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  1. Accessories maker Logitech just recently revealed one of its latest offerings, the Logitech POWERED Wireless Charging Stand, which as its name implies is a wireless charging solution for your mobile devices. Specifically, though, it was designed in collaboration with Apple, so you know it’s geared towards the iPhone more than anything else. What’s different with Logitech’s offering over other wireless charging systems is that it’ll actively charge the iPhone both in portrait and landscape. While it makes for a useful bed side stand for your iPhone, it’s also nice that you can proceed to watch a video or something while it’s on there. With a pretty sizeable pad, we didn’t have any misalignments of any kind when charging an iPhone X. And yes, it supports other Qi-enabled smartphones – like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 that we tried out! In a way, you could see some of Apple’s influence with its design, as the POWERED Wireless Charging Stand features a minimalistic design with an all-matte plastic construction. It’s quite simplistic honestly, as it’s comprised from what appears to be two pieces. However, our biggest complaint about it is that it leverages a proprietary charger. For starters, the cable coming from the back of the charger can’t be replaced – so if it goes bad, it means having to place the entire thing! On top of that, the wall charger itself is also proprietary. Some of its other notable features include a fast 7.5W charging system, which is probably why it utilizes a proprietary connection, as well as sensors that intelligently monitors the temperature to prevent overheating. So, how much are you looking to spend to pick this up? Well, it’s available right now for $69.99 through Logitech’s web site.
  2. Snap is bringing new options to those who wish to shop with their phones. The social network company announced it has started testing Visual Search, a new feature that enables Snapchat users to shop on Amazon with their phone cameras. Visual Search is not yet available to everyone, but Snap says that it will be rolled out slowly in the coming days. Although Snap didn't mention it, we assume Visual Search will be launched on both Android and iOS platforms. Here is how it works: point your Snapchat camera at a physical product or barcode, and press and hold on the camera screen to start the search process. As soon as the product or the barcode is recognized, an Amazon card will pop up on the display. Tap on the link provided in the card to be redirected via the Amazon App to the product's page where you can complete your purchase. If you don't have the Amazon App installed on the phone, you will be redirected to Amazon's official website.
  3. OnePlus asks fans what's their favorite OnePlus 6 feature, gets mocked over lack of headphone jack OnePlus chose a bad time to ask fans what's their favorite OnePlus 6 feature, considering that one of the potential answers could be quite disturbing for the upcoming launch of the OnePlus 6T. As many of you probably know by now, OnePlus has already confirmed that it will not include a 3.5mm audio jack in the OnePlus 6T. Unfortunately for the Chinese company, people treasure this particular feature above all else, so the timing it chose for this “poll” is completely off. Many OnePlus fans offered hilarious answers, mocking the Chinese company for the decision to ask such a question ahead of the OnePlus 6T official reveal. There are few people answering OnePlus' question who believe Dash Charge and the lower price are among the best OnePlus 6 features. The vast majority think that OnePlus 6's best feature is the 3.5mm jack, something that many companies have decided to remove from their flagships lately. And it looks like OnePlus has decided to jump in the same bandwagon, despite the fans' wish to keep the 3.5mm audio jack.
  4. The Xperia XZ3, Sony's newest high-end smartphone, will be officially released in the US on October 17, and can already be pre-ordered for a price that's not too dissimilar to those of other flagship handsets - $899.99. In anticipation of its upcoming launch, Sony today unveiled that the Xperia XZ3 comes with unique Google Assistant voice commands. Sony has worked with Google to make these exclusive voice commands helpful, allowing users to quickly launch various features, or learn more about the Xperia XZ3 itself. Some of the unique Google Assistant voice commands that work on the new phone include: Take a 4K HDR movie Take a Super slow-motion video Open 3D Creator What is 4K HDR Movie recording? What is Super slow-motion? What is 3D Creator? Open Side sense settings What is Side sense? What can this phone do? We're assuming that a complete list of voice commands will be included in the User Manual of the Xperia XZ3. All the unique commands will be available in five languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, French, and German. Of course, in order to use these, you'll first need to launch Google Assistant - this can be done on this particular handset by saying "Hey Google," or, if you prefer a tactile way, you can double tap the power button, or press and hold down the home button. When it launches next month, the Sony Xperia XZ3 will be one of the world's first smartphones to run Android 9 Pie out of the box. You can find out more about the device and its high-end features by taking a look at our Xperia XZ3 hands-on.
