Horror Movie Themed Piñatas for the Whole Family to Enjoy



Who says that piñatas are just for kids? Etsy seller HangMeOfficial has given us a reason to enjoy our childhood again as she brings a collection of homemade piñatas featuring horror characters that have tormented us over the years. If any of these characters scarred your childhood, here is your chance to exorcise those demons by beating the hell out of them and getting some candy in the process. 


Some of the horror characters represented include Freddy Krueger, Jason, Jigsaw, Pennywise the Clown, Michael Myers, Chucky, Leatherface and more! Check ’em out!



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Check out stunning 360-degree views of NYC straight from your browser


We all spend plenty of time complaining about whatever wireless carrier we shell out money to every month to keep us connected while on the go, but rarely do wireless customers ever consider how difficult it actually is to provide coverage in any specific area. New York City is one particularly challenging location when it comes to mobile connectivity, and AT&T just launched a pretty cool web experience to explain just why that’s the case and what they’re doing to make the network stronger.

“In NYC, coverage, quality and capacity is the name of the game,” AT&T explains in a blog post for its new Connecting New York City experience. “This means our engineers had to create a living, breathing network that is able to cover both full-time city-dwellers and commuters that depend on connectivity in the bridges, tunnels, and trains. And whether our customers live in Manhattan full time or commute in for work, the need to stay connected is something all New Yorkers have in common.”

The company filmed high resolution 360-degree video in several iconic locations around New York City including Central Park, 30 Rockefeller Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge. The video — which can be viewed via a VR headset or simply panned around right in your web browser — serves as a backdrop for AT&T to explain the changes and improvements they’re making to their hardware around the city in order to improve connectivity.


Some of the more interesting tidbits include the difficulty of improving wireless coverage in the heart of central park due to the ban on installing infrastructure — leading AT&T to build cell sites right into the existing light poles, which is apparently totally fine — and the task of improving underground signals by actually building cell sites below the surface of the city.



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First Look at Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins Is Practically Perfect in Every Way



Disney has released the first photo of Emily Blunt in the role of Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns. I always thought she was a perfect choice for the role, and after seeing this photo it solidifies the fact that it was inspired casting. Yeah, I know it’s just a little photo tease but she looks great, and I’m sure it will spark some excitement among Mary Poppins fans. 

The film is currently shooting in London and has a great cast that includes Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana), Ben Whishaw (SPECTRE), Emily Mortimer (Hugo), Julie Walters (Harry Potter films), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). Even Dick Van Dyke is in the film! He plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. It was also recently announced that Angela Lansbury will play the Balloon Lady, a character from PL Travers’ original children’s books.


Set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels), Mary Poppins Returnsis drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep)

The film is being directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago), and it will be released in theaters on December 25th, 2018.



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The Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 might both be impossible to buy at launch


With Mobile World Congress now over, it’s pretty clear that the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 will be two of the top handsets of the year. Samsung will unveil its next flagship in late March and launch it sometime in April, while Apple will announce and release its next-gen iPhones in September.

But a new report hints that shortages might be in stores for both handsets, and the Galaxy S8 might suffer more than the iPhone 8.

It turns out that component suppliers aren’t able to meet demands for the next-gen 10nm chips that are supposed to power both Samsung and Apple’s next phones.

The iPhone 8 is expected to feature an A11 chip built on TSMC’s 10nm process. The Galaxy S8, meanwhile, will have 10nm chips from Qualcomm (the Snapdragon 835) and Samsung (the Exynos 8995), both manufactured by Samsung. But Digitimes’ supply chain sources say that 10nm yield rates don’t look promising at all.

The sources say that yield rates have pushed back schedules to launch next-gen products — such is the case with the Galaxy S8, which was reportedly delayed in part because of production issues with the Snapdragon 835.


TSMC’s 10nm yields have “been too low to boost the process to economies of scale,” the report notes. The next-gen iPhone chip isn’t specifically mentioned, but there’s one piece of evidence that seems to also indicate Apple might be affected. A few days ago, news broke out that Apple’s 2017 iPads would launch in May or June, much later than the anticipated March window. Are low 10nm chip yields to blame?

Digitimes does mention one TSMC client that’ll be directly affected by the delays: MediaTek. The company’s Helio X30, a 10nm chip, was delayed as well. MediaTek expects to provide Helio X30 chips to handset makers in the second half of the year.

MediaTek co-COO Jeffrey Ju confirmed the news to Nikkei, saying that the chip “a bit delayed because the yield rate of 10nm process technology has not yet reached a satisfactory level.”

If foundries are able to improve 10nm yield rates in the second quarter, smartphones using the new chips will account for 10% of the overall shipments during the quarter, the report says.



