It’s official. British actor David Oyelowo (pronounced oh-yellow-oh) is a bona fide star. He’s an actor whom viewers have been seeing over the last 15 years, but they may not have been able to put a name to his face, as we say in the United States. That’s about to change with Oyelowo’s portrayal of the iconic civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., in the highly anticipated film Selma, directed by indie darling and game changer Ava DuVernay, director of I Will Follow and Middle of Nowhere. Oyelowo, who recently received a Golden Globe nomination, has been busy building an impressive acting résumé and career that spans the globe. The actor, who was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents, trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He starred in the BAFTA Award-winning BBC series MI-5 (known as Spooks in the U.K.), the British TV drama Five Days, ABC’s production of A Raisin in the Sun, the theatrical release As … [Read more...] about Selma’s David Oyelowo Wants the Films He’s in to Make a Difference
Make a difference day
Today is Giving Tuesday, a day similar to Black Friday and Cyber Monday in that it’s a combination of an adjective and a day of the week set during the holiday season, but different in that it encourages people to donate to various charitable causes instead of merely purchasing material items like the mindless consumerist monsters that we are. Giving Tuesday, the social media fueled “holiday” dedicated to the spirit of humanity, is only five years old, but it is estimated to raise $200 million for various charities—kind of a drop in the bucket in light of the $5 billion reportedly spent on Black Friday, but a noble push nonetheless. Donating to charities and other non-profits are acts of compassion (unless that charity doesn’t actually give much of the proceeds to the beneficiaries), but in the age of Trump, they are also a form of activism. With various government support programs being slashed and vulnerable communities under attack, donating to … [Read more...] about Here’s How You Can Actually Make a Difference This #GivingTuesday
The bump in size from a 7-inch to an 8-inch tablet seems almost trivial. Can a single inch really make a difference? Yes, it can. I finally got my hands on the new Dell Venue 8 Pro, and have had a chance to compare this 8-inch tablet running Windows 8.1 to the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle HDX, both of which are solid representatives of the 7-inch form factor. My verdict? You will take the Venue 8 Pro away from me when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers. That extra screen real estate is crucial for reading email, books, and news, but the device is still comfortable in the hand. The Venue 8 Pro isn’t flashy, design-wise. The front panel is all glass, with a discreet black bezel and a 1.2 MP camera. The back is black plastic with a 5 MP camera above the trademark Dell logo; the plastic is ribbed, making it easy to hold the device in one hand without fear of dropping it. But what the Venue 8 Pro lacks in sizzle it makes up for in substance. At … [Read more...] about Dell’s 8-inch Windows tablet makes a big impression
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.For some people, Christmas is neither happy nor merry.It's lonely.Oh, they might not want to admit it. They might say they're going to be just fine. But as you celebrate being with those you love, please spare a thought for those who, perhaps through painful or unfortunate circumstance, are on their own.Perhaps a family feud has caused them to distance themselves.Perhaps a death, a job, an illness or a move has caused them to be faced with only four walls and their own thoughts and memories.If there's one day on which gadgets can make the world a better place, it's this one.Do you know someone who's on their own and insists they'll be OK? Please use one of the myriad of phones, tablets, computers or gaming devices to contact them anyway. Please offer a simple thought. Or, if you can, an invitation. Just letting them know that you're thinking of them can have far more value than you'll … [Read more...] about Use your gadget to make a difference for those alone this Christmas
Last Thursday, just before Apple called a press conference to address concerns with the iPhone 4's antenna, the company issued its promised 4.0.1 software update. The release didn't offer new features, and it didn't change anything about the controversial antenna, but it did alter how bars are displayed on the handset's signal meter. CNET has spent the last few days testing the update to determine what it means for you. But before we get to our findings, a bit of background is necessary. The back storyCNET included) that the iPhone 4 was dropping bars when people covered a gap in the phone's antenna with their hands. In a statement, Apple said it was "stunned" to learn the bar drop was caused by an incorrect display of the phone's true signal strength. Due to this incorrect formula, users in low reception areas were mistakenly seeing an additional two bars of reception. "Users observing a drop of several bars...are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don't … [Read more...] about Does iOS 4.0.1 make a difference?