  5. Apple's iOS 12.1 update will allow users to adjust bokeh effect while taking a portrait Screenshot 2018-09-25 02.05.42.jpg The Apple iPhone XS and Apple iPhone XS Max allow users to make depth-of-field adjustments to a photo after it has been processed. So if you want the blur in the background of a portrait to be hazier or sharper, that editing can be done after the photo is snapped and posted on the phone's screen. As it turns out, the recently released iOS 12.1 beta includes a feature allowing users to make depth-of-field adjustments while in the process of snapping a portrait. Here's how it will work. When a picture is being taken in Portrait Mode, a slider will appear on the bottom of the screen that can be used to adjust the depth-of-field as the shot is being taken (see image at the top of this article). It also will allow the photographer to see how different settings impact the picture just before it is snapped. Currently, to make this adjustment, you have to take the photo and tap on the "Edit" button to change the intensity of the bokeh effect on a processed image. The "Live Focus" feature on the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9 already allows users of those models to adjust the depth-of-field in real time, or after a photo has been processed. The Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max should join the club next month when the final version of iOS 12.1 is disseminated.
  6. Following countless leaks which have included hands-on images and case renders, today official renders of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro have finally appeared online confirming the final design and three official colors. Coinciding with virtually all previous information, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro follows in the footsteps of Samsung’s most recent flagships by introducing a new 6.3-inch curved edge AMOLED display. Unlike devices from the latter company, though, Huawei’s offering sports extremely thin side bezels and a relatively small chin. Moreover, the traditional top bezel has been swapped out for a new notch which is home to a front-facing camera, the in-ear speaker, and a new Face ID-like technology. While on the topic of security, it’s also worth noting that an in-display fingerprint scanner is reportedly on board. Moving over to the rear, the glass has been curved slightly towards the edges in order to provide a more comfortable feel. Additionally, the panel is dominated by a large square-shaped camera module in the middle which is home to three rear sensors and a dual-tone LED flash. Also, just like Huawei’s other premium devices, Leica branding is present too. Elsewhere on the smartphone, a red-colored power button is included on the frame. When it comes to the internal side of things, Huawei’s new Kirin 980 will be included alongside a minimum of 6GB of RAM. This is then expected to be coupled with 128GB of non-expandable storage. When it comes to the battery, a 4,200mAh pack has been rumored and should make an appearance alongside support for both wired and wireless fast charging. Lastly, completing the setup will be Android 9 Pie straight out of the box. As confirmed by Huawei, the Mate 20 Pro will make its first official appearance on October 16 in London alongside the regular Mate 20 and the new FreeBuds 2 Pro. Sales should commence by the end of the month and, as revealed by these images, the smartphone will be available in Black, Blue, and Twilight options. However, a green variant is reportedly in the works too.
