281298_600Previously there was a rumor that Drew Goddard might direct, but Banned Source stated that the director will probably be announced by the end of this week, and here is the new shortlist: Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation); and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre)

Kevin Feige already said that it won’t be another origin story and “There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU.”

Spiderman will show up in Captain America 3, released on May 6, 2016. The solo film will be released July 28, 2017.

My opinion: nooo way John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein will get it. Who are these people? They barely have any credits on imdb.

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34694_Lollipop_Android_5_1_Character_FP_WideLollipop brings with it a new direct update initiative for core services — but Google has to get customers on the OS to benefit

The slow pace of updates to bring users to the latest and greatest version of Google Inc.’s (GOOG) Android — the world’s most used mobile operating system — is a well documented and much discussed problem.  The slower adoption cycle ultimately stems from the fact that Google does not push new versions of Android directly to customers, but rather waits for device OEMs and carriers to take up its generalized update packages and roll them out to end users.

Lollipop (Android 5.0 and 5.1) is no exception.

Soft launched in October, upgrade deliverables were available to OEMs and carriers since November.  That makes the OS technically half a year (six months) old.  Yet, as Neowin notes, Google’s own version tracker for developers pegs Lollipop adoption at only 9.7 percent.

Roughly two in five (39.8 percent) of the more than 1 billion Android device users are on devices powered by some version of Android KitKat (4.4).  KitKat remains the most widely adopted distribution.  Perhaps more notable, while less than 1 in 10 Androids run Lollipop, roughly 1 in 3 (33.7 percent) run some build of Android Jelly Bean builds (4.1 or 4.2).  Android Jelly Bean 4.2 was released two and a half years ago, so it’s somewhat surprising to see how long it’s lingering.

On the other hand Android Froyo (2.2) (0.3 percent), Gingerbread (2.3) (5.7 percent), and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) (5.3 percent) — once widely used builds — appear to be fading fast (well, fast by Android standards).

So why do less than 1 in 10 Android devices have Lollipop?

One answer lies in the fact that while most major OEMs have launched upgrade efforts over the past six months, those efforts have mostly focused on certain high end models.  There are exceptions, for certain, but generally the focus has been on recent flagship smartphones and phablets for each particular OEM.  The problem is that those only represent a fraction of the overall product stream.

Further, even in cases where upgrades are targeting a specific device (such as the Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935) Galaxy S5), it’s taken some time for those efforts to fully roll out in all sales regions.

While the Android model has received wide criticism for these slow updates, there also are some less discussed advantages.  First, the mobile market’s “big two” — Google and Apple, Inc. (AAPL) — have both suffered embarassing bugs at launch of a new OS build.  These bugs can not only mar the experience, but also in some cases lead to security risks.

Anyone who watched a friend or family member suffer through the iOS 6 update and its broken Apple Maps service (pictured) knows there is an underdiscussed downside to rapid updates.

Thus while the legitimate risk of having so many users on aging OS builds is widely discussed in the Android vs iOS debate, it should also be noted that at times the more deliberate approach gives Google time to fix serious security flaws before its latest builds are widely adopted.

Indeed, Lollipop had a number of bugs including some security flaws and memory leak issues in its early forms.  Within week of an iOS update nearly 50 percent of devices are running the new OS (as Apple directly pushes the update to customers).  Even with its limited set of hardware, at times, that fast pace of updates had temporarily endangered a very large group of users when security flaws have been found.

The challenge facing Google is both the size of its user base and the user base’s heterogeneity.  It wants to get OS software to end users faster.  But given the plethora of hardware and OEM-installed firmware modification/software, any release of Android is by pure statistics almost certain to see more bugs or peformance issues than Apple’s user base.  Were Google to adopt Apple’s model it would almost certainly end in disaster unless it got very creative or found out some way to better wrangle OEMs to avoid such problems.

It’s worth noting that even Apple — famous for its great update rates — has suffered some serious slowdown in adoption pace in recent years, as its userbase and the number of legacy devices in active use have grown.  That suggests that while Android’s issues may be in part due to its indirect delivery strategy, they may also be in part inescapable for such a large mobile userbase.  The old adage “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” may apply to some extent.

And while the heterogeneity is still a confounding factor for Android updates, Google is getting creative to work around that.  To that end a major change that rolled down in Lollipop is that now Google’s core apps and services will update independently of the OS upgrades.  How this will work in practice remains to be seen somewhat, but presumably non-updated Lollipop devices should still have similar feature upgrades in their core apps as those devices carrying whatever OS version comes after Lollipop. – See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/Android+Lollipop+Nears+10+Percent+Market+Penetration+After+Half+a+Year+in+the+Wild/article37333.htm#sthash.gaFthj83.dpuf

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misterbnb_screenshotA travel accommodation website that’s positioned itself as an LGBTI equivalent to airbnb has secured itself $2million in seed funding.

Misterbnb.com was launched in 2013 after Frenchman Matthieu Jost and his boyfriend booked themselves a rented room in an apartment in Barcelona, only to find out that their hosts didn’t like the idea of two men sharing the same bed.

Jost returned home to Paris and duly set up misterbnb. Gay travelers can use the site to reserve a room somewhere that will welcome them; the majority of listings are in properties owned by LGBTI individuals.

The website has grown exponentially since that time, and now includes 15,000 listings in over 130 countries.

The company was part of the 500 Startups Batch 12 in January in San Francisco.

Subsequently, in a statement, misterbnb said it had raised the funding from a range of investors, including Microventures, China Growth Capital, 500 Startups and Angel Vest, among others.

‘We have a penchant for companies with strong growth and revenue,’ said 500 Startups managing partner Christine Tsai to Deal Street Asia.

‘Not only does misterbnb have both, but they also have a stellar team. I was particularly drawn to the fact that they’re building a global community for gay travelers and hosts.

‘It’s more than just finding a place to stay. It’s helping them feel welcome wherever they go – something that would have been very hard to do before misterbnb.’

‘Gay men are seeking to connect with their global community and feel welcome anywhere the go,’ said Jost, misterbnb’s CEO, in a statement. ‘misterbnb allows them to stay in the city centers for affordable prices and to connect with the local gay scene through our gay city guides.’

Misterbnb estimates the global LGBTI travel market to be worth $100billion. It plans to use the money to expand operations in New York, San Francisco, London, Lisbon, Berlin, and Amsterdam.

Perhaps as an added incentive for investors, it’s not just the gay market that is taking advantage of misterbnb. In a profile in Forbes last summer, it was reported that besides gay men, 10% of the site’s customers were women, with many known to be heterosexual.

‘For women, the best selling point of misterbnb is safety,’ Adélaïde Kauffman, a 25-year-old customer service manager and site user from Paris, told the magazine.

‘We felt better knowing that the hosts were not interested in women and that we wouldn’t have any problem with them.’

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