Monthly Archives: December 2009

Rumor: Apple Tablet Event Scheduled For January 26th, 2010

The tech world is a buzz with word that Apple has secured the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for a press event beginning on Jan. 26.

Last week, The Financial Times reported the rumored reservation at the YBCA, the same spot Steve Jobs used to introduce new iPods in September.

Yesterday, a Fox News source confirmed the event, saying that the announcement will focus on the mobility space. All signs point to the new tablet, already the one of the year’s most anticipated releases.

Earlier this month, Apple Insider reported that production on the tablets would begin in February – featuring a 10.1-inch multi-touch LCD display – and launch in March or April. We’ll have to wait and see.


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Charles Barkley & Sigourney Weaver Are The First Saturday Night Live 2010 Hosts

Saturday Night Live knows how to ring in the New Year — with hosts Charles Barkley and Sigourney Weaver.

“SNL” is back on Jan. 9 with former NBA star Charles Barkley as the host. The “round mound of rebound” is known now for his great sense of humor in commercials and on the golf course.

This won’t be his first time hosting, either — Barkley hosted the 1993 season premiere of “SNL” with musical guest Nirvana. Joining Barkley for his second go-round is musical guest Alicia Keys, hopefully performing new songs from her album “The Element of Freedom,” which was released on Dec. 15.

For the Jan. 16 show, “Avatar” star Sigourney Weaver joins studio 8H, along with musical guest The Ting Tings, who are nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy.

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Ring In The New Year Early With Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics is pleased to announce the official Marvel’s New Year’s Eve EVE Party all day Wednesday, December 30-right at your participating local comic shop!

Fans of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine and all things Marvel are invited to come in and celebrate the new year during this all-day event.

Among the giveaway items will be a free 2010 Marvel Super Hero calendar, Exclusive Avengers ID Cards to collect & trade, a free comic book – Origins of Siege – which features an all-new prologue  to 2010′s hottest event by Brian Michael Bendis, and more!

“Marvel would like to thank everyone for making 2009 such a milestone year,” says Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales and Circulation Publishing David Gabriel.  “As we wrap up our 70th Anniversary, we wanted to partner with local comic book shops to show our gratitude and also wish everyone a safe, happy, and marvelous 2010!”

Swing by your participating local comic shop on December 30 for your free giveaways at the Marvel New Year’s Eve EVE party and make yours Marvel in 2010!

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Free Comic Book Day 2010 Lineup Announced

Here’s the official Free Comic Book Day 2010 announcement and lineup, and you can get more information about the event at the FCBD website: www.freecomicbookday.com. The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee is pleased to announce the Gold and Silver Sponsors and their comic books for FCBD 2010, which will be held Saturday, May 1, 2010. Selected by retailers who serve on the FCBD Committee, this year’s roster of Gold and Silver Sponsors and their books include a comic book for everyone’s tastes:

Gold Comic Books
• Ape Entertainment: Kizoic Presents: Shrek and the Penguins of Madagascar
• Archie Comics: Archie’s Summer Splash!
• Archaia Entertainment: Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock Flip Book
• BOOM! Studios: Toy Story
• Dark Horse Comics: Doctor Solar/Magnus: Robot Fighter
• DC Comics: War of the Supermen #0
• Drawn & Quarterly: YOW! The John Stanley Library
• IDW Publishing: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #155-1/2
• Image Comics: Fractured Fables
• Marvel Comics: Iron Man/Thor

Silver Comic Books
• Archie Comics: Sonic The Hedgehog: Hide & Seek & Destroy!
• Aspen MLT: Worlds of Aspen
• Asylum Press: Fearless Dawn/Asylum Press Sampler
• Bluewater Productions: S.E. Hinton’s/Fame
• Bongo Comics: Bongo Comics Free For All
• BOOM! Studios: Irredeemable #1
• DC Comics: DC Kids Mega Sampler
• Del Rey Comics: Del Rey Showcase
• Dynamite Entertainment: Green Hornet #1
• Fantagraphics Books: Weathercraft: A Frank Comic
• Gemstone Publishing: The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics
• IDW Publishing: Library of American Comics #0
• Maerkle Press: Love and Capes #13
• Marvel Comics: Iron Man:Supernova
• New England Comics: The Tick #1 Special Edition
• Oni Press: Oni Press Free-For-All
• Oni Press: Sixth Gun #1
• Radical Publishing: Radical: Bigger Books! Bigger Value!
• Red 5 Comics: Atomic Robo and Friends
• Storm Lion: Freedom Formula: Speed Metal Overtures
• Th3rd World Studios: Stuff of Legend/Mortal Instruments
• Top Shelf Productions: Owly & Friends
• Top Cow Productions: Artifacts: First Look

