Apple TV Updates - New Home Screen

Since we’re in the heart of Peak TV right now, there are far too many entertainment options at our disposal. It’s hard to keep up with all the new movies and TV shows being added to Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, Epix and the inevitable McDonald’s streaming service that will probably happen at some point. But Apple and Netflix have a solution that is coming this fall.

First, when the new tvOS software update comes to Apple TV this fall, the revamped Apple TV app will allow users to have picture-in-picture functionality, giving them the ability to stream two different programs at the same time. One will take up the entire television screen while another will sit in the corner and play something else. However, not everything will be available for the Apple TV picture-in-picture mode.

Meanwhile, Netflix is testing a picture-in-picture feature that customers could use on the desktop version of Netflix, which will be perfect for everyone trying to waste time at work but still look like they’re getting something done. Find out more below. Read More »

Apple TV Updates - New Home Screen

Yesterday, Apple announced a few new updates for the AppleTV 4K device that lets users enjoy TV shows, movies, music, photos, games and apps on their home television. With the tvOS 13 update coming this fall, the Apple TV will have a new home screen, multiple user profiles with personalized recommendations, and compatibility for other controllers. Get the rundown of Apple TV updates below. Read More »

Vertical TV

Well, it finally happened. Someone made a vertical TV. Taking note of how often those darn kids watch videos on their phones in portrait mode, Samsung has created the Sero – a TV that flips into portrait mode and connects to your mobile device. Which means youths can watch their Snapchats, and Instagrams, and TikToks and whatever the hell else it is they watch, on a big screen. The future is here, and it’s bad!

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the mandalorian technology

Jon Favreau is proving to be one of the foremost filmmakers when it comes to testing game-changing technology, from his dazzling visual effects work in The Jungle Book, to the audacious CGI scale of the upcoming The Lion King. And The Mandalorian, for which Favreau acts as showrunner and executive producer, is no exception.

Favreau may have been touting the upcoming Disney+ show’s use of practical effects that pay homage to the techniques used in the original Star Wars films, but The Mandalorian is doing more than just using rigs to shoot miniature ships. According to actor Giancarlo Esposito, who stars in the series alongside the titular Mandalorian, Pedro PascalThe Mandalorian will be using a unique blend of physical sets and digital technology that is unlike anything we’ve seen in a Star Wars property before.

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star wars galaxy's edge app

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is already turning into one of the most immersive theme park experiences to date. But the Imagineers behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are taking it one step further by integrating a piece of technology that we all have in the back of our pockets: our phones.

But in a galaxy far, far away, our smartphones are not just regular old phones but are “transformed into an amazing in-story tool,” Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Asa Kalama said at the Star Wars: Celebration panel in Chicago. The new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge app will take guests beyond just experiencing the story of Batuu, a grimy outpost planet on the edge of the galaxy. They will live it.

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motion smoothing

Tom Cruise took a break from cheating death to offer-up an important public service announcement: turn your god damn motion smoothing off, people. Cruise and his frequent collaborator and Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie got together to helpfully let you know that motion smoothing looks like absolute garbage, and the best way for you to watch Fallout – or any movie – at home is to turn that unnecessary feature off. 

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Disney Files Patent for Most Realistic Lightsaber Yet

lightsaber patent

The Walt Disney Company has filed a patent for potentially the most realistic lightsaber yet. The lightsaber patent is for something called a “Sword Device with Retractable, Internally Illuminated Blade,” and comes before the highly anticipated opening of Disney’s upcoming theme park expansion Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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Goldfinger - James Bond Aston Martin DB5

Fans of the James Bond franchise have always dreamed of seeing some of the secret agent’s more unbelievable gadget become a reality, especially when it comes to the armored, weaponized and gadget-filled cars 007 gets to drive. Now one of them will be officially manufactured, and it will include some of the gadgets from the big screen.

James Bond’s iconic 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that first appeared in Goldfinger will officially be manufactured by the car company. But this isn’t simply a recreation of the classic car that looks like 007’s ride. This extremely limited and expensive edition of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 will come with some of the gadgets installed by Q Branch. Read More »

2001: A Space Odyssey - HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker

Few things have been more chilling than the monotone voice of HAL 9000 defying his programming and becoming the ultimate artificially intelligent threat to the crew of the Discovery One in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now you can bring the voice of Douglas Rain to your home in the form of a HAL 9000 prop replica that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. This is probably the coolest Bluetooth speaker we’ve ever seen, and it’s a stunning prop replica too. Check out the HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker below. Read More »

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cycles

Walt Disney Animation is well known for its work in both traditional and CG animation, and now the company is breaking new ground (at least for them). The animation studio will premiere its first virtual reality short film, Cycles, next month at the SIGGRAPH 2018, a conference dedicated to VR, augmented reality, and mixed reality.

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