  7. Exactly one week ago today, we showed you images that we grabbed from a leaked video of the Nubia Z18S. The phone not only has a near bezel-less screen in front, it also carries a secondary display in back. Unlike the Yota Phone, which sports a secondary e-Ink display on its back, the rear-facing display on the Z18S appears to be a 5.1-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 720 x 1520. That is based on information seen on the website of Chinese regulator TENAA. According to TENAA, the front-facing LCD screen weighs in at 6.26-inches with a resolution of 1080 x 2280. A Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform is under the hood, and it seems that there will be variants containing 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of native storage. Keeping the lights on is a 3800mAh battery, and Android 8.1 is pre-installed. Unfortunately, the listing does not include any pictures. The Nubia Z18S has a model number of NX616J, and now that it has been certified by TENAA, we would not be surprised to see it unwrapped in the near future. Teaser for the Nubia Z18S
  8. Everything you need to know about macOS Mojave 1175awE6im2QyCBgR6hTFNGc-970-80.jpg Apple's macOS 10.14 Mojave is here, and we went ahead and gathered up all the information you need to know about the new Mac operating system. The new macOS Mojave brings some core iOS apps, like News and Stocks to the Mac for the first time. While not all iOS apps have been ported over, like we initially thought, Apple’s own Craig Federighi did claim that Apple is working on bringing more iOS apps over to the Mac in the years to come. We’ve also heard from a developer who has already started digging into the process of porting iOS apps to macOS 10.14 Mojave, and while there are some issues that need to be worked out, it does offer a promising glimpse into the future of iOS apps on Macs. macOS Mojave is out now, and while you can download and install it today. So, now that the big day is finally here, we’re going to jump into everything there is to know about macOS 10.14 Mojave. Cut to the chase What is it? The 2018 edition of Apple’s Mac operating system, macOS When is it out? macOS Mojave is out right now What will it cost? macOS 10.14 is free macOS 10.14 Mojave release date Apple announced macOS Mojave back in June 2018 at WWDC 2018, where most of the features were detailed. This was followed by a Public Beta launch back in July, then finally the macOS Mojave launch on September 24, 2018. That’s right, macOS Mojave is now available to download for free for anyone on supporting Mac hardware. Keep it tuned, because we will keep this section updated with all the newest updates as they release. 22kEysxpvonYwT8vG8uHNfCW-650-80.jpg macOS 10.14 Mojave specifications Unfortunately some older Macs are going to have to go without updating to macOS 10.14 Mojave. This is unlike macOS 10.13 High Sierra, which practically had the same requirements as Sierra. First off, macOS 10.14 requires at least 14.3GB of hard drive space for the installation, as that’s what was required last year. To keep it on the safe side, make it 20GB. Next, Macs that received the 10.13 upgrade were required to be equipped with at least 2GB of memory (or RAM) and running OS X 10.8 or later. With this new update, however, these are the Macs that will be supported by macOS 10.14 Mojave. MacBook (Early 2015 or newer) MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer) MacBook Air (Late 2012 or newer) Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer) iMac (Late 2012 or newer) Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer, or older models with Metal-compatible GPU) iMac Pro (2017) Unfortunately, while the required models rarely change year over year, they have with macOS 10.14, so if you have an older MacBook, you might need to upgrade to enjoy this new version of the OS. macOS 10.14 Mojave features Apple’s macOS Mojave brings plenty of new features to your Mac. And, now we can provide a detailed overview of everything your Mac will be capable of now that macOS Mojave has launched. From Finder improvements to more rigid security, the best Macs are about to become a lot better. Read on to discover all the new features coming to your Mac when you update to macOS Mojave. Dark Mode Apple’s macOS Mojave introduces a system-wide dark mode, which will extend to every first-party program on your Mac. Even Xcode gets a full makeover, completely in black, making those extended programming sessions more comfortable for your eyes. Third party programs will also be adopting this new theme, with changes happening automatically for any app that uses standard colors through AppKit.
