Future of 3D TV dims as ESPN yanks in-your-face channel

TV sports in 3D was supposed to be a slam dunk, but viewers never got the picture. And, then there were those stupid-looking glasses, too.

This week, ESPN acknowledged the future for in-your-face screen action looks dim when it announced it was pulling the plug on ESPN 3D, almost three years after launching it with considerable fanfare...


Posted on 4 Jul 2013, 18:09 - Category: News
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This is your brain on happy: Machine can read your emotions

Researchers have figured out how to read your mind and tell whether you are feeling sad, angry or disgusted – all by looking at a brain scan...


Posted on 19 Jun 2013, 21:17 - Category: MindScans
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Movie Theater Ticket Prices Could Reach $150, Says George Lucas

"Going to the movies is going to cost you $50, maybe $100, maybe $150," says George Lucas, the creator of " Star Wars" and founder of Lucasfilm...


Posted on 17 Jun 2013, 15:25 - Category: Movies
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Steven Spielberg: Big tickets, big budgets make film industry 'implosion' imminent

Movie ticket prices have long been a subject of grumbling among theater-goers, who have balked (but paid) for years as admissions rose ever higher into the double digits. But as two of Hollywood's leading directors recently noted in a panel discussion, it's likely to get a lot worse...


Posted on 17 Jun 2013, 15:18 - Category: Movies
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The Art of Steadicam

Invented by Garrett Brown in the early 70's, the steadicam shot -- or 'steadishot' -- has become one of the most dynamic and exciting forms of cinematography and is one of the most engaging visual techniques in a filmmaker's storytelling arsenal...


Posted on 7 Jun 2013, 12:43 - Category: Movies
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We're not ready to upload our brains to a computer yet

...futurists like Ray Kurzweil predict that “singularity” will be reached, the moment when machine learning will surpass human intelligence. It’s not the first science-fiction tale to explore human-computer hybrids (see “What are Little Girls Made Of” in the first season of the original “Star Trek” series) or even the perils of virtual reality becoming too real (see the “Matrix” triology). But it does posit some questions that real-world researchers are just now tackling.

The European Union, for example, recently announced it was funding a $1.3 billion project to build a human brain on a silicon substrate. That’s about 1 1/2 cents per neuron...


Posted on 22 May 2013, 16:48 - Category: MindScans
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Hollywood movies may be too dumb for China

Blockbusters like 'Iron Man 3' battle more subtle Chinese fare as audiences choose plot and complexity over explosions and 3-D.

...The film studios blame the Chinese government, which imposed a two-month blackout of foreign films last year when they began making too much money and offered theaters a bonus for showing domestic films, according to The Times. Local film critics, however, note that the Chinese moviegoer isn't all that taken with the explosion-laden, CGI-painted blockbusters that drive revenue-boosting add-ons like IMAX (IMAX +0.18%) and 3-D showings. "Lost In Thailand," for example, took in more than $200 million last year and drew more moviegoers than "Avatar" did during its run in China.

Critics and industry analysts note that Hollywood's one constant in China is its repeated underestimation of the college-educated Chinese moviegoer...


Posted on 24 Apr 2013, 13:21 - Category: Movies
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Roger Ebert's Top 20 Best- and Worst-Reviewed Films


Posted on 5 Apr 2013, 11:12 - Category: Movies
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Computers can 'see' people's dreams

A computer can predict what you're dreaming about based on brain wave activity, new research suggests.

By measuring people's brain activity during waking moments, researchers were able to pick out the signatures of specific dream imagery — such as keys or a bed — while the dreamer was asleep...


Posted on 4 Apr 2013, 19:11 - Category: MindScans
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White House pitches brain mapping project

President Obama pitched a human brain research initiative on Tuesday that he likened to the Human Genome Project to map all the human DNA...


Posted on 2 Apr 2013, 19:31 - Category: MindScans
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