LG Unveils An Enormous Television Screen At CES

Televisions are becoming thinner and thinner yet bigger and bigger, more homes are adopting at least a 40-inch screen and above with the aim of enjoying a wide variety of entertainment on a Full HD or even a 4k screen. LG have noted this and might have taken it to slightly over the top heights after unveiling a 98-inch Television screen at CES 2016 which is being held in Las Vegas, (and eTeknix are there, yes I know)

The South Korean electronic manufacturer has unveiled this mammoth screen that boasts a 98-inch UHD with 8K resolution, below is an image to demonstrate this, it looks imposing and it feels as if it could provide a fantastic experience if you played Call of Duty or GTA on it, only pity is you might be playing it in the garden when you consider the size.

Understandably, there has been no word concerning the official price, my guess is it would be very expensive when you consider Sharp’s 98 inch offering at 2015 CES had a price of over $130,000 dollars (£88,591.77)  Content is also slightly limited on the 8K front when you consider consumers are not exactly overwhelmed by a vast array of 4K TV let alone 8K.

Only time will tell whether this TV will be a viable product if it is, my guess is the price will be for those who have enough room in their house for such a gadget.

Image courtesy of androasia

Individual Uses Lighter While Refuelling Car And Sets Fire To It.

Indeed, thought this was self-explanatory but there you go, The Russian Independent Television is reporting as of late today (January 5th, 2016) that an Individual has accidentally set fire to their car while using a lighter near the fuel pump nozzle while routinely filling the vehicle up.

Below are the images of the incident, there not particularly graphic, but they do show a fire breaking out near a person and they are shocking, therefore, I thought I would pre-warn just in case.

As you can see, the fire is breaking out near the car, the individual had apparently held their lighter with the aim of seeing clearly what they were doing while filling up the car. The person then pulled the refuelling gun out of the car once they had spotted the fire.

Unfortunately this made it worse as fuel splashed out onto the pavement and also onto the car, it is unclear as to the outcome of this incident as of writing.

I did not think in today’s modern world I would need to say this, but please, no one try this at home, gasoline is highly flammable and diesel is a highly combustible liquid that can be extremely dangerous. Always take precautions and never treat it with anything other than respect and caution. 

Quantum Dot Printer Produces World’s Smallest Image

Swiss researchers have produced the world’s smallest inkjet-printed image using quantum dot technology, according to ETH Zurich. The picture, which is a colour picture of a school of clownfish, measuring just 0.08mm-by-0.115mm (or 0.003inches-by-0.005inches) at a resolution of 25,000dpi, can only be seen by the human eye through a microscope. At the width of a human hair, the full image (below) has been verified as the smallest colour image ever printed by Guinness World Records.

Quantum dot technology is being implemented in the next generation of 4K-and-above televisions and monitors, allowing a more efficient alternative to current OLED technology. Using quantum dots for printing could open up the market for printable screens on demand.

“In a futuristic scenario, you could imagine having a plastic foil that goes into a printer and on the other side there is a display coming out,” Dr Patrick Galliker said to the BBC. “You’d have all the functionality of a

screen, which has just been printed using nanomaterials that are in a liquid phase.”

Some, however, are more dismissive about the feat, with Chris Green, a technology expert at the business consultancy Lewis, telling the BBC, “This experiment was a very interesting gimmick, but a gimmick nonetheless.”

“But as a technical exercise to demonstrate the sheer versatility of what quantum dot technology can do with regards to imaging, it’s an absolutely fascinating demonstration of what can be achieved with what is not that expensive technology,” Green added.

4K Television Shipments Predicted to Reach 40% in 2016

The consumer adoption of high-definition Televisions has taken a considerable amount of time but this isn’t surprising considering the fairly low quality footage on traditional broadcasts. Initially, people were told to upgrade to ‘HD Ready’ sets as a way of preparing for high-definition content. However, many of these users felt quite angry when ‘Full HD’ displays replaced the older 720p Televisions. The marketing was incredibly confusing and pretty misleading. While 1920×1080 TVs are the modern standard, broadcasts usually revolve around 720p video.

