On Thursday morning, the nominations for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced at the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre in Los Angeles, California. There are plenty of familiar shows on the list (House of Cards, Modern Family, Black-ish, Veep) but there are several exciting newcomers among the nominees as well (Westworld, Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale).
You can see the complete list of nominees below, and remember to tune in for the 69th Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET on CBS on September 17th.
Snapchat is making it’s custom geofilters easier to use. It first launched the custom geofilters in February of 2016, but now Shanpchat users can create and submit custom filters directly in the app. You used to have to go to the studio website to make a custom filter. Which, seems counter-intuitive, don’t you think? What’s the point in having a feature that you can’t use directly in your app? Why make it harder for people to use your app? Doesn’t that deter people from wanting to use it? Maybe it’s just me, but the more user friendly an app is, the more I like it. Plain and simple. Literally.
But now you can do that right in the app. It’s located in settings, under a menu that’s called “On-Demand Geofilters”. You can pick from a list of pre-set occasions. Like weddings, or birthdays. From there you can select a template, customize using text, Bitmojis or their Stickerlibrary. The geofilters can cover between 20,000 and 50,000,000 square feet. But it’s going to cost you about $6.
Is this simply a money grab? From a business perspective, I would say no. It seems like a viable marketing tool. For personal reasons, however, it doesn’t seem to provide a lot of benefit. Which leads me to believe that it’s all about that cash. I mean, you can’t blame Snapchat for trying to make some money. But it just seems a bit under handed to charge people for these. … Read the rest
Only 7% of New Video Games in 2017 Have Female Leads.
It should amaze no one that in 2017, we still have to talk about gender inequality. However I still struggle to understand why we can’t celebrate differences. Why can’t we celebrate diversity and look at our world from a place of inclusion? The number of men and women in the world is pretty well split. Yes, there are still more men than women. But the numbers are very close. Which is why I find it so compelling that we don’t see more women in leading roles. Or to take this one step further, why we celebrate the fact that a female has a leading role in, let’s say a movie.
For example, Wonder Woman. I think the premise of the movie is great. I think the fact that we have female super heroes is amazing, but why do we make such a big deal about it? The short answer – because men have dominated these roles for far too long. Insinuating that women can’t be strong. Or can’t be in a leading role. I am getting a bit off topic and ahead of myself, but I think you can see where I’m going with this, right? When it comes to men in a leading role we tend to downplay the idea of gender. This happens in the workforce. It happens in politics. It happens in the movies as well. But if there is a woman in a leading role, we celebrate the fact that she is a woman and “good for her”. … Read the rest
Kanye West Deleted His Social Media Accounts But Honestly, Who Cares? Everyone!
Ummm… who cares? That is in reference to the fact that Kanye West has deleted his Instagram and Twitter accounts. And you might be thinking, why are you writing an article about it if you don’t care? Well, I would like to be the one to defend Kanye in his decision. I do like Kanye, but find that he can be a bit much from time to time. But who’s to say that we would react any differently being in his shoes? I am not defending any of his previous actions, but I feel that we are too hard on people who want to take a social media break. Justin Bieber did it. He’s probably back online. I don’t even know, that’s how closely I follow celebrities.
But what I will say is that everyone needs a break from social media from time to time. I have done my anti-Facebook rant many times, so I will leave it out for now. But I can see someone, especially celebrities wanting to take a break once in a while. There are of course, many speculations out there as to why he is taking the break. Ranging from working with Kim on a new clothing line, to his hospitalization late last year. People are also freaking out about the fact that he’s taking a break. To those people, I want to say, who cares? Aren’t we all entitled to some kind of privacy once in a while?… Read the rest
What You Can Expect from the Google I/O 2017 Conference
Last year we did a GOOGLE I/O 2016 : COMPLETE RECAP WITH VIDEO and it was well received. So this year we thought we would give a preview. What can you expect from the Google I/O conference this year? Well… maybe not much. I’m probably going to get a lot of flack for that statement. Rubens Saintel actually is looking forward to the event and can’t wait to do a write up of the event but I’m just not really seeing it. The big three are: Android O, Google Assistant everywhere, and a stand alone virtual reality headset. Maybe I am on the cynical side, or maybe I have high expectations, but I’m just not feeling that this is all that big. Don’t take this as me hating on Google. In fact, I love almost everything Google does. But I’m struggling to see how this is so huge.
But let’s start with Android O. The developer version has been released, so you can see what Google has been doing with the platform for the last year. And also what to expect when it’s released. According to a post on androidcentral.com, they anticipate that the Android O will be released along side a Pixel 2. But that’s not what we’re hearing from Google. Or at least not at the conference in May because it is a developer conference, which means they typically don’t announce devices. But maybe in the fall? The platform itself is getting a lot of visual changes, like dynamic icons and a refresh from the old quick settings menu. … Read the rest
So what is YouTube TV? All your questions answered.
Google is the latest company to jump onto the streaming TV world. Following the footsteps of Sony’s PlayStation Vue and Sling TV. Just like Sony with PlayStation; Google is using it’s most recognizable property as the namesake for its service. YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service that aims to be better than the rest with the familiar YouTube interface you are used to. YouTube TV is internet-based TV service that is on both iOS and Android. It is not on any game systems yet. YouTube TV offers live streaming content from traditional broadcast networks and cable channels. Here is everything you need to know about the service.
How is this different from a cable TV subscription?
It’s not cable. There is no long term contracts. It works wherever you go unlike cable services that sometimes let you stream limited content when home around your home. YouTube TV costs a lot less than the any cable subscription.
How much is this going to cost me?
Speaking of cost. To get you hooked Google is giving you a free one-month trial when you sign up. After the free month the cost for all this TV goodness is only $35 per month. You will get over 40 channels including live local channels. There are more channels constantly being added over time. If you need more you can add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus.
I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago where I talked about how Nintendo had discontinued the Classic NES. And it didn’t make any sense. The system was selling, the company was making money and everyone was loving it. But now, maybe we have a reason for it. It is rumoured that Nintendo might be planning on releasing a mini SNES for the holiday season. Why mini? My guess is that the original was just too bulky. And with the advancements in technology, they can now produce a smaller version. And thank goodness for that.
Nintendo hadn’t planned that the Classic would be so popular. And I guess it’s better to underestimate your product and exceed those expectations, than to overestimate and fail. That aside, the Classic was a hit. Flying off the shelves within minutes in some cases. The argument I made in the last post was around the idea of nostalgia. People of my generation and maybe a little bit older want to be able to experience these moments again. Not necessarily because they want to play with that system today, but because it brings them some level of joy from days past.
I recently was listening to a podcast where the host and the guest were talking about how they had purchased items recently, because they couldn’t afford them in highschool. And I don’t just mean a pair of shoes. I mean a specific pair of shoes to the time when you were 17. … Read the rest