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  • Watch the Visual Effects Reel Behind Pacific Rim's Awesome Prologue

    September 12, 2013

    If you watched Pacific Rim, you'd know how incredible the giant mechs looked and how unforgettably beautiful the prologue that provided the backstory for the movie was. And though ILM did most of the VFX in the film, Guillermo del Toro's Mirada studio was the team responsible for the effects in the prologue. Here's...

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    gizmodo.com
  • Leak: Next-Gen 4K Blu-Ray Discs Pack 100GB of Data

    September 12, 2013

    While the Blu-ray Disc Association may not have made any official noises about the existence of 4K Blu-ray discs, a leak from a disc manufacturer reveals that they're on the way—and they pack 100GB of delicious data. TechRadar reports that disc manufacturer Singulus has stated that it will provide "the machine...

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    gizmodo.com
  • Microphone Turns Your Fingertip Into A Speaker

    September 11, 2013

    Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record messages to your friends that they can hear only if you touch your finger to their ears. That is, your finger and your friend's ear together form a speaker that lets your friend hear your message. The trick depends...

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    www.popsci.com
  • How Warner Bros Transformed The Wizard of Oz into an IMAX Classic

    September 11, 2013

    1939's The Wizard of Oz is the standard bearer of cinema's Golden Age. The live action fantasy classic has become an integral part of the pop culture lexicon, endlessly parodied, referenced, and retold in everything from children's books to ultra-porn. And now it is coming back—to an even bigger silver screen. In...

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    gizmodo.com
  • Intel moves to make 3D gesture control as pervasive as the mouse

    September 11, 2013

    Gesture-control peripheral makers Leap Motion and Haptix have stolen the spotlight from traditional input devices over the past year with promising new devices and OEM design wins. A bit lost in the mix has been tech-giant Intel’s sizable investment in what it calls perceptual computing. At IDF 2013 this week, Intel...

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    www.extremetech.com
  • DOCSIS 3.1: Begin Preparing Now

    September 11, 2013

    Experts believe that DOCSIS 3.1 is few years off. The specification has not yet been finalized. After that, test and early customer premise equipment (CPE) and corresponding CMTS and CCAP line cards will be sprinkled through systems. The bottom line is that it will be a long time until DOCSIS 3.1 is an element of...

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    btreport.net
  • New MOOC helps with ed-tech planning

    September 10, 2013

    Two ed-tech organizations are repeating their MOOC for educators. Last spring, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation teamed up to offer a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed), a free online course designed to help school and district leaders plan for...

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    www.eclassroomnews.com
  • How to take advantage of the second screen

    September 10, 2013

    There is no clear moment when it first happened, but we are now firmly in the age of second screen. With the rise in smartphones and tablet use, consumers have been increasingly multitasking while they watch TV—checking email or social media or looking up information on what they’re watching. While nearly 40 percent...

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    pro.gigaom.com
  • Intel Drops TV Facial Recognition After Privacy Fears

    July 31, 2013

    Intel has confirmed that its upcoming TV service will not include a camera looking at viewers, but it will still record a massive amount of content and store it in the cloud. Intel officials plan to begin selling a set-top box and services later this year that will let users receive live and recorded programming...

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    www.news-republic.com
  • USOC and IOC bridge digital divide, reach licensing agreement over archival Olympic footage

    July 22, 2013

    The U.S. Olympic Committee struck a digital licensing agreement with the International Olympic Committee, defining for the first time the types of archival Olympic footage it can feature on its Team USA website and YouTube channel. The agreement, which runs through 2040, gives the USOC ...

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    www.sportsbusinessdaily.com
  • Fifth Dimension for ‘Eternal Data Storage’

    July 16, 2013

    A new technique demonstrated by researchers at the University of Southampton lets us store data virtually forever, using sheets of nano-structured glass. The technology would be especially valuable for museums and other archivists who want to preserve information for centuries. The researchers claim it could store...

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    www.wired.com
  • Rescuers rush to preserve TV shows shot on fragile videotape

    July 15, 2013

    At a Library of Congress facility in Culpeper, an effort is underway to convert old videotapes into digital files, ensuring the long-term survival of a host of 1950s-through-1970s TV shows, including the “CBS Evening News” with Walter Cronkite and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”...

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    www.washingtonpost.com
  • Filmmakers shouldn’t fight the internet. They should embrace the change

    July 13, 2013

    From Steven Spielberg to Steven Soderbergh, it seems like every day a new industry veteran drops a prediction about the coming implosion of the movie industry. While doom and gloom is a prevailing notion in Hollywood, the future is much brighter for independent filmmakers, who have a wave of digital tools at their...