Intriguingly, a research paper conducted by IHS, predicts 4K TVs will account for 40% of sales in 2016. This is a massive change compared to 2014, and forecasts for the year-end of 2015. Ricky Park, Director of Large Display Research for IHS Technology argued:

“The increased supply of LCD TV panels has caused a downturn in panel prices, providing consumers with a cheaper selection of wide-screen TVs and whetting their appetite for even larger TVs with higher resolution”.

“The consumer requirement for higher resolution will also grow, as more 4K TV video content becomes available”.

4K Televisions are becoming more affordable, and consumers demand the best visual quality available. Additionally, it’s quite common for households to use sets in excess of 40 inches. This was unthinkable 5-10 years ago, when 28-32 inches seemed extremely large. As Televisions increase in size, so does the demand for a greater resolution as low pixel densities cause a sub-par viewing experience.

What is the screen size of your Television?

CS:GO Gets TV Spot On Fox Sports 1

E-sports are becoming more and more of a publicly known event, it used to be that players would gather around with their friends and watch their teams fight out through their web browser. There have been documentaries about e-sports in the cinema and now tournaments are also backed by crowd funding events, making their prices and people’s interest in the events seem to grow day by day. Now it would seem that you may soon be able to watch your favourite teams fight out on your TV.

Fox Sports, one of the main broadcasters of sports in Australia, have hidden in their schedule a slot for none other than the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament that starts on Tuesday. While it is common for e-sports to have some representation in the media, it will be the first time that Counter-Strike matches have been shown in full, and not just in a highlight reel, on TV.

With international tournaments picking up speed, with games like Heroes of the Storm and Smite joining the likes of Counter-Strike, League of Legends and Dota with large prize pools and even larger audiences, could you soon see a mainstream channel dedicated to all of your favorite e-sports games?

Thank you Kotaku for the information.

BBC Looking To Open Up iPlayer And Create New Online Services

Over the past few years, online streaming services have boomed and most recently have started to take over from mainstream television channels, with companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime creating and buying up series to entice users to their services. The BBC is not one to shy from online services, with iPlayer offering up most of their shows from both radio and TV for users to watch and even download to play later through their own app should they be on a long journey with no internet. With television licenses being discussed, it’s not surprising that more information about the BBC’s digital future is coming to light, with more services focused on a greater crowd.

One of the steps the BBC want to make is to open up their iPlayer streaming platform to other content creators, meaning you could soon be watching shows run on other channels through iPlayer or variations of the service. Other internet-led plans include the creation of a video-led mobile news channel, titled BBC Newstream and the creation of iPlay, a variation of iPlayer designed for use by children.

Amongst the plans are also a new digital music discovery service, possibly expanding on the already large series of music that is used on their website and radio shows on a daily basis.

Do you use iPlayer or do you avoid it? If so why and could these features entice you to come back and use the BBC’s features on a more regular basis?

Thank you Ars Technica for the information. 

Image courtesy of the BBC.

BT to Launch Europe’s First 4k Channel

BT have released some exciting news.In August, with the start of a new season of Premier League football in the UK, BT are going to launch the BT Sport Ultra HD channel, Europe’s first 4K TV channel. The channel will show a range of matches from the Premier League, Champions League, and even some Premiership Rugby.

BT haven’t announced the pricing for the new channel but have said that it will require both a BT Infinity Internet connection and a new, 4K-capable Youview+ set-top box. You’ll also need an Ultra HD/4K TV, too, otherwise having a 4K channel without a 4k TV may be rather pointless.

The new  box will have double the amount of storage as the existing YouView+ box, but when you consider that 4K video has four times the resolution of 1080p it actually means you could only be able to store half the amount of shows in 4k. You’ll probably only get around 60-70 hours of 4K recording. BT haven’t stated any more than that though.

While BT’s 4K channel will be delivered via an Infinity Internet connection, Sky’s service would probably be provided via satellite. If you’re wondering how good 4k looks, here is a youtube video available in 4k:

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of ArsTechnica

Hulu Buys Streaming Rights to the Entire Seinfeld Series for up to $180 Million

Hulu just got done striking a deal with Sony Pictures Television for the streaming rights of the beloved show Seinfeld. The deal was for the entire 180 episode series, with Hulu paying up to $180 million. There are varying reports of what the total what the claims are stating are between $700,000 to $1 million per episode.

