I grew up as a comic book nerd. The boxes filled with years of my obsession which my mother grudgingly stores for me can attest to that. And of all the series I collected, none were as close to me as X-Men. I hunted down the Phoenix saga. I collected Classic X-Men until they caught up with the issues I already had. I was there when the team went to Australia for no damn reason and nearly destroyed the franchise. So it shouldn’t be a big surprise to hear that I’ve also seen all four of the previous X-Men films several times. Even though I hated at least two of them.Bryan Singer’s X-Men and X-Men II weren’t all that bad. And at the time, compared to the other comic book movies that had been released, grading on a curve a “not bad” was actually fairly impressive. But they still felt like a movie that featured the X-Men, not a movie about the X-Men. The sense of adventure and drama that anchored the comic was missing. There was no spark or recognition of … [Read more...] about X-Men: First Class Review
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AT&T’s flavor of Galaxy S II isn’t available until October 2, but a security hole has already been discovered . The user generated lock screen security features can be easily bypassed. It has been confirmed that this security hole is only on the AT&T version of the phone, and not on Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch. When a person selects to have a lock screen on Android phones they have three options, a sliding pattern, a pin number, and a password and all of those lock screens can be bypassed on the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II. It’s actually pretty surprising how easy it is to get around the lock screen, there are only two steps in the process. First you press the lock/unlock button to bring up the lock screen, then you wait until the screen turns black, and then you press the lock/unlock button again and the lock screen is gone. The only way that the lock screen will be effective is if you happen to turn off your phone prior to losing it. When powered on the user will need to enter … [Read more...] about Updated: AT&T’s Galaxy S II already has security issues, and it isn’t even released yet (Samsung responds)
The comparisons began before the phone even arrived. With Motorola setting a press conference date the day before the long-awaited iPhone 4 launch date, the stage was set for a battle royale, and Motorola delivered with a surprisingly fit challenger that came out swinging. Now that both contenders have weighed in, it’s only natural to run the stats side-by-side to see which phone prevails. After getting in a few hard-hitting jabs at Apple’s soft spots with the original Droid, does Motorola have what it takes to return to the ring and knock out the spunky new kid? Before you call your bookie, check out the numbers.Display Winner: Apple iPhone 4 As we noted on our comparison of the HTC EVO 4G and Apple iPhone 4, it’s really a matter of taste here, but we’re not above calling it. While Apple’s 3.5-inch display is smaller than the Droid X’s 4.3-incher, it’s also significantly higher in resolution. With 960 by 640 pixels on the iPhone 4 and … [Read more...] about iPhone 4 vs. Droid X
Your search for the best 3G network brought you to Verizon. Your search for the best operating system on Verizon brought you to Android. Your search for the best Android phones on Verizon brought you to… the Droid X and Samsung Fascinate.Now what?Although the Fascinate hasn’t yet arrived, detailed spec sheets and experience with the near-identical Captivate on AT&T make it pretty easy to measure up. Break out the calipers and scales, it’s time to see which Android superphone reigns supreme on Verizon.Display Winner: Droid X Motorola opted for a 4.3-inch LCD panel on the Droid X, while Samsung outfitted the Fascinate with its own 4-inch Super OLED panel. Though OLED panels produce more vibrant color, the screens on other Galaxy S models (namely, AT&T’s Samsung Captivate) also took on an unnatural bluish cast, rendering colors less realistic. Typically, OLED screens also tend to disappear more in the sun, but given our experiences with the Droid … [Read more...] about Motorola Droid X vs. Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S)
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have been on sale for about a month, and now the spotlight is shining bright on the iPhone X. Unfortunately, all of the major carriers are currently charging roughly the same price for Apple's latest smartphones, which means your best bet for saving money is to take advantage of the carrier trade-in specials, some of which can lower your price by as much as $350. Credit: AppleiPhone 8 and 8 Plus offers have been in place since those phones went on sale in September. Although carriers are beginning to trot out their iPhone X deals, you can expect more offers to emerge as we get closer to Black Friday. In fact, we've just seen the first Black Friday iPhone X deal leak. A recent leak of Sam's Club's Black Friday ad suggests that the membership-only discount store will bundle a $250 Sam's Club gift card with every iPhone X purchase. While that's not a dollar-off discount per se, if you're already a Sam's Club member and plan to buy an iPhone X, it's an excellent way … [Read more...] about Best iPhone X and iPhone 8 Carrier Deals: Where You Can Save Most
