The Iron Giant Will Receive A Collectors Edition This September

The Iron Giant is known as one of the all-time greats when it comes to animated films, with it receiving a digital remastering under the name of “signature edition” last year, with high-definition video and even two additional scenes. Come September you can own the collectors edition of the film and more.

For $14.97 you can own a Blu-ray copy of the signature edition of the film, including both the original and the remastered high-definition forms of the film. Included on the disk will be the documentary, The Giants Dream, a definitive look at the creation of the film.

Feel like you need even more awesome in your life? Go to $74.99 and the Ultimate Collectors Edition is yours, featuring not just the signature edition of the film, the documentary but also a hardcover art book but also collectible Mondo art cards, a letter from the director Brad Bird and to decorate their desks a 4-inch plastic statue of the Iron Giant itself!

With a bunch of other features including looks behind the creation of the film and an alternative opening, the film is there for anyone who wishes to see a classic or relive a dream. If you’re not one for collectors editions as well the film will be available in digital format for downloading, what more could you ask for?

Nokia Finally Found Someone to Buy Their HERE Maps!

It has been a long search for the best buyer, but it seems that Nokia finally found somebody to buy and further develop their HERE Maps technology. As reported previously, it was thought that Microsoft will buy the HERE Maps technology, seeing that it wanted its mobile phone business. However, the recent change in the company led to believe that Microsoft may move away form the smartphone market.

Uber was interested in Nokia’s technology too, offering an outstanding $3 billion for it. But it looks like Nokia did not agree with what Uber had in mind for their technology, so they declined the deal after all. However, recently, there have been some rumours that some German vehicle maunufacturers were interested in the technology too.

Nokia declined to make any comments on the matter, but a new report surfaced and we finally know that the company is close to signing the deal with Audi, BMW and Daimler for $2.71 billion. This is less than what Uber offered, but Nokia did state that it would sell the HERE technology to someone who really has the means of improving it, didn’t they? Besides, the deal seems to be the best offer Nokia is going to get.

Besides, the German manufacturers want to use the high-definition real-time digital maps to help develop self-driving cars and automotive safety systems. On top of that, they also want other vehicle manufacturers to pitch in and help them with their plans. So as far as the details show, Nokia really hit their target on selling the technology for a lot of money and to a company, well companies, who have the means on improving it, don’t you think?

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GoPro Plans to Make Drones

GoPro is reportedly planning to introduce a line of consumer drones.

The Wall Street Journal says that the company, famous for its line of rugged High Definition cameras, will introduce its own drones next year. They say the drones will cost between $500 and $1000.

They say the move to sell drones is in response to a wave of competition to GoPro’s products from a number of companies including Sony and HTC. As a notable example, HTC recently introduced its RE Camera, a rugged, viewfinder-less camera that’s designed to be used for the same purposes as the GoPro. Although, that product may not fare too well considering its inhaler-like appearance.

The Journal also points out that it’s not just about cameras themselves – a number of drone manufacturers who previously provided special attachments for the use of a GoPro, are now including their own high definition cameras. This is most evident with the DJI Phantom, a drone which was often paired with a GoPro by its users, but its successor, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision, includes its own camera.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Vizio Introduces $1000 4K P-Series TV

Resolutions; How it was not so long ago that we all viewed content on our television sets at 640×480 pixels – long gone is that resolution in today’s digital world. Today US based television manufacturer Vizio announced a 4K resolution “P-Series” TV – looking to bring 4K resolution screens to the masses. Through extremely cut-through pricing models, Vizio have established themselves as a fresh and upcoming household name in the United States. The 4K TV was first spotted back in CES earlier in the year – with the company proud to announce today that pricing will start at just $999.99 for the 50″ model. The P-Series is built on a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and features a whopping 240Hz refresh rate, full-array LED back-lighting across the entire panel, a 50 million to 1 dynamic contrast ratio as well as a total of 1.07 billion colours.

The P-Series is completely wall mountable, and includes the standard Ethernet, USB and HDMI inputs you’d expect. What’s also nice to acknowledge is the attention to the little things. You’re still capable of plugging in your old devices as the P-Series has inputs for composite cables as well as analogue audio  – whilst this might sound a little outdated and old hat, it’s still always nice being able to hook up your old gaming console whenever you want to.

On top of this, the P-Series line also includes a bigger 55″, 60″, 65″ and an enormous 70″ model – with values ranging from the bigger sets of $1,399 through to $2,499. Vizio thus far have really impressed with their picture quality at CES this year as well as design – so people who are in the market to upgrade their ageing television sets should really have something to look forward to here. 4K is without question the future resolution that we’re shifting towards, so if pixels and resolution mean a lot to you – now is looking better than ever to make the swap.

Competition such as LG and Samsung are going to have a tough battle ahead with Vizio – who currently offer the same resolution and size of screens for around $500 more. The new Vizio sets are available to purchase in the United States now.

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Blu-Ray Disc Association Nears Completion of 4K Discs

More and more everyday it would seem that services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu Plus are winning us over with ever-expanding catalogues and convenience.  But during the IFA trade show in Berlin the Blu-ray Disc Association said it still had something big for physical media coming soon – 4K Blu-ray optical discs.  By mid-2015 the association hopes to have licensed the new technology, paving the way for the first 4K Blu-ray players and discs to arrive in stores and on shelves for the holiday buying season.

