Film and TV http://www.stuff.tv/film-and-tv/news en-GB Fully Charged: Live-action Halo digital feature trailer, NASA drops 3D-printable models, and Comixology adds (some) DRM-free backups http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-live-action-halo-feature-trailer-nasa-drops-3d-printable-models-and-comixolo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ring in the end of the week with our latest quick-hit news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Halo: Nightfall" alt="Halo: Nightfall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-nightfall.jpg?1406269982" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Halo: Nightfall trailer released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>San Diego Comic-Con is happening right now, which means we&rsquo;re getting our first look at a lot of the cool, geeky stuff coming down the pipeline later this year and beyond. One of the first is Halo: Nightfall, the live-action, five-part digital feature that ties into Microsoft&rsquo;s massive first-person shooter franchise.</p> <p>Produced by Ridley Scott, Nightfall stars a new character, Jameson Locke, who will be playable in next year&rsquo;s Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One, and thus the show serves as an essential stepping stone for series aficionados. From the trailer, Nightfall can&rsquo;t help but look like the Scott-directed Prometheus, albeit with the budget of something like the modern Battlestar Galactica.</p> <p>Nightfall was luckily spared in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-kills-nokia-android-and-feature-phones-xbox-entertainment-studios-amidst-mass-job-">last week&rsquo;s brutal Microsoft cuts</a> that extinguished most of the rest of the now-former Xbox Entertainment Studios&rsquo; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/what-s-tv-halo-series-and-other-content-planned-xbox-originals-slate/news">future plans</a>. It will be released free to Xbox Live Gold members come November, as well as bundled along with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which collects and enhances Halo 1-4 for Xbox One.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw2oqtZoc8s">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news">Halo 5: Guardians is coming to Xbox One in Autumn 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Iw2oqtZoc8s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NASA releases 3D-printable asteroid and probe models </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>NASA&rsquo;s really getting into 3D printing, huh? Just last month, we heard about how the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-3d-printer-espresso-machine-headed-international-space-station/news">first space-ready 3D printer</a> was cleared for installation on the International Space Station, and now the North American space agency is supporting terrestrial printing enthusiasts by releasing various miniature models.</p> <p>As spotted by CNET, the organization has released a total of 21 files ready for 3D printing, which are based on the like of the Mars Odyssey, Voyager, and Kepler spacecrafts, as well as a pair of asteroids and segments of the surfaces of the Moon and Mars, respectively.</p> <p>They&rsquo;re tiny little things, with the largest dimension reported to be 10cm, and NASA says that the files may need to be tweaked to work with the average consumer 3D printer. And if you think that you&rsquo;ve improved on the original file, you can send it back their way. Who needs to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil">catch an asteroid</a>&nbsp;when we can just print model ships and swap emails with astrophysicists?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/models/printable">NASA </a>via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/3d-print-space-probes-asteroids-courtesy-of-nasa/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-3d-printer-espresso-machine-headed-international-space-station/news">International Space Station is getting its first 3D printer &mdash; and also an espresso machine</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Made in Space 3D printer" alt="Made in Space 3D printer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/space-3dprinter.jpg?1406269982" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Comixology adds DRM-free backups—for some books </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Digital comics leader Comixology took a beating in the public perception when&mdash;after <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-grabs-digital-comic-app-comixology/news">being acquired by Amazon</a> earlier this year&mdash;it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-comixology-hobbles-its-ios-app-hp-s-android-notebook-ambitions-and-atari-s-buri">removed the in-app store</a> from its mobile apps and forced users to purchase all comics from the website. Luckily, the company might earn a little goodwill back with this move.</p> <p>At San Diego Comic-Con, the company announced that it now allows users to download DRM-free backups of any purchased comics from participating publishers, which are available in PDF and CBZ formats. However, only a handful of publishers are actually onboard right now, including Image and Top Shelf; Marvel and DC don&rsquo;t seem all that keen on it, at least for now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://comixology.tumblr.com/post/92763758163/drm-free-backups-now-available">Comixology</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature">Six of the best comic reader apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Comixology" alt="Comixology" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/comixology.jpg?1406269982" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-live-action-halo-feature-trailer-nasa-drops-3d-printable-models-and-comixolo#comments 3D Printing Film and TV Microsoft Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443244 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Uncharted live-action film in 2016, the Steam Controller goes analog, and the official X-Men VR experience http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-uncharted-live-action-film-2016-steam-controller-goes-analog-and-official-x-men <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the news you might’ve missed in our morning roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Uncharted 3" alt="Uncharted 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/uncharted3.jpg?1406183581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Uncharted film slated for June 2016 release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony is serious about turning the fantastic Uncharted action-adventure video game franchise into a live-action film, as evidenced by yesterday&rsquo;s news that it will be released in cinemas on 10 June 2016. That prime bit of summer real estate was vacated by the delay of The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and comes despite the lack of an actor to play the role of Nathan Drake.</p> <p>Deadline reports that Sony is trying to wrangle Mark Wahlberg again after previous failed attempts. Frankly, we can&rsquo;t imagine hearing a voice other than Nolan North&rsquo;s coming out of a Drake, but the video game voice actor doesn&rsquo;t have the big-name star quality a movie studio probably seeks. The King of Kong director Seth Gordon is set to helm the flick.</p> <p>The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will launch in 2018 instead, putting a surprising four-year gap between sequels, but it won&rsquo;t be the next time we see the Spider-Man movie universe in action: Sinister Six, which spotlights the web-head&rsquo;s most notable villains, is set to debut on 11 November 2016.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/sony-spider-man-sinister-six-playstation-uncharted/">Deadline</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature">PlayStation at E3 2014: Six things from Sony&rsquo;s PS4 event that you need to see</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Steam Controller adds an analog stick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve aims to shake up the PC gaming market with its TV-centric Steam Machines initiative&mdash;and shake it up even further with the Steam Controller, which features large touch panels that dominate the face of the peripheral. But as potential buyers have bristled against its unconventional design, Valve has seemed willing to rethink the approach a bit with each revision.</p> <p>Case in point: a new image has surfaced from the latest Steam client beta that shows an analog stick added near the face buttons. Those large touch trackpads are still the biggest focus, but players (and developers) who seek a more traditional experience may well be able to have it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1238036&amp;p=45477260&amp;viewfull=1">Facepunch</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/23/valves-steam-controller-thumbstick/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve-s-steam-machine-army-every-angle-covered/feature">EXCLUSIVE: 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="585" title="Steam Controller" alt="Steam Controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller.png?1406183581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oculus Rift tapped for X-Men VR experience </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All of the excitement and geeky shenanigans of Comic-Con are starting up, and comic fans attending this year&rsquo;s show are sure to be inundated with cool things to see and do. Here&rsquo;s another: 20th Century Fox has created a VR experience based on the Cerebro computer helmet from the X-Men series, and you can try it out on the Oculus Rift at the show.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll have to use the VR helmet to track down blue-skinned Mystique, all while sitting in Professor X&rsquo;s iconic wheelchair. It&rsquo;s only 90 seconds in length, but Fox is recording each attempt for attendees to share online thereafter. Let&rsquo;s hope it&rsquo;s a trial run that&rsquo;ll eventually lead to a full-blown Cerebro simulator when the Rift finally hits stores.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/x-men-vr-experience-coming-comic-con-125147219.html">Yahoo News</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-vr-developers-working-own-motion-controllers/news">Oculus VR developers working on own motion controllers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="621" title="X-Men" alt="X-Men" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculusrift-xmen.jpg?1406183581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-uncharted-live-action-film-2016-steam-controller-goes-analog-and-official-x-men#comments Film and TV Gaming Oculus Rift Sony Steam Box Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443115 at http://www.stuff.tv First look at the new X-Wing fighter in Star Wars: Episode VII http://www.stuff.tv/first-look-new-x-wing-fighter-star-wars-episode-vii/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charity commercial turns into a slick reveal for the refreshed series favorite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Star Wars: Episode VII" alt="Star Wars: Episode VII" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/starwars-ep7-xwing.jpg?1406022308" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The latest tidbit unearthed in the slow (official) trickle of news and updates coming from the Star Wars: Episode VII film set is a rather significant one: a first look at the new version of the iconic X-Wing fighter.