  9. Now that the reviews are up, you can make an educated decision on whether to buy a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card, at least based on current performance metrics and features. We still don't know how they'll fare with real-time ray tracing and DLSS-enabled games at large, so there's a leap of faith involved. However, if you're ready to make the jump, we've rounded up several listings where you can buy one right now. We'll start with the GeForce RTX 2080, because that is the only one that is available as a standalone card right now (save for a single EVGA SKU). You can order the Founders Edition direct from Nvidia for $799. Alternately, there are several custom-cooled models available from Nvidia's hardware partners. Most of these are in stock, though a few are up for preorder, which we've marked as such Asus Dual RTX 2080 Overclocked Edition: $839.99 (Newegg) Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Overclocked 8G: $869.99 (Newegg) EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming: $849.99 (Best Buy) EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming: $849.99 (B&H Photo - preorder) EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 FTW3 Ultra Gaming: $899.99 (B&H Photo - preorder) EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Gaming: $810 (B&H Photo - preorder) Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Windforce OC: $789.99, Amazon - preorder) Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Windforce OC: $789.99 (Newegg) Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC: $829.99 (Newegg) MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio: $849.99 (Best Buy) Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition: $799.99 (Best Buy) PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition: $849.99 (Newegg) PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition: $849.99 (Best Buy) Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Amp Edition: $839.99 (Amazon - preorder) Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Amp Edition: $839.99 Newegg) Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Amp Edition: $839.99 (B&H Photo) There are many other models that are coming, including expanded offerings from EVGA and MSI. The ones that are available now are trending at higher price points. For example, Newegg shows Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX Blower model for $749.99 and an EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Gaming for $799.99, neither of which is currently in stock. If you're wanting to go whole hog on a GeForce GTX 2080 Ti, Best Buy is selling the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC Ultra Gaming for $1,249.99. Otherwise, the only way to buy one right now is to go with a prebuilt system. Specifically, Avadirect, CyberPowerPC, Digital Storm (backordered), Falcon-Northwest, iBuyPower, Maingear, Origin PC, and Xidax all have GeForce RTX 2080 Ti options. Dell's Alienware lineup seems to only offer the GeForce RTX 2080 model, but it's worth keeping an eye on if you're interested in the higher end card.
  10. Give your desktop a visual upgrade with the Dell S2718D 27-inch Quad HD Monitor. Normally priced at $600, through September 29 Staples has it on sale for $219.99. The monitor features Dell's signature Infinity Edge design, which offers a near-borderless display with edge-to-edge viewing. It also sports 2560 x 1440 resolution and HDR support. Amazon updated a slew of its hardware last week, and as a result it's offering some of its previous-gen hardware on sale. Fire TV Stick for $29.99 ($10 off) Echo Dot (2nd Gen) for $39.99 ($10 off) Toshiba 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition for $299.99 ($30 off) Other noteworthy deals from around the Web include: Netgear Arlo Baby Monitor for $169.99 ($30 off) [NEW] Lenovo IdeaPad 330 w/ 256GB SSD for $499.99 ($180 off) [NEW] Anker Soundcore Vortex Wireless Headset for $44.99 ($5 off) [NEW] Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC Video Card for $199 ($60 off) Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop for $999 ($100 off) Google Home Mini w/ Chromecast for $74 ($10 off) SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB SSD for $149.49 ($48 off) Toshiba 43-inch 4K Smart Fire TV for $299.99 ($30 off) Samsung 128GB microSD Card for $28.99 ($13 off) Amazon Fire HD 8 w/ Show Mode Dock for $94.99 ($15 off) Netgear CM500 DOCSIS 3.0 Modem for $49.99 ($10 off) Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD for $107.99 ($52 off)
  11. HTC has finally shipped the Vive Wireless Adapter. The company has been promising to release Vive headset owners from their cables since Computex 2017. Since then Vive owners saw the expansion of the Viveport marketplace, the introduction of the Vive Pro headset, and have even been teased by experiments with multi-room tracking enabled by the SteamVR Tracking 2.0 sensors. Now, well over a year later, the Vive Wireless Adapter is finally available. The Vive Wireless Adapter's appeal should be immediately apparent to anyone who's used the Vive headset. It's easy to forget that you're connected to a PC with a cable--which is the entire point of virtual reality--until you start moving around. Then it becomes a common source of frustration that can make it hard to do things in-game that require a lot of movement. (Ducking behind cover in first-person shooters is the easiest way to experience this.) HTC said the Vive Wireless Adapter can solve that problem and offer "even deeper immersion into the virtual world as all restrictions fade away." The company said its adapter has a range of 6 meters, which should be more than large enough for most home setups, and that its included battery lasts "over two hours." But we haven't gotten our hands on the Vive Wireless Adapter yet, so we'll have to take HTC's performance claims with a grain of salt for now. The Vive Wireless Adapter has two major parts: a receiver that attaches to a Vive headset and an antenna that transmits data from the connected PC. Additional batteries can be purchased separately. Note that HTC developed the system in partnership with Intel (which is tackling wireless VR with its WiGig technology) and DisplayLink (which developed the system's lossless compression tech), so a similar setup could be offered for other headsets. HTC says the Vive Wireless Adapter is available now for $300, and includes two months of access to its Viveport Subscription. There is bad news for Vive Pro owners, however: They'll have to spend an additional $60 on a compatibility pack. The add-on includes an attachment device, connection cable, and foam padding made specifically for the headset. Given the Vive Pro's already high price, that just feels like rubbing salt in the wound.