Hulu has beaten out Amazon, Netflix, and Yahoo for the digital streaming rights to the ’90s classic American sitcom “about nothing”. This no doubt will be worth it in the long run for Hulu as the show is still extremely popular in syndication. There have been varying reports about the actual amount that the deal is for since it hasn’t been made public yet. Though some of the first reporting media outlets are saying figures of between $700,000 to $1 million per episode.

Unfortunately for Hulu customers that want to watch the show they will still have to sit through a few commercials even if they are paying customers of Hulu Plus. The commercials certainly make a lot of money for the streaming service, but also hurts its potential customer base as many users refuse to upgrade to Hulu Plus because they still play commercials.

Thank you, Wall Street Journal for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of tumblr.

Jeremy Clarkson’s Final Top Gear Scenes to Air Later This Year

Unseen footage of the much loved television presenter, who was suspended last month and has not had his contract renewed with BBC UK, will be shown later this year BBC reports.

The controller of BBC2 has announced that the material recorded for the final three episodes in the current season may be aired as early as summer but there is not enough material for three, one hour shows.

The BBC reported: “Clarkson revealed he thought he probably had cancer at the time he hit Tymon.” “He said the incident came on his “most stressful day… in 27 years at the BBC” – but added other people facing stress “manage to cope better than I did”

The car show has been viewed in 170 territories and generates an estimated £50 million every year for the BBC will continue without Clarkson. Kim Shillinglaw has said that it is an “open book” on who may replace Clarkson. “We’ll definitely look at some women but it’s not a driving priority.” She said. Sue Perkins and Jodie Kidd seem to be the biggest female names mentioned as contenders to replace Clarkson.

Clarkson has stated that he is already planning another television project. He wrote in his column for the Sunday Times: “I have lost my baby but I shall create another. I don’t know who the other parent will be or what the baby will look like, but I cannot sit around anymore organising my photograph album.”

Thank you to The Independent for this information 

Image courtesy of Mashable

Jeremy Clarkson Offered a New Job, but It’s in Russia

Jeremy Clarkson has been offered a new job just a day after being fired by the BBC, there is just one hitch: it’s in Russia. The Russian Armed Forces Broadcasting Company known as Zvezda has invited Clarkson to present their motoring television show.

Clarkson has not yet revealed if he’s interested in the offer, but the company has asked him to travel to Moscow to discuss further details. In a statement on the website they expressed deep honour to Clarkson and kindly asked for cooperation.

Do you think Clarkson would be interested? What kind of show could be pull off in Russia? I don’t know, but it’s sure fun to think about.

Thanks to BBC for providing us with this information

Leonard Nimoy, Mr Spock From ‘Star Trek’ Dies Aged 83

Leonard Nimoy, the actor famous for playing Mr Spock in the iconic Star Trek, has died at age 83. He died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to his son, Adam.

Nimoy captured the hearts and minds of generations for his role in Star Trek, playing a half-human, half-Vulcan character. He was famous for his catchphrase “live long and prosper” and the hand gesture seen above.

Poignantly, he effectively bid farewell via Twitter, on February 23rd he posted “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”

Source: BBC News

Samsung’s Smart TV T&Cs Look Like They’re Straight Out of ‘1984’

The terms and conditions of Samsung’s Smart TV’s voice control capabilities have caused a bit of an uproar on the web. An image comparing one section of those terms to a piece from George Orwell’s ‘1984’ has since received over 12,000 retweets on Twitter thanks to its chilling message to those who plan to talk in front of their television.

“Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features. Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.”

This is the tweet itself along with Orwell’s text.

Source: The Verge

NBC to Stream Super Bowl For Free – Except on Smartphones

NBC has announced that people in the US will be able to stream this year’s Super Bowl for free. The announcement was a surprising one, as US broadcasters and cable providers are known for their heavy restrictions on streaming content.

As part of this promotion for its TV Everywhere service, NBC will allow anyone to view 11 continuous hours of Super Bowl coverage without a cable subscription and without any logins or accounts.