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Abrams seems inclined to keep teasing bits of the film in these clever ways that send social networks into a tizzy, and honestly, we can&rsquo;t help but enjoy the building frenzy a bit ourselves.</p> <p>Also, if you&rsquo;re in the market for leaked story bits then Badass Digest claims to have some verified by multiple sources connected to the film, with both <a href="http://badassdigest.com/2014/07/20/exclusive-star-wars-episode-vii-plot-details-revealed/">broad narrative details</a> and <a href="http://badassdigest.com/2014/07/20/star-wars-episode-vii-follow-up-john-boyegas-character-is/">significant character info</a> revealed. Tread lightly if spoilers are a concern, of course.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWBGrkc360M">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wii-u/fully-charged-star-wars-episode-vii-set-photos-leak-forza-horizon-2-revealed-and-amazing-suitc">Fully Charged: Star Wars: Episode VII set photos leak, Forza Horion 2 revealed, and the amazing staircase scooter</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xWBGrkc360M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> X-Wing marks the spot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Star Wars spaceship revealed </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-look-new-x-wing-fighter-star-wars-episode-vii/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/first-look-new-x-wing-fighter-star-wars-episode-vii/news#comments Film and TV Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:31:49 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442764 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google killing ‘free’ tag for freemium games, next Xbox One update adds Blu-ray 3D support, and Star Wars being fully recreated in Minecraft http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pump some fun into this Monday with our quick-hit recap of recent tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/googleplay-freegames.jpg?1405924382" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google: Android games with in-app purchases won’t be labelled ‘free’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Few &ldquo;free&rdquo; mobile games these days are devoid of in-app purchases, which has caused an uproar among parents and trade associations alike. With pressure from the former, the latter has gone after the likes of Google and Apple to make changes to how such freemium games are targeted towards children, and Google looks to be the first to make a big move.</p> <p>According to a press release issued by the European Commission, Google has agreed to no longer bill initially-gratis games with available in-app purchases as &ldquo;free&rdquo; on Google Play for Android. The company will do so by the end of September, and also draft guidelines for developers to follow to avoid kid-focused demands for in-game spending. How these apps will be labelled going forward remains unclear, though it apparently won&rsquo;t be as &ldquo;free.&rdquo;</p> <p>Apple, on the other hand, has offered the commission only vague assurances that it will &ldquo;address those concerns,&rdquo; says the release, with no timeline in place. However, the commission says it will continue to keep tabs on Apple to ensure that action is taken before long, and we have to wonder if Amazon will get roped into this all considering its issues with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-847_en.htm?locale=en">European Commission</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte">Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Social enhancements, Blu-ray 3D playback coming to Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft has been pumping out steady, meaningful Xbox One system updates each month, and the round of enhancements due in August looks like another solid one. Social tweaks lead the pack, with a livelier and more interactive Activity Feed.</p> <p>Additionally, the update will add Blu-ray 3D playback to the console, along with remote purchasing via SmartGlass or web, notification tweaks, and battery level notifications. Microsoft is also testing a permanent friends bar and Gamerscore leaderboard on the main screen, but both features are still being tweaked before wide release later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/07/18/next-xbox-one-update/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-steamboy-machine-handheld-steam-pc-next-xbox-one-update-detailed-and-inside-toky">Fully Charged: The Steamboy Machine is a handheld Steam PC, next Xbox One update detailed, and inside Tokyo&rsquo;s new Apple Store</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ovHyso_jy24" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New teaser for fan-made Star Wars film recreation in Minecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans have been using Minecraft to generate amazing, ambitious pop culture recreations since it first came on the scene, and Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope may be one of the most elaborate undertakings to date.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a full shot-for-shot video remake of the original 1977 film using the tools from the game, although you&rsquo;ll need to run the DVD/VHS/Blu-ray of the film itself in the background to lend sound to the blocky images. Check out the latest trailer for the flick, which is expected out later this year; more than an hour&rsquo;s worth of footage has already been completed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://paradisedecay.wordpress.com">Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope</a> via <a href="http://kotaku.com/minecraft-star-wars-a-new-hope-looks-as-good-as-ever-1605837108">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ordnance-survey-creates-minecraft-map-great-britain/news">Ordnance Survey creates Minecraft map of Great Britain</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-U7RyXiHB1s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon planning Android Prime Instant Video app, also 4K content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report out of PC Advisor, Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Instant Video marketing director Russell Morris has confirmed that an Android version of the company&rsquo;s streaming video app is finally incoming, with a release &ldquo;imminent&rdquo; (the iOS version is shown above). It&rsquo;s unclear whether it will play friendly with both phones and tablets out of the gate, however.</p> <p>Additionally, the report claims that 4K Ultra HD video content will make its debut this year on the Prime Instant Video service, with all of the Amazon Studios original series for the coming season shooting at that resolution. Two series should arrive later this year, with another two out in Q1 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/google-android/3531062/amazon-set-launch-prime-instant-video-app-for-android/">PC Advisor</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news">Netflix to stream House of Cards season 2 in 4K</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Prime Instant Video" alt="Amazon Prime Instant Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-primeinstantvideo.PNG?1405924382" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup#comments Amazon Android Apple Film and TV Google Minecraft Xbox One Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442695 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Android Wear watch face customisation planned, an Nvidia Shield Tablet image leaks, and stunning fan-made Futurama 3D animation http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-wear-watch-face-customization-planned-nvidia-shield-tablet-image-leaks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End the week strong with our roundup of the hottest tech news around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear" alt="Android Wear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-watchface.jpg?1405665181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google preparing Android Wear API for custom watch faces </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As customers start spending more and more time with the first two Android Wear devices, they&rsquo;re no doubt anxious to begin seeing the extensive customisation possibilities&mdash;but Google has yet to make it easy for developers to create and share their own unique designed watch faces.</p> <p>That will change at some point this year, as Google&rsquo;s vice president of design, Matias Duarte, revealed in a Google+ post that the company plans to spin out a custom API (application programming interface) for developers to use to create fully-functional watch faces that work well within the Wear OS.</p> <p>The post came in response to various third-party apps released to add custom watch faces, but without the stability and full functionality of the built-in selections. Duarte cautions that some changes may not come until the Android L release later this year, but the message is clear: if you can resist downloading (or creating) those unreliable options for now, a bigger reward is on the horizon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://plus.google.com/+MatiasDuarte/posts/emwBTtwJjY4">Google+</a> via <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/07/17/google-addresses-custom-watch-faces-on-android-wear-says-developers-should-hold-off-until-the-api-is-done/">Android Police</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaked glimpse of the Nvidia Shield Tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nvidia&rsquo;s next Android-powered, gaming-centric Shield device is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-way/news">reported to be a tablet</a> rather than a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/video-review-nvidia-shield/video">flip-open handheld console</a> of sorts, and the above image from reliable leaker @evleaks is said to be our first unofficial look at what to expect from the unannounced device.