File this under the heading of WTF. Jon M. Chu, who is currently overseeing Justin Bieber's concert tour, "directed" the documentary
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, as well as directing Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D, is currently in talks to direct a live-action Masters of the Universe movie.
Now, the beginning of this article was a little bit of a misdirection. In addition to Bieber-fever, Chu is also currently working on the second
G.I. Joe movie, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, meaning he has experience manning a movie adaptation of an action figure line. The only problem is the movie has been delayed almost a year and, of course, has still not been released. This means that there is no way of knowing if his movie is going to be as successful as the first, or become another adaptation movie that is lost to history (see the first Hulk movie as a reference).
On the side of failure is the fact that this will be the second attempt at a live-action He-Man film. The first was done at the height of the He-Man craze, in 1987, and it still didn't make it. That was before the revival generation of films, however. With the success of
G.I. Joe and Michael Bay's Transformers titles, there is still hope for a successful adaptation. And think, even The Incredible Hulk was able to succeed on the heals of the first massive failure.
I guess Chu has a lot to fight against, and a lot to prove if he is chosen to head this project. So, the question is, with or without Chu at the helm, do you want to see a live-action He-Man movie, or do you prefer the character that Seth Green has created for Prince Adam on
Robot Chicken? Fight it out in the comments.
Since the trend of
employers asking for Facebook passwords became widely known, a bill was defeated and then resurrected to prevent the practice once and for all. Not wanting to wait on the federal government, however, Illinois has become the second state to pass the bill on their own.
The law was signed into law on August 1st, banning employers from asking their employees or perspective employees for their social networking passwords. This law is intended to protect the privacy of employees and job candidates from employers finding out private information about people. It also prevents an employer from reprimanding employees based on information on social sites that would normally be private. If you say it publicly, however, I would imagine that is not covered.
What do people think of this law so far? Hit the break for reactions.
Microsoft is in the process of
reinventing its productivity tools, namely Office. In addition to the next generation of the full installed version of the apps, they have been enhancing their online, cloud-based solution, Office 365. Part of this enhancement is teaming with the 3rd largest wireless provider, Sprint, to deliver the service to small and mid-size business customers.
The goal for Sprint is to bundle the Office 365 service with value-added services from the company to enhance the service and add enterprise-level features that a small business could never afford on their own. They believe that, by offering this bundled enterprise-style solution at a lower cost, small businesses will have a greater ability to grow without worrying about infrastructural cost. Sprint will combine this with their existing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings, such as support and field productivity services.
Hit the break to find out what both companies have to say about the new partnership.
We knew that when the judge said hundreds of thousands of documents would have to be made public during the Apple vs Samsung mutual patent suit that we would get the opportunity to learn a lot about how both companies work. We also knew that we would get to learn about a lot of products that both companies had abandoned before market. What we didn't know was that we would be talking about cars and a purple building this week.
The "Purple Building" was the top-secret location of the top-secret "Project Purple," which became the primary object of this case, the iPhone. The reason for the ridiculous title was because no one within the company was allowed to know this was going on right under their noses. In fact, even people being hired into the company were not allowed to know why they were being hired. In fact, the only information they received was that they would be giving up nights and weekends for a few years. That was made more comfortable by the dorm-like construction of the "Purple Building."
Scott Forstall, software engineer for Apple, said about the project,
I never directed anyone to go and copy anything from Samsung. We wanted to build something great... and so there was no reason to look at something they'd done.
Of course, the original iPhone looked strikingly similar to a series of handsets from HTC, the PPC series, and the operating system, now known as iOS, looks amazingly identical to that of an early Sony MP3 player. I guess that does indicate they were never directed to steal from Samsung. To be fair, however, both of those operating systems look almost identical to Windows 3.0, but it's because it was a decent design, made more appropriate on the smaller screen. Also, how many ways can you differentiate a black rectangle with a button and a speaker?
The object of the case was not the only interesting information, however. Hit the break to find out how cars factor into this trial.
The Windows 8
release date is getting closer and closer and while we already know a lot about their new software offerings, upgrade prices and about some of the tablets we'll see at launch, there's a lot that still is unanswered. Of course, we're also very excited about the new Microsoft Surface, too. However, Microsoft never mentioned what cool hardware accessories would be for purchase to go along with this fine new piece of computing software.
This week, Microsoft answered with five brand new products for your purchasing pleasure, with two Bluetooth keyboards and three wire-free mice. You can get all of these at the
Microsoft Store from $49.95 to $79.95, depending on the flavor.
Now, I know you want to see these products, so we'll show some of them to you after the break.