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Bixby: the star incorporation of the new Samsung Galaxy S8


Samsung posted on its official site a message to announce that the next Galaxy S8 , with a date of presentation in 9 days, will feature a special button for the new assistant program. This new wizard will replace theS-Voice from previous models.

The company that created Bixby is the same company that launched the original version of Siri and created Viv , so the expectations in the market are very large.

The tool will serve to dialogue using the voice, facilitate tasks, ask for information and will be able to understand the context of the consultations even if they are complex.

The next step for the company will be to bring Bixby to the rest of the devices they manufacture as tablets, air conditioners, televisions, among others.

For now, it will be necessary to wait for the launch of the new cell phone to know if Samsung, like the competition, opted for a female voice for the assistant.

Beauty and the Beast the animated classic comes to life


Continuing with the adaptations of his classic animated films to tapes with real characters, Disney presents this year the new version of what was the first feature animated to receive the nomination for Best Film at the Academy Awards, “The Beauty And the Beast. “

This is a traditional fairy tale of France which, last century, had various adaptations to the cinema in European countries. In the United States Walt Disney tried to adapt it in life, but it was not until 1991 that the same studies Disney it turned into a successful animated film, with the music and songs of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Afterwards he became a famous Broadway musical, which also performed in Panama with a prominent local cast.

This new live action film version is true to its original animated version and adds new scenes, keeping those great songs that have enchanted its viewers, mixed with new themes composed for this release by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

The movie begins with the Prince in his castle, surrounded by luxuries, who when rejecting a stranger, due to his appearance, is condemned to live with the appearance of a beast, a curse that extends to all his servants, who are converted In living objects. And just as in the animated version, the only way to break the spell is thanks to love.

Emma Watson, who was a little girl introduced to the movies for her role as Hermione in the “Harry Potter” series, plays the young Bella, and on the other hand The Beast is incarnated by Dan Stevens, whose appearance is achieved thanks to the effects Specials and the technique of motion capture, until they become transformed into the prince. Kevin Kline plays the Maurice, the father of Bella, Luke Evans interprets the villain Gaston and Josh Gad to his assistant. Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Stanley Tucci will also be performing in English versions of their songs.

Under the direction of Bill Condon, this film not only honors its animated version, but also to other classic musical tapes, like “The Rebellious One”, with a scene in a mountain with Emma Watson similar to the one acted by Julie Andrews. We also see references to other animated Disney films, such as “Aladino”, and subtle tributes, such as the letters W and D in the middle of the ballroom, alluding to the initials of Walt Disney.

The film is a great visual spectacle and at the same time pays special attention to the small details. It’s like a classic Hollywood film mixed with the techniques and visual effects of our era, made even more in its 3D version.

It is an exciting story that teaches us the importance of the power of love and not letting appearances. His last scene, in which the characters, people of all kinds, dance and celebrate together, calls for inclusion, that together and without prejudice a better world can be achieved.

I think this new version of “Beauty and the Beast” will please the fans of the animated film of 1991 and will introduce a new generation to this ancestral fable and its immortal music.

Logan: The End of a Great Era of Hugh Jackman


In the near future where there are no longer mutants, a sick and injured Logan takes care of an elderly Professor X on the Mexican border, while trying to forget his past. But all his attempts to achieve it are in vain when a small mutant appears to be pursued by a group of villains. Now Logan must decide between helping her or leaving out what could be her offspring.

Under the direction of James Mangold, scripted by Scott Frank and Michael Green; And with the stellar performances of Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen we get what could be the best movie with the appearance of X-men characters so far: Logan.

This is a film based slightly on the series of “Old Man Logan” where a sick and elderly Wolverine is seen that is perfectly captured by Hugh Jackman.

The direction of the film is excellent, it flows in a very good way which makes the film feel fast and entertaining, with good photography, good action sequences, effects and top-notch performances.

Dafne Keen’s interpretation of X-23 is excellent, it shows vulnerability, aggressiveness and the confusion that feels the character of excellent way showing at the same time a very good chemistry with Stewart and Jackman.

If I had a criticism of the movie, the music is not so memorable, although the scenes that are taken without music are excellent.

In conclusion: “Logan” is the perfect farewell to Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart of the roles they have played for 17 years. It is an entertaining film, well thought out but highly bloody, so it is recommended not to take children under 16 years.