ADDITIONAL ITEMS
• Upper Deck: Upper Deck Marvel TCG Promo Pack
• NECA/WizKids: Marvel Heroclix: War Machine Figure

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Captain America Targeted for a June Start

Director Joe Johnston, whose next film The Wolfman hits theaters on February 12, revealed to Fangoria that Marvel Studios is planning a June start for The First Avenger: Captain America. The start is mentioned in an article on Johnston taking over as director for The Wolfman:

Principal photography was now less than four weeks away. “By the time I got on a plane and arrived, it was three,” recalls Johnston, speaking from the art department of The First Avenger: Captain America, which he’s readying for a June start.”

Paramount Pictures will distribute The First Avenger: Captain America on July 22, 2011. No cast members have been announced yet.

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Inception Movie Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the new trailer for The Dark Knight helmer Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Opening in conventional and IMAX theaters on July 16, the sci-fi actioner is set within the architecture of the mind and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine and Dileep Rao.

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Do You Want To Watch the Opening Scene to the Final Season Premiere of LOST?

Can’t wait for the LOST premiere on February 2nd, 2010? Enter the LOST:The Final Season Sweepstakes HERE, and you could be one of 815 to win a message in a bottle with an exclusive sneak peek of the season 6 premiere. Is it your destiny to be among them?

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Picturing the Past 10 Years

Phillip Niemeyer is an art director at Double Triple, an art and design studio. He created this clever pictographic chart that showcases the major trends that defined the 2000s. Please click on the image below to view larger.

Link: nytimes.com

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Happy Birthday, Stan Lee!

An American icon; comic book writer, editor Stan Lee turns 87 years old today. Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee was born in 1922 in New York City. The former President and the chairman of Marvel Comics created legendary comic book characters such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and countless others.  Lee changed the industry by introducing complex, relatable characters and established a shared universe where they resided. In addition, he also led the first major successful challenge to the industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority and forced it to reform its not-relevant policies. Stan Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small publishing house into a successful multimedia corporation.

Lee has received a multitude of awards for his contributions to the graphic medium and was formally inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. He received his own star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008.

Stan Lee was my childhood idol and I wish him continued success.  Thank you for the countless enjoyable hours of my youth. Your stories fueled my imagination and dreams. The wealth of wonderful characters and fantastic stories that you created changed my perception of reading; what was once a chore became a pleasure.  Happy Birthday Stan, Excelsior!


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The 15 Most Influential Video Games of the Decade

Wired Magazine’s list of the most influential video games of the past decade includes games that made big leaps in defining big-budget grand adventure or others that pushed the envelope on game design.

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Ford Brings Wi-Fi to the Highway

Ford is making its cars into mobile Wi-Fi hot spots. The next generation of the Sync in-car entertainment and information system will use a USB mobile broadband modem to establish a secure wireless connection capable of supporting several devices simultaneously.

The system will be available next year on selected models — no word yet which ones — and you won’t need a subscription or hardware beyond the modem.

“While you’re driving to grandma’s house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas. “And you’re not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have.”

Several automakers already offer in-car Internet access — Japanese drivers have been using it since 1997 — and many others are rushing to bring it to us. Ford’s announcement follows General Motors’ promise last week to make in-car connectivity available in seven models of trucks and SUVs.

Mercedes recently announced it has successfully tested in-vehicle internet applications – including web browsing, vehicle software updates and VOIP — on a prototype 4G network. It follows BMW’s Internet-connected iDrive system and Chrysler’s Uconnect Web in-vehicle mobile hotspot. With so many automakers getting in on the action, there’s a push to introduce hardware standards.

Ford is taking a decidedly different approach, opting to allow consumers to plug in their own USB modem to get connected.