</p> <p>It looks a lot like the Tegra Note, but extended functionality is what should hopefully make the new Shield distinctive. It&rsquo;s speculated to feature a controller that attaches in some way for more robust gaming experiences, with a powerful Tegra K1 chip onboard (and Unreal Engine 4 support), plus the ability to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/will-nvidia-s-android-gaming-tablet-also-play-pc-titles/news">stream PC games</a> from a connected computer with a supported Nvidia card installed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/17/nvidia-shield-tablet-2014/">@evleaks</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-way/news">Game-focussed Nvidia Shield Tablet on the way</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nvidia Shield Tablet" alt="Nvidia Shield Tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nvidia-shield-tablet.jpg?1405665181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stunning fan-made Futurama 3D footage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/100785455?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Matt Groening&rsquo;s Futurama lurched back from the dead and gave us three mostly-stellar additional seasons of comedy in recent years before wrapping up last autumn&mdash;for good this time. Well, maybe.</p> <p>Whatever the case, its spirit lingers in the hearts of fans like Alexy Zakharov, who created this absolutely gorgeous 3D reimagining of the hand-drawn series&rsquo; sci-fi city. It&rsquo;s only 30 seconds long, so watch it again and again to marvel at the little details&mdash;and then ponder how ridiculously unlikely it is that anything official like this would ever happen.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/3d-rendered-futurama-remix-delivers-jaw-dropping-sci-fi-vista">The Creators Project</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/lego-announces-180-simpsons-house-set/news">Lego announces &pound;180 Simpsons house set</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mentions is the Facebook app for the stars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Usually, Facebook aims to reach as many people as possible with its apps and initiatives&mdash;but Facebook Mentions is different. It&rsquo;s an iOS app designed solely for public figures (that is, people with verified Pages) that allows them to better interact with fans and share content.</p> <p>Based on the examples shown thus far, it essentially seems designed to help celebrities keep their egos perfectly inflated without all the usual clutter of the Facebook experience. Fair enough. Facebook Mentions is available to those with verified Pages in the US, with other countries being added soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2014/07/introducing-facebook-mentions-a-new-app-for-public-figures/">Facebook Newsroom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-facebook-apologizes-emotional-manipulation-eliss-infinity-hits-android-and-korg-s-">Fully Charged: Facebook apologises for emotional manipulation, Eliss Infinity hits Android, and KORG&rsquo;s Nintendo 3DS synth</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Facebook Mentions" alt="Facebook Mentions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/facebook-mentions.jpg?1405665181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-wear-watch-face-customization-planned-nvidia-shield-tablet-image-leaks#comments Android Android Wear Facebook Film and TV Nvidia Project Shield Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442444 at http://www.stuff.tv PROMOTION: The six best films to watch on your smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promotion-six-best-films-watch-your-smartphone/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;d be a mug to watch Gravity on a 5.5in screen – but some films lend themselves to viewing on a smartphone, thanks to their visuals, sound or structure </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sin City" alt="Sin City" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/1_7.jpg?1405602181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promotion-six-best-films-watch-your-smartphone/feature-0#comments Film and TV LG Promotion Smartphones Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:22:59 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442279 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: McCartney releases iPad app albums, Leicestershire Police testing facial recognition tech, and ex-dictator Noriega sues over Call of Duty http://www.stuff.tv/activision/fully-charged-mccartney-releases-ipad-app-albums-leicestershire-police-testing-facial-rec <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our latest morning round-up blends media and crime—just the way we like it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Band on the Run" alt="Band on the Run" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mccartney-bandontherun.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paul McCartney re-releases classic albums as iPad apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Artists are increasingly seeing interactive album apps as a potentially lucrative way to engage with fans, and Paul McCartney made a big splash yesterday by re-releasing five of his classic albums (solo or with Wings) as standalone iPad apps.</p> <p>Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM, and Wings Over America are each available, and while relegating each to the larger tablet screen might seem a bit odd, they&rsquo;re pegged as larger experiences beyond the remastered album audio. You&rsquo;ll also find behind-the-scenes photos and videos, along with interviews and historical text.</p> <p>Each sells for &pound;5.49 from the App Store, which is cheaper than buying just the audio from iTunes&mdash;and luckily, all audio and video can be downloaded from the app to your iPad.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/16/paul-mccartney-ipad-apps-albums">The Guardian</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/band-on-run-paul-mccartney/id723450958?mt=8">iTunes</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/time-waits-no-one-how-tech-has-changed-music-forever/feature">Time Waits For No One &mdash; how tech has changed music forever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leicestershire Police testing speedy facial recognition tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning on breaking the law anytime soon, maybe don&rsquo;t do it in the vicinity of Leicestershire&mdash;at least if they have any record of you on file. The police force there is the first in the UK to test out a swift and accurate new facial recognition technology called NeoFace, from NEC.</p> <p>Leicestershire Police can now monitor CCTV or officer body camera footage and have it be compared to the force&rsquo;s 90,000 strong database of facial images. However, the results can&rsquo;t be used in court, so for now, it&rsquo;s just another tool to help locate criminals&mdash;not prosecute them. Leicestershire will be testing the tech for six months to determine its potential usefulness elsewhere.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.leics.police.uk/news-appeals/news/2014/07/15/new-face-recognition-technology-helps-to-crack-crime#.U8c3_Ny1WCY">Leicestershire Police</a> via <a href="http://thenextweb.com/uk/2014/07/16/uk-police-trialing-facial-recognition-tech-can-id-individuals-seconds/">The Next Web</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smart-feeding-station-uses-facial-recognition-technology-and-scales-stop-your-cat-getting-fat/featur">This smart feeding station uses face recognition and scales to stop your cat getting fat</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Leicestershire Police" alt="Leicestershire Police" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/leicestershire-police.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Manuel Noriega sues Activision over Call of Duty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the more memorable missions of 2012&rsquo;s Call of Duty: Black Ops II involved escorting former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to safety through a war-torn city. Unfortunately for Activision, Noriega didn&rsquo;t agree to be depicted in the game, and thus has decided to sue the publisher for both damages and lost profits.</p> <p>His lawsuit, filed yesterday in Los Angeles Country Superior Court, claims that the game depicts him as &ldquo;a kidnapper, murderer, and enemy of the state,&rdquo; done in order &ldquo;to heighten realism in its game.&rdquo; Sounds right on all counts; now we&rsquo;ll see what the judge and/or jury thinks. At least it&rsquo;s a more credible suit than Lindsay Lohan levied against Rockstar recently for Grand Theft Auto V&mdash;over a character she believes is inspired by her.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-noriega-activision-lawsuit-20140715-story.html">Los Angeles Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-">Fully Charged: Samsung ditching plasma TVs, Lindsay Lohan sues over GTA5, and Amazon will fight U.S. government over in-app purchases</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Manuel Noriega in Call of Duty: Black Ops II" alt="Manuel Noriega in Call of Duty: Black Ops II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/callofduty-noriega.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here’s a trailer for the Ouija film </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Transformers became a smash film series for Hasbro, so the logical next plaything to turn into a flick is&hellip; a Ouija board? Well, it&rsquo;s happening: Ouija comes out this October, and you can see the first trailer above. Turning this into a horror film centered around the board makes a lot of sense, but the trailer makes it look like an average, generic modern horror flick. And if Ouija breaks big this autumn, Transformers director Michael Bay will cash in again as a producer here.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HQ2FblScFQ">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/transformers-care-bears-top-ten-toys-1980s/feature">From Transformers to Care Bears: The 10 best toys of the 1980s</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1HQ2FblScFQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/activision/fully-charged-mccartney-releases-ipad-app-albums-leicestershire-police-testing-facial-rec#comments Activision Film and TV Gaming iOS apps Music Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442326 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Behold the Star Trek phaser universal remote, the new Thor is female, and Russia’s tiny robot tanks pack a punch http://www.stuff.tv/tv/fully-charged-behold-star-trek-phaser-universal-remote-new-thor-female-and-russia-s-tiny-robot-ta <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the fun and curious with our morning news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Star Trek Phaser universal remote" alt="Star Trek Phaser universal remote" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/startrek-phaser-remote.jpg?1405492382" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Star Trek phaser universal remote incoming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Set Phasers to&hellip; news? Maybe a sitcom? It&rsquo;ll be your call come November when Firebox and The Wand Company release the Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Universal Remote Control, which is exactly what it sounds like: a replica Phaser that&rsquo;ll control your TV and other compatible devices.