Power Rangers Movie Review 2017: Great Movie for the Family


A group of teenagers discovers mysterious coins buried in strange glass which give them special powers. Together they will discover how to control their new skills and unite to save the world from the forces of evil.

Under the direction of Dean Israelite, with script by John Gatins, and performances by Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G, hilarious Bill Hader, Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston as Zordon, we get a movie that surprises : Power Rangers.

The direction of the film is very good, despite having some problems of “tone” sometimes, which are understandable with taking into account the original material. The film flows very well, being entertained most of the time.

The script is excellent, I love that included phrases of the originals and this gives just the nostalgia of fans of the saga.

The cast is excellent, from the 5 youngsters who play Power Rangers to Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Bill Hader as Alpha 5. The only one that leaves a certain level of doubts is Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, which starts with a tone Serious and even frightening that becomes caricatured as the film progresses.

Among the characters to be highlighted are definitely Billy (CJ Ryler), who captivates the audience and has an excellent timing for their jokes and way of behaving, representing a community that is not usually represented in movies. I say no more to avoid spoilers, it only remains to say that Billy steals the show in my opinion.

The Power Rangers have always been characterized by being one of the series with more diverse representations and this film is not the exception.

Special effects are difficult to judge, since when they are good they are excellent, but when they are bad it shows a lot. The music is excellent, well composed and in keeping with all parts of the film.

In conclusion: Power Rangers is an excellent movie that everyone over 13 will enjoy, whether they are fanatics or not. The film has a scene in the middle of the credits that will leave more than one excited, so it is better to stay waiting for it. There are also some cameos from the original Rangers, so watch out.

Super Mario Run Hits Android


The game Super Mario Run, which debuted at the end of the year on the iPhone, was made available on Thursday for Android devices and the same arcade dynamics, according to Nintendo. In fact, users can now down it via Google Play to receive an alert when it becomes available.

The game recorded 40 million downloads on the iPhone and iPad in the first four days it was available, but also added complaints about its price: the game requires a $ 10 payment, something unusual at a time when most of the Titles for mobile devices are free or freemium (the use of most is free and then there are payments of very low amounts to buy more levels or advance faster in the game).

Sony China to $1.3 million for stealing local company patent


Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court ruled Wednesday against Sony China for violating Xidian Jietong’s Local Area Network (WAPI) Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure patent, a wireless network communications company located in Xian city (northwest).

The WAPI is a security standard established by China in 2003 to ensure secure access to wireless networks and applies to all mobile devices in this country.

Xidian Jietong patented in 2005 its own WAPI system, which was copied by the Japanese multinational, according to the capital court court in its sentence.

Sony China will indemnify the Chinese company “for the economic losses derived from the abduction of the patent” And will be forced to stop the production and sale of all mobile phones containing this technology, about 35 of its models.

The suit was filed by Xidian Jietong in 2015 after talks between the two companies failed in 2009.

Gonzaga Reaches Final Four For First Time in School History


Mark Few and his Gonzaga Bulldogs has finally got the monkeys off their backs. They finally made it to the NCAA’s Division I Final Four March Madness tournament.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs defeated the Xavier Musketeers 83-59, a staggering 24 point win, to be the first team to punch their ticket to Arizona, the place where the final three games will take place.

Gonzaga is the second team in Washington state to advance to the NCAA Final Four teams. The first team earlier this month that made it this far was the Whitman Blues, who advanced to their first ever Final Four. However, the Blues choked when the stage got too bright. After leading by 25 points, their head-coach got too cocky and didn’t follow the game plan, which contributed to the Blues first loss of the season.

However, the Bulldogs are much more talented and more focused than their Division III counterparts, Whitman Blues. At this pace the Gonzaga Bulldogs should become this year’s national champions.

Modesto Interim Fire Chief Appointed


The City of Modesto announced today the appointment of Alan Ernst, Operations Division Chief, as Interim Fire Chief. Chief Ernst is a 20-year veteran of the Modesto Fire Department, beginning his career as a firefighter and promoting through the ranks.

“With the retirement of Chief Slamon, I have selected Chief Ernst to fill the Fire Chief role on an interim basis to continue to drive the organization forward,” said City Manager Jim Holgersson. “We have great confidence in Alan as he has the skill sets necessary to continue the progress made by Fire Chief Sean Slamon, and lead the department into the future.”

