While a video projector can be the cornerstone of a decent home theater system, it can also be a finicky beast. Projectors kick out a ton of heat and noise, they aren’t super portable, and they often require additional augmentation like a device to actually input a video signal, or speakers so that you can actually hear what’s happening.

That’s why I was so intrigued when I first saw an Indiegogo campaign for Anker’s Nebula Capsule Projector last fall. It actually seemed too good to be true. A projector that was the size of a Coke can, with a speaker built in that was running a version of Android with video apps? For under $500? (It retails on Amazon right now for $300). The prospect was so exciting that I threw caution to the wind and backed the campaign.

I wanted to understand if the Nebula Capsule really could do everything it claimed to. More importantly, I wanted to see if it could help me realize a long-time dream: Watching Netflix projected on my ceiling while lying in bed. Keep reading for our full Nebula Capsule Projector review.
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Facebook spoilers

Update: Turns out Facebook is not actually launching a feature that filters out spoilers…yet. io9 points out that there was a key quote that wasn’t included in Deadline’s original report. Here’s the full paragraph:

“There’s so much you can do when you have content and conversation happening at scale on the same platform…If we did something where there was a twist every episode, we can make it – this isn’t a feature – spoiler prevention – if you haven’t seen episode 5 yet, you’re not going to see your friend’s comment about episode 5. Those are really easy things to do that no one has really done yet. And I think the reason for that is because it’s hard when you have conversation and viewing happening in two separate places. Hopefully we can work to make some of those things that are true value adds for the Facebook viewer and community at large.”

That makes it clear that the company isn’t preparing to give users this ability right now, but it also indicates that the technology is possible for them, and I would not be surprised if they were quietly developing this tech behind closed doors. Our original story can be read below.

You’re working late, and you can’t watch the latest episode of your favorite show as it’s airing. But it’s being recorded on your DVR or TiVo, and you’ll get to it as soon as you get home. You finally clock out after a hard shift, and quickly scroll through your social media feeds to make sure the world didn’t end while you were on the job. All of a sudden –BAM. Right there in the middle of your Facebook news feed, somebody has ruined the episode you haven’t had a chance to see yet by posting a huge spoiler. Great. Just great.

If you’ve ever longed for a solution to this problem (that didn’t involve adopting a strict “no social media until I watch the episode” policy), you may be in luck: Facebook has announced a new feature that will filter spoilers from your news feed. Find out more about the new Facebook spoilers filter below.
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Altered Carbon

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Netflix and DreamWorks partner for six new animated shows, including She-Ra and The Boss Baby: Back in Business
  • Showtime unveils its first Homeland season 7 trailer
  • Amazon shows off the trailer for the fourth season of Mozart in the Jungle
  • Our first look at the Wachowskis’ Sense8 finale special
  • Netflix drops a trailer for its upcoming sci-fi series Altered Carbon
  • Fuller House season 3B gets a new trailer
  • And more!

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Harry Potter mobile game

While fans can walk around inside a physical recreation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios theme parks, there’s nothing that simulates the experience of being a student at the school from the Harry Potter books and movies. But a new role playing game called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery aims to change that by allowing players to create their own characters and “choose their own path as a student at the school.”

This is different from the augmented reality game that was announced recently, so it looks J.K. Rowling’s magical world is about to break into the gaming space in a big way next year. Read more about the newest Harry Potter mobile game below.
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Wolverine podcast

Marvel Entertainment already has a slate of podcasts to its name, but with crime podcasts like Serial and S-Town making a big splash in that medium, the company is dipping its toes into their first-ever scripted podcast, and it’s centered on one of their most popular comic book characters.

In 2018, Marvel is launching a Wolverine podcast called Wolverine: The Long Night, which stars The Hobbit‘s Richard Armitage as the voice of Logan. And this might be the start of a whole new continuity known as the MPU: the Marvel Podcast Universe. Read all about the new show below.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

virtual reality movie theater

Virtual reality theaters have been around for a little while now. Last year, /Film’s Peter Sciretta wrote about visiting IMAX’s flagship VR Experience Center in Los Angeles, a physical location where you can don a headset and a haptic backpack to play VR games in pods rented by the hour. But Paramount Pictures has collaborated with companies like Oculus, Samsung, and Microsoft to launch a new virtual reality movie theater that you can visit without leaving your couch. Could this be another step toward phasing out the theatrical experience altogether?
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Mosaic trailer

Director Steven Soderbergh‘s latest experiment has arrived. After investigating different financing models for Logan Lucky earlier this year, the filmmaker has unveiled a new interactive project called Mosaic, which will be broadcast as a six-part limited series on HBO in January. But you don’t have to wait until then to see the story play out. Mosaic is also an interactive app that’s available to download for free right now; using branching narratives, users can choose which perspective to watch the story unfold, and dive back in and explore the narrative from different angles once the story is over to see what you missed.

Watch the new Mosaic trailer below, and learn more about what the press release says “could be the next step in storytelling.”
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Harry Potter Wizards Unite

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the augmented reality game Pokemon Go took the world by storm, but that game’s developers are now working on something a little more magical.

A Harry Potter ARG called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is in the works from Niantic Labs, Warner Bros. Interactive, and Portkey Games. Read what we know about it below.
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Glasses-Free 3D

You may have seen a lot of headlines in the past 24 hours about how James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar 2 will feature glasses-free 3D technology. Cameron’s an innovative filmmaker who has been working on developing brand new tech for underwater motion capture for his ambitious sequels, and his entire career has basically been about pushing boundaries of what’s possible when it comes to filmmaking. So yeah, it’d be easy to believe the hype about glasses-free 3D.

Unfortunately, the promise of that particular bit of technology is not anywhere near as definitive as many of those headlines may have led you to believe. The truth is a lot less sexy, and much less headline-friendly.
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arri alexa vs iphone 7 plus

I’m always fascinated with the notion that cinema grade technology is becoming cheaper and more available. I remember attending the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and watching a movie that was shot on MiniDV, on the same camera I owned at home, and realizing that it’s becoming harder to make financial excuses. More than ever, making a movie is about a good story and great execution. Cut to a decade later and everyone has a high definition video camera in their pocket, one that has been used to make acclaimed big screen movies like Tangerine.

But how does the current generation of Apple iPhone camera compare when stacked against the current generation of Hollywood movie digital camera? Potato Jet has created a video comparing the video quality of the Arri Alexa Mini, a camera that has been used to shoot many of the movies playing in cinemas today, against the Apple iPhone 7 plus. You can watch the results below.
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