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Submission + - Apple TV Gets Hulu Plus (

Stowie101 writes: "After years of fighting it, Apple has finally embraced Hulu Plus, allowing the service to stream through Apple TV.

The $7.99/month service will be billed directly to the user's iTunes account.

In the past, Hulu has been available on very few media streaming devices — mostly Roku, Xbox, PS3 and Wii — with the big gaping holes being Apple TV and Google TV."


Submission + - Judge Rules iPod/iPhone Speaker Docks Don't Infringe on Bose Patent; Apple Sighs (

CIStud writes: "U.S. District Court in Massachusetts has ruled that iPod, iPad and iPhone speakers docks do not infringe on a patent owned by Bose Corp. for digital audio conversion. The ruling in the case of Bose vs. small dock speaker makers SDI, DPI, Imation and others reportedly was a test case that would have set precedent for potential patent infringement by other manufacturers... and even Apple... according to the defendant's legal team. At issue: Is an iPhone, iPad or iPod a "computer." The judge says they aren't."

Submission + - Is '4-D Home Theater' the Next Big Thing? (

CIStud writes: "Will wealthy homeowners soon be able to feel the spray of the ocean, the smell the gunpowder and the rocking of the sea when watching "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"? In South Korea, Mexico and Thailand, theater-goers already can. Now, word is out that as many as 200 movie theaters in the U.S. may soon have "4-D" technology that includes motion seats, water, mist, bubbles, air, fans, strobe lights and odors. The technology is from a South Korean company called CJ Group. It costs $2 million to retrofit a theater with the technology. The next stop for the system just might be for affluent homeowners for their home theaters. Why not... especially since Prima Cinema just launched with its $35,000 server and $500-per-movie charge to watch movies still in theaters."
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - Star Wars Fans Fix Up Luke Skywalker's Home ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: How far would a Star Wars fan go to preserve a relic from the iconic film series? One devoted fan traveled to Tunisia to rescue Luke Skywalker's boyhood home, also known as The Lars Homestead, as seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. On a trip to Tunisia in 2010, Belgian traveler Mark Dermul came upon the modest dome-shaped hut that George Lucas built in the mid-1970s to serve as Luke Skywalker's home. The structure was falling apart when Dermul found it, so he hatched a scheme to restore it. After two years and a lot of cement and plaster, Luke's house is looking better than ever.

Submission + - Loudness Wars Coming to an End? (

Stowie101 writes: "The first major step towards the elimination of heavily-compressed music could be the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) ITU-R BS.1770-2 standard recommendation for the measurement of loudness that was introduced in 2006 and revised in 2011.

Following the ITU’s recommendations, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) released its Loudness Recommendation EBU R128 in August of 2010. Acting to rectify the problem on the broadcast side of the issue, many European and Asian broadcasters are adopting loudness standards that are based on the criteria first introduced by the ITU.

Here in the U.S., the federal government has also been proactive to improve the quality of broadcast television. By the end of 2012, the broadcast community will have to follow the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act that requires commercials to be played at the same volume as broadcast television.

In terms of music and recording, these broadcast standards do not apply. But Shepherd theorizes the measurement standards will be applied to the production of music.

“Measuring loudness, in general, isn’t easy. Now the ITU has agreed on a new ‘loudness unit:’ the LU. You can measure short- and longer-term loudness over a whole song. They’ve also agreed on guidelines for broadcast; what the average loudness should be and how much you can vary it. The recommendation has been made law in the U.S. for advertisements and is also being adopted in the U.K. and all over the world. All the major broadcasters here — Sky, the BBC, ITV — have agreed to follow the standard."


Submission + - Study Shows Teenage Gamers Don't Want IT Careers ( 1

CIStud writes: "If you think playing endless hours of "Dungeons & Dragons" will create a desire to get into the information technology (IT), think again. A new study by CompTIA of teens and young adults shows that only 17% want to pursue a technology career despite the fact that 97% say they "love" technology."
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - Star Wars Creator George Lucas Retiring to Focus on Experimental Films (

Stowie101 writes: "George Lucas, the Hollywood filmmaker best known for his Star Wars and Indiana Jones series of movies, is walking away from big-budget movie productions.

Once Lucas completes his current projects, he will work on smaller, edgier movies. "I'm moving away from the company, I'm moving away from all my businesses, I'm finishing all my obligations and I'm going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I've always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theaters.”"

Submission + - Dolby's TrueHD 96K Upsampling to Improve Sound on Blu-rays (

Stowie101 writes: "The audio on most Blu-ray discs is sampled at 48kHz. Even the original movie tracks are usually only recorded at 48kHz, so once a movie migrates to disc, there isn’t much that can be done.

Dolby’s new system upsamples that audio signal to 96kHz at the master stage prior to the Dolby TrueHD encoding, so you get lossless audio with fewer digital artifacts.

The “fewer digital artifacts” part comes from a feature of Dolby’s upsampling process called de-apodizing, which corrects a prevalent digital artifact known as pre-ringing. Pre-ringing is often introduced in the capture and creation process and adds a digital harshness to the audio. The apodizing filter masks the effect of pre-ringing by placing it behind the source tone — the listener can’t hear the pre-ringing because it’s behind the more prevalent original signal."

Submission + - DIYer Selling His Home Theater on Craigslist (

Stowie101 writes: "We’ve seen people sell bikes, kitchen wares and even love on Craigslist. Now, one DIYer is selling his tech hobby.

The user is offering up a full 1080p projection setup, with an Optoma HD20 projector, an Onkyo TX-SR605 receiver, and 7.1 surround sound. It’s not just the AV equipment, either. The room has lighting, acoustic panels, seating, cables, and much more — everything must go!

“I need the room and I’ve decided to put the room up for sale,” he says in the ad.

He’ll even help you set it up. And if you live in the area you can request a free demo of this home theater."

Your Rights Online

Submission + - Minneapolis Airport Installing 1800 high-definition surveillance cameras (

bzzfzz writes: The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is beginning a $20 million dollar upgrade of its surveillance system. The upgrade will include 1800 high-definition cameras, facial recognition systems, and digital archiving to replace the analog tape system in use since the 1980s. The system will serve both security and operational goals. The MAC asserts that improved camera technology yields improved security as though the connection between the two is so strong that no proof is required.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Best Buy Founder Steps Down Amid CEO Scandal (

Stowie101 writes: "Best Buy founder Richard Schulze is stepping down as chairman after an investigation found he knew former CEO Brian Dunn was having a relationship with a female employee and did not alert the audit committee.

Best Buy says the board's decision is based on Schulze's failure to act when he discovered Dunn was having a romantic relationship with a female employee. Best Buy says in a statement that Schulze "failed to bring the matter to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors in December 2011, when the allegations were first raised with him.""


Submission + - Woz on Zuckerberg and the new Facebook (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple founder Steve Wozniak gives his appraisal on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and the challenges he will face after the IPO on Friday. Woz must see some of himself in Zuckerberg, saying he is idealistic and more interested in sharing information than making money.

Submission + - Apple rumoured to be acquiring German TV maker Loewe (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is said to be in negotiations to acquire German manufacturer of HDTVs, Loewe AG. As per reports in AppleInsider, the final decision could be announced as early as the end of this week. Loewe, like Apple, is seen as a manufacturer of premium products, focusing on elegant design backed by a strong supply-chain.

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