Acclaimed writer and director Joss Whedon is responsible for several cult classic TV shows including Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and he is known more recently for writing and directing the blockbuster smash, The Avengers. Whedon has been known to experiment in his films and with new distribution methods, and his latest project could be one of his most interesting experiments yet.
Late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs famously went on a tirade against Flash back in 2010 when he said that the video technology was on borrowed time and would soon be replaced by HTML5. While Flash is very much still with us four years later, Rapt Media CEO Erika Trautman thinks that HTML5′s time has finally arrived.
Samsung’s newly launched Gear wearable devices, including the Gear Fit smartwatch, will be very expensive to repair according to a new report from ZDNet Korea reports. The publication has learned that any malfunctioning or broken Gear wearables will have to be turned in for repairs, with users unable to simply order a replacement screen or component to fix a device themselves.
Samsung’s brand new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is barely a week old but it has already seen a substantial price cut in the third largest smartphone market in the world. The new Samsung hero phone recently went on sale in India at Rs. 51,990 ($860) off contract. When HTC’s new HTC One (M8) launched in India on Monday for 49,990 ($827), however, the cost of Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 was immediately slashed as a result.
In the past few months, rumors have been heating up that Apple will begin taking TV more seriously with a refreshed Apple TV. Apple has been negotiating with Comcast about the next-generation Apple TV, and earlier this month, Comcast hinted in FCC filings that Apple is working on a set-top box. According to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release an updated Apple TV later this year. In advance of this rumored launch, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple has added three new channels to its current Apple TV: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. This brings popular shows such as Duck Dynasty and Pawn Stars to Apple TV customers. While a subscription is required, 9to5Mac notes that you can watch the most recent episodes of popular shows for free. Apple is smart to be making these partnerships new — if it wants to compete in the living room, customers will expect to be able to watch all the shows and channels they currently watch.
Apple is taking innovation to the office space with Apple Campus 2, a development that will house some of the tens of thousands of Apple employees that live in and around Cupertino, California. In the latest video, Apple proclaims that it has “a shot of building the best office building in the world.” The mothership, as the circular building is colloquially know, was designed with Stanford in mind, another campus that Steve Jobs visited frequently and remembered fondly.
LG’s bite-sized G2 mini was finally unveiled at MWC 2014 in February, six months after the launch of the flagship G2, but it looks like the next mini hero phone is already in the works. My LG Cell Phones has obtained leaked documents which show a device listed with the name “B2MINI” and model number LG-D725. The next four rows retain the B2 name, listing an unannounced device for each of the four major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. These are likely codenames for the LG G3 and its G3 mini counterpart, although it’s worth noting that the G3 mini is only listed for AT&T.
In addition to news on possible price increases, Netflix on Monday also officially took a stance against the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In its letter to shareholders released Monday, Netflix said that a combined Comcast and TWC would “possess even more anticompetitive leverage to charge arbitrary interconnection tolls for access to their customers.” To back up its reasoning, Netflix said that the decline of DSL has made cable Internet the default broadband technology for most Americans and claimed that if the merger were approved then many American households would have “Comcast as the only option for truly high-speed broadband” that offers service of 10Mbps or higher.
If getting unlimited streaming for $7.99 per month sounds like a deal that’s too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. The Wall Street Journal reports that Netlfix plans to raise its prices by between $1 to $2 a month for new subscribers, which would represent an increase of as much as 25% from current prices. The Journal says that current subscribers will keep their rates “for a generous time period,” but they too might have to pay higher prices in the future as well. News of future price increases came as part of Netflix’s Q1 2014 earnings report, where the company said it added 4 million new streaming subscribers and posted earnings of $0.86 per share on revenues of $1.27 billion.
E3 2013, which introduced the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to the press and the public for the first time, was one of the most memorable gaming conventions of the last decade, but this year’s event could be even more exciting. With the console launches out of the way, developers are preparing to unleash an entire generation of games to the public, full of fresh ideas and expansive iterations. GearNuke rounded up a few of the hottest titles rumored to be making an appearance at this year’s show, and we’ve added some of our own as well.
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