This offering is not completely devoid of the strict and sometimes hostile restrictions however – while streaming will be available to all Mac and Windows users in the browser, the stream is not accessible on smartphones. The reason being is because of the fact that Verizon has an exclusive deal with the NFL for smartphone streaming rights, preventing NBC from providing its free stream. NBC will be making the show available to iPad and iPod touch users however, through the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

Source: MacRumors

BBC iPlayer Available for Xbox One

Finally after a year of being available, you can now access BBC iPlayer on your Xbox One.

The decision not to include a BBC iPlayer app with the Xbox One drew a great deal of criticism towards both Microsoft and the BBC. The PS4 came with the app from launch, leaving many British Xbox One owners wondering why their console missed out. Now that’s changed with a dedicated app that utilises Kinect features, allowing users to play and pause BBC programmes with their voice. The app is available now on the Xbox One App Store.

The app came alongside the announcement by the BBC that from this week, programmes will be available to download for 30 days, extending iPlayer’s download window from the previous 7 days.

Source: The Verge

 

 

Samsung’s Answer to Apple’s ‘Continuity’

Samsung has a developer conference going on this week, in-case you didn’t know, and they’ve just announced ‘Flow’, a hand-off/continuity feature to keep everything in sync between your devices.

The feature unifies many of their products, from their smartphones to their TVs (not their washing machines unfortunately) and allows you to continue what you are doing between each of them. For example, you can edit a presentation on your phone and then finish it off on your tablet. You can also easily continue watching a video from your tablet (or your phone) on your Samsung ‘smart’ TV.

Notifications also play an important role, and interestingly your TV will now notify you when you’re receiving a phone call. The same thing applies to text messages. Apple introduced a similar feature at their World Wide Developers Conference this June.

Source: The Verge

Microsoft Targets TV Spectrum to Bring Internet Access Across India

Google’s working on Wi-Fi balloons with Project Loon, Facebook has it’s internet.org project in Africa and now it appears that Microsoft is pitching into the efforts to help bring people in impoverished nations online.

The company has announced plans to use India’s unused TV spectrum for internet access. They plan to use the unused ‘white space’ that exists between analogue TV channels to bring internet access across the country.

Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said to the Hindustan Times, “Wi-Fi has a range of only about 100 metres, whereas the 200-300 MHz spectrum band available in the white space can reach up to 10 km. This spectrum belongs mainly to Doordarshan (Indian public broadcaster) and the government and is not used at all. We have sought clearance for a pilot project in two districts.”

If the ambitious project goes ahead, the plans could help bring greater internet access to a country largely disconnected from the digital world.

Source: TheNextWeb

NFL Now App Will Arrive on Apple TV This Month

NFL Fan? Do you own Apple TV? Well if you said yes to both of those questions then you’re in luck! The official NFL Now app is hitting Apple TV this month. The image you see above is apparently a picture taken by an employee at NFL during a testing session of the app, it shows the most popular videos and highlights as well as a ‘My Channel’ section which looks like it offers videos and highlights related to stuff you’ve previously watched or have selected to see more of.

The app will also feature extensive archives, on-demand highlights and news broadcasts. There will also be a load of content created by the NFL team available to watch on the app, this varies from locker room interviews to player specific features.  The app will arrive in time for NFL fans to enjoy the 2014 – 2015 season, a perfect time to stress test the new system. NFL Now app will also be landing on other platforms includes iOS devices, Xbox, and Roku set top boxes.

Thanks to Tweaktown for supplying us with this information.

Image courtesy of Tweaktown.

BBC to Trial 4K Transmissions During Commonwealth Games

As 4K televisions are becoming more common on the marketplace and the cost of them starts to rapidly drop, the question now is not if 4K will ever appear, but now when will it be appearing in our homes.

At this year’s World Cup in Brazil, the BBC are conducting a set of 4K broadcast trials to see how the feeds respond to transmission over a long distance, although this is strictly on a R&D basis at this moment in time. Whilst this means that 4K TV owners still have to wait longer for 4K to appear on their end, the BBC has announced that during next years Commonwealth Games in Glasgow they will be making a public showcase of 4K broadcasting, with a display of the 4K content to be found in the Glasgow Science Centre.

