Hollywood cash registers fail to ring at box office
THE year 2011 saw ticket sales in North America running about $500 million behind last year – despite higher prices – prompting a round of soul searching by studios trying to determine what went wrong and how best to proceed....
|Passwords may be passe before long |
|PASSWORDS are a pain to remember. What if a quick wiggle of five fingers on a screen could log you in instead? Or speaking a simple phrase? Neither idea is far-fetched.
Computer scientists in New York are training their iPads to recognise their owners by the touch of their fingers as they make a caressing gesture.
Banks are already using a software that recognises your voice, supplementing the standard PIN.
And after years of predicting its demise, security researchers are renewing their efforts to supplement and perhaps one day obliterate the old-fashioned password.
"If you ask me what is the biggest nuisance today, I would say it's the 40 different passwords I have to create and change," said Nasir Memon, a computer science professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University in Brooklyn who is leading the iPad project.
Many people would agree. The password has become a monkey on our digital backs – an essential key to our many devices and accounts, but increasingly a source of exasperation and insecurity.
|Bradley Cooper romancing Zoe Saldana |
|SHE became the envy of millions of women worldwide when photographs emerged of her locking lips with Bradley Cooper for upcoming movie The Words earlier last year.
Zoe Saldana better get used to being the focus of the actor's jealous female fans, as it has now been claimed the pair have become more than just friends following their celluloid hook-up in June last year.
A source has claimed the pair have started to tell their friends and family that they are in a relationship, and were planning to spend the holidays together on a skiing break in the Rockies.
The source told E! News, "They are totally dating." The claims come just months after the pair first sparked rumours they had taken their friendship to the next level following a picture of the couple together at a New York nightclub.
At the time, a representative for the Avatar actress Saldana denied the claims.
The rumoured relationship comes just a month after Saldana and fiancee Keith Britton announced they had amicably split after 11 years together.
|Sportive Deeksha, serious Karthika |
|THE headline has nothing to do with the real life characteristics of Deeksha Seth, the Rajapattai heroine and Karthika, the 'Ko' girl.
But about the characters they are portraying in their forthcoming projects in the neighbouring Tollywood.
While Karthika, who is sharing the screen space with NTR Junior and Trisha in Dammu, is playing the heir of a royal family, Deeksha is doing the role of a soccer player in her upcoming Telugu film Nippu, which has Ravi Teja in the lead role.
Though Karthika is not the heroine of Dammu, her role has got enough importance and it comes at a crucial juncture.
As far as Nippu is concerned, it is a commercial entertainer with a difference and Deeksha is happy romancing Ravi Teja, a source from the Telugu Desam say.