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The Top 15 3D Blu-rays for Christmas

Stuart O'Connor 3D TV, Blu-ray, Christmas Gift Guides, Movies, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

3D films have been around since the advent of film itself. But it's only in the past decade or so that the techhnology has got good enough to make it a truly enjoyable cinema experience (despite the silly glasses). It's probably fair to say that 3D finally seems to be losing its "nothing…

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Netflix vs Amazon … who’s best for Christmas films?

Stuart O'Connor Amazon, Broadband, Christmas Gift Guides, HDTV, Home cinema, Internet, Movies, Netflix Leave a Comment

If you're a serious film buff, you probably own your favourite Christmas movies on Blu-ray (my collection includes It's a Wonderful Life, Scrooged and Die Hard). But if you are like most people, you probably rely on the streaming services to give you your annual dose of Christmas cheer. So which service here…

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Can the film industry learn from the music industry to stop piracy?

James O'Malley Movies, Online TV, Skeptech 2 Comments

Over the weekend we heard the news that Sony Pictures has been hacked by a group known as "GOP" (who aren't the same people as the US Republican "Grand Old Party", presumably). GOP claims to have stolen many of Sony's "secrets", including copies of films that haven't been released, or at least released outside of…

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Will the Star Wars trailer break the internet tomorrow?

Stuart O'Connor Apple, Internet, iTunes, Movies Leave a Comment

You may have heard the rumours that a new Star Wars film is in production. Yeah, it's been kept pretty quiet, and almost nobody is talking about it, but Star Wars Episode VII - aka The Force Awakens - is due in cinemas around the world in December 2015. As is the movie industry's annoying…

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Five films that influenced Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

Stuart O'Connor Movies, Space, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Interstellar, which originally had Steven Spielberg attached to direct, is the story of a near future in which humanity on Earth is on the brink of extinction. A group of explorers, led by former test pilot turned farmer Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) makes use of a newly-discovered wormhole to search for a new planet…

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The Digest: First Apple computer sells for £570,000… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Stuart O'Connor Apple, Computers, Daily Tech Roundup, Gadgets, Google, Internet, Microsoft, Mobile phones, Movies, Twitter, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

First Apple computer sells for £570,000 | ShortList Magazine "One of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's Apple I computers has sold at auction for an astonishing $905,000 (£570,000) to an unnamed buyer. Originally hand-made by Steve Wozniak in 1976, it's believed to be one of the first 50 models made in Wozniak's family…

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The Digest: Charlie Brooker on Gamergate… and 4 other things people are talking about this morning

Stuart O'Connor 4G, Apple, Computers, Crowdfunding, Daily Tech Roundup, EE, Gadgets, Gaming, Google, Internet, iPad, Movies, Tablet, Video games Leave a Comment

Gamergate: the internet is the toughest game in town – if you’re playing as a woman, says the Guardian's Charlie Brooker: "There seems to be a small yet vocal core of maniacs bafflingly resistant to the notion that women should have any say in the games industry at all. Even recent statistics indicating…

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10 of the best films to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Stuart O'Connor Amazon, DTR, HDTV, Home cinema, Internet, Movies, TV

Yes, there is so much choice for what to watch on TV these days – far too many good movies and TV shows. Amazon's Instant Video streaming service has loads of good films – some you may have never come across yourself – and there's even some decent TV on it, too. Pretty much everything on…

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Will laser projection see 3D films finally be a success?

Stuart O'Connor Crazy Future Stuff, Features, Gadgets, Movies, Projectors Leave a Comment

One of the most common complaints about 3D films is that they tend to be too dark - partly due to having to wear those glasses. One solution being worked on is a glasses-free 3D system - which, for most filmgoers, is the preferred option. But in the meantime, a new system from projector maker…

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Chinese cinemas post text messages on-screen during movies

Stuart O'Connor Mobile phones, Movies, Smartphones, Social Media Leave a Comment

We've all been there – getting annoyed with stupid people who insist on using their phones while watching a film in a cinema. But now some cinemas in China are actually encouraging such anti-social behaviour. Cinemas in Beijing, Shanghai and other major Chinese cities are experimenting with “bullet screens” on which members of the audience can…

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