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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsYou don't have to be an expert and crunch some numbers to realise that digital cameras are slowly becoming a thing of the past. All you have to do is go out and look around. You'll quickly realise that smartphones have taken over and not a lot of people are carrying around a digital camera to take pictures. Well, if that's not enough, here's a chart that was put together by Statista with the help of the information obtained from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA). The offices of CIPA, in case you're wondering, include Olympus, Casio, Canon, Kodak, Sony, and Nikon, and we wonder what do they have to say about the numbers. Just look at those falling numbers. © Statista As you can see, things haven't been looking all that good for digital camera makers since the numbers have significantly gone down after a little spike in 2010. That number, by the way, was the all-time high in camera sales of 121 million units. Putting in simple terms, digital camera shipments have dropped a whopping 84-percent since 2010. Last year, the sales were recorded at 19.4 million shipments, which is the lowest number since 2001. And we're not talking about just the portable digital cameras. The shipments of high-end interchangeable lens camera have also gone down. So, why is this happening? © YouTube Smartphones! Yes, it's a very simple answer. An increasing number of people have now started using smartphones to take pictures. They're more convenient and have gotten a lot better over the years, thanks to all the advancements in the field of smartphone photography. In fact, you don't necessarily have to splurge big bucks to get a good smartphone with a potent camera. Smartphones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro, etc. have proved time and again that you don't have to own a flagship phone to shoot great pictures. Of course, things will only get better as you drop more money, and flagship phones like the Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 are some great examples of that. We don't have a fresh chart with new numbers to show, but this one from 2017 does a great job of explaining why the digital camera shipments have gone down since 2010. Just take a look at the number of people using smartphones for photography. © Statista Around 85 percent of pictures were taken from, well, a smartphone. Astounding imagery offered in a compact form factor. And by the way, a smartphone can do a lot more than just make phone calls and take good pictures, so what's there to complain about?
10 Questions We're Dying To Know The Answers For From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 4
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThe third last episode of 'Game of Thrones' aired last Monday and we're pretty disappointed. With Rotten Tomatoes rating it as the second worst episode ever, it's certain we're not the only ones who thought it could have been written better. For one, there were too many loose ends from the last episode which confused us all the way to Seven Heaven's and back. But apart from that, this recent episode was so disjointed, it seemed like the writers got too lazy to even cover up the gaps, which made us go what the F? (c)HBO Maybe the makers are low on budget or have given up on this show overall, but whatever it is, they're really not serving the fans or making George RR Martin very happy with the end. We just hope the last two episodes of the show are a saving grace and we get to salvage whatever little hope we lost. (c)HBO But while watching this episode, several questions arose out of plain curiosity and they're not the kinda questions which will be answered later on. We pray they are, but these questions are inherent callous flaws in the plot and writing, and we're trying to stitch them up as much as we can to make the story a little more malleable. Here are 10 unanswered questions from season 8, episode 4 of 'Game of Thrones': 1. What Does Dany Even Whisper To Jorah At The Funeral Pyre? Well, most definitely not Dracarys! But this one we can let go because what she whispered to him was definitive of Jorah and Dany's personal equation off-set. In real life, Emilia Clarke (Dany) and Iain Glen (Jorah) are very good friends and since Emilia has spent a considerable amount of screen time with Iain, it was sad for them to shoot their last scene together. So, in order to say the perfect goodbye, Emilia made up her own lines for Iain and whispered them into his ear. No one, I believe, even those who were on the sets were privy to what she said and it's only between the two of them. (c)HBO Iain told a popular international entertainment recently, in an interview that the lines she said to him were "something entirely sincere and true to the moment and something that I'll never forget... it's something no one will ever know but the two of us. And that's a memory to hold onto.” So, in case you're wondering why we weren't privy to what she said to Jorah, it's because they wanted to keep it a secret! 2. Where The Hell Will Gendry Go? After Dany makes Gendry the Lord of Storm's End because he's a Baratheon bastard and a good strategical alliance for her, he asks Arya to be his wife, AKA the Lady of Storm's End. But Arya turns him down saying she isn't a lady and that's the last we see of Gendry. So, the most open-ended question right now is where the f**k is Gendry! We didn't see him with his bag, baggage and hammer head out anywhere. We believe he's not going to miss the opportunity to be a Lord and might have already left for Storm's End, putting his character arc to an end. We just hope he doesn't die, while putting his house in order. He's the only Baratheon left after all. (c)HBO 3. Who Is The New Prince Of Dorne? It was strange Varys made an offhand comment, during the war council meeting, while discussing what allies Dany has for the last war, mentioning "The new Prince of Dorne pledges his allegiance". Now, who the hell is