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For ‘Black Panther’ star Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger isn’t just another villain

Acting is an exercise in transforming oneself into a character. For his role as complex villain Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan decided to transform himself into a weapon.

Killmonger is an embattled villain with fighting chops that rival those of the film’s protagonist, T’Challa (aka Black Panther). To become Killmonger, it was vital to get into peak physical shape in order to make his martial arts fighting style look believable. Jordan had no problem doing that after chiseling his body into that of a world-class boxer to play Adonis Johnson in the 2015 film Creed, also helmed by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.

After holding his own in the lauded pantheon of Rocky pugilists, Jordan told us he’s already getting into shape for the follow-up to Creed, so there could be a bit of Killmonger influence in the ring when Creed II comes out. In an interview with Digital Trends, Jordan explained how involved Kendrick Lamar was in Black Panther while creating the soundtrack, his bond with Coogler on their third film together, and how Heath Ledger’s seminal role as The Joker from The Dark Knight inspired his recent turn to the dark side. Digital Trends: How did you get the part in Black Panther?

Was it something you were excited about from the get-go? Michael B. Jordan: We were promoting Creed, and Coogler called me and said, ‘You wanna go do this?’ And I immediately said yes.

When your friend calls and asks if you want to go do something and have some fun, there’s no other answer but yes. This is our third film together. So to be able to team up with him again was a no-brainer.

Also, being able to work with Chadwick [Boseman] appealed to me, as I hadn’t had the opportunity to do that yet. And this was the perfect platform for us to do that. And of course, being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had a lot to do with it.

When your friend calls and asks if you want to go do something and have some fun, there’s no other answer but yes. The film has premiered in a number of places already. How was it seeing the final version?

How closely was it to what you had in your head before you saw it? Oh, man. Seeing it all come to life on the big screen was pretty incredible.

I definitely need to see it a few more times in order to process it correctly. Ryan is a genius, and I can’t wait for everyone to see his vision come to life. Without revealing too much, was there a piece of dialogue or scene in the script that made you want to commit to being part of this film?

It was all Coogler. Getting to work with him again. And the opportunity to play a villian.

That’s what really drew me to it. Ever since your breakout performance in the Coogler-directed Fruitvale Station, you’ve been a popular leading man, at times playing the underdog. Is Killmonger the first role in which you play a villain?

This is the first time I’ve played a “villain,” but I think Killmonger is different than your average villain. He’s layered. He has a reason for acting the way he does, and the moment when he meets up with T’Challa, he explains himself and what he says is pretty real.

Images courtesy of Marvel Studios and Nike I’ve heard that actors go through “superhero boot camp” consisting of strenuous workouts before they do these sort of films. You also played someone with superpowers in the Fantastic Four film.

How do the workouts compare? How about with Creed? With Creed, I had to transform into a believable boxer, so my workouts and diet were super strict.

For Killmonger, I just wanted to look like a weapon. More muscle, less cut. So I just put on a ton of muscle for that.

Killmonger also is really skilled in martial arts and weapon training, so I did a lot of that as well. I’m back to training for Creed 2, so back to strict diets and fight training. Preparing for your role as Killmonger, did you go into full method actor mode, with it spilling into your regular life?

I wouldn’t say I went full method, but I did spend a lot of time to myself, away from the group. I also watched a lot of Ledger’s work as The Joker and [Michael] ?Fassbender as Magneto.

Kendrick Lamar executive produced the Black Panther soundtrack and you’re a professed fan, so that had to be exciting. Do you have a favorite song or album of his?

I am a huge fan of Kendrick. It’s tough to choose a favorite track of his, but if I had to choose, one of my favorites would be A.D.H.D. His work on the album for Black Panther is so clean, though. The Black Panther soundtrack might become one of the most popular albums of the year.

Do you know if Kendrick saw the film early or was on the set during filming to get inspired? No, he wasn’t on set, but Coogler reached out to him to get him involved with the music for the film. Is there a piece of technology from Black Panther that could have a real-world ?application in today’s society?

Any one thing you wish you could have in real life?

Wakanda is so technologically advanced that it’s hard to say, but I’d probably choose the beaded bracelets.