As always – fitting more data into a disc allows for better picture and sound. And the new disc looks to be shaping up to be more than just a resolution bump – with the Blu-ray Disc Association telling CNET that the upgraded optical discs will offer dramatically improved color gamut and higher dynamic range – which in turn will result in making details, shadows and highlights more visible to the viewer. Things will be sounding bigger and better than you’ve ever seen them on the in-home screen.

The question that consumers will have to make is simple, is it worth shelling out for a new Blu-ray player and collection of discs? However, does the convenience of streaming matter more than having higher image quality than optical discs? With no shortage of streaming options available – it might be a difficult future ahead for the Blu-ray disc to compete in the industry.

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High-Definition Holograms Might Hit The Market As Early As Next Year

When thinking about holograms, the first thought is about movies and science-fiction books where most have encountered the described technology for the first time, knowing it is just a fictional technological thought or concept. A startup company based in California tends to change this in a fairly small amount of time.

Ostendo is a company claiming to have solved the problems faced with hologram technology with the help of 5,000 PPI projectors measuring in at just about the size of a Tic Tac. The projectors are said to be able to control the colour, brightness and angle of individual beams of light across 1,000,000 pixels.

The company states that one chip is capable of delivering a usable image, but multiple chips are said to make room for even more complex and detailed images. Recent news indicate that The Wall Street Journal received a demo of this amazing technology, having it beam green dice spinning in the air.

Though the technology is still in its early stages, the company is said to deliver a chip capable of rendering 2D images on a surface of up to 48-inches at first. However, Hussein S. El-Ghoroury, the founder of Ostendo, stated that the company will be able to produce a chip capable of rendering “consistent” 3D objects in mid-air just months after the first chip’s release.

The technology did not go unnoticed, having already stirred the attention of some major handset manufacturers. Also, Ostendo is already looking forward into enhancing the product by reducing the pixel size to be able to boost the image resolution of its holograms, as well as thinking of ways to embed its technology into TVs, smartwatches and even tablets.

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Google Looking Into Acquiring Startup Company Skybox for $1 billion

Google is known for investing in different markets, having acquired companies such as Boston Dynamics and DeepMind. This time however, Google is aiming for the ‘skies’ so to put, with the rumors of acquiring startup company Skybox, a company specialising in high-definition satellite imagery.

The amount of money in question is quite impressive as well, having rumored to be at an estimated $1 billion. The parties have refused to make any comments, as is to be expected when a big acquisition such as this one is in order. Why Skybox and what is Google hoping to get out of this? The answer is simple.

Skybox, as previously mentioned, focuses on satellite imagery. It is different through the way of offering high quality imagery and video to its clients and the company also make their own satellites, software and offer pristine footage. A preview of what they currently offer can be seen in the video below.

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The reports also say that Skybox was one of the alternatives Google was looking into. It is said that the company giant had its eyes on another company called Planet Labs, raising the possibility of Google working on something big. Two of the possible reasons of acquiring Skybox is either to integrate it into Google Maps / Google Earth Enterprise or even use it for its Project Loon.

While Google Maps and Google Earth Enterprise sounds more plausible, since integrating Skybox’s imagery into the latter could skyrocket its services, it still raises the questions of whether the company giant is willing to spend $1 billion on just that. This is why Project Loon could be another candidate, since Skybox could be a nice addition to its recent acquisition for Project Loon, Titan Aerospace, to help track the balloons and their position. Whichever way it may be, we will just have to wait and see.

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Most Flexible High Definition Displays Announced By SEL

SEL developed a range of flexible OLED displays and high PPI LCD panels which use CAAC oxide semiconductors. What is CAAC? Well, it stands for C-Axis Aligned Crystal and the tech, being crystalline in instead if amorphous, has much higher reliability from the start. Turns out that using oxide semiconductors with CAAC also greatly enhanced reliability.

Another key point of the CAAC is its flexibility and the ability to freely design displays with it. As one way to utilize this flexibility, SEL have produced side-roll and top-roll OLED displays, with the display curving over the edge where a bezel would usually be.

“One feature of CAAC is, it doesn’t break easily, because the crystals are continuously aligned. So, it isn’t damaged much even if it’s bent. A display that can be bent into a diameter of 4 mm is probably unparalleled worldwide. In particular, this is the only technology that can display a picture on bent edges.”

The prototypes shown were a 3.4-inch 960×540 pixel display with a resolution of 326 ppi, and a 5.4-inch 960×1280 pixel display with a 302 ppi resolution. SEL has also developed large flexible displays. This prototype is the world’s largest OLED display with a plastic substrate, at 13.5 inches. It’s a high-definition display, delivering 4K resolution at 326 ppi. The flexible material enables a lightweight, bendable display, less than 100 microns thick and weighing just 10 g.

Technology for mass-producing CAAC-OS displays has already been established, and this type of display has been used in smartphones released by Sharp since the end of last year. Here, SEL presented a prototype high-definition, 513-ppi liquid crystal display, fabricated in pursuit of even higher precision.

“IGZO semiconductor with the CAAC structure, compared with the amorphous version used so far, performs at least an order of magnitude better. It can deliver about 20 times higher performance. That means the transistors can be made smaller, which enables displays to have higher definition. 513 ppi is probably world-class right now. That’s been achieved by producing high-performance transistors, using this CAAC technology.”

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