Love him or loathe him, Dan Brown has become a very successful author whose books are guaranteed to fly off the shelves every time a new one appears. And a big part of that success is down to the creation of his most popular character: Robert Langdon. He’s even lucked out by having one of the most likeable actors in Hollywood take on the role of Langdon in multiple movies.That actor is Tom Hanks, and he’s set to take on the role once more next month when Inferno sees a release. However, it’s not the movie that has Brown fans excited today, it’s the fact another Robert Langdon novel has been confirmed for release next year.Publisher Doubleday Books has confirmed Dan Brown’s next book titled Origin will be published by them on September 26, 2017 in the US and Canada. As is usually the case, we’ll get a hardback and e-book first while those of us who prefer paperbacks will be left waiting (probably a year). There will also be an audiobook version from Penguin Random House Audio in September.Robert Langdon has so far appeared in four published novels: Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. Three of those have been turned into movies. As to why The Lost Symbol hasn’t been brought to the big screen, director Ron Howard explained that it was just too close to the material covered in Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code. However, there are scripts and it is something that could happen eventually.Little is known about the content of Origin beyond the fact it’s another novel that sees Robert Langdon using his rich knowledge of “symbology, science, religion, history, art, and architecture.” It’s sure to be an instant hit, and may tempt Hanks back into the role once again. Whether it convinces Hollywood to fund another Langdon movie will depend almost entirely on how well Inferno performs at the box office next month.Dan Brown image courtesy of the Dan Brown official website.
iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsGeek Pick: Ring Stick Up Cam Battery Is Standalone Security Stay on target Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.If only Ferris Bueller had a FrontRow camera.The latest wearable from Ubiquiti Networks, FrontRow hangs around your neck like a modern Flavor Flav accessory, snapping photos and live-streaming video.“Unlike traditional cameras and smartphones requiring manual operation, FrontRow can operate fully autonomously—allowing one to capture life’s experiences while completely staying in the moment,” according to a company press release.The latest wearable from Ubiquiti Networks (via FrontRow)Weighing in at less than 2 ounces, the palm-sized device acts as a more aesthetically pleasing GoPro—attach it to the included lanyard (or your favorite chain), or clip it onto a collar or strap. (Upcoming accessories include a car window mount and flexible coil mount.)Then use the 2-inch touch screen, start/stop button, or companion mobile app to pick your poison: live stream on Facebook or YouTube, save media directly to Dropbox, share filtered photos with Instagram followers.FrontRow comes with 32GB of storage and 2GB RAM, so keep an eye on your contents to ensure you don’t reach capacity mid-stream.Any Bluetooth-connected handset running the FrontRow iOS or Android app acts as a remote control, as does the online UI controller at frontrow.com.Boasting a standby time of up to 48 hours, FrontRow can operate in Story Mode—Ubiquiti’s fancy name for time-lapse (see video above)—for up to 16 hours, and in the live-streaming mode for up to two. Charge on the go or at home with a USB Type-C connector.Connect with your smartphone, tablet, or the Web (via FrontRow)Currently available in jet black—and coming soon (Sept. 15) in rose gold—the $399 FrontRow camera is on sale directly from Ubiquiti Networks (with free overnight shipping, or via Amazon.FrontRow is not exactly novel: Manufacturers have been trying to perfect the wearable camera for years: from Google Glass to Snapchat Spectacles.The Narrative Clip 2, for instance, stores up to 4,000 photos or 80 minutes of HD video—and costs only $199. (Though all three colors—black, white, red—are temporarily out of stock.)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.