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    My Tivo Premier recently crashed, bummer
    Had to pull my Tivo HD out of the closet to fill the gap until my mail order Tivo Roamio arrives.
    Sadly, one of the first messages I received was "Sorry, YouTube no longer available on this device".


    YouTube app no longer supports older TVs, outdated iOS devices
    You'll have to make sure your smart TV or mobile device is up to date if you want to continue to access the app.
    by Lance Whitney

    Google is nixing support for its YouTube app for certain older devices, including TVs and Blu-ray players, iPhones and iPads, and devices that run older versions of Google TV.

    Fans of YouTube can access the popular video service through a dedicated app or through its website. Support for the dedicated app on older devices is the piece that's going away.

    Why is Google making this move? On a YouTube Help page, the company explained that it's upgrading the YouTube Data API (applications programming interface) to offer more features. (The company told developers of its plans more than a year ago.) As a result, Google began shutting down the existing version Monday, which means the current YouTube app will no longer work on certain devices made in 2012 or earlier. Story Continues
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    Quote Originally Posted by calikid View Post
    My Tivo Premier recently crashed, bummer
    Had to pull my Tivo HD out of the closet to fill the gap until my mail order Tivo Roamio arrives.
    Sadly, one of the first messages I received was "Sorry, YouTube no longer available on this device".


    YouTube app no longer supports older TVs, outdated iOS devices
    You'll have to make sure your smart TV or mobile device is up to date if you want to continue to access the app.
    by Lance Whitney

    Google is nixing support for its YouTube app for certain older devices, including TVs and Blu-ray players, iPhones and iPads, and devices that run older versions of Google TV.

    Fans of YouTube can access the popular video service through a dedicated app or through its website. Support for the dedicated app on older devices is the piece that's going away.

    Why is Google making this move? On a YouTube Help page, the company explained that it's upgrading the YouTube Data API (applications programming interface) to offer more features. (The company told developers of its plans more than a year ago.) As a result, Google began shutting down the existing version Monday, which means the current YouTube app will no longer work on certain devices made in 2012 or earlier. Story Continues
    Stupid, cheap or lazy, this seems to be a really dumb move on their part. Arrogant management is the model that I think best explains this move.

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    Engineering students create real-time 3-D radar system

    http://phys.org/news/2015-05-student...e-d-radar.html

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    "Is NASA Moving Toward a Hyperspace Drive?"
    http://www.space.com/29308-nasa-hype...-em-drive.html
    It'd be great if it works, though I'm guessing it still may not be able to get us to the nearest stars any time soon though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally View Post
    "Is NASA Moving Toward a Hyperspace Drive?"
    http://www.space.com/29308-nasa-hype...-em-drive.html
    It'd be great if it works, though I'm guessing it still may not be able to get us to the nearest stars any time soon though.
    Within the next couple of decades, I expect a sudden leap forward.

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    With all the 4k Televisons hitting the market, looks like BluRay is upgrading to fill the gap in content.
    And to think, I haven't even finsihed upgrading my DVD collection to from SD to HD BluRay to 3D, and now I need 4k (Ultra) BluRay disks. Time to upgrade my Star War anthology, again!?!?


    Ultra HD Blu-ray specification now complete, logo unveiled

    The Blu-ray Disc Association today announced it has finalized what could be the last major disc-based movie format: Ultra HD Blu-ray.

    by Ty Pendlebury

    The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced the Ultra HD Blu-ray (4K) specification is now complete and have also revealed the next-gen format's official logo.

    The new disc format promises the incorporation of the latest video standards and players will also be backwards compatible with existing Blu-ray discs.

    The BDA says the format incorporates a 3840x2160 resolution, expanded color range support, high dynamic range (HDR), and high frame rate content (read 60fps). As well as the promise of up-to-date video, UHD Bluray will also support "next-generation immersive, object-based sound formats".

    The BDA has yet to expand on which specific standards will be supported as for each of these features there are a number of competing options: for example there are two object-based sound formats--DTS:X and Dolby Atmos. We have reached out to the BDA for further clarification. Story Continues
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    Quote Originally Posted by calikid View Post
    With all the 4k Televisons hitting the market, looks like BluRay is upgrading to fill the gap in content.
    And to think, I haven't even finsihed upgrading my DVD collection to from SD to HD BluRay to 3D, and now I need 4k (Ultra) BluRay disks. Time to upgrade my Star War anthology, again!?!?

    Ultra HD Blu-ray specification now complete, logo unveiled

    The Blu-ray Disc Association today announced it has finalized what could be the last major disc-based movie format: Ultra HD Blu-ray.

    by Ty Pendlebury

    The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced the Ultra HD Blu-ray (4K) specification is now complete and have also revealed the next-gen format's official logo.

    The new disc format promises the incorporation of the latest video standards and players will also be backwards compatible with existing Blu-ray discs.

    The BDA says the format incorporates a 3840x2160 resolution, expanded color range support, high dynamic range (HDR), and high frame rate content (read 60fps). As well as the promise of up-to-date video, UHD Bluray will also support "next-generation immersive, object-based sound formats".

    The BDA has yet to expand on which specific standards will be supported as for each of these features there are a number of competing options: for example there are two object-based sound formats--DTS:X and Dolby Atmos. We have reached out to the BDA for further clarification. Story Continues
    I just bought a blue-ray player last year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasperParks View Post
    I just bought a blue-ray player last year...
    Well as one who is aware of the possibilities I would point out that the original medium, film or video was not shot to the standards of the 4k video. Rerecording it in the 4k format will only show a graininess in greater fidelity. What I would instead propose is that there be a reprocessing of the original frames shot in less than 4k to provide a virtual 4k image for the 4k televisions. There is usually enough information in the original frame to present a usable 4k image. This may make the playback device more expensive and have special video processing chipsets, but it makes more sense than having to go out and repurchase them in 4k format when one is not getting 4k quality in that product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally View Post
    "Is NASA Moving Toward a Hyperspace Drive?"
    http://www.space.com/29308-nasa-hype...-em-drive.html
    It'd be great if it works, though I'm guessing it still may not be able to get us to the nearest stars any time soon though.
    "No Warp Drive Here: NASA Downplays 'Impossible' EM Drive Space Engine"
    http://www.space.com/29363-impossibl...gine-nasa.html
    guess they didn't want to get our hopes up.

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    Get a hold of yourself. Wonder how long it will take to bring 'leisure suit larry' to life?!?.
    Virtual reality porn? Oculus founder says he won't stop it

    Technically Incorrect: If you want to watch porn on your virtual reality headset, go right ahead. At least that's what Oculus' founder appeared to say at a recent tech conference.

    by Chris Matyszczyk

    Many of you are very excited about the oncoming rush that is the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift.

    You may be asking yourselves one little question: "Just how excited will I be able to get?"

    A clue emerged Monday when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey appeared to reveal just how lucky some users will be.

    Speaking at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference in San Jose, Calif., Luckey was asked whether his company would block adult content.

    Variety reports that he replied: "The Rift is an open platform. We don't control what software can run on it." He added that this was "a big deal."

    The word "open" has been some what tarnished in tech over the years. Where once it symbolized an unvarnished nirvana, now it often comes with a few qualfiers.

    However, it seemed yesterday that, despite being owned by the pristine bare breast-banners at Facebook, which has a complicated relationship with depicting various parts of the human body on its service, Oculus will allow those who wish to enjoy some adult entertainment on its platform off the leash. Story Continues
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