Like the Brazil footage, the commonwealth tests are purely for R5D, although they will have a public viewing and although most transmissions are over the air, the 4K feed in Glasgow will be conducted solely over the internet to remove the bandwidth bottleneck that may otherwise occur.

Although all these trails indicate that 4K broadcasting is not a million miles away now, there is still a lot of work to do as a standard for transmitting these feeds is set – with the internet probably to be the most likely candidate due to the bandwidth involved. Either way though, if you want a glimpse of what 4K will look like in the flesh, and you live close to Glasgow, it may be worth taking a look at the live feeds next year.

Source: Fudzilla

Images courtesy: NextPowerUp

PC Specialist’s Latest TV Ad Campaign Launches Today

When it comes to getting your name and brand out in there in the wide world, we typically see system integrators and computer hardware vendors advertising their presence through online ad campaigns on websites such as ourselves and through printed press such as tech magazines. There is, however another method of advertising that can reach a far greater audience in a fraction of the time that it takes a printed advert to get noticed – this is of course TV advertising.

Following their formation in 2003, PC Specialist are one of the few specialist vendors and system integrators out there to have used this method to reach out to the most people in the UK for entertainment purposes at any one time. With PC Specialist now topping the charts as the UK’s biggest and most successful system integrator, they are today launching their third TV advertising campaign to once again push their brand out to the UK market and will be seen on a number of channels including Channel 4. To assist in the production of the advert, PC Specialist has teamed up with Asus and Intel on the hardware side along with Ubisoft and EA on the gaming side to produce a thirty-second clip that coincides with the launch of two of the biggest games for 2014 – Titanfall and Watch_Dogs.

If that is not all, we are working closely with PC Specialist this year to bring to you reviews on some of the best gaming systems that they have to offer, be it a budget gaming system or a no reservation top end rig and this started off last week when I had a look at their mid range Vanquish 230XT. Whilst we are eager to see the advert appear on the TV ourselves, PC Specialist have been kind enough to upload the advert to Youtube for the world to see and share their support for this award-winning team.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_t7UEbHEOA[/youtube]

Apple To Focus On “Wearable” Devices Rather Than Apple TV

The plans for an Apple TV have been placed “on hold” as the company plans to potentially launch new, wearable electronics, such as the all anticipated “iWatch,” according to a report by Apple Insider.

It is said that the “principle reasons” for the alleged delay is Apple’s apparent inability to obtain “proprietary content not available on other devices.” Such content would give Apple’s platform the ability to stand out from competitors and find success in the cutthroat television set business. The growth of devices like the existing Apple TV set-top box, Roku player and Google’s new Chromecast streamer have also negated the need for a full-fledged “smart TV” for many consumers.

“Indeed, the existing Apple TV box may be an impediment to Apple’s success with a smart TV product, which as a category, is not growing in the U.S. as many had hoped for. Our most recent smart TV forecast is that they will only account for about a quarter of TV shipments in 2013, and grow very slowly from there, with the focus on low-end premium models.”

The rumors about a full-fledged Apple TV have diminished for now while Apple is anticipated to release a so-called “iWatch” within the next year. However, Apple is rumored to have a new hardware for the Apple TV since March 2012 which includes new control methods to enhance the experience.

Thank you Apple Insider for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Tech Beasts

Ubisoft To File Another Trademark For Splinter Cell

Ubisoft filed another trademark application for the mark “Splinter Cell” on October the 23rd. The difference between the other trademarks and this particular one consists in the type. This filed trademark deals with entertainment services such as television programs, interactive television programs and live stage show performances, just to name a few.

Here is what the trademark details tell us about what is to come:

“IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, continuing television programs and interactive television programs featuring comedy, drama, live-action, and animation, broadcast over television, satellite, audio, and video media; presentation of live stage show performances, presentation of live show performances by costumed characters, and presentation of live theatrical performances; production and distribution of television shows and motion pictures.”