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s promised to be an incredibly accurate 1:1 replica, as its makers 3D-scanned the last remaining prop used by William Shatner on the nearly 50-year-old series. &ldquo;We have spent thousands of hours creating a collectible prop replica gadget that will bring new levels of action and enjoyment to Star Trek fans as they boldly go on their adventures,&rdquo; said Chris Barnardo of The Wand Company.</p> <p>The Phaser remote stores up to 36 commands and features force feedback, familiar sounds from the series, a detachable MK 1 Phaser unit and replica power cell, and a customizable lock code. It&rsquo;s available for pre-order now and will sell for the princely sum of &pound;119.95, with a fuller reveal planned for San Diego Comic-Con next week.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.firebox.com/product/6679/Star-Trek-Original-Phaser-Universal-Remote-Control">Firebox</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-3d-printer-espresso-machine-headed-international-space-station/news">International Space Station is getting its first 3D printer &mdash; and also an espresso machine</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marvel’s next Thor is a woman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Marvel Comics will shake up its core roster in a significant way in October with the debut of a new Thor series&mdash;starring a female Thor. The bulky, blonde-haired man we&rsquo;ve come to know as the popular hero can no longer wield Mjölnir, the iconic hammer, so this new heroine will take over.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita,&rdquo; says writer Jason Aaron, who is continuing on after the current Thor: God of Thunder run ends. &ldquo;This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it&rsquo;s unlike any Thor we&rsquo;ve ever seen before.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/7/15/22875/marvel_proudly_presents_thor">Marvel</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thor" alt="Thor" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thor-woman.jpg?1405492382" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Russia’s tiny, terrifying robot tanks enter combat training </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you ever encounter a diminutive tank like Russia&rsquo;s Platform-M, don&rsquo;t admire the small frame or try to take a selfie&mdash;chances are that it&rsquo;s actively plotting your demise with its Khalishnakov rifle. Oh, or the four onboard grenade launchers.</p> <p>Gizmodo brings word of the combat robot beginning training exercises, with the intent of rolling into active duty by 2018. The Platform-M can be controlled remotely over the Internet, and it can engage enemy infantry at up to 800 meters &ldquo;with 100% accuracy,&rdquo; claims the above news clip, which has surprisingly upbeat music for a profile on horrific killing machines.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/russias-military-is-getting-killer-wall-e-robot-soldier-1604674629">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/irobot/were-not-sure-why-robot-human-emotions-needs-exist-were-too-terrified-question-it/news">We&rsquo;re not sure why a robot with human emotions needs to exist, but we&rsquo;re too terrified to question it</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2G2CQE3ZV_w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/tv/fully-charged-behold-star-trek-phaser-universal-remote-new-thor-female-and-russia-s-tiny-robot-ta#comments Film and TV TV Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442238 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Android device mirroring hits Chromecast, Game of Thrones’ amazing visual effects reel, and faster Wi-Fi coming to National Rail (eventually) http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-device-mirroring-hits-chromecast-game-thrones-amazing-visual-effects-r <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s our morning roundup of all the little bits and bobs you should read before beginning the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Chromecast" alt="Chromecast" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chromecast_0.jpg?1405063600" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android device mirroring finally comes to Chromecast </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The lack of simple device mirroring had been one of the Chromecast&rsquo;s biggest omissions, but that&rsquo;s finally changing&mdash;at least for more notable Android handsets and tablets. Google announced that the updated 1.7 version of the Chromecast app for Android has started to roll out onto Google Play, and that the feature is found within.</p> <p>As with iOS devices and the Apple TV, Chromecast&rsquo;s mirroring for Android devices simply puts what&rsquo;s on your phone or tablet display on the big screen, letting you quickly show off photos, apps, and other media. It&rsquo;ll work on the Nexus 4/5/7/10, Samsung Galaxy S4/S5 and Note 3/10, HTC One M7, and LG G3/G2/G Pro 2 in the short term, with more devices being added soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014/07/mirror-your-android-screen-to-tv-with.html">Chrome Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Google Chromecast review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> See Game of Thrones’ amazing visual effects come to life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/100095868?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Whether or not you&rsquo;re a fan of the brutal fantasy series, surely any amongst us can appreciate the high-level computer wizardry on display in this look at the visual effects harnessed for season four of Game of Thrones.</p> <p>Spoliers seem minimal&mdash;although if you&rsquo;re not caught up, maybe bookmark this one for later&mdash;and it&rsquo;s a fun view, with plenty of presentational flair put into simply showing how studio Mackevision inserts hundreds of tiny fake villages into elaborately constructed cities. It&rsquo;s wild to see how much work goes into even the most minute of details in a shot. And if you don&#39;t notice the effects, then mission accomplished.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://vimeo.com/100095868">Vimeo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-8-bit-game-thrones-videogame-all-kinds-awesome/news">This free 8-bit Game of Thrones videogame is all kinds of awesome</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Speedier Wi-Fi coming to National Rail following record fine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>National Rail trains are set to pick up much improved Wi-Fi connectivity in the next three or four years&mdash;but only after the company was severely punished by the Office of Rail Regulation for not making it happen much sooner. The BBC reports that National Rail was fined some &pound;70 million for not hitting agreed-upon deadlines for implementing the updated service.</p> <p>Commuters on the busiest lines should get the first taste of the enhanced Wi-Fi, which is expected to be about 10 times faster than it is now (and hopefully a lot more reliable), and ministers say that the fine&mdash;likely to be ultimately reduced&mdash;will help fund the improvements, which will provide connectivity via trackside ground equipment rather than satellite signals.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28166639">BBC</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/129798-ten-times-faster-internet-on-trains-due-government-dishing-out-fines-to-keep-works-on-track">Pocket-lint</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/flight/fully-charged-xbox-one-s-kinect-less-power-boost-flight-wi-fi-expanding-across-europe-and-wor">Fully Charged: Xbox One&rsquo;s Kinect-less power boost, in-flight Wi-Fi expanding across Europe, and World Cup stadiums explorable in Google Maps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="National Rail train" alt="National Rail train" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/national-rail.jpg?1404973981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First trailer for Heavenly Sword CG movie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Heavenly Sword was one of the first big PlayStation 3 post-launch exclusives, scratching the itch left by the new-gen absence of God of War while delivering an intriguing new universe. However, sales weren&rsquo;t spectacular, and a sequel was reportedly canceled.</p> <p>So why now, after seven years, is the property being revived for a straight-to-DVD CG animated film? Unfortunately, the first trailer doesn&rsquo;t provide much reassurance&mdash;the footage looks haphazard and dated, and without the interactive element, we can&rsquo;t imagine this will be the grand return of Nariko and co. that some might&rsquo;ve desired.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oovoY1mG_Z4">IGN (YouTube)</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dmc-devil-may-cry/review">DmC: Devil May Cry review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oovoY1mG_Z4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-device-mirroring-hits-chromecast-game-thrones-amazing-visual-effects-r#comments Android Chromecast Film and TV Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441607 at http://www.stuff.tv PROMOTION: 6 hidden gems you can stream today http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promotion-6-hidden-gems-you-can-stream-today/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Streaming services usually steer you towards content they want to shout about. But what about the rest of the good stuff sitting in their vaults? We&#039;ve picked out some of the best shows and films </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" alt="Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kiss-kiss-bang-bang-2005.jpg?1404554581" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promotion-6-hidden-gems-you-can-stream-today/feature-0#comments Film and TV LG Promotion Streaming Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:07:05 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441017 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Ouya’s all-you-can-play plan rankles developers, Orkut cut by Google, and Yahoo saves Community from cancellation http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-ouya-s-all-you-can-play-plan-rankles-developers-orkut-cut-google-yahoo-saves-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your morning off with a quick-hit recap of the hottest news from the world of tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ouya" alt="Ouya" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ouya_2.jpg?1404204422" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ouya offers all-you-can-play plan, doesn’t get developers onboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ouya may have pioneered the Android-based micro-console and made a sensational splash on Kickstarter, but it&rsquo;s failed to become a mainstream success&mdash;or much of a talking point amongst gamers since its somewhat fumbled launch last year.