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Ridley Scott talks Prometheus with SlashGear: Candid & Uncut

Ridley Scott talks Prometheus with SlashGear: Candid & Uncut

Director Ridley Scott is a man who needs little introduction: the genius behind Gladiator, the original Alien and, of course, Prometheus. SlashGear sat down with Scott - along with Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof - shortly after the movie's worldwide premiere, to talk director's cuts, the difficult balance of religion and science, and to find out about "The F*cking Cappuccino Theory of Astrophysics."

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Prometheus: We talk Alien and tech with Ridley’s writer duo

Prometheus: We talk Alien and tech with Ridley’s writer duo

Prometheus has arrived with a bang, Ridley Scott's expansive Alien prequel, and SlashGear sat down with writers Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts to talk Quadrilogy canon, SpaceX and angry androids. Jointly responsible for a screenplay that has spawned intense debate and no small amount of controversy, both Lindelof and Spaihts have a history of creating science-fiction that's as cerebral as it is explosive.

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Men in Black 3 VFX pros describe “an onion” of imagination

Men in Black 3 VFX pros describe “an onion” of imagination

This week we got to sit down with the Visual Effects Supervisors from Sony Pictures Imageworks behind Men in Black 3, premiering in the USA tonight. As any Men in Black fanatic knows, the two main characters, J and K, have their single-letter names taken from their original civilian titles - oddly enough, the two men we interviewed this week go by the names Ken Ralston and Jay Redd - working equivalents of those two protectors of the universe working here to bridge the gap between reality and utterly insane fiction in the Men in Black world. What we found was that not only was this film captured with several different types of cameras and techniques, it was done in a specific Men in Black style, with time travel, fully digital copies of Will Smith and Josh Brolin, and none other than a completely re-imagined Cape Canaveral, not to mention New York city itself.

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The Pirates! Key Animator speaks: Claymation machines forward

The Pirates! Key Animator speaks: Claymation machines forward

This week we've had a talk with Key Animator Ian Whitlock from the brand new film The Pirates! Band of Misfits, he giving us the lowdown on why this claymation epic sticks to its roots while exploring a new scale for the genre. The Pirates! Band of Misfits is directed by Peter Lord, features Hugh Grant in his first animated role as the Pirate Captain, and has superstars like Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven voicing the bad guys. What we're interested in though isn't the voices, it's the technology behind the film itself - how does a next-generation claymation movie compete with the high-definition environment of special effects here in our modern Hollywood world?

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3ality Technica speaks on Prometheus: ‘the best experience possible with 3D’

3ality Technica speaks on Prometheus: ‘the best experience possible with 3D’

This week we sat down with 3D rig and software company 3ality Technica's Stephen Pizzo to discuss their newest products and how they played a part in the filming of recent giant Hollywood films as Prometheus. Turns out, Pizzo (3ality Technica's senior vice president) told us, it was Head Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski that convinced Ridley Scott that 3D was a possibility for a film such as the Alien prequel Prometheus - and that with the gear that was available today, they could film the movie the with the same ease and precision they'd be afforded with 2D equipment. In fact, 3D was made possible with essentially no extra effort on the part of the film crew; read on for the first part of the full SlashGear interview.

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Uplinq Daily Show On Qualcomm LIVE! Cali Lewis Interviews SlashGear’s Vincent Nguyen

Uplinq Daily Show On Qualcomm LIVE! Cali Lewis Interviews SlashGear’s Vincent Nguyen

SlashGear's very own Vincent Nguyen has been busy reporting live from Qualcomm's Uplinq 2011 conference. He's been keeping us on top of the latest developments there spanning a wide range of topics including gaming optimization, augmented reality, NFC, cloud data, 4G, and much much more. He also managed time to do an interview with Cali Lewis. Check out the video after the cut.