  12. [This story contains spoilers from the ending of Netflix's Maniac.] The opening of Netflix's dense, trippy new limited series Maniac does not give viewers much reason to feel hopeful. Owen (Jonah Hill) is a broke, newly unemployed paranoid schizophrenic whose only emotional ties are to an upper-crust family that alternately dismisses and emotionally blackmails him. Annie (Emma Stone) is a broke drug addict paralyzed by guilt and grief over the death of her beloved younger sister. Both live in a dystopian version of New York where you can enlist a "Friend Proxy" to cure loneliness, or an "Ad Buddy" to pay your bills, ensuring that you'll remain alone and broke. Despite the show's streak of absurdist black comedy, it's pretty bleak from the get-go. When Owen and Annie sign up for a clinical trial that aims to completely cure all suffering, trauma and mental illness via psychotropic drugs, it seems unlikely this can possibly end well for them. And yet it does. The pair form an unlikely emotional bond during the trial, consistently winding up together in a series of hallucinated fantasy sequences. After the trial comes to an unceremonious end, Annie tracks Owen down and springs him from the psychiatric hospital where his family has had him committed, finally forming the kind of true connection that both have been lacking. "Do we actually know each other?" Owen asks, reasonably enough, as they begin the drive to Salt Lake City, where Annie was headed at the beginning of the season. "We're off to a good start," Annie responds. Showrunner Patrick Somerville, who wrote and produced all 10 episodes of the show (based on the Norwegian series of the same name), said about his working relationship with director Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective), the show's genre-hopping exploration of mental illness and trauma and the possibility of a second season. What appealed to you about the Norwegian show, and what did you want to bring to American audiences? The idea at the center of the Norwegian show: these multiple realities and different landscapes through which character arcs could play out, with a serialized emotional story in the background of it, that core idea was what got Cary, Emma, Jonah and Netflix so excited. I joined after they all had, and so it was just a matter of diving in and figuring out what to do and how to do it. So, you knew from the beginning that you were writing these roles specifically for Emma and Jonah? I did, the whole time, and it was fun to deliberately play them against type, and against what they're known for. Owen and Annie both have very specific traumas; what interested you about both their stories? I was fascinated by the experience of people with mental illness, and the way in which a diagnosis changes the path of their lives. The struggle of being made into "other," when you grew up not being other, and how family dynamics can change around that, and how you can be objectified, how self-esteem can change. I wanted to represent the nuances of receiving a diagnosis when you just want normalcy in your life, and the struggle and the grind of that, and in the end the isolation that comes out of that. Jonah is such a capable dramatic actor, it felt possible to tell that story through his character. With Annie, we wanted a different kind of history, a different kind of person, but at the same time, there is something harmonious between grief and a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Often, you get that diagnosis when you're 20, and one of the things that you lose among all the privileges of being mentally healthy in society, is that you lose the person you thought you were going to be. Owen and Annie's stories are different, but they're similar enough that they can empathize with each other by the end. There's loss in both stories. Annie's dad is alive, but he lives inside this "Avoid" isolation chamber. Where did that idea come from? Yeah, this kind of sensory deprivation tank ... I wanted there to be a man in a box that Emma Stone was talking to! I mean, relationships with parents when you are entering into adulthood are particularly tricky, and I thought: why not just put him inside a giant box on top of it all? Three of the main characters — Owen, Annie and Dr. Mantleray (Justin Theroux) — are struggling with relationships to their parents. Why did that emerge as such a big theme? Mantleray has a pretty fraught relationship with his mother [played by Sally Field]; they haven't spoken in a very long time and they're in competition with each other, there's a lot of strange energies flowing between them. My wife is a psychotherapist, and I basically subscribe to the theory that a lot of what we are comes down to what happened with our parents when we were very small. Not