If you regularly follow geek culture, you’ve probably seen early versions of Dirk Loechel’s spaceship comparison chart, which shows the relative sizes of vehicles from science fiction games, movies and TV shows. Well, it’s finished — and it’s even more authoritative than the last time around. Get the full-size version and you’ll see Babylon 5‘s Vorlon Planet Killer, Mass Effect‘s Normandy and seemingly everything in between. The chart even includes a real vessel, the International Space Station — at 328 feet long, it seems downright puny next to its make-believe counterparts. Some story franchises have better representation than others (EVE is full of colossal ships), and you won’t see moon-sized spacecraft like Star Wars‘ Death Star, but it’s otherwise hard to imagine a more complete view of sci-fi transportation.
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We know, all your friends rushing out to buy new iPhones and you’re stuck with that ‘outdated’ iPhone 5s you just bought. That’s what happens when you go swimming without checking your pockets first. Still, it’s not all bad: there’s a Google for iOS update available, and it’s completely free! In addition to promising faster search results, this minor update adds “What to Watch” TV recommendations to Google’s list of content cards. Tend to watch your television at a friends house? No worries — the update has added multiple route options to transit cards, too. You’ll get there in no time.
Google has gone on record as saying it loves original YouTube content like Epic Rap Battles of History, and now it looks as though the outfit is doubling down on such. How so? Well it seems that its fully-stocked studio spaces for partners are just the beginning. YouTube is investing millions into its partner channels, according to Recode. And it’s part of a more concerted push into different types of content, replete with varying lengths and formats, too. That includes partnering with Hollywood producers, according to Recode‘s sources, which naturally gives Google something to sell. The wording on head of YouTube Originals Alex Carloss’ blog post makes it sound like the firm’s existing pool of talent will be commissioned to do new shows — albeit with a heavier infusion of cash than they’re used to. It sounds like it could be a solid deal for everyone involved: affording content creators more money for their work and pushing YouTube’s hopes of becoming a more TV-like experience another step closer to reality.
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Now that Netflix has a solid (if imperfect) track record with original shows, it appears that the big-name talent is lining up for its chance at creating an internet-only hit. Case in point: the streaming service has reached a deal with Legendary Television to release Love, an “excruciatingly honest” romantic comedy penned by 40 Year-Old Virgin producer Judd Apatow, Inglourious Basterds‘ Paul Rust and Girls‘ Lesley Arfin. You won’t see the end result until 2016, but Netflix is already confident that you’ll like it. The company has already committed to two seasons (22 episodes total) sight unseen — if you’re a fan of Apatow’s frequently blunt approach to on-screen relationships, you’re going to get your fill.
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If the hacker bits in House of Cards‘ second season stoked a fire in you for the illicit parts of the internet, maybe Spike TV and Gary Oldman (pictured above) have you covered. The former has partnered with the latter and a few others to produce a series called Deep Web about, you guessed it, the hidden version of the internet where one can buy just about anything you could imagine. Like hacking software, drugs and automatic weaponry, for example. The show is based on Ross Ulbricht’s ascension to the top of the online underworld and the Silk Road’s bitcoin shopping mall, according to Deadline. Other details are scarce at the moment including when we might actually see it and how fictionalized it’ll be (our guess? pretty heavily), but there’s plenty of time for that info to surface, we’d imagine. For now, let’s just hope there are 100 percent less guinea pigs and obscure techno than in what we’ve seen recently.
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Pre-orders for the new Moto X has started and to accompany this milestone Motorola have begun airing TV commercials showing off the different voice capabilities of the device.
They begin by showing off the voice commands allowing you to dictate to Facebook as well as the ability to compose voice generated text messages – all hands free.
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Netflix today officially launched [Google Translate] its subscription movie and TV show service in Germany, and as noted by ifun.de [Google Translate], the launch includes day-one support on the Apple TV.
Apple has significantly expanded content offerings on the Apple TV over the past year or two, but many of the additions have been limited to the United States. The Netflix channel has, however, been available in many of the markets served by Netflix, which has included the U.S., Latin America, and a number of countries in Europe. As a result, it is unsurprising that the channel has expanded to Germany, but viewers there will be happy to see Apple TV support arriving right alongside the general launch of Netflix in the country.
You know what time it is? It’s speculation time. The above benchmark popped up today over at HDblog.it and suggests the existence of a device called the ‘ASUS Nexus Player‘. The only clues we have as to the nature of the device are the fact it runs a quadcore 1.8GHz processor with 1 GB RAM, likely 8GB of storage and runs Android L. There is one fact, however, that might suggest what this device truly is, and that is the display properties. While the 1080p resolution isn’t anything special, it’s the fact that it is on a 31.9-inch display. It would be easy to assume that this is a new All-In-One solution from ASUS, the lack of a touchscreen seems to allude to this ASUS Nexus Player being a Smart TV with Android TV capabilities.
We really haven’t heard all that much about Android TV since it was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, however we are now in the Fall window when Google claims Android TV is going to release. This new benchmark could suggest the ASUS Nexus Player might just be one of the first devices to be launched with Android TV, or even the first device given that it carries the ‘Nexus’ label. Of course, we’ll take this information with a grain of salt, but it is definitely compelling nonetheless.
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Amazon’s Fire TV hasn’t had a lot of choices for on-demand music; for the most part, you’re been stuck with either the company’s own music service or Vevo. As of today, though, you can add Spotify to the list. The set-top box now serves as a Spotify Connect target, letting you send songs to the Fire TV using your mobile devices as remote controls. You’ll still need a Spotify Premium subscription to get those streams going, but that may be a small price to pay if you’re hoping to use your TV as a jukebox.
Need to hear more from Tim Cook after this week’s new iPhone and Watch event? Charlie Rose will air a two-part interview with the Apple CEO tonight and Monday, and excerpts posted to YouTube point to a few popular topics about the company. Cook discusses his company’s purchase of Beats by pointing out the brand Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre were able to build, and their recognition of the human element in putting together playlists. In another clip, he continues the longstanding tradition of pointing out how ancient and backwards the TV experience still is, and that Apple is interested in it (we’ll reference our advice from 2012 on how to handle these rumors) — without revealing anything about plans to actually enter the market or adjust the approach of its Apple TV box. You can view the clips embedded after the break, and the first part of the interview tonight (likely at 11PM) on your local PBS affiliate.
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