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Playdate: Walking blindly into 'Everybody's Gone to the Rapture'

EngadgetHD - August 20, 2015 - 8:40am

Welcome back to Playdate, where Engadget runs through the latest games while broadcasting them live on Twitch. If you're feeling a bit of déjà vu that's entirely natural; you have been here before. Whereas JXE Streams was our awkwardly named show while we figured out what was going to happen with streaming moving forward, well, we've figured out what we're doing with streaming moving forward. Mostly. Hence us going back to the moniker we started with last year. Think of this as a vote of confidence from us that we're moving toward consistency and normalcy for our broadcasts. It's a good thing!

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Source: Twitch

Tags: beta, callofdutyblackops3, cryengine, EverybodysGoneToTheRapture, gaming, giveaway, hd, hdpostcross, playdate, PlayStation, ps4, sony, streaming, thechineseroom, twitch

America's greatest giant combat robot is raising crazy cash on Kickstarter

CNET Media 2.0 - August 20, 2015 - 8:39am
The nation's great steel hope is looking to raise funds to battle Japan's meanest robot next year in a true battle of the Pacific Rim.

NASA says chill out, there's no doomsday asteroid next month

CNET Media 2.0 - August 20, 2015 - 8:23am
Rumors of an Earth-shattering asteroid impact scheduled for September are blown off course by NASA applying science to the fear-mongering.

Giphy Cam wants to be the Instagram of GIFs

EngadgetHD - August 20, 2015 - 8:00am

Everybody loves a good animated GIF but they're just such a pain to create from a mobile device. Or rather, they were a pain to create on mobile devices now that Giphy's new mobile camera app is available. The Giphy Cam is a free iOS app that allows users to create and share animated gifs as easily they do overproduced shots of their lunches.

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Tags: android, animatedgifs, apple, camera, cameraroll, effects, filters, gifs, giphy, giphycam, google, ios, mobilepostcross, photography, sfx

MusicCast is Yamaha's answer to Apple Airplay and Google Cast

EngadgetHD - August 20, 2015 - 5:00am

There's no shortage of WiFi-networked speakers for consumers, but Yamaha wants to bring its own solution and products to the market. Enter MusicCast, the audio manufacturer's version of Google Cast or Apple Airplay, which lets you use an app to wirelessly play music across multiple devices in a home (or office) -- so long as they're all connected to the same WiFi network. Of course, this isn't only designed to be a competitor to Google or Apple's technology, with Sonos being another main player in the space. But Yamaha hopes to stand out by offering MusicCast on more than just speakers. According to the company, its High-Fidelity-ready tech will also work with streaming services, internet radio apps and Bluetooth devices, as well as external sources like set-top boxes, sound bars and Blu-ray players.Slideshow-313638

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Tags: Airplay, AppleAirplay, GoogleCast, hdpostcross, MusicCast, MusicStreaming, StreamingMusic, Yamaha

DIRECTV launches 4K for all

BroadbandTVNews - August 20, 2015 - 2:15am

DIRECTV has launched a new 4K set-top that makes it possible to view the satcaster’s 4K content on virtually every 4K set in the market. Read the story »

Restart comes to Sky Movies

BroadbandTVNews - August 20, 2015 - 2:15am

Sky Movies is to add a restart feature to Sky Movies as part of a new update to Sky+ that begins its rollout today. Read the story »

Kudelski on the up

BroadbandTVNews - August 20, 2015 - 2:08am

Kudelski has posted revenues of CHF425 million (€395 million) for the first half of the year, or 6.2% more than in the same period in 2014. Read the story »

Vodafone rolls out NetRange’s smart TV portal

BroadbandTVNews - August 20, 2015 - 1:47am

Vodafone customers can now use the services of the smart TV portal offered by German provider NetRange including video-on-demand and apps. Read the story »

Changes ahead for UPC Romania

BroadbandTVNews - August 20, 2015 - 1:16am

UPC Romania is looking into the possibility of outsourcing its technical field activities. Read the story »

