Ben Kingsley Working On “Secret” Marvel Project

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After starring as The Mandarin *cough* Trevor *cough* in this year’s Iron Man 3, it appears that Sir Ben Kingsley has been recently working on another Marvel project.

Speaking to The Belfast Telegraph, Sir Ben revealed, “It’s a secret Marvel project. I’m not allowed to say any more, you’re going to have to wait and see. I was with many members of the crew that were involved in Iron Man 3. It was lovely to see them again. It was great to be with this wonderful family.”

So, could that be a Marvel ‘One-Shot,’ similarly to the recent Agent Carter short? Could Kingsley’s Trevor have really been The Mandarin?

Expect more on this as we get it.

 

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Apple Follows In Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Footsteps, Makes OS X Updates Free

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Apple announced today at its event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens that its forthcoming update to OS X, Mavericks, will come at no cost to consumers. This is a change for Apple, a company that in the past charged for updates to its desktop operating system.

Those fees were low — less than $50 — but they existed. And by dropping the cost of OS X updates to zero, Apple is following in Microsoft’s footsteps. Microsoft, of course, recently released its Windows 8.1 update to Windows 8 for free to all Windows 8 users.

If Apple were to charge for the update to OS X after Microsoft — a company notorious for high software prices — made its own update free, Apple would appear quite miserly.

Now, there are some small pieces to keep in mind. Given that Apple only sells OS X as a component of its PC…

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FoodieQuest App-In-The-Making Wants To Gamify Food Photos

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FoodieQuest is an app in the making that wants to turn the craze for taking photos of food — second only to the selfie in the photo-sharing hierarchy — into a sticky social game. The app, being demoed in alpha form at startup alley here at TechCrunch Disrupt, will let users snap a photo of their dinner and then pit it against another dish pic taken by someone else. It’s like hot or not for food — or piping hot/undercooked, to stick with the culinary theme.

Users will be able to compete against friends or any other app user, but all shots are anonymised until you vote on the dish you like the look of best to keep the competition pure. Once you’ve voted, you get to see who took the shot and where it was taken — assuming the snapper tagged it with that info.

The app will also let users extend their…

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Leaked Sony Xperia Z1 press image hints at metal chassis

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The Sony Xperia Z1 has leaked once again. This time an alleged press image of what’s believed to be next Sony flagship Android smartphone has surfaced

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The Sony Xperia Z1 aka Xperia i1 Honami, has made another appearance on the web ahead of the official announcement. An alleged press image of the smartphone reveals the multiple colours – black, white and purple. The smartphone looks very similar to Sony’s flagship Z smartphone, except for the metallic frame around it.

 

The Sony Xperia Z1 is believed to be the company’s next flagship Android smartphone. The Z1, erstwhile known as Honami, has leaked quite a few times in the recent times. The benchmark scores of the Z1 had leaked online, revealing AnTuTu score of 30,625. Also, an alleged teaser smartphone had surfaced, hinting at the purple version of the phone and the official release date.

The smartphone is said to…

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: 5 Things You Should Know

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Elon Musk, he of Tesla and SpaceX fame, is looking to shake up the transportation industry with an idea called the Hyperloop.

Businessweek has some details concerning how the Hyperloop would work, and Musk himself has released a 57-page PDF alongside an accompanying blog post, but here are the basics.

It Would Go From L.A. to San Francisco in About 35 Minutes, With No Need for Train- or Plane-like Schedules

Musk proposes the roughly 380-mile (612 km) trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco taking about 35 minutes in the Hyperloop, according to his PDF. Aluminum “pods” containing passengers and even cars would be shot through steel tubes at almost 800 miles per hour (1,290 km/h) in certain stretches. Musk’s blog post mentions that such a system would be “the right solution for the specific case of high-traffic city pairs that are less than about 1,500 km or 900 miles…

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