‘The Angry Birds Movie’ Has An Advantage Over The Biggest Video Game Movies Of All Time

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This Friday, the lucrative Finnish Angry Birds app-game franchise takes the relentless battle between ball-shaped birds and pigs from the smartphone to the cineplex. Complete with a star-laden voiceover cast and an absence of other animated kids fare on the silver screen to compete with, producers Sony and Rovio Entertainment are optimistic in the movie’s ability to perform with the public, forecasting a $40m opening weekend for the film.

Despite such sunny financial forecasts, The Angry Birds Movie has already experienced its share of consternation from the movie-going public as yet another example of brand-driven dreck being thrust upon the masses. However, with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 51%, the film is already head and shoulders above even its most successful brethren within its critically-panned genre: The Movie Adapted From A Video Game.

 

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Often in spite of good storytelling or memorable performances, movies adapted from video games have a decades-long history of hedging their marketing almost solely on brand recognition and fan-service. The low quality of these films is reflected in their Rotten Tomatoes scores, with nary a “Fresh” rating in sight within the top 20 box-office successes. Even among the five most successful at the box office (visualized above), the most critically acclaimed of them all, 2010′s Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, was only able to conjure a 36% rating.

Of course, these movies aren’t made in the interest of pleasing critics. Getting the video game’s sizable fanbase to fill in seats at the theater has always been the strategy (one that has even greenlit plans for an upcoming, live-action Tetris movie, of all things). But even with a rating still in the “Rotten” spectrum, The Angry Birds Movie‘s current 51% score might spur interest beyond the game’s fan following, allowing the unusually positive critical response to successfully transition the movie’s public perception away from the stigma of video game adaptation and onto further financial success.

WhatsApp launches desktop app

WhatsApp users will now have native access to their conversations on their desktop via the new desktop app.

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has launched a desktop application that mirrors conversations and messages from a user’s smartphone device.

The new desktop application is available for users running Windows 8 or Mac OS 10.9 and above, and can be synced with WhatsApp on a user’s mobile device.

In a blog post, WhatsApp said that because the app runs natively on the desktop, it can support desktop notifications and keyboard shortcuts.

At the start of the year, the company removed its $1-a-year subscription fee as an attempt to look for new ways to connect with its users.

The company promised it would not introduce third-party ads to make up for the revenue shortfall.

A month later, WhatsApp announced it was dropping support for BlackBerry OS as well as BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60. The company also said it was dropping support for Android version 2.1 and 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1.

“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” WhatsApp said at the time.

WhatsApp was recently caught up in an ongoing battle with telecom regulators across the world. South Africa’s two largest telcos, MTN and Vodacom, wanted to see over the top services regulated, while Brazil’s telcos were particularly disgruntled by WhatsApp offering voice call functionality and sought to have WhatsApp declared illegal.

Another ban was placed on WhatsApp at the start of the month in Brazil, which was overturned three days later, after Facebook failed to provide police access to users’ data for a criminal investigation. The police had requested for a conversation that took place in a WhatsApp messaging group, as well as other data that included geolocation.

As of February 1, Whatsapp has 1 billion monthly active users.

New Instagram unveils new logo, but it’s not quite picture perfect

Photo sharing app unveils new sunset-coloured logo and a sleeker in-app look, but opinion is mixed1400 

How the Instagram main logo and accompanying app logos have changed. Photograph: Instagram

Instagram, the photo sharing app owned by Facebook, responsible for such cultural highlights as hot-dog legs, The Fat Jewish memes and Rich Kids of, well, Instagram, has debuted a new logo.

The previous one, a retro-looking camera, and one of the most recognisable tech logos out there, has been replaced by a background swirl of sunset colours (orange, yellow, pink, purple) and a white outline of a camera. As if the camera was murdered, and chalk was drawn around its body. Murdered at sundown. Here it is:

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The brand new Instagram logo. Photograph: Instagram

The new logo was announced via a blog post, a longer post on Medium from head of design, Ian Spalter, and also a short introductory film. The kind that is usually intensely annoying, but actually this one is quite cute (warning though: the end has a lot of flashing and intense colours).