ProSieben Maxx expands DTT distribution in Germany

BroadbandTVNews - August 20, 2015 - 1:11am

German commercial free-to-air TV channel ProSieben Maxx has launched on DTT in federal state North-Rhine Westphalia. Read the story »

Serbian TV station sold

BroadbandTVNews - August 20, 2015 - 12:51am

The Belgrade-based broadcaster Studio B has been sold to the marketing agency Maxim media. Read the story »

End of the road for YouSee analogue channels

BroadbandTVNews - August 20, 2015 - 12:27am

Danish cable network YouSee is to switch off its remaining analogue channels – seven years after the country’s terrestrial network made the switch to digital. Read the story »

Latest Sky+ update helps you discover new movies

EngadgetHD - August 19, 2015 - 11:35pm

The last update for Sky+HD boxes was all about keepings the kids entertained, so it's only fair that the next give parents a few ideas of what to watch when the munchkins are all tucked up. Rolling out to set-top boxes from today (though it might take a few weeks to land on yours), the third Sky+ update this year is specifically aimed at Sky Movies customers. As part of continued efforts to make Sky+ more like Netflix and other streaming services by focusing on the discovery as much as the content, the new "More Like This" feature recommends other flicks based on your current selection.

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Source: Sky

Tags: hdpostcross, sky, sky+, sky+hd, skymovies, skyplus

Sony wants your help testing PlayStation 4's next update

EngadgetHD - August 19, 2015 - 5:35pm

In a rare instance of following Microsoft's lead this generation, Sony is opening up a beta program for its game console firmware updates. If you want to help test the next patch all you need to do is fill out an application, own a PlayStation 4 and wait. A post on the PlayStation Blog notes that the beta starts early next month and further details about what it includes will hit by then. Here's to hoping that unlike the Xbox Dashboard Preview Program this won't require near-constant updates every time you turn your console on. Now, if only Sony would take another cue from Redmond and actually lock down some exclusive games...

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Source: PlayStation Blog

Tags: beta, firmware, gaming, hd, hdpostcross, playstation, playstation4, ps4, sony, update, xbox, XboxDashboard

Valve and JJ Abrams' Bad Robot made 'Team Fortress 2' football

EngadgetHD - August 19, 2015 - 4:05pm

Back when Valve and JJ Abrams' Bad Robot production company announced a partnership involving games and film projects it came as a complete surprise. That theme continues with the duo's first collaboration: a mode for Team Fortress 2 combining soccer, hockey and basketball dubbed "PASS Time." It's only in beta as of now (a concept that Bad Robot found immensely intriguing, apparently) though. The official game description is as follows:

"RED and BLU face off in an epic battle to score more goals than their opponents. Coordinated passing, aerial shots, interceptions, team-based formations and plays, defensive lines and the like make for strategically chaotic play."

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Source: Team Fortress

Tags: badrobot, basketball, beta, football, gaming, hd, hdpostcross, jjabrams, mod, passtime, pcgaming, soccer, teamfortress, teamfortress2, valve

U.S. agencies to thwart illegal drones

Reuters Technology - August 19, 2015 - 2:40pm
After a drone landed on the White House lawn, U.S. government agencies are quickly developing technology to disable illegal drones.

Radically improve your Tinder profile by getting Kelly Clarkson to sing it

CNET Media 2.0 - August 19, 2015 - 1:26pm
Technically Incorrect: On Jimmy Kimmel's show, Clarkson shows how a little talent can make the words "slip it into something" sound glorious.

Major League Baseball bans the Apple Watch? Not quite

CNET Media 2.0 - August 19, 2015 - 1:07pm
Technically Incorrect: The MLB reportedly told Kansas City Royals' manager Ned Yost he must not wear the Apple Watch it gave him during games. MLB now insists this isn't the case.

Ten minutes of eye contact leads to hallucinations, monster sightings

CNET Media 2.0 - August 19, 2015 - 12:45pm
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. A recent study says staring through those windows a little too long can lead to some strange sightings.

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