</p> <p>In an effort to shake up the narrative, Ouya announced today that it will launch an All-Access Pass that allows users the ability to download any of more than 800 games during a 12-month span for a one-time payment of US$59.99 (about &pound;35). Effectively, it&rsquo;s an &ldquo;all you can play&rdquo; approach that provides access to more than US$2000 worth of games for the year.</p> <p>However, <a href="https://twitter.com/retroremakes/status/483726324360839168">some developers claim</a> that they weren&rsquo;t properly briefed beforehand about such a major change in approach, being told it was a test run just hours before Ouya began selling and promoting the option. Ouya will still pay developers 70% of the full asking price for any downloaded games, and is surely within its rights to offer such an option so long as partners are properly compensated.</p> <p>However, adding a game to a subscription plan is a big perception shift for players&mdash;and not getting developers onboard for such a move is a mistake. Souring creators on a decidedly niche platform is hardly an advised way to build goodwill for continued support.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/30/5858508/ouya-all-access-pass">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ouya/review">Ouya review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google’s Orkut shutting down in September </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember Orkut? You&rsquo;d be forgiven if not&mdash;Google started the social network in 2004, but as Facebook and Twitter surged in popularity, it faded from view except in a few markets. More than half of its traffic recently emerged from Brazil, where Google moved the site&rsquo;s operations some years back.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s of little import for much longer, however, as Google announced yesterday that Orkut will shut down on 30 September. New accounts can no longer be opened, but anyone that wants to export their profiles, posts, and photos can do so through Google Takeout until September 2016. Farewell Orkut, and our condolences to anyone that sees this news as a serious blow.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://en.blog.orkut.com/2014/06/tchau-orkut.html">Orkut Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-facebook-apologizes-emotional-manipulation-eliss-infinity-hits-android-and-korg-s-">Fully Charged:&nbsp;Facebook apologises for emotional manipulation, Eliss Infinity hits Android, and KORG&rsquo;s Nintendo 3DS synth</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Orkut" alt="Orkut" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orkut.jpg?1404204422" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yahoo picks up sixth season of Community </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s a story that&rsquo;s as surprising for the show in question as it is the portal that picked it up. Community, the fan-favorite but low-rated American comedy series that&rsquo;s continually evaded the axe, will survive long enough to realize at least the first half of its &ldquo;six seasons and a movie&rdquo; mantra. And who is picking up that season? It&rsquo;s Yahoo, curiously enough.</p> <p>Indeed, Yahoo Screen will run a 13-episode sixth season of Community online starting this fall, with creator and executive producer Dan Harmon still running the ship and all of the recently active stars (including Joel McHale and Alison Brie) still attached. The actors&rsquo; deals were set to expire today, so this news coming down last night was truly a last-minute save.</p> <p>As The Verge points out, Yahoo Screen plans to start running original comedy series starting in 2015, so rescuing a beloved existing show seems like a smart way to start luring in a potential audience. Now, if this goes well, are they going to help foot the bill for the movie?</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140630006545/en/Cult-Fan-Favorite-“Community”-Create-Season-Yahoo#.U7InJdzhiCZ">Business Wire</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/30/5858810/community-renewed-for-sixth-season-on-yahoo">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-youtube-channels-we-d-be-happy-pay/news">5 YouTube channels we&rsquo;d be happy to pay for</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Community" alt="Community" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/community-yahoo.jpg?1404204422" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIFA 15 trailer shows off big visual upgrades </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before the weekend, we got <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-pacific-rim-2-coming-2017-youtube-adding-60fps-playback-and-bbc-showing-commonweal">our first look at Konami&rsquo;s Pro Evolution Soccer 2015</a>, the first series entry to make the new-gen leap, and&hellip; honestly, it didn&rsquo;t make much of an impression. That&rsquo;s due in large part to last year&rsquo;s excellent FIFA 14 already making a big splash, and EA Sports shows that the extra year on new hardware proves an even larger advantage with this new FIFA 15 trailer.</p> <p>This clip is all about visual enhancements, of which there are apparently many in the new game, including more realistic faces, player animations, and field degradation. Assuming the game actually looks this slick in motion&mdash;and it plays at least as strongly as it did last year&mdash;then footie fans will be in for a treat come September.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHxFOvEuELE">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mHxFOvEuELE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-ouya-s-all-you-can-play-plan-rankles-developers-orkut-cut-google-yahoo-saves-c#comments FIFA 15 Film and TV Gaming Google Ouya Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440598 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Pacific Rim 2 coming in 2017, YouTube adding 60fps playback, and BBC showing Commonwealth Games in 4K http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-pacific-rim-2-coming-2017-youtube-adding-60fps-playback-and-bbc-showing-commonweal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End the week strong with our morning roundup of the hottest tech news around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pacific Rim" alt="Pacific Rim" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pacificrim.jpg?1403895220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pacific Rim 2 announced for April 2017 release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Director Guillermo del Toro has been chattering a bit more about a potential Pacific Rim sequel of late, and it seems he was just buttering us all up for the big news. Today, del Toro revealed to BuzzFeed that the live-action Pacific Rim 2 will debut on 7 April 2017, and he&rsquo;s set to helm the flick based on a script written in collaboration with Zak Penn.</p> <p>According to del Toro, notable characters from the original will return&mdash;and BuzzFeed says that actors like Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi are expected back&mdash;however, &ldquo;we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles,&rdquo; he notes. An animated Pacific Rim series will debut at some point before the second film hits cinemas, as well.</p> <p>Pacific Rim certainly generated a solid fanbase for its flashy robot-bashing-monster fight scenes and campy tone, and it proved a financial anomaly, generating just $101.8 million in North America&mdash;a scant figure for a tentpole action flick&mdash;but then doing three times as much internationally. As the worldwide totals grew, so did the prospects for a sequel, and now here we are.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/adambvary/pacific-rim-2-release-date">BuzzFeed</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-make-250ft-tall-monster-fighting-robot/feature">How to make a 250ft tall monster-fighting robot</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> YouTube adding 60fps playback, tip jars, and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An array of significant upgrades are coming to YouTube soon, as revealed by CEO Suan Wojcicki at the Vidcon conference keynote yesterday in Anaheim, California. Chief among those enhancements is the ability to run clips at up to 60 frames per second, which should be of great benefit to those posting (and watching) video game clips. Check out the above 60fps Titanfall clip (crank it to 1080p) to see how much of an impact those extra frames can make.</p> <p>Also coming is a &ldquo;fan subtitles&rdquo; feature, a crowdsourced addition that&rsquo;ll let bilingual viewers type in their own translations to clips, plus YouTube is adding tip jars, allowing viewers to pitch in between US$1 and $500 to any creator. Clips can also be linked directly to Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, and YouTube will release a Creator Studio mobile app to let video makers check metrics and manage their content on the go.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/06/26/youtube-announces-translator-tip-jar-and-management-app-at-vidcon/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/youtube/ces-2014/youtube-show-low-bandwidth-4k-streaming-ces/news">YouTube to show off low-bandwidth 4K streaming at CES</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7SRTEXSpcyI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC will demo Commonwealth Games in 4K </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once the World Cup buzz fades, it&rsquo;ll be time to turn attention to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow&mdash;and the BBC has plans to showcase the games in 4K Ultra HD resolution. Sadly, it won&rsquo;t be via wide broadcast: according to TechRadar, the BBC will be setting up shop at the Clyde Suite at the Glasgow Science Center, allowing visitors to see the action running in 4K between 23 July and 3 August. And maybe you&#39;ll run into mascot Clyde up there, which should totally not deter you from such a visit. No, not at all.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a step up from the BBC&rsquo;s 4K tests for the World Cup, at least, which were kept private&mdash;and an encouraging sign of what&rsquo;s to come. BBC says it&rsquo;ll be the first event produced fully via Internet networks, and this trial is looking ahead to a planned hybrid of traditional signals (Digital Terrestrial Television) and Internet broadcasting.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/television/bbc-to-show-off-commonwealth-games-in-4k-uhd-1255002">TechRadar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/you-can-now-get-4k-screen-less-500/news">You can now get a 4K screen for less than &pound;500</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Commonwealth Games" alt="Commonwealth Games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/commonwealth-games.jpg?1403895220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First trailer for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While FIFA vaulted headfirst onto the new generation of consoles with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review">the brilliant FIFA 14</a>, Konami&rsquo;s Pro Evolution Soccer series opted to wait a year. Now we have a first look at this autumn&rsquo;s PES 2015, which will launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in addition to PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.