The blog post asserts that the “Instagram community has evolved over the past five years from a place to share filtered photos to so much more – a global community of interests sharing more than 80m photos and videos every day. Our updated look reflects how vibrant and diverse your storytelling has become.”

Opinion on social media from Instagram users is split.

Google, Oracle battle in court over Android


A month-long trial in a copyright battle between Oracle Corp. and Google Inc. began in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday.

Redwood City-based Oracle claims Google infringed on copyrighted Java programming language in developing its Android operating system for smartphones, tablets and other devices.

If Oracle wins the claim, it may seek up to $8.8 billion in damages from the $42 billion in profits it says Mountain View-based Google has earned from Android, according to documents Oracle filed in the case.

Google’s defense is that its use of the programming, known as application programming interfaces or APIs, was “fair use,” a legal doctrine under which a limited amount of copyrighted material can be used if it is transformed in some way or has a different purpose.

The APIs were developed in the 1990s by Sun Microsystems Inc., which was acquired by Oracle in 2010.

Testimony began today following jury selection Monday in the court of U.S. District Judge William Alsup.

Although Google is the defendant in the case, it has been allowed by Alsup to present its side first because it has the burden of proving its assertion of fair use.

The company’s first witness today was former Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt, who is now the executive chairman of Google’s recently formed parent corporation, Alphabet Inc.

Schmidt told the jury that when Google was developing Android nine years ago, he didn’t believe the company needed a license from Sun for the APIs:

“We believed our approach was appropriate and permitted.”

Under questioning from Google attorney Robert Van Nest, Schmidt said that in 2007, Sun’s chief executive officer Jonathan Schwartz knew Google was building Android with Java, never expressed disapproval and never said Google needed a license from Sun.

In cross-examination by Oracle attorney Peter Bicks, Schmidt acknowledged that he had said in 2007 that Google was under pressure to compete with the Apple Inc.’s newly released iPhone.

He also acknowledged that in a 2008 interview, he said:

“From a Google perspective, intellectual property rights are fundamental to how we operate.”

Schmidt’s testimony will be completed when the trial resumes in Alsup’s Federal Building courtroom Wednesday. Oracle Executive Chairman Larry Ellison is expected to testify later in the trial.

West Ham sink Manchester United in thrilling Upton Park send-off

4004Louis van Gaal’s knack for escapism has been a pronounced feature of the season but on a wild night in east London, when West Ham United yelled farewell to their home of 112 years, the Manchester United manager could not summon the trick when he needed it so sorely.

The equation had been simple enough. Win here and, with Manchester City stumbling, an unlikely shot at the redemption of a fourth-placed finish would be his. It has felt for a long time that Van Gaal needs qualification for the Champions League to keep himself alive at Old Trafford.
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Van Gaal has used up a clutch of lifelines during what has been a trying season and, for a period in the second half, he could finally enjoy control of his destiny. West Ham should have been out of sight at half-time, such was their dominance of the first period but they were not and, when Anthony Martial conjured a pair of finishes on the counterattack, the result that Van Gaal craved was on.

But this was West Ham’s party and nobody was going to spoil it. The practical consideration for them was a victory to fire their Europa League qualification hopes. But this evening was about much more than that. Their supporters shouted themselves hoarse and there was delirium when they got the late goals that their overall performance deserved.

United’s vulnerability in the air was exposed when first Michail Antonio headed past David de Gea from Dimitri Payet’s ball in and then Winston Reid powered home from another Payet assist. For the visitors, there was dismay. West Ham partied long into the night.

United had arrived late, as they did at Tottenham Hotspur last month, and it had not been a pretty entrance. As their team bus was snarled up on Green Street, it was pelted with bottles and other missiles. On the upside, the reinforced windows did their job but, more serious, were the chaotic scenes around them. Briefly, there was panic. Parents lifted their children on to their shoulders. Eye witnesses talked of a crush.
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The decision had been taken to open the turnstiles later than usual and, with many more people than normal just showing up outside, it did not take a genius to work out that there might be congestion. The Football Association is to investigate.

It was one feature of an evening that was charged with emotion, and footballing significance – not least for Van Gaal, who has seemingly been on the brink since December. That he was still standing at the kick-off felt remarkable but, all of a sudden, a golden opportunity had opened up for him.