General Motors, on the other hand, offers a dealer-installed system called Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile. It creates a Wi-Fi hot spot 300 feet in diameter around the vehicle, and GM claims the 3G network achieves speeds of up to 1.5 mbps. The hardware costs $199 after the $200 mail-in rebate, and the service costs $29 a month.

Given how connected we are, it makes sense for automakers to put the Internet in our cars. The number of iPhones and other mobile devices being used to connect to the Internet jumped 75 percent in the third quarter of this year, according to JiWire Mobile Audiences Insights Report.

Letting people log on from the road will be a big selling point among 20-something buyers, the so-called Millennials who have propelled much of Sync’s success. Millennials will make up 28 percent of the driving population next year, a nine-point increase from 2004.

Kids aside, Ford says interest in in-car connectivity is high among the general public, with one-third of people surveyed by the Consumer Electronics Association expressing interest in being able to check e-mail or surf the Web from the car.

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EyeClops Night Vision 2.0 Infrared Stealth Binoculars

Find out what goes on after the lights go out with the Eyeclops Night Vision 2.0 Infrared Stealth Binoculars ($59.99). Featuring real infrared night vision technology, these binoculars allow you to see up to 50 feet in total darkness. Kids eight years and older will love switching the binoculars to spy mode for covert operations, or using the long-range mode for peripheral surveillance. With a high contrast dual-eye LCD display and an adjustable focus, the Eyeclops binoculars provide a clear window to a never-before-seen world.

Designed for covert operations, the binoculars feature action detailing and black coloration that lets kids operate under the radar. The dual display provides clear images that can be seen with both eyes, and the form-fitting eyepiece with eye-width adjustment ensures a comfortable fit. A black neck strap makes sure that the binoculars won’t fall or get lost in the middle of the night.

The Eyeclops features four different modes for different types of operations. Stealth Mode makes you utterly invisible by removing the light that is emitted by the binoculars. Long-range mode helps you focus on people or objects that are as far as 50 feet away. Both Spy mode and Military mode alter your field of vision to simulate the effect of using real infrared binoculars. (Five “AA” batteries not included).

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The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas

While you’re wrapping gifts and preparing to feast with family and friends, ponder these bizarre Christmas facts.

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Happy Holidays From The Fire Wire

However you celebrate the Holidays, The Fire Wire wishes you peace and happiness at this joyous time of year. I thank you for the most valuable gift of your time as you stop by to read our daily updates.

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The Fire Wire Holiday Gift Guide – LEGO Architectural Sets

LEGO recently unveiled a new product line called LEGO Architecture. The LEGO Group and Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures officially introduced the LEGO Architecture line in 2008. The line currently consists of six famous structures including two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous and recognizable buildings, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater.

With models developed in collaboration with architects, LEGO Architecture works to inspire future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world with the LEGO brick as a medium. Builders of all ages can now collect and construct their favorite worldwide architectural sites through these artistic replicas that vary in price from $20 – $100.

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Hawkman Might Come To The Big Screen

Warner Brothers and DC Comics are possibly teaming up for a big screen treatment of Hawkman.

The comic book adaptation, which is still in rumor status, is said to be described as a cross between Indiana Jones, Da Vinci Code and Ghost.

Hawkman uses archaic weaponry and large artificial wings attached by a harness made of the Nth metal that allows for flight. Most incarnations of Hawkman work closely with a partner slash romantic interest, Hawkgirl or Hawkwoman in his fight against supervillians. Hawkman is also a charter member of the Justice League.

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Warner Brothers Unveils Massive Clint Eastwood DVD Box Set

So you’ve got The Dirty Harry Collection, The Man with No Name Trilogy and maybe one of the other previously released Clint Eastwood DVD box sets, but still you need more Clint. Well, you must be feeling pretty lucky, punk, because Warner Brothers have just announced plans to release a rather insane collection of Clint Eastwood’s films early next year. Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros will be a 19-disc set that covers all of his movies released through Warner Brothers between 1968 and 2008, starting with Where Eagles Dare and ending with Gran Torino.

