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TOP 5 Ways streaming’s changed our lives

Gimme 5 - February 15, 2017

It was for the 1% (geeks, not Wall Streeters) in the early 2000s, but now we’re all streamers.

1. Allows us to listen to music anywhere, anytime. Remember the Walkman? The Diskman? Dead batteries in the middle of your favorite tune? Now we load up our smartphones so we can chill with Bowie on the commute, Daft Punk on vacation, and your killer mixtape before the job interview.

2. Broadening our musical horizons. Back in the day there were newspapers, then radio, then TV. And with the Internet, the post-Gutenberg era is here for good. Astronomical amounts of data, videos galore, podcasts, TED talks, language learning on YouTube… It’s a Brave New (digital) World.

3. We’re all hooked on series now. We used to patiently wait a week to see the next episode. High-Bandwidth and VOD put an end to that. Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, House of Cards, The Walking Dead… series are in these days, and our new addiction has a name: #bingewatching.

4. Bringing us the world: Livestreaming is certainly one of the most important recent innovations. The Web giants have delivered: Periscope (Twitter), Facebook Live, YouTube Live… Watch Africa Cup of Nations football matches, news reportage sites like Explicite, the lunar eclipse… The possibilities are endless!

5. Making cats the masters of the universe: Not since Ancient Egypt have cats enjoyed such status. With the Internet, they’re back on top, routinely smashing views records as the millennium’s undisputed YouTube stars. Rumor has it, though, that raccoons are mounting a challenge.

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TOP 5 Most decorated African players

Gimme 5 - February 08, 2017

1. Samuel Eto’o: The word “legend” is not hyperbole. His trophy case is jammed packed: top scorer in CAN history, top scorer in Cameroon national team history, Olympic gold, 3 Champions League titles, 4 Golden Ball of Africa awards, best center striker in FC Barcelona’s history. Creds like that speak for themselves. Quite a haul for a poor kid from Yaoundé.

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Eto’o playing against Morocco in 2009 ©Wikipédia 

2. Didier Drogba: No doubt about Didier. Twice top scorer in England’s Premier League, thrice champion with Chelsea of the English league, four Cup titles, twice League Cup champ, and a Champions League trophy in 2012. He’s a hero in his native Ivory Coast and one of Africa’s most decorated athletes.

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Didier Drogba with the Ivorian team in 2012 © Wikipédia

3. Georges Weah:In 1995, the Liberian striker entered the history books as the first non-European to win the Golden Ball (to go with his 2 African Golden Ball awards). Weah won League championships in Liberia, Cameroon, France, and Italy, and won top scorer in the 1995 Champions League tourney. In Liberia his status is quasi-divine.

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Georges Weah sporting Liberia’s colors © fifa.com

4. Yaya Touré: He led Ivory Coast to a CAN victory in 2015, nabbed a Champions League title with FC Barcelona, and pocketed the English Premier League trophy twice with Man City. Yaya Touré is hands-down one of the greatest active African players. African Golden Ball 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Almost seems unfair!

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Yaya Touré wearing the Ivorian jersey in 2013 © Wikipédia

5. Abedi Pelé: Dubbed the “African Pelé,” the Ghanaian center midfielder and 3-time African Golden Ball winner went down in history for his historic assist that gave Marseilles its 1993 Champions League title. He led Ghana to a CAN victory, and remains their goals record-holder. His 3 sons are all international stars. It runs in the family!

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Abedi Pelé, the Black Stars’ star © fifa.com

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TOP 5 Things the series Black Mirror correctly forecast

Gimme 5 - February 01, 2017

Darkly satirical, this British series portrays the anomalies and excesses that new technologies could bring on. Robotics, AI, virtual reality, Pokemon Go… Black Mirror addresses them all; sometimes they get praise, more often, they get a thrashing 🙂

1. Be Right Back (S2 – EP1, 2014): Resurrection via artificial intelligence

Fiction: following the death of her companion, Martha creates an avatar of the deceased, using his cloud content. The app generates conversations from Martha’s boyfriend and she even has a 3-D corporal semblance of him made, an android tailored into a copy of the dearly departed.

Reality: firms like Calico and Hanson Robotics have developed robotics systems and artificial intelligence. Replika even offers you the ability to create and educate your own AI by conversing with it on-line.

