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  • Must See HDTV (October 29th – November 4th)

    Must See HDTV October 29th  November 4th

    While the fall sports have taken the center stage, there’s still plenty of other content to fill the schedule. Assassin’s Creed 3 hits consoles this week, as well as the return of Okami in HD, while indie flicks Safety Not Guaranteed and Ruby Sparks are available on Blu-ray. Comedian Louis CK will take the stage on Saturday Night Live, and a collection of Alfred Hitchcock movies comes home in a new boxed set. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.

    NBA
    After a whirlwind summer that saw the Heat complete their quest to win an NBA Championship (despite a lockout-shortened season) and the Olympic team bring home basketball gold medals, it’s time for NBA action again. The season officially resumes Tuesday night as the Celtics take on the Heat and the Mavericks face the Lakers on TNT. There’s a full slate of other interesting games awaiting including the debut of #1 draft pick Anthony Davis on the Hornets and more. We’ve got plenty of storylines to follow like Linsanity’s move to Houston, Miami’s quest to repeat and Dwight Howard joining Kobe, Steve and Pau on the Lakers.
    (October 30th, TNT, 8PM)

    Saturday Night Live w/ Louis CK
    Comedian Louis CK has seen his popularity blow up as of late thanks to his cable show and an internet distributed show that set records. Now he’s hosting Saturday Night Live, which should go well, and if it doesn’t, then it will provide plenty of material for the next season of his show which is scheduled to air in 2014.
    (November 3rd, NBC, 11:30PM)

    Alabama/LSU college football
    Last year Alabama LSU played in the regular season before meeting again in the championship game, and while that seems less likely to occur this time around it’s still an SEC matchup worth keeping an eye on. Currently ranked first and fifth, respectively, in the BCS it will be one of the key matchups this season and provides an opportunity for LSU to redeem itself for last year’s losses — not that Nick Saban and Alabama will make doing that easy.
    (November 3rd, CBS, 8PM)

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  • Apple executive shakeup: Scott Forstall and John Browett are leaving the company

    Apple executive shakeup Scott Forstall and John Browett are leaving the company

    Huge news out of Apple today, as the company’s senior vice president of iOS software, Scott Forstall, will leave the company next year. Furthermore, John Browett — head of Apple retail — is also on his way out. The memo was delivered late today, on a day that is littered with other news that the company may hope will bury the bulk of it. It’s practically a given that Forstall is taking the brunt of the impact from its decision to forge ahead with an obviously subpar Maps application, all while trumpeting it as one of the pillars of iOS 6.

    As the shakeup unfolds, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will add more responsibilities to their roles. In other words, Tim Cook isn’t about to usher in new help who may thwart the company’s efforts to continue at its breakneck pace. Curiously, Mansfield will be heaping more on his own plate just months after he had originally planned to retire. As for Ive? He’ll be responsible for providing “leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design.” Eddy Cue will be gifted burdened with Siri and Maps, while also keeping an eye on the iTunes Store, the App Store, the iBookstore and iCloud. Needless to say, he probably won’t be seeing too many walls outside of Cupertino for the foreseeable future. Federighi is being tasked to lead both iOS and OS X, while Mansfield chairs a new Technologies group that bundles Apple’s wireless teams across the company.

    Just months after Browett was brought in from Dixons in order to lead up Apple’s retail efforts, he’s on the outs as well. Of course, he’s also responsible for the branch having to tell stores that it “messed up” when he fiddled with staffing levels back in August. A search for a new head of Retail is underway and in the interim, the Retail team will report directly to Tim Cook.

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  • Pandora app gets major redesign on Android and iOS with new social features

    Pandora app gets major redesign on Android and iOS with new social features

    Numerically, going from version 3.2 of an app to 4.0 makes much more sense than starting at 1.7. But, Pandora won’t let a little thing like logic stand in its way. Today both the iOS and Android editions of the internet radio app are being updated to 4.0, regardless of the latter’s lagging version number. 4.0 brings with it a significant refresh of the UI which Pandora bills as “uniform,” though we’d call them feature equivalent instead. “Uniform” implies that the apps look exactly the same, when in fact they adhere to the to the design language of their respective platforms. In addition to a new look there’s a lot of new capabilities baked in, including quicker access to genre stations and the ability to rename stations you’ve created. There’s also a new personal music profile that offers a detailed timeline of your listening habits, which you can share with others. (You can also keep your profile private, just in case you’re embarrassed about that Quad City DJ’s station you’re always listening to.) The new social angle is highlighted with a music feed page that lets you see what your friends and people with similar tastes are listening too. Hit up Google Play and iTunes to update now, and don’t miss the gallery below and the PR after the break.

    Gallery: Pandora 4.0

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