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U.S. Navy's "warfighter game-changer" railgun set for sea tests

Reuters Technology - April 21, 2014 - 8:45am
April 21 - The U.S. Navy says it will test its prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard a naval vessel for the first time in 2016. The railgun can hurl a 23 lb. missile more than a hundred miles and is described by the Navy as "a true warfighter game-changer". Rob Muir reports.

Arris acquires SeaWell Networks

BroadbandTVNews - April 21, 2014 - 7:50am

Arris has acquired Mississauga, Ontario-based SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed amount. Read the story »

ViXS Systems files complaint against Entropic

BroadbandTVNews - April 21, 2014 - 7:48am

ViXS Systems and ViXS USA have filed a complaint in the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against Entropic Communications and several of its customers and importers. Read the story »

Amazon Prime Instant Video suffers from rebranding

BroadbandTVNews - April 21, 2014 - 7:45am

The rebranded Lovefilm service is down to 6% of consumers after its rebranding to Amazon Prime Instant Video. Read the story »

Russian pay-TV: surprising new trends

BroadbandTVNews - April 21, 2014 - 12:01am

MTS bucked the trend in Russia’s pay-TV market in 2013, losing subscribers while all its competitors added to their customer base. Read the story »

Rostelecom enhances Interactive TV service

BroadbandTVNews - April 20, 2014 - 11:57pm

Rostelecom is to offer more movies and documentaries to subscribers of its Viasat Premium HD package for no additional charge. Read the story »

Behold the internet's power: Quentin Tarantino to rewrite movie ending after script leaks

EngadgetHD - April 20, 2014 - 5:31pm

What the internet giveth, it also taketh away... and then giveth back again (sort of). Back in January, the script for Quentin Tarantino's next film, a western called the Hateful Eight, showed up online and Defamer drew the web's attention to its presence. In response, the filmmaker sued for copyright infringement and shelved the project. It appears time has caused Tarantino to reconsider that initial reaction, however, as Deadline Hollywood reports that he's simply going to rewrite the ending to the movie and film it next winter. (The lawsuit remains pending, though the parties are currently trying to settle things via court-ordered mediation.)

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Via: The Verge

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Joystiq Weekly: Nintendo foibles, LGBT gaming cons and crash-prone dirtbikes

EngadgetHD - April 20, 2014 - 11:30am

Welcome to the Joystiq Weekly wrap-up where we present some of the best stories and biggest gaming news from our sister-publication.

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Source: Joystiq

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft captured by International Space Station

Reuters Technology - April 20, 2014 - 8:45am
April 20 - SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft makes a scheduled Easter Sunday rendezvous with the International Space Station. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

New arrest in Dutch card sharing case

BroadbandTVNews - April 20, 2014 - 7:23am

Monday, April 14, Dutch police arrested a 33-year-old man from Apeldoorn at Schiphol Airport. He is seen as a key suspect in a fraud case of card sharing. Read the story »

Samsung data center fire causes outage, errors on smart TVs and phones (update: fixed)

EngadgetHD - April 20, 2014 - 3:08am

Seeing an error message on your Samsung phone, tablet or Smart TV today? You're not alone, as the Samsung.com website appears to be down and owners worldwide have reported anything from error messages to being unable to access apps on their smart TVs. Reports have spread on Twitter -- mostly from a community news site called Wikitree -- that a fire at a Samsung SDS building in Gwacheon, South Korea is the culprit. We've contacted Samsung but haven't heard anything back yet, and while some of its social media pages have noted the outage, there isn't an official explanation posted.

Update: Naturally now that we've mentioned it, the outage that lasted several hours appears to have ended around 6:15AM ET. Many of the same users who were having problems with their smart TVs and phones seem to have full access again, and Samsung.com is back up and running. A Samsung SDS blog post confirms the fire and subsequent outage, while apologizing for the inconvenience. Despite some scary photos and video of the blaze (after the break) Korean news reports indicate there were no fatalities. The big question left? Why a fire at one location seemed to have such a large affect on the company's devices and services.

