• ‘Parks and Recreation’ Reunion Special Was Shot Using An iPhone

    Turn the clock back maybe 7-8 years ago, and you would never think to shoot a TV show or a movie using a smartphone. However, fast forward to today, our smartphones have become increasingly capable of capturing stunning photo and video footage, making them much more viable for these types of tasks.

    In fact, during an interview with Variety, “Parks and Recreation” co-creator Mike Schur revealed that the reunion special for the TV series, which ended its run back in 2015, was shot using an iPhone rig and directed over Zoom calls. Given all the social distancing that is currently in place, gathering a large team of crew and cast members simply wasn’t an option.

    Instead, the cast was sent a small iPhone rig that consisted of an iPhone, a tripod, a lighting source, and a microphone, and the cast were then directed over Zoom calls to adjust the framing

  • The Universe Is Expanding Faster Than It Should. Why?

    The discrepancy between how fast the universe seems to be expanding and how fast we expect it to expand is one of cosmology’s most stubbornly persistent anomalies.

    Cosmologists base their expectation of the expansion rate—a rate known as the Hubble constant—on measurements of radiation emitted shortly after the Big Bang. This radiation reveals the precise ingredients of the early universe. Cosmologists plug the ingredients into their model of cosmic evolution and run the model forward to see how quickly space should be expanding today.

    Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research develop­ments and trends in mathe­matics and the physical and life sciences.

    Yet the prediction falls short: When cosmologists observe astronomical objects such as pulsating stars and exploding supernovas, they see a universe that’s expanding faster, with

  • Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, and more brawl it out in this lockdown fight club

    The coronavirus aka COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to stay at home and abide by social distancing measures.

    This can cause a lot of us to spiral into a pit of boredom, limiting ourselves to the entertainment we already have at home. Sure, we can always take advantage of essential grocery runs to get some fresh air, but even then you’re still technically doing a chore and not really having a ball.

    With countries across the globe imposing various forms of lockdowns, perhaps the best way we can preserve our sanity is to participate in viral social media challenges to pass the time.

    Yes, I can almost hear your groans of disapproval. But every now and then comes a challenge so genius and hilarious in nature, it makes you wonder why no one thought of it before.

    In comes the ‘Boss Bitch Fight Challenge’ by Zoë Bell, arguably

  • Activist investor hedge fund reportedly financing Eko lawsuit against Quibi

    Hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. is financing Eko’s patent lawsuit against streaming service Quibi, The Wall Street Journal reports. Eko’s suit claims that Quibi stole trade secrets and that its “Turnstyle” feature violates Eko’s patents. Turnstyle allows Quibi videos to play differently depending on the orientation —vertical or horizontal— of the viewer’s phone, switching in real time.

    Eko wants Quibi to stop using its technology or license it and is suing for a preliminary injunction and damages. As part of the financing arrangement, Elliott would get an equity stake in Eko, according to the WSJ, though it’s not clear how much money is involved.

    Quibi, the mobile video app that launched last month, raised nearly $2 billion to produce “quick bite” shows that last a max of 10 minutes. It filed a lawsuit against Eko a day before Eko filed its suit, asking a court to