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    pandodaily.com
  • Cloud lock-in: What firms can be doing now to avoid the traps

    July 8, 2013

    A lack of standards to facilitate moves between cloud providers doesn't mean companies are helpless in the face of vendor lock-in. Even though a fear of lock-in is hampering uptake, cloud customers could still be doing more themselves to minimise the pain of moving providers. By applying certain measures when, say,...

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    www.zdnet.com
  • Personal digital archiving -- we need to fix the scale problem

    July 8, 2013

    "As we change as a society to one that conducts more and more of our lives in the digital realm, that nature of that archive changes. It becomes trivial to collect every single email, tweet, status, documents, photo, and video on one enormous, ever growing personal digital archive....

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    www.zdnet.com
  • BBC ditches 3D after 'Doctor Who' special

    July 5, 2013

    The U.K. broadcaster is taking a three-year break from making 3D shows, with the 50th anniversary special of "Doctor Who" set to be the last 3D event for the foreseeable future. Speaking to British TV guide Radio Times, the boss of 3D at the BBC admitted that watching 3D at home is a bit troublesome. "Watching 3D is...

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    news.cnet.com
  • Sony to offer UltraViolet movies in France and Germany starting late September

    July 5, 2013

    To use UltraViolet these days, you have to live in one of a few English-speaking countries. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will change that soon: the company just teased its plans for the digital locker service in mainland Europe. According to the firm's David Bishop, Germans will get cloud access to Sony movies...

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    www.engadget.com
  • Graphene may give us cooler, longer-lasting computers

    July 5, 2013

    An international research team has found that graphene can cool down hot spots in electronic equipment, such as processors, enough to make a major difference to energy efficiency and equipment lifespan. Cooling is an important and tricky part of modern computing – you don’t want those ever-more-functional processors...

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    gigaom.com
  • Cloud storage: Hype or Happening?

    July 4, 2013

    Cloud-based storage or other cloud-based software applications received much attention at NAB 2013 but how much of that is hype and how much is real in the broadcast pro video space? SCRI has conducted a comprehensive global survey of broadcasters and pro video facilities with Broadcast Engineering Magazine and...

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    broadcastengineering.com
  • Apple, TWC cozying up on TV deal

    July 3, 2013

    Time Warner Cable and Apple are rumored to be closing in on a deal that would give Time Warner Cable’s subscribers access to their programming via Apple TV. Citing unidentified sources, Bloomberg reported that an agreement would be announced over the next few months. Bloomberg also said that Apple was hiring Hulu’s...

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    www.cedmagazine.com
  • The Wizard Of Oz IMAX 3D Trailer Arrives To Celebrate The Film's 75th Anniversary

    July 1, 2013

    If we've learned anything from the success of Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful earlier this year it's that people are still very much interested in spending time in the merry old world of Oz. While the movie ended up dividing critics, families came out in droves both domestically and internationally, and by the...

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    www.cinemablend.com
  • What it's like to get a national-security letter?

    June 28, 2013

    Libraries and archives have had a long history of dealing with authoritarian organisations demanding information about a patron’s activities. Hundreds of thousands of national-security letters have been sent. Brewster Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive, is one of a handful of people who can publicly discuss...

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    www.newyorker.com
  • Microsoft helps Netflix ditch Silverlight for HTML5

    June 28, 2013

    Give Microsoft credit: It’s willing to help companies ditch its own Silverlight video streaming platform for superior alternatives. The Next Web reports that Netflix is switching out Silverlight for HTML5 and it has Microsoft to thank for making it possible. Specifically, the report says that Netflix “has been...

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    www.news-republic.com
  • Steve Wozniak Thought The First Macintosh Was A 'Lousy Computer' That 'Failed' (AAPL)

    June 28, 2013

    Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak wasn't a fan of the first Macintosh computer. He thought it was a "a lousy product." In an interview with The Verge's Chris Ziegler, Woz reminisced about the early days at Apple, and cofounder Steve Jobs. He discussed how the Mac compared to its predecessor, the Lisa, the first PC to...

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    www.news-republic.com
  • Holographic TV might be closer than you think

    June 27, 2013

    Researchers at MIT’s Media Lab are reporting a new approach to generating holograms that could lead to color holographic-video displays that cost less to produce than existing monochromatic technology. Finally. Daniel Smalley, a graduate student in the Media Lab, began by building a prototype color holographic-video...

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    www.dvice.com

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