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Netflix's latest series is a romantic comedy co-written by Judd Apatow

EngadgetHD - September 17, 2014 - 11:58am

Now that Netflix has a solid (if imperfect) track record with original shows, it appears that the big-name talent is lining up for its chance at creating an internet-only hit. Case in point: the streaming service has reached a deal with Legendary Television to release Love, an "excruciatingly honest" romantic comedy penned by 40 Year-Old Virgin producer Judd Apatow, Inglourious Basterds' Paul Rust and Girls' Lesley Arfin. You won't see the end result until 2016, but Netflix is already confident that you'll like it. The company has already committed to two seasons (22 episodes total) sight unseen -- if you're a fan of Apatow's frequently blunt approach to on-screen relationships, you're going to get your fill.

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Round 2: Measles vs. Cancer

Reuters Technology - September 17, 2014 - 6:20am
Scientists at the Mayo Clinic are starting a second round of human clinical trials to test if an engineered strain of measles virus is an effective cancer treatment. The trial follows a successful first round of tests where a woman went into complete remission after a massive dose of the virus eradicated cancer in her body. Ben Gruber reports.

Logitech extends Harmony line to control more of your home

EngadgetHD - September 17, 2014 - 6:08am

Logitech's got a new Harmony remote and it's an even bigger push into home automation over the current Harmony Smart Control home theater remote lineup. Shipping this month, the new Harmony Home Control devices start at $99 for the Home Hub (which turns your smartphone or tablet into a home automation controller). Then there's the Home Control for $149, which adds a simple, button-only remote. At the top of the line is the $349 Harmony Ultimate Home, which swaps out the simple remote for a 2.4 inch touch screen model (seen above). Available in either black or white, Harmony Home can control both your home theater and other devices from partners via IR, Bluetooth or WiFi. There's a lengthy list of support, too: August, Honeywell, Kwikset, Lutron, Nest, PEQ, Philips, Schlage, SmartThings, Sylvania, Yale and Zuli.

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CERN set to look beyond God Particle as LHC reopens

Reuters Technology - September 17, 2014 - 2:41am
With CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, celebrating 60 years of bringing nations together through science on September 29, it's also preparing to turn the Large Hadron Collider back on after an upgrade, which it hopes will enable physicists to discover more about the universe after previously helping discover the Higgs boson - the so-called "God Particle". Joanna Partridge reports.

'Deep Web' is a show based on the Silk Road story

EngadgetHD - September 16, 2014 - 11:03pm

If the hacker bits in House of Cards' second season stoked a fire in you for the illicit parts of the internet, maybe Spike TV and Gary Oldman (pictured above) have you covered. The former has partnered with the latter and a few others to produce a series called Deep Web about, you guessed it, the hidden version of the internet where one can buy just about anything you could imagine. Like hacking software, drugs and automatic weaponry, for example. The show is based on Ross Ulbricht's ascension to the top of the online underworld and the Silk Road's bitcoin shopping mall, according to Deadline. Other details are scarce at the moment including when we might actually see it and how fictionalized it'll be (our guess? pretty heavily), but there's plenty of time for that info to surface, we'd imagine. For now, let's just hope there are 100 percent less guinea pigs and obscure techno than in what we've seen recently.

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Source: Deadline

Rocket takes classified U.S. government payload into space

Reuters Technology - September 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
An Atlas V rocket carries the U.S. government's classified CLIO satellite into space following a successful launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Samsung's new online sitcom tries to make its employees look hip

EngadgetHD - September 16, 2014 - 4:37pm

Samsung doesn't just want to make its products look cool -- it wants its jobs to look cool, too. It's accordingly launching Best Future, an online-only musical sitcom that portrays Samsung as a hip place to work for young South Koreans. The star is Mirae ("future" in Korean), a fictional worker at the tech giant's Suwon headquarters; the six-episode series will follow her and her roommate Chaego ("best") as they dance their way through the workday. There aren't too many clues as to the storyline, but Samsung is teasing the prospect of "song battles" when the series arrives in October. Suffice it to say this won't be a deep, introspective masterpiece.

