DMA Tech Watch: Comic Con Takes Manhattan, Twitter Changing, Movie News

By Phill Powell

Welcome to DMA Tech Watch, where we review the biggest news events and tech trends now on the radar. Here’s what we’re watching as of October 12, 2015:

BIG APPLE SURRENDERS TO COMIC CON FEVER

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This LEGO Hulk was large and in charge (and quite the lady’s man) at New York’s Comic Con.

New York City is always home to colorful characters, but the last few days have been something special. From Thursday through yesterday, New York hosted the 10th annual New York Comic Con. The event was held at the Javits Center and drew some 150,000 fans of comic book, movie and video game culture. More than a thousand presenters thrilled the packed crowds with all manner of exhibits. Of course, it wouldn’t have been Comic Con without some choice celebrity panels. At this event, The Walking Dead panel knocked ’em dead, and fans were also delighted by an X-Files panel.

TWITTER: THE END OF THE 140-CHARACTER TWEET?

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Last week, a new CEO. This week they celebrate by turning the Twitter world upside down…

Nothing lasts forever in the Digital Age, if you know what I mean. Take Twitter, for example. For years, Twitter has stuck to its original set-up. The cornerstone of that set-up, as every Tweeter knows, is the 140-character limit. It’s been the boundary that keeps Twitter Twitter. For years it’s kept users from spouting on endlessly on their favorite topics. Now it looks like Twitter might be ready to relinquish the rule and allow users to post longer-form text messages, although the company also says it will keep the 140-character limit. (Seems to us like it’s got to be one or the other, but…)

CANON’S POWER MOVE

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Check out the amazing detail and rich color in this photo taken with Canon’s hot new G5 X camera.

In a move that has photo fans buzzing, Canon has introduced a new camera in its PowerShot line. The Canon G5 X comes all the way loaded, with a 5.0-megapixel CCD and 12 EOS-based shooting modes. There’s also an enhanced movie mode and 720-pixel resolution video. The camera (which lists for $799.99) delivers big-screen brilliance with convenient point-and-shoot features like a built-in flash. Coolest of all is its touchscreen, which flips outward like you’re flashing a badge. And just look at the pictures it takes. If you’re into learning photography, this is one serious camera.

FINALLY! A STEVE JOBS FLICK WORTH WATCHING

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Who was Steve Jobs? The latest bio stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogan.

They said it couldn’t be done, but the third time’s the charm: There’s finally a good Steve Jobs biopic! Leave it to the screenwriting genius of Aaron (The Social Network) Sorkin, the directorial mastery of Danny (Slumdog Millionaire) Boyle and acting prowess of Michael Fassbender. The film Steve Jobs rises to its curious subject, capturing the strange dichotomy of a man who’s greatly gifted with gadgets, but only so-so when it comes to dealing with people. Reviews are strong: “Written, directed and acted to perfection.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

MARTIAN STAYS ON TOP; STAR STAYS HOME

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Earthbound: Damon says he’s not going to space any time soon.

And speaking of movies, after several weeks into its run, Ridley Scott’s The Martian is still ruling the box office. This past weekend, the Martian film took in another $37 million, raising its worldwide totals to $227 million. The film trounced Warner Bros.’ Pan, which earned a weak $15.5 million (against a $150 million budget). Back to The Martian: Ordinary citizens have already signed up for one-way trips to Mars. But somebody who won’t be making the journey: Martian star Matt Damon, who says he admires those who travel in space. He just doesn’t want to join them.

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