Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One improves immensely on the book

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Fans tend to either love or hate Ernest Cline’s bestselling 2011 novel Ready Player One. There are legitimate reasons for both reactions. On the love side: it’s a light, airy pop confection, crammed with familiar cultural references, which Cline recontextualizes in surprising ways. On the hate side: the prose can be extremely clumsy, as it is in this paragraph where teenage protagonist Wade Watts describes the virtual car he constructed for himself in the vast online world where he spends most of his waking hours:

The DeLorean came outfitted with a (nonfunctioning) flux capacitor, but I’d made several additions to its equipment and appearance. First, I’d installed an artificially intelligent onboard computer named KITT (purchased in an…

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Bitcoiin founders and brand ambassador Steven Seagal depart after raising over $75 million

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Actor Steven Seagal started supporting the “Bitcoiin” cryptocurrency last year as the new token’s brand ambassador. Now that relationship is over, as Bitcoiin posted a statement today that Seagal and the unnamed founders of the coin were walking away from the project since the token sale has ended.

“From this point on Bitcoiin will function within its ecosystem and become a genuinely anonymous currency with no individual or individuals having control over the entity!” the post declares. Bitcoiin has been a dubious coin since its launch and this mysterious exit, which removes the only recognizable figure associated with the coin — Steven Seagal — doesn’t help. It’s also unknown how much money the ICO raised, although Bitcoiin said it…

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Visits Apple Park

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United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin today visited Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple Park, according to an image shared on Twitter by Mnuchin.

In his tweet, Mnuchin thanked Tim Cook for Apple’s commitment to invest $350 billion in the United States, which refers to a January announcement from Apple where the company said it planned to bolster the U.S. economy through job creation, existing investments, and new investments.



Apple said it will contribute $55 billion to the economy in 2018 and $350 billion over the course of five years. At the same time, Apple also pledged to increase its Advanced Manufacturing Fund, designed to create jobs in the U.S. through investments in suppliers, to $5 billion, up from $1 billion.

Mnuchin’s visit to Apple Park comes just a few days after Tim Cook was spotted at Capitol Hill meeting with senators Mark Warren (D-VA) and Richard Burr (R-NC).

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Tim Cook meets with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at Apple Park

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Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the company’s brand new campus, Apple Park, as mentioned in the tweet Mnuchin posted.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin visits Apple Park as Saudi Crown Prince plans meeting with CEO Tim Cook

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the company’s newly opened Apple Park campus in Cupertino, Calif., on Friday, where he touted the firm’s $ 350 billion "commitment" to America. A separate report notes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is planning to meet with Cook and other tech executives later this month.
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Steven Soderbergh’s shot on iPhone thriller premieres at Berlin film festival

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Director Steven Soderbergh’s shot-on-iPhone ‘Unsane’ feature premieres at Berlin film festival

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Acclaimed Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh spoke to the press at the premiere of his latest feature film, "Unsane," at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday, expounding on the benefits of using an iPhone to shoot the psychological thriller.
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Shady cryptocurrency project brings on Steven Seagal for added shadiness


Actor Steven Seagal could be the harbinger of the ICO apocalypse. Seagal today announced his involvement with ‘Bitcoiin,’ an upcoming token that looks a lot like Bitcoin, but is built on the Ethereum blockchain. Hollywood actor Steven Seagal has become a believer of Bitcoiin2Gen (B2G), the Hollywood action star will be representing the leading cryptocurrency, Bitcoiin2Gen, as a brand ambassador. Glossing over the press release — which was seemingly written by a chimpanzee on bath salts — I have real questions about B2G, and Seagal’s involvement. For Bitcoiin2Gen, the choice of Zen Master, Steven Seagal is obvious as brand ambassador, this extends…

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Renowned filmmaker Steven Soderbergh open to using only iPhones to shoot movies

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Apple turned the iPhone into one of the most used cameras out there, upgrading photo and video quality over the years, and introducing new features that allow the latest iPhones to compete against professional cameras out there.

Acclaimed director and Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh just finished his first iPhone-only movie, Unsane a psychological thriller set to debut in March, and said in an interview that he’s open to shooting movies only on iPhone.

One of the first films shots on the iPhone is Tangerine, a movie that received praising reviews at Sundance a few years ago. Then, iPhone 5s units were used for the project because of financial reasons.

For Soderbergh, meanwhile, who’s used to working on multi-million dollar projects, money isn’t exactly a problem.

“I think this is the future,” he said in an interview at Sundance, IndieWire reports. “Anybody going to see this movie who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. That’s not part of the conceit.”

A fan of high-end RED cameras, Soderbergh said he found the iPhone offered unparalleled quality. “People forget, this is a 4k capture. I’ve seen it 40 feet tall. It looks like velvet. This is a gamechanger to me,” he said.

Asked if he’d commit exclusively to shooting on iPhones, the director said he’d “have to have a pretty good reason not to be thinking about that first.”

“There’s a philosophical obstacle a lot of people have about the size of the capture device,” he added. “I don’t have that problem. I look at this as potentially one of the most liberating experiences that I’ve ever had as a filmmaker, and that I continue having. The gets that I felt moment to moment were so significant that this is, to me, a new chapter.”

Here’s a trailer for Soderbergh’s Unsane:

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Director Steven Soderbergh calls shooting on Apple’s iPhone a ‘gamechanger,’ wants to use it for all future movies

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Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh shot his latest feature film, "Unsane," entirely on Apple’s iPhone. The outcome was so positive, he called it "one of the most liberating experiences that I’ve ever had as a filmmaker."
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