Academy Tweaks A Number Of Rules Ahead Of 87th Oscars
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has tweaked a number of its rules as it readies for the 87th Academy Awards. The rule changes announced today by the Academy follow: In the Acting categories, studios and production companies must now limit eligibility to a maximum of 10 actors and 10 actresses for each film, and must submit those names on the Official Screen Credits (OSC) form. The Academy's annual Reminder List of Eligible Releases will now list actors and actresses separately for each film. The change was made in order to reduce the length of the reminder list of eligible releases that is given to each Academy member before the nomination process begins.
Apple Makes OS X Yosemite Beta Download Available To Testers
Apple has flipped the switch on the OS X Yosemite Beta today as promised, and if you’ve already signed up and been accepted to the Beta program, you can head to the Apple site for the preview to get a Mac App Store redemption code for the new build now. If you haven’t yet signed up, you can try now, but remember that Apple has a ceiling of one million members for this all-new public beta testing program.
Oculus Starts Shipping Its Next-Gen Rift VR Headset, A Bit Later Than Expected
It’s a bit later than they originally hoped, but the second pre-release version of Oculus’ $350 virtual reality headset is finally finding its way onto the delivery trucks. Oculus’ community managers popped into a thread on reddit to confirm that units were indeed finally heading out. While the company originally intended for the first shipments to start arriving about 2 weeks ago, they opted to hold the first batch of units at the starting line. Apparently, the software wasn’t quite done yet. While most of the Rift DK2′s big changes (the higher res display, the camera for positional head tracking) lay in its hardware, such things need to be accounted for in software. As of yesterday, Oculus felt their SDK wasn’t quite ready — and without the SDK, that DK2′s best features wouldn’t work. Rather than letting people unbox their new units only to find that it was temporarily busted, Oculus held the shipments until the SDK was closer to finalized.
U.N. Chief Says Arbitrary Denial Of Aid A Tactic Of War In Syria
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the United Nations Security Council warring parties in Syria are arbitrarily denying the delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of people in need as a tactic of war. In his fifth monthly report on access to aid in Syria, obtained by Reuters, Ban said an estimated 10.8 million people need help, of which 4.7 million are in hard to reach areas of the war-torn country, including at least 241,000 people in areas besieged by government or opposition forces.
President Obama Plans Action On Drone Privacy Regulation
As the FAA watches its drone regulation deadlines loom, President Obama intends to issue an executive order that will deal with drone privacy, something that the federal agency hasn’t delved too deeply into. According to Politico, the president plans to put together an executive order asking the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to come up with rules relating to consumer privacy, unmanned aircraft, and the interaction between the two.
Blink Is An Affordable Wireless Security Cam For Your Home
Security conscious types with a hankering to pepper their homes with sensor-packed cameras to keep remote tabs on their stuff should point their eyes at Blink: a wireless connected security camera with a relatively cheap price-tag vs the extant competition.
Imoji For IPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji
With the rise of smartphones and messaging apps, emoji and stickers have also grown in popularity, and are now a part of our everyday conversations. But the standard set of emoji that come pre-installed on the iPhone can be limiting. Today, a new application called Imoji launches in hopes of changing that, by allowing you to turn any image into a custom sticker or emoji for use with iMessage.
Jimmy Fallon And Robin Wright Turn And Face The Music
Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wright boast many talents, including improv dancing. The Tonight Show host and House of Cards star practiced their spontaneous line delivery, followed by unexpected dance breaks, ranging in musical stylings from Lil John's "Turn Down for What" to traditional line dancing. At least we know that if either of their respective shows get cancelled, they'll have a successful improv theatre/dance career.
GM Expects To Pay At Least $400 Million To Ignition Switch Victims
General Motors has finally given an estimate for how much it plans to pay victims of its faulty ignition switch. GM revealed in its second quarter earnings report Thursday that it expects to pay at least $400 million for a compensation program for the defective ignition switch that resulted in dozens of crashes and 13 deaths.
Snoopy's Latest Playground Is 'We Heart It'
Snoopy is branching out on social media and taking his sister, Belle, with him. The iconic Peanuts character is joining an expanding list of brands on the small but growing social network We Heart It. We Heart It, which reports 30 million members and recently added ads, is something of the social media lovechild between Instagram and Pinterest. It has the artsy images of the former and the grid-style pinup board of the latter.