the new prince of Dorne? Last we remember, in season 6 Ellaria Sand killed Doran Martell and her daughters killed his son Trystane, to take over Dorne. In Season 7, Cersei kills Ellaria and her daughter making us believe Dorne has no ruler at all. So, now that Varys has mentioned that the southernmost island has a new prince, we wonder who it is. (c)HBO The new prince, we assume, could be Quentyn Martell, the older brother of Trystane. Although Quentyn hasn't appeared in the series, he's a main character in RR Martin's 'A Dance With Dragons', where he went to Meeren to marry Dany, before he was killed by dragon fire. Although 'Game of Thrones' is not following Martin's novels, as some characters alive on the show are dead in the book already and vice-versa, we can't think of anyone other than Quentyn as the prince of Dorne and I hope they reveal his identity sooner than later. Hopefully, they should in the next episode. 4. Why Didn't Jon Say Bye To Ghost? This wasn't cool at all. Jon didn't say bye to his most loyal, faithful companion and that's killing us slowly and steadily inside. It was a heartbreaking scene when Jon requests Tormund to take Ghost with him and the rest of the Wildlings far North and keep him with them. We're not sure why Ghost couldn't come to King's Landing and help Jon out. Maybe the climatic conditions are not suitable for dire wolves far South? (c)HBO But even so, Jon left without even petting him or saying bye to him and Ghost seemed rather upset about it. And why shouldn't he be? He's been by Jon's side every fight, even when Jon died in between, he sat next to his body, protecting it. We assume either Jon was too heartbroken himself to bid his friend goodbye or because Jon's a half-Stark now, he feels guilty petting his wolf and keeping him with him, since he's also a Targaryen, and they pet dragons, not wolves? The Starks were widely criticised earlier for poor pet ownership throughout the series and after this, we're not too happy how things ended with all the dire wolves in the show. 5. What Are Arya And The Hound Planning? When The Hound and Arya are seen leaving Winterfell together, they both unanimously decide to not come back ever. They're both heading towards King's Landing and through their cryptic conversation, we figure they have a common goal for sure, and we reckon it's to kill The Mountain aka Ser Gregor Clegane, aka The Hound's brother. Since he's on Arya's 'list' and he's The Hound's number one enemy, it'll be a two vs. one battle, where The Hound may sacrifice himself to save Arya's life and she will ultimately kill The Mountain. This is a presumable theory, let's see what really happens. (c)HBO 6. Why Did Rhaegal Die So Easily? Well, because Dany was stupid enough to fly her injured dragon into battle where the dragon couldn't predict or prevent himself from being hurt by the scorpion bolts released by Euron's troops. If you see, Rhaegal's wings are still damaged and he can barely pick flight like Drogon. So, in all probability, he was weak enough to pre-empt the attack on him. It was one of the saddest scenes in the series, that's for sure. (c)HBO 7. Why Didn't Dany See Euron's Fleet While Flying? We're not sure how Daenerys missed Euron's fleet flying above the waters around Dragonstone. It would have been the best and the most practical vantage point for her to attack the fleet with dragon fire, preventing Euron from destroying her fleet in return and Missandei's capture. Makes us think either she did this purposely and we're not sure why or she genuinely missed them and couldn't see them because of cloud cover. Sounds improbable though but the writers should have given us a better explanation. (c)HBO 8. Which Advisor Will Betray Dany? Yes, it's a given one of Dany's advisors', either Tyrion or Varys will betray Dany and she will have him executed. Confessing his feelings privately to Tyrion, it's clear Varys doesn't trust Dany to rule the Seven Kingdoms at all and he seems poised to betray her. Varys has always been in support of the realm and its people rather than serving a particular king or queen and that's why you see him change loyalties throughout the show. Now, he doesn't trust Dany to be a befitting queen and assumes she will turn out to be the 'Mad Queen' after all, just like her father. Instead, he is instant on Jon pressing his claim for the throne and wants to see him rule the realm rather than Dany. Will Dany get a whiff of his intentions and have him executed for doubting her ability to rule? (c)HBO 9. Why The F*c* Did Jaime Leave Brienne? Jaime turned out to be your quintessential fuckboi after all. Maybe not a fuckboi but he definitely isn't over his sister or is pretty mad at her and he left Brienne in the middle of the night to go save Cersei's life or maybe kill her instead. Aww, how sweet. But that's a terrible thing to do to Brienne, don't you think? Jaime has only been with one woman all his life and finally, after leaving her for betraying him, he realises he's still in love with her and rides South to go fight her war? Or kill her maybe? who knows! (c)HBO 10. Why Was There A Starbucks Coffee Cup In One Of The Scenes? Well, it's not like 'GoT' uses product placement in their episodes ever, so clearly, this was a sheer mistake and HBO admitted to it too. The episode before this was too dark to see and this episode had a visible coffee cup! Clearly, the writers aren't inspired anymore or are being callous with production and execution to even give a damn about how the episode churns out. We sure hope it's not the latter and these guys make up for their silly mistakes in the next two episodes. For now, the show's been pretty 'dark' and full of errors'! (c)MensXP/HBO There are other unanswered questions like Sansa revealing Jon's secret to Tyrion deliberately or Missandei's demise and why she utters the word 'Dracarys' but I guess we will only know the answers to those in the next couple of episodes. For now, let's hope the fifth episode picks off well and all these unanswered questions are finally answered!