This could indicate that Ubisoft has plans to do more that just make a Splinter Cell movie, or it could just be that they are covering all of their bases when it comes to the intellectual property. There are currently 13 trademarks filed for the term “Splinter Cell”, this not including trademarks for other Splinter Cell games, which includes almost anything you can possibly think of.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Facebook Changes Privacy Settings To Make All Users Searchable

Facebook has been through numerous changes in the last few years – some that pleases its users, and a number of which don’t. In their latest move, a change has been made to the privacy settings of its entire user base which will now allow anyone to search for them as one would any other person.

Up to this point, there has been the option to ‘hide’ yourself from search results through an option known as “Who can look up your Timeline by name?”. In a turn of events however it has been discovered that this did not stop people from being discovered in other ways, such as clicking on your name if it appeared in their news feed of via graph search which showed all users within a certain area.

In an interview with ABC News, Bradley Shear who is a specialist lawyer in internet privacy and social media said “Facebook has over a billion users, even though only a small number of users used this privacy option, that can still mean millions of users.” Whilst it is not known. nor will Facebook disclose how many users have opted for this feature, there is certainly going to be a large number of people who are to be affected. Facebook will be informing people of this change to their settings via a message that will appear at the top of their news feed informing them that people they don’t know will be able to see their activity.

Michael Richter, the Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook quoted: “People told us that they found it confusing when they tried looking for someone who they knew personally and couldn’t find them in search results. The best way to control what people can find about you on Facebook is to choose who can see the individual things you share”

How this is going to affect Facebook in the long run is a time will tell matter, but as Richter suggests, if you don’t want people other than those you know seeing one of your posts then there are still options available to restrict the posts visibility.

Do you use this option? How do you feel about this move in privacy settings? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: ABC News

Xfactor – An App for Everything

We’re almost at the live shows in the year’s X Factor competition, and this is where the action really starts to heat up. Which judge will bring it home for their category this year – Louis with the Boys, Sharon O with the Over 25s, Nicole with the Girls or Gary with the Groups?

Even if you decided to skip the preliminary rounds, it’s a good idea to start tuning in and working out who you want to place your best on. X Factor betting has become a bit of a phenomenon with millions of people putting their money where their votes are in a bid to cash in on their favourite.

As usual this year you can follow the competition and X factor bets and tv programmes online as well as on TV, but there are some changes for 2013. You can now download the X Factor app. It’ll give you the chance to get properly involved with the live shows by playing the Fifth Judge Game. This gives you the chance to rate the performances as they happen.

In between shows, you can use your app to predict who you will think will make it through each week, as we get closer and closer to the final. You can also test out your in depth knowledge of the X Factor, both for this series and for previous contestants and seasons.

If you’re good enough you can level up all the way from Couch Potato to x Factor Judge. Like all the best apps, it’s also possible to synchronise your gameplay with your Facebook account. On Facebook you can compare your score with your friends but, much better than that, you get the chance to win the chance to go to a live show and even pretend to be a judge for a while. Yep, you get to sit in a judge’s chair – imagine the feeling of power!

The app will also let you keep up to date on all of the backstage interviews with the contestants and judges and watch your favourite performances over and over again mere seconds after they have been on live TV. The app is free and works on Android and iOS.

You can also check the odds of your favourite contestants online and find out how their performances are affecting their future in the competition. Do you fancy backing the token quirky girl with a guitar? Or are you hoping for a new 1Direction? It’s unlikely you’re hoping for another Matt Cardle or Steve Brookstein but then, experience tells us with the X Factor that talent doesn’t necessarily have much to do with who ends up winning. Either way the app can help you get more involved and work out your best bet for recouping some cash on this year’s competition.

Futurama Cancelled Again!

FUTURAMA!!! Yeah we will get to enter into season 7 premiering on Wednesday June 19th, unfortunately this will be the final season. Comedy Central dealt the killing blow to Futurama, to which Fox tried to do back in 2003, to which Fox probably thought that they had killed the series. Lucky for us Comedy Central picked the series up in 2008 to bring us 3 more seasons of the hit animated science fiction sitcom.

Futurama has picked up numerous prestigious awards over the years, Anne Awards, Emmy Awards, Environmental Media Awards, and even Writers Guild of America Awards! Over the years the series has been shown in at least 28 countries.

