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Comcast X2 entertainment platform unveiled with preference-learning “experience”

Comcast X2 entertainment platform unveiled with preference-learning “experience”

Comcast has announced the next generation of the Comcast X1, its entertainment platform. According to the provider, this new version offers a "personalized experience" that not only allows users to customize their dashboard, but also keeps an eye on the user's preferences and uses that information to adapt. The platform will be rolling out to Xfinity subscribers "later this year."

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Vice President Biden wants to levy tax on makers of violent media

Vice President Biden wants to levy tax on makers of violent media

We've heard a lot of about lawmakers wanting to levy a tax on violent video games and such, but today's news is a bit different. Vice President Biden (yes, the second most powerful person in the US) wants to levy a tax on media companies who make and distribute violent content, and the money from those taxes as proceeds for victims of violent crimes.

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HBO Go now supports AirPlay, coming to Apple TV soon

HBO Go now supports AirPlay, coming to Apple TV soon

Today at the Dive into Media conference, HBO's President and COO, Eric Kessler, announced that HBO Go will now support Apple's AirPlay protocol, and will also be coming to the Apple TV at some point in the future. The addition of AirPlay support means that HBO Go subscribers can beam their content from their iOS devices to the big-screen TV in the living room, provided that you have an Apple TV to do the grunt work.

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Netflix and DreamWorks teaming up to create original kids series

Netflix and DreamWorks teaming up to create original kids series

Just a week-and-a-half after Netflix's House of Cards original series debuted, the streaming service is at it again. The company announced a partnership with animated studio DreamWorks to begin working on another original series, but this time it'll be for kids (and adults who like animated movies). This will be Netflix's first original cartoon series.

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Microsoft’s LA studio to bring original video content to Xbox

Microsoft’s LA studio to bring original video content to Xbox

Yesterday during All Things Digital’s Dive into Media conference, Microsoft stepped on stage to discuss their Xbox platform and tell folks where the console is heading in the future. Specifically, the company's entertainment and digital media president, Nancy Tellem, said that Microsoft's Los Angeles studio will be working on delivering original video content to Xbox users that will arrive sometime before the end of the year.

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XBMC 12 Frodo now available with Android and Raspberry Pi support

XBMC 12 Frodo now available with Android and Raspberry Pi support

XBMC launched version 12.0 Frodo today, bringing a ton of new features and opening up support to more platforms this time around. The open-source media center software was previously in beta for quite some time, but now it's available to all, and it comes with a ton of new features that makes version 12 one of XBMC's biggest updates.

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New H.265 video format approved: high-quality video at lower bitrates

New H.265 video format approved: high-quality video at lower bitrates

Today's H.264 video codec might be all well and good for the most part, but there's a new codec in town that looks to take over in order improve video quality and bitrates even more. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced today that they've agreed upon the successor to the current H.264 standard, and it's called H.265, or High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC).

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XBMC turns your Android into a user-friendly media hub: here’s how

XBMC turns your Android into a user-friendly media hub: here’s how

XBMC for Android has essentially been available since July, but it was only in beta and nightly form, up until now. While it's not an official XBMC app for Android (but rather a third-party initiative), the developers are claiming that this final version is "user friendly" and will run on most, if not all Android devices.

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Kindle Fire sells out in anticipation of Amazon event

Kindle Fire sells out in anticipation of Amazon event

If you needed any "official" proof from Amazon that their upcoming event was about to introduce a new generation of media tablets, this is it - the Kindle Fire has been announced as "sold out." This announcement comes just one week before the company is set to host an event in which they'll more than likely release a new bit of hardware - at least one tablet with the ability to work with Android media of all types, we're seeing now. The Kindle Fire was launched in September of 2011 and has since been the #1 best selling product on Amazon - and it's time for a refresh.

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Netflix announces own CDN called Open Connect

Netflix announces own CDN called Open Connect

Netflix has announced that it is building out its own dedicated content delivery network called Open Connect. Despite some missteps last year, the company has seen continued growth, recently surging past Apple to take the lead in the online movie market.

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New York increasing in appeal to high-tech startups

New York increasing in appeal to high-tech startups

New York isn't exactly where tech startups traditionally situate nor where venture capitalists are willing to bet their money, but that may slowly be starting to change. From 2007 to 2011, almost 500 tech startups in New York received venture financing and certain startups have found the major media companies located in the city to be key to their businesses.

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1811 Fourier Technique improved upon, video, images, audio set to improve

1811 Fourier Technique improved upon, video, images, audio set to improve

Back in 1811 there was a mathematical technique proposed, it now known to us as Joseph Fourier's Fourier Technique, a technique which eventually translated itself into one of the most basic ways we now encode and de-code images, music, and many other kinds of media - what's being proposed by MIT now is that there's a much more efficient way to go about all of it. The Fourier Technique took a complex signal, broke it down into several components, transmitted or processed them each separately, then re-combined them into what was basically there in the first place. In 1965 this technique was translated to computers, and sweet packaging did occur.

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