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US ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, has reached out to his official Facebook page telling Australians to stop pirating popular HBO show, Game of Thrones. He wrote:
As the ambassador here in Australia, it was especially troubling to find out that Australian fans were some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of Game of Thrones in the world.
The comments came on April 23, marking the 17th annual UN World Book and Copyright Day. He added:
I realise that fans of Game of Thrones who have used illegal file-sharing sites have reasons. They will say it was much easier to access through these sites, or that they got frustrated by the delay in the first season, or their parents wouldn't pay for a subscription, or they will complain about some other issue with copyright laws. But none of those reasons is an excuse - stealing is stealing.
We've heard several rumors about Amazon, with the most frequent one being they are working on a Kindle-branded smartphone. The latest rumor is that Amazon is getting ready to release a Kindle-branded set-top box. This would likely feature Android as the OS and provide access to Amazon's digital content.
We expect it would operate much like Apple TV. Amazon declined to comment regarding a possible set-top box, though BusinessWeek cites three people familiar with the project. The device is said to be in development in Lab126, based in Cupertino, California. Of course, as with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.
Very popular (or maybe not so much) animated comedy, Futurama, has been cancelled by Comedy Central. Futurama was cancelled by Fox in 2004, but Comedy Central renewed it in 2008. Even executive producer, David X. Cohen, wasn't surprised by the news, he said: "I can't say I was devastated by the news".
Futurama's now last season, had its first 13 episodes aired starting last summer, with the remaining 13-episode run to air on Comedy Central starting June 19, with the finale slotted in for September 4. Producers have talked about possibly continuing with another network, but these discussions aren't serious right now.
In anticipation of the upcoming movie Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, has released some breathtaking HD images of the Enterprise's Bridge used in the 2009 blockbuster Star Trek.
The images (source #1) show off the beauty of the Enterprise Reboot designed by Scott Chambliss, and display a remarkable level of detail that many fans just chalked up to being CGI creations. Bad Robot has also released a Star Trek Into Darkness app that will let you scan these high resolution images to earn extra points that will help you move up within the Starfleet ranks.
Star Trek Into Darkness releases on May 17th and I for one will be first in line to see it.
Curved screens were all the rage at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and LG was noticeably one of the biggest purveyors of curved screen technology at this year's show. Now those curved screens will be making way into your living-rooms by the end of the year, according to recent reports.
In an interview with Trusted Reviews, LG Vice President Thomas Lee said that "curved TVs are coming in the second half of this year." The Verge also confirmed this with a spokesman for LG who said that curved screen TVs will begin shipping "sometime later this year."
Curved screen televisions are said to offer a more immersive and panoramic experience over traditional flat panel displays. They are touted as having a wider range of viewing angles and we've seen reports of less eye strain, when viewed at a close distance.
If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll be delighted to know that Disney and Lucasfilm plan to release new Star Wars films every summer, starting with Star Wars: Episode VII when it gets released in 2015. These annual releases will include the other two movies isn the new trilogy, as well as standalone movies.
The main episodes, VIII and IX, will be released every other summer, with a standalone movie released in the off years. The news come from Disney and Lucasfilm themselves, telling CinemaCon attendees on Wednesday. The standalone films, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, are not part of the overall Star Wars saga.
The first series of Heroes was truly some great television, but it was cancelled after a few crappy seasons. It looks like Microsoft may bring the show back to life, doing a Sylar (or is that Spock?) and pushing the show back onto the Xbox 360 and MSN video service.
The talks of bringing Heroes back to life are early, but the talks are about the new series focusing on new characters and stories, with only a few of the original cast making cameos in the new series. I think if it was done right, it would be good to see Heroes come back - but only time will tell.
What do you think? Would you like to see Heroes come back?
I'm such a big fan of Superman, and I really didn't like Superman Returns, so when I heard about Man of Steel, I became excited yet again. Everything from the suit, to the feel of the music has been perfect so far, and now, we have the third trailer to the movie.
It shows off some of that insane action finally, Superman flying, Zod menacing, more of fellow Aussie native Russell Crowe playing Kal-El's father, Jor-El. It is epic, and it deserves to be watched only in 1080p. Let me know your thoughts on the trailer in the comments below!
If you thought the $10,000+ for an Ultra HD TV was too much, Seiki are coming to the result. TigerDirect have this Seiki 50-inch 4K-capable TV for sale, for just $1299. Yes, $1299.
The Seiki 50-inch Class 4K2K LED HDTV has the eye-busting 3840x2160 resolution we all dream of running, backed up by the buttery smooth 120Hz refresh rate and 6.5ms response time. This should mean it will provide some ultra high-res, ultra pretty, and ultra smooth gaming. Desktop use on this thing would be a beast, I just wish I could have it shipped to Australia.
GTVSource is reporting that ASUS will launch its first entry into the Google TV market later this month. Named the Qube, we first got a glimpse of it at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, and now four months later it is coming to market.
The Qube is essentially an Android box that features Marvell's ARMADA 1500 media SoC, which is paired up with 1GB of RAM. Only 4GB of onboard storage is included for additional app installs, but ASUS says that the Qube will come with 50GB of free cloud storage.
The device comes with a full featured remote, which includes a built-in QWERTY keyboard. Users will be able to stream their content as well as content from services like HBOGo, Crackle, Pandora, Amazon, Google Play and Netflix.
The Qube will launch in the US on the 29th of April and retail at $129. Additional markets will follow shortly after according to the report.