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I don’t know if you’ve received the messages or not, but Facebook is ripping out their messaging system from their mobile app and FORCING USERS to install yet one more app on our phones if, that is, we want to keep messaging each other with their product.

I’ve been seeing the “opportunities” to install the messenger time and time again, and declining.  But sooner or later, I’ll be forced.  So be ready when you find yourself getting shoved into a new app you don’t want.

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Ultimately, Facebook is about making money off it’s user database, via marketing demographic information from us, or feeding us content to try and catch our eye while surfing the site.  Keep that in mind.

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Finding Financial Backing for Your Indie Film

Indie films are a force all their own within the larger, Hollywood-dominated market. Fans and critics admire indies for their willingness to take risks with new shooting and directing techniques, edgier acting, dialogue and point of view. The independent film industry has enabled many Hollywood outsiders—particularly women and African-Americans—look outside the usual funding mechanisms to finance their projects. Luckily, money isn’t only in Hollywood, and more than a few of its stars (many of whom got a start with indie directors) are happy to work for lower wages to support indie films. For those who haven’t yet hooked up with a Gyllenhaal or Wes Anderson yet, here are some ways to kick-start your indie film.

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Reviews: ‘Parker’, ‘Safe’ and ‘Redemption’

March 11, 2014

Today’s review is a 3-for-1 set of movie reviews, for movies all starring Jason Statham. And to be honest, you may be very surprised by what I’ve got to say about one of the movies. – Yes, I had a day and decided to play catch up on my Statham movie experience. As Jason Statham […]

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Continue the Fun of Your Favorite TV Shows With These iPhone Games

March 3, 2014

There’s a reason they call it brain candy. Popular television shows are simple to digest, fun to watch, and are great to experience with friends and family. When the show is over you can watch reruns on your mobile device, but what about a little bit of interactive fun? Developers have come up with iPhone […]

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Netflix to Pay Comcast For Better Streaming Speeds?

February 23, 2014

Some time ago, I was pretty frustrated with my Netflix experience as my streaming feed was pretty choppy and blocky at times.  It was o bad that I would not even try cranking up Netflix around dinner time in my time zone. I started doing some research and was seeing a lot of references to […]

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‘Carrie’ (2013) Review

February 17, 2014

Carrie (2013) is a remake of the 1976 movie starts out full speed ahead, as we watch a confused mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore), giving birth to a child.  She’s confused because she didn’t know she was pregnant until the child popped out. For some reason, she almost kills the child, but something stays her […]

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What 2014 Has In Store For BYOD

February 12, 2014

The ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) phenomenon is slowly but surely becoming the norm in U.S. workplaces. A 2012 survey by Microsoft found that 67 percent of workers use their personal devices at work whether the company has a BYOD policy or not. A 2013 Vanson Bourne survey (commissioned by Dell) found that 74 percent […]

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Does ABBA Hate Animals, Or Just Hate Rescuing SPCA Animals?

February 10, 2014

The other day I was introduced to a very cute video from the Wake County SPCA that matches up the entire crew from the facility lip-syncing to ABBA’s Take a Chance on Me. The task was done in one take. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it is pretty awesome. And everyone looks pretty dang happy […]

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The Real Cost of Super Bowl TV Ads

February 2, 2014

Does the Cost of Super Bowl TV Ads Make it Worth While? The cost to advertise to the TV audience during the Super Bowl is pretty steep these days, on average, and usually, they’re the secondary and slightly entertaining aspect of the game.  Unless the game is so lackluster that it truly puts your dog […]

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Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) Review

January 31, 2014

Emerald Knights opens right to the point, when a Green Lantern is killed, sliced to pieces, by Shadow Demons. And because of who sent the demons, the Guardians of OA dispatch a squadron of Lanterns to guard their sun, they evacuate the Book and the battery.  But before the battery is sent away, all Lanterns […]

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2014 SUPER BOWL TV Ads

January 30, 2014

Last year I noticed that many vendors were putting up their Big Game ads on YouTube before the Super Bowl, and then afterwards, there was a channel dedicated to the official ads from the game.  Right now that YouTube Super Bowl Ads channel (UPDATE 2-8-14 oops… looks like the game and ads were so bad, […]

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That’s so Kawaii! An Anime Valentine’s Day

January 28, 2014

Valentine’s Day offers the perfect excuse for cuddling up with your honey. While plenty of money exchanges hands on this gushiest of days—the National Retail Federation reports some $18 billion in Valentine’s Day-related sales in 2013—getting a thoughtful gift for your sweetie involves more than the swipe of your credit card and a peck on […]

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Review of Peter Cawdron’s ‘Xenophobia’

January 27, 2014

Xenophobia, by Peter Cawdron, is the tale of first contact and just how well or poorly humanity handles the situation.  And to be honest, I see this tale from Peter Cawdron as a pretty insightful prediction of just how first contact could go down, if it were to happen. In Xenophobia, Earth is visited by […]

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‘The Internship’ (2013) Review

January 26, 2014

The Internship is your classic Vince Vaughn comedy, where you have funny, sad, real, dramatic, funny and finally a good-feel set of moments throughout.  As is usual for his movies, and in this case the movie takes place in and around the mega internet company called Google. The Internship not only starred Vince Vaughn, but  […]

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‘Red Dawn’ (2012) Review

January 25, 2014

The Red Dawn remake opened in theaters on November 21st, 2012. It was originally slated to fail… I mean the script was optioned in 2008, went into pre-production in Apr of 2009.  Filming started in late 2009 and was ready for release in 2010.  But MGM’s financial problems got in the way.  Distributor FilmDistrict picked […]

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Is SYFY Dumping Their Reality and Wrestling Venues?

January 24, 2014

I caught a piece on io9 talking about how Syfy is now looking for good adult entertainment in the genre of science fiction. Wow, I never thought I’d see that sentence in the same paragraph with the name, SYFY.  At least not in this present era.  But things look like they might be getting pushed […]

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Review of Eric Tozzi’s ‘The Scout’

January 23, 2014

The Scout is a fascinating story that combines the intricacies of family, the end of life, human nature to succeed at all cost, and it is all woven around the added complexity of an alien incursion or the potential of one, here on earth. The story starts out with some overlapping elements introduced to the […]

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‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Review

January 21, 2014

This newest of the Jack Ryan movies, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, is a reboot of the Tom Clancy film franchise, where we get a new origins story of our titular character.  It’s rated PG-13 and runs around 105 minutes. In the movie, we watch a young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) in the London School of […]

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