</p> <p>Considering the extra time taken for the new-gen leap, it&rsquo;s not the most awe-inspiring debut glimpse, but FIFA has been on a real tear the last few years. Of course, PES is vaunted for its classic gameplay, which helped it notch multiple high-ranking entries on our recent list of the all-time best football games, so that&rsquo;s where it&rsquo;ll really count.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-OHRjQN0lM">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature">The 25 best football games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o-OHRjQN0lM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-pacific-rim-2-coming-2017-youtube-adding-60fps-playback-and-bbc-showing-commonweal#comments BBC Console games Film and TV Gaming YouTube Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440269 at http://www.stuff.tv Android TV targeting set top boxes, Smart TVs starting this autumn http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-io-2014/android-tv-targeting-set-top-boxes-smart-tvs-starting-autumn/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intelligent search and Android games on TV just part of the digital content interface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android TV" alt="Android TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/androidtv-menu.jpg?1403746138" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As expected, Google devoted part of its I/O developer keynote address this evening to Android TV, a new initiative that aims to make it easy to access your digital content on a television.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The existing Android version of NBA Jam was demoed during the keynote, and a second player was able to compete nearby on a tablet while the other played using a controller on the television. Other titles like Soulcalibur, Leo&rsquo;s Fortune, and Badland were seen on the display, and it&rsquo;s likely that a wide range of top Android games will be tweaked to become TV-friendly.</p> <p>Powerful voice search is one of the biggest advantages of Android TV, as you can say something like &ldquo;Oscar-nominated movies from 2002&rdquo; (as demonstrated in the keynote) and get accurate results. And within any results, you can dig deeper to find out actors and actresses, peruse their other roles, see relevant YouTube clips, and more.</p> <p>Android TV also features full Google Cast support, so you can fling content from your phone or tablet and treat it like a Chromecast.</p> <p>Asus and Razer are working on Android TV set top boxes that will debut this fall, while the 2015 Smart TV lines from Sony, Sharp, and Philips will also feature it. Developers can get their hands on the SDK tomorrow to begin adapting their apps and games to play nice with Google&rsquo;s big-screen interface, and Google is also making available a test set top box to help them optimize their experiences for upcoming hardaware.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-io-2014/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-l/news">8 things you need to know about Android L</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="671" title="NBA Jam" alt="NBA Jam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/androidtv-nbajam.png?1403746138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-io-2014/android-tv-targeting-set-top-boxes-smart-tvs-starting-autumn/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-io-2014/android-tv-targeting-set-top-boxes-smart-tvs-starting-autumn/news#comments Android Film and TV Google Google I/O 2014 TVs Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440124 at http://www.stuff.tv Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX to be written and directed by Rian Johnson http://www.stuff.tv/star-wars-episodes-viii-and-ix-be-written-and-directed-rian-johnson/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looper, Brick, and Breaking Bad director is an intriguing choice—if the report proves true </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Star Wars" alt="Star Wars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/starwars-montage_0.jpg?1403484963" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re still a year and a half out from the worldwide debut of Star Wars: Episode VII, but in addition to multiple spinoff films, it appears that Disney has its man to write and direct the next two core entries.</p> <p>Deadline reports that Rian Johnson, best known for directing the films Looper and Brick along with several episodes of Breaking Bad, will both pen and helm Episode VIII and Episode IX in the series. He&rsquo;ll take over for director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), who is shooting Episode VII right now.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/star-wars-episodes-viii-and-ix-be-written-and-directed-rian-johnson/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/star-wars-episodes-viii-and-ix-be-written-and-directed-rian-johnson/news#comments Film and TV Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:30:02 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439680 at http://www.stuff.tv The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ve scoured the furthest reaches of the video-on-demand service to root out the best movies, documentaries and TV shows currently available to view </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Much Ado About Nothing" alt="Much Ado About Nothing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/muchado.jpg?1403288802" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Video-streaming service Netflix gives you a vast number of films, TV shows and documentaries to choose from &ndash; and that can be a problem.</p> <p>More often than not, you find yourself spending your entire evening shuffling through the selection trying to pick something to watch &ndash; before realising that you no longer have time to actually watch a film.</p> <p>Never fear; we&#39;ve rifled through the Netflix catalogue to bring you our top picks, from rom-coms to superhero movies to obscure documentaries. Let Stuff be your guide on your cinematic odyssey.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> House of Cards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Netflix has amassed an impressive library of TV shows, but HBO &ndash; home of top-tier drama like Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones &ndash; has always spurned its advances.</p> <p>Netflix&#39;s solution? Level the playing field by throwing money at its own prestige series. House of Cards is the jewel in its crown, with David Fincher behind the camera and Kevin Spacey in front of it as scheming Democratic Majority Whip Frank Underwood. Its depiction of the White House as a cesspool of self-interested career politicians is light years away from The West Wing &ndash; and seeing Spacey&#39;s Machiavellian plots unfold is a delight.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ULwUzF1q5w4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The House of Cards Trilogy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No, that&#39;s not a typo. Once you&#39;ve finished motoring through the Netflix series, you&#39;re ready to tackle the 1990s BBC drama that it&#39;s (loosely) based on. Where Kevin Spacey&#39;s Frank Underwood is all smooth Southern charm, Ian Richardson&#39;s Francis Urquhart is positively reptilian &ndash; a Shakespearian villain in a post-Thatcher Britain.</p> <p>Yes, it doesn&#39;t have the polish of the multi-million dollar US show, but it&#39;s packed with character &ndash; and Urquhart is one of the great screen villains.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ylu3x72WHTs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Priceless </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Audrey Tautou stars in this charming French rom-com, playing a gold-digger who mistakes a barman for a multi-millionaire. He&#39;s only too happy to play along &ndash; and when he&#39;s found out, she offers to teach him how to become a gigolo.</p> <p>Inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany&#39;s, it has something of the feel of 1960s Blake Edwards about it, with its whirl of parties on the Côte d&#39;Azur. Gad Elmaleh&#39;s Jean makes for an excellent foil to Tautou&#39;s Irène; their comic timing transcends the language barrier. Watch with a glass of wine, or several.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E9RmzeK3g5U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Thin Blue Line </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Errol Morris&#39; seminal documentary follows the story of one man&#39;s wrongful imprisonment for the murder of a Texas police officer in 1976.</p> <p>Although it&#39;s best remembered as the film that saved a man from Death Row, it also pioneered many documentary techniques that are now commonplace, including reconstructions of the events leading up to the murder (recounted several times, from contradictory viewpoints) and avoiding narration. One key shot, in which an interviewee reaches up to scratch his nose and reveals that he&#39;s wearing handcuffs, brilliantly demonstrates how editing can be used to manipulate the viewer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dNL5A4D0G4g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Toy Story 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Has there ever been a trilogy as consistently superb as Toy Story? We can&#39;t think of one. The third instalment follows Woody, Buzz and the gang as they cope with Andy&#39;s departure for college and find themselves discarded in a daycare centre with a dark secret. Somehow, it manages to surpass the first two movies, adding genuinely moving moments alongside all of the funny, clever and thrilling bits. Kids will love it, but really, it&#39;s wasted on them - only an adult could truly appreciate its message about the horrible inevitability of growing up.<br /><em>-&nbsp;Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JcpWXaA2qeg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sherlock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss bring Sherlock Holmes into the present day, in slick, stylish fashion. Benedict Cumberbatch shot to fame on the strength of the title role &ndash; but Martin Freeman&#39;s performance as the down-to-earth John Watson is just as important to the show&#39;s success, with a thousand Tumblrs now dedicated to capturing their interplay in GIF form.