There’s something appropriate about David Fincher’s Mank premiering during one of the most unusual years Hollywood has experienced in several generations. The tale of eccentric, unpredictable screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz’s efforts to pen the screenplay for Citizen Kane , Mank is a throwback to American cinema’s golden age, meticulously filmed in black and white and set in and around pre-war Hollywood. In order to recreate the historic look and feel of the era (and the film itself), Fincher and co-producer Peter Mavromates , who also served as post-production supervisor and visual effects producer on the film, worked with several VFX studios to turn back the clock for Mankiewicz’s saga. Digital Trends spoke to Mavromates about his work on Mank , which is available now on Netflix and a contender for an Oscar nomination in the visual effects category , to find out how the film used VFX to create its cinematic time capsule. Digital Trends: Mank isn’t a … [Read more...] about How Mank used visual effects to turn back the clock on Hollywood
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Ever since wearables equipped with heart rate tech began entering the mainstream, there have been questions about the accuracy of optical heart rate sensors when taking readings on different skin tones. From Apple’s infamous so-called “tattoogate” shining a green LED light on the problem in 2015 to various academic studies during the years that followed, there has been a lot of discussion, but not a lot of conclusions. Trending in Mobile: What is 5G? 5G Network Coverage Map What happened? Have sensors changed to cope with different skin tones, or has the industry failed to change? It turns out the early research has prompted change, and may also inspire new standards for wearable heart rate sensors. The heart rate sensor on your wrist The optical heart rate sensor on the back of your smartwatch or fitness tracker works using an established technology called photoplethysmography (PPG), where a very bright light shines through your skin and tissue to measure blood … [Read more...] about Wearables don’t work the same on dark skin. It’s time to change that
Now that 5G network coverage is spreading across the U.S. at a rapid rate, it’s time to start talking about potential 5G use cases that will make it worthwhile for the average consumer. So we’re digging into 5G technology and asking one of the most important questions: Can you stream Netflix in 4K with 5G? Trending in Mobile: What is 5G? 5G Network Coverage Map In theory, the answer to that question is yes. In practice, we probably aren’t quite there yet. 5G is faster than 4G in some areas of the U.S., offering higher download speeds and a more consistent connection. However, it’s unlikely that you’d be able to stream Netflix in 4K with 5G right now. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be possible in the future. Limits on streaming quality The fact that 5G isn’t powerful enough to handle 4K streaming just yet isn’t the only hurdle here. Some major 5G carriers compress and limit streaming video quality on some plans, making it currently impossible to get … [Read more...] about Can you stream Netflix in 4K with 5G?
Gaming on mobile devices gets better and better with every passing year. That’s especially true with services like Stadia, which make streaming games on your phone a tablet a totally viable way to enjoy AAA games. Gaming on iOS is particularly robust thanks to the operating system’s support of external controllers like Sony’s DualShock 4. The App Store also has a ton of great games – including ports and exclusives on the Apple Arcade . Trending in Mobile: What is 5G? 5G Network Coverage Map Of course, the best time sinks regardless of platform are RPGs. They offer hours of play, great stories, character customization, and deep combat and mechanics. If that’s what you’re looking for, here are the best RPGs for iOS you can play right now. We cover everything from ports to iOS exclusives. The best RPGs for iOS at a glance: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic The Banner Saga Stardew Valley Genshin Impact Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition … [Read more...] about The best RPGs for iOS in 2021