2. Playstest (S3 – EP2, 2016): virtual reality

Fiction: to bankroll his trip around the world, a young man agrees to test a new enhanced-reality video game that’s uploaded straight to his brain. Let’s just say the experience was unforgettable…

Reality: some of the heavyweight studios are already on it, offering total immersion in artificial worlds that seem real. A studio called Asobo, with the help of Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets, has developed astonishingly realistic cyber worlds.

3. The Entire History Of You (S1 – Ep3, 2011): bionic eyes that see all

Fiction: a young out-of-work lawyer suspects his wife is cheating on him. He gets a microchip implant and buys some bionic contact lenses so he can film, file, and view the entire adultery investigation.

Reality: the failure of Google Glass is just a momentary hitch. Just look at the enthusiasm for smart glasses by ODG and Vuzix, digitally connected bionic lenses by Google and Samsung, and the eyeborg system by cyborg artist Niel Harbisson.

4. White Bear (S2 – Ep2, 2013): frontier justice, PoGo-style

Fiction: a young woman has lost her memory and wakes up in a dodgy house. When she leaves the house, people track her, filming her with their smartphones. The hunt is on.

Reality: the episode is a critique of our mania for filming everything that moves, the omnipresence of smartphones, and extremes like nomophobia (smartphone addiction). There are also several parallels with worldwide trends like the video game Pokemon Go during the summer of 2016.

5. Nosedive (S3 – Ep1): the cut-throat ratings craze

Fiction: in a society where ratings drive consumers, Lacie tries to get the apartment of her dreams. It’s a ratings war that spins out of control.

Reality: the series denounces the race for favorable ratings, as well as the technological enabling that allows us to grade anything and everything, anywhere, all the time: food delivery services, taxi rides, apartment rentals, restaurants, you name it

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TOP 5 Projects we owe to “Google 20% time”

Gimme 5 - January 25, 2017

A long-time Google policy is that its researchers can spend 20% of their work day on personal projects, while using the company resources. The policy was so successful it was abandoned in 2013 because these cool ideas merited way more than 20% of in-house time. Here are the top 5 innovations born of this unorthodox policy:

1. Gmail: Google’s email service is world famous now but few are aware that it started out in-house. A pure product of “20% time,” gmail is the brainchild of software designer Paul Buchheit.

2. AdSense: Google’s advertising user interface also came from 20% time. And it’s a goldmine: AdSense accounts for 25% of Google’s revenues.

3. Google News: Google’s news service has snowballed since its creation in 2002. It’s been updated numerous times and is continuously spreading to more and more countries. Thanks 20% time.

4. Google Talk: Back in 2005 and well before Google Hangouts, the Web juggernaut already had an in-house instant messaging service called Google Talk, another free time invention.

5. Google Map Wheelchair App: Google Drive product manager Rio Akasaka used his 20% time to come up with a wheelchair map-app, adding wheelchair-accessibility info to Google Maps. Doing well by doing good.

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TOP 5 Elon’s reads

Gimme 5 - January 18, 2017

When asked where he learned to build rockets, Musk responds, “In books.” A bookworm of a child, he was thirsty for knowledge. Here are 5 books or authors that are/were seminal for Musk:

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. As a young teen, Elon Musk was looking for professional direction and a meaning to life. He found all that and more in this witty sci-fi read by British writer Douglas Adams. The characters are searching for the answer to the “Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. “Hitchhiker’s Guide” taught me that the most difficult part is asking the right questions, explained Musk in September 2012 on Bloomberg.

2. Structures : Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down by J.E. Gordon. Musk devoured this book while he was launching SpaceX and needed the structural know-how to put a rocket together. He may also have learned of the role a Paris dressmaker played in aerospace history or what traditional Chinese junks have in common with bat wings.

3. Superintelligence : Paths, Dangers, Strategies’ by Nick Bostrom. A foundational text for Musk’s avant-garde philosophy on artificial intelligence. It’s a bold serious inquiry into what might happen if AI usurped human decision-making.

 

4. The Fundation by Isaac Asimov. Nothing plants cool futuristic ideas like science-fiction. Like any space nut, Elon Musk devoured Isaac Asimov (inspirational to Georges Lucas for Star Wars), who famously broached the subjects of galactic colonization and the future of humanity. For Musk, Mars is just the beginning.

5. Zero To One by Peter Thiel. Elon Musk doesn’t conceive an invention without considering its impact on mankind. To ensure an invention’s success and its widest-possible distribution, he puts business acumen first. And this book forged his vision of what a start-up should be and what a young CEO should do.