[Thanks, Mark & Martin!]

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Source: Wikitree, Samsung.com, Is It Down Right Now?, ICT Story, YTN (Korean)

AllCast's screen-mirroring magic arrives on Amazon's Fire TV App Store

EngadgetHD - April 19, 2014 - 7:46am

Been putting off sideloading AllCast's SDK to your brand new Amazon Fire TV? Well, friend, your procrastination has paid off. Now, all you have to do to install the casting and screen-mirroring app is download it straight from the Amazon App Store. So long as you also have AllCast installed on an Android device, you can beam photos, videos and music from your phone or tablet to Amazon's set-top box. Plus, you can use the app to view images and videos saved on Google+ and Dropbox. If you don't plan to pick up a Fire TV (waiting for the second one, eh?), you can still use AllCast with a number of other devices, including Chromecast, Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV and a smattering of smart TVs.

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Source: Koushik Dutta (Google+), Amazon

Unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

Reuters Technology - April 18, 2014 - 1:36pm
April 18 - The rocket, built and operated by Space Exploration Technologies, carries a Dragon cargo ship loaded with supplies and equipment destined for the International Space Station. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

FCC sets up the 'incentive auction' that will lead to better wireless internet for everyone

EngadgetHD - April 18, 2014 - 9:36am

Last week at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show, FCC head Tom Wheeler pushed broadcasters to loosen their grip on spectrum that the agency plans to auction off to give wireless internet room to grow. Now, he's laid out a draft of the rules for the auction before it takes place next year. The upcoming incentive auction will be a three stage process that, once completed, should open up more wireless spectrum for high-speed services like WiFi. WiFi operates on "unlicensed spectrum" that's open for anyone to use, and similar networks or devices could take advantage of any new frequencies the FCC opens up, while reducing interference with existing networks. That's good and bad however, since they'd fill the space in between networks, it could be harder to build up something like WiFi.

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Source: Tom Wheeler

Turning smog into jewels - a Dutch designer's solution to Beijing's pollution

Reuters Technology - April 18, 2014 - 7:19am
Apr. 18 - A Dutch designer plans to suck smog from Beijing's polluted air with his 'electronic vacuum cleaner' next year and produce sparkling jewellery from the smog particles he collects. It may be an unconventional approach to Beijing's pollution problem but the city's leaders have told Daan Roosegarde he's welcome to try it. Debi Bell-Hosking reports.

Stream: The Science of Soil

EngadgetHD - April 18, 2014 - 3:00am

Most people take soil for granted, assuming that if you shove a seed into some dirt and add some water, hey presto. Stick it under an electron microscope, however, and you suddenly see a whole microcosm that exists beneath our feet. Landscape gardener Chris Beardshaw takes us on a tour to see why soil is so important, what risks it faces and what happens to it when we're not paying attention. It may not seem like the most entertaining subject for a TV documentary, but there's plenty of useful facts about dirt that you'll be able to wheel out the next time you go for a walk. Unless you're a germophobe, of course.

Deep Down and Dirty, The Science of Soil is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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Source: BBC iPlayer

Briel on – First look at Chromecast

BroadbandTVNews - April 18, 2014 - 2:43am

Google promises easy connection with its new Chromecast dongle. And indeed, it is installed in minutes, if not seconds. Just plug the dongle in a HDMI slot of the TV set, connect the power supply, either to an USB port or directly to the mains with an adapter, and off you go. Read the story »

Sit-up collapses after fall in sales

BroadbandTVNews - April 18, 2014 - 2:15am

Sit-up Limited, the broadcaster behind Price Drop and Bid TV has entered administration following a significant fall in sales. Read the story »

Ipsos: live TV still king for content

BroadbandTVNews - April 18, 2014 - 2:12am

Most global TV watchers are using live TV (86%), but other modes are becoming increasingly popular: computers (27%), streaming from internet to TV (16%), recording device (16%) and mobile (11%), says research firm Ipsos. Read the story »

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