everything, and we can choose to break into new realities, we can choose to get out of cycles, but a lot of it has to do with that. I think that's just a simple and true human thing. What was your working relationship with Cary Joji Fukunaga like? We both knew that it was a collaboration, so we disagreed all the time, and when we did, we got back together and thought of new ideas that we both got excited about. We didn't know each other at the beginning of the show, and we know each other very well now, two years later. One of the coolest things about Maniac, and hopefully you can feel it when you watch the show, is there is an improvisational vibe to what's happening, because that was truly happening during production. Not just between me and Cary, but with the cast, with production designer Alex DiGerlando, with props and hair and makeup, people were all throwing ideas in. We were all trying to figure out, "What is Maniac? How does this work? What's allowed here and what isn't?" Collaboration needs conflict, but it also needs continued communication and resolution. I think you can feel it in the show. How did you settle on which genres to tackle in Owen and Annie's fantasy sequences? A lot of it was just what was possible. Some we all agreed on right away, some we couldn't do because they were literally too expensive and impossible to shoot, it would have been like the "Battle of the Bastards" episode [of Game of Thrones], taking 30 days to shoot and we just didn't have the time. In the end, it was a matter of going back and forth a ton, figuring out what genres seemed exciting for Cary to shoot and for me to write, and which would provide vehicles to keep telling Annie and Owen's psychodrama in the right way. Every genre that you can imagine, we considered doing at some point. Were you conscious of the need to keep some of the real Owen and Annie in those sequences, even as they're playing these alternate characters? Oh yeah, there's little elements in all of these alt characters that Jonah and Emma threw in along the way to stay connected to the Owen and Annie of it. It's no small task for an actor, and I think actually the show wouldn't work otherwise. It's crucial to have people stay connected to Owen and Annie's stories, because we all know it's annoying to listen to someone tell you about their dream. Hopefully that's mitigated by the idea that we know these people very well by the time we start seeing these sequences. It was always hard to figure out how Owen and Annie can stay alive and present even when they're in the delusional spaces, and playing different characters, because we made the choice to have them playing characters who were not self-aware that they were inside of dreams. So there had to be these scenes with a tremendous amount of really quick exposition to make the plot work, so we just embraced the insanity of those scenes, like where Bruce and Linda are sitting in the car and Bruce is having to get the download about what's going on. They're so good in that scene, just ripping through this unbelievable amount of exposition, that something about their dynamic feels like magic to me. The delusions are always saying something metaphorical about Owen and Annie's real problems too, right? Yeah, so in episode nine Snorey believes he's responsible for destroying the world, and to me that's the perfect explosion of Owen's problem. He's so guilty, and so an alien invasion story felt perfect for that, because the stakes actually were the earth, but it was designed to show Snorey/Owen that maybe he was overstating his own culpability a little bit. Another thing about schizophrenic delusions is that they're often about making someone more important than they are, making someone relevant, making someone matter. Coming from a place of feeling like you don't matter, it's an over-compensation. For Annie, I think the idea that she was a backstabbing art thief who could convince people of anything, but actually was betraying them along the way, that felt right for her sense of self too. It's interesting that Owen has this tendency to obsessively fixate on women, and meanwhile his brother Jed is on trial for sexual assault. Owen's also not hostile or violent. I think Owen is an example of someone who just desperately needs connection and wants to not be lonely anymore, and Jed is pretty much a monster. I think Owen comports himself well in the end, and I think he is a good person, and I liked the idea of showing the story of someone with a mental illness diagnosis who was a good person. The ending is a lot more hopeful than you'd expect. How did you settle on that final note? We always knew that Owen and Annie were going to end up connected. It is pretty dire in the beginning episodes: life is sad, these people are lost and there's no way