A 26-year veteran of the fire service, he began his career in Modesto as a firefighter in 1997. Chief Ernst has extensive fire service experience, education and training, and is on the Board of Directors for the California Fire Chiefs Association Northern California Training Officers Section. He has been a team member of several accident review teams and is currently qualified as an Incident Commander for a Type III Incident Management Team in addition to being qualified as a Strike Team Leader within the California Incident Command Certification System (CICCS).

“It has been an incredible honor and opportunity serving as the Operations Division Chief of the Modesto Fire Department,” said Chief Ernst. “I am grateful for the confidence the City Council, City Manager and the men and women of this organization have in me. I am excited about the opportunities and aware of the challenges that lie ahead and I look forward to working together to deliver the best possible services to our citizens.”

Modesto Returning to Twice Weekly Watering April 1


The State Water Resources Control Board voted on February 8 to extend its existing water conservation regulations for 270 days, unless Governor Brown lifts the drought emergency proclamation or the State Water Board determines that emergency regulations should be modified or rescinded.

The extended regulations prohibit wasteful watering practices, such as watering lawns within 48 hours after measurable rainfall, over watering outdoor landscapes causing runoff, or serving drinking water other than upon request in eating and drinking establishments.

The City of Modesto is required to submit monthly reports on potable water production and usage, and comply with either the self-certified individual water conservation standard (20% for Modesto) or a state-imposed conservation mandate, depending on whether the urban water supplier has enough water reserves to withstand three additional dry years.

In May 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board will reconsider whether to repeal the regulations following a more thorough review of the state’s hydrologic water conditions. At that time the City will review and determine if the water restrictions can be relaxed. Until then, the City will keep water restrictions in place to achieve the required conservation standard.

Water Use Restrictions

  • Outdoor water use prohibited daily from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Odd-numbered addresses water Wednesday, Sunday
  • Even-numbered addresses water, Tuesday, Saturday
  • No outdoor water use on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays
  • Car washing is permitted with use of a positive shutoff nozzle and is allowed all hours of the approved watering days cited above.
  • Hosing concrete areas, building exteriors, etc., is prohibited except for health/safety concerns and only with use of a positive shutoff nozzle.
  • Water leaks, once identified by home owner, must be repaired within 24 hours.
  • Restaurants and food service establishments prohibited from serving water except upon request.
  • New landscaping must comply with existing and future landscape ordinances.
  • Mandatory retrofit of low flow showerheads in homes when building remodeling occurs.
  • No use of outdoor fountains except for maintenance purposes.
  • Water meter installation required on all new single-family homes.
  • No irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measureable rain.
  • Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option.

Annual Planet Earth Hour 2017: The LIghts Goes Out Temporarily


The lights will go out around the world at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night to celebrate the tenth annual Planet Earth Hour and to remember the need to take action against climate change as a result of the combustion of coal, oil and gases from cars and power plants.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative started in Australia in 2007 as a gesture against man-made carbon dioxide emissions. In 2017, it will consist of turning off electric lights for one hour in 7,000 cities in 172 countries at 8:30 a.m. to highlight the need to act on climate change and save a few megawatts of energy in the process.

While Earth Hour organizers said they did not audit the initiative’s energy-saving results, the group has commissioned an investigation which indicated that up to one in four Australians participates. WWF says that Earth Hour can accredit several environmental initiatives, such as the declaration of a marine park of 3.4 million hectares in Argentine waters, the planting of a forest in Uganda and the ban on soft plastics in the Galapagos Islands.

The first edition, ten years ago, took place only in the Australian capital, WWF recalled. “We launched Earth Hour in 2007 to show leaders that citizens were concerned about climate change,” said Siddarth Das, director of the initiative.

“That symbolic moment is now a worldwide movement. It’s really humble and says a lot about the powerful role people play in the issues that affect their lives,” he added. In this edition, at 20:30 local time, all kinds of activities will take place in other cities: a concert with candles in Lisbon, tree planting in Tanzania, and as it is traditional, many monuments will turn off its lights: the Empire State Building, the Egyptian pyramids, the Kremlin, the Acropolis of Athens, the Alhambra of Granada, etc.