iPhone 5 and 5C won’t support iOS 11. Put the blame on the 64-bit architecture (Sofiane’s Editorial)

I’m speaking about the iOS 11.

When the next iteration of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system from Apple will hit the market, along the side iPhone 8,  this fall, many of the older iDevices won’t support it.

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I’m speaking about the iPhone 5 and 5C and the iPad 4. The reason is about the architecture.  When iPhone 5 was released in 2012, and the 5C in 2013, the core application ran on the 32 bit architecture. Which was quite fine. But moving to A7 processors, Apple finally made the jump into the 64 bit architecture.

Two different worlds will collide. As a result, because the iOS 11 is the most advanced operating system, it seems natural that older devices that dated all way back early 2010s won’t work.

However, good news for the owners of iPhone 5 and 5C and iPad 4, you can still appropriate the goodies of iOS 10 as the OS runs smoothly on these iDevices.

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Xbox One X. it’s the One you’ve been waiting for (Sofiane’s Editorial)

The technology, craftsmanship and attention to detail throughout the new device is simply first class —

Two days ago, I announced that Microsoft finally unveiled its long awaited update to Xbox One hardware during the E3 2017 press conference at Los Angeles. Formally code-named “Scorpio”, The new Xbox One X ( Xbox One with enhanced performances depending to whom you talk) is touted  as the world’s most powerful console.

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Microsoft got it right. Continue reading “Xbox One X. it’s the One you’ve been waiting for (Sofiane’s Editorial)”

Boeing wants to take Pilots out of the cockpit. Fully autonomous plane on the way ? (Sofiane’s Editorial)

When Tesla introduced the self-driving mode in its line of cars, they called it “Autopilot”.  The “Autopilot” is term that is quite frequent in the aviation and it has been used in that field ever since. But the American manufacturer  is going even further, this time, Boeing wants to replace the pilot skills and makes its line of airplanes fully autonomous.

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Well, the technology is not yet ready for the primetime as Boeing is holding a briefing ahead of Paris Airshow to details its plan for the fully autonomous cruising plane for the cockpit free run entirely by computers. Existing autopilot technology will handle the taxing and take off process. And Boeing’s goal is to get the technology up to the strict aviation safety standards.

It is said that Boeing will go through a battery of simulations this summer with hopes of taking its tech to a real-life planes as early as next year.

However, what keep the manufacturer’s fear in check is pilot error is one of the leading causes of modern plane crashes. And Boeing knows its technology needs to be bulletproof for people to buy it.

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Make your screenplay vertical (Sofiane’s Editorial)

Writing a screenplay is a craft that occasionally rise up to the level of an art, the late screenwriter legend Syd Field once said. I love writing screenplays. I have been doing this since 2003 when I first stumbled upon RoboCop script written by Edward Neuimeier and Michael Miner. Since then, I have been collecting scripts around the internet and start reading them. From horror scripts to TV Shows. And what came next in my mind, why don’t try to write my own screenplay.  But back in the day, (I’m speaking about several years ago), I was not quite experienced. I would tag myself as hobbyist, willing to dive into his own world, create his own set of colorful characters and have them tormented in a conflict which would ended up with a resolution (sort of they got married and have children, you know, the happy ending in fairly tales). To me a script was just like a book or a novel made to be adapted for TV. So started writing some early drafts as if I was writing a book. An opening page would take three pages or four. So I ended up having a long crammed paragraphs with lot of actions. No white space.

Here I realized I was making a mistake.

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Simple. Easy to Read Title Page. Lot of White Space. No Compromise.

I will not dive too much into how to write a great screenplay but I’d like to focus on one particular aspect. How to make a screenplay vertical…

Remembering a quote from Charles Demmer on making the screenplay vertical :

“I once agreed to read a screenplay written by a novelist friend. The script’s first paragraph took over one page! When I tried to explain the rhetorical realities of screenwriting to him, he called me names I’d rather not repeat, accusing me of selling out to the literary imbeciles of Hollywood. His mistake was thinking that a screenplay is a literary document. It isn’t. It’s the blueprint for a movie. Put that word in caps: BLUEPRINT.”