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Zack Snyder Releases Aquaman Underwater Test Footage From JUSTICE LEAGUE



Justice League director Zack Snyder recently shared some underwater test footage of Jason Momoa as Aquaman. It gives us our first real look at how Aquaman will move around underwater. I assume this footage was done for Justice League, but the same VFX will most likely be used in James Wan‘s Aquaman

We also get our first look at Patrick Wilson as the villain Orm, aka Ocean Master. He is the person that Aquaman is swimming up to in the footage you’re about to watch below. If you’re excited about Aquaman, this is definitely some really cool stuff! Hopefully we get to see some actual clear footage of some underwater Aquaman scenes in the near future. 


Check out the footage below and let us know what you think of it.



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We tried the crazy smartphone camera zoom you can’t even buy yet


It’s not uncommon to see companies announce products that aren’t really ready to be used at major trade shows. They can’t even be touched while on the floor, because they might sport unfinished hardware or software. Eventually, these products do get made according to the announced specs, and you get to buy them a few months later. But this year, Chinse smartphone maker Oppo did things a little differently. It announced a massive smartphone camera innovation, one that it teased in the weeks preceding the event — but that camera has no phone.

I was able to test Oppo’s 5X Dual Camera Zoom at MWC 2017, and I walked away impressed. The company came up with an interesting way of improving optical and digital zoom on a camera phone. The problem is that we have no idea when this invention will be available in a smartphone that you can actually buy.

Oppo says in its presentation materials that its dual camera system — the “world’s first periscope-style dual camera technology” — has been more than a year in the making.

The Dual Camera Zoom camera is able to achieve a lossless 5x zoom” even on a thin phone thanks to a new approach to sensor and lens positioning. The camera has a “periscope-style structure to divert light through a prism and into a telephoto lens nested inside the smartphone, set at 90-degree angle to a rear-facing wide-angle lens. Here’s what it looks like:

oppo-5x-dual-camera-zoomImage Source: Oppo

To compensate for vibrations resulting from the actual zooming, Oppo says that it created a new optical image stabilization (OIS) system that can detect vibrations and compensate in real-time.

Oppo told me the system does optical zoom up to 2x, then mixes optical and digital up to 5x. Digital zoom then goes all the way up to 10x. I got to test this new camera system on a phone prototype whose only purpose is to power the Dual Camera Zoom concept.

Before we start, I’ll tell you that the subject of our story is a princess in Oppo’s toy city. She’s sitting with the back to the camera, on the terrace of her big palace, enjoying the day at Oppo’s MWC booth.

She’s sitting a few feet from me, here’s a zoom-less photo of her taken on an iPhone. You can hardly spot her, right?

iphone-camera-sample-2Image Source: Chris Smith, BGR


Let’s look at the same scene captured on Oppo’s camera from the same position at 1x.

oppo-dual-camera-zoom-camera-sample-mwc-2017-hands-on-2Image Source: Chris Smith, BGR

Let’s move on to 2x zoom

oppo-dual-camera-zoom-camera-sample-mwc-2017-hands-on-4Image Source: Chris Smith, BGR

5x magnification.

oppo-dual-camera-zoom-camera-sample-mwc-2017-hands-on-6Image Source: Chris Smith, BGR

Finally, here it is at 10x zoom.

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I took all photos in successive order from the exact same distance. I then opened the gallery on the Oppo demo phone to take pictures of the saved results. The originals aren’t available. However, as you can see, what Oppo did is pretty impressive. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t have any smartphone announcements to make at this time. So all we get from its MWC appearance is a brand new dual-lens camera concept that seems ready to do some incredible zooming.



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Russell Crowe Responds to Suggestion That He Should Play Cable in DEADPOOL 2



There has been a lot of speculation about who might end up playing the growling, time-traveling mutant Cable in the upcoming sequel to Deadpool. There have been campaigns from actors like Stephen Lang and Ron Perlman, and suggestions from fans for people ranging from Pierce Brosnan to Jon Hamm. But although Deadpool and Cable creator Rob Liefeld was the one who suggested Hamm should play Cable, he seems to have changed his tune. Now he’s thinking Russell Crowe should play the part, and Crowe has responded on Twitter (via /Film).


Here’s how the exchange went down. First, Liefeld told Crowe that the actor should read for the part:



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Oscars 2017 live stream: How to watch the Academy Awards online


Want to see Leonardo DiCaprio present an Oscar for the first time as an Oscar winner? Want to watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho sing a song from Moana? Want to find out if La La Land can bring home more trophies than any movie in the history of award shows? Then tune in tonight at 5:30 pm PT / 8:30 pm ET when the Oscars awards ceremony kicks off at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday evening, where Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are all nominated for Best Picture. La La Land is the odds-on favorite, but maybe the Academy will surprise us.

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