His team had to seize the occasion but it was West Ham who flew out of the blocks. The hot atmosphere drove them. United were all over the place in the early running and West Ham might have been further in front by the midway point of the first half.

There was the moment on 20 minutes when Daley Blind, mindful of Sakho to his left, stayed deep as his fellow defenders pushed out. West Ham played through the centre with ease and there was Andy Carroll, one-on-one against De Gea. The goalkeeper saved.

Antonio bundled the ball into the net at the end of West Ham’s next move and launched into his gyrating celebratory dance before he noticed that the flag had gone up. The deflected cross from the right had curled out and then back in. With Carroll’s aerial presence causing problems and the smaller creative players – particularly Manuel Lanzini – buzzing around him, West Ham called the tune. It was one-way traffic.

The breakthrough had come when Aaron Cresswell slipped a pass up to Manuel Lanzini, who was in yards of space in the inside left channel, and Sakho dropped smartly off Blind for the cut-back. Sakho shot first time and his effort flicked off Blind to spin beyond De Gea and into the corner.

United’s travelling supporters watched through their fingers. Wayne Rooney tried to stabilise his team from a central midfield role, seeking to chisel out any kind of foothold with some possession, but it was West Ham who brought the blood and thunder.

Slaven Bilic howled when Payet jinked inside, after Mark Noble had robbed Marcos Rojo to feed him, only to balloon his shot high. Rooney was barracked for getting into Mike Dean’s ear at half-time but his team-mates looked as though they could not get off the field quickly enough.
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It felt like a reprieve for Van Gaal that he was confronted only by a 1-0 deficit at the interval. He and his players sought to make the most of it. The equaliser came from United’s first chance of any note and it followed a bit of tomfoolery from the West Ham fans behind De Gea’s goal. They refused to give the ball back to him but they did when another one had been supplied for him.

De Gea promptly drove United up the field with a long clearance and it was surprising to see how West Ham allowed Marcus Rashford the space to wait for the overlapping Juan Mata, before releasing him. This counter from the visitors packed a punch. Mata crossed from the right and Martial tapped home. Game on. De Gea turned to pump his fists and his hips proactively at the fans behind him. A bottle was thrown in his direction.

Still, West Ham created chances. Payet curled wide, Sakho sent a stooping header over the crossbar and Carroll saw a header cleared off the line by Martial. It was breathless stuff. But while Van Gaal’s team needed only one goal, the danger bubbled.

They got it when Rooney, showing a burst that many feared was beyond him, drove the visitors forward, feeding Rashford, who moved it on to Martial. He burned around Winston Reid and, with Darren Randolph expecting a cross, he exposed him at the near post. Van Gaal sensed a smash-and-grab win. West Ham had other ideas.

GTA 5 Update: Rockstar tease more info for summer DLC, Black Ops 3 news – Xbox One report

gta-5-dlc-668371UPDATE ONE: Rockstar have revealed their new GTA 5 update plans for online multiplayer in 2016.Rockstar say they have some massive, feature-rich updates in the pipeline for GTA Online in the weeks and months ahead, giving a quick rundown in a recent post to fans.

Further adventures in finance and felony – the successor to Executives and Other Criminals is set to open freemode to contraband trafficking, allowing fans to run new street merchandise, direct from their HQ.

“You’ll be working with your team from a selection of big new properties that serve as both headquarters for your Organization and warehouses for your hot merchandise,” the Rockstar message reads.

“Manage inventory directly from your HQ, arranging to buy and sell anything from jewels to narcotics to medical supplies from a range of nefarious suppliers.

“Expect the unexpected as you head out with your team to make each pickup. Keep your stock in mint condition to maintain value and sell at a profit – and watch for raids on your warehouses between shipments!”

Another new option coming to the game includes Cunning stunts, this will introduce a new range of creative and fun games, something for fans of the Rockstar Creator Tool.

“Expect a slew of new stunt-ready vehicles and gear – and the inspired Creator scene will be getting a vast new set of props, for an evolution of stunting, racing and trials-style creations, and other gameplay possibilities that will surely defy imagination,” the Rockstar message adds.