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How to turn on Bluetooth in Windows

One of the easiest ways to connect a peripheral to a Windows PC is via Bluetooth. Whether it’s a mouse, a keyboard, a speaker, or something else entirely, it’s easy to pair and connect via Bluetooth and performance has significantly improved over the years. Not all Windows PCs come with Bluetooth out of the box, but Bluetooth dongles are inexpensive to purchase and easy enough to install.

At the same time, Bluetooth isn’t free in terms of battery life, which can be a concern when you’re working on a notebook away from a power supply, and there are some security risks involved with leaving Bluetooth turned on. Fortunately, managing Bluetooth is a relatively trivial matter, and here are some quick instructions how to turn on Bluetooth in Windows.

Method 1: Windows Settings

Before you can start using a Bluetooth device, you’ll need to get things configured first. That means taking a trip to Windows settings, which means the Control Panel on Windows 7 and the Settings app on Windows 10.

Windows 10

Step 1: On Windows 10, you’ll want to open the Action Center and click on the “All settings” button.

Then, go to Devices and click on Bluetooth on the left hand side.

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Step 2: There, just toggle Bluetooth to the “On” position. Once you’ve turned Bluetooth on, you can click “Add Bluetooth or other devices.” Click on “Bluetooth” and Windows 10 will start searching for Bluetooth devices.

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Step 3: Assuming you kicked off your Bluetooth device’s its pairing mode, you’ll see it show up in the list of available devices. Select it and then continue as instructed.

Once you’ve connected the device, it will show up in the list of connected peripherals.

Windows 7

Usually, once a Bluetooth adapter is installed and configured on a Windows 7 system, then it’s automatically turned on and ready to use. In some PCs, for example a notebook with built-in Bluetooth, there might be a keyboard shortcut that will turn Bluetooth on or off, or an icon might be present in the system tray that will perform the same function. Also, different PCs and Bluetooth adapters may come with utilities for connecting to a Bluetooth device.

Generally, however, you can usually click the Start button and then right-click on select “Devices and Printers.” Select “Add a device,” select it, and click “Next.” Alternatively, you can open the Control Panel and access “Hardware and Sound” and then “Devices and Printer” to get started. Again, follow the instructions to pair your device.

Method 2: Click the Bluetooth button in the Action Center

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends One Windows 10, Bluetooth can be easily toggled on and off simply by opening the Action Center and clicking the Bluetooth button.

The button is the one with the Bluetooth icon, along with the label “Not connected” if you’re not currently using a Bluetooth device or an indication of a primary device that is currently attached and in use. If the button is greyed out, then Bluetooth is turned off. Once you’ve paired a Bluetooth device with your Windows PC, it should automatically connect whenever both are turned on and within range.

As mentioned earlier, when you’re not actively using Bluetooth you can toggle it off to save some battery life and remove on potential avenue for attack by nefarious parties.

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Mobile ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ games for China market look impressive

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Chinese game giant Tencent announced in November that it would be bringing a version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to mobile devices in China. It seemed like an impossible task given the game’s less-than-ideal performance on PC and Xbox One, but two separate games are now in their testing stage on the Chinese iOS and Android stores, and the footage we’ve seen has us hopeful they come to other regions. The first of the two offerings is called PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield (some have translated it as “Thrilling Battlefield”), and it’s designed to emulate the basic structure of the original PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

You are dropped onto a giant map filled with 99 other players all looking to be the last one standing, and you can fully customize your character with many of the same tools available on the other versions. It includes first-person mode and third-person mode, and without the virtual buttons on the screen, it’s quite difficult to tell it apart from the PC version. Frankly, the framerate in the mobile game often looks better than it does on Xbox One X.

The other game is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Army Attack, and it’s a little bit different. In addition to containing naval battles, it has snappier combat that feels like it was designed with the platform in mind. Kills come quickly, and large hit markers help you to determine if you’re doing damage.

Like its sibling game, it runs at a buttery-smooth framerate on the iPhone X. So, which of the two has taken off in China? Actually, both of them have.

Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad revealed that the two games had 75 million players preregister, and they are currently first and second on the Chinese iOS download charts. Given the original PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds‘ popularity on both PC and Xbox One, the latter of which already has 4 million players in just a few months, it appears the two mobile titles are certain t be a hit overseas. We’re hoping Tencent expands its vision for a global launch, as well as a version on the Nintendo Switch.

All we want is to eat a chicken dinner with the power of the Joy-Con controllers.

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