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TOP 5 Spaceships of 2017

Gimme 5 - January 11, 2017

Who cannot talk about aliens without mentioning spaceships ! Here are 5 that land on Earth during the year.

1. The mysterious flying saucer in Arrival: 2017 is going to kick off with the arrival of a vertical black flying saucer. This spaceship from Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is surely one of the most spectacular to ever grace the silver screen!

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The strange spacecraft in Arrival © www.sonypicturespresse.fr

2. Green Lantern’s Interceptor: A feature film about Green Lantern is in the works for 2020, but we’ll get a teaser glimpse of this stellar visitor and his incomparable spaceship this year in the movie Justice League.

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The interceptor © greenlantern.wikia.com

3. The peaceful spaceship in Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction: In Inio Asano’s manga, a ginormous flying saucer parks itself over the city, blacking out the sky. Strangely, though, this mysterious craft launches no attack and wreaks no havoc, even when the Japanese army fires at it. The second book in this amazing series hits bookstores soon.

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The spaceship from Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction © manga-news.com

4. Star Trek’s USS Enterprise: Hands-down, the most iconic of pop culture’s cult spaceships is the legendary USS enterprise of Star Trek fame. And it’s back on the galactic highways in 2017, thanks to the series Star Trek Discovery. For the youngsters who didn’t grow up with Star Trek, this is the perfect opportunity to discover the spacecraft that enabled the Enterprise crew “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

5. Apocalypse’s spacecraft in the X-Men: There’s a lot of buzz about Marvel Comics. Rumor has it they have decided to release an X-Men sequel this year. With a little luck, they’ll bring back that groovy spaceship, the one space mutant Apocalypse toodles around in. Let’s hope the rumors are true.

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Apocalypse gets around in style © Bryan Jay Singer/Instagram

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TOP 5 Drone films – Yes, they have their festivals!

Gimme 5 - January 04, 2017

The big international festivals in cinema and photography are familiar enough, but did you know drone films have theirs, too? There are a dozen or so around the world, and more will doubtless soon crop up. Here’s our selection of the best prize-winning drone films of 2016:

1. Afterglow, by Sweetgrass Productions, winner in the category “Extreme Sports & Best in Show” at the 2016 New York City Film Festival. This studio production, a virtuoso performance in ultra-stylized aerial photography, features LED-illuminated slalom skiers careening down mountains lit in day-glo colors. A blast!

2. The Drone, by Jordan Rubin, victor of the 2016 Flying Robot International Film Festival (US) in the category “Cinematic Narrative.” The Drone is a fake teaser for a film that will never be made, but whose preview is a riot: a drone with malicious intents upends the tame lives of a thirty-something couple. Hilarious!

3. Wild Scotland, by John Duncan, took home the 2016 “Wonders of the Natural” Prize at the Drone Festival (UK). It’s Scotland from above – 3 minutes of the country’s fjords, monuments, sea coasts, and highlands. Fasten your seatbelts!

4. Dizi, by David-Étienne Durivage, “Artistic Quality Prize” at the 2016 Festival Ciné Drone (FR). This Quebecker director takes us on a tour of poetic symmetry in HD, an artist’s vision on an engineer’s wings.

5. From Inside to Outside, by Stéphane Aboudaram, winner of the DroneUp International Film Festival 2016 in the category “Urban”. A drone escapes skywards, in a gigantic chimney silo of an abandoned electric plant for a 30-second video that will blow your mind.

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TOP 5 The buzz best of 2016

Gimme 5 - December 28, 2016

1. Bob Dylan brings home the Nobel Prize for Literature and sends Patti Smith to pick up the hardware. Folk’s greatest and most politically active emissary, has made pop history, testifying to the artistic integrity of pop music. He couldn’t fit the ceremony into his busy touring schedule, so He sent singer Patti Smith to Sweden in his place to receive the award and sing one of his greatest hits, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (1962). The Nobels are pop!

2. Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. The Panthers are still seething over that one. But they can console themselves with the memory of the Queen B’s homage to the Black Panthers. Black beret over a ‘60s-worthy afro and fist raised, she followed Coldplay and Bruno Mars with a big-time tribute to the black rights revolutionaries. Respect!