8 Things Ladies Do That Make Guys Tag Them Hungry Ladies

In the society and social media at large, guys
are quick to condemn and bully ladies, calling
them all sort of names for their acts.
However, we should not always blame guys for
treating ladies with disdain but vice versa
supposed to be the case.
Briefly, I shall discuss things ladies do that
make guys tag them hungry babes.
1. They see it as guys duty to recharge and
subscribe on their lines
An average Nigerian lady is so lazy that her
brain is so centred to believe her financial
pressure should be mounted on guys. You see
them depending on guys for ridiculous things
such as data bundle, recharge cards and many
more. Guys tag ladies of this nature as hungry
ladies.
2. They become moody If the guy has not credit
their bank account
I have seen situation where ladies become
extremely moody if a guy fails to keep his
promise of sending money to their account.
They resort into annoying and boring attitudes
doing chat by giving monosyllabic response.
3. They hate the Idea of doing dutch on dates
I shake my head most especially to hungry
Nigerian Ladies who believe all dates must be
sponsored by guys. They believe the idea of
doing dutch on dates must be scrap.
4. They deny him s*x if he fails to drop money
Some ladies have this notion that guys can
only have access to their kitty-cat if only he
drops money on such occasion. If that is their
notion, then why can’t they resort into
prostitution?
5. They see all rich guys as husband material
There’s nothing bad seeking financial security
when going on a date with a dude but some
ladies see every rich guys as husband material
even if their money was made from robbery,
yahoo yahoo and rituals. Ladies with this belief
are synonymous to hungry girls.
6. They request for gifts in every occasion
Hungry Ladies believe guys must offer them
gift on every occasion aside their birthday
which includes independence day, new month
wishes, festive reasons and even traditional
celebration like sango day. The most annoying
thing is during the guy’s birthday, they
purchase “tokunbo” boxers, singlets and
handkerchief as a gift for him.
7. They always look for car lifts
This attitude is common to hungry ladies who
always look for someone with car to pick them.
Sighting them is easy on the road side as they
put on heavy make up, dark specs and all that.
The moment any big jeep park few metres from
their position, you will see them chasing the
jeep like jaguar.
8. They eat like glutton on a date
Guys detest ladies who eat as if there is no
tomorrow when on a date as they are seen as
hungry girl. Some of them go as far as ordering
foods (take away) for their friends, family
members, siblings, and enemies.

Dbanj Blasts Nigerians Who Laugh At Him For Selling Garri

Pop star D’banj took to social media to slammed
Nigerians for placing much attention of
imported products and failed to support their
own insisting many of the products we embrace
and cherish in the country are foreign products.
Read his emotional outburst after the cut:
He wrote
Guys, KokoGarri is available on Konga & in
Ebeano Stores!
Who owns Ciroc vodka? Who owns Beats
headphones? Who own RocknRepublic? The
list goes on. What we do in Nigeria is to laugh
at people’s hustle.
And when it starts paying, creating jobs and
moving the person to the next level, we are
quick to ask why is the person living so large?
Does he know how many people are hustling
and going to bed hungry? But we don’t
consider the person’s hustle in the beginning
worthy of support.
I am a strong Supporter of Nigerian Brands.
How many politicians bought this Koko Garri
to give their supporters?
But they gave imported rice abi? When
Otunba Ghadaffi started his mobile toilets,
people called him “Agbe po!!!”
It wasn’t for long, others joined DMT to do
what he was laughed at.
I know that a few think what’s DBanj
thinking to invest in Garri.
Newsflash!!!! I bet you all that is a $30b
market. KOKOGARRI to be promoted &
distributed in hotels and restaurants.
Wherever beans and moi-moi is served, there
should be packs of Koko Garri as options to
pap, dodo and yam. Trust me, you will see
how it will grow.
I think there should be a Garri soaking
competition sef. The hamburger competitions
we see on television don’t even have as
much entertainment value…
Round 1, Koko Garri and groundnuts, Round
2, Koko Garri and coconut, Round 3 Koko and
Kilishi… Powered by Eva Water and Dangote
sugar… Winner gets a Koko Garri distribution
vehicle and a start up store
#KokoGarri #IjebuRedefined#NigerianBrand
cc @iambangalee