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Modern Family “Connection Lost” iPhone episode behind-the-scenes

Modern Family “Connection Lost” iPhone episode behind-the-scenes

What defines the Modern Family? If it's ABC's popular sitcom of the same name, then that's a question spanning six seasons, and now adding Apple to its roster of same-sex and inter-generational marriage, awkward siblings, and cross-cultural differences. For upcoming episode "Connection Lost," however, the challenge got even greater: shot almost entirely on iPhone 6 in just two days, processed on a Mac Pro, and taking place entirely on the desktop of OS X Yosemite. I headed to 20th Century Fox studios in LA to preview what co-author and director Steve Levitan describes as "the most labor-intensive episode" that the Modern Family team has ever attempted.

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Sling TV hits Amazon Fire TV as Appstore swells 5x

Sling TV hits Amazon Fire TV as Appstore swells 5x

Sling TV has arrived on arrived on Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick set-top boxes, with the streaming service targeting cord cutters arriving alongside a number of formally PC/console-only games as Amazon strengthens its living room play. Launched last month, Sling TV costs $20 a month and offers a variety of sports and entertainment channels like ESPN. Opening up to general subscribers earlier this month, Sling TV may not need a full cable subscription, but it does need some sort of streaming device to run on, and Amazon is hoping a limited time deal for a freebie Fire TV stick will help make their dongle the one people opt for.

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Qualcomm’s Chromecast-killer is the dongle your TV wants

Qualcomm’s Chromecast-killer is the dongle your TV wants

The competition for a place in one of your TV's HDMI ports looks set to get fiercer, with Qualcomm showing off its take on the streaming adapter, a Snapdragon-based mini Android computer smaller than a box of matches. Dubbed the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter, the bright red box - currently a working reference design - squeezes what's effectively a full Android smartphone, albeit without the touchscreen and battery, into a plug-and-play dongle for your home entertainment needs. While we've seen streaming sticks before, what we haven't seen is such a comprehensive range of wireless options: everything from the latest WiFi, though to LTE Broadcast support, and more.

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Looking Glass Founders unveil Ultima Underworld: Ascendant

Looking Glass Founders unveil Ultima Underworld: Ascendant

Most old school PC Gamers will fondly remember the Ultima Underworld series of Fantasy RPG games, and many have been asking for an updated version. Whether you want to call it a reboot, a modernisation, or a comeback, one thing is for sure - gamers want to see this series transported to the modern era. Looks like the original creators of these games have the same desire, and have started a Kickstarter Campaign to bring their latest concept into modern reality. It’s called Underworld Ascendant.

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Sonos PLAY:1 Blue Note gets custom jazz paint job

Sonos PLAY:1 Blue Note gets custom jazz paint job

Sonos may be the darling of multi-room audio, but while the streaming might be flexible, so far the color options have been only one degree more than a Ford Model T. The black or white finishes are being joined by a new blue, however, with Sonos revealing its first limited edition speaker, the Sonos PLAY:1 Blue Note. Intended to mark 75 years of Blue Note Records, the custom-painted speaker comes with exclusive access to jazz playlists curated by some of the big names in the genre, like Don Was.

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Sonos pulls multiroom to the fore in v5.3 update

Sonos pulls multiroom to the fore in v5.3 update

Streaming multiroom audio favorite Sonos has updated its platform, making controlling several rooms of playback more straightforward, and boosting appeal on tablets. Sonos Software version 5.3, currently available to beta testers before it goes live for all users, builds on the updated Sonos controller app that the company tweaked last year - adding multiple streaming account support, among other things - bringing control over each playback zone further to the fore, as well as individual playback options for the current track, including turning the system into more of a DJ experience.

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Netflix adds The Interview on Jan 24; Pushes original content

Netflix adds The Interview on Jan 24; Pushes original content

Netflix will add controversial Sony Pictures movie The Interview to its virtual shelves on January 24th, it's confirmed, while the streaming media firm's first original feature film will debut on August 26th. The Seth Rogen and James Franco movie made a sudden appearance on pay-per-view at Christmas, but will be bundled in with an active Netflix subscription for US and Canadian users from this Saturday, the company announced today. Meanwhile, while crunching the sums on the last financial year, Netflix discovered something unexpected about just how much its content actually costs.

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Amazon is gunning for movie studios next

Amazon is gunning for movie studios next

Amazon's ambitions in original content are climbing up a notch, with plans to create a dozen movies each year that will not only be released via its Prime streaming service, but in theaters as well. The aggressive content scheme will kick off this year, Amazon has said, with Amazon Original Movies also using its heft to trim the amount of time it takes for theatrical releases to make it to on-demand services. Rather than anything up to a year between films being screened in theaters and then showing up at places like iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon's own download store, the retailer's homegrown content will take a mere 4-8 weeks.

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Logitech releases Harmony API to connect your whole home

Logitech releases Harmony API to connect your whole home

Not content with launching their own products, Logitech has unleashed an API for Harmony, turning products into a platform. The API gives interested Developers access to Logitech’s Harmony as a standalone, open platform where they can link their products to Logitech’s existing Internet of Things. Logitech says it gives Developers access to roughly 270,000 devices, with partners like IFTTT, SmartThings, and Myo already using Logitech’s API. Others, like Nest, Honeywell, and Sonos, are compatible with Harmony, making the Harmony API as much a mesh network as it is a platform.

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Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Samsung may have invented some new branding for its top-tier TVs, but we're more interested in how Tizen has found its way into the sets as Sammy's smart TV OS of choice. The company has been flirting with the open-source platform for the past few years, predominantly focusing on its potential on the wrist as an OS for smartwatches and wearables, but for the 2015 SUHD TV range it's being repurposed as a catch-up platform for live, on-demand, and streaming content that plays particularly nicely with smartphones and tablets. We stopped by to see how it all worked.

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