3. Jimmy Fallon’s “Slow Jam The News” with Barack Obama. The showmanship talents of the States’ 44th president are no secret and Jimmy Fallon harnessed them all for his one-and-only Slow Jam The News. Sensual jazz, classy repartees, some pretty off-color jokes, 8 years in the White House, a presidential legacy… The first black president of the United States has become a pop icon!

4. Leonardo DiCaprio finally brings home the Best Actor Oscar and gives an unforgettable speech. We’d sort of given up on it: The Oscars seemed to have black-listed the star of Titanic, Romeo and Juliette, Gangs of New York, Inception, Django Unchained, The Wolf of Wall Street and finally… The Revenant! A consecration, and a podium from which to deliver a memorable plea for environmental protection. Here’s hoping the fight to save the planet is as successful as his Oscar bid. We Love you, Leo!

5. #RIO2016, the hashtag of the year. Twitter recently unveiled the rankings of its highest-traffic hashtags for 2016. #Rio2016 took number 1 with 187 million tweets and 75 billion views. Here’s the Top 10:

  1. Rio2016
  2. Euro2016
  3. Election2016
  4. Brexit
  5. Trump
  6. RIP
  7. BlackVivesMatter
  8. Oscars
  9. GameOfThrones
  10. PokemonGO

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TOP 5 outfits for yuletide chic

Gimme 5 - December 21, 2016

1. The digital Xmas jumper: That sweater grandma knitted you is kitsch alright, but it doesn’t hold a candle to what the brand Digital Dudz has come up with: the cyber yuletide jumper! I kid you not – with a fireplace blaze cozily crackling away on your sweater front, you’ll be a hit around the eggnog bowl.

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Can’t roast chestnuts over this open fire © morphsuits.fr

2. Xmas Present Suit: For those who, tongue-in-cheek, deem themselves God’s gift, get yourself a nice new suit from Shinesty. Beats your father-in-law’s lime-green corduroy 3-piece suit.

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Surprise! © shinesty.com

3. Shake up your make-up: Make-up artist Nasia Belli’s Instagram account is a treasure trove of ideas for your alternative Xmas and killer kitsch-fests! You’ll be the coolest adult with the youngster set.

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The decorating doesn’t stop when the tree’s trimmed © Nasia Belli

 

4. The Xmas hat: You can always dress down, then go bananas on the hat. Jeans, T-shirt… and a Xmas turkey on your head or why not throw restraint to the winds with a Xmas jumper hat.

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It’s a twofer © claires.fr

5. Reindeer antlers… for your cat: Our furry friends have as much right as we do to enjoy the holiday spirit. Dress your pet up to the nines and spread that yuletide magic. Rudolph’s antlers transform your cat into the chicest pet in town.

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Meooooow © LolPetShop.com

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TOP 5 Xmas shows

Gimme 5 - December 14, 2016

This year 25 December is on a Sunday, perfect for a comfy sofa session of Xmas show binge-watching. Check out these cult series that did special yuletide episodes brimming with kitsch and good cheer.

1. 1991, The Prince of Bel Air – ‘Christmas Show ‘(season 2, episode 13): Happy Holidays at the Banks household. The family spends Christmas in an alpine chalet. Bonus: spectacular hand-knit sweaters and a massive snowstorm… with blue skies above!

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Great hand-knit Christmas sweaters and some serious ‘80s ambiance © NBC

2. 1993, The Nanny – ‘Christmas Special’ (season 1, episode 8): Christmas at the Sheffield’s is all about kitsch and excess. You just can’t have too many lights, garlands, and snow globes.

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The Sheffields take kitsch to a whole ‘nother level © CBS

3. 2000, Friends – ‘The One with the Holiday Armadillo’ (season 7, episode 10): “Merry Christmas” for some and “Happy Chanukah” for others, and whacky costumes and top-shelf kitsch for all.

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Christmas with roommates © TBS

4. 2003, Malcolm in the Middle – ‘Christmas Trees’ (season 5, episode 7): In this special holiday episode, the whole family gets into the Xmas spirit. Black market Christmas trees, squirrel chasing, a German-style family reunion in the heart of Texas, and an extra helping of kitsch, please.

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Father and son and black market tannenbaums © FOX

5. 2012, The Big Bang Theory ‘The Santa Simulation’ (season 6, episode 11): Special holiday recipe of geek + kitsch. Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Rajesh host a Xmas-themed Dungeons & Dragons party. Their mission? Save Santa from the clutches of drooling ogres.

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The geek squad ringing in the New Year © CBS

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