Three-time World Series champion David Ortiz, best known to the Fenway Faithful as "Big Papi," may have ruined it for everyone else wanting to take a 'selfie' with President Barack Obama. During a White House visit by the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox team, Ortiz took a picture with Obama which quickly went viral.
Ortiz, using his sponsored Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during the White House visit, initially had praise from Obama for the picture: "He wants to take a selfie! It's the Big Papi selfie."
However, after learning Samsung reportedly used the picture in marketing material, the White House wasn't pleased with Ortiz's tweet.
HP has been making a line of monitors that aim at very high levels of color reproduction for years now. These monitors fall into the DreamColor range and are aimed at pros that need the most color reproduction possible. Two new monitors have been added to the range including the Z27x and Z24x.
These screen swill work with Mac or PC systems and each support up to 1.07 billion colors on the screen. HP says that the amount of color error the screens produce is so small that the human eye can't even see it. Both of the monitors have 10-bit color accuracy and are made for easy color calibration using commercially available sensors.
The Z27x supports 100% of the sRGB gamut, 100% of the AdobeRGB gamut, and 99% of the DCI-P3 gamut. This monitor also supports HP Night vision interface that has fading button backlights and a red backlight color for better visibility in low light.
Yahoo has made no secret of its desire to compete in the video streaming market. It tried to buy DailyMotion last year, but failed to close that deal. Rumors continue to circulate that Yahoo will launch its own video streaming platform. Whether it will buy an existing service or roll its own remains to be seen.
Sources that claim to be familiar with the goings on at Yahoo are claiming that the company is looking to land four TV quality shows to help its streaming effort. According to this source, Yahoo wants a quartet of half hour comedy shows written and directed by people that have TV experience.
The budget for these programs is tipped to be in the range of $700,000 to a million dollars per episode. Each of the shows will have ten episodes making for a lot of money spent. There is no word at this time indicating if Yahoo is negotiating on specific shows.
Science fiction fans will get a kick out of a new announcement that was made this week by Channel 4 and Xbox Entertainment Studios. Xbox and the UK TV network are teaming up on a new science fiction series that is based on a Swedish series called Real Humans.
On Channel 4 and Xbox, the series will be called "Humans" and follows the same basic premise of the Swedish series. That premise is that in the future people have robotic servants called Synths. The show follows a family who buys a refurbished Synth that has some sort of secret.
The show will "share a premiere" window in 2015 on the Xbox and Channel 4. That doesn't mean that all episodes will be aired on the Xbox. It almost sounds from the description that only the premiere episode will be shown on the Xbox. The show is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley.
"In Humans, Sam and Jon have not only crafted an ingenious and imaginative thriller, but they're also asking big, thought-provoking questions about how we live," Channel 4 drama boss Piers Wenger said.
If you are a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones, you will recognize these replica eggs right away. These look like the ones given as a wedding gift to Daenerys Targaryen when she married Drogo. The eggs hatched into three dragons when she walked with them into her husband's funeral pyre. That is one of the most iconic images in the series.
If you like the idea of having your own replicas of those eggs, ThinkGeek has a set that is worth a look. The collectable eggs are officially licensed Game of Thrones merchandise. The eggs aren't petrified dragons; they are made from a resin material that will melt if you burn it.
The eggs lay inside a wooden case with a black silk lining and brass hardware. The top of the wooden box has the Targaryen sigil silkscreened on top in red and white colors. The eggs in their decorative box are available now for $99.99 via ThinkGeek.
This morning, Seagate Technology announced that it has begun shipping the world's fastest 6TB capacity 3.5-inch hard drive. The new Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD V4 features the fastest performance available for a "nearline" HDD, thanks to Seagate's utilization of an eighth-generation platform that allows the new HDD to deliver up to 25-percent more performance than competing 6TB drives.
"Unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 Zettabytes of data by as early as 2017. This will cause cloud service providers to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering operational costs," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the fastest 6TB enterprise capacity HDD based on our proven, reliable platform meeting this never-ending demand in both private and public cloud data centers."
Michelle Chapman, a 24-year-old British woman has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after she setup multiple fake Facebook accounts abusing herself - where she pretended to be her father and his wife.
Chapman took to Facebook to send herself abusive messages, and then complained to police. Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC at Truro crown court called the woman "wicked". The court listened to how her actions resulted in innocent people being arrested, and receiving police cautions, and resulted in her father's marriage ending.
She blasted the abuse at herself over a period of an entire year, which only came to an end when forensic Internet inquiries revealed that the Facebook accounts that were abusing her were coming from her own address.
A rare Quake Arcade Tournament Edition cabinet from LAZER-TRON tipped up on EBay this past week. The seller claims it's one of only twenty made. This is the first one we've ever seen or heard of.
From the seller:
This is the real deal. A complete, working, original Lazer-Tron Quake Arcade Tournament Edition game. Comes complete with the original Pentium II Quantum3D Quicksilver Arcade PC, prize redemption printer, keyboard, mouse, and manuals.
Legend has it that only twenty of these prototypes were manufactured. When the game was first introduced, Lazer-Tron was bought out and due to problems with the contracted programmer, the game was never further developed. This is one of the 20 prototypes! You will likely never again have an opportunity to purchase a game like this!
The classic PC shooting game has been adapted for tournament play in the arcade. This prototype features modified deathmatch levels and a special custom weapon. Machines may be linked to provide competitive play. The game is a direct conversion from the PC game, but with a few changes. The monsters may drop an occasional prize pack when killed. The machine contains a prize printer that would print out a special ticket reward, presumably much like a redemption machine. The game is powered by a complete Pentium PC inside the game. A keyboard and mouse can be found immediately below the control panel (not accessible by the player, however). The PC contains a Quantum 3D video card used to display the game's graphics. There are a number of settings that affect options not available in the original PC version of the game. At least two cabinets can be linked together for deathmatch competitions.
That's not the whole story though.
According to a report by Recode, Dropbox has secured itself another $500 million in funding. Recode has said that it has confirmed the financial news with "sources close to the situation".
The last time we heard about Dropbox's financial position, the cloud storage startup was valued at $10 billion, where it raised some $350 million in equity funding.
To celebrate this week's release of the 2013 CG animated featurePlanes on home video formats, our friends at Disney Home Entertainment have supplied us with copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to three lucky readers. Filled with extra features including featurettes, deleted scenes and a brand new song, Planes will be a must have for families who've worn out their Cars Blu-rays.
To go into the running to take one copy home, simply answer the following question in 35 words or less:
If you could jump on a plane today, where would you go and why?
To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook and Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on April 10th. The total prize pool is approximately $119.85.
Disney'sPlanes is available on 3D and 2D Blu-ray and DVD from Australian retailers from April 9th.