Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 SXSW Interactive Festival.
Leigh Whannell’s Blumhouse collaboration Upgradepremiered at SXSW in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Whannell is the Australian director best known for writing the first three installments of the Saw franchise and all four Insidious movies, so his expertise has long been megaplex horror and critical disdain. This movie — smaller and financed by the most acclaimed horror producer of the last decade — is something new for him.
Upgrade was introduced by Blumhouse boss Jason Blum, who used his time onstage to inject a SXSW volunteer with some kind of neural…
Continuing with one of our most popular wallpaper categories, today’s Wallpapers of the Week are geometric patterns. These abstract, yet mathematically beautiful images are set on a gradient background. Because of their design these images will make excellent Lock or Home screen wallpapers. Importantly, we have received many communications from readers looking for exact dimension wallpapers for their iPhone 6/s/7/8. Today, is your day. The following collection is sized specifically for you!… Read the rest of this post here
Easter eggs are always fun to check out on newly-named Android builds, and this one is no different. However, this may be the first one that actually might be a little hard to look at for long periods of time. Android P’s first Easter egg features a P with a very colorful animation.
You might get a headache from watching this for too long.
The animation actually seems to have a couple of degrees of variation.
Each image depicts people participating in Holi’s colorful festivities, which mark the end of winter and beginning of spring. The festival is largely celebrated within India, but events expand beyond India into the United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, and more.
Two of the images use Portrait Lighting on the iPhone X, a feature that provides several unique lighting effects as a way to emphasize part of an image. Both of the pictures from the Holi festivities use the “Stage Light” effect, which spotlights a subject against a dark background.
Check out Cook’s tweet to see all of the pictures shared from Holi.
People can post just about anything to Facebook: photos, videos, emo song lyrics, GIFs, stickers, shower thoughts with fancy colored backgrounds, etc. But you know what Facebook needs more of? Lists, apparently. That’s now changing. Back in January, our social media guru Matt Navarra spotted a feature that allowed you to create lists with a similar set of gradient backgrounds to status posts. The lists show up as an option when you create a new status, and can be in either numbered or bullet-point form. Although it was only a test at the time, TechCrunch reports the feature will begin…
The parade of Olympic athletes entering Pyeongchang, South Korea, could be quite colorful for a few reasons. Athletes from North and South Korea will enter together for the first time in more than a decade, and viewers at home will be able to see the ceremony — and even some events — like never before. NBCUniversal has decided to make the XXIII Olympic Winter games available to cable and satellite partners in 4K HDR. Dish, DirecTV and Comcast customers who have compatible TV sets and subscriptions will be able to take in the 4K HDR coverage. TechNewsWorld
Nintendo announced the news via Twitter on Friday, telling customers to expect the pair to be available in stores later this month. No price was announced, but they’ll likely sell for the same $ 79.99 that other Joy-Con pairs cost. Nintendo also hasn’t said whether or not they’ll be selling the new colors as individual controllers, like it does with the neon red and neon blue colors.
Technically, the neon green and pink colors were available as standalone purchases in Japan and Europe before now, but…
The design of Google Maps doesn’t get updated very often, so when it does, it’s kind of a big deal. The latest tweaks are all about adding a bit more color to the interface and making things a little easier to pick out as a consequence. What you see will also be more relevant to the mode of transport you’re using, too.
It makes sense for the items on the map to be more contextual.
If you have kids and want to give them a colorful, open-world adventure to enjoy, Pooka: Magic and Mischief might be just the game for you, if you don’t mind its free-to-play monetization system. This upcoming game has players create their own little Pookas, who are, of course, adorable and furry, and then saving the world from the infections Gloom invasion, which is—as expected—gloomy. In a very free-to-play way, the land will get more gloomy if you’re away for long, which is a great way to ensure that players come back often and to give them a sense of actually changing the world around them and making an impact (as well as making them spend more money). The Pookas are made up of parts you find along the way, and there are over 150 of them, which will make for a ton of combinations.
The game also comes with asynchronous multiplayer, where players can summon their friends to take on the Gloom together and even send gifts to each other, all features that will help make Pooka: Magic and Mischief more social and fun for the young ones. The game will release on November 20th, should be fun for casual and younger players, and it will be free to play.