Extras include:

  • The Eastwood Factor: A short film by Richard Schickel about Eastwood
  • 24-page sampler booklet from Clint: A Retrospective by Richard Schickel
  • Rare and one-of-a-kind correspondence and photos
  • Hours of special features including commentaries and featurettes
  • Collectible DVD album packaging

Look for it in stores on February 16th, 2010, at a suggested retail price of $179.98. Check out the full list of films that will be included:

Where Eagles Dare
Kelly’s Heroes
Dirty Harry
Magnum Force
The Enforcer
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Gauntlet
Every Which Way But Loose
Bronco Billy
Any Which Way You Can
Honkytonk Man
Firefox
Sudden Impact
City Heat
Tightrope
Pale Rider
Heartbreak Ridge
Bird
The Dead Pool
Pink Cadillac
White Hunter, Black Heart
The Rookie
Unforgiven
A Perfect World
The Bridges of Madison County
Absolute Power
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
True Crime
Space Cowboys
Blood Work
Mystic River
Million Dollar Baby
Letters from Iwo Jima
Gran Torino

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New Ricky Gervais Animated Show to Premiere on HBO on February 19th, 2010

The Ricky Gervais Animated Show is due to premiere on HBO on February 19th, 2010.

Gervais has made the show with the US film company MRC, with whom he worked on the recent movie The Invention of Lying, and the animation house Wildbrain.

Based on his series of audiobooks, The Ricky Gervais Show will feature the same banter between the comedian and his sidekicks Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, with animation accompanying original recordings of the Trio.

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The Roddler Stroller

With hot rod-styling and high-end materials, The Roddler ($2,000) just might be the world’s coolest stroller. It features two rear and one front chrome wheels with fin-shaped fenders and white wall tires, color-matching brakes, wheel bullets, chassis, seat, and top, stainless steel hardware, chrome grips, an ultrasuede seat insert for comfort and carbon vinyl leatherette for the seat and top for added durability. Better yet, order one with the Trike kit included ($2,500) and transform the stroller into a cool tricycle when you’re child is ready to take the wheel. (From Uncrate)

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The Fire Wire Holiday Gift Guide – The Flip Mino HD Camcorder

The Flip Mino HD ($230) is the world’s smallest HD camcorder, recording up to 120 minutes of 720p widescreen HD video to its internal 8GB of storage. The Mino HD, which weighs just over 3 ounces, also features a 1.5 inch anti-glare LCD display, one-touch recording, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Packed in a new design with a brushed metal finish, the new camcorder is a generous 2-inch anti-glare display with 960 x 240 pixel resolution.

The device also includes a built-in omni-directional microphone, speakers with separate volume control, HDMI output and a 2x digital zoom.

The Flip MinoHD Camcorder comes bundled with FlipShare software enabling users to upload personal videos directly to their Facebook account without the need of a personal computer.  No charger is necessary as the Mino has a flip up USB connection which can plug into any PC or laptop to charge.  Put the power of HD in your pocket. MinoHD offers stunningly crisp, HD-quality video in a sleek, simple camcorder that’s desirable and ultra portable!

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The Fire Wire Holiday Gift Guide – The Beatles Remastered Box Set

The original Beatles catalog has been digitally remastered for the first time. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. The collection ($170)comprises all 12 Beatles albums in stereo, with track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK, and ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ which became part of The Beatles’ core catalogue when the CDs were first released in 1987. In addition, the collections ‘Past Masters Vol. I and II’ are now combined as one title, for a total of 14 titles over 16 discs. This will mark the first time that the first four Beatles albums will be available in stereo in their entirety on compact disc. These 14 albums, along with a DVD collection of the documentaries, will be available for purchase together in a stereo boxed set. Within each CD’s new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. With the exception of the ‘Past Masters’ set, newly produced mini-documentaries on the making of each album, directed by Bob Smeaton, are included as QuickTime files on each album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere.

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Magellan Reveals Details About its iPhone Premium Car Kit

Magellan has revealed further details of its upcoming Premium Car Kit. The adjustable, rotating car mount is compatible with most skins and cases, and features Bluetooth for hands-free calling, a noise canceling microphone, a built-in GPS receiver for greater accuracy, an auxiliary audio output, the ability to recharge the connected device, and compatibility with the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and second- and third-generation iPod touch units. The Magellan Premium Car Kit is available for pre-order now and will sell for $130.

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