Amazon Prime gets HBO

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Netflix plans to raise its prices for new subscribers. I am a fan of price hikes if it adds features. If we get more House of Cards type content than I am all for it. Amazon on the other hand already upped its price to $99. Now it has acquired the rights to stream HBO shows.  This will be the first time that HBO shows will available to stream to non-HBO subscribers. Shows like The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and a few more will available on Amazon Prime Instant Video on May 21. Keep in mind new shows such as True Detective won’t hit Amazon Prime for three years after airing. So looks like you will have to keep that HBO Go handy for Game of Thrones.

HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking, beloved and award-winning shows in television history, with more than 115 Emmys amongst the assortment of shows coming to Prime members next month. HBO original content is some of the most-popular across Amazon Instant Video—our customers love watching these shows. Now Prime members can enjoy a collection of great HBO shows on an unlimited basis, at no additional cost to their Prime membership. ~Amazon’s Director of Content Acquisition Brad Beale

Amazon Prime is starting to look better than Netflix. Amazon Prime subscribers get 2 day delivery service, Amazon Instant Video and Music all for $99 per year. Now they need to start cranking out top notch original shows that can match Netflix’s House of Cards.

Which Star Wars Character are you really like?

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I’m going to assume you have heard of Star Wars but if for some reason you have been living under a rock, here you go;

The franchise depicts a galaxy described as far, far away in the distant past, and it commonly portrays Jedi as a representation of good, in conflict with the Sith, their evil counterpart. Their weapon of choice, the lightsaber, is commonly recognized in popular culture. The franchise’s storylines contain many themes, with strong influences from philosophy and religion.

That business side of the Star Wars saga is a bit more complex. First it’s considered a space opera. The franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series, consisting of two trilogies. Although the original trilogy is way better than the lackluster 2nd efforts. Regardless, all the films did phenomenal in the box offices. So good in fact that The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced that it would produce three new films.

Seems Disney was not content to just own the comic world of Marvel. Disney is planning a release of Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. However 20th Century Fox still retains the distribution rights to the first two Star Wars trilogies. Now that is out of the way, which character do you think you are? Which Star Wars Character are you really like? Find out by taking the short quiz below. If you are on the main page and don’t see the quiz. Click here >>> Which Star Wars Character are you really like?

Apple has released iOS 7.1.1 [Jailbreakers should stay away]

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Apple has released iOS 7.1.1 (build number: 11D201) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This update includes improvements, bug fixes and of course security updates. As always if you own a jailbroken device you should STAY AWAY from this update. Do not upgrade. Now that is out of the way, lets talk iOS 7.1.1 changes.

What is new this time around is:
  • Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition
  • Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness
  • Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled
  • Warning to Jailbreakers, STAY AWAY!

If you want to update to iOS 7.1.1

If you don’t have a jailbroken device feel free to continue with the steps to update. To update your device to iOS 7.1.1 wirelessly or “over the air” as the tech set call it; simply go Settings app, navigate to General > Software Update, and install the update. Before you update MAKE backup of your device using iTunes or iCloud and make sure you have the power plugged in.

Apple wants you meet Campus 2 aka its circular mothership

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Apple is going all out with the YouTube videos for Earth Day. There is the “Better” video that looks eerily like the new Johnny Depp movie Transcendence. Now Apple would like to introduce you to its newest addition to the family. Campus 2. Apple Campus 2 will thousands of Apple employees that live around the Cupertino area. This is not going to be just another building people. This is Apple we are talking about. Campus 2 is going to be “the best office building in the world.” The building looks like a circular mothership and I for one am ready to be beamed up.

The idea is to bring California back to Cupertino. Many of the trees that are now planted at the site are poorly adapted to the environment, which is why Apple is planning to transplant the strongest trees and supplement them with even more resilient species. By the end of construction, 80% of Apple Campus 2 will be green space.”~ David Muffly, Senior Arborist at Apple

The building will also be one of the greenest buildings in the world. That is one of the reasons why Apple is welcoming you to it today on Earth Day. For 75% of the year the building won’t use any heating or air conditioning. The design allows it to use the natural airflow. For those times when great vent design wont cut it the building will run on 100% renewable energy. Once complete in 2016 the building will have one of the largest solar arrays in the world. Check out the video below for a first look at Apple Campus 2.

 

Lytro looks to take over the post picture focus market with Illum DSLR

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Lytro sat back and watched Nokia and countless apps step on its focus changing technology. However the HTC M8 and the new Google App may have been what pushed them over the edge. So they have introduced the Lytro Illum. Just like its little brother before it can change the focus of a photo even after you’ve taken it.

The the Lytro looks a lot more like a DSLR than the little block tube that came out before it. The Illum has a finger friendly screen, that DSLR standard grip and 8x Zoom with a fixed f/2.0 aperture.

The Illum light-field camera lets you adjust focus, perspective and depth of field of any picture you take. The magic happens by absorbing and recording all the information that comes through the lens. Once that is out of the way, the camera creates pictures that can be altered. To alter the picture you can use the touch screen right on the camera. Just tap on the spot you want to the focus changed. What I would have liked to see it built in Wi-Fi or bluetooth for communication to your mobile device. Most high end DSLR cameras have a way of storing your pictures in the cloud via Wi-FIor manipulating the camera via  a mobile devices.

Just like the last Lytro, the llum does not come cheap. The new Lytro Illum goes on sale in the States for $1,599. If Lytro wants to play with the big boys it needs more than a big boy price, it needs big boy features. Post focusing pictures has made its way into the AppStore and most recently Google Play. There is no word on when the company will bless the rest of the world with this expensive app I mean camera.

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