This article was updated on Friday, November 3 with up-to-date shipment and delivery info. It’s here! The iPhone X has arrived and is on sale now. With an edge-to-edge OLED display, front-facing camera with brand new Face ID technology, and wireless charging, this is arguably Apple’s most groundbreaking iPhone in years. We’ve had a couple of months to drink in the details since it was announced back in September, and now it’s time to get your own. Apple’s online store may seem like the most obvious choice, but you can also get it from the Apple Store app for iOS with Apple Pay.Apple started selling the iPhone X in their retail stores on Friday, November 3 at 8:00 a.m. local time, but they may be waiting for a re-stock—Apple has warned that the iPhone X is in high demand and short supply. Besides Apple, the four major cell carriers are also eager to help their customers upgrade or switch to a brand-new … [Read more...] about iPhone X: When, where, and how to buy Apple’s latest smartphone
This article was updated on Monday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific with up-to-date shipment and delivery info. It’s time: The iPhone X pre-order began Friday, October 27 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific/3:01 a.m. Eastern. With an edge-to-edge OLED display, front-facing camera with brand new Face ID technology, and wireless charging, this is arguably Apple’s most groundbreaking iPhone in years. We’ve had a couple of months to drink in the details since it was announced back in September, and now it’s time to get your own. Apple’s online store may seem like the most obvious choice, but you can also get it from the Apple Store app for iOS with Apple Pay, which has worked very smoothly for us in the past—in fact, it’s often even more efficient.Besides Apple, the four major cell carriers are also eager to help their customers upgrade or switch to a brand-new iPhone—especially if it means renewing a contract, extending an … [Read more...] about iPhone X: When, where, and how to preorder Apple’s latest smartphone
The days of free iPhone promotions are long gone. A year ago, the carriers were doling out new iPhone 7 units if you exchanged your old iPhone -- even if the unit was 2 years old. It was a sweet deal, perhaps too sweet -- which is probably why you don't see the offer anymore. But that doesn't mean the carriers aren't offering some discounts for the iPhone X, which became available for preorder on Friday and hits stores Nov. 3. Though the offers aren't as generous as before, every little bit helps when faced with an iPhone X starting price of $999. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I outline the deals offered by the big national wireless carriers. And I highlight the fine print. Dear Maggie, I really want the new iPhone X. I was hoping to see some good trade-in deals through my carrier. Last year, they were practically giving away new iPhones. (I wish I had … [Read more...] about Where are the iPhone X carrier deals?
BARCELONA -- Will Microsoft hold on to Nokia's three new X phones on Android once the deal to buy Nokia is final in the coming weeks?Computerworld asked three analysts at Mobile World Congress whether Microsoft will keep Nokia's X phones and got three decidedly different answers: One said yes, one said no, and a third said both yes and no with conditions. Microsoft is expected to close on the purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services business by the end of the first quarter.The Nokia XL has a 5-inch screen and Nokia's new user interface on top of Android software.In a blog post Monday, Microsoft said it was pleased the X phones include Microsoft services, such as Skype, OneDrive and Outlook.com, and said the company would remain committed to Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy.The statement seemed to both support X phones while still giving preference to Windows phones and left some Microsoft observers still uncertain about the future of X devices. Still, the statement said … [Read more...] about Nokia’s X Phone Line: What Will Microsoft Do with It?
The Linux operating system is known for security. From the bottom up, Linux was designed to be a platform to be trusted. There is, however, one weak link in the chain. This weakness didn't just appear, nor is it considered a security bug on any given radar. What I'm talking about is the antiquated X11 Window server still found in use on most Linux distributions.For those that don't know, X was originally designed and released in 1985 and X11 in 1987. X.org replaced X11 and was originally released April 6, 2004. When X was originally conceived, the computing world was in a completely different state. Both X and X.org lack a few very important security features that are critical for modern era usage and hardware: All X applications have access to everything on your screen All X applications can register to receive every keystroke, regardless of which window said keystrokes are typed within Applications such as browsers can be remotely controlled such that keystrokes can be forged as … [Read more...] about Linux’s X.org server is vulnerable. Here’s how to stay safe.