You know this yourself. Remember your college days when you were cramming for an exam? What was easier to read, the long dense paragraph that took most of a book’s page — or the airy open text written in short paragraphs? The latter. This is because the eye could race down the page, in a kind of vertical reading style, rather than plodding across the page horizontally. For quick reading, for skimming, the page that invites vertical eye movement is far more friendly to the harried reader.

Now who is going to read your screenplay the first time around? A harried reader, believe me. Readers are over-worked and under-paid. Trust me, I’ve been one. They also get paid by the script. Does this invite a slow, careful reading? Of course not. Their job is to fill out a form about the story — called coverage — and the more quickly they can read a script, the happier they are. Screenplays that invite vertical reading are loved by readers. In contrast, text-dense scripts requiring horizontal reading start out with one or two strikes against them.

We in effect have directed the scene while at the same time opening it up vertically, adding white space, writing short paragraphs that are easily and quickly read.

Skilled screenwriters know that “white space” on the page is as important as correct format. In fact, a producer once showed me what he called “the white space test.” He picked up a random unread script from his desk. He held it out at arm’s length and flipped the pages. A dark cloud of heavy text density rushed by. “Too much writing,” he said. “Not enough white space.” He tossed the script, unread, into a box labeled “Return.”

Make sure your screenplay can be scanned and skimmed as easily as a blueprint. Open up your writing by using short paragraphs (I suggest five lines or less) and simple sentences, avoiding complex sentences and other wordy rhetorical devices. Keep it simple, stupid. Readers will love you for it — and when they love you, they pay more attention to your story.

Make your screenplays vertical. There’s no down side.

Sofiane MEROUANI

GAME OVER! Steven E. DeSouza’s directional debut (Sofiane’s Editorial)

For many folks fond of actions pictures of the 80s and 90s, Steven E. DeSouza has established a name within the industry  as the screenwriting wunderkind of the Reagan and Bush eras. if you ever watched  Die Hard, Beverly Hills Cop, 48 Hrs , the hands of Steve E. DeSouza were on them.

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During that time-frame, as a bona fide TV maker penning scripts of my favorite shows like Knight Rider in the early 80s to The Flintstones Family in the mid 90s, Steven E. DeSouza has amassed lot of credits to do what other screenwriters would only dream of, becoming a movie director.  Continue reading “GAME OVER! Steven E. DeSouza’s directional debut (Sofiane’s Editorial)”

Get more views and traffic for your website ? (Sofiane’s Editorial)

One of the major plights I encounter when I create a weblog is I do not get what I expect : Views. Unless you are a famous rock-star with  ardent followers behind, this is not my case. All way back to October 2012, I ran a Tumbler blog called Tumblin’ with Sofiane (now in a moribund state). Half of the article I wrote so far since then was about my favorite TV Show, The Mentalist. Obliviously , I began to attract more and more views, people left me comments, liked my posts and even re-blogged it the articles and blurbs I penned.

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Here I will give you some tips yo boost your audience :

1- Use Social Networking widgets :

Facebook, Twitter, Linked are all useful social networking sites that allow to publish your contents right on the web and share them with your friends, followers and connections. Each time I publish an article, I make use to share it on Facebook and Twitter. Using the appropriate hashtag and keywords, you will certainly target a specific kind of audience.

2- Google, Bing are your friends:

Let the lion roars out of the gate , make your site visible to public and let giant search engine to register your presence on the web and index the contact of your blog.

3- Tell your friends and your family about your site:

Even real-life friends and family can come in handy and boost the views of your site. Tell them about your site and encourage them to read the contact and to subscribe if necessary.

4- Use the appropriate tag :

Make sure that the tags you used are connected to the content to your article. For example, if you write an article about the Mentalist TV Show, the tags would be : #redjohn, #partickjane #brunoheller, #mentalist

No more than 5 tags. The less tag you use, the better is.

5 – Writing is Rewriting : 

Keep blogging everyday. Try to publish at least three entries per day.  You will develop quicker audience and your followers will increase.

6- Success does not come overnight

Sometimes, you need time to appreciate things. Don’t worry if you don’t get followers at the beginning.  Sizing  a huge portion of loyal followers will take time, but just relax, you are too young to die.

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