Japanese Prime Minister dresses as Mario at the Olympics to promote Tokyo

first_imgWe all know the big names and faces of the Olympics right now. Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, and… Mario?Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, made an appearance at the Rio closing ceremony dressed as Nintendo’s famous mascot, seemingly emerging from an iconic green pipe. It’s traditional for a national leader from the next host country (in this case, Japan), to help close out the Olympic games and give people around the world a taste for what’s to come.Abe was welcomed with plenty of cheers, as well as a smattering of famous Japanese icons like Pac Man, Link from the Legend of Zelda series and more.Plenty of people lost it on social media hoping that it was a sign of a ridiculous video-game-and-anime-themed Olympiad in 2020.マリオの中身が安倍晋三だった pic.twitter.com/Piitbx5vI0— junya犬ラブユナイテッド (@junyaganba) August 22, 2016 Ima let you finish but Shinzo Abe had the best entrance of all time pic.twitter.com/uQsQt5SmLI— Olympic Bun (@Rxbun) August 22, 2016Given the importance of touchstones like Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda to both the Japanese economy and the nation’s image around the world, I’m betting that the 2020 Olympics will be a great time for geeks the world over. At the same time, it’s already offering up an opportunity for some amusing tweets:I can’t believe the Prime Minister of Japan leaked the design of the Nintendo NX at the Olympic Closing Ceremony pic.twitter.com/Ug7lyvfBo5— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) August 22, 2016 THE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE JUST SHOWED UP AT THE OLYMPICS DRESSED AS MARIO, POPPING UP THROUGH A PIPE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.— Mark:Di-Stefano (@MarkDiStef) August 22, 2016last_img read more

Apple Announces 10 ShotOniPhone Contest Winners

first_img These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems Stay on target Apple on Tuesday revealed the 10 winners of its Shot on iPhone Challenge.For two weeks earlier this year, the tech titan invited customers to submit their best mobile snaps.A panel of judges then reviewed global submissions and selected 10 champions, whose work will be featured on billboards in select cities, Apple retail stores, and online.The winning shots come from a range of models (iPhone 7 to XS Max) and countries (including Singapore, Germany, Belarus, Israel, and the US).“These photos capture colorful city scenery, curious animals, creative reflections, the beauty of the ordinary, and more,” Apple said in an official announcement.Judges Pete Souza, Austin Mann, Annet de Graaf, Luísa Dörr, Chen Man, Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack, and Arem Duplessis offered insight on each of their final choices.(via Apple/Alex Jiang)Alex Jiang (US), iPhone XS MaxChen Man (contemporary visual artist and entrepreneur): “This is a photo filled with lovely color and sense of story in the composition. Zooming in, you can see details of each family and their unique touch.”Annet de Graaf (iPhone travel photographer): “There is actually life behind the surface of an average apartment building in an unknown city. Vivid colors and a perfect composition with the basketball board right in the middle.”(via Apple/Blake Marvin)Blake Marvin (US), iPhone XS MaxAustin Mann (iPhone photographer and filmmaker): “This image took a lot of patience and great timing. … We’re able to see both the racoon’s eyes and the deep shadows inside the log.”Phil Schiller (senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple): “The stolen glance between this raccoon/thief and photographer is priceless. We can imagine that it is saying ‘If you back away slowly no one has to get hurt.’”(via Apple/Darren Soh)Darren Soh (Singapore), iPhone XS MaxSchiller: “A reflection that looks like a painting, two worlds have collided. You are compelled to think about where and how this photo was taken.”Man: “Distortion and reflection at a strange angle—this photo creates a fantastic feeling.”(via Apple/Nikita Yarosh)Nikita Yarosh (Belarus), iPhone 7Luísa Dörr (iPhone photographer): “I like the simplicity of this image, the composition, light, details, everything looks good. Then you see one small line that looks wrong and makes me think ‘What happened? Where is this place? Who was there?’ For me a good image is not only one that is strong or beautiful, but makes you think about it—and keep thinking.”(via Apple/Dina Alfasi)Dina Alfasi (Israel), iPhone XSebastien Marineau-Mes (vice president of software at Apple): “Love how the heart-shaped water puddle frames the subject, capturing a glimpse of the world as the subject hurriedly walks past.”Brooks Kraft (contributing photographer at TIME magazine): “A unique perspective and a new take on the popular subject of shooting reflections. I like that the subject is evident, but you are not really sure how the photo was taken.”(via Apple/Elizabeth Scarrott)Elizabeth Scarrott (US), iPhone 8 PlusPete Souza (former official White House photographer for President Barack Obama): “Nice portrait and use of background to provide context. The placement of the child’s face is in an optimal place—lining her up so the background directly behind her is clean and not distracting. The setting is familiar—I’ve probably stood in this exact spot. But the picture is not like any I’ve seen from this location.”(via Apple/Andrew Griswold)Andrew Griswold (US), iPhone XSJon McCormack (camera software team leader at Apple): “This image is very well thought through and executed. The background pattern holds the image together and the repeated smaller versions of that pattern in the water droplets create a lot of visual interest.”(via Apple/Bernard Antolin)Bernard Antolin (US), iPhone Xs MaxKaiann Drance (senior director of worldwide product marketing at Apple): “Looks like a simple scene but a good choice of using black and white to elevate it with a different mood. Helps to bring out the dramatic contrast in the clouds and the surrounding landscape.”(via Apple/LieAdi Darmawan)LieAdi Darmawan (US), iPhone XsDörr: “I feel like this landscape was treated like an old portrait. The texture of the mountains evokes an old wrinkled face. Portraits and landscapes are the oldest way of creative representation by humans. There’s something about it that belongs to the realms of the subconscious mind, and this is mainly what appeals [to] me [in] this picture; the part that I’m not able to explain.”(via Apple/Robert Glaser)Robert Glaser (Germany), iPhone 7Drance: “There’s detail throughout the photo in the meadow, trees, and clouds. Beautiful deep sky and pleasing color overall.”The contest—a shameless plug for Cupertino’s latest suite of handsets—came just after The Wall Street Journal reported rumors of three fresh iPhone models, expected this fall with new camera features—including a triple rear shooter for the highest-end version, and a double rear cam for the other two.More on Geek.com:Apple Plans to Unveil New Video Service in MarchRare Black Panther Caught on Camera in Kenya42 Stunning Images of Snow and Ice on Earth From Spacelast_img read more