to do the show, to me, unless you go to a much more hopeful place by the end. There's no justification for punishing the audience in that way, unless there's a hopeful story to pull out of it. So, we always knew they were going to end up connected. The idea that was always in place, all the way back from the first scripts in the writers' room, was the concept of radical acceptance. Yes, the show's about connection and it's about friendship and about the ways that people can help each other, but you can't even get there unless you can accept some things about yourself. You can't make a connection with another person unless you can accept who you are in the first place, so to me the story is two people who have not accepted who they are at the front end of the show, both finding a way to do that for themselves, and the fruits of that being that you get to have new relationships. Have there been any conversations about a season two? No. This was always planned as a limited series, and I think that's another reason why we had the freedom to have a more hopeful ending. A lot of times on TV, you have to throw your characters into distress again near the end to buy the next season, and we don't have to do that. It is a tremendous amount of energy and imagination to just to make a new show, and so you do have this feeling of wanting to hold on and keep using it, because there's so much imagination in there, but I think part of why Maniac had that improvisational feeling along the way was knowing that this is it. Let's do it now, because this is what Maniac is.
  13. Jay Hernandez can't live up to Tom Selleck, but CBS' new 'Magnum' is full of pretty scenery and fast cars, for whatever that's worth. As it is based largely on memory, my math here isn't precise, but I believe the pie chart for reasons I watched Magnum, P.I. as a child goes: 50 percent Tom Selleck, who was simply the coolest, 25 percent banter (mostly relating to John Hillerman's Higgins, but T.C. and Rick, too), maybe 12.5 percent the cars, another 7.5 percent the Hawaiian scenery and probably 5 percent the opening credits and theme music. Everybody's reasons for watching the long-running CBS smash were probably a bit different, but possibly owing to watching the show at least somewhat in syndication, I never gave any real consideration to the story on Magnum, P.I., so simply telling me that you're remaking Magnum means almost nothing, because you can't remake Tom Selleck and John Hillerman, nor can you be expected to. Enter CBS' new version of Magnum P.I., which premieres Sept. 24 and has stripped away Magnum's mustache and the comma of the title and has become less an adaptation of the original and more a companion piece to CBS' remakes of Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver. So rather than saying that the launch of the Magnum P.I. remake is vastly worse than my memories of the original, it's fairer to say that it's far better than the start of the new MacGyver and a bit inferior to the start of the new Hawaii Five-0. Updated by Peter M. Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, the plot of the new Magnum P.I. is fairly similar to that of the original. Jay Hernandez plays Thomas Magnum, a decorated Navy SEAL and Detroit Tigers fan now living in a guest cottage on the Robin's Nest, the Hawaiian estate of generally absent author Robin Masters. Magnum is the estate's security consultant and also works as a private investigator — he repeatedly chafes at "private eye" — getting frequent assists from chopper pilot TC Calvin (Stephen Hill) and jack-of-all-trades Rick Wright (Zachary Knighton), with whom he spent time in a POW camp in Afghanistan. Adding friction, flirtation and her own brand of varied expertise is Younger Sexy Higgins (Perdita Weeks), Robin's Nest's majordomo and general source of disapproval when it comes to what happens when Magnum borrows the estate's vintage Ferraris. The pilot, buttressed by pages of truly banal voiceover delivered with no particular intonation by Hernandez, fills us in on the basics of Magnum's situation and all of the main relationships by having the characters deal with a kidnapping involving another pal from their POW past, a case that causes Magnum's team to butt heads with the local police, Higgins to reveal some skills from her MI6 background and several cars to be destroyed. It's only limitedly fair to credit the Magnum P.I. pilot for its high production values and a couple fairly decent stunts, because director Justin Lin has become CBS' go-to when it comes to spiffy pilots for shows that will never look nearly as expensive again. I always point to Scorpion as the ultimate example of the magic Lin can deliver in a pilot, for what subsequently became one of the most absurdly cheap-looking shows on all of television. So