Season 7 is the final season, the last half of which will be premiering on June 19 at 10 P.M., and it will be coming to an end on September 4th. If you haven’t seen Futurama yet, or you have missed a couple of seasons you can always catch up on Netflix. You will be able to watch up to Episode 13 of season 7. You will also be able to view all four of the direct-to-video films! Prepare yourself now for the most EPIC season yet to come from Futurama!

This season will host numerous guest stars including Larry Bird, Dan Castellaneta, Sarah Silverman, Uncle George Takei, Adam West and Burt Ward!

“I’m very proud of the upcoming season. If this is indeed the end of ‘Futurama,’ it’s a fantastic finish to a good, long run,” said creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening.

“Having the opportunity to bring ‘Futurama’ back for 52 episodes over these last four years has been a thrill for all of us at COMEDY CENTRAL. The upcoming season promises to be the best final season of ‘Futurama’ yet,” said Dave Bernath, EVP Program Strategy & Multi Programming.

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HP Sells WebOS Code and Patents to LG, Introduces Android-Powered Slate 7

HP is giving itself one more chance to penetrate the tablet race by introducing the “Slate 7”, a touchpad with Google’s Android OS priced for $169.99.

The specification however is not very special. HP’s Slate 7 uses a 7 inch display with a 1024×600 resolution with a dual 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex A9 SOC, 1GB of memory, 8GB of on-board storage with a Micro SD memory slot option. It uses 802.11 b/g/n/ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with a VGA quality front facing camera and a 3 Mega Pixel camera on the rear.

What HP does have is that its stereo speakers use Beats audio processing and the company’s ePrint functionality is also present, but is it something that users would be interested in when looking at the Slate 7 in an already crowded tablet business?

Alberto Torres, HP’s senior vice president of the mobility Global Business Unit, said, “To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems. Our new HP Slate on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets.”

While HP is all set to launch the Slate 7 in the United States by April, HP sells their WebOS patents and code to LG. To those who do not know, HP bought Palm back in 2010 and with it got its WebOS operating system. Unfortunately since then, HP wasn’t able to pull any attention to its “powered by this OS” because of the fierce competition that Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS gave to it and to each other. HP also had to go through some management re-shuffling which lead the OS to be put into cold storage.

Whether or not WebOS gets a new life is something that remains to be seen in the future, but LG announced that it was buying all of the patents and codes as it has plans to use the OS for its line of smart televisions. On the bright side, WebOS won’t be in the middle of the notorious mobile OS battle that has been going on for a long time.

The amount of this deal was not disclosed by either of the parties, but one could speculate that it can be significantly lower than what HP had to pay back in July 2010.

The engineer team of WebOS (or whatever is left of it) will be moving to L.G.’s California lab. Will LG’s plan to integrate WebOS for smart TVs be successful?

Western Digital unveils WD TV Play streaming box

Western Digital officially rolls out WD TV Play streaming media player which will access all of the networked devices in your home and connect it to your HDTV for easy access of content from one place.

The company’s WD TV Play media player also allows apps from Youtube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, SlingPlay, Spotify, Pandora and even from Facebook. It also allows you to play from any computer/NAS with DLNA and even let you record from digital camcorder or camera.

This unit is already available via the WD store, with the price starting from $69.99 MSRP.

Valve’s Gabe Newell predicts PC-to-TV video gaming feature to be standard

Gabe Newell believes that PC will become living room friendly all thanks to the ability of the newer wireless streaming technology and the current structure of the market.

Its predicted that many users with a powerful enough gaming PC will be able to wireless stream the games to any TV as super-low latency.

Mr. Newell said,”The good news is that’s going to start at about $100 and eventually go down to zero. This will just become a standard feature of every television, the latency is basically nonexistent, so we really believe it’s a very low-cost pathway [to PC games in the living room] and a very high-quality path.”

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Newell added that PC’s have always scaled well compared to what consoles offer with a choice that you can add more storage and even the presence of many PC vendors who can build a $4,000 PC system for your living room. He also stated during DICE 2013 that if they’re able to bring greater user experience on a PC for the living room, there are lot of hardware choices out there that will satisfy even the consumer’s high-end needs.

Via: CVG