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Inside The Mitsubishi Mobile Marketing Showroom: Massive 82 and 92-inch 3D TVs

Inside The Mitsubishi Mobile Marketing Showroom: Massive 82 and 92-inch 3D TVs

Currently the world’s largest mass-produced rear-projection flat screen, the Mitsubishi 92-inch 3D TV was first unveiled at CES earlier this year. But this morning we got an up close and personal look at the mammoth flat screen along with its 82-inch sibling at the Mitsubishi Mobile Marketing Showroom. It is truly an immersive cinematic experience to be had if you can afford the price, the space, and don't mind looking like a complete dork sometimes---as illustrated below.

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Nokia Ovi Maps SR4 released: faster, WiFi positioning & Qype

Nokia Ovi Maps SR4 released: faster, WiFi positioning & Qype

Fifteen times around the world every day; that's the distance Nokia's Ovi Maps guides users every day, and with the quiet introduction of Ovi Maps SR4 (v3.0.4) that number is likely to get even bigger. The first significant update since Ovi Maps went free four months ago, Nokia have already passed the 10m download mark and, while they're not talking updated figures quite yet, are still apparently seeing a new download every second. Ovi Maps SR4 brings with it over 2m kilometres of newly navigable roads, boosts points of interest (POI) to over 25m and speeds up zooming and searching, not to mention slipping in Qype reviews and recommendations. We sat down with Marcel Duee, Places project manager on Nokia's Ovi Maps team, for an update on why SR4 is special and what's still in the pipeline.

Update: Video demo of Ovi Maps SR4 on a Nokia N8 after the cut!

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Palm CEO talks webOS, Verizon & tablet licensing

Palm CEO talks webOS, Verizon & tablet licensing

Find yourself talking to Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, and the furore of speculation, leaks and general rumors are bound to come up. "They've been incessant since I joined the company" Rubinstein told SlashGear today, as we talked to the chief executive about the possibilities of takeovers, webOS devices of tomorrow and how Palm has learnt from the poorly handled Verizon launch. Media-savvy, confident about his company's future and bracingly honest about Palm's shortcomings, the picture Rubinstein paints is one of a plucky little firm with an exciting product roadmap to come.

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Robert Scoble Talks Windows Phone 7, Google, and Location-Based Services

Robert Scoble Talks Windows Phone 7, Google, and Location-Based Services

If you hadn't heard, South by Southwest Interactive is going on right now, over there in the big state of Texas. It's one of the biggest conferences around, and all types of people show up to speak their minds, show off the latest and greatest, and have fun doing it. Included with some of those people (outside of our own team), is Robert Scoble. He's one of the biggest names in the tech journalism game (just try following him on Twitter or Google Buzz), and he's got some great perspective on quite a few things. Most importantly, the big names in tech right now.

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Novatel Wireless 2352 hits UK; we talk MiFi future with VP Rob Hadley

Novatel Wireless 2352 hits UK; we talk MiFi future with VP Rob Hadley

Carrier T-Mobile will be the first in the UK to offer Novatel Wireless' "Intelligent Mobile Hotspot", the MiFi 2352, which SlashGear reviewed back in June.  Available through retailer The Carphone Warehouse in early October, the Novatel Wireless 2352 will be priced from free, assuming you're willing to sign an 18 month contract (at £20 ($33) per month for 3GB data).  We sat down with Rob Hadley, Novatel Wireless' senior VP of sales and marketing earlier this week to talk trademarks, software and the next step for personal hotspots.

Talking Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 with Ari Jaaksi

Talking Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 with Ari Jaaksi

We sat down at a roundtable this afternoon with Nokia's Ari Jaaksi, VP of software at the company, and talked about the Nokia N900 and the Maemo 5 OS it runs.  Describing the N900 as "your internet device on the go" and Maemo as "putting the internet first", it's obvious that Jaaksi - and Nokia - have the MID segment in their sights; however they're also upfront about the issues they're going to face not only with their first-gen hardware but the ongoing development of the platform.

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