it’s doing, how it’s bouncing, how much of the light is absorbed, because when it hits an object, some gets absorbed and some gets reflected.

I think they started using the Google cloud, which has tens of thousands of computers, and sometimes it would take two or three days to render a shot, he said, exasperated at the mere thought of the process. As powerful as the computers were, they ultimately were just taking cues from the human innovators who spent years on the film. via/Inverse



There is only one living thing in this movie and that’s Mowgli played by Neel Sethi (10 yrs old) who is new to acting. Sethi is able to hold this whole movie together with great acting especially when you take into account that he is just talking to puppets or people dressed in green leotards. In the end, this movie is visually breathtaking and is 100% worth watching in theaters. The story is solid, effects are flawless, and it’s shot wonderfully. As a rating I give The Jungle Book an 85 out of 100 which is 5 points less than I gave Disney’s Zootopia. Basically “The Jungle Book” is a great movie but not one I would buy on Blu-Ray since I wouldn’t enjoy it as much on the second viewing.

Captain America: Civil War Official Trailer Teases Black Panther

The official trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War has finally been released. The movie is set to release on May 6th of next year and will, of course, focus around a Civil War between our favorite super heroes. The trailer features Captain America, Falcon, Bucky, Iron Man, War Machine, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Scarlett Witch, and Black Panther(at 1:51). Check out the trailer below…


Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia with some more details on the movie:

Captain America: Civil War is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brühl, and William Hurt. In Captain America: Civil War, Captain America and the Avengers continue to protect the world, but the team becomes divided after extensive collateral damage prompts politicians to pass an act regulating superhuman activity.

Source: JimmyKimmelLive (YouTube)

Nike Has Finally Revealed Sneakers with Powered Laces!

It’s been nearly four years since Nike released the Air Mag which had no powered laces and were sold at auction for charity. As you probably know, today is the day that Marty McFly goes back to the future and puts on the sneakers in Back to the Future II.


The new Nike Air Mags look just like the shoes released in 2011 but not have a hidden mechanism that will tighten the laces once you insert your feet. The shoes will also have an option to do this manually just in case the battery dies out. Unfortunately the shoes don’t tighten themselves as smoothly nor as quickly as they do in the movie but it’s a step in the right direction.



These shoes will also be sold at auction in Spring 2016 and all proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease. We still don’t know how much they might cost but odds are that they will go from anywhere around $5,000 to $15,000 or even higher. The original auction raised $4.7 Million towards parkinson’s research and this should be no different. Hopefully this sparks more interest in the shoes and leads Nike to release a full consumer version of that shoe or just a shoe with powered laces.

Source: Nike, MichaelJFoxOrg

Official Trailer for the Upcoming Steve Jobs Movie Released [Video]

The first offficial trailer of the upcoming Steve Jobs movie written by Aaron Sorkin has been released. If you’ve read Walter Isaacson’s book then you’ll definitely notice that the movie is keeping to actual events in Steve Jobs life.

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award winner Christian Colson.

Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

Source: YouTube

MoviePass Locks You Onto a One-Year Contract, Charges Termination Fee and More – Too Good To Be True?

The other day we wrote about MoviePass, a subscription based model for moviegoers, which I was very excited for. The monthly price varies depending on the city you live in. Today, I signed up and was charged $30 which is a fair amount depending how many times a month you go to the movies. I signed up for the service to try it out and provide some feedback, one thing I didn’t notice is that they lock you onto a one-year contract. There is no option for paying month to month you get charged $20 if you decide to cancel before the year is up as it is mentioned in their terms of condition.

After the 30 day trial period, the user will be charged a $20 cancellation fee to terminate their account, provided that the cancellation does not fall under ‘legitimate grounds.’

But wait there’s more! If you pay $30 for signing up, watch $50 worth of movies that month, and decide to cancel the service that same month then you will be charged the $20 termination plus another $20 for going over what your subscription service covers. A representative put it this way…

The fee is $20.00 PLUS anything over what your subscription covers. In other words, if you have seen $120 worth of movies, but have only paid $50.00 so far in subscription fees, you would owe us 20.00+70.00.

And their terms and conditions put it this way…

 In addition, if the full cost paid by MoviePass of any tickets redeemed during the length of subscription exceeds the total subscription fees paid thus far, the user will be responsible for the difference. If the full cost paid by MoviePass of any tickets redeemed during the length of subscription is less than the total subscription fees paid thus far, than the user is only responsible for the $20 cancellation fee, and will not be refunded the difference.

I had high hopes for the service and while I will be using for the first month, I will not be continuing after. The service is pretty much rendered useless and isn’t what it really should be. They should really let people know before signing up because I can see this causing many people problems, especially in todays society in which most people do not read terms and conditions. This reassures us that from time to time it is good to read them to see what you are getting into.


Source: MoviePass

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