media
"Proprietary Algorithm" Replaces Humans in Limited Edition Guardian Print Run

A special edition of the Guardian in the US will give us a glimpse of a nightmarish future in which "likes" from idiots replace editorial decisions, with a run of 5,000 physical papers being filled entirely with stories a "proprietary algorithm" has decided were the most popular online. Read More >>

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You Can Now Get a Scout Badge in Media Awareness

To be a top-tier Scout these days, it's just not enough to know how to pitch a tent or start a campfire from scratch. Today, the Scout Association updates its badge awards system, recognising more modern skills and achievements, including fundraising abilities and "media awareness". So that's a badge for Instagramming your packed lunch and starting a blog about it from within your tent then? Read More >>

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Oh Hey, Android TV Was All Over CES Three Months Ago

Google TV has been dead in the water for a while now, but rumour has it that a flashy new successor, Android TV, is on the way. These are rumours, but then there's also the fascinating truth that it was hiding in plain sight at CES three months ago. Read More >>

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Meet the Crazy Camera That Can Make Movies for the Oculus Rift

Gamers love Oculus Rift; the virtual reality system offers a mind-blowingly immersive way to experience digital worlds. Jaunt, a new tech company, brings the platform into live-action, cinematic territory. I saw their stuff. It was incredible. And it's a pretty big deal for movies and media. Read More >>

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The Xbox One is Turning Your Phone Into the Only Remote You Need

The Xbox One's TV-controlling powers are a great feature; having a list of just the channels you watch is how all TV surfing should be. But if you use a set-top box, you probably also have a DVR, and the Xbox One has been useless at controlling it. Until now. Read More >>

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Report: Amazon's Planning a Free Streaming Service for Original Shows

Amazon has its sights set on an ad-supported streaming media service for its Prime subscribers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read More >>

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Digital Faffing About to Overtake TV Watching Time in 2014

Some analysts have been watching how much time you spend staring at various screens all day, forming the conclusion that mobile media consumption will eclipse TV viewing time this year. Apparently, a generic UK person will soon spend 3 hours 41 minutes a day on "digital" amusements, 34 minutes more than last year. Solo TV viewing, meanwhile, languishes at the 3 hours 15 minute a day mark. [Telegraph] Read More >>

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Sony and Panasonic's New Optical Archival Discs Will Store Up to 1TB

Sony and Panasonic announced last year that they had plans to develop a new, high-capacity optical storage disc—they weren't bluffing. New details indicate that a new Archival Disc format will have a capacity of up to 1TB. Read More >>

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Upgraded Apple TV Shows up on US Shop's Comparison Chart

An upgraded Apple TV, which earlier rumours suggested might see an announcement in April, has been sort-of spotted again, with US retailer Best Buy supposedly including a substantially enhanced Apple TV with loads more apps in a product comparison slide. Read More >>

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Why Hasn't Google Made the Chromecast Available in the UK Yet?

Of all Google's attempts to make headway into the world's living rooms, from the disappointing Google TV to the disastrous Nexus Q music system, the Chromecast media streamer is its first dedicated home entertainment success. So why is there still no sign of a Chromecast UK launch? Read More >>

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How to Make the Switch from Android to iOS

Android is a fine OS, but the lure of a new iPhone may be too much to resist. If you're going to make the switch, you won't want to leave any scrap of your precious mobile identity in Android's cold robotic embrace. Here's how to pack up everything you'll need to bring to your new life in Apple's walled garden. Read More >>

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This is What 400,000 Hours of U.S. International TV News Looks Like

Ever wonder what places get the most attention in American news? The answer is more striking than you might think. This geography of U.S. attention is beautifully illustrated in a new animation that maps the geographic subjects of U.S. television news broadcasts over the span of four-years. It's kinda sparkly. Read More >>

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Sony Planning Exclusive TV Content for PlayStation Network

It appears that Sony is looking to follow Microsoft (and Netflix) in generating (and paying for) some exclusive media content for PS4, via a recently discovered media company that calls itself PlayStation Productions. Read More >>

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Poor Aunty Beeb Can't Win, as Red-Faced Royalists Complain About Lack of Christening Coverage

The BBC came under fire today after it apparently didn't spend long enough covering the baptism of the world's youngest celebrity. The viewers of the six and ten o'clock news only got two minutes of the young Prince's face on telly -- barely enough time to coo appreciatively and sing the national anthem. Read More >>

gaming
Newspaper Mistakes Game Tech From Deus Ex for Real Medical Implants

Whoever wrote this article on tech implants for The Sun paper got a bit carried away with the Google search results, somehow managing to mistake fictional company Sarif Industries from Deus Ex for a real firm. Read More >>

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Report: Piracy Isn't Killing Content

Contrary to what the popular press might have us believe, piracy isn't killing content. At least, that's what a team of scholars from the London School of Economics has found after conducting a deep analysis of the situation. Read More >>

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