</p> <p>Netflix has the first two series available to view &ndash; they may be short at just three episodes each, but those episodes are just as long (and packed with twisty-turny plotting) as any movie. Pace yourself and space them out for maximum enjoyment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GhXgs5z45gk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unbreakable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>M Night Shyamalan&#39;s star may have fallen somewhat since the risible The Happening and The Last Airbender, but this early effort shows why he once commanded above-the-title billing. Bruce Willis stars as everyman hero David Dunn, who survives a train crash and comes to suspect that he has superhuman powers of endurance.</p> <p>Pre-empting the recent run of superhero movies, it&#39;s a more realistic, grounded take on the comic book genre &ndash; and its plot makes vastly more sense than Shyamalan&#39;s more lauded The Sixth Sense.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/h5eCFjjQFxY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hard Candy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This taut psychological thriller gave Ellen Page her breakout role; as a teenager who turns the tables on a child molester who&#39;s grooming her, she makes for a brilliantly intense vengeful crusader. Director David Slade starts with a simple premise &ndash; what if the hunted was suddenly revealed as the hunter? &ndash; and piles twist upon twist.</p> <p>If the plotting gets a little bit hokey, the film&#39;s rescued by Page and her co-star Patrick Wilson &ndash; it&#39;s essentially a two-hander, and could play out equally well on the stage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hvx0m2SeOSk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As JJ Abrams gears up to direct the new Star Wars film, it&#39;s worth revisiting his homage to the 1970s cinema that was defined by film-makers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. A love letter to the era &ndash; and to the director&#39;s youthful exploits as a film-maker &ndash; it follows a gang of kids who inadvertently catch an alien monster on film while they&#39;re making a creature feature movie.</p> <p>Mashing up the wonder of The Goonies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. with the scares of Jaws, it&#39;s no mere pastiche &ndash; this is an exciting adventure story in its own right, and is compelling proof that Abrams is the best choice to take the helm of the Millennium Falcon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bqt9L4fIExA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Captain America: The First Avenger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Captain America: The Winter Soldier hitting cinemas, it&#39;s a good opportunity to revisit the original film &ndash; a WW2 action-adventure that has more in common with Indiana Jones than Saving Private Ryan. Weedy Steve Rogers is determined to make the grade and fight the Nazi menace &ndash; but he&#39;s hamstrung by his 4F physique. When he&#39;s given the chance of enlisting in the US Army&#39;s Super Soldier program, he becomes Captain America &ndash; the Star-Spangled Man, taking the fight to the German deep science division, HYDRA.</p> <p>Director Joe Johnston has a flair for comic-book adventure, having previously directed The Rocketeer &ndash; and here, he pays tribute to the derring-do of wartime serials. Hugo Weaving camps it up as hissable villain the Red Skull (complete with Werner Herzog accent), while Chris Evans brings layers to Captain America, making him more than just a flag-waving steroidal freak. This is a more nuanced portrait of heroism than you&#39;d expect, playing on themes of self-sacrifice; in wartime, there are no happy endings.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JerVrbLldXw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Primer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This mind-bending sci-fi film was made on a budget of just US$7,000; without the luxury of shiny spaceships or robot dinosaurs, director Shane Carruth crafted an intricate time travel tale shot in humdrum suburban locations. A group of engineers working on a project to reduce the weight of an object inadvertently discover a means of time travel, and fall out over the possible uses of their invention.</p> <p>To say more would be to spoil it &ndash; but be warned, you&#39;ll need to watch the film at least twice to get your head around its twisty-turny plot.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4CC60HJvZRE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Avengers Assemble </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon takes the reins for this superhero extravaganza, which brings together the heroes from four different Marvel films to fight an alien menace. When Marvel Studios embarked on its ambitious plan to cram Captain America, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Thor into one film, many wondered whether it was even possible.</p> <p>Fortunately, Whedon&#39;s experience with marshalling TV ensemble casts serves him well here; even Robert Downey Jr&#39;s Tony Stark doesn&#39;t threaten to unbalance the film. If the plot&#39;s a bit slight &ndash; aliens attack Earth while the heroes team up, fall out and team up again &ndash; the film makes up for it with some spectacular action sequences and a sparky, witty script. Surprisingly, it&#39;s one of the funniest films of the year, too, with each hero (and Tom Hiddleston&#39;s villainous Loki) getting a few zingers in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eOrNdBpGMv8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sons of Anarchy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its fifth season having just arrived on Netflix and the seventh due towards the end of the year, now is the perfect time to give this biker gang series a go. It&rsquo;s got action, violence and debauchery, but at heart it&rsquo;s essentially a soap opera with more leather and tattoos.</p> <p>Ron Perlman excels as the grizzled leader of the Sons of Anarchy, but this is also where you&rsquo;ll see Pacific Rim&rsquo;s Charlie Hunnam before Guillermo del Toro spotted him, sporting the best Californian accent you&rsquo;ll ever hear a Geordie perform. It&rsquo;s a brilliant show, but don&rsquo;t be tempted to jump in at the most recent series &ndash; you need to start at the start and let the characters and setting get under your skin if you&rsquo;re going to go with some of the more unlikely events of later episodes.<br /><em>- Tom Parsons</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sons of Anarchy" alt="Sons of Anarchy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sons-of-anarchy.jpg?1403288802" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Cabin In The Woods </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The genius of this Joss Whedon-produced horror lies in the way it sets you up with a standard slasher premise - four unrealistically attractive college students go to a remote cabin for a weekend - then flicks the movie equivalent of a gestalt switch and turns it into an entirely different kind of film.</p> <p>Co-written by Whedon and Lost/Buffy scribe Drew Goddard, who also makes his directorial debut here, it&rsquo;s clever, witty, exciting and gruesome, often all at the same time. Great ending, too - and how many films can you truly say that about?<br /><em>-&nbsp;Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NsIilFNNmkY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of Netflix&#39;s early coups was bagging the first-run rights to Peter Jackson&#39;s first Hobbit film. While it doesn&#39;t quite measure up to the heady heights of his Lord of the Rings trilogy, it successfully bridges the gap between the merry children&#39;s tale that was the original book, and the grittier feel of Jackson&#39;s previous films. Martin Freeman shines as the titular reluctant hero, dragged from the comfortable surroundings of his hobbit hole on an adventure with a band of rambunctious dwarves (characterised by Jackson as &quot;a rugby team on tour&quot;).</p> <p>It&#39;s slightly over-indulgent, cramming in references to the previous (later) films and fleshing out the rather slight story from the original book with diversions from Tolkein&#39;s other works &ndash; you&#39;ll certainly feel your backside getting numb as you sit through its three-hour running time. But once the camera starts sweeping over that New Zealand scenery, and Howard Shore&#39;s familiar score kicks in, you&#39;ll feel the pull of Jackson&#39;s Middle-Earth.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/visual-effects-secrets-hobbit-unexpected-journey/news" target="_blank">The visual effects secrets of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SDnYMbYB-nU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fringe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>JJ Abrams is a Marmite kind of writer, and Fringe is very much a Marmite kind of show. You could lazily call it an X-Files for the 21st century - and you&rsquo;d be on the right track - but it&rsquo;s grounded more in true science fiction than its forerunner, which was always liable to veer off into fantasy territory whenever it fancied a werewolf or vampire yarn.</p> <p>Fringe, in contrast, attempts to justify all of its mysteries with hard science. It tells the story of an FBI team investigating unusual and unexplained cases - alright, so the X-Files comparison isn&rsquo;t that lazy after all - but it soon becomes a proper sci-fi series dealing with alternate universes, time travel and some of the more fanciful frontiers of modern science. The Abrams-isms may grate (lens flare and overly funky titles ahoy!) but the cast, including Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and the superb John Noble do a fine job and as sci-fi box-sets go, it&rsquo;s well worth 100 hours of your time.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z_rG4tIJsck" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chuck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The kind of show that could only ever come from the United States, Chuck has the brains and style of an indie flick but the cast and budget of a blockbuster. The set-up - affable, underachieving geek accidentally has a CIA computer program downloaded into his brain - may not make much sense, but once you&rsquo;ve set aside your cynicism, there&rsquo;s bags of enjoyment to be had here.</p> <p>Much of that is thanks to the cast, including Zachary Levi in the lead role, Yvonne Strahovsky as his all-action CIA handler and Adam Baldwin - a revelation as the single-minded John Casey; who knew a Baldwin could be so likeable? It&rsquo;s sharp, funny and best of all, gives hope to geeks everywhere that they one day might be secret agents. Well, we&rsquo;re still clinging on to that dream at least.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sX_FV_GhQqI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I’m Alan Partridge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are two types of people in the world. 1) Those who have seen I&rsquo;m Alan Partridge and love it 2) Those who haven&rsquo;t seen I&rsquo;m Alan Partridge. Logically, we suppose, there could be a third type - those who have seen it but didn&rsquo;t like it - but frankly, it seems too far-fetched to waste time on.