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NASA to resume human space flight, focus on Mars

Reuters Technology - September 16, 2014 - 4:02pm
NASA awards contracts to Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts to the international space station, saying the move will allow the space agency to focus on more ambitious missions like sending humans to Mars. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

DMAX Germany to launch Austrian window

BroadbandTVNews - September 16, 2014 - 3:24pm

DMAX, the German men’s channel operated by Discovery Networks, will launch a version of its service for viewers in neighbouring Austria on October 1, 2014 via cable and satellite. Read the story »

Nearly 1 billion TV sets internet connected by 2020

BroadbandTVNews - September 16, 2014 - 2:56pm

The number of TV sets connected to the Internet will reach 965 million by 2020, up from 103 million at end-2010 and the 339 million expected at end-2014, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Read the story »

Coming this January: The 2015 Best of CES Awards, brought to you by Engadget

EngadgetHD - September 16, 2014 - 2:29pm

We know. It's only September, but it's never too early to start dreaming of that greatest of all gadget gatherings, the International CES. As always, the Engadget editorial team will descend upon the Las Vegas Convention Center this January to bring you all the action as the Official Blog and Online News Source of the show. And, just like last year, we're also choosing the Best of CES awards! As we comb the floor of the world's largest consumer tech trade show, we'll be looking for truly stand-out products worthy of becoming 2015's Best of CES -- but that doesn't mean we're waiting until we touch down in the desert to begin our search. We're accepting nominations starting November 1st, when we'll dish out all the info you need to know to put your device in the running.

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Chromecast finally plays nice with Disney videos, Twitch streams

EngadgetHD - September 16, 2014 - 12:14pm

Heads up, Chromecast owners - your $35 media-flinging dongle just got a new infusion of oomph. Google announced on its official Chrome blog earlier today that users can now stream content from a slew of Disney apps (think WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD for the young'uns) as well as iHeartRadio and Twitch (which just might be a little salt in the wound since Google couldn't quite make the deal work). You may rejoice if you're the type to binge on cheesy, over-the-top, emotionally charged television too since DramaFever's app have been given the same treatment -- now you've got another way to plow through your backlog of Coffee Prince episodes on a bigger screen. Can you think of a better way to spend a lazy weekend? We sure can't.

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Source: Official Chrome Blog

Flying a plane using power of the mind

Reuters Technology - September 16, 2014 - 9:38am
German scientists develop a technology which they think could allow planes to be steered using only signals from the brain. Jim Drury has more.

Hussein quits Liberty CTO role

BroadbandTVNews - September 16, 2014 - 7:35am

Aamir Hussain is leaving his role as chief technology officer of Liberty Global to return to the United States. Read the story »

Cambridgeshire village gets UK’s fastest broadband

BroadbandTVNews - September 16, 2014 - 7:15am

Residents in a Cambridgeshire village are to enjoy superfast broadband with speeds of 1 Gbps as part of a Virgin Media-backed trial. Read the story »

Freesat upgrades Showcase recommendation engine

BroadbandTVNews - September 16, 2014 - 6:12am


Freesat has revealed the latest version of Showcase, the curated recommendations service available to users of Freetime set-tops and IDTVs. It can also be found on the platform’s supporting apps for mobile and tablet. Read the story »

Netflix expands across Europe amidst mixed reactions

BroadbandTVNews - September 16, 2014 - 5:53am

This month, Netflix is launching its biggest expansion to date in six countries in Europe; Germany and France just launched, while Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg will be next. Read the story »

Tele Columbus takes over Big Medienversorgung

BroadbandTVNews - September 16, 2014 - 4:38am

Germany’s third largest cable company Tele Columbus has acquired fibre-network operator Big Medienversorgung. Read the story »

Belgian scientists claim success in blocking tumor metastasis

Reuters Technology - September 16, 2014 - 3:53am
A research paper by Belgian scientists at the Université Catholique de Louvain claims to have found a way to inhibit the metastasis of carcinogenic tumors in mice, which as Joel Flynn reports, could potentially open a new avenue of treatment for breast and skin cancers.

Key executive joins Fox

BroadbandTVNews - September 16, 2014 - 3:23am

FOX International Channels (FIC) has appointment Caleb Weinstein executive VP of affiliate distribution, Europe and Africa. Read the story »

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