here there are definitely a couple good scenes with Magnum tooling around in a fancy red sports car, as well as some satisfying explosions and at least one superb chase involving cars, a twisty road and a helicopter. Even with Lin at the helm, the pilot still starts with a thoroughly unsatisfying HALO jump and seems to truncate every action scene just a wee bit, so if this is the best case scenario for how high octane Magnum P.I. can get, the long-term prognosis is decidedly middling. When it comes to the original pie chart of my Magnum enjoyment, Lin and cinematographer Stephen F. Windon deliver completely on the necessary Hawaii travel porn and expensive car porn. Combine the lush green hills and impossibly blue skies of Oahu with the occasional Humvee fireball and that already puts Magnum on solid footing for its intended CBS audience. The pilot script's banter is, at the very least, better than the pervasive voiceover. That's more product of very solid supporting casting than writing, as Hill and Knighton slide easily into TC and Rick's shoes and will probably make a strong case for this becoming more of a true ensemble than a star vehicle. Weeks' youth makes a mess of Higgins' backstory and if you come to the remake with memories of Higgins from the original it's hard not to laugh at the writers thinking they're doing some paradigm shifting with Young Sexy Higgins. They're not. She's actually much more of a TV cliche in this form, as we're now going to get week after week of will-they-or-won't-they nonsense, but I can't dispute that Weeks and Hernandez deliver at least as much sexual tension as Selleck and Hillerman. Hernandez isn't bad. At all. He just isn't Tom Selleck and Hernandez merely being fine just exposes again how much heavy lifting Selleck did on a thin premise. Because the remake is possibly even thinner, you see at every turn how the show needs Hernandez to be dialed to a "10" when he's dialed to a respectable "7." It comes up when he's trying to show off that trademark swagger and when he's trying to convey Hawaii cool and when he's asked to be a highly trained military alpha. While the pilot is perpetually emphasizing that Young Sexy Higgins is younger and sexier and kicks more butt than what you'd expect from Higgins, the only acknowledgement that Magnum is no longer a white guy with a mustache comes when he quips, "They go for the white meat first" to Rick before he goes on a scuba diving adventure, which, like the HALO jump, falls short of thrills. It's not that Magnum P.I. needs to make it immediately meaningful that Magnum is now Latinx (though why the heck not?). The problem is in having no defining way in which this Magnum stands out. Were he sufficiently enough his own character, comparisons to Tom Selleck wouldn't be necessary. So far, he is not and my fear is that the producers thought a mere mustache shave would be enough to duck comparisons, which isn't the same as, you know, writing a character with a personal voice. Having seen only the pilot, I can say that CBS' Magnum P.I. is exactly so-so enough that I'll give it another episode or two to see if Hernandez taps into a Magnum of his own and also to find out if the Asian and Native Hawaiian characters from the fringes of the pilot actually become substantial in any way. Even if the stunts and spectacle diminish in Lin's absence, the Hawaii and cars aren't going anywhere. Cast: Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill, Tim Kang, Amy Hill Creators: Peter M. Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim from the original series created by Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson Airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS, premiering Sept. 24.
  14. The awards will be handed out Nov. 11 in a live ceremony airing on E! for the first time. Black Panther, This Is Us, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are among the nominees for the 2018 People's Choice Awards, which were announced Monday. E! revealed nominees, as voted on by fans, in a total of 43 categories — 13 of which are new this year — across film, TV, music, social media and pop culture. Fans can now vote on the winners through Oct. 19 (for more information on how to vote, click here). The E! People's Choice Awards will be broadcast live from the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on Sunday, Nov. 11, starting at 9 p.m., preceded by E! Live From The Red Carpet: The E! People’s Choice Awards at 7 p.m. This marks the first year that the show will air on E!, as it aired on CBS from 1975–2017. The show is produced by Wilshire Studios and Den of Thieves with executive producers Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager. A full list of nominees follows. 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