</p> <p>So, if you&rsquo;re a type 2 person - maybe you&rsquo;re too young, or were in some kind of coma throughout the late &rsquo;90s and early &rsquo;00s - here&rsquo;s your chance to catch up on The Greatest British Comedy Of All Time. And if you&rsquo;re a type 1 person, watch it again anyway - seeing the faux-pas-prone chat-show host attempt to navigate such real-world situations as a romantic meal and a trip to the garage for some tungsten-tipped screws will never grow old.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VokAbAfTfCc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Killing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The big Scandi-crime-drama craze started here, with cold, analytical detective Sarah Lund and her amazing knitwear collection attempting to solve the mystery of a student&rsquo;s disappearance. Unlike most crime dramas, it turns a forensic eye on the human side of the story, continuing to follow the missing girl&rsquo;s family and friends long after most shows would&rsquo;ve moved on to the hunt for suspects.</p> <p>As a result, it&rsquo;s often a bleak, difficult watch, in which you feel as if you&rsquo;re genuinely intruding on private grief (it&rsquo;s OK, you&rsquo;re not; it&rsquo;s a TV show). So, not one to watch on a sunny Sunday afternoon with the kids, but as dark, gripping dramas go, there are few better.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/93zg79PWqoM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bridge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The big Scandi-crime-drama craze continues here, with cold, analytical detective Saga Noren and her amazing collection of outrageously misjudged one-liners. The Bridge isn&rsquo;t quite so dark as The Killing, but only in the way that being blindfolded and left in a cellar isn&rsquo;t quite so dark as having no eyes.</p> <p>That said, it does contain moments of genuine hilarity, mostly stemming from the odd-couple pairing of Noren&rsquo;s by-the-book Swedish cop with affable Danish detective Martin Rohde. But also lots of murder and anguish and heartbreak and knitwear.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YX1y5kGZcHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange Is the New Black </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Netflix&rsquo;s second-best original series after House of Cards, this is a prison show that goes its own way: less brutal than Oz, less daft than Prison Break and more compelling than Prisoner Cell Block H, it&rsquo;s a fish-out-of-water drama (based on a true story) in which a white, middle-class Brooklynite ends up in a low-security women&rsquo;s jail for a crime committed almost a decade previous.</p> <p>A character-driven show that uses Lost-style flashbacks to explore the pre-prison lives of the cast, Orange Is the New Black has proved such a hit that a second season is due to arrive in June.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nryWkAaWjKg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Indie Game: The Movie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If game development doesn&rsquo;t strike you as a compelling subject for a feature-length documentary, allow Indie Game: The Movie to prove otherwise. The film concerns itself with the troubles and tribulations besetting the makers of two quirky, low-budget titles &ndash; Fez and Super Meat Boy &ndash; as well as spending time with proven indie success Jonathan Blow, whose Braid had already grabbed and armful of awards and made Blow a rich man.</p> <p>The business aspects of indie game development themselves make this a worthy tale to tell, but it&rsquo;s the personal moments, driven by Fez&rsquo;s neurotic creator Phil Fish and the likeable, struggling Super Meat Boy developers Tommy Refenes and Edmund McMillen. A true underdog story.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GhaT78i1x2M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fargo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The movie that cemented Joel and Ethan Coen&rsquo;s reputations as two of the world&rsquo;s finest filmmakers (it won a brace of Oscars), Fargo is a crime-thriller concerning a botched kidnapping and its ramifications. But it&rsquo;s not so much the plot as the characters, the dialogue and the classic Coen-esque pitch-black comedy that make this film so enjoyable.</p> <p>A rich, character actor-filled movie that playfully lampoons the Minnesota in which the Coens grew up, Fargo proved a welcome relief from the scores of sub-par Tarantino rip-offs doing the rounds in the wake of Pulp Fiction.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/h2tY82z3xXU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Archer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A James Bond-esque secret agent with the womanising, drinking and love of casual violence turned right up to 11, Archer is one of the greatest anti-heroes we&rsquo;ve seen in an animated show. He&#39;s in good company at private spy agency ISIS, staffed as it is with a collection of selfish, bungling agents and perverts. &nbsp;</p> <p>Perfect for Netflix binge-watching, thanks to its 20-minute episodes, it&#39;s generously packed with snappy one-liners and Arrested Development-esque in-jokes. It&rsquo;s just as good as it sounds. The fifth season has just dropped on Netflix, taking the characters in an unexpected new direction...<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ccKsjIUWVuI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Breaking Bad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What, did you think we&#39;d forgotten? Breaking Bad has been praised to the heavens by critics and those members of the public who clap their hands over their ears and shriek &quot;spoilers!&quot; when you start talking about it. Of course we were going to put it in this list.</p> <p>Bryan Cranston&#39;s Walter White is one of the great characters of modern fiction; a mild-mannered chemistry teacher whose cancer diagnosis prompts him to turn his skills to creating crystal meth &ndash; with the help of his former student Jesse. Series creator Vince Gilligan claims that he pitched the show as being the story of &quot;a man who transforms himself from Mr Chips into Scarface.&quot; And where the early episodes play up White&#39;s hilariously incompetent attempts to enter the drugs trade, as the series progresses he develops into a genuinely chilling character.&nbsp;</p> <p>Watch it. Now. If only so that you don&#39;t have to keep clapping your hands over your ears and shrieking &quot;spoilers!&quot; whenever anyone mentiones it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-awesome-movies-you-have-see-2014/feature" target="_blank">The 10 movies you need to see in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Breaking Bad" alt="Breaking Bad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/breaking-bad_3.jpg?1403288802" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-25"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Much Ado About Nothing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Director Joss Whedon had his fill of explosions and big-budget action with his superhero film Avengers Assemble &ndash; so by way of a palate cleanser, he turned to Shakespeare. Filmed in two weeks at Whedon&#39;s own house, with a gaggle of actors from his previous productions, it&#39;s very much a personal project.</p> <p>Relocating Shakespeare&#39;s romantic comedy to the present day, the director dials up the sexuality and infuses the film with his own charm; although he&#39;s known for his dialogue and wordplay, Whedon proves that when working from another writer&#39;s script, he&#39;s equally adept at subtle visual comedy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AAMsDP_DMHE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-26"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lawless </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most gangster films feature sharp-suited Chicago hoodlums wielding tommy guns &ndash; not so John Hillcoat&#39;s crime drama, which follows a family of rural bootleggers attempting to profit off Prohibition. Tom Hardy and Shia LeBeouf star as the Bondurant brothers, hillbilly moonshine producers looking to make a fast buck; Guy Pearce is the ruthless lawman trying to bring them down. Hardy&#39;s performance anchors the film; a mumbling, lumbering anti-hero clad &ndash; improbably &ndash; in comfortable knitwear.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b2pjH_dQQDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-27"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Barry Levinson&#39;s made some fine films in his time - Rain Man, Sleepers, Wag The Dog - but The Bay is his best in years. It&#39;s best described as an environmental horror but it&#39;s more &#39;tons of gore&#39; than &#39;Al Gore&#39;, and all the better for it. The film is shot in the found-footage style, but that doesn&#39;t grate as much as you might expect - although Levinson&#39;s insistence on proving that he knows about FaceTime, Skype and mobile video can get a bit tiresome. Overall, though, it&#39;s a timely warning about what we&#39;re doing to the planet, without ever being preachy about it.<br /><em>-&nbsp;Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XcaQQZVjXQs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-28"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Raid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Channeling the spirit of classic action fare from the 80s and 90s, this Indonesian action movie &ndash; directed by Welshman Gareth Evans &ndash; portrays the absolute insanity that ensues when a SWAT team is trapped inside a criminal-infested tenement building. Expect brutal gunplay, bone&shy;-splintering martial arts and just enough of an emotional core to hold it all together. Mental stuff.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m6Q7KnXpNOg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-29"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Death Proof </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Something of an oddity in Quentin Tarantino&#39;s back catalogue, Death Proof was originally released as a double bill with Robert Rodriguez&#39;s Planet Terror. The Grindhouse double-bill flopped, but Tarantino&#39;s half &ndash; bumped up to full feature-length in an extended cut &ndash; is a gleeful homage to the heyday of the exploitation movie. Mashing together slasher flick conventions with the muscle cars from 70s road movies, it culminates in a breathtakingly tense setpiece: stuntwoman Zoë Bell clings to the bonnet of a speeding Dodge Challenger while Kurt Russell&#39;s Stuntman Mike tries to run her off the road.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7mICGcg5-pM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best of the streaming service, from superheroes to Shakespeare </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature#comments Film and TV Netflix Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:14:42 +0000 Stephen Graves 1434854 at http://www.stuff.tv