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Captain America: The Winter Solider now on iTunes early release!

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now available on early release from iTunes. (It actually hit a few days ago but I was traveling and missed it!) Winter Solider is a sequel to both Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, and a quasi tie-in to ABC’s ongoing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D television series. It also riffs on Ed Brubaker’s classic comic book arc of the same name and that it manages to weave all those threads together into a pretty entertaining movie is a testament to just how well Marvel/Disney has planned their cinematic universe.

Winter Soldier is less superhero movie and more political thriller that just happens to have superheroes in it. I liked it a lot. Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, and Nick Fury all got a good amount of screen and character time, and the Winter Solider himself was well realized. No spoilers, but if you liked the previous films, you’ll love this. Heck, 5 minutes in and I was wishing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D could be more like it!

Here’s where you can get it (with iTunes Extras!):

Here’s our podcast on it if you missed it:

And here’s where you can catch up on the previous films and series:

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If you’ve been watching the Marvel movies and shows, let me know what you think of them. If you want to discuss Captain America: The Winter Soldier with your spoilers all alerted, just head on over to the iMore movie forums.

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The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

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8522846370_aff1301660_k Banking is now in the eye of the beholder. That’s literally for EyeVerify. This new kind of ID verification tech lets you simply hold your smartphone about 8 inches from your face and take a picture of your eyeball. EyeVerify then pattern-matches the blood vessels within the sclera, the white part of your eye, to unlock your bank account. This eliminates any possibility of a hacker… Read More

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Microsoft Office 2011 SP1 for Mac arriving next week with Outlook improvements

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Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac SP1

Microsoft’s Business Unit, the Mac software arm of the Redmond-based software giant, is set to release its first Service Pack for Office 2011 for Mac. Just like most updates of this nature, SP1 will address a myriad of bugs, and roll in most of the hotfixes that came before it into one, easy to install package.

SP1 will also address Outlook’s syncing support, with the BU adding calendar support for Sync Services allowing you to finally sync Outlook calendars with iCal and other local calendars, as well as syncing iDevices hooked up through iTunes. For Office 2008 upgraders, this was one of the features removed in the Entourage to Outlook switch, so it’s nice to see it finally make an appearance in Outlook. The irony here is that Outlook will no longer be able to sync with your MobileMe calendar when it’s upgraded to the new version on the 5th of May, or before if you’ve jumped the gun early, as Apple has removed Sync Services support from MobileMe by turning to CalDAV. Nothing to do with Microsoft here of course, and it shouldn’t be long before something gets worked out.

Outlook has also been bestowed with the ability to edit server-side Exchange rules, something our friends at TUAW pointed out, have been missing on the Mac since Office 2001 for Mac OS 9. The email Redirect and Resend buttons have also made an appearance, allowing you to send mail onto the intended recipient without being caught in the email chain for replies. Excel also gets some love from SP1 with improved Solver integration support, which should be handy for those attempting to use equations in Excel.

Look to Microsoft Autoupdate on your Mac starting next week, or visit the Microsoft Mac download center to update manually once it becomes available.

Microsoft Office 2011 SP1 for Mac arriving next week with Outlook improvements originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 07 Apr 2011 03:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mozilla publishes name and shame list of slow Firefox add-ons, cracks down on tardy devs

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Firefox slow-addons list

Mozilla, continuing its year-long crusade to speed up Firefox startup and shutdown times, has published a name and shame list of the Firefox’s slowest add-ons.

The list is just one part of Mozilla’s new efforts to highlight slow add-ons, and to help developers make their add-ons more efficient. Over the next two weeks, ‘slow performance warnings’ will be introduced in the add-on gallery so that users can see, before installation, which add-ons will slow down their browser. If that isn’t enough to spur developers into cleaning up their add-ons, Mozilla has also begun reaching out to developers of slow add-ons with tips on how to improve add-on performance. Finally, add-on developers will soon have the ability to perform ‘on-demand performance testing,’ so that they can test their add-on before it’s deployed publicly.

