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Converging Technology Will Help Humans Move Aside Sure there are people who are saying that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will be the end of humankind but what do people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking know? After all this stuff is going to be our friend, relieve us of all of the tedious stuff so we can... Robots are already blowing off the tedious jobs and going for the things where you have to think/reason. That means you'll have more time for... Jeez maybe there is something to their concern. But we've gone to far and there's no turning back. You're too hooked on technology like a bad drug until it's too late. Then BAM! Read More

A new dormant strain of "sleeper" ransomware has awoken and is causing a surge of trouble for IT managers around the world -- but with the ransomware information screen in English. It appears there is a new strain of dangerous ransomware infecting employee's workstations called Locker. The ransomware has infected workstations but sat there silently until midnight May 25, 2015 when it woke up. Locker then started to wreak havoc in a massive way. Since the strain reared its ugly head, Reddit has been swarmed with hundreds of 600 comments in the first 24 hours. Read More

The Cricket World Cup (CWC), held every four years with the top 14 teams in the world competing, is a much anticipated event with a large viewership, typically in hundreds of millions. The 2015 Cricket World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand. Star Sports, the host broadcaster for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, covered every match live. All the matches played by India, plus the semi-finals and final, were broadcast live in 4K to local cinemas in India. Alston Elliot (AEGraphics), one of the world's leading providers of television graphics and data solutions, was asked to deliver 4K graphics on Star Sports' live 4K coverage of the CWC games. Read More

Today's independent filmmakers never know when their next great film idea will emerge, which is one of the reasons Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, never leaves home without her basic capture/workflow tools in an on-board Explorer case. On a flight to visit her mother in Pennsylvania, her case included a Blackmagic Pocket camera, Sony A7r, batteries, a small Lumos light, extra SD cards, a Thunderbolt 2 dock, a 4TB OWC ThunderBay 4 mini and a 1TB OWC Envoy Pro EX. She also hand-carried her MacBook Pro and a small tripod. Because of weight and space limitations, tools like extra lenses and other "nice to have" equipment were left behind. Read More

For many men, shaving their facial hair is a necessary evil. If they are not careful, they risk nicks, cuts and irritation, and the process is tedious and sometimes downright uncomfortable. Although shaving can be a chore, it's a must for many, unless they want to look like a member of the Duck Dynasty family. One of the questions that employees receive most often is "What's the difference between a traditional and royal shave?" To help answer this question and help customers better understand its services, Director Christopher Califano recently shot a video that brought the shaving experience to life using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve color corrector. Read More

A 'Fly on the Wall' Approach to Filming Director Diego Ongaro knew he had his star when he first encountered Bob Tarasuk six years ago. "I was instantly attracted to his magnetic personality and captivating stories. Logging, his main line of work, became a fascination for me. I've often wondered about the history of the plank you buy at the lumberyard or the log you throw in the fireplace," explained Ongaro. "I'm captivated by the physical connection between the human body and the trees, the balance of power when it comes time to take a tree down and how small a man is compared to a giant oak. Yet, the paradox is that man usually wins." Read More

A Q&A with Gino del Rosario, Head of Technology at Image Engine Image Engine was the primary VFX facility on "Chappie", so we were tasked with all the fight sequences, hard-surface character creation, live action animation, comps and lighting jobs that Neill Blomkamp and Sony Pictures requested. Our team consisted of about 150 people working out of the Vancouver office for about a year and half. Read More

A hush falls over the crowd as tension mounts. The referee places the ball just 12 yards away from the goalkeeper, who gingerly sways from side to side, keeping his body loose in anticipation of the split second reaction time he has to make a save. The opponent readies himself, not wanting to give away which section of the net he's aiming for as he gets into position behind the ball. Fans hold their breath as the referee blows the whistle, the kicker launches the ball and the goalie dives... Read More

A Q and A with KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman There is a new, highly malicious ransomware strain that only takes one click to infect a workstation. This aggressive ransomware gives the victim a mere 24 hours to pay the ransom in Bitcoin. It's called the "Pacman" ransomware, suggesting pictures of something eating up all files. Read More

Prologue's Simon Clowes Grades Opening Cinematics for Bungie's "Destiny" Creating a cinematic opening scene for a video game is incredibly hard to do well. You have a couple of minutes to tell a dramatic story that will capture and bring the gamer into a new world, as well as set up the background story and emotions for the countless hours of gameplay about to happen. And for game makers, the opening cinematic has to separate you from the hundreds of other games out there. Read More

With Blackmagic Design Studio Camera and ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K Based in York, PA, Grace Fellowship is a church with very humble beginnings. What started around a dining room table in 1989 has now grown into a thriving community of approximately 1,400. While Grace Fellowship has continued to grow in numbers, it has also grown in depth, and central to the church's growth has been helping people around the world to love and pursue God deeply. The ministry has a global reach through its innovative use of video and audio, and Michael Anthony's teaching ministry at Grace Fellowship and through Godfactor are key reasons why the church chose Blackmagic Design to upgrade its A/V equipment. Read More

When many people think of libraries, they think of rows upon rows of books meticulously categorized and alphabetized. Perhaps there are tables with lamps emitting a soft glow and students bent over their studies or readers lost deep in the worlds of their favorite novels. Located in 26,000 square feet of space in the Orlando Public Library, the Melrose Center expands the role of the library by offering access to hardware, software, support and programming to inspire and invigorate creativity. And according to Anthony Torres, video production instructor at the Melrose Center, it's free of charge for library cardholders. Read More

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