Marvel Will Make A Terminally Ill Fan's Dying Wish To Watch 'Avengers: Endgame' Come True
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsInstead of the Avengers assembling, this time we had a pure moment of Marvel fans assembling to make a dying man's wish come true. A 33-year-old Marvel fan from Australia named Alexander is suffering from liver cancer, mouth cancer, and the rare genetic disease Fanconi anaemia which affects the bone marrow, and he thinks he could die before the official release of the movie 'Avengers: Endgame'. Being a huge fan, he decided to try his luck and asked people to help him get an early screening of the movie with a post on Reddit. But, he also noted he's “not a child or anyone with a particularly tragic story”, just a normal guy. He thought he would make it to April, but his “bone marrow is toast”. It's good to see that even with so much happening, Alexander hasn't lost his sense of humour since the Reddit thread is called “Dying Before April: My Endgame”. Obviously, anyone would do anything to catch an early screening of one of the most awaited movies, but this is a special case and all the Marvel fans united to get Marvel and Disney to take notice. The internet came together and the hashtag #Avengers4Alexander spread on Twitter. With an update on the original post, he informed everyone that even apparently Chris Hemsworth, God of Thunder himself is aware of the situation because “Australia is a small place, turns out I know a guy who knows a guy who is chums with Chris Hemsworth”. With so many well wishes coming his way, he also wrote, “I don't know what the outcome will be but this has been amazing. If it doesn't pan out don't sweat it - I'll carry your kind words with me and that's worth far more.” He also took a cheeky shot and said, “Lastly, I don't mean to be greedy but since I'm triple dying can we throw Captain Marvel into the mix?” With this request, he also shared a picture of his dog as a bribe. And then, it finally happened, Disney reached out to him and the whole thing turned into one of the those rare, beautiful internet moments where everyone works together. Sharing the exciting news, his last update on the Reddit post is - “Disney have reached out and we are discussing options. I cried when I read their email. It's everything I hoped for and I owe it to all of you.” People on Twitter are also very excited about his wish come true and have nothing but appreciation for everyone who held make it happen. A man will get his dying wish fulfilled. Thanks to the beautiful internet. 10 years back this wouldn't have been possible. This is some good stuff that we have achieved.https://t.co/xacO9U6KKc#avengers4alexander#avengersforalexander#AvengersEndGame #10yearchallenge — Anuj Godase (@dahelmetguy) January 19, 2019 Sometimes, it is. The world is still a good place. #Avengers4Alexander pic.twitter.com/OJOFDuiIJa — Heroes of Noise Podcast (@HeroesofNoise) January 21, 2019 Of course. It's stuff like this that is worth a smile! #Avengers4Alexander #NoSpoilersPlz pic.twitter.com/gdYF2vXtrT — DJ JaffaCake ðº(@DJ_JaffaCake) January 21, 2019 Yes, we can wait. This image Broke my heart ð.!! Got this image from reddit. @ManaByte @DanielRPK @alexand63802267 and i hope MCU Fans will remember you.!!. #Avengers4Alexander #CaptainMarvel #AvengersEndgame #Marvel #RussoBrothers pic.twitter.com/l9oHkgmzVr — Ragavendhar (@Ragav_99) January 12, 2019 It is. The result of #Avengers4Alexander is going to be a happy one. https://t.co/Hq37hz0Y0a pic.twitter.com/MzFOzUakrk — Heroes & Villains Fan Fest (@heroesfanfest) January 12, 2019