Mozilla reports that the average Firefox add-on slows down Firefox’s start-up time by 10% — which means, if you install 10 add-ons, you will double your start-up time. On fast desktop PCs that kind of slowdown might be negligible, but on older computers, laptops and smartphones, it could be the difference between a 5 and 10 second startup. Mozilla has obviously realized that while massive performance gains might’ve been made with Firefox 4, the addition of third-party add-ons can destroy any user-perceived improvements.

In other news, Mozilla says that a future build of Firefox will block the installation of add-ons (such as toolbars) by third-party software. Add-ons and toolbars that are bundled in this way will require explicit approval when you next open up Firefox. Hooray!

Mozilla publishes name and shame list of slow Firefox add-ons, cracks down on tardy devs originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 04 Apr 2011 05:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BH Interview: Jim Caviezel Touts Character, Family in ‘When the Game Stands Tall’

Written By: Support - Aug• 20•14
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Don’t tell Jim Caviezel that inspirational sports movies can’t make a difference.

The Passion of the Christ star tells Breitbart News how he leaned on 1986′s Hoosiers as a senior playing point guard for his high school’s basketball team. He remembers his legs felt like they were on fire, and his squad faced the no. 1 team. He persevered all the same.

“I felt a great desire and love for my teammates,” Caviezel recalls, inspired by Gene Hackman’s sports classic.

That camaraderie comes into play during When the Game Stands Tall, Caviezel’s latest project. Caviezel plays Coach Bob Ladouceur, the man behind the De La Salle Spartan’s astounding 151-game winning streak. The fact-based movie recalls how the coach’s combination of grit, faith and family catapulted his team into the record books.

Caviezel captures the famed couch’s stoic demeanor, his passion for how the sport can shape young minds and why winning wasn’t everything–even for a team that didn’t know how to lose for so long.

“He never focused on winning,” the actor says of the real-life Ladouceur, who made his players open up about themselves before each game to foster self-improvement. “It’s only through this process that real growth and change can occur … you have to rip off that [emotional] scarring. No one likes that … certainly the outcome is so much more positive.”

All of which begs the question–why don’t more coaches mimic Ladouceur’s program? Sadly, Caviezel says, we live in an age when personal records and ego too often trump teamwork. That’s why making the coach’s philosophies the star of When the Game Stands Tall matters.

“In order for this world to be a better place, people have to make great sacrifices,” he says, sounding as if he is still in character. “I have a responsibility … to do what’s right playing figures like this.”

Caviezel’s signature role remains playing Jesus Christ in the Mel Gibson film which kicked off the modern, faith-based film movement. Only the actor’s press liaison wouldn’t let him share his thoughts on the project 10 years later, saying the actor’s interview time was up.

He still couldn’t say enough about Coach Ladouceur’s legacy or how he hoped he created a Hoosiers-like movie for a new generation. He hopes somewhere, someone will see When the Game Stands Tall and find inspiration in its story much as a young Caviezel did watching Hackman coach his players.

“Then I did my job,” he says.








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Mobile App Attacks: No Malware, No Problem

Written By: Support - Aug• 20•14
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Traditional attack methods, like those used with the recent mobile online banking Trojan Svpeng, involve the installation of malware on the device to steal information and commit fraud. However, new techniques are emerging that would enable an attacker to compromise a device and steal private information from the owner — for example, the typical copycat app on a third-party app store.

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MO House Maj Ldr Slams Gov Nixon for ‘Undermining Process,’ ‘Inflaming Situation’

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Wednesday on KTRS, Missouri State House Majority Leader John Diehl (R-Town and Country) slammed Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) for undermining the grand jury process with a video statement he released calling for “a vigorous prosecution.”

Diehl questioned the governor for “what he did yesterday in that video” describing the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer by using terms like “gun downed in brood daylight” and ”a vigorous prosecution.” 

Diehl said he is “inflaming situation” and ”undermining the process” ”before one scrap of evidence is presented to the grand jury.”

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Announcer Don Pardo Dead at 96

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Dear Philip Hammond, What EXACTLY is a ‘Moderate Jihadist’?

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What exactly is a “moderate jihadist”? Is it someone who tweets photographs of severed heads but fights shy of getting his hands bloody? Someone who inclines towards enslaving captured women and children rather than burying them alive? One who only executes Yazidis but not Christians?

Whatever, we can probably agree that UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond made a serious error when applying that unfortunate phrase on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme this morning to members of the organisation – Islamic State – which had just murdered, in cold blood, an American journalist.

Yes it was probably a misspeak. But it’s not the kind of mistake you can ever imagine being made by a more competent, higher-calibre, more quick-witted MP, like, say, the man who would have made an infinitely superior Foreign Secretary but who is currently languishing as Chief Whip – Michael Gove.

How did it happen? Well I’m guessing that David Cameron’s MPs have had it drummed into them till their ears bleed that they are always and forever and at every possible opportunity to stress the vast gulf that exists between “moderate” Islam and “extremist” Islam.

Moderate Islam, as we know, having been repeatedly told so by the likes of the Prince of Wales, the BBC, the Guardian and most MPs, is an adorable heartwarming thing with the most marvellous tradition of hospitality, and a very real sense of the numinous, and an admirable dedication to charity, exquisitely woven carpets, sweet hot tea poured with great dexterity from a high-up tea pot into a tiny glass, and a religion of peace which has always afforded great hospitality to Christians and Jews, why just look at Granada, and you do realise that it was those splendid Muslim scholars, don’t you, who kept the intellectual traditions of classicism alive through the Dark Ages, etc.

Extremist Islam, meanwhile, is horrid, just horrid. But it’s all right because it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Religion of Peace (TM) in its pure and original Koranic form, and all true Muslims shun and revile it because they recognise it as a perversion of their kindly, gentle faith.

That’ll be why, whenever a new atrocity is committed in the name of the Religion of Peace, the moderate Muslim communities of Bradford, Luton, and Birmingham always rise as one to condemn it in the strongest possible terms. No, wait…

An optimistic analysis of current events in Northern Iraq would be that the horror of what the (not actually moderate) jihadists of the Islamic State are doing will finally be enough to concentrate the minds of our complacent political class and force them to confront both the enemy without and the enemy within.

But personally I’m pessimistic. My pessimism springs partly from my observation of the political response to previous atrocities, such as the 7/7 tube and bus bombings, and the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby: after a brief flurry of outrage, normal service is resumed, with politicians bending over backwards to accommodate the confected grievances of the “Muslim community” while apparently expecting nothing in return.

And it springs partly from what I see of the ministers with whom Prime Minister David Cameron prefers to surround himself, especially as his first (and possibly last) term of office draws to a close. He doesn’t want men of action like Owen Paterson or Michael Gove – the kind of controversial but inspirational figures who are prepared to take the fight to the enemy. He wants placemen and yes-men (and yes-women, of course: Heaven forfend that the Cabinet should not have its representative selection of useless females too), people whom he can rely on not to rock the boat.

In times of no crisis, this pusillanimous, laissez faire approach might just about wash.

Unfortunately we are not living in times of no crisis.








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Microsoft files antitrust complaint against Google in Europe, showdown imminent

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Bill Gates and Paul AllenMicrosoft, citing Google’s tyrannical 95% share of the European search market, has lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission. It’s not like Microsoft is breaking any ground here — the European Commission has been investigating Google’s alleged violation of European competition law since November 2010 — but there’s no doubt that the addition of Microsoft’s gravitas will affect the proceedings.

Microsoft’s complaint reads like a sincere and plaintive cry for help against the Google Overlord. Microsoft lists no less than six damning reasons why Google’s behavior is anti-competitive — from Windows Phone 7′s incompatibility with YouTube, to its nefarious handling of Google Books — and finishes with a wide-eyed plea to the European Commission to please find Google guilty.

For those of you that have been following Microsoft’s own antitrust troubles over the last decade, don’t worry: MS is quick to point out the irony in the situation. “There of course will be some who will point out the irony in today’s filing. Having spent more than a decade wearing the shoe on the other foot with the European Commission, the filing of a formal antitrust complaint is not something we take lightly. This is the first time Microsoft Corporation has ever taken this step. More so than most, we recognize the importance of ensuring that competition laws remain balanced and that technology innovation moves forward.”

It sounds like Microsoft, having well and truly gone through the wringer, wants Google to be held similarly accountable. That’s fair enough, right?

Microsoft